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MARCH 2014 2014 MARCH £3.95 £3.95

IN BLOOM CLEAR THE RAIN CLOUDS, SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Caroline Charles TIPS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

Frank Lampard TRIUMPHS IN TWO FIELDS

Mark Hix

ON TRACEY EMIN & GOOD EATING

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Petley Road, SW6

A beautifully presented four bedroom terraced house on this attractive road set within the ‘Crabtree Estate.’

£1,395,000 Freehold

1593 (148 sq m) EPC Rating D Drawing room | Kitchen/Dining Room | Master bedroom | Three further bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Patio Garden

Fulham 020 7730 7100 Fulham@struttandparker.com

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Harwood Road, SW6

A light and bright two double bedroom top floor flat with a large roof terrace situated in the heart of Fulham Broadway.

£625 per week*, Furnished

743 sq ft (69 sq m) EPC Rating C Reception room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | Cloakroom | Roof terrace Balcony | Allocated off street parking space

Fulham Lettings 020 7731 7100 Fulham.lettings@struttandparker.com

*The following Tennant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £210 (inc VAT) Credit References per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

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Prothero Road, Fulham

£1,475,000 A well presented and extended family house located on this quiet residential road ideal for good local schools, amenities and transport. EPC = C.

t: 020 7610 9966

Alderville Road, Fulham

£1,875,000 A deceptively large four storey four bedroom family house in this prime Parsons Green location. Offering over 1800 sq ft of well balanced and flexible accommodation with the potential to extend further (STPC). EPC = D.

t: 020 7610 9755

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MARCH / 2014

CONTENTS 8

ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Absolutely’s top picks this month

10 WHAT’S ON

What’s on and buzzing in Fulham

STYLE 21 FASHION NOTES

A 130-year birthday and a dress Miranda Priestly would never wear

26 BABES IN THE WOOD

As spring comes into bloom we welcome this season’s florals

41 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

A strenuous pilates class and top advice from weight loss expert Louise Parker

53 MEN ONLY

EDITOR’S letter

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t’s not often you reach for the stars and actually get one. It would have to be quite an extraordinary star, wouldn’t it, to let itself be bothered by us mortals? It is with huge elation (and much surprise) that I can announce we did actually catch a star. And they were, indeed, extraordinary. Kind, considerate, totally un-starry (ironically) and very down to earth, which must be why we caught them. Frank Lampard is not only one of the world’s best-known sportsmen, but also, a stellar children’s author. In the wake of World Book Day, he speaks to me about his passion for children’s literature, his love of writing and all things football focused – past, present and (yes, Chelsea fans) future too. ENJOY. [Deep breath, reaches for fan, fans face, calms down.] We also celebrate

Gucci’s Cruise Collection, an alternate meaning for ‘stiffies’ and a great haircut

FEATURES 36 MOTHER KNOWS BEST

Tom Aikens, Caroline Charles and other Chelsea faces reveal their mothers’ tips

the wonder of all mothers with lots of special Mother’s Day features. Famous Chelsea residents – Caroline Charles, Tom Aikens, Theo Fennell and more – recall their mothers’ tips, whilst Professor of Fragrance at Chanel, Joanna Norman, tells us how to smell yummy (like mummy) with her scent inspirations. Master of Cool (and restaurateur) Mark Hix chats about cooking with Tracey Emin (and reveals why Damien Hirst has hung fish coffins in his restaurant), whilst broadcaster Sue Lawley OBE reports from the eastern banks of Hong Kong. So lots and lots to read (appropriate we thought, for World Book Day). But before I let you get on with it, I would like to end by dedicating this issue to my mother: a beautiful, kind and courageous woman, and an all-round star in her own right.

46 LITERARY GOALS

Footballer Frank Lampard talks to Edwina Langley about writing children’s books and which teams to watch this World Cup

70 THE ART OF GOOD FOOD

Chef and restaurateur Mark Hix on Tracey Emin, hanging Damien Hirst mobiles and why he loves lobster

INTERIORS 59 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ influence Tara Craig and Emma Storey

FOOD&TRAVEL 61 RESTAURANT REVIEW Edwina Langley takes Le Colombier with a pinch of salt

78 BRAVE NEW WORLD

Broadcaster Sue Lawley OBE explores former British colony, Hong Kong

80 HEAVEN SPENT

Henry Morley finds African luxury lodges with surprisingly inexpensive price tags

PROPERTY 98 PRIME PURCHASE

A three bedroom Knightsbridge apartment with garden access? Yes please

110 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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10 THINGS WE

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STITCH & STORY KNITTING KIT

L O V E

These adorable kits come with everything you need to make hats, scarves, snoods and pompoms. Cara Delevingne is a fan of knitting – a surefire indication of just how fashionable this age-old past time currently is. Happy stitching! £34;

stitchandstory.com

PEPE JEANS LONDON SS14 HOBBS SEREN DRESS

This modern take on the gingham dress is at once demure and wonderfully elegant. Should ideally be worn with flat tan sandals and a large straw hat on a very sunny day. £169, 84-88

When fashion meets clever clogs the results were bound to be…smart. Pepe Jeans London plus Cambridge University equals: the SS14 Cambridge menswear collection. Chaps, enjoy. pepejeans.com

King’s Road, SW3, 020 7581 2914; hobbs.co.uk

APPLE & BEE COSMETICS BAG

Make-up bags are always a welcome gift. This month, we’ve decided we’d like this one, by Apple & Bee. Please.

£34.99, Available from Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1, 0844 693 1751; appleandbee.com

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‘FLAUNT’ FOR THE RUG COMPANY

Inspired by water movement, these rugs make up Kelly Wearstler’s collection ‘Flaunt.’ Luxurious, chic and great to sink your toes into. 555 King’s Road, SW6, 020 7384 0989; therugcompany.com

THEO FENNELL STABLE DOOR PENDANT

‘Fun’ is Theo Fennell’s specialty and this 18ct Yellow Gold Stable Door Pendant (which open to reveal a hand-painted enamel horse) has fun in abundance. £12,500 pendant, 2B Pond

Place, SW3, 020 7591 5000; theofennell.com

PEGGY PORSCHEN & LAURENT-PERRIER TEA

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KARL LAGERFELD AT HARRODS

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Fancy a new handbag, bowling bag or tote from one of the world’s top designers? Largerfeld’s eponymous line of accessories has landed, and to mark the occasion, three new bags have been specially made. Go get ‘em. From £250, Available

Back by popular demand, this tea is the ultimate Mothering Sunday outing. Enjoy red velvet layer cake and cookies, alongside an ice cold glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé – sublime! Available by reservation only. 28-30th March, £32 pp. Peggy’s Parlour, 116 Ebury Street, 020 7730 1316;

at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1, 020 7893 8786; harrods.com

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WAITROSE MOTHER’S DAY CAKE

Ward off kitchen nightmares! Relieve your kids of the responsibility of cooking and buy the cake yourself! Prices vary, Waitrose, 196 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7351 2775;

waitrose.com

RETREAT HOME TEA LIGHTS

Yes these are rather kitsch, but we couldn’t help it. If March brings more wind and rain there’s only one thing we can whine: let there be light! Birdcage tealight holder, £7.99 each;

retreat-home.com

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don’t miss

MARCH

What’s ON

Water & Colour Griffin Gallery Until 14 March Each artist in this exhibition has been hand-selected by Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director, from major institutions all over the world to represent the breadth and variety present in water-based colour, including ink, watercolour, acrylic and gouache. The artists featured, several of whom are award-winning in their field and have exhibited internationally, include Kim McCarty, Amy Park, Laura Ball, Emilie Clark and Peter Haslam-Fox. 21 Evesham Street, W11, 020 8424 3227; griffingallery.co.uk

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ART&CULTURE

1. CERAMIC ART LONDON

4-6 April Royal College of Art Featuring the subtle stylings of Louisa Taylor, the punchy pastels of Matthew Chambers and the intricately interesting works of Myung Nam. Along with many others, this fair is the perfect outing for anyone with a creative eye. Kensington Gore, SW7, 020 7590 4444;

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ceramics.org.uk

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2. THÉRÈSE RAQUIN

25 March - 19 April Finborough Theatre A new musical adaptation of classic French novel Thérèse Raquin, the play is set in 1860s Paris, and tells the story of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage until the mysterious Laurent sweeps her off her feet and changes everything... 118 Finborough Road, SW10, 020 7244 7439; finboroughtheatre.co.uk

3. RODRIGUEZ

13 March Hammersmith Apollo The Sugar Man himself will be playing a rare live gig this March. Those who know his story will be aware of Rodriguez’s incredible journey from obscurity to global fame. Uplifting and life-affirming, this is the ultimate feelgood gig. 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6, 0844 249 1000; eventimapollo.com

4. TOWN MOUSE AND COUNTRY MOUSE

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29 March Lyric Hammersmith Hickory and Dickory are from different worlds but both are convinced theirs is best. Aesop’s classic fable is brought to life by Hand to Mouth productions – a fabulous alternative to curling up in front of yet another cartoon. Lyric Square, King Street, W6, 020 8741 6850; lyric.co.uk

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH ART CONSULTANT, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL, CHOOSES MARCH’S TOP TALENT

LEONID TISHKOV f you have been inspired by China’s recent moon landing, or you’re quite simply a bit of a romantic, then this is a great chance to own your own moon of sorts. Russia’s Leonid Tishkov has been travelling the world with his illuminated crescent companion

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and along the way he produced the stunningly beautiful photographic body of work called ‘Private Moon’. These images are both evocative and nostalgic, reminding us of childhood fairy tales in far and pleasant lands. This piece, in particular, has a calm yet haunting quality; a beautiful and desirable work.

Works from £4,000. Nicholas is Head Consultant and Director of Narcissus Arts; narcissusarts.com

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THE LEADING FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON Friday 4 – Sunday 6 April 2014 Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ceramic Art London is the international showcase of contemporary ceramics. A unique event of excellence in an expanding world market with opportunities to meet and buy from leading makers. The essential destination for collectors, enthusiasts, curators, teachers, and students.

Image: Angela Mellor

OPENING TIMES Friday 4 April, 10am-6pm Saturday 5 April, 10am-6pm Sunday 6 April, 10am-5pm ADMISSION Adult £12, Concession £9, Three-day pass £25 All tickets include a full colour catalogue and entry to events programme FURTHER DETAILS Online: www.ceramics.org.uk Email: organiser@ceramics.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 3137 0750

Presented by the Craft Potters Association at the Royal College of Art, London

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ART&CULTURE

ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO

22 March Fulham Cineworld Elton John fans who missed his infamous tenure at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas will have a chance to see the fantastical performance on the big screen. The show, which featured a piano specially created by Yamaha that weighed nearly 3,200 pounds, featured more than 68 LED video screens. Get ready to sing along – with volume max. 142 Fulham Road, SW10, 0871 200 2000; cineworld.co.uk

MUSEUM DROP-IN

Lissie

18 March Shepherd’s Bush Empire ▲ The American folk singer rose to prominence in the UK with her cover of Go Your Own Way from the Twinings advert and has since been promoting her second album Back to Forever. Fans of her ethereal style can catch her here, this month.Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12, 020 8354 3300; o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

IDEAL HOME SHOW 2014

14-30 March Earl’s Court ECO ▼ Ever wonder where Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen had disappeared to? Well, it turns out he is at the Ideal Home Show! Take a trip to find everything from kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food and gardens. Warwick Road, SW5, 020 7385 1200;

16 March Fulham Palace Get ready to be Tudor-ed in the ways of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Fulham Palace are hosting a family drop-in day where children will be offered the chance to try on period costumes, handle artefacts and learn about the history of Fulham Palace. Discover how Henry VII took the throne from Richard III and which of Henry VIII’s wives survived the ordeal of being married to him. Bishop’s Avenue, SW6, 020 7736 3233; fulhampalace.org

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CULTURE FLASH ART

Book Review

THE OLDIE BOOK OF CARTOONS Published by Oldie Publications Ltd

FILM

Review

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THE GRAND B U DA P E ST H OT E L

THEATRE

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he Grand Budapest Hotel, written and directed by Wes Anderson, is a surreal tale within a tale within a tale, whose core recounts the adventures of M. Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), head concierge of a grand European hotel and his protégé, Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori). The faintly ludicrous action is set between the wars in the fictional mittelEuropean Alpine country of Zubrowka, and tells the story of the battle for a vast fortune and priceless painting following the mysterious death of a supremely wealthy dowager countess (wonderfully aged Tilda Swinton). Immediately recognisable as the work of Anderson, this film is exquisitely shot and beautifully composed. The film is cartoon-like in its sharp focus and bold colours, as well as

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its superficial goodies-versus-baddies plot. At times style trumps substance and there are several long-winded and slap stick scenes. Not least when Gustave enlists, to aid his flight, the help of the Society of the Crossed Keys, the secret international society of grand hotel concierges, headed up by Bill Murray, one of many famous faces to make a brief appearance. This is a well choreographed scene, but, like many in this film, adds little to the narrative. Despite the hints of pantomime, the starstudded film remains captivating as Gustave is pursued by the late countess’ ruthless son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) and his silent henchman played by Willem Dafoe.

By Camilla Norton IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE, 7 MARCH

edea tells the tale of the barbarian Medea, wife of Jason, overcome with anger when her husband abandons her. Having revealed his plans to marry anew, the royal princess, Glauce (daughter of King Creon), Medea conspires to murder both Jason’s new mistress and even her own children. An ancient Greek tragedy, Medea is compelling, full of passion and plots. It thrills and shocks in equal measure, as the savage, vengeful, exiled Medea commits the ultimate and tragic crime of passion. 5-22 March, Crisp Road, W6, 020 8237 1111;

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riversidestudios.co.uk

By Alice Coke

ll cartoonists are geniuses,’ wrote the novelist John Updike, who dreamt of being an illustrator. If he were alive today he would enjoy this new bumper compilation of 500 humorous drawings (over 75 of which are in colour) specially selected by Richard Ingrams, the editor of The Oldie. Ever since he and his friends helped to found the iconic Private Eye in 1962, Ingrams has loved cartoons. He is concerned that although many readers immediately turn to them when they read The Oldie, or Private Eye, cartoonists’ achievements are seldom given due recognition. As witty as the 19th century satirical magazine Punch, this brilliant collection revives the tradition of illustrated storytelling for a new generation. Featuring all the traditional cartoon subjects, including people marooned on desert islands, suicidal businessmen on the window ledge and henpecked husbands. The mad media world in which we live today is providing plenty of new subjects, especially in the sphere of technology - with mobiles, Kindles, Facebook and Twitter all featured. A great coffee table book, guaranteed to blow away any wild weather blues and entertain your guests. It would make an ideal present for your parents and grandparents.

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Embracing an innovative, modern approach whilst keeping traditional values at its core, Kew House School takes an exciting stance on 21st century education. With state-of-the-art facilities, a broad curriculum and excellent pastoral care, Kew House is

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July 2nd (9.30am)

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

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absolutely / SOCIAL DRESS UP WE LOVE A DEBUT WOMENSWEAR collection and we especially love that SS14 Madderson London one by Sara Madderson and Helen Hughes. Famous faces including Tamara Beckwith, Sally Humphreys and Yasmin Mills loved it too, for they piled into Beaufort House to show their support. Cocktails were sipped, canapés munched and DJ Adam Ficek’s kept the party going until late into the night. Who needs a catwalk?

Birthday Blues THE KNOWLEDGE THAT BOUJIS CELEBRATED its 11th birthday recently made us feel very old indeed. We must have a Crack Baby to get over it. Which is exactly what partygoers did to mark the occasion. Guests such as glam-gal-in-blue Shirley Leigh Wood Oakes and Sarah Hyde (also in blue), partied hard till the early hours, testament to the fact that whilst the Boujis crowd may dress in blue, no one can say they don't paint the town red.

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the new

VICTORIANS Catherine Hales TAKES A PEEK AT THE ONGOING TRANSFORMATION OF Victoria or an area located an equidistant stone’s throw from both Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, Victoria has been somewhat overlooked. It has always been known for the station, the famous Army & Navy Stores (that has since become House of Fraser’s flagship location) and its proximity to some of the swankiest addresses in town – including both Eaton and Belgrave Squares. Not that Victoria doesn’t have its high points; The Goring

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Hotel for example, located in Beeston Place, with its legendary gardens and famous associations (hosting the Middleton family during the Royal Wedding, for one) is a recognised Victoria institution. In spite of this though, the area has never been a ‘destination’, it’s only been a stopoff. Until now. In recent years, some of the savvier businesses and developers have picked up on the possibilities of Victoria, with some big fashion names arriving in the vicinity including Tom Ford, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Jimmy Choo, to name but a few. SW1’s stock has also soared with the arrival of the cultural faction lead by contemporary art auctioneer, Phillips, and the first theatre complex to be built in London in three decades, the St. James Theatre, which has, in turn, encouraged a burgeoning food scene. This renaissance, although long overdue, has not happened entirely organically and one of the driving forces behind the transformation has been FTSE 100 property developer, Land Securities. Historically, the residential appeal of Victoria has been limited; faceless mansion flats chosen by politicians wanting to be close to the House of Commons when summoned to vote by the Division bell. This, too, is set to change, with the construction of the Nova Building. A high-end residential complex, The Nova Building, situated on Buckingham Palace Road, will mark the final step in the £2.2 billion renaissance carried out by

NOVA HOPES TO OFFER NOT JUST RESIDENCES BUT ALSO A NEW FORM OF COMMUNITY

Land Securities. The building itself will provide 193,000 square feet of contemporary high-quality apartments and be part of the wider ‘Nova, Victoria’, which will eventually comprise five buildings, set for completion between March and June 2016. The fully pedestrianised and, no doubt, meticulously landscaped area that faces Victoria, hopes to offer not just residences but also a new form of community – where locals and tourists alike (attracted by the West End), will gather to shop, eat, drink and socialise. I was lucky enough to attend a launch event early in December for The Nova Building, held in the Victoria Pavilion in Cardinal Place, another highly Land Securities addition to the area. There, I was able to talk to the project press officer, Niravta Mathur, who guided me through the party, pointing out the various movers and shakers in the area and also directing my attention to the impressive models, which showed what the building and the area will look like in a few years time. When I enquired as to the type of person

expected to rent or buy the apartments in the residential building, the answer was open-ended: in short, anyone (with money, I might imagine). It seemed that although Nova, London is definitely aspiring to a certain aesthetic, it has been designed to appeal to new families, businessmen and women, and young professionals. The aim is not to gloss over what Victoria was, but rather to realise what it always could have been – a ‘destination’ not just a terminus – and to rebrand and launch it as exactly that. 19

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OSKA CHELSEA HAVE MOVED But not very far. We are delighted to announce that we have relocated to a beautiful, new, more spacious store at No. 33 Duke of York Square. OSKA 33 Duke of York Square London Chelsea T 0207 730 8989 Mon – Sat 10 am – 7 pm Sunday 11 am – 5 pm oska-london.co.uk

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STYLE

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NOTES Sassy bras, banging boots and totes amazeballs bags for spring

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TOTES LOVE LEATHER

Ingenue? Ingenious! How clever that their SS14 collection features a rainforest of colours to welcome the vibrant season of spring. With graphic prints, classic wrap dresses and dazzly jumpsuits, each piece is ideal work wear for the modern gal. Any garment will turn heads at a working lunch and last through till dinner time too. Prices vary, Available from Harvest, 136 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7581 9245;

We ‘totes’ love these totes (sorry, that was awful – this is what happens when Violet’s away). The Lamb 1887 tote bags come in two sizes – mini and large – the smaller in beige or tan snake print, the large in black snake or grey ostrich print. Made from quality cow leather, lined in suede, you won’t find a smarter bag this spring, we’re ‘totes’ sure of it (enough!). £185 mini, £200 large, Available at Katie & Jo, 253 King’s Road, SW6, 020 7736 5304;

ingenuelondon.com

lamb1887.com

THE DEVIL DOESN’T WEAR THIS INGENUE

CleavAGE 130-years-old is no mean feat, so is it any wonder French lingerie label Maison Lejaby wants to celebrate it? From 31st March, pop-up shops are landing at three Rigby & Peller stores. These Parisian-style salons will display the new large cup size collection, Elixir, alongside other selected ranges. Thought we’d keep you abreast of it.Rigby & Peller, 13 King’s Road,SW3, 020 7824 1844; maisonlejaby.com/en

Every time we think about featuring florals of any sort this time of year, the words of The Devil Wears Prada character, Miranda Preistley, ring out in our ears: ‘Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking’. But we don’t care. We love this floral skirt – and we’re gonna wear it too. Antique Jacquard Midi Skirt, £45, Cardinal Place, SW1, 020 7828 6139;

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Made for WALKING If Nancy Sinatra sang ‘one of

these days these boots are gonna walk all over you’ to us, whilst wearing either of these Dukes boots, we’d reply ‘that’s quite alright Nancy, go ahead’. All designed by Daisy in the UK (whose family made the notorious cowboy boots from R. Soles) we’re stomping off to buy them pronto. £125 Multi/Tan 7 Kilim Boots, £130 Grace Chelsea Boots; dukesboots.com Violet Naylor-Leyland is away

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MORESPACE THINKING OF CONVERTING YOUR BASEMENT? YOU’RE IN SAFE HANDS WITH THE EXPERTS AT MORESPACE

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aving our basement converted was something we had been thinking about for quite a while, so when a friend of ours showed us the MoreSpace Basements™ advert – “Need more room to run around in?” – ‘it was exactly what we needed for our growing family, so we gave them a call. From the start they were up-front and honest and gave us a fixed quote and a realistic time frame. Several months later we have a fantastic new space that has completely met the brief and changed the way we can use our home.’ So said Richard and Anne Faulkner from Kew after agreeing to meet me over a coffee on a cold February morning in West London. ‘Many of our preconceived ideas of basements were completely wrong and we now have a dry, light, spacious living space, including my much wanted separate utility room!’ Adds Anne. I had been asked to write an article about MoreSpace Basements™ and to find information about the owner, the company’s past, present and future services that are being offered London wide in a new and exciting expansion of the MoreSpace brand and they had agreed to answer my questions regarding the project and their experience of MoreSpace. Richard says: ‘One of our biggest concerns was keeping the peace with our neighbours and through

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I most likely broke all of those rules at a very * early age. She also said to make sure that you are happy inside and I can say that I definitely am. With two beautiful daughters what more can a man want? The worst thing for my mother, when I was growing up, was dealing with twins. [My twin brother Robert and I] were the worst behaved kids in class (all the time) and that was down to us egging each other on. From chopping all of our neighbours prized daffodils heads off at five in the morning, to chopping a huge hole in our father’s brand new fence with saws and hammers, when we were six, so we could watch the diggers building a new motorway. Letting off stink bombs in school was a favourite and throwing rotten apples from our fruit trees at cyclists – we did it all and were very naughty.

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remember my mother spending hours and days scrapbooking photos, newspaper cuttings and other memorabilia. I own those books today and they are leafed through regularly by my children; a visual diary of days gone by. Of course my intention was to do the same but somehow it never really happened – I wonder why that was?!

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t’s not often you find yourself sitting by the phone, furiously biting your nails, waiting for Britain’s top footballer to call you. It was one of those surreal moments in life where you stare up at the ceiling and ask yourself, ‘How did this happen?’ Surrounded by scribbled notes, autobiographies, football cuttings stained with splatters of instant coffee, I felt like I was on set for a budget remake of Footballer’s Wives; a sports-writer’s version called ‘Footballer’s Scribes’. Ironically, that wasn’t too far left field. For the footballer I was about to speak to wasn’t just one of the best England midfielders of all time, nor just Chelsea FC’s top goal scorer ever, nor just vice captain of the team that, at the time of writing, topped the Premier League. He was also a writer himself – of children’s literature. Not quite what people expect when they hear the name ‘Frank Lampard’. ‘It’s been such a long thoughtout idea – five or six years I’d been thinking about it,’ he tells me earnestly when I ask how he came up with the idea for his book series, Frankie’s Magic Football. ‘I had a book with me when I travelled away (we’re always on the road) and each time an idea came into my head, I’d jot it down and put the story together.’ Based on schoolboy Frankie, who (in the first book) wins a magic football, the series follows him and his team mates – bright spark, Louise; the goalkeeper, Charlie; Max, the dog – as they travel to exotic lands (courtesy of the ball) to compete in fantasy football games. Educational, fun and funny too (‘I bounced the books off my [daughters] in the writing process’), it’s clear why they’ve proved so popular. ‘I was partly influenced by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,’ Lampard admits. ‘I didn’t want it to be completely about football, as how far could that go? It’s about adventure in-between.’ To me it had echoes of Harry Potter, the clever Louise mirroring Hermione, Charlie (who never takes his gloves off ) reminding me of Ron, and the hero Frankie, saving the day à la Harry. Incidentally, Lampard

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and JK Rowling are also represented by the same literary agents. ‘I know what you mean but, no,’ he says resolutely, when I ask if Potter was an inspiration. ‘I wanted the other characters to be interesting. With women’s football on the up, it was important to include Louise.’ Instead, he cites Roald Dahl as the biggest influence. ‘I’ve actually started to read [Dahl’s] books again as research. I’m amazed by the detail that I didn’t realise as a kid.’ We discuss the importance of making children’s books as interesting for adults as the kids that read them. After all, it’s longsuffering parents who have to sit through them time and time again. Lampard seems genuinely touched when I mention I had found the books entertaining. ‘I’m so glad you said that, because, being a Dad [...]

I wanted to do something that’s not just for kids. I’ll be honest, some books [I read] with my children bore me. They’re very ‘kiddy’ and I wanted these books to have something that a parent could read and enjoy. So I’m pleased you said that. And I’m glad that’s how they’re coming across.’ Frank Lampard was born in Romford in 1978 to former West Ham United footballer, Frank Lampard, Snr. and his wife, Pat. Nephew to current QPR Manager (and former footballer) Harry Redknapp, and cousin to Harry’s son, Jamie (Redknapp, the retired England footballer), it’s fair to say that Lampard has lived and breathed football since birth. He attended Brentwood, an independent school in Essex, where he excelled academically, achieving 11 GCSEs, with an A* in Latin. Whilst university

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was, at one point, on the cards, in spite of the plethora of avenues he could have taken, there was never another career in his mind. ‘I was always mad on football,’ he explains. ‘Whenever I was out in the garden, [I’d be] kicking a football around. My parents were pretty strict [on] reading, and I was really lucky in that the school I went to pushed you [academically]. Not all kids get that, but I did.’ He began his career at West Ham United, joining the youth team in 1994 before signing a professional contract the following year. His father was assistant coach at the time and his uncle Harry, the manager, so naturally much was made by critics that

which to highlight. He stood in for John Terry, captaining Chelsea to victory in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, and in May last year, he broke Bobby Tambling’s 202 goal record to become Chelsea’s lead scorer of all time. And yet, this was the man who could have done anything. It was widely reported by Mensa that when Lampard undertook an IQ test (for research purposes) his results were some of the highest ever recorded. Lampard laughs about it and gets embarrassed when I mention his Latin A*. ‘The Latin thing is something that keeps ‘coming up’ on me. People are shocked that a footballer actually got an A*. I only know the basic verbs, I couldn’t recite any Latin to you now, I don’t know if you can?’ Put on the spot somewhat, I quickly rattle off the only Latin verb I know – ‘Mitto’ (meaning ‘to send’) which conjugates ‘mitto, mittis, mittit…’ and highlights my rather juvenile sense of humour. Lampard laughs and responds ‘amo, amas, amat – romantic!’ Valentine’s Day was fast approaching. If only… In all seriousness though, it must be difficult for Lampard to be seen as anything other than a footballer and

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Lampard was reaping the rewards of nepotism. It must have been a relief, therefore, when he quit West Ham in 2001 to sign a new contract with Chelsea. I say ‘relief’, the £11 million attached to the deal must have had something to do with it. From there, Lampard’s career kicked off. He played in all Chelsea’s league matches from 2001-2, and earned himself the accolade of ‘Player of the Year’ in 2004. In 2005, such was his success he won the Silver Award for ‘FIFA World Player of the Year’ and silver for the ‘Ballon d'Or’ too, as well as ‘FWA Footballer of the Year’. In August 2008, he signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea for a cool £39.2million, making him the (then) highest-earning Premier League player. Trawling through his list of achievements, it’s actually quite challenging deciding

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launching a series of children’s books was a bold move. ‘For a footballer to do it… it was something that people put a lot of pressure on. It obviously helped because of my name. And I know there’s lots of people trying to put out kids books who aren’t footballers, who probably have a more difficult route. At the same time, people can be quite cynical. And I suppose that was my biggest fear; that people would just think ‘he’s using his name to put out a few kids books that he’s not even looked at, and he might get a small royalty out of them’, but it certainly wasn’t that. I put so much time into them. And I was quite excited that there would be a few kids that would want to buy them, let alone get some use out of them.’ There’s something quite heartwarming about his passion for

the project, and with World Book Day coming up this month, Lampard is all for encouraging children’s literacy. He continues to explain his writing process, about how it takes ‘hours and hours’ and since he’s ‘not very computerized [sic]’, he can’t just ‘sit on a computer and write really quickly’. I wonder therefore, how he got on with his autobiography, which was released in 2006. ‘I didn’t write any of that,’ he says honestly. ‘That was basically a series of long, drawn out interviews, which I did when I was 26. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to [write] it then. If I were to have my time again, I wouldn’t have done it till the end of my career. It was a young decision, slightly naïve, and I wouldn’t do it now because I don’t know whether I want everything that’s happened in my life to be out there. A lot of autobiographies have come out recently and people are critical about this or that, and it makes a big splash, and I don’t think I really need [that] at the minute.’ Lampard speaks from experience. His private life has been repeatedly ‘splashed’ about, mostly in reference to his relationship with former fiancée Elen Rivas, the Spanish model with whom he has two daughters, Luna (8) and Isla (6). Currently engaged to TV presenter Christine Bleakley, it continues to hit the headlines, with speculation rife as to when the two will finally tie the knot. For those interested in the answer to that question, sorry to disappoint, but I didn’t ask. He wouldn’t tell me and actually it’s none of my business. What I do ask about, though, is a small sporting competition coming up this summer called the World Cup. I tell him outright I’m not going to bore him by asking for a quote on whether he thinks we’ll win, or whether he’ll be selected to play (obviously ‘I hope so’ would be the answer to both) so I ask instead what teams we should watch out for. ‘I would say Brazil because they are the home nation and a very powerful team, and then Spain because they are the holders [of the cup] and a fantastic team as well. And as an outside bet, Belgium.’ This latter choice piques my interest. ‘Belgium have got a fantastic squad. We’ve got Eden [Hazard] at Chelsea now and he’s doing brilliantly. If you provide a team that have got players that are playing really well... I think if you are going to choose, other than England, teams that are going to challenge, there will be a lot of teams up for it, actually.’

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Admitting I know nothing about football and that I’d recruited help with this part of my research, I ask what it is like to have José Mourinho (me: ‘does that make sense?’) back managing Chelsea. ‘Yep, that makes complete sense!’ he laughs. ‘It means a lot to me. He’s been a real influence on me and my career. Him coming back was great because we know each other very well and what he did for me then [as Chelsea manager from 2004-7] still relates, now I’m at the other end of my career.’ Hopefully that’s satisfied the thirst of all footie fans reading this, but for my own interest, I simply have to find out something that’s always bothered me. What do players do during the half time of a particularly harrowing game – eat oranges? Crap themselves? ‘You’re guided by the manager,’ Lampard responds. ‘Certain managers have different techniques and will let players talk amongst themselves, maybe argue. Other managers are very dominant and want you to sit down and they set the tone. It’s a funny one, really. I’m quite calm. I’m not really a ‘shouting, swearing’ kind of person. If I think I’m having a bad game, I’ll have a big word with myself. But if I’m content with what I’m doing, then I’ll just carry on. I like to try to keep a cool head.’ And he does have a cool head, one that is often recognised as he wanders the streets of Chelsea, his home district. I tell him how, a few weeks prior, I’d been in a salon on Brompton Road and someone had shouted that Lampard was outside. The entire of HARIs had swooped to the window to gawp at him. ‘I wouldn‘t say ‘bothered’, that’s not the way I’d say it. I won’t get bothered [in the future], I’ll just be that ‘exfootballer’ from many moons ago,’ he chuckles. ‘I’m quite pleased that

that’s the way it is. When I came here nobody knew me. And I suppose it’s testament to how football’s gone for me personally. Chelsea fans are people who like football and they’re nice so I can’t moan too much! ‘I actually love Chelsea,’ he continues. ‘I’d like it to be my home for evermore. When I moved over from Essex, Chelsea was like the other side of the world for me. But since I’ve been here for 13 years now, I just love it. I love the diversity of it. I love that you can walk everywhere; we hardly ever drive when we go for

but I’ve got different ideas. I’ve got the books on the side, and I’d like to do more of them. It’s something I’m giving back.’ He can’t just finish with football, can he? What about managing? ‘I’m not completely sure. I’ll take a view on it when I come to the end of my career. I turned professional at 17 and it’d be nice to get time off, especially at Christmas. I wouldn’t mind having a different kind of lifestyle for a while. But then I say that, and maybe in a few years I’ll feel differently. That’s [just] where I am at the minute.’ I’d read in his autobiography that when growing up his father insisted he do his daily exercises in spike boots. It seems a good way of tying up our chat, leading him back to where it all began. ‘I did [spikes] until I was about 25, and it was a huge thing for me. To talk to young kids now about football, I would say you have to work on your weaknesses. My dad was always on at me about my speed because he, as a footballer, was never that fast. It was quite a big deal for me wearing spikes because when

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dinner on the Fulham or King’s Road. I love the little pubs round the back streets. And I love Fulham as well – Fulham’s great.’ So I suppose when retirement finally arrives, he’s got a cosy life in Chelsea to look forward to. It feels odd asking him about it though, he signed a year-long extension on his Chelsea contract last May and he is, after all, only 35... ‘As a footballer it’s quite a pivotal time in your life. It’s all going to end between 35 and 40, and that’s only if you’re really good, like Ryan Giggs. I’m quite comfortable with it. I’m really enjoying my football, so I’m hoping to go on for another two or three years at least. And I’m enjoying the extra appreciation you get as you get older. You understand the end is coming so you appreciate it even more. Some footballers don’t know what they want to do after football,

I was a kid no one else was wearing them, and they used to take the mickey out of me.’ I’d say he’s had the last laugh. ‘Well, I’d like to think so!’ he responds. ‘That’d probably be my message to kids: whatever it is, even if it’s embarrassing, if you need to work on something you’re a bit useless at, do it. Because you’ll get the benefits at the end.’ Sound advice, from a sound individual. I think we could all do with taking a leaf out of Frank Lampard’s book – though, to preserve his tales for future young readers, not literally.

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

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The survey, entitled ‘Parent Power?’, focuses on the upper-middle classes. It reveals that a third of professional parents sought out a good school when moving house, with 18% choosing the catchment area of a specific school. This is hardly news for any Londoner, where catchment boundaries are poured over, Zoopla is updated by the minute, and aggressive gazumping near good schools is the norm. I know of one family who rented opposite fter almost 50 years of single-sex education, Cranmore School has announced that it will expand to educate girls up to the age of seven from September 2014. Having received an ‘outstanding’ rating in the latest inspection, the school’s headmaster Michael Connolly comments, ‘The introduction of co-education in our nursery has been a tremendous success and there has been considerable demand for us to extend this so that girls can benefit from the exceptional opportunities which are currently enjoyed by the boys.’ Next Open Days: 28th February & 1st March; cranmoreprep.co.uk

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Attain a paired-down and comfortable space by using durable oatmeal linen. The sofa cover of thick linen hangs well for a chic un-made look. £44 p/ m, 140cm wide, Upholstery Plain Weave Linen in Oatmeal by Volga Linen, Tissus d’Hélène, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, SW10, 020 7352 9977; tissusdhelene.co.uk

x 210cm, George III carved pine and gesso chimneypiece c.1790, 95–97 Pimlico Road, SW1, 020 7730 2122, jamblimited.com

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Create a comfortable, elegant sofa that is proportional to your room. Ensemblier produce contemporary made-to-measure designs using traditional methods, handmade in the UK, with a fabric of your choice. Services include a free site visit within the London area. £7,800 plus fabric, 230x100cm, The Katz Sofa featuring Plain Weave Linen in Oatmeal by Volga Linen; info@ensemblierlondon.com / ensemblierlondon.com

NOMADIC rug Capture the romance of Arabian nights with this thick wool Jajim rug from Iranian nomadic tribes c.1890. The earthy tones add warmth to high ceilinged rooms. £450, 5’9 x 4’11, Appley Hoare Antiques, 9 Langton Street, SW10, 020 7351 5206; 1stdibs.com

Coffee table is Pierre Jeanneret ‘Chandigarh’ in collaboration with Le Corbusier. Side table is antique from Rose Uniacke. Lynn Chadwick sculpture on side table. Interior and styling by t.craig; tcraig.co.uk

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FOOD&TRAVEL Restaurant Review

Edwina Langley dons her diving suit and dips into the deep for a taste of the sea at Le Colombier

Le Colombier

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hen the wind and rain is such that you require a deep sea diving suit to leave your house, it’s important to make sure that what you are leaving it for is worthy of such effort. Le Colombier sits discretely off the Fulham Road on Dovehouse Street, a stalwart bastion of French cuisine. Its white and blue colour scheme – white clothed tables, blue banquette seating – is simple and understated, perfectly suited to those that visit: Chelsea locals wanting a midweek supper from a menu I can’t imagine has changed much since its conception. When I invited my food-loving friend, ELS, to join me, she texted back almost instantly saying, ‘Oh my god, I LOVE that place’. I too remembered it as ‘rather sommin’ when I went a few years ago, so as I swam my way through Chelsea (in my diving suit*) I was confident the restaurant wasn’t going to have to work too hard to impress us.

When ELS arrived she slid down onto the banquette before eagerly explaining that one of the reasons she likes Le Colombier is because it’s not afraid to use salt. ‘Lots of salt’. She crunched into a toasted crostini selected from the breadbasket and joyfully exclaimed, ‘Mmm, salt!’ Choosing what to eat (other than the breadbasket) was difficult because the menu reads like a checklist of all your favourite things – escargot, filet de boeuf, steak tartare... ELS started off with the Seared Tuna with Oregano Dressing, which arrived delicately arranged, fully emphasising the purple slivers of fishy-flesh. The tuna was wonderfully tender, though the sea of soy it came swimming in was rather too salty for me, in spite of my sea-worthy attire. By contrast my Crab Salad was a seasoned

perfectly. Yes, I found a shard of shell in my second mouthful (sacrebleu!), and yes, the swirls of mayo around the edge made me feel slightly like my diving suit was era-inappropriate and some Seventies bel-bottoms might have sufficed, but that aside, I couldn’t fault it. Next we had Roast Fillet of Lamb, and Scallops with Sesame Oil and Soy. ELS’s lamb was cooked to pinkperfection, with exquisitely ‘turned’ potatoes, and my scallops melted in the mouth, like little ocean kisses. Perhaps the spring onion headdress atop was a little greasy, but no one eats at a French restaurant for under-indulgence. Tarte Tatin with ice cream for pud was demolished by me with childish gusto and ELS’s Crepes Suzette went down equally quickly, aided by a generous glug of Grand Marnier. Three glasses of wine later (Pinot Noir pour moi, Chardonnay for ELS) and we left on a wave of seafood satisfaction, assured that (in spite of the marathon swim it had taken to get there) Le Colombier had definitely been worth its salt. *not really, but I wish I had been wearing one

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THE art OF GOOD food MUCH-LOVED CHEF & RESTAURATEUR Mark Hix TALKS TO Edwina Langley ABOUT SUPPORTING YOUNG ARTISTS, A GOOD NEGRONI & WHAT HE FIRST TAUGHT Tracey Emin TO COOK

EDWINA LANGLEY You hold master classes at Hix Mayfair. What do you teach the guests? MARK HIX I mainly teach people how to carve. I do simple things like a leg of lamb on the bone – that’s the trickiest one to get right – then chicken, then a rack of pork. I explain the best way to cook them and how long for. Then we have starters, during which I teach them how to carve smoked salmon. EL It’s quite difficult isn’t it? I had gravlax the other day and they carved it beside me, giving me this massive chunk... MH Actually, the way I do it is thicker, but at more of an angle. All our visitors agree they’re never going to buy pre-sliced smoked salmon from the supermarket again, which is

rubbish! Then each of the cuts come back cooked and they take turns to carve a few slices. It works really well. We’re introducing a fish class, but I’m not sure that will be as popular. EL I’ve read you weren’t sure about cooking when you started? MH When I was at school I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. EL Were you always good at it? MH No, not at all! The cooking thing came about when I was working in a pub, washing up. For the first time, the boys in fifth year at school were given a choice between metal-work and domestic science. For a laugh, three of us decided to do domestic science. At the end of the year, I won the school

prize for it. But I wasn’t really bothered or interested. When I left school, they suggested I went to catering college, which I did, in Weymouth. Then I moved to London and...here I am now. EL You grew up with your grandparents, is that right? MH Yeah. When I was really young, about six, my parents divorced. My brother and I were separated. He went to live with one set of grandparents and I went to live with the other; half with my dad, half with my grandparents. My gran used to cook homely things – lambs hearts and braised pork chops. Our diet was simple, not fancy or shi shi. She cooked the old-fashioned way. She would boil a ham once a week.

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FOOD&TRAVEL EL Such a lovely thing to do – we just don’t do things like that anymore. I hear you had to kill chickens and pluck them – at school?! MH Yes, in rural science. EL Do you keep chickens now? MH No, I don’t actually. I haven’t got the space. My place in Dorset is very small. EL Other than Dorset, where do you live? MH Shoreditch. EL What is it about that area that you like? MH I’ve always lived in the east. I lived on Great Eastern Street for about ten years, I like the buildings, it’s an interesting area. That’s where I’ve met a lot of artists. When I lived on Great Eastern Street, people began buying industrial buildings and turning them into lofts and flats. Which is what I ended up doing. EL What was your kitchen like? MH My kitchens in the past have always been very practical – simple surfaces. I don’t like cabinets much, I like to see things on shelves. If you’ve got interesting kitchen bits it’s nice to display them. If you’ve got lovely copper saucepans, why not? EL So you’ve got lots of restaurants. Here (Hix Mayfair), then the one in Soho, Tramshed… MH Selfridges… EL Marks Bar… MH In Selfridges we’ve also got a very small cocktail bar in the men’s shoe shop department too.

I show younger, lesser-known artists and every year we give out an award. We have a judging panel – myself, the gallery owner, Tracey Emin and others – and the winner gets a show in the gallery. EL Word on the street is you taught Tracey Emin to cook... MH Well, she’s interested in cooking. EL Do you remember what you first taught her? MH I just suggested roasting a chicken. Whenever I go to her place now, she’s always got a roast chicken in the fridge. EL Is it already done or is it there for you to cook when you get there? MH It’s already done! But people like Tracey like the fact their work is displayed in restaurants. People pop in to see the works, people who wouldn’t normally go to a gallery. We do 200 covers a day, that’s 200 people who may not have seen that [points to a Tracey Emin installation]. EL How long do these pieces stay in your restaurants for? MH They’re mainly permanent. EL Do you suggest ideas of how the artists can fill the space? MH In my Soho restaurant, there wasn’t much wall space, so I suggested mobiles. Some of the artists had never made a mobile in their life! There are static sculptures

stuck to the ceiling, and also proper mobiles that move on the wind – like the Damian Hirst one of coffins of fish. EL Now onto boring ‘food’ questions. I heard your last supper would be lobster and chips, is that still the case? MH Yeah, probably. EL Thin or fat chips? MH Fat chips. EL That is the correct answer! MH I think coming from the seaside, I was brought up appreciating lobsters. I also fish for them as well. EL Your cupboard staples are Parmesan and olive oil. True? MH Yes, Parmesan, olive oil and botargo. EL What’s that? MH It’s dried mullet roe. You can get it in a stick to grate over pasta. It’s a delicacy in India. I make pasta tossed in butter and olive oil, and then shaved botargo on top. EL As one would use truffle, say? MH Yes, it’s got that nice, very savoury, slightly fishy flavour. If I’m at home, I can knock it up in three minutes. EL Do you eat in your restaurants? MH I eat in one of my restaurants every day, sometimes twice a day.

EL So you just go there... MH ...And have a martini… EL ...And get pissed and buy lots of shoes – perfect! Where next? MH The next project is going to be in an old tin factory on the Southbank near the Tate Modern. That should open in the summer. EL Speaking of the Tate, on to art. The first time you met Tracey Emin was in 1990 in a pub. Was your interest in art born then? MH I worked with Chris Corbin and Jeremy King at The Caprice and The Ivy [Hix was formerly chief director of Caprice Holdings] and they were big collectors. Their philosophy was to exchange work with artists quite often. I followed in their footsteps, really. The newer generation of artists have started doing a similar thing; I commission work from them in exchange for an eating tab. It’s very Parisian. EL Do people buy art from restaurants? MH I don’t sell it off the walls. But I do have a gallery underneath Tramshed – the Cock and Bull Gallery. That’s my outlet.

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RECIPE

FISH CEVICHE y knowledge of ceviche expanded considerably while on a fishing trip to Costa Rica. On a bit of a mission as far as this fashionable culinary oddity was concerned, I ordered it at three meals in a row. All three were miles apart in presentation and taste. Costa Ricans treat mahi mahi, sea bass and snapper to this form of brief pickling, but too much onion, citrus and coriander can overpower the fish. The third version worked best as we were left to add as much or as little of these powerful ingredients as we wished. The lemon and lime were diluted with soda water for a less acidic taste and I’ve based my interpretation on this. In its native South America, fish for ceviche is usually sliced. In Costa Rica, it was always cubed.

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SERVES 4 250-300g fillets of sea bass or similar firm white fish, skinned, any residual bones removed, and cut into 1cm cubes, juice of 2 lemons, juice of 2 limes, 1 tbsp soda or mineral water, salt and freshly ground white pepper FOR THE GARNISH Red pepper, deseeded and finely diced, red onion, finely diced, 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, a little extra-virgin olive oil (optional) TO SERVE Toasted slices of bread or tortillas

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Rinse the fish in cold water, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper. Mix the lemon and lime juice with the soda water, season lightly and toss the fish in the mixture. Cover with cling film and chill for 2 hours.

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Make the garnish: mix together the red pepper, onion and coriander, and add a little olive oil if you wish.

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Arrange the fish with the juice in individual bowls and the garnish separately to be spooned over the fish. Serve with toast or tortillas.

EL Do you cook there also? MH No, I don’t cook anymore. I run the businesses. You can’t see everything if you’re stuck in the kitchen. But I do cook at home, and I also do ‘Challenge Hix’ every Tuesday. At our weekly meeting our Head Chefs challenge me to 20 minutes of cooking. They get all seasonal ingredients out – game birds, wild mushrooms – and I randomly cook something. EL Do you surprise yourself ever – ‘how the heck did I come up with that?’ MH Sometimes, although mostly it’s quite simple. EL Onto telly, you’ve resisted it for the most part haven’t you? MH Yes. But I did Great British Menu. RECIPE FROM FISH ETC BY MARK HIX, PUBLISHED BY QUADRILLE BOOKS

EL I know. I told your PRs I was going to come dressed as your winning Main Course dish, Stargazy Pie. MH You should have done! But that’s the only time I’ve really done TV. It was just a bit of fun, a bit of a laugh. Some of the chefs took it way too seriously. So I’ve done that and BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen twice, but only to promote a book. EL You’re quite an advocate of seasonal, local produce... MH I don’t see why we should import food when we have equally, if not better, food on our doorstep. EL So you source things locally as far as possible? MH Yes that’s right, it’s always British – apart from wine [laughs]. EL But we’ve got quite good British wines, I've read. MH Yeah, there are some good ones creeping up. We use a lot of the

sparkling wines. But it’s a cliché to advocate ‘seasonal’ and ‘regional’ for me, because I’ve been doing it for years. It’s important for us to educate our farmers and growers. If you look at a lot of the fruit and vegetables available now in farmers markets, a lot of those things are there purely down to chefs serving them in restaurants. EL [Looks around at the hustle and bustle] Does it get quite busy here during weekdays at lunchtime? MH Yeah, it’ll fill up with lots of businessmen in suits. EL Well, I dressed up ‘fancy’ to come here – though admittedly not in a suit. MH [laughs] EL Do you spend a lot of time here? MH I split my time between here and Tramshed, and later on I’ll be in Soho. EL What’s your favourite cocktail? MH It depends what mood I’m in. If I’m in the Groucho club, I’ll drink espresso martinis to keep me going. But Negroni is probably my cocktail of choice – it’s quite hard core. EL I had it for the first time recently. I quite like it – vibrant, colourful thing. MH You should try out Mark’s Bar in Hixter. It’s a similar layout to Soho, same cocktail list, but it’s got a 2:30am licence. EL Thanks, I will do. Though I’m so old these days I’m basically in bed by midnight. I'd never make it till 2:30am. MH [laughs] The Fish n’ Hix Masterclasses at Hix Mayfair, £185 per person; roccofortehotels.com

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26cm Shallow Casserole

RECIPE

CHICKEN WITH BLACK GRAPE & MARSALA SAUCE

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SERVES 4-6 INGREDIENTS 26cm cast iron shallow casserole serves 4 people. 2 tablespoons olive oil, 125g (1 cup) cubed pancetta, 4 shallots halved, 8 small-medium or 6 large skinned chicken thighs, 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced, 6 sprigs fresh oregano, 6 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley, 2 bay leaves, 3 rounded tablespoons mascarpone cheese, 250ml (1 cup) Marsala wine, 1 teaspoon cornflour, 175g (1 heaping cup) seedless black grapes, a little salt, freshly ground black pepper

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METHOD Oven: 140°C / 280°F / Gas Mark 1 Pre-heated fan oven: 120°C

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Heat half the oil in the casserole over a medium heat. Add the pancetta with the shallots and fry for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon, draining well.

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Add the remaining oil and the chicken thighs and brown evenly.

Return the pancetta with the shallots to the casserole, add the fresh herbs and all but 2 tablespoons of the Marsala wine. Season with a little salt and pepper, place the lid on and cook in the oven for 2 hours.

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Blend together the mascarpone cheese, cornflour and the rest of the Marsala wine. Remove the casserole from the oven and stir in the grapes with the mascarpone mixture. Return to the oven for 25-30 minutes.

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NEW WORLD AS A BRITISH COLONY, Hong Kong WAS AN ENDURING REMINDER OF FORMER EMPIRIC GRANDEUR. YET TODAY IS A VERY DIFFERENT STORY. 20 YEARS SINCE HER LAST VISIT, BROADCASTER Sue Lawley RETURNS TO DISCOVER A CITY CHARGING HEADLONG INTO THE FUTURE…

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ong Kong has no room for the past. Its history lies buried beneath the crowd of skyscrapers that smother every inch of its surface, a constantly replenished jungle of stone, steel and glass. For a 150 years, Hong Kong was a British colony. Extracted from the mainland of Imperial China at the end of the Opium Wars in 1842, it survived invasion and occupation by the Japanese in the Second World War and the upheavals of the Chinese Communist Revolution until we returned it to China

in 1997. A stroll round Hong Kong today, however, reveals none of this. Only the Peak Tram, a dainty piece of Victorian engineering that trundles tourists by the wagonload from the centre of the city to the city’s highest point, reminds you of its colonial past. I hadn’t visited Hong Kong for more than 20 years – long before the handover to China. It may now be part of the People’s Republic of China but it has special status: it is still run on a capitalist system. And it’s growing at a colossal rate. However, residents can’t be certain what the future holds. ‘We have to be patient,’ I was told by a district judge. ‘We don’t know what

will happen – but if you go to cities such as Shanghai, they are every bit as commercial as here. They don’t seem ‘communist’ at all.’ Other residents are more sceptical. A distinguished British-born Chinese man told me that the unseen but controlling hand of the People’s Republic now infected all the major decisions about the government of Hong Kong. Armed with these political thoughts, I set out to explore the world’s most vertical city. In the best areas, land is at a premium – apartments sell for about £3,000 per square foot, as much, if not more, than the swishest Knightsbridge properties – but beyond the city lie miles of untouched

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FOOD&TRAVEL countryside, too steep and unforgiving to be developed. I was taken by boat around some of the hundreds of uninhabited islands and their beautiful beaches off the coast of the New Territories and shown nature trails that lead through miles of forest. Hiking, sailing and golf are now important Hong Kong activities: an essential escape from the suffocating crowds at its heart. My own escape from the bustle lay in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the first luxury hotel to be opened in Hong Kong, which is this year celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Here you can imagine what life in colonial days might have been like. The place is immaculate: you feel like the governor (or the governor’s wife) as soon as you walk in. Doors are opened, lifts summoned, bags carried and tables booked by an army of staff, each one of whom treats you as if you were the only person who mattered. It’s very addictive. The only thing that’s changed about this hotel is its location. It’s still in the same spot – but whereas it once stood almost on the waterfront near where the Star

Ferry crosses from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, it’s now 500 yards back from the water. Land has been reclaimed from the harbour to allow more building. That’s Hong Kong for you. Although none of this appears to have affected the hotel’s views, and its restaurants, bars and rooms still offer a magnificent panorama of Victoria Harbour – one of the great maritime sights of the world. The Mandarin Oriental is still the epitome of Asian luxury. Such service

in the window – hairy crab, abalone (sea snails) and squid – but in recent years the international march of the foodie army has arrived on Hong Kong’s shores, sprinkling its stars and its little red forks on restaurants of all descriptions. Eating in Hong Kong has always been an adventure into a culinary jungle, but these days they give you a map. Making a decision about where to eat proved one of the most taxing parts of my visit. And the buildings just get taller. The new International Commerce Centre which stands at the western end of Victoria Harbour is – at over 1,500 feet – now the tallest building in the city. They wanted

IT MAY BE PART OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, BUT HONG KONG STILL HAS SPECIAL STATUS does not come cheap, of course, but if you want a refuge from the enervating world of Hong Kong, it’s the place to be. Since passing into Chinese hands, Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial activity has only increased. But something else seems to be happening too. The city has a more international feel – perhaps the result of the flood of Chinese who now visit from across the border. Kowloon, the home of Chinese night markets and tailors’ shops, is now also full of global shopping brands which jostle for space between the myriad of stalls and shops selling goods from all over the world. On Hong Kong Island, a stroll along Hollywood Road – on what are called the Mid-Levels – reveals an endless parade of trendy art galleries and designer boutiques. In the old days you would never have thought of Hong Kong as an ‘arty’ place. That’s all changing now. But the essence of Hong Kong remains: its flood of trade is like the estuary of a great river fed by tributaries from many different places. This new dynamism affects two of the things for which Hong Kong has always been famous – food and architecture. You can still eat a sumptuous meal at any one of the hundreds of local restaurants, often choosing your seafood from a tank

to make it even taller, but that would have meant it was higher than Hong Kong’s highest natural point, The Peak, so the building was scaled back. Nevertheless, it’s a towering reminder of the energy and power that Asia, and particularly China, is now unleashing. Under the Basic Law that was enacted as part of the handover to China, English remains, with Chinese, one of the city’s two official languages – a status it will retain for the next 34 years at least. But language is just about the only element of Hong Kong’s colonial past that’s still in existence. Everything else has gone, obliterated by the city’s relentless march into the future, a metropolis stretching ever upwards in its search for commercial heaven. It is a 21st century phenomenon: a place where the world is changing fast. It’s this that makes Hong Kong a place that has to be seen.

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Ocean, meaning that you fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the waves caressing the beach. Follow the wooden walkways and jungle pathways through indigenous forest to the main hotel and you’ll find the stunning infinity hillside swimming pool overlooking the lagoon, a hidden oasis amongst the groves. The marine wildlife here is not to be missed, and you can both dive and snorkel to get a closer look at the reef fish found around the small barrier islands. Sound like too much hard work? Try a sunset cruises aboard a traditional wooden dhow, watching the dazzling sunset with a sundowner cocktail in your hand – the closest you can get to paradise on earth. Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5, saving between $1,740 (£1,078) and $3,000 (£1,858) per room. Valid until April 2015 (excluding 21st December – 5th January)

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ne of the few African lodges that offers a truly unique experience, Greystoke Mahale is an extraordinary camp in remote western Tanzania where the main aim is to get up close and personal with the local stars – the chimps. Here, you’ll find not only a storybook tropical forest full of chimpanzees, but also the second deepest lake in the world – Lake Tanganyika – all yours to explore by boat or kayak from the sustainable beachside camp. Completely isolated from human civilisation, the camp offers daily treks into the misty mountains to discover the waterfalls, wildlife and wondrous birds and butterflies hidden under the treetops. A great one for children, the trek tracks the chimps so that you get to watch them in their natural habitat, interacting with each other in their uncannily human way. Keep your eyes peeled as you might just spot the odd leopard along the way, too. In the evenings, it’s time to relish the sense of seclusion Greystoke Mahale provides and curl up with a good book and a glass of wine whilst the sun sets across the lake. Secret Season Special. Stay at Greystoke between 1st June – 30th June 2014 and pay only $450 (£267) per person per night, 54% less than the high season nightly rate of $1,075 (£663) per person per night

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his is no ordinary luxury safari camp. This is Sir Richard Branson’s safari camp and trust us, it doesn’t disappoint. Sat in the most pristine part of the African bush, Mahali Mzuri’s 12 tents perch on a ridge overlooking the awe-inspiring landscape of Kenya’s Motorogi Conservancy. It also happens to be in the path of the world-famous annual Great Migration, meaning that there really is no where better for a quintessential ‘Big Five’ safari. We recommend a trip hot air ballooning over the plains for an all-encompassing bird’s eye view of the Maasai Mara during the day, followed by a spot of stargazing at night using the camps telescope.

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SOUTH AFRICA One of only a handful of sole-use private reserves in South Africa, Leobo Private Reserve is a 12,000 acre estate encompassing rugged rocks, bushveld savannah, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife. 35,000 ZAR (£2,199) per night or 175,000 ZAR (£10,995) for the week. Book 7 nights and receive free helicopter transfers to and from Johannesburg airport, and free helicopter trips during your stay. You save 20%. Deal expires on 1st April 2014.

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Make sure you bring all the family too as Mahali Mzuri is super child friendly – the camp is full of children’s books, games, and kites, plus a TV, DVD player and games console for extra entertainment. The friendly staff are also able to organise tailored activities to further educate younger guests on their African surroundings and the local wildlife (so top marks back in the biology classroom, then). Meanwhile, older guests will love the spa rooms where treatments use the Africology range of products which are wonderfully natural and eco-friendly, and the 12-metre infinity pool – perfect for early morning swims and refreshing dips after game drives. Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3. This offer is available for new bookings staying until 30th June 2014. Saving of 25% per person. Normal nightly rates in mid season are from $890 (£549) per person per night

ZAMBIA Nestled in the shade of huge mahogany trees, Luwi Bush Camp’s remote location by a permanent hippo and crocodilefilled lagoon makes it perfect for walking safaris. Price for the week from: $2,990 per person (£1,844) as part of their ‘Week on the Wildside’ package, saving you 22% overall. Valid from May – October 2014

VAMIZI ISLAND LODGE

MOZAMBIQUE Defining castaway chic, Vamizi Island Lodge is made up of romantic timber villas dotted along a beautiful beaches on its own exclusive island. From $1085 per person per night (£669). Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5. Valid 6th-24th Jan, 1st March – 20th April, 21st June - 14th July, 13th Dec20th Dec.

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A dog’s life here is nothing more irritating than going on a romantic minibreak and arriving at your destination to find your darling pooch isn’t welcome. How can you enjoy yourself knowing he’s shivering in the carpark? This is why we love The Talbot. Set in glorious North Yorkshire, for £10 your dog gets access to your bedroom and also his own food. Now that’s puppy LOVE. Talbot Hotel, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7AJ, 01653 639 096; talbotmalton.co.uk

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Love the leopard alk with the leopards in Western Rajasthan’s Aravalli Hills. In Jawai Leopard Camp, which can be found in the heart of the wilderness, enjoy the most beautiful views imaginable in a cosy luxury tent with a huge bed and private bathroom attached. During the day, spot flamingos by reservoir, Jawai Bandh, and track leopards with the camp’s trackers. 10-day India itinerary including 3 nights at Udaipur and 3 nights at Jawai Leopard Camp from £2,750 per person based on 2 people sharing including flights. 0845 0756 079; steppestravel.co.uk

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riginally from Fulham, I grew up with the far-fetched desire of becoming a racing driver and following in my fathers’ footsteps. However, at thirteen years old, I had no idea of the expense involved! So photography and graphic design became a keen and somewhat less expensive interest of mine. However, after several years of working within my chosen field, as well as within the social and nightlife industry, I wanted a career change. The property industry included two key attractions, the involvement of working with people and the element of design - as each property is unique and requires subtle differences to marketing techniques. I have been in estate agency for ten years now, over which time I have seen Fulham develop into the strong market it is today. Whilst previously it was classed as an overspill and a more affordable Chelsea, the borough has experienced growth and a vast increase in property prices over the last 12 months. The area caters for both young adults and families and has become a favourite with buy-to-let and overseas investors. Fulham’s green spaces, prestigious schools, local shops, family run pubs, Michelin star restaurants and, of

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Luxurious Lettings Lowdown

For Landlords What are some easy and affordable ways to get a higher rent and return on investment?

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e predict that there is going to be an influx of properties being introduced to the rental market in the first few months of this year, which means that Landlord competition will be strong. It is vital therefor to ensure our Landlords are presenting their properties in the best light in order to compete. The best ways of doing this are ensuring paint, carpets and curtains are all in good condition, windows are clean, all lights are working, the property smells fresh with good quality diffusers rather than a glade plug in, if necessary. Mismatched furniture always cheapens a property and over furnished rooms always make them appear smaller, especially in photos. At this time of year a bugbear of mine is dead plants in gardens and window boxes, they are cheap and easy to put right and if it’s going to make the difference between finding a tenant at a good price or not then I can’t understand why Landlords wouldn’t replant.

A beautiful modern apartment located just moments from Sloane Square and the amenities of Knightsbridge

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ur classic two bedroom apartments are situated on the second and third floors, and consist of a master bedroom and a second bedroom with views over Sloane Gardens, a quiet residential road.

Two of these apartments have an open plan designer kitchen and sitting room, and the rest a separate sitting room with an elevated kitchen. Each has a bathroom and separate cloakroom.

Alice Umfreville Associate, Head of Chelsea Lettings, Strutt & Parker

Details

Sloane Gardens, SW1 £3,530 Per Week

Contact

Beauchamp Estates, Chelsea 020 7499 7722; beauchamp.co.uk

� 020 7589 9966; struttandparker.com

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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

St James is proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies

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WANDSWORTH BRIDGE ROAD, FULHAM, SW6 ÂŁ785 per week

Newly refurbished split level ground floor maisonette. Accommodation comprises three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a brand new contemporary kitchen, and a spacious reception room leading out onto a quiet and private patio garden. The property also benefits new carpets and modern lighting throughout, complete with a fully functional feature fire-place. The property is located at the top end of Wandsworth Bridge Road, close to New Kings Road and Fulham Broadway. FEES APPLY.

Tel +44 (0)20 7731 0031 100-102 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TF Email fulham@fineandcountry.com

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TOURNAY ROAD, FULHAM, SW6 ÂŁ375 per week

An exceptional brand new one double bedroom flat within a new ultra modern development close to Fulham Broadway. Accommodation comprises a spacious living area with access to a fantastic private terrace. There is an open plan kitchen, master bedroom with built in wardrobe an ensuite bathroom and W/C. Lift access is available from the interior design access from the main lobby. Tournay House is situated on Tournay Road with the ever popular North End Road. There are restaurants, retail and local amenities available in the immediate surroundings for residents to enjoy. Fulham Broadway Station (District Line, 5 min walk).The property is furnished and available immediately. FEES APPLY.

Tel +44 (0)20 7731 0031 100-102 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TF Email fulham@fineandcountry.com

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Living the Dream The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market. Old Church Street, SW3 Old Church Street, one of the oldest streets in Old Chelsea, dating back to the 16th Century, runs south from the Kings Road down to the River Thames. This wonderful home has been decorated to a beautiful standard and comprises a large roof terrace, three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, and sumptuous master-suite over the entire first floor, with a dressing room, along with the study/potential fourth bedroom, a vast, open-plan reception with kitchen. The ground floor has a fabulous reception room with a guest cloakroom. The top floor has two further bedrooms, a bathroom, and also leads to the stunning roof terrace.

£4,250,000

Freehold

 020 7591 5570: marshandparsons.co.uk

Draycott Place, SW3

Parsons Green Lane, SW6

A 1,254 sq ft top floor flat with wonderful light via large windows and a huge skylight, south-facing roof terrace, balcony and wooden floors throughout. The flat has bright, open-plan living space and is located in a handsome red brick corner converted period building with low service charges. The flat is ready to move into without further expense.

A fantastic opportunity to purchase a well presented modern house in this prime location in the heart of Parsons Green benefiting from a west facing garden. The property is situated in an excellent position moments from Parsons Green underground station. Ideally located in the catchment area for Lady Margaret school. Located in close proximity to Parsons Green. Potential to extend, STPP.

£2,725,000

£975,000

 020 7225 1225; douglasandgordon.com

 020 7381 4998; lockettestates.co.uk

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Barclay Road, SW6 A stunning Victorian garden apartment, which has been refurbished to the highest of standards, offering interior designed contemporary space and combining modern living within a period property. This fantastic property comprises three double bedrooms, double reception room, kitchen/ breakfast room, cloakroom, ensuite bathroom, two ensuite shower rooms, no forward chain, and a South West facing garden.

£1,650,000  KFH, Fulham

020 7731 0051; kfh.co.uk

Wilton Place, SW1 An elegant Grade II Listed Freehold House situated on this extremely attractive terrace within the Belgravia Conservation Area. The house is beautifully presented throughout, with impressive and elegant entertaining space, including a glorious first floor drawing room with views across to St Pauls Knightsbridge. The house also offers a front garden and large West facing roof terrace on the first floor.

£8,000,000 Freehold

 020 7589 6677; bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

West Kensington Mansions, Beaumont Crescent, W14 A fabulous red brick mansion block situated in the heart of West Kensington. This large five bedroom split level apartment comprises, spacious master bedroom, two double bedrooms and a modern kitchen/breakfast room. The top floor has a further two bedrooms and cosy reception, with two areas for storage.

£900,000 Freehold

 0207 381 0319; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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STEVENAGE ROAD SW6

£5,000,000 F/H

A simply exceptional and unsurpassed newly refurbished and fully extended semi-detached house, offering approximately 4,500 sq ft of space.

• 2 reception rooms

• Patio

• Kitchen/family room

• Garden

• 6/7 bedrooms

• Energy efficiency: Band C

• 6 bathrooms

QUEENSMILL ROAD SW6

£1,950,000 F/H

An immaculately presented semi-detached period house with french windows opening onto a 46ft south-facing garden.

• Double reception room

• South-facing garden

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• Front and rear mansard

• 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333

extension • Energy efficiency: Band D

Full online details including the EPC are available by scanning this code using any QR code scanner

Fulham Bishops Park Sales: 020 7731 3333

Part of a network of 9 offices in London and a further 19 across the country

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FULHAM ROAD SW6

£695 per week*/£3,012 per month*

A sensational flat split over the second and third floor maisonette offering approximately 1,200 sq ft of useable space.

• Open-plan reception

• Stunning roof terrace

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• Energy efficiency: Band E

• 3 double bedrooms • 3 bathrooms

Fulham Parsons Green Lettings: 020 7751 8898

LAMBROOK TERRACE SW6

£425 per week*/£1,842 per month*

A beautifully presented garden flat set on this popular and quiet residential street, located off the Fulham Palace Road close to local transport links.

Fulham Parsons Green Lettings: 020 7751 8898

• Reception room

• South-facing garden

• Kitchen

• Period features

• 2 double bedrooms

• Own entrance

• Bathroom

• Energy efficiency: Band D

*Rent excludes administration fees. Please contact your local office for further information.

Full online details including the EPC are available by scanning this code using any QR code scanner

*Rent excludes administration fees. Please contact your local office for further information.

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Smooth Selling...

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New Release GOLDHURST HOUSE Introducing Goldhurst House, the new release of exclusive residences at London’s prestigious riverside destination, Fulham Reach. Each spacious apartment enjoys stunning river views, a panoramic private balcony and interiors by the world renowned Tara Bernerd.

Prices from ÂŁ1,749,950* www.fulhamreach.co.uk

Fulham Reach Riverside Show Apartments & Marketing Suite, Distillery Road, London, W6 9RU

Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of Companies

020 7870 9500 enquiries@fulhamreach.co.uk

Computer generated images for illustrative purposes only and are subject to design development. *Prices correct at time of going to press.

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Property News Oakwood Court, W14

HOUSE Hunting Tiana Everett

Sales Manager at Home House Estates Earl’s Court � 020 3747 4997; homehouseestates.co.uk

The best place to invest? Earl’s Court in Kensington and Chelsea is becoming increasingly popular, with high demand especially from overseas buyers. With Italian coffee shops and French restaurants, as well as the easy commute to South Kensington’s amenities, it’s no wonder this hidden gem is finally getting the attention it deserves. Furthermore, the £8 billion Earl’s Court development promises us the regeneration of a classical landscape of crescents, squares and parks. This can only help the market in this area to develop. The most interesting property I have been involved in: Albert Court, a mansion block in SW7 from the early 20th century. At the time, Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, had a vision of an area devoted to the arts and sciences. In

Fine and Country – Bringing Property to life FINALLY, the new Fine and Country showrooms in Wandsworth Bridge Road are opening, and set to transform Estate Agency! Augmented reality is set to blow the lid off the traditional way of reaching out to the market, and Fine and Country are one of the first estate agencies in the world to embrace this cutting edge technology. Technology is changing fast and the time has come for the property industry to adopt new technology when marketing properties. Virtual View App uses augmented reality technology to bring printed marketing material to life. It is now possible to gather much more information efficiently about a property than ever before Domenic Versace, Virtual View App.

James Watson, Director at Fine & Country, Fulham 020 7731 0031; fulham.fineandcountry.co.uk

the ‘Albertopolis area’ as it was dubbed, this particular apartment of over 4000 sq ft was a perfect representation of the style and history from that time. The toughest sale and why? The residential market in Central London still deals directly with clients, and as an estate agent it’s impossible not to become entangled in emotional aspects of the sale. Not all sales are happy and uplifting, sometimes they are rather the opposite. For me the toughest sale is when personal tragedies are the reason for having the property on the market in the first place. Then, being only a strong negotiator or excellent professional is not enough and empathy is key for providing the best service. Finest property showcase: It has to be the elegant and spacious Edwardian mansion block apartment in Oakwood Court near Holland Park. There is something endlessly charming about lateral space like this. With over 3500 sq ft in size, this is a truly impressive property. Beautiful period mansion blocks like this are always highly sought after and attract buyers from all over the world. Oakwood Court, W14. £5,750,000.

Maskells launch “Home Set Up” Service MASKELLS ESTATE AGENTS announces the launch of its new “Home Set Up” Service in conjunction with White Circle Collection, a leading home concierge company. The service will help buyers and sellers to move with the minimum amount of effort. In brief, the service will: organise removals, utilities, Council Tax and Parking, change of address cards, source domestic staff from nannies to security consultants, provide advice on schools, doctors, dentists, gyms, shops, restaurants, builders, plumbers, electricians and interior designers! In fact, they can take care of anything you can think of! 020 7581 2216; maskells.co.uk

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Boutique living in the heart of w6 ASHLAR COURT Ravenscourt Gardens, London, W6 0TU

2 Bedroom apartments from £750,000

• A collection of 2 & 3 bedroom luxury apartments • Beautiful Grade II listed building • Many original features being retained • Secure underground parking • Lovingly restored communal gardens • Excellent transport links

For more information

0844 644 1576 lindenhomes.co.uk/ashlarcourt

Prices and details correct at time of going to press.

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THE ROOM WITH THE VIEW It’s extremely rare to find a new prime London development on the North Bank of the Thames. Riverwalk’s unique location, distinctive shape and curved balconies offer spectacular views over the river and London. These beautiful apartments, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, have exceptionally high ceilings and full height windows to maximise the sense of natural light within.

0844 544 4170 www.riverwalk.co.uk

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Show Suite now open By appointment only Prices from £1.8m

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ABSOLUTELY Property

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

1. Should I redecorate pre-sale? THE SHORT answer is yes. The question should really be to what extent? As all vendors know, first impressions are paramount and can make the difference between selling or not. However, once you start to redecorate it is sometimes difficult to know where to stop and before you know it the whole property has been done. At the very least, any old paint work or damp patches should be touched up and the windows and carpets should be professionally cleaned. If you have a garden, make sure it is well kept, especially at the front of the house to avoid people automatically dismissing the property before viewing the inside.

2. Why hasn’t my property sold? THERE CAN be a number of reasons as to why a property has not sold; given an appropriate price relevant to the prevailing market, everything will sell. The value judgement made by potential buyers will be based upon all or some of the following: Curb Appeal – how the property looks from the street, are the building and grounds (and/ or communal areas) well maintained? Fittings – dated kitchens and/or bathrooms don’t appeal. Appearance – cluttered, décor looking tired, carpets worn. Location – on a busy road, next to a graveyard or railway line. Availability of other similar properties in the area at the time. Price. It can sometimes be quite revealing to view the details of other properties for sale in the area to see how they are being presented, their asking pricing and how long they have been on the market. If you have had an appropriate and realistic valuation from a reputable estate agent, it need not be primarily about price.

3. Where should I invest? ALWAYS INVEST in properties close to transport links and local amenities. Check what new developments are due to be happening in the area, such as the Earls Court development or Crossrail. Or for safe investments, buy in established areas. Do read our specialist Investor reports for each of our 12 offices for more guidance.

4. What common mistakes do sellers make? SELLERS often don’t do enough research when choosing an agent to market their

property. Selecting a dynamic and proactive local agent who will actively sell your property is essential. Select several local agents and invite them to come and value your property. Don’t be seduced by slick patter and unrealistic promises.

5. How do Open House viewings work? OPEN house viewings have become increasingly popular due to high demand for properties in prime central London. When we are instructed on a property that we know will be of interest to a large number of our applicants currently looking, it makes sense to conduct an open house viewing. One of the main advantages of this is that more often than not we receive several offers on that day.

1. Benson Beard

2. Paul Finch

3. Emma Stead

Associate Director, Bective Leslie Marsh

Sales Manager, Beauchamp Estates

Associate Director, Douglas & Gordon

� 020 7589 6677 • bective.co.uk

� 020 7499 7722 • beauchamp.co.uk

� 020 7731 4791 • douglasandgordon.com

4. Peter Shaw

5. Kyle Best

Director, Featherstone Leigh

Senior Negotiator, Home House Estates

� 020 7610 9755 • featherstoneleigh.co.uk

� 020 3747 4997 • homehouseestates.co.uk

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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

Parsons Green Lane, SW6

Consort House, Imperial Wharf, SW6

A fantastic opportunity to purchase a well presented modern house in this prime location in the heart of Parsons Green benefiting from a west facing garden. EPC pending

A stunning two bedroom ground floor apartment situated within this sought after riverside development benefiting from two private patios. EPC pending

Two double bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, garden

Two double bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite shower room, reception room/dining room, kitchen, two patios, communal gardens

£975,000  

£1,250,000

020 7381 4998

020 7381 4998

Crabtree Lane, SW6

Drayton Gardens, SW10

A spacious and modern townhouse benefiting from wonderful open views of the River Thames. EPC D

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

Three Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, Reception Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Terrace

Two Double Bedrooms, En-Suite Bathroom, Shower Room, Reception Room, Kitchen, Balcony, Underground Parking Space

£695 per week

£795 per week

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Showcase A truly stunning house in this beautiful Knightsbridge garden square

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his superb six bedroom, five reception family home has been newly refurbished to the highest specification by Rigby & Rigby, with special attention paid to space, storage and light and incorporating exciting and innovative architectural design ideas and well conceived intelligent technology. The result is a successful unison of period features with contemporary style, to create easy and flexible living for modern family

Details

Ovington Square, SW3 ÂŁ10,250,000 Freehold

needs. The reception space is exceptionally well-planned and generously proportioned, with an elegant classic first floor drawing room, and excellent open-plan ground floor kitchen, dining room and breakfast area and a super media room at lower ground floor level opening out into the garden. Added to this, at the top of the house, there is a wonderful surprise with a double height studio room with French doors opening out onto a terrace, ideal as a studio room/ playroom.

Contact

Strutt & Parker, Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959; struttandparker.com

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Property Round Up Shirley Humphrey Director at Harrods Estates � 020 7225 6506; harrodsestates.com

Chelsea joins the Harrods Estates portfolio WE ARE delighted to introduce Chelsea to the Harrods Estates portfolio. We provide a high quality VIP service to our clients, offering them the best homes in the best locations, and we found that an increasing number of our clients were interested in Chelsea, so it made sense for us to establish our new office on the Fulham Road. Chelsea has been regarded as a sophisticated and pleasant place to live for over 300 years, with aristocracy, nobility and more recently, celebrities, business moguls and wealthy families choosing to call Chelsea their home. We are delighted to be at the hub of this exciting area.

D&G appoints a new executive director: Ed Mead

Breteuil’s

Launch Party � 020 75316308; breteuil.co.uk

FOLLOWING our launch party on 24th January, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a special evening. It was fantastic to see so many people there, with a great mix of old and new faces. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Katie at Parson’s Creative who supplied a fabulous selection of French themed canapés, which were washed down with a healthy amount of fizz. It was a great start for Breteuil and we very much look forward to becoming an established part of the Chelsea community.

Presenting your property for letting

WITH an abundance of rental property currently on the market, it is even more important to present your property at its best. We see a real trend of well presented properties achieving higher rental values and incurring shorter void periods. Neutral decoration throughout is important and modern kitchens and bathrooms always sell. Making sure that properties are warm and well lit helps to create a good impression for viewings. Dressing a property to let can seem like an unnecessary expense, but may help prospective tenants to visualise where their furniture will fit as well as making the most of bland or difficult spaces. � Clova Robertson, Lettings Manager at Jackson Stops & Staff, Chelsea 020 7581 8431; jackson-stops.co.uk

AFTER more than 20 years successfully running Douglas & Gordon’s Chelsea office, Ed Mead is moving to a new role as Executive Director based at their head office in Warwick Square. Whilst still being available to all Douglas & Gordon’s sales managers, Mead’s new role will focus on expanding the company’s horizons and coverage of London. He will also continue to act as Douglas & Gordon’s main spokesperson, spearheading their ongoing PR and will take advantage of new detailed localised research coming out of their asset management division this year. Douglas & Gordon will continue to be run by their Chairman Michael Hodgson, Mead as Executive Director, George Franks as Head of Sales and Virginia Skilbeck as Head of Lettings. The company’s successful year shows that this team is well placed to continue proving that estate agents can be successful by providing a service and not always chasing profit. Proven operator and Associate Director Caroline Anderson has moved from running their South Kensington offices to Mead’s old chair in Sloane Avenue. � 020 7963 4600; douglasandgordon.com

Spotlight on SW3 Average asking price - £3,763,918Average asking rents - £5,367 pcmAverage property value - £2,001,267

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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 020 7736 6110

furzedown

tooting

020 7381 7381

020 8769 7900

Hamble Street, SW6

020 8772 7080

£1,595,000

A magnificent and completely redesigned, four bedroom, two bathroom, family home presenting bespoke and calm interior design over three floors. Having completed the side return extension, the kitchen is a stand out feature on the ground floor, accompanied by a chic double reception room. The glass bi-folding doors at the rear of the property open up to a beautiful double-tiered, south-west facing patio garden. • • • •

Under floor heating Range cooker Bespoke interior design Located close to prestigious schools

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

SOUTH WEST LONDON’S LEADING ESTATE AGENT

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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

Dawes Road, SW6

020 8772 7080

£850,000

Fully extended and cosmetically presented to a very high standard, is this fantastic two bedroom, ground floor property. The current layout boasts an open plan kitchen and reception room, space saving, bespoke storage units, wooden/ glass bi-folding doors, a rear, private patio terrace, a stylish family bathroom, a large double bedroom and a further double bedroom/reception room. • • • •

Fully functioning fire place Separate utility area Basement Transport links close by

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

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Imperial Wharf, SW6

£650pw

A fabulous two bedroom apartment based on the sixth floor of this particular block in Imperial Wharf. The apartment itself comprises of a large, spacious reception room with wooden floors, leading to both a separate modern kitchen and the apartments private balcony, two large, carpeted double bedrooms and two separate bathrooms. • 24 hour concierge service • Direct access to Imperial Wharf’s amenities • Secure apartment building • Private Balcony

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

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Offices throughout London

Greyhound Road, W6

£725,000 Leasehold

Claxton Grove, W6

£700,000 Leasehold

This exceptional two double bedroom garden flat is located in the extremely sought after Greyhound Road. This excellent sized property comprises of a lovely family kitchen, superb wooden flooring, two double bedrooms and a great size garden. Located close to Fulham Palace Road and Hammersmith Broadway. EPC=C

We are delighted to offer this exceptional two double bedroom split level flat within the much sought after Claxton Grove. Property comprises of two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate kitchen and a lovely airy living room. Perfect for local amenities and transport.EPC=D

Fulham Office  020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

Rosaline Road, SW6

New Kings Road, SW6

£635,000 Leasehold

£650,000 Leasehold

An attractive period conversion flat well located in this increasingly sought after location. The flat comprises of a lovely open plan kitchen dining area, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and outside space. Perfectly located for the amenities in the Munster village area. EPC=C

A lovely two bedroom lion house period conversion on the extremely sought after New Kings Road. Property comprises of two bedrooms, bathroom, Shared garden and good condition. Perfect location with a wide selection of boutique shops and pavement cafes of the picturesque Parsons Green. EPC=D

Fulham Office 020 7731 9680| fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

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Watermans Quay, SW6

£750,000 Leasehold

An attractive two bed apartment in an extremely sought after location. This apartment offers stunning views over the River Thames and convenient access to local amenities of Wandsworth Bridge Road and just a short walk from Imperial Wharf. Situated on the first floor of a popular riverside development, this well proportioned apartment would make an ideal pied-à-terre or investment. EPC=B

Fulham Office 020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

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Imperial Wharf

ÂŁ1,950 pw + Fees Furnished

3 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 3 Bathrooms Roof Terrace | Parking | Tube Nearby | EPC - D 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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To arrange a viewing or for more information call

020 7319 9783

Imperial Wharf

£320 pw + Fees Furnished

London’s Letting Agency

info@brlets.co.uk www.brlets.co.uk

Wandsworth

£450 pw + Fees Furnished

1 Bedroom | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom 24hr Concierge | Amenities Closeby | EPC - D Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620 iw@brlets.co.uk

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms 24hr Porter | Balcony | Parking | Lift | EPC - D Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

Imperial Wharf

Knightsbridge

£695 pw + Fees Furnished

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

iw@brlets.co.uk

£1,450 pw + Fees Furnished

3 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 3 Bathrooms Period Conversion | Terrace | Parking | EPC - D Knightsbridge 020 7581 2112 knight@brlets.co.uk

Dubai | Hong Kong | India | Malaysia | Singapore

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ABSOLUTELY Property

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

ORGANISING repairs and maintenance is a vital part of the role of a property management agent, ensuring your property is well maintained and keeping your tenant happy. They’ll collect the rent and chase late payments, but even more importantly, they’ll ensure you comply with lettings regulations, and thereby avoid fines for inadvertently breaking the law. As a qualified lawyer, this is my area of expertise so I know the easily avoidable pitfalls that can trip up even the most experienced landlords. Don’t forget this vital fact if you’re planning to attract a corporate tenant: 95% of companies insist that their executives rent a professionally managed property.

2. Short-term or long-term tenants? SHORT TERM lettings can be tempting, they can offer as much as a 50% increase on the average long let rate and even more in the prime summer season – we once got £55,000 per week on a four bedroom property in Knightsbridge. The flip side is that you can run the risk of long void periods and above average wear and tear, along with the increasing danger of subletting. If you are in a central area where demand for short lets is consistent and you have a good property manager it can be very lucrative, but most landlords prefer a longer, steadier let, with rent coming in all year from a known, named tenant. The best way forward is to discuss your options with your agent.

3. Rental yield vs. capital growth? AS PART of a recent Market Appraisal for a house in Chelsea, Maskells Research reviewed the property price increase and rental yields in Hans Ward. We established that property prices in this area had increased by over 30% since 2011. We also found that rental yields had fallen to approx. 2.4% gross. Landlords have tried to increase rents in line with house price inflation but tenants have pushed back and since 2011 we have seen an increasing divergence in rental price asked versus price achieved. The Total Return (rental income plus capital growth) from buy to let in prime Kensington & Chelsea remains attractive, but for those seeking a higher source of income, rather than capital growth, there are other investments which may be more suitable.

Short term lettings can offer as much as a 50% increase on the average long let rate

1. Why should I use a property management agent?

4. Best buy-to-let investments?

for properties between £5k - £10k per week as so many company budgets for tenancies have been cut. A three or four bedroom house or flat (lateral is very popular this year) at around £1500pw £2500pw would make a safe bet for any investor.

5. Furnished vs. unfurnished?

THIS IS hugely dependent on the specific area, as London is an amalgamation of so many markets. In SW3 my recommendation to any buy-to-let investor would be a three or four bedroom house in a nice street or a ‘mansion’ flat such as those found in Sloane Court West where we have just let a lovely three bedroom property for a straight two and a half year contract, within just a couple of weeks of the purchase being completed by our Sales team. We have seen a dip in enquiries

LANDLORDS often ask us whether their property should be let furnished or unfurnished. The answer is to be as flexible as you can be in order to appeal to as many tenants as possible. The majority of large family houses will be rented out unfurnished. However, being able to offer furniture may set you apart from the competition. Having your property dressed may also help to achieve a quicker rental, showing how spaces can be maximised and helping prospective tenants to buy into a certain type of ‘lifestyle’.

1. Simran Prasad

2. Karen Boland

3. Peter Herman-Taylor,

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings Director of Property Management

Lettings Director, Harrods Estates

Managing Director, Maskells

� 020 7225 6602 • harrodsestates.com

� 020 7581 2216 • maskells.co.uk

� 020 7319 9740 • brlets.co.uk

4. Alice Umfreville

5. Clova Robertson

Head of Lettings, Strutt & Parker

Lettings Manager, Jackson-Stops & Staff

� 020 7589 9966; struttandparker.com

� 020 7581 8431; jackson-stops.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Spencer Park INTRODUCING

Designed by Chassey & Last Architects, these four magnificent homes redefine exclusive living, each a masterpiece of classical and contemporary elegance.

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ach house offers over 4,600 sq ft of brilliantly proportioned living space with generous ceiling heights and finishes specified by international interior design consultants The London Furnishing Co. The bespoke specification and home technology are exacting and implemented to reflect the aspirations of the most discerning home owner, family and guests. Each house has a master suite, four family bedrooms and an en-suite guest bedroom. The master suite occupies the entire second floor level, providing around 740 sq ft of refined luxury, extensive dressing area and spa bathroom with free standing bath and walk in shower. Outside each house are several off-street parking spaces - inside the properties provide outstanding living, reception and entertaining spaces and beautifully appointed kitchen/dining rooms all with access to a terrace and the substantial garden beyond. Each of the gardens has private gated access into the beautiful Spencer Park - a tranquil haven of almost four acres, exclusively for residents use and providing a safe sanctuary in which children can play. It has its own tennis court, playground and rose gardens, and also provides an ideal retreat for residents’ private yearly celebrations.

Asquith Villas are very well placed for travel across central London & beyond from nearby Clapham Junction which is within half a mile, while Clapham South provides Northern Line connections to the Capital’s entire tube network. The houses also enjoy close proximity and easy access to some of the Capital’s finest primary and secondary schools. Austin Thorogood, Director of John Thorogood, comments: ‘Spencer Park is a special privilege afforded to very few and is one of the finest and most closely guarded green spaces south of The River. These magnificent homes therefore represent an incredibly rare opportunity for a radically changed lifestyle without leaving London.”

Asquith, Spencer Park, SW4 Villas 1 & 3 - £4.95m • Villa 2 - Sale Agreed Villa 4 - Not Yet Released

Joint Sole Agents

 John Thorogood, 020 7228 7474; austin@john-thorogood.co.uk  Savills, 020 8877 1222; rchatwin@savills.com

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Asquith Villas, Spencer Park, SW18

FOR SALE

Guide Price for Villas 1, 2 & 3 - £4.95m | FREEHOLD (Villa 4 not yet released) - Joint Sole Agents - Savills One of four exceptional new homes that combine a ‘state of the art’ finish with a classical and contemporary exterior in one of the most exclusive locations south of the River. Each offers approximately 4600 square feet of refined family living space, private gated parking, a large landscaped garden and direct access into glorious Spencer Park, (just under four acres of privately owned and managed parkland). • Access to Spencer Park (3.8 acre private park) • Gated Off-Street Parking • Drawing Room • Study • Kitchen/Dining Room • Family/Media/Games Room • Utility Room

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• Cloakroom/WC • Plant Room • 6 Double Bedrooms • Dressing Room • 5 Bathrooms (4 En Suite) • Large Garden • 3 Terraces

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Queensdale Place, W11 A three storey Victorian house located in a no-through road in Holland Park. The property offers three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen, garden and roof terrace. EPC = D

ÂŁ2,900,000 Freehold

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Holland Park

020 7727 5111

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Lennox Gardens, SW1X A three bedroom garden flat in Chelsea. The property offers 391 sq ft of living space and comprises drawing room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom en-suite, shower room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, parquet floors; caretaker. 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

ÂŁ2,250,000 Leasehold Cheyne Gardens SW3

A three bedroom, ground floor 1,398 sq.ft. maisonette with a terrace and garden in an historic period building between the King's Road and The River Thames.

Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, Second bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Study, Communal garden, Lift, Porter, EPC: D.

A beautifully presented first floor flat on this prestigious garden square which includes a grand south-facing reception room with period features, a balcony and large mezzanine study area.

Master bedroom, Second bedroom with en-suite shower room, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Mezzanine level with bathroom, 2 balconies, EPC: C.

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

ÂŁ2,200,000 Leasehold Bramham Gardens SW5 Kensington Gate Sales 020 7581 1152 | kengatesales@dng.co.uk

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Sales

douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ1,750,000 Share of Freehold Courtfield Gardens SW5

A beautifully refurbished and spacious two bedroom flat within an attractive period building benefiting from high ceilings throughout and access to the communal gardens.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, Second bedroom with en-suite bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Dining room, 2 patios, Communal gardens, EPC: D.

In one of London's best addresses, a wellproportioned and recently refurbished two bedroom flat on the lower ground floor of this elegant period building.

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, Communal garden, Resident caretaker, EPC: D.

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

ÂŁ1,475,000 Share of Freehold Lennox Gardens SW1X Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 | chelseasales@dng.co.uk

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Sales

ÂŁ1,250,000 Share of Freehold Warwick Square SW1V

A fabulous two bedroom garden flat of approximately 1,150 sq.ft. located on the highly sought-after Warwick Square.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, Second bedroom/dining room, Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Patio, Cloakroom and utility room, EPC: B.

A superbly presented four bedroom house offering 1,457 sq.ft. of living space, with a large cellar and a professionally designed garden.

4 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower room, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, Cellar, EPC: D.

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

ÂŁ1,175,000 Freehold Biscay Road W6 Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 | fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

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Lettings

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£3,750 per week Furnished/Unfurnished Markham Square SW3

A stunning four bedroom family house which has been refurbished to a very high standard. The property has a self contained one bedroom area which would be ideal for a nanny or guests.

4 bedrooms, 4 en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room/dining area, TV room/playroom, Kitchenette, Study, Garden, Communal gardens, EPC: C.

A spacious, quiet and contemporary mews house located in the heart of South Kensington.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, EPC: D.

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

£875 per week Unfurnished Courtfield Mews SW5 Kensington Gate Lettings 020 7589 5252 | kengatelets@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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ÂŁ675 per week Furnished Grenville Place SW7

An architecturally designed, loft style split-level apartment in this sought-after location a stone's throw from Gloucester Road Underground.

Master bedroom with dressing room, Second bedroom/study, Bathroom, Reception/dining room, Kitchen, EPC: D.

A wonderful opportunity to rent this three bedroom cottage, located in the heart of Munster Village.

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite shower room), Double reception room, Kitchen, Patio garden, EPC: D.

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

ÂŁ595 per week Unfurnished Orbain Road SW6 Fulham Lettings 020 7731 4791 | fulhamlets@dng.co.uk

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Douglas & Gordon only advertise 90% of their property

Amazingly, over 10% of our properties are sold or let without being advertised. Some transactions happen so quickly we do not have time to advertise. In other cases our clients ask us to sell or let their property discretely. We source property specifically to fulfil our buyers’ needs – with the perfect solution sometimes being a property that has not even reached the market. To make sure you are getting the full picture, register with Douglas & Gordon now.

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