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24 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL

WHAT’S ON

26 GIFT GUIDES

CHRISTMAS SHOWS

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10 things we’re coveting this month Diary dates for December The best family theare this season

LONDON'S BEST ICE RINKS

Get into the festive spirit with our top five

MARION DEUCHARS

Absolutely meets the quirky illustrator

This month’s hottest trends and products Luxury gifts for him and for her Our round-up of the best sparkly buys

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

40 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL The month’s best beauty buys

47 ETERNAL FLAME

Our favourite Christmas candles

Food & Drink

50 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL News from the industry

57 CHRISTMAS HAMPERS 13 fabulous hampers full of goodies

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68 STOCKING THRILLERS Gifts for discerning design-lovers

74 CHRISTMAS CRAFTS Create your own festive wreath

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Absolutely discovers this prehistoric paradise

PROPERTY

106 PROPERTY NEWS

The best investments in London

124 LUXURY LETTINGS Our pick of the market

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Original, limited-edition Art Deco posters by leading artists

Limited to editions of 280, our newly-commissioned Art Deco posters feature glamorous holiday destinations around the world, ski resorts in the Austrian, French and Swiss Alps, and the world’s greatest historic automobiles. Over 100 designs to choose from, all printed on 100% cotton fine art paper, measuring 97 x 65 cms.

Priced at £395 each.

Pullman Editions Ltd 94 Pimlico Road Chelsea London SW1W 8PL www.pullmaneditions.com Tel: +44 (0)20 7730 0547 Email: georgina@pullmaneditions.com

Our central London gallery

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hristmas is upon us and this year it has come around pretty fast. Or does it always seem that way? This year, I will be hosting Christmas Day for the very first time. So for me, all this magazine research for decorations, gifts, food and wine has been entirely useful for my own purposes as I plan my festivities. In this issue we are recommending the baubliest baubles, the quirkiest advent calendars, the most lavish foodie hampers and the finest turkeys, as well as seeking out gifts of all kinds. And on my list? I'm after a Kindle, a Smythson diary and anything cashmere, since you ask. We're not exclusively all about Christmas this month, though. Our interview with artist/

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illustrator Marion Deuchars reveals that her drawings are not only characterful and pretty but they're also educational. Her newest activity book is 'art school in a book,' she says, so there's lots of scope for inspiration. We also focus on lovely art dealer Serena Morton, whose Ladbroke Grove gallery is full of surprises, and we round up the finest places to ice skate in our city. Anyway, I’m off to make a wreath. Here's wishing a very merry Christmas to all our readers. ◆

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MOVIE MAGIC

In eight shots for Alberta Ferretti, Kate Moss shows us why she remains the world’s most indemand supermodel. Taken in black and white, the striking portraits are beautifully cinematic. albertaferretti.com

10 Things We

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The party season isn’t complete without very good wine. This Chardonnay cuvee is delicate, dry and fruity. £125; champagne-billecart.com

TURN IT UP

Made from metallic-black tweed, and accented with a black bead-embellished top handle, this roomy bag by Simone Rocha can be used in the day or at night. £395; matchesfashion.com

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LIGHT UP

These three small A.P.C. candles include fleur d'oranger (orange blossom) and feuille de figuier (fig leaf) scents. Lasting for five hours, the trio makes a lovely gift. A.P.C., $80; eastdane.com

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ABSOLUTELY / LOVES CITY CHIC

Sophisticated, stylish and above all, smart, Club Monaco’s AW16 is for women who want to look feminine and professional. clubmonaco.com

FUR FANCY

In winter, you need fur. This scarf by Shrimps is quirky and animal friendly as it’s made from modacrylic and polyester. £237; farfetch.com

PEEP CHIC

These limited edition sunglasses are made with 18 carat gold and mirrored lenses that will make you stand out in the right way. £325; taylormorriseyewear.com

BOOT IT

Burberry’s boots were all over Instagram during AW16. The clumpy style, studded belt and fringing is edgy enough to wear everyday. £795; burberry.com

DIOR DAYS

Shiny and flexible, the Milanese mesh bracelet of this watch is elegant and comfortable. With diamonds and mother-of-pearl this is a beautiful timepiece. £5,100; dior.com

STELLA STYLE

Fly in style with this suitcase by Stella McCartney. Featuring a silver-tone chain trim, top zip closure and logo plaque, the practical case also has multiple compartments. £1,245; farfetch.com

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9–11 December Hampton Court Palace

Late night shopping

Festive inspiration | Shopping | Entertainment

“It’s a magical foodie day out in a wonderful setting” Show visitor, 2015

★★★★★ Book advance tickets now at bbcgoodfoodshow.com Tickets include entry to the palace Please see website for terms and conditions

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SUGAR PLUM The Nutcracker on Ice

The Nutcracker may be a Christmas staple, but it's not usually on ice. Don't miss the chilly production at Winter Wonderland hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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SEASONAL SHOPPING

4 D e ce m b e r D u k e o f Yo rk S q u a re tock up on delicious artisan treats, take S a complimentary horse and carriage ride and soak up the seasonal magic of this gorgeous Gourmet Gift Market. Enjoy live entertainment, carol singing and the season’s obligatory twinkling lights to add a touch of sparkle to your shop. u 80 Duke of York Square, SW3 bookandkitchen.com

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by The Royal Ballet Th rough out December Royal O pera Hou se

On a sparkling Christmas Eve, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll adventure through a magical world of evil mice, dancing sugarplums, and the glistening Land of Snow. Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is once again brought to life by The Royal Ballet with a breathtaking production of this Christmas family favourite. Bow Street, WC2E; roh.org.uk

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CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE

T h ro u gh o u t D e ce m b e r L e i c es te r S q u a re mack bang in the middle of Leicester S Square, this is London's latest offering of yuletide merriment. Home to a grotto, vintage Speigeltent and traditional Christmas market to stock up on trinkets and twinkles, this is another excellent excuse for a little glühwein and goodies indulgence. u Leicester Square, WC28

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ARTS & CULTURE / TALKING TOPICS must see

A CELEBRATION OF OIL PAINTERS Un ti l 1 1 D e ce m b e r Ma ll G a ll e r i es eaturing over 290 works by F more than 100 artists, this annual exhibition is a showcase of exquisite artistry from around the world. See the many and varied ways in which artists use oil paint today; from a traditional approach to this highly technical media through to more innovative and individual uses of material, style and content. u The Mall, St James's, SW2 mallgalleries.org.uk

IN FOCUS Fro m 8 D ec e mb e r Art Hi ll G alle r y

Cleverly curated with the work of four exceptional artists from around the world, In Focus is an exquisite exhibition using multiple artistic elements and techniques. Abstract Chinese painting, pencil drawings, structured Western oil painting, collage and print have been brought together to create a compelling expression of realistic vision.

SANTA'S IN TOWN

6- 24 D e ce m be r Royal Albert Ha ll ourney back in time with J Santa Claus to discover the events and traditions that make Christmas the celebration we know and love today. Adventure through the magnificent 19th century Hall, discover festive history as it happened in the Victoiran era and take part in card and decoration making workshops before receiving a gift from Father Christmas himself. u Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

North End Road, W14 arthillgallery.com

EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH

RICHARD YOUNG, JACK NICHOLSON, LONDON, 1981

“ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS....” Fro m 1 D ecem eb er R i c h ard Yo u g G al le r y

om Elizabeth Taylor to Nelson Mandela and Jack Nicholson; Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. “All I want for Christmas….." showcases the glamorous trajectory of his career and

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offers a glimpse into the world's most star-studded events. On display and ready-to-buy are photographs, books and posters spanning the fascinating four decades of his career. u 4 Holland Street, W8; richardyounggallery.co.uk

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THE HEATHERLEY SCHOOL OF FINE ART Chelsea. Est 1845

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ARTS & CULTURE / CHRISTMAS SHOWS

Stage Stars

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n a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins. In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers. Based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, Nutcracker has choreography by Wayne Eagling and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, with design by Peter Farmer and lighting by David Richardson.  ballet.org.uk

Our list of top family shows this season

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n the wake of last year’s memorable Cinderella, The Lyric’s annual panto returns with Aladdin flying into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true W6 style. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie. Award-winning comedian Vikki Stone will play Abanazer, joining Karl Queensborough who returns to the Lyric stage as Aladdin after playing the Prince last year. Expect a contemporary twist on the original story, plus lots of west London humour.   lyric.co.uk

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elcome to enchanted Hackneytopia; a land of fairies, unicorns and dragons where once upon a time, a princess is born. Spurned at the celebration party, malevolent wicked fairy Carabosse casts an evil spell which changes the Princess’s life forever. Will Princess Aurora take charge of her own destiny? In true Hackney Empire style, this spellbindingly spectacular family pantomime will be packed with comedy, colourful characters, musical mash-ups, show-stopping routines and plenty of sparkle.  hackneyempire.co.uk

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the National Theatre after a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.  nationaltheatre.org.uk

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For full-on festive frivolity there is nothing more magical than a glittering evening on ice. Here are some of London's finest rinks Wo r d s h e l e n b r o w n

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lide around beneath the twinkling lights of an impressive 40ft Swarovski adorned Christmas tree and marvel at one of London’s most breathtaking buildings. The Natural History Museum provides a dramatic skate setting, especially when lit up at night. If you don’t fancy the ice yourself, watch the action from the warmth of the Cafe Bar and openair balcony where hearty treats and boozy drinks are served daily. ◆  nhm.ac.uk

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he stately surrounds of this iconic house have once again been transformed into the ultimate winter destination. Somerset House’s icy extravaganza is one of the most magical rinks in London. Besides the normal ice skating experience, they have a skate school for all ages, Polar Cub Club for kids and late Club Night evenings featuring a host of DJs. Cosy up post-skate with a Double Chocolossus Hot Chocolate in the Fortnum & Mason Lodge and indulge in a spot of rinkside festive shopping at the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade. ◆  somersethouse.org.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / ICE SKATING Hampton Court Pa l ac e

Hampton Court Palace

Open until: 8 January 2017

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he historic home of Henry VIII has once again set up shop as one of the most scenic skate experiences this festive season. The ice rink at Hampton Court Palace epitomises the glitz and glamour of London at Christmas. Quiet morning sessions are ideal for the little ones whilst bustling afternoon and evening sessions make for the most enchanting of winter evenings. Combine your skate with a royalworthy feast of white chocolate and cranberry cookies, chocolate brownies and snowy marshmallows from the bakery counter or dine out on their delicious sharing platter for two. ◆  hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

Winter Wonderland

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istoric backdrops seem to be a running theme for creating wonderfully wintery settings and looking up at this ancient fortress it is easy to see why. After a one-year hiatus, the Tower of London has brought back its festive ice rink, nestled in the dry moat of this archaic landmark. This year, finish off your exhilarating stretch on the ice with a visit to the Tower’s Eis Haus, a pop-up ice lounge and bar serving drinks literally out of ice. ◆  toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

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o ice rink round-up would be complete without Hyde Park’s gigantic tribute to festive frivolity, Winter Wonderland. This extraordinary annual gathering of winter stalls, markets, food stands and fun boasts the UK’s largest ice rink at its centre. Hyde Park’s Victorian Bandstand is set in the middle of the rink which is adorned with over 100,000 twinkly Christmas lights. Not even Ebenezer Scrooge could fail to feel festive after spending a day within this seasonal set-up. ◆  hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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Illustrator Marion Deuchars’ portfolio includes countless commercial projects as well as activity books for children. Absolutely meets her Interview Pendle Harte

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rtist Marion Deuchars' CV spans everything from stamps to window displays, menu designs, food illustrations and book covers. In 2011 she published her first art activity book for children, Let's Make Some Great Art and its instant success led to two more. Her covers for Penguin's George Orwell novels won the V&A's book illustration award and her long-standing collaboration with Carluccios has made her work familiar to many. Born in Scotland, she studied at the Royal College of Art and now works from her studio in north London.

PENDLE HARTE: You have provided illustrations for everything from stamps to menus, via newspapers and book covers. How do you tailor your style to different needs? MARION DEUCHARS: A new commission is always an interesting challenge for me to make some new artwork. I like that I don’t always know what it will look like, that it will be a surprise in some ways. I have to think beforehand; should it be type-led? colourful?, serious? I try to produce artwork that I think suits the subject best rather than have a one-style-fits-all approach. I start all projects by playing with different materials as a way of coming up with ideas and direction.

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PH: Your art books for children have so much character and enthusiasm. How did they come about? Tell us about the new one. MD: The books have all grown from my first book Let’s Make Some Great Art. It was like art school in a book, so the subsequent ones are the result of doing the many exercises in the book. My latest

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ARTS & CULTURE / PROFILE Marion Deuchars in her studio

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endless source of inspiration. At the same time, I’m always looking at contemporary art and Illustration. There have also been some great contemporary exhibitions recently, Ai Weiwei and Carsten Holler to name a few. I try to get to as many exhibitions as I can. PH: What is your typical working day like? Walk the dog, walk the kids to train station, pilates class, walk to work. I

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one, Art Play, is the most accessible of all my books. It’s based on how I approach all of my work, which is first and foremost to play. I think the process of making and doing is as important as the end result and this book tries to celebrate that. It’s a book for the very young and old. PH: How would you describe your style? MD: I use a lot of hand lettering, but I also love to draw and paint. I use mainly conventional materials like paper, pencil, paints, and scissors… It's always hard describing your own style, but I receive many comments about my 'effortless' feel – I work hard at that. PH: How did you come to be an illustrator? When did it start? I studied at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee. The first year was about trying everything

Spreads from Art Play

from ceramics to photography to painting. By the end of the year we had to decide what to specialise in and I chose the Illustration and Printmaking department as it seemed to be where my work was heading. PH: What is your favourite kind of commission? MD: One that takes me to a place I don’t know. Milton Glaser says that ‘we should work towards the unknown’ and I completely agree. PH: What other artists and illustrators do you like? MD: I love seeing the greats. London has had so many fantastic exhibitions recently, from Matisse to Hockney. I also love looking at ancient art like Aztec. The British Museum is an

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average a 25 hour working week, which is never long enough but it’s all I can do if I want to achieve a nice work/family life balance. I work in a shared open plan studio with 24 other creatives. It used to be a Victorian shoe factory. It’s a nice place to go every day. I have lots of space and can make a mess. It’s nice to have lunch at a table that’s not my desk, it’s good to ask for advice when I need it. PH: What are you working on next? MD: I’m working on another picture book for Laurence King as a follow up to Bob the Artist, which will be released next autumn. We also have plans to make a number of Bob the Artist toys and gifts including Bob Dominos. 

Art Play by Marion Deuchars (Laurence King Publishing) is out now.

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ALL REVVED UP Shot by Mario Testino and modelled by Freja Beha Erichsen, Michael Kors' winter campaign showcases a modern mood for the brand. The covetable collection includes feather trousers, luxe beading and textural tweeds. 179 Regent Street, W1B 4JQ; michaelkors.co.uk

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Embellished shoes, purple party dresses and earcuffs are December’s must buys Wo r d s c h a r l o t t e a d s e t t

FESTIVE FASHION The Christmas Collective

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edbury Road is set to host a fabulous pop-up Christmas happening that's part gallery, part shop. A large space next door to Matches is set to be transformed into a luxury concept store offering some of the most exciting London-based designers and artists across fashion, accessories, lifestyle and art. Staged to feel like a quintessentially rock'n'roll Notting Hill home, everything in the shop will be for sale, from accessories starting at £70 to rare Art Deco lamps at £4,000. The Notting Hill Collective has been spearheaded by Arina Pritch and Hayley Menzies, two designers who met at a party and discovered that they had a similar design attitude. Throughout the 17 day pop-up, the concept store will be hosting late-night shopping evenings, where there will be exclusive offers, designer style talks and celebrated stylists on hand to help you make the perfect purchase, plus customisation available on selected pieces. Brands on offer include Hayley Menzies' own knitwear and accessories, as well as Jess Collett's hats, Blake LDN's knits and more. ◆ 2-18 December; 79-81 Ledbury Road, W11 hayleymenzies.com

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Shine On Selfridges

For Christmas 2016, Selfridges’ designer party wear offering includes exclusive cocktail dresses, shoes and bags from British and International designers and labels such as Roksanda, Del Pozo, and Mugler not available to buy anywhere else. selfridges.com

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FASHION / NOTES

7 of the best

THE COLOUR PURPLE Cinq a Sept

GOING FOR GOLD Embrace the metallic trend

Forget the LBD; with aubergine being the colour of the moment – and super flattering for most skin-tones – a purple party dress is winter’s wisest buy. Lace dress £665; farfetch.com

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BRAND TO KNOW Isa Arfen

Italian born, London based designer Serafina Sama counts a legion of fashion editors as fans of her brand Isa Arfen. The AW16 collection references the New Romantic scene of the 1970s and 1980s with velvet and taffeta tailoring. isaarfen.com

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The single earcuff– which typically adorns the side of the ear and does not require a piercing – is the musthave statement accessory right now. The designer’s to know are Delfina Delettrez, Maria Black and fine jeweller Ilena Makri. 'Starry Night' diamond, sapphire & 18kt gold ear cuff £1,200; net-a-porter.com

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YOU CHOOS Jimmy Choo

The new ‘Capsule Collection’ from Jimmy Choo features shoes and bags each sold with interchangeable clip on Swarovski crystal jewels and pom poms. Day-to-night dressing just got a whole lot easier. Suede court shoes with a set of seven detachable jewels £1,250; jimmychoo.com

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01. GUCCI 'Broadway' metallic bag £1,030; mytheresa.com 02. PRADA Cloqué jacquard skirt £1,560; mytheresa.com 03. GIANVITO ROSSI ‘Brandy’ leather boots £640; farfetch.com 04. TIBI ‘Éclair’ sequin camisole £485; net-a-porter.com 05. ROCK THE JUMPSUIT Lame jumpsuit £149; rockthejumpsuit.com 06. JOUMANNA ‘Alda C Cuivre’ cuff £230; joumanna.com 07. JIMMY CHOO 'Wilbur 40' leather pumps £495; jimmychoo.com

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GIFT GUIDE / FOR HIM

BEO PLAY

A9, £1,699; beoplay.com

FORTNUM & MASON

Beluga OOO Caviar, £225 ; fortnumandmason.com

ORLEBAR BROWN Nolan Coat, £245; orlebarbrown.com

MONT BLANC

Meisterstück PlatinumCoated Classique Ballpoint Pen, £315; montblanc.com

BURBERRY

Four Piece Cracker Set, £395; burberry.com

TURNBULL & ASSER

Wool-Leather With Cashmere Lining Gloves, £185; Cashmere Gown (below), £1,850; turnbullandasser.co.uk

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA

White Tuxedo Shirt, £330; Woven Leather Cardholder (below), £165; zegna.co.uk

TAG HEUER

Carrera Panda, £4,000, tagheuer.co.uk

GIFTS FOR HIM

CHIVAS

25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whiskey, £225; thewhiskyexchange.com

CHOPARD

Imperiale Alarm Clock, £1,640; harrods.com

LANVIN

Make his Christmas with these inspired picks B y ELIZABETH HUT TON

Knitted Silk Tie, £70; mrporter.com

JOHN LOBB

Shoe Care Case, £550; johnlobb.com ABSOLUTELY MAGAZINES

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ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Alligator Leather Blouson, £83,250; zegna.co.uk

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GIFT GUIDE / FOR HER 100 ACRES

Three-wick scented candle, £40 100acres.co.uk

BOODLES

Roulette Spinning Ring, £3,450; harrods.com

PHAIDON PRESS LOEWE

MICHAEL MICHAUD

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue £81 ; amazon.co.uk

Loewe 001, £61; loewe.com

Olive Earrings, £97; michael-michaud.com

SONIA RYKIEL

Sequins le Copain Bag, £350; soniarykiel.com

STELLA MCCARTNEY

Faux Leather Platform Ankle Boots; £650; net-a-porter.com

ANYA HINDMARCH

Red Crisp Packet Clutch; £1,495; selfridges.com

MONCLE

Veanna Ivory Fur-trimmed Shell Jacket, £1,050 ; harveynichols.com

DIPTYQUE

SMYTHSON

Bougie Baies Candle £210; harrods.com

Portobello Leather 2017 Diary; £180; smythson.com

GIFTS FOR HER

RYM JEWELERY

LYNGARD

Large Lustred Vase £160; harrods.com

The Alice Tag (left), $8,250;Flor Tag and Port Stud, (right), £5,225 ; rymjewelry.com

Make her Christmas with these inspired picks

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Embroidered Skull Embellished Clutch; £1,795; harveynichols.com

B y ELIZABETH HUT TON

FRAISE SAUVAGE

MULBERRY

Botanical Macarons, £17; harrods.com

Small Darley in Firey Red; £252; mulberry.com

CHANEL VINTAGE Brick Pearl Clutch $12,253; farfetch.com

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E L Y T SCH

Call or Pop in for January Offers in Store

For designer kitchens at affordable prices, everything starts with Schmidt. Schmidt are the leading kitchen brand in Europe. With French style and German manufacturing, we offer the widest choice of affordable made-to-measure kitchen solutions, and we never compromise on quality or service. Our showroom specialists

Schmidt Hammersmith

0203 714 6000

Design@schmidt-hammersmith.co.uk

tailor designs to the nearest millimetre, then we’ll ensure hassle-free fitting with our complete installation service. With Schmidt, you can enjoy unbeatable quality and service, at an affordable price.

Visit www.schmidt-hammersmith.co.uk to find out more, or come see us in store at 323 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9NH

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FASHION / TREND

VICKI SARGE

‘Sylvia’ Swarovski crystal & brass earrings £518; amazon.co.uk

LANVIN

Gemstone brooch £665; farfetch.com

SOPHIA WEBSTER

‘Raye’ metallic leather & crystal platform sandals £495; net-a-porter.com

GANNI

JENNY PACKHAM AW16

‘Humphrey’ beaded shawl £170; mytheresa.com

FILLES A PAPA

LANVIN

‘Mila’ sequin maxi skirt £380; brownsfashion.com

Lamé silk dress £2,570; mytheresa.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Crystal & velvet headband £625; mytheresa.com

DIANE KORDAS

18kt rose gold diamond earring £2,360; net-a-porter.com

ALL THAT GLITTERS Party on in sequins & sparkles

DIANA

‘Celeste’ perspex necklace £325; libertylondon.com

B y Charlot te Adset t

AQUAZZURA

‘Christy’ glitter pumps £410; brownsfashion.com

JIMMY CHOO

'Candy' acrylic clutch bag £595; farfetch.com

GUCCI

Sequin bow tie £365; gucci.com

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ABSOLUTELY london

www.absolutely.london is now live

Your guide to inspirational London living From the team behind Absolutely Magazines

FOLLOW US AT @AbsolutelyMagazines @absolutely_mags

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ABSOLUTELY / PROMOTION

Eric Van Peterson

COMPETITION & SALE

END OF AN ERA

After 34 glorious years this iconic jewellery brand has decided to leave Walton Street. To celebrate their relocation Van Peterson Design are hosting a sale to reflect a lifetime of work with 20% off everything in the shop. This includes gold, diamonds, sterling silver and vintage items. During their time on this idyllic road only four sales have taken place. The brand is also offering ABSOLUTELY readers an exciting chance to win a stunning 18ct River stone Rose Gold necklace worth £850. To enter the competition and find out more about this exciting event simply visit absolutely.london/win. 

EVENT DETAILS

Date: 14 December 2016 Time: 5pm - 9pm Address: 156 Walton Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2JL Event will include: Drinks and light bites

Absolutely meets Eric, the founder of Van Peterson Design, to discuss the last 34 years and what the future holds

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in and Eric Van Peterson started their first business in Camden Lock Market selling vintage clothes, and eventually a few pieces of antique jewellery. They opened a glorified junk shop in Walton Street in 1982 selling Art Deco and Art Nouveau objet. ‘A lady came in one day and told me she had lost one of her flowered earrings and could I possibly make another.’ Eric explains. ‘My repair girl said, “We can make a mold of the remaining

earring”. We duplicated the earring, the customer was thrilled, and three months later I had dozens of earrings. I was so enthused I went on to make collections of my own jewellery and packaging.’ This was the beginning of Van Peterson Design. They have been designing their own collections for over 30 years now, and 20 years designing for Debenhams. Van Peterson has graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Tatler, and their client list includes celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Helen Mirren and even Prince Harry.

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Van Peterson will re-open in spring 2017. Visit the website for more news and updates.

● Van Peters on Designs

156 Walton Street, SW3 2JL; 020 7584 1101; vanpeterson.com

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> BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

p. 40

GIFTS FOR BEAUTY ADDICTS p. 45 CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS p. 47

ALL MADE UP Little Venice-based professionally trained make-up artist, hair stylist and beauty photographer Anita Warszawska creates a bespoke make-up and hair plan for fabulous results. We love the fact that you can leave her discreet studio with stunning photographs of yourself. 07766 503816; anitawarszawska.com

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B E AU T Y R e v i e w

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit with a round-up of beauty advent calendars W o r d s C AT H E R I N E H A L E S

LIMOZ LOGLI Hair salon, SW3 Wo r d s J OY M O N T G O M e r y

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estled moments away from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road, Limoz Logli offers highend, fashion-forward styling within the intimate confines of a friendly local venue. Famous for the Chelsea Knot style seen on the MIC cast, the salon prides itself on a fresh and modern approach to styling, reflected in the beautifully decorated interior – marble countertops and bronze accents aplenty. Mr Limoz Logli set up shop two years ago after running a private salon service, working with exclusive clients from the comfort of their home – and he retains this personalised one-to-one approach. The moment I arrived he gave me (and my hair) his utmost attention, offering expert advice about my chosen look: sun-kissed, hand-painted highlights

Fashion-forward styling WITHIN THE CONFINES of a friendly LOCAL VENUE

and gentle shaping round the face. As we chatted about our shared love of Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley’s locks, Limoz deftly painted on the colour, creating a natural, bayalage-inspired effect. Meanwhile, I relished the opportunity to have my nails done before Limoz blowdried my hair using the salon’s signature technique: twisting it using a small round brush and applying heat for an elegantly undone effect – tousled and chic yet still polished. The perfect pick-me-up for dull and lifeless winter hair. 

Picture Perfect NARS

Photographer Sarah Moon and François Nars have collaborated this season to produce a Holiday Collection with a difference. Think ethereal femininity meets a futuristic metropolis. We want all of it. narscosmetics.co.uk

● L I M OZ LO G L I 78a Chelsea Manor Street, SW3; 020 7351 1239 limozlogli.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES

8 SCENT-SATIONAL

of the best

Acqua di Parma

To celebrate their centenary, Italian brand Acqua di Parma have released Note di Colonia I, II & III. These fragrances are inspired by music from two of Italian opera’s most famous composers, Verdi and Puccini and are packaged in a reinterpretation of Colonia’s first bottle. acquadiparma.com

SKIN DEEP

ADVENT CALENDARS

1

La Mer

The day many beauty addicts never thought would come is here: La Mer have launched a makeup range. Skincolor de la Mer includes foundation, concealer and powder as well as two brushes and is formulated with the brand’s signature Miracle Broth. Gimme. cremedelamer.co.uk

editor's

PICK

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2

5

6

SWEET DREAMS thisworks

Give the most precious gift of all this Christmas: sleep. The Big Sleep from thisworks contains all of their best-loved sleep solutions including their deep sleep pillow spray, deep sleep night oil and deep sleep bath soak plus a luxurious eye mask. £70; thisworks.com

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GOLD STANDARD Burberry

Burberry’s new festive collection will have you glittering this Christmas. In addition to the gleaming, gold Shimmering Body Oil, sparkling Shimmer Dust and glowing Luminous Fluid Base, they have also released My Burberry Eau de Parfum with shimmering gold flakes which can be personalised with up to three initials burberry.com

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1 CHARLOTTE TILBURY, £150; charlottetilbury.com 2 CIATÈ, £50; ciatelondon.com 3 JO MALONE, £280; jomalone.com 4 BAREMINERALS: £75, bareminerals.co.uk 5 LIBERTY, £165; libertylondon.com 6 BENEFIT, £34.50; benefitcosmetics.com 7 L'OCCITANE, £42; loccitane.com 8 CLARINS, £95; clarins.co.uk

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TIME TO RELAX

Absolutely meets Iglika Ghouse, the founder & CEO of new beauty app USPAAH

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What does your app do in a nutshell? USPAAH delivers spa quality beauty and massage treatments to your door within an hour. What motivated you to leave your job and set up your own business? I’d been working in the city as an investment banker for over 10 years and I constantly struggled to fit treatments into a very busy and stressful schedule. A couple of years ago I saw an opportunity to apply the concept of on-demand technology to the beauty and massage world, and create a service that would make the lives of busy Londoners less stressful. I was convinced that I could create a solution that was better than anything else on the market, and once I’d realised it was possible, that was all the motivation I needed.

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Why was it important for your business to be launched as an app? Nowadays, your smartphone is the remote control of your life. For me, if we didn’t have an app, we might as well not have existed. Our purpose is to make the services we deliver easily accessible and on-demand. The best way for us to achieve this is through an app.

Why did you decide to focus on beauty? I focused my efforts on solving a problem I felt was common among stressed, time-poor Londoners. It just so happened that the problem was in the beauty and wellness services industry. What has been the hardest thing about setting up a business? From operations and management to admin, there are so many challenges one faces when setting up a business. But the hardest thing in my view is the emotional toll it takes on you and the incredible resilience you have to build to survive. Being an entrepreneur is like putting all your chips on red every day. It’s an emotional roller coaster, the odds are entirely against you, but if you win, you win big.

Why do you think wellness has become so popular in the last few years? As our daily lives become busier and busier, people are constantly looking for more convenient ways to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing. We’re all much more aware of the effects stress can have on our lives and anything that helps us reduce the impact, whether it’s a product or a service, is now more valuable than ever. How do you think smartphones are changing the way we consume beauty? Smartphones have completely revolutionised the way we interact with beauty brands. Consumers are now better educated about buying decisions,

We're all MUCH MORE AWARE of the effects STRESS can have on OUR LIVES

Have you experienced any opposition as a woman in the world of tech? Any opposition? More like constant opposition. Close to 70% of the tech circle in London is comprised of men, both in terms of startups and VCs, so I’m constantly having to justify our business as something that doesn’t appeal to just "glam girls”. I’m almost always the only female founder in various networking events and I often have to rebut questions from investors asking what I’m going to do with the business once I have children, as though the two are mutually exclusive. What are your predictions for the world of beauty and wellness for 2017? In general, the trends continue to be towards innovation in personalisation of products and convenience of services for time-poor city dwellers. I imagine we’ll see more yoga and training on-demand, as well as consolidated access to various classes in private gyms around town, aka the ClassPass model. Where do you want to see the business in 5 years? Our mission is to become the most respected on-demand wellness app, used by our clients for our consistently superior standard of service. u uspaah.com

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they have more choice, access to experts at a touch of a button, and more ability to personalise their experience. I strongly believe that consumers are now dictating a brand's channel strategy.

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Make your health your choice

We believe you should be involved in your healthcare every step of the way, so we offer consultations and treatments with little or no waiting and with the consultant of your choice. With over 300 of London’s most experienced consultants, cutting-edge treatment facilities and attentive nursing professionals, we aim to provide the highest standard of patient-focused care and expertise to help get you back to normal as quickly as possible.

We wish you and your family good health this Christmas and a prosperous New Year parkside-hospital.co.uk

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / PRODUCTS BARE MINERALS Give me A Swirl, £39 bareminerals.co.uk

PENHALIGON’S Empressa EDT and body cream, £135 penhaligons.com

LA MER

The Rejuvenating Collection, £210 cremedelamer.co.uk

GHD

ELIZABETH ARDEN - LIQUID ASSETS COLLECTION; ELIZABETHARDEN.CO.UK

Curve® Soft Tong Copper Luxe Gift Set, £120 ghdhair.com

SHISEIDO

IBUKI Refining Moisturizer Enriched Cream Kit, £42 shiseido.co.uk

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

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Dreamy Look in a Clutch, £90 charlottetilbury.com

MARC JACOBS

Up All Night, £34 harrods.com

BEAUTY GIFTS

These are the goodies topping our Christmas list this year B y C AT H E R I N E H A L E S

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

Family Jewels, £21 deborahlippmann.com

SISLEY X GLOBETROTTER

Limited Edition Vanity Case £1150 sisley-paris.com

TOM FORD

Four Piece Lip and Nail set, £130 selfridges.com

ACQUA DI PARMA

Gelsomino Nobile coffret, £113 acquadiparma.com

LA PRAIRIE

MAC

Lifting Luxuries, £225 laprairie.co.uk

Nutcracker Collection Lipstick, £17 maccosmetics.co.uk

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Michael Michaud Jewellery captures the beauty and exquisite detail of nature using soft patinas on bronze cast from plants, leaves and flowers. Michael Michaud Jewellery is renowned for its beauty and workmanship and is featured in the finest museums, galleries and speciality retailers internationally. Many collections are commissioned by leading museums such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery of Art and the Château de Versailles.

www.michael-michaud.com

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY / GIFTS ROCOCO

Chocolate scented candle, £37.50; rococochocolates.com

DIPTYQUE

Gingerbread Candle, £48; spacenk.com

JO LOVES

Christmas Trees Candle, £50; joloves.com

THE PERFUMER'S STORY

Black Moss Candle, £49 theperfumersstory.com

LOLA JAMES HARPER

BYREDO

The Red Garden candle, £34; selfridges.com

Bibliotheque Candle, £50; byredo.co.uk

100 ACRES

Signature Three-wick Candle, £48 100acres.co.uk

JONATHAN ADLER Muse d'Or Ceramic Candle, £88; jonathanadler.com

JONATHAN ADLER

ETERNAL FLAME

Hashish ceramic candle, £68; jonathanadler.com

Everyone loves a candle at Christmas.Here are some of our favourites

WILNELIA FORSYTH Celebration candle, £55; wilneliaforsyth.com

By pendle harte

ACQUA DA PARMA

LALIQUE

Chili candle; €65 lalique.com

ECOYA

Mini Madison Gift Set, £39; johnlewis.com

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Fruit and Berries Candle, £90; selfridhes.com

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B L U E B I R D’S B A C K ! The beautiful newly refurbished Bluebird Restaurant is centred on its marble-topped cocktail bar, which is the perfect place to start or finish a night to remember. When it comes to the food you can expect an array of delicious dishes from Executive Head Chef Liam Smith-Laing’s modern European menus, with a selection of small plates and sharing dishes designed to fit around Bluebird’s signature sociable atmosphere. The Bar at Bluebird Chelsea is a destination in its own right: a perfect place to meet friends, go on a date, enjoy pre-dinner drinks or party the night away.

350 KING’S ROAD | LONDON | SW3 5UU | 020 7559 1000 @bluebirdchelsea | @bluebirdchelsea | /BluebirdChelsea www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

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> KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: TURKEYS, WINE AND TREATS

p. 50

ADVENT CALENDARS

p. 55

OH, CRUMBS Handmade biscuits for every occasion can be delivered worldwide by the biscuit obsessives that are Biscuiteers. We particularly love the edible tree decorations as well as this Vintage Christmas tin. £42.50, biscuiteers.com

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What to drink

kitchen

CONFIDENTIAL West London’s food news and delicious things to see you through December Wo r d s P E A R L B OY D

G R A P E TA L K Wine recommendations for Christmas B y k e v i n l at o u f

S PA R K L I N G

Casa Coste Piane Organic Prosecco, Italy Why Because who doesn’t kick off Christmas celebrations with a glass of sparkling? What An organic Prosecco made the same way as Champagne from a tiny vineyard in the heart of Prosecco land. Clean and fresh sparkling with so much character and flavour. At just 11% alcohol, it works as the perfect aperitif.  

WHITE

Evolution White 18th Edition, Oregon, USA Why Because it has 9 different grape varieties in it. What Organic white blend from the beautiful region of Oregon founded by husband and wife Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser who have run the estate since 1977. Instead of using pesticides they have a resident flock of bluebirds who keep the insect population in check.  

RED

Les Escures Malbec, Fabien Jouves Cahors, France Why Because winemaker Fabien Jouves is young, hungry and not scared to tell the traditionalists they’re wrong. What Malbec originates from Cahors in France – and not Argentina, where it has become famous. Try this beautiful, elegant and organic version to taste how good this grape variety can be. I love this red because it’s so drinkable and not the kind of red that will put you to sleep after a glass.

Wish list Harrods

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Harrods' Pamper Hamper includes all the ingredients for a romantic night for two. So that's pink champagne, truffles, a Laduree candle and other treats, all beautifully packaged and guaranteed to impress. Top of the wish list. harrods.com

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FOOD & DRINK / NOTES

SNOW AND ICE Judes

Ice cream might not be the most obviously festive treat, but the unlikely-sounding Hot Toddy ice cream, made with Laphroaig single malt whisky, is too special to pass up. If you have scored a coveted Christmas delivery from Ocado, add it to that, otherwise order online. judes.co.uk

TURKEY TALK

DESIGNER DINING

Where to find the best birds

Parabola

Kensington High Street's newest resident is the Design Museum, whose very own new eaterie brings an exciting line-up of visiting chefs to W8. Throughout December and January there's Rowley Leigh, followed by Valentine Warner in February, and many more to come in 2017. 224 Kensington High Street, W8 designmuseum.org

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NORTHERN LIGHT

PICK

Fa b r i q u e

Probably the most stylish bakery in Portobello is Fabrique, with its Swedish stone oven and northern European focus on rye bread. There are cinnamon and cardamom buns and a host of Christmas offerings for a true nordic feast. 212 Portobello Road, W11; fabrique.co.uk

Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

f you haven’t ordered your turkey yet, now’s the time. Look out for free range Bronze ones, rather than the mass-produced white ones, and buy as big as you dare. Everyone wants to be eating turkey for several days, of course.

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C o pa s Now producing over 30,000 very special turkeys every year, Copas is a family business that started out as a hobby in 1957. Their artisan methods take time and dedication, and these birds are free range, game hung and handplucked. Buy online and they’ll deliver – or click and collect at Harvey Nichols. From £89 to £170; copasturkeys.co.uk Fortnum & Mason These Bronze are fed on a natural diet of only the very finest – Fortnums quality – fodder. £85-£115; fortnumandmason.com

BRITISH FIZZ Nyetimber

Nyetimber, producer of England’s finest sparkling wine, has released ‘NUUP’, a playful and elegant wine from the 2010 harvest. With less than 500 bottles produced, NUUP is a one-off, limited edition wine, stocked exclusively in Thomas’s, at Burberry Regent Street and Harrods from November. nyetimber.com

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R h u g E s tat e Last year’s Great Taste award winner, Rhug Estate's organic Dee Valley Bronze is the bird of choice for the Connaught Hotel. £69-£147; rhug.co.uk L I D G AT E S The Holland Park butcher is offering free range woodland Bronze turkeys fed on nettles, wild blackberries and oats. £45-£161; lidgates.com

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LISA’S KITCHEN & BAR

Memories of home-cooked comforts are the inspiration behing this Nordic eaterie Wo r d s L u c y L a n d

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isa's launch coincided with Nordic nosh becoming firmly established on the global stage, but before the obsession with all things hygge took hold of the capital, Lisa departed for a new adventure – she’s currently selling hot dogs from a food truck in Chamonix, though not without leaving her restaurant in the capable hands of her Italian friends Daniele and Vincenzo, and Swedish manager, Hanna. The interior is effortlessly simple – whitewashed walls, bare lights hanging over the bar, white linen napkins and tea lights on the tables. The buzzy/noisy front bar area offers high tables and stools, and a live jazz band if you’re there the right evening (Thursday to Sunday), while the glassroofed rear of the restaurant is furnished with marble-topped tables and Scandistyle wooden chairs, several of which have sheepskin throws draped over them.

We started with a Made in Sweden (vodka, akvavit, cucumber, mint, ginger ale and sugar) and a sweet apple and elderflower martini, both in crystal glasses. Our starters of kåldolmar (a white cabbage roll with red lentils, mushrooms, onion, garlic and herbs), and smoked salmon served with crème fraîche, red onion and lemon were gratifying, if not

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thrilling. Classic meatballs served with mashed potatoes, brown sauce, pickled cucumber, lingonberries hit the spot; the quinoa salad with spinach, green beans, pomegranate and goats cheese had a light piquant dressing; and a side of sweet potato chips with aioli was comforting. The recommended Swedish Mess – a gooey mix of banana, meringue and caramel – was perfect for sharing. Lisa’s probably isn’t the place to go for a quiet date (there was a boisterous party of Spaniards behind us) and its comfort food is pretty pricy (notably £17 for the meatballs). However, the restaurant clearly has a loyal following. ‘You’ve changed the menu,’ our neighbour exclaimed as he used his iPhone’s flashlight to read the menu in the dimly-lit room. It’s buzzing yet cosy. u

● L isa’s Kitche n & Bar

305 Portobello Road, W10; 020 8964 8293 lisasportobello.com

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Mama IN E TH E M AG AZ

MU MS FO R ST YL IS H

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NOVEMBER /

DECEMBER 2016

WONDER WOOL

The cutest winter knits for littles

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FOOD & DRINK / GIFTS CHARBONEL ET WALKER

Chocolate Advent Calendar £50; charbonnel.co.uk

CARLUCCIO’S

Buon Natale Advent Calendar £9.95; carluccios.com

HOTEL CHOCOLAT

Advent for Two £26; hotelchocolat.com

BISCUITEERS

Limited Edition Advent Calendar by Susie Watson £55; biscuiteers.com

THE GINVENT

Calendar (2016 Edition) £124.95; masterofmalt.com

CHASE DISTILLERY

Spirit Advent Calendar £130; waitrosegifts.com

FORTNUM’S

Wooden Tea Advent Calendar; £125 fortnumandmason.com

BETTYS

Advent Calendar; £47.50; bettys.co.uk

HARRODS

Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar £175; harrods.com

NUMBERS GAME

PAUL

Joyeux Noël Calendar; £19.95; paul-uk.com

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GODIVA

Christmas Advent Calendar £24; godivachocolates.co.uk

PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

EAST OF INDIA

Advent Calendar £59; pierreherme.com

Advent Village £52; johnlewis.com

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CHRISTMAS AT QUEENS REOPENING 8TH DECEMBER

Queens is sure to give you the ultimate bowling and skating experience for a very special night out with fantastic Diner food from one of London’s top chefs. The perfect venue to host any occassion. From birthdays to team building events, we have got it covered. 020 7229 0172 • info@queensiceandbowl.co.uk www.queensiceandbowl.co.uk /queensiceandbowl

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FOOD & DRINK / HAMPERS

GODIVA

Santa’s Grotto Hamper £235 godivachocolates.co.uk

DAYLSEFORD

The Yuletide Hamper £250 daylesford.com

BERRY BROS & RUDD

Luxury Hamper £475 bbr.com

HARVEY NICHOLS

Beauty Sleep £150 harveynichols.com

CARLUCCIO’S Il Massimo £75 carluccios.com

FORTNUM & MASON The Christmas Feast Hamper £250 fortnumandmason.com

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER

Decadent Sea Salt Caramel Hamper £95 charbonnel.co.uk

GAILS

"To Keep You Going" Survival Kit £65 gailsbreadshop.co.uk

MELT

Milk Chocolate Gift Hamper £69.99 meltchocolates.com

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WAITROSE

Christmas Extravaganza Hamper £500 waitrosegifts.com

REGENCY HAMPERS Supreme Indulgence Hampers £968.85 regencyhampers.com

OTTOLENGHI

Vegetarian Cook’s Hamper + Plenty More £100 ottolenghi.co.uk

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Kitchin Story

Harrods' guest chef of the season, Tom Kitchin, offers some festive alternatives Wo r d s t o m k i t c h i n

STARGAZY FISH PIE Ser ves 4 -6

I n g r e d i e nt s • 2 litres milk • 600g firm fish fillets (Salmon/Hake/ Cod), diced into 2cm cubes • 200g smoked fish fillet (smoked haddock) • 4-6 prawns • 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered • 1kg Maris Piper potatoes

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• 2 tablespoons butter • Salt and pepper • 1 beaten egg • Cleaned langoustine heads to decorate finished pie Bechamel sauce • 500ml milk • 60g butter • 50g tablespoons flour • 2 tablespoons grain mustard M e th o d 1 To make the béchamel sauce: • First bring the milk up to a simmer in a small pot and set aside. • In another pan, melt the butter gently over

medium heat, then add flour and stir until the mixture is smooth. • Begin adding the milk a little at a time to avoid lumps. Keep adding milk and stirring until you have a creamy sauce. • Allow to cook slowly for 5 minutes and then add the grain mustard. Set aside. 2 Cooking the fish: • Gently heat the 2 litres of milk. Add the fish fillets and poach for 3-4 minutes. Add the smoked fish and poach for a further 3-4 minutes. Carefully remove the fish and set aside. 3 To make the mashed potato: • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Bake the potatoes until crispy and soft. • While still hot, scoop out the flesh, discard the skins and pass the potato through a drum sieve to remove lumps. • Heat the milk used for poaching the fish and fold 2 tbsp butter through potato mixture. Season to taste. 4 To make the pie: • Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Butter a baking dish and spread a small amount of bechamel on the bottom of the dish. • On top of that spread the poached fish and quartered eggs. • Spread with the remaining bechamel. Top with the mashed potatoes, place the langoustine heads in the potato, and brush with an egg wash. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and. ◆

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FOOD & DRINK / RECIPES

SCALLOPS BAKED IN THE SHELL Ser ves 4

I n g r e d i e nt s • 1 carrot, chopped • 1 leek, sliced • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil • 2 scallops per person or 3 x ½ • 100g puff pastry • 2 egg yolks White wine sauce • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 100g shallots, sliced • 250ml Noilly Prat vermouth • 250ml fish stock • 250ml whipping cream • Salt and pepper • ½ tablespoon grain mustard • 1 tablespoon chopped dill

M e th o d 1 Preparing the white wine sauce • Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on top of the stove and add the oil • Sweat the shallots gently for 3-4 minutes • Add the Noilly Prat and the fish stock and continue to cook until the mixture is reduced and has a syrupy consistency • Add the cream, bring back to the boil and reduce again slightly • Season with salt and pepper, then pass through a strainer or sieve • Add the grain mustard and chopped dill 2 Preparing the scallops • Slip a thin sharp knife between the shells and cut through the large white muscle tab (the abductor muscle) to release one side of the shell • Pry open the shell and pull everything out • Using a spoon, neatly scoop out the meat • Separate the white meat from the outer skirt and roe (the skirt and roe can be kept for making sauces and they freeze well) • Rinse the scallops and keep them in the fridge on a paper towel. Rinse the shells and pat them dry.

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3 Assembling the dish • Sweat the carrot and leak in the oil over a low heat. Season and cook until they are soft but not browned - allow to cool • Take 4 washed shells and divide the leeks and carrots between them • Cut the scallops in half through the middle, season and place 4 pieces on each shell • Cover with 3 tablespoons of white wine sauce and top with the other shells • Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6 • Roll out the puff pastry and cut into thin strips • Place a pastry strip around each scallop to seal the two shells together • Using your fingers, gently press the pastry in place to ensure that the seal is tight and there are no holes • Brush with egg yolk and cook in the hot oven for -10 minutes until the pastry is golden brown 4 Serve • Remove the scallop shells from the oven and run a sharp knife all the way around the outer crust • Serve on a bed of seaweed or some rock salt mixed with a little water to stop the shells rocking about and let your guests open the shell themselves. ◆

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FESTIVE FARE All you want for Christmas…

DALE ROGERS AMMONITE For a truly unique gift for the home, let Dale Rogers Ammonite's enthusiastic team help you choose from their vast selection of highly decorative fossils, minerals and crystals, ranging from small shelf fillers to giant statement pieces and wall hangings. They will also take care of all practicalities, from shipping to giving advice on displaying your pieces. 77 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH; 020 7881 0592; dalerogersammonite.com

Dolci Follie

GRACE BELGRAVIA

For an extra special treat this Christmas visit luxury lingerie experts Dolci Follie. The Notting Hill boutique and online store are packed with unique and decadent gifts. From beautiful bras to titillating accessories, there’s plenty to turn up the heat. And for those chillier winter nights, Dolci Follie offer an irresistible range of luxurious loungewear such as these silk cerise pyjamas. Dolci Follie, 28a Hereford Road, W2 5AJ; 020 7229 9085 dolcifollie.co.uk

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In partnership with Amanda Wakeley, when you purchase a Full Membership to Grace Belgravia, your loved one will not only receive all the benefits of being part of London’s most exclusive health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women, but they will also receive a limitededition Grace Bag, worth £395, that can take her from the gym to the office without compromising on style. 11c West Halkin Street; 020 7235 8900; membership@gracebelgravia.com

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BARRETONED

HEDONISM WINES

Start the new year off right and get those legs fit for the upcoming ski season with BARREtoned’s New Year’s Resolution Pack. This includes six weeks of unlimited classes for £150, plus a pair of free BARREtoned socks, chapstick and a week of online classes. Contact the studio to purchase. 12 Chepstow Road, W2 5BD; 020 7229 8668; contact@BARREtoned.com; BARREtoned.com

With over 70 complimentary wine, spirit and champagne tastings throughout December, plus over 8,000 fine wines and rare spirits to choose from, Hedonism Wines is the perfect place to find an exclusive gift from the most talked-about wine venture of recent times. There's free delivery within central London plus quick and efficient shipping to UK and worldwide destinations. 3-7 Davies Street, W1K 3LD; 020 729 07870; drink@hedonism.co.uk

PULLMAN EDITIONS Pullman Editions designs striking original limited-edition posters that capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco. Their newlycommissioned posters feature winter sports, glamorous resorts around the world and historic automobiles. Evoking memories of holidays and special occasions, their modern take on the Art Deco classics make super original gifts. There are over 100 designs available to view and buy online at pullmaneditions.com. Priced at £395 each.

THE SLOANE CLUB SPA

GINA CONWAY Gina Conway salons and spas embrace the alchemy of plants and people, using award-winning stylists and therapists to promote beauty and holistic wellness with Aveda products. This Christmas there's an array of gifts all customised with beautiful handmade paper. Perfect presents range from haircare to Christmas candles infused with Ginger Lily... bliss in a box! ginaconway.co.uk

Step through the doors of Lower Sloane Street in to The Sloane Club Spa, a haven of indulgence within an esteemed Private Members’ Club. Treat your loved ones to a gift voucher this Christmas. Bioeffect, Dermalogica and Essie products are also available to purchase. 52 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BS; 020 7730 9131; sloaneclub.co.uk

NOOKI In the shop you will find delicately embellished party dresses, velvet kimonos and woven leather satchels, all designed in the studio below the shop. Sitting alongside the brand is a range of handmade jewellery to suit all budgets, must have accessories and covetable knitwear. Perfect for filling Christmas stockings, they have just opened a children’s gift room with toys, cute clothing and sweeties. 101 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND; 020 7952 1751; nookidesign.com

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CLUB MATTERS

DU MAURIER WATCHES

Handmade in England, Club Matters' unique range of heatproof table mats and glass platters feature intricate hand-painted designs - from Sea Shells collected off the beaches of Iona to feathers and hand-sketched African animals. Also specialists in bespoke personalised table mats. clubmatters.co.uk; enquiries@clubmatters.co.uk; 01962 771 275

From British designer Ned du Maurier Browning, comes the Daphne Signature ladies watch, a stunning timepiece in grey and silver. It is smart enough for work, elegant enough for evenings and gorgeous enough to gaze at all day. Also available in silver or black with a choice of mesh strap (shown) or coloured leather straps. Prices from £440. dumaurierwatches.com 01460 220720.

MICHAEL MICHAUD This stunning contour necklace by Michael Michaud strikes the perfect balance between nature and style. The delicate leaves are cast by hand in bronze from the African Violet plant and softly patinated, then accented with pearls and exquisite flowers sculpted in pale blue glass. Absolutely readers get free shipping with the code ABXMAS michael-michaud.com

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Let USPAAH, your personal spa concierge, take away your stress and make you sparkle this season. Via their app you can request a variety of treatments in seconds and have them delivered to your door in as little as one hour. Simply tap the app, sit back and relax. uspaah.com

100% Pure Essential Oil blends created by Japanese scent masters @aroma. Improve your wellbeing and transform your living spaces with a luxury natural aromatherapy range derived from finest botanicals. Designed to augment mood and ambience, oils are gently emitted by the magical Squair diffuser utilising Piezo technology. The Piezo diffuser and 100ml oil selection costs £150, exclusively at Rested. rested.com.

JUSTEBIKES What’s the best way to get around London while maintaining your cool? We think it’s on the Hercules Urbanico electric bike. If you’re looking for a gift that will keep on giving, then this is it. Stylish, simple and easy to operate, the Urbanico is a quality European made e-bike and comes in a range of beautiful colours. Hercules Urbanico E F8 from £1,999 including battery at 318 Portobello Road, W10 5RU; 0208 960 9848; info@justebikes.co.uk justebikes.co.uk

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WHITE CHRISTMAS The Scandi Christmas is not about tinsel, glitz or glitter. It is about the home-made, the discreet and the organic, with lots of wood, candles and log fires. Count us in. skandium.com

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10 of the best

bau b l e s Modern ideas, designs and styles for your home STUDIO SEED

Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

Personalised Glitter Calligraphy Glass Bauble, from £18; studioseed.co.uk

ALESSI

Holy Family, MW40 5, £19; store.alessi.com

HARRODS

Red Pompom, £50; harrods.com

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Warm Up

BOMBKI

London Black Cab, £35; bompki.com

CONRAN

Carved Wood Animals Decorations, £8 for 5; conranshop.co.uk

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Castrads Castrads, the cast iron radiator experts, have opened their second London showroom in Chelsea. It located handily next to Farrow and Ball, who supply contemporary colours and signature finishes to completment the radiators' stylish shapes. 247 Fulham Road, SW3; castrads.com

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

DOLCE & GABBANA

Painted Christmas Bauble, £115; farfetch.com

Pines and Needles An idyllic christmas all starts with the perfect tree. Forget picking one up from the local shop, buy from Pines and Needles and you’ll have one of the best looking trees delivered to you straight from Scotland. pinesandneedles.com BOMBKI

Little Treats, £59; fortnumandmason.com

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PICK SPACE ODYSSEY

Ve r s a c e Futuristic and aerospace edgy, this Versace’s latest home collection presents clean and strong shapes with neutral colors such as black, ivory and moon grey. Available in leather or textile upholstery, these are chic. versace.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE Hot Air Balloon, £14; anthropologie.com

SIMPLE THINGS

P e d r o Ve n z o n Breaking boundaries, the bamba table by Pedro Venzon is as practical as it is ornamental. With minimalist lines and subtle curves, the final piece will catch your eye no matter where you place it. pedrovenzon.com

DESIGNERS GUILD

Party Dog Globe, £15; designersguild.com

WILD TIME

Bloom & Wild Bloom & Wild have joined forces with renowned illustrator, Fin Fellows to fuse create a whimsical letterbox wreath for christmas. Fusing fashion with floristry, a portion of each sale will be donated to St Mary’s Hospital. The season of goodwill is now good looking. bloomandwild.com

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AERLOOM LONDON Hand-blonw Queen glass ornament, £42.50; aerloom.london

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HOMES & INTERIORS / INSPIRATION FRAMA

Geometric cone shade, brass, POA conranshop.co.uk

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LAMBERT & FILS Laurent suspension lamp, POA lambertetfils.com

FORTUNY IITTALA

Snow dove glass bird by Oliver Toikka, £299 iittala.com

Decorative Box Piumette White & Gold, £530 eu.l-objet.com

NOVA OBJECTA

Colum(n) stool, £1,280 novaobjecta.com

INDERA

Clod chair by Bart Lens, POA indera.bew

FORTUNY

3-tier server, £610 eu.l-objet.com

SØREN NISSEN AND EBBE GEHL Corian and walnut cabinet, £2,720 conranshop.co.uk

L'OBJET

Alchimie Rabat Lantern, £1,196 l-objet.com

STOCKING THRILLERS

BRITISH LIBRARY

London chess set, £95 shop.bl.uk

Gifts for discerning design lovers By jessica klingelfuss

NICHETTO STUDIO

Zodiac modular shelving , from £88 zaozuo.com

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MAISON LUMEN Talavera Combo, £1,300 maisonnumen.com

POLS POTTEN

Block wine glasses, £17.50 scp.co.uk

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INSPIRE DESIGN COMPLETE

Award winning specialist kitchen & bathroom studio 148-150 Penwith Road, London, SW18 4QB 020 8012 8140 • oceanhomedesigns.co.uk

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HOMES & INTERIORS / GIFTS

SMYTHSON

Mara iPhone case, £135 smythson.com

APPLE KREAFUNK

KINDLE

Watch, series 2, £369 apple.com

Bluetooth headphones, £89 skandium.com

Paperwhite in white, £109.99, amazon.co.uk

DAVIDE GROPPI

PoPuP wireless speaker lamp, £611, shop.mohd.it

VIFA

Helsinki bluetooth speaker, £299, skandium.com

DENVER

CRL-310 sunrise alarm clock, £31.99 amazon.co.uk

NATIVE UNION

Weighted charging cable, £49 nativeunion.co.uk

LUCKY VOICE

Karaoke kit, £60 alexandalexa.com

LUMIX

G80 camera, £599.99, johnlewis.com

SONY

Portable Ultra Throw Short Projector, £999, sony.co.uk

PLUG-INS Gifts for tech lovers

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KREAFUNK

aGlow portable speaker, £99 kreafunk.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE Wildflower ultrathin charger, £34, anthropologie.co.uk

MOLESKIN

Smart writing set, £200, johnlewis.com

LEXON

Flip alarm clock, £25 johnlewis.com

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MY INSPIRATIONS

Neneh Cherry as Frida Kahlo

Serena Morton, art dealer and gallery owner

MY STYLE ICON

is Neneh Cherry (here) as Frida Kahlo, photographed by the iconic Jamie Morgan.

The Alhambra, Granada

Serena Morton

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION is Olhão in Portugal because painter Piers de Laszlo’s crumbling foundation epitomises the type of place I like to stay in. It’s living installation art.

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER

is Yves Saint Laurent. He understood women. I love this Yves Saint Laurent

David Hockney's Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy

RONNIE WOOD IS not just a

guitar hero – he's AN

picture of him with Betty Catroux et Loulou de la Falaise outside the first Rive Gauche Boutique, London, September 1969.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART

is ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ by David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell in Notting Hill.

Piers de Laszlo’s crumbling foundation

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING is the Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia because it reminds me of my old life in Spain.

Ronnie Wood

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ARTIST TOO

MY FAVOURITE MUSICIAN

is Ronnie Wood because not only is he a guitar hero but also an artist.

MY FAVOURITE PAINTING

from my forthcoming exhibition for Damian Elwes is ‘Haring Studio (New York)’. ◆ serenamorton.com

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e love making Christmas accessories for the home, so we created a wreath that fits through the letterbox and is easily assembled in minutes – as it’s already decorated for you! If, however, you want to make your own wreath at home, the first step is to find components that are local and will last. Pine cones, dried fruit and winter blooms are our favourites, so we’ve got birch branches, skimmia berries and leaves as well as pine cones. Cinnamon sticks and dried flowers work well too, depending on the decor of your home.

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ur wreath semi-circles are easily joined by inserting the metal base into the tube. Ensure they're securely bound and you’re ready to add to your wreath.

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e always recommend W adding foliage to the base first and building from there. Wiring stems (1) is simple, just thread some thin floral wire through the stem base. From there you can add each skimmia branch one by one, each facing in the same direction around the wreath (2). ire your oranges next W (3), at the edge of the rind so that the wire is less visible. We nestle the oranges into each bunch of skimmia (4) and add the pine cones on top of the oranges. By doing this we create a hierarchy: larger additions at the rear, more delicate additions towards the front. Repeat the wiring for your pine cones (5) and nestle into the dried orange (6). dd final touches, like the birch (7) and your bow (8). Keep your wreath in a cool place and it should last for over a month.

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 Looking for more ways to get crafty with flowers during the Christmas holiday? Sign up to Bloom and Wild’s Posy Party service to receive five cute miniature glass bottles and an assortment of wild blooms and foliage. Perfect for introducing little ones to flower arranging – and a monthly subscription makes the ideal festive gift. From £25. bloomandwild.com, @bloomandwild

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1. ARTIFACTUALLY VICTORIAN STAR BAUBLE, £35; harrods.com 2. DARVINA BAUBLE, £6; rockettstgeorge.co.uk 3. ROYAL GUARD CANDY CANE DECORATION, £20; liberty.co.uk 4. ROYAL ORBIT BAUBLE, £90; selfridges.com 5. HOLLY & BERRY MATT BAUBLE, £15; conranshop.com

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Embracing an innovative, modern approach whilst keeping traditional values at its core, Kew House School takes an exciting stance on 21st century education. With state-of-the-art facilities, a broad curriculum and excellent pastoral care, Kew House is a place where you would want to be – a place of learning and discovery, laughter and friendship.

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GIFTS FOR KIDS

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SMALL THINGS Snuggle up this Christmas in vintageinspired knits from Olivier Baby and Kids. We particularly love the Mimi baby dress in Liberty Lotta cord. olivierbaby.com

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MPW colleges are some of the country’s best

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KIDS & EDUCATION / NOTES LA COQUETA True Romance

FA M I LY F U N FO R T H E F E ST I V E S E A S O N

A superlative AW16 collection from La Coqueta sees the London-based brand embrace a timeless classicism, reworking iconic designs – check pyjamas, woollen rompers – for contemporary tastes. lacoquetakids.com

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SMALL TALK Timeless fashion, an indoor slide – and brace yourself for Space City

SLIDE AWAY Jupiduu A slide chic enough to live inside your home? Yes, those clever Scandinavians have done it again. Available in four colours – with ‘white elephant’ the pick of the bunch. £199;

Hape Quadrilla Space City, £69.99; harrods.com

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TABLE TALK

TIGHT STUFF

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Fe r m L i v i n g  An ideal stocking filler, this kids’ tableware from Ferm Living can only enhance your Christmas dinner... plus the design is evergreen, so you can use it year-round. 

Braveling  Cosy up your little darlings for the cold weather to come in these uber-cute ‘bear hug’ tights, featuring warm terry lining and practical, non-slip soles.

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here's always one present that trumps everything else on Christmas Day. Sometimes it's entirely by virtue of being bigger, or even just having the biggest box. Alternatively, it can be something spectacular, something that gets played with all day and maybe makes a lot of noise or surprises everyone. Previous winners have included electric train sets, Skalextric, the dreaded Furby. For us last year it was an enormous wooden sledge, wrapped in a box as big as a grandfather clock. This year, the money's on this Deep Space marble run. It requires no batteries and is virtually impossible to break but allows for hours of fun, first in the building of an elaborate 3D structure out of 176 wooden pieces, and then in the playing with it, mostly because it glows in the dark. Suited to children aged six and up, this is a non-screen based, low-tech toy that will keep them busy beyond Boxing Day. 

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KEW HOUSE SCHOOL SIXTH FORM

Kew House School takes an exciting stance on 21st century education. With state-of-the-art facilities, experienced staff, inspirational career guidance and excellent pastoral care, Kew House is a place where you would want to be – a place of learning and discovery, laughter and friendship.

Kew House School is currently recruiting into Sixth Form 2016 and will be opening its new Sixth Form Centre in 2017.

Sixth Form Open Day Event 17 January 2016 (7pm)

Open Dates for all year groups: December 6th/7th (9.15am/2pm)

January 13th/17th (9.15am/7pm) January 31st (9.15am) T: 0208 742 2038 E: info@kewhouseschool.com W: www.kewhouseschool.com

An independent co-educational senior school for students aged 11-18 in West London

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TINY COTTONS

I Like Your Face Socks, £7.50; hiplittlepeople.com

ROCKAHULA

Snowman Hair Clips, £6.95; harrods.com

CISSY WEARS

Robot Money Box £14; cissywears.com

MARIE-CHANTAL AW16

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HAVE STELLA MCCARTNEY Peonie Days of the Week Underwear Set, £74; alexandalexa.com

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PENNY

Arizona Tipi, €139; en.smallable.com

Slater 22-inch Skateboard, €149; en.smallable.com

LOMOGRAPHY

Milano Edition Mini Lomo Instant Camera, €119; en.smallable.com

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GIFTS FOR KIDS

TOBIAS AND THE BEAR Mr Men Leggings, £18; tobiasandthebear.com

From stocking-fillers to festive fashion B y HELEN BARON

ACNE JNR

Kranium White, €81.88; acnejr.com

TOBIAS AND THE BEAR Fa La La La La Tee, £16; tobiasandthebear.com

MERI MERI

Reindeer Bag, £19.95; harrods.com

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Indoor Ball Swing, €149; en.smallable.com absolutely.london

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A World of Sophisticated Beauty Armani Hotel Dubai brings to life the “Stay with Armani� philosophy delivering a genuine home approach and a unique lifestyle experience where every need and desire is fulfilled for each guest individually. www.armanihoteldubai.com

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WILD WILDLIFE Elizabeth Hutton goes on the trip of a lifetime to discover the mysterious Galรกpagos Islands.

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TheWILD LIFE The trip of a lifetime to the world’s prehistoric paradise Wo r d s e l i z a b e t h h u t t o n

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t’s almost impossible to describe how bizarre a cruise around the

archipelago of Galápagos really is. Unlike a jungle safari or rainforest trek, the animals here are like actors, ready and waiting for their audience to arrive. Step off the speedboat onto one of these deserted islands, and within seconds you’re standing in between a sea lion and marine iguana, neither of them at all affected by the dozens of cameras pointed in their direction. With less than 250,000 people visiting the archipelago each year, this is the trip of a lifetime and it doesn’t disappoint with impossibly white sands, turquoise seas and black lava rock setting the scene for even more incredible animals. With many islands uninhabited by humans, it’s easy to believe you’re the first to walk the unspoiled land and discover what Metropolitan Touring like to call the Galapagos Big 15 (see sidebar). As the original inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, explained in revolutionary work The Origin of Species, the volcanic islands are a constant source of mystery and

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THE ANIMALS here are like ACTORS, ready and WAITING FOR their AUDIENCE TO ARRIVE

intrigue for naturalists and tourists alike. As a result, days spent aboard the Santa Cruz II ship start early with a 7am wake up call Ω unheard of while on holiday Ω but setting an earlier alarm to watch the giant sun rise up from the sea is a good idea. While the landscape is beautiful it’s the wildlife people come to see. While some of the animals are endemic to a particular island Ω such as the world’s only flightless cormorant that can only be found on Fernandina and Isabela Ω sea lions in Galapagos are so common the locals calls them dogs. Swimming with the adults and their pups around Santa Fé, however, is something I’ll never forget. Resurfacing from pacific, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face - until I looked back down. There, right below me, were two white-tipped sharks. Even though they’re completely harmless, their jawslike silhouette still took my breath away. Thankfully for those who can’t bare the thought of swimming in the depths of the ocean, the Santa Cruz II has its own glass bottom boat so no one misses out. Back on land, the flat places of Española are particularly special. As

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the sole breeding ground for the entire population of the world’s waved albatross we stumbled across three of the giant birds performing their mating dance. Famed for their hilarious drunken waddle and intricate mating ritual, we watched on as we the male clacked beaks with both females; evidently the albatross men are just as indecisive as their human counterparts. The views found at Española are also the best with black lava rock and jagged cliffs creating a prehistoric landscape like nothing else. No sooner than we sat down on the rocks, a blowhole erupted in front of us; it seems there is no end to the wonders of Galápagos.

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Celebrate with family and friends in Knightsbridge this December

Relax in the intimate Capital Bar with cocktails before a Michelin-starred dinner in our Private Rooms by Outlaw’s at The Capital.

Alternatively enjoy a festive Afternoon Tea, created exclusively by critically-acclaimed

Pastry Chef Claire Clark. The perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge.

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THE GALAPAGOS 15 Ecuadorian food highlights include lapingacho (fried potato cakes made with quesillo cheese, cooked on the griddle till golden, and served with chorizo and avocado). These are so good we’d rush to breakfast in hope that they were waiting but alas, they were a one-time thing. For lunch, the hearty locro soup is must-eat national dish. The warming and delicious potato stew is a classic corn, bean and potato soup that you top with avocado, cilantro and cancha corn nuts. To experience all Ecuador and the Galápagos have to offer, you logistically need nine days. We flew in to Quito

Step into CHARLES DARWIN’S SHOES and EXPERIENCE it all as he found it in 1535 and stayed in the beautiful 5* boutique hotel Casa Gangotena for two nights. Overlooking the Plaza San Francisco in the Historic Center, the mansion begins to feel like an extremely lovely second home. From here we flew to Baltra airport before boarding the Santa Cruz II. After four nights out at sea, we arrived at the Finch Bay Hotel which was a welcome return to dry land. This chic ecolodge is set on the beachfront of Puerto Ayora and has the most incredible pool so we made the most of the opportunity to relax and happily sat poolside with a mojito in hand. This is the way to travel for sure. While there’s no denying the entire trip was luxurious Ω with giant beds, wifi and a seemingly endless supply of pisco throughout Ω those onboard the Santa Cruz II still made it feel like we were one of the first to visit the archipelago. After all, isn’t that the point? To step into Charles Darwin’s shoes and experience it all as he found it in 1535. u

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Galapagos albatross • blue-footed booby • Nazca booby • Red-footed booby • flightless cormorant • American flamingo • frigatebird • Galapagos hawk • Galapagos giant tortoise • Sante Fé land iguana • Galapagos penguin • Galapagos fur seal • marine iguana • land iguana • albatross • sea lion ourney Latin America offers an 9-day holiday to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands with 2 nights at Casa Gangotena, 4 nights on board Santa Cruz II and 2 nights at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel from £5,538 per person. Price includes international flights, first class accommodation, some meals, Galápagos Island entrance fee, excursions and transfers.

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ourney Latin America offers an 11-day holiday to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands with 2 nights at Casa Gangotena, 2 nights at Mashpi Lodge, 4 nights on board Santa Cruz II and 2 nights at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel from £6,788 per person. Price includes international flights, first class accommodation, some meals, Galápagos Island entrance fee, excursions and transfers.

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REACH YOUR PEAK

With a range of membership options and unrivalled facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, Pilates Reformers and personal training, The Peak Health Club & Spa is the ideal place to make your New Year’s resolution a reality. Enjoy a complimentary* day pass before 31 March 2017 and experience all of our facilities before you join. To arrange your complimentary day pass call 020 7858 7300 and quote Absolutely Chelsea. Please note there are limited spaces available and guests must book in advance. *Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.

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ur home for the weekend is Newmarket, a cosy cottage sleeping eight with two double en suites and two twin en suite bedrooms. This charming hideaway encompasses everything we know and love about the English countryside Ω it's elegant, yet incredibly homely throughout. It’s a country-chic escape, idyllic inside and out, and is perfect for a family getaway. Once a Victorian stable yard and the outbuilding of Bruern Abbey, Newmarket is traditional and country-esque, with a quintessentially British feel. The pastel backdrop is adorned with antiques and floral fabrics, making each room unique from the other. Bruern is in the heart of the Cotswolds with beautiful surrounding villages on its doorstep, but as night draws in we don’t feel guilty for relaxing by the fire with a bottle of wine. It's period character, quaint decor and handmade furnishings make this country cottage a home away from home.

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ead to Bourton-on-the-Water for an afternoon roaming the riverside. It's dubbed the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'; a quaint village with tea rooms, pubs and antique shops. You might be in the perfect position to explore the Cotswolds here, but make sure you enjoy the on site facilities too; there's a spa and health club with gym, pool and treatment rooms, Children's Paradise Ω a play area for little ones, and of course the stunning gardens that flank the site. You'll relax from start to finish here, and there's no need to stress about packing necessities as each cottage comes with a welcome pack filled with local produce including cheeses, preserves and a bottle of champagne to toast to your stay.

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ruern is the perfect base to explore the Cotswolds; and if you're packing your stay into a weekend, you're in the best position to do so Ω moments from some of the area’s prettiest towns and villages. The site offers a cluster of 12 lovely cottages from two to five beds, catering for every occassion Ω from couples reatreats to larger family getaways. The journey from London is easy: in less than two hours by train, you can be checked in with the fire roaring and tucking into your welcome hamper.

THE DAMAGE Weekend breaks in Newmarket start at £1,346 in low season and £4,377 in high season (Christmas/New Year). Three night week day breaks (any combination from Sunday to Thursday) start from £828 in low season and £2,693 in high season.

Bruern Holiday Cottages, Bruern, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire bruern-holiday-cottages.co.uk

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WALDORF MOMENTS A Taste of Waldorf Astoria - from the bustling streets of Beijing to the vibrant Shanghai skyline W o r d s E ly s i a A g n e w

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lanning a trip to China can be quite bewildering, albeit incredibly exciting. The difficulty is knowing where to begin. For me, the majestic capital city is a clear starting point; with its post-contemporary high-rise buildings and its ancient hideaways, it’s a study in contrasts and boasts treasures like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Next on the list is Shanghai, a buzzing metropolis gazing into the future. It’s a waterfront city taking China’s lightning-fast development to the next level with a jagged skyline on one side and charming Chinese heritage on the other. The contrast between these two sky scraping cities is remarkable. Shanghai, dubbed ‘the Paris of the East’ with its alluring skyline and ultra-luxe vibe, and Beijing with its rich heritage, Hutong lifestyle and electrifying pace. It’s among Beijing’s historic Hutongs where we begin our Waldorf journey. What was once the world’s most iconic hotel is now the most iconic portfolio of hotels. The Waldorf brand satisfies the luxe travellers of the world, offering a tailored service unique to each hotel and its location. The Waldorf Astoria first opened its doors in New York in 1893, reaching new heights in guest services. The original 13-storey Waldorf Hotel soon

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The CONTRAST between these TWO SKY SCRAPING cities is REMARKABLE became the go-to venue for the world’s wealthy and society’s elite. Four years later, the adjacent 17-storey Astoria Hotel was built and a marble corridor linked the two. This corridor became the enduring symbol of the combined Waldorf and Astoria Hotels. Today, that corridor is better known as Peacock Alley Ω a lobby bar found at the heart of each hotel. A true reflection of its location, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing is a grand, brass building standing boldly in a swish area of downtown Beijing. The hotel is a modern take on centuries of Chinese tradition with the perfect combination of artistic charm and modern architecture. Make the Waldorf your base and you’re moments away from the designer district and the historic streets of China’s capital city. It has everything you desire and more Ω location, elegance, style and perfection at every touch point. Checked into a suite 13 floors up above this

beautifully chaotic city, while the bustling sounds of the streets are just several stories beneath, I feel like I have been whisked away into another world where tranquility meets urban living. Not just a place to rest your head, the hotel offers a 600-piece art collection. Adorning every corridor, these galleryworthy pieces combine contemporary art with Chinese heritage. Orange, browns and bronze tones make up the core design of the hotel, reflecting a timeless elegance associated with the country. But the food here is the real draw; and is definitely something worth celebrating. The hotel’s staple restaurant, Brasserie 1893, is continental in terms of its cuisine, with

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a west-meets-east menu offering local twists on staple dishes. To commemorate Waldorf Astoria as the birthplace of iconic culinary inventions such as the Eggs Benedict, the Waldorf Salad, Thousand Island dressing and Red Velvet cake, the James Beard Foundation have teamed up with Waldorf Astoria for a second year running to find the next Taste of Waldorf Astoria to be shared across the hotel’s global menu. The Jing Roll was the winning dish for 2016, created by Chef Benoit Chargy of the Waldorf Astoria Beijing and James Beard Rising Star Chef, Erik Bruner-Yang. The aim: to create an area-inspired dish that will add to the Waldorf Astoria culinary legacy.

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An elegant Knightsbridge escape tucked away in a terrace of townhouses Boasting striking views over Egerton Gardens, an Italian fine dining restaurant and a Martini & Champagne bar, it’s the perfect mix of impeccable service and the feel of a private home, with Italian-influenced design.

24 Egerton Gardens, London, SW3 2DB +44 (0)20 7584 5533 www.thefranklinlondon.com

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ELITE TRAVELLERS of the WORLD If you’re travelling between Beijing and Shanghai, be sure to catch the highspeed train. A cross-country experience showcasing the landscape change as you pass through this fascinating country. The journey will take you from Beijing to Shanghai in just over five hours. From hotel rooms with sweeping views of the skyline, to bars hidden behind bookshelves, here’s why you don’t want to miss out on the gem that is Shanghai. It’s a direct contrast to Beijing Ω somewhat futuristic in terms of its building development. The Bund, a mile-long strip along the Huangpu River offers spectacular views of the skyline. During the 1920s and 30s, The Bund became the playground for Shanghai’s expat community. No.2 The Bund was home to the Shanghai Club, which later reopened in 2011 as the heritage building, part of the Waldorf Astoria. Once the prized destination for the elite gentlemen of Shanghai, the hotel’s Long Bar incorporates a classic theme, much like the original. Fast forward several decades and you’ll find guests sampling the bar’s vintage champagne, cigar, whisky and cocktail offering. Local jazz music sets the tone as we toast to a weekend in ‘the Paris of the East’ with a cocktail in one hand and a signature Waldorf oyster in the other. xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai is spread over two buildings, the main tower and the heritage building. In keeping with the high concentration of historical buildings along The Bund, the heritage building adopts a charming elegance and authentic feel. It’s interesting to note that the differences between them represent Shanghai itself; a combination of authentic Chinese tradition and contemporary influence. The Chinese restaurant, Wei Jing Ge. A tasting menu offers delicacies such as the braised bird nest soup (good for collagen production), and a sea cucumber dish. Chef Jan Van Dyke of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai presents his in-house dish, the Suckling Pig dumping. If you’re looking to venture out, you’re in an incredible position to do so. The hotel is in a prime location for evening entertainment; The Bund has a stunning selection of rooftop bars to take in those spectacular views. But for something a little different, a short cab ride will take you to the French Concession. Here you’ll find low-rise buildings, quaint restaurants and western nightlife. I’d recommend checking out the bookcase at Ocho Bar Tools to see what’s hidden behind. If you’re lucky you’ll enter Speak

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Low, a fun and rustic cocktail bar serving creative cocktails and liquors. China’s Waldorf Astoria properties offer a tale of two cities. The interiors, location and culinary experiences of both flagship properties capture the essence of two contrasting reflections of contemporary China: one with a nod to the past and an exploration of tradition and one with a modern, artistic take on its home in the capital city. u

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 Rates at Waldorf Astoria Beijing start from £265 (plus VAT) per room per night for a Deluxe King Room, including breakfast. For reservations and enquiries please visit waldorfastoria.hilton.com/Beijing or call +86-010-85208989.

WALDORF ASTORIA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND

 Rates at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai start from £300 (plus VAT) per room per night, for a Deluxe King Room including breakfast. For reservations and enquiries please visit waldorfastoria.hilton.com/ Shanghai or call +86-21-63229988.

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ROMANTIC DORSET The award-winning Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa, a Relais and Chateaux property in the enchanting village of Evershot, represents luxurious five star country house charm at its finest. Experience exemplary service and discover beautifully appointed rooms which are individually and lovingly decorated with traditional elegance.

VOTED NO.1 HOTEL IN THE UK

CondÊ Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa 9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR Tel: +44 (0) 1935 48 2000 | Email: summer@relais.com| www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk

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Make the most of the dramatic north Cornish Coast and the buzzing surfing beach of Polzeath

With a stunning 18-hole golf course, North Cornwall's top Health Club, featuring an indoor pool, Spinning® room, fully equipped state-ofthe-art gym, dedicated new studio, tennis courts, restaurant with top reviews, accommodation ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses together with 7 NEW contemporary apartments, The Point at Polzeath is a favourite destination for both short breaks and family holidays.

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larger than average one double bedroom apartment located moments from the world famous Harrods and Hyde Park with wonderful roof top views. Situated on the seventh floor of a prestigious mansion building, the apartment consists of a spacious living room with wooden flooring and views over Brompton Road, a double bedroom with fireplace, smart bathroom and fully fitted, separate kitchen.u

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RUSSELL GARDENS MEWS Holland Park W14

A stunning upper maisonette designed by an international multi-award winning architect set in a charming Victorian cobbled mews.

Holland Park & Notting Hill 020 7371 1111 hollandpark@carterjonas.co.uk

Open-plan kitchen/reception room • 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • Good storage • Contemporary finish • EPC rating C

Guide price £1,300,000

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CHESHAM MEWS Belgravia SW1X

A charming property on a peaceful and secure cobbled mews in the heart of Belgravia; arranged over three floors, this lovely home offers wonderful, bright living space. Chesham Mews is ideally positioned in close proximity to Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, and Hyde Park.

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

Reception room • 3 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • Garage • Access to communal gardens • EPC rating G

Guide price £2,950,000

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St Quintin Avenue, W10 ÂŁ1,999,995 Share of Freehold

A rare opportunity to purchase a truly remarkable apartment which provides circa 1,512 square feet of luxury living space. Immaculately presented, the property offers superb ceiling height, period fireplaces throughout, plenty of natural light, an abundance of storage and a fantastic south-facing terrace with an unusually open aspect. EPC=D. Reception room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and terrace. Sole Agents

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Hyde Park Square, W2 ÂŁ3,500,000 Share of Freehold

Magnificent penthouse apartment with direct lift access in an elegant period Grade II listed building, located on a much sought after private communal garden square. Conveniently situated just moments from Hyde Park and less than five minutes' walk from Paddington Station. EPC=D.Two reception rooms, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, roof terrace, direct lift access, communal gardens and self-contained studio flat. Joint Sole Agents

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Ladbroke Road, W11 £3,500 per week Fees Apply

Stunning home which has been refurbished throughout in a contemporary style whilst retaining many of the features of a classical period house. Moments from the Gate itself and just a short walk from Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road this is the perfect home in Notting Hill. EPC=C.Three reception rooms, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, open-plan kitchen and terrace. Also available for SHORT LETS at £5,000 per week. Furnished. Sole Agents

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St Marks Road, W10 £545 per week Fees Apply

Magnolia Lodge, W8 £550 per week Fees Apply

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Simply stunning flat on the raised ground floor of this impressive period property offering stylish flexible accommodation and great storage.The property is just moments from the North Kensington Memorial Park and only a short walk from Ladbroke Grove tube station. EPC=D. Reception room, two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. Unfurnished.

A newly decorated flat on the second floor with a secure, allocated parking space located in the popular Kensington Green development. EPC=B. Reception room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, juliet balcony, communal garden, parking space, residents gym and 24 hour porter service. Furnished.

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Ladbroke Grove, W11 £950 per week Fees Apply

Truly stunning first floor flat with wonderful entertaining space in the heart of Notting Hill with access to beautiful communal gardens.The property is superbly located for the many and varied local shops of Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road. EPC=D. Reception room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and access to communal gardens. Furnished.

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Brunswick Gardens, W8 £625 per week Fees Apply

All Saints Road, W11 £770 per week Fees Apply

020 7221 2277 sophie@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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A completely stunning, light and bright flat in prime location just off Notting Hill Gate and close to Kensington High Street.The spacious reception room has a west-facing balcony over-looking this beautiful tree-lined street. Ideal for young professionals. EPC=D. Reception room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and balcony. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

Exceptional apartment which has been designed to create maximum space and light. Benefiting from a huge roof deck with views across Portobello and located within walking distance to the boutiques and restaurants on Westbourne Grove. EPC=F. Reception room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and roof deck. Furnished. Sole Agents

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HOUSE HUNTING

FINEST PROPERTY SHOWCASE

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I successfully sold a house a lovely family who came to us after being let down by multiple buyers and agents. MOST INTERESTING PROPERTY

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A very quirky one bedroom house in Hammersmith W6. The property was called ‘The Grotto’ because of it’s mock gothic style and slate covered exterior.

THE PROPERTY WAS CALLED "THE GROTTO" BECAUSE OF IT'S MOCK GOTHIC STYLE

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Sealed bids on a property, hours after the announcement of the EU referendum result.

BEST SCHOOL: Notting Hill Prep. We hear nothing but great things about this school. They even designed our Christmas card a few years ago. WHAT TO DO ON A RAINY DAY: The Design Museum’s stunning new building on Kensington High Street offers lots of fantastic workshops, installations and talks for all ages across the year.

An extremely elegant split level apartment in the heart of Parsons Green. The property comprises two double bedrooms, a master with en-suite and a separate family bathroom. Designed and finished to a high specification with a focus on style and keeping with the area, with a modern open plan kitchen/reception room offering an abundance of natural light.u

The Design Museum offers fantastic workshops FUN FOR FREE OR BEST RESTAURANT: Wandering along Portobello Market the world’s largest antiques market. Here you find dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible

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so you will never leave empty handed. Plus an array of bars and restaurants to tempt your pallet and enjoy the company of friends. Sports and recreation: A morning run around beautiful Holland Park or a game of tennis in the public courts, some five a side football under the Westway in North Kensington are a few of the options on offer. u

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PHIL SPENCER ANNOUNCES TOP LONDON ESTATE & LETTING AGENTS

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Reece Mews, SW7

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Taking part in the ESTAs sets firms apart from their competitors and improve in the future. Phil Spencer, the country’s favourite property expert, will announce the winners at the 14th annual ESTAS ceremony next May held at the Grosvenor House in front of 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals. Spencer says: “Taking part in the ESTAS sets firms apart from their competitors. It sends a clear message that they are passionate about customer service, prepared to go that extra mile for their clients." u

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MOORE HOUSE • SW1 •

£1,550,000 sixth floor two bedroom apartment, with 24 hr concierge, 24 hr estate security with CCTV monitoring, state of the art spa and gym, 10 year NHBC building guarantee from 19th July 2012. Situated just

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275 Willesden Lane, Willesden Green, London, NW2 5JA Tel: 020 8459 1133 Fax: 020 8451 2008 enquiries@cameronsstiff.co.uk cameronsstiff.co.uk

EPC - D

Parkfield Road, NW10

£525,000 Leasehold

Unique recently refurbished split level flat situated on First &

• 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Top Floor of this charming Victorian cottage in a popular

• Reception room, kitchen/dining room

location close to Willesden Green Station (Jubilee). Bright

• Own entrance, long lease, 771 sq ft

spacious accommodation beautifully presented throughout.

• Viewing is highly recommended

St Gabriels Road, NW2

£1,150,000 Share Of Freehold

RARELY AVAILABLE on the Mapesbury Conservation Estate

• 3 bedroom flat, 2 bathrooms

is this beautiful apartment occupying 1400 sq ft over the entire

• Reception room & dining room

GF. Great position close to Willesden Green Station (Jubilee)

• Well maintained 70 ft rear garden & OSP

& the stunning Mapesbury Dell. Viewing a MUST!

• Period & contemporary features combined

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All Souls Avenue, NW10

£1,195,000 Freehold

Larger than average three bedroom family home of 1568 sq ft

• Contemporary style kitchen, dining room + utility room

which has recently been refurbished to an extremely high

• Loft extended to create a 3rd bedroom + en-suite

standard and extended to create lateral living space with all

• 64 ft South facing rear garden + OSP for 2 cars

the latest technology. Viewing essential.

• Close to Kensal Rise & local amenities

EPC - F

Chevening Road, NW6

£2,195,000 Freehold

A great opportunity to purchase this spacious semi-detached

• 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

property that is situated across the road from Queens Park &

• 3 reception rooms, kitchen

close to Salusbury Road. Currently divided into two flats but

• 73 ft west facing rear garden, 2200 sq ft

could easily be reinstated into a family home.

• Full of period features & polished floorboards

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EPC - D

MOWBRAY ROAD, NW6

£829,950 Share Of Freehold

A delightful, well presented 938 sq ft 2 bedroom apartment set on the RGF of an imposing semi-detached residence, boasting 21 ft reception overlooking the communal garden, modern fully fitted kitchen, family bathroom/WC and plenty of storage space. Offered CHAIN FREE & set in an enviable location in Kilburn.

• Stripped wooden floors, bay windows • Bright and light accommodation • Contemporary bathroom with shower • Close to Kilburn Jubilee Line Station

EPC - B

QUEENS PARK PENTHOUSES, SALUSBURY ROAD, NW6

£1,250,000 Leasehold

Exclusive Penthouse in this luxury development built in 2016 boasting exceptionally large roof terrace offering stunning views of the area, almost 30 ft open plan kitchen/living area perfect for entertaining. No expense has been spared and the apartment has been designed to the highest standards. Must be seen!

• 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) • 300 sq ft terrace with glass balustrade • Moldunova bespoke Italian kitchen • Concierge service, CCTV, parking space

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MONTROSE AVENUE, NW6

£1,699,950 Freehold

Situated just moments away to the beautiful open spaces of Queens Park & Salusbury Road is this charming 1559 sq ft 3 bedroom period house, requiring modernisation but providing excellent family accommodation with many of the original features retained. The property boasts 2 receptions, dining room & 35 ft south facing rear garden.

• Terraced house, 3 beds, 2 baths • Period features, bright & spacious • Wooden floors, original fireplaces • Great transport links to Central London

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BURROWS NW10 HARTLANDROAD, ROAD, NW6

£1,725,000 £1,850,000Freehold Freehold

Beautifully presented bathroom fully extended Fully extended 1704 5sqbedroom/2 ft mid-terrace family house retaining mid-terraced plenty of the house originalincharm Kensal Rise with boasting double reception room, kitchen/diner bi-fold21doors combined modern features, offering 28 large ft double reception,with stunning ft kitchen/ opening onto a 56doors ft south facing onto garden, with 4en-suite bathroom. diner with bi-fold opening themaster south bedroom facing garden, bedrooms & 2 Must be seen to be fully appreciated. bathrooms. Excellent location just minutes walk to Salusbury Road.

• •Spanning over 1738 sq ft throughout Beautifully redecorated • •5 Bright bedrooms/2 bathrooms open plan bespoke kitchen • •Kitchen Period extension fireplaces, extra storage space • •Close Green ClosetotoKensal Queens ParkStation Bakerloo Station

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Prices Prices from from £450,000 £450,000 Set Set to to become become a a landmark landmark destination destination for for north north London London with with cinema, fitness centre, supermarket, eateries and shops* cinema, fitness centre, supermarket, eateries and shops*

Set Set across across four four sleek sleek and and stylish stylish buildings buildings including two spectacular towers including two spectacular towers

11 minute minute walk walk to to the the new new western western entrance entrance of of Finsbury Finsbury Park Park station station for Victoria and Piccadilly tube links and National Rail connections for Victoria and Piccadilly tube links and National Rail connections

Panoramic Panoramic views views overlooking overlooking the the beautiful beautiful 110 110 acre Finsbury Park and across the acre Finsbury Park and across the capital capital

Connections Connections to to King’s King’s Cross Cross (4 (4 mins), mins), the the West West End End (9 (9 mins), mins), Holborn (11 mins) and Moorgate (13 mins) Holborn (11 mins) and Moorgate (13 mins)

Access Access to to The The Pavilion, Pavilion, a a communal communal roof roof garden garden featuring exclusive residents’ Wi-Fi featuring exclusive residents’ Wi-Fi Lounge Lounge

24 24 hour hour concierge concierge service service & & further further private private gardens gardens

Completions Completions from from Summer Summer 2019 2019 -- Spring Spring 2020 2020

Finsbury Park station Finsbury Park station 1 minute walk 1 minute walk

Kings Cross Kings Cross 4 mins 4 mins

Oxford Circus Oxford Circus 9 minutes 9 minutes

Holborn Holborn 11 minutes 11 minutes

Moorgate Moorgate 13 minutes 13 minutes

Victoria Victoria 13 minutes 13 minutes

Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus 15 minutes 15 minutes

The City The City 16 minutes 16 minutes

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Alice Umfreville HEAD OF CHELSEA LET TINGS Strutt & Parker

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y property career began inadvertently when my brother got me a temp job at Douglas & Gordon during my university holidays, close to where I grew up in Barnes, south west London and also where he used to work. After I finished university, I started a longer six-week contract with them, a fortnight later I was taken aside and told that although I was frankly hopeless at paperwork, I clearly had the gift of the gab. I was offered a full-time role as a negotiator in the Battersea Park Lettings team where I hit my stride doing deals and loved being out of the office so much especially in such a lovely part of town. After a relatively short period and getting ARLA qualified I was promoted to manager of the team and was able to start establishing the skills that are so important in my role today. Thankfully, I also greatly improved my admin skills, although that is not my favorite aspect of the job! I stayed with the firm for a further six years before joining Strutt & Parker to head the Chelsea Lettings office in May 2013. Both my father and my brother are also

It's all about delivering the very highest level of customer care agents so it must be in the blood. I studied International Hospitality and Business Management at University and spent a year working abroad in Canada as part of my course in a five-star resort. I learnt a lot of people skills during that time, and I think there are lots of parallels to be drawn between the luxury travel and high-end property industries – it’s all about delivering the very highest level of customer care and making your clients feel looked after. My life outside work is certainly varied. Since last summer I have been mentoring at one of Her Majesty’s Prisons in London which I find fascinating and hugely rewarding. I have been assigned a prisoner who I meet up with once a week with the aim being that I offer him support and advice ahead of his release next year, so that hopefully it is less likely he will

reoffend when he leaves. When you work in the luxury sector, it can be very easy to lose perspective, and it makes a real change to spend time with someone who sees things from such an alternate view. It makes me appreciate what I have – and also allows me to recognise how special the properties I rent are. I don’t like my life just to be about work so am always putting myself through some random course or activity. Last year I qualified as a Reiki practioner, a treatment I find really beneficial for both body and mind, and I’ve also just completed my Day Skipper qualification with the Royal Yachting Association. In fact this week I have my RYA VHF exam ahead of chartering a yacht without instruction for the first time this weekend. I was lucky enough to grow up on boats, and on the weekends I love to get out of the capital and spend some time on the south coast. I find being on the water very therapeutic and the perfect contrast to my hectic work life based just off Sloane Square.Working in the fast-paced letting industry can be very demanding and sometimes stressful but all my extra-curricular activities help to keep me balanced and make sure I never get bored. More is definitely more. u

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BROOK GREEN 138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB SHEPHERDS BUSH 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS ACTON 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD

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RAVENSCOURT ROAD W6 £1,845PW / £7,995PCM

BATOUM GARDENS W6 £1,725PW / £7,475PCM

• 5 BEDROOMS • SPACIOUS RECEPTION • SIEMATIC KITCHEN

• 5 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • 2 FLOORS OF LIVING SPACE • 3 BATHROOMS

• 3 BATHROOMS • PATIO GARDEN • EPC RATING B 84

• STUDY • LARGE GARDEN • EPC RATING D 63

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

OAKWOOD COURT W14 £1,200PW / £5,200PCM

RUSSELL ROAD W14 £950PW / £4,117PCM

• 3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • LARGE RECEPTION • CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN

• 3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • OPEN PLAN KITCHEN • STUDIO/OFFICE

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

• 2 BATHROOMS • LIFT & 24 HOUR PORTER • EPC RATING F 32

• 2 BATHROOMS • PAVED GARDEN • EPC RATING D 66

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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AGATE ROAD W6 PRICE ON APPLICATION • 5/6 BEDROOMS • DOUBLE RECEPTION • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM

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BOLINGBROKE ROAD W14 GUIDE £1.775M FREEHOLD • 4 BEDROOMS • 23' x 19' RECEPTION • KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

• STUDY • SOUTHERLY FACING GARDEN • EPC RATING D 64

BROOK GREEN 020 7371 4171

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CHANCELLORS ROAD W6 GUIDE £1.5M FREEHOLD

HAMMERSMITH GROVE W6 GUIDE £895,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD

• 3 BEDROOMS • KITCHEN/DINING ROOM • STUDY

• 3 BEDROOMS • LARGE RECEPTION • CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN

• 2 BATHROOMS • PAVED GARDEN • EPC RATING D 63

BROOK GREEN 020 7371 4171

• 2 BATHROOMS • OVER 900 SQ FT • EPC RATING D 58

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GOLDHURST HOUSE, APARTMENT NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW

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Price £1,999,950* Call now for your personal appointment: 020 3603 4575 Fulham Reach Show Apartment and Marketing Suite, Distillery Wharf, Parr’s Way, London W6 9GD enquiries@fulhamreach.co.uk | www.fulhamreach.co.uk

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FAMOUS PLACES London hides a plethora of celebrity homes. These are the most recent to come on the market

SNAP UP WHERE BABEL WAS SHOT

olk-rock band Mumford and Sons’ second studio album, Babel, has so far been their most successful one topping the charts in both the UK and the US last year and selling over two million copies. But where was the front cover shot? The four founders of the band Ω Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane – all chose to pose in Charles Baker Place, a former mixed use site in Wandsworth, SW London. But the band might not recognise it now. Developer Chester Row has moved in and is renovating the existing Victorian buildings and constructing new homes as well. Dedicated Mumford & Sons fans can snap up the properties now for sale including three bedroom cottages, four bedroom mews houses and five bedroom townhouses. Prices at the development start at £1.175m and rise to £2.7m for the larger properties. u For more information visit: charlesbakerplace.com or call Knight Frank on 020 8682 7777.

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flesh, and such ethical undercurrents have helped make the series a huge hit both in the UK and in the US. Locations where it has been filmed include the City’s Barbican Estate as well as in Elephant & Castle, Bethnal Green, Waterloo Station, Shoreditch and Docklands. The climax of series three was shot on a rooftop terrace within Keybridge, a large new apartment development being built near Vauxhall by developers FABRICA and Mount Anvil. When completed it will be the tallest residential block in the UK and includes 260 apartments. Prices start at £575,000 for a studio. u For more information visit: keybridgelondon.com or call Knight Frank on 020 7861 5445.

.D. James is one of the UK’s best known crime writers with over 20 books still in print and millions of fans, many of whom adore their central character, detective Adam Dalgleish. Many of her books have been adapted both for TV and film including her 1972 novel An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, which was adapted both for film and TV, most recently in 2001 by the BBC starring Helen Baxendale. Despite this success Phyllis Dorothy James worked almost all her life in the civil service and for many years she lived at this property in Notting Hill although she also had homes in Suffolk and Oxford. Her London home is now for sale through agent Marsh & Parsons for £2.5m and is where, during the 1960s, she first began writing. u For more information visit: marshandparsons.co.uk or call Marsh & Parsons on 020 7368 4450.

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OSCAR’S WILD BUT EARNEST APARTMENT

t is now 121 years since The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, was first performed. And it remains popular to this day. The plot focusses on how far young artistic Victorians would go to escape the era’s suffocating social mores and was set among a group of louche friends living in central London. The play opens in the home of its

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LUTHER’S SKY-HIGH FINALE

or fans of TV crime drama Luther, starring Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson, the finale of the third series came to a climactic ending on a rooftop as Luther, Tom Marwood, Mary Day and Alice Morgan engaged in an armed standoff. The scene was designed to illustrate the troubled and violent detective’s moral dilemma in the

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£575 Thousand

Dedicated Mumford & Sons fans can snap up the properties now for sale central character, Algernon Moncrief, an apartment that Wilde modelled on a house at 14 Half Moon Street, a white stucco-fronted block called Gannon Apartments where rich young single men boarded at the time, many of whom were friends with Wilde. The whole of Gannon Apartments is now for sale at £14m via joint agents Wetherell and Knight Frank. “14 Half Moon Street has been painstakingly refurbished and now oozes the glamour you would have expected to find in Wilde’s day,” says Harvey Cyzer of Knight Frank. “The property is part of a very exclusive selection of houses in

Mayfair that offer all the mod-cons desired by high-end purchasers, as well as style and practicality.” u For more information call: Wetherell on 020 7529 5566 or Knight Frank on 020 7499 1012.

Million

HARPENDEN HOME OF X-FACTOR

-Factor is back in all its glory with former judges Sharon Osborne and Louis Walsh returning to their seats alongside Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger. The show is hoping to revive its fortunes after viewing figures sank to an all-time low of 7.85 million an episode last year, at least a million behind rival Strictly Come Dancing. X-Factor may have a good chance of catching up. As well as an interesting set of initial auditions including boyband 5am, Dermot O’Leary is to return to the show after quitting in 2014 after reportedly

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signing an £8 million deal with ITV. And another aspect of X-Factor is also revived – the house where the successful contestants hang out while they cling on to hopes of making to the final but inevitably fall by the wayside. In 2014 it was this four-floor mansion on Lancaster Avenue in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire which has eight bedrooms, six reception rooms, a conservatory plus large garden and a swimming pool. It was home to the contestants including Ben Haenow, who won against Fleur East. The property is also where Simon Cowell held his 55th birthday and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who has now left the show, surprised Cowell with a birthday cake. If you’re willing to rent a family home with this sort of X-Factor pedigree, then local agent Savills Harpenden (01582 465004) says the property is available to rent at £13,000 PCM. u For more information call: Savills, Harpenden on 01582 465004.

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VERA ROAD MUNSTER VILLAGE

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n outstanding two bedroom, two bathroom interior designed loft style apartment located on this popular road running off Munster Road. The stunning apartment offers sleek, contemporary internal accommodation, and plenty of natural light throughout. The kitchen/dining area and reception room offers generous space, while the wonderful terrace offers lovely rooftop views of the surronding area. Vera Road is walking distance to Parsons Green and the shops, cafes and restaurants on Fulham Road. u  Chestertons Fulham Road 02073849899 chestertons.com

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incredible kitchen with huge island- an incredible entertaining space. The bedroom is large with ample storage and beautiful windows with views over the gardens at the rear, while the bathroom is modern and spacious. u  KFH South Kensington, 020 3792 4571 kfh.co.uk

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pread over the entire first floor of this immaculate building. This generous apartment has been beautifully designed throughout with the highest quality fixtures and fittings and incredible attention to detail. The grand reception space is open plan with an

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Alexandra Road, Wimbledon SW19 A substantial, extended period house close to the town centre and its amenities. Master bedroom with en suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, garden. EPC: D. Approximately 159.3 sq m (1,715 sq ft).   wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

 

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Burghley Road, Wimbledon Village SW19 A beautiful detached Edwardian house that has been beautifully modernised over recent years. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception roooms, kitchen/breakfast room, WC, utility, cellar, garden, terrace, off street parking. EPC: D. Approximately 374.1 sq m (4,027 sq ft).  wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

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Mostyn Road, Wimbledon SW19 A beautiful detached house in the sought after Merton Park Conservation area. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, WC, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, study, utility room, cellar, garden, garage, off street parking. EPC: E. Approximately 377.6 sq m (4,065 sq ft). wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

 

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Marryat Road, Wimbledon Village SW19 A detached house of great charm and character with planning consent to extend (14/P3552). 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, outdoor swimming pool, garage, garden, off street parking. EPC: E. Approximately 286.8 sq m (3,087 sq ft). wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

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PROPERTY / LONDON TODAY Brickwood Coffee & Bread, Balham

NIGEL LEWIS

GENTRIFICATION Has gentrification had its day?

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f you’re a Londoner, then you’ll be familiar with the signs of gentrification. Skips breeding like rabbits, old pubs going gastro, branded coffee shops on every corner and estate agents lining the high street. You can see it in so many places. Current hotspots include Balham, Streatham, Kings Cross, Kensal Rise, Canning Town, Hoxton, Stoke Newington, Elephant and Castle, Peckham Rye and central Croydon, according to Richard Rogerson, CEO of property consultant RFR. It wasn’t always like this. Those who aren’t millennials may remember when gentrification was short-hand for a neighbourhood inching its way out of poverty, and how only a decade ago the wealth differences between areas was less pronounced. But not now. Many young Londoners see gentrification as a consequence of social inequality, and politicians are taking note. This includes mayor Sadiq Khan, who said recently that there were ‘growing concerns’ about the phenomenon.

Many young Londoners see gentrification as a consequence of social inequality “Gentrification can be a bit of a dirty word,” says Nic Whitten, head of research at agent JLL. “The dictionary definition is ‘wealthier residents moving into an area, and the changes that occur due to that influx of wealth at the expense or displacement of lower income existing residents’, so you can see why some people aren’t keen on it.” But whether you’re hoping for more artisan bread shops and boutique housing developments, or conversely think gentrification should be banned, it’s worth considering how it works. WHAT IS GENTRIFICATION? irstly, there’s the organic kind. This occurs in areas on the fringes F of already wealthy ones as those who can’t afford to live in the prime streets move to adjacent zones, pushing up house

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prices and changing the local retail landscape. It’s a process now taking place in Balham and Tooting, just down the road from fashionable Clapham, for example. The other kind of gentrification is by design, a model that Sadiq Khan is most worried about. It is created by large-scale new homes, often in partnership with the local authority. “Developers often get a bad reputation when they move into an area, so it’s up to us to reassure local people that we’re not coming in with a bulldozer to destroy their community and that we have a genuine interest in working with them to make places better,” says Rebecca Wakefield of developer Banda Property. Do house prices rise as gentrification set in? “We recently looked at nine big regeneration including Kings Cross, Elephant & Castle, Canning Town and parts of Ealing all of which have had at least 1,000 homes added by developments,” says Nic Whitten. “Our research shows that this lifted local house prices on average by 40.5% over and above the normal growth you'd expect, which was over a five-year period.” DO COFFEE SHOPS CREATE GENTRIFICATION? I don’t think people build coffee shops and then the customers come, it's the other way around,” says Nic Whitten. “You do get early retail adopters among the big chains who will try and get in early, but really the local high street adapts to the new locals’ increased disposable income.”

CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO STOP IT? ne argument put forward by O Richard Rogerson of RFR is that local people should benefit from the new opportunities that gentrification brings to an area, rather than feeling they are victims of it, and that problems occur “when the community feels [the area] is changing beyond recognition,” he says. u

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International NEW ZEALA ND PROPERTY

THE JEWEL OF THE HAURAKI GULF – WAIHEKE ISLAND, AUCKLAND, WHITIANGA – A GEM IN THE PACIFIC, TARANAKI – A THRIVING RURAL COMMUNITY, AND MORE

Urban Oasis_Waiheke island looking back to Auckland City

Devonport Village from Historic North Head overlooking Auckland City

World Class Dairy Farms in Taranaki

NEW ZEALAND MARKET IAN KEIGHTLEY Licensed Agent (REAA 2008)

he New Zealand Real Estate market has enjoyed unmatched capital gains over the last 3-4 years as net migration - nearly 70, 000 in the last 12 months - historically low interest rates, a growing and successful economy, a housing shortage in Auckland of around 60,000 dwellings, combine to create a demand/supply imbalance that place continued upward pressure on values. This is a real estate market that continues to appeal internationally. u

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PROPERTY // INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY Waiheke Island with views to Auckland City Credit: Fullers Ferries Waiheke Island with views to Auckland City Credit: Fullers Ferries

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wineries and vineyards on Waiheke have cellar doors, and include on-site cafés or restaurants, making the island the perfect getaway for wine and food lovers.

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One of Waiheke Island’s Finest

Dolphin Estate, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand Price: NZ$10,500,000 (+GST if any) (Approximately: £6,141,000) Freehold Waiheke Island, recently acclaimed as New Zealand’s number one tourist destination for international travellers visiting this country, also lays claim to the property Dolphin Estate. Positioned above the crystal clear waters of Owhanake Bay, with wide views over the islands of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, this expansive Mediterranean-style residence stands out as the one of the island’s most incomparable properties. Operated presently as an exclusive holiday lodge, it offers four fastidiously appointed guest suites and an expansive two-bedroom apartment, each meticulously designed and with sweeping water views to help you unwind and forget about the outside world. A separate and private two bedroom owner’s dwelling with open plan layout, extensive northern water views and discreet road access could easily be converted to staff/caretaker quarters for an owner wanting to revert Dolphin Estate to an exclusive home. A fully licenced helipad on the estate for ease of access gives the ultimate in privacy for owner or guests. Nothing compares to Dolphin Estate. Be part of and direct its future. For a comprehensive Information Memorandum, email or phone today. Further information available at: www.bayleys.co.nz/2150671 Pat Regan, Lifestyle – Viticulture – Special Projects, Licensed Real Estate Agent (REAA 2008) Bayleys Real Estate Ltd Licensed under the REA Act 2008, 145 Ocean View Road Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, Auckland, New Zealand +64 27 448 3348 Cell • +64 9 372 7841 Fax • Email: pat.regan@bayleys.co.nz


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WHITIANGA NEW ZEALAND

A real gem in the Pacific

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hitianga, the main centre on the Coromandel Peninsula has a growing population of around 6,000 residents that swells to a number close to 20,000 over the long summer season, which runs from November – March (average temperature 75°- 80° in the summer, and in winter around 60°). The town itself has 30 cafès, bars and restaurants, a beautiful beach and all weather access to some of the best fishing the Pacific has to offer. Peppered with islands and large rocks, Mercury Bay provides ample water sports to enjoy. In the centre of town is the incredible ‘Jurassic Park’ style thermal pools, day spa and well-known restaurant called The Lost Spring. Nearby is the world renowned natural limestone archway ‘Cathedral Cove’. It is just one of 15 stunning white sand beaches and only minutes away is a hot water beach where at low tide you can dig your own hot pool in the sand. This is all within 25 minutes drive. Are you a golfer? If so, there are five impressive golf courses nearby (two of which are international standard 18 hole courses). Access to Whitianga is extremely easy. It is only a 20 minute flight from Auckland City in the north island or close to two hours drive. The entire Peninsula is riddled with walking and cycle tracks for visitors

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Whitianga boasts the largest canal development in New Zealand and locals to explore. Whitianga boasts the largest canal development in New Zealand. Property values are considered by many as extraordinarily low. Check the Whitianga websites whitianga. co.nz or thecoromandel.com for an understanding of what the Mercury Bay can offer. Voted in November 2016 by Legatum Institute, a UK Research Group that annually ranks the most prosperous

countries in the world, NZ is now the No 1 Healthiest, happiest and most advanced country in the world! The New Zealand economy is incredibly stable and interest rates are the lowest they have been in 60 years. New Zealand’s National Party government (Central right) has been in power since 2008. For further information on purchasing real estate in Whitianga on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula please don't hesitate to call the local region expert. u

 Peter Lawrence Licensed Agent (REAA 2008), Richardsons Real Estate Ltd, Whitianga, +64.7.866.2373; peterl@whitianga.richardsons.co.nz richardsons.co.nz/our-offices/whitianga

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Central Shangri-La in Whitianga 23c Cook Drive, Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, 3510 New Zealand Price: £800,000 Nestled on a super private and extensively landscaped 2,572m2 section, this substantial 330m2 home provides 4 spacious bedrooms (3 with external access), a chefs kitchen with 3 pantrys, 3 bathrooms (3 ensuites), large media/gymnasium, huge open plan living area opening out to ‘wow factor’ covered garden room with open fire for memorable family & social times. There is a carpeted double garage with timber infra- red sauna, a separate garage/workshop with utility/hobby room and 3 bay covered area for the boys toys. Constructed with stone and plastered concrete under a solid concrete tile roof, this low maintenance oasis is quite unique will really impress as a quality family home. Only 250m to school, 500m down to marina and boat ramp, 800m stroll to central town, cafes restaurant. Well below replacement cost, this is a ‘must see’ property!

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TARANAKI N EW ZEA L A N D

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y air, Taranaki is under an hour from New Zealand's major international airports. The region's primary airport, at New Plymouth, holds regular connections with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Taranaki is approximately a four hour drive from the ruling cities. Taranaki offers a vast range of lifestyle options that exploits its unique natural environment. Egmont National Park, on the slopes of Mt Taranaki, is the most accessible national park in New Zealand due to its extensive array of walks and alpine climbs. Surf Highway 45, the touring route that follows the Taranaki coastline, leads onto several countless world-class surfing spots. It additionally provides further opportunities for families to explore the region's historical background, through visiting the ancient Maori fortress site or local museum. Taranaki is one of the few locations in the world where you can ski and surf within the same morning whilst picking up an espresso in between. Exceeding 2180 hours of sunlight each year, Taranaki's main centre of New Plymouth boasts one of the highest sunshine hour counts in New Zealand. The region's leading geographical feature, the iconic 2518 m peak of Mt Taranaki, standing at the centre of the province, creates a varied spectrum of microclimates across the region. Taranaki, along with

World Class Dairy Farms in Taranaki

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Taranaki's rich pastoral plains are home to world class dairy industries

its temperate climate and free draining loam soils, has all the ingredients required for excellent grass growth and pastoral farming. For those seeking a destination that provides plenty of opportunity whilst savoring a relaxed lifestyle, Taranaki is the place to be. However there is so much more to the local dining experience than meat and dairy, with a diverse range of produce

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Magnificent Executive Lifestyle New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand Expression of Interest over NZ$1,200,000 (Approximately £683,000) Sitting majestically on an elevated site with outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Mt Taranaki and ranges to distant coastal views but still being located only 10 minutes from the city of New Plymouth. This very impressive lifestyle property of 4.2 hectare with a palatial and spacious near new five bedroom or four bedroom plus office Hassall Home ticks all the boxes. Offering all the expected features of a modern home including Central Otago schist fireplace and entrance-way. Set amongst an attractively landscaped and planted section which is set well back from the road. The multi purpose shed provides plenty of space for the boat or extra vehicles or could be put to numerous other uses. For those searching for that really special place for your next move, do not let this opportunity slip by. A property that needs to be viewed to be appreciated, for an appointment to view contact me anytime. www.mgfn.co.nz/SFDRU226

Scale Dairy Farm with Scope Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand Price By Negotiation 138.4 hectares well presented dairy farm located on the main road a short distance from the coastal township of Opunake. This mainly flat to easy undulating farm has been milking around 310-320 cows on a totally low cost all grass system with all cows wintered on, calves grazed on till May and grass supplement made on farm. Last season production achieved was 119,700 kg. Under a different management approach this farm has considerable production scope. Excellent improvements include main 4 bedroom summit stone home, second 3 bedroom brick home, near new 36 aside herringbone cowshed plus a good range of outbuildings. Being on Cold Creek water scheme and having an excellent effluent irrigation system the infrastructure is in place. This is a particularly good well located farm that has further production potential. Inspection strongly recommended for those looking for a farm with some scope. www.mgfn.co.nz/SFDRU228 Owen Mills, Director / Rural Sales Consultant (Licensed REAA 2008) First National Mills & Gibbon Real Estate +64.274.777.302 Cell • +64.6.765.8550 Office • owen@mgfn.co.nz

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Iconic Devonport Villa Homestead 126 Calliope Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand NZ$3,900,000 ( Approx: £2,210,000) Freehold You’ve loved living in the UK, but is it time for your family to live the Kiwi Dream? Nowhere else in the world will give your children such a magical life, and no home offers quite what this one does. It is located in the prestigious and peaceful Stanley Point, just minutes from the beach-fringed Devonport village, only a 10 minute ferry ride into Auckland’s CBD, so getting to work will be a breeze. Your children can run bare-foot to the local primary school, and jump on a bus at the front gate to get to almost any other school in Auckland. The home itself is an iconic grand villa with rooms of grand proportions within, surrounded by wrap around balconies and stunning bay windows. It is set on a 1200m² corner site that’s been lovingly tended into a mini lifestyle block with expansive north-west facing gardens your children will adore, and enough vegetable beds and fruit trees to keep you out of the supermarket for weeks on end! It has recently been fully renovated inside and out and has been appointed with everything your family could need - five bedrooms, three living areas and a contemporary open-plan dining area with designer kitchen which flows out to a north-facing entertaining area to die for, complete with outdoor fireplace and spa. It’s not surprising that the current owners report that their home has become the social hub of the very close knit local community! To get a better feel of this iconic home go to https://www.barfoot.co.nz/582868 and watch the video online.

Linda Simmons, Residential Sales Agent, Licensed REAA 2008 Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate City Branch, Auckland, New Zealand +64.274.590.957 Cell • +64.9.445.6337 Tel landline • l.simmons@barfoot.co.nz

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PROPERTY / SEARCH ENGINE Four bedroom Edwardian house on Farquar Road, £1.35m. Hamptons International, 020 3369 4396

NIGEL LEWIS

GOOGLE SEARCHES Where are London’s most searched for areas?

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alf a century ago the and apartments in London. And if you last place many wealthy work in the digital economy, you’ll know Londoners wanted to live Google tracks who searches for what. in was central London. I logged on to find out the most popular Bombed out streets and a searched-for areas during September. u reputation for ‘pea soup’ fogs persuaded many to flee to the suburbs and, even better, the emerging garden AVERAGE PRICE £747,100 2,602 SEARCHES towns. But over the past 20 years this trend has been turned on its head. Central Why so popular? Famed for many years as London is now world famous for its luxury THE fashionable haunt of London’s political homes and prime prices as both UK and set, it has been a prosperous area since overseas buyers fight over the capital’s the early 19th century. Today the borough central neighbourhoods. covers areas including Kings Cross, Angel, So which are the most sought after? Clerkenwell, Highgate and Tufnell Park, Look online and the internet is awash where Ed Miliband lives. with advice on where to live. But let’s be honest, they’re Three bedroom semi on Musgrave Crescent, based on opinion, not fact; £2.95m. Savills Bishops Park, 020 7578 9050 one person’s neighbourhood nirvana can be another’s least likely locality. How therefore do you find out if Mayfair is more sought after than Marylebone, Clapham more popular than Chelsea and whether Peckham has a steal on Paddington these days? One organisation that knows the answer is Google. Every week thousands of us search for homes, property, houses

1. Islington

2. Fulham

AVERAGE PRICE £1,036,432  2,226 SEARCHES

Why so popular? This family-friendly bulge of neighbourhoods has been a sought-after haunt of lawyers, advertising executives and media stars for over 30 years. But its areas still reflect the original villages that once dotted the landscape including Fulham Town, Parsons Green, Walham Green, North End and Sands End, although few people living here now realise these were once where London’s fashionable set went to party, gamble and engage in pleasures of the flesh.

3. Wandsworth

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE £741,957 1,849 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Wandsworth Town is quickly being revamped as a plethora of new luxury developments pop up, and the town centre may soon join its surrounding commons as a prime area of London. But this is all a very new development. From the 14th century until very recently (when the Ram brewery shipped out) Wandsworth was a largely industrial zone, once famed for its hat makers and cloth dyers.

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LA MANGA LIVING With more than 300 days of summer, world-class sporting and leisure facilities and extraordinary overseas investment opportunities, La Manga Club ticks all the boxes

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et in the mountains of southern Spain are three award-winning golf courses surrounded by the most luxurious hilltop villas, making La Manga Club a city of splendour in its own right. The name translates to ‘the sleeve’, referring to a 14-mile sand strip nearby within the region of Murcia. The seaside strip is occupied by high-rise hotels and tourist infrastructure; but the sporting oasis that is La Manga Club is much more exclusive. It’s a home away from home that has everything. It’s a lifestyle high above the rest, with state of the art facilities and spectacular views of the surrounding Mediterranean Sea and the Calblanque

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“A Spanish paradise and the perfect place to invest ahead of the busy summer perid” Natural Park. The resort combines the vibrancy of life in the city with the relaxed elegance of life by the ocean and the untouched serenity found living among the mountains. It’s a place that suits any lifestyle, whether you’re seeking out worldclass sporting facilities, looking for a rural retreat or simply spending some time on the sands. Here buyers can confidently put

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down their money with the knowledge that the return is a luxury place to call home or a clever investment for holidaymakers to enjoy. Besides the sunshine and the stunning properties on offer, there’s one thing that will always attract globetrotters and investors to this sensational resort, and that’s the golf. Set high above the towns, away in the hills, La Manga Club has grown to become one of Europe’s most prestigious resorts. Gregory Peters, an elite golf course expert from the US was the brains behind the complex. After seeing great potential in this stunning area, his knowledge and experience led him to create a ninehole golf course and small residential development modelled after the Palm

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Springs style of resort. After continuous development of property surrounding the greens, and the development of two further courses, Dennington, a freight and passenger shipping company bought the resort in 1981. The luxurious nametag didn’t stop there. In 1993, the resort’s top investment opened - the Príncipe Felipe hotel, which has since become the heart of the resort. Rewind several decades and the region of Murcia was an isolated community of farmers and miners, but when work started on a new golf resort three times the size of Monaco, things were set to change. The struggling farming communities could rely on tourism, as it became the go-to destination for sports and showbiz stars

worldwide. La Manga Club was something exotic, exciting and a completely new concept - and within a decade it was the new place to be. Premiership football teams piled in for pre-season training, making use of the quality sporting facilities; and high-profile celebrities bought property in the mountains that flank the courses. Now, as competition stiffens in the golf-resort market, La Manga Club has evolved with a modern makeover. The property market in Spain has seen a steady increase in recent years, boasting its highest sales figures since the financial crisis in 2008. Arum Group are the luxury developers behind La Manga Club; they believe that this current period of prosperity has been powered by the popularity of the golf, a key driver behind near 3,000 property sales in 2016 alone, attracting buyers and holiday makers to this sporting paradise. The re-development started with the launch of Las Acacias, an ultra-luxe community at the core of the resort, boasting stunning views and fresh, contemporary architecture. The plots are incredibly spacious with three to four bedroom villas complete with private pools. The sleek and stylish complex is centrally located, close to the on-site bars, restaurants and sporting facilities. This new collection of futuristic, white linear villas are available off-plan from €560,000, with prices rising to €2.4m, however buyers can also purchase the untouched plots from €220,000. Another community that is proving popular this year is Las Lomas Village, an ideal family environment at the very heart of La Manga Club’s real estate offering for over 30 years. Originally designed to

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replicate a typical Spanish village, this site offers studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments with a terrace and a barbecue area. It’s prized for its proximity to the spa facilities, set high above the resort and boasting spectacular panoramic views. This year has been a time of renewal for these long-standing residences, bringing them into line with contemporary design and luxurious interiors. Redesigning the layout, installing new furniture, kitchen revamps and new appliances will all be part of the progression here. For prospective buyers, there’s never been a better time to invest in Las Lomas properties. These sprawling Californian haciendameets- the-Med villas thank flank the lush courses, are surrounded by palm trees and pools making up this action packed resort with the perfect amount of peace and tranquillity in between. Whether you’re seeking out sport or spas, La Manga Club is a Spanish paradise and the perfect place to invest ahead of the busy summer period. There are fantastic air connections to the area too. San Javier airport is only 30km away and offers 70% of its flights to the UK and Ireland, while Alicante (less than 100km away) offers regular flights to the rest of Europe and beyond. u

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£750,000 

ituated on the raised ground floor of a striking victorian stucco fronted building, thhe apartment benefits from high ceilings and period features. Recently renovated, the one bedroom flat has wooden flooring and neutral colouring throughout, providing a stylish finish. St Stephens Crescent is a short walk away from the shops and bars of Westbourne Grove. u  Carter Jonas Hyde Park & Bayswater, 020 7402 1552 carterjonas.co.uk

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n outstanding four/ five bedroom apartment, occupying 2,730 sq.ft., located on the fourth floor (with lift) of this sought after portered mansion block in the heart of Kensington.Having been refurbished by its current owners within the last three years, the property is in superb decorative order and could be moved into without further expense. The apartment benefits from high ceilings throughout, exceptional room proportions, excellent entertaining space and impressive west facing views

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from the interlinked reception rooms and large separate kitchen/ dining room. Cedar House is situated on Marloes Road, to the south of Kensington. u  Chestertons Kensington Church Street 020 7937 7244 chestertons.com

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aving undergone extensive back to bricks restoration and been cleverly reconstructed over 4 floors, this is a sensational 5 double bedroom 5 bathroom family house with a

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A METICULOUSLY DESIGNED,CONTEMPORARY FIVE-BEDROOM HOUSE LADBROKE GROVE W11 • Spacious bright reception • 500sq ft master suite • Gym and Cinema Room Guide price: £5,750,000

• Garage parking • 3,280sq ft / 304.7sq m • EPC rating B

Kensington office: 020 3650 4600 nicholas.shaw@harrodsestates.com

Tenure: Freehold

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A SOUTH FACING GARDEN FLAT IN AN IMPOSING MANSION BLOCK CHELSEA EMBANKMENT, CHELSEA SW3 • Three bedrooms • Over 1100sq ft • Courtyard garden

• Portered block • Scope to modernise • EPC rating D

Guide price: £1,250,000

Chelsea Office: 020 7225 6700 mark.greenway@harrodsestates.com

Tenure: Share of Freehold

BRIGHT WELL-PROPORTIONED TWO BEDROOM, TWO BATH APARTMENT WATERSIDE TOWER, IMPERIAL WHARF SW6 • Purpose built block • River views Chelsea Office: • 6th floor • Landscaped communal gardens 020 7225 6700 • On-site security and concierge • EPC rating C francis.burca@harrodsestates.com Guide price: £995,000

Leasehold: Approximately 981 years

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A contemporary styled apartment, impeccably finished behind an imposing Victorian facade, complete with high ceilings and a comfortable layout. This beautiful apartment provides two handsome bedroom suites and a large reception room with sweeping staircase to a study or guest room. Located close to Kensington Gardens and a short walk from Lancaster Gate underground and Paddington stations.

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This well proportioned two bedroom property is situated on the second floor of a beautiful white stucco, period building. This exceptional apartment benefits from a private roof terrace with garden views. Onslow Gardens is a quiet and leafy enclave located ideally between the shops and restaurants of both Fulham Road and Old Brompton Road. The property is also a short walk from South Kensington and Gloucester Road underground stations.

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Harrington Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 £975 pw / £4,225 pcm South Kensington 020 3040 6380 southkensington.lettings@kfh.co.uk

Arranged over the lower ground and ground floors of a beautiful Victorian building, this stylish apartment has been finished to a particularly high standard. The open plan kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher, washer dryer and has an additional larder, and the apartment further benefits from an abundance of natural light and wooden flooring throughout. This property is situated minutes from Gloucester Road station, and the many museums of Brompton Road are also within walking distance.

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Share of Freehold

fantastic modern town house in Primrose Village a short stroll from Primrose Hill, Regents Park and Camden. The house has been comprehensively refurbished throughout to an exceptionally high standard offering light, spacious and well thought out accommodation over four floors. The accommodation comprises four double bedrooms all with air conditioning, two en suite bathrooms, a family bathroom, a stylish kitchen with dining room and an impressive reception room. u  John D Wood & Co. Primrose Hill, 020 7586 9060, johndwood.co.uk

£1,285,000 n exceptionally bright flat arranged over three floors of an elegant Victorian building with a wonderful south-facing garden. The property comprises: Private entrance, reception room leading out onto a fabulous landscaped garden, kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a utility room. This property also comes with the added benefit of approved planning permission to increase the square footage both at the rear and at the front. u  Mountgrange North Kensington, 020 8960 0181, mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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n attractive one bedroomed apartment, situated on a quiet residential street just off Westbourne grove.The third floor flat is located in a handsome stucco-fronted building on tree lined Hereford Road, and has views over very pretty gardens. The property has recently been refurbished to a high standard, and benefits from quality fixtures and fittings, including a working gas fire, a modern kitchen and wooden flooring throughout. Whilst the whole flat profits from natural light. ◆  Carter Jonas Hyde Park & Bayswater, 020 3553 9266 carterjonas..co.uk

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WILTON PLACE

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SW1

roportionally excellent, architecturally unusual, this fantastic newly renovated garden duplex, providing beautifully appointed interiors, makes for a stunning home.Situated on Garway Road, immediately served by the shops and restaurants of wonderful Westbourne Grove and a stroll to Kensington Gardens, this highly individual apartment comprises a fantastic master bedroom with private balcony and en-suite shower room, second double bedroom, an enviable proper kitchen diner and a large entertaining room. ◆  KFH Bayswater, 020 3792 1092; kfh.co.uk

beautifully refurbished and meticulously designed five bedroom Georgian townhouse in this prime, sought-after Belgravia location. Situated at the Southern end of Wilton Place and enjoying the highly desirable outlook along Wilton Crescent, this is an elegant and prestigious family house. Particular features and benefits include the first floor drawing room which opens to a charming west-facing terrace and the superb open-plan kitchen / family room which again opens to a delightful patio on the lower ground floor. ◆  Harrods Estates Knightsbridge, 020 7225 6508, harrodsestates.com

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LANCELOT PLACE

£16,000 he most spectacular Penthouse apartment boasting four bedrooms and six bathrooms in the most desirable and glamorous location in London, overlooking Hyde Park and Harrods. The penthouse apartment boasts 2 luxurious reception rooms, kitchen, five bedrooms including a master bedroom suite with his & hers own bathroom and an exceptional roof terrace with 360 degree views over The City, the West End, and Palace of Westminster. ◆

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Lettings 020 7751 5100 www.farrar.co.uk

EVELYN GARDENS, LONDON, SW7 Superbly situated on the first floor (with lift) of this handsome period building with views over the communal gardens. This flat boasts a striking reception room with high ceilings, a small balcony and lots of natural light. In addition, there are two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and access to the communal gardens. Ideally located for South Kensington and Gloucester Road underground stations, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. EPC Rating: D UNFURNISHED

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RANELAGH GROVE, LONDON, SW1W Located in the heart of Belgravia is this beautiful four bedroom Victorian family house with convenient access to both Sloane Square and Victoria stations. The property has been recently refurbished to provide wonderful family living space with a fantastic kitchen/dining room and access to a patio courtyard. The property also benefits from a spacious reception room, four double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cloakroom and utility room. EPC Rating: D. UNFURNISHED

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A BOUTIQUE COLLECTION OF PRESTIGIOUS 1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS INCLUDING TWO UNIQUE PENTHOUSES Located on the iconic New Kings Road, these elegant homes are just a six minute walk from Parsons Green Underground station and within walking distance of Chelsea, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge. Superbly executed for an exceptional lifestyle and serviced by on-site concierge, these luxury residences will be ready to move into by Christmas. Prices from £745,000 O N E AN D T WO B EDROO M SH OW APARTM ENTS O PEN DAI LY TO O RGAN ISE YOUR VI E WI N G APPO I NT M ENT C ALL 0333 6 6 6 2939 The Sales Suite, 100 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LX, open daily 0333 6 6 6 2939

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