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GETTING INTIMATE WITH THE AMERICAN BEAUTY

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IN THE STUDIO WITH PERFUMER LYN HARRIS

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CLEO B'S STYLE INSPIRATIONS

THE LOWDOWN ON LIGHTING WITH DESIGNER SALLY STOREY

IN THE SHADE

Muted pastel tones welcome a new season

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here’s a bit of a creative moment happening in Westbourne Grove. Not long ago, everybody was complaining about the antique shops closing, the useful shops being priced out and the post office vanishing. It looked as if the area was about to lose its quirky spark altogether. But instead, now we’re seeing a new influx of arty people using spaces in new ways. Last month, the abandoned sorting office building was taken over by the lovely Broken Down Doll team, who brought a slightly more upmarket version of their Kensal Rise vintage clothes and absinthe cocktail combo to the stretch. The dolls then handed over to the new Mile High Club with its high camp suppers inspired by the glamour of 1950s air travel. Up the road there’s London West Bank, a gallery with a homespun, urban feel that rescued a long-abandoned building and is selling a huge range of contemporary work. And then there’s the 20th Century Theatre, with its illustrious history and eclectic programme of events. Is this the new Notting Hill? Or the old one? There’s an enduringly unpredictable feel to the place – and we hope to reflect the mix in this issue. We’re focusing heavily on creative women in this issue – perfumer Lyn Harris, for instance, and shoe designer Cleo B, plus restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas, furniture designer Bethan Gray and the inimitable Caprice, who may have gone quiet over recent years but can be found living and working in Notting Hill as the force behind a huge, thriving lingerie business. We hope you enjoy the magazine.

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Caprice Bourret, entrepreneur

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Sunday lunch concerts in W11

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Cleo B’s inspirations

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TERRY DE HAVILLAND The rock and roll cobbler who made his name at Kensington Market back in the day, and whose original platform heels in multicolour metallic snakeskin can still be found at Rellick, is launching a pop up this month. His new collection – inspired very strongly by his 1970s favourites – comes to the Newburgh Quarter off Carnaby Street at the end of the month, with a residency until July. We love the Zap Pow Yellow, £299. tdhcouture.com

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TEMPERLEY FOR FILOFAX We are so much more orderly now that our lives are organized in a stylish Temperly fi lofax. The ikat design comes in pink too. £45, filofax.co.uk

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Bringing together typographic design and ceramics is Portobello Road’s Unite and Type. The latest venture from Gloria Daniel, the woman behind the Big Tomato Company, sells her lovely mugs as well as offering traditional courses in letterpress and design. 341 Portobello Road, W10

HOTEL COSTES Absolutely the coolest hotel in Paris has spawned a range of related merchandise including CDs, luggage and watches. But you don’t have to cross the channel to buy the lovely bathroom products now that they’re stocked at The Cross. 141 Portland Rd, W11; thecrossshop.co.uk 14

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ELLIS EYE Model agent turned interior designer, Ellis has an eye for everything and now she has turned her head to skulls. This is the Angaru Kongoni – meaning Luminous Hartebeast – guaranteed to be noticed with its rusted skull and fluoro horns mounted on silk. Each piece is a one-off at elliseyeinteriors.com

MARGO SELBY A collaboration between People will Always Need Plates and Margo Selby has produced the Trellick cushion. The print comes in a variety of colourways to add to our collections of Trellick-inspired things. £78; margoselby.com

DAISY DE VILLENEUVE The lovely Daisy de Villeneuve’s felt-tip designs capture character brilliantly, and her designs for the London Transport Museum shop represent fragments of London life. We love the Ladbroke Grove mug, £7.50; shop.tfl.gov.uk

BROOKE GREGSON JIMMY TURRELL We are loving Jimmy Turrell’s series of collages, for sale at just £250 through the Mint List. Graphic artist Turrell is based at Great Western Studios, another place we absolutely love. jimmyturrell.com; themintlist.com

BO CONCEPT AND SMART Contemporary furniture craftsmanship meets sleek car design with the collaboration between Bo Concept and Smart. You can have a leather sofa to match your leather car seats, plus a range of smart carinspired accessories. We love the wooden Smartville clock, £119. 18-24 Westbourne Grove, W2; boconcept.co.uk

Born in April? Why not gift yourself this lovely Aries necklace by knitwearturned jewellery designer Brooke Gregson. She works from a studio in Ledbury Road and her signature astrology range combines diamond constellations with textural gold surfaces that mimic the surface of the moon. Each piece is hand-cast and unique. Aries pendant, £998; brookegregson.com

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ALEXANDER JAMES – INTERSECTION THE STUDIO BUILDING FROM 25 APRIL

An exhibition of works demonstrating the artist’s mastery of an entirely unique artistic process. Using objects from nature and handmade props, James constructs ephemeral sculptural installations underwater in black tanks filled with highly purified water, the final stage of which is to photograph the scene. He utilises the natural interaction between the object, light and lens when submerged in water to create a painterly effect. Resulting images are free from post-production and digital editing. 21 Evesham Street, W11

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Bristolian reggae extraordinaire DJ Derek returns to Paradise. With decades of experience in rocksteady beats and stomping ska, his party set is a force to be reckoned with.Playing alongside Derek is his trusty sidekick, DJ Toby Trackman. 19 Kilburn Lane, W10, 020 8969 0098; theparadise.co.uk

April MEMBERS EXHIBITION ALBERT HALL

UNTIL 28 APRIL

The Royal Photographic Society’s annual Members Exhibiton returns to the Albert Hall. Pictured is Rosalind as Rebecca by Claire Pepper. Kensington Gore SW7; rps.org

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Art produced in the thriving and sophisticated underground art scene of Tehran, featuring work created by some of Tehran’s leading contemporary artists alongside London-based artists. Works include print, illustration, conceptual art, video, painting, new media, sculpture, and photography. All have been donated as part of the two-way exhibition process whereby London artists donated work for display in Tehran. 425 Harrow Road, W10; londonprintstudio.org.uk

NIBFEST

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The new Notting Hill International Book Festival spans children’s writing, fiction and a live write-a-thon with a wonderful line-up including Thomasina Miers, LibertyLondonGirl, Evie Wyld (pictured), Sam Baker, Clover Stroud, Sabine Durrant, Tim Hayward, Rastamouse and many others. nibfest.co.uk

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The long-awaited show about Bowie’s life and music sold more than 42,000 tickets in advancce of opening, making it the V&A’s biggest-selling exhibition ever. Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk

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Investigating how form and structure can be inspired by text, this exhibition invited artists to create a new work based on a piece of writing. Jewellery is exhibited alongside silver teacups, ceramic vessels and enamel plates, all capturing the endless inspiration of the written word. 1-5 Needham Road, W11, 020 7243 0782; floowgallery.co.uk

CERAMIC ART LONDON

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The leading ceramics exhibition of the year, packed with creative, trendsetting and inspiring works of art. ceramics.org.uk

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FROM 25 APRIL Local artists Alison Williams, Nicky Silley, Sue Warren and Pauline Little showcase an eclectic mix of portraiture, landscape and abstract work. The title reflects the fact that all of the subjects are gifts from whatever greater power you think exisits. St Peter’s Church, Kensington Park Road, W11

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Five speakers have 15 minutes to tell the story of their greatest achievement, passion or adventure, featuring Richard Holloway, Elif Shafak, Charles Glass, Immodesty Blaize (above) and Ed Smith. Powis Square W11; tabernaclew11.com 19

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THE LEADING FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART LONDON Friday 12 – Sunday 14 April 2013 Now in its ninth successful year, Ceramic Art London is the international showcase for makers of contemporary ceramics. A unique event of excellence in an expanding world market with opportunities for new public, gallery and trade contacts. Exhibitors are supported by a major PR and marketing initiative targeting existing and new audiences.

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OPENING TIMES Friday 12 April, 10am-6pm Saturday 13 April, 10am-6pm Sunday 14 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

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THROUGH A LENS

Works by members of the Royal Photographic Society go on show at the Albert Hall this month. From over 8,500 submitted pictures, 100 have been chosen for the Members Biennial Exhibition. Works include Thomas Hanahoe’s Red Kite Feeding in the Rain, pictured here, alongside a diverse selection of impressive works. The show continues until 28 April at the Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7. rps.org

Agenda This month’s highlights

A R T OF GL A SS

Venini’s new collection of the finest contemporary glass is on show at Vessel until 6 April. The company, founded on the island of Murano, is known for its colourful creations and collaborations with global artists. 114 Kensington Park Road,W11; vesselgallery.com

E A S TER N PROMISE

Russian art is the next big thing and Arina is one of the most exciting emerging artists from the east. Her exhibition Arina – The Theatre of One Artist – comes to the 20th Century Theatre from 16 to 20 April and the non-traditional self-portraits are set to cause a stir among art buyers. 291 Westbourne Grove, W11

BO OK CLUB

The Kensal Rise Library campaign is still alive and kicking – support them at a fundraising evening on 18 April at Paradise. Don Letts Harry Love will take to the decks after an exclusive screening of the Indie Book Show, live installations and a wine tasting. theparadise.co.uk

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Are you harbouring a denim jacket customised by John Galliano, Zandra Rhodes or Katherine Hamnet? If so, the V&A needs you. In 1986, Blitz magazine commissioned a group of 22 British designers to customise denim jackets provided by Levi Strauss & Co. The jackets were exhibited at the V&A and auctioned in aid of the Prince’s Trust – and now, 17 years on, the museum wants to reunite the collection for exhibition . So far they have nine, including Vivienne Westwood’s, pictured. Can you help find the others? vam.ac.uk 21

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MUSIC MAN

Razorlight’s Gus Robertson tells Pendle Harte why he’s organising a series of classical concerts at Notting Hill’s 20th Century Theatre

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new series of Sunday afternoon classical concerts kicks off in Notting Hill this month. If that sentence doesn’t excite you, then you’re part of their target audience. This season at the 20th Century Theatre is designed to introduce a new generation of listeners to a variety of classical composers under the guidance of Gus Robertson, the theatre’s venue manager – who’s neither a classically trained musician nor a formal concert organiser. Not at all. Robertson is a rock and roll guitarist. His day job is with Razorlight and usually, he’s more at home with a riff than with a sonata. Though really, he says, they’re not that different. ‘Shostakovich is pure rock and roll,’ he says. ‘People think it’s stuffy and boring but it’s dark, twisted, psycho cartoon music,’ enthuses Robertson. ‘Anyway, everything is derivative and there are only a certain number of notes aren’t there?’ he continues,

rhapsodising about how all music is related and how awful a lot of new music is. ‘I think it’s amazing, what the classical composers were doing when you consider that they had no technology and had to do it all in their heads. They were writing incredibly complex music which people have forgotten how to do today.’ Robertson himself insists on writing music with cassettes, old-fashioned style, literally

always been here and has such an illustrious history. I think of it as part of the old Portobello – the last antique arcade is downstairs and we’re lucky that nobody has tried to turn it into a corporate venue yet. Also, it’s fitting to hold concerts here because the owner Sandra’s husband was the composer Michael Kamen.’ Robertson’s programme will feature relaxed Sunday afternoon concerts that are neither stuffy nor boring, with a large core of musicians, many of them students from the Royal College of Music. He is calling it The Hitchhikers Guide to Classical. ‘I’ve never been guided through classical music like this,’ he says. ‘It’ll be nice, part of the Sunday roast experience.’ Concerts will be informal, with children welcome and heckling, while not encouraged, at least tolerated. Book tickets now.

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‘Shostakovich is pure rock and roll – dark, twisted, psycho cartoon music’ cutting and sticking tape. So, lamenting the lack of live music venues in the area, he has devised this new programme for the theatre. ‘The sound is so good here,’ he says, gesturing at the empty space that’s used for events ranging from fashion shows to parties to sample sales. ‘Some people don’t know about this place, even though it’s

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THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO CLASSICAL 14 April: Sunlight & Olives International concert violinist Alan Parmenter and outstanding guitar soloist Richard Stevenson perform some of the unique and fascinating music written for violin and guitar by Italian and Spanish composers Guiliani, Albéniz and Tárrega. Giuliani was a virtuoso player acclaimed for his ability to make his instrument sing. Albéniz wanted to express the essence of Spain, ‘with its colour, sunlight and the flavour of olives’, while his friend Tárrega, though nearly blind, repeatedly ran away as a child, always to pursue music.

scaled down from the symphony orchestra to only a handful of players.

12 May: Ensemble Lunaire: Chamber Orchestra Works of Mozart, Debussy and Copland A student-run project featuring students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Royal College of Music. The aim is to perform rarely heard works of the chamber orchestra repertoire, including pieces that have been

19 May: Astor Piazzolla: L’Histoire du Tango The story of tango told by Piazzolla’s original piece for flute and guitar, esploring how tango went from being the rough but high-spirited soundtrack of Buenos Aires bordellos in the 1900s to the music of 1930s café life, entertainment at 1960s nightclubs and finally merging with other 20th century music styles. Doors 2.30pm; concerts 3pm. Tickets £10 at wegottickets.com

Westbourne Grove’s 20th Century Theatre: A Brief History Built in the late 18th century as the Bijou Theatre in what was then Archer Street, this was a popular and respected theatre, seating 300 and hosting the period’s most famous actors on its stage. The first ever production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome was staged here in 1905. In 1908 it became a cinema, famously charging children just a penny entrance, to include an orange and a bag of sweets. In 1918, the venue became a theatre again under Lena Ashwell, with a pledge to make theatre affordable, and during this time Sir Laurence Olivier made his professional debut here in 1925. In 1936 it was taken over by the Rudolph Steiner Association and renamed the 20th Century Theatre, and in the 1960s the space fell into use as an antiques arcade, as it remained until 1999 when the Grade II listed building was revived for use as a general venue.

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Bruuns Bazaar Marilyn Linen Rayon Melange Dress £190; my-wardrobe.com

Miu Miu crystalembellished patent leather pumps, £555; net-a-porter.com T by Alexander Wang pleated neoprene minidress, £280; net-a-porter.com

Acne Pistol leather ankle boots £350; matchesfashion.com

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uzana Breznanikova of London Photo Portfolios is a fashion, advertising and high-end portrait photographer in Notting Hill, London. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry as a fashion photographer including a photo shoot in conjunction with The Good Ski Guide at Harrods and shoots model portfolios for top model agencies including Select Model Management. She specialises in commercial fashion, luxury fashion, beauty and fashion advertising photo shoots both studio and

on location for advertising campaigns, advertorials, PR, look books, brochures, websites and magazines. Zuzana Breznanikova is also a high-end portrait photographer. She has received commissions from some of the most high profile individuals in the world. Publicity shoots for actors, TV personalities, sport personalities, celebrities, recording artists and other talent also available. She also shoots corporate portraits.

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Knitting is officially cool. Dalstonbased knitwear designer Amy Hall’s stylish, hand-knitted pieces are big sellers at Ledbury Road’s Wolf and Badger. She and her team use high quality, predominiantly British yarns to knit a wide variety of pieces that go far beyond the simple jumper or scarf, and it’s not all about a winter warmer either. The new collection takes inspiratino from Goa, with a yellow Anjuna vest, Hampi joggers, Marari gown and these lilac Arambol shorts (left). It’s knitwear, but not as you know it. Wolf & Badger, 46 Ledbury Road W11; wolfand badger.com; amy-hall.co.uk

SHARP SHOES

Fury’s ‘fierce luxury’ shoes are all about chains, tassels, buckles and studs, along with improbably spiky heels. We love the YLA sandal in soft calf leather, £295. The tassel, handily, is removable. showmefury.com

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Sophisticated and discreet, Kensington Park Road’s DiGuardo Boutique stocks unique designs from both the US and Europe. We have our eye on London designers Charlotte Taylor’s mini Zebra print dress, £210, in which you’d never have to worry about getting lost in a crowd again.There’s even a matching bikini in the graphic zebra print. 212 Kensington Park Road, W11; diguardo.co.uk

PRINCESSE TAM TAM Vive la France! The new collection from Princesse Tam Tam conjures up everything that’s playful and exciting about holidays. We love this colourful swimsuit, left. princessetamtam.co.uk

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Cleo B, Notting Hill-based shoe designer, shares her inspirations Favourite holiday destination It has to be Barbados. There are amazing resorts and restaurants and you can jump in a Jeep, explore the island, eat at local cafes and bathe on any beach you choose.

Most inspiring experience In 2008 I spent two weeks touring India with interior designer Nina Campbell. I spent time in her embroiderer’s factory, visited her suppliers and rode elephants. Favourite shoe of your own design My gold Sucker MCs cassette tape heels which come in a rainbow of bright coloured suedes (above). I also love Tribeca which is a classic Cleo B wedge shoe boot from Spring Summer 2010 (right). It has intricate crisscross detailing down the front, which I took from the facade of an Art Deco building in New York.

Favourite designer House of Holland (left) and Holly Fulton are two of my absolute favourites.

Most treasured possession Honey B – my miniature wire haired dachshund. She is a star and constant companion. She is also the face of our new dog collar collaboration with accessories brand Beauchamps, launching in March.

Style icon I don’t have a particular style icon. I love colour and I have a bold sense of style, so I find it’s influenced by anyone and anything. However, if I was allowed to steal anyone’s wardrobe, it would be Rihanna’s.

Favourite piece of art My favourite painting is Egret by James Aldridge (left). I received it as a 21st birthday present from my parents. At the time, his work was typically dark, creepy even, often involving skulls, black crows and dark woods, but this piece was an anomaly and I fell in love with it straight away. cleob.com

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eight loss expert, Louise Parker’s amazing body transformation programmes have changed the body shape of hundreds of individuals over the past 15 years. Her experience ranges from helping clients recover from long-term obesity, to taking care of some of the most beautiful bodies in the world. Her unique, flexible programmes inspire amazing results in the shortest possible time, and create habits that last a lifetime. Louise Parker believes anyone can have a fantastic body – regardless of age, gender, body type and starting point: ‘By following my methods, you really will be blown away by how you can change your body shape, overall fitness and exceed your own expectations.’ Louise has a programme to suit every goal, each combining her approach to fitness and nutrition with inspirational support to ensure you reach you goals. Her signature programme, The Intensive, is the ultimate kick-start, ensuring the best body fat reduction possible in a six week period. This unique programme combines six hours a week of her exercise method, alongside a rigorous dietary overhaul. ‘Each week we train you in the comfort of your own home – bringing the gym to you and saving precious time,’ says Louise. ‘With our support, you simply cannot fail – clients

routinely drop two dress sizes on The Intensive.’ The Intensive employs exercise and diet methods that radically shift body fat and totally re-sculpt the body, without compromising metabolism. ‘It’s so important to boost your metabolism so that once you have lost the weight you can easily keep it off,’ she notes. ‘So many diets will get the weight off but your metabolism will come to a grinding halt or they are just not sustainable.’ The programmes’ emphasis on resistance work and an

to tackle the diet before they do the fitness angle – and we understand that. Others may be within close reach of their goal but frustrated that trend dieting and stubborn eating patterns are short-circuiting their exercise efforts.’ The Optimum Weight Programme supports you to your goal with a Food Plan based on your individual basal metabolic rate, lifestyle, culinary likes and teaches you how to approach food forever. ‘One size does not fit all – but we know what works, and ensure our methods integrate with whatever challenges you face.’ Directed from the Louise Parker consulting rooms in Belgravia, the Optimum Weight Loss programmes’ three phases supports clients from an intensive weight loss phase, through to maintenance where clients consolidate their weight whilst still enjoying active social lives. ‘We’re intent on amazing results and teaching our clients how to eat for optimum nutrition the majority of the time, but most importantly how to integrate meals and enjoy the pleasures of food and wine without trend dieting. Our clients learn to eat intelligently. Balancing fantastically healthy, simple food with the occasional indulgences, a true balance can be taught.

The Optimum Weight Loss Programme supports you to your goal with an individual plan based upon your basal metabolic rate, lifestyle, culinary likes and teaches you how to approach food forever intelligent eating plan ensure the results that clients achieve are long lasting, and, most of all, easy to maintain. ‘No aspect of what we do is extreme,’ she explains. ‘Every element of the plan is sensible, scientific with a clear vision of longevity.’ Louise Parker offers her inspired nutrition method in the Optimum Weight Loss Programme for clients who want to learn her method without personal training at this time. ‘Some clients with larger amounts of weight to lose just want

Louise Parker and her team deliver programmes across London. Contact them on 0800 084 2828 or info@louiseparker. uk.com 2 Eaton Gate SW1W

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here aren’t many people big enough to dispense with their surnames. There’s Madonna, famously, and Prince – then Beyonce and Oprah, plus probably a handful of others. And then there’s Caprice. Full name Caprice Bourret, which actually is her real name, and which she uses, even if nobody else does. Caprice has been ridiculed in the press over the years – ever since she launched herself onto the scene in that transparent Versace dress – but these days she’s certainly no joke. Bourret is a shrewd businesswoman with a lot of charisma and honesty, spending her days grafting at the lingerie business that she has built up to be one of the country’s biggest selling lines. This from a woman who ‘once wanted to be governor of California’, and never thought she was ‘hot enough’ to be a model.

Past interviews have given many a wrong impression of Caprice and the Caprice sitting opposite me eating onion rings at Westbourne Studios is not who I thought she’d be. She’s no sulky princess – she’s chatty, quick and honest. And who would have thought that she’d be funny? ‘Holy smoke,’ she keeps saying. ‘I never wanted to be famous. I just wanted to make money and have my own independence.’ This is a woman who’s not afraid to talk about money or admit to wanting lots and lots of it. We are officially here to discuss her new range of bedlinen but she tells me right off that what she really wants is a baby. ‘I’m 41, so I’d better get on that bandwagon soon,’ she laughs. ‘Now that I’ve finally found the man – and boy was that a struggle. I kissed a lot of toads. He is so dropdead gorgeous you would have a heart attack if you saw him!’ Of course she hasn’t always been broody. ‘I used to just care about me, me, me and for a while I did think I

was invincible and the hottest thing in town,’ she confesses, though that’s all in the past. And it is quite a past. Originally from California, Caprice moved to New York aged 18 and quickly launched her career as a model before coming to London and generating instant column inches thanks to the Versace dress (‘I didn’t even try it on, wore it over my M&S knickers and did my own hair and make up – and the next day it was on all the covers’). So Caprice was born. ‘It was journalists who just called me Caprice, and everyone thought it was a fake name – but my mum got it from a Doris Day movie.’ Instantly she was catapulted into a world of private planes, police escorts and overpaid personal appearances. Did she enjoy it? ‘Are you joking? I loved it! My day rate went from like £2,000 to £10,000, I had 5,000 43

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boyfriends, I was travelling the world. One night I’d be on stage with Steve Tyler giving out an award and the next I’d be flying to America for the Oscars’ red carpet live feed. I’m from a normal middle class family! It was exciting!’ Throughout all this, Caprice remained grounded enough to make sure that the person making the money was her. ‘A lot of people are led by the fame and want to ride that wave but for me it was always a business.’ Quite soon she severed ties to the model agency and negotiated her own deals with photographers. She would retain ownership of her pictures and sell them to magazines herself in a way that’s quite common now but wasn’t then. ‘It was common sense to me. Owning my own pictures made me 200 grand a year just for doing nothing! I come from a very entrepreneurial family – I didn’t go to uni, I’m not book smart, I’m street smart.’ These days, Caprice isn’t modeling, apart from her own lingerie collection, and there are no police escorts or private planes. She runs a thriving lingerie business, By Caprice Lingerie, selling bras at about £25 each to a customer base that she says is ‘basically the OK! Magazine reader’. The collection is ‘affordable but looks expensive’ and started life as a licensing deal with Debenhams long before Elle McPherson or Kylie Minogue had even thought of it. But as soon as she started to make money for Debenhams, canny businesswoman that she is,

‘I thought: holy smoke, I’m going to do this myself, I can make a fortune.’ She bought back the license and went into production, running the business (she tells me more than once) as a tight ship (‘so tight and so lean and so mean. When it’s your money, trust me, you’re hands on’). Which is why she turns up to the office in Westbourne Studios every day and ‘knows what hard work is’. This despite the fact that she’s easily got enough money not to bother, thanks not only to the modeling and the

“I’ve been told many times I’m a man in a woman’s body” lingerie but also to a property portfolio sounds like a blueprint for the capitalist dream. ‘I used to buy government repossessions, properties in distress situations, I’d hold onto them for a couple of years then flip them, often for twice the price I paid. It was just a little hobby. This country’s great for that, even in this economy, property always retains its value.’ But then she got stung in 2008 and these days she keeps her money in the bank. So why keep ploughing away with the business when the security and the independence she always strived for

is already assured? ‘The thing is, that the more successful you become, the more you work. It’s crazy. And you know what? It’s not so much about wanting to make more money. It’s about the deals. I just love the deals. It’s the biggest high.’ That sounds very male, I suggest. The thrill of the chase. ‘Yes! I’ve been told many times I’m a man in a woman’s body!’ And what does she spend it all on? Apart from her own house off Westbourne Grove. ‘I don’t really like to shop. I just can’t go out and buy something full price, it’s a bit of a sickness. It’s embedded in my head – even if you’re worth billions you still want a discount.’ Business-wise, it seems that Caprice is leading a charmed life. Her recent appearance in ITV’s Splash led – despite the bad reviews and the ‘battering’ her body went through – to her swimwear range selling out immediately. And her new range of bedding too. Next up, she insists, will be a baby. ‘I never thought about having kids before because I wanted to secure their future but now we’re good. I don’t care about getting old – I have security that’s not totally contingent on my looks. I’m 41 and I don’t care! Look at me. I’m a mess. I have no make up on and grey hair and I don’t care!’ Needless to say, she is not actually a mess at all, and her hair is not grey. Caprice is very much in control, a clever operator with an iron grip on her life and everything in it.

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f fragrance is ‘an expression of who you are’, as perfumer Lyn Harris puts it, then the same could be said about her Notting Hill store, which is every inch a reflection of its 45-year-old owner’s distinctive aesthetic and down-to-earth sensibility. It’s all heady ambience and rich colours but alongside the luxe, effortless glamour, the occasional bockety junk-shop piece finds its way in too. Since she founded Miller Harris with her French husband Christophe in 2000, business has boomed, and fragrances such as La Pluie, L’Air de Rien and Fleur Oriental have become modern classics. Now there is also Miller Harris tea, olive oil and candles. She is a great believer in ‘affordable luxuries’ in times of austerity. ‘I think women will skip other things, but we always like to have a good perfume and a few other small luxuries.’ In the laboratory downstairs endless jars containing exotic sounding ingredients, from Iris Root to Jamaican lime, are lined up on shelves. Classical music wafts soothingly from the speakers – she always listens to music while experimenting in her lab, if not classical, then reggae or jazz. ‘Usually something from Honest Jons,’ she says, as she settles into her sleek Cappellini chair and pours us a cup of Miller Harris tea, which is ‘not too flowery’, she assures me. ‘Maybe it’s my Yorkshire roots, but my tea is more

about character than fragrance.’ So what’s the key to perfume making? ‘Having a detailed sense of smell and knowing how to create a formula and then how to dissect that formula,’ she explains. ‘There are different segments – such as citrus top notes, herbs and spices. I start by working with raw materials, for instance a fig note, and it can take several attempts.’ The natural ingredients are ‘the soul’ of her creations, she says. ‘And certain fragrances can bring out subconscious or suppressed memories or emotions – I see that a lot when I make bespoke fragrances for clients.’

loves most about the area is the fact that ‘no one cares’ when they see a famous face. Harris was always obsessed with France and fragrance, and as a teenager, worked on Saturdays in a perfume shop sweeping the floor. Her parents taught her that anything was possible. ‘They taught us to be who we are – in Yorkshire you speak your mind, which gets you a long way in life I think.’ It was while training under a master perfumer at Robertet Grasse that she met Christophe. The couple settled in London, set up the business in 2000, and had a son, Henri, now seven. All very idyllic, but life is not without its difficult moments, she says. ‘I think just being a woman is challenging. There are so many demands on you – at work, at home. I take looking after my family seriously, including my parents who I’m very close to. And being a woman in business is very challenging – you have to believe in yourself, not be scared to speak out.’ It has certainly worked for Harris, anyway. The secret of her success? ‘Always put a smile on your face,’ she says, with a suitably broad grin. ‘It will make you feel better and make it all work out. And don’t be scared of anything, there’s nothing to fear – worrying is a waste of time.’ Spoken like a true Yorkshire lass, by way of west London.

‘Fragrances can bring out subconscious or suppressed memories or emotions’ When Harris opened her laboratory and store in Needham Road more than a decade ago, she quickly fell in love with the area, and although there are now two other Miller Harris stores – in Mayfair and Covent Garden - the Notting Hill branch remains the hub of her work, and close to her heart. She loves Goldborne Road ‘for the antiques and the neighbourly feel’, the Tin Shed on All Saints Road, ‘for the food and amazing interior’, and Grangers (‘very happening’). And although Lyn’s brand is a magnet for celebrity clients – Alexa Chung, Jane Birkin, Madonna, Victoria Beckham among them– one of the things she

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L O V E Martin Miller knows a thing or two about Love. He should, he’s been married three times. “Love conquers all,” he’ll tell you. But can love overcome Obsession? Tame Madness? Martin thinks so. He’s been making his gin that way since 1999. Marrying his obsession with crafting the perfect English Gin to the inspired Madness of blending it to strength using the gentle magic of pure Icelandic spring water. So here’s proof, if you need it, that there’s always some Madness in Love, but also some reason in Madness.

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INGROWN-X exfoliates, decongests and helps minimise ingrown hairs. It’s great for after waxing, shaving and congested skin. £16; stripwax bar.com BLINK’S divine rose day cream contains wrinklereducing seaweed as well as wheatgerm. £34, blinkbrowbar. com

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My hair never does what I want it to do. It’s curly in all the wrong places and without a professional blow-dry it never looks how I want it to. So when I heard about keratin treatment, or a Brazilian Blow Dry, it sounded like the perfect solution. Here, they say, is a way of achieving glossy hair that just falls into place for up to three months. Gina Conway, the Aveda salon on Westbourne Grove makes the procedure a pleasure. I am met by wonderfully welcoming staff and my stylist gives me all the time in the world to ask questions. Then I’m off to have my hair washed and the product applied, with a cup of Aveda blend tea waiting for me on my return from the basin. The hair is then straightened, and I am left to read a magazine for 20 minutes. Before I leave, my hair is rinsed again, this time without shampoo, and I am told to wait at least 24 hours before a wash with sulphate-free shampoo. My verdict? I am thrilled. This procedure has done everything I hoped – perfect hair and no effort at all. Bonny Gordine Gina Conway, 62 Westbourne Grove W2 020 7229 6644

KORRES’ Wild Rose foundation, concealer and compact foundation range promises a natural, luminous finish with a soft-focus effect covering all imperfections. From £20; johnbellcroyden.co.uk

SPICE TRIP Leading bath, body and beauty expert Molton Brown celebrates its 40th anniversary this month with the launch of a limited edition patchouli and saffron collection, paying homage to the brand’s 1970s roots. Molton Brown started hand-mixing products above their original salon floor in 1973 and have since travelled the world in pursuit of the rarest and most beautifully fragranced ingredients. moltonbrown.co.uk

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Hill is BARREtoned, the highly effective toning exercise. BARREtoned consists of a full body work out, performed at the ballet barre to create long lean muscles and improved posture, a dancer’s physique. Based on the Lotte Berk method, barre classes use small, controlled movements and your own body weight to work every major muscle group. The new Chepstow Road studio set to draw a celebrity crowd as top UK actress Sarah Parish is a part shareholder – and in April they will be offering free classes to anyone who signs up online, subject to class availability. 12 Chepstow Road W2; barretoned.com

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he Spring Summer catwalks were brightened by swatches of vibrant neon make-up. What better way to step from winter into spring than with a splash of fluoro flair? Don’t be fooled: this isn’t 80s throwback neon, rather it’s cool, modern, clean and graphic. Your canvas is key here and beautifully exfoliated, glowing skin allows you to get away with a shock of bright colour. Try Astalift’s new Intense Replumping Moisture Mask to give your skin a youthful boost and allow it to re-charge. Although, that said, bright colour is also brilliant for drawing attention from unwanted blemishes and imperfections. If you have a slash of pink neon on your lips, that’s all people will be looking at. Trust us. MAC Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth advises using matte lip colours ‘that can be built up from a subtle stain all the way up to an intensely bright lip,’ pressing a matte neon pigment like MAC Bright Fuchsia on top for added intensity. If you simply want to put a tentative toe in the trend, then a neon nail (these OPI polishes are spot on) will add a pop of colour that gives you an instant wardrobe update. But why stop there? Charlotte Stockdale’s latest offering for Jo Malone is a neon-dipped Red Roses cologne bottle – perfect for embracing the look. Now go on – turn on those neon lights.

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on new product development and Profeet works closely with top athletes, helping them fine tune their footwear and gaining valuable feedback in the process. All this knowledge will ensure the right shoe is selected for your foot shape, foot type and your biomechanical movement. And its doesn’t end there as the staff can help you correct bad technique; having lived through the trials and tribulations of high level sport they can advise from experience. It might all sound terribly scientific and you may well be left wondering why exactly you need all this technology and professional

Step 1: Your feet and lower body are evaluated with video gait analysis and dynamic foot scans to identify movement patterns and forces acting through the foot. This information determines the degree of cushioning and support you’ll need in your insoles and shoes. Step 2: A mould of your foot is taken using state of the art vacuum technology (imagine a hi-tech footprint in the sand). This is used to custom mould a composite insole to your exact foot shape while you wait. The insole provides the perfect support for your foot and enhances balance by improving contact with the foot and thus increasing muscle activation.

Assessments come in various forms, ranging from a full-blown, hour-and-a halflong‘pro assessment’, with bio-mechanist and podiatrist Paul O’Malley, to a quick twenty minute ‘shoe fit’. Most customers opt for the ‘sports assessment’ which involves some seriously state-of-the-art technology and follows a 3-step process. The technology is impressive, however, the unique selling point for Profeet is its staff. All active in sport, each has a degree from a top university in a relevant field such as sports science, sports rehabilitation, biomechanics and podiatry. For example, footwear manager Richard is not only an ultra-marathon runner, but also has a degree in sports science. Profeet staff live and breath footwear and test all the shoes themselves. International shoe manufacturers invite Profeet to consult

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Step 3: The right shoe type and right fit. There are all sorts of running shoes out there and the highly knowledgeable, experienced and qualified Profeet staff will guide you through the process ensuring you end up in the most appropriate shoes.

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CROWNING GLORY As an exhibition dedicated to the Talisman Crown and the Talisman Wonder opens at Westfield, Absolutely sneaks a preview with the team at De Beers

What was the inspiration behind the Talisman Crown? Hollie Bonneville Barden, Creative designer: The Talisman crown is the ultimate celebration of diamonds, revealed in all their natural beauty and rich variety. Diamonds are one of the wonders of the earth. I wanted to use the symbol of the crown alongside the symbol of the diamond to celebrate a beautiful journey of past, present and future told through the beauty and brilliance of light.

Describe the various parts of its design and what they mean. This beautiful story of time is held in a journey from the top of the crown and completes at the bottom. Beginning with the awe-inspiring 73ct lustrous rough diamond we showcase the natural beauty of the diamond as it is found in its original untouched state. The diamond provides us with a powerful sense of the past but holds the power to allow us to dream of the

future. This 73ct hero diamond has been held in the De Beers collection for many years and symbolises the beginning of our journey. As your eye is drawn down the crown the diamonds dissipate and are eventually replaced with open spaces. Whilst creating an amazing diffusion of light through the array of cuts and coloured diamonds we also conjure up a sense of the future and bringing a fresh and modern twist to the Talisman

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aesthetic. The set diamonds signifying our achievements and the open space our future aspirations. What was the inspiration behind the Talisman Wonder? The Talisman Wonder was created to celebrate rough diamonds. Since ancient Egypt, these diamonds were the exclusive privilege of Kings and Queens and were said to protect, bring good luck and prosperity. Before it was discovered that diamonds could be polished, their natural brilliance and innate character were especially prized. With the Talisman Wonder, we wanted to create a modern-day treasure, celebrating the heritage of these majestic diamonds. How many diamonds were used to create it? There are a total of 691 diamonds making a total of 271 carats. It took 10 years to collect all its rough diamonds. Was the design finalised before the diamond sourcing took place – or was it more of an ‘organic’ process? Andrew Coxon, President of the De Beers Institute of diamonds: We started collecting for the Talisman Collection in 2001 but it was a slow process as most rough diamonds are not naturally beautiful and most need polishing. Occasionally, Mother Nature

will surprise us with a beauty, but very rarely. Only one diamond in 10,000 would be our own estimate, as we looked at so many parcels of rough diamonds. The very best and most exceptional diamonds were sometimes too big for the designs of the Talisman Collection but they were too rare to let go of , so we bought them anyway in the hope that we would create something very special with them one day. We were not disappointed! The first time we saw The Talisman Wonder we could not stop ourselves from touching its face, the beauty was really overwhelming. How was the white gold, which holds the Talisman Wonder together, hand-sculpted? The white gold selected for the Talisman Wonder is of the highest quality. Once it was cut, it was then hand-sculpted into its smooth, elegant

gradient using traditional techniques. The hand-mottled method used gives it an extra layer of texture to blend beautifully with the lustre of the rough diamonds. What’s the best way to maintain your diamond? When you purchase a diamond at De Beers, you can pop in store any time for a complementary cleaning of your piece of jewellery. For a quick clean at home, we advise doing it with a soft brush and soapy lukewarm water. To keep your diamond sparkly, avoid dust and grease, so do remove your ring when applying hand cream. In any case, we recommend a regular visit to the store for a full cleaning of the piece, as well as a check-up of the setting. An exhibition of the Talisman Crown and the Talisman Wonder comes to the De Beers store at Westfield from 1 to 28 April. debeers.co.uk 55

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ALL AFLUTTER The Natural History Museum’s annual Sensational Butterflies exhibition has returned to the lawn outside the museum. Inside the live tropical butterfly house you can watch caterpillars hatch and admire colourful butterflies fluttering right next to your face. It’s a wonderful interactive experience for all ages – and there until 15 September, so don’t miss it. nhm.ac.uk/sensationalbutterflies

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BAKE SMART CUPBOARD LOVE Lamenting the lack of elegant and luxurious children’s furniture. W10-based Kyra Algazi set about designing her own. The range is handcrafted, with each piece featuring an animal and designed to live well beyond the nursery. anaiza.co.uk

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PICTURE PERFECT Just published is the delightful Maude: The Not-So Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child, illustrated by west Londoner Trisha Krauss. The story celebrates the child that doesn’t stop traffic with its outrageous good looks, cause people to swoon over their talents or impress others with its wit – but who still triumphs at the end. Trisha Krauss is taking part in the Inside Design season at the Great Western Studios later this year. Maude, Puffin Paperback, £7.99 57

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ABSOLUTELY | K IDS STAND UP FOR KIDS This novel after school club, The School of Comedy, is now running a new ‘Mini’ workshop for four to seven year olds at The Tabernacle Theatre. Founded in 2005 The School of Comedy has made some impressive achievements. A very successful stint at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 led to a Channel 4 pilot show and then two hit E4 series. The aim of the school is to teach the art of comedy to children and encourage the next generation of British standup comedians by drawing on their fearless ability to mimic beyond their years. The Tabernacle, Powis Square W11, Mondays, 4-4:45pm; schoolofcomedy.com

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Kaleido tutors provide a wide range of educational support in all academic, extra-curricular and vocational subject areas. All of their tutors have a passionate interest in and knowledge of their subjects and are chosen through interview and recommendation only, so you can be assured of their competency. Having attended some of the top private and grammar schools followed by Oxford, Cambridge and other high calibre British universities, these tutors are well equipped to prepare your child for whatever goals are required. These goals are carefully discussed with parents, pupils and teachers prior to the session and Kaleido’s specialist tutors can also cater for special educational needs. Alongside this tutorial service, Kaleido provide academic courses on topics from the 11+ examinations to preparation for Oxbridge interviews. kaleidotutors.co.uk

SING SONG The Song Academy runs after-school clubs and workshops to young people, nurturing and supporting new musical talent in both experienced and novice singers and songwriters. The Academy teaches children to write, perform and record their own songs and this platform also provides a valuable way to express thoughts and emotions during young and teenage years. The end of term Gig provides pupils with an opportunity to perform live with a professional band in front of a full audience. As well as developing confidence and musicality, the Song Academy aims to foster skills for teamwork, leadership, concentration, communication, creative thinking and listening within a vibrant environment. Notting Hill sessions at The Tabernacle, 07710 023743; songacademy.co.uk

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Kitchen story Rebecca Mascarenhas is one of London’s leading restaurant owners. Founder of Kensington’s Michelin-starred Kitchen W8 as well as Sonny’s in Barnes, she also owns Cantinetta in Putney and Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick. Here she tells Absolutely about her path from waitress to restaurateur and philanthropist Kitchen W8 is four years old. How did it start and how has it changed? Kitchen W8 opened in November 2009. It came about as a result of several conversations between Phil Howard and me about the nature of neighbourhood restaurants and what we expected of them. It hasn’t really changed from that initial vision of a combination of good food and service in congenial surroundings. We said in our original brief that the benchmark of our success was to send diners back out into the world feeling better than when they arrived. We still believe in that. Tell us about receiving the Michelin star. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star in 2011. It came as a complete surprise to me, as I had never set my sights on gaining such a prestigious accolade. I guess it was less of a surprise

to Phil as he is more familiar with the expectations of the Michelin inspectors. Our head chef, Mark Kempson, must have hoped for such an award, but he kept his ambition to himself. We certainly never consciously set out to be awarded a star. However, it was such a wonderful recognition of the hard work put in by the team, and it has certainly helped in attracting customers and staff. You have built up quite a restaurant empire. Why restaurants? To be honest, I don’t know. I was working as a waitress while considering options in other careers. My then boss, Bob Payton, suggested I become a manager, as I seemed to have a flair for it. Once I had decided to give it a proper go, I made it my business to learn as much as I could as fast as I could. That and insatiable greed took me a long way.

You’re quite unusual as a female restaurateur. What would you say about that? There are many more female restaurateurs nowadays, but when I first started my restaurant in 1986 it was quite unusual to have a woman be a principal rather than a partner (wife or otherwise) to a man. The hours can be punishing and, because of the erratic nature of the business, not conducive to family life. I find it hard to believe that almost 30 years since I started in this business, the word ‘ambitious’ is still used in a pejorative sense when applied to a woman. How is it possible to run a restaurant and bring up three children? Running my own business meant that I could arrange my hours to suit myself. I am an early riser, so I managed to get through a lot of admin before anyone

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What makes a good restaurant? A good restaurant means many different things to different people. I would say that a good restaurant fulfils the expectations of its customers. This means having the right menu at the right price with the right level of service in an atmosphere that is convivial. Basically, all your bottles should be in a row. Where the company culture is one of care, that extends to both the staff and the customers. And what makes a bad one? It’s easy to care about people that spend a lot of money or people that come in regularly, but I am more interested in turning occasional visitors into regular customers. Where do you like to eat out yourself? Apart from my own restaurants, I love River Café and have done so since it opened. I love the Union Square in New York and have been going there since that opened too. I guess I am a creature of habit – I should get out more.

“I wish I had read the Sheryl Sandberg quote: ‘Show me a woman without guilt and I will show you a man.’ It would have made me feel better about myself” in the house was awake. Living above the restaurant when the children were little meant that I could feed them, then go straight to work without a commute and pop back in to bathe and put them to bed before the evening shift. It also helps to have great childcare as well as a supportive husband. The best advice I would give any woman with

children who wants to get back into the workplace is to pay for the best childcare you can afford. I had to juggle my guilt with the fact that I had to work, even when the children were tiny. I wish I had read the Sheryl Sandberg quote: ‘Show me a woman without guilt and I will show you a man.’ It would have made me feel better about myself.

What’s next for you? I have been exceedingly fortunate in my recently formed business partnerships with Sam Harrison and Phil Howard. I am enjoying the collaborative process so much that I have completely changed my business model over the past few years. I love being involved in projects with talented partners who bring different skills and I am in the process of setting up another restaurant project with a talented chef. I am looking forward to spending more time on philanthropic projects, predominantly ones that support the education of girls in countries where they do not have access to an education and therefore have almost no choices in life. I have three girls and I am very aware of the choices their education has given them. 61

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Thinly sliced bresaola with beetroot, walnut, watercress and goats cheese

Haunch of fallow deer with creamed potato, Swiss chard and roast Jerusalem artichoke

INGREDIENTS: SERVES 8 Top quality sliced bresaola (80 extra thin slices) Walnut cream (see below) Heritage beetroot (2 medium tennis ball size) Watercress (1 bunch extra fine) White endive (1 head) Salad radish (8 pieces) Firm goats cheese (100g)

INGREDIENTS: SERVES 8 Trimmed fallow venison haunch (rump cut 1.5kg) Large French Jerusalem artichokes (4) Swiss chard (1 bunch) King Edward potatoes (800g) Unsalted butter (500g) Full fat milk (500ml)

BRESAOLA The bresaola should be sliced as thin as possible and firm right the way through. WALNUT CREAM 5 egg yolks 30g Dijon mustard 15ml vinegar 100ml water 100g peeled walnuts 200ml walnut oil 450ml grapeseed oil Place the egg yolks, mustard, water, vinegar and walnuts in a blender. Blend slowly and then emulsify with the oils. Season to taste and adjust the acidity with a little more vinegar if required. Pass through a fine sieve and chill until required. BEETROOTS Drizzle washed beetroot with grapeseed oil. Wrap in baking foil and roast in an oven at 160°c for 60 minutes. Peel and cut into chunks. Dress with vinaigrette. ASSEMBLING THE DISH Place the sliced bresaola on a plate. Top with dots of the walnut cream. Place the beetroot pieces on top and slice the radish as thin as possible. Finely chop the endive and watercress. Dress the radish, watercress and endive with vinaigrette and then top the bresaola. Finish with finely grated goats cheese.

For this dish the lengthiest process is the creamed potato. Ensure to make this the first job as the whole process will take 90 minutes. FALLOW HAUNCH Prepare four pieces of the rump, approximately 380g each. Set your oven to 160°c. Season the meat and seal in a hot pan with grapeseed oil. Place in the oven for eight minutes, turning the meat every two minutes too ensure even cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least ten minutes before carving. CREAMED POTATO Place washed and peeled potatoes in the oven at 160°c on a bed of rock salt for 75 minutes. Warm the milk and 150g butter. Fry the sieved soft potato and slowly add the milk and butter until a smooth creamed potato is achieved. SWISS CHARD Finely chop the chard leaf. Peel the stalk and chop finely. Fry the stalk in butter, and add the julienne leaf after approximately five minutes. Sweat until tender and serve. JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE Peel the artichokes and then cut in half. Season the artichokes and place in a cold pan with grapeseed oil. Cook until golden, and place in an oven at 160°c for ten minutes. ASSEMBLING THE DISH Serve the venison on the potato, chard and artichokes, dressed with the roasting juices.

Vanilla rice pudding parfait with fruit INGREDIENTS: SERVES 8 Cooked vanilla rice pudding (450g) Whipping cream (1400ml) Large eggs (9) Castor sugar (190g) Icing sugar (360g) Passion fruit juice (320g) Digestive biscuit (100g) Fresh fruit Ice cream VANILLA RICE PUDDING PARFAIT (note you will need a mould 15cm x15cm) 350g rice pudding puree 9 egg yolks 190g sugar 550ml whipping cream 2 vanilla pods 100g digestive biscuit 20g butter Melt the butter gently and finely crush in the digestive biscuits. Add the butter and biscuit together and push into the mould ensuring it is lined with baking paper. Place in the freezer to set. Blend the cooked vanilla rice pudding with the fresh vanilla to make a puree. Whisk the egg yolks with an electric whisk until thick, then boil the sugar with a touch of water until it reaches 121°c. Pour the sugar syrup into the egg yolk and whisk until cold. Whip the cream until soft peaks form, then mix the egg with the rice pudding puree and gently fold in the whipped cream. Pour into the pre lined mould and freeze. ASSEMBLING THE DISH Remove the parfait from the freezer and de-mould. Cut the parfait into square portions and position on the plate. This dish can be served with fresh fruit and ice cream. All recipes by Mark Kempson of Kitchen W8, 11-13 Abingdon Road W8 020 7937 0120 kitchenw8.com

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tsu celebrates 15 years this month with a special £15 menu, marking the restaurant’s rise and rise since its launch in Chelsea in 1998. The brainchild of Julian Metcalfe – of Pret A Manger fame – Itsu offers high quality sushi to take away now at lots of sites, and two restaurants, the original Chelsea one and the Notting Hill Gate one that opened as the chain’s new flagship three years ago. Which is where we are, for lunch, fi nding it busy with a smart crowd (Nicola Formby is there, alone, inspecting the conveyor).

It’s a stylish place, all bright colours and dim lighting, with a vast central conveyor snaking through the entire room. We sit in a booth at the back, more private than sitting at the bar – but offering just as easy access to the revolving counter with its endless stream of tiny plates. From the kitchen, we order miso and chicken and coconut soups, plus crispy chilli squid, soft shell crab tempura, warm edamame and a mixed plate of salmon and tuna sashimi, all of it flawless. From the (surprisingly fast) moving conveyor we just keep grabbing things, greedily.

Best of all was the eel teriyaki sushi, sweet and salty, and the hoisin duck crystal roll. We had crab California maki, Vietnamese chilli prawn and crab crystal roll, while the ‘not too spicy broccoli’ was truly not too spicy, accompanied by a tasty spicy(ish) sauce (though it seemed a bit strange as a cold dish and we would have preferred it hot). That was, though, our only complaint and we finished without taking any puddings from the conveyor (there’s something slightly off-putting about seeing your creme brulee circling the room next to a beef salad). Still, we love Itsu and will always be back. 65

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he Royal Garden Hotel’s Park Terrace restaurant may be less exotic than its upstairs neighbour, Min Jiang, but it offers a different type of experience altogether. This international hotel has a variety of guests to cater for, and in addition to a global audience there’s also the Kensington granny. On our Sunday lunch visit there were several elderly ladies in glamorous dress, pearls and fi nery, drinking cocktails and enjoying views of Kensington Palace and suggesting that nothing has changed in this part of town for decades. Which isn’t at all to say that the menu’s dated. At £26 for three courses, it’s a traditional lunch with

contemporary notes, served in a calm, semi-formal setting. To start, options included cock-aleekie soup, though we had the less traditional grilled halloumi with watermelon, mint and green bean salad and spicy squid salad with chorizo, rocket and balsamic dressing, both of them good and full of flavour, though let down by awkward-shaped plates (what’s wrong with a traditional round plate? Squid came on a small rectangular plate, while halloumi was in a small bowl with an outsize rim). For mains, a roast sirloin of beef was wheeled around on a highly polished silver trolley and carved at the table, while a pan-seared duo of fi sh with sweet potato mash and spinach was

tasty, consisting of sea bass and sole. Puddings included plum crumble, coconut panna cotta and chocolate fudge cake, all of them sweet and satisfying. There’s an extensive children’s menu too, all of it named for Disney characters (Bugs Bunny pizza, Donald Duck cheeseburger, Scooby Doo spaghetti, etc) though you wouldn’t know it to see the actual dishes, which are so generous and served on such large plates that they’re not quite as child-oriented as you’d expect. As lunch rolls into afternoon tea, a pianist starts tinkling the ivories and tables fill with cake stands, cucumber sandwiches and fondant fancies. This is a comfortingly old-fashioned place.

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Most people will have had their fi ll of chocolate after the Easter excess, but not Supperclub. Here, the whole place transforms into a sweet factory throughout April, with everything from a chocolate river to lick-able wallpaper and giant lollipops, putting Willy Wonka to shame. The menu will all be sweetie/chocolate themed, from chilli chocolate sauce with venison to a delicious chocolate fondant with oozing chocolate sauce coming from it. Plus, there’s entertainment including ariel acts, acrobats and supperclub very own chocolatiers. £49 for four courses. Supperclub, 12 Acklam Road W10, 020 8964 6600; supperclub.com

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Hidden away off Scrubs Lane is Madame Gautier’s new La Technique cookery school, offering a range of specialist classes and courses. In April there are three-hour specialist courses in macaroons and petits fours, longer courses in butchery and breadmaking and lots more. 6 Enterprise Way, NW10, madamegautier.com/cookery-school

IN-FLIGHT GOURMETS New foodie supper club Mile High launched recently with its first event at a secret location (revealed to be Westbourne Grove’s old sorting office). The club takes inspiration from the golden age of 1950s air travel, inviting guests to check in with Pan-Am clad air hostesses before embarking on a cocktail-fuelled journey to a gastro destination. First stop was Gothenburg, with a four-course Swedish feast served up to the sounds of Swedish drinking songs. Behind all this is exMoro chef Ollie Templeton and his three siblings (recently dubbed the Von Trapps of the foodie world). Next up is Beirut and future destinations include Sicily and Mozambique. Keep those seatbelts fastened. Dinemilehigh.com

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ear mention of Lebanon and you may think of clubs, bars and restaurants in the capital, Beirut. Or perhaps you picture Mediterranean beaches towered over by ancient ruins. Skiing may also come to mind, and looming behind it all you may think of buildings reduced to rubble from the civil war that gripped the country from 1975 to 1990. The fact is that Lebanon is a melting pot of all the above, and much, much more. Thankfully times of turmoil are now fading into memory, and Beirut is booming – as Alain Feghaly, our tour guide, so aptly puts it; ‘buildings here are springing up like mushrooms.’ It’s a five-hour flight from London to Beirut and on arrival we are greeted in style. Forget a driver with your name on a placard, The Phoenicia greets its guests before they have a chance to mingle with the masses, welcoming them after luggage collection with a red carpet and their name displayed on a TV screen. The transfer (in a white Jaguar I might add) takes less than 15-minutes and within

an hour of landing on Lebanese soil we are lounging by the pool bar, Amethyste, nibbling on meze and sipping cocktails. The Phoenicia is not one of Alain’s ‘mushrooms’, rather it is a gem from Lebanon’s golden era, the swinging 60s, when the country became known as the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’ and its capital the equivalent of Paris. Royalty, world leaders and celebrities (from Brigitte Bardot in the 60s to Angelina and Brad more recently) have graced the pillows of its 446 rooms, some of which have an opulent oriental feel, others have lighter French décor. Columns line Amethyste, softened by white linen drapes creating a colonialcum-Grecian feel. Super yachts line the marina below and a large projector screen hangs at one end of the swimming pool playing black-and-white classics. Our first day starts as all good holidays should, with an enormous buffet breakfast. The Phoenicia’s Mosaic Restaurant does a breakfast from heaven with different chefs serving different food behind different counters. There’s everything from typical

Lebanese pastries and breads, to eggs, fish, cheese, croissants, yoghurt and fresh fruit. Wondering if we’ll ever feel the twinge of hunger again, we follow Alain down the grand marble staircase and out into the city. Our first stop is the National Museum, a spacious and airy building with just enough artifacts (the first mention of Beirut is in 14th century BC – yes, that’s BC – and the museum has wonderful relics from the Bronze, Iron and Roman ages) to give you a feel for the city’s history without overload. Next we hit Downtown, grabbing a coffee in Martyrs’ Square, seeing the remains of a Roman bathhouse that was only discovered in 1968, and visiting the many churches and mosques which sit alongside one another reflecting the city’s multi-faith inhabitants. I am amazed how liberal people are – you see far more burqas and hijabs in London than Beirut. This is a Mediterranean city and most people wear shorts, skirts and airy clothes fitting to the warm climate. ‘Sometimes I think we Lebanese only live to eat!’ says Alain as we take a taxi to

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Gemayzeh for lunch. Stopped in our tracks by an unusual traffic jam, we wait as a beaming bride stops in the middle of the road, bouquet in hand, and strikes a pose for her photographer using us as a nice backdrop. Tawlet is a restaurant with a difference; it is a non-profit organisation set up to bring people together (after years of conflict) with food and tradition. Literally, it means ‘table’ and the style is homely with an open kitchen mastered each day by one of 30 chefs from all over Lebanon. Our chef is from Tripoli, and for US $23 we pile high our plates with delicacies from the north including tabbouleh, baba ganoush and kibbeh (pounded raw lamb). Stomachs full once again, we return to the hotel for spa treatments. The ILA treatments are especially good and I opt for the Manipura Massage which involves 90-minutes of blissful scrubbing, massaging and poulticing. Relaxed and fully in the swing of things we head down to the marina for a drink before dinner at the hotel’s 11th floor French restaurant, Eau De Vie. ‘On a clear day you have eye contact,’ says

Alain as we set off up the coast the next morning. ‘You can see Byblos from Beirut’. It is 37 km to Byblos, but we stop off en-route at Jeita Grotto, a breath-taking pair of limestone caves. The upper cave is home to the world’s largest stalactite, and the lower – inhabited since prehistoric times – bears an uncanny resemblance to the entrance to Hades. You even have to take a boat, although our vessel is steered Tony who, I must admit, isn’t quite as formidable as Charon. Byblos is one of the oldest constantly inhabited cities in the world – dating back to the Neolithic period in 5250BC, it makes the Romans seem modern. Originally a fishing village, the Phoenicians arrived in 4,000 BC, using their time in Byblos to come up with the alphabet. Lebanon’s geographic position means that since time immemorial it has served as a gateway to the Mediterranean from the east, and to Asia from the west. Other big names who inhabited Byblos were the Babylonians, the Persians, Alexander the Great and the Romans who brought Christianity with them.

To compliment culture with glamour, Eddé Sands, Lebanon’s most fashionable beach – ‘where people behave like peacocks’, says Alain – sits alongside Byblos’ ancient ruins. We have lunch overlooking the harbour before heading back to the hotel. After all, The Phoenicia is a landmark in its own right; locals and foreigners alike come to soak up the atmosphere, perhaps taking afternoon tea, sipping local beer or wine by the pool, or dining in one of the four restaurants which range from Lebanese to Italian, French and Asian. It’s no surprise this bastion of Beirut has celebrated its 50th Anniºversary and is still counting. Phoenicia Beirut) is from £226 per room/ night. British Airways (ba.com) flies daily to Beirut from Heathrow. Tickets start from £432 return, including all taxes, fees and charges. +961 1 369 100; phoeniciabeirut.com Tawlet Restaurant: www.tawlet.com Jeita Grotto: www.jeitagrotto.com 73

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Room with a Absolutely goes globe-trotting to round up three of the best hotels with wow factor vistas HOTEL CIPRIANI, ITALY When booking a room at the Hotel Cipriani you can choose either a pool, garden or lagoon view – that is, unless you opt for the Palladio Suite, which has a wall of windows framing 180-degree panoramic views across the lagoon. Known as the ‘glass capsule’, this spacious suite has two bathrooms, a living room, dining room (where guests can host butler-serviced dinner parties) and a large terrace with a heated plunge pool and jacuzzi. The interiors are inspired by 18th century Venice with murals, marble floors and pillars; and there’s even a private garden and dock from where you can be whisked across to St Mark’s by boat. Once in town, why not go from one boat to another and take a gondola ride through the canals to admire the colourful houses and humpback bridges. Venetian queues are notorious, so make sure you book the ‘skip the line’ service (details below) so you can enjoy blissfully quick access to the main sites. In terms of food, the Cipriani has two restaurants: the bistro, Cip’s Club, and

fine-dining, silk-walled Fortuny Restaurant. Meanwhile, for traditional Venetian coffee and cake, head to the 18th-century Caffe Quadri in St Mark’s; for seafood stroll through the narrow streets to Palazzino G and order the Catalan Platter; and for those who want to step off the tourist trail, why not dine with a Venetian Countess and book dinner with Enrica Rocca at her palazzio-cum-cookery-school. All in all, it’s no wonder that when visiting Venice celebrities, royalty and world leaders (think Johnny Depp, Princess Diana and Ronald Regan) have stayed on Giudecca Island at the Hotel Cipriani. Rooms at Hotel Cipriani start from £927 per room per night, including daily American breakfast and all taxes. For further information visit hotelcipriani. com or call Orient-Express UK on 0845 077 2222. For a gondola ride, ‘skip the line’ service, entry to museums and tours in Venice visit: venetoinside.com; for information on Palazzina G: palazzinag. com; Restaurant Quadri: alajmo.it; and Enrica Rocca: enricarocca.com

SHEEN FALLS LODGE, IRELAND Southern Ireland is home to some extraordinarily spectacular scenery; Kenmare, in particular, offers breathtaking vistas at every turn. No hotel better exemplifies this than the luxurious five-star Sheen Falls Lodge, a country house near the famous nature trail, the Ring of Kerry. Guests are spoilt for choice scenically, with the stunning Sheen Falls winding around the back of the property – book a room overlooking these falls, it is a treat to wake up to the soothing sounds of a flowing waterfall – and a beautiful crystal-clear lake at the front of the building. Flying into Shannon Airport, we rented a car and drove the two-and-a-half hours to the hotel to take in the views. You can fly to Kerry Airport, which is roughly an hour’s drive, but the journey through Killarney National Park is not to be missed. Driving on the shoulders of mountains and through wooden glens, this reserve is home to Lord of the Ringsstyle pristine natural beauty. At this time of year there are barely any cars on the road, although you might have to contend with the local sheep. Serious relaxation begins at

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Sheen Falls Lodge, take a trip to the spa for a Yon-Ka facial, or do a circuit of the jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and indoor heated pool. The hotel also provides a wide range of activities such as falconry, fly-fishing and golf. The stables were undergoing refurbishment when we visited, but the hotel recommended the Eclipse Centre in nearby Blackwater Bridge, and an enjoyable afternoon was spent trekking through the rugged countryside on horseback (eclipseireland.com). Dining at the lodge is second to none, but before your meal pop down to the cellar for a tour of the extensive wine collection. Overlooking the falls, Le Cascade is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal by candlelight – pheasant breast en paupiette with sea buckthorn sauce, anyone? Packie’s restaurant in Kenmare is also a five-minute taxi ride away and is a brilliant alternative if you want to venture into the local village for a more casual affair. The lodge and the surrounding area offer sublime untainted nature – the perfect retreat. B&B rates from €89.00 per person sharing. sheenfallslodge.ie, discoverireland.com

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VIVANTA BY TAJ, INDIA It’s not often you find a hotel with a threetone water vista: from infinity pool, to river and out to the deep blue sea, the only thing interrupting the view at Vivanta by Taj are palm trees laden with coconuts. Houseboats, backwaters and sunsets come to mind when you hear mention of Kerala, but word has spread, the tourists have flooded in, and few secluded spots remain. Thankfully, one of these idylls is Bekal, in Northern Kerala. Home to small villages, empty beaches and ancient forts, as of last year ‘secluded’ doesn’t mean slumming it as a new Vivanta by Taj came to town. With 64 rooms spread throughout bright white villas, a sprawling spa (the biggest in Asia, they say), two restaurants – seafood and Indian, as well as a poolside BBQ – this is the place to come for serious relaxation and pampering. Great for families or couples, there’s plenty to do including visiting Bekal Fort (the largest in Kerala), taking a trip in a houseboat, or making the most of the hotel’s grounds which can be traversed by golf buggy, bicycle or on foot. Strolling along the beach at sunset shouldn’t be missed, and those who

love activities can have a go at archery, kayaking, croquet, cookery demonstrations and early morning yoga sessions. There’s also a crèche – so it’s always an option to drop off the kids and head to the spa. Treatments range from facials and head massages (using curry leaves no less) to traditional Ayurveda therapies like Snana where you are bathed in herb-infused water, or Kati Basti where warm oil is poured over muscles to ease back pain. Enchanting-Travels and Taj Hotels offer a city-beach trip including a night at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai en route to Vivanta by Taj - Bekal in Kerala. A similar tailor-made itinerary of 6 nights, 7 days during high season (October 2013) costs £1,335 per person based on two people sharing. All domestic flights, breakfast, airport and hotel transfers, private city sightseeing, activities, fees and taxes and a 24 hour point of contact are included in the price. For more information visit enchantingindia.co.uk, vivantabytaj.com and tajhotels.com 75

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THE IDEA Escaping to the country to camp in a farmyard for an idyllic weekend isn’t as simple as it sounds. You can’t just pitch your tent in a field – and your average campsite offers little by way of luxury. Not to mention the packing of endless bits of crucial kit before embarking on the dreaded Friday afternoon urban exodus, only to arrive late, tired and in no mood to pitch a tent. Featherdown Farms have the solution. Happily, at Featherdown, you arrive at a working farm to stay in a spacious, stylish and fully equipped tent in the middle of a field, close enough to sheep, chickens and cows to feel like you’re in a real rural environment, but far enough to not have any actual animals bother you.

The Featherdown tent is nothing like the tent you are storing in your loft. It’s a proper canvas house with real wooden furniture (in this case, stylish Ercol chairs), a woodburning stove, separate bedrooms with comfortable beds, a large dining table, a sink with running (cold) water and – joy of joys – a flushing loo. There’s a large coolbox for food and the kitchen is stocked with everything you need. Outside, there’s a picnic table and a barbecue and (optionally) your own chicken coop, housing two birds which might each lay an egg a day. At Canfields there are six tents, spaced far enough apart for privacy, yet close enough for all the children to make friends.

WHAT TO DO The first thing to do is to get the stove going. Making coffee in the morning may take a while but once you’ve got the fire going, you learn quickly that you should always have a pot of water warming for washing up later. If it’s chilly, not letting the fire go out will keep you fairly busy all day. Checking to see if the chickens have laid any eggs yet is a job which children embrace with enormous enthusiasm. Ours checked on average every ten minutes. Once the work is done and the

eggs eaten, you can tour the farm. Canfields is a small organic farm run by a very friendly family. Children can pet the lambs and explore the fields independently while adults relax. In the evening, with the campfire lit, it truly is a magical place.

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Intriguing details include brogueing, inspired by the shoe process, in the form of a band of leather wrapped around a tabletop. ‘I didn’t know how brogue shoes were made so I worked with a specialist. It’s not handpunched, it’s laser-cut.’ The brogue table comes in various sizes and heights and it’s a considered, ‘high quality piece that people can use,’ in Gray’s words, and was nominated for last year’s Elle Decoration Awards. A new range of Brogue Tables with bright leathers are set to launch this month, with colours including fuschia, red and peach in addition to the initial green and white pieces.

One of the reasons Gray cites as the inspiration for leaving Habitat was a desire to work with different materials, especially marble and leather. ‘I’m obsessed with marble at the minute,’ she says. She is currently working on carved marble tables inspired by Italian and Swiss churches for the Inside Design exhibition. There will be brogueing in marble and a focus on highlighing how pieces are made by deconstructing them. ‘Many of my designs look simple but they’re not simple to make, so it’s showing that,’ explains Gray. So the tabletop will be separated from its legs, for instance, and we’ll be able to see how they attach. What about Gray’s own home? She has lived in west London for some years, moving from Chepstow Crescent to Basset Road and now Hammersmith Grove. Is she surrounded by her own work? ‘Yes,’ she admits. ‘There’s a lot of my own – I’m bringing some Habitat units from my home for the exhibition – and as well as the contemporary pieces, I have old things and vintage pieces from Golborne Road.’

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LIGHT FANTASTIC Good lighting is key to making a space work. Lighting designer Sally Storey talks Absolutely through her latest project, a stylish house in Elgin Crescent W11

Why is lighting so important? Lighting is the most misunderstood of the interior design aspects. Good lighting is all about layering different effects, just as an interior designer plays with different finishes and fabrics. In an old house, it is important to be subtle and understated. Even simple finishes can become flattering if well lit and good lighting can make small spaces seem larger. There are so many tricks to play with, that lighting should not be forgotten.

Tell us about this house. What were its natural features and what were the problems? This is one of London’s classic terraced houses and luckily, most of the original features still remain – cornices, fi replaces, shutter boxes and original floorboards. With the lighting, we needed to make this a bright family home without losing its character and history. This has been successfully achieved with the

use of traditional chandeliers and lanterns that set the tone and discreet miniature downlights emphasising the artwork, flowers and books. For instance, it might seem as if the chandelier does all the work, but really it is dimmed and relies on the subtlety of the rest of the lighting. Even the simple plug-in square highlights add impact to the shutter boxes, creating another layer of light. 87

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The basement kitchen clearly has little natural light. How did you overcome this to make it a welcoming space? The kitchen is a wonderful open plan space leading on to the garden. The cooking end is furthest away from the window, so it was important that our lighting could focus here during

because it is a soft, indirect light. Since the objects were not special and didn’t need their own lighting, we used the idea of back-lighting each shelf rather than front-lighting it. So the lighting not only provides a soft light for the space, similar to the lamp light, but it also works as a task light.

In an old house, it is important to be subtle and understated. Having lots of small pockets of light helps bring together a more interesting interior the day to provide a balance to the daylight at the other end. As night falls, the balance changes and the kitchen becomes softer: the island is lit underneath with LED Contour and appears to float, while the old cabinet is lit from within. All these effects help to soften the look at night. There’s a desk area with lighting built into shelves. What are the benefits of that? The lighting of the desk area works particularly well at night

Do you have a personal style when it comes to lighting? It is difficult to think of a personal style, as each project speaks to me in a different way and I react to the brief. But I understated lighting. I think having lots of small pockets of light helps bring together a more interesting interior and I would like to limit downlighting and ensure it is only used where it is required. I love it when people come and feel a space which seems wonderful without really knowing why.

Are there any golden rules? Think where you need the light. Do not feel obliged, with downlights, to follow a grid of light, but use the light to focus on surfaces. Do line them up with the elevation, not the plan. Do not rely only on downlights. Combine them with decorative wall lights, pendants and lamps. Also use uplights and concealed shelf lights. When large glass windows open onto a garden, consider that they will appear black at night and remember to light the garden to add to the feeling of space. And what are the most typical mistakes? A typical mistake is when people are trying out lighting effects, and they light too much with too many downlights all in a grid (often a developer’s solution) with no dimming control. I am not sure if this is worse than doing nothing and having just a simple central pendant. Sally Storey is Design Director of John Cullen Lighting and considered one of the country’s leading lighting experts. johncullenlighting.co.uk

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Not just This Morning... but every morning

Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner at Stowe Family Law and resident family law expert on ITV’s This Morning. Leading the UK’s largest dedicated family law firm, she has more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings.

· One of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator through the newly-formed Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA).

· The first Chief Assessor and Chief Examiner of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

· A Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: a global association of lawyers recognised for expertise in their respective countries.

Located in WC1, Stowe Family Law specialises in family law issues and covers a wide range of cases. From divorce to cohabitees’ rights, with dedicated international and children’s teams. The team also offers mediation, arbitration and collaborative approaches and benefits from a specialist in-house forensic accountancy department that tracks down hidden assets and can provide immediate financial advice.

If you need family law advice, early support can be essential. Stowe Family Law can help. Contact 0207 7421 3300 or email chiefexecutive@stowefamilylaw.co.uk 8 Fulwood Place, Gray’s Inn, London WC1V 6HG www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk www.marilynstowe.co.uk

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Pitt Street W8 ÂŁ4,000,000 This charming period house offers excellent living space, all with excellent proportions and an abundance of natural light. The accommodation comprises three reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, dinning room, a large garden, patio, four bedrooms (two en suite) and two bathrooms. Pitt Street is a quiet residential road within walking distance of Kensington Church Street, Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate, all of which offer an excellent amenieties and transport links. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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Ledbury Road W11 £3,950,000 A spectacular apartment offering a beautifully designed, dynamic interior within a landmark building in the heart of Notting Hill. The magnificent entertaining space is arranged over two floors with an open plan, galleried reception area, double height ceilings and striking architectural features. The large bedroom suites provide beautifully fitted bathrooms and extensive storage. Further benefits include secure, off street parking and private roof terraces. Sole Agents.

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Pembridge Square W2 ÂŁ2,450,000 A fabulous lateral apartment occupying the whole of the top floor of one the magnificent villas overlooking this exceptional garden square. The well-proportioned property benefits from fantastic westerly views and provides two interconnecting reception rooms with an adjoining large kitchen/dining room, three double bedrooms and two large bathrooms. Benefits include access to the beautifully landscaped gardens of Pembridge Square and sole access to an un-demised flat roof. EPC=E. Sole Agents. NOTTING HILL: 020 7313 2890 sales.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

Westbourne Terrace Road W2 ÂŁ1,850,000 This elegant apartment comprises a large reception area, a modern kitchen leading through to a conservatory, which opens onto the private garden, a large master bedroom with an en suite bathroom, plenty of built-in storage and French doors leading through to the garden, three further bedrooms (one en suite) and a further bathroom. Westbourne Terrace Road is a short walk from the canal and the superb local amenities of Clifton Road. Share or Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 sales.lve@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Queensdale Place W11 £1,395 per week

Westbourne Terrace W2 £1,250 per week

This wonderful townhouse in the heart of Holland Park is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers a large fully fitted kitchen, a dining room leading onto a private patio and garden, a reception room, four well proportioned bedrooms and two bathrooms.

This superb ground floor apartment comprises a grand entrance hallway, impressive reception/dining room, a separate kitchen with conservatory and private balcony, a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a second double bedroom/office with en suite bathroom. EPC=D

HOLLAND PARK: 020 7605 6890 lets.hol@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Vicarage Gate W8 £795 per week

Weller Court W11 £675 per week

An immaculately finished apartment located in a handsome period conversion. The flat comprises a spacious, split level reception room, a separate, modern kitchen, two double bedrooms both with excellent storage, a further single bedroom/study and two modern bathrooms. EPC=C.

Flooded with natural light this stunning one bedroom apartment offers exceptional living space including a fabulous reception room with an open plan kitchen, a well proportioned double bedroom with superb fitted storage, a modern bathroom and access to a fantastic terrace.

KENSINGTON: 020 7368 4450 lets.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk

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GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ1,150,000

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BAYSWATER GLOUCESTER MEWS WEST W2 A unique lateral house set within this charming cobbled mews. The mews is perfectly located for transport links including Paddington and Lancaster Gate.

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HOLLAND PARK ADDISON PLACE W11 A fantastic first floor mews flat situated on this quiet cobbled street in the heart of Holland Park. Reception room n Separate kitchen 2 double bedrooms n 2 bathrooms, 1 en suite Energy efficiency: Band D

£575 PER WEEK* £2,491.66 PER MONTH* FURNISHED

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KENSINGTON SOUTH END W8 A stunning and truly unique residence with excellent entertaining space. South End is a tranquil enclave just south of Kensington High Street. 2 reception rooms n Kitchen/dining room n Cinema n Master bedroom suite 4 further bedroom suites n Swimming pool n Gym n Sauna n Wine cellar Garden n Garage n Approximately 6,534 sq ft n n Energy efficiency: Band C

GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ16,500,000

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may as well come out and say it- I love Holland Park and Notting Hill! I have worked in the area for over ten years (including four at Carter Jonas), and I still feel as strongly that this is one of the best areas in Prime Central London as I did when I first came here. Why? Let’s start with Holland Park. From the discreet elegance of Addison Avenue, where our office is, to the charming roads which surround it and the splendour of the Holland Park Italianate villas, there are few places in London that come close. Add to that the green, open spaces of Holland Park itself (which plays host to the fabulous Holland Park opera every summer) and couple that with all that Notting Hill has to offer – the handsome crescents of houses which lead on to communal gardens, (which, until the film Notting Hill hit the screens in the late 1990’s, seemed for years like the Royal Boroughs best kept secret), the buzz of Westbourne Grove and the trendy shops and eateries on Portobello Road and it’s clear to see why these delightful areas have something to offer everyone and as a result, are eternally, and ever increasingly, popular. When Carter Jonas asked me to head up the sales department of the Holland Park and Notting Hill office, I jumped at the chance. They are one of the oldest private partnerships in the country (their roots can

be traced back to 1759) and a firm whose values I have always felt I would work well with. As I walk around the streets of Holland Park and Notting Hill, I feel privileged to work in such a special area and I am reminded again and again why so many people want to live here and as a result of this demand, why prices in this area continue to rise. Against a background of falling property prices in Paris, New York and Geneva, the strength of the London market is extraordinary. Prices continue to hold firm or increase, bolstered by international buyers and renewed domestic activity. The staying power of the London market, in contrast to much of the UK, should not be underestimated. On that basis we predict further growth of 1520% in values over the next five years. So to summarise, now is a great time to be buying and both Holland Park and Notting Hill are wonderful places to be buying in. We have a great selection of properties available including a superb two bedroom maisonette with its own front door on Pottery Lane (just around the corner from Clarendon Cross) at £1.15M, a grand, first floor flat on Holland Park at £4.5M (perfect for those who love entertaining), a family house on Woodsford Sq. at £2.75M and a number of off market houses and flats at all levels. 020 7471 9833; carterjonas.co.uk

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Chelsea Fulham & Parsons Green Kensington & Holland Park Knightsbridge, Belgravia & Mayfair Notting Hill & Bayswater West Chelsea & South Kensington

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Penzance Place | Holland Park | W11 1,539 sq ft (143 sq m)

An attractive and well presented three bedroom house, arranged over four floors only, with a patio garden and large roof terrace. Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Three bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Cloakroom | Storage vault | Roof terrace Garden | Balcony | EPC rating:D Asking price ÂŁ2,500,000 Freehold

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Ladbroke Terrace | Notting Hill | W11 1649 sq. ft (153.2 sq. m)

A beautiful four bedroom lateral apartment situated on the first floor of a period conversion close to the amenities of Notting Hill and Holland Park. Two reception rooms | Dining room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms Two further bathrooms | Balcony | EPC rating:E Asking price ÂŁ1,950 per week Unfurnished

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Douro Place | Kensington | W8 897 sq ft (83.3 sq m)

A charming two bedroom flat, occupying 897 sq ft, on the second floor of this period building, located in the highly regarded De Vere Conservation Area. Entrance hall | Kitchen/Drawing room | Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom | Second bedroom | Shower room | EPC rating:F Asking price ÂŁ1,200,000 Leasehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

Scarsdale Place | Kensington | W8 1,257 sq ft,(116.8 sq m)

A well presented two bedroom flat on the eighth floor of this purpose built block with the advantage of an allocated underground car parking space. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Master bedroom with en suite shower room | Further bedroom | Bathroom | Store cupboard | Lift | Caretaker | Underground parking space | EPC rating:C Asking price, ÂŁ1,850,000 Leasehold

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Edwardes Square | Kensington | W8 2,906 sq ft (270.0 sq m)

An outstanding five bedroom family house with excellent entertaining space, a west facing garden and access to the beautiful square gardens. Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Five bedrooms | Four bathrooms | Study | Utility room | Access to communal gardens | EPC rating:E ÂŁ3,750 per week Unfurnished

Kensington Lettings 020 7938 3866

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PROPERTY

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PROPERTY NEWS MATTHEW HARROP, DIRECTOR AT JOHN D WOOD & CO. MASTERCLASS: NEW TAX RULES FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY From 1 April 2013 the government is introducing new legislation on residential property valued at £2 million held in corporate ownership, collective investment schemes or a partnership with a corporate partner (the government calls them ‘non natural persons’). This means that a ‘non natural person’ will have to pay a new Annual Residential Property Tax which is steeped according to the property value. Those worth £2-5 million will pay £15,000 leading up to £140,000 for properties over £20 million. There are many exemptions to this new annual tax, such as if a property is let out or bought to be redeveloped and sold. Additional changes are that residential property worth more than £2 million on 1st April 2013 bought by a ‘non natural person’ must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax at 15% and that any property at the same value owned by a ‘non natural person’ will now be liable to pay Capital Gains Tax (on the gain post 6th April 2013). For more information on these new rules please contact me to discuss it on 020 7908 1100 or visit johndwood.co.uk

Two pieces of recent research vividly illustrate the dilemma currently facing residents of Notting Hill. The first, by analysts Barbour ABI, reveals that people living in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea are amongst the most likely in the UK to carry out major home improvement projects. A study of planning applications nationwide found that in 2012 alone one in 20 households were planning works, a number that has been steadily increasing (and of course these figures do not include more minor work carried out without need of permission). The second study is a survey of 1,200 K&C residents which requested their views on basement extensions. Predictably more than half complained about levels of noise, dust, traffic and vibration. One in ten claimed to have experienced problems with damp, flooding and (shudder) vermin as a result of the work. Which is probably why neighbours of Adam Balon, co-founder of the Innocent smoothie empire, were so livid when they discovered he plans to excavate a huge basement beneath his £12.85m property in Notting Hill – just up the road from Claudia Schiffer’s place. The situation, of course, is a classic Catch 22. Everyone wants to be able to do what they want to their homes when they want; but nobody wants to live near someone who has called in the builders. Perhaps the most pragmatic view on the debate so far comes from Aisha Caan, the artist wife of former Dragon James. The couple hope to dig a basement beneath their west London home, with space for a studio and private art gallery to display Mrs Caan’s work. Their neighbours are outraged, and several have officially objected to the scheme - but Mrs Caan is gloriously unrepentant. Her view is that she and her husband have endured repeated, lengthy, noisy and disruptive building work in the houses around their Art Deco property. They have not, she says, raised a murmur of complaint. And now it is simply their turn to switch on the pneumatic drills. Underlying all this is the reason why home improvements are such big news right now. Partly it is because the sales market remains treacly slow and selling is a slow and hard business. And partly because, thanks to last spring’s Stamp Duty hike on homes worth £2m or more, it is significantly more economical to extend your existing home than it is to find another one. Whatever the neighbours might think.

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Not a conventional boutique but certainly a coffee connoisseur’s boutique and my personal favourite. Founded in 1957 by a Hungarian couple who survived the Holocaust. They pride themselves on looking after their customers and roast their own beans on the premises.

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FINEST COCKTAIL...

Comes from The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. Perfect for a classic gin & tonic while enjoying this fantastic iconic building right on the river.

London’s ultimate retro adult bowling playground, which by night turns into a fun cocktail bar and karaoke.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT... A beautifully presented four bedroom, two bathroom lateral apartment on the third floor (with lift) of this well-maintained, portered mansion block. The property features a large reception/dining room, a kitchen/breakfast room and further separate cloakroom. £2,000,000 Leasehold

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Le Cafe Anglais, Bayswater, one of the best French bistros around, in a wonderful art deco inspired space. The Anglo-French cuisine never disappoints, it’s seasonal, fresh and inventive.

AN EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY...

Mooching around the modern and contemporary art collection in the Serpentine Gallery, there is always something new to discover and new exhibitions are always on the go.

MARTIN BIKHIT, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT KAY & CO, 020 7262 2030; KAYANDCO.COM

MARKET UPDATE LEDIAN KUCI Rental demand is high around Notting Hill and Hyde Park and we’re particularly busy with corporate lets and enquiries from high end professionals. One and two bed apartments are letting extremely quickly and we’re beginning to see a shortage of properties. Budgets are good, with tenants paying £450£700pw for a one bed apartment or £500£900pw+ for a two bed. All locations are popular but Kensington Palace Gardens and Pembridge Road are particularly sought-after. Manager, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings, Hyde Park office, 020 7402 9866; brlets.co.uk

PHILLIP HARRISON

The fi rst three months of the year have been very strong, particularly for one and two bedroom flats. The market for family homes traditionally improves at Easter in preparation for summer moves. There have been sales of a number of small houses; however, the larger family homes are in higher demand around this particular time. Open house days are also proving to be an effective method of selling homes due to a less disruptive viewing pattern. Branch Manager, Barnard Marcus, Holland Park, 020 7221 5455; barnardmarcus.co.uk

RICHARD KING

Given the oft repeated mantra on low stock numbers, you could be forgiven for assuming that what is available is quickly snapped up, and at record high prices. However, there is a surprisingly low percentage of stock either under offer or marked as sold currently. It has never been more important to have regard for the evidence provided by recent comparable sales when deciding on a marketing price. While low stock numbers are a price driver, vendors should be aware that some agents may tend to exaggerate the price they say they can achieve in order to gain instructions, creating a disparity between stock advertised and what buyers are prepared to pay. Sales Manager, Beany Pearce, Nottinghill, 020 7221 9044; beaneypearce.co.uk

WINKWORTH HIT THE GROUND RUNNING Wow… isn’t it great to be in Kensal Rise and Queens Park at the moment. I’ve lived locally for five years and really thought that an office here would do very well but I did not imagine we would start this well. People seem to have welcomed us into the area and we are having plenty of enquires for valuation, on sales and lettings. An example of how we do things. We recently had a ‘open house’ day on a two bedroom garden flat in the area. After 28 viewings on the day, 8 asking price offers and a sealed bid scenario the property sold well above the asking price (which was already a record attempt for the street!!). Give me a call if you want to discuss more details. Stewart Boyd, Director, 0208 960 4947; winkworth.co.uk 109

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PEMBROKE SQUARE, W8 A charming Grade II Listed family house in the middle of the northern terrace, set over four floors, including a mews house with garage accessed from the garden and Earls Walk. Approx. 2,906 sq ft. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, conservatory/morning room, 47 ft. garden, vaults. Mews house: Studio room, bathroom, kitchen, cloakroom, greenhouse, garage. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ4,650,000

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KENSINGTON 020 7908 1100 kensington@johndwood.co.uk Our offices in RBK&C:

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Sales: 020 7835 0000 Lettings: 020 7835 0044

Sales: 020 7908 1100 Lettings: 020 7908 1100

Sales: 020 7727 2233 Lettings: 020 7727 2233

Sales: 020 7229 2356 Lettings: 020 7229 2356

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HOLLAND PARK AVENUE, W11 Refurbished and appointed to an exacting standard, an imposing detached Georgian Villa originally built in 1820, set back from the road behind a walled 53 ft. landscaped garden. Approx. 4,643 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. Master bedroom with double en suite and dressing room/artist’s studio, 2 further bedrooms, 2 en suite shower rooms, 3 receptions, study/bedroom 4, kitchen/dining/breakfast room, bar, utility, cloakroom, terrace, front and rear gardens. Freehold Guide Price £14,000,000

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HOLLAND PARK 020 7727 2233 hollandpark@johndwood.co.uk Our offices in RBK&C:

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Sales: 020 7835 0000 Lettings: 020 7835 0044

Sales: 020 7908 1100 Lettings: 020 7908 1100

Sales: 020 7727 2233 Lettings: 020 7727 2233

Sales: 020 7229 2356 Lettings: 020 7229 2356

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CORNWALL CRESCENT, W11 A superb family house in the heart of Notting Hill offering extensive accommodation. Set over five floors and presented in excellent decorative condition. Approx. 2,932 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 receptions, 2 cloakrooms, office, terrace, garden, roof terrace. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ3,650,000

RUSTON MEWS, W11 An exceptional mews house set over three floors in a delightful gated mews located close to Ladbroke Grove. Approx. 1,344 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 3 bedrooms, dressing room, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception, kitchen/dining room, roof terrace. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,450,000

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LADBROKE GROVE 020 7229 2356 ladbrokegrove@johndwood.co.uk Our offices in RBK&C:

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Making Yourself Stand Out COPE PLACE, W8 FOR SALE An attractive and beautifully presented house with excellent entertaining space. Arranged over four floors with a seperate entrance to the street on the lower ground floor. Approx. 2,005 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, study, kitchen/dining/family room, vault, garden. Freehold Guide Price £3,250,000

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lot of people always ask me “How do I choose an agent to work with and what is the difference between you all? What are your unique selling points and how do I know you will work hard for me and get me that exceptional price?” Often they will say, “You all seem to advertise on the same websites and in similar magazines so why would I choose you over somebody else?” Whilst advertising catchphrases and headlines on leaflets such as, “W10 Knows Us” or “Values That You’ll Love” and “Local Know How” are one thing, do the agents which state this deliver on their promises? Or do they think they are Don Draper in a bad episode of Mad Men? Will the fact that you meet your agent jogging, at your local restaurant or hanging out at the school gates really help you sell your home? At John D Wood & Co. we have a motto, not a catchphrase, which is “to give you the right advice whether you decide to use us or not”. We do not believe in giving you an inflated property value to secure an instruction, because launching a property to the market at the correct price is critical to achieve the best possible price for you. When meeting with an agent to decide whether you would like them to work for you, ask them to justify their valuation and explain how they came to it. Find out if they themselves have recently sold similar properties and at what price. Ask them what their plan of action will be as well as whether they have the right profile of buyers registered with them ready to view your property.

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You want your agent and their team to know the area in which they work just as well as you. I grew up on Leamington Road Villas, W11 and more recently have lived on St Marks Road, W10. I know Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and North Kensington like the back of my hand, thanks to spending most of my 38 years back and forth around the Portobello Road and, I still love it. My team have all had similar experiences. I am very proud to be working for John D Wood & Co. selling properties in Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Queen’s Park and The Kensal Rise Triangle. John D Wood & Co. is a local, proactive, reliable, experienced, successful, and reputable estate agency which has been established in London for 141 years. It has six offices in RBK&C, with the Holland Park and Kensington offices also on your doorstep. We promise to give you the right advice, whether you decide to sell or not, and to keep you informed on what is going on with the property market. If you are thinking of selling or letting your property, or looking to move into the area, we would be delighted to hear from you. Rollo Miles Sales Manager Ladbroke Grove 136a Lancaster Road, London W11 1QU 020 7229 2356

PORTOBELLO ROAD, W11 FOR SALE A well presented maisonette benefiting from its own front door and a spacious 1st floor reception interconnecting with a kitchen/dining room leading out to a charming roof terrace. Approx. 934 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), study, 2 roof terraces. Leasehold Guide Price £1,350,000

GOLBORNE ROAD, W10 FOR SALE A well proportioned maisonette benefiting from a private entrance, high ceilings and period features throughout. With potential to divide the top floor bedroom to create an extra room. Approx. 963 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, terrace.

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Leasehold Guide Price £875,000

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LEINSTER GARDENS, W2 £1,395,000 LEASEHOLD

Located a short walk from Hyde Park and the wide variety of shops and restaurants of Queensway, this stunning flat is a must see property. Boasting magnificent high ceilings, a full width balcony and library, this two bed, two bathroom has much to offer. KFH, 020 7724 1222; kfh.co.uk

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ST CHARLES SQUARE, W10 £465 PER WEEK

This beautifully refurbished two double bedroom apartment is finished to a high standard to include designer furnishings. Set on the ever popular St Charles Square in North Kensington the accommodation is only moments from the fantastic amenities the area has to offer. Unique vintage shops of Portobello Road and Golborne Road are a short walk away as well as trendy bars and restaurants of Notting Hill. Winkworth, 0207 7925000; winkworth.co.uk 116

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PROPERTY PORTLAND ROAD, W11 P.O.A.

An outstanding four bedroom house, comprising approximately 1693 sqft, which has recently been modernised to a very high standard. The house has excellent entertaining space including a beautiful open plan drawing room on the raised ground floor. Portland Road is a popular residential address in the heart of Holland Park which benefits from the excellent shopping and transport facilities of Clarendon Cross and Holland Park Avenue. The green spaces of Holland Park are also nearby. Strutt & Parker, 020 7221 1111; struttandparker.com

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ELGIN CRESCENT, W11 £1800 PER WEEK

Designed by a RIBA award winning architect, Andrew Pilkington, this extraordinary apartment over 2 floors offers exceptional entertaining space. The entrance is hollowed out to an incredible 22ft in height and there are views south onto beautiful communal gardens from both the dining room and study. The main drawing room is a little under 20ft square and the high specification provides superb thermal and acoustic insulation with much of the heating being under floor. The bathroom by set designer, Gillian Campbell, is a work of art and recreates the wonderful fruit room from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. In direct contrast the shower room on the upper level has a one-off sculpted resin shower which sits on a stone floor. Many of the light fittings have been designed by the architect and made by hand specifically for the apartment. The mix of exposed steel, beautiful timbers and so much glass provide a loft in a classical overcoat. Mountgrange Heritage, 020 7221 2277; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

TOP TIPS FOR THE GARDEN IN MAY May is a difficult month to predict weather wise. We can have warm summer sunshine one day, and then a penetrating frost a night or two later. With this unreliable weather, the main source of garden concern will always focus on the summer bedding that is always planted out at this time of year. This delicate selection of summer highlights needs careful introduction to the unpredictability of May, so a one or two precautions are needed. As May can be dry as a bone, it is wise to incorporate a water retaining gel in the compost of any containers that you plant up. This useful product ensures that when these plants are at their most vulnerable, they will not lack water. Mixed into the growing medium, it is the equivalent of adding small reservoirs to the planting to ensure they have enough to drink. In addition, ensure that all the compost in the planter is changed when replanted and drainage holes are clear. Some of the more tender plants like Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ require some careful weather watching before they are planted out. If you wish to have a verdant display in late summer they must never feel the frost, so if you have a greenhouse, keep them out of the garden until the end of May to ensure a fabulous show later on. 020 7931 8685; bartholomewlandscaping.com 117

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You may know us from walking your dog in the park, local charity events or simply recognise a familiar face; we walk the same streets and eat in the same restaurants you do. Of course, it’s also quite possible that you – or someone you know – has bought or sold a property through us. We’ve been around for years and our success is built on the fact that people who use us once, tend to use us again. And tell their friends. Because most of our agents live in the areas in which they work, they really understand what matters to buyers and sellers there. Many agents will claim to know more about where you live than anyone else. But we understand it’s because people know us, that time and again we sell and let properties more quickly and more profitably than anyone else.

Keith Rigby Keith has been a Director at our Notting Hill office for over 16 years, and lived here almost as long. Many of our clients know him first as a fellow parent and neighbour, meaning he’s as likely to sell a house at the school gates as he is from his desk.

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Chelsea: 020 7589 6677 Kensington: 020 7795 4288 Notting Hill: 020 7221 4805 Ladbroke Grove: 020 7221 0330 Brook Green: 020 7603 5181 Or to see the latest on the central London property market visit: bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Period Elegance

Sutherland Place Notting Hill W2 A beautifully presented period house in the ever popular Artesian Village area of Notting Hill. As one of the largest family houses in Artesian Village, this stunning property boasts spacious accommodation throughout. 4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), cloakroom, drawing room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, study/double bedroom, utility room, wine cellar, balcony, front and rear gardens.

Share of Freehold ÂŁ4,500,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating E

Refreshingly different estate agents

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Amazing Potential

Arundel Gardens Notting Hill W11 A unique opportunity to transform two communal garden apartments (297 sq m/3,204 sq ft approx.) with amazing potential into one stunning freehold property. Highlights include a magnificent first floor drawing room, charming portico balcony, generous bedroom accommodation and a private garden leading into a beautiful communal garden. Currently configured as 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms (1 en suite), cloakroom, 2 reception rooms, 2 kitchens, utility room, garden, direct access to communal gardens.

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Freehold ÂŁ6,350,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Stunning Design

Queensdale Road Holland Park W11 This striking corner house (159 sq m/1,721 sq ft approx.) nestles amongst the grand houses of Holland Park and offers wonderfully bright accommodation with a fabulous roof terrace on top. Queensdale Road is ideally located for the first class restaurants, delis and bars of Holland Park & Notting Hill. Master bedroom with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, bathroom, dinning room, double height reception and kitchen, study, cloakroom, roof terrace. There is also access to Norland Square communal garden on a 50 plus year debenture.

Freehold ÂŁ2,400,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating E

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Artesian Gem

Courtnell Street Notting Hill W2 A beautiful stucco fronted family house (172 sq m/1,856 sq ft approx.) located in the much sought after Artesian Village area of Notting Hill. This exceptional property has been extended at ground floor level to create a magnificent open plan entertaining space with highlights including a striking glass atrium and a bright westerly garden. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, cloakroom, reception room, kitchen, dining room, study, west facing balcony, front and rear garden.

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Freehold ÂŁ3,250,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating E

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Full of Character

Grenfell Road Notting Hill W11 This stunning Victorian house (134 sq m/1,442 sq ft approx.) has an open plan design with a contemporary finish and a charming rear garden. Grenfell Road is close to Kensington New Pools and Avondale Park, Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road and Holland Park are the closest underground stations. 4 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, eaves storage, garden.

Freehold ÂŁ1,300,000 Ladbroke Grove office mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330 Energy Rating D

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Head Turner

Aldridge Road Villas Notting Hill W11 An elegant five storey Victorian masterpiece (305 sq m/3,283 sq ft approx.) that combines contemporary design with Master bedroom with walk through wardrobe, en suite bathroom and further shower room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, 2 shower rooms, laundry room, 2 study rooms, reception room with great high ceilings, open plan kitchen/dining/play room, top floor balcony, 37ft garden.

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Freehold ÂŁ4,500,000 Ladbroke Grove office mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330 Energy Rating E

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Contemporary Design

Lancaster Road Notting Hill W11 A stunning family house, refurbished to an exacting standard and boasting kitchen/family room leading to an immaculate garden. Lancaster Road is well placed for Portobello Road. 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 en suite shower rooms, double reception room, kitchen/family room, pantry, utility room, cloakroom, wine cellar, balcony, garden.

Lateral Living

Draycott Avenue Chelsea SW3 An immaculate flat on the second floor of this desirable portered mansion block. The property has been extensively refurbished and finished to a high standard. This property is ideally located on the Chelsea and Knightsbridge border and is walking distance to Sloane Square. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom, porter, lift.

Unfurnished ÂŁ5,000 per week Notting Hill office kf@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 5388 Energy Rating C

Furnished ÂŁ2,950 per week Chelsea office ssm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7589 6677 Energy Rating D

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Prime Location

Chepstow Place Notting Hill W11

Unfurnished ÂŁ1,995 per week

An immaculate lateral flat, on the first floor of this imposing period conversion, which has been Notting Hill office extensively refurbished to a very high specification. Chepstow Place is a prestigious location kf@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk in Notting Hill, just off Pembridge Square and within walking distance to Westbourne Grove. 020 7221 5388 3 bedrooms, shower room, en suite bathroom, reception room, kitchen. Energy Rating E

Modern Interior

Shaftesbury Mews Kensington W8

Furnished/Unfurnished ÂŁ1,700 per week

A beautiful, immaculately refurbished, end of terrace house perfectly positioned within the heart Kensington office of Kensington within a pretty and peaceful cul-de-sac. This superb, modern townhouse has been to@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk meticulously finished to an exceptionally high standard throughout. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 020 7795 4288 2 reception rooms, kitchen, laundry, kitchenette, patio, 2 balconies, roof terrace, garage. Energy Rating F

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Completely at home in London With 50 branches across the Capital and over 35 years’ London property experience, we are perfectly placed to help with all your property needs. So, if you’re thinking of selling, letting, buying or renting, visit kfh.co.uk today.

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Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, W2 £1,500,000 Leasehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A beautiful period apartment, benefitting from handsome proportioned and bright double aspect living space. Main features include three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 27ft reception/ dining room. This property is situated a short walk from Hyde Park.

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Period conversion Generous reception/diner Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Fitted kitchen High ceilings Lift Close to Paddington station EPC rating E

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Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater, W2 £800,000 Shared freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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This super flat boasts a sought after first floor position and offers high ceilings, a spacious reception room and front and rear balconies. This property is located a short walk to Hyde Park and Lancaster Gate underground station.

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Close to Hyde Park Period conversion High ceilings Two bedrooms Spacious living room Two balconies Resident parking permits Near Paddington station EPC rating D

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Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, W2 £2,350,000 A magnificent flat comprising 2,081 sq ft of beautifully presented living space, including three bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, two spacious living rooms and a wonderful walled rear garden. This property is only a short walk to Paddington station, Lancaster Gate (Central line) and Kensington Gardens. Leasehold. Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

St Mary’s Terrace, Little Venice, W2 £975,000 This spacious three bedroom apartment has recently been refurbished to a great finish and features a family friendly design including a high specification modern kitchen/breakfast room and a balcony. Leasehold. EPC rating E. Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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Leinster Gardens, W2 £985,000 Share of Freehold Simply superb architecturally designed loft-style apartment which cleverly retains beautiful period features to give it a classic and contemporary feel. The flat is moments from Kensington Gardens and the Central Line tube at Queensway. EPC=E. Entrance hall, reception room, double bedroom, bathroom, mezzanine study area, further mezzanine bedroom, additional shower room, direct lift access and balcony. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 adrian @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Vicarage Gate, W8 £2,495,000 Share of Freehold

Gordon Place,W8 £1,100,000 Share of Freehold

Spacious apartment boasting superb entertaining space occupying the entire raised ground floor in a handsome period building. The property benefits from good storage and its own private entrance. EPC=E. Reception room, dining area, kitchen, three double bedrooms, en suite bathroom and further bathroom. Joint Sole Agents

Beautifully presented raised ground floor flat with fantastic ceiling height and good proportions. Refurbished to a meticulous standard with new wooden floors, traditional fireplace and original mouldings. Well positioned for the amenities of Kensington High Street and Notting Hill. EPC=D. Reception room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and terrace. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 holly @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7221 2277 sebastian @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Adrian Overington Associate Director

When choosing an agent to sell your most important and valuable asset be sure to appoint a firm that is going to work tirelessly on your behalf. An expert in the area is vital and you need someone you can trust who is energetic and strong enough to drive the best deal for you. Mountgrange Heritage is that agent – call us now to discuss your needs.

Chloe Leefe Associate Director

Kensington Office 020 7937 9976 Notting Hill Office 020 7221 2277 North Kensington Office 020 8960 0181

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Pembroke Gardens Close, W8 £3,495,000 Freehold A truly beautiful, low-built family house set on a very quiet private road in the heart of Kensington. EPC=D. Double reception room, media room, beautifully fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, large walk-in dressing room/bedroom four, two bathrooms, further cloakroom, large landscaped west-facing garden and offstreet parking. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 chloe @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Lexham Mews, W8 £1,650,000 Freehold

Blithfield Street, W8 £1,950,000 Freehold

A neutrally decorated and well proportioned south-facing lateral mews house located in the heart of Stratford Village. EPC=C. Reception room, fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, two en suite bathrooms, further cloakroom and an integral garage. Sole Agents

This pretty double-fronted cottage is situated on a desirable treelined street in Stratford Village. EPC=E. Reception room, dining room, kitchen, family room, study, master suite with dressing area and large bathroom, three further double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Joint Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 tom @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7937 9976 tom @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

At Mountgrange Heritage we don’t just see our local area as somewhere we work but as somewhere we belong; our village. We produce our ‘Village Matters’ newsletter to shout about the great businesses and personalities that make up the village. Pick up the latest copy from one of our offices now or read it at mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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Tenniel Close, W2 £1,800 per week A flawlessly designed, newly refurbished mews house located minutes from Hyde Park and excellent transport links.This sophisticated house boasts a large kitchen breakfast room and fantastic reception space leading onto the decked terrace. EPC=C . Reception room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, utility room, terrace and off-street parking. Furnished. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 rosie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Elgin Crescent, W11 £1,600 per week

Chepstow Place, W2 £1,000 per week

Designed by a RIBA award winning architect, Andrew Pilkington, this extraordinary apartment over first and second floors offers exceptional entertaining space and benefits from a flood of light through wonderful first floor windows. EPC=C . Three reception rooms, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, office, kitchen and communal gardens. Furnished. Sole Agents

Located on the fourth floor of an impressive portered block, this stunning apartment is moments from Westbourne Grove and less than five minutes from Notting Hill Gate. EPC=D. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, two bedrooms and two shower rooms. Furnished. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 nick @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7221 2277 nick @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Henrietta Soames Associate Director

It’s the silly season for lettings again and as ever Kensington and Notting Hill are top of the list when it comes to the most popular areas to live. We have so many prospective tenants wanting to get settled in as soon as possible and need more flats and houses available for long and short rental. Give the girls a call or pop into either office when you are passing.

Amanda Man Associate Director

Kensington Office 020 7937 9976 Notting Hill Office 020 7221 2277 North Kensington Office 020 8960 0181

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Bolton Gardens, SW5 £1,100 per week A recently refurbished period conversion with built-in entertainment system, wooden flooring, high quality fittings throughout and contemporary decor. Bolton Gardens is located in a beautiful part of Kensington just north of the Old Brompton Road. EPC=C . Reception room, open plan kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, cloakroom and terrace. Furnished. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 mollie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Kensington Court, W8 £1,350 per week

Scarsdale Studios, W8 £895 per week

A stunning flat on this desirable street moments from the green open spaces of Kensington Gardens and all the shops, restaurants and transport facilities of Kensington High Street. EPC=F. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and patio garden. Furnished.

A delightful house in this discreet location in Stratford Village only minutes from High Street Kensington.This architect-designed property has been totally refurbished to a high standard. EPC=C . Reception room, eat-in kitchen, study, two double bedrooms, two shower rooms, cloakroom and terrace. Unfurnished.

020 7937 9976 jared @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7937 9976 jared @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Thalia Bryan Director

The season of music from the Kensington and Chelsea Music Society continues at Leighton House with two more concerts in 2013. The next recital is an evening with Morgan Szymanski, classical guitar, and Adam Walker, flute, on Thursday 11 April – don’t miss it! Mountgrange Heritage are proud to sponsor KCMS for the seventh year running and you can drop in to any of our offices now to pick up a programme or you can read it at mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Kensington Office 020 7937 9976 Notting Hill Office 020 7221 2277 North Kensington Office 020 8960 0181

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PROPERTY NEWS STRUTT & PARKER SPONSOR MAYFEST Strutt & Parker are extremely proud to be sponsors of the 2013 Mayfest. Th is exciting festival will bring you two fantastic weeks of the very best of local, emerging and internationally renowned talent, right in the heart of Notting Hill. Here you will find music, opera, sound art, dance, theatre, visual art, lectures, and workshops. Th is year musicians and artists were also invited to respond to our creative theme ‘Organ, Wind and Air’ inspired by a historic organ which has been a part of Notting Hill since 1845 at St John’s Church on Lansdowne Crescent. To book tickets visit; nottinghillmayfest.org.uk Or call on 020 3219 0078, to book tickets for The Hunch… Please visit; filmfugitive.com. If you’re interested in volunteering or invigilating please get in touch at info@nottinghillmayfest.org.uk

FINLAY BREWER If Notting Hill provides the location and Brook Green provides the same with the added benefit of more space for less money, it is easy to understand the level of osmosis that has developed between the 2 areas. Around 80% of houses sold by Finlay Brewer are now taken by people relocating down the hill to take advantage of the prices, square footage, schools and transport whilst retaining their proximity to the ‘alma mater’ that is Kensington & Chelsea. The same applies to the rental market. Brook Green has a strong international presence, boosted by the French community, and two of our houses on Luxemburg Gardens were recently rented by Europeans originally looking to be in Holland Park, but impressed by the quality of properties available here. By moving less than 2 miles from Notting Hill Gate tube the upsides are multiple and your biggest decision will probably be whether to switch your allegiance from Lidgate to Stentons, our wonderful butcher in Brackenbury Village. Emma Harvey, Lettings, Finlay Brewer Limited, 020 7371 4171; finlaybrewer.co.uk

D&G DIARY

I’d like to start by saying that spring has finally sprung but sadly not so. With confusing weather conditions and “severe weather warnings”, it’s hardly surprising that we haven’t yet felt that warm glow in the air. The property market appears to be the same with stock levels stubbornly low and yet buyers galore who are desperate to move and experience the Notting Hill vibe. My most recent finding this month was a super cool new restaurant called The Rum Kitchen, All Saints Road. Well maybe not quite so new to Notting Hill but new to me. With its trendy vibe, Caribbean food and late opening, it’s a great place to find yourself hiding from the miserable weather outside. The “Rumbustion” cocktail is an excellent concoction to give you a false sense that you’re actually residing in a beach shack somewhere on the beautiful coast of Mauritius. Other news, well by the time this goes to print, we’ll have bagged ourselves another man – our new negotiator in Kensington Church Street office. Watch out for Ed Jephson to hit the ground running from our Chelsea office. He’s bright, hungry and ready for business. In the meantime, the clocks go forward on 31st March so these wonderfully light evenings are just around the corner. Maddie Lewington, Manager/Associate at Douglas and Gordon, 020 7727 7777; mlewington@dng.co.uk

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12 FLAVOURS OF MOUNTGRANGE HERITAGE We knew our team are a talented bunch in the office but it seems that their talent extends to the kitchen too. We recently asked team members to share a recipe that was close to their heart and the results have been collated into a set of recipe cards which we’re sending out to residents in Kensington & Chelsea and surrounding areas over the next 12 months. By dropping a monthly recipe card through our neighbours’ doors we hope to inspire people to try out something new and seasonal in the kitchen and in the process find out more about what makes the Mountgrange team tick! Each card features the person who provided the recipe, giving their reason why it’s so good. The range of recipes reflects some of the different personalities we have working at Mountgrange Heritage - from a Cornish lady and her fish pie to an Asian flower and her dainty Green Tea Balls... We hope you enjoy them. mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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Apartments: they’re anything but flat.

Both sale and rental values in W2 are at record levels and as you can see from the small selection of our recent successes listed overleaf, there is no shortage of willing buyers and tenants. So whether you are actively looking to sell or let, or would simply like to take the temperature of the market, we are always delighted to share our 30 years of market local knowledge with you. To arrange a confidential appointment without obligation please telephone a member of our team today.

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Our recent successes in W2

Hyde Park Gardens, W2 SOLD

Westbourne Crescent SOLD

Sale Place SOLD

Stanhope Place SOLD

Hyde Park Place SOLD

Albion Gate SOLD

Connaught Square SOLD

Porchester Terrace SOLD

Albion Street SOLD

Hyde Park Street SOLD

Southwick Street SOLD

Praed Street SOLD

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Albion Gate LET

Hyde Park Square LET

Craven Hill LET

Connaught Square LET

St George’s Fields LET

Hatherley Grove LET

Hereford Road LET

Queensborough Terrace LET

Sussex Square LET

Cleveland Square LET

Gloucester Terrace LET

Merchant Square east LET

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PRIVATE VIEWING Edward Parker, Associate Director at Anscombe & Ringland’s Notting Hill branch takes us around his favourite property on the books....

ORME COURT MEWS

W1

DETAILS ÂŁ1100 per week

CONTACT Anscombe & Ringland 020 7727 7227 anscombes.co.uk

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hink open-plan New York penthouse meets modern rustic exposed beams and you come close to the charms of this beautifully presented mews house. This charming home boasts two patios encased within the property walls which flood the reception room with natural light, and is filled with quirky touches which make this property truly delightful. From the huge, stained glass window in the master bedroom, to the hidden shower

in the guest bedroom, this lovely property is unique. Furthermore, with an open plan kitchen which is perfect for entertaining, this house is sure to be regularly shown off by the lucky tenant. Upstairs comprises of two large double bedrooms, both with wonderful exposed beams and brick, a beautiful mix of rustic wood and dashes of modern flair. Orme Court Mews is perfectly situated less than five minutes walk from Queensway and Bayswater Underground Stations, and Hyde Park.

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THE QUADRANT, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

CHESTERTON ROAD, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

This immaculate two double bedroom, two bathroom penthouse apartment offers fantastic outside space. Each room has a balcony combined with a very large private roof terrace.

This beautifully presented two bedroom apartment on the raised ground oor would make a perfect home for a professional couple or sharers.

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House

BARLBY ROAD, £1,650,000 FREEHOLD

ST. HELENS W10 - £500 WEEK ST CHARLES W10£475inPER is broadly Palladian GARDENS, in style and is a wide, single storeyPER building with large windows over looking SQUARE, the gardens. It was extended 1978WEEK to include a garden room andsituated a large studio complex including a workshop and dark . The property currently has very high ceilingsfour and A wonderful family house on a picturesque street within the highly sort room after St. Quintin Estate. The property comprises aving been newly refurbished, this at is in superb condition. n This beautifully refurbished two double bedroom apartment is light and spacious bedrooms, a large reception room andspace. an immaculately finished kitchen leading out on to a charming south facing brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage open plan kitchen and living room is a sociable environment ideal finished to a high standard including designer furnishings. et on garden, with views looking out over a peaceful bowling green. The property boasts generous proportions, beautiful original features and for entertaining. everroom popular harles quare in orth ensington. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complexthe | dining | wine tcellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | a high quality finish throughout. over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

KEMPE ROAD, Located in the Wiltshire LONDON, countryside andNW6 built in £1,599,950, the 1960’s as aFreehold large, modern country house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible accommodation with 50m potential to extend Located in the Wiltshire andthis built in the 1960’s as a large house. Family houses within of Queens Parkfurther. are rare and therefore we hopecountryside you can view great new instruction on the open day. This is a fantastic family arranged over three including extension the room loft space. The property isgaragingr offered to the market with no Four bedrooms | fourhouse bathrooms | garden room | hallfloors | drawing room | an studio complexinto | dining | wine cellar | integrated upper chain and is in good condition ready for occupation. 4 beds – 3 receptions – 2 bathrooms

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MILMAN ROAD, LONDON, NW6 £2,150,000 FREEHOLD

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

A very rare opportunity to buy a large family home with wonderful panoramic views directly overlooking Queens Park. Currently this Locatedisinarranged the Wiltshire in the 1960’s large, could modern house with far-reaching viewstoand extremely flexible house over countryside three floorsand withbuilt six bedrooms butas thea value becountry increased with some re-arranging create the perfect accommodation withispotential to extend further. Located in the Wiltshire countryside and builtthose in thewith 1960’s a large house. family home. There an ever increasing demand for properties in Queens Park especially parkasviews which command a premium. The| four property also |benefi from| hall a good sized garden, many| dining period features and good transport links to the city from Four bedrooms bathrooms gardentsroom | drawing room | studiohas complex room | wine cellar | integrated garagingr London Overground at Kensal Rise or the Bakerloo line at Queens Park Tube Station.

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Holland Park, W11 - Unfurnished, £1250 per week A stunning recently refurbished two bedroom apartment located moments from Holland Park, benefitting from a modern kitchen, private patio and additional study area. EPC: E

Kensington Place, W8 - Unfurnished, £1295 per week A fabulous three bedroom mid terrace house located in the popular Hillgate Village, with eat in kitchen, large reception, conservatory area and private patio garden. EPC: E

Aldridge Road Villas, W2 - £3,200 per week - Furnished This unique, four bedroom family home is positioned on a quiet, residential street just moments from the popular boutiques, cafes and restaurants

Iverna Gardens, W8 - Furnished/ Unfurnished, £750 per week A spacious two bedroom apartment overlooking this quiet garden square, benefitting from a bright reception room with private balcony and access to the Westbourne Park Road, W2 - £925 per weekremote - Unfurnished property has wooden floors throughout, an integrated communal garden square. EPC: C o theThis rear.well located three bedroom triplex apartment offers stunning high ceilings, contemporary finish and spacious rooms.

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Ladbroke Road, W11 - £450 per week furnished/unfurnished This fabulous, newly refurbished apartment sits within a beautiful Victorian conversion and is located in the very heart of Notting Hill. The elegantly designed interior, stone floors and superb quality of finish make this apartment extremely desirable. EPC: D

Rede Place, W2 - £650 per week unfurnished This charming, two double bedroom mews house is nestled in a quiet mews just off Chepstow Place and has been neutrally decorated to include wood floors and modern finish. EPC: D

Stanley Gardens, W11 - £600 per week furnished A lovely modern two double bedroom apartment which benefits from wood floors throughout and access to the communal gardens directly from the rear of the property. The property is within easy walking distance of Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate tube station. EPC: C

Crescent Mansions, W11 - £1200 per week furnished An elegant, recently refurbished two bedroom property with contemporary interior, modern kitchen and bathrooms and wood floors in the heart of Notting Hill and is extremely popular due to its proximity to Westbourne Grove and the famous Portobello Market. EPC: E

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WESTBOURNE TERRACE W2 A superb flat with car parking space, set in an attractive stucco-fronted Victorian terrace with imposing floor to ceiling height, close to the vast green open spaces of Hyde Park. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, parking. £1,250,000 Freehold Share 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

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TALBOT ROAD, W2 A superb upper maisonette providing luxurious living space in central Notting Hill. Approx. 1,841 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 en suite shower rooms, 2 reception rooms, roof terrace. £2,500,000 Freehold Share 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

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Leinster Square, W2 £685,000 A nice bright two bedroom apartment located in this beautiful period building. The property overlooks arguably one of W2’s best garden squares and is near the ever popular Westbourne Grove. 0207298 1550

Queens Gardens, W2 £750 per week A spacious three bedroom split level apartment with high ceilings and looking out on the garden square. The flat has a separate kitchen, plenty of storage space as well as access to the garden. 0207298 1550

Westbourne Terrace, W2 £595,000 A one bedroom apartment located on one of Paddington’s premier roads. The flat has been refurbished to an excellent standard and provides rooftop views from the reception room. 0207298 1550

Sussex gardens, W2 £650 per week A very generous three bedroom apartment, which benefits from great transport links. There is a fully fitted kitchen, two bathrooms and a large reception room. 0207298 1550

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LETTINGS LANCASTER ROAD

W11

DETAILS ÂŁ5,000 per week

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for family life. It boasts 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 en suite shower rooms, double reception room, kitchen/family room, pantry, utility room, cloakroom, wine cellar, balcony, garden. Lancaster Road is well placed to take advantage of Portobello Road, with its eclectic mix of shops, restaurant and bars. 151

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Elegant grandeur Holland Park Furnished/Unfurnished ÂŁ1,950 per week 020 7221 9044

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A stunning first floor three bedroom apartment in a desirable location. The apartment provides beautiful reception rooms with original features and undisturbed views overlooking Holland Park Tennis club; which can also be enjoyed from your private terrace. This is a spacious and elegant property which offers great entertaining space and lovely high ceilings. You are moments’ walk from the pretty gardens in Holland Park with Holland Park underground station just around the corner, perfect for commuting into town or the city. (1738 sq.ft/161.4 sq.m) 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite), reception room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, utility room, terrace, Energy Efficiency Rating : G

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Quaint Victorian cottage Holland Park

Addison Place is a cobbled Crescent ideally located between Queensdale Road and the exclusive Addison Avenue, thereby within easy walking distance of the first class shopping and transport facilities readily to hand at Holland Park Avenue, and only slightly further afield at the Westfield complex. No. 22 is a delightful, low built end of terrace property recently modernised to an exacting standard. A private and secluded garden at the front offers outside space, and resident parking bays are to be found immediately outside the property.(805 sq.ft/74.79 sq.m)

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MOVING IN

NOTHING’S BETTER THAN THE INSIDE SCOOP. LOCAL AGENTS GIVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS...

HANGOUT

William Tellwright, John D Wood & Co, 020 7727 2233; johndwood.co.uk Hollands Wine Bar and Genies Restaurant, on Portland Road. Their live jazz creates a superb atmosphere and a chilli con carne coupled with a glass of red is the perfect way to unwind.

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Sebastian Anduze , Jackson-Stops & Staff, 020 7727 5111; jackson-stops.co.uk Avondale Park, W11 situated at the top end of Pottery lane was created in 1892 and combines formal gardens with a multitude of children’s play areas suitable for 5-a-side football, netball and tennis.

FACT

Edward Parker, Anscombe and Ringland, 020 7727 7227; anscombes.co.uk Quite a few tourists come to Notting Hill looking to get a picture taken next to the famous blue door from the film Notting Hill. The door was actually sold at auction years ago, and replaced with a much more subdued black version!

INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Phillip Harrison, Barnard Marcus, 020 7221 5455; sequencehome.co.uk Bulthaup offers holistic solutions for the kitchen living spaces. Bulthaup offers technically and aesthetically outstanding products that are developed in accordance with your individual needs.

STREET

Julia Lee, Mountgrange Heritage, 020 8960 0181; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk Golborne Road as there is no pretension here, just a melting pot of cultures flourishing under the shadow of Trellick Towers. I particularly love the eclectic mix of street food as well as the fascinating mix of architecture, both old and new.

TIME OUT

James Kerman, Winkworth, 0207 792 5000; winkworth.co.uk W10 Performance is a hub of activity and knowledge. Their Personal Trainers offer a nutritional element to their fitness program and devise a workout schedule that doesn’t require you to devote your entire life to training.

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Area Kensington

From £250pw pwFurnished Furnished £420

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From £250 £575 pw pw Furnished Furnished

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Kensington 020 7938 3522 Kensington020 0207938 79383522 3522 Kensington

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Holland Park Office: +44 (0)20 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Queensdale Place, W11

Lettings: +44 (0)20 7727 5222

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ÂŁ1395 per week Unfurnished

Charming family house with large eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, further study/baby room, two bathrooms, cloakroom and established private garden. Located in a quiet street close to the amenities of Holland Park and two central line stations. Available mid-March. Unfurnished. EPC rating = E

Holland Park Office: +44 (0)20 7727 5222 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Fast find 51120

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18/03/2013 12:22


Lansdowne Court, W11

Asking price ÂŁ625,000 Leasehold

A beautifully presented immaculate ground floor flat conveniently situated in a very sought after quiet residential area in Holland Park. The apartment benefitting from polished wooden floors comprises a double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and reception room. EPC rating = D

Holland Park Office: +44 (0)20 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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18/03/2013 14:44


An enviable reputation in block management If you would like D&G to quote for the management of your building call Calum Watson MSc MIRPM on 020 7963 4655.

ÂŁ4,200,000 Freehold Aldridge Road Villas, W11 A stylish family home situated in this quiet residential street. The house is presented in excellent order with attention to detail and quality materials having been used throughout.

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Play room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Garden, EPC: E.

Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

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20/03/2013 15:29


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£2,850,000 Share of Freehold Queen’s Gate Place SW7 An immaculately presented ground and first floor maisonette in the heart of South Kensington.

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room with open plan kitchen, Terrace, Access to communal gardens by separate negotiation, EPC: E.

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

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71% WOULD PAY MORE

Beauty is in the eye of the Freeholder 71% of 300 people surveyed would pay extra for a flat with a share of freehold as opposed to a long lease. Call our expert team on 020 7591 8746 to discuss the best options available to you.

£2,425,000 Freehold Dukes Lane, W8

A fabulous individual townhouse situated in this quiet lane off Kensington Church Street.

£2,150,000 Share of Freehold Queen’s Gate Gardens SW7

An exceptional garden flat benefitting from generous living space and a private garden.

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Kensington Gate Sales 020 7581 1152 kensales@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Garage, Garden, EPC: E.

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

3 beds, 3 baths, 2 reception rooms, Kitchen, Garden, Communal garden access, EPC: C.

21/03/2013 10:59


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£1,750,000 Share of Freehold Queens Gardens, W2

A wonderful three bedroom top floor apartment (with lift) located in this attractive well-maintained garden square.

Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

Joint Sole Agent Savills 020 7727 5750

3 bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower room, Kitchen/dining room, Terrace, Lift, EPC: D.

£1,250,000 Share of Freehold Ladbroke Square, W11

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A spacious and light apartment situated in this prestigious location in Notting Hill.

Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Conservatory, Patio garden, EPC: C.

20/03/2013 15:30


THESE HOUSES ARE NEAR YOU NOW:

DetailstoMobile Simply type in ‘dng’ to 84840 for details of properties near you now.

£995,000 Leasehold De Vere Mews W8

A well-presented two bedroom flat in this private and gated mews, close to Hyde Park.

£649,950 Leasehold Linden Gardens, W2

A charming top floor apartment in this quiet enclave in Linden Gardens.

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

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Lift, EPC: D.

Kensington Sales 020 7792 1881 kensales@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, EPC: C.

20/03/2013 15:31


douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ1,750 per week Unfurnished Holland Park Road W14

A fabulous low built house with well laid out accommodation ideal for a family.

ÂŁ1,350 per week Furnished Royal Crescent Mews W11

A stunning mews house with contemporary interior and wooden floors throughout.

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Kensington Lettings 020 7792 1331 kenlets@dng.co.uk

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: D.

Notting Hill Lettings 020 7727 8000 nhlets@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Openplan kitchen, Patio garden, Garage, EPC: F.

20/03/2013 15:31


Britain’s Best Talent In The Telegraph’s poll of britains estate agents who go above and beyond, D&G were considered number one. We are honoured to be recognised for pushing the boundaries, we promise not to be boundlessly smug.

£1,250 per week Unfurnished Westbourne Terrace W2

A superb, split level, 1st floor flat with wonderful high ceilings and wooden floors.

£1,250 per week Furnished Palace Court W2

An impressive, beautifully refurbished first floor flat which has been finished to an extremely high standard.

Notting Hill Lettings 020 7727 8000 nhlets@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Dressing room, Reception room, Study, Kitchen, Roof terrace, Balcony, Direct lift access, EPC: E.

Kensington Lettings 020 7792 1331 kenlets@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Lift, Porter, Off-street parking, EPC: C.

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£1,250 per week Unfurnished Holland Park W11

Beautifully refurbished and immaculately presented apartment.

£1,050 per week Unfurnished/Part furnished Inverness Terrace W2

A fantastic, spacious apartment with wooden floors and a private garden.

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Kensington Lettings 020 7792 1331 kenlets@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Study area, Utility room, Patio, EPC: E.

Notting Hill Lettings 020 7727 8000 nhlets@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, En-suite shower room, Cloakroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Patio, EPC: E.

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We guarantee Weguarantee

to get you the

best price possible

Our 184 negotiators have perfected the right balance in their approach, so you enjoy both the experience and get the results you want.

on average we achieve:

of the asking price

“We have an intimate knowledge of the local property market; we know exactly, who’s buying and who’s selling. Recently, we marketed a flat at £1.4m. Within 48 hours, we had 20 viewings and 2 cash offers at the asking price. After best and final bids we achieved £180,000 over the asking price - much to our clients’ delight.” LITTLE VENICE SALES MANAGER

Local know-how. Better results.

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