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his month we were all excited to meet one of west London’s most glamorous women. Jade Parfitt is a supermodel who has been on the model circuit for long enough to have worked with some of the world’s best photographers and and come away with a tale to tell. She’s impressively poised and graceful, as you’d expect, and even by a model’s standards, she’s very tall indeed. We photographed her in a selection of extremely white clothes at one of Absolutely’s favourite places, Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. Fashion photography is quite a theme for us this month as we interview Juergen Teller about his big show at the ICA. Teller lives and works in W10 and is often to be found at Portobello Road’s Galicia, as he tells Lindsay Baker. More iconic images are to be found at the V&A, where the long-awaited David Bowie exhibition is set to open imminently – though you can preview it here first. Oh, and exciting plans are afoot to redevelop the the land under the Westway, so don’t forget to visit the exhibition outlining the scheme from 4 to 24 March at 6 Thorpe Close W10... Happy Easter

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CELIA BIRTWELL FOR UNIQLO It may sound unlikely, but Celia Birtwell has teamed up with Uniqlo for a new collection of print pieces launching this month. They’re set to be a sell-out. 54-58 Kensington High Street, W8; uniqlo.com/uk

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Absolutely LOVE COLVILLE SHOE The Colville is a modern take on the traditional court shoe with quirky pops of contrasting colour. Taking inspiration from colourful houses in the Colvilles of Notting Hill, it’s the highlight of Yull’s Spring/Summer collection. £120; yull.co.uk

MONSIEUR DREYFUSS AT MATCHES TATTY DEVINE Neon brights for spring don’t get brighter than this Radiance Ultra Shimmer necklace, £160. tattydevine.com

Monsieur Dreyfuss is launching for the fi rst time in the UK at Matches in Notting Hill for the Spring Summer 2013 season. We love this Hector bag in bold colour block canvas, £195. 60-64 Ledbury Road, W11, 020 7221 0255;matchesfashion.com

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BELLA FREUD’S CANDLE One of W10’s coolest people, Bella Freud, has teamed up with perfumer Azzi Glasser to launch her first range of candles. Our favourite is the Fig Leaf and Tomato scent, in a glass embellished with Freud’s ‘Ginsberg is God’ logo. £38. 3 Kensington Church Street, W8; uk.spacenk.com

HOLLAND PARK FRAGRANCE Royal Apothic’s Holland Park fragrance is a floral mix of fruit and flowers, featuring lemon, magnolia and jasmine. Victoria Beckham is a fan. £26; anthropologie.eu

TOM DIXON Dixon’s new Bead and Top pendant lights are inspired by molten globules of glass that come from the furnace ready to be blown. These lights are mouth-blown and very heavy. £250, tomdixon.net

CLEO B’S CASSETTE BAG Still using tapes? Whether you still do, or you never did, this leather pouch from Notting Hill-based Cleo B is both cute and luxe. Cassettes abound in her hip-hop inspired collection of shoes and bags. Watermelon cassette pouch, £199; cleob.com

SKANDIUM JUG New illustrations by Piia Keto adorn Arabia’s classic Arctica dishes in the new Piilopaikka range. Jug, £59; skandium.com

YLVA KUNZE A chic limited edition range of dresses and leggings in NW10based artist Ylva Kunze’s Frozen Moment, are for sale at Love KR, coinciding with an exhibition at the C99 Art Project opposite. The clothes are designed and made in Britain by Me & Thee. 98 Chamberlayne Road, NW10; lovekr.co.uk 15

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ROYAL ALBERT HALL 8 AND 9 MARCH

The MGM classic and one of the world’s most adored musicals comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a European premiere. Loved by audiences and critics alike, the original 1952 American musical will be presented on a large screen with the iconic soundtrack brought to life on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Neil Thomson. Tickets £15 - £55, 7.30pm performance. Kensington Gore, SW7, 020 7589 8212; royalalberthall.com

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The largest art fair in London features 129 galleries from 29 countries across the globe. Esteemed and emerging artists will be on display, with entries from all over the world. Contemporary photography, editions and prints will be the focal point of the fair, but with mixed media, sculpture and video, Art13 (sponsored by Citi Private Bank) is not to be missed. The Grand Hall Olympia Way, W14, 0871 230 5580; eco.co.uk

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YLVA KUNZE: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

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My Dog Sighs’ melancholic and often naive portraiture uses found materials including abandoned food cans – an unusual choice when considering traditional street art ideas of painting or pasted walls. Initially stemming from the desire to interact with the true public without causing permanent damage to public and private property, this transient work is not concerned with permanence or mass audience, but a beautiful desire to communicate quietly with a single participant. 133-137 Westbourne Grove, W11; londonwestbank.com

Romantic, luminous paintings, which depict and explore the ‘capture of her memories’ from her homeland of Smaland in Sweden. Using dynamic movement, colour and form, the paintings Ylva makes draw in the light and shine with echoes of the forest and convey the feelings of water and snow. 99 Chamberlayne Road, NW10; ylvakunze.com

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KMIX

GREAT WESTERN STUDIOS

11-17 MARCH

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The story of kMix, Kenwood’s iconic food mixer. The exhibition provides an insight into the workings of the design process, showcasing a collection of drawings, visuals, models and prototypes. 65 Alfred Road, W2

RON SEXSMITH ROYAL ALBERT HALL

7 MARCH

The Canadian singer-songwriter comes to the Hall following the release of his 12th and arguably best album Long Player Late Bloomer in 2011. Tickets at ronsexsmith.com

STUDIO SITTINGS BY ANNE PURKISS LEIGHTON HOUSE

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Royal Academicians by renowned portrait photographer Anne Purkiss. These images are a unique record of some of the most celebrated artists of recent times. From David Hockney to Peter Blake and Elizabeth Frink, the images provide a telling insight into the artists and the environment in which they work and create. 12 Holland Park Road, W14; 020 7692 3316

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Sharon Yamamoto’s works create a Looking Glass world. The Japanese-American artist counts children and animals among her inspirations for art that has at its core the message of the one-ness of all existence. Her work is exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic and is collected worldwide. Ilchester Place, W8

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PARADISE BY WAY OF THE SILVER SCREEN 17 MAR 2013, 2.30PM

A co-production between the Lexi Cinema and Paradise, bringing monthly Sunday afternoon screenings tickets for £5. Kick back in the fi rst floor screening room with some choice fi lms and delicious food from the renowned restaurant. Breathe in the spirit of The Goonies, as The Lexi takes you on a heady, 80s nostalgia trip with Mikey, Chunk, Data, Mouth and the rest of the gang. It’s an intoxicating world of pre-pubescent, innocent adventure that makes us all wish we’d grown up in smalltown USA. 19 Kilburn Lane, W10; theparadise.co.uk

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Everyone loves Quentin Blake. And there’s much more to this long-standing South Kensington resident than the ever-popular Roald Dahl illustrations, as shown in his new book. Beyond the Page reveals the diversity of Blake’s illustrations, spanning exhibitions, greetings cards, posters, commercial work and more. Pictured here is the Illustration Creature. Tate Publishing, £19.99; shop.tate.org.uk

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Notting Hill Editions is dedicated to the best non-fiction essayists and has developed a community around great writing. This month they are teaming up with 5x15 to host a special evening celebrating the diversity of their titles. Join them on 13 March at the Bush Theatre to hear Deborah Levy responding to George Orwell’s essay Why I Write, Lavinia Greenlaw on ideas of Elsewhere, Harry Mount on the essay form, Francis Wilson on the literary prize and Christian Lorentzen telling us how to set up a literary magazine in five difficult steps. nottinghill editions.com

As ‘Schwitters in Britain’ continues at the Tate, it’s nice to note that there’s also a Schwitters in Notting Hill angle. The German Dadaist artist may have famously spent his fi nal years in exile in the Lake District, but it’s less well known that he moved there from a boarding house in St Stephens Crescent W2... ‘Schwitters in Britain’ is at Tate Britain until 12 May. tate.org.uk

JE W EL IN THE CROW N Desire Fair will showcase work from over 120 exhibitors working in leather, acrylic, ceramics, paper, glass, copper and wood as well as more traditional silver, gold and platinum jewellery featuring gemstones, pearls, beads and enamelwork. There will be talks by various designers and makers as well as workshops with the London Jewellery School, plus a focus on innovative new work by recent graduates. 15-17 March, Conference and Events Centre, Hornton Street, W8. desirefair.com

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WATCH THAT MAN Catherine Hales previews the longawaited David Bowie Is at the V&A

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rom Ziggy Stardust via Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke, Bowie was – and remains – and extraordinary performer. Defying convention, he blazed a trail both in fashion and music that modern artists are still living in the wake of today. This exhibition, curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, contains over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, film, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork that have never before been brought together. Divided into four sections, the show starts with Bowie’s formative years when he was David Robert Jones, born in 1947 in Brixton, and his transition into David Bowie, musical icon. Experimentation with different styles varying from Mod to mime artist is presented through early photographs and his own sketches of costumes and stage designs leading up to the defining moment in 1969 of his first major hit Space Oddity. Bowie’s various personae were integral to his radical and anarchistic approach to performance. The genesis of Bowie’s most infamous incarnation Ziggy Stardust in 1972 has echoed through popular culture ever since and nothing better epitomises the androgynous alien creation than the original multi-coloured suit worn on Top of the Pops for his performance of Starman. This, as well as outfits

designed for stage characters Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke, will all be on display alongside costumes from The 1980 Floor Show (1973) and cover sleeves for The Man Who Sold The World. Immersive audiovisual presentations will show the singer’s most ambitious music videos and recently discovered footage of Bowie’s performance of Jean Genie on Top of the Pops in 1973. A separate room will display props and highlights from eighties favourite Labyrinth (1986) and feature film Basquiat (1996). The exhibition finishes with iconic images by photographers including Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and John Rowlands, juxtaposed with a collage of projections demonstrating Bowie’s continuing legacy represented in fashion, music and contemporary visual and virtual culture today.

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ALBUM COVER SHOOT FOR ALADDIN SANE DESIGN BY BRIAN DUFFY AND CELIA PHILO, MAKE UP BY PIERRE LA ROCHE, 1973 © DUFFY ARCHIVE PROMOTIONAL SHOOT FOR THE KON-RADS BY ROY AINSWORTH, 1963, COURTESY OF THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012

Over 300 objects include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, film, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork

CUT UP LYRICS FOR ‘BLACKOUT’ FROM “HEROES”, 1977 © THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012. IMAGE DAVID BOWIE AND WILLIAM BURROUGHS PHOTOGRAPHED BY TERRY O’NEILL, HAND COLOURED BY DAVID BOWIE, 1974, COURTESY OF THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012 FILM STILL FROM THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH BY DAVID JAMES, C1975-6, COURTESY OF THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012. FILM STILLS © STUDIOCANAL FILMS LTD SELF PORTRAIT IN POSE ALSO ADOPTED FOR THE ALBUM COVER OF “HEROES”, 1978 © THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012 STRIPED BODYSUIT FOR ALADDIN SANE TOUR DESIGNED BY KANSAI YAMAMOTO. PHOTOGRAPH BY MASAYOSHI SUKITA, 1973 © SUKITA / THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012 THE ARCHER STATION TO STATION TOUR, PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN ROWLANDS, 1976 © JOHN ROBERT ROWLANDS

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BELLA FREUD’S CANDLE Bella Freud and perfumer Azzi Glasser’s new range of candles launched with a party at Space NK in Westbourne Grove, with Laura Bailey, Helena Bonham Carter and friends

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DEBUT Art, fizz and great conversation made for an excellent evening at Debut Contemporary gallery, showcasing top talent from the UK and internationally.

IDRIS ELBA Hollywood’s Idris Elba came to spin the decks at NW6’s Love and Liquor, attracting a crowd including Tinie Tempah, Warren Brown, Fabrice Muaba and Jade Jagger. Idris Elba

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Marc Jacobs leopard dress £ 560; marcjacobs.com

Leo Havaianas £24; havaianas-store.com

ANIMAL MAGIC Sharin Parker’s selection of wild, jungle-inspired pieces

Vivienne Westwood. Circus Sailer Shorts £205, viviennewestwood.co.uk

Stefanel Giraffe tank £POA; stefanel.com

Biba Zebra print jumper £79; houseoffraser.co.uk

By Malene Birger Wascina clutch £225; shop.bymalenebirger.com

Linda Farrow Tortoiseshell sunglasses £269; matchesfashion.com

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FASHION NOTES MA XMA R A FELDER FELDER W10-based Felder Felder have teamed up with Finest Seven to launch a range of colourful sunglasses alongside the mainline Spring Summer 2013 collection. The shades draw inspiration from the broken wings of a butterfly, with acetate frames that are subtly winged in shape. Needless to say, they are beautifully finished – we love this muted green shade, above. Made to order at finestseven.com

FOLK British label Folk, launched by Kensal Rise based Cathal Mcateer, has an understated style that has quietly been on the rise since its launch over 10 years ago. The new season features soft, natural fabrics in muted colours, with bright accents and delightful details. Folk is stocked at Supra, 249 Portobello Road W11 and 71 Chamberlayne Road, NW10. folkclothing.com

Following the success of its Westbourne Grove store, MaxMara is launching a new webshop for its Weekend collection, inspired by an Italian summer. Think Capri pants in colourful prints, bright sandals and lots of classic navy pieces, plus sandy shades and light, floaty dresses. 218 Westbourne Grove, W11, 020 7229 2253 maxmara.com

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It’s a little-known fact that Penelope Chilvers’ studio in W10’s Pall Mall building offers a very personal shopping experience. Make and appointment to view the entire collection in the leather-scented studio and come away with the most beautiful boots you’ve ever seen. penelopechilvers.com

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Who can argue with a yellow silk jumpsuit? Marina is a new label dedicated entirely to silk. With its clean style and silhouette, these are sleek, luxurious pieces that range from tee shirts to dresses, all in flattering cuts and fabulous styles. Best of all is this yellow silk jumpsuit, £500. marinalondon.com

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MY STYLE Lucy Enfield of children’s fashion boutique ilovegorgeous reveals her inspirations

Your favourite piece of clothing Boringly – but importantly – my black trousers from the Kooples. They see me through day and night, day after day. More fun but worn less is a floor-length vintage skirt. Dark brown with silver lurex, an unusual combination that looks fantastic.

Favourite piece of children’s clothing It changes as we design new collections but for this summer I think it is the block coloured Fab Dress. My favourite holiday destination Greece. That searing heat, the song of the cicadas, olive oil and long lunches on a shaded beach terrace with family and friends.

Favourite designer Vivienne Westwood. I used to wear her corsets and then got married in one with an enormous net skirt. Ridiculous but so much fun. Most treasured possession If I can’t say my kids, it has to be my glasses. I can see nothing without them and all things beautiful are not so without them. Style icon My mother. She never spent a lot of money on clothes but was always unfailingly glamorous and had a fabulous eye.

Most inspiring experience Living in India in my 20s surrounded by the colours and warmth of the incredible diverse culture there. It is just so vibrant. Favourite piece of art I bought a Elizabeth Lecourt when we first started ilovegorgeous. I absolutely love her work turning maps into dresses.

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WHITE LIGHT

Pendle Harte meets supermodel Jade Parfitt to discuss catwalk personalities, shooting with Richard Avedon and favourite footwear Photography by Liam Duke Styling by Lynda Bell

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ade Parfitt could never not have become a model. Standing six foot two in her Converse, she towers head and shoulders above anyone else, a blonde giant with an unlikely mix of the fragile and the Amazonian about her. She’s pale, almost translucent, with whispy blonde hair and improbably long legs. Arriving at Paradise by Way of Kensal Green for our shoot, she’s friendly and at ease, happy to be local and happy to chat while her hair is pulled into shape and her face made up, all of which she tolerates with clear professionalism. In the world of modelling, Parfitt is an old timer. At 34, she’s been in the industry for nearly 20 years and things have changed a lot. And from her point of view, starting out now doesn’t seem like an enviable position to be in. ‘There are just so many more models these days,’ she says. ‘The first fashion show

I did was Prada and you could name every person in the room – except me. Now there are just so many more and girls really have much more limited careers. You go to a fashion show now and half the girls can’t walk because they haven’t been given a chance to learn their trade before they’re booted out.’ If it sounds harsh, that’s

Cara Delevingne who’s not only really gorgeous but really fun too. And there’s Kristen McMenamy who’s come back, having had kids, and she’s really interesting. So, yes, personality was underrated but now it’s definitely back.’ Parfitt must have encountered more than a few personalites over the years, I venture. Who are the most memorable? ‘Oh there are lots,’ she says. ‘But definitely Richard Avedon. I am such a fan of his. I was so nervous about going to my first shoot with him and when I arrived at the studio he grabbed me and shouted ‘hi, my name’s Dick’ and put me at ease straight away. He was such a charismatic man and it was fun to be on set with him. I was honoured and lucky to be able to do a few shoots with him.’ Many of Avedon’s pictures are Parfitt’s favourite ever ones, including a famous shoot for The New Yorker with Parfitt and Esther de Jong – ‘a real iconic Avedon shot,’ she says.

“The first fashion show I did was Prada and you could name every person in the room – except me” because it is – Parfitt supposes that a new model only really has six months to prove herself, as distinct from the couple of years you could reckon with 20 years ago. ‘But what’s really coming back, I think, is personality, because that’s what people thought was missing. So you’ve got amazing models like

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WHITE COTTON SHIRT AND PENCIL SKIRT – BURBERRY LONDON GOLD ‘J’ NECKLACE – ASTLEY CLARKE GOLD METAL BANGLES WITH MOONSTONES – ASHIANA LARGE NEUTRAL STONE RING – LOLA ROSE

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WHITE BLAZER AND TROUSERS – STELLA MCCARTNEY AT MATCHES PALE GREY SUEDE AND WHITE LEATHER SHOES – ASOS GOLD ‘J’ NECKLACE – ASTLEY CLARKE BLUE STONE RING – ASHIANA NUDE LEATHER BELT – LK BENNETT

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arfitt’s entrance into the world of modelling came not from a scout – though you’d imagine her to have stood out as a towering teenager (did we mention that she was tall?) but, less glamorously, through a competition on This Morning, in which her mother secretly entered her. The first that the 15-year old knew of it was when her mother arrived at school to pick up her daughter for a live TV appearance. How terrifying this must have been, I volunteer. ‘I was surprised,’ she admits. ‘I thought she’d gone mad,’ says Parfitt, who had never considered modelling. ‘I was scared about being on TV, obviously, but I liked drama and things like that so there was a part of me that was quite up for it.’ And of course, she was so much taller than the other teenagers, having shot up in height quite suddenly when she reached 14. ‘Oh, it’s that boring story of being a really gawky teenager and not feeling very pretty and then suddenly becoming a model,’ she says breezily, as if it were something we could all relate to. The prize for the This Morning competition was a contract with Models One, which propelled her straight into the international world of fashion, her first job being a shoot with Craig McDean for i-D and German Elle magazines. ‘I was probably quite annoying. There was a great team, with Pat McGrath and Eugene doing hair and make up and I remember grilling them with questions about every product they were using.’ She loved the pictures, though it took a bit of getting used to. ‘Craig was very sweet. It’s very different having your picture taken as a model – what looks like a relaxing picture could be quite an awkward position to hold.’ Parfitt is a long-standing west Londoner and we are shooting her at one of her favourite hang outs, Paradise. But ask her to describe her perfect day, and it’s not all about parties. ‘I like to go on really long walks in Richmond

Park, then go and eat somewhere really nice – like maybe here! I love long walks and lovely dinners. Parfitt is happy that she’ll be able to pick up her six year-old son from school later and cites her friend Jasmine Guinness’s toyshop Honeyjam as one of her favourite places to take him. Other days she likes shopping in Westbourne Grove, stopping at Matches and Ottolenghi, and local friends include Alice Temperley (‘our sons get on very well’) and shoe designer Zoe Lee. And what does she buy? ‘I’ve just had to rebuy my Acne Pistol boots because they were so worn out – I thought

I really should branch out and get something else but they are so comfy. It’s embarrassing admitting that.’ She’s started to work out lately, for the first time, at Equus in Knightsbridge – which she says is ‘fun’ – and also embarking on a new fashion blog for Baukjen (‘it’s easy because they have lovely clothes’). And with that, it’s time for Parfitt to get to work, keen to try on the Temperley dress that’s waiting for her. In her vertiginous heels, she dwarfs everyone in the room; Liam the photographer needs to stand on a stool. Ever professional, Parfitt poses with ease, looking beautiful and luminous. 37

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CREAM SILK BLOUSE WITH BLACK COLLAR – RAOUL AT FENWICK WHITE TROUSERS WITH BLACK TRIM – AQUILANO RIMONDI AT FENWICK BLACK FELT TRILBY HAT – BUNDLE MACLAREN GOLD SPIKE CUFF – ASHIANA

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BEADED SILK DRESS WITH LEATHER BELT – DAKS CREAM BLAZER – STELLA MCCARTNEY AT MATCHES PALE GREY SUEDE AND WHITE LEATHER SHOES – ASOS ----------------------------------------------------------------PHOTOGRAPHER LIAM DUKE STYLING LYNDA BELL, ASSISTED BY POLLY KNIGHT HAIR AYUMI PEARSON MAKE-UP ARABELLA PRESTON MANY THANKS TO THE PARADISE BY WAY OF KENSAL GREEN

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SHOW AND TELLER As Juergen Teller’s pictures wow the ICA, Lindsay Baker meets the photographer at his W10 studio

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he enormous Vivienne Westwood triptych at the entrance of Juergen Teller’s current ICA show, Woo!, may take some by surprise – it’s not often you see a septuagenarian posing nude in quite such a, well, graphic way. But those familiar with Teller’s work will take it in their stride – his pictures are famously anarchic, oddly humorous and frequently explicit, blurring the lines between art and fashion photography.

He doesn’t set out to shock, he assures me, when we meet for a chat at his printing studio, just to ‘see something I haven’t seen before.’ As for the Westwood nudes: ‘I’ve been photographing Vivienne for so long, and I’ve always been mesmerised by her,’ he explains in his Germanic lilt. ‘By what she’s thinking and how fantastic she looks. Her skin is so white and intriguingly fantastic, it made me wonder what she would be like to photograph naked. With

all the punk heritage that comes with her, she’s a complete icon in British culture.’ London is the 48-year-old photographer’s adopted home – he and his family live in a roomy warehouse property off Ladbroke Grove that doubles up as a studio. He is occasionally to be spotted propping up the bar at Galicia tucking into tapas, and says he loves the area, and the fact that it has retained plenty of its authentic charm. It’s hardly surprising that the grittiness appeals. This is, after all, the man who often prefers a down-at-heel setting for his work. In photography circles he is the master of the anti-aesthetic, the enemy of re-touching, the king of grunge, a subverter of glamour – and re-inventor of what defines fashion imagery. Certainly, this solid-looking, football-loving Bavarian has a refreshingly earthy approach. Literally so, in the case of the Kate Moss photo in which the world’s best-known supermodel reclines in a mucky wheelbarrow. ‘It felt right visually – I’m interested in life and how people are in real life. I can be very cruel and humorous and serious and silly. I think I have a relatively wide range – but I think that’s how life is.’

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He seems to inspire great trust in subjects in his commercial work too. Over the past couple of decades he has been responsible for some of the industry’s biggest campaigns – among them Westwood, Marc Jacobs and Celine. For his well-known Posh-in-a-bag campaign for Marc Jacobs, he somehow convinced Victoria Beckham to climb into an enormous shopping bag and pose with only her legs visible, poking out of the top. Having studied photography in Munich, Teller arrived in London in 1986 where he soon found himself contributing to The Face and i-D. By the early 90s he was working on commercial jobs, regularly flying Concord to New York in order to photograph the supermodels of the era. Rather than settling into this life of luxury and high-octane glamour, though, Teller had an almost allergic reaction to it, and it seems he is still ambivalent about the fashion industry, despite his top-dog position. ‘I’m not interested in status. I see the complexities of fashion and I want to have fun with it – the idea of dressing up is fun.’ If anything, his rebellious attitude endears him further to an industry

that has a soft spot for a maverick. Teller works with film rather than digitally, and unlike more or less every other photographer working in fashion, he rarely retouches his pictures, even though the scenarios are often elaborate, set-up fantasies, ‘Perfection’ does not interest him, he says. ‘I have no connection to that at all. I find those photographs boring. And I don’t think it’s necessarily healthy for women to be under this immense pressure to look a certain way. I look more into what kind

‘It’s not about photographing subjects and then ticking them off and moving on to the next one, like a celebrity photographer. It’s more about my state of mind and who belongs to my universe.’ Over the years he has occasionally photographed his children – he has one daughter, now 15, with his ex, stylist Venetia Scott, and a son with his wife, art dealer Sadie Coles. But, he says, he mostly leaves the holiday snaps up to his wife, otherwise he starts ‘thinking’ when he should be just ‘being’. In recent years he has taken more to shooting landscapes that are contemplative in mood – he shot a series of pictures in the forest near his homeland in Germany featuring his mother. And he and his wife have bought a second home in Suffolk, which he loves. Sounds like an idyllic life. Is he a happy person, I wonder? ‘I’m a complicated character, almost melancholic, and so I feel a responsibility to see the ridiculous and funny and difficult sides of life – because life is complex.’

In photography circles he is the master of the anti-aesthetic, the enemy of re-touching, the king of grunge

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of person they are. I put myself in my photos as a slightly overweight man, and I’ve photographed people of all different sizes.’ You can’t help noticing that the same people crop up again and again in his photos – Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, William Eggleston, Charlotte Rampling, Kirsten McMenamy. The fact is, he likes photographing his friends.

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INDIAN VIBE Aashni Shah of Aashni & Co tells Absolutely about bringing Indian fashion to Ledbury Road

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The world is oblivious to much of the new and upcoming talent from India, which led to a need to build Aashni & Co Tell us how Aashni & Co. came about At the heart of the Aashni & Co journey is a vision to introduce a fresh and current reflection of Indian fashion and design. A western understanding of Indian fashion is often crippled by the stereotype of being very ethnic. The world is oblivious to much of the new and upcoming talent from India which led to a need to build Aashni & Co. It fills a void and acts as a vehicle to truly reflect the diversity, dynamic nature and universal accessibility of Indian design. And what is your background? I grew up in Bombay and was always fascinated by culture, people, personality and aesthetic. The urge to be creative was rooted in my love of film, and I came to London to pursue this. I was an editor by profession and freelanced occasionally as an assistant director for feature films. In spite of working here for a number of years I always missed the rich culture of India. In particular I pined for the fashions I had grown up with, and was confused as to why awareness of their beauty was limited to India itself. Transferring my love for creating and curating into the fashion world with a love for business manifested organically into Aashni & Co.

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How would you describe Aashni & Co’s style? Both discreet and extravagant. Luxury is not defined by how big or impressive something is. Aashni & Co. champions exquisite workmanship in fashion, whether it is in understated chic or statement glamour. A woman should make ample room for both. What sets Indian designs apart from everyone else? I would say that the exquisite craftsmanship and play with colours incorporated within both western and eastern silhouettes - whether a tailored blazer, dress or a traditional sari and lehenga (skirt) is something unique that the talent from India offers up. Who is the typical Aashni & Co. woman? She has cultural soul and is definitely somebody who doesn’t shy away from her heritage. She embraces the traditional while making it current. The typical Aashni & Co. woman is defined more by her attitude than her aesthetic. She has no inhibition in her choices, isn’t intimidated by trend or the need to conform and can easily transition her catwalk couture into city girl comfort. Who are your personal favourite designers? The Sabyasachi RTW line is my go-to for everyday wear and I can’t resist Manish Malhotra when I feel the need

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for some glamour. I love Alexander Wang for comfort chic and rely on Philip Lim and Hemut Lang for their tailoring and sharp aesthetics. For colour and play I have fashion fallen head over heels for Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto. Why did you choose Ledbury Road for the shop? The area has a beautiful mix of character and a definite sense of the different. That is something I feel reflects the essence of the store perfectly. The more relaxed feel of the area compared to the chaos of central London provides us with the luxury of creating a more personal and intimate experience for visitors to the store. What are plans for Aashni & Co. in the future? With the collections in-store being so well received by visitors from around the UK and internationally as well as London shoppers, the next step was naturally to launch Aashni & Co. e-commerce. You will be able to shop collections online with us by April. Opening up further stores is something I definitely envisage for the future, with the next Aashni & Co. destination likely to be France. Aashni& Co 47 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA 020 7985 0155 aashniandco.com 49

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SUGA R A ND SPICE The new limited edition range from Jo Malone, launching this month, channels high tea. Specifically, cakes and biscuits. Surprisingly maybe, when most people are looking towards healthy, organic things – but Jo Malone knows that underneath it all, everbody loves a sweet treat. So there’s Lemon Tart, Redcurrant and Cream, Elderflower and Gooseberry, Ginger Biscuit and Bitter Orange and Chocolate, all in dinky 30ml bottles, each of them an instant olfactory pudding. What’s not to like? £38 for 30ml; jomalone.com

Malin+Goetz’s hair care range includes an effective moisturising shampoo (£19) and a lovely cilantro conditioner (£16) that smooths coloured hair. malinandgoetz.com

Lancome’s Definicil mascara is a good contender for Best Mascara Ever. £21; lancome.co.uk

WA X LY R IC A L For the ultimate in pain-free (or very nearly) waxing, it has got to be Strip. Never mind the pleasant surroundings, or the cute scented wax menu (‘chocolate or blueberry, madam?’) – the real issue here is the pain, or lack of it, and Strip’s secret recipe and clever methods transform this most unpleasant of experiences into something surprisingly bearable. Have you got your loyalty card? Strip, 112 Talbot Road, W11, 020 7727 2754; stripwaxbar.com

FACE UP The Biologique Recherche facial is EF Medispa’s spring clean facial, featuring the new range of products from the French brand that’s loved by Hollywood for its innovative and clinical approach. It’s a targeted 90-minute treatment, suited to your skin’s precise needs, with a thorough nine-step procedure. To start, there’s a gentle cleanse and the application of Biologique’s hero product, Lotion P50, which hydrates and tones while balancing the skin’s Ph value. The treatment is available for £95 from three months from March to May. 29 Kensington Church Street, W8; 020 7937 5554; efmedispa.com

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Absolutely quizzes W10 Performance’s fitness guru Jean Claude Vacassin on the truth behind the workouts How can W10 performance improve my life? W10 Performance helps people to improve their health and fitness. You will get good advice on exercise and nutrition in an approachable but focused environment. We have a small membership base; we like it that way and so do our members as they receive wholehearted attention from a highly qualified and dedicated team. What if I don’t have time to get fit? The majority of our members all have very high-pressured jobs and lives with very little time. There’s always a way to work in training. To a degree, you have to make time. Will I actually see results? Like anything, you get out what you put in. All our members here have one thing in common, they are serious and committed to getting fit. Whether you’re in here

to get stronger or drop fat, we will help people to achieve their goals if they are dedicated. What is W10’s philosophy? Eat accordingly, train honestly and take more time to relax, wind down and recover. Can you tell us one of your success stories? Eighteen months ago a woman came to us having suffered with back and knee pain most of her life and had never done any real exercise. Now, 18 months down the line she is three stone lighter, pain free and registered to run a triathlon in early 2013. What is the most commonly held misconception about fitness? Cardio is the best way to loose fat and carbs are bad for you.

And if you can only do one thing to improve your fitness, what should it be? Everyone is different and we would recommend any changes on a individual basis, particularly when it comes to nutrition. But, in general, people need to go back to basics: eat more wholefoods (and less refined or processed varieties), work on improving sleep quality and exercise more specifically according to their individual goals and body type. W10 Performance Unit 3 69 St Marks Road W10 6JG 020 3489 5428 w10performance.com

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Glow for Spring Freshen up this spring with Peach on the Hill’s award-winning facials

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pring is on the way and after a cold wet winter, one thing that suffers is our skin. It’s time to freshen up that dull complexion – so why not take a visit to Peach on the Hill and let them do the hard work for you? This spring, Peach have some very special events planned, with detailed skin analysis with the Visia skin photographic system and personal make-up consultations by a top Jane Iredale mineral makeup makeup artist. These come at no cost to the client – they’re just to help Peach to help you to get the best help for your skin and achieve the best long lasting results. No gimmicks, no hard sell: just honest answers to your questions. Karen has worked in the area for 17 years and seen the industry develop. Now at Peach on the Hill she is keen to push the boundaries of skincare, while keeping it all non-invasive. And as testimony to her talents, she has clients from all over London as well as Dorset, Wiltshire and all over the world, who return to Peach for what

they believe are the best facials anywhere. Peach was recently crowned Salon of the Year 2012 by the International Institute of Anti-Ageing for the UK, which was a very exciting achievement.

Signature facials At Peach, signature facials are all you are looking for in a skin treatment, whether treating photo-ageing, congestion, rosacea or just maintenance. Tailored to your skin’s needs, when you arrive Peach therapists will help you achieve your own natural radiance by cleansing and feeding where appropriate (Peach have a good reputation for thorough extractions where applicable). Yet whatever your skin will have done, you are guaranteed that when you leave you will not look red and blotchy – just glowing and radiant – and a couple of days later, the full effects really show.

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LITTLE DUCKLINGS Little Duckling’s Spring/Summer collection comes with a fishy theme. Colours are muted with bright touches and there’s a welcome focus on rainwear too. little-duckling.co.uk

SWEET STYLES The new collection at Caramel Baby & Child is pared down and preppy with neutral colours, lightweight knits and easy shorts. The boy collection is particularly stylish. Pictured: Lear shirt, £65, and Whitby jeans, £74, Caramel Baby & Child, 77 Ledbury Road W11; caramel-shop.co.uk

Absolutely TINIES How to keep them amused

HISTORY IN PICTURES Bright sparks will love the V&A’s new Edward Bawden Colouring Book, which features a wide range of the artist’s favourite linocuts spanning both history and fairy tale. Felt tips at the ready for these London monuments, lions, tigers, princesses, knights and crests. £5.99, vam.ac.uk

PETER & THE WOLF

A performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf designed for two to five year-olds, aims to provide an exciting interactive experience while opening up classical music to parents and youngsters. Children are encouraged to take part playing percussion instruments in the classic story of a boy and his animal friends. Peter and the Wolf takes place on Saturday 9 March, 10am at St John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN. Tickets are £5 per child with accompanying adult/ £3 concessions and can be purchased at nctpeterandthewolf. eventbrite.co.uk.

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HOLLAND PARK SCHOOL NOW THAT HOLLAND PARK SCHOOL’S NEW BUILDING IS OPEN AND THE SCHOOL HAS BECOME AN ACADEMY, IT IS RUMOURED THAT MICHAEL GOVE AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN SPOTTED TOURING IT AS A POTENTIAL SCHOOL FOR THEIR DAUGHTER. THE FACILITIES ARE IMPECCABLE: A VAST BASEMENT SWIMMING POOL AND GYM, A FULLYEQUIPPED THEATRE, SCIENCE LABS AND A LARGE MAIN HALL WITH FANTASTIC ACOUSTICS, PLUS CLASSROOMS WITH BESPOKE FURNITURE THAT’S STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL. THE SCHOOL LAUNCHED A NEW UNIFORM IN LINE WITH THE NEW BUILDING AND IS PROVING MORE POPULAR THAN EVER IN TERMS OF APPLICANTS, WITH OVER 1000 APPLICANTS FOR ENTRANCE IN YEAR 7. PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 WILL BE ALLOCATED THIS MONTH. HOLLANDPARKSCHOOL.CO.UK

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Absolutely takes a look at the new Kew House School, opening its doors in September this year What do you do if you run two highly successful and oversubscribed preparatory schools and the parents of your pupils urge you to open a coeducational secondary school to continue their children’s education up to the age of 18? For Maria Gardener of London Preparatory Schools Ltd, which runs Ravenscourt Park and Kew Green Prep Schools, the answer was clear – do as they asked. So it is that, in September 2013, a new independent secondary school will open in west London. It is called Kew House School.

WHAT? The school promises to be pioneering and modern, while retaining the best of the traditional values demonstrated at the two preparatory schools, founded in 1991 and 2004. Key to its success will be a rich and broad curriculum, taught in a relatively small, nurturing learning environment where individual talents are identified and developed. In the school’s first year, places will be available in Years 7, 8 & 9. Through an innovative selection process, KHS is seeking to attract intelligent pupils with a confident sense of identity and an original approach to learning, problem solving and creativity. The result will be a school that respects each student as a valuable individual, and works in partnership with pupils and parents to promote each pupil’s success, welfare and happiness: in short, Kew House School.

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RECIPE PIGEON BREASTS WITH FENNEL SERVES 4

This is an easy, yet sophisticated dish that Alison’s son Arthur created one evening and has become a family staple. You can substitute chicken breasts if pigeon is not for you. It is perfect served with Puy lentils and rice. Pack of pigeon breasts from the butcher or farmers’ market or four chicken breasts sliced into smaller pieces 1 large fennel bulb 2 garlic cloves (optional) 2 slices butter 2 tablespoons olive oil A handful chopped flat leaf parsley A handful chopped fennel tops Salt and black pepper • 1⁄2 glass dry white wine (optional) • 1⁄2 glass vegetable or chicken stock

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Fox Pot – From the Kitchens of Notting Hill is a new cookbook compiled by parents at W8’s Fox Primary School

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celebrating the eclectic tastes of Notting Hill. It contains delicious, multicultural dishes from local families alongside recipes from chefs including Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Bill Granger, Valentine Warner and Sally Clarke. All proceeds from book sales go to the school and its charities.

1 Peel and finely slice the garlic and fennel. Reserve the feathery fennel tops. 2 Put the oil and butter in the pan and bring to a medium heat, add the fennel and garlic. Let them soften, stirring repeatedly. When completely soft and translucent, season with salt and pepper. Re- move the fennel from the pan and place on a warm plate. 3 Put the pigeon or chicken breasts in the pan with a little more oil. Put the heat up a touch. Once the breasts are nearly cooked (after five minutes or so), season and pour in the wine and stock. Let it bubble and reduce slightly. 4 Serve the pigeon breasts on top of a bed of fennel sprinkled with the parsley and fennel tops.

Fox Pot – From the Kitchens of Notting Hill will be available for purchase from 25 March for £20 at Waterstones, Recipease, Lutyens & Rubinstein, and other local stores.

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hocolate is more than just a tasty treat. It’s much more than a gourmet delight, however good it tastes. Especially at this time of year, chocolate is a designer accessory in its own right and it comes in limited-edition collections, as if it were part of the fashion world. Which it sort of is, for Easter 2013. Not only are a host of big name chocolatiers competing to create the most delicious, the most exotic, the most surprising and the most luxurious blends of the brown stuff, but now designers who are not normally part of the chocolate world are getting involved too.

Thanks to Ledbury Road’s Melt, the fusing of fashion and chocolate is even facilitated by geography. Melt is located handily close to Matches, Wolf and Badger and Diane von Furstenberg as well as some of London’s most chichi childrenswear stores, making it an obvious stop on the fashion trail. The boutique’s fashion-led approach to chocolate has resulted in a successful and ongoing collaboration with Celia Birtwell and now, inspired by London’s

Faberge Big Egg Hunt in 2012, Melt has teamed up with the bold and beautiful of Notting Hill and asked them to create their own Easter eggs for 2013. Creative local luminaries including the Ledbury’s chef, Brett Graham, jewellery designer Dinny Hall, parfumier Lyn Harris of Miller Harris, Jean Cazals, food photographer of the year 2012, Nikki Tibbles of gorgeous florist Wild at Heart and designer and food writer Sophie Conran will all be designing their own Easter eggs. Their drawings will then be immortalised in luxurious chocolate by Melt’s head chocolatier Chika Watanabe before being displayed at Melt’s Ledbury Road store. Think crunchy honeycomb, floral scents and stunning intricate designs. Exclusively, just five eggs of each design will be made and available to purchase (from £75) in time for the start of the festivities. Lynn Harris’s egg, pictured above, is inspired by her new perfume launch. She says: ‘Le petit grain is one of my favourite raw materials from the orange tree – it gives an interesting twist to the Melt milk chocolate and is very appropriate for Easter’.

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INSPIRED TO TRY YOUR OWN? Here’s some guidance from Melt

You will need ten 6cm-high egg moulds to make these. You can serve the eggs in egg cups, if you like, which is how we package them at Melt. Makes 10 x 20g eggs 1 quantity of tempered milk chocolate or dark chocolate (please see below) Polish ten 6cm-high egg moulds with cotton wool (this makes the chocolate shiny). With a ladle, pour about 300g of the tempered chocolate into themoulds. Tap the side of the moulds to get rid of any air bubbles, then turn them upside down over the bowl of chocolate and tap again. Turn the

moulds the right way up and scrape off excess chocolate with a metal scraper. Leave in the fridge for a few minutes until the chocolate is half set – it should still feel soft but not sticky. Repeat the whole process with more chocolate – you will end up using about 200g chocolate on the eggs in total. Leave in the fridge to set completely. Turn the eggs out of the moulds. Put a frying pan with a flat base over a medium heat and leave until it is hot – you should still be able to touch it, but only just. Briefly press each egg half on the surface of the pan until the chocolate softens on the edges. Press 2 halves together until they stick – this should take about 5 minutes. Place the eggs in an airtight container and store at room temperature.

CHOCOLATIER DAMIAN ALLSOP is best known for his water ganache, an ingenious creation (and a secret recipe) that uses simple water instead of cream and butter without sacrificing creaminess and flavour. Allsop makes frequent appearances at Westbourne Grove’s Alexeeva & Jones, holding tasting sessions and giving talks (though he never reveals the secret). Absolutely snatched five minutes with him. You have a unique recipe that substitutes water for cream without losing out on flavour. How did you come upon that? After tasting a new chocolate I made a mousse with it and when I tasted it, I realized that I had lost the actual flavour of the chocolate. I needed to work with a non-flavoured liquid; water. When I worked out the chocolate water ganache, I understood flavour on a different level. It keeps on suprising me.

Chocolatier Damian Allsop is known for his molecular approach. With 20 years experience as a pastry chef in the kitchens Gordon Ramsay and Giorgio Locatelli, among others, he

How would you describe the role of texture in chocolate? The texture is a vehicle for flavour. The softer the texture, the quicker the flavour release. I use texture to control the way the flavours evolve: making some appear first, and slowing down others so you taste them later.

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HOW TO TEMPER CHOCOLATE 1. Melt the chocolate

Finely chop 500g dark, milk or white chocolate. It doesn’t matter exactly what cocoa solids percentage it is, but be sure to stick to 64–70 per cent for dark chocolate, 36–40 per cent for milk chocolate and 30–35 per cent for white. Put 375g of the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place in the microwave. Heat it in 30-second bursts at medium power, opening the microwave door and stirring the chocolate with a rubber spatula between each heating, until it has reached the temperature indicated on the chart below (check it with a digital thermometer). Using a microwave is the quickest method.

2. Seed the chocolate

Add the remaining 125g finely chopped chocolate to the melted chocolate a little at a time – this process is known as seeding. Slowly stir after each addition of chopped chocolate until it has melted, and use a digital thermometer to check the temperature of the liquid chocolate until it has reached the temperature indicated on the chart below. You may not need all of the

remaining cold chocolate to bring the chocolate to the correct temperature. If the melted chocolate has reached the desired temperature and still contains some lumps of solid chocolate, use an electric hand blender to smooth it out.

correct temperature. If it starts to cool and thicken while you are using it, you can microwave it for a few seconds to keep the temperature constant. If it goes completely out of temper, you will have to repeat the entire tempering process.

3. Reheat the chocolate

Chart: Temperatures for tempering chocolate

This is the tricky part – the chocolate needs to be heated by just 2–4˚C. Place the bowl in a microwave and heat it at medium power for just a few seconds. Check the temperature using a digital thermometer, following the chart below. Stir well to finish the tempering process.

4. Test the chocolate

To test that the chocolate has been tempered correctly, drizzle a small amount on to a palette knife or a piece of baking parchment. It should set hard in 5 minutes and be shiny and glossy. Check the chocolate is ready by touching it: if only the top layer has set, the cocoa butter underneath has separated and the chocolate is not tempered. If this is the case, then the whole process needs to be repeated. Use the tempered chocolate immediately, so it is at the

Type of chocolate: Dark chocolate Melting: 53–55˚C Seeding: 28–29˚C Reheating: 31–32˚C Milk chocolate Melting: 45–48˚C Seeding: 27–28˚C Reheating: 30˚C White chocolate Melting: 45–48˚C Seeding: 26–27˚ C Reheating: 29˚C

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Ukai (oo-kaaee), our name, is inspired by the traditional method of river fishing practiced for some 1,300 years using Cormorant birds to catch sweetfish. Spawned in 2006, Ukai has quickly become a favourite amongst sushi lovers in the London area, with its first outlet in trendy Portobello. Ukai offers a culturally rich Japanese experience in a contemporary setting. Due to interest, many of its various Japanese inspired products including flower teas (which blossoms in front of your eyes), delicate incense and a variety of stylish tableware are now available to be purchased.

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pened in the traditionally quiet time after the new year, the Rum Kitchen instantly became the type of place you need to fight to get to. Forget not booking. When you get there, it’ll be packed. We visited on a freezing midweek night that should really be spent indoors, walked down an eerily deserted All Saints Road without passing a soul and arrived to find the restaurant full and buzzing. The Rum Kitchen’s Caribbean theme is a fitting legacy for the site that was famously at the heart of London’s West Indian community as the Mangrove for two decades from the late 1960s. There may be nothing political about the new incarnation, but it’s likely that the site has seen a few Guinness punches and saltfish fritters in its time. And now they’re back again in Ladbroke Grove-born chef Darren Williamson’s menu of Caribbean staples and the bar’s proud collection of nearly 150 different types of rum.

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wedges’ that had a Mediterranean feel, while sides of jerk chicken wings and rice and peas were properly peppery. Style-wise, the place cleverly fuses a beach shack feel (naked coloured lightbulbs, painted driftwood panels, even corrugated iron) with an urban, New York sharpness. The soundtrack is reggae, of course, with a mix of dub, funk and calypso and the downstairs bar (rum only) is open to members only after 10.30pm. Predictably, memberships are highly coveted, so if you’re a fan of afterhours rum punch, don’t delay. 73

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bowls of warming miso soup. Staff suggested that we try the special salmon tartar with chives, mango and fi sh eggs, which arrives next, a careful fusion of sweet, sharp mango and soft, silky fi sh, topped with salty fi sh eggs. Spicy tuna sashimi was spicy indeed, and grilled eel nigiri came slightly warm. A Ukai salad consisted of rocket, lettuce, soy beans, various crunchy seeds and special Ukai dressing, a healthy and tasty concoction. All of it is interestingly textured, soy flavours softened with sweet mirin and the hand of an expert sushi chef clearly detectable. Healthy, tasty and exotic too – what a faultless recipe.

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We look forward to sampling Naga’s new chilli chocolate creation this month. Promised is a limited edition luxury dessert made from a combination of secret ingredients, but all they’ll reveal is that it’s warm with a hot and spicy Naga chilli essence centre. Since the Naga chilli is famous for being one of the strongest in the world, it’s likely to be a memorable dish. Naga is an award-winning, elegant Pan-Asian restaurant, winner of Best Chinese Restaurant in London at the prestigious Asian Curry Awards. 2 Abingdon Road, W8, 020 7795 6060; nagarestaurants.co.uk

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From the majesty of Sugarloaf Mountain to the madcap architecture of Brasilia, Claire Cohen explores Brazil’s cultural highlights

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n Brazil, they say that God created the world in six days and on the seventh he made Rio de Janeiro. It may be a well-worn adage, but as the city prepares to take its place on the world stage as the host of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016, the sentiment has never been more appropriate. This is Brazil’s moment. In just a few months it has been named as the world’s sixth largest economy, brought samba music to Stratford during the Olympics closing ceremony and starred in a documentary series alongside Michael Palin. Not before time, our eyes are being opened to the many different faces of this emerging nation. You can experience the sights, sounds and colours of Rio, the modernist architecture of Brasilia and the beaches of Santa Catarina in just a few days. There could hardly be a better time for Brazil to establish itself as a go-to destination for sun, sports and spending. Rio is at the heart of the country’s regeneration. It is in the grip of

modernisation. Money is being pumped into airports and hotels in anticipation of tourist numbers doubling to over three million a year by 2016. My first stop is the historic Copacabana Palace Hotel. With creamy Art Deco features and views across the glittering Atlantic, it’s easy to see why the world’s most famous faces choose to stay here.

On its doorstep is Copacabana beach, its celebrated golden curve of sand lined with lively bars, cafes and teenagers tight-rope walking between palm trees. Next-door is Ipanema beach. Everywhere you turn in this city, you come face-to-face with another world-famous landmark.

At 396 metres tall, Sugarloaf Mountain is perhaps the most imposing. The twostage cable car ride to its summit is not for the faint-hearted. But stick with it. On a clear day, the views are the star of the show. Guanabara Bay spreads out below. Islands are dotted along the horizon. Better still, time your visit to coincide with the sunset – as we did – and catch a glimpse of Rio’s most famous resident. For, as the sky darkens, Christ the Redeemer appears through the mist on an adjacent mountain; arms outstretched, illuminated by a blazing purple halo. It’s an unforgettable sight. My next stop couldn’t have been more different: the luxurious resort of Ponta dos Ganchos, a 90-minute flight south of Rio in the state of Santa Catarina. The first thing to remember when staying here is to leave your watch at the door. ‘We don’t take any notice of time’, explains manager Miguel Garcia. It’s this philosophy of indulgence that runs through the resort; from the tencourse breakfast tasting menu to the absence of checkout times and attentive staff who will attend to your every whim.

n Brazil, they say that God created the world in six days and on the seventh he made Rio de Janeiro. It may be a well-worn adage. But, as the city prepares to take its place on the world stage, the sentiment has never been more appropriate. This is Brazil’s moment. In just a few months it has been named as the world’s sixth largest economy, brought samba music to Stratford during the Olympics closing ceremony and starred in a documentary series alongside Michael Palin. Not before time, our eyes are being opened to the many different faces of this emerging nation. You can experience the sights, sounds and colours of Rio; the modernist architecture of Brasilia and the beaches of Santa Catarina in just a few days. And as the host of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016, there could hardly be a better time for Brazil to establish itself as a go-to destination for sun, sports and spending. Rio is at the heart of the country’s regeneration. It is in the grip of

modernisation. Money is being pumped into airports and hotels in anticipation of tourist numbers doubling to over 3 million a year by 2016. My first stop is the historic Copacabana Palace Hotel. With creamy Art Deco features and views across the glittering Atlantic, it’s easy to see why the world’s most famous faces choose to stay here. On the doorstep is Copacabana beach; its celebrated golden curve of sand lined with lively bars, cafes and teenagers tight-rope walking between palm trees. Next-door is Ipanema beach. In fact, everywhere you turn in this city, you come face-to-face with another world-famous landmark. At 396 metres tall, Sugarloaf Mountain is perhaps the most imposing. The twostage cable car ride to its summit is not for the faint-hearted. But stick with it. On a clear day, the views are the star of the show. Guanabara Bay spreads out below. Islands are dotted along the horizon. Better still, time your visit to coincide with the sunset – as we did – and catch a glimpse of Rio’s most famous resident. For, as the sky darkens, Christ the Redeemer appears

through the mist on an adjacent mountain; arms outstretched, illuminated by a blazing purple halo. It’s an unforgettable sight. My next stop couldn’t have been more different: the luxurious resort of Ponta dos Ganchos, a 90 minute flight south of Rio in the state of Santa Catarina. The first thing to remember when staying here is to leave your watch at the door. ‘We don’t take any notice of time’, explains manager Miguel Garcia. It’s this philosophy of indulgence that runs through the resort; from the ten course breakfast tasting menu to the absence of check out times and attentive staff who will attend to your every whim. The resort is a byword for romance. You can enjoy a couple’s boat ride (sunset, champagne, oysters), couple’s massage or a couple’s cookery course. There’s even a private island, where couples can eat a candlelit supper. In the hotel restaurant I enjoy shrimp with manioc cream, seabass ceviche and langoustine risotto. There’s a seafood grill on the terrace (90 per cent of the world’s oysters are farmed here). Vegetables are sourced from the on-site organic garden. This is a food lover’s

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PONTA DOS GANCHOS The resort is a byword for romance. You can enjoy a couple’s boat ride (sunset, champagne, oysters), couple’s massage or a couple’s cookery course. There’s even a private island, where couples can eat a candlelit supper. In the hotel restaurant I enjoy shrimp with manioc cream, seabass ceviche and langoustine risotto. There’s a seafood grill on the terrace. Vegetables are sourced from the on-site organic garden. This is a food lover’s paradise, too. But, if you can tear yourself away from the gastronomic delights and plush robes, there are other attractions worth exploring. Jump in the car and make the 50 minute journey to Florianopolis. With a population of 400,000 – but the infrastructure to cope with over a million in high season – this can feel like a ghost town, albeit a fascinating one. It became popular with South American tourists a decade ago, after one of their beloved soap operas was set here. Visitors also pour into the neighbouring trendy beach resort of Jurere – which boasts a house owned by supermodel Gisele – and the historic town of San Antonio, with its lively municipal market. But no trip to Brazil is complete without discovering the work of architect and national treasure Oscar Niemeyer, who died late last year. So, with a heavy

clumped together (we drive along a street lined with pharmacies). There are building rules too: no block is more than six storeys high and all stand on stilts, to improve ventilation. It’s fascinating – even more so if you allow yourself to get lost. Arty shops and cafés have popped up below residential super blocks. Buildings are dotted with geometric tiles by artist Athos Bulcão. It’s all in stark contrast to the brilliant white, modernist buildings that make up Niemeyer’s utopian ‘triangle of power’ in the city centre. COPACABANA PALACE But to really appreciate Brasilia, just stand in one of its vast squares to take it all in. There’s no danger of heart, I bade farewell to Ponta and claustrophobia here, the giant structures travelled on north to Brasilia. create an overwhelming landscape. It’s Conceived in 1956, Brasilia was the easy to feel small. Little wonder the result of a contest to design the new capital is famed for its wide expanse of federal capital, held by then President dazzling blue sky. Juscelino Kubitschek. Urban planner Lucio Costa beat 5,500 entrants to win with his madcap vision and – along with Niemeyer Ponta dos Ganchos offers rates – saw it constructed in just three years from £420 per bungalow per night, and Brasilia was inaugurated in 1960. including all meals and based on The city’s layout is unlike any other. two sharing. +55 48 39537000; Designed in the shape of a plane, it’s the pontadosganchos.com. The Leading largest city in the world not in existence Hotels of the World (00800 2888 8882 at the start of the 20th century and a offers stays at Copacabana Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each Rio de Janeiro from US$510 per room district is divided into numbered blocks per night based on two people sharing and each of these units has its own set including buffet breakfast. lhw.com/ of amenities: school, church, shops, copacabana For further information community centre, library and cinema. on Brazil please visit braziltour.com Commercial districts are eccentrically

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Looking for inspiration on your travels? Absolutely rounds up some of the best arty breaks in Europe MASSERIA TORRE COCCARO A converted fortified Italian farmhouse, this five star hotel is the stuff of dreams. Walking among its acres of olive groves or simply admiring the 17th-century church and courtyard, it’s impossible not to get swept up by its historic charms. And inside, it’s no less enchanting. The bedrooms are exquisite, with traditional decor, huge vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and if you’re lucky, a spectacular sea view. Ask for room six – the Orange Garden suite, set into the bedrock, with large dining area, private garden and Jacuzzi. This hotel is an art lover’s dream. There is an artist-in-residence and twice a year a new piece of work is launched. The current collection totals 14 installations around the estate (wow, what a collection) including three incredible frescos in the hotel’s 12th-century grotto. Aside from the poetic environment, the Puglia region also doubles up as a foodies’ paradise. The rustic Italian cooking lessons are unbeatably authentic, using produce all sourced no more than one

kilometer away. The olive oil is to die for – pressed from their own olive groves on site, it’s unlike anything you could get your hands on back home. You can also enjoy the gourmet bicycle tours, an Aveda spa, two breathtakingly beautiful swimming pools and a prime view of the Mediterranean. And at the end of the day, there’s always the opportunity to relax in the hammocks eating grapes from a vine that dates back to 1500 Divine, or take a trip on the hotel’s private 14-metre yacht from the beach club. Art weekend at Masseria Torre Maizza: 19-21 April 2013 This wonderful two night Art Weekend is available from €500 on B&B basis, price based on two adults sharing. Includes private view party and a guided visit to the contemporary art museum in Bari, Museo Pino Pascali. For bookings and further information please contact Masseria Torre Maizza: info@masseriatorremaizza.com +39 08 04 82 78 38 or visit masseriatorremaizza.com

LES ETANGS DE COROT, PARIS This spectacularly scenic retreat not far from Versailles is the inspiration behind the early works of Jean-Baptiste Corot, forefather of Impressionism, and it was here that his good friend Claude Monet paid him regular visits. Guests can now follow in the footsteps of the Impressionist masters and develop their artistic talents under guidance from esteemed local artist Agnes Monteilhet. It would be more than fair to say that Agnes, who has studied and exhibited at a variety of prestigious Parisian institutions, is truly passionate about her subject, which makes her the ideal conduit for the creative d’Avray atmosphere. A weekend at Les Etangs is luxuriously serene and feels both indulgent and peaceful as you rest, nestled in the charming 200year old artists’ hamlet of Ville d’Avray. The serenity of the setting emanates throughout; the hotel and the bedrooms are magical. Each one is named after an artist who painted there, with a beautiful colour palette in bedroom and bathroom, giving a calming and unique feel.

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For those who would rather just soak up the atmosphere than engage in artistic studies, the hotel also boasts a gorgeous Caudalie Vinotherapie spa and a gastronomic restaurant, Le Café des Artistes, where you can sample delicious French delicacies and relax in front of stunning views over the gardens, lily-pad ponds and distant forest. Be an Artist for a Day with Les Etangs de Corot starts from 556€ for two including a 3-hour pastel drawing, watercolour or oil painting class on Sunday morning, an overnight stay in a double room with breakfast and dinner at Le Café des Artistes. Standard Room rates start from 195€. Les Etangs de Corot, 55 rue de Versailles, 92410 Ville d’Avray, France, +33 1 41 15 37 00; etangs-corot.com Eurostar Plus Culture gives passengers 2-for-1 entry into paying exhibitions at some of Paris’ most popular museums and galleries. Eurostar operates up to 18 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord with return fares from £69. eurostar.com

THE DOLDER GRAND, ZURICH Think of Zurich and you might think bankers, watches and chocolate. But art? In fact, the city has a vibrant art scene and at The Dolder Grand art is very much on the agenda. This city landmark has been perched above Lake Zurich since 1899. After a fouryear restoration led by Sir Norman Foster it reopened in 2008 as a thoroughly modern masterpiece. Two wings with sweeping glass facades now flank the hotel’s main building, with its fairy-tale steeples and lofty wooden ceilings, artfully mixing the traditional and contemporary. The Dolder’s owner, Urs Schwarzenbach’s museum-worthy private art collection – there are around 130 pieces – adorns the walls. An enormous Warhol panel hangs above the onyx reception desk, depicting everything from Marilyn Monroe to Chairman Mao, while a Dali greets you at the entrance to the two Michelin-star restaurant. And art is all over the city. From Chagall’s exquisite stained-glass windows in the 9th-century Gothic abbey, Fraumünster,

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and Giacometti’s murals at the police headquarters, to the street art of Zurich West, the former industrial quarter where old warehouses have been converted into shops and bars. The stately Kunsthaus is the venue for fine arts – from the golden age of Dutch painting to sculpture by Cy Twombly – while the Kunsthalle is a bastion for international contemporary art. And alternative art spaces are opening all the time, such as artist-run Dienstgebäude and Karma International. After a hard day on the art trail, head to the Dolder’s outstanding spa, passing a joyful Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture on route. Don’t miss the outdoor hot tub for spectacular views over the city, and the fabulously curvy Fernando Botero bronze. The author flew with SWISS (0845 601 0956; swiss.com); fares start from £119 return. Double rooms at The Dolder Grand (+41 44 456 60 00; thedoldergrand. com) cost from CHF 590. For more information on Switzerland, visit MySwitzerland.com. call 00800 100 200 30 or e-mail info.uk@myswitzerland.com 83

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THE BEDROOM Greet the morning by throwing open the leaded windows, taking in the glorious vista and breathing diamond sharp moorland air. Each of Bovey Castle’s 79 bedrooms and suites and 14 lodges guarantee an exceptional start to the day. As befitting the surroundings, Castle Valley rooms are decorated with restrained woodland and floral prints, sumptuous lined curtains and classic furnishings. Beds are supremely comfortable and the wooden chest containing a variety of beverages and fine china with fresh milk provided is a welcome addition.

THE RESTAURANT Dinner and breakfast is served in the main restaurant, the elegant Edwardian Grill decorated in Art Deco style enhanced by Chinoiserie wall covering. A fine dining menu changes with the seasons and promises West Country produce. The house wine is excellent. The Castle Bistro offers more meals and snacks (there is a special children’s menu) in relaxed contemporary surroundings. And what could be nicer than Afternoon Tea (think scones with lashings of jam and Devon cream) taken outside on the terrace. A glass of Champagne perhaps?

Dartmoor meets Delhi at Bovey Castle’s relaxing Sundãri Spa. Meaning ‘beautiful woman’ in Sanskrit and created by supermodel Christy Turlington, Sundãri comprises an exclusive collection of Ayurvedic treatments and products based on ancient Indian healing. There’s certainly a hint of mystic spirituality with scented candles flickering in the relaxation room and around the sunken bath set on a plinth in the largest of the six treatment rooms. With the emphasis on massage, the majority of facials and body treatments are conducted using a range of edible sounding products such as the Rooibos Tea, Honey and Fruit Brightening Enzyme Facial (60 minutes, £100). You’ll emerge looking good enough to eat.

GETTING THERE A half hour journey by road (the hotel can arrange this) from Exeter St Davids Station, where regular trains run from Paddington.

PRICE TAG Bovey Castle is a member of Pride of Britain Hotels – a consortium of 45 privately-owned independent British hotels and spas. Rooms start from £249 per night based on two sharing. 0800 089 3929; prideofbritainhotels.com. 85

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BEYOND RETRO Recently opened in Kilburn Lane, W10, is MAR-DEN, sourcing and selling affordable 20th-century furniture. Founders Frances, Charlie and Alex have, between them, worked for antiques maven Martin Miller, in TV production and in art direction and their skills combine in this fresh approach to vintage shopping. The Corner Studio, 133-135 Kilburn Lane W10 4AN; mar-den.co.uk

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Danish design classic the Krenit bowl is back in production more than 50 years after its first launch. The iconic steel bowl was devised to be both practical and functional and its identifiable black and contrasting primary colour mix makes it a timeless classic. Search for originals at antiques fairs or buy new at rume.co.uk

OFF THE WALL The perfect plate rack is the simple stainless steel version, popular in Italy and imported by Jen and Nick – aka Mr and Mrs Plate Rack, in a clever bid to prove that kitchen storage can be both practical and attractive. Order online and the plate rack will arrive fully assembled and ready for your wall. theplaterack.co.uk

FLOWER POWER Also reissued is the iconic flowerpot lamp, designed in 1969 and never forgotten. It’s available in bright colours as well as chrome and black, £249; rume.co.uk

RIGHT ANGLES A rainbow of restored and rewired anglepoise lamps is on display at Retrouvius, alongside lots of simple aluminium anglepoise pendant shades with a choice of flex. They’re simple and eternally stylish. 1016 Harrow Road, NW10; retrouvius.com

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existing plain white fittings: swap the taps for reconditioned originals, add some down-toearth junk-style accessories, whitewash the walls – and all that remains for you to do is turn on the water, get into the tub, lie back and relax. Infinite variety is available to those who are prepared to scour salvage yards and specialist outlets at home and abroad in pursuit of something unique. Stumbling on an old bathtub used

as a cattle trough in the middle of a field is less likely to happen these days, but you may still be lucky. Re-enamelling is always possible if your tub is otherwise in good shape. Devotees of junk style don’t mind having a sink, bathtub and toilet that don’t match, and don’t object to using a garden table as a washstand, as long as the spirit of casual simplicity reigns. So combine styles and designs according to what’s available and what looks best. 91

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Once you have established the look of the room with its main fi xtures and fittings, try to keep everything else as simple and uncluttered as possible. Bathrooms need a surprising amount of storage space in order to maintain their clean lines. Pieces of furniture imported from elsewhere in the house can all fi nd a home here: store

lockable medicine chests, small mirrored cabinets and tile-backed washstands. For authenticity’s sake, combine them with a porcelain or enamel pitcherand-bowl set and piles of soft cotton hand-towels. Other classic bathroom accessories, such as glass shelf units, mirrors, tooth mugs, toothbrush holders, soap dishes and chrome heated towel

A few small touches can make all the difference to existing plain white fittings: swap the taps for reconditioned originals, add some down-to-earth junk-style accessories and whitewash the walls toiletries in a spare kitchen cabinet, hang bathrobes on an unused peg rail brought up from the pantry, or pile towels into an empty blanket box from the bedroom. Traditional-style items of bathroom furniture are as useful as ever, so when out shopping keep your eyes open for old

rails, also appear from time to time in flea markets. Otherwise, improvise with a piece of driftwood as a bathroom shelf, a gold-framed drawing room mirror above the sink, an old glass tumbler to hold the toothbrushes, a floral-patterned china saucer as a soap dish, or a basic wooden trestle as a towel rail. Similarly,

if you can’t find a bath mat made in the old-fashioned way from duckboard slats or cork, use a small hearth rug instead. Flowers can give as much pleasure in the bathroom as in any other room in the house, so place a small vase on the washstand or bathroom shelf, or hang up a bunch of lavender to keep the air fresh. Such small details will enhance the sensual pleasure of your bathroom. This extract is taken from Junk Style by Melanie Molesworth, with photographs by Tom Leighton, published by Ryland Peters & Small. All images are the copyright of Ryland Peters & Small. Junk Style is available to Absolutely readers for the special price of £12.99 including postage & packaging (rrp £14.99) by telephoning Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quoting the reference GLR 7ZL

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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.

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ALBION STREET, HYDE PARK W2 A large mid terraced Georgian Grade II listed town house in one of W2’s most sought-after streets, with a large south-west facing garden and roof terrace, situated moments from Hyde Park. With expansive living accommodation, this substantial house offers a grand reception room, a large eat-in kitchen and five bedrooms including a master en suite.

Guide Price £4,250,000 Freehold

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Woodsford Square W14 £5,850,000 This wide property occupies a generous plot with parking and a mature southerly aspect garden. The house offers excellent space for entertaining that includes interconnecting first floor reception rooms and an informal ground floor reception room leading out to the garden. The bedroom accommodation includes a master suite with a dressing room leading to a beautiful bathroom, a guest suite, four further bedrooms, an additional bathroom and a shower room. Freehold. EPC=C. Sole Agents.

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Holland Park Avenue W11 £5,350,000 An exceptional apartment offering grand proportions and fantastic lateral space. This truly uncompromised property is located in the heart of Holland Park and boasts its own private entrance, a large reception room interconnecting with a magnificent kitchen/ dining room, a cinema room, study, laundry room, superb master suite and three further double bedrooms served by a bathroom. The property also benefits from three terraces, one of which extends to over 30ft with a southerly aspect. Freehold. EPC=D

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Willoughby House W6 ÂŁ4,000,000 This exceptional property enjoys fabulous light with large windows onto glorious open aspects, a feature that must have appealed to the highly respected British artist Ruskin Spear RA CBE, whose former studio doubles as a grand reception room. The house provides ďŹ ve reception rooms in addition to a large kitchen/dining room which leads out to an 80ft garden. The generous bedroom accommodation includes two large double bedroom suites and a further four bedrooms served by a family bathroom. Freehold. EPC=D Sole Agents.

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Drayson Mews W8 ÂŁ2,000,000

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Pembroke Place W8 £1,900,000 This spacious apartment is located on the raised ground floor of a beautiful period conversion in Kensington. The property enjoys a charming reception room with high ceilings and wooden floors, a separate kitchen and large double bedroom with excellent storage and a large private balcony. Leasehold. EPC=C. Sole Agents.

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

Chepstow Crescent W11 £1,100,000 This wonderful garden apartment is located on sought after tree-lined street in Notting Hill. The accommodation offers a generous reception room with wooden flooring and high ceilings, a well appointed kitchen, a dining room/conservatory leading out to a private garden, a large master bedroom, second double bedroom and a bathroom. Leasehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

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Palace Court W2 £1,600 per week

Hereford Road W2 £1,400 per week

This stunning maisonette provides exceptional reception space and indulgent bedroom accommodation, including three large bedrooms and three bathrooms. Palace Court is directly opposite Kensington Gardens and within easy reach of the boutiques of Westbourne Grove. EPC=C.

Located on one of the most popular residential streets off Westbourne Grove this stunning property features a large open plan kitchen/ reception room, a suspended staircase, two double bedrooms (one en suite) and an office area with private balcony. EPC=A.

NOTTING HILL: 020 7313 6910 lets.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

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West Pembroke Court £625 per week

Palace Gardens Terrace £595 per week

This stunning apartment is presented in immaculate condition throughout and offers a large, open plan kitchen/reception room leading out to a secluded decked garden, a master bedroom with en suite shower room and a second bedroom. EPC=E.

This spacious apartment is located on the raised ground floor of a beautiful period conversion in Kensington. The property comprises a charming reception room with high ceilings and wooden floors, a separate kitchen and large double bedroom with excellent storage and a large private balcony. EPC=F.

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

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Cleveland Square W2 A fabulous first and second floor split-level apartment, with double-height ceilings throughout, in one of Bayswater’s most sought-after garden squares. Reception room • Kitchen/dining room • 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Balcony • Access to communal gardens Energy efficiency: Band E

Guide price £2,250,000 Share of freehold

Hyde Park & Bayswater 020 7402 1552 hydepark@carterjonas.co.uk

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A spacious apartment located in this sought-after street in Kensington.

A fantastic newly refurbished house tucked away in this charming cobbled mews in Holland Park.

Reception room • Kitchen • Dining hall • 3 bedrooms, 2 en suite Bathroom • Energy efficiency: Band E

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A beautifully refurbished house in this pretty mews in Holland Park.

A stunning house in a fantastic location only seconds away from Notting Hill Gate.

Reception room • 2 double bedrooms • 2 bathrooms, 1 en suite Patio garden • Energy efficiency: Band D

Reception room/fourth bedroom • 3 further bedrooms, 1 en suite Roof terrace • Garage • Energy efficiency: Band F

£950 per week

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Gregory Place W8 A truly delightful house tucked away in the heart of Kensington, moments from Kensington Church Street, and refurbished to a high standard. Kitchen/breakfast room • First floor reception room Master bedroom with en suite shower room Double bedroom • Bathroom • Roof terrace Energy efficiency: Band C

Guide price £1,950,000 Leasehold

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Pottery Lane W11 A bright maisonette arranged over three floors and presented in good condition throughout. Private entrance • Kitchen/reception room Bedroom : Bedroom/reception room • Bathroom Approximately 1,024 sq ft • Energy efficiency: Band C

Guide price £1,150,000 Share of freehold

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WOODSTOCK STUDIOS, W12 ÂŁ2,600,000 Leasehold

An extraordinary three bedroom penthouse in the former Shepherds Bush BBC studios. Measuring more than 3,000 sq ft over three floors, the lower floor contains a vast reception room with an open-plan kitchen and dining area. Also on this level is the master bedroom suite with dressing room and a second bedroom with a bath and cloakroom. The middle floor contains another large reception room/studio with steps up to a sitting room. From here glass sliding doors lead to a beautiful terrace with far reaching views. The top floor houses a third bedroom and a second terrace. The property benefits from lift access and underground parking for one car. (epc = f)

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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UXBRIDGE STREET, W8 ÂŁ4,450,000 Freehold

A superb home, beautifully refurbished by Spink Property and subsequently remodelled by Found Associates. Providing a large first floor studio living space measuring over 600 square feet, the extensive ceiling height gives way to an elevated canopy providing additional height and overhead natural light. To the rear is a south-facing roof terrace and a white Corian-surfaced kitchen. With an inverted layout, the ground floor consists of a spacious master bedroom suite and a further double bedroom with an en suite shower room. The basement houses a cinema room/third bedroom and a cloakroom. This stylish property also features an integral garage. (epc = f)

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JUNCTION MEWS, W2 £3,600,000 Freehold

A flawless architect-designed home with breathtaking volume and sophisticated interior finishes. With an imaginative use of design, space and technology, this unconventional layout offers an impressive first floor doubleheight reception room, incorporating a contemporary kitchen and a sizeable dining area. Overlooking this, is a gorgeous master bedroom suite with a private roof terrace and walk-in wardrobe. The ground floor presents a grand entrance hall, two further bedroom suites, a home office/ fourth bedroom and a supplementary bathroom. The basement is home to a remarkable media room - currently used as a recording studio, ample storage and a useful utility room. (epc=c)

78 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RT

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HILLGATE STREET, W8 ÂŁ7,950,000 Freehold

A new build contemporary house designed by Seth Stein Architects. Set behind a traditional façade within Hillgate Village in Notting Hill Gate, the plan extends 26 metres (85 feet) in length and provides accommodation on four floors, arranged around a courtyard that steps back on each level. The house consists of three principal bedroom suites and a guest/ housekeeper suite. It provides two separate living areas on two levels for formal and less formal living. There is also an integral garage and in total, four terraces. (epc=b).

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COLVILLE SQUARE, W11 ÂŁ1,250 per week Long let

A contemporary, stylish and cool penthouse apartment offering the very best in modern living. Encompassing the top floor of this unique maisonette is an exceptionally bright, double-aspect living and kitchen space, which opens out onto two separate Juliette balconies. Below, there are two generous double bedrooms with the master bedroom featuring a unique and innovative en suite bathroom. There is a third bedroom/study, a guest shower room and a phenomenal decked roof terrace that offers unparalleled views of the surrounding area. (epc = d)

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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WESTBOURNE PARK VILLAS, W2 ÂŁ2,300 per week Long let

Jaw dropping and immaculately presented throughout, this bright and spacious two bedroom maisonette offers smart and well-proportioned living space. The first floor comprises a generous 33’ reception room with stylish white wood floors, high ceilings, floor to ceiling sash windows and an adjoining study area. The contemporary kitchen features an exceptional vaulted ceiling and stainless steel appliances, alongside a utility room. Two spacious double bedrooms and two bathrooms occupy the upper floors, in addition to a wide, south-facing roof terrace with incredible views. (epc = e)

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usually get quite hot and anxious at this time of the month. To a lot of people’s surprise it is because right about now, I receive a delightful and always charming email from Leah at Absolutely gently reminding me that I’m due to write a piece for the magazine. As it is usually about me, I push it to one side and save it for the “later” to do pile. Leah eventually has to bully me into doing it just as they’re going to print, nothing like being put under pressure to be entertaining... A little bit about me. I started life as an agent in Oxford, shortly lived due to a long commute from my home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. So I swapped my commute for a job in Cheltenham only to be thrown into the lion’s den of an aggressive, all female “mature” team. My first lesson as a 20 something year old was “these girls work really hard and they’re really good so you’ve got to prove yourself” and off I went, dropped into the middle of the ocean. I was actually far more interested in fashion but having an attitude from an early age which was and still is “failing is not an option”, I got my kicks out of doing deals in order to

fund my shoe collection and nothing much has changed. I proceeded to sashay around Cheltenham getting to know anyone who would be willing to talk to me and built up a great contact list of people. These things take time! I then changed agents to a new flashy firm that I was very honoured to be asked to open with my then fiery boss Sue. We had a great first year, I loved the challenge but something just wasn’t quite enough – so I handed my notice in and moved to London. Little did I know that I was about to join the most awesome company ever – Douglas and Gordon (yes Ivor will be reading this!). I have to say it was one of my brighter decisions. I started in Kensington and later opened Westbourne Grove office which has added to our profile no end. I am lucky enough to have a fantastic team in both sales and lettings to work with and I rarely, if at all, dread coming to work which I think is definitely something to be proud of. So to sum it up, I have a passion for interiors, shoes, fashion, bubbles, laughing and my new flat in Brook Green, so all is well in Maddie’s world. 020 7727 7777; douglasandgordon.com

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An attractive and well presented five bedroom family house with excellent entertaining space, garden and off street parking. Entrance hall | Three reception rooms | Two kitchens | Study | Five bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Cloakroom | Terrace | Garden | Off street parking | EPC Rating:E Asking price ÂŁ4,600,000 Freehold

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Leinster Square | Notting Hill | W11 865 sq ft (80.4 sq m)

An immaculate two bedroom garden apartment situated in a period conversion moments from the amenities on Westbourne Grove.. Reception room | Open plan kitchen | Two bedrooms | Two bath/shower rooms | Patio | EPC rating C ÂŁ850 per week Furnished.

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Hippodrome Mews | Notting Hill | W11 1,135 sq ft (105.4 sq m)

A stunning two bedroom house situated on this quiet residential mews in Notting Hill. This property also benefits from off-street parking. Two reception rooms | Master bedroom with en suite shower room | Dressing room | Second bedroom | Bathroom | Roof terrace | Off-street parking | EPC Rating:C ÂŁ795 per week Furnished/Unfurnished

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Cope Place | Kensington | W8 2,086 sq ft (193.79 sq m)

An attractive four bedroom family house with excellent entertaining space including a wonderful kitchen/family room with doors opening onto a south-facing garden. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Family room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Further bathroom | Shower room | Study | Utility room | South-facing garden | EPC rating: D Asking price ÂŁ3,500,000 Freehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

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Pitt Street | Kensington | W8 2,521 sq ft (234.20 sq m)

A beautifully presented south-facing period family house, with the advantage of a lovely rear garden. Drawing room | Family room/cinema room | Dining room | Kitchen | Study | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Double bedroom with en suite bathroom | Double bedroom | Shower room | Cloakroom | Cellar | Paved garden | EPC Rating:E ÂŁ2,800 per week Unfurnished

Kensington Lettings 020 7938 3866

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PROPERTY

PROPERTY NEWS RUTH BLOOMFIELD: SECRETS TO A HAPPY HOME Many great minds have pondered the secret of happiness and it appears that Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo may have hit upon the solution. Portnoy and Angelo, in case you need reminding, are the songwriters who created the immortal theme song to the 1980s sitcom Cheers with its “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name” refrain. Three decades or so on and a survey by Banner Homes claims to have isolated the key secrets of a happy home. And just like the song says, living within two miles of a pub where the landlord greets you by name takes top spot. In London, of course, everybody lives within two minutes of a pub let alone two miles (unless of course your local has been recently transformed into high spec housing). But the likelihood of mein host at the trendy local gastropub remembering you is exceedingly slim. Some of the other keys to happiness unearthed in the study are touchingly humble: a comfy sofa (so not a trendy mid-century modern knock off then), a big bed, and a nice dinner table all make the list. Others leave Londoners a little adrift. Proximity to countryside, front and back gardens with plenty of trees and space enough for a shed and barbecue area, and off-road parking all make the list. Hah. Most London homes are so close to the pavement that anybody can peep into their living room, and have titchy back gardens cluttered with half dug vegetable patches and trampolines.

Off street parking is a distant dream. Most of us are reduced to battling for a space in a bay (and paying handsomely for the privilege of parking three streets away from our front door). Good neighbours are also considered terribly important; in Notting Hill most of us would settle for a neighbour not intent on carving out a giant subterranean basement leisure complex, ruining our peace and quiet and possibly our structural integrity too. On the other hand those who live in central London have many, many unique reasons to be cheerful. We may not have country walks but we can walk to the best theatres, shops, museums and galleries in the country. Our architecture is breathtaking, and while we may be more than ten miles from the seaside (another ingredient for happiness at home, apparently) we are handy for the airport for seaside breaks. And since we live in the heart of the city we won’t have spent this chilly winter snowed into our homes, huddling on our comfy sofa with only our two pets (also essential) for warmth because our expensive ground source heat pump has gone kaput. We are also probably the only homeowners in Britain who can expect our property prices to grow in the next five years. And while money might not buy you happiness, we all know that it is capable of bringing a satisfied little smile to most faces.

MARTIN BIKHIT, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT KAY & CO.

The year has got off to a very encouraging start with a significant number of good quality buyers looking in all price ranges across W2 registering with us. As always, the biggest issue is stock and a lack of quality stock. Many of our larger transactions, say £5 million and over, virtually all of which are to overseas buyers introduced by our international network of bankers, lawyers, accountants and wealth managers, stalled at the end of last year. These buyers waited to ascertain the exact implications of the chancellor’s introduction of an annual levy for properties valued at over £2 million and purchased by a “non-natural person”; the most common being some sort of off shore structure, together with the introduction of capital gains tax at a new rate of 28%. Many did decide to go ahead with the purchase of the share in the company rather than the property asset in their personal name, but the new legislation is certainly an unwelcome inconvenience to our market. However, it will not deter buyers from investing in London and we have not seen the end of “non-natural persons” buying in W2. kayandco.com, 020 7262 2030

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Absolutely

STYLISH BOUTIQUE

BEST KEPT SECRET

FINEST COCKTAIL...

I had a few Whiskey Sours at Westbourne House on Westbourne Grove the other night, and found them to be incredibly delicious. In fact, the more I had the better they tasted!

The recently renovated Electric Brasserie still serves their delicious burgers which are a popular favourite and after you’ve eaten, you can watch a movie while indulging in a cocktail.

Bayswater

Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road is always a treat. Whenever I visit this chic little shop, there is a queue running out the door. I tend to get carried away with ordering far more than I need of their beautiful cakes and desserts – my favourite is their tasty cheesecake!

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT...

AN EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY...

A LOST HOUR...

The Porchester Spa is located within a lovely Art Deco building and I find it so easy to while away the time inside this calm and tranquil spa. The best way to spend a lazy weekend is to relax in one of the two Russian steam rooms or in the Turkish hot room.

HELP PET OWNERS IN NEED OF A GOOD HOME… According to research carried out by Dogs Trust, almost half of the UK population currently owns a pet. That means a huge proportion of those looking to rent a home in the capital are looking for a pet friendly property. Many pet owners are forced to live in unsuitable properties and in some cases, people even have to give up their pets to find the right home for themselves. With more and more people looking for a home suitable for them and their four-legged friends, Mountgrange Heritage has recently launched a Pet Friendly Lettings Scheme. The aim is simple; to match pet owners with a home that’s just right for them. Speaking about the launch of the Pet Friendly Letting Scheme, Director – Head of Lettings, Liz Thomson said: “With a plethora of open space and businesses targeted at animal lovers, Kensington and Chelsea is a wonderful place for pet owners, yet there is a real shortage of rental properties willing to accept animals. We hope our Pet Friendly Lettings scheme will help more people find the home they are looking for.” To find out more, please call Liz Thomson on 020 8960 0181 or email Liz@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

St Mary’s Mansions. This spacious three bedroom apartment has been recently refurbished to a great finish and features a family friendly design. Located in a magnificent Victorian mansion block and showcasing Walnut wood floors and period features, the property offers fantastic living in the heart of Little Venice. £975,000 Leasehold

We went to El Pirata de Tapas the other night and absolutely loved it! We ordered a considerable selection of the modern tapas dishes and every one was of the highest quality and a delicious surprise... I can’t wait to go back!

PAUL HYMAN, SALES MANAGER AT KINLEIGH FOLKARD & HAYWARD, 020 7724 1222; KFH.CO.UK

NICHOLAS SPENCER, SENIOR SALES NEGOTIATOR, ANSCOMBE AND RINGLAND As front of house negotiator I am usually the first to see market changes in both supply and demand. Over the past 8 weeks there has been a definite increase in European buyers. The French in particular have been very busy looking for investment property in W8 and W2. As in any start to the year, the stock level has struggled to meet demand, forcing prices northwards. I suspect prices to level off as clients look to take advantage of increased returns in the spring. Certainly we are experiencing improved demand for those properties that failed to sell in December. 020 7727 7227; anscombes.co.uk

IAN LYNCH, PARTNER, PATRICK CLAYTON Here at Patrick Clayton, the start of 2013 was booming! We have registered a high number of new applicants who required four and five bed properties around W8, W11 and W14, where budgets ranged between £3000 and £3500 per week. This is a strong indication to a very promising lettings market. Investors & Buy-to-let landlords are actively looking to purchase buy-to-let properties with a good rental yield and good capital growth across the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. However, investors should always consider the quality of the property when choosing to invest, as this will impact the future yields that can be achieved. 0207 368 1638; patrickclayton.co.uk 119

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FARMER STREET, W8 A charming and well presented terraced house with a very pretty west facing garden. Attractively presented and arranged over three floors with a lovely well proportioned reception room on the 1st floor. Approx. 1,288 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2/3 bedrooms, bathroom, double reception, dining room, study/bedroom 3, cloakroom. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,950,000

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ADDISON AVENUE, W11 A beautiful regency style low-built villa with a 70 ft. garden and double garage. This wonderful family house is well laid out for living and entertaining, situated in Holland Park’s most picturesque tree-lined street. Approx. 3,093 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 receptions, wine cellar, 2 cloakrooms, orangery, front and rear gardens. Freehold Guide Price £7,500,000

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MELBURY ROAD, W14 A south facing garden flat in a period conversion, with a generous reception room (approx. 25’6” x 23’6”) and its own private entrance. Close to High Street Kensington and Holland Park. Approx. 1,116 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, patio garden. Freehold Share Guide Price £1,495,000 HOLLAND PARK 020 7727 2233 hollandpark@johndwood.co.uk

KENSINGTON PARK ROAD, W11

CAMPDEN HILL GARDENS, W8

A 1 floor flat situated in this popular portered mansion block now in need of modernisation. Benefitting from a desirable outlook over the square gardens. Approx. 805 sq ft. Energy Rating: D.

A flat situated on the 2nd floor of this Victorian terraced house with wonderful views overlooking Campden Place. Presented in good decorative order. Approx. 520 sq ft. Energy Rating: E.

2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception, lift, service lift, porter, access to gardens.

2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, utility room, hallway.

Freehold Share Guide Price £825,000

Leasehold Guide Price £695,000

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CORNWALL CRESCENT, W11 A superb house in the heart of Notting Hill, offering extensive accommodation and panoramic views, presented in excellent decorative condition throughout. Approx. 2,932 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 receptions, 2 cloakrooms, patio, terrace, garden, roof terrace. Freehold

Guide Price £3,650,000

LEAMINGTON ROAD VILLAS, W11

CHEPSTOW ROAD, W2

A very well proportioned mid-terrace house, with a patio garden and balcony, in need of refurbishment. Approx. 2,757 sq ft. Energy Rating: D.

A magnificent stucco fronted house set back from the road, benefiting from a terrace and gardens. Approx. 2,306 sq ft. Energy Rating: E.

6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 kitchens, 2 utility rooms.

5 bedrooms, bath/shower room, 3 receptions, sun room, utility, cloakroom.

Freehold Share Guide Price £3,500,000

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Guide Price £2,850,000

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KILDARE TERRACE, W2 ÂŁ4,350,000 F/H

A wonderful family home set in this quiet tree lined road. The house is in good order throughout including a spacious lower ground floor which has been designed and extended in recent years. The house is set over 5 floors, including 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and shower room. The lower ground, raised ground and first floor are immaculately arranged as reception space with kitchen on the ground floor and cinema, study and utility on the lower ground floor. The garden is of an excellent size accessed via bi-folding doors from the study. The property is fully alarmed along with a sound system throughout the house. Douglas and Gordon, 020 7727 7777; douglasandgordon.com

LIVING

Absolutely THE MOST LUXURIOUSLY APPOINTED PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN OUR MANOR

THE DREAM HOLLAND PARK AVENUE, W11 ÂŁ1,460,000 L/H

This stunning two double bedroom garden flat has been newly refurbished to an exceptional specification throughout with the sole use of a landscaped south facing walled garden. The spacious accommodation includes features such as a custom-built Hacker kitchen with built in appliances and compac quartz work surfaces, high ceilings, walnut joinery including engineered walnut floors and doors, under floor heating in the kitchen and utility room with individual thermostatic control, sensor lights in the bathrooms and alarm system with key pad in the lobby. The Victorian building is approached by private road off Holland and benefits from having a long lease. Barnard Marcus, 020 7221 5455; barnardmarcus.co.uk 126

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PROPERTY HOLLAND PARK, W11 £1,995 PER WEEK

A beautiful newly refurbished first floor three bedroom apartment in a desirable location. The property comprises a master bedroom suite, large guest bedroom, third bedroom or study, grand reception room, large dining room with double doors leading out onto a terrace and overlooking Holland Park Tennis club, spacious newly fitted kitchen with double doors leading onto the dining room, family bathroom and utility room. Located moments from the beautiful open spaces of Holland Park and a quick walk to Holland Park underground station. Beaney Pearce, 020 7221 9044; beaneypearce.co.uk

STANLEY CRESCENT, W11 £2,400,000

MASTER CLASS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

It is vital that your property looks its best when it comes to selling it as fi rst impressions count - even before a potential purchaser steps inside. Today nearly everyone begins their property search online so it is vital yours stands out. It is hard when you live in a property to be able to see it with fresh eyes. Th is is where our Secret Weapon comes in. At John D Wood & Co. we offer clients a complimentary Interior Consultancy and Sales Service where our consultant can come and meet you at your property to advise you on how best to present it. Whether it is simply by moving furniture, decluttering, refreshing the paintwork or soft furnishings, managing for small repairs to be done or even arranging for an unfurnished property to be furnished and dressed for sale, we can organize this for you for free. Moving can be extremely time consuming and for those with busy lives, very stressful. Our Interior Consultancy and Sales Service can also help you with sending unwanted chattels to auction, source, book and manage removal companies, close utility accounts and oversee the minutiae of moving house. Mathew Harrop, Director, John D Wood, 020 7908 1100; johndwood.co.uk

A beautifully refurbished duplex apartment in this fantastic Notting Hill location. Offering magnificent reception space with a well proportioned interconnecting rooms benefiting from fabulous windows many period features and glorious ceiling heights. Generous bedroom accommodation includes a large master suite and a further two bedrooms served by a large, beautifully fitted shower room. Stanley Crescent is a sought after residential road in the heart of Notting Hill. Marsh & Parsons, 020 7313 2890; marshandparsons.co.uk

UP YOUR STREET

CORNWALL CRESCENT, W11, £3,650,000 F/H

A superb 4/5 bedroom house in the heart of Notting Hill offering extensive accommodation including a patio garden, two terraces and panoramic views. Set over 5 floors this is a very imposing family home which presents in excellent condition throughout. The house offers versatile living with plenty of entertaining space as well as great proportions. It is south facing looking straight down St Marks Place, W11 giving it a very bright feel with uninterrupted views down the street. What is so special about this property is its modern and minimal feel and ability to fit different ways of living. There is a self-contained flat in the lower parts of the house which can be part of the house or cut off and rented separately as it has its own front door and the original stairs interconnecting to the house still remain. The raised ground floor comprises of a double room split in two with the front part being the dining room and the rear being the kitchen with French doors leading out to a charming terrace with stairs leading down to a patio garden. At the rear of the property there is also a single room/home office/overflow room. There is a half landing on the way to the first floor with a loo and small balcony overlooking the rear. The 1st floor is the most fantastic ‘L’ shaped reception room with windows overlooking the front and back and excellent ceiling height. The 2nd floor has two good sized bedrooms and a shared family bathroom and the top floor consists of a large double bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. Cornwall Crescent is a popular Notting Hill street located close to the wealth of amenities and transport links. Rollo Miles, Manager, John D Wood,

020 7229 2356; johndwood.co.uk

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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.

Bob Crowley A relentlessly driven individual, Bob’s passions are selling Notting Hill properties and beating the competition. This may mean he’s not much fun at a dinner party, (we couldn’t possibly comment) but he’s absolutely the man you want to market and sell your property.

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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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Access to Ladbroke Square Gardens

Portobello Road Notting Hill W11 A unique architect designed house (151 sq m/1,626 sq ft approx.) offering stunning interiors and a choice of serene terraces in this iconic location. Highlights include a triple height atrium, custom made Italian kitchen, under-floor heating, feature fireplaces and access to Ladbroke Square Gardens. 3 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, en suite shower room, cloakroom, 2 receptions rooms, kitchen/diner, utility room, 2 roof terraces, front garden.

Freehold ÂŁ2,900,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating D

Refreshingly different estate agents

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Fit for a King

Prince Edward Mansions Notting Hill W2 A sensational lateral apartment (233 sq m/2,510 sq ft approx.) situated on the third floor (with lift) of an imposing red brick mansion building with porter service. This exceptionally spacious, predominantly south facing apartment has been beautifully refurbished throughout and is presented in immaculate order. 3 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, cloakroom, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room.

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Share of Freehold ÂŁ3,950,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating D

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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

Ladbroke Road Notting Hill W11 A stunning lateral apartment (178 sq m/1,916 sq ft approx.) across two immaculately maintained period properties in this prime Notting Hill location. Created with a definitive Italian influence, much emphasis has been placed on style, simplicity and flow. 3 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, en suite shower room, cloakroom, reception room, dining room, study, kitchen, utility room, patio garden.

Leasehold ÂŁ2,350,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating D

Refreshingly different estate agents

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Gated Mews

Scampston Mews North Kensington W10 A stunning and contemporary mews house (146 sq m/1,571 sq ft approx.) that spans two units and is totally unique. The property has been designed exquisitely and has very versatile accommodation that can be utilized in a number of ways.Scampston Mews lies at the bottom of Cambridge Gardens running west off Ladbroke Grove close to local shops and underground station. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen/dining room, self contained studio, shower room, off street parking.

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Freehold ÂŁ1,750,000 Ladbroke Grove office mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330 Energy Rating D

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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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Exemplary Family House

Linden Avenue Kensal Rise NW10 A beautifully appointed Victorian terraced house (174 sq m/1,873 sq ft approx.) that has been extended into both the front and rear loft. It offers versatile accommodation that is presented in exemplary condition throughout and further enjoys a large private garden. Linden Avenue is a short walk from Chamberlayne Road where you will find an array of hip restaurants, cafes and boutiques. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom, garden, eaves storage.

Freehold ÂŁ1,250,000 Ladbroke Grove office mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330 Energy Rating D

Refreshingly different estate agents

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Original Splendor

Keslake Road Queen’s Park NW6 An exceptional family house (161 sq m/1,733 sq ft approx.) retaining much of its original charm and character. The house is presented beautifully throughout and benefits from a delightful cottage kitchen leading to a beautiful and mature private garden. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 cloakrooms, garden, external storage.

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Freehold ÂŁ1,495,000 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 Living

Finstock Road North Kensington W10 A beautifully presented house benefitting from excellent natural light and newly refurbished throughout to a high specification. Finstock Road is in the St. Quintin conservation area, within close proximity to the shops and cafes on St. Helens Gardens. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, en suite shower room, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, garden.

Lateral Living

Palace Gate Kensington W8

Unfurnished ÂŁ1,700 per week Notting Hill office kf@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 5388 Energy Rating E

Unfurnished ÂŁ1,350 per week

An immaculately presented flat located on the second floor (with lift) of this period mansion block Kensington office ideally located in the heart of Kensington. This superb property offers light and spacious living and to@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk entertaining areas with attractive outlooks from all the rooms and ample storage throughout. 020 7795 4288 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, lift. Energy Rating E Refreshingly different estate agents

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World Famous

Portobello Road Notting Hill W11 A stunning maisonette finished to an exceptional standard, with a large terrace ideal for entertaining. Portobello Road is located amongst the bars and restaurants in the area, as well as having a wide array of shops on the doorstep. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, en suite shower room, reception room, kitchen, cloakroom, roof terrace.

Superb Location

Holland Street Kensington W8 A superb light and spacious end of terrace maisonette situated within this handsome period building. The property is arranged over three floors offering unique and contemporary living and entertaining space. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, roof terrace.

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Unfurnished ÂŁ915 per week Notting Hill office kf@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 5388 Energy Rating D

Furnished ÂŁ910 per week (SHORT LET) Kensington office to@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7795 4288 Energy Rating F

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Fulton Mews, Bayswater, W2 £3,300,000 Freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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Recently rebuilt behind handsome Victorian façades, this spacious house offers bright and well balanced living space over three floors, within a peaceful cobbled mews close to Hyde Park. The house features a rare dual aspect and access, giving the property the feel of a more conventional house, there is also a stunning kitchen/diner, fully decked roof terrace and generous parking.

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Handsome mews house Bright double aspect Three/four bedrooms Two reception rooms Two modern kitchens Five bathrooms Balcony and roof terrace A short walk to Hyde Park EPC rating D

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St Marys Terrace, Little Venice, W2 £975,000 Leasehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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This spacious three bedroom apartment has been recently refurbished to a provide a high quality finish and offers a family friendly design including a high specification modern kitchen/ breakfast room and a balcony.

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Southwick Street, Hyde Park Estate, W2 £699,950 Leasehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A stunning one bedroom apartment which has been designed to an exacting standard. This property is both spacious and bright, and offers features including a beautiful kitchen and sizeable west facing balcony.

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Stunning one bedroom flat Prestigious modern block Lifts and 24 hour porter Spacious reception room Well equipped kitchen West facing balcony Moments to Paddington station A short walk to Hyde Park EPC rating C

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Chepstow Place, Bayswater, W2 £1,200,000 Shared freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A bright, spacious and modern apartment offering high ceilings and wood floors, within this high quality and well located Georgian style development. A car parking space is also available. The Baynards benefits from its immediate access to the boutiques and restaurants of Westbourne Grove and is a short walk to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Road.

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Chepstow Crescent, W11 £2,350 per week Immaculately presented maisonette with beautiful landscaped garden in the heart of Notting Hill. Two reception rooms, kitchen, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and garden. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 nick @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Artesian Road, W2 £2,850 per week Stunning house beautifully designed with spacious living area and open views – the perfect family home in the perfect location. EPC=D. Two reception rooms, kitchen, study, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, garden, terrace and off-street parking. Unfurnished.

020 7221 2277 rosie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Royal Crescent, W11 £550 per week Fabulous flat with high ceilings, period features and stunning garden just a short walk from Holland Park. EPC=D. Reception room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and garden. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 rosie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Stratford Road, W8 £895 per week

Redfield Lane, SW5 £785 per week

A bright architect-designed house in this discreet location within the desirable Stratford Village. EPC=E. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and terrace. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

Superb conversion designed and finished to the highest specification. On two floors this maisonette has exceptional design features that maximise the light and space. EPC= C. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Unfurnished.

020 7937 9976 mollie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7937 9976 jaredk @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

It’s the ‘silly season’ for our lettings team – there is an enormous demand for houses and flats to rent in all the areas we cover. Please call us or pop in to any of our three offices if you are thinking of renting your property now or in the future. mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Liz Thomson Director

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

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Meet our new lettings recruit – Peggy-Lou ! Nowadays more and more tenants are not only looking for a roof over their own head but also for somewhere to house their pooch. We have just launched a pet friendly lettings section on our website and now need more landlords who are happy to accommodate our animal loving applicants. For more information call our pet friendly team or pop into any of our offices.

Amanda Man Associate Director

Susie Waterfall Associate Director

Henrietta Soames Associate Director

Nick Beckett Associate

Rosie Chance Associate

Mollie Crowley Associate

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

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Highlever Road, W10 ÂŁ2,350,000 Freehold A superb end-of-terrace house located in a prime position on this pretty tree-lined street, at the corner of Kingsbridge Road, within the St Quintin Conservation area. This exceptionally bright property has been refurbished and extended into the loft and garden creating a stylish and spacious family home. EPC=E. Receptiondining room, kitchen, cloakroom, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and garden. Sole Agents

020 8960 0181 will @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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. Michael Wilson Director

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

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Blithfield Street, W8 £1,950,000 Freehold Deceptively spacious and bright double-fronted cottage situated on a desirable tree-lined street in Stratford Village, in prime Kensington.The property was recently refurbished to an impeccable standard, resulting in a contemporary and stylish living space. Blithfield Street is equidistant to the shops, restaurants and transport links at High Street Kensington and Earls Court. EPC=E. Two reception rooms, kitchen, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Joint Sole Agents – Knight Frank

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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PROPERTY

PROPERTY NEWS MARSH & PARSONS ANNOUNCE NEW OFFICE OPENING

INSIDE DESIGN WITH BILL AMBERG STUDIO Bective Leslie Marsh is lead sponsor for Inside Design, an exciting new season of exhibitions where leading designers, companies and brands share their creative journey at Great Western Studios. The first of these exhibitions features famous fashion and interior designer, Bill Amberg, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of leather and its different textures. His designs will be told through a combination of materials, sketches, tools and objects delving into the importance of craft and how vital it is in the development of design. A private viewing will be held at Great Western Studios on Thursday February 21st, and the exhibition officially opens on the 22nd February until 6th March. greatwesternstudios.com; bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

To celebrate the opening of their 17th office, Marsh & Parsons are offering the first 100 customers in the new South Kensington office a 0% sales fee until March 29th. The new office will benefit from Marsh & Parsons’ shared database across the borough, giving vendors and landlords in South Kensington immediate access to an established pool of over 10,000 buyers and tenants. Peter Rollings, Chief Executive of Marsh & Parsons comments: “South Kensington is often the first port of call for international buyers coming to the area, and our new office will allow us to tap into this seam of demand, while improving our coverage of the area for existing clients in the Royal Borough. The state-of–the-art office will be an added string to our bow in the area and is a key part of our growth plans for 2013 to build on our success in the last 12 months. This is part of our planned expansion strategy, and we hope to continue to broaden our network in central London in the next year.” marshandparsons.co.uk; 020 7368 4458

KFH CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT AWARDS EVENING Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, one of London’s largest independent estate agents, celebrated the success of 2012 with a glittering awards evening held at The Brewery, EC1Y, London, on Friday the 25th of January 2013. Over 550 KFH staff attended the black tie event which began with a conference outlining the year’s star performers and upcoming company initiatives for the year ahead. Hosting the evening and providing the entertainment was renowned comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall. The evening recognized and rewarded the highest achievers across all of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s business divisions including sales, lettings, financial services, professional services, block management and commercial property services. Key announcements on the evening included details of the group’s expansion plan which involves opening an additional twenty branches in the next five years. Also key to 2013 will be the development and growth of non-sales related services and the group’s digital offering. Lee Watts, Managing Director, comments: “Our annual awards party is always a highly regarded event which all our staff members look forward to. Every single employee contributed towards the success of KFH in 2012 and it’s important to recognise their efforts. Despite the downturn and somewhat restrained property market in comparison with a few years ago, we surpassed all of our targets for the year and were responsible for almost one in every ten sales across the 12 London boroughs within which we operate.” kfh.co.uk

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W2 Albion Street, Hyde Park

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£1,950,000 Share of Freehold A three bedroom, two bathroom apartment situated at the rear of Albion Gate, a sought after artdeco block directly facing Hyde Park. The property is offered in good condition throughout and benefits from a further cloakroom, 24-hour porterage and a lift. Both Marble Arch Underground and Paddington Station are nearby. Energy rating: C

W2 Gloucester Square, Hyde Park

0203 394 0016 lettings.hydepark@kayandco.com

£725 Per Week Furnished/Unfurnished A recently refurbished two double bedroom garden flat on this beautiful garden square moments from Hyde Park. The property comprises a spacious reception room with a modern open-plan kitchen, two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a separate cloakroom. Further benefits include beautiful wood flooring, a private patio garden, access to the square gardens and great storage. Paddington Station is five minutes’ walk away. Energy rating: C

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W2 Seymour Street, Hyde Park

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ÂŁ1,950,000 Leasehold A well laid out three bedroom, two bathroom apartment on the second floor (with lift) of this soughtafter portered mansion block just moments from Hyde Park and Oxford Street. The property has been well-maintained and would make an ideal family home or investment. Energy rating: C

W2 Connaught Square, Hyde Park

0203 394 0016 lettings.hydepark@kayandco.com

ÂŁ695 Per Week Unfurnished A spacious two bedroom apartment with its own entrance on this prestigious garden square. Situated on the lower ground floor but benefiting from plenty of natural light, the property features a bright reception room with a partially open-plan kitchen, two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a utility room and a private courtyard. Located close to Hyde Park and the transport links at Marble Arch. Energy rating: C

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Garden House, W2 - £900 per week - Furnished

This elegant two double bedroom apartment sits within a prestigious portered building and has been beautifully refurbished

Argyll Road W8 - £4,950 per week, Furnished A superb five bedroom house arranged over three floors with private garden and conservatory. The house is available for 6 months with bills and a housekeeper included.

Marloes Road W8 - £795 per week, Furnished A beautifully refurbished two bedroom two bathroom apartment with hardwood floors throughout, modern fittings and direct access to a stunning private west facing roof terrace.

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

Tollard House W14 - £675 per week, Furnished A spacious well presented two bedroom apartment with decked south facing balcony. TheRoad, apartment from bright- reception room, two bathrooms Westbourne Park W2benefits - £925 per aweek Unfurnished property has wooden floors throughout, an integrated remote and off street parking. This well located three bedroom triplex apartment offers stunning high o the rear. ceilings, contemporary finish and spacious rooms.

Phillimore Walk W8 - £1350 per week, Unfurnished A beautiful newly refurbished four bedroom mews house in the heart of Kensington, featuring wood three per modern bathrooms and a private Stafford Terrace, W8floors, - £2,950 week, furnished garage. A fantastic 3 bedroom maisonette on the sought after streets of the Phillimore Estate. T

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Ladbroke Grove, W10 - £475 per week furnished This spacious two double bedroom property is situated in a period conversion located on Ladbroke Grove. The property consists of two double bedrooms both benefiting from a balcony along with one bathroom and a open plan kitchen/ dining area.

Stanley Gardens, W11 - £550 per week furnished A recently refurbished two bedroom flat in this portered Kensington block. The flat has been decorated to a high standard and boasts bright and spacious living throughout.

Horbury Crescent, W11 - £1,295 per week furnished A recently refurbished two large double bedroom, two bathroom period conversion property with a private secure garden and access to Ladbroke Square Gardens.

Westbourne Gardens, W10 - £1,295 per week unfurnished/furnished An elegant, recently refurbished three bedroom garden maisonette with a contemporary interior, modern kitchen and bathrooms, wood floors and private decked terrace.

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PROPERTY

PRIME PURCHASE

THE LUXURY LONDON DIVISION OF HOUSE BUILDER TAYLOR WIMPEY LAUNCHES STYLISH FAMILY HOMES WHERE YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ITS DESIGN…

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rgyll Place is a boutique development of 20 exquisite town and mews houses in upmarket North Kensington, by luxurious house builder Taylor Wimpey Central London. This new development will provide a stylish and modern alternative to the existing housing stock in W10. Situated on Pangbourne Avenue, the development is a breath of luxurious modernity, with each property elegantly finished throughout. Properties feature high specification fixtures and fittings including exclusive Siemens kitchens, interior design by the acclaimed Honky, outdoor spaces including balconies and private gardens, and secure underground parking is available. Each property is also protected with video entry systems and alarms as standard.

Argyll Place is close to various London landmarks including Portobello Road, the phenomenal shopping on Westbourne Avenue and at Westfield Shepherds Bush, and it is in close vicinity to a range of good schools, including the highly regarded Notting Hill Prep School. Building completion is currently estimated for late 2013 / early 2014. Keith Rigby, Director of Bective Leslie Marsh in Ladbroke Grove, comments: “Argyll Place is the missing link that the W10 has been crying out for. We have smaller and larger homes available in the area, but this new development fulfills the requirements of our local growing families.” For a select time only, buyers at Argyll Place can customise their dream home, by remodelling the layout of the top floor of their exclusive homes via a stunning doll’s house replica of the large townhouse.

DETAILS

Argyll Place London, W10 Prices start from £1,300,000

CONTACT

Bective Leslie Marsh: 020 3667 5579 Strutt & Parker: 020 3667 5566 argyllplace.co.uk Exclusive Siemens kitchens • Honkey designed interiors • Balconies and private gardens • Secure underground parking

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PROPERTY

PRIVATE VIEWING

Marc von Grundherr, Director of Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings Hyde Park Office shows us around...

FARM STREET

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W1

CONTACT

ÂŁ795 per week

Benham & Reeves Residential, Hyde Park 020 7402 9866 brlets.co.uk

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ne of the most interesting types of property is one that combines classical elegance with a highly functional interior. This is exactly what the newly refurbished Victorian conversion on Farm Street, W1 offers. A location that is is second to none set in the heart of opulent Mayfair with its fine selection of shops, restaurants and transport links right on your doorstep. A spacious

reception/dining area with original sash windows, a feature fireplace and smart, polished wood floors and a separate white fitted kitchen which is built to a high specification. Two tastefully decorated and generously proportioned double bedrooms (one with sumptuous en-suite bathroom) enjoy recessed ambient lighting and great storage space; whilst a separate full bathroom is adjacent to the second bedroom.

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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 floor 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

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 and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and Having been newly refurbished, this flat is in superb condition. An This beautifully refurbished two double bedroom apartment is brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. open plan kitchen and living room is a sociable environment ideal finished to a high standard including designer furnishings. Set on for entertaining. everroom popular Stcellar Charles Square in North Kensington. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complexthe | dining | wine | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

ANSON ROAD, £1,250,000, Located in the Wiltshire NW2 countryside and built in Freehold the 1960’s as a large, modern country house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible accommodation with potential to extend further. Located in the Wiltshire countryside and with builtaindriveway the 1960’s a large house. This is a well-rounded family home, with ample space occupying an enviable corner plot andasgarage. With four receptions downstairs there plenty of entertaining and theroom chance to complex get peace androom quiet| wine fromcellar the kids. Upstairs there are 5 double Four bedrooms | fourisbathrooms | garden roomspace | hall | drawing | studio | dining | integrated garagingr bedrooms and a family bathroom.

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DUNMORE ROAD, NW6 £1,699,950 FREEHOLD

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

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PROPERTY

PROFILE

MOVING IN

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

STREET

William Tellwright, John D Wood & Co, 020 7727 2233; johndwood.co.uk Notting Hill sits on high quality clay, and in the early 1800’s this provided for the brick making kilns on Pottery Lane. The stables for the Hippodrome Racecourse was also situated on Pottery Lane.

LOCAL HANG OUT

James Kerman, Winkworth, 0207 792 5000; winkworth.co.uk My team and I regularly frequent the Portobello Road Hotel for a spot of lunch or for a few cheeky pints after work. There is a wonderfully warm atmosphere and once the weather warms up, we’ll be sure to take advantage of the outdoor seating area.

KIDS

Julia Lee, Mountgrange Heritage, 020 8960 0181; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk Holland Park is the perfect hang out for families. It’s the perfect size and the gardens are just so beautiful in the Spring. They have tennis courts for older kids or a lovely play area for the younger ones. The best bit is that it’s right on our doorstep – and it’s free to get in!

RELAX

Sebastian Anduze , Jackson-Stops & Staff, 020 7727 5111; jackson-stops.co.uk I would highly recommend Cowshed for a healthy lunch while waiting for a supremely relaxing treatment. Nestled in the heart of Holland Park this convenienty positioned and truly wonderful establishment at Clarendon Cross is the ultimate urban retreat.

FACT

Phillip Harrison, Barnard Marcus, 020 7221 5455; sequencehome.co.uk Holland Park Avenue - This street was largely rural until the 19th century. Most of the surrounding neighbourhood was formerly the grounds of the Jacobean mansion Holland House. In the later decades of the 19th Century the owners of the house sold off land, and the district which evolved took its name.

INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Edward Parker, Anscombe and Ringland, 020 7727 7227; anscombes.co.uk I see so many different styles and tastes in interior design, and I love to see something fresh and unusual when I am appraising a property. One that we are currently marketing is a mews house with an eclectic loft style interior. It’s these unique properties which really stand out for me.

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Bedford Park 020 8994 5432

Chiswick 020 8995 2345

Ealing 020 8579 5050

Hammersmith 020 8748 4256

Holland Park 020 7221 5455

West Kensington 020 7603 1384

Two Double Bedrooms

1252 sqft

Landscaped Garden

A stunning two double bedroom garden flat (1252 sqft), newly refurbished to an exceptional specification with the sole use of a landscaped south facing walled garden. The spacious, well planned accommodation includes a separate entrance, cloakroom, custom built kitchen, utility room, reception room with French doors to garden, bedroom one and two with en-suite bathrooms and fitted wardrobes.

1 Holland Park Terrace, Portland Road, Holland Park, London, W11 4ND

Holland Park Avenue, W11 £1,460,000 Freehold

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LUXURIOUS

LETTINGS HORBURY CRESCENT

W11

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his wonderful period conversion home has recently been refurbished to a high standard, offering superb accommodation in the much sort after location of Ladbroke Square Gardens. The property benefits from wood floors throughout the ground floor reception, kitchen and guest clock room. There are two spacious

DETAILS ÂŁ1,295 per week

CONTACT Hamptons International 020 7034 0405; hamptons.co.uk

bedrooms offering good built in storage, a family bathroom and en-suite. To the rear of the property there is a private secure patio garden which also benefits from access to Ladbroke Square Gardens with the necessary approval. Horbury Crescent is conveniently situated just off Kensington Park Road which is just a short walk away from Notting Hill Gate tube station.

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WIMBLEDON VILLAGE SW19

NOW 70% SOLD

WHERE TRADITIONAL GRANDEUR MEETS MODERN SPLENDOUR The Cavendish is part of our sumptuous collection of four lavish 5 bedroom homes combining generous proportions with modern luxury. This stunning, 3,387 sq ft home boasts an expansive and bespoke kitchen/dining room of 538 sq ft, perfect for entertaining friends and family. While on the upper floors, the luxurious bedrooms feature spectacular ensuites, providing flexibility and space for children and guests. Set within an exclusive gated development, just a short walk from Wimbledon Village’s cafés, shops and restaurants. The Cavendish is now ready to move into. P R I C E S F RO M £ 2 . 95 M Marketing Suite & Show Home Open Thursday to Monday, 10am – 5.30pm Edge Hill, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 4RB Image depicts the Grosvenor Show Home at London Square Wimbledon Village. Details and prices are correct at time of going to print.

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

Alba Place W11

Lettings: +44 (0)20 7727 5222

jackson-stops.co.uk/London

ÂŁ1,150 per week Furnished

Unique architect-designed mews house in a gated mews with off-street parking space. Property offers two bedrooms, two reception rooms, sauna, plunge pool, terrace and balcony. Located close to Portobello Road, Hammersmith & City line and easy access to central line at Notting Hill. Available immediately, furnished. Also available for short let at ÂŁ1650 per week. EPC rating - C

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

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Redfield Lane SW5

ÂŁ1,050,000 Long leasehold

Situated in a quiet enclave and presented in immaculate condition, this wonderful and light apartment has been architecturally designed extending to over 1,060 sq ft on two floors. The kitchen area has double height ceilings allowing the best use of space and creating volume rarely seen in a property of this size. The accommodation comprises two bedrooms with the master enjoying the use of an en-suite bathroom, additional shower room, guest WC, open plan kitchen/reception room. The property further benefits from a secure lock up garage. Redfield Lane is positioned moments from Earls Court and the wide array of amenities on offer. EPC rating - D Holland Park Office: +44 (0)20 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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£1,975,000 Share of Freehold Hyde Park Gate SW7 A beautifully refurbished three bedroom apartment in this fully portered mansion block.

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), Reception room, Dining area, Kitchen, Patio, 24 hour porter, EPC=C

Kensington Gate Sales 0207 581 1152 kengatesales@dng.co.uk

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ÂŁ1,950,000 Share of Freehold Gloucester Walk, W8 A stunning maisonette situated on the second and third floors of this attractive period conversion in Kensington. The flat itself as an abundance of space, giving a feeling of a small house rather than an apartment.

2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Dining room/third bedroom, Cloakroom, Roof terrace, EPC=C.

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

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£2,550,000 Freehold Dukes Lane, W8

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

£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.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Dressing room, Garage/study, Garden, EPC=E.

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

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

Nottting Hill Sales 020 7727 5750

Savills Joint Sole Agent 020 7727 7777

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£875,000 Share of Freehold Colville Gardens, W11

A superb first floor period apartment with high ceilings and original sash windows. Flat is shown as previously furnished.

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

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC=F.

£625,000 Share of Freehold Shrewsbury Road, W2

An attractive and well-presented garden apartment tucked away in a quiet road with its own private entrance.

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

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Open plan kitchen, Patio garden, EPC=D.

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ÂŁ1,950 per week Unfurnished Edge Street W8

A stunning, newly refurbished low built family house with excellent entertaining space.

ÂŁ1,050 per week Unfurnished Queens Gardens W2

A fabulous, light and spacious apartment on the third floor of this period conversion.

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

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Roof terrace, EPC=D.

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

3 bedrooms, En-suite shower room, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room/dining room, Direct lift access, EPC=D.

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ÂŁ675 per week Unfurnished Palace Gardens Terrace W8

An immaculately presented 2nd/3rd floor maisonette with a wonderful kitchen/breakfast room. 2 bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, EPC=D.

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

ÂŁ595 per week Furnished/ Unfurnished Chesterton Road W10

A gorgeous maisonette with a private roof terrace and garden.

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

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2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Study, Kitchen, Roof terrace, Garden, EPC=D.

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£595 per week Furnished Kensington Park Road W11

A fabulous, newly refurbished ground floor apartment, with extremely spacious well laid out accommodation.

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

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Porter, Communal gardens, EPC=E.

£550 per week Furnished/ Unfurnished Kensington High Street W8

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An immaculately presented first floor flat in this popular portered building on Kensington High Street.

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

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Lift, Porter, EPC=C.

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ÂŁ525 per week Furnished St Petersburgh Place W2

A wonderful ground floor flat with views overlooking the communal gardens.

ÂŁ475 per week Furnished Pembridge Gardens W2

An elegant raised ground floor flat with high ceilings and spacious accommodation.

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

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Communal gardens, EPC=C.

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

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC=D.

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