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In these pages you’ll fi nd a Frida Kahloinfluenced fashion shoot along with a focus on flamenco, an interview with bag designer Ally Capellino, a fascinating piece on local car history, a preview of a new book about the market and its people, plus a special short story. We hope you like it.

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BELLA FREUD FOR BARBOUR Bella is absolutely our favourite Freud and we’re thrilled that she’s teamed up with Barbour to launch a lovely new knitwear line with her characteristic quirky motifs on an animal theme. barbour.com

FRIDA FEVER Frida Kahlo is always having a moment and this season we will be wearing Tatty Devine’s clever leather pendant with resin flowers, £75. The range is stocked at Lali in Golborne Road. tattydevine.com

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Never lose your crucial bits between bags again – just keep them all in a lovely hand-crafted Clutterclutch. Made in London from super soft leather with a contrasting wrist strap, the handy bags come in all shades including metallic and fluoro. From £60, clutterclutch.com

The innovative Wawa folding rocking chair relaunched at a popup store at Clifton Nurseries, with textiles from a variety of designers including Margo Selby, pictured. wawa.co.uk

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DESIGN AT THE DOCK For the London Design Festival, the Portobello Dock was a hive of activity with a pop up market from Etsy as well as product launches including Tom Dixon for Adidas and more Dixon delights. We are after this Tower salt grinder, £45 and pepper grinder, £50. tomdixon.net

BOOT CAMP Now that we’ve spied Penelope Chilvers’ new collection, top of our wish list are these stonecoloured Venus boots in embossed suede. Penelope’s opening her very own shop in Ledbury Road this month, so take a look. penelopechilvers.com

IN THE TUB We love a freestanding bath. And especially one inspired by the Serpentine (though we’re not convinced about swimming in the actual Serpentine). So this cast iron tub from Drummonds is just the thing. From £3210, drummonds-uk.com

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Who would have thought that some of the world’s most effective mostquito repellent comes from Notting Hill? This is a local business with a global reach. And the stuff really works. lessmosquito.com

Ralph Lauren Home celebrates 30 years of iconic design this month with an impressive new interiors collection, including a range inspired by Kensington Palace. There’s even a delightful anniversary candle too. ralphlauren.co.uk

BASKET CASE Beautiful handwoven baskets from Burkino Faso are the result of an initiative set up by Eva Seidenfaden from Denmark, to create a sustainable business for local women. Support them and buy one at skandium.com

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A musical based on the music of The Proclaimers may sound a strange thing, but after a hugely successful run on the stage, Sunshine on Leith has made it onto the big screen. The story follows Davy and Ally, who have to readjust to life outside of the army after coming home from Afghanistan. Song and dance on the streets of Edinburgh? Definitely worth watching. 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 0871 902 5731; picturehouses.co.uk

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VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM FROM 1 OCTOBER A fascinating new installation sees the V&A’s former Textile Galleries transformed into the apartments of an elderly, disillusioned architect, whose fragile world is turned upside-down by the arrival of his former, now famous, student. Created by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, visitors can read the script of this unrealised play and explore and experience the very world where it takes place. Cromwell Road, SW7 020 7942 2000; vam.ac.uk

See some of the most spectacular photographs ever taken by some of the world’s very best photographers. Selecting just one hundred images from tens of thousands of entries, this highly-acclaimed annual exhibition reveals the rarely seen wonders of the natural world. This year’s offerings promise to be just as breathtaking as the last. Cromwell Road, SW7 020 7942 4000; nhm.ac.uk

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF OMID SALEHI RICHARD YOUNG GALLERY 28 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER An exhibition of photographs by Omid Salehi in support the Omid Foundations. The exhibition includes over 40 limited edition photographs by the artist. This is a truly unique opportunity to purchase photographs of exceptional importance at very attractive prices and at the same time supporting the work of the Omid Foundations. 4 Holland Street, W8 020 7937 8911 richardyoungonline.com

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ROYAL HORTICULTURAL HALL 18 – 20 OCTOBER Seize the opportunity to taste the finest food and wine Italy has to offer without ever leaving London. For three days only Italy’s best food and beverage producers will converge to offer up regional specialities from all over the country as well as offering cooking classes and wine tasting. We recommend skipping breakfast as delicious food and drink will be available to buy all day. Perfetto! 80 Vincent Square, SW1P; welcome-italia.co.uk

CLASSICALLY BRITISH 2013 THE TABERNACLE 23 – 24 OCTOBER

Classically British, in its 11th year, presents six performances from dancers with a classical training background over two days during Black History Season. Classically British breaks new ground by showcasing ethnic minority British dancers and choreographers in classical and neo-classical ballet. The event includes neo-classical ballet set to music as diverse as classical, pop, r’n’b, hip-hop, ambient and techno. The event will feature two short films and a photographic exhibition too. Powis Square, W11 07947 484 021, www.portobellodance.org.uk

ADRIÁN VILLAR ROJAS: TODAY WE REBOOT THE PLANET

The debut UK exhibition from this young Argentinian artist is also the debut exhibition of the Serpentine Gallery’s new space. The Sackler Gallery is the perfect location for Villar Rojas sitespecific installations. Renowned for his large-scale sculptural works, this exciting emerging artist plays with the concept of time and history by creating an apparently fossilised world of ancient ruins and monuments. Kensington Gardens, W2 020 7402 6075 serpentinegallery.org

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West London artist Jemima Burrill has been exploring Marylebone Library taking photographs of the gutted but formidable building. The idea came to her when both her children left for school and taking photographs of the empty library somehow summed up the feeling of loneliness of losing kids. You’ll have to go to France to see the pictures – the series Hunter Gatherer is on show at Galerie Houg in Lyon from 18 October to 18 November. galeriehoug.com jemimaburrill.co.uk

Nostalgic for Spangles? Remember Alphabetti Spaghetti? A new DVD marks 50 years of Robert Opie’s vast and quirky collection of ephemera at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Colville Mews. The entertaining feature-length In Search of Our Throwaway History explores the way in which branded products change the way we live. Opie’s extensive collection, which started in 1963, made up a major exhibition at the V&A in 1974 before becoming the core of its own museum in Gloucester in 1984 and moving to Notting Hill in 2005. You’ll be surprised at the emotions an crisp packet can trigger. museumofbrands.com; throwawathistory.com

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PORTOBELLO VOICES T Blanche Girouard’s new book is a tribute to the people of Portobello. Here’s her advice on getting the best out of the market

he secret to visiting Portobello Market is knowing when and where to go. The first rule is: avoid the tourists. Don’t go to the market between 11am and 4pm on a Saturday, unless you want to be with 60,000 other people. Go either on Friday or early on Saturday morning. Friday is a lovely day for locals. All the costermongers are out, selling fruit and vegetables. Don’t be put off if you’ve had bad experiences with market fruit: just realise that you get what you pay for. Pound-a-bowl fruit is fruit that needs to be eaten at once. Elsewhere (such as opposite the Electric) you’ll find stalls that sell premium quality stock and supply local restaurants. And, when shopping on the market, get to know the traders. Any day is brightened up by a friendly chat with a trader and they’ll be the first to tell you what’s in season or how many beans you need for six people. Look out for Josie (outside Greggs) whose aunt was photographed on the market by Ken Russell, Dimbo (opposite Poundland) who remembers leaving her stall when the air sirens went and Cheryl, Alan and Lynn and Tommy (opposite the Electric). Friday - under the Westway - is vintage fashion day. This isn’t cheap market tat – it’s the clothes that you’ll be seeing in Downton Abbey or on Kate Moss or copied by TopShop Vintage. It’s also the day for wonderful old linen and haberdashery and a huge array of vintage costume jewellery. Look out for Su, Mary and Paul (under the Westway) and Andrew (opposite Thai Rice). Saturday morning is the time to browse for arcades - through the arcades and along the street. Between six and nine in the morning the arcades are buzzing with antique dealers and collectors. Don’t be put off by the tacky stalls at the entrance – you can’t beat the expertise or the range and quality of goods available within. Feel free simply to browse and ask questions. Antique dealers are a 21

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passionate, fascinating lot and they are always happy to talk. Hold a 17th century child’s beaker in your hand, or a pair of tiny Chinese shoes, and lose yourself in the wonder of the past. Good places to start are Jones’ Arcade, Roger’s Gallery and The Admiral Vernon. And, on the street, look out for Andy Morant’s tin soldiers, Ann Swift’s lace and Michael Fenton’s printing blocks. Many Friday traders also turn out on Saturdays. Head for the Normandy cheese stall outside Cath Kidston and treat yourself to a slice of aged Comte. Buy a box of curious funghi from The Portobello Mushroom Man (outside Coffee Republic). Pause at Richard’s make up stall (opposite Garcia’s) to hear bad jokes and buy good eye-shadow. And, finally, treat yourself to the best Italian coffee on the street from Marcos’ orange VW van (tucked behind the stalls opposite the Westway). Then go home, tired but happy, and put your feet up… Portobello Voices by Blanche Girouard is published this month by The History Press, £14.99 22

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ON THE G ROAD AGAIN Celebrating 110 years of British car history in W10

rade II-listed Ladbroke Hall may look like a town hall or other municipal building, but it’s not. Discretion is key, so passers by have no way of knowing that it’s home to Sunbeam Studios, a vast photographic studio, hosting a variety of celebrity shoots and glamorous events. But this stylish building with its impressive marble entrance hall and large, light-filled halls once formed part of the UK’s first purpose built car factory, opening in 1903 as Talbot Works and responsible for building the world’s first car to travel at more than 100 miles an hour. To mark 110 years since the factory opened and the centenary of the 100 miles in one hour world record, set in 1913 by a Talbot built at this site, classic car lovers were out in force on Barlby Road last month. An array of Edwardian, vintage and post-vintage Talbot motor cars (with a combined age of over 1000) returned to the place they were built. Members of the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register, a friendly car club dating back to 1950, came with their cars, among them the team Talbot 90, which came first on handicap and first in class at Le Mans in 1930 and went on to do well in the Irish Grand Prix, Tourist Trophy Race and Brooklands 500 mile race in the same year. A live professional car photo-shoot of one of the finest vintage Talbot cars linked the glamour of the building’s present day use with its equally glamorous beginnings. 25

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THEN AND NOW: THIS ROOM WAS BUILT TO HOUSE ENGINES TO POWER THE FACTORIES; TODAY IT IS USED AS A PHOTO STUDIO AND EVENT SPACE

THE FRONT PAGE OF THE COMMEMORATIVE BOOK PRODUCED IN 1913 IN HONOUR OF THE RECORD ACHIEVEMENT

SUNBEAM STUDIOS – THE FACTS • It produced the world’s first motor car to travel more than 100 miles in one hour. • It was also for a time Churchill’s experimental warfare establishment. • It was used to develop the world’s first successful and effective fleets of armoured cars. • It produced the first prototype tank which, following development, helped end the stalemate of the trenches in WW1. • It was the home of the first anti-aircraft brigade established in 1915. • Its designers and artisans developed and built teams of racing cars which

were successful in the 1930s at Le Mans, Brooklands, various Grands Prix, Alpine Trials and Monte Carlo rallies. • In 1935 the building became the Rootes Group’s London Headquarters which during WWII produced many vehicles, aeroplane components and bombs to aid the war effort.

• When car production ceased it was used by several organisations including Thames Television. By the turn of the 21st century, the factory complex to the rear of the building had been demolished to make way for housing and large parts of the building remained unused. • In 2005 Sunbeam Studios established itself and brought a new lease of life back to this stunning and historic building. Sunbeam Studios is available for private hire for weddings, parties and events. sunbeamstudios.com

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Professional flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves has returned from Spain to launch dance classes in her native Notting Hill. Absolutely quizzes her on the art of flamenco When did you start dancing? My parents say that when I was three we went to a carnival in Nicaragua – where we were living at the time – and I came home mimicking all the dances. I was put into dance classes straight away and throughout my childhood and early teens I did ballet, West African dance, tap, jazz and modern. After finishing my A-levels I spent ten months in Cuba and although it wasn’t at all part of the plan, I ended up learning Afro-Cuban dancing and performed with a troupe from Santiago de Cuba called Ikache. I came to flamenco quite late – I was 21 when I actually started taking lessons. My interest in it grew so much that after a year I decided to move to Spain to learn more. From that point on I was hooked. You say that Flamenco transformed your life. How? The nature of flamenco as a very emotional and passionate dance, plus the technical rigour and methodology required to do it, have forced me out of myself. It’s led me to a whole new way of approaching life. Flamenco has made me into someone who values the present over the future. Improvisation is a large part of performing flamenco, you have to commit to the moment you’re in and forget about the rest. You have no choice but to take each step at a time, literally. I sometimes feel that instead of becoming a Buddhist I’ve become a flamenco dancer! What’s the most important piece of advice for a Flamenco student? There is a huge amount of dedication and discipline needed to develop your technical skills as a flamenco dancer, but I think that more than

anything as a student you have to fall in love with the music. Your relationship with the music will guide you through better understanding everything you have to do to dance flamenco. What’s in your Flamenco wardrobe? I’ve recently had an incredible ‘bata de cola’ made. It’s the long-tailed dress that you see on those tacky Spanish dolls, in fact one of the most difficult accessories to dance with, and the most rewarding and visually stunning. You’ll find a few hand woven silk Manila shawls, a sumptuous burgundy velvet dress, some beautiful flower motif skirts (I’m more of a flower girl than polka dots) lots of frills, tassels and just the right amount of lace. My most prized items however are my beautifully hand-made leather flamenco shoes, I always have them made with a wooden Cuban heel, following the trend in Madrid. I’m not the most traditional when it comes to dancing attire, above all I go for elegance and simplicity with notions of traditional flamenco gear. What makes a great Flamenco dancer? Apart from incredible skill and technique, the dancers I am most inspired by are the ones who in the simplest movement leave you breathless, and have that ability to communicate beyond the form. It’s the seamless dialogue between singer, dancer and guitarist that creates pure magic. There is so much truth in Flamenco dancing, there’s no faking it. I love watching the older traditional dancers as much as I like seeing the young geniuses really pushing the boundaries of the genre on all levels.

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Whatever the style of Flamenco as long as the dancer is honest, time after time I get goosebumps. There’s nothing quite like it for me. Why are you returning to Notting Hill? It’s my home, I was born here. I studied jazz dance at the Portobello dance school and even taught my first ever dance class there when I was 12. I had a Saturday job at the Grain Shop, where I really got to meet so many of the amazing people who live and work in the area. I later had a stall on the market selling a Spanish friend’s beautiful hand-made leather goods. My family still lives here and it’s always my first point of call when I come to London. Even though I’ve been based in Spain for years now whenever I’m in Notting Hill, there are still so many friendly people around to stop and say hi to. I really love it. Also given that there has always been a large Spanish community in this part of London, it feels like the perfect place to run my courses.

LEARN THE ART OF FLAMENCO Yinka’s courses for beginners introduce students to the footwork, bodywork and rhythms of flamenco in a very accessible and comprehensive way. Courses run on 26-27 October and 30 November 1 December at Portobello Green Fitness Club, 3-5 Thorpe Close W10. For more details email comeflamencowithe@gmail.com or visit Yinka’s blog at thedancingwoodpecker.tumblr.com

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FASHION NOTES VALLE Y OF THE DOLL S

POP AR T FA SHION The Rodnik Band – the pop art fashion label by W10-based Philip Colbert – has launched online. Signature pieces include the egg and cheese on toast t-shirt, the shark bag, the fried egg bomber and the brillo shirt, pictured. There’s also a sequin collection that spans cult favourites such as the boiled egg dress and the washing machine frock. therodnikband.com

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New to Love KR is Samsøe & Samsøe, a sleek Scandinavian label that combines clean black leather with semi-abstract, nature-inspired prints for a laid back, feminine silhouette. 98a Chamberlayne Road NW10

Broken Down Doll is back, this time at Kensington Park Road’s Dispensary. The Doll will be presenting her crazy, quirky, fabulous vintage finds, including statement sequins, special knits and chunky gold jewellery. Whether you want to embrace the innocence of New Look Dior and plenty of pinks or explore your darker side with some Yves Saint Laurent velvet and a killer black cocktail dress, the Doll can oblige with her civilised, cocktail-fuelled shopping style. First the Doll ushered you into her absinthe parlour, the next backdrop to her boutique was a gin palace – this time round she is launching her own cocktail dispensary. Don’t miss it. 17-29 October, 200 Kensington Park Road W11; brokendowndoll.com

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MY INSPIRATIONS Clemmie Myers of fashion archive Lime Green Bow, W11

My style icon Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease 2 (Stephanie Zinone) or Scarface (Elvira Hancock). Any scene, any outfit. Vintage Bill Gibb I met a lady when I was in my late teens who had a stall on Portobello. She was dressed top to toe in Vintage Bill Gibb. She was so glamorous and beautiful and surrounded by all these clothes. I was absolutely mesmerised by her and the outfit, I had seen Bill Gibb in pictures but not in the flesh. I told her how wonderful she looked and I think she was quite impressed that I knew who Bill Gibb was!

Karen O A contemporary icon would be pinklining.comKaren O I love her style.

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n backpack-loving east London, you can’t go far without spotting someone bearing an Ally Capellino creation.Since opening here in Notting Hill two years ago, Ally Capellino’s cult East London brand is equally in vogue. I’ve been a fan since I stumbled upon the Calvert Avenue boutique a few years ago (and came away with a luxury laptop sleeve). When I arrive at the shop, label founder Ally – or Alison Lloyd, as she’s actually known º is chatting to a colleague, discussing an outfit from her long-defunct clothing line that’s currently on show at the V&A’s Club to Catwalk exhibition. ‘They wanted something ‘80s,’ she tells me. ‘They picked one of our tweed suits and one of our Moscow Olympics outfits.’ Lloyd talks enthusiastically about being involved, and it seems a fitting place for us to begin talking about her career in fashion. Lloyd has been ‘officially’ designing since 1980, though she tells me she was always ‘practical’, and would make things as a teenager. ‘I would copy designers like Katherine Hamnett and Kenzo,’ she says, before going on to explain that she originally studied art, believing that fashion was ‘not serious enough’. Eventually, however, she gave in to her instincts, and began studying fashion at Middlesex University. She started her own label as soon as she graduated. ‘I didn’t think I was employable,’ she laughs. ‘We were so naive, we didn’t think about whether it was hard to run a business.’ If the ‘80s was a more innocent time to work in fashion, perhaps it was also more innovative, a time when rebellious fashions pledged allegiance to music sub-cultures. The ushering in of so many new youth

tribes and musical movements – goth, high camp, new romantic, post-punk, fetish and (later) rave – had an impact on the fashion business that can still be felt today. As we reflect, Ally remarks on how she had forgotten about the designer Willy Brown, and reminisces about the punk ethos that influenced her early efforts. ‘We were taught, above all, to be expressive. In fact, I was probably one of the least expressive of my class, but it was a “have a go” time. Now, there’s a fashion treadmill: “14 collections a year but not doing as well as another designer so I better top myself”.’ The young Lloyd may have benefitted from the more carefree, less corporate spirit of the time, but that’s not to say life was always easy: eventually her clothing line (co-founded with her ex-husband) went bust. ‘Our customer had aged and it was difficult to attract new custom – perhaps because we were trying to please both sides and were giving mixed messages. I had some good consultancy work in the interim [between the clothing line and the launch of Ally Capellino], but I got bored.’ In fact, the dissolution of Lloyd’s original company turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Bored and directionless, she tried her hand at bag-making; the craft suited her, and she soon made the leap to specialise in accessories under the name Ally Capellino (the latter word is Italian for ‘little hat’). ‘I was lucky in that, at that time, accessories were on the rise,’ she says. ‘People were spending a lot of money on bags. Now there’s a lot of competition from brands who can be quite controlling with the stores who stock them.’ The form and functionality of Ally’s bag designs has served her well. Judging by her studio and how she’s dressed (understated but cool – quite French), her products are all of a piece with her personality. The Bags for Bikes range is a good example; Lloyd is a keen cyclist and the range was an instant hit. Now another collection is in development. ‘There are some geekier brands out there but we might have been one of the first fashion brands to do a cycle

Notting Hill has got a whole mix going on which I find stimulating. There’s interesting stuff happening.

bag. It’s been really popular both here and in Notting Hill.’ Diversifying via outside collaborations has proved to be an equally prescient strategy - and just as important to the brand’s growth. Since 2006, Ally Capellino has hooked up with superbrands including the Tate (on a line that includes a satchel, a pencil case and an artist’s roll, among other things) and Apple computers, which Lloyd credits with introducing her to the ‘techy’ side of things. ‘They were doing salaryman computer bags, so ours were a massive hit, appealing as they do to graphic designers, architects and creatives. Technology is changing so much, so there’s scope there for more products.’ Whatever the naivety of the brand’s beginnings, it would seem that Lloyd has developed a head for business. As a homegrown label with a virtually global reach, where does she plan to expand next? ‘We’ve maintained a unisex style and the men’s range has done particularly well abroad, so I’m keen to explore the women’s range more,’ is her answer. It’s doubtful, however, that the brand will deviate too

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much from its classic style. Lloyd has also been working on luggage, ‘practical bags that are big but lightweight’. I wonder aloud if she feels up to tackling the humble bumbag and, for a moment, she doesn’t seem averse to its merit – though she concedes that they might not go down so well in the Notting Hill store. So what inspired her to open a shop in Notting Hill? ‘I used to live just off Westbourne Grove when I left college. Portobello then was very much how East London is now, although both have changed. I liked that Notting Hill was “not just Kensington” and “not just rough”. It’s got a whole mix going on which I find stimulating. There’s interesting stuff going on. That’s what I like about Golborne Road – the Portuguese side, the Moroccan shops, the vintage markets. There’re a lot of people on the street. I think two or three of the Moroccan shops have gone. I was lucky to get the plot there just before Pizza East opened across the road. Locally, I love Lowri and Baker, the white fish shop and the Lali shop for a really nice mixture of vintage furniture and housewares.’

Controlled growth is at the core of the Ally Capellino brand: Lloyd is opposed to becoming too commercialised, referring to the business as a family. ‘I like keeping everyone together. We’re a nice company and people stay here,’ she says, though she admits that some expansion is necessary to keep the business afloat. Right now, Lloyd is keen to make a move into manufacturing, imagining a UK-based operation that supports and involves the local community and its institutions. Back in 2010, the Wapping Project art space marked Ally Capellino’s 30th anniversary with a special retrospective, while the brand’s recent involvement with London Design Festival focused on adapting eight Bauhaus chairs for an exhibition. Credibility and collaborative know-how seem set to enable Ally Capellino to navigate the tricky waters of financial growth and independence. As for Ally Lloyd herself, she just wants to keep moving forward as creatively as ever. 312 Portobello Road W10 allycapellino.co.uk

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LONDON FASHION IN THE 1980s Victoria & Albert Museum TO FEBRUARY 2014 Theatricality and experimentation are powerful agents, especially in the hands of a young Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, just two of the seminal designers featured in the V&A’s exhibition. Expect deviance and kinkiness and the weirdest, wildest shapes ever fitted to the human body. vam.ac.uk

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Jess Hallett Casting director INTERVIEW BY LINDSAY BAKER PORTRAIT BY EMMA HARPIN

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ike most of the fashion industry’s real insiders, Jess Hallett is low key and understated in her demeanour. Maybe not surprising, since her job is strictly behind the scenes and, as one of fashion’s most influential independent casting directors, her role is always to put others in the spotlight. ‘Finding the right person to fit into the jigsaw’ is what it’s about, she says – whether for a global advertising campaign, a catwalk show or a glossy magazine shoot. ‘And to help create something new nobody has seen before,’ she adds. She loves it. ‘It can become a personal mission – I love the challenge.’ Hallett has had an enduring 10-year-long collaboration with McQueen, and when she cast the supermodel Kristen McMenamy in a suitably gothic role for the McQ show, it was the event of London Fashion Week. When it comes to casting catwalk shows, the designer’s vision is all, she explains. ‘You’re creating a whole fantasy. The designer is telling a story, and I have to find 30 models to help do that.’ It’s not all about the artistic vision though. ‘It’s also about negotiating a rate and other matters, it’s a long process.’ Each client wants something different – for a recent campaign she found a young Australian girl and a London boy to open the men’s show. Louis Vuitton, meanwhile, is a “different demographic”, while H&M, Dunhill, Rag & Bone, Kenzo and Mugler each have their own specific requirements. ‘Everyone wants something different to make sure their brand is unique – for some it’s the shape of the body, or their facial identity, or the overall image.’ Then there is the editorial work, with editors often having very specific notions of what they need. ‘They’ll come to me and say we want someone Punk or New Romantic, or they have to have pink hair, or willing to dye their hair pink.’ And recently she worked with Vauxhall on a short film, a new departure for her. Modelling is a form of acting,

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LA COUPOLE, BOULEVARD DU MONTPARNASSE, 1933 A small white woman (Nancy) and a big black man (Henry) sit at a medium-sized table. The brasserie is vast, a thousand square metres built to grace the presence of all the artists of all the nationalities that make up the Left Bank and, as if to illustrate this point, Nancy waves at Joe, a Russian author who she recognises, while Henry simultaneously nods at Jo, a cabaret star who is ordering cognac in French, but spoken with a strong St. Louis, Missouri accent not dissimilar to his own. ‘The grilled lobster looks good’, says Nancy, in the voice she uses for reciting poetry, which is the voice she always uses, and Henry, nodding obligingly, holds one elegant pianist’s finger up in the air – an attempt to catch the waiter’s attention – and calls, ‘Garçon!’ The waiter, being, in the style of French waiters, inattentive, walks straight by, and so Nancy, whose consistently eccentric dress-sense means that she has always been, and has always liked to be, stared at, is compelled to raise her own, bejewelled from wrist to elbow, arm. The clatter of bracelets – primarily African and Oceanic, as Nancy aims, in all respects, to appear worldly – and her clipped, educated, good-for-reciting-poetry voice, are difficult to ignore: ‘Oui?’ says the now attentive waiter. ‘The curried lamb’, says Henry with a strong Atlanta, Georgia accent. ‘Merci.’ ‘The grilled lobster’, says Nancy, ‘with the flambéed whisky sauce.’ And holds up her glass to be refilled:

The waiter waits, he’ll wait all night And when you’re tight he’ll set you right Why, if Henry set those words to music, piano music, to be played with his elegant pianist’s hands, and if Nancy then spoke/ sang over the top of it in her clipped, educated, good-for-recitingpoetry voice – well now that really would be something! ‘Oh Nancy’, says Henry, ‘I do want you terribly.’ ‘Oh Henry’, says Nancy, ‘I feel just the same.’ Aware that her delicate bone structure resembles the statuette of Nefertiti currently on display at the Louvre, Nancy delivers her line with regal poise, and as she parts her painted lips, Henry is duly reminded of this exquisite piece of ivory, which he now wishes to see defiled – smeared red with the blood-red lipstick on which he’s placed his kisses... All the others (meaning all the other great and literary men with whom Nancy has, in the biblical sense, also known) have tried to summarise her, to write her as a ‘modern woman’ and a ‘temptress’, ‘independent’, ‘aggressive’ and so on – and yet Nancy is a fan of jazz. Why adhere to someone else’s tired and well-worn composition? Why pause politely when a blue note could instead take up the empty space...? Nancy holds out her glass and the clink of her bracelets meets the wine’s fizz and tinkle in a conflict of tonalities:

The waiter finishes pouring their drinks then leaves, marvelling at the peculiar innocence of tourists.

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Kensington Park Road’s newest addition is not a boutique, nor an estate agent or a restaurant, but a proper old-fashioned butcher. Provenance is dedicated to selling free range, grass-fed meat from sustainable farms. Founded by Kiwi couple Erin Hurst and Guy Gibson, Provenance introduces new tastes such as New Zealand’s finest grass-fed Wagyu beef and they even deliver all over W10, W11, W2 and W8. Provenancebutcher.com

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Kensington Park Road’s beautiful Biscuiteers has launched a London afternoon tea with an assortment of London-themed fancies. There’s a Notting Hill Gate tube station cake and a Union Jack brownie alongside favourites such as Battenberg, macaroons and the classic biscuit. Tea is priced at £35 per head. 020 7727 8096 biscuiteers.com/ our-boutique/

GREAT REDEEMER Just opened at the bottom of Trellick Tower is new gastrobar Redemption, offering healthy vegetarian food and mocktails with an alcohol-free ethos. The place utilizes food that would otherwise go to waste and offers disadvantaged people the opportunity to learn new skills. Redemptionbar.com 69

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1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds 10 cardamom pods ½ tbsp fennel seeds ½ tbsp black mustard seeds 6 cloves 2 star anise 2 tbsp sunflower oil or other neutral-flavoured oil ½ tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp sea salt 400ml coconut milk 2 tsp tamarind paste small handful of curry leaves 12 medium-sized tomatoes 2 branches of fresh green peppercorns 1–2 tsp sugar, depending on the sweetness of the tomatoes 6-7 healthy sprigs of coriander, leaves chopped

NOTE: YOU WILL NEED FOUR 250ML RAMEKINS. 4 eggs, 3 separated 100g caster sugar 100g unsalted butter pinch of salt few drops of almond essence 1 tbsp Cognac 100g ground almonds a little extra butter and caster sugar for lining the moulds 250g fresh raspberries

Using a frying pan, lightly toast the first seven whole spices until aromatic; take care that they don’t scorch, however. Heat the oil in a wide, shallow pot and add the whole spices. Fry for a couple of minutes over a moderate heat then add the turmeric and salt. Pour in the coconut milk and stir in the tamarind and curry leaves. Bring up to a simmer and allow to cook quietly for about 15 minutes. Now, using a stick blender, blitz the mixture for about 30 seconds, just to break up the spices. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse while you skin and core the tomatoes and remove the peppercorns from their branches. Pass the coconut sauce through a fine sieve and return it to the (washed up) pot. Put the tomatoes into the sauce (removed-core-side down) and sprinkle in the peppercorns. Allow the tomatoes to simmer in the sauce until softened and the sauce has reduced and become a touch thicker; about 15-20 minutes. Finally, taste the sauce to see if it needs a touch of sugar, or more salt, then stir in the chopped coriander leaves and serve forthwith..

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Using an electric beater, whisk together one whole egg and three yolks with 65g of the sugar until light and fluffy. Melt the butter. Whisk the three egg whites with the salt until fluffy, then gradually add the remaining sugar in a stream until a soft meringue is achieved. Whisk the melted butter into the egg yolk mixture, together with the Cognac and essence, then slowly mix into the meringue. Now, carefully fold in the ground almonds. Lightly butter four large ramekins (250ml capacity) and sprinkle the insides with caster sugar, tapping out any excess. Divide half the raspberries between the four pots making a single layer over the bottom of each one. Carefully spoon the almond mixture over the raspberries – while also making sure that each pot has an equal amount of the mixture – and then deftly drop the remaining raspberries over the surface of each one; ideally, five in each pot for the prettiest appearance. Sprinkle each with a touch more sugar, then bake in the oven for about 25–30 minutes, or until the puddings are nicely puffed up, springy to the touch and the surfaces are shiny and crisp. Leave to cool for a few minutes before eating with very cold, thick cream. Simon Hopkinson Cooks (Ebury Press, £25)

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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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dmittedly there’s something strange about believing in a place as a traditional French bistro – all shiny brass and wood, wall covered in pictures, decorative baguettes and a style that could pass for any French small town – when the last time you were there it did the same thing for the American diner (neon signs, booths, yellow mustard bottles). As soon as Madame Gautier opened its Gallicthemed doors on the site that was the Diner on Chamberlayne Road, it became an instant talking point and has been booked out every night ever since. So the pastiche French effect isn’t bothering anyone – after all, if it was authenticity that people were after, this site would still be home to the old brown Greyhound pub. Plus, Thandie Newton came to the opening party, so the place was sprinkled with stardust at the start. The Gautiers (Mark and Corinne – Mark is an old school Londoner but actually half French, while former architect Corinne looks somehow very

French) aren’t new to the foodie scene, with established stalls at markets including Queen’s Park farmers market, plus a cookery school nearby. Central to the concept is the traiteur, the menu of daily specials to take away, plus breakfast offerings and sandwiches all day. And the eat-in menu is very classically French, (onion soup, foie gras, confit duck, lots of meat) though glaringly lacking in seafood. We started with some very tasty cheese and ham croquettes with lovely herby salad dressing before embarking on the plat du jour, which on Fridays is paella, served hugely generously with lots of fish, squid and supersized mussels. A classic cote de boef came in traditional style with half a grilled tomato and was very high class, pulling off the aspirations of its surroundings entirely. To finish, the assiette de fromages offered a large choice of small morsels, just as you’d hope, and a fig tart was elegant and not overly sweet. Overall, there’s no question that Madame Gautier delivers its French promise.

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or many years this tiny site used to be Penk’s, known as one of the capital’s tiniest eateries and run by enthusiastic chef Rod Penk. Now as Caldo, the same space seems significantly bigger and it’s doing a busy trade in drinks and tapas – and it’s still run by the same Rod Penk. He has spruced his place up by shrinking the kitchen to make more room for tables and reopening as a relaxed bar with a smaller menu of tapas, and the people of Queens Park are lapping it up. ‘The way people go out has changed,’ he says, and this new space caters to that. Stylish grey walls surround a central bar that’s the main focus and there are a few pavement tables plus a further back room. The menu is small but varied and we ordered several dishes (too many in fact to fit on our small table). There was pea, herb and manchego tortilla, which was a highlight, along with grilled razor clams (a touch rubbery, though good and large), a tasty skewer of grilled old spot pork fillet, marinaded sea bream from the daily specials menu, beetroot salad and some delicious dips to go with bread. Caldo is doing a roaring trade and it’s easy to see why.

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e are shown to a room named Old Spot and find personalised pig-shaped biscuits on our pillows. Why? This is The Pig, of course, the New Forest country house hotel that has become so popular that it’s spawned a second piglet nearby and is soon to open a further two piggy residences further afield. Not that this is designed as a family destination – it’s a foodie place with its own kitchen garden, smoke house and resident quails, pigs and chickens alongside a philosophy of foraging, sourcing all its ingredients from a 25 mile radius. But of the 26 delightful bedrooms, two are family rooms and if you can bag yourself one of them, your children will be in for a treat. Squeals of delight from the kids when they find not only a bunk bed but also a television in their room, but they’re easily persuaded to leave it when outside there are real pigs to marvel at and a supersized swing on the lawn. This is a stylish outpost for urbanites chasing the rural idyll, all tasteful shades of green and grey and a dining room that’s full of plants, herbs in pots, colourful Spanish tiles and views over the vast lawn

ARE ALRIG HT For half term, seek out a minibreak that will appeal to the whole family. Pendle Harte highlights three spots within easy reach of London and braves pitching a bell tent where children can play croquet while you take advantage of the fantastic menu (more pig here: we order a Bath Tap pigs cheek, Hampshire chorizo and pulled pork toast, among other porky options, alongside a designated menu for ‘piglets’). The restaurant is the main attraction – the place describes itself as ‘really a restaurant with rooms’ – so be prepared for a feast. The Pig, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL 0845 779494; thepighotel.com

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hot tub?), eco credentials remain intact (recycling, forest ranger-led nature walks, cycle trails). Our urban children switch happily between den-building and the ever-ready hot tub, while we fail to get used to the extreme beauty of the view from our terrace. Not that there’s nothing to do: we brought our bikes with us (though you can easily hire them) and set off on one of the signposted forest trails, handily punctuated with fitness stops, which took us through

kilometres of lush scenery and back to the Forest Retreat. This is the hub of the site, stocked with everything you could need from disposable barbecues for the terrace (plus marshmallows) to local meats and kitchen staples, alongside a pizza restaurant that will even deliver to your cabin. The Forest Holiday is a real outdoorsy experience with as much comfort as you can imagine while still getting right up and personal with nature. forestholidays.co.uk

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LEGOLAND One word: Qbot. This is Legoland’s admittedly feudal system whereby you can pay to jump the queues, and you absolutely need to buy into it if you don’t want to spend your entire day waiting. Love it or hate it, Legoland is undeniably an experience and while many of the rides are truly memorable – the recently revamped Fairy Tale Brook, the amazing submarine ride with real – not just lego – fish, the lego zoo and the all-new Duplo splash safari – so, unfortunately, are the queues. Legoland is almost too popular for its own good and no wonder, because nobody could fail to love it. Just remember your Qbot. legoland.co.uk

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Hillgate Place W8 £2,750,000 Located in the popular ‘Hillgate Village’ area of Kensington and in the desirable catchment area for Fox Primary School, this attractive period house offers excellent family accommodation. The classic four-bedroom house offers a bright dual aspect with fabulous entertaining space and a charming roof terrace. Hillgate Place is ideally situated close to all the local amenities of both Notting Hill and Kensington High Street. Freehold. EPC=D

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Hornton Street W8 ÂŁ2,000,000 A superb three-bedroom, raised and lower ground floor maisonette with excellent entertaining space and high ceilings. The property offers flexible living accommodation and benefits from access to a communal garden. Situated in a fine terrace of Grade II listed properties, Hornton Street is within easy walking distance of Kensington High Street, with its numerous shopping and transport facilities. Leasehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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Oxford Gardens W8 ÂŁ1,995,000 This stunning Edwardian property is flooded with natural light, boasting impressive entertaining space and a secluded garden. Highlights include an excellent extended kitchen/dining room and a charming bay windowed reception room. Further accommodation includes a master bedroom, two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a further loft bedroom with en suite bathroom. Oxford Gardens is a popular leafy street in the heart of the St. Quintin conservation area. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents. NORTH KENSINGTON: 020 7313 8350 sales.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Pembroke Gardens Close W8 ÂŁ2,300 per week A well appointed four-bedroom house on a lovely private road, close to the amenities of Kensington High Street with private patios to the front and rear as well as a private garage. Split over two floors, this property boasts a large bright double reception room with wooden floors leading out to a private garden, a separate modern kitchen and four double bedrooms all with excellent storage. EPC=E KENSINGTON: 020 7368 4450 lets.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk

Aldridge Road Villas W11 ÂŁ500 per week This stunning Notting Hill apartment is superbly presented, boasting high ceilings, large windows and wooden floors throughout, comprising an eat-in kitchen with lots of natural light, a separate reception room and a large double bedroom. The shops, bars and restaurants of Portobello Road and Kensington Park Road are nearby and the closest Underground station is Westbourne Park. EPC=E NORTH KENSINGTON: 020 7313 8350 lets.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk

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hankfully, the run up to a UK general election is a more speedy, condensed period than similar campaigns in the U.S. With the polls on the horizon, our political preamble now seems to be gathering pace. Whilst not wanting to unnecessarily attract attention to this fact, it is always an event which brings an air of uncertainty to the processes of buying and selling property. Much has already been discussed regarding the damaging threat of a ‘mansion tax’ and if a future government is brave or foolhardy enough to actually introduce it. For the time being, prime central London continues to remain an incredibly popular place to live, both for UK and international buyers. Demand for good homes continues to outstrip supply. Over 50% of the sales in my office conducted so far in 2013 have achieved results in excess of asking prices, a result of creating competitive interest from more than one buyer. The characteristics of home ownership have shifted in recent years as the forces of supply and demand, alongside rising prices, have given a helpful boost to our rental department, due in part to the seemingly inexorable rise in the average age of first time buyers. In our Quarterly Report in the summer, we reported that 33% of London boroughs experienced growth of over 100% in the private rental sector between 200111. However, the backdrop to all of this is one of mixed messages through headline grabbing tactics. On the one hand, we are faced with a barrage of newspaper headlines talking of a new “property bubble” and a market where London house prices have “surged by almost 10% over the past year”. Whilst some papers talk of us experiencing the “fastest rate of growth since August 2010”, after the slump created by the

financial crisis, others are simply dismissing warnings of a property price bubble as “bogus” following evidence of muted rises. Indeed, another newspaper also cites figures from the Office for National Statistics, putting the “annual rate of house price increase at a relatively modest 3.1% in July”. Whichever side of the case you choose to believe, the reality is often glossed over or distorted before it reaches the news stands. The strength in popularity for London property is either for rental investment, somewhere to call ‘home’, or simply for capital appreciation. This in turn has created a sense of fervour for property in London and the best properties are attracting quick-fire bidding and record prices. The reality is that such great sales are reserved for the very ‘best in class’ and many people wrongly assume that their own home should create the same excitement. Many agents then find themselves sucked into a vendor’s enthusiastic optimism, then quote an unrealistically high price to win the business, which results in the property remaining unsold six months later. We have therefore been experiencing a strong but two-tiered sales market in the last eighteen months. The best properties sell for good prices quite quickly, but the greater majority of sellers need sensible advice on price before braving the market. We work in an age where information is everywhere. Buyers are incredibly well informed, and can find out the prices of all the comparable sales. If the property is too expensive, they won’t even book a viewing. 020 7221 1111; struttandparker.com

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Pembridge Villas, Notting Hill W11

An attractive and well presented four bedroom, stucco fronted house, with excellent entertaining space and a lovely roof terrace.

ÂŁ2,950,000 Freehold

1,903 sq ft (176.8 sq m) Drawing room l Kitchen l Dining area l Family area l Library l Study l Four bedrooms l Two bathrooms l Linen room l Cloakroom l Roof terrace l EPC rating E

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111 nottinghill@struttandparker.com

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Observatory Gardens, Kensington W8

An impressive and beautifully presented two bedroom ground floor maisonette , occupying approximately 1,665 sq ft, with the advantage of its own private street entrance, 24 hour porterage and an underground parking space.

ÂŁ3,350,000 Subject to Contract

1,665 sq ft (154.68 sq m) Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen | Dining room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second bedroom with en suite bathroom | Cloakroom | Utility area | 24 hour porterage | Underground parking space I EPC Rating E

Kensington 020 7938 3666 Launceston Place, Kensington W8

Refurbished to an exquisite standard, this elegant property with high ceilings enjoys views towards the Royal Albert Hall. Located in the heart of Kensington with an idyllic village feel.

Guide Price: ÂŁ2,950,000

1,345 sq ft (125 sq m) Entrance hall l Open plan kitchen l Dining room l Drawing room l Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom l Two further bedrooms l Shower room l EPC Rating E

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Palace Gate, Kensington W8

An impressive newly refurbished maisonette offering bright and spacious family accommodation with direct lift access. The property is ideally located moments from Kensington Gardens and the amenities of Kensington High Street.

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2,639 sq ft (245.20 sq m) Reception room l Dining room l Kitchen l Three double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms l Double bedroom with en suite shower room l Bedroom/study l Cloakroom l Direct lift access l EPC rating E

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Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W11

A beautifully presented five bedroom Victorian stucco fronted family house with the advantage of a south-facing garden. This house is situated in the heart of Notting Hill and offers fabulous entertaining space and a swimming pool on the lower ground floor.

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4,530 sq ft (420 sq m) Entrance Hall l Drawing Room l Dining Room l Kitchen/breakfast room l Master Bedroom suite with roof terrace l Four further double bedrooms l Three bathrooms l Gym/cinema room l Studio/music room l Swimming pool l Garden l Off-street parking l EPC rating E

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Outstanding Location L ANSDOWNE RISE NOTTING HILL W11

A fantastic family house in this outstanding location with garage, off street parking and private garden. The property was built in the 1950’s copying a 1930’s Dutch architectural style and offers well balanced accommodation throughout. It was completely refurbished in 2012 with new wiring and plumbing installed throughout. 3/4 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , C LOA K R O O M , R E C E P T I O N R O O M , O P E N P L A N K I TC H E N / D I N I N G R O O M , S T U DY, B A L C O N Y, G A R D E N , O F F S T R E E T PA R K I N G , G A R A G E / U T I L I T Y R O O M .

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A stunning family house in this premier Holland Park location. The property offers exceptional entertaining space, generous bedroom accommodation and a large, mature garden. Addison Avenue is a serene location, close to the first class amenities and transport facilities of Holland Park and Westfield Shopping Village. 5 B E D R O O M S , 2 E N S U I T E B AT H R O O M S , 2 C LOA K R O O M S , 2 W E T R O O M S , D R AW I N G R O O M , S I T T I N G R O O M , DINING ROOM , KITCHEN , L AUNDRY ROOM , TERR ACE , FRONT AND REAR GARDEN .

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Premier Mews PEMBRIDGE MEWS NOTTING HILL W11

An exceptionally stylish house in this most sought after and serene Notting Hill mews. The property has been completely redesigned with highlights including a dramatic vaulted entertaining room, real wood burning stove, bespoke kitchen with separate dining area, i-Touch audio, light and visual systems, a 21st century cellar and a charming first floor terrace. A stunning home in a fabulous location. 3 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , O P E N P L A N R E C E P T I O N / K I TC H E N / D I N I N G A R E A , CELLAR , TERR ACE .

FREEHOLD ÂŁ2,350,000 BOB CROWLEY BC@BECTIVE.CO.UK NOTTING HILL OFFICE 020 7221 4805

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Lateral Living L ADBROKE ROAD NOTTING HILL W11

A stunning lateral apartment across two immaculately maintained period properties in this prime Notting Hill. Created with a definitive Italian influence, much emphasis has been placed on style, simplicity and flow. Bespoke storage space is discreetly concealed throughout the apartment and imaginatively designed to accommodate all rooms. 3 B E D R O O M S , E N S U I T E B AT H R O O M , E N S U I T E S H OW E R R O O M , C LOA K R O O M , R E C E P T I O N R O O M , D I N I N G R O O M , S T U DY, K I T C H E N , U T I L I T Y R O O M , PAT I O G A R D E N .

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Contemporary Design S T L AW R E N C E T E R R AC E N O R T H K E N S I N GTO N W 1 0

UNFURNISHED £2,850 PER WEEK

A substantial end of terrace house refurbished offering a wealth of reception space with a stunning double reception room with a gas fireplace with marble surround and further boasts a bespoke kitchen with expansive family area 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, double reception room, kitchen/family room, utility room, cloakroom, garden, terrace, off street parking. Energy Rating E.

K A T E F LY N N KF@BECTIVE.CO.UK NOTTING HILL OFFICE 020 7221 5388

Period Perfection W E S T B O U R N E PA R K R OA D N OT T I N G H I L L W 2

UNFURNISHED £2 ,750 PER WEEK

An elegant family house which retains period character and boasts a wealth of reception space with a raised ground floor double reception room with wooden flooring, high ceilings and feature fireplace. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, double reception room, kitchen/ family room, cloakroom, utility room, garden, off street parking. EPC Rating E.

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FURNISHED £2,750 PER WEEK

A fantastic opportunity to let this substantial family house. The house has been refurbished to an exacting standard with special attention to detail. Benefitting from modern kitchen, bathrooms and well proportioned rooms the property retains many of its original period features i. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/dining/family room, terrace, garden. EPC Rating E.

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UNFURNISHED £1,550 PER WEEK

A beautifully presented family house, newly refurbished to a high specification. The house offers a wealth of reception space ideal for entertaining and family life, in addition to well proportioned bedrooms and high specification bathrooms. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, utility room, pantry, garden. Energy Rating E.

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KENSINGTON CHURCH WALK, W8 A charming period property consisting of a ground floor shop, with a 4 bedroom self-contained maisonette above, well placed for the amenities and restaurants of Kensington High Street. Approx. 1,739 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 4/5 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, bathroom, drawing room, kitchen/breakfast room, shop, office, cloakroom. Leasehold to 2988 Guide Price £2,650,000

KELVIN COURT, W11 A 3rd floor apartment (with lift), within of one of Notting Hill’s most popular mansion blocks. The flat features beautiful parquet floors throughout with a generous reception room. Approx. 800 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, office, basement storage, access to Ladbroke Square Gardens. Lease to 2159 Guide Price £1,150,000

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

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KENSINGTON PLACE, W8 A delightful period house arranged over 3 floors, benefiting from both a patio garden and a pretty roof terrace. The current layout provides a lovely double reception room with parquet flooring, as well as a dining/family room with doors onto the patio garden. Approx. 1,189 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, double reception room, dining room, kitchen, patio garden, roof terrace. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ2,200,000

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

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HOLLAND PARK AVENUE, W11 An attractive two double bedroom apartment, on the 2nd floor of a handsome Victorian conversion, in good decorative order, close to Holland Park station. Approx. 901 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, balcony. Freehold share Guide Price ÂŁ1,075,000

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

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ST. MARKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ROAD, W10 A family townhouse which is a combination of Edwardian style and the double fronted villas found in North Kensington. New to the market for the first time in 30 years within the St. Quintin Conservation Area. Approx. 3,296 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1/2 receptions, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ2,999,950

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HOUSE HUNTING 1. Property I’d most like on my books and why? It would have to be a choice between a Holland Park villa with mews house still attached, a garden square house such as Lansdowne Crescent, or a low built gem such as Addison Avenue; don’t make me choose, I’d like them all please! 2. The best place to invest? There are a number of ways to skin the proverbial cat, but I think the key is always going to be buying in the best location you can afford. It’s always better, in terms of an investment, to have a one bed in a desirable area than a two bed in a compromised area. 3. The most interesting property I have been involved in is... Not the most expensive, or glamorous, but certainly the charm and originality of a garden maisonette we sold at the beginning

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of the year was one of the most interesting; the owners were in music and the purchasers were in comedy, always an interesting combination.

tanding still is not an option” according to Peter Rickenberg, Managing Director at Bective Leslie Marsh estate agents, who have just launched a whole new look in time for the autumn rush. “We wanted to create a fresh, stylish and artistic look to complement the company’s bespoke attitude and service. We believe there is a huge market for customers who want individual attention and service, and we have the expertise and most importantly the motivation to meet our client’s expectations”. Bective’s new look has a distinct and artistic feel which draws inspiration from many landmarks within central London. Renowned illustrator, Rebecca Lea Williams, worked with design agency Both Associates to create a London map that seeks to highlight much of the areas heritage and history in a series of drawings covering the capital’s most loved neighbourhoods. Peter comments further “we love the areas in which we work and our new branding shows a deep emotional connection and total understanding of the local environment. This knowledge, expertise and motivation is what makes us stand out from the crowd”.

4. The toughest sale and why? The same property – 22 bids over a day and a half kept us on our toes. Every sale presents its own peculiar set of circumstances though, and I’m happy to say that between our three offices there’s not much we haven’t seen before, and certainly nothing we can’t deal with. 5. Finest property showcase... The perfect flat for a bachelor girl or boy. Refurbished with great taste and imagination on the first floor of an impressive period building with a wonderful west facing terrace ideal for entertaining on. £1,295,000. � 020 7590 9500 • beaneypearce.co.uk

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Getting settled for the festive period The improved market conditions witnessed this year have been the result of a number of factors that have contributed positively to buyer sentiment. This is clearly evident in Notting Hill where we have seen a rise in enquires from both foreign investors, and thanks to increased lending and improved mortgage rates, domestic buyers. The greater competition between buyers for the few available prime properties is continually driving house prices in an upwards direction, with the borough of Kensington & Chelsea recording an annual increase of 6.5% in the year to July 2013*, this

Enna-Mae Assiter Associate Director, Chesterton Humberts, Notting Hill

is of course great news for local homeowners and investors who have already bought. There is a clear focal point to work towards as Christmas edges ever closer and the idea of being settled into a new home for the festive period is at the forefront of many people’s minds. *Land Registry data July 2013 � 020 3040 8585 • chestertonhumberts.com

Mountgrange Heritage expands into W2 with the opening of its fourth office

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uccessful independent estate agent Mountgrange Heritage is delighted to announce the opening of its fourth office in Craven Terrace W2. The new Bayswater office opened in September and is ideally placed to serve the diverse areas of Bayswater, Paddington, Marble Arch and Hyde Park - giving the firm even greater coverage in West and Central London. The office was previously occupied by Alexander Gordon & Co, a family firm of Estate Agents whose owner, Colin Craven, has retired from estate agency. Impressed by the team at Mountgrange Heritage, Colin approached the Directors last year with an offer to take over his business. Speaking about the opening of the office, Michael Wilson, Director at Mountgrange Heritage said “The opening of our fourth office is the icing on the cake of a hugely successful 18 months. Last year we opened our third office in North Kensington and when the opportunity came up to take over this business, which has been serving Bayswater for over 25 years, it was an opportunity too good to miss. We are all hugely excited about our expansion into W2

Maddie Lewington Associate at Douglas & Gordon

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as this is an area very much on the up and it gives our clients more exposure, allowing us to offer a larger and more diverse portfolio of properties to buyers and tenants”. � 020 7221 2277 • mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

William Tellwright Manager of John D Wood & Co. Holland Park

First time buyers making a comeback With step-daughters aged 18, 16, and 14, it is not without alarm that I read “18 to 41 year olds now live with parents”! In actual fact, the autumn market is looking very promising for this sector, as mortgage lending levels increase and stock levels rise. First time buyers are entering the market in their largest numbers since 2007, consequently, the sub £2m market is the fastest moving sector. Holland Park prices have maintained a healthy line throughout 2013; however, September is already seeing well organised buyers competing at all levels, trying to ensure they have moved by end of the year. � 020 7727 2233 • johndwood.co.uk

Paul Cosgrove Director, Finlay Brewer

Increasing confidence in the market The market continues to be aggressive in all market segments up to the £2m mark. At the upper levels, prospective buyers are reluctantly getting used to the increased 7% stamp duty on properties over £2m, so we are seeing increased movement in that market sector and good, interesting properties above the £2.5m mark continue to command a rarity value premium. There is increasing demand for small houses and one and two bedroom flats which is encouraging for vendors and demonstrates the increasing confidence in the property market as a whole. � 020 8749 7719 • finlaybrewer.co.uk

Has everyone felt that Autumnal chill in the air? Almost overnight it feels like an extra layer is needed and someone I know has already put the central heating on! A little like the weather, the September market started with a snap. New clients have begun waking up and enquiring about selling, which is so encouraging. My tip to buyers this month is, if you fall in love with your dream home, offer as much as your budget allows. Don’t be surprised if you have to pay a little more than you want to – with fewer

properties on the market, premium prices are being achieved and there is no sign of this stopping. We’ve also just welcomed a new addition to our team in Westbourne Grove, Sarah Kerr who is busy keeping us in check. Her initiation will come at our Summer Party which although it sounds a little delayed in the year, is actually a brilliant time to get together after the holidays. � 020 7727 7777 • douglasandgordon.co.uk

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Pembridge Square, Bayswater, W2 £1,375,000 Shared freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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Looking out across a beautiful garden square from its position on the second floor of this magnificent stucco fronted building is this bright double aspect flat with two balconies.

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Prime location Bright double aspect Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one en suite) Fitted kitchen Access to private gardens Short walk to Hyde Park Close to Notting Hill EPC rating D

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Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, W2 £1,500,000 Freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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Comprising approximately 1,400 sq ft and presented in excellent condition, this four bedroom family house is enviably located moments from a wide variety of popular amenities and Hyde Park.

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Terrace townhouse Spacious family room Modern kitchen Four bedrooms Two bathrooms Patio garden Close to Westbourne Grove EPC rating D

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Marloes Road, Kensington, W8 £1,550,000 Leasehold Holland Park 020 3542 2111 Email shp@kfh.co.uk

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A stunning two double bedroom, two bathroom flat with a brand new kitchen, solid oak flooring and an extremely light reception room with a high ceiling and huge windows.

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Two double bedrooms Two stylish bathrooms Sonos surround sound Lutron lighting Siemens appliances Solid oak flooring Large windows Close to underground EPC rating D

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Princedale Road, Holland Park, W11 OIEO £3,000,000 Freehold Holland Park 020 3542 2111 Email shp@kfh.co.uk

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A very elegant four double bedroom house featuring a beautiful wide reception room, superb kitchen/ breakfast room and large decked roof terrace.

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Four double bedrooms Wide reception room Excellent kitchen Decked roof terrace Quiet residential street Near Holland Park Near excellent schools Close to Holland Park underground EPC rating D

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Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, W11 £4,767 pcm Unfurnished Holland Park 020 3542 2120 Email lhp@kfh.co.uk

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A bright and newly refurbished four bedroom house with a roof terrace, wooden floors. Ideally situated in the heart of Notting Hill moments from trendy Portobello Road.

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Great offer go out of fa Even in Bay Introducing our new lettings service in Bayswater.

Terms and conditions: For full offer terms and conditions visit www.kfh.co.uk/offerterms

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To mark the launch of our new lettings service at our Bayswater branch, landlords will benefit from an exclusive offer of a 5% letting fee for a limited time.

If you are thinking of letting and would like a no obligation valuation or more information about our offer, contact our Bayswater branch today. KFH Bayswater 23 Leinster Terrace, London W2 3ET Lettings 020 7563 5090 Email lbw@kfh.co.uk

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Property Round Up The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market. Academy Gardens, W8 Situated in one of Kensington’s most prestigious developments, this impressive apartment offers double height ceilings in the reception room, three wellproportioned double bedrooms, all with en-suites, and a mezzanine level which creates a distinct feeling of grandeur. The apartment has underground parking, while the complex offers a full concierge service for its private residents.

£5,500,000 Leasehold � Anscombe & Ringland, Notting Hill 020 7727 7227 • anscombes.co.uk

Norburn Street, W10 An interesting Notting Hill property known as The Black House or Villa Musica. This is a unique detached house that really stands out from the crowd. A well-proportioned house set over 3 floors and offers 3/4 double bedrooms, one being the master with an en suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe.

£1,800,000 Freehold � John D Wood & Co., Ladbroke Grove 020 7229 2356 • johndwood.co.uk

Bathurst Street, W2 New to the market with Kay & Co, this gorgeous penthouse has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. The interior is beautifully designed throughout with stylish and modern features, including a rather retro banquette seating area in the well fitted kitchen/breakfast room. The penthouse enjoys southerly views overlooking this pretty and desirable garden square.

£3,495,000 Leasehold � Kay and Co., Hyde Park & Bayswater 020 7262 2030 • kayandco.com

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Holland Park, W11 This extraordinary lateral garden apartment is approximately 5,941 sq ft (552 sq m), spanning the lower and raised ground floors of this imposing Grade II listed Italianate villa which has been completely refurbished to the most exacting of standards by the current owner. It has been interior designed to provide a faultless blend of modern classicism with 21st century technology.

£15,000,000 (S.O.F) � Carter Jonas, Holland Park 020 7371 1111 • carterjonas.co.uk

Harvist Road, NW6 This superb five bedroom house overlooking Queens Park has been refurbished and modernised throughout. The ground floor comprises of a formal reception room, media room and fantastic open plan kitchen leading to a lovely south facing garden. The first floor contains a magnificent master suite with a very impressive en suite bathroom and dressing room. The upper floors consist of four further bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en suite).

£2,999,950 Freehold � Mountgrange Heritage 020 8960 0181 • mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Camerons Stiff coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

£850 Per Week

Camerons Stiff & Co. held a successful coffee morning outside their Willesden Green office to fundraise for the cancer support charity, Macmillan. Director Caroline Isaacs comments, “As an established local business, we believe that Cameron Stiff & Co. should contribute to the communities in which we live and work, so we are delighted to be working with Macmillan in this fundraising partnership. Increasingly we all know someone close to us who is living with cancer. Being part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was a fabulous success and with the funds raised on the day we know it goes to a fantastic cause.”

� Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings, Hyde Park office 020 7402 9866 • brlets.co.uk

� Caroline Isaacs, Director at Camerons Stiff & Co. 020 8459 1133; cameronsstiff.co.uk

York Street, W2 This newly refurbished apartment has been converted from an end of terrace Victorian residence, situated moments from Marylebone Village and Regent’s Park. The property is arranged over four floors with elegant furnishings and state of the art fittings throughout. The accommodation takes in a light, dual aspect reception; limestone floored open plan kitchen with dining space; an en-suite master bedroom and a further double bedroom served by a shower room.

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Luxurious Lettings

Lowdown

for Landlords Bills

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here are two options when renting out a property and I always advise my clients to put their property on the market for both long and short lets as sometimes the latter can offer a better financial return and allow the property to be brought to the market at a more favourable time of year. On a long term tenancy, unless agreed otherwise, a tenant is primarily responsible for paying gas, electricity, water, council tax (unless exempt) and any telephone/internet line rental. On a short term tenancy the landlord keeps all the bills in their own name except for variables such as WI-FI and telephones. Rent for short let tenancies are approximately 30% more than the standard rental price, in order to account for the extra costs incurred by the landlord for covering the bills.

Ed Woolgar

Director, Chesterton Humberts, Notting Hill

� 020 3040 8340 • chestertonhumberts.com

A luxurious three bedroom apartment situated in Holland Park.

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his stunning Victorian conversion in leafy Holland Park must be seen to be believed. The property boasts an impressive 4,000 sq ft living space with direct lift access, concierge, and architectural design with bespoke fixtures and fittings from top to bottom. The master bedroom comes

Details

Holland Park, W11 £25,784 Per Month

complete with dressing room, indulgent ensuite, complete with rainfall shower/steam room and large transparent jacuzzi bathtub. The property further benefits from a state of the art kitchen, direct lift access, air conditioning, concierge and Crestron home automation system.

Contact

KFH, Holland Park 020 3542 2120; kfh.co.uk

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THE QUADRANT, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

CHESTERTON ROAD, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

This immaculate two double bedroom, two bathroom penthouse BASSETT ROAD, W10 £895,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD This beautifully presented two bedroom apartment on the raised apartment offers fantastic outside space. Each room has a ground floor would make a perfect home for a professional A classic combined first floor apartment North Kensington’s most sought after street. The balcony with a veryonlarge private roof terrace. couple orproperty sharers. offers a wonderful reception room with a large bay window and full height ceilings, a large master bedroom overlooking gardens to the rear with built in storage and an en suite bathroom and a second double bedroom. The property is located on the south side of Bassett Road which is moments away from the coffee shops and amenities on St. Helens Gardens and Portobello Road. Westbourne Grove and Notting Hill are also within easy reach.

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 ROAD, surrounding the roof which has FREEHOLD good storage space. FERMOY W9 £1,625,000 open plan kitchen and living room is a sociable environment ideal finished to a high standard including designer furnishings. Set on A substantial and rarely available Victorian townhouse set in a quiet residential road in| W9. house retains itsNorth Victorian elegance having for entertaining. ever popular StThe Charles Square in Kensington. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complexthe | dining room wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | beensixsympathetically refurbished by the current owners to provide three floors of bright living space with a subtle contemporary twist. While over acres of land the original period features have been retained, architectural touches turn the property into an extremely comfortable modern home.

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Located in the Wiltshire countryside and built in 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 built in the 1960’s as a large house. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garagingr

HOLLAND ROAD, NW10 £1,150,000 Freehold

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD This incredible house has been meticulously refurbished and is fully extended into the side return and loft space to create a special family home. is spread overinthree floors and of fourcountry bedrooms (two with en-suite bathrooms), a large family Located in theAccommodation Wiltshire countryside and built the 1960’s as aconsists large, modern house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible bathroom on the fi rst fl oor, a formal reception to the front of the house and an amazing Boffi kitchen / diner onto a 70ft garden at the rear. accommodation with potential to extend further. Located in the Wiltshire countryside and built in the 1960’s as a large house. No expense has been spared in the creation of this house and it is one of the finest examples around. Holland Road benefits from easy Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garagingr access to Kensal Green or Willesden Junction transport hubs, there is a lovely little tennis club on the corner of the street and buyers will happily wander to College Road where there is a range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Highly recommended.

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

ESMOND ROAD,countryside NW6 £575,000 of Freehold Located in the Wiltshire and built in Share the 1960’s as a large, modern country house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible accommodation toisextend Located the Wiltshire countryside andand built in the 1960’s a large house. This superb split with levelpotential apartment ideallyfurther. situated for the in amenities on Salusbury Road Lonsdale Road as in Queens Park. Transport links are excellent the Bakerloo Zone 2 and room the London Overground into the| city. itself hasgaragingr accommodation spread over Four bedrooms | four with bathrooms | garden line roomin| hall | drawing | studio complex | dining room wine The cellarflat | integrated two floors and around 850 sq. ft. including two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen diner and a more formal reception to the front.

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Located in the Wiltshire countryside and built in the 1960’s as a large, modern country house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible

CREDITON ROAD, LONDON, NW10 £1,549,950 Freehold accommodation with potential to extend further. Located in the Wiltshire countryside and built in the 1960’s as a large house.

Crediton Road| four is fast becoming a ‘goroom to’ street buyers that wantcomplex a larger| dining garden than is oncellar offer| integrated nearer thegaragingr park. The original footprint of Four bedrooms bathrooms | garden | hall | for drawing room | studio room | wine properties here is slightly larger and this particular house has accommodation arranged over three floors with over 2000 sq. ft. of internal space.

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Ask the Sales Experts

Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market

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Should I redecorate pre-sale?

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t is vital that your property looks its best when it comes to selling it because first impressions count - like an interview, people make their minds up within the first three seconds of entering a property. It is important to redecorate so you get the initial response you want, which can be the difference between a sale or no sale. You may well achieve a better price as the purchaser will feel there is less work to do and they can at least move in and then redecorate themselves should they wish to. 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.

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When is the best time to sell?

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ypically, the busiest times for the housing market revolve around autumn or spring and, for the most part, these timings still remain. We have been busy preparing properties to launch in readiness for the usual property search that starts in September. Typically this period of high activity would remain until late November, by which time people’s minds start moving to more festive plans. Now, however, it is quite normal to still be transacting high net worth sales well into December. Likewise the same is true of the Spring market, we now have buyers asking for houses from the first week of January until they get on the plane for their holidays in July. The main reason for this is due to the limited supply of houses and flats on the market. No longer can buyers dictate when they want to buy, instead they are very much at the whim of the market and whether the right property is available.

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Where should I invest?

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ayswater remains a real hot-spot thanks to its wonderful architecture and excellent transport links. Sandwiched in between Notting Hill, Marylebone and Hyde Park there is still plenty of capital growth in W2 as the area continues to see high levels of gentrification and redevelopment of cheap and scruffy hotels into smart high-end apartments.

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Why hasn’t my property sold?

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he prime reason why a property hasn’t sold is due to an incorrect or too high price. If, however, you are certain that you have priced your property correctly and the market feedback has not purely pointed to price, then it is likely that your property might need some additional visual-based attention: a coat of fresh paint, decluttering, redoing your garden or increasing the light levels into a room. Lastly, do you have the right agent on board? How a property is presented to the market is key. Is your agent proactive and enthusiastic, do they know all the details about your property? Has your property been pitched to the right buyers? If not, then change agents – there are plenty to choose from and a fresh attitude and outlook can go a long way.

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Should I use a Financial Adviser?

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’d probably turn that back on agents actually - I think the common mistake estate agents make is misguiding sellers on their asking prices. This is an investment, a huge deal for the individual and therefore we sometimes see sellers mistakenly believing what an agent tells them. A high price can be too good to be true, so always ask them to qualify their pricing. Getting the asking price correct is crucial to how quickly the property will sell. I always advise at least 3 agents should go and give an appraisal on price and the seller should choose a variety of different approaches rather than just one particular type of agent.

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ith finance seemingly becoming more freely available to all types of buyers this year, I would definitely recommend using the services of a financial advisor. As there is such a vast array of mortgage products available, a financial advisor can pick through the entire market for you and has a real incentive to ensure that the product that they recommend allows the purchase to proceed at the required pace. Some of the slowest transactions we have dealt with have been due to telephone banking mortgages where no one person at the bank is the point of contact and you waste vast amounts of time dealing with call centre mortgage advisors. I would always recommend a qualified broker for handling any large financial commitment. Using professionals always gives more confidence to buyers and sellers in my opinion.

1. Matthew Harrop

2. Michael Wilson

Director of John D Wood & Co. in Kensington

Director, Mountgrange Heritage

3. Maddie Lewington Associate, Douglas & Gordon

� 020 7727 2233 • johndwood.co.uk

� 020 7221 2277; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

� 020 7727 7777 • douglasandgordon.com

4. Alistair Heather,

5. Kim Turner

6. James Kerman

Associate, Strutt & Parker

Sales Manager, Bective Leslie Marsh

Director of Winkworth, North Kensington

� 020 7221 1111 • struttandparker.com

� 020 7795 4288 • bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

� 020 7792 5000 • winkworth.co.uk

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In response to the booming market in Bayswater we have just opened our NEW OFFICE at 23 Craven Terrace, W2 3QH. Pop in and meet the team or contact us on 020 7402 0070 or hello@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Kris Sandhu Associate Director

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Jared Kilgarriff Associate Director

James Craven Associate

Petra Kovalcikova Associate

Joanna Binek Office Manager

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Cleveland Square, W2 £695,000 Share of Freehold A rare opportunity to buy a first floor apartment overlooking Bayswater’s most highly regarded communal garden square. With a full-width balcony overlooking the square the flat has fantastic views and large French doors giving an abundance of light. The property is located close to Paddington (Heathrow Express) Bayswater and Lancaster Gate as well as the local shops, bars and cafes. EPC=E. Reception room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony and communal gardens. Sole Agents

020 7402 0070 james @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Connaught Street, W2 £2,750,000 Leasehold

Royal Crescent, W11 £699,950 Leasehold

A very pretty Georgian townhouse in the heart of Connaught Village moments from Hyde Park, the Central Line and Paddington (Heathrow Express). Offers many original features and ample living space. Would benefit from some general updating but offers tremendous scope. EPC=D. Three reception rooms, kitchen, four bedrooms, study, two bathrooms and garden.

Wonderful first floor period conversion in this highly sought-after location overlooking a stunning garden square just a short walk of Holland Park Tube. The flat would benefit from being modernised to create a stunning pied-a-terre, rental investment or first time purchase. EPC=D. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom, balcony and communal gardens.

020 7402 0070 kris @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7221 2277 tashan @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Liz Thomson Director

As the autumn leaves star t to fall and the temperatures take a tumble – not so the local property market! Our team has a continuing demand from prospective purchasers and tenants alike. So if you have a property to sell or rent do call us now or drop into one of our offices when you are passing.

Michael Wilson Director

Bayswater 020 7402 0070 Kensington 020 7937 9976 North Kensington 020 8960 0181 Notting Hill 020 7221 2277

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Pembroke Square,W8 £3,250 per week A beautifully presented house with off-street parking set in this much sought-after and elegant garden square.The property has been refurbished to the highest standard and benefits from a family room off the eat-in kitchen with French doors opening out onto the west-facing private garden. EPC=E. Two reception rooms, eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, garden, off-street parking and communal gardens. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 amanda @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Artesian Road, W2 £2,750 per week

Ladbroke Grove, W11 £5,250 per week

Substantial terraced house in one of the coolest addresses in Notting Hill being literally a two minute walk from Westbourne Grove. Combines Victorian elegance with modern internal living spaces. EPC=D. Drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, garden, terrace and off-street parking. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

Perfect family home in Notting Hill with generous entertaining rooms and the most beautiful west-facing garden. Large self-contained studio flat in the lower ground perfect for a live-in nanny as well as six further bedrooms. EPC=D. Five/six reception rooms, two kitchens, six/seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, study, utility room and garden. Unfurnished. Sole Agents.

020 7221 2277 nick @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7221 2277 rosie @ 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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kayandco.com

W2 Chilworth Street, Bayswater

020 3394 0016 lettings.hydepark@kayandco.com

ÂŁ3,250 Per Week Unfurnished A beautifully refurbished Grade II listed family house in the heart of Bayswater. Comprising approximately 3,737 sq ft of accommodation across six levels. The property features a passenger lift, patio garden, air conditioning throughout, underfloor heating and solid wood flooring. Energy Rating: D.

W2 Craven Road, Bayswater

020 3394 0016 lettings.hydepark@kayandco.com

ÂŁ400 Per Week Furnished/Unfurnished A beautiful, refurbished one bedroom flat on the third floor of a period building in Bayswater. The property features an open plan kitchen and a double bedroom with built-in storage. Located near Hyde Park with transport links nearby at Lancaster Gate and Paddington. Energy Rating: D.

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W2 Hyde Park Street, Hyde Park

020 3394 0016 sales.hydepark@kayandco.com

ÂŁ1,350,000 Leasehold An exceptionally bright two bedroom, two bathroom lower ground floor apartment in this sought after period stucco portered building, offering crisp, modern interiors enhanced by the use of skylights to accentuate the light, open feel. Hyde Park, the amenities of Connaught Village and the world-class shopping on Oxford Street are only a short walk away. Energy Rating: C.

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CLANRICARDE GARDENS, W2 A well presented apartment boasting an abundance of natural light. Located in a period building just off Notting Hill Gate. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. £875,000 Share of Freehold 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

CORNWALL CRESCENT, W11 An immaculately presented loft style apartment near Portobello Road, boasting roof top views, access to un-demised flat roof and a contemporary finish. Energy Rating: C. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, roof terrace. £550,000 Share of Freehold 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

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SUSSEX GARDENS, W2 A stylish lateral apartment set in a striking period building close to Hyde Park. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. £1,490,000 Share of Freehold 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

WESTBOURNE GARDENS, W2 An impressive flat with direct views over Westbourne Gardens Square, arranged over 2 floors. Energy Rating: F. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, communal garden. £1,100,000 Leasehold 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY Property

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

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Why should I use a property management agent?

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ersonally and professionally I cannot recommend enough that property owners take advantage of the management services available to them. Property Managers, particularly the ones I know in the Royal Borough, are qualified and experienced - trained by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) with a wealth of hands-on experience from dealing with the management of your properties on a daily basis. Managing a property is no easy task and can involve anything from cutting keys to sorting out leaks caused by frozen pipes at Christmas and dealing with the implications of lettings legislation. Property Managers provide owners with peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that your property is being looked after with periodic property visits, a black book of industry contracts/contractors, and records of works and maintenance.

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How to attract the best tenants?

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nsure that your property is finished and furnished to a high standard, it’s important that you have in mind the kind of tenant you wish to attract when preparing your property to let. As the global economy continues to improve, we are seeing a high number of corporate relocations, these tenants tend to have good budgets, but also expect the very best standards when looking for a property to rent. Ensuring you are flexible with putting the property on for both short and long lets will also increase viewing levels and make it more attractive to corporate tenants.

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Who is renting in the area?

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otting Hill Gate is a young, fresh and vibrant area and attracts professionals, artists, musicians and designers alike. The area also carries the qualities that attract families. We have a diverse client base ranging from young professional sharers wanting to enjoy the Notting Hill lifestyle, to families looking to live within catchment of the many excellent schools in the area such as, Notting Hill Preparatory School, Fox Primary, Thomas Jones Primary and Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary, to name a few.

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Rental yield vs capital growth?

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n the current property market where properties in London are selling at price levels above those seen in the 2007 peak, landlords in central London just aren’t realising the same rental yields as previous years. In Holland Park, the majority of our landlords are returning a yield in the region of between 2% and 3%. However, when combined with the capital growth, which this year in W11 has been in the region of 12%, it’s easy to see why so many buy to let investors are purchasing property here. Putting down a larger deposit – which many of our investors are able to do – ensures that there is generally a good income stream coming through for landlords, while many items such as wear and tear on the property and agency fees are tax deductible. Being a landlord is often about the longer term investment and in London our landlords are as concerned about achieving a good yield as they are with their property rising in value. It’s imperative that landlords price their properties realistically in the current market to ensure that there are no void periods. While activity is high, many tenants have realised that there are greater levels of stock available and are therefore shopping around a bit more.

Best BTL investments?

ne-bedroom properties are currently achieving excellent returns, as professional couples are prioritising entertaining space over bedroom space. A great one-bedroom property will appeal more than an average two-bed. Any properties with access to communal gardens also offer a good return.

1. Caroline Phillips

2. Sally Livermoor

3. Ed Woolgar

Lettings Manager, Beaney Pearce

Lettings Manager, Faron Sutaria

Director, Chesterton Humberts

� 020 7221 9044; beaneypearce.co.uk

� 020 7229 2404; faronsutaria.co.uk

� 020 3040 8343; chestertonhumberts.com

4. Michael Palmer

5. Anna Ambrose

Lettings Manager, KFH

Area Lettings Director, Marsh & Parsons

� 020 3282 1550; kfh.co.uk

� 020 7313 6910; marshandparsons.com

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Heathfield Terrace, W4 An immaculate three bedroom architect designed boutique style apartment on the ground floor of this detached three storey building. Formally offices this flat benefits from its own entrance, off street parking, a private patio garden, air conditioning and the latest in design and finish. EPC: C

£1,499,995 Leasehold • • • • • •

Three Bedrooms Two Bathrooms One Reception Room Private Parking Patio Garden 1574 Approx Sq Ft

Hamptons Chiswick Sales. 020 8454 7601 | Lettings. 020 8454 7603

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Horbury Crescent, W11 £9 25 per week, Unfirnished A fantastic two bedroom loft style conversion apartment on a great street moments from Notting Hill tube station and benefiting from access to communal gardens. EPC: D

Pembridge Place, W2 £9 50 per week, Furnished An elegant two bedroom, newly refurbished apartment on the raised ground floor of a beautiful Victorian villa on one of Notting Hill’s most prestigious residential streets. EPC: D

Hamptons Notting Hill Lettings. 020 7034 0405 | Sales. 020 7205 5444

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Iverna Gardens, W8 £1700 per week, Unfurnished A beautifully refurbished four bedroom apartment in this popular portered redbrick mansion block. 1766 SQ FT 164.1 SQ M. EPC:D

Kensington Court, W8 £1350 per week, Unfurnished A unique split level three bedroom apartment moments from Kensington High Street and Kensington Gardens. 1353 SQ FT 125.7 SQ M. EPC: E

Berkeley Gardens, W8 £725 per week, Unfurnished A stunning spacious neutrally decorated two bedroom flat on the raised ground floor of this period conversion. 818 SQ FT 76 SQ M. EPC: C

Pembroke Place, W8 £1575 per week, Unfurnished A recently refurbished three bedroom house on this pretty garden square benefiting from a private terrace. 4478 SQ FT 142 SQ M. EPC: D

Hamptons Kensington Lettings. 020 7717 5459 | Sales. 020 7717 5457

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beaneypearce.co.uk

Desirable location Kensington A newly refurbished two bedroom apartment with wood floors throughout and a modern kitchen and bathroom. A very desirable address within walking distance from Notting Hill and High Street Kensington great for access to all the shops, bars and restaurants in the area. (710 sq.ft/66 sq.m)

2 bedrooms Open plan reception/kitchen Bathroom Patio Energy Efficiency Rating: C

Furnished ÂŁ675 per week

020 7221 9044

Charmingly convenient Kensington A great one bedroom apartment seconds walk from High Street Kensington and all of the shops, bars and restaurants the areas has to offer. (430 sq.ft/ 40 sq.m)

1 bedroom Open plan reception/kitchen Bathroom Walk-in wardrobe Energy Efficiency Rating: E

Furnished ÂŁ400 per week

020 7221 9044

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Established 1991 SALES & LETTINGS

Perfect pied a terre Bayswater Leasehold ÂŁ650,000 020 7221 9044

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A superbly located one bedroom first floor flat, situated in a white stucco fronted building close to Little Venice. A bright and spacious reception offers high ceilings, original cornicing, window shutters, solid wood flooring and fire place. A well thought out kitchen leads out to a terrace, with enough space for a table and chairs. The apartment is within walking distance of Royal Oak (Circle/ Hammersmith & City line) and Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line) tube stations, and the area is brimming with good pubs, restaurants and cafes, with the Grand Union canal offering the opportunity for walking or cycling down to Paddington and beyond. (608 sq.ft/68.49 sq.m)

1 bedroom, 1 reception room, 1 bathroom, Terrace (non-demised), Energy Efficiency Rating: D

Chelsea

Notting Hill

South Kensington

T: 020 7590 9500

T: 020 7221 9044

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Kensington

ÂŁ3,000 pw Unfurnished

5 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 4 Bathrooms Terraced House | Near Kensington High Street | EPC - D Kensington 020 7938 3522

kens@brlets.co.uk

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

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London’s Letting Agency

To arrange a viewing or for more information call

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

0800 092 9656

Fulham

£425 pw Furnished

Hyde Park

£550 pw Furnished

1 Bedroom | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom Balcony | 24hr Concierge | Close To Tube | EPC - B

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom Gated Development | Patio | Tube Nearby | EPC - D

Kensington 020 7938 3522

Hyde Park 020 7402 9866

Portobello

kens@brlets.co.uk

£600 pw Furnished

Kensington

hyde@brlets.co.uk

£2,200 pw Unfurnished

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms Balcony | Close To Portobello Square | | EPC – C

4 Bedrooms | 2 Receptions | 2 Bathrooms Porter | Terrace | Near Tube & Amenities | EPC - D

Hyde Park 020 7402 9866

Kensington 020 7938 3522

hyde@brlets.co.uk

kens@brlets.co.uk

Dubai | Hong Kong | India | Malaysia | Singapore

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BROOK GREEN

138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6

LOCAL

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020 7371 4171

INDEPENDENT

STERNDALE ROAD W14

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I N V O LV E D

£1,900 PW / £8,233 PCM

NEWLY REFURBISHED SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY HOUSE  DOUBLE RECEPTION  MEDIA/PLAYROOM  5 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE)  PAVED GARDEN  EPC RATING E 53

BLYTHE ROAD W14

£1,650 PW / £7,150 PCM

BEAUTIFUL 6 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME  GOOD LIVING/ENTERTAINING SPACE  6 BEDROOMS  2 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE) 3 SHOWER ROOMS (1 EN SUITE)  SOUTH FACING GARDEN  EPC RATING E 41

www.finlaybrewer.co.uk

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020 7371 4171

BROOK GREEN

138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6

LOCAL

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BOLINGBROKE ROAD W14

GUIDE £3M FREEHOLD

5 DOUBLE BEDROOMS  DOUBLE RECEPTION  KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM  MEDIA/PLAYROOM 2 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE)  2 SHOWER ROOMS (1 EN SUITE)  DECKED GARDEN  2 TERRACES  EPC RATING C 78

AGATE ROAD W6

GUIDE £2.5M FREEHOLD

5/6 BEDROOMS  KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM  DRAWING ROOM  DINING ROOM  2 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE) WET ROOM  2 GUEST CLOAKROOMS  UTILITY/CELLAR GARDEN  EPC RATING E 43

www.finlaybrewer.co.uk

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Craven Hill Gardens W2

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PERIOD C ONVERSION 768 SQFT/71.3 SQM HIGH CEILINGS

£999,950 S H A R E

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F R E E H O L D

RECEPTION RO OM SPACIOUS EAT-IN KITCHEN BEDRO OM

Notting Hill Gate Office

EN-SUITE SHOWER RO OM

t: 020 7727 7227

GUEST CLOAKRO OM

e: nottinghill.sales@anscombes.co.uk

CURRENT EPC RATING: D

15 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

anscombes.co.uk

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Westbourne Terrace Road W2

key

F E AT U R E S

STUC C O-FRONTED PERIOD BUILDING 608 SQFT/56.5 SQM FIRST FLO OR

£650,000 L E A S E H O L D

ORIGINAL C ORNICING RECEPTION RO OM KITCHEN

Notting Hill Gate Office

BEDRO OM

t: 020 7727 7227

REFURBISHED EN-SUITE BATHRO OM

e: nottinghill.sales@anscombes.co.uk

BALC ONY

15 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

CURRENT EPC RATING: D

anscombes.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Prime Purchase

Vendor Advice Preparation

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his can be a tricky question and one which is frequently asked when vendors look to sell their homes. Certainly, if looking to add value to property in London then one must consider a complete refurbishment focussing on quality kitchens, bathrooms and lighting. After all, a carefully designed and planned kitchen, which can either make exceptional use of space or has the ability to maximise the focal qualities of a property, could be the difference between receiving an offer and receiving an offer which is in excess of the asking price. Equally, a simple redecoration can make all the difference. Neutral colours which make rooms feel bright and airy will be more appealing to prospective buyers. This is something that we would recommend if it feels necessary to freshen up the decor, and whilst this may not always add value to your home it could make it stand out in a crowded market place. However, if the thought of replacing kitchens and bathrooms is a daunting one then fear not, many buyers today still like the thought of buying property which gives them scope to refurbish to their own tastes. Therefore, what vendors should consider is whether they will recoup their financial outlay when selling; unfortunately this is not always guaranteed.

John White

Head of Sales, Carter Jonas Marylebone & Regent’s Park � 020 7371 1111 • carterjonas.co.uk

A stunning and tastefully finished Edwardian family home in this ever popular leafy street.

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beautifully presented mid terrace Edwardian property full of natural light, boasting impressive entertaining space and a secluded garden. Highlights include an excellent extended kitchen/dining room, and a charming bay windowed reception room. Further

Details

Oxford Gardens, W10 £1,995,000

accommodation includes a master bedroom, with two further double bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor, as well as a top floor loft bedroom with en-suite. Oxford Gardens is a popular leafy street in the heart of the sought after St Quintin conservation area, and is just a short walk away from Portobello Road.

Contact

Marsh & Parsons, North Kensington 020 7313 8350; marshandparsons.co.uk

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LARCH ROAD, NW2

£750,000.00 FREEHOLD

• Spacious converted loft room

• Some original features

Exceptionally well presented mid terraced 4 bed,

• Contemporary kitchen

• Early viewing essential

intercommunicating reception room family house refurbished

• 47 ft rear garden + terrace

• Large bay windows

to a high standard with many period features including working fireplaces & original stripped floorboards.

DARTMOUTH ROAD, NW2

£1,995,000.00 FREEHOLD

• 6 bedrooms, 22 ft reception

• Mature 62 ft south facing garden

Stunning red brick detached property situated within

• Some original features

• Conservatory

Mapesbury Conservation Area offering 2908 sq ft of

• Huge rooms throughout

• Close to local amenities

accommodation. Amazing home that has been in the same family for 60 years but would benefit from some updating.

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WRENTHAM AVENUE, NW10

£1,999,950.00 FREEHOLD

• Stunning kitchen/breakfast room

• 60ft rear garden

A beautiful example of a 5 bed red brick terraced family home

• Some original features

• Close to Queens Park

with spacious intercommunicating reception rooms arranged

• 2 bathrooms

• Off street parking

over three floors and providing over 2400 sq ft of superb lateral living space. Viewing essential.

THE AVENUE, NW6

£2,999,950.00 FREEHOLD

• Open plan living space

• Underfloor heating, d/g

Sophisticated & stylish refurbished detached house, laid out

• 6 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms

• 115ft south facing garden

over 3843 sq ft of lateral living space & boasting a prime

• Italian designed Pedini kitchen

• Summerhouse / games room

position overlooking Tiverton Green. Situated in Catchment area of Malorees School. Viewing essential.

www.cameronsstiff.co.uk 275 Willesden Lane, NW2 5JA020 8459 1133enquiries@cameronsstiff.co.uk

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Letting Agency of the Year 2013

St Stephens Gardens Notting Hill W2

ÂŁ1,500,000

Gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, garden apartment with private entrance. Spacious & airy, this beautifully finished property is well located for the convenience of Westbourne Grove & Notting Hill. The apartment benefits from a generous reception, spacious galley kitchen & studio accessed from the garden.

share of freehold

EPC rating C Notting Hill

020 3040 8585

sales.nottinghill@chestertonhumberts.com

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Kensington Garden Square Notting Hill W2

ÂŁ800

A stunning 2 bedroom apartment set within this popular garden square in the heart of Notting Hill Gate. Recently refurbished, the apartment benefits from fully integrated kitchen, 2 en-suite bathrooms & guest WC. With access to communal gardens, high ceilings & original features.

per week

EPC rating D Notting Hill

020 3040 8588

lettings.nottinghill@chestertonhumberts.com

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At some point you will need a professional valuation Whatever the reason, call our Professional Valuations Department on 020 7591 8746 or email valdep@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ2,500,000 Share of Freehold Pembridge Crescent W11

A unique and stylish former artist studio offering generous living space.

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

3 bedrooms, Bathroom, 2 shower rooms, Reception room, TV room, Kitchen, Patio EPC: E.

ÂŁ1,325,000 Share of Freehold Royal Crescent W11

A fabulous maisonette overlooking and having access to the communal gardens.

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

2 bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: C.

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douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ950,000 Leasehold Pembridge Villas W2

A beautifully presented apartment maintained to a very high standard.

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

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

ÂŁ925,000 Leasehold Westbourne Park Road W11

A wonderful apartment with decked garden to the rear, moments from Portobello Road.

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

2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Garden, EPC: D.

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SO LD LET £849,950 Leasehold Linden Gardens W2

“If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair

A bright and spacious two double bedroom flat on the lower ground floor of a Victorian house.

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

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception/dining room, Kitchen, Private decked garden, EPC: C.

£575,000 Share of Freehold Gloucester Gardens W2

A one bedroom apartment enjoying a private terrace and further onto communal gardens.

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

2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Garden, EPC: D.

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douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ2,750 per week Unfurnished Westbourne Park Road W11

A fantastic newly refurbished semi-detached family home in Notting Hill.

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

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Study, Family room, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: E.

ÂŁ1,200 per week Unfurnished/Part Furnished Palace Court W2

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A stunning split-level raised ground floor apartment close to Notting Hill Gate.

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

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

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TESTIMONIALS

£895 per week Unfurnished Phillimore Gardens W8

An absolutely stunning first floor apartment in Kensington.

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

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: E.

£750 per week Furnished/Part Furnished Colville Road W11

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A superb, stylish and extremely light and spacious garden flat in Notting Hill.

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

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room/conservatory, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: D.

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douglasandgordon.com

ÂŁ595 per week Furnished Bayswater Road W2

An extremely light and spacious flat overlooking Kensington Gardens.

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

2 bedrooms, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Porter, EPC: D.

ÂŁ450 per week Furnished/Part Furnished Arundel Gardens W11

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A fabulous, newly refurbished second floor flat in Notting Hill.

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

Bedroom, Bathroom, Reception/dining room, Kitchen, Communal gardens, EPC: D.

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