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ABSOLUTELY JANUARY 2014

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10 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Absolutely’s top picks this month

12 WHAT’S ON

What’s on and buzzing in Fulham

STYLE 23 FASHION NOTES

Violet Naylor-Leyland digs out a fabulous poncho and some stylish sportswear

26 THE INBETWEENER

Mix 1950s fashion with that of the 1960s and you’re on-trend this month

32 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

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44 MEN ONLY

Skiwear from Ralph Lauren, silver from Patrick Mavros and a male manicure, it’s all here, chaps

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FEATURES 18 SOME ARE BORN GREAT Photographer Terry O’Neill meets Edwina Langley to chat Mandela, Liz Taylor and that ‘gentleman’, Sinatra

35 TOP TO TOE

The only body guide worth looking at this January

58 HIP TO BE SQUARE

Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard, chats to Edwina Langley about Fulham Palace Gardens and Great British Menu

INTERIORS 49 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

Tara Craig and Emma Storey discover this year’s must-have designs

55 PUT THE KETTLE ON

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FOOD & TRAVEL 57 RESTAURANT REVIEW Zebedee Helm gets showered with truffles at Daphne’s

61 LITE BITES

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92 PROPERTY NEWS

Awards, house hunting and what’s happened to rental demand

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January 2014

EDITOR’S LETTER

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t’s January. Thank goodness. At the risk of sounding like an over-enthusiastic and particularly irksome sports nut, I simply cannot wait to get healthy. I have never done ‘dry January’ and don’t think I have ever detoxed either. But this year will be different. This year shall mean ‘health’ and ‘happiness’. And this will be the case, because I say it will. On that very determined note, I am delighted to present this, our Health Issue, which we have put together just for you (and a little for ourselves, as some of the things here are really quite useful). Our Body Guide – called Top to Toe – explains how to get the best complexion, the best bod, and some rather fancy Profeet footwear to help you get the best legs too. Our food pages have ‘health’ written all over them – not least, our chef Q&A, where the Michelinstarred Phil Howard tells us where his restaurants’ veggies are sourced from (clue: the gardens at Fulham Palace). Taking a break from health for a minute, I had one of the most exciting interviews of my life. Legendary

photographer Terry O’Neill (whose exhibition at The Little Black Gallery starts this month) set my ears on fire with tales of Frank Sinatra and Liz Taylor and Nelson Mandela and… (for everyone else he spoke about, see interview). Back to health, fashionista Violet Naylor-Leyland shows us where to shop for sporty garb and Simon Moore describes the joys of healthy hands and manicures for men. YES! Health, health, health – and a touch of Hollywood – was this issue’s theme, and I hope you feel healthier just for reading it. I’m off now, for a carrot-lemongrass-spinachstrawberry-celery smoothie. Yum… On second thoughts, make mine a water. A very happy (and healthy) New Year.

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A-SHU

If you’re anything like us in the January sales – and you always buy twice as much as you can carry on point of principle – then you’ll be as thrilled as we are by this little beauty we have discovered. The Shopper Tote Holdall does exactly what it says on the tin. Hallelujah! £26.99; a-shu.co.uk

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RIVER ISLAND

If the cold British weather has one redeeming feature, it’s got to be the giant, all-enveloping coats. We particularly love this burnt orange offering from River Island, the Boyfriend Peacoat. £80, Southside, SW18, 0844 847 2572; riverisland.com

Their winter collection effortlessly blends timeless elegance with bold modernity. The cuts are flattering and the colours are showstopping, although it’s a brave lady who bares her legs in winter. 75 Brompton Road, SW3, 020 7589 5399; tedbaker.com

ASPINALS

You have a vague idea that something is happening, somewhere, sometime – but the finer points, sadly, elude you. Enter the Aspinal Social Diary. Not only does it give you all the major events of 2014, but advance booking reminders too. £35, available from Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X, 020 7730 1234; aspinaloflondon.com

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FIRED EARTH

It’s the New Year and time to say goodbye to that monochrome grey sitting room. If you’re feeling in the mood for a little domestic makeover, Fired Earth has a wonder range of colours to really inspire. We’re loving the 'Race Yellow' to brighten up our January blues. £34 for 2.5 litres, 117 - 119 Fulham Road, London, SW3, 020 7589 0489; firedearth.com

HAVAIANAS

We love wellies. If we could wear them all year round we would. But we can’t, so we’re making the most of it while we can, in these statement calf-length Aqua Rain Boots, in forest green and yellow. £45; havaianas.com

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CATH KIDSTON

Another winner from the Queen of Kitsch, these incredibly pretty scales are just crying out for a matching pinny and a day of baking. Although our cooking efforts often end with more batter on our face (and in our tummies) than in the baking tray, this has inspired us to renew our efforts. £24, 322 King's Road, SW3, 0845 026 2440; cathkidston.co.uk

NEW YORK CULT RECIPES

If you’ve been announcing you're on a no-fat, no-carbs diet, and have realised what a mistake that was, ditch it immediately. If you need further reason, this indulgent book is surely it. £20, 81 Fulham Road, SW3, 020 7589 7401; conranshop.co.uk

DOTCOMGIFTSHOP Nobody enjoys getting out of bed in the morning (except for the morning people, but we don’t count these sup superhuman-beings amongst us mere mortals). But you could make it vaguely more pleasurable, at least aesthetically, with this Vintage TV Style alarm clock in brown. £8.95; dotcomgiftshop.com

PENHALIGON’S VAARA

Sounding more like a soup than a scent the nevertheless wonderful smelling perfume features notes of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince. We’re not sure whether to spray it or eat it. £120, 132 King's Road, SW3, 020 7823 9733; penhaligons.com

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January

What’s ON

Coriolanus

Fulham Cineworld, 30 Jan Fresh from Thor and The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston takes the title role of Shakespeare’s Roman epic Coriolanus. When Rome is threatened by an old enemy, the city summons its staunchest defender. However, Coriolanus’ return is complicated by enemies within the city gates, a famine causing civil unrest and the rising of the realpolitik. National Theatre Live gives everyone the chance to catch this all-star production of one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known masterpieces. 142 Fulham Road, SW10, 0871 200 2000; cineworld.co.uk

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ART&CULTURE

Artist of the month

AMY MOSELEY Chelsea-based art consultant Nicholas Campbell chooses January’s top talent

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or the start of 2014 we wanted to move away from the very contemporary choices from months past, as we have fallen in love with this beautiful and evocative still life from Italy. For lovers of Charles Cecil Studios, who better to buy from than a former student and teacher? Moseley is focusing more on her still life’s and landscapes, and I think most will agree, works like this table scene are an absolute must-buy for lovers of the traditional. From £500. Nicholas is Head Consultant and Director of Narcissus Arts; narcissusarts.com

LOST BOY

Finborough Theatre, 31 Dec~11 Jan 6 As we begin to celebrate the centenary of The Great War, the Finborough Theatre presents Lost Boy, an unexpected musical sequel to J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. The new musical addresses the disillusionment of a generation of young men brought up on Barrie’s masterpiece, Pan, and their struggle to reconcile the magic of their childhood with the harshness of war. 118 Finborough Road, SW10, 0844 847 165; finboroughtheatre.co.uk

A CALL TO ACTION

Editor’s Pick

Cadogan Hall, 25 Jan The Pink Singers, Europe’s longest-running LGBT community choir, will join special guests London Gay Big Band in serenading the audience with iconic songs from classic movies including Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Circle of Life from The Lion King and Ride of the Valkyries from Apocalypse Now. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1, 020 7730 4500;

Christie’s, 16 Jan Veteran charity Skiing with Heroes are partnering with Christie’s for a private view and charity auction as part of their annual Ski Sale. ‘A Call to Action’ will raise funds to take wounded ex-soldiers for a week’s adaptive skiing, to help them rebuild their strength, physically and emotionally. The auction includes a champagne reception, after which prizes such as a vintage James Bond poster and the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Martin Hewitt, will go under the hammer. 85 Old Brompton Road, 020 7930 6074;

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THE PINK SINGERS: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

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THE FRANCE SHOW

Brompton Hall, Earls Court, 17~19 Jan 5 Calling all Francophiles, if you are looking for an opportunity to scoop up some French goodies without making the trip across the Channel ‘The France Show’ is the place for you. Tasty French fare, including a smorgasbord of cheese and wine, will be on offer, as well as stalls showing everything from chateaus to garrets for those considering making the move or buying a holiday home.Warwick Road, SW5, 020 7385 1200; eco.co.uk

CONAN MOCKASIN

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 28 Jan 4 New Zealand-born psychedelic pop musician Connan Mockasin may seem (and indeed look) like something from a Flight of the Concords sketch, but the critics have been bowled over by his unique sound and style. Not only has the solo artist collaborated with everyone’s favourite disc jockey Fatboy Slim, but in recent year’s, he’s toured with rock royalty Radiohead and even Charlotte Gainsbourg. Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12, 020 8354 3300; o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

KATE TEMPEST’S BRAND NEW ANCIENTS

Lyric Hammersmith, 7 Jan Urban poet, acclaimed spoken word artist, rapper and published playwright, Kate Tempest has certainly come a long way since singing to strangers on the night bus. Her new project, Brand New Ancients, explores the everyday gods found across London – in offices, alleyways and supermarkets – lyrically and beautifully recited over a thundering live soundtrack. Lyric Square, King Street, W6, 020 8741 6850; lyric.co.uk

THE GARDENS OF HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Fulham Palace, 15 Jan An event for the green-fingered, Anthony Boulding, Horticultural Manager at Hampton Court Palace will be speaking as part of the Head Gardeners Lecture Series. The lecture will delve into the history and development of the beautiful greenery surrounding the Palace and provide an insight into how the famous gardens are run on a dayto-day basis. Bishop’s Avenue, SW6, 020 7736 3233; fulhampalace.org

TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Hammersmith Apollo, 11 Jan Following a massive 100-date tour of the US over November and December, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be steaming across Europe in the New Year and making a one-off stop in London at the Eventim Apollo. If you like your music fast and eardrum shatteringly loud, and your pyrotechnics and special effects, about as subtle as a combined Las Vegas and Rammstein concert, then you’re in for a real treat. 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6, 0844 249 1000; eventimapollo.com

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C U LT U R E

FLASH

film review

Book Review

OUTSIDER II

ALWAYS ALMOST NEVER QUITE By Brian Sewell. Quartet Books, £12

SLEEPING WITH DOGS

By Brian Sewell. Quartet Books, £12.50

SAVING MR BANKS Directed By John Lee Hancock

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mma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Mary Poppins – what’s not to like? How could Disney’s Saving Mr Banks not impress an audience? Well... Based on the story of Disney’s film Mary Poppins, Saving Mr Banks follows Poppins authoress, P. L. Travers (Thompson) as she ventures to Hollywood to battle out the terms of her book rights with Walt Disney (Hanks). Flashbacks from her Australian childhood occur throughout – a time spent with a fantastical father (Colin Farrell) who turns to alcohol to escape the pitfalls of reality. Now, this might initially sound quite intriguing. But if you, like most of us, have already seen Mary Poppins, in reality it’s not that intriguing. Why? Because we know what happens. Travers is determined not to let ‘silly cartoons’ or ‘songs’ anywhere near the

script, but we know from the outset she fails. We know when scriptwriters suggest Mrs Banks is a suffragette, they win, that Dick Van Dyke gets the role of Bert (in spite of Travers’ reservations), and that when she storms out of Hollywood, script in hand, that she eventually hands it back to Disney. What’s interesting to us, therefore, is what makes her change her mind. According to this Disney interpretation? She just magically does. Over the song, Let’s Go Fly A Kite, and a quick cuppa with Disney. How very convenient. There is no mention of what really happened; that Travers was so upset by the use of cartoon she had a showdown with Disney at the Poppins premier and withdrew all rights to her other books. No, no mention of that at all. And this film was made by Disney. Hmm. Interesting... Whilst the Australian flashbacks are nice to look at, and Thompson and Hanks are, yes, good, this film fails to excite. So, whilst the world awaits Oscar-glory for Saving Mr Banks, I just hope that I, too, am saved… from ever having to sit through it again. By Edwina Langley

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nd since we’ve reviewed a film about Mary Poppins (the original, we loved!) it only makes sense we draw attention to this. An Evening with Julie Andrews takes place this May and is set to be a wondrously cosy night, akin to being fed cakes by Mary Berry, then tucked up in bed by nanny. Andrews promises to thrill audiences with tales from Broadway to Hollywood – Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor-Victoria… book your seats right away. Spit-spot. 30-31st May, £44.75, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6, eventimapollo.com

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wo new brilliantly written autobiographical books from our most treasured local writer - London Evening Standard’s art critic, Brian Sewell – deal with the author’s lifelong passions for art, dogs and sex. Outsider II is the second gripping volume of Sewell’s autobiography and continues his extraordinary life story after leaving Christie’s in 1967. This scandalously delicious book gives an honest and candid look at a lifetime of art and amorous encounters. As a handsome, young man, Sewell posed naked for the voyeuristic and impotent Salvador Dali in Cadaques. The most fascinating chapters examine the author’s long affair with art connoisseur Anthony Blunt, Keeper of The Queen’s Pictures and the fourth man of the Cambridge Five spy ring, and his consequent fall from grace. Sewell brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the Bond Street art world, populated with a colourful cast of suave and roguish art dealers galore, against a backdrop of art of frequently doubtful provenance. Throughout his life Sewell has been devoted to dogs and they have adored him in return. In Sleeping with Dogs he shares treasured memories of the numerous four-legged companions he has owned – many of which were Mayhew rescue dogs. Now aged 82, Sewell daydreams about waking up one morning in heaven to find all his old dogs sleeping on his bed. By ALICE COKE

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David Bowie Diamond Dog 1975 © Terry O’Neill

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SOME ARE BORN GREAT Iconic photographer Terry O’Neill delights Edwina Langley with tales of Sinatra, the Stones & a starstruck Liz Taylor I’ve met many great people in my life, but I must say [Nelson Mandela] was the greatest of them all,’ says photographer Terry O’Neill, staring me straight in the eye. ‘I was his ‘90th birthday present’, we spent eight days in a hotel room, and I [photographed] the whole world [that] came to see him – Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, David Cameron. When he left, he gave me a little wave from the car and I nearly burst into tears. Because I realised I’d met one of the great human beings of all time.’ Nelson Mandela has received some serious accolades since his sad death last month, but in my opinion, O’Neill’s is one of the best. Not just because he has known and photographed almost every 20th century icon there is – Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman – but because he’s honest about what he sees. He’s a straight talker who doesn’t mince words, which I find refreshing. Mick Jagger is ‘a control freak’, whose singing he doesn’t get, O’Neill has ‘never’ been starstuck, and he ‘hates’ having his photograph taken – ‘as much as Robert Redford.’ It’s not that he’s brusque, quite the opposite, he’s just not a sycophant and I can’t imagine he suffers fools. ‘I judge people on what I see,’ he says. What better mantra could one imagine for a photographer? Terry O’Neill was born in 1938 in Romford. He had aspirations to be a jazz drummer but his mother steered him towards the church. ‘I got picked out to study with the priest and monsignors. I didn’t enjoy it – I was a kid, only 11. I got told I asked too many questions. So they said it would be better if I stopped.’ At 14 years old he started playing the drums in jazz clubs, backing up famous

Raquel Welch 1968 © Terry O’Neill

guests, and took up photography around that time, ‘accidentally’. His first job was with British airline BOAC in 1959, where he was tasked with capturing travellers flowing in and out. Unbeknownst to him, one of those he snapped turned out to be the Home Secretary, Rab Butler, asleep in a waiting room. The picture appeared on the front cover of The Sunday Dispatch and, shortly after, he was hired by The Daily Sketch. ‘They foresaw what was going to happen in the Sixties. One of the things was photographing pop groups. On my first job, I was sent down to a studio, and there was a group called The Beatles recording Please Please Me. And that was the start of my career, really.’ When the photograph was published (albeit three months later) the paper sold out and O’Neill was sent on similar missions. ‘I loved the Blues and The Rolling Stones were the only English group playing it. They played all these Muddy Waters songs down in Richmond – that’s where I saw them. But they [The Daily Sketch] were horrified by my pictures; they thought they looked like five prehistoric monsters. So I had to find another group, Dave Clark Five, who’s picture we ran alongside theirs [with the headline] ‘Beauty and the Beast’. That was the start of pop pictures in newspapers.’

A photographer in the eye of a cultural storm, O’Neill must have felt like he’d hit the jackpot. But he is adamant that’s not how it was. ‘I used to go to the Ad Lib club every night with The Beatles. We used to talk about what job we’d get when it was all over. We all thought we’d wake up one day and get a proper job. Ringo wanted to own a chain of hairdressers – for his wife!’ But as history relates, the bubble didn’t burst, it only got bigger. At 24, O’Neill went to America on an assignment and was flummoxed – he was the man Hollywood wanted to meet. Why? Because he knew The Beatles. ‘It was then I realised what was going on in England – and outside of it. You couldn’t see the effect that music had on the world. It was like a mania.’ Work flooded in and in 1964, O’Neill left The Daily Sketch to go freelance. Gaining a reputation as ‘photographer to the stars’ it was his friendship with Raquel Welch that won him his life-changing assignment – unadulterated access to Frank Sinatra. ‘I went on this film to shoot Raquel Welch and I [talked about Sinatra] to Ava Gardner, who I knew and was there. She wrote a letter of introduction. She said, ‘Stand there, with this letter.’ Around the corner, there he came. I’d never seen anyone with bodyguards. Anyway, he turned out to

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be a gentleman – so kind. He read [Ava’s] letter and said ‘Right, you’re with me.’ For the next three weeks, I could go anywhere with him. But he didn’t acknowledge me. I realised when I got back to England, what a gift he’d given me. He’d opened up exactly how to ‘be’ with a major star. But he only did that because he was still in love with Ava Gardner.’ Terry paused for effect as I, and this magazine’s arts contributor, Nicholas Campbell (who insisted he came along), gasped in unison. Terry continued. ‘He was married to Mia Farrow at the time, but it wasn’t working out. He always loved Ava. He’d send across [his] albums, and I used to sit with her and we’d listen. One time, the phone rings, and it’s him, from LA or wherever. She starts picking the album apart, track by track. In that one conversation, I learnt that he was truly in love with her. Because I could hear the hurt in his voice. All he wanted to hear was: ‘You’re a great, great singer Frank!’ It was two people who were in love and it just…’ He mimes snapping something in two. But was she in love with him? ‘Yeah, in a way, but he was more in love. When a bloke loves a girl, they don’t get over it.’ Spoken like a man who knows a thing or two about it. O’Neill himself has been married three times. First, at 21, to actress Vera Day (with whom he had two children), second, to actress Faye Dunaway in 1983 (with whom he adopted a son), and now, to former model agency head, Laraine Ashton. Ashton and O’Neill have been married for over 12 years, and it was she who supported him through the dreadful period, seven years ago, when he suffered from bowel cancer.

A picture of health today, he takes Nicholas and me through his most recent (and gigantic) book of work – a collection of photographs from his current exhibition at The Little Black Gallery. He flicks past a picture of Jean Shrimpton. ‘Best model ever,’ he says wistfully. ‘Didn’t you have a love affair with her?’ I ask, though I already know the answer. ‘Yes,’ O’Neill replies. ‘She was very picky.’ He continues to regale us with stories about his past subjects. When tasked with photographing actors, old and young, for the 75th anniversary of Paramount in 1987, O’Neill recalls finding Liz Taylor hiding in a corridor. ‘I said, ‘What are you doing out here? You’re the top star in Hollywood!’ – I used to talk to them like this, I wasn’t anybody – ‘Everyone adores you, what are you doin’?’ And she says, ‘I don’t know, I’ve never met Harrison Ford. I’ve never met Robert De Niro.’ So I said, ‘Come with me,’ and I walked back with her on my arm.’ He has no regrets about turning down a job with Marilyn Monroe, because he was dating her PR girl at the time – ‘I won’t tell you her name because I don’t want to embarrass her’ – and claims Ava Gardner was ‘definitely’ the best looking of all. Unsurprisingly, he’s very much still enamoured by that momentous era. To O’Neill, they don’t make ‘em like that anymore. ‘The day of the movie star is over,’ he announces, despairingly. ‘They make comic book films now, about Spiderman and Batman. It doesn’t mean anything.’ I’d read somewhere that Angelina Jolie is the only Hollywood star he’d consider photographing now. ‘Maybe,’ he replies. ‘I’m not really that bothered.’ Today, he lives in Battersea, but isn’t

tied to the area particularly. He used to have a studio in Sydney Close and also once lived in Knightsbridge. An avid football fan, he talks enthusiastically about a match the night before, and in fact, I get the impression the reason he agreed to an interview with us was because this magazine is distributed in Chelsea. ‘Good,’ he says. ‘Good football team.’ It therefore makes sense that the only job he’s done recently was photographing former Brazilian footballer, Pelé, for the 2014 World Cup. ‘I can’t find anybody now,’ he says, matter-of-factly. ‘Amy Winehouse was the last. She sang at Nelson Mandela’s concert and I needed her to sign a picture for him. She’d just come out of The London Clinic for the night to sing. She was in rehab there and she looked healthy. A really nice girl. It was a shame; she’s one of the few people I did want to photograph. There’s nobody I want to photograph now.’ I have tried my best to include as much about this extraordinary man, and his extraordinary career, as possible. But with so many stories to tell, it’s impossible not to feel I’ve fallen short. It’s just as well the blue-eyed man doesn’t deal in words. He deals in pictures. Great pictures. Ones we only need glimpse at to imagine the stories behind them. He has photographed all of the greats, and met the greatest human being of all time as well. I think that makes him, like them, pretty great too.

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Winter ROSES What I like about Cabbages and Roses is how comfortable it is in its own skin. It’s not trying to be anything other than British rustic country chic. It’s recently opened in Chelsea, and I’m eyeing up this Peter Pan smock dress. £225, 121-123 Sydney Street, SW3; cabbagesandroses.com

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Has anyone noticed more wrinkles this year than last? We, grudgingly, think so. So Neal’s Yard Remedies, ‘Frankincense Intense’ was a welcomed discovery. Clinically proven to act as a defence against age, it contains plant stem cells from Gardenias and a peptide complex, to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, to firm, tone, boost… if only it did this for our bums n’ tums we’d never need exercise again. £55, 124b King’s Road, SW3, 020 7225 2842; nealsyardremedies.com

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on metabolism for a couple of days. Limit nights out as much as you possibly can, until you reach your goal. Once you’re gorgeous, enjoy two small glasses of wine, no more than twice a week, to be taken with a little protein such as some cold meat, cheese or nuts, to limit the blood sugar hike.

Step 4 EAT PROTEIN FIVE TIMES PER DAY To lose weight we need a calorific deficit but we also need to balance those calories throughout the day, to stabilise blood sugar levels and keep the fat burning tap dripping. Spread your intake into three meals and two snacks to encourage ‘metabolic uplift’. Eat a delicate portion of lean protein at each meal and restrict low GI carbs to the morning. Prepare as much of your meals yourself and aim for 15 of your 21 weekly meals to be lean and lovely.

Step 5 SLEEP YOUR WAY INTO YOUR SKINNIES Sleep helps weight loss by improving your hormone function and mood. The better you feel, the more likely you are to train effectively and eat intelligently too (a client who sleeps well for eight hours can lose 30% more fat than a sleep deprived client – the impact is profound).

Step 6 RIP THE PLASTER OFF QUICKLY, THEN BALANCE Know exactly what you want to achieve, have an intelligent plan to get there and start ONCE. Go directly to your goal by practising consistency over severity, before moving to a more balanced lifestyle approach once you’ve achieved your goals.

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went to a podiatrist recently who told me there was no hope for my feet. They look like claws, my arches ‘had collapsed’ and I had irreversible bunions. It was really quite distressing. Since then I have walked the streets of London in fear of what this, my only form of daily exercise, was doing to my dear tootsies. I have lived in Nike running trainers for four years now, solely because I was told by a salesperson that they were good for me. It’s just impossible to know who to trust these days. It was therefore with trepidation that I approached the gleaming glass doors of Profeet in Fulham, one evening. I knew my feet were beyond repair and I didn’t particularly need reminding of this, but I did want to at least try to stop them from getting worse, hence my visit. Light, bright and modern, the interiors of Profeet scream energy. Beaty music pumps from speakers, telly screens project films of sporty people running and climbing glaciers with big grins on their faces, colourful trainers are displayed on walls like trophies, and treadmills stand determinedly in front of a bank of Apple Macs. It was all very technical - and it meant business. Healthy business. So the fact that when Footwear Manager, Richard Felton, found me, I was in the middle of emptying half

Repulsed by her feet and baring her bunions, Edwina Langley de-socks at Profeet for a full foot assessment

a sugar dispenser into a mug of complimentary steaming tea, I don’t think he was particularly impressed. Indeed, when minutes later, he inspected my rotten trainers to find them holed and held together at the heel by blu-tack, I was ready for him to ask me to leave. But he didn’t. In fact, he rather surprised me by saying they had been a ‘good’ choice. I told him I’d chosen them myself and didn’t mention the salesperson. Then followed an initial measuring and inspection of my crone’s feet, where poor Richard had to touch them without gloves. Much to my (next) surprise he said they were actually in good nick. My arches hadn’t collapsed and whilst, yes, I had bunions, he could easily stop them getting worse and therefore, what was I fussing about? I must say, dear reader, this was all rather exciting. I actually began to enjoy myself. Until…

“When Richard inspected my rotten trainers, holed and held together by blu-tack, I was ready for him to ask me to leave”

The treadmill. I was asked to ‘hop’ onto a treadmill for a ‘professional gait analysis’. This was my least favourite part. Not because I had to walk on the dreadmill [sic] but because I was filmed by a high-tech camera, walking on the dreadmill. As I walked/jogged, footage of me thundering away was streamed onto an Apple Mac in front of me. This was so Richard could assess whether I walked with my toes out, in or ‘neutral’, whether I landed on my heels first, toes or correctly ‘mid-foot’, or whether I had knee valgus (knees that turn in), knee varus (knees that turn out) or ‘neutral’ knees. Richard honed in on my feet, assessing all these things, and then told me about them. I spent about two seconds staring at my feet whilst Richard told me about them, and the rest of the five minutes staring at my rotund derrière, running on the treadmill, not listening

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to Richard at all. ‘What inappropriately tight jeans I’m wearing,’ I thought in horror, ‘and you can see the outline of my pants, what was I thinking?!’ (When you go to get your feet done, dear reader, I highly recommend a tracksuit.) Once that ordeal was over, I was instructed to walk over a 3D footscan a few times – so it could precisely assess what parts of my feet I use to land. I rely heavily on my big toe, apparently, and rarely use my ‘flexible’ other toes, hence the bunions. I was shown a printout of the scan, with coloured bits revealing where most pressure is applied. It was riveting. Next, it was trainers time. The search for the perfect footwear started with Richard asking how ‘bright’ was I willing to go? ‘ELECTRIC, Richard,’ I answered. He produced a series of vibrant-coloured trainers – pinks, purples, blues – and asked me to go for a walk in them (yes, on the dreadmill again, but also round the shop). I settled on a pair called ‘Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13’, which

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sound a bit like a flavour of Lucozade, but are actually blinking comfortable and supportive. They feature Omega Flex Grooves, which allow for better bend and flexing, and were recently voted ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Runner’s World. Mine were bright purple and fluorescent green (in case you’re interested) and I’m wearing them now as I write this (in case you’re still interested). If you think that was it, you are wrong. Next came my favourite part – the insole fitting. A mould of my foot was taken using vacuum technology – basically, a squidgy machine, which I stood in to make an imprint of my foot. A composite insole is then placed on top, and moulded to the shape. Lastly, the insoles are ‘hand finished

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with high density foam’ to ensure they were the perfect fit pour moi. And if you think that’s it, you are still wrong. For Richard then gave me a list of exercises to do, and also his email address, for any questions I might have after the session. Trainers can be taken back, he told me, for up to two weeks afterwards if I found I was not satisfied – even if I’d worn them outside (unheard of!). All this, of course, is highly unlikely because Profeet is excellent and the moment you find your perfect shoes they are yours and you feel quite possessive of them. No wonder it’s the choice for top sportsmen and women, not to mention the fact their ski boot fitting service has attracted a legion of A-list celebs. If you’ve not been to Profeet yet, you’re doing your feet a disservice. Put your best foot forward (groan) and get down there.

Profeet Footwear Lab, 867-869 Fulham Road, SW6, 020 7736 0046; profeet.co.uk

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EVERY CLOUD If you’re unfortunate enough to have a birthday in this depressing month, make sure you don’t get short-changed on the present front. This Elephant & Tortoise Silver Ashtray by Patrick Mavros would look simply splendid in your study – even if you are very good and don’t smoke at all. £4,400, 104 – 106 Fulham Road, 020 7052 0001; patrickmavros.com

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Belts or braces? Belts for weekends, braces for weekdays, done. We love a solid pair and think these slick designs from Hackett are ideal office attire. Comes in navy with pink dots too, if that’s your thing. £70, Hackett, 137-8 Sloane Street, SW1X, 020 7730 3331; hackett.com

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Yes, we have smartphones with alarms, but nothing is as good at reminding us about things we need to do as our own diary; they never run out of battery. We think this Tangerine Mezzo one from Noble Macmillan is especially smart. £49, 9 Elvaston Mews, SW7, 020 7581 4178; noblemacmillan.com

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and manicures faster than a New York minute. Sit ye down on yon seat and your friendly Nail Technician will soon be hard at work. Her hands move in a blur, washing, cutting, filing and gently removing all that dead skin you’ve been carrying around. Your hands feel wrapped in silk and gravel alike, as the twin miracles of moisturisation and exfoliation are

enacted on your mighty mittens. In the blink of an eye it’s all done, and you’re left feeling fresh and unfettered, with a distinct impression that the ladies have had this manicure lark to themselves for far too long. By Simon Moore The Sloane Mini-Manicure, £30, 69a King’s Road, SW3, 020 7351 0911; thechelseadayspa.co.uk

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STYLE WEAR Barts. Look to this Netherlands label for winter warmth. Their cosy kiddies garb, like the 1650 Wildy Hood, will protect little ears from chilly winds and look rather adorable too. Available from Igloo Kids, 227 King’s Road, SW3, barts.eu

EAT Happy Kale. We’ve been told that by featuring these here we’re being mean to children. This food spot should be reserved for ‘chocolate’, ‘sweeties’ and ‘cakes’. We say that’s rubbish. These healthy veggie crisps are delicious and perfect for a lunchbox. Try them yourself and see. £1.59; planetorganic.com

GO Swimming. Well, it’s the best form of exercise isn’t it? Sign up to Chelsea Sports Centre and get your little’uns splashing around in no time. Junior Pay & Play Activity Membership, Chelsea Manor Street, SW3, 020 7352 6985; babeswithbabies.com

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Buy Furby Boom. The most popular toy of 2013, if you couldn’t find one for love nor money, heave a sigh of relief: as of this month, they’re back in stock. £59.99, Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1, 0844 693 1751; johnlewis.com

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A collection of talented designers from Stoke-on-Trent, such as Sarah Callard and her ‘Geometrix’ collection, came together to form ‘Flux’, a ceramics brand that combines tradition with cutting edge design, craftsmanship and quality manufacturing. Symmetry and form are encapsulated within this collection, adding a contemporary edge with gilded platinum. £78, Flux Geometric Collection, flux-shop.com

by Virginia White Virginia creates homes for modern living. Push together the upholstered chairs to make a sofa or split it in two, to create an intimate and social space, by placing a table in the middle. £5,940, Sofa in two parts, in Racing Green Cotton, 020 7226 1344; virginiawhite.co.uk

Zebide Emerald Linen Fabric

Inspired by far off excursions, Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s latest collection ‘Eastern Promise’ mixes striking geometric patterns with strong colour combinations, to create an illustrious and orientalist pattern. £288 per 4.57m roll, available in six colourways, 100% linen. Available from Tissus d’Hélène, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10, 020 7352 9977; tissusdhelene.co.uk

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Talisman Lucite Table Lamp

Bring a bit of original 70s retro to your interior with this one-off Lucite lamp. Talisman are experts at finding unique designs spanning many eras. Each piece is sourced to last the test of time; an antique for the future. £3,200, Lucite Table Lamp with Nickel Plated Stem, 190-192 Ebury Street, SW1W, 020 7730 7800; talismanlondon.com

Vitra’s Hang It All Utilitarian designers of the 50s Charles & Ray Eames were renowned for their supreme creations and this hanger is no exception. An alternative to coat hooks, the spherical wooden hanging balls were made colourful to encourage children to hang up their things. But the Vitra Design Museum have launched this steel and wooden hanger for use in many places. £198, 245-249 Brompton Road, SW3, 020 7584 2066; skandium.com For further interior ideas, visit Tara Craig at tcraig.co.uk

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Abs: What would you say are the main trends to look out for? Dk: 2013 was all about mixing prints, so I predict 2014 will be about unusual colour combinations that haven’t been paired together before. Don’t be afraid to be more daring!

Absolutely: What will 2014 see in terms of design? Daniel Kostiuc: The return of bold patterns and colours (which started in 2013) as well as strong character in design. Slightly overstated luxury is also bound to re-emerge as well, after the less conspicuous aesthetics in fashion over the last few years.

Abs: How can we do that? Dk: Bright hues can make a wonderfully theatrical impact when used in the right composition. In an entrance hall, dramatic teal and black woven wall coverings are ideal as they draw in the eye upon entering a property. Integrating a secondary colour such as canary yellow or vermillion will create a showstopping look.

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Abs: Woven wall coverings?! Is that better than wallpaper? Dk: Wallpaper doesn’t provide the same luxurious feel as woven silk. Besides a unique texture, silk yarn also gives such colour intensity, which will emphasise the trend for statement hues. When paired with shiny brass light fittings, furniture or ironmongery, it’s even more dramatic. Abs: Let’s talk about furniture. How can we up the drama there? Dk: Rather than settling for plain silk lampshades, add colour, texture and vibrancy for a statement. Whether opting for a bold geometric print or a funky braid, any lampshade can be tailor-made to add personality to an interior scheme. Abs: And the lamp itself? Dk: We’re likely to see more precious stone lamps. Slices of amethyst and rock crystal clusters are beautiful, organic and make stunning lamp bases. Top these with a paired back shade so they retain the starring role.

Abs: What about other types of general decoration? Dk: Over-scaled artworks can almost replace the use of wallpapers. They instantly bring character and colour to an otherwise simple space. The use of abstract or geometric compositions further enhances the feel of modernity – more and more of our clients have been enjoying this lately. Abs: Final word of advice? Dk: Timeless, quality design is always a good investment. Instead of going for the latest trends in furniture, I advise my clients to go for classic shapes, which can be made up-to-date with the use of contemporary fabrics and materials.

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DAPHNE’S Zebedee Helm snuffles for truffles on Draycott Avenue

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aving a birthday in the opening weeks of truffle season is Mother Nature’s way of singling you out for a role in life as a consumer of her most prized possession, the trifola d’Alba. Such is their value that each exquisite nibble of wafer thin tartufo is to be savoured, turned over slowly and longingly like the last kiss with your about-to-be-executed lover. At Daphne’s (the extremely popular and coolly understated Italian restaurant, and fixture of Chelsea life for 50 years) they were scattering them about promiscuously like a child frolicking in the autumn leaves. My (grateful) maternal parent/fellow truffle pig and I did not have to make any decisions about what to eat; the truffle tasting menu, with goldfish bowl-sized glasses of well chosen wine for every course, is preordained. First up was a carpaccio of kingfish, which looked like a stained glass rose window. Gorgeously translucent slices of peach-coloured fish flesh supported deep purple and cadmium pansies, and butterfly wings of whitish buff truffles were fluttered over pert tails of langoustes. Heavenly. But what followed knocked Mama and I clean off our trotters. It was the simplest dish of the soirée (Italians have black belts in simplicity). Tortellonis stuffed with buffalo ricotta, artichoke hearts and whopping great slivers of truff, the size of Walkers crisps. Ma found this dish so to her liking that she couldn’t bear to finish it, the last mouthful

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she pushed about her bowl wistfully, as long ago she did me in my pram round the pond in the park. Great hovercrafts of beef fillet then appeared, floating over a garlic spinach and truffled polenta sea, almost entirely obscured by shavings of our knobbly friend. The formaggio course involved a pie-sized slice of pecorino, sweet truffled honey and the crunchiest of flatbreads, washed down with half a pint of Vin Santo. Snorts of happy snuffling came from across the table. We smiled at the witty ‘chocolate truffle’ that was billed as ‘pud’. More fool us; the hard chocolate carapace, which melted dramatically beneath a stream of hot chocolate gravy, to reveal a ball of dulce de leche ice cream, was also extensively

decorated with gossamer peelings of the aromatic Tuber magnatum. Both our Thonet chairs were creaking ominously by the time il gran finale, a grapefruit zest and Zapaca rum cocktail, was brought forth. Horror of horrors, there were two drowned moths struggling for life in the bottom of the glass... But joy of joys, they turned out to be slices of truffle. Though to be quite truthful, by then we were truffe full. The Truffle Tasting Menu is £250 per person, until early 2014, subject to availability. Other truffle dishes are also available on the A La Carte menu

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wo Michelin-starred Phil Howard is Head Chef at The Square in Mayfair. He is also coproprietor of Kitchen W8 and The Ledbury in Notting Hill, and has opened a restaurant, Sonny’s Kitchen, in Barnes. Here, he talks to Absolutely about his career in the kitchen. ABSOLUTELY: I see you appeared on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen recently. Did you practise the omelette challenge? PHIL HOWARD: God, no, I didn’t think about it. Normally, I just go ‘steady as she goes’, rather than throwing eggs around in 16 seconds. I like to make a proper omelette. ABS: Why did you get into cooking? PH: I studied microbiology at university and I started cooking to feed myself. I knew almost immediately that I’d found something that was destined to be my ‘reason for being’. ABS: Did you think your cooking was good? PH: I don’t think that came until later on, when I started working professionally in my first job with the Roux brothers.

HIP TO BE SQUARE Two Michelin-starred chef, Phil Howard, chats onions, omelettes and conning his way into the kitchen, to Edwina Langley

ABS: First, you headed to Australia… PH: Yes, I travelled there for a bit and started out working in a restaurant in Sydney. I was a waiter, which was my first proper pressurised experience. ABS: You then worked with the Roux brothers in their ‘contract catering arm’. What was that? PH: They had a huge empire in those days and they held a catering division in all sorts of institutions – city banks, for example. I was part of the team that produced all the food for Kleinwort Benson. ABS: What was that like? PH: It was a slightly false environment, not the same as it is in a fully-fledged restaurant. But at the end of the day it was still cooking. There were various levels of food produced, such as in the basement, and then for the Directors’ dining room upstairs – they got top whack cooking. When I was promoted up there, that was when it all began for me.

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manage to stay pretty level-headed and I make sure I have a pretty balanced life – I get out and take plenty of exercise.

ABS: Then you worked at Marco Pierre White’s Harveys. How did that happen? PH: I went and had dinner there and thought, ‘actually this is where I have to be.’ I conned my way into the kitchen and worked there for a while. An extraordinary experience. ABS: What do mean ‘conned’? PH: I hadn’t had much experience but the turnover of staff was high [laughs]. So there wasn’t a queue at the door. But Marco gave me a job, that’s all that matters. There, I really learned about what is achievable with limited resources, and also about phenomenal contemporary French cooking. ABS: Next up, Bibendum, with the great Simon Hopkinson. PH: Yes, that was a completely difference experience. It wasn’t about how shiny the saucepans were or the shape of the carrots. It was about provenance, seasonality, flavour and honesty. And that was probably the single most important stretch of cooking I did. ABS: How do you manage pressure in the kitchen? PH: It can be very stressful and demanding. But I’m not someone who gets unnecessarily anxious. I

ABS: Your restaurant The Square has two Michelin stars – are they easy to maintain in your opinion? PH: It comes down to consistency. And consistency is achieved through having a fantastic team and a balanced life. As much as I love what I do (I still run around in the kitchen, cooking my heart out) I make sure that I take plenty of holiday and get out in the afternoons. I’m not one of those people who just lives for their kitchen; I can’t be enthusiastic if I do nothing but cook. ABS: But you’ve got so many kitchens... PH: There is only one kitchen I cook in – other than home – and that’s at The Square. Obviously I have other interests, but they require different

Bibendum with Simon Hopkinson was a completely different experience...probably the single most important stretch of cooking I did things from me. Brett Graham at The Ledbury, for instance – I don’t have to tell him how to cook anymore (not that I ever did). With each business, once you’ve got the right people there, they stay consistent. ABS: I hear also the garden at Fulham Palace supplies your restaurants… PH: Yes. To have access to a 3.5-acre garden with produce, is nothing short of extraordinary. It is a new relationship and it’ll take years until we’ve really ironed out the wrinkles, but it’s a real joy. Today, half of the lunch menu is based entirely on the produce that comes from those gardens. Generally speaking, it’s my lovely wife who goes down and picks the veg every morning. She comes up before lunch, and most of what she gets will be on the lunch menu. It seems too good to be true. Fulham Palace have the skills, the environment, the space and the expertise, and what they needed

was an passionate partner and an outlet for their produce. That was one of the conditions of the Heritage Lottery funding. Whilst we don’t buy the vegetables, we do an awful lot of fundraising to support the project. ABS: What a lovely community story! PH: It’s extremely beneficial to both parties, so long may it last. ABS: On to telly. In 2012 you won the fish course for BBC’s Great British Menu, and last year, you judged the northwest heat. How did it feel being on the other side of the pass? PH: It was a whole lot easier than cooking that’s for sure! Having done it, you’re very aware of actually how difficult it is. But as far I am concerned, it’s a food competition. Whatever brief you might want to impose, the food must be delicious. ABS: Will you do it again? PH: I would love to go on there and cook again, but to be quite honest with you, you step into that arena and their ain’t no guarantee you’re going to be successful. I managed to come out with my reputation and pride in tact. I don’t intend to go in there and risk it again. ABS: You are marooned on a desert island with one ingredient and one cooking utensil. Name them. PH: Good god! I don’t know. The one ingredient I couldn’t possibly live without is an onion – it’s the basis and background of virtually all French cooking processes. And if I had to cook my onion in any way, it would be in a frying pan. ABS: Finally, what’s up next for 2014? PH: Keeping The Square relevant moving forward, making sure it stays full and in demand for the next decade. On the other end of the spectrum, I’m trying to maximise the success at Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes. But I really want to try to keep my life simpler than I have for the last few years, so I can focus on those two things.

Sonny’s Kitchen, 94 Church Road, SW13, 020 8748 0393; sonnyskitchen.co.uk The Square, 6-10 Bruton Street, W1, 020 7495 7100; squarerestaurant.com

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If organising your own detox is too much like hard work, nip into Fifth Floor, Harvey Nicks for the Detox Kitchen’s Deli. Their wheat-free, dairyfree juices and scrumptious salads (like the ‘Skin Brightener’ with quinoa) fill your body with goodness, making this the only time where laziness leads to healthiness. 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1; detoxkitchen.co.uk

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METHOD Into a saucepan of the water add most of the pak choi (reserving a handful), all of the broccoli, chilli, ginger, potato, onion, garlic, leek, spinach, sugar and celery. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 20 mins, until the vegetables are soft. Blend until smooth, then add the reserved pak choi. Season to taste. Cook gently for 7 mins. Serve. newcoventgardensoup.com

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LOWNDES SQUARE, SW1X A newly refurbished apartment on the ground floor of a purpose built block in this prestigious Knightsbridge address close to Harvey Nichols. The accommodation comprises; open- plan reception kitchen area, two bedrooms, two bathrooms. Leasehold approximately 136 years. Energy efficiency: Band D

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EDITH GROVE SW10 A well presented lower ground floor flat situated in a convenient location between the Kings Road and Fulham Road. Reception room n Brand new kitchen n 2 bedrooms n 2 bathrooms n Conservatory Patio n Private Gardens n Share of freehold n Energy efficiency: Band C

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PONT STREET SW1X A unique garden duplex flat quietly situated at the rear of this portered building in the heart of Knightsbridge, moments from Harrods. Reception room leading directly onto a private garden Long lease n Energy efficiency: Band E

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CRESSWELL GARDENS SW5 With its own private entrance and situated on this attractive South Kensington street, this apartment on the lower ground floor of this period building offers scope for first time buyers and pied-a-terre seekers alike. Open-plan reception room n Kitchen n 2 bedrooms n 2 bathrooms Private entrance n Private garden n Long lease n Energy efficiency: Band B

GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ1,395,000

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CADOGAN SQUARE SW1X A beautifully refurbished apartment with its own private entrance situated on this prestigious square with access to communal gardens. Spacious reception room n Kitchen n Master bedroom with en suite bathroom 2 further bedrooms n Shower room n Store Room n Access to communal gardens Long lease n Energy efficiency: Band D

GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ2,875,000

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Lamont Road SW10 £3,600,000 This superb Victorian house is situated in a fantastic location between the King’s Road and Fulham Road, in the heart of the popular Ten Acre Estate. The property is presented in excellent condition throughout and there’s an abundance of reception space, most notably, the beautiful first floor drawing room with a southerly aspect. There are three large double bedrooms, two bathrooms along with a guest cloakroom and the house also has the enormous benefit of a beautiful garden and roof terrace. Freehold. EPC= . Sole Agents.

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Moore Park Road SW6 £1,999,950 Located just off Eel Brook Common, this outstanding end-of-terrace, six-bedroom house has recently been extended to provide wider than average accommodation arranged over three floors. Offering an abundance of natural light, the house comprises a beautiful double reception room, kitchen, five double bedrooms, a further bedroom/study, two bathrooms, two shower rooms and a ground floor cloakroom. The house also benefits from a delightful west facing garden. Share of Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

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WORDS TIM MACPHERSON Head of London Residential, Carter Jonas

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left the New York restaurant trade in 1998 to move to London and sell prime property. The industry in the capital doesn’t differ much to running restaurants stateside. It’s just about really great service – only hospitality limits client time to three courses! I’ve now worked in Prime Central London for over 14 years and have seen residential house prices soar across the Royal Boroughs since the downturn. I am delighted to say that all five of our Prime Central London offices have performed exceptionally well, due predominantly to huge demand from the world’s super rich seeking a refuge for their wealth in London’s bricks and mortar during times of political and economic insecurity. However, with employment rates in London returning to pre-crisis levels and a generally brighter global economic outlook, we saw rates of capital growth slowing at the latter end of last year. Demand from investors, both domestic and overseas, still outweighs the ongoing acute shortage of stock and will keep values rising this year. However, we both anticipate and welcome a more stable marketplace, where rates of growth should continue to cool with rises of a more modest 2-4%. Since the Chancellor hiked stamp duty up to 7% over the £2 million threshold, demand for residential property sub-£2 million has rocketed. We are just about to start marketing a house in a prime Knightsbridge garden square at just over £10 million, which will be a good barometer of the top end of the market in early 2014. I am disappointed that the reduction in stamp duty wasn’t included in the Autumn Statement. Stamp duty has proved to be complicit in the stagnation of the £2m plus market both in and outside of London and my industry counterparts will agree that this tax will continue to distort this end of the market, despite increasing confidence.

Osborne’s introduction of capital gains tax on residential property sales by non-UK residents will have a marginal effect on PCL. Other key global investment locations such as New York, Paris and Hong Kong have already imposed far stricter tax measures on international buyers and I’m sure that London’s global status will continue to attract high volumes of foreign money they are unlikely to be deterred by this levy. I do, however, welcome that fact that this will trigger the release of some good quality stock into the marketplace. There are several houses owned by non-domiciles in PCL, which may have well been left empty for long periods of time, appreciating in value, that come to market before the 2015 deadline. This will be most welcome in areas such as Holland Park and Mayfair, where levels of quality period stock ripe for renovation are in decline. In line with improved economic sentiment, Carter Jonas has invested significantly across its national business in order to maintain an excellent service for our clients. The move to our new headquarters off Oxford Street represents a significant milestone in our 150 year evolution and we are focused on increasing exposure across all markets. Our recent acquisition of independent London residential estate agency, Sullivan Thomas, with three offices in south and west London, marks the first stage of our expansion into residential outer prime London. In terms of yield, these ‘fringe’ areas have outperformed the core PCL market and we forecast that as stock across PCL remains low, an increasing numbers of buyers will be attracted further out. I believe that this increased investor interest will see areas such as Fulham and Wandsworth record a 6-8% increase in value next year. � 020 7584 7020; carterjonas.co.uk

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Palace Place, SW1E

£3,750,000 for sale

Two Bedroom Flat For Sale On Palace Place 12 Palace Street is a newly built Portland stone clad building in a prime location close to both Buckingham Palace, St James› Park and Victoria. This spacious 6th floor apartment has been well designed and finished to a very high standard, to include solid oak and limestone flooring.

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Two Bedroom Flat For Rent In Drayton Gardens A generously sized, newly refurbished two bedroom apartment located on the quiet and sought-after Drayton Gardens in Chelsea. Only moments away from the shops, cafes, restaurants and transport links of Fulham Road and Brompton Road.

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Prime Purchase Vendor

Advice Penelope Court Head of Residential Sales, Beauchamp Estates � 020 7499 7722; beauchamp.co.uk

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A unique five bedroom detached house on one of Fulham’s finest streets, offering a gym, sauna, and double garage.

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he proportions throughout the property are larger than most houses in the area. The ground floor benefits from a spacious double reception room leading onto a Smallbone kitchen. The dining room overlooks a mature landscaped garden with open westerly aspect and double garage, allowing secure private access. On the first floor is an incredible master suite with a sumptuous bathroom, dressing room with bespoke wardrobes, and a further bedroom and bathroom. On the top floor is a fabulous roof terrace, two further double bedrooms and a bathroom. The basement has been excavated to create a further reception room, gym and sauna, shower room, WC and utility room. Doneraile Street is one of the premier residential streets in the Bishop’s Park Area. The Park, with its excellent amenities and pretty riverside walks is within a stone’s throw. There are local shopping facilities nearby in Fulham

Details

Doneraile Street, SW3 £3,950,000 Freehold

Palace Road and with a good selection of shops and restaurants. There is easy road access to both the A3 and M4. Putney Bridge tube station is within walking distance.

Contact

Sullivan Thomas, Bishops Park Sales 020 7731 3333; sullivanthomas.co.uk

he valuation of any house or flat is at best an approximate science that at its most basic computation will take into consideration size, location, condition and presentation. Proximity to key amenities and transport links, and availability of parking are all-paramount in coming to a conclusion. Factors such as prime locations, architecturally significant details and unique features are then balanced against demand, availability of comparable properties, and potential buyers in the market place. Valuations will also be informed by recent sales of comparable properties where they exist. If a property is unique and has no precedent or similar properties this is where values can become exceptional. The appeal of such a property is not to be underestimated. Beauchamp Estates frequently specialises in such sales. Who decides? At the time of marketing the property, it is rather more a case of agreement between the vendor and agent when the property is to be placed on the market. What happens if I think my house is worth more than you have valued it for? Opinion has to be based upon my professional experience and knowledge. Vendors can ask a number of agents to value their homes for sale, but generally speaking established clients will refer to Beauchamp Estates. What happens if you overvalue it? It is unlikely to sell and both parties will end up frustrated. Pick your agent wisely.

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THE HARRODS ESTATES TEAM WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU ANDREW GUNN-FORBES Sales Manager

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SORREL CARSS Office Co-ordinator From spacious studios to elegant town houses, the recently launched Harrods Estates Chelsea branch offers a tailor-made service for all residents within Chelsea and South Kensington. To celebrate its opening, Harrods Rewards members will receive up to 1 million Rewards points on the successful sale of their property if they appoint us on a standard sole agency instruction before Friday 28th February 2014.* For more information on this offer, visit harrodsestates.com or contact Harrods Estates’ Chelsea office by emailing enquiries@harrodsestates.com or calling 020 7225 6700.

CH EL SE A OFFICE , 58 F U LHAM ROAD, LON DON SW3 6HH 020 7225 6700 HAR RODSES TATES .COM The bonus Harrods Rewards points offer is available from Tuesday 5th November 2013 until Friday 28th February 2014 to Rewards members who sell property with or purchase property from Harrods Estates only (‘Transaction’). The Rewards member must be a beneficial owner of the Transaction property to be eligible to receive the bonus Rewards points. Only one bonus Rewards points offer may be redeemed and one Rewards card used per Transaction. The Transaction cannot be split or the bonus Rewards points applied to multiple Rewards cards. Bonus Rewards points cannot be redeemed for cash or exchanged. Please visit harrodsestates.com for the full terms and conditions. Harrods reserves the right to change the terms and conditions at any time. Harrods Ltd (No. 30209). Registered office: 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL.

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For Landlords What happens at the end of a tenancy?

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here is a perception from both landlords and tenants that an end of a tenancy can be a minefield. Here is one point that should guide you through those murky waters; Always have a professional inventory made and make sure you check your tenant in and out by an inventory clerk. This will greatly reduce the chances of any disputes at the end of the tenancy because a third party independently verifies any differences there may be. Should a dispute not be able to be resolved, this document will need to be sent to the scheme where your deposit is held. All assured short hold tenancy deposits held by Hamptons International are registered with “The Tenancy Deposit Scheme”. This independent arbitrator will look at both documents and provide an independent and fair ruling. If an independent inventory has not been taken, the arbitrator will more than likely rule on the side of tenant and no good landlord wants that!

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Whittingstall Rd, SW6 £495 Per Week

bedrooms, separate modern kitchen and bathroom. This property is finished to a high standard throughout and benefits from being close to the amenities of Fulham Road and Parsons Green. Available mid-December.

Contact

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Ultimate elegant city living

Set in the desirable neighbourhood of Fulham, Hurlingham Gate presents a superb collection of just 13 four bedroom classic townhouses, all benefiting from private terraces, secluded gardens and gated off-street parking.

Prices from ÂŁ2,250,000 * For more information call 020 8246 4199

Traditional vernaculars and beautiful interiors by Martin Goddard showcase exceptional quality and award-winning design from St James.

*Prices correct at time of going to press. CGI’s are indicative only.

Classic luxury townhouses in Fulham SW6

Visit Hamptons International 193-195 Kings Road, London SW6 4SS Open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm

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Beyond your expectations

Culford Gardens, SW3 £795 per week Furnished (charges apply)* A modern and light two bed, two bathroom apartment on the second floor of a beautiful Edwardian mansion block with a lift. This property has a large master bedroom with en suite and ample storage throughout.

Queenstown Road, SW8 £650 per week Furnished (charges apply)* A light and bright refurbished one bedroom flat in a fantastic location, close to Sloane Square. This beautiful flat offers an incredible double reception room set on the second floor of this striking period building and benefits from access to the communal garden. EPC:C

Hamptons Sloane Square Lettings. 020 7717 5483 | Sales. 020 7717 5481

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Wyfold Road, SW6 An exceptional warehouse apartment in this superb period building in the heart of Fulham. The property offers huge lateral space together with genuine character, an almost unique combination in the area.

£2,500,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Reception Space Open Plan Kitchen Warehouse Conversion Lift

Hamptons Fulham Lettings. 020 7717 5447 | Sales. 020 7717 5445

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Beyond your expectations

King Chelsea, SW10 £895 per week Furnished (charges apply)* Immaculately presented two bedroom two bathroom apartment located in the portered development, with wood floors and modern bathrooms and kitchen. The property is in the Kings Chelsea Development with access to a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts and parking. EPC: C

Earls Court Square, SW5 £1,050 per week Furnished (charges apply)* This three bedroomed apartment offers high standard of interior with period features, high ceilings, bright rooms and a great location on this stunning garden square. The apartment is ideal for family looking for a home in Central London with good access to shopping and travel amenities. EPC: D

Hamptons Chelsea Lettings. 020 7717 5433 | Sales. 020 7717 5431

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*Tenant Charges: Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

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Wellington House, SW1E £1,650 per week Furnished (charges apply)* This duplex three bedroom apartment has been finished and furnished to the very highest standard with a Crestron audio visual system and a high end kitchen. Benefits from 24 hr concierge service and is conveniently located for St James/ Westminster & transport links from Victoria. EPC: B

Graycoat House, SW1P £625 per week Furnished (charges apply)* Exceptionally stylish two bedroom apartment, recently refurbished throughout and boasting contemporary décor. The apartment comes with small balcony, parking and is located close to both St James and Victoria stations. Perfect for a couple or sharers. EPC: C

Hamptons Pimlico and Westminster Lettings. 020 7717 5479 | Sales. 020 7717 5477

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If you suddenly get the urge to move, why not speak to the people who know the Royal Borough best? After all, we’ve been here over 14 years…

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LONDON SQUARE FULHAM Set behind a grand gated arch and arranged around a beautifully landscaped garden square, this exclusive collection of townhouses ranges in size from three to five bedrooms. Each townhouse benefits from its own private garden, secure underground parking for two cars and an outstanding level of specification. Superbly located in the heart of Fulham, the houses are a short walk from Fulham Broadway underground station and the area’s many fashionable shops, restaurants and cafés. PRICES FROM £2 ,9 0 0,0 0 0 Sales Suite Open Daily, 10am - 6pm Farm Lane, Fulham, SW6 1QJ

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DONERAILE STREET SW6

£3,950,000 F/H

A unique wide detached 5 bedroom house featuring a double garage, offering in excess of 4200 ft of usable space on arguably one of Fulham’s finest streets.

• In Excess of 4,200 sq ft

• Dining Room

• 5 Bedrooms

• 3 Bathrooms

• Double Reception Room

• Garden

• Kitchen

• Garage

DONERAILE STREET SW6 £2,650,000 F/H A charming five bedroom house featuring a bay fronted double reception room, WC and semi open kitchen/dining room with French doors opening onto the delightful garden.

• Double Reception Room

• Garden

• Kitchen/Dining Room

• Approx. 2500 sq ft

• Five Bedrooms • Three Bathrooms Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333

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Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333

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KENYON STREET SW6

£600 p/w

A very well presented 3 double bedroom garden flat on the ground floor of this period conversion quietly located on this residential road in the popular ‘Alphabet Streets’.

• 3 Double Bedrooms

• Bathroom

• Open Plan Reception

• Shower Room

• Open Plan Kitchen

• Garden

KILMAINE ROAD SW6

£1,100 p/w

A stunning 3 double bedroom end of terrace house finished to the highest standards ideally located on this residential road off Munster Road.

• 3 Double Bedrooms

• Dressing Room

• 2 Receptions

• Study

• Eat-In Kitchen

• Patio Garden

• 2 Bathrooms Fulham Parsons Green Lettings: 020 7751 8898

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Fulham Parsons Green Lettings: 020 7751 8898

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Grosvenor road, SW1V £635,000 Share of Freehold

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A superb two bedroom garden flat situated moments away from Pimlico Underground Station, the River Thames and local amenities. is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to The apartment is offered in good condition with a private patio garden to the front and rear plus six useful vaults which could be include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and converted subject to the appropriate consents and regulations, currently used for storage and as an office. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Two Bedrooms | Front and Rear Patio Garden | Reception Room | Six Useful Storage/Home Office Vaults | Excellent Location over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Westmoreland Place, SW1V £3,100,000 Freehold

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House A sensational double fronted home situated in the Pimlico Grid combining luxurious fittings, period character and cutting edge design. is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to The house has many merits such as the fantastic sun room occupying the entire third floor whilst modern living and entertaining space include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and is presented over the lower ground floor. The property boasts well over 3000 square feet of accommodation and would suit anyone brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. looking for a stylish home. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Fantastic Freehold House | Exceptional sun room | Master Bedroom Suite | Open-Plan Kitchen and Sitting Room | Over 3000 square feet over six acres of land

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ABSOLUTELY Property

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

1. Should I redecorate pre-sale?

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he simple answer is that this is dependent upon the current condition of your property. If your property requires complete modernisation, anything you spend on the redecoration may not be made back by an increase in price achieved due to the fact that a buyer will most likely pull everything out and start again. However, a makeover of a nicely presented house can add value to a sale. If not in monetary terms, there will certainly be an increase in “saleability”.

2. Why hasn’t my property sold?

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hink of presentation – is it cluttered and unwelcoming? Is the property ill lit? Is it clean and fresh smelling? Also – price! Listen to the agents advice or compare like for like on the internet.

3. Should I use a Financial Adviser?

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uying property can be an extremely complicated process. It is imperative to have a strong team of advisors working with you to help make things more straightforward and efficient. This should include a mortgage advisor if you are taking out a mortgage. It is always worth speaking to a financial advisor provisionally to see what they can offer you. They can enlighten you in an array of different legal and financial aspects of selling or buying that you may not be aware of and can often suggest different means of buying that you perhaps had not thought of.

4. How do sealed bids work?

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roperties that are perceived to be great value, inevitably attract a huge amount of interest. When it becomes apparent early on that a property might receive multiple offers, the agent will likely recommend a ‘sealed bid’ to their client. A deadline is set

for all ‘best and final’ offers, which should be formally submitted by each prospective buyer in writing, and very often via solicitors. The offer should outline time frames, finance and anything else that may make the buyer’s position more attractive to the seller. When the deadline is reached, all offers are passed to the client, who will ultimately make the decision. Interestingly, it’s not always the highest price that wins!

1. Jamie Hope

2. Anita Sanford

3. Harry Wigram

Maskells, Director

Carter Jonas, Associate

Strutt & Parker, Partner

Marsh & Parsons, Associate Director

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

Fulham Reach, W6

£1,363,877.00 - £2,470,000 

A selection of  two and three bedroom apartments located within this new riverside development, offering far reaching views. Due for completion Summer 2014. Residents will enjoy exclusive use of a Private Members Club featuring a host of facilities from a private screening room, spa, steam room, lounge area, gymnasium, swimming pool, snooker room, virtual golf simulator and wine cellar.   

Rannoch Road, W6

Drayton Gardens, SW10

A beautiful and modern larger than average Crabtree Estate house located close to the river as well as to the shopping and transport amenities of Hammersmith Broadway. EPC Rating D.

An extremely well presented apartment benefiting from a balcony and underground parking space, situated in this fantastic location in the heart of Chelsea. EPC pending.

Four Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Double Reception Room, Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Conservatory, Garden

Two Double Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Reception Room, Kitchen, Balcony, Underground Parking Space

£800 per week

£895 per week 

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Property News

Prime central back on track Andrew Everill Associate Director Bective Leslie Marsh, Chelsea � 020 7589 6677; bective.co.uk

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ith the economy cautiously back on track and growth forecasts doubled, it is set to be another good year for the Prime London property market. The safe political and economic position of this city is the driving force behind the many foreign investors and I see no sign of this trend stopping. The main problem we will face in 2014 is the continued lack of available property. Although 2013 saw the first real improvement in property transaction volumes these are still at levels far below the norm. We will continue to see low stock levels and the subsequent rising prices.

1 Hyde Park

Surge in demand

HOUSE Hunting Rory Wallace

Lettings Manager at Home House Estates, Earls Court � 020 7493 1911; homehouseestates.co.uk

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Property I’d most like on my books and why? 1 Hyde Park is an amazing development and has raised the bar for prime London property. Anything in this development would be welcomed on our books. Best place to invest? I may be slightly biased here, but Dublin is currently enjoying a rise in property prices with some properties seeing increases of up to 20% over the last 12 months. Analysts are forecasting this rise to continue into 2014. The most interesting property I have been involved in is... A redeveloped church in Battersea, a very unique development, beautifully finished, high ceilings, and lots of light! The toughest let and why? We recently had some tenants moving into a property, on the day of move in they came to the office to collect the keys, but when they went to the property it had been secured. A

neighbour came across and told them the landlady had unfortunately passed away whilst on holiday in Jamaica. Her son had forgot to notify us, so we now had two young girls in our office, bags in hand and nowhere to live! Luckily we had a suitable property on our books which we moved them into that night. Finest property showcase... ‘Earls Court Square’ is a beautiful two double bedroom split-level Georgian conversion flat. The property is finished to a very high standard through out and has direct lift access into the property. This apartment further comprises an open plan kitchen/ reception and two terraces. £600 per week.

ental demand remains strong, with Chelsea and Knightsbridge as popular as ever with tenants both from the UK and overseas. The market is polarising slightly at the moment, with highest demand from younger professionals at the lower end and also amongst senior executives looking for premium properties. The last quarter of 2013 saw a surge in demand for high end properties from international business people relocating to London. Recently we’ve found homes for a number of overseas families and executives from China, the US and Europe. These include two apartments in The Knightsbridge, one at £5,500 per week and one at £6,500 per week.

Lisa-Jane Stratton

Manager, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings’ Knightsbridge office � 020 7581 2112; brlets.co.uk

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Multiple award wins for Marsh & Parsons

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arsh & Parsons has been restocking their awards cabinet after scooping Gold for the ‘Best Large Estate Agent in the UK’ for the second year running, and two Silver awards for ‘Best Employer’ and ‘Best Community Agent’ at The Negotiator Awards in November. The excitement continued with further successes at The Times & Sunday Times’ Awards in December, where they won gold for ‘Best Customer Service’ for the second year running, Gold for ‘Best Medium London Agent’ and Bronze for ‘Best Marketing Campaign’. All in all, a very successful year for the London estate agent. � marshandparsons.co.uk

5 minutes...

Ed Mead

Director at Douglas & Gordon 020 7225 1225; douglasandgordon.co.uk

What makes Douglas & Gordon the go-toagent in the area? D&G have been letting, managing and selling property here since 1958. We have over £4bn of property under management, and team commission means we fight for you, not against each other.

How long have you been in the area? We started as a letting agent in 1958 and some of our landlords have been with us since then. Hopefully that says it all. What is your company ethos? Not to say anything about a property or a landlord/client that we wouldn’t say to them directly. Service before profit, though we find one follows the other. What can we expect for the market in the New Year? Yet more interest in Prime South West London at the expense of slowing price rises in PCL ahead of May 2015 election. Lettings yield will rise in PSW as demand rises. � 020 7225 1225; douglasandgordon.co.uk

Gold Again For Hamptons

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amptons International took home Gold for Best Large Agency for the second consecutive year at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards in association with the Sunday Times and The Times. The judges commented: “Not only has the team at Hamptons maintained their already high standards, but there was also clear evidence that they have actively sought to improve on them throughout 2013”. This year has seen the launch of the Hamptons Academy, which was set up to attract energetic people of the right calibre from other industries.

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Election on the horizon

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foresee the market continuing strongly from Q4 2013 through to the end of Q2 2014, with a healthy level of transactions over the coming period. The market currently is very strong but will begin to soften once the propaganda begins for May 7 2015 election, which could be as early as early summer 2014. There is the ‘threat’ of certain political parties lobbying the idea of a ‘mansion tax’ (which would be an easy ‘vote getter’), and uncertainty breeds caution, which stalls markets. This, and the eventual interest rate rise, will slow down a central market that has galloped away from the rest of the country over the past year and there is little sign that the gap will be bridged in the future.

Simon Rose

Head of Strutt & Parker’s West Chelsea office � 020 7373 1010; struttandparker.com

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Bulls Gardens, SW3 A detached house quietly tucked away behind Walton Street over three floors with great entertainment space and a vaulted bedroom. This property is beautifully presented and offers flexible accommodation. Freehold · Reception Room · Living Room · Kitchen · 2 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Patio · 1,005 sq ft Approx · EPC D Joint Sole Agent; Cluttons 020 7584 1771

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ABSOLUTELY Property

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

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s Red Adair said, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur”. The two most important factors when it comes to achieving a long and happy tenancy are one, the quality of the tenant, and two, effective day to day management of the property. A really good letting and management agent should never forget who they are acting for (their landlord client) and they will offer advice and recommendations based on what they feel is in the landlord’s best interests, as opposed to their own. Using a well-established and reputable letting & management agent who is a licensed ARLA agent means you are more likely to avoid the hugely expensive and time consuming ‘disasters’ of letting a property, either to a bad tenant that doesn’t pay the rent and has to be lawfully removed from the property, or costly repairs and replacements due to the property not having been properly managed whilst it has been let.

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well looked after property will attract good tenants who will in turn look after the property. If a tenant can see the property is clean, tidy and well kept, they feel assured that the landlord keeps the property well and maintains it to a certain standard and that they will enjoy their time in the property. The best tenants are those who care for their property as if it were their own. Landlords who maintain their property and ensure repairs

Capital growth is likely to outperform many other more traditional investments

1. Why should I use a property management agent?

and decoration are carried out when necessary so the property remains well presented, will always attract the best tenants.

4. Rental yield vs capital growth?

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n this area, and many others across London, investors buy for the capital growth. There are very few places, and few properties that net a 4% plus yield – but even for medium term investments of 3 years plus, the capital growth can be healthy and is likely to outperform many other more traditional investment vehicles such as trusts and bonds. In Pimlico and Westminster there are a high proportion of second home owners who no longer require their London pied-a-terre, or invest money in a buy-to-let, anticipating in a number of years they will inevitably have children needing a London base. We anticipate there will be increasing numbers of international buyers interested in the significant regeneration and development that is well underway in Victoria.

5. Best buy-to-let investments?

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n Fulham, buy-to-let investors will either purchase in modern developments for ease or ex-local authority properties where the initial yield return is good. These generally show slower capital growth relative to older or period properties, which tend to hold their market value and offer longer term growth potential. Other good BTL investments include properties set on busy streets or main roads where the initial purchase price will be lower but will still appeal to young professionals and sharers who place more importance on a spacious interior than a quiet location. Generally speaking, we consider the rental yield to be higher on these properties than those in quieter locations.

2. Who is renting in the area?

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here is a vast mix of renters in Chelsea. Short lets tend to be more popular with the transient corporate crowd, while regular lettings appeal to a wide range of different people with a variety of circumstances. It has become increasingly common for many to rent in the area before they decide on their next property purchase. Chelsea is also popular with overseas students who wish to live within close proximity to university campuses.

1. Virginia Skilbeck

2. Sophie Murray

Lettings Director, Douglas & Gordon

Residential Lettings, Bective Leslie Marsh

3. Paula Reclawowicz Lettings, Lockett Estates

� 020 7581 6666 • douglasandgordon.com

� 020 7589 6677 • bective.co.uk

� 020 7381 4998 • lockettestates.co.uk

4. Caroline Hawking

5. Tom Ward

Associate Director, Hamptons International

Sales and Lettings Director, aspire

� 020 7834 7316 • hamptons.co.uk

� 020 7736 6110 • aspire.co.uk

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OFFICES THROUGHOUT SOUTH WEST LONDON clapham south

balham

battersea

clapham north

020 8673 6111

020 7801 3400

020 7840 3700

020 8675 1222

fulham central

fulham south

tooting

020 7381 7381

020 7736 6110

furzedown 020 8769 7900

020 8772 7080

Marryat Square, SW6

£895,000

A rare opportunity to purchase this sought after, two bedroom, two bathroom house located within a quiet and secure, well maintained, gated development set in the heart of Munster Village. • 39ft landscaped private garden • Secure, gated development • Underground parking space • Two double bedrooms

aspire fulham central 020 7381 7381 c.fulham@aspire.co.uk

SOUTH WEST LONDON’S LEADING ESTATE AGENT

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OFFICES THROUGHOUT SOUTH WEST LONDON clapham south

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battersea

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fulham central

fulham south 020 7736 6110

furzedown

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020 8772 7080

Querrin Street, SW6

£1,195,000

Perfect for a family, this four bedroom house boasts a large living area, elegant kitchen equipped with an island and breakfast bar and a rear terraced garden. On the first floor, the house shows off amazing lateral space with four bedrooms uniquely set out over one floor, one with an en-suite bathroom and a further family bathroom. • Close to the Lycee and L’Ecole des Petits schools • Transport accessible via Imperial Wharf • Four double bedrooms • Beautifully designed kitchen

aspire fulham south 020 7736 6110 fulham@aspire.co.uk

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Hugon Road, SW6

£1,395,000

This beautiful four bedroom house has been thoroughly thought out internally, providing a double reception room with two signature fireplaces, a large kitchen and dining area, two family bathrooms, a rear patio garden with seating area and a secure rear garden gate. • Large kitchen/breakfast room • Large modern bathroom • Vast storage space • Close to South Park

aspire fulham south 020 7736 6110 fulham@aspire.co.uk

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You may know us from walking your dog, local charity events or simply recognise a familiar face. Because many of our agents live where they work, they really understand what matters to buyers and sellers there. And because people know us, time and again we are able to sell and let properties more quickly and more profitably than anyone else.

ANDREW EVERILL A S S O C I AT E D I R E C T O R

Andrew has cut his teeth selling Chelsea property for the last ten years and is a great supporter of the local area as well as the football team. Old fashioned and perhaps slightly eccentric, Andrew has the enthusiasm and passion of a young buck yet with the benefit of wisdom and experience. His combined talents has placed him at the forefront of many of Chelsea’s notable property transactions.

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Hurlingham Business Park

£575,000

Fulham Road

£569,950 Long Lease

This ground floor and first floor commercial unit is conveniently located between South Park and Hurlingham park with good transport links. The ground floor is approximately 1325 sq ft and the first floor approximately 1323 sq ft. EPC = TBC

Located in the heart of Parsons Green on Fulham Road, this light and spacious first floor flat comprises a large double aspect reception room, modern and well appointed kitchen, bedroom with good storage and luxury bathroom. EPC = E

Fulham Office  020 731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

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Earls Court Square £1.695m Share of Freehold

Lillie Road

A beautifully presented two bedroom, two bathroom flat with high ceilings in Earls Court. This ground and lower ground floor maisonette is beautifully presented with a large reception room. Excellent transport links of Earls Court to Central London EPC = C

Freehold premises with ground floor and basement commercial space with three self contained flats above. Located near the junction with North End Rd, At over 3500sqft (including basement for shop) this property offers the potential to remodel and add value (STPP) EPC = D&E

Fulham Office 020 7731 2808|fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

£2.5m

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Reynwell House, SW6

£675,000

Located on the corner of Wyfold Road & Kingwood Road, this beautifully presented penthouse apartment comprises two double bedrooms, two luxury bathrooms, a large open plan reception room with a well appointed kitchen and an amazing wrap around balcony with stunning roof top views. Built by Bellway Homes in 2011, the property has 7 years remaining on the NHBC guarantee. Other benefits include secure parking, secure storage, lift and communal roof terrace. Long lease EPC = C Fulham Office 020 7731 2808 fulham@bushells.com

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‘Lawson & Daughters will get you moving’

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

Kings Road, SW10

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recently refurbished and immaculately presented house, stylishly finished with superb designer fixtures and wooden floors throughout. The property further benefits from under floor heating, bright rooms and plenty of storage. The property is ideally located on the King’s Road, offering a wonderful selection of shopping facilities restaurants and bars. Sloane Square Underground Station offers the nearest transport links (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines).

£1,750 Per Week Bective Leslie Marsh � 020 7589 6677; bective.co.uk

Eccleston Square Mews, SW1

Halsey Street, SW3

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splendid mews house which has recently been refurbished to an exacting standard throughout, situated within a quiet enclave just off Eccleston Square. The house is well placed for the amenities of Wilton Road, Pimlico Road and Warwick Way or the transport links of Victoria and Pimlico.

newly refurbished six bedroom family house. Located on a much sought after Chelsea street close to Sloane Square and the Kings Road, this property has a west facing garden and further accommodation comprising of an open plan kitchen/dining room, double reception room, family room/ sixth bedrrom, and a terrace.

£1,150 Per Week

£3,750 Per Week

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Spotlight on SW10 Average asking price - £2,256,905Average asking rents -£3,730 pcmAverage property value - £1,542,204

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Imperial Wharf

ÂŁ1,300 pw + Fees Furnished

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms River Views | Lift | Gym | Balcony | EPC - B Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620

iw@brlets.co.uk

Eleven offices open six days a week Monday - Saturday Beaufort Park 020 8732 7980 | Canary Wharf 020 7517 6088 | City 020 7213 9700 | Ealing 020 8280 0140 | Greenwich 020 3440 7010 | Hampstead 020 7435 9681 Highgate 020 8341 2335 | Hyde Park 020 7402 9866 | Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620 | Kensington 020 7938 3522 | Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112

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London’s Letting Agency

To arrange a viewing or for more information call

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0800 092 9656

Chelsea

£350 pw + Fees Furnished

Chelsea

£495 pw + Fees Furnished

Studio Apartment | 1 Bathroom Lift | 24hr Concierge | Near Tube | EPC - C Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

1 Bedroom | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom Porter | Communal Garden | Near Amenities | EPC - C Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

Imperial Wharf

Belgravia

£650 pw + Fees Furnished

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms Balcony | Gym | 24hr Concierge | EPC - C Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620

iw@brlets.co.uk

£875 pw + Fees Furnished

3 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms Lift | Close To Amenities & Tube | EPC - B Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

Dubai | Hong Kong | India | Malaysia | Singapore

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Clarendon Road, W11 Set in the south end of Clarendon Road, this large one double bedroom end of terrace period conversion offers bright and spacious accommodation conveniently located for the central line underground and amenities of Holland Park Avenue. EPC = D

ÂŁ1,100,000 Share of Freehold

AB43833

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Holland Park

020 7727 5111

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Lennox Gardens, SW1X Very well appointed garden flat, ideal for entertaining, in a desirable location minutes from Sloane Square. 391 sq ft drawing room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom en suite, shower room, dining room, kitchen, caretaker, hallway, parquet floors. EPC = C

ÂŁ2,000,000 Share of Freehold

AB54760

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Chelsea

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

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Sales

ÂŁ2,995,000 Share of Freehold Warwick Square SW1V

The Penthouse is a rarely available three bedroom lateral apartment of circa 1,637 sq.ft overlooking the beautiful gardens of Warwick Square.

Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Roof terrace, Private garden with tennis court, EPC: D.

This newly renovated property is located in a very enviable position in South Kensington and offers a fantastically light and spacious investment.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, Shower room, Reception/dining room, Kitchen, Lift, Porter, EPC: C.

Pimlico & Westminster Sales 020 7931 8200 | pimlicosales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ2,750,000 Leasehold Onslow Square SW7 South Kensington Sales 020 7581 8888 | sthkensales@dng.co.uk

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Sales

douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ2,500,000 Leasehold Sloane Street SW1X

A two bedroom two bathroom second floor 888 sq. ft. flat, with lift, in a handsome stucco-fronted portered period block on the corner of Sloane Street and Cadogan Place.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Balcony, Lift, Porter, Access to communal gardens by separate negotiation, EPC: D.

A substantial family house offering 2,342 sq.ft of impressive living space located on a very desirable road in the Alphabet Streets.

Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Cloakroom, Garden, EPC: F.

Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 | chelseasales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ1,895,000 Freehold Inglethorpe Street SW6 Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 | fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

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£1,250 per week Unfurnished Chesilton Road SW6

A stunning and immaculately presented five bedroom family house on a sought-after road close to the amenities of Parsons Green.

4 double bedrooms, Single bedroom, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Cellar, Patio garden, Roof terrace, Close to Parsons Green underground, EPC: D.

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

£1,100 per week Furnished Sloane Gardens SW1W

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A newly refurbished flat with a fantastic sun room and ideally located minutes from Sloane Square.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Second reception/sun room, Kitchen, EPC: E.

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

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douglasandgordon.com

£925 per week Unfurnished Queensberry Mews West SW7

An immaculately presented, completely refurbished two bedroom mews house benefiting from a spacious ground floor with wooden floors and utility room with fully fitted kitchen.

Master bedroom suite, Further bedroom suite, Open-plan kitcheen, Dining room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Balcony, EPC: C.

A rare and wonderful opportunity to rent this split level three bedroom flat with direct lift access on St Georges Square.

3 bedrooms (two doubles and one single), 2 bathrooms, Kitchen, Reception room, Decked terrace, Balcony, EPC: D.

South Kensington Lettings 020 7584 8888 | sthkenlets@dng.co.uk

£850 per week Unfurnished St. George's Square SW1V Pimlico & Westminster Lettings 020 7931 8300 | pimlicolets@dng.co.uk

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

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