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Sweet dreams A century in chocolate

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36 PROFILE

Orsola de Castro, upcycling guru

CULTURE 15 WHAT’S ON June diary

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Fiona Bell’s inspirations

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n the wake of meeting the inspirational Orsola de Castro this month, Absolutely been thinking about upcyling. Reusing materials has got to be the way forward in this age of excess, and with mountains of waste generated by all kinds of industries, making clothes out of surplus materials makes complete sense on all counts. Especially when, as de Castro demonstrates, we’re not talking about clothes that look like they’ve been cobbled together. This woman’s skill lies in making beautiful things out of (what would otherwise be) nothing, and she has gained the respect of the fashion world for it. Read all about her on page 36. Also, more salvage is happening in the garden, where an increasing trend for garden rooms, studios and summerhouses is gaining creative momentum. We meet a man who makes selfcontained garden rooms from reclaimed timber and salvaged materials, another venture that makes complete sense. And meanwhile, in Portobello, a rescued printing press is being given a new lease of life by a creative local entrepreneur; and there are lots more local ideas, people and places in this issue. We hope you enjoy it.

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POR TOBELLO PIC TURE S

Aspects of Carnival is a series of bright, painted photographic murals by local artist Fiona Hawthorne. Transofrming Portobello Road’s North Wall for the rest of the year, the installation focuses on Carnival and the community it inhabits. Look out for it.

DEER ME Who ever heard of a deer on your trainers? We love these pretty leather hi-tops, a collaboration between designer Pierre Hardy and brand Mother of Pearl. £405, merchantarchive.com

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TWO TONE New from London designer Mimi Berry is the two-tone Onslow handbag, £208, supralondon.com

FEATHER LIGHTS The new Graham and Green catalogue is just beautiful. We love these Eos Feather lights, covered in actual feathers for an intriguing light effect. £70£395, grahamandgreen.co.uk

PLANT CLASSIC The Case Study House Program was an American postwar design concept promoting a modern lifestyle with a new look for ceramics. The Case Study Planter remains a classic and is having a revival at SCP. £138, scp.co.uk 12

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CHECKMATE Now that you’ve revived your chess skills with a course at The Idler, why not invest in a beautiful set? These art chess sets by west London-based Richard Morrissey are available at purlinglondon.com.

CRYSTAL BALLS The Queens Park-based Vintage Chandelier Company customises unique pieces with an individual twist. We love the multi-coloured drops on this Marie Therese design. From £1,050, vintagechandliers.co.uk

DANCE A new partnership between Van Cleef & Arples and the LA Dance Project has resulted in four new High Jewellery pieces inspired by the world of dance. Intricate detailing make these clips into true miniature sculptures. vancleefarples.com

NORTHERN LIGHT Nordic Elements is the home of Scandinavian design aimed at style-conscious families. We love the ceramics, especially this Twinke rnage. From £77, nordicelements.co.uk

BLOW UP John Richard’s new range of glass vases at Interio includes this aqua and apricot double blown piece, which we are doubly coveting. £447, interio.com

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THE MAD HATTER’S CABARET THE TABERNACLE 26 JUNE

The spectacular Mad Hatters’ Cabaret Show, in aid of The Children’s Trust is a fabulous millinery and fashion extravaganza. The night of entertainment with live singing performances by several special guests kicks off at 7pm with a drinks reception, followed by a stunning show, with wine and food served afterwards. Tickets £85. 34-35 Powis Square, W11 020 7221 9700 www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/madhatters

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SEAN SMITH: ON THE MARGINS

KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY 24 MAY - 26 JUNE

Sean Smith brings his collection of harrowing and captivating photographs to the spooky setting of Kensal Green Cemetery. His war pictures focus less on the combatants than on those on the outskirts - junkies, prostitutes, children - who become caught up in war accidentally. Catacomb Z, Kensal Green Cemetery, Ladbroke Grove, W10

June COMPRESSION CHAMBER BY ADRIAN SCICLUNA DEBUT CONTEMPORARY 8 JUNE

Residents of, and visitors to, Kensington and Chelsea are all invited to contribute to Adrian Scicluna’s interactive project. Photographs of people, gardens and various areas of Notting Hill will be printed, cut out, modified and positioned around the gallery space. Follow them on Twitter (@adrianscicluna) and Facebook (facebook.com/adrianscicluna.artist) to see what you can do. 82 Westbourne Grove, W2, 020 7221 1651 debutcontemporary.com

FLORENCE TO CASS ART 23 MAY-6 JUNE

As part of an initiative to encourage emerging young artists, Cass Art has commissioned modern artist Florence To, in collaboration with quirky brand MT, to create unique in-store and window installations. 220 Kensington High Street, W8 020 7937 6506 cassart.co.uk

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Sitting at your desk, dreaming of getting away from it all? Do the next best thing by visiting the new exhibition ‘Escape’ from breakthrough photographers Charlotte Fielding and Philippa Gedge. Sixty photographs each with a link to the idea of escape, whether it be from the bad weather, from the city, even from life itself into dreams. 35 Powis Square, W11, 020 7221 9700; escapeexhibition.wordpress.com

41ST OLYMPIA INTERNATIONAL ART AND ANTIQUES FAIR OLYMPIA EXHIBITION CENTRE 6 - 16 JUNE

The perfect event for both the uninitiated and the expert, the Olympia Art and Antiques Fair is the place to go for fine furniture, art and a totally diverse range of objects from fossils to modern art. The prices are almost as varied as the wares, starting at £100 and peaking at the £1million mark and first timers can feel confident as all the products have been thoroughly vetted. Olympia Way, W14, 020 7385 1200; eco.co.uk

ED KLUZ: PAPERWORKS THE IDLER ACADEMY TO 2 JUNE

Colourful and vivacious, Ed Kluz breathes new life into the architecture and topography of the British landscape. This exhibition demonstrates his exuberant style whilst also capturing the refined nature of his subjects. 81 Westbourne Park Road, W2, 020 7221 5908 jhwfineart.com

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On 4 July 1973, David Bowie laid to rest his famous alien alter-ego. To mark this most stylish of rock ’n’ roll suicides the Idler Academy is throwing a memorial service conducted by author Simon Goddard who penned the acclaimed Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust. 81 Westbourne Park Road, W2 020 7221 5908; idler.co.uk

DESIGNER JUMBLE SALE WILLESDEN GREEN THROUGHOUT JUNE

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Norman Reid’s candid photographs of Cuba are a riot of colour and movement, deeply saturated with heat, cigar smoke and the faded glamour of Havana. The exhibition comes to the Tabernacle from 4 to 9 June. 35 Powis Square W11 tabernaclew11.com

Agenda This month’s highlights

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Derek Deane’s lavish inthe-round production of Swan Lake is the largest production of its kind in the world. Featuring more than 120 dancers on stage, this production has delighted audiences around the world. Set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, played by an orchestra of more than 80 musicians, this magnificent production features acrobats, jugglers and 60 swans gliding across the arena.Royal Albert Hall, 12-23 June. ballet.org.uk; royalalberthall.com

A stylish take on the classic fl ip-and-match format, London-based illustrator Lucille Clerc’s beautiful book enables you to mix Studio 54 style with pirate costumes, glamour with grunge, 17th century costume with skater chic and more. Hours of fun for all ages. £9.99; laurenceking.com

K ENSA L SUNR ISER

Sunriser, a celebration of independent shops in Kensal Rise, is a community shopping event set to occupy a 26-metre marquee outside Minkies on Chamberlayne Road on 20 June. Paula Fitzpatrick of Love KR Boutique will be taking part and says: ‘We’re really lucky to have so many great independent shops, bars & cafes on our doorstep, along with abundance of cool musicians and artists’. From 3pm; 20 June.

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At a loss when faced with antique jewellry? Why not try and spot the next big thing? Natural pearls went up dramatically five years ago and now everybody’s watching coral. Diamonds are hot, as are bold, chunky, 1980s style statement pieces. This month’s 41st International Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair features a strong jewellery contingent. Pictured is a yellow diamond ring set in 18 carat gold with a GIA’ certificate for fancy yellow, priced £25,000. 6-16 June; olympia-art-antiques.com 19

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RUPERT SANDERSON embroidered satin pumps, £640; brownsfashion.com

ETRO kimono coat, £1,865; net-a-porter.com

MIHARAYA SUHIRO silk shorts, £665; brownsfashion.com

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Now in its third year love kr is one of the many go-to boutiques on Kensal Rise. Offering a cool edit of this season’s looks... for effortless chic check out this Miami-inspired print dress from Danish designer Ilse Jacobsen. love kr will also be taking part in the local shopping event Sunriser on Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, showcasing everything you need for a capsule holiday wardrobe on 20 June.

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Bespoke and elegant, all by the hand of designer-wunderkind, Jurgita Stakauskaite unfolds a range of swimwear, lingerie and wedding attire detailed and crafted with immaculate attention. By appointment only, Stakauskaite has quietly built a up a reliable and efficient reputation, and is quickly becoming a go-to name for personalised couture. stakauskaite.com

PIS TOL PANTIES Does your bikini feature flamingoes, bananas, digital prints or mutlicoloured checks? If not, you need Pistol Panties. And even more so now that the swimwear queen has opened a pop-up shop in Ledbury Road, in the new Austique boutique on the site that used to be Village Bicycle. pistolpanties.com; austique.co.uk

Widely tipped as a new label to watch, Emma Louise London’s eye-catching prints are flying off the rails at Kensington Park Road’s Di Guardo boutique. We adore this Vionnet dress, £188. With brands including Vivetta, Beautiful Soul, Lucza London, Cecilia Hammarborg, Charlotte Taylor, Natalie Vleewschouwer, Sula, Jerboa by Victoria Barker and Mrs Pomeranz, the store’s collection is unique and stunning. They even offer private appointments, pop-up fashion shows, crafting classes and style consultations. 212 Kensington Park Road, W11; diguardo.co.uk

Luxury jeweller Sophie Harley launches her new collaboration collection with Roo Cross, owner of Cornish retailer Roos Beach. Inspired by seaside holidays the collection features surfboard (as pictured) sharktooth, shells and fish pendants and charms. sophieharley.com

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Summer wardrobe staples at Leon Max in Westbourne Grove span sundresses, stylish separates and a fantastic range of sandals. 229 Westbourne Grove W11; maxstudio.com

SUN LINES

The campaign for Eres’ new sunwear line was shot by none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself, and modelled by his muse, Skyfall actress Bérénice Marlohe. Simple, clean lines and vibrant colours evoke distant shores. eresparis.com

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MY STYLE Fiona Bell, founder of children’s clothing company Their Nibs, shares her inspirations

Favourite holiday destination Our family renovation project in the West of Ireland – a labour of love and lots of fun. Its an old Crofters Cottage with an acre of land in the middle of nowhere, miles away from the urban skateboarding life our son has in London, we all love going there for family bonding time. Style icon I love Pearl Lowe’s style. She always looks so effortlessly eclectic and intesting. My mum (photographs, right) was also a massive inspiration. she used to make beautiful clothes for me and has always had a amazing way with accessories.

Favourite designer I love Temperley –its eclectic and so feminine. The quirky looks of Paul and Joe (left) also have a massive appeal to me with their mad prints and interesting use of silhouettes. Favourite piece of Their Nibs clothing With over 10 years of archive garments, this is a hard one. I have created a special 10th anniversary collection of dresses and chosen a silk hand-smocked baby dress from that collection – so nostalgic yet still very relevant today.

Most treasured possession My wedding ring. Most inspiring experience I would have to say having my son Finn. He was inspiring from the moment he was born and continues to be. He is a ball of energy full of ideas and gives me great creative impetus for Their Nibs. Favourite piece of art A painting of my now 12 year-old son done when he was four years old. It perfectly captures his impish looks and character. I also love mad old oil paintings of flowers, which I always look out for in Portobello and Golborne Road. theirnibs.com

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Adonis ROSE Capturing the grace of the flourishing rose, the Adonis Rose collection by De Beers honours nature’s most elegant bloom Photography: SQUIZ HAMILTON Styling: DEBORAH LATOUCHE

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TO THE MAX THE EDIT:

Leon Max’s key summer pieces SLEEVELESS LACE DRESS, £250 HANKIE LINEN HALTER TOP, £99

LINEN SLEEVELESS DRESS, £150

TUCK DETAIL DRESS, £250

SILK BANDED DRESS, £299 GEOMETRIC JERSEY DRESS, £99

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JERSEY MAXI DRESS, £150

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RAG TRADER Eco fashion warrior Orsola de Castro is exhibiting her work at Great Western Studios this month. Pendle Harte caught up with her

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’ve got a career in rubbish collection, really,’ says super-modest Orsola de Castro. Which isn’t really the way the fashion world looks at it. De Castro is an established designer and a highly respected fashion industry figure, albeit an outspoken one who talks about waste and ethics and actually cares. Founder of green label From Somewhere and curator of the Bristish Fashion Council’s Estethica, the hub of the sustainable fashion industry, she is known as ‘the queen of upcycling’ or, in her words, ‘a rubbish collector’. Of course it’s not just any old rubbish. From Somewhere’s fashion is entirely made from surplus fabrics and de Castro designs specifically for the kinds of remnants and remainders she has come to predict will be available. ‘With upcycling, inevitably you have to be a bit imaginative with your combinations. There’s an aesthetic that comes from patchwork and paneling – inevitably we’re using little bits and pieces – and luckily it’s an aesthetic that works well right now.’ It all started at The Cross. With a background in Fine Art, and not really considering herself a fashion person, de Castro was selling textiles at the Holland Park boutique in 1997 when she began mending moth-eaten cashmere sweaters by crocheting around

the holes. Soon The Cross starting selling them as customized jumpers and demand quickly grew, so she moved into customizing all sorts of existing pieces and selling them to boutiques everywhere.

was interesting because at the time, eco fashion didn’t exist, sustainable fashion didn’t exist, recycling didn’t exist and none of the vocabulary was there.’ It wasn’t that she felt fashion was wasteful particularly – though she soon discovered that it was. ‘There were quite a few designers fiddling with vintage in the late 90s – Russell Sage, Preen, Jessica Ogden – and for me, there was a lot of humour in it. It made me laugh that I could approach these amazing boutiques with rubbish and that the more rubbish it was, the more I could sell it for because there was more manual work, so I loved the

For me, it’s about how to make an ugly thing that nobody else wants beautiful She explains: ‘We did our first Fashion Week collection in 2000 under the name “abandoned and reclaimed womenswear” which

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I don’t need anybody to be green enough for me. I’m green enough for myself

correlation.’ And then it became ‘a mission. I realized that I could run my own label just using waste forever.’ The design process requires more flexibility this way, of course. ‘I might dream red but can only find blue, so you have to make yourself like it. It’s very challenging but for me the whole issue of design is about finding solutions. I think if you told me there was meters of fabric at my disposal I wouldn’t know what to do with it. For me, it’s about how to make an ugly thing that nobody else wants beautiful.’ And she’s not smug or selfrighteous. Happy to collaborate with companies not known for their green credentials – Tesco and Topshop for instance – shows a realistic approach. ‘I’m not going to sit here and wait for 20 years for someone to be green enough for me. I don’t need anybody to be green enough for me. I’m green enough for myself. Sometimes they

may be using us in order to appear green, but I call it my infiltration.’ A new collection with Topshop is out soon and an unlikely but successful collaboration with Tesco saw de Castro dealing with ‘massive amounts of obsolescence’. From Somewhere had its own shop (in Westbourne Park Road and then in Portobello Road) but thanks to massice rates increases, it has been online only since last year. A new web concept is set to launch this month, which de Castro calls ‘a mixture between the super high-tech and the totally artisan. The site is super high tech but the concept isn’t – the concept is like having your clothes made at a little local boutique.’ This is hard to imagine, but all is set to be revealed soon (fromsomwhere.co.uk). Working with designer Brandy Easter and engineer Jack Kindred-Boothby, there’s a small core collection of pieces that stay very similar. ‘Luckily I tend to love colour and texture which is perfect for right now, ideal for online sales. Bloggers are saying that black is over because it doesn’t pop on the internet. And that couldn’t have suited me more because I respond to colour,’ says de Castro. Her ‘personal journey through wasteland’ – aka an exhibition of her work – goes on show at Great Western Studios from 10-20 June. Fromsomewhere.co.uk ORSOLA DE CASTRO WILL BE IN CONVERSATION WITH LUCY SIEGLE ON TUESDAY 18 JUNE, 7 TO 8PM AT GREAT WESTERN STUDIOS. DELVING INTO THE WORK AND HISTORY OF FROM SOMEWHERE, THE DISCUSSION WILL ALSO GO INTO THE URGENT THEMES FACING THE FASHION INDUSTRY, IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF RANA PLAZA AND OTHER TRAGEDIES IN THE NAME OF MAINSTREAM FASHION. LUCY SIEGLE, CURRENTLY REPORTING FOR BBC ONE’S THE ONE SHOW, HAS WRITTEN A WEEKLY ETHICAL LIVING COLUMN FOR THE OBSERVER SINCE 2004, AS WELL AS WRITING GREEN LIVING IN THE URBAN JUNGLE AND TO DIE FOR. PLACES ARE FREE BUT PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE AT EVENTS@GREATWESTERNSTUDIOS.COM.

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Susanna Cohen and Arabella Greenhill Founders, thefabedit.com INTERVIEW LINDSAY BAKER PORTRAITS EMMA HARPIN 40

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t’s about keeping it fresh,’ says the willowy, flamehaired Arabella Greenhill soothingly. Then pauses before adding: ‘But not looking like you’re in fancy dress.’ In her candypink jeans and emerald cashmere, she is a walking embodiment of this sentiment – her outfit perfectly pitched for a bright, crisp spring day, stylish but not try-hard. All of which is reassuring, since her job is to advise others on their fashion choices. Likewise her petite, elegantly-clad friend and fellow stylist Susanna, who has the reserved, understated demeanour of a woman who most definitely knows her stuff. Sharing a pot of mint tea with them at Susanna’s impeccable home in Westbourne Park is an oddly calming experience. You get the sense that everything in their world is beautiful and lovely. And unlike some makeover gurus, they don’t seem that bossy, although Arabella concedes she does sometimes have to be ‘firm’ with clients, in order to help them out of a ‘rut’. And let’s face it, most of us have been there at some point – staring into the abyss of our wardrobe as we realise there is nothing to wear that looks on-trend without being mutton-ish, or just plain wrong. Plus there is the weekly onslaught of new trends to keep up with. ‘Most women now are time-poor,’ says Arabella. ‘They don’t have time to trail around Zara or Selfridges or wherever. It’s like: “Where do I begin?” But we can tell you what works in real life. If you’re nervous about prints, wear a printed skirt with a plain top. Spend money on jeans, but a Gap t-shirt can work.’ In fact, she adds, Zara shopping is a personal obsession of hers - along with Green & Black’s chocolate and grey sweatshirts. With all this in mind, the two friends are launching a new venture, TheFabEdit.com. A fashion-andbeauty site that aims to distil trends and provide a definitive edit of what is out there - its catchphrase is: ‘When too much choice is a bad thing’. They will also offer a personal consultation service through the site, and will not run advertising – all tips and advice will be non-partisan. The tone, says Susanna, will be ‘friendly and never bitchy’. And there will be down-to-earth advice, she adds, on ‘where to spend and where to save’, and practical tips, too – keep your nail polish in the fridge, for instance,

or stuff cotton wool in pointy-toed shoes to keep their shape. Both women are devoted Notting Hill-ites – Arabella enjoyed a creative, bohemian childhood here, and the area is in her bones, she says. Susanna loves ‘the village atmosphere, and that old and young mix together so well, and that the market is the main artery through the area. I love walking down Portobello, past all the vintage and flower stalls, and hearing the music blaring out.’ Interestingly, they both lived in New York in the early 90s. As Arabella puts it: ‘It was the only place to go after growing up around here that would take that energy and excitement to the next level.’ They have been at the centre of the fashion industry for years. Arabella was first a model, then a stylist and senior fashion editor at Marie Claire, working with A-listers from Victoria Beckham to Anne Hathaway and Naomi Campbell. It was at Marie Claire that the two women met. Then the magazine’s Beauty and Style director, Susanna is also a stylist who has worked on shoots with an equally glittering list of stars – among them Cate Blanchett and January Jones – and is frequently to be seen on CNN providing red-carpet commentary. She boasts several high-profile private clients (though she is far too discreet to say who). As far as beauty goes, she says: ‘There is just too much product and information out there. I was in the Harrods beauty hall recently and it was a complete sensory overload, like an assault. There’s a lack of quality advice, with all the consultants who are all plastered in make-up pushing their brand’s products with a real hard sell. Our choices will be tried and tested.’ Times have changed since they began their careers. ‘Fashion used to be an exclusive club,’ recalls Arabella. ‘Now catwalk shows are streamed on-line for everyone to see - fashion has become so much more immediate and accessible.’ It’s a brave new world, and they are embracing it - they like the idea of democratising fashion, ‘mixing it up’, as Arabella puts it. They see their role as ‘defining the looks that are relevant now,’ but within reason. ‘Without looking like blogger fodder,’ she adds dryly, with a small shudder. TheFabEdit.com 41

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FACE TIME Ten minutes with

Hannah Young

daughter of seminal society photographer Richard Young PAUL AND LEAH WELLER

My dad calls it passing the baton. I started out taking on jobs he couldn’t do, and now people have started asking for me. I dress up like an invited guest and my camera bag is a handbag – nobody would know that I’m the photographer.

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I grew up with celebrity. It doesn’t phase me. My dad taught me the importance of discretion.

HANNAH YOUNG

It’s rare to have a woman taking the pictures at parties. I went to an intimate dinner with the Chelsea football team. That was interesting. People ease up more with girls. I met Karl Lagerfeld recently. He didn’t say much. I go to fashion parties, book launches and gallery openings. Warner Music threw an amazing party at Tate Modern. Doing the social scene is fun. But ultimately it’s not really creative enough. I enjoy commissioned portraits and I’d like to move into advertising photography. I’m a very creative person. I’m also a nail artist. People book me for hen parties and baby showers. I love painting nails.

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CASTING The art of Letterpress is being revived in Portobello Road. Pendle Harte enrolls at Unite and Type for an introduction

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etterpress may be outdated as a method of printing, but it still has a lasting presence in language. Ever wondered why letters are ‘upper case’ and ‘lower case’? It’s to do with the cases the type is kept in. And when you are ‘minding your ps and qs’ you are in fact taking care not to confuse two very similar pieces of type. Which is very easily done, as I discover in Portobello Road, where a new shop is dedicated to reviving the Letterpress. Unite and Type is the brainchild of former antiques dealer Gloria Daniel, who founded the Big Tomato Company, which soon grew with its range of slogan mugs (it was a love of the Helvetica font that started it) and other ceramics into a vast enterprise with its own factory in Stoke on Trent and over 300 stockists. This month, inspired by a new-found love of letterpress, she is launching a new service whereby you can design and commission your own ceramics in a variety of fonts and styles through her website. And last year she couldn’t resist buying a collection of old printing equipment (an 1860 Albion press and an 1880 Cropper press as well as a TP48 Adana, plkus lots of wood and metal type, for those who know), so, not really knowing what to do with her aquisitions, she opened Unite and Type . Which is where I am for a course with artist and letterpress expert Mary Kuper, who knows exactly what to do with it all. After her general introduction in typography and fonts, I am faced with a huge drawer full of tiny pieces of type, struggling to break down a brief scrap of poetry into individual characters and drop them in the right order into my composing stick. That’s having counted the characters first, and completed a complex calculation involving the average number of letters per word, a special print measure called the ‘pica’ and the 24-point Bembo we are using. The aim is to print seven lines of verse and it is taking a long time. Of course, all of this could be achieved within minutes on a computer but as everybody knows, nostalgia for traditional methods is on the rise. There is a value in knowing how things are actually made and appreciating them for what they are. Artisan bread, handcrafted furniture, hand-dipped candles. They are all very much part of the romantic ideal. Once I have arranged my verse, letter for letter, and packed it tightly into a frame (called a ‘chase’)– making sure to fill in all gaps with varying sizes of leads – and locked it all into place by tightening with special keys, we’re finally ready for the press. Spreading ink with a palate knife onto a plate, we manoevure the

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PAINT IT BLACK Ciate’s new chalkboard manicure kit is tipped as the summer’s hottest nail product. Create a blackboard base coat and decorate it with coloured chalk-type pens before sealing with a topcoat. Wow. £25, Ciate.co.uk

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I love a tan but, being of the fair-skinned variety, obtaining one is no mean feat. Over the years I have succumbed to the pitfalls of both looking like an OompaLoompa and baring the evidence of a botched up DIY job. Imagine my delight when I discovered that Strip, renowned waxing parlour and lingerie boutique, offered the South Seas spray tan, famed for its natural, paraben–free sun-kissed glow. I was eager to try the Tahitian Tan Solution and the following day I was more than pleasantly surprised. The colour is wonderful and I have had so many compliments about how glowing I look and queries as to where I’ve been. It looks amazingly natural, and a week on I still feel like a bronzed goddess. I can certainly see this becoming my must-have product as we venture into the summer months. Strip are even] offering £10 off your first spray-tanning session, keeping your bank balance as health and happy as you. Leah Day Strip, 112 Talbot Road W11; 020 7727 2754 stripwaxbar.com

CROSSOV ER LUNGE Powervibe Fitness Studio targets each part of your body for an effective routine you can do at home, on the road, or in the office. This month, builds on last month’s move (lunge with overhead press) to a crossover lunge. 1. Start in last month’s position: left-side lunge with hands in an overhead press. 2. Step left foot in front/ across right foot and bend knees to sit lower. Be sure knees stay behind toes and bum is sticking out. 3. As your left foot moves across body, bring hands down to outside of knees. 4. Return to starting position of left-side lunge with overhead press. 5. Repeat exercise 15-20 repetitions on the same side. 6. Then switch to the right side for 15-20 repetitions. 7. To make this move more challenging, hold bottles of water or tins of tomatoes in your hands for increased resistance. Powervibe Fitness Studio offers Power Plate, spin classes, pilates and bespoke personal training. Small semi-private class sizes keep instruction personalised and gets maximum results in a short amount of time. 95a Westbourne Park Villas W2; 020 7229 9614 powervibe.co.uk

SPRE A D Butter London is in fact a Seattle-based company but their range of nail polishes are mostly inspired by our home town. There’s even a shade called Big Smoke (it’s a metallic blue) and others named Trustafarian, Primrose Hill Picnic and Crumpet. You’ll fi nd them at the new Swanky salon. 335 Portobello Road W10, butterlondon.com 47

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atiana Karelina is passionate about hair and has created from scratch a brand and a business centred around the revolutionary Micro Ring hair extention technique. Born and raised in Kashin, Russia, Tatiana moved to the UK 11 years ago where she began working in salons specialising in hair extensions and hair loss. She says: ‘I worked with hair extensions for a long time and fell in love with hair. For a woman, there is no accessory more powerful than her hair and to help give women more confidence is an immensely satisfying calling.’ Tatiana’s past experience has given her an insight into the practice, making her realise that the traditional methods of

gluing, sewing, weaving and bonding can tire, damage and inhibit hair growth. On visit to the United States, Tatiana discovered by a chance a damage free hair extension attachment technique which had yet to make an appearance in the UK. Realising that she could to do it better, Tatiana left her job in the salon and set up an in-house salon using Micro Rings as the sole attachment technique. ‘Micro Rings are small copper cylinders covered in plastic for comfort that range in different colours according to your hair colour. These individual rings are used to attach the hair extensions to wearer’s hair by combining strands of natural hair with the extension hair.’ This is the safest technique on the market

allowing for maximum comfort with no damage. The extensions feel like, behave like and blend with your natural hair. This technique was an immediate hit and within two years Tatiana’s living room could no longer accommodate her growing client list. Opting for a location that echoed the sophistication of the clientele, Tatiana opened her fi rst location on Holland Street in 2009, before outgrowing it and moving to a larger salon on the same street in 2012. The hair used in Tatiana’s salons is ethically sourced from her native Russia. ‘Russian hair is perfectly suited for Western women as it has the same texture. I visit Russia myself several times a year to pick out the best hair possible for our clients.’ Tatiana offers free consultations where extension hair is matched to your natural hair; and if you love the result you can have a same-day fitting, a rare offering in the UK, and one that is a result of the their large inventory of hair. For those opting for a less permanent solution there’s also a range of custom-made clip-in extensions. Unsurprisingly, Tatiana has a growing list of loyal and celebrity customers who return to visit her and her team at their salons. 33 Holland Street W8 tatianahairextensions.co.uk 020 7937 1989

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facials or lifting with a range of new techniques in non-surgical face lifting, or maybe you need something more concentrated like red veins, rosacea or pigmentation treatments with IPL or help erase deep lines with their skin needling treatments, they can certainly deliver results and with their years of dedication to skin care nothing is a problem.

FACE Their wealth of knowledge and experience gives their team the confidence to mix things up a bit to ensure their clients really do get a truly individual skin treatment. Whether you are looking for general skin health with their Environ vitamin

BODY After a very long winter, exposing our body can be a daunting thought. Cellulite does not always clear with diet and exercise, it needs a little help. Endermologie is a treatment designed to eliminate this problem. The treatment works by using a massage technique

that rolls and sucks the skin to stimulate the circulation and break down fatty deposits, really good on stubborn love handles and hard to reach inner thighs. This pain free treatment also promotes a wonderful feeling of well being which after a lack of sunshine over winter we all need. Peach on the Hill have worked alongside Endermologie for many years and with clients returning every year to get set for summer, there’s proof that this treatment really does work.

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ll sorts of bizarre things can happen to your skin when you’re pregnant. For me, it was increased pigmentation and a general all-over thinning. For others it is random dry patches and rashes. And, probably universally, it is an unwelcome beginning of permanent dark circles under your eyes. Beauty journalist Grace Timothy, author of thepregnantbeautyguide.com concurs. ‘I was so sick during my pregnancy, that I only had about 30 seconds to apply eye makeup before it all became too much. Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks were just the ticket – liner, shadow and highlighter all in one.’ And for those dark circles she really rates Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Concealer – ‘launched since I had my baby and I’m left wishing I’d had while I was pregnant. It’s far juicier than most concealers, adding a dewy sheen while it covers imperfections and dark circles, without drying or flaking.’ Lips, meanwhile, can be made to look presentable in the few seconds it takes to push a Clinique Chubby stick around them. The risk of hyper-pigmentation means addressing your SPF and perhaps upping the factor. Kim Jacob co-creator of the Wild About Beauty line recommends a hydrating light-tinted moisturiser with SPF such as her Sheer Glow Moisture Tint with SPF 20 – ‘hydrating with a sheer coverage which helps to even the skin tone. And another thing: nail varnish is one of the most toxic elements of most women’s beauty regimen, so switching to one of the new natural polishes such as Kure seems like a smart choice. Keep skincare simple and manageable. A traditional cold cream such as Pond’s removes make-up quickly without dehydrating the skin and if you use a hot flannel to wipe it off gives your face a gentle exfoliation at the same time. Dr Jackson’s Coconut Melt has to be my top pregnancy pick – 100% natural, it can be used on dry skin, lips, even hair and makes an amazing massage oil for your little one when they finally arrive.

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Sculpt your body slim in six weeks Celebrity personal trainer Louise Parker and her team deliver outstanding results in record time with her unique training method

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eight-loss expert Louise Parker’s amazing body transformation programmes have changed the body shape of hundreds of individuals over the past 15 years. Her experience ranges from helping clients recover from long-term obesity, to taking care of some of the most beautiful bodies in the world. Her unique, flexible programmes inspire amazing results in the shortest possible time, and create habits that last a lifetime. Her signature programme, The Intensive, is the ultimate kick-start, ensuring the best body fat reduction possible in a six-week period. This unique programme combines six hours a week of her exercise method, alongside a rigorous dietary overhaul. “Each week we train you in the comfort of your own home – bringing the gym to you and saving precious time,” says Louise. “With our support, you simply cannot fail – clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive.” The Intensive employs exercise and diet methods that radically shift body fat and totally re-sculpt the body, without compromising metabolism. “It’s so important to boost your metabolism so that once you have lost the weight you can easily keep it off,” she notes. “So many diets will get the weight off but your metabolism will come to a grinding halt or they are just not sustainable.” The programmes’ emphasis on resistance work and an intelligent eating plan ensure the results that clients achieve are long lasting, and, most of all, easy to maintain. “Every element of the plan is sensible, scientific

with a clear vision of longevity”. Louise Parker offers her inspired nutrition method in the Optimum Weight Loss Programme for clients who want to learn her method without personal training. “Some clients with larger amounts of weight to lose just want to tackle the diet before they do the fitness angle – and we understand that. Others may be within close reach of their goal but frustrated that trend dieting and stubborn eating patterns are short-circuiting their exercise efforts”. The Optimum Weight Loss Programme supports you to your goal with a Food Plan based on your individual basal metabolic rate, lifestyle, culinary likes and teach you how to approach food forever. “One size does not fit all – but we know what works, and ensure our methods integrate with whatever challenges you face”. Directed from the Louise Parker consulting rooms in Belgravia, the programme supports clients through an intensive weight loss phase, through to maintenance where clients consolidate their weight while still enjoying active social lives. “We’re intent on achieving amazing results and helping our clients to eat intelligently – and that’s a balance of fantastically healthy, simple food, but also the indulgences – true

balance can be taught”. Louise Parker programmes are suitable for anyone wanting exceptional results, in record time. Hugely popular with clients needing to be what she calls ‘RedCarpet Ready’ – whether that’s for a new job role, wedding or simply to feel good about getting dressed in the morning – Louise’s approach provides the science and the inspiration to permanent change. The team at Louise Parker defy gimmicks, instead relying on a specific integration of three factors – sound and accessible nutrition, metabolic workouts and intelligent lifestyle support – delivered in just the right combination. “Assuming you are ready to take the first step, we will guide you to the final result. We inspire and support you to achieve goals that you never thought possible – it can be done and it starts with a little belief and a consultation” Contact Louise and her team to find out more. info@louiseparker. uk.com, 0800 084 2828; 2 Eaton Gate SW1W 9BJ

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OUT OF AFRICA Just opened in Chepstow Road is Baker & Grey, offering African-inspired interiors by Sarah Gray. Absolutely catches up with her Can you describe the aesthetic at Baker & Gray? Carefully designed products that are visually beautiful, with great colour and texture. Products that are aspirational and inspirational, whose owners never want to throw away. To be able in 100 years to still see an item of B & G still treasured by the next generation. What’s your inspiration? Country houses, antique textiles,18th century Europe, especially France and Italy. The furniture and colours, all those fabulous greys and golds. The idea of travelling to unknown and distant lands bringing home textiles, spices, flora and fauna. So a visit to the Natural History museum is

a must for me, or a trip to Africa, or more recently, India. Africa has been my greatest inspiration: colour, texture, heart-stopping sights and sounds of the African bush. Smiley people and beetles!

What appeals to you about Africa? Everything. It’s where it all began, really, Africa. I had no idea of what to expect on my first visit over 20 years ago, its was an amazing assault on the senses. The fabulous colours, cultural richness, space and light was an overwhelming memory that lives with me still. The rich colours of the earth, the scent of the soil after the first rains, the vast skies with amazing cloud formations and colours especially before a rainstorm, the plant and animal life. In spring, the freshest of every hue of green that you can imagine, suddenly bursting forth out of the driest of bark of a tree that you think is lifeless. My life in design started in the fashion world, and I never dreamed in a million years that I would visit or live in Africa. This change of circumstance enabled me eventually to develop the Baker & Gray collection that I have today. Can you tell us about a recent project? My most recent project was adding the finishing touches to a beautiful house in Wiltshire. Taking time, when its available, allows clients to really understand and appreciate how their home is going to work for them in the best possible way. Until one starts living in a space it is very difficult to understand how the natural light and changing seasons affect our living spaces. With furniture, it takes time to decide which existing family treasures to keep and what to get rid of. What’s your best seller? My embroidered cushions, always, either from our limited edition range of embroidered antique linens, cashmere and wool, or the Baker & Gray range that complements our fabric collection. Getting new cushions is a quick and affordable way of adding a splash of colour, sometimes with a hint of pattern, and decoration to a room. They instantly freshen up a chair, sofa or bed, without the need to have a complete makeover, but still reflecting your personal style. Baker & Gray, 57 Chepstow Road, W2 5BP, 020 7243 2558

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Christopher Hodge of Shackadelic has built a shed for a radio presenter, who frequently broadcasts from his own west London garden. Q What sort of rooms are people building in their gardens? A Either an office or a workshop/studio. Two people have asked for a den for their teenagers/20-somethings. You are keen on using reclaimed materials. What sort of things and where do you find them? We mainly use reclaimed materials for the doors and windows. We also use old floorboards for the cladding. The building’s core is made from new sustainable wood/materials. This has to be so as it needs strength and although you can buy timber it is usually in small quantities and of different sizes. We get them from reclamation yards like retruvioius or lasco. I have bought stained glass windows on eBay and even got a bunch of sash windows from a builder who was putting in double glazing in Kensal Green. 67

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What kind of budget do we need to build a shack? Anything from ÂŁ8000 to ÂŁ30,000. You could spend even more if you really tried, it depends on the size and finish. If you want oak panelling, lovely floorboards and old French shutters you can creep up to the higher figure.

Marc Salmon of London Garden Studios built a garden studio for ceramicist Lou Rota What has been your most unusual project? My most unusual project is a project l am due to start in the summer , a 70-square metre studio which has a courtyard zen garden in the middle. Tell us about the ceramics studio l built the ceramic studio for Lou Rota about five years ago while she was having her garden landscaped and the sunken trampoline put in she is a local designer who produces a range of quirky gifts and homewares including English bone china tableware, birch wood trays and wall stickers, all characterised by her trademark combinations of bugs, birds, reptiles and flowers. Shackadelic.co.uk Londongardenstudios.co.uk 68

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be white, there’s no getting away from the vast number of decisions that need to be made. So, what you need is advice. At Nu-Line, a dedicated, experienced paint team can advise on the effect of light on paint and they can match any existing colour, discontinued or not.

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SCREEN SAVERS Sunscreen season should be upon us soon and the gentlest children’s lotion comes from Green People’s Organic Children. This year, a collaboration with the Marine Conservation Society means that Green People will donate 30p from each tube sold to protecting marine wildlife. Go on, you know you should. Greenpeople.co.uk

HEAD START Kids Company children are making spectacular, sculptural hats using recycled materials from Anthropologie’s store displays at their centre in Kilburn, to show at a special exhibition in July. Anthropologie will be hosting a fundraiser and shopping evening on 3 July, when Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh will give a talk, followed by an evening of jazz, drinks and canapés. Tickets are £25 (all proceeds to Kids Company) at Ticketmaster (0844 844 0444) priced £25. The Gallery at Anthropologie, 139 King’s Road, SW3 5ST

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The birth of your baby is a moment you’ll always treasure; having your child delivered by someone you know and trust makes it even more special. Our midwives at The Portland Hospital provide exceptional levels of care and support to over 2,000 expectant couples every year. Read on to discover how you can experience the best in private maternity care.

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Carla with baby Paige, born at 5.06pm on 13th March 2013 at The Portland Hospital.

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Premium midwife-led maternity packages, starting from £6,980

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Support from bump to baby Choosing a midwife-led care package means your care will be handled by a small team of expert midwives who’ll support you throughout your pregnancy and delivery. You’ll develop a close relationship with the team in a welcoming and relaxed environment, where your care is tailored to your personal choices. Throughout your pregnancy and delivery, our midwives will be on call 24 hours a day to offer advice and reassurance.

Putting safety first

When you’re making decisions on your maternity care, you want a nurturing and supportive environment in which to welcome your baby into the world. Private maternity care at The Portland Hospital gives you and your partner control over how you want to give birth, supported by the highest standards of comfort, safety and clinical excellence. You’ll benefit from: * one-to-one midwife care * private en suite rooms * your partner staying overnight * family-centred care * no restrictions on visiting times.

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You can rest assured that we are committed to the highest standards of safety and have a range of on-site emergency facilities. A dedicated neonatal intensive care unit, special care baby unit and transitional care provision are all available for babies born from 30 weeks, alongside a high-dependency unit for mothers who may require a higher level of monitoring.

You don’t need private medical insurance, and our prices are more affordable than you may think. Our midwife-led care packages start from just £6,980, and you can join the service at 12, 20 or 30 weeks of pregnancy. Your midwife-led care package includes: * all antenatal appointments with the midwife team * all routine ultrasound scans * all blood tests as routinely required * midwives on call 24 hours a day throughout pregnancy and delivery * 24-hour stay in hospital * consultation with a physiotherapist.

The next step for most couples is to come and see our facilities for themselves. Our central London location is open for tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

To book your tour, call us now on

020 7390 8202 Or visit www.theportlandhospital.com to book your tour online.

The last word in comfort Following your baby’s birth, you’ll stay in one of our private en-suite rooms or exclusive suites. You can stay with us for as long as you need to – your package includes one night’s stay and we can arrange for additional nights if you would like to stay longer. Your partner is always welcome to stay with you overnight, and you can both enjoy our full range of room services.

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Under pressure A leading head teacher has condemned ‘hothousing’ children. Are we asking too much of our children too soon? By Amanda Constance

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e all know the sort, don’t we? Those children for whom the odd ballet, piano or swimming lesson isn’t quite enough. No, little Atticus has a maths and English tutor, plus Kumon, Mandarin and extra French lessons after school; and that’s before drama, violin and flute lessons on a Saturday morning. His parents, pushy, anxious and ever-present, schedule his every waking moment in the pursuit of excellence. They started plotting how to get poor Atticus into St Paul’s the moment the umbilical cord was cut. Now Richard Harman, headmaster of the prestigious Uppingham School in Rutland, has said enough is enough. A few weeks ago, he condemned such pushy parenting saying the current approach ‘may get short-term results but risks longterm damage.’ Harman, who is taking over as leader of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference next year, condemned teachers and parents who create a ‘hothouse atmosphere’, adding that ‘the entire social life of some London parents is consumed by whether or not their children are going to get into the school of their choice. They put their children through seven, eight or nine entrance tests. There is paranoia and a pressure that is just unhealthy for parents, as well as their children.’ And the evidence seems to suggest this

hothousing is starting at an increasingly younger age. The latest edition of the Good Schools Guide made headlines this year when it revealed that some turbo-charged London parents have been hoping to get their little darlings a head start by paying for professional interview coaching for their three-year-olds. Such startling news raises the questions: why do parents feel the need to do it and why on earth are pre-preps interviewing prospective pupils? The answer is simple. The best schools in the capital are massively oversubscribed from pre-prep u

Well-meaning parents are often convinced that their offspring are brighter than they really are pwards, so parents are doing everything they can to squeeze that little bit ahead in the race. Yet, ironically, as any sane parent or teacher already knows; you can’t coach a three year-old for an interview. Jo Newman, head of North London Collegiate Junior School – all girls, reception to year six, and which selects 40 four-year-olds from around 200 applicants – told the Good Schools Guide: ‘I always tell parents that if they’re paying to coach three-year-olds, they might as well burn £20 notes. The only useful preparation is to talk to them, play with them and read

them stories.’ Of course, it isn’t wrong to be academically ambitious for your child. But Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College, says all too often wellmeaning parents are convinced that their offspring are brighter than they really are. This may be because of their own academic ambitions or due to a distorted vision of what their child should achieve, both of which only increase the stress for the child. Seldon’s advice is to listen to the teachers and remember to ‘love our children wisely.’ You only need to go online to see that it is anxiety as much as ambition that is causing us to hothouse our youngsters. The parental blogosphere is full of worries about competition; from a shrinking job market to an ever more crowded world to academically brilliant Chinese children. Harman agrees that difficult economic times have fuelled the panic but his answer is that, ‘instead of focusing on results, schools and parents must help children handle failure, develop different strengths and become resilient people who can make relationships with others, because that is what brings proper happiness in life-long terms.’ Charles Milne, Eton’s tutor for admissions, concurs. He says that when looking for its brightest boys – the socalled King’s Scholars – Eton looks for ‘boys with an original and enquiring mind, with the ability to go beyond the mere 75

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The right direction Absolutely talks to David Wellesley Wesley about inspiration, imagination and The Independent Schools Show So, tell us, what exactly made you launch the ISS? It was actually the result of chance encounter with my old school in 2006. That, and an obvious lack of information for parents when choosing the right school for their child. League tables had far too much influence and prospectuses all seemed to say the same thing. I wanted to do something which would change this. How does the ISS help potential parents make their decision? Firstly, ‘The Theatre’ provides lessons in education – we create talks which are of maximum value to parents themselves. Secondly, there’s the ‘Wise Heads’ area, which provides free, independent and impartial advice on all pedagogical matters. Finally, and probably best of all, representatives from each of the 170 exhibiting schools are there for parents to talk with face-to-face. It’s especially good for busy parents, as all your questions can be answered under one roof in as little as a couple of hours.

What was your personal experience of schooling? I started off at The Mall School in Twickenham, before moving to Ashdown House at the age of eight, and The Kings School, Canterbury at thirteen. I loved them all. Personally, I don’t think London is the best place for teenagers, so I’m a firm believer in weekly boarding at that stage. Not only does it let you fit in vast amounts to a school day, but you’re also surrounded by all of your best friends. It’s a great way to nurture a child’s interests, confidence and imagination. How has the show developed in recent years? New for 2013 is the London Schools Pavilion, a selection of leading local nursery schools and pre-preps. In fact, each year we attract a finer selection of school options. For instance, this year Winchester and Eton are coming for the first time. What will be the next big education trend?

‘Teaching in the round’ – that is to say, teaching in smaller groups with far more student-teacher interaction. I’m also expecting to see a reduction in fi nal exam assessments and an increase in continuous assessment, much like the GPA system in the US. And finally, what do you hope parents will take away from a day at ISS? I would hope that they’d fi nd attractive solutions to London’s crazily competitive places. There’s a vast amount of schools on offer, each with a different curriculum and ethos. Consider alternative options – a different route isn’t necessarily a bad one. For example, two siblings may well attend completely different schools and then converge at university level. It’s worth having an open mind. David Wellesley Wesley is founder of The Independent Schools Show; schoolsshow.com

A Lesson in Education

Education is the greatest gift, but it’s also a massive responsibility. The Independent Schools Show is here to help. With over 170 schools exhibiting, it’s a great way to consider your options and get your questions answered. Meet the head teachers, learn from leading teachers at the Education Theatre or join the debate in the interactive zone. Come along on 9-10 November 2013 and start planning your child’s future at the world’s largest school assembly. 77

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One of the more recent additions to Golborne Road, Hutch puts a warm and eclectic spin on the interiors theme of the area. Housing a varied and consistently intriguing collection of vintage and industrial style furniture and home accessories. Hutch also plays host to a series of workshops in their creative studio. You can learn how to screenprint, make fabric lampshades, learn how to sculpt with willow or do a street photography course. For more details visit hutchinteriors. com, email Georgia at info@hutchinteriors.com, or pay them a visit. Hutch, 61 Golborne Road, W10; 020 3659 4320

John and Monique Davidson launched J & M Davidson in 1984. The label has grown from a first collection of exclusive, handcrafted belts to encompass handbags, small leather goods, clothing and knitwear. The evolving, eclectic aesthetic, makes every J & M Davidson piece unique. English eccentricity combines with French chic; traditional craftsmanship partners constantly evolving design. 97 Golborne Road,W10 jandmdavidson.com

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With a rich, 20-year history of supplying an intricate and glittering range of gifts, jewellery and greeting cards, Portfolio’s reputation as a constantly evolving staple of the area is one to be reckoned with. Specialising in ornate designs, greeting card publishing and bookended by beauty and taste, the outlet is one that provides a genuine facet of diversity and character to the Golborne area. 105 Golborne Road, W10 020 8960 3051

This urban escape on Golborne Road focuses on wellbeing through Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga and an array of treatments including Massage, Acupuncture, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and many more. Founded by former Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Monica Zamora, she also continues her love for Ballet by collaborating with founder of Everybody Ballet, Isabel McMeekan. June includes a Ballet & Gyrokinesis Retreat for clients in the foothills of Andalucia. 70 Golborne Road, W10; golborneplace.com

Golborne Deli sees itself as a mixture of deli and diner with its delicious Mediterranean-themed menu. There’s a friendly, local feel with a changing exhibition of local art on the walls, and it’s a great spot for people-watching too. Artisan bread, speciality coffee, gourmet salads, Italian eggs and homemade cakes make this a great option. 100 Golborne Road, W10 020 8969 6907 golbornedeli.com

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Visiting a real life urban chocolate factory may be a let-down for fans of Roald Dahl, but Pearl Boyd discovers a colourful world of truffles and treats in NW10

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dmittedly, the place is a bit disappointing looking from the outside. No great gates, no intense aroma and zero sense of mystery. In short, no Willy Wonka. It’s just a factory. I am here to tour a real life chocolate factory and even though I am totally prepared for there to be no river of cocoa or actual squirrels, it’s still all a bit, well, industrial. Once inside, though, I discover that the story behind the place truly is a bit Dahlesque. Chocolatiers are quirky characters in real life as well as in fiction, it seems. This is the factory belonging to Prestat, which has been making chocolate in London since 1902 and here, a short stroll up the Grand Union Canal from Notting Hill, is a factory that produces hundreds of tonnes of chocolate every year. Showing me around is Bill Keeling, who, together with his half-brother Nick Crean, bought the company in 1998 and has made it grow enormously in a very short time. Chocolate, clearly, is recession-proof. Former investment banker Keeling researched the history of Prestat and uncovered a saga that spans over a century and features a theatrical disaster, two sets of brothers, a red velvet curtain and

a South Molton Street basement. I’d love the factory to be full of exotic fairytale figures and incredible edibles but the reality is more health and safety-led, with white-coated and plastichatted workers delicately placing crystallised violets onto thousands of conveyor belt chocolates, and hand-wrapping slabs of chocolate in fiddly tissue. The temperature controls are intriguing – there’s the melt room, for instance, where vast slabs of chocolate, imported from France or Belgium, are simply left alone to sweat in 40 degree heat, and countless fridges where storage has to be carefully controlled and flavours separated. One fridge is labelled ‘no peppermint or rose’, quarantining the most infectious flavours to preserve the more subtle ones. Today, Prestat’s products are sold all over the world, easily identifiable by their brightly coloured boxes, gold blocking and Royal warrant. (You’d expect the Queen to know chocolate – a lifetime of polite company and gifts must lead to a solid appreciation of chocolate in its many varieties – so the fact that she chooses Prestat for her annual (giant) Easter egg, even specifying it in the contract that accompanies her warrant, is a pretty good endorsement.) The story starts in 1902, when

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the company was launched by French ex-pat Antoine Dufour and named after his chocolateloving cousin. It was run by his family until 1959 when it was sold to brothers Neville and Maxwell Croft. Maxwell was a former theatre costumier who had a fur business, while Neville was a disappointed playwright (his great work became the shortest play run ever when a crowd of drunken hecklers drowned out the actors on the opening night, leaving the press unable to review the show and leading the producers to simply pull the entire production). Neville abandoned the theatre and devoted himself to Prestat, which he ran with a theatrical flair, appearing with a flourish from behind a red velvet curtain in the South Molton Street shop for important customers such as John Gielgud or Peggy Ashcroft. Prestat received its royal warrant

The Queen chooses Prestat for her annual (giant) Easter egg, even specifying it in the contract that accompanies her warrant

in 1975, under Neville, but began to lose its way in the 1980s, when it was bought by an investor with little personal interest in it. It was Nick and Bill who revived the brand by hiring Kitty Arden to redesign the packages, creating an easily identifiable bright selection (‘I was struck by how dull most chocolate packaging is – it looks like stationery or talcum powder, and all the colour is in the downmarket products,’ says Bill) and launching new products including the banoffee truffle and the London gin truffle (complete with

space dust for fi zz). Still, the bestseller remains the violet fondant, which is defi nitely not just for grannies, assures Bill. ‘It can’t be – the original Prestat grannies aren’t around any more.’ Incidentally, Prestat does have a Roald Dahl connection, it turns out. In Dahl’s My Uncle Oswald, a love potion is inserted into a Prestat truffle. The Prestat mythology is just as delightful as the actual chocolates themselves, and the story could quite easily be dramatized too. Food for thought next time you open a box. 81

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El Pirata Detapas 115 Westbourne Grove W2 020 7727 5000 elpiratadetapas.co.uk

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he little sister of El Pirata in Mayfair, this Westbourne Grove eaterie is stylishly and simply decorated. There’s an instantly intimate feel when you walk in, perfectly suited to the tapas style of dining where plates are shared and swapped. My companion and I were led down to the private dining room where we were to experience the new menu, whose concept, as the manager Roberto Mata explains to us, is to contrast very traditional tapas with a more modern take. As such, each course presents two versions of similar dishes: one prepared in a modern fashion and one traditionally, each course matched with a glass of wine. We had already been given an excellent glass of sangria while waiting which was

cleared to give way to a glass of white and our first course. The first two items on the menu were marinated sardines in sherry vinegar with lemon parsley and olive oil (representing the traditional) and escabeche of mackerel, mousse of Idiazabal cheese, pine nuts and a veil of basil gelatine (for the modern). Sardines were served in an adorable faux sardine tin and were incredibly zesty and fresh. The mackerel was more complex and the saltiness of the fish contrasted well with the mild creaminess of the cheese mousse. The wine served turned out to be sherry, which was slightly surprising but not necessarily unpleasant. Hake was next on the menu. Again, the traditional dish was very simple

and comprised hake in salsa verde. The modern was hake pil pil in an emulsion of garlic with mange tout jus and white asparagus puree. For me the modern incarnation of the hake was the clear victor as I adored the asparagus puree and felt the hake had been cooked brilliantly. The third course was my favourite: broken eggs, Iberian ham, potatoes and mushrooms. The flavours combined perfectly, it was like having a delightful mini breakfast and a delicious Tempranillo Rioja accompanied it. I was less enamoured of the modern option, which consisted of an egg poached at a low temperature in Iberian ham consommé. Oxtail was next and it was nearly impossible to choose between modern and traditional as both were cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth, although I particularly enjoyed the coca cola jus that accompanied the modern braised oxtail. The traditional pudding of fruit salad in cream of yoghurt was slightly unremarkable but the modern interpretation made up for it. A Rubik’s cube of fruit salad impregnated in mint topped with popping candy. It’s exactly what it sounds like and it tasted great. By the end my companion and I were full but not stuffed; we had also thoroughly enjoyed the tapas style of dining. Excellente. 83

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PROGRAMME Thursday 6 June Oysters & Cocktails with Mother Shuckers An oyster masterclass with gin and vodka cocktails from Sipsmith. 8pm, £30 Tuesday 11 June The Ginger Pig’s butchery course The art and craft of carving, slicing and dicing, followed by a tasting. Tickets £35 Wednesday 19 June Cheese with Alex James. A three course dinner in the dining room hosted by the musician-turned-cheese farmer and showcasing three of his award-winning cheeses. Tickets £35 Thursday 25 June A lecture and masterclass on chocolate with artisan chocolatier Paul Young. 8pm; £15 Tuesday 18 June Pub grub food quiz hosted by Kate Spicer, 8pm

GREAT GRUB

Whet your appetites for a three-week festival of food at Paradise this month. Absolutely has a taste

Paradise By Way of Kensal Green is throwing a feast for foodies this month, with a focus on fun as well as gastro capital. Together with foodie friends including Alex James, Kate Spicer and Paul Young, this is set to be a boozy mix of flavour and conversation, with ingredients including oysters, cheese, chocolate gin and vodka. And for the brave, there’s even a course in butchery. The event is definitely not for the squeamish. Book tickets in advance for all events. 19 Kilburn Lane W10; 020 8969 0098 theparadise.co.uk

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MOTHER SHUCKERS’ OYSTER TRUTHS ‘Shuck’ - \ sh k\

noun: shell, husk: as 1: the shell of an oyster or clam verb: shucked, shuck·ing, shucks 1. To remove the husk or shell from.

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ysters have been on the earth a long time, long before humans or even dinosaurs and date back to the Palaeozoic period, that’s 540 million years ago.

Oysters have been eaten in Britain since before Roman times and up to the 19th century, oysters were a cheap food and were commonly eaten by the middle class. The ancient Romans prized oysters for being aphrodisiacs. The 18thcentury lover Casanova is said to have eaten 50 oysters for breakfast every morning to make him virile. So are they really aphrodisiacs? Oysters have high zinc content and are rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones, which may have the effect of increasing the libido. Oysters are filter feeders, consuming plankton and organic particles from the water column. An individual oyster is capable of filtering up to 50 gallons of water per day and oyster farms can significantly improve water quality and the health of surrounding waters. Because of this and the fact that no artificial feed inputs are required to raise oysters, oysters are considered one of the most sustainable seafood choices. Many believe you should swallow oysters whole in one go. In fact, you will enjoy them much more and appreciate their subtle flavor if you chew them first. It is often said that oysters can only be eaten when there is an ‘r’ in the month but that is only true of native oysters, pacific or rock oysters (the most common variety in the UK) may be eaten all year round.

THE GINGER PIG SAUSAGE ROLL RECIPE The Ginger Pig sausage roll - makes four huge ones • 850g pork mince • 100g fresh breadcrumbs • 2tsp dried mixed herbs • 1tsp fresh sage, finely chopped • Salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 600g strong white flour plus a little extra to dust • 450g chilled butter • 2tbsp white wine vinegar • 1 egg 1. Place the minced pork in a mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs, 125ml water, the herbs and season generously with salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until evenly blended. Set aside. 2. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Melt 50g of the butter and mix with a pinch of salt, vinegar and 230ml ice-cold water. Add to the flour and mix to a smooth dough. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. 3. Place the remaining butter between two sheets of cling film and roll out to the thickness of your finger. Roll out the pastry to a rectangle just over twice the size of the butter. Place the butter in the middle and wrap by making an envelope with the pastry, totally encasing it. Roll out again to a rectangle the same size as it was before the butter was added, then fold three times, like a letter. Roll out once more, turn 90 degrees and fold three times again. Wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Repeat the rolling and folding four more times, adding a light dusting of flour each time, and chilling after each repetition. In total, the process should be performed five times. Leave to rest in the fridge overnight. 4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ gas mark 4. Roll the pastry out to approximately 41x26cm (16x10in). Work the sausage meat into an even, long roll and place along the length of the pastry. Brush the exposed pastry with egg, then roll over and crimp the join together with a fork. Cut into 4 sausage rolls. Brush the outside with egg, place on a baking sheet and cook for 50 minutes.

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FOODIE NOTES THE ALL NEW TERRACE Sara Adams, the woman behind the fabulous Kensington Square Kitchen, has crossed the High Street to take on Holland Street’s long-standing local eaterie The Terrace. It’s a more formal place than the KSK, with food inspired by British and European cuisine and priding itself on a carefully selected wine list. This promises to be a stylish new spot; we look forward to trying it. The Terrace on Holland Street, 33c Holland Street W8 020 7937 9252 theterraceonhollandstreet.co.uk

CHICKEN TONIGHT Jesse Dunford Wood is the man who rescued the chicken kiev from ready-meal obscurity and placed it firmly back on the menu. Now he’s moved from the Mall Tavern at Notting Hill Gate to Kensal Rise’s Parlour and brought the kiev with him, adding it to the latenight menu. Try it. Parlour, 5 Regent Street NW10; 020 8969 2184 parlourkensal.com

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BEAN FIELDS Opening this month in W8 is London’s fi rst ever tofu bar, Naga. Aiming to win over dedicated meat eaters with its tasty and textured silken tofu, delicious dishes will include tofu pouches, tofu fries and a mixed tofu platter among other bean curd-based delicacies. Tofu bars abound in Japan, China and Korea but Europeans often dismiss the vegan option as bland – a reputation that Naga is set to crush. Naga, 2 Abingdon Road W8; 020 7795 6060 Nagarestaurants.co.uk

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Artisan du Chocolat’s Peregrine salted caramel collection combines the classic salted caramel we all know and love (Artisan were the first to make them) with a new twist. Of the array of identical chocolate balls, half are of the new Japanese-inspired Yuzu variety. The Yuzu is a type of Japanese lemon, apparently and it lends an unusual, medicinal surprise quality to the caramel. The box is beautiful too. 81 Westbourne Grove W2; artisanduchocolat.com 88

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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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Tales of the Orient From Singapore to Bangkok, Harriet Compston takes a trip back in time aboard the glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express

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n experience so luxurious you almost can’t believe it’s true. Timeless and elegant, this is a grande dame whose journeys are staggeringly good – and totally spectacular. The Fable of the Hills is the latest extravaganza from the Orient Express and, what a triumph it is. Starting in Singapore, it’s a magical seven-day, sixnight trip through Malaysia, past buzzing cities, tea plantations and royal palaces, before emerging in Bangkok. A stay in the wedding-cake-white Raffles – whose namesake founded Singapore – kicks off the enthralling adventure. A perpetual haven, the feel is romantic colonial: traditional afternoon tea, lots of pretty chandeliers, fourposters, marble… yet it’s not stuck in a time warp. This is a place bang up-todate with Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co lining the courtyards. There are four restaurants, which cover any cuisine you can possibly imagine – ask for the legendary Singapore Sling, a lethal cocktail and another example of the hotel’s excellence. Even check-in for

the Eastern & Oriental Express is done in one of their reception rooms before you’re whisked off to the station. The storybook train is just what you imagine and more. Glistening in the Asian sun, lashings of green and cream decorate the 22 carriages. It looks so classic that you expect Poirot to come round the corner any second. He would have approved of the dress code too – relaxed refinement. No jeans or trainers, people! The imperial elegance (and the colour scheme) continues inside. Every wall is decorated in elm, cherry, teak and rosewood. Cabins are two person, postage stamp size but it doesn’t matter. Beds transform into upholstered sofas while nifty design tricks provide bucket loads of storage (even your suitcase is swallowed up). There’s a sparkling ensuite bathroom to boot with Bulgari products and a power shower. The spirit of Agatha Christie remains: the slick making up of beds, the pushing of bells to summon drinks, the whisperings in the corridor, the knock on the door by your personal butler (the smiley Prochak is a favourite). Venture out of your newfound bedroom, down the thick carpeted

corridors and there are plenty of places to relax: the saloon, library, bar, and the breezy observation carriage. There’s also neither reception nor wifi – basically no modern distractions whatsoever. The food is wonderful. Head Chef Yannis Martineau is a whizz in the kitchen – think beautifully presented Grilled Snowfish Steak accompanied by Teppanyaki of Vegetables in a Vermouth and Soya Sauce. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in your room. Lunch and dinner (a dressy affair) boast umpteen courses and take place in the dining car with its archetypal gold lamps and brass overhead racks. Drinks and canapés are served beforehand so you can get to know your fellow guests (a fascinating mix of avid travellers, anniversary couples, siblings, best friends et al). Days are filled with incredible adventures (there are several options each day). Beginning with the crossing of The Straits of Johor into Malaysia, the train snakes its way to the first stop – the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. An industrial hotspot, sprawling factories squeeze in amongst the mosques, bazaars and occasional British beauty (the cricket ground is very English). 91

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Having climbed past massive banana trees and luscious vegetation, a cuppa awaits in the Cameron Highlands. A tapestry of tea plantations, it’s mindblowingly scenic with strawberry farms and flower galleries lying prettily by the wayside. This beauty spot is also home to one of Malaysia’s greatest mysteries: the disappearance of ‘silk king’ Jim Thompson 50 years ago. Yes, in true voyeur fashion, you can follow in his footsteps through the jungle. The vibrant island of Penang serves as the highlight of the trip. Founded in 1786 by Englishman Captain Francis Light, its colonial capital Georgetown radiates colour with its rich blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. Hair-raising trishaws speed around in their bossy way as the sweltering streets heave with people, market stalls and places of worship. Dinner is hawker food – super delicious (the fish is excellent), cheap as chips and served in an outdoor eating area as buzzy as a honeypot. As the train rattles on, the Malaysian jungle gives way to the open Thai countryside. The thatched houses on stilts remain but bright green rice paddies now emerge, peppered with straw-hatted farm workers steering water buffalos through the fields. The wildlife part of the expedition has now begun. Decamp to the Monkey Training College at Surat Thani where its skillful ‘students’ are taught how to choose a ripe coconut and collect them from the trees. Or visit an elephant camp and jump on a ride with a mahout. The River Kwai is the last stop of the

journey – and a very moving one. After a tour on a local barge, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum gives a horrific insight into the atrocities inflicted on the POWs working on the project. The Don Rak War Cemetery next door provides a raw testimony to the 6,982 soldiers who died. As The Fable of the Hills comes to a close and you draw into Bangkok, you don’t want to leave. Living on a train is actually rather nice. In a surreal way, it has started to feel like home. However, the madness of the city soon awakens you from any slump of sorrow. As does your beautiful bed for the night – the Mandarin

Oriental. A cocoon of comfort towering above the slums, the rooms are fresh with clean lines and boast a view which will take your breath away. The numerous restaurants are fantastic – choose Sala Rim Naam (a hop across the water) or hang out in the author’s lounge, where Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Conrad, and many other literati have held court. Bangkok’s a whirlwind but worth a few days. Head to the Grand Palace, which is so lined with gold that you are almost blinded. Or visit Jim Thompson’s house, made up of six antique Thai houses – so beautiful that you want to change your décor back home immediately. But this is also a city of contrasts: In amongst these landmarks lies the ‘forgotten people’ and the watery slums they live in – shocking and a stark reminder of the opulence the Orient Express lavishes upon you. It’s hard heading home. This is an experience you know that you’re unlikely ever to repeat. But in the everwise words of Monsieur Poirot: ‘Life is like a train, Mademoiselle. It goes on.’ Prices start at £5,700 per person for ‘Fables of Hills’ six-night journey in 2013 aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, based on double occupancy in a State Cabin and includes all meals and tours. The trip will depart Singapore on 2 March and 26 October 2014. Price also includes a one-night stay before the journey at Raffles Hotel, Singapore and a one-night stay after the journey at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. 0845 077 2222; easternandorientalexpress.com

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The garden at the Rectory Hotel is no afterthought. Flowers line the borders and dogs and children are free to play on the grass while adults sip cool drinks at one of the nearby tables. In one corner, a ‘secret garden’ style gate leads to a discreetly hidden (and thus all the more magical) extra: a perfect blue swimming pool. Here you can bathe and soak up the sun away from prying eyes – and when you’re fully bronzed? Take a walk around the front lawns, which are dotted with playful sculptures and works of art, and which look out over the village of Crudwell – a place so pretty that you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d stepped into The Darling Buds of May.

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The 12 bedrooms have been individually designed, but all are large and elegantly furnished with a mixture of contemporary pieces and antiques. Our bed was an imposing four-poster that nonetheless left ample space for our dog to frolic in front of the fireplace. The bathroom was massive, a gloriously airy space boasting dual sinks and a classic white and chrome colour scheme. Our views were of the garden, where honey-bees tumbled among the late-summer blooms and songbirds stopped to drink from the pretty pond. All in all, a soothing and comfortable haven from city life.

The Rectory is an ideal rural retreat, an old country house brimming with books, nooks and English charm. Its contemporary take on classic Cotswolds style means you can enjoy all the little luxuries of a modern hotel stay (including in-room health and beauty therapies) while reconnecting to a gentler pace of life. Visit during summer: the house’s beautiful gardens and pool are a blessing on a sunny day. A stay here is like a trip into the idyllic, sun-hazy houses at the heart of so many 20th century children’s novels: enchanting.

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On the ground floor of the Rectory, leading out to the garden, sits a real foodie-magnet: the Dining Room. Lucky guests can enjoy homemade breakfast and supper here, all prepared under the direction of head chef Peter Fairclough. The menu focuses on local, organic and foraged produce, and food can be enjoyed in your room as well as in the restaurant itself. Guests can also head a hundred feet over the road to the wonderfully cosy Potting Shed pub, which shares its owners with the hotel. The menu there is geared more towards informal pub dining – but is no less delicious for it.

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Warwick Gardens W14 ÂŁ6,500,000 A truly spectacular, semi detached family house boasting an exceptional garden, off street parking and large living space. The accommodation features a beautiful double reception room, a second reception room, a superb kitchen, study, separate dining room and an incredible summer house with its own shower room and kitchenette. The bedroom accommodation provides four spacious bedrooms (one en suite), a family bathroom, two further shower rooms and a guest cloakroom. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

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Kildare Terrace W2 £3,950,000 A well configured, beautifully proportioned house with a large garden located on a sought after residential road. Benifitting from a recent sympathetic refurbishment, this impressive property now provides a bright, versatile interior. The accommodation is arranged over five floors including an exceptional first floor double reception room, a kitchen/dining room, two informal reception rooms on the lower floor, a large master suite and three further bedrooms served by a bathroom. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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Willoughby House W6 ÂŁ3,350,000 This exceptional property enjoys fabulous light with large windows onto glorious open aspects, a feature that must have appealed to the highly respected British artist Ruskin Spear RA CBE, whose former studio doubles as a grand reception room. The house provides ďŹ ve reception rooms in addition to a large kitchen/dining room, which leads out to an 80ft garden. The generous bedroom accommodation includes two large double bedroom suites and a further four bedrooms served by a family bathroom. Freehold. EPC=D Sole Agents.

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Kensington Park Road W11 ÂŁ1,595,000 This truly stunning two-bedroom raised ground floor apartment offers access to the glorious private gardens of Ladbroke Square. The accommodation boasts an exceptional open plan reception/dining room with beautiful period features and wonderfully high ceilings, a smartly designed fully integrated kitchen, a large master bedroom with excellent storage space and en suite bathroom, a second bedroom and a further bathroom. Sole Agents. NOTTING HILL: 020 7313 2890 sales.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

Lexham Gardens W8 ÂŁ1,500,000 This beautifully refurbished property situated within a well maintained building, offers a superb open plan reception room with three stunning, floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the apartment with natural light and a dining area leading out to a sunny, decked terrace with views over the garden square. The double bedroom boasts excellent fitted storage and a contemporary en suite bathroom. Share of Freehold. EPC=D, Sole Agents. KENSINGTON: 020 7368 4450 sales.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Westbourne Gardens W2 £1,550 per week A truly exceptional lateral apartment arranged over the first floor of two beautiful stucco fronted buildings in Westbourne Park. The apartment comprises an impressive open plan kitchen/dining reception room leading out to a balcony with views over the pretty communal gardens, a master suite with access to a private roof terrace, two further double bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom. EPC=C

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This beautiful house offers contemporary living space moments from Holland Park. The property offers a reception room, a modern kitchen leading out to a large garden at the rear, a formal reception room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms (one en suite) and a cloakroom. EPC=F.

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Last month Faron Sutaria hosted an exhibition of Peregrine Heathcote’s work at it’s Old Brompton Road office. Over 140 guests attended and several of Peregrine Heathcote’s works were bought on the night. Ben Rivera, Manager of Faron Sutaria comments: “It was wonderful to see our office transformed into a pop up gallery exhibition. I am delighted that we were able to showcase such a talented artist and enable his local following to meet him face to face.” peregrineheathcote.com faronsutaria.co.uk

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MARSH & PARSONS APPOINTS HEAD OF NEW HOMES

Marsh & Parsons is delighted to announce the appointment of Siobhan Staunton as the new Head of New Homes, based in Kensington. Siobhan joins Marsh & Parsons from St George and previously Ward Homes (part of Barratt), where she managed the sales and marketing of luxury developments across central London. Siobhan has also worked as an Area Manager for a large national estate agent with clients including St James, Crest Nicholson and Shanly Homes, where she gained a wealth of experience in this highly competitive field.

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WELCOME TO WESTBOURNE GROVE Our new office at 173 Westbourne Grove opens in July and I am hugely excited about bringing my energy and enthusiasm back to Notting Hill under the banner of Home House Estates. Our aim is to become the agent of choice in W11 and its environs, welcoming clients old and new to our branch. Martin Deszberg, Sales Manager, Home House Estates, 020 7493 1911; HomeHouseEstates.co.uk

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Marsh & Parsons is proud to announce the opening of their 19th office on London’s Baker Street – the site of the former Beatles Apple Store – as part of the agency’s expansion across the capital. To celebrate the opening, Marsh & Parsons will be offering a 0% sales fee for the first three months following the launch until Friday 30th August. This represents a reduction from a standard commission of 2.5% and will save customers in the area an average of nearly £25,000. The new £300,000 refurbished office contains a huge media wall and a glass and steel staircase with room for 16 staff. Peter Rollings, Chief Executive of Marsh & Parsons, says: “This will be our 4th office in Westminster and a perfect fit with our existing offices.

The opening reflects our current expansion plans across the capital. “The demand for property in Marylebone is high with fashionable shops, restaurants and bars to suit all pockets. The new branch will bring the Marsh & Parsons experience of top customer service to Marylebone, Bloomsbury and up to Regent’s Park.” The Beatles Apple Store opened in 1967 and sold books, jewellery and clothes. The lanch of the psychedelic shop saw John Lennon and George Harrison play host to guests including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, the former Cream bassist, Cilla Black and Kenneth Tynan, the theatre critic. 020 7368 4458; marshandparsons.co.uk

With eager sellers upon us and buyers waiting in the wings it’s all been go go GO! The whole of Douglas and Gordon has been incredibly busy for the last few months and my office has been no exception. We have recently taken on a plethora of beautiful new properties, covering a range of budgets to suit the demand that buyers are crying out for. On a lighter note, I’m having a few days off and am leaving a rather civilised London for the hustle and certainly bustle of Morocco! So as I sun myself in sunnier climes, enjoy London and your house hunting. I promise to bring back some sunshine. Maddie Lewington, Associate, Douglas and Gordon, Notting Hill 020 7727 7777; douglasandgordon.com

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Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales

020 020 020 020 020 020

7225 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

3866 7100 3666 9959 1111 1010

Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings

020 020 020 020 020 020

7589 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

9966 7100 3866 9959 1111 1010

City Office Professional Valuations UK Commercial & Residential Residential Investment Property Management

020 020 020 020 020

7600 7318 7629 7318 7052

3456 5039 7282 5198 9417

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Ladbroke Square | Notting Hill | W11 4,115 sq ft (382 sq m)

An outstanding six bedroom, family house, with a wonderful 50 ft south-facing rear garden and overlooking the beautiful green spaces of Ladbroke Square communal gardens. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen | Sitting room | Family room | Six bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Cloakroom | Utility room | Wine cellar | Two vaults | Terrace | Garden | Access to communal garden Asking price ÂŁ8,250,000 Freehold

Notting Hill Sales 020 7221 1111

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

Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales

020 020 020 020 020 020

7225 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

3866 7100 3666 9959 1111 1010

Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings

020 020 020 020 020 020

7589 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

9966 7100 3866 9959 1111 1010

City Office Professional Valuations UK Commercial & Residential Residential Investment Property Management

020 020 020 020 020

7600 7318 7629 7318 7052

3456 5039 7282 5198 9417

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Aubrey Walk | Kensington | W8 3060 sq ft (284.27 sq m)

An outstanding four bedroom house with excellent entertaining space, off street parking and a wonderful kitchen/ family room with doors opening onto the garden. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Study | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Further bathroom | Two shower rooms | Utility room | Cloakroom | Garden | Off street parking Price upon Application Freehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

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Edwardes Square | Kensington | W8 3335 sq ft (309.82 sq m)

A fabulous six bedroom family house with excellent entertaining space, a lovely west facing garden and wonderful views and access to the square gardens. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Sitting room | Library | Kitchen/family room | Study | Six bedrooms | Four bath/ shower rooms | Utility room | Cloakroom | Garden room | Balcony | Garden | Access to square gardens Price upon Application Freehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

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

Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales

020 020 020 020 020 020

7225 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

3866 7100 3666 9959 1111 1010

Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings

020 020 020 020 020 020

7589 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

9966 7100 3866 9959 1111 1010

City Office Professional Valuations UK Commercial & Residential Residential Investment Property Management

020 020 020 020 020

7600 7318 7629 7318 7052

3456 5039 7282 5198 9417

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Pembroke Square | Kensington | W8 2042 sq ft (189.7 sq m)

An outstanding four bedroom family house, occupying approximately 2,042 sq ft over four floors only with the advantage of a 43 ft south west facing garden. Entrance hall | Double reception room | Kitchen/family room | Dining area | Four bedrooms | Four bath/shower rooms | Study | Conservatory | Utility room | South-west facing garden | Access to communal square garden and tennis court Price upon application Freehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

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Newton Court | Kensington | W8 1019 sq ft (94.67 sq m)

In need of modernisation, a charming two bedroom flat occupying 1019 sq ft on the sixth floor (lift) of this well located mansion block. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second bedroom | Shower room | Lift | Resident caretaker ÂŁ1,350,000, Leasehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

Sheffield Terrace | Kensington | W8 862 sq ft (80.08 sq m)

A charming two bedroom first floor flat occupying 862 sq ft overlooking the beautifully maintained communal gardens. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Balcony | Access to communal gardens ÂŁ1,600,000 Leasehold

Kensington Sales 020 7938 3666

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

Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales Sales

020 020 020 020 020 020

7225 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

3866 7100 3666 9959 1111 1010

Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings Lettings

020 020 020 020 020 020

7589 7731 7938 7235 7221 7373

9966 7100 3866 9959 1111 1010

City Office Professional Valuations UK Commercial & Residential Residential Investment Property Management

020 020 020 020 020

7600 7318 7629 7318 7052

3456 5039 7282 5198 9417

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Moscow Road | Bayswater | W2 1,730 sq ft (161 sq m)

A beautifully presented three bedroom flat on the fourth floor of a sought after red brick mansion block. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Two bath/shower room | Balcony | EPC rating E ÂŁ1,700 per week Unfurnished

Notting Hill Lettings 020 7221 1111

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Brunswick Gardens | Kensington | W8 3,272 sq ft, 303.96 sq m

A beautifully presented five bedroom Victorian stucco fronted family house, with the advantage of a lovely rear garden. Drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen/Family room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Two cloakrooms | Garden | Storage vaults ÂŁ5,500 per week Unfurnished

Kensington Lettings 020 7938 3866

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PEMBROKE ROAD, W8 An impressive family house arranged over four floors with an 84 ft. south facing garden, terrace, wine cellar, conservatory and gated off-street parking. Restored and refurbished in a style sympathetic to its original period charm and character. Approx. 3,881 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 4/5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en suite), 2 receptions, library/bedroom 5, kitchen/dining room. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ6,750,000

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Sales: 020 7727 2233 Lettings: 020 7727 2233

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ARGYLL ROAD, W8 A beautifully presented family house with parking set in a private and secure road to the rear of the house. Approx. 4,239 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, garden, private parking. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ8,500,000

JSA: Knight Frank 020 7938 4311

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Sales: 020 7835 0000 Lettings: 020 7835 0044

Sales: 020 7908 1100 Lettings: 020 7908 1100

Sales: 020 7727 2233 Lettings: 020 7727 2233

Sales: 020 7229 2356 Lettings: 020 7229 2356

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HOLLAND PARK, W14 A wonderful apartment spanning the entire 2nd floor of this detached Italianate villa, completely renovated to a high specification. Close to the Central Line, shops of Holland Park and Westfield. Approx. 1,731 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), double reception room, kitchen/breakfast/dining room, balcony. Lease to 3078 Guide Price £3,500,000

QUEENSDALE ROAD, W11 A very charming upper maisonette currently arranged over three floors. Ideally located for the shopping and transport links of Holland Park and Notting Hill. Approx. 1,496 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 3/4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception, kitchen/dining room, study/bedroom 4, cloakroom, garden (50’2 x 19’2). Freehold Guide Price £1,500,000

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Sales: 020 7835 0000 Lettings: 020 7835 0044

Sales: 020 7908 1100 Lettings: 020 7908 1100

Sales: 020 7727 2233 Lettings: 020 7727 2233

Sales: 020 7229 2356 Lettings: 020 7229 2356

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WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD, W2 A substantial family house laid out over six floors with a tremendous living and entertaining space on the ground floor. Approx. 3,080 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 receptions, kitchen/dining room, utility room, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ3,750,000

CORNWALL CRESCENT, W11 An imposing family house set over 5 floors, presented in good decorative condition. Offering extensive accommodation including two terraces and panoramic views. Approx. 2,932 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions rooms, kitchen/dining, patio garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ3,650,000

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PROPERTY LANSDOWNE HOUSE, W11 £11,950,000 The building itself has a colourful history and was a recording studio, used by many renowned artists such as the Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, The Troggs, and Art Garfunkel amongst many others. This exceptional duplex apartment has been beautifully refurbished to the highest standard and benefits from exceptional light and a wealth of character. The accommodation includes four bedroomsall with en-suites, a galleried reception area offering a wonderful sense of volume and space, large kitchen/dining room, conservatory, study, cinema room, gym and terrace. 020 7351 2383; aylesford.com

ALMA TERRACE, W8 £5,250 PER WEEK

LIVING

A truly magnificent 7 bedroom, 4 bathroom family house in the very heart of Kensington which has been redesigned to optimise space and light throughout. Situated on this sleepy street in Stratford Village, the property faces east and benefits from a beautiful split-level, west-facing garden as well as a wonderful roof terrace. The house offers superb entertaining space, including a cinema room as well as generous family living accommodation. The owners designed the house for themselves meaning the attention to detail is incredible and it feels like a home rather than just a space in which to live. 020 7397 9976; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD, W10 £3,750,000

PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, W8 £3,500,000

An impressive maisonette on one of W8’s most desirable streets. Finished to an exemplary standard, this property offers the perfect balance of living and entertaining space with a private garden and conservatory. Palace Gardens Terrace is ideally located for Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park, the shops, bars and restaurants of Notting Hill Gate & Kensington High Street. The nearest Underground Station is Notting Hill Gate. 020 7727 7227; anscombes.co.uk

This substantial family house is laid out over six floors and benefits from tremendous living and entertaining space. The property also retains many of its original features including huge sash windows and has a charming balcony running off the from the first floor’s drawing room. There is also a terrace located on the third floor rear extension. All the bedrooms are double sized and there is a sumptuous master suite with a very well appointed bathroom. There are a further three bathrooms, a basement, as well as the great playroom and a home office which leads out to the garden. What is particularly special about this house are its proportions. The basement could be separated to generate an extra income or can remain part of the house as it current layout suggests. 020 72292356; johndwood.co.uk

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AREA SPECIFIC INVESTMENT RESEARCH

douglasandgordon.com

CHART 1 & 2

Flat Prices

£700,000

7.0

CHART 3

Source: D&G 1.0

4.0

1.0

0.0

D&G Land: 2 Bedroom Flats: Average Prices per Square Foot and Rental Yields

3.0 2.0 1.0

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£2000

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£1800 £1600

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£400

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£0

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East Putney

Clapham

Balham

West Putney

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Battersea

Battersea Park

Fulham

Pimlico

Notting Hill

Kensington

Chelsea

South Kensington

5.00%

Oct 12

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2.50% 2.00% 1.50% 1.00%

0.00% Southfields

East Putney

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Clapham

Balham

West Putney

0.50% 0.00% Southfields Southfields

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Battersea

0.50%

2.00% 1.50%

East Putney East Putney

Balham Balham

West Putney West Putney

ammersmith Hammersmith & & epherd’s Shepherd’s Bush Bush

Clapham Clapham

Battersea Park

Fulham

Pimlico

Notting Hill

Battersea Battersea

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Source: D&G

5.00%

• PCL is an asset backed play on the 4.50% rise of wealth in emerging market 4.00% economies (London “capital of the 3.50% BRICS” – Jim O’ Neil, Chairman of 3.00% Goldman Sachs Asset Management).

2.50% 2.00%

KEY CONTACT GEORGE FRANKS Kensington

Jun 10

6 • Close and well-established RENTAL YIELDS relationship between the rise in wealth of global High Net Worths 6 and capital values of PCL. Source: £PSF Capgemini, Merrill Lynch, D&GAM.

3.00% 2.50%

Battersea Battersea Park Park

Jun 10

6

£400

South Kensington

Aug 08

Oct 07

4

2.0

3.50% 3.00%

Fulham Fulham

Feb 08

5

5

4.00% 3.50%

Chelsea

Apr 10

3

4.50% 4.00%

PimlicoPimlico

Feb 10

Dec 09 Feb 10

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Dec 09Oct 09

6

44

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£200

Notting Notting Hill Hill

5

1.0

5.00% 4.50%

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5

March 2000 (1) – Dec 2003 (2): Rise in PCL +25% Dec 2003 (2) – June 2005 (3): Fall in PCL -7.5% June 2005 (3) – June 2007 (4): Rise in PCL +47% June 2007 (4) – Dec 2008 (5): Fall in PCL -10% Dec 2008 (5) – Dec 2012 (6): Rise in PCL +47% Dec 2012 (6) ?

0.0

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£800

140

4

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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2

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£600

£0

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4

1. – Dec 2003 (2):Fall Rise PCL-7.5% +25% DecMarch 20032000 (2) – (1) June 2005 (3): ininPCL 2. Dec 2003(3)(2)––June June 2007 2005 (3): in PCL -7.5% June 2005 (4):Fall Rise in PCL +47% 4 3. June 2005 – June 2007(5): (4):Fall RiseininPCL PCL-10% +47% June 2007 (4)2(3) – Dec 2008 4. June 2007 (4) – Dec 2008 (5): Fall in PCL -10% Dec 2008 (5) – Dec 2012 (6): Rise in PCL +47% 5. Dec 2008 (5) – Dec 2012 (6): Rise in PCL +47% 3 Dec 2012 (6) ? 6. Dec 2012 (6) ?

Mar 00 Jun 00 Sep 00 Dec 00 Mar 01 Jun 01 Sep 01 Dec 01 Mar 02 Jun 02 Sep 02 Dec 02 Mar 03 Jun 03 Sep 03 Dec 03 Mar 04 Jun 04 Sep 04 Dec 04 Mar 05 Jun 05 Sep 05 Dec 05 Mar 06 Jun 06 Sep 06 Dec 06 Mar 07 Jun 07 Sep 07 Dec 07 Mar 08 Jun 08 Sep 08 Dec 08 Mar 09 Jun 09 Sep 09 Dec 09 Mar 10 Jun 10 Sep 10 Dec 10 Mar 11 Jun 11 Sep 11 Dec 11 Mar 12 Jun 12 Sep 12 Dec 12

£1800 £PSF Source: D&G £1600 Source: D&G £1400

PCL 2 Bed Flat Gross Yields

2.0

£800

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Dec 07

Apr 07

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Aug 06

Feb 07

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Aug 09Jun 09

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Dec 11

5.0

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Rental Yields

Dec 06

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March 2000 (1) – Dec 2003 (2): Rise in PCL +25% Dec 2003 (2) – June 2005 (3): Fall in PCL -7.5% June 2005 (3) – June 2007 (4): Rise in PCL +47% June 2007 (4) – Dec 2008 (5): Fall in PCL -10% Dec 2008 (5) – Dec 2012 (6): Rise in PCL +47% Dec 2012 (6) ?

£1000

Kensington Kensington

Gross Yields

10 Year Gilt Yield

3.50%

£1200

5

3

6 6

9.0

PCL 2 Bed Flat 8.0 Gross Yields PCL 2 Bed Flat

4.00%

£PSF

£1400

£1200

uthSouth Kensington Kensington

1

3.0 £PSF

6 5

Mar 00 Jun 00 Sep 00 Dec 00 Mar 01Mar 00 Jun 01Jun 00 Sep 01Sep 00 Dec 01Dec 00 Mar 02Mar 01 Jun 01 Jun 02 Sep 01 Sep 02Dec 01 Dec 02Mar 02 Mar 03Jun 02 Jun 03Sep 02 Sep 03Dec 02 Dec 03Mar 03 Mar 04Jun 03 Sep 03 Jun 04 Dec 03 Sep 04Mar 04 Dec 04Jun 04 Mar 05Sep 04 Jun 05Dec 04 Sep 05Mar 05 Dec 05Jun 05 Mar 06Sep 05 Dec 05 Jun 06 Mar 06 Sep 06Jun 06 Dec 06Sep 06 Mar 07Dec 06 Jun 07Mar 07 Sep 07Jun 07 Dec 07Sep 07 Dec 07 Mar 08 Mar 08 Jun 08 Jun 08 Sep 08Sep 08 Dec 08Dec 08 Mar 09Mar 09 Jun 09Jun 09 Sep 09Sep 09 Dec 09Dec 09 Mar 10 Mar 10 Jun 10 Jun 10Sep 10 Sep 10Dec 10 Dec 10Mar 11 Mar 11Jun 11 Jun 11Sep 11 Sep 11Dec 11 Dec 11Mar 12 Jun 12 Mar 12 Sep 12 Jun 12Dec 12 Sep 12 Dec 12

1

Feb 10

Oct 09 Oct 06

5.0

6.0

November 2008: QE1 ordered by US Federal Reserve 1. March November 2008: by US Federal Reserve 5th 2009: B QE1 of E ordered starts QE 2. 5thBMarch 2009: B E starts QE 2009: of E steps upofQE throughout the year (£200bn) 3. 2009: B of E steps up QE throughout the3 year (£200bn) November 2010: Federal Reserve orders QE2 4 4. November 2010: Federal Reserve orders QE2 October 2011: B of E extends QE (£75bn) 5. October 2011: B of E1extends 2 QE (£75bn) February 2012: BB ofofEEannounces furtherQE QE(£375bn) (£375bn) 6. February 2012: announces further

3 Chart 2 March 2000– December 2012: 1 of2PCL and 10 Yields Year 2 Gilts

4.0

4.0

D&G Land: 2 Bedroom Flats: 3.0 Average Prices per 2 Square Foot and Rental Yields 2.0

November 2008: QE1 ordered by US Federal Reserve 5th March 2009: B of E starts QE 2009: B of E steps up QE throughout the year (£200bn) November 2010: Federal Reserve orders QE2 October 2011: B of E extends QE (£75bn) February 2012: B of E announces further QE (£375bn)

£400,000

4

5.0

5.0

8.0

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Mar 00 Jun 00 Sep 00 Dec 00 Mar 01 Jun 01 Sep 01 Dec 01 Mar 02 Jun 02 Sep 02 Dec 02 Mar 03 Jun 03 Sep 03 Dec 03 Mar 04 Jun 04 Sep 04 Dec 04 Mar 05 Jun 05 Sep 05 Dec 05 Mar 06 Jun 06 Sep 06 Dec 06 Mar 07 Jun 07 Sep 07 Dec 07 Mar 08 Jun 08 Sep 08 Dec 08 Mar 09 Jun 09 Sep 09 Dec 09 Mar 10 Jun 10 Sep 10 Dec 10 Mar 11 Jun 11 Sep 11 Dec 11 Mar 12 Jun 12 Sep 12 Dec 12

1

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Feb 07

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Dec 06

Aug 06

6.0

9.0

1. 9.0 2. 3. 8.0 4. 7.0 5. 6. 6.0

£500,000

5

December Yields of PCL and2012: 10 £400,000 Yields of PCL and 10 Year Gilts Year Gilts Chart 2 • However QE has a Bunsen burner PCL 2 Bed Flat March 2000– 9.0 Gross Yields effect on house prices. Prime assets are December 2012: 10 Year Gilt Yield 8.0 nearer the QE flame and move quicker Yields of PCL and 10 Year Gilts and further than average assets. 7.0

£600,000

6

Aug 11

Aug 06

Apr 07Oct 06

Jun 07 Dec 06 Aug 10

• In the USA QE has successfully £1,000,000 £800,000 boosted average house (and other £700,000 £900,000 £700,000 asset) prices. The Bank of England, £600,000 £800,000 £600,000 under a new governor, will want to 3 £500,000 £700,000 £500,000 2 Chart do the same, via QE, for average UK £400,000 £600,000 Chart 2 2000– 2 1 March £400,000 March 2000– house prices. £500,000 December 2012:

Aug 07 Apr 11Feb 08

£900,000

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

£800,000

1. November 2008: QE1 ordered by US Federal Reserve 2. 5th March 2009: B of E starts QE 3. 2009: B of E steps up QE throughout the year (£200bn) £1,000,000 4. November 2010: Federal Reserve orders QE2 5. £900,000 October 2011: B of E extends QE (£75bn) 6. February 2012: B of E announces further QE (£375bn) £800,000

£1,000,000

Quantitative Easing

D&G All PCL 2 Bed £1,000,000 Flat Prices £900,000 D&G All PCL 2 Bed

D&G All PCL 2 Bed Flat Prices

Aug 07

Chart 1 Chart 1 PCL 2 Bedroom PCLand 2 Bedroom Flat Prices Flat Prices and Quantitative Easing Quantitative Easing

• House prices are a powerful Chart 1 transmission mechanism of monetary D&G All PCL 2 Bed PCL 2 Bedroom Flat Prices policy to consumer confidence. Flat Prices and

and: 0.0 room and: Flats: ge Prices room Flats: quare Foot ge Prices ental Yields quare Foot ental Yields

Chelsea Chelsea

Chart 1 PCL 2 Bedroom Flat Prices and Quantitative Easing

Feb 07 Oct 10 Aug 07 Dec 10 Oct 07Apr 07 Jun 07 Feb 11

• One of the stated effects of QE is to raise asset prices in order to boost consumer confidence.

WHAT DRIVES PRIME CENTRAL LONDON (PCL) PRICES & WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK?

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Stunning Design

Leinster Gardens Bayswater W2 A magnificent Grade II listed family house (541 sq m/5,834 sq ft approx.) which has been beautifully refurbished and restored to a high specification. This exceptional house effortlessly combines contemporary style with period elegance. High ceilings, well-proportioned rooms and an open aspect to front and rear enhance this glorious home. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 6 further bedrooms with 5 en suite bathrooms, 2 cloakrooms, dining room, media room, 3 kitchens, family sitting room, study area, utility room, balcony, flat roof.

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Gothic Freehold

St Ann’s Villas Holland Park W11 A wonderful family house (244 sq m/2,626 sq ft approx.) with excellent entertaining space and an impressive west facing garden. This Grade II listed semi detached house was built circa 1850 in a Tudor-Gothic and Jacobean manner of red and blue brick, with stone quoins and window mullions. St Ann’s Villas is perfectly located for the first class amenities and transport links of Holland Park and the serene wooded park itself. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 cloakrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, study, pantry, patio, garden.

Freehold £3,750,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805 Energy Rating E

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Period Elegance

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

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Architectural Surprise

Sirdar Road Notting Hill W11 An intriguing and well presented Victorian house (223 sq m/2,400 sq ft approx.) that has been transformed by its architect owner into an exceptional family home. The property was formally a laundry and retains many original features with light and spacious accommodation arranged over four floors. Sirdar Road is close to Kensington Sports Centre and Avondale Park. 5 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, dining room, cupboard, 2 patios, garden, storage.

Freehold ÂŁ2,000,000 Ladbroke Grove office mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330 JSA Knight Frank 020 7985 9990 Energy Rating E

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Victorian Chic

Cornwall Crescent Notting Hill W11 This stylish Victorian house (275 sq m/2,960 sq ft approx.) on five floors has an elegant interior and charming private garden. The house has the unusual benefit of a lower ground floor 1 bedroom flat, whilst the extensive family accommodation occupies the floors above. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, study, kitchen, dining room, 2 terraces, patio garden. A self contained one bedroom flat: bedroom, bathroom, open plan reception/kitchen.

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Chelsea 020 7589 6677

Kensington 020 7795 4288

Notting Hill 020 7221 4805

Ladbroke Grove 020 7221 0330

Brook Green 020 7603 5181

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Luxurious Living

Woodsford Square Holland Park W14 An outstanding family home prestigiously situated in the heart of Holland Park in a highly sought after, garden square development. This wider than average, end of terrace home has been extended and fully refurbished to exacting standards throughout. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, study, garden, garage, off street parking.

Contemporary Design

Ladbroke Gardens Notting Hill W11 An immaculate end of terrace house, refurbished to a high specification with views over the beautiful communal gardens, to which it has direct access. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, decked terrace, direct access to communal gardens.

Furnished/Unfurnished ÂŁ3,000 per week Kensington office to@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7795 4288 Energy Rating D

Unfurnished ÂŁ2,500 per week Notting Hill office kf@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 5388 Energy Rating E

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Lateral First Floor

Chepstow Place Notting Hill W2 An immaculately presented lateral flat on the first floor of this imposing period conversion. The property has been extensively refurbished to a very high specification with oak wood flooring and high calibre fixtures and fittings. 3 bedrooms, shower room, en suite bathroom, reception room, kitchen.

Modern Interior

Cromwell Road South Kensington SW7 A superb triplex flat situated on the tenth floor (with lift) in this desirable portered building offering fantastic views over the west of London. The property benefits from hardwood floors through the reception room and communal areas. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, kitchen, roof terrace, lift, porter.

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Furnished ÂŁ1,695 per week Kensington office to@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7795 4288 Energy Rating C

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Great offers go out of fa s Even in West Introducing our new branch in Holland Park.

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

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We’re bringing our 35 years’ experience in the London property market to Holland Park.

To mark the opening of this new branch, sellers and landlords will benefit from these launch offers: 0% commission on property sales or 5% letting fee. If you are thinking of selling or letting and would like a no obligation valuation or more information about our opening offers, contact our new Holland Park branch today. KFH Holland Park 128 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UE Sales 020 3542 2111 Email shp@kfh.co.uk Lettings 020 3542 2120 Email lhp@kfh.co.uk

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Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 £2,000,000 Freehold Holland Park 020 3542 2111 Email shp@kfh.co.uk

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A sensational three bedroom, three bathroom house finished to an exceptionally high standard with a beautiful kitchen, two large roof terraces and secure off street parking.

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Three double bedrooms Three stylish bathrooms Acoustic double glazing Beautiful kitchen Integrated sound system Two roof terraces Under floor heating Approximately 1,600 sq ft EPC rating E

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Lexham Gardens, Kensington, W8 £1,295,000 Shared freehold Holland Park 020 3542 2111 Email shp@kfh.co.uk

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A beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom flat with a separate kitchen and a lovely 30ft long garden situated in a handsome Victorian terrace in Kensington.

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Reception room Two pretty bedrooms Two stylish bathrooms Separate kitchen Private 30ft garden 16ft long fitted wardrobe Approximately 1,000 sq ft EPC rating E

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Queens Gardens, Bayswater, W2 £2,300,000 Shared freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A unique opportunity to create a magnificent Bayswater home. Totalling 2,250 sq ft, this property is currently arranged as two separate flats, providing fantastic high ceilings and private entrances. The ground floor apartment (1,145 sq ft) boasts beautiful ornate cornicing and a rare private entrance, whilst the lower ground (1,105 sq ft) also has a private entrance and patio.

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Development opportunity 2,250 sq ft High ceilings Large sash windows Private entrances Patio Communal gardens Close to Hyde Park EPC rating C

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KFH ARRIVES IN HOLLAND PARK

In early April KFH opened the doors to a great local branch which offers both sales and lettings across Holland Park

and Notting Hill. Experienced local agent, Simon Corringham, heads up the sales division and has over 17 years’ experience in the Holland Park and Notting Hill market while lettings specialist, Michael Palmer, oversees the lettings division. Michael has lived in the area for the last eight years and has worked in and around it for almost six. attractive and better performing alternative to a pension. Among European buyers, there has been a noticeable shift from Knightsbridge and Chelsea to Notting Hill and Holland Park by French and Italian families who are attracted to the good schools and wonderful lifestyle of the area and find that house prices here are just that bit more affordable.”

AND IN LETTINGS?

Simon Corringham and Michael Palmer outside KFH Holland Park

SO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE SALES MARKET?

Simon Corringham says: “Most year-end predictions in 2012 suggested that prices would plateau in 2013 as a result of stamp duty implications and uncertainty among international investors. Instead, property prices in Holland Park increased by 2.5% in March alone, and buyer activity in April and May were extremely impressive with demand exceeding supply. International buyers have been enjoying the benefit of a weaker Pound, and

surprisingly we’re seeing a lot of interest from countries as far afield as Qatar, Thailand and Azerbaijan. Wealthy investment bankers have been overtaken by foreign government politicians as the most powerful high net worth buyers and we’re also finding that UK residents are very active this year. In this latter bracket the demographic is typically younger trust fund beneficiaries eager to purchase as well as their slightly older counterparts who are judging property ownership as a much more

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Michael Palmer says: “In the lettings market, demand has been increasingly high and registrations are rising rapidly.” He continues: “Now that summer is almost here, the majority of our tenants are keen to secure some form of outside space. Whether it’s a private terrace or garden or just access to a communal garden square, al fresco living seem to be very high on the priority list. With the end of the academic term in sight, registering with a view to be in the all–important school catchment, or at least within easy commutable distance to schools or nurseries is also a must. “As we approach the peak of

the lettings market competition is becoming fierce. Tenants are much more experienced than in previous years and becoming increasingly savvy in an effort to get ahead. Longer term contracts of 24 to 36 months are becoming common practice as landlords look for greater security and tenants lock in to avoid surprising rental increases. Many of our tenants are international, with the majority from France and other European countries and also America, and having done their research, they know the streets and areas they want to be in. Chiefly requested are any of the Notting Hill streets which have a garden square such as Stanley Gardens, Ladbroke Square or Elgin Crescent, while in Holland Park, anything within a ten minute walk of the station such as Holland Park, Holland Park Mews or Portland Road is in high demand. Typically, prices here can vary quite a bit but you’re usually looking at prices in the region of £450 to £650 per week for a one bedroom flat while two bedroom properties can range from between £500 and going up to £2000 per week depending on the size and finish.”

LETTINGS

HOLLAND PARK AVENUE, HOLLAND PARK, W11 UPPER ADDISON GARDENS, KENSINGTON, W14 £650 PER WEEK £1.395 MILLION An outstanding two double bedroom, two bathroom flat of over 1,200 sq ft, finished to an excellent standard with a south-facing garden, located on the popular Holland Park Avenue. Off street parking is available by separate arrangement.

KFH Holland Park: 020 3542 2111

This spacious and bright luxurious one bedroom is located on the lower ground floor of this period conversion. It benefits from a private patio garden and stunning communal gardens and offers over 1,000sqft.

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Wynnstay Gardens, W8 ÂŁ3,100,000 Share of Freehold A lateral and spacious apartment situated on the first floor in this highly sought-after mansion block just south of Kensington High Street. The flat is in the last block of the rear terrace, reputedly the best thanks to its open views towards Adam and Eve Mews. Totalling 1,885 sq ft (approx) the property requires total modernisation throughout. Wynnstay Gardens is perfectly positioned for Kensington High Street as well as Holland Park and Kensington Gardens which are only a short walk away. EPC=C. Drawing room, dining room, family kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, lift and porter. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 tom @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Summer is here at last and with it comes an increased energy in the property market. Call us on any of the numbers below now or pop in and meet the team at any of our three local offices to discuss your property requirements for 2013. Liz Thomson Director

Michael Wilson Director

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

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Porchester Gate, W8 ÂŁ1,750,000 Share of Freehold This stylish and contemporary, newly refurbished, second floor apartment is located in an imposing block overlooking Hyde Park with lift and 24 hour porterage. Porchester Gate is located moments from the open spaces of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens just moments from Bayswater and Queensway underground stations and less than a ten minute walk from Notting Hill. EPC=C. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lift and porter. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 holly @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Thalia has been a face in the local market for over 20 years and focuses on the property management side of the business but particularly on refurbishment; she and her experienced teams of tradesmen will take on any size of project. So, if you have a studio flat or a large family home needing a face lift give her a call or pop in to see her at our Kensington Office. mountgrangeheritage.co.uk Thalia Bryan Director

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

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Pembroke Square, W8 ÂŁ3,250 per week Beautifully presented house set in this elegant garden square which has been refurbished to the highest standard to provide wonderful entertaining space and generous family accommodation. The house benefits from a beautiful west-facing garden and an off-street parking. EPC=E. Drawing room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, garden and off-street parking. Unfurnished. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 jared @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Amanda Man Associate Director

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

Henrietta Soames Associate Director

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

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Lansdowne Road, W11 £4,500 per week This beautiful house with garden and direct access to communal gardens is situated on this wonderful street in Notting Hill. The property has been designed and furnished with incredible flair to provide the perfect balance of family accommodation and elegant entertaining space. Also available for Short Lets. EPC=F. Drawing room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, study area, garden and communal gardens. Furnished. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 nick @ 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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IN THEIR

OWN WORDS PHOTOGRAPHY: RICHARD CLARK

Stewart Boyd, Director of Winkworth, Kensal Green

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’ve been with Winkworth since the beginning. Not c.1835 I should say, but since the beginning of our fledgling new office in Willesden Green which opened its doors at 90 Walm Lane in January 2003. Back then you really would never have predicted the massive upturn in the areas around Willesden and Kensal, but there were signs that Queens Park was starting to attract attention. I was a lettings negotiator straight out of university and really had to stay sharp as I learnt the trade, but I always loved the personal side of the job. Delivering results for many different people from all walks of life has always been the driving force that has made me love this industry. From lettings negotiator I moved into sales, then to sales manager and valuer. In 2008 during the downturn, a business partner and I bought out the franchise. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, resulting in us opening our sister office this year in Kensal Rise and Queens Park where I live. Th roughout this time we have had a distinct advantage over our competition. Because we are a franchise of local business owners we understand our communities and their needs, whist still being able to offer a London wide marketing force and multiple offices working on individual properties. James Kerman and I have worked together on many properties in the area giving those customers the local knowledge they need with a wider coverage for exposure. Now that we have the three offices working together from Willesden Green to Kensal Rise to North Kensington, we really do have the area covered.

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0208 960 4947; winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/kensal-queenspark

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James Kerman, Director of Winkworth, North Kensington

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first joined Winkworth in 2002 after a chance meeting with an old friend led to a position as a sales negotiator in the North Kensington Office. The office was already well established and had been working closely with the nearby Notting Hill and Paddington offices since the early 1990’s. I had always been connected with the Notting Hill area as my family had all originated from both the Portland Road and Latimer Road areas, dating back to the 1860’s. My Great Grandfather ran an upholstery business on Westbourne Grove and my Grandparents owned a dry cleaning business on Latimer Road, so my local connections made it an easy decision to get into the North Kensington property business. After plying my trade as a negotiator, then a sales manager for several years, the opportunity arose to buy the North Kensington franchise area in 2007. It was clear back then that the area had a vast amount of growth potential and with the newly established Winkworth office in Willesden Green, we covered an incredibly diverse area from Notting Hill to Willesden and everything in-between. North Kensington has seen a vast change in fortunes in the last decade with the help of Portobello Road, Golborne Road and some high profile residents. Areas such as Queens Park and The Avenues have become the natural step for Notting Hill residents looking for family houses and the recent opening of the office in Kensal Rise has formed a vital link between the two territories. Stuart and I have been working together for over 10 years and have both been a vital part of building Winkworth’s position as one of the best known brands in the local area.

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020 77925000; winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/north-kensington

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LUXURIOUS

LETTINGS

THE LANCASTERS, W2

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his tastefully presented triplex apartment is situated in a Grade II listed building, comprising of a cluster of homes in a prime Central London location overlooking Hyde Park. The accommodation is flexibly aranged over three floors and combines classical elegance with a luxurious, contemporary interior. The property comprises of an extremely grand and spacious reception which is flooded with natural light from the imposing French windows that lead out to a communal

gardens. The open-plan eatin kitchen with dining area provides direct access out to a well manicured private patio. Two double bedrooms with ample storage space are both served with marble en-suite bathrooms, whilst a master en-suite takes in the whole upper floor. An additional media room, study and guest bathroom complete the extensive accommodation. With comfort cooling, feature lighting, surround sound in every room and on-site leisure facilities, this apartment is a sumptuous delight.

DETAILS

ÂŁ6,500 Per Week CONTACT

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THE QUADRANT, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

CHESTERTON ROAD, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

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

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

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD RIGELEY ROAD, NW10 £750,000 An extraordinary and individual modern country Freehold house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House

ST. HELENS GARDENS, W10 - £500 PER WEEK ST CHARLES SQUARE, W10£475 WEEK is Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. was extended inPER 1978 toect to A broadly beautifully finished ictorian terraced house on a quiet street in the College ark area of Kensal reen. It he house has been sub total refurbishment by and the current owner complex and offers three bedrooms, secludedcurrently south facing garden. he architect include a garden room a large studio including a workshoptwo andbathrooms dark roomand . Thea property has very high ceilings and Having been newly refurbished, this flat is in superb condition. An This beautifully refurbished two double bedroom apartment is designed loft bedroom benefits from a stylish ensuite shower room and views south across the ondon skyline. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. open plan kitchen and living room is a sociable environment ideal finished to a high standard including designer furnishings. Set on for entertaining. everroom popular Stcellar Charles Square in North Kensington. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complexthe | dining | wine | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land

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LE T OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

SUMMERFIELD AVENUE, £1,350 per Located in the Wiltshire countryside andNW6 built in the 1960’s as aweek large, modern country house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible

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accommodation with potential to extend Located in aspect the Wiltshire countryside and built in the 1960’s a large house. This exceptional property comprises of a further. gorgeous double reception, enchanting kitchen leading to aasbeautifully landscaped garden through bespoke panoramic glass| hall doors, four spacious bedrooms two modern that have been finished to a very Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | drawing room | studio complex | and dining room | wine bathrooms cellar | integrated garagingr high specification.

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 Located in the Wiltshire countryside and built in the 1960’s as a large house. DUDLEY ROAD, NW6to extend £1,195further. per week

Four bedrooms bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing | dining room | winetree cellar | integrated garagingr Winkworth are| four pleased to present this stunning period room house| studio whichcomplex is situated in the idyllic lined surroundings of Queens Park. Comprising of four spacious bedrooms, 3 tastefully decorated modern bathrooms, a stunning bespoke double reception, as well as a gorgeous eat in kitchen which leads on to a stunning private patio area.

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD

STAVERTON ROAD, NW2 Freehold Located in the Wiltshire countryside and £1,499,950 built in the 1960’s as a large, modern country house with far-reaching views and extremely flexible accommodation withoffers potential extend further. Located inand theaWiltshire countryside and garden. built in the 1960’s the as aproperty large house. Superb family home threetofloors of accommodation lovely south west facing Internally has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and an abundance living room and entertaining space downstairs allcellar with |aintegrated great character Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | of drawing | studio complex | dining room | wine garagingrand light and airy design.

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 accommodationROAD, with potential to extend further. Located in the Wiltshire countryside and built in the 1960’s as a large house. KESLAKE NW6 £1,699,000, Freehold

Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | studio complex | dining | winethe cellar | integrated garagingr This house has been extended into the loft| hall and| drawing the sideroom return on the ground floorroom to create ideal family home. The property benefits from a great location within easy walking distance of Queens Park. Further benefits include a good sized garden which is south facing and easy access to the city on the London Overground at Kensal Rise and the underground at Queens Park.

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SPECIAL CHARITY PERFORMANCE IN AID OF THE RUGBY PORTOBELLO TRUST Strutt & Parker’s Notting Hill office have announced the sponsorship of a special charity performance of the world acclaimed Madame Butterfly at the Holland Park Opera in June 2013 in aid of The Rugby Portobello Trust. For tickets to the opera please email: lucy@rpt.org.uk For further information about The Rugby Portobello Trust visit rugbyportobello.org.uk

PROPERTY NEWS BIGGER IS BETTER

The Lettings team are gearing up for the beginning of “Big House” season (as we like to call it), the time of year when families traditionally look for a new home and we see a larger number of bigger houses come onto the market. We are delighted to already be able to offer clients and relocations agents the options of 2000 square foot of lateral living in Holland Park Gardens, a wonderful 5 bedroom house in Sterndale Road or a substantial villa in Hammersmith Grove. Emma Harvey, Lettings Manager 020 7371 4171; finlaybrewer.co.uk

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! HYDE PARK ESTATE ASSOCIATION’S SUMMER GARDEN PARTY Following the success of our garden party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year, we are delighted that this year we’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Hyde Park Estate Association! Gloucester Square Gardens will be the venue on Saturday 22 June from 4pm to 8pm, and this year we’ll be donating proceeds to our local branch of Help for Heroes. There will be delicious food, lovely drinks, cake, ice cream and candy floss, plus of course live music, children’s entertainment and a few surprises! Watch this space for more information – but make sure to put this date in your diary, it’s not to be missed! kayandco.com, hydeparkestateassociation.org.uk

BIGGER IS BETTER

THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES IN SPACE Everyone keeps promising summer! Jamie Oliver even proclaims “Here comes the sun!” on his Notting Hill shop window. The coming of the sun, rather like the prodigal son is a myth in the making and of course it’s coming – but when? No doubt by the time this magazine is printed and distributed I will look idiotic and we will all be basking in ethereal sunshine – but at the moment I am a cynic and the jet-stream has gone south and I am heralding a new ice age. So now – more than ever – we purveyors of fine London brick and mortar are having to get our buyers to imagine the light streaming through the windows, their children playing in the garden, shaded from the sun under the mottled light of the magnolia’s canopy. But then we are creative breed and can shine the light even on the darkest of days. Nicholas Crayson, Managing Director, Crayson, 020 7221 1117; crayson.com

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Our tenants stay longer.

On average, tenants introduced by Kay & Co stay in properties for two years or more. It’s one of the many reasons why landlords including The Crown Estate, The Howard De Walden Estate, Dolphin Square Foundation and The British Land Company entrust their properties to us. To discuss letting your home to one of our first class corporate tenants including Shell, Sony, Chevron, Deloitte, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Price Waterhouse Cooper and Credit-Suisse, please contact us today.

Hyde Park & Bayswater 020 7262 2030 Marylebone & Regent’s Park 020 7486 6338

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W2 Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park

020 3394 0016 lettings.hydepark@kayandco.com

£1,700 Per Week Unfurnished A stunning three bedroom, two bathroom apartment in this prestigious newly-developed building overlooking Hyde Park Square, featuring a bright and spacious reception room with an open-plan kitchen and a balcony overlooking the square. Finished to an excellent standard throughout, this property represents a fantastic opportunity to live in one of the area’s most coveted addresses.

W2 Stanhope Place, Hyde Park

020 3394 0016 lettings.hydepark@kayandco.com

£725 Per Week Furnished A stunning one bedroom apartment in a stucco-fronted period conversion next to Hyde Park. Comprising a spacious reception room, one double bedroom, a shower room and a charming kitchen which leads out to a large decked terrace. This characterful property benefits from high ceilings and retains many period features. Located within five minutes’ walk of Marble Arch Underground station and Oxford Street.

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kayandco.com

W2 Craven Hill Mews, Bayswater

020 3394 0016 sales.hydepark@kayandco.com

ÂŁ2,295,000 Freehold A spacious and well-presented three bedroom, three bathroom mews house located within walking distance to Hyde Park and Whiteleys Shopping Centre. The property is arranged over three floors and occupies approximately 1,690 sq ft. Craven Hill Mews is a very short walk from Kensington Gardens, Paddington Station and Lancaster Gate Underground.

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beaneypearce.co.uk

Furnished/Unfurnished £2,250 per week 020 7221 9044

Elegant grandeur Holland Park Furnished/Unfurnished £20,000 per week 020 7221 9044

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A magnificent house situated on one of the most desirable streets in London. This property provides formal reception rooms perfect for entertaining and can be easily catered for from the well equipped kitchens and conveniently located staff quarters. This impressive home has been sympathetically refurbished and retains most of the beautiful original features. Located minutes’ walk from the tranquil open spaces of Holland Park and the underground station. (14671 sq.ft /1363 sq.m)

Master suite, guest suite, 8 further bedrooms, 8 bathrooms (7 en-suite), 2 formal reception rooms, dining room, sitting room, cinema room, conference room, conservatory, terrace, kitchen, staff quarters, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, secure off street parking, security system, lift, Energy Efficiency Rating: E

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Established 1991

The complete package North Kensington Leasehold ÂŁ875,000 020 7221 9044

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An immaculately presented two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on the first floor of a wellregarded building completed in 2009. A light and bright apartment, with balcony to the front accessible from both bedrooms, and a full length south facing terrace to the rear with access from the reception. With secure underground parking, 24 hour porterage and lift access. Barlby Road is to the north of Ladbroke Grove, with its excellent transport links (Hammersmith and City Line tube), vibrant markets, shops, bars and restaurants, and is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. (1,029 sq.ft/95.59 sq.m)

2 bedrooms, reception room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, balcony, roof terrace, off street parking, Energy Efficiency Rating: B

Chelsea

Notting Hill

South Kensington

T: 020 7590 9500

T: 020 7221 9044

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faronsutaria.co.uk

CAMPDEN HILL ROAD, W8 An immaculately presented and spacious 2nd floor flat located within in a highly convenient location, close to the facilities of Notting Hill and Kensington High Street. Energy Rating: E. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, balcony. Share of Freehold Guide Price: £1,800,000 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

SALES • LETTINGS • AUCTIONS • PROPERTY FINANCE • SURVEYS • CONVEYANCING

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LINDEN GARDENS, W2 A superb 3rd floor (2nd floor entrance) apartment benefiting from high ceilings and providing contemporary open-plan living space. Also providing potential to create a 48”x36” roof terrace. Energy Rating: F. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, reception room. Leasehold Guide Price: £2,300,000 020 7887 2320 nottinghill@faronsutaria.co.uk

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Lexham Gardens, W8 £440 per week, Furnished A recently refurbished raised ground floor one bedroom apartment featuring a bright reception room with a large bay window. EPC: D

Point West, SW7 £550 per week, Furnished A stunning newly refurbished one bedroom apartment on the sixth floor, benefiting from a South West facing balcony and wood floors. EPC: B

Napier Place, W14 £995 per week, Unfurnished An immaculately presented, recently refurbished five bedroom end of terrace mews house situated in a quiet street in Holland Park. EPC: D

Javea, Spain £489,000 A charming five bedroom finca of 250m² that sits on 4600m² of land, a short drive to amenities with a large pool and beach entrance.

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

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Ladbroke Road, W11 £2050 per week, Unfurnished A stunning five bedroom house offering spacious bedrooms, modern bathrooms and large kitchen leading to a private garden. EPC: D

Westbourne Gardens, W2 £1350 per week Unfurnished An elegant three bedroom property with contemporary interior, modern kitchen and bathrooms and wood floors. EPC: C

Ladbroke Gardens, W11 £2500 per week Unfurnished A one off architecturally designed three bedroom house situated on the desirable Ladbroke Gardens with direct access to communal gardens. EPC: E

Clanricarde Gardens, W11 £395 per week Furnished A contemporary, bright one bedroom apartment located in a quiet residential street just moments the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill. EPC: D

Hamptons Notting Hill Sales. 01234 567 890 | Lettings. 0207 034 0405

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CURRENT EPC RATING: D

anscombes.co.uk

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Linden Gardens W2

key

F E AT U R E S

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THE ORCHARDS OF LONDON DIFFERENCE

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8992 4242 Tel: 020 8992 020 4242

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PROPERTY

PRIME PURCHASE

This magnificent, Grade II listed family house offers 5,834 sq ft of living space and has been beautifully refurbished and restored to a high specification. This exceptional house effortlessly combines contemporary style with period elegance. High ceilings, wellproportioned rooms and open aspect to the front and rear enhance this glorious home. The accommodation comprises of a Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, a further 6 bedrooms 5 with en-suite bathrooms, 2 cloakrooms, dining room, media room, 3 kitchens, family sitting room, study area, utility room, balcony and flat roof. Period features include working fireplaces, original window shutters,

DETAILS

Leinster Gardens, Notting Hill, W2 ÂŁ9,000,000 Freehold

intricate ceiling roses and cornicing, brass finger plates and herringbone wooden floors. There is also an integrated Sonos music system and a balustraded flat roof accessible from the drawing room. Leinster Gardens is situated moments from Kensington Gardens is a stroll away from the fashionable shops and restaurants located at Whiteleys and Westbourne Grove. Local transport facilities include Bayswater, Queensway and Paddington stations.

CONTACT

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PROPERTY

PROFILE

MOVING IN

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

HANGOUT

Sebastian Anduze, Jackson-Stops & Staff, 020 7727 5111; jackson-stops.co.uk For a quiet drink and a bite to eat, I would recommend the Ladbroke Arms on Ladbroke road. This gastro pub tucked away in leafy Notting Hill provides the ideal place to relax and unwind either at lunchtime or after work.

KIDS

Phillip Harrison, Barnard Marcus, 020 7221 5455; sequencehome.co.uk Giraffe serves a variety of globally inspired dishes and light bites. A typical menu may include crisp fried tiger prawns, vegetable burritos and rocky road ice cream sundae. Great for the kids as they dine for just £4.95 all week long!

FACT

James Kerman, Winkworth, 0207 792 5000; winkworth.co.uk The northern half of Queen’s Park was developed in the 1890’s by Solomon Barnett, who typically designed in a Gothic style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named from places she knew such as Torbay and Tiverton.

INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Julia Lee, Mountgrange Heritage, 020 8960 0181; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk The Garbstore on Kensington Park Road is the epitome of cool. I could spend ages browsing in their fantastic home ware section. It stocks loads of unique items from designers all over Europe that help give your home a really quirky edge.

STREET

Edward Parker, Anscombe and Ringland, 020 7727 7227; anscombes.co.uk My favourite road in Notting Hill would have to be Palace Gardens Terrace. This quiet tree-lined terrace is located next to Kensington Gardens, and the stucco fronted houses along the East side boast beautiful views into the magnificent gardens of neighbours, including one of the richest men in Britain.

TIME OUT

William Tellwright, John D Wood & Co., 020 7727 2233; johndwood.co.uk My wife assures me that you cannot beat a pampering session in the Cowshed. Here you can unwind from the day’s stresses with a sumptuious treatment, followed by lunch across the road at Julie’s.

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Bedford Park 020 8994 5432

Chiswick 020 8995 2345

Ealing 020 8579 5050

Hammersmith 020 8748 4256

Holland Park 020 7221 5455

West Kensington 020 7603 1384

Three Double Bedrooms

Excellent Location

Communal Gardens

A stunning three double bedroom, fifth floor Edwardian mansion flat with balcony and communal gardens. The apartment is presented in immaculate decorative order, in keeping with character including, high ceilings, ceiling cornices and oak floors. Further benefits include an immaculate bespoke kitchen (Poggenpohl units and Corian work surfaces), an exceptional refurbished bathroom and shower room, 24 hour porterage, lift, and secure entry phone access.

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

Oakwood Court, W14 | Leasehold £2,400,000

www.barnardmarcus.co.uk

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Kensington

ÂŁ1,500 pw Unfurnished

5 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 3 Bathrooms House | Patio | Garage | Near Tube | EPC - E 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

Kensington

£450 pw Furnished

Hyde Park

£675 pw Furnished

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms Lift | Near Kensington High Street| EPC - C Kensington 020 7938 3522 kens@brlets.co.uk

2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom Period Building | Close To Hyde Park | EPC - C Hyde Park 020 7402 9866 hyde@brlets.co.uk

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

£695 pw Furnished

1 Bedroom | 1 Reception | 1 Bathroom Lift | Parking | Amenities & Tube Nearby | EPC – E Hyde Park 020 7402 9866 hyde@brlets.co.uk

£6,500 pw Furnished

3 Bedrooms | 2 Receptions | 3 Bathrooms 24hr Concierge | Parking | Gym | Pool | EPC - F Kensington 020 7938 3522 kens@brlets.co.uk

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

St James’ Gardens W11

Lettings: +44 (0)20 7727 5222

jackson-stops.co.uk/London

ÂŁ3,250 per week Unfurnished

A fantastic well-proportioned family house with views over communal gardens and the private gardens of Addison Avenue. Stunning raised ground floor double reception room with balcony access to private garden. Lower ground floor comprises large open plan kitchen and dining room with access to garden. Master bedroom spans the entire first floor with dressing room and en-suite shower room. Three further bedrooms and family bathroom upstairs. Excellent location close to Holland Park. Available unfurnished from July. EPC rating = E Holland Park Office: +44 (0)20 7727 5222 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Portland Road, W11

Asking Price ÂŁ4,300,000 Freehold

A truly fabulous extremely well presented family home situated in this very popular Holland Park road. The property arranged over four floors offers wonderful proportions throughout with high ceilings and benefits from a lovely west facing garden. This Victorian terrace house conveniently located to all the shops and amenities of Holland Park Avenue comprises 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Cloakroom, Kitchen, Dining room, Reception room, Study, West facing garden. 2305 Sq ft. EPC rating = E

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

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ÂŁ3,950,000 Freehold Kildare Terrace W2 A wonderful family home set in this quiet tree lined road. The house is in good order throughout including a spacious lower ground floor which has been designed and extended in recent years.

5 bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Further bathroom, Shower room, Drawing room, Reception room/dining room, Kitchen, Study, Utility room, Roof Terrace, Garden, Communal Gardens, EPC: D.

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

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ÂŁ1,750,000 Share of Freehold Palace Court W2 A beautifully presented flat in this much sought after building, moment from the park. The flat has been refurbished to a high standard and has the added benefits of a lift, porter and off street parking. Notting Hill Sales Office: 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

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2 bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, Lift, Porter, Off street parking, EPC: C.

Joint Sole Agent Strutt & Parker 020 7221 1111

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ÂŁ1,300,000 Share of Freehold Kempsford Gardens SW5

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A well-proportioned and spacious three bedroom flat with the benefit of a south facing terrace.

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

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen, South-facing terrace, EPC: D.

ÂŁ975,000 Leasehold Inverness Terrace W2

A beautiful garden apartment which has been renovated to a superb standard.

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

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room/dining room, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: C.

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ÂŁ875,000 Leasehold Linden Gardens W2

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.

ÂŁ875,000 Leasehold Dukes Lane W8

A delightful one bedroom apartment in this superb and secluded location in Kensington.

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

Bedroom, En-suite bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Garden, Porter, EPC: D.

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£599,950 Share of Freehold Shrewsbury Road W2

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An attractive and well-presented garden apartment with 2 good size bedrooms.

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

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

£599,950 Share of Freehold Earl’s Court Square SW5

An immaculately presented one bedroom flat on this popular garden square.

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

Bedroom, Shower room, Reception room with open-plan kitchen, Communal gardens, EPC: C.

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ÂŁ1,650 per week Unfurnished Duchess of Bedford Walk W8

A wonderful, newly refurbished apartment in this beautiful period mansion block in Kensington.

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

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Lift, EPC: D.

ÂŁ1,400 per week Unfurnished Peel Street W8

A superb house on this prime residential street in Kensington.

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

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Shower room, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden, EPC: E.

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£895 per week Unfurnished Phillimore Gardens W8

A stunning 1st floor apartment situated just off Kensington Church Street.

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

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

£795 per week Furnished Colville Road W11

A superb and extremely light garden flat presented in immaculate condition.

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

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room/conservatory, Open-plan kitchen, Garden, EPC: D.

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ÂŁ695 per week Unfurnished Stanley Crescent W11

A fabulous, light and spacious third floor flat overlooking the communal gardens.

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

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Access to communal gardens, Lift, EPC: C.

ÂŁ550 per week Furnished St Lukes Road W11

A stylish and immaculately presented two bedroom flat in Notting Hill.

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

2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Openplan kitchen, EPC: D.

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