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o amount of April showers can dampen our optimism for this issue, which is brimming with colourful fashion, local characters, and nothing but blue skies and white sands in our travel section. We’re looking at the new season palette and discovering that it’s goodbye millennial pink and hello to the lilac hour. An update on last year’s blush tones, lilac is the colour of spring. In our shopping edit on page 35, we’ve given the hue a much-needed update - you’ll be clad head to toe before you know. We're looking at colour throughout the issue, with a focus on David Shrigley's new prints for Sketch's pink space and a wider focus on colourful interiors too, as well as a fashion-led look back at American designer Alexander Girard's colourful pieces. As the sun begins to appear from behind the clouds, our travel section will certainly have you wishing for summer. On page 112, we show you why Jamaica’s luxury Half Moon Resort is one to have on your radar - from horseback riding to fine dining, it's all you could ever want from a far-flung holiday. All this, plus local food reviews, kids content and a round up of what’s on in London this month. I hope you enjoy the issue.

KEW GARDENS

Whether you fancy walking along the amazing tree top balcony, sunbathing on the grass or just sitting under a tree with a cheeky glass of Pimms, you can’t beat Kew Gardens for a lovely day out in London.

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ST JAMES’ PARK

Nothing beats an early morning run around St James’ Park when no-one is around, apart from the park’s famous residents, the pelicans. Although it may not have Hyde Park’s Kensington Palace or Regent Park's Zoo, St. James’ offers snappable views of Buckingham Palace, relaxing walks and wildlife. HELEN BROWN ARTS & CULTURE WRITER

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Hampstead Heath is my ultimate city escape. Moments from the high street’s pretty cafes and historic facades you discover gorgeous grassy fields, open air swimming ponds and dense forests. What more could you possibly want? JOY MONTGOMERY FASHION & BEAUTY WRITER

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My favourite outdoor space is Holland Park. The North Lawn, the forest area and the Japanese garden are all so different yet they’re each so Holland Park. I love the peacocks, bronzes and exhibitions at the Ice House. PENDLE HARTE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Regent’s Canal, although bustling with people, is one of my favourite place to see nature in London. There is something about seeing ducks dipping, trees rustling and dragonflies buzzing that instantly calms the mind. MIRIAM CAREY LIFESTYLE WRITER

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SUMMER STATEMENTS High street hero, Warehouse has hit the nail on the head for summer with a collection of clean lines, creative silhouettes and colour pops to suit the sunnier months. warehouse.co.uk

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We’re obsessed with the embroidered design of this Anthropologie lamp for its ability to add effortless cool to any room. £118; anthropologie.com

K E E P E R OF K EYS Crafted from dreamily soft calf leather, this Aspinal of London keyring ticks all the boxes for an accessory that is both subtle and stylish. Here’s to never losing your keys again. £35; selfridges.com

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Give your scheme a playful twist with this stylised, screen-printed Cheetah cushion; perfect for adding a vibrant splash in a room of neutrals. £15; habitat.co.uk

COLOUR CLASH FRAME WOR K Taylor Morris, London's go-to eyewear brand for sophisticated sunnies, has hit the nail on the head with this design inspired by the pink sunsets of the British countryside. £180; taylormorriseyewear.com

Mixing clashing orange chevrons and stripes against navy and monochrome, Jigsaw has created a modernist’s dream with longline knits, trousers, maxis and a diagonal cut stripe dress. jigsaw-online.com

WH AT ’S COOK IN G? From individual starters to mini puddings, Le Creuset’s stoneware ramekins allow for perfect preparation and presentation. Dinner parties have never been easier. £10 each; selfridges.com

TI M E TO SL I DE Diane von Furstenberg is at the top of our wishlist this summer with the addition of beachwear. We love these striped sandals, which will look chic paired with white denim. £175; net-a-porter.com

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CULTURE THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT BY CARNE GRIFFITHS. ROY’S PEOPLE ART FAIR

What’s On 20 • Macbeth at the National Theatre 27 • Fashioned from Nature 28 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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EXHIBITION

Suffragettes at the Hall Ongoing

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In the 100th year since women got the right to vote, the Royal Albert Hall brings the undiscovered stories of the suffrage campaign to life with a unique tour of the spots where the Suffragettes made their most famous speeches. Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

EXHIBITION

H O P E TO N O P E D E S I GN MUS EU M • F RO M 28 MARCH

From internet memes to the videos that go viral, graphic design and technology play a pivotal role in the way we engage with politics, shaping political messages like never before. Spanning the global financial crash, the Arab Spring, ISIS, Brexit and Trump, this exhibition explores the myriad ways graphic messages have influenced and altered key moments in political history. 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8; designmuseum.org

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Known Unknowns Ongoing

SAATCHI GALLERY

Known Unknowns features an impressive range of works with a particular focus on the craft of art making. The title refers to the artists themselves, while largely unknown, their respective practices are greatly admired by their artistic peers. The exhibition is the perfect way to discover the new names to look out for now. Duke of York’s HQ, SW3; saatchigallery.com

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Around Town

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The London Marathon is the biggest single day fundraiser in the world and sees around 38,000 serious competitors, charity fun-runners and celebrities tackle the gruelling 26.2 mile route around the capital. Whether you’ve secured your spot or cheering from the sidelines, it’s set to take the city by storm. Various locations; virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

With fast fashion constantly hitting headlines, this exhibition goes back as far as 1600 to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature. With fashionable dress presented alongside natural history specimens, the exhibition invites us to think about the sources of their clothes. Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk

EXHIBITION A PORTRAIT OF JACKIE AND JFK, WHITE HOUSE, 1961 © MARK SHAW / MPTVIMAGES.COM

LIFE WITH THE KENNEDYS Ongoing P RO U D C E NTRA L

This Month’s Must See

This poignant exhibition from filmmaker and photojournalist, Mark Shaw chronicles the golden years of the Kennedy family as J.F.K progressed from Senator to his early presidency. As the Kennedys’ entrusted, unofficial photographer, Shaw managed to capture the family in moments most intimate, revealing an unparalleled insight into their intriguing domestic life. 32 John Adam Street, WC2N; proud.co.uk

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n its first solo show with French artist Thomas Mailaender, the Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of his work that includes everything from printed ceramics to his series of Skin Memories. Using humour as provocation, Mailaender’s work raises questions not only about the role of the artist, but also about the absurdity of the everyday and the pretensions of the art world.

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EXHIBITION

MONET & ARCHITECTURE From 9 April THE N ATIONAL GALLERY

There’s never been a single exhibition looking at Monet’s career through buildings; until now. This is a new way of looking at his work and shows how he used architecture in both his most famous paintings and lesserknown works. Trafalgar Square, WC2N; nationalgallery.org.uk

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SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN Ongoing WELLCOM E COLLEC T ION

Art, science and somewhere in between. The Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition brings together the installations from four contemporary artists and the scientists they worked with to explore how artists can give shape to the human experience. 183 Euston Road, NW1; wellcomecollection.org

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CULTURE • ART & DESIGN

Tickled

PINK A look at David Shrigley’s characteristically deadpan new works for Sketch By EVE HERBERT

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“Shrigley is celebrated for his distinctive drawing style and works imbued with dry humour”

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avid Shrigley has transformed the iconic Gallery at Sketch for the second time with a fresh new exhibition, part of a long-term programme of artist-led features at the venue. Replacing the 239 black and white drawings that have adorned the walls since 2014 are 91 colourful new works. The millennial pink gallery created by architect and designer India Mahdavi has garnered global attention since its inception, with Shrigley’s drawings setting a witty narrative in what has become one of the most instagrammed spaces in the world. Shrigley is celebrated internationally for his distinctive drawing style and works imbued with dry humour, which cut to the point of human nature with their satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Recurring themes pervade his storytelling, capturing childlike views of the world, the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud. The new work continues to offer a side order of humour for diners, with oblique news headlines to digest along with their afternoon tea or dinner. David Shrigley said: “With dreary news often filling our headlines, I hope that diners will enjoy my take on the banality of everyday life.”

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PONY TALE London’s equestrian history is alive and kicking at Hyde Park Stables

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n 1900 there were at least 300,000 working horses in central London, but now there are less than 300, including those in the army. In the past, everyone could expertly handle a mighty beast and apart from the practical advantages of getting from A to B, riding was many people’s chief recreation to relieve the stresses of life. Sedentary bank managers could do well to emulate previous generations. In an article published in 1920, it was stated that an hour’s canter for a businessman before going to the office was ‘the salvation of many a brain-weary man’. Only two riding stables now remain in the centre of the city. Hyde Park Stables, owned by Richard Briggs OBE, is the only one that is open all year round. It is a jolly

place situated a hundred yards from the park which offers five miles of bridleways, and is open every day and in all weathers. In fact ‘foul weather riding’ enjoys surprisingly great popularity and clients return after an hour of braving bracing wind and rain with glowing complexions and rosy-cheeked humour. They say it does wonders for a hangover. One can only presume that splashing through puddles brings out romantic Dick Turpin tendencies, though it is just as joyful and glamorous a-pastime to ride out in the spring or summer sunshine. Indeed the stables can take credit for a number of weddings between couples who have met there and many other romances have flourished. Everyone looks impressive on horseback. At the stables, ambassadors, peers and younger members of the Royal Family mix with assorted celebrities and film stars as well as the general public. Twelve horses of varying sizes guarantee a suitable mount for riders of all abilities and courage. Cheerful dedicated staff welcome timorous beginners and with expert tuition they soon become riders of a capable and polished standard. Children are welcome from the age of five and

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A Mad Macbeth

The National’s gory new version of the Scottish Play falls foul

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h dear. The Olivier stage has become something of a poisoned chalice for Rufus Norris. After a series of flops – Salome, Common, Saint George and the Dragon – the director of the National Theatre must have thought that Shakespeare’s crowdpleasing Macbeth would be a safe bet. The omens were good. The dream pairing of Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear – who blazed across this stage as Iago and Hamlet - meant

the show sold out fast, but these two supremely talented actors are wasted in this gory mess. We are in an unspecified postapocalyptic world; Mad Max meets Black Mirror in a rubbish tip. Rae Smith’s set is dark; an oppressive backdrop of what appear to be shredded black bin bags and a large, shifting, curved ramp divides the stage. The characters are grungy, ragged and desperate. Kinnear’s restless Macbeth uses gaffer tape to bind up his breastplate and Duff’s Lady Macbeth, in dirty vest, and without the necessary steel, resembles a needy, anxious addict.

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There are flourishes –Hannah Hutch’s girl-child witch is chilling as she giggles manically, darting around stage. But there is an overwhelming lack of coherence. Interesting ideas flash by and are lost in hammy gruesome effects. Much of the drama skirts perilously close to camp horror – Kevin Harvey as Banquo’s ghost soon becomes hilarious as he lurches, mouth brimful of blood, like a drunk about the stage. This is an austerity era Macbeth. But without any grandeur or gravity it’s hard to see what these grubby individuals are fighting for; it’s like a turf war in a Glasgow car park. Worst of all, the play has lost its poetry – the witches have their dialogue so brutally truncated that the play's constant dualism, its assertion that "fair is foul and foul is fair" – and thus its great moral debate – is entirely lost. The cumulative effect is flat and unmoving. The evening begins and ends with a gruesome decapitation, perhaps a portent for heads that might roll at the NT after this absolute stinker?

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NATURAL STYLE Previewing Fashioned from Nature, the V&A’s new exhibition By EVE HERBERT

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inspiration, with exquisite garments and accessories from Christian Dior, Dries van Noten and Philip Treacy. It explores how fashion’s processes and constant demand for raw materials damage the environment, featuring campaigners and protest groups that have effectively highlighted this issue such as Fashion Revolution and Vivienne Westwood. It also looks at the role of design in creating a better, more sustainable fashion industry. The exhibition showcases contemporary designers of desirable, creative and sustainable popular fashion. Menswear and womenswear from Stella McCartney, known for a commitment to and success

in developing new alternative sustainable materials, is displayed alongside an upcycled dress by Christopher Raeburn. At the 2016 Met Gala, actor Emma Watson wore a Calvin Klein look made from recycled plastic bottles. With separate parts, it was intended to be re-worn in different ways. The look was created as part of the ‘Green Carpet Challenge’ with Eco-Age, an initiative to pair sustainability with glamour. It is shown with a floral dress from Erdem’s Green Carpet Challenge collection. Fashioned from Nature will draw attention to the use of innovative fabrics. Vegea use grape waste from the wine industry to form a leathersubstitute and their Grape gown is on show, as will a Ferragamo ensemble made from ‘Orange Fiber’ derived from waste from the Italian citrus industry and an H&M Conscious dress made from recycled shoreline plastic. The exhibition looks to the past 400 years of fashion to explore what we can learn from fashion practice in the past, with objects dating to the early 1600s. Items include an 1875 pair of earrings formed from the heads of two real Honeycreeper birds – a hugely popular item sold in enormous volume at the time – and a 1860s muslin dress decorated with the iridescent green wing cases of hundreds of jewel beetles. The natural world has always provided rich inspiration for

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The natural world has always provided rich inspiration for beautiful fashion

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beautiful fashion. This is shown in displays of exquisite garments from the historic to the contemporary. They range from a 1780s man’s waistcoat, expertly embroidered with a pattern of playful Macacque monkeys, to Gucci’s contemporary bag decorated with stag beetle motifs. One of the earliest pieces in the exhibition, a women’s jacket from the early 1600s, is intricately embroidered with designs of peashoots and flowers. A 2016 Giles Deacon haute-couture dress features a pattern of delicate bird’s eggs, while gowns from Jean Paul Gaultier (1997) and Busvine (1933-4) both feature leopard print. The exhibition also focuses closely on the raw materials used in the production of fashion. Arranged chronologically, introduces the main fibres used in the 17th and

18th centuries – silk, flax, wool and cotton – as well as now controversial materials like whalebone, demonstrated by an x-ray by Nick Veasey of a pair of 1780s stays, and turtle shell, used in a fan from 1700. It goes on to chart the expansion in international trade, import of precious materials, and later introduction of man-made materials, which brought fashionable dress to the masses but also contributed to the air and water pollution to which the textile industry is such a significant contributor. A bold display of posters, slogan clothes and artworks shows how protest movements have helped draw attention to the harmful side of fashion. Figures like Vivienne Westwood have popularised these issues and a mannequin will pay homage to an outfit worn by her while protesting against climate change. A man’s outfit from Katharine Hamnett’s 1989 ‘Clean Up or Die’ collection will be on show alongside posters from Fashion Revolution, a collective aiming to change the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed. FA S H I O N E D F R O M N AT U R E

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PARIS JE T'AIME TARA JARMON

If you’re looking for timeless, well-crafted pieces with a Parisian twist, then Tara Jarmon is your label. Founded in 1986, the brand’s designs are shaped by a modern femininity. This is style that will carry you season after season. tarajarmon.com

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Ethical fashion reigns, saddle bags shape up and bridesmaid style gets a makeover for April By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

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Country meets city for Hunter Original’s SS18 Refined collection. Playing on the current trend for luxe sportswear, the new season brings a number of iconic outwear pieces, including an oversized bomber and utilitarian drawstring coat, all made in innovative, water-resistant neon fabrics. Guaranteed to carry you through April showers in style. hunterboots.com

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Modern

B R A N D T O WAT C H

MAIDS

EPONINE LONDON

LES HÉROÏNES

Goodbye matchy-matchy gowns and unflattering fits. Bridesmaid style is having a makeover moment thanks to Les Héroïnes, the Parisbased occasion-wear label. Celebrating the diversity of your right hand women, Les Héroïnes is all about elegant pieces that are individual yet harmonise as a whole. lesheroines.com

Couture fabrics and artisanal charm rule this season

WHO? Eponine London was founded by designer Jet Shenkman in 2014 as a bespoke womenswear brand inspired by the elegant silhouettes of the 50’s and 60’s. Raised in the Netherlands, Jet came to London at the age of 21 to work in the Dutch Embassy before being transferred to Tokyo where she later worked as a personal stylist. After meeting her British husband Greg, the two lived together in Hong Kong, before finally settling back in London in 2012.

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SAD D LE UP LO E W E

Hit the open road this April with Loewe’s Gate Bag. Inspired by the classic saddle silhouette, it ticks both the form and function boxes with its roomy interior and distinctive bow-tie design. Coming in two sizes and three types of calfskin, we’ll be pairing ours with a seventies shirt, straight leg jeans and an oversized trench. loewe.com

PARADE SELF-PORTRAIT

A-list frock favourite, Self-Portrait, has announced the launch of its first store. Located on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street, the shop will stock Han Chong's signature feminine, fashionforward looks, including both main-line collections and store exclusives. self-portrait-studio.com

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NINETY PERCENT

Do-Good

DESIGN

Style needn’t compromise ethics with Ninety Percent. This innovative brand pioneers a business model where 90% of profits are shared between a range of charitable causes. Customers can have a say in where the money goes and each purchase comes with the option to vote for a cause. ninetypercent.com

Dressing countless stars, including Helen Mirren and Kate Middleton, every Eponine garment is crafted at their atelier in South Kensington. This season, the brand looks to Russia and the Ukraine for inspiration. The result? Intricate designs, bold colours and elaborate embroidery. Wear with a sporty bomber and biker boots now, and come summer, elevate its girly charm with a straw tote and leather gladiator sandals.

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FASHION • TREND GÜL HÜRGEL Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Striped Linen Dress, £710; net-a-porter.com

MANGO High-Waist Palazzo Trousers, £35.99; shop.mango.com

ACNE STUDIOS Mock Leather Jacket, £1,200; mytheresa.com

DORATEYMUR VICTORIA BECKHAM SS18

Open-Toe Buckled Mules, £330; dorateymur.com

TOPSHOP Hibiscus Ankle Boots, £85; topshop.com

BAIA Lavender Suede, £260; baiabags.co.uk

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Silk-Blend Blouse, £740; mytheresa.com

Spiritual, thoughtful, provocative; Pantone’s Colour of the Year is here to shake up your style

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ROLAND MOURET Arreton Wool-Crepe Pencil Skirt, £450; rolandmouret.com

BALENCIAGA Silk-Satin & Crepe de Chine Dress, £2,335; net-a-porter.com

HILLIER BARTLEY Double-Breasted Linen Blazer, £1,495; net-a-porter.com

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esigner Alexander Girard (1907-1993) is having a moment. A quarter of a century after his death, the Italian architect, furniture, textile and interior designer is the subject of a touring exhibition – and now an extensive fashion collection is dedicated to his aesthetic, transferring his signature bold colours and patterns onto clothes for the first time. ‘When you practise in all fields of design, each field benefits from your experience in the others. And all design is related, whether houses, gardens, furniture or women’s clothes,’ said Girard. One of the most influential textile artists and interior designers of the 20th century, Girard is associated with bright colours, quirky shapes and humorous details. He’s perhaps best known for his collection of painted wooden dolls, a staple of stylish mantelpieces all over the world, which are still handmade for Vitra and which he designed for himself in 1953. It’s a large family of animals and humans, all individually made and therefore unique, and these design icons are characterful and fun as well as stylish and iconic. ALEXANDER GIRARD POUCH

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Together with his close friends Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Girard was a leading figure of post-war American design. The primary focus of his wide-ranging oeuvre was textile design; as head of the textile division at the Herman Miller Company, Girard created numerous fabric patterns and products reflecting his love of festive colours, motifs and textures. He favoured abstract and geometric forms in a predominantly cheerful palette of colours. He was also a passionate collector. On his extensive travels, he avidly accumulated textiles and objects from all over the world, which provided him with a rich source of inspiration and ideas. When he died, his wife Susan bequeathed holdings from this collection to the Vitra Design Museum along with the contents of Girard’s studio (hundreds of drawings, prototypes and textile samples). This creative estate formed the basis of the major retrospective, Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe that ran at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany recently and which is currently touring the world. This exhibition made a lasting impression on Albert Kriemler, creative director od Swiss fashion house Akris. He said: ‘I visited the Girard exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum three times because I was so excited about his creative genius. He saw things differently. He had a way of changing our view of the world.’ Akris’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection is a tribute to the designer. It features well-known prints such as the Double Heart reinterpreted in woven leather and a jacquard knit.

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“He saw things differently. He had a way of changing our view of the world”

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Kriemler also drew inspiration from a number of lesser known objects, designs and sketches from Alexander Girard’s oeuvre, providing a new perspective on the elegance and esprit of Girard’s creations. He adapted the designs in close collaboration with Alexander Girard’s descendants, his grandchildren Kori and Aleishall Girard, who jointly run the Girard Studio today. They said: “We were pleasantly surprised to see the selection of our grandfather’s works that Albert Kriemler chose for this collaboration. He found inspiration from many aspects of our grandfather’s career: wooden sculpture, architectural renderings, oil paintings and collage, to name a few. Seeing how Albert has interpreted these designs and adapted them for clothing is exciting for us, as we have always seen the potential for this work to translate very well to fashion. We feel that the final outcome is a beautiful and unique tribute to the work of our Alexander Girard.”

THE VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM exhibition ‘Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe’ is now touring internationally and continues at Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, South Korea until 4 March 2018, reopening at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA, from 20 June until 9 September 2018

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FOLK TALE Take a journey through Hungarian folklore this spring with Lena Hoschek’s elaborate embroidery and romantic silhouettes

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Secret Garden

From decliate coral to blooming florals; embrace nature-inspired jewells this spring

CORAL BRACELET £450


GINKGO EARRINGS £215


GINKGO BIG RING £225


GINKGO NECKLACE £640


CORAL EARRINGS £310


FIORE D’ALBA EARRINGS £185

FIORE D’ALBA BANGLE £680

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OTTO AVIATOR BY KITE EYEWEAR

KITE EYEWEAR

THE NEW VISIONARIES London’s optometrists are upping their game. Absolutely meets some of the people who are reinventing the eyesight business By PENDLE HARTE

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here’s no excuse for pedestrian experiences any more. Even having a sight test is an occasion to celebrate now that wearing glasses is glamorous, and the job of choosing them is often accompanied by a glass of champagne or a smoothie. And as they grow in glamour, glasses also seem to be getting cheaper while many of the new brands boast that they’re hand-made in the UK.

Confusing times for myopia – or not? Fixed prices have become fairly standard, where in the past the cost of lenses plus countless extras would be added to a quoted frame price. Alexis Amor has been in the business for many years and a couple of years ago he launched his own brand frames, designed by him, to sell alongside the more established names he was used to stocking. He had started out selling glasses to people who would bring their own prescriptions with them, but his Richmond store now offers its own sight tests in a stylish space. His own collection of frames is large enough to cover everything people might want, yet compact enough to make choosing fairly easy, and it’s a stylish range with a high-class feel. Amor is clearly a man with a passion for

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vision correction, and amazingly, he can make up a pair of glasses while you wait. He’s proud of his cutting edge machines that will laser cut lenses to fit in minutes; he stocks most normal lenses but can order anything slightly unusual within 24 hours. So for him, it’s glasses while you wait, and a personal, friendly service with it. You can see why people keep coming back. Recently opened in Shoreditch is Kite, which launched its unusually large space with a celebrity-studded bash. This is a design-led shop that’s proud of its tech as well as its untraditional approach. You’re appointed a personal stylist to help you choose your frames from their own-brand range, and they’ll offer you a pile of polaroids showing glasses to look through as well as a vegetable smoothie to fortify you. It’s like a game – you pick three that you like, and they’ll pick three that they think will work for you. For me, the results were wildly different. What I thought might suit me was not what they thought, and they’re very persuasive. Behind the scenes it’s unusual too – instead of the regular sight test, a machine simply takes ALEXIS AMOR

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all the measurements it needs and produces a prescription instantly. With this being so new, however, they’ll perform a routine sight test to double check, so they’re not quite ready to dispense with the tiny letter card and red/green light board yet. Glasses aren’t made up on site but sent to Carl Zeiss in Germany for a very fast turnaround. Originally a sunglasses company known for their wooden frames, Finlay & Co expanded into opticals and recently opened a flagship store in Soho, again focusing on a stylish interior and a luxurious feel with surprisingly low prices – most frames are £100, with lenses starting at £50. Meanwhile in Queens Park, Sid Fiz’s ‘boutique optical store’ sells all the premium brands as well as Fiz’s own high-end creations. In the market for new glasses? Don’t put up with any experience that’s less than luxurious.

JAMIE FRAME BY ALEXIS AMOR

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PURE AND SIMPLE VIDAL SASSOON

The Salon Collection ‘Form’ reflects how iconic French workwear labels have become a source of inspiration for many modern brands. Effortless results are achieved through honed techniques that appear invisible yet are intrinsic to the integrity of the looks. Overcomplicated hairstyles are a thing of the past. sassoon.com

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A new season calls for a fresh approach to your beauty routine. Here's where to start... By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

SPRING Fling D O LC E & GA B B A N A B E AU T Y

Experience the beauty of Sicilian spring with the Dolce Garden makeup collection. Inspired by the natural blush of roses, the edit is made up of lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushers and nail varnish, all in vivid corals, fuchsias and pinks. A guaranteed winner for all complexions. dolcegabbana.com LUMITY

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VITABIOTICS

Original Formula, £39.99; boots.com

Perfectil Plus Skin, £18.49; boots.com

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FOUNTAIN

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ACROSS THE POND

SALON REVIEW

DRUNK ELEPHANT

Drunk Elephant is the US export and the beauty expert's skincare secret, which is winging its away across the pond for 2018. Due to launch in Space NK in September, hero products include the C-Firma Day Serum, containing 15 percent L-ascorbic acid, and the Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream. Credit cards at the ready. drunkelephant.com

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PERRICONE MD

Inspired by this year's bare-faced beauty trend, Perricone MD’s No Makeup Collection is designed to imitate the look and feel of natural skin. We love the No Makeup Lipgloss, with its non-sticky consistency and flattering pink shade, and the No Makeup Blush, which looks just as good on the lips as it does on cheeks. perriconemd.co.uk

Exfoliate, brighten and prep the skin for the season ahead with Omorovicza’s Acid Fix. Combining a potent blend of AHAs and BHAs, this hardworking serum helps to reverse damage caused by sunlight, pollution and acne. Apply in the evening two to three times a week for dreamy derma. £85; omorovicza.com

Balancing Act AESOP

This April, plant-based beauty brand Aesop has released a new skincare range: In Two Minds. Designed to address the multifaceted nature of combination skin, the products work to gently cleanse, soothe irritation and normalise sebum production. Finally, balance has been restored. aesop.com

onceived in 1969, Clo&Flo comes from a long history of hairdressing. Founder Francois Michel Bellas travelled to London from Corsica to create his own salon, Bellissima, in South Kensington. His passion was inherited by his daughters, Chloe and Florence, who run the business today. I visited to experience their signature cut and blow-dry. Upon entering, I was greeted by Chloe (Clo), who assists in the day-today running of the salon (and is also a part time personal trainer and Pilates teacher). Florence (Flo), qualified hair guru and the salon’s Creative Stylist evaluated the state of my hair and suggested a long-layered cut that would flatter my face, remove dead ends and improve the overall condition. Being an avid box-dye and straightener user, my hair was damaged and lifeless to say the least. Flo gently washed my hair with luxury products, including Wella Brilliance Shampoo for fine hair and an intensive Wella Deep Conditioner, to address the dryness. At the cutting station, Flo proceeded to massage Moroccan Oil Treatment (£33) into the ends to prepare and protect against the heat of the dryer. Flo took her time trimming my lengths, leaving no millimetre out of place. Flo finished with a sleek blow-dry to create the perfect natural wave. A final delicate spritz of L’Oreal Techni-Art Anti Frizz Hairspray (£10) was used to hold the style in place. I hadn’t seen it in such amazing condition for a long time. I left with a huge smile on my face, feeling like the newest cast member of Made in Chelsea. CLO&FLO

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ELIE SAAB Feuilles D’or Eau de Parfum 50ml, £60 harrods.com

MALIN+GOETZ Cannabis Eau de Parfum 100ml, £125 malinandgoetz.co.uk

PENHALIGON'S Elisabethan Rose Eau de Parfum 100ml, £137 penhaligons.com

BULGARI Magnolia Sensuel 100ml, £97 selfridges.com

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D.S. & DURGA Vio Volta Eau de Parfum 50ml, £139 libertylondon.com

Update your olfactory wardrobe this spring with the latest fragrance releases

L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR Champs de Fleurs Eau de Cologne 100ml, £105 artisanparfumeur.com

ANDREA MAACK Birch Eau de Parfum 100ml, £90 roullierwhite.com

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Néroli Amara Eau de Parfum 75ml, £130 selfridges.com

CHANEL FOREO Coco Mademoiselle

TOM FORD Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum 50ml, £210 selfridges.com

VIKTOR&ROLF Flower Bomb Jasmine Twist 20ml, £50 viktor-rolf.com

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Into The Deep From roaring torrents to the gentlest ripples; April is the perfect time to embrace liquescent fragrances

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fter marvelling at the ethereal, aqueous tones of mesmerising fantasy The Shape Of Water, my mind turned to the olfactory realisation of liquescent fragrances, those soft, mellifluous perfumes that speak of a luscious fluidity and are the perfect choice for April, with its spring sunshine and showers. From roaring torrents to the gentlest ripples, these are scents to lift the spirits and cleanse the soul. 'Aquamarine Waves', from British perfumer Sarah McCartney's 'Our Modern Lives' collection, is the colour of the Mediterranean sea with the sharp, sunlight sparkle of citrus flowing across notes of damp seaweed absolute. The hypnotic waves of sambac jasmine and blue hemlock essential oil add a gentle, lapping rhythm to this sublime scent, while English lavender and rosemary

“The sharp, sunlight sparkle of citrus flowing across notes of damp seaweed absolute” are as crystal clear as spring water. Blood Concept's 'Oxygen Vert' also uses notes of seaweed, this time 'red seaweed', which is teamed with lemon and ginger to add an element of foaming surf, before the fragrance crashes over sun-bleached driftwood adorned with ripples of violet leaf. 'Quince, Mint & Moss' is one of the only fragrances in the world made from entirely English ingredients, using quince from Somerset and conjuring dew drops with fresh mint over a base of damp moss. Uplifting and arcadian, this is spring in a

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bottle. 'Scilly Neroli' from Atkinsons takes us to the Scilly Isles in the North Atlantic, a lush, misty archipelago warmed by the currents and breezes of the Gulf Stream. Optimistic and bracing, this citrus fragrance is tempered by the mineral mists and sea-spray of Albion. 'Behind the Rain' by artist and perfumer Paul Schutze describes the aroma released from blasted conifers lining a beach in Greece, as the rain subsides, the air is thick with notes of resin, sap, wet bark, moss and lichen. For me, the sweet fennel and linden blossom are exquisite, perfectly conjuring the sweetness in the air. 'Acqua Santa' by Linari is a breathtakingly bright and clean composition that emphasises beautiful aqueous accords alongside fresh green notes, with a scent that recalls the vibrancy of the Mediterranean sun. A subtle, complex opening of bergamot and tangy cassis plays host to a soft patchouli, deftly handled so its creamy warmth serves to give body to the bracing green notes while not overpowering them. A rich floral heart of rose, ylang ylang, and jasmine is shot through with clean, transparent cyclamen for lightness, before a sumptuous base of tonka bean and rich caramel warms the scent in its final moments for an addictive, final effect. 'Sel Marin' by James Heeley is one of my favourite marine scents due to its incredibly naturalistic realisation of a sea breeze. A refreshing and striking note of lemon fades to reveal aquatic green, algae, while vetiver and drift woods of cedar and birch dry slowly in the sand and salty, sea air. Bracing and beguiling in equal measure. Scents to herald the arrival of spring and celebrate a world washed clean - just dive in! roullierwhite.com

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THE ELIXIR OF YOUTH Should we all replace our skin creams with collagen drinks? Absolutely tries Skinade

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or centuries, women have been slathering themselves in lotion in the hope that it will keep our skin smooth and clear. But what if we’ve been wrong all these years? What if we’ve been approaching it from entirely the wrong angle? Literally inside out. There is a school of thought that believes that skin health all comes from within, which leaves lotions pretty much redundant. Step forward Skinade, a drink that promises to deliver healthier, younger-looking skin in a bottle.

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• Skinade® works by triggering a physiological response in our bodies, specifically in our skin. Skinade increases collagen in the bloodstream by adding 7,000mg of hydrolysed

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marine collagen (smallest molecular weight on the market of 2kDal) from each bottle (daily dose). As these collagen peptides are absorbed into the bloodstream, it prompts a wound-healing response which in turn will trigger the production of collagen in our bodies (by firing up the fibroblasts – our own collagen factories), and specifically in the skin as skinade® contains collagen type I and III (type most abundant in the skin). As a side benefit, increasing collagen in the bloodstream also increases the body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid, responsible for optimising skin hydration and elastin, for a firmer more dewy and fresh complexion. It is scientifically proven that liquids are much more readily absorbed than solids. With a liquid, the body does not need hours to break down the solid consistency of a

“After a month of daily dosing, I can detect a less tired look to my face”

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tablet or powder suspended in water, meaning the body can make the most of the precious ingredients. Skinade works isotonically, bypassing the digestive system to enter the bloodstream intact.

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• A month’s supply of Skinaid certainly involves a lot of packaging. Each box contains five 150ml bottles; you can also choose travel-friendly sachets to mix your own. Swigging this stuff every morning quickly becomes second nature – just leave an hour between Skinaid and coffee. The flavour is intensely peachy, in quite a nice way, and the mostly mystifying ingredients list includes a lot of B-vitamins, which are beneficial to all women anyway. Primarily this is about collagen, and boosting your body’s natural production of it. Skinade doesn’t promise instant results but after a month of daily dosing, I can detect a less tired look to my face and if I were to continue spending £105 every 30 days, I imagine that the effects would be striking. The downside? Things revert back to normal when you stop drinking it, so this is a long-term investment.

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FOOD MADE FOR SHARING ULI Keeping things fresh for the season, ULI has updated its menu with a selection of fragrant and fiery additions. Highlights include a small plate of mussels in lemongrass and spicy Terengganu lamb cutlets, perfect for sharing.5 Ladbroke Road, W11 ulilondon.com

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GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month

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London’s food news and delicious things to see you through April By MIRIAM CAREY

By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2014 Berry Bros. & Rudd Rioja by Bodegas Amézola de la Mora — £11.95 Bodegas Amézola de la Mora vineyards, planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, benefit from a high altitude and cool climate, yielding elegant, classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry and vanilla flavours.

2016 Chablis, Domaine Sébastien Dampt — £19.50 The sort of wine that there should always be a bottle of on-hand in the fridge. This isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel – crisp green apple, lemon wax and honeysuckle florals deliver a fresh flavour and lovely texture.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Cremant de Limoux by Antech — £12.25 A blend of 70 percent Chardonnay and 30 percent Chenin Blanc and Mauzac. This is a beautiful, balanced wine, with elegant aromas of orchard fruit and honeyed spice.

BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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Return of the Wolfe P O M O N A’ S

Critically acclaimed chef Wolfe Conyngham of Wolfe in Notting Hill is heading up the kitchen at Pomona’s. His menu is sustainability-focused and flavour-punching with dishes such as Iberico pork pluma with braised fennel and Madagascan prawns with lemon, chilli, parsley and butter. 47 Hereford Road, W2 pomonas.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

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CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY

The home of Camden Hells, Camden Town Brewery can throw one hell of a brunch. At the monthly bottomless event, guests tuck into endless buttermilk pancakes, skillet-baked eggs, croissants, sourdough toast and beer before embarking on a tour of the famous brewhouse. Unit 1 Navigation Park, EN3 camdentownbrewery.com

THEATRICAL DINING S C U L LY

Scully is the exciting new restaurant from former head chef at Ottolenghi’s Nopi, Ramael Scully. A beautiful dining space with wooden and duck egg blue furnishings, shelves piled high with brightly coloured jars of ferments, pickles, shrubs and syrups, and an open kitchen, and a menu that captures the flavours of chef Scully’s layered heritage. 4 St. James’s Market, SW1Y scullyrestaurant.com

OSH

Osh showcases the rich intercultural culinary heritage of the bazaar city Osh along the ancient Silk Road. Situated in a three-story townhouse, the restaurant will offer authentic Central Asian cuisine and Uzbek grill delicacies such as aromatic lamb plov and flatbread. 14-15 Beauchamp Place, SW3 oshrestaurant.com

CAROUSEL LONDON

Sri Lankan chef Susantha Medagedera, from the kitchens of Cape Weligama, is leaving the lush landscape to take the reins at Carousel for a fortnight of feasting, 25 April - 5 May. This is set to be a showcase of dishes made from tropical ingredients and tea-based cocktails. 71 Blandford Street, W1U carousel-london.com

MOMMI

Mommi is just as much about the atmosphere as it is the food. Visit on a Saturday when the Miami vibes are at their height and opt for the threecourse bottomless prosecco brunch, with delicious peruvian nibbles and an inspired menu of fusion favourites. 44-48 Clapham High Street, SW4 wearemommi.com

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Every Saturday Bunga Bunga hosts a brunch to rival all brunches. Unlimited bellinis and prosecco are the order of the day, and guests can help themselves to carafes of prosecco or get involved mixing their own bellini cocktails. Be sure to try the red berry-based Rossini. 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 Bungabunga-london.com

BENITO’S HAT

What better way to spend your weekend than getting merry on bloody Marias and Margaritas with your amigos at the quirky mexican joint Benito’s Hat? There will be an abundance of breakfast tacos on hand to soak up the alcohol - filled with chorizo and scrambled eggs. Covent Garden, WC2N Benitos-hat.com

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This month, Enoteca Rosso will be holding a regional wine tasting dinner to explore Italy’s Abruzzo region. This area - characterised by mountains - has seen a vast improvement in quality of grapes such as Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Merlot. 26th April, £70 per person 280 Kensington High Street, W8

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t’s no coincidence that a cookbook of mine is called Feasting. I don’t know any other way to cook or eat. As a very young girl I stayed up late in case there was an extra chocolate soufflé at my mum’s dinner parties. Our family meals were always cooked and eaten in the kitchen, with the food laid out for everyone to help themselves. At Chanukah (Hanukkah) there were doughnuts, birthday dinners always ended with those soufflés, and Shabbat meant four courses. The best thing about Friday nights at my grandparents’ was the leftovers my brother and I would eat the next morning for breakfast – everything from cabbage rolls to potato kugel.

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“As a young girl I stayed up late in case there was an extra soufflé at my mum's dinner” On holidays, we’d spend hours at farmers’ markets and roadside stalls, lugging produce back to rented houses to cook for that night’s dinner. My husband, Mark, who grew up eating meat and three veg, still talks about the amount of food laid out on the table the first time he ate dinner at my parents’ house. At Miss Ruben (Amanda's restaurant in Melbourne, Australia) we’re known for creating picturesque, abundant grazing tables using the freshest ingredients, which is what really defines my food. And the aim of this book is to let you create a little bit of this at home, by mixing and matching the recipes to make your own feasts.

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Chocolate Swirl Pavlova with rosewater cream, Turkish delight and strawberries Serves 10 ˜ 12

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right and bountiful, this chocolate swirl pavlova with its Middle Eastern flavours is a real show stopper. In winter we flavour the cream with orange blossom and top the pav with roasted pears and pistachios.

INGREDIENTS • 9 egg whites • 690 g caster sugar • 1½ teaspoons cornflour, sifted • 2 tablespoons Dutch (unsweetened) cocoa powder • ¾ teaspoon white vinegar • 500 ml double cream • 1 tablespoon rosewater • 750 g strawberries, cut into thick slices and halves • 150 g Turkish delight, cut into pieces • rose petals, to garnish

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Halva Cheesecake Serves 10 ˜ 12

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alva fans will be left dreaming about this cake with its smooth, rich sesame-flavoured filling. I like to use plain halva in the body of the cake but top it with chunks of the chocolateflavoured stuff just to make it even more irresistible. It’s a perfect cake to make for Shavout, when it’s traditional to eat milk products.

INGREDIENTS Crust • 200g Marie biscuits • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

Filling • 600 g plain halva, crushed • 185 ml double cream • 1.5 kg quark • 6 eggs • 120 g chocolate halva, crumbled

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut out a 30 cm circle of baking paper and place it in the middle of a baking tray.

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2 To make the crust, add the biscuits to a food processor and blitz to a fine crumb. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and press down firmly to form a crust. Refrigerate while you make the filling. 3 Preheat the oven to 160°C. To make the filling, combine the plain halva and cream in a frying pan over low heat. Cook, stirring gently, until the halva has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat. 4 Put the quark in a clean food processor. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each is added. Add the halva mixture and stir to combine. 5 Pour the filling over the crust and bake in the oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Leave the cake to cool completely before decorating with crumbled chocolate halva to serve.

2 To make the pavlova, place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. While the machine is still running, gradually add the sugar in four batches, beating well between each addition until the sugar has dissolved. This will take 10–15 minutes. 3 Fold in the cornflour, half the cocoa powder and the vinegar until well combined. Gently stir through the remaining cocoa powder to create a swirl effect. 4 Using a large spoon, scoop the meringue onto the baking paper circle until the baking paper is covered. Smooth the top of the meringue, making a slight dip in the centre. 5 Place the meringue in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 120°C. Bake for 2 hours, until crisp and dry. Turn the oven off and leave the meringue inside, with the door slightly ajar, to cool completely.

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CLEAN, TRADITIONAL ASIAN COOKING

Located at Notting Hill Gate, ULI offers a fresh, honest approach to Asian cuisine. Natural limed oak, soft tones of blue and contemporary art give the restaurant a clean and informal look, highlighted by a hanging garden of pendant lights. Our menu encompasses carefully selected dishes from Asia, all prepared using traditional Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean disciplines. We believe that Asian food should be clean, fresh and healthy, and that each dish should always be made from scratch. We serve lunch and dinner all week, also available for takeaway delivery. Absolutely magazine readers receive an exclusive 10% discount on their first takeaway delivery order placed online using code ABMAG10

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METHOD 1 To make the almond milk, drain and rinse the almonds. Combine them with the vanilla, date and 750 ml water in a blender. Blitz until smooth, then strain through a nut milk bag or fine-meshed sieve lined with muslin (cheesecloth). Refrigerate until ready to use. 2 Preheat the oven to 175°C. Grease a 23 × 13 × 7 cm loaf tin with the oil spray and dust with flour. 3 In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, 100 g of the sugar and 80 ml water until well blended. Set aside. 4 In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.

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his is a foolproof cake guaranteed to please the whole family. Use the best-quality cocoa you can find, because it really does makes a difference. I’ve made this with almond milk so it’s dairy-free, but you can use full-cream milk in its place. We make our own almond milk at Miss Ruben – it’s easy and well worth the effort – but if using a storebought variety make sure it’s fresh, not from a carton.

INGREDIENTS • 450 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting • 60 g Dutch (unsweetened) cocoa powder • 500 g caster sugar • 2 teaspoons baking powder • 250 ml extra-virgin olive oil • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract • 5 cold eggs • fresh raspberries, to serve • Home-made almond milk • 155 g almonds, soaked overnight in cold water • dash of natural vanilla extract • 1 medjool date, stone removed • olive oil spray, for greasing

5 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat 400 g of the sugar, the oil and vanilla until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Continue beating for another 3–5 minutes, until the mixture is thick and pale. 6 Stop the mixer and add one-third of the flour mixture. Beat on low speed until just blended. Stop the mixer again and add 125 ml of the almond milk. Beat until just blended. Repeat with another one third of the flour, another 125 ml of the almond milk, and then the remaining flour, beating the mixture after each addition. 7 Add three cups of the batter to the cocoa mixture and mix well. Pour one-third of the plain batter into the prepared tin and top with one third of the chocolate batter. Continue adding the batter in layers until both mixtures are used. 8 Bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. 9 Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then turn it out onto a platter. Serve with fresh raspberries.

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MEZCAL and CONFETTI Portobello’s Santo restaurant brings an authentic taste of Mexico to the capital By HELEN BROWN

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ostling for space on Notting Hill’s bustling Portobello Road, Santo has become a mecca for those looking for authentic Mexican food in the W10 neighbourhood. When it opened 10 years ago, the eatery was geared towards the discerning niche of Generation X, but how things have changed. With more choice, more cuisines and eateries open all day, every day, dining out is not what it used to be. Santo, like many London restaurants, has had to accommodate for the new trends tipping the balance in the culinary world. Alongside the restaurant’s much-loved, slow-cooked meat dishes - chilorio, birria, carnitas and the ever-popular rib-eye steak burrito - visitors will now find a tantalising array of vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and gluten-free options. From #MeatFreeMonday to Veganary, more and more of the British population are opting for meat-free or plant-based diets. Whether that’s for health, ethical or spiritual reasons, meat has been knocked down a few spots on modern-day menus. This too, is the case at Santo, where diners can enjoy the eatery’s big flavours and home-style cooking from a selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes. From guacamole to nopalitos con ajo, lentejas and grilled vegetables in

“guarantees a feast for the senses” mole with Mexican rice, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike are spoilt for choice. Wash it all down with an organic wine or an artisanal mezcal for a night to remember. Fernando and Carlos De la Cruz are the two brothers who started Santo as an underground spot for locals to get the best food, best margaritas and best ceviche in London. Together they bring the authentic and traditional tastes of Mexico to the capital. Fernando cut his teeth in the kitchen at just fourteen years old, cooking at the family restaurant. He washed pots and made his way through the ranks in kitchens from San Francisco to Sydney, once living under a tree with his temporary adopted aboriginal family and free diving for sea cucumbers in the barrier reef. Along with Fernando’s innovative

menu, Santo promises one hell of a party. Join them on Friday 13 when they’ll be popping mezcal bottles and confetti cannons for #elchef ’s 50th birthday. Santo pride themselves on pouring the best quality spirits - from Mezcal Alipus to Tapatio - so it’s sure to a night of debauchery. For those looking for an evening of culinary extravagance, the Santo Dinner Club is perfect. Here, Chef-patron Fernando opens up his kitchen to guest chefs renowned for their culinary skills. The second dinner of the season takes place on April 10 and welcomes Mexican chef Adriana Cavita who’ll be creating an unmissable menu. The quality of the ingredients cooked by this expert team guarantees a feast of the senses. On Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm-1am Santo occasionally brings in guests DJs to get the party started, however co-founder Carlos is normally the selector of salsa, latin rhythms, funk and Mancuso dance specials. Late-night diners can go from dinner to dusk as the tables are swept aside to make room for dancing. From the delicious Mexican menus to the music and the mezcal, Santo is the west London restaurant offering something special. Definitely one to add to the little black book. SA N TO S For private functions on Sundays or Tuesdays contact info@santolondres.com or 020 8968 4590. Also, for a quieter dinner come on Wednesdays. Thursday to Saturday gets livelier and louder, booking essential. Mondays, forget about it. • Check santolondres.com for booking policy and opening hours. For updates follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“Crisp calamari is delicious with a squeeze of lemon, dunked in aioli”

Harry’s Dolce Vita It’s all aperitifs and appetizers at this stylish 1960s Italian diner

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tepping into Harry’s Dolce Vita is like stepping back into 1960s Italy. Sitting opposite Harrods, the restaurant is ideally located to celebrate a successful shopping trip. After entering through a grand gold door, the dimly lit dining-room you arrive in screams swank and sophistication. Think brass furnishings, tan leather seating, colourful Murano glass and rich emerald fabrics.

Waiters and waitresses wear white tie, the bar menu has more aperitifs listed than I can count and there is a section wholly dedicated to the negroni. Outside on the veranda, in true continental style, there are multiple parties seated, despite it being the middle of winter. As for the food, the menu covers classic Italian favourites, without fuss or pretension. For primi, I order the calamari and the carpaccio and find both dishes well-balanced in terms of textures

FOOD Classic Italian favourites without fuss

DECOR Grand and decadent with brass finishes and rich fabrics.

PRICE Cicchetti from £3.50, antipasti from £6.50, mains from £14.95

VERDICT Classic and comforting

and flavours. The wafer-thin sirloin of the beef carpaccio with Cipriana mustard, rocket and parmesan is perfectly complemented by the hot and peppery rocket and sharp mustard dressing. The crisp calamari is delicious with a squeeze of lemon, dunked in roasted garlic aioli. For secondi, we take it up a notch with indulgent linguine vongole with palourde clams and Harry’s rib-eye with a side of caprese salad. The former is carb-heaven, creamy and comforting, the latter is juicy and topped with tomato, olive, rosemary, garlic butter and parmesan salsa. Take note: save room for desserts, they come in horrifyingly huge proportions. We order the profiteroles and the Gianduia sundae. The former is a pint of milk-gelatofilled pastry layered with chocolate mousse and warm chocolate sauce. The latter is a grand old serving size of milk and bitter chocolate gelato, Piedmontese hazelnut brownie, whipped cream and warm salted caramel sauce which is delicious and not as sickly as it sounds. ● HARRY’S DOLCE VITA 27-31 Basil Street, SW3 harrysdolcevita.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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tanding proud in the heart of Notting Hill, on the corner of Portobello and just a stone’s throw from Hugh Grant’s famous bookshop, The Distillery is a four-floor mecca for the discerning drinker in west London’s most vibrant neighbourhood. The first of its kind in the UK, the working distillery features two bars, a private dining room and three guest lodgings, as well as being home to the internationallyrenowned Portobello Road gin and the critically acclaimed gin-blending experience, The

Ginstitute. On entering through the Talbot Road door, guests of The Experience are welcomed with a Tom Collins cocktail and greeted by the evening’s gin instructor. The first hour is a lesson in the long and disruptive history of the drink, hailed Mother’s Ruin and banned in Britain at one time. From the drink’s medicinal origins to the gin craze which gripped the country for 200 years and into the renaissance the tipple is enjoying today, the engaging instructor leaves no stone unturned in this education, which is delivered as the audience enjoys a G&T. From there, it’s into The Still Room where guests get a tutored tasting and nosing of botanicals, before trying their hand at creating their own bespoke blend. The Gin Instructor assists in blending the various distilled botanicals together to create a completely unique recipe for each guest, a full bottle of which will be taken away to enjoy at home. Once each guest has created and received their blend of gin, they are invited back downstairs for one last drink, where they’ll also receive a bottle of Portobello Road Gin. • The Ginstitute Experience, £120 per person 186 Portobello Road, W11; the-distillery.london

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teeped in a history that harks back to 1869, Camden Lock once stood at the heart of London’s gin scene. Once upon a time, you couldn’t move for the distilleries and warehouses that were packed in amongst the Lock’s cobbled streets. A gin train was even employed to ship produce over to global buyers. Today, gin is back in its north London home by way of Half Hitch, who set up shop in Camden Lock 50 years after the last of the original distilling warehouses could be found. They are breathing life back into the industry, not least with their award-winning gin, but also with fun, bespoke gin-making classes every weekday evening at their micro-distillery in Camden Market. Over the course of an hour, Half Hitch distiller Chris will teach you all about the gin-making process using a modern still - make sure to take notes, because it will then be your turn to try your hand. In pairs, you’ll create your own bespoke gin, using ingredients you’ve brought in yourself. Anything from fruit to botanicals works wonderfully to flavour the gin, or if you’re feeling adventurous, give something more daring a try. It’s totally up to you - the only rule is no chilli - and you’ll leave with 100ml of your bespoke blend, along with 100ml of Half Hitch. • £60 per person, tickets available via designmynight.com Half Hitch Microdistillery | Unit 53 Camden Lock Place, NW1; halfhitch.london A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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FOOD & DRINK • GIN EXPERIENCES THE BAR AT THE SIPSMITH DISTILLERY

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he Cotswolds Distillery has been proudly making Outstanding Natural Spirits since 2014 and is rated one of the top visitor attractions in the Cotswolds. Visitors can see their award-winning spirits and liqueurs being made at the small but perfectly formed distillery. Each tour finishes up in the cosy tasting room where you can sample their whole range: from the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky to the Cotswolds Dry Gin, a richly aromatic twist on a classic London Dry gin made with lavender from the beautiful farm at nearby Snowshill.

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he Sipsmith Distillery tour is the perfect mix of informative and fun. Four hours in total, the tour comprises a brief history and tour, generous tasting time and a three course meal at Charlotte’s Bistro. The Chiswick distillery is so small and compact (and situated on a residential road) it would be easy to miss. Looking around, the distillery is not much more than a glorified, albeit stylish, shed containing a bar, laboratory and four copper stills named Prudence, Patience, Constance and Cygnet. The former is named after Gordon Brown’s favourite word during the recession. During an incredibly informed and wellpresented whirlwind tour, we cover the country and brand’s rich gin history. When Sipsmith first launched in 2007, fewer than 300 litres of gin production was classed as moonshine, but two years of lobbying resulted in a change in the law. The resounding highlight was the opportunity to sample limited edition varieties of Sipsmith, including lemon drizzle, maple syrup and sloe gin, usually reserved for members of the Sipsmith Sipping Society. The cherry on top of the gin and tonic was the take home gift, a bottle of Sipsmith Gin, a lime and a tonic - “for the road”.

- Add all of the ingredients to a shaker - Add ice and shake - Pour into a Collins or highball glass - Top with tonic water - Garnish with a lemon wheel

• Sipsmith Distillery Tour, £85 per person 83 Cranbrook Road, W4; sipsmith.com

Silent Pool Gin, £37; available from silentpooldistillers.com

• Visit their website to book a tour cotswoldsdistillery.com GIN MASTERCLASS AT THE COTSWOLD DISTILLERY

Silent Pool Gin Aperitif INGREDIENTS 40ml Silent Pool Gin 20ml Tio Pepe fino 25ml lemon juice 20ml 1:1 sugar syrup 2 dashes orange bitters

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EAT Green Sustainability is a hot topic for 2018. Learn how to incorporate it into your routine with Absolutely’s guide to mindful food shopping

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SHOP SEASONALLY

ating seasonally is an easy way to make your weekly shop more sustainable. Firstly, it reduces the energy needed to grow and transport crops, which lowers the associated CO2 emissions. Secondly, seasonal food is fresher and tends to be more nutritious and flavoursome, so it’s a win-win situation.

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ood waste is something we are all guilty of, but it can be a hard habit to shift. Putting a bit of forethought into your meals will help you to create a more concise shopping list and in turn allow you to shop more efficiently and reduce the amount you throw in the bin. Plus, meal planning will also save you money (no more overprices packaged sandwiches).

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upermarkets love wrapping their produce in copious layers of plastic packaging. Instead, try choosing loose vegetables over ones that are individually cellophanewrapped. Some stores, such as Planet Organic, also offer refillable produce, which lets you bring your own containers and restock cupboard staples without adding to the plastic pile. It'll also look more attractive on your shelf.

“Food waste is something we are all guilty of, but it can be a hard habit to shift”

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ccording to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the livestock sector is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to environmental problems at every scale, from local to global. Scary stuff. Meat-Free Mondays is an initiative set up by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of having at least one meat-free day each week. A small change with a big impact.

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t may sound obvious, but ditching the car for the weekly food shop is a great way to boost your green points. If walking isn’t an option, try carpooling with friends or combining your shopping trip with other activities which require a car.

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GOING STEADY

BRAYER DESIGN The Brayer family are celebrating 100 years of cabinet making. Originally specialising in dresser cabinets, the renowned kitchen furniture experts combine unfussy designs with high specification cabinetry. brayerdesign.co.uk

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

African Rhythm EVA SONAIKE

Eva Sonaike's new Aburi Rise collection has a bohemian colour scheme, capturing the calm and tropical feel of Ghana with a colourful palette of lush greens, warm pinks, deep purples and rich blues. evasonaike.com

SPRING FEVER FARROW & BALL

Spring is particularly spring-like at Farrow & Ball this year, with a palette of dusky greens and floral wallpapers. Pictured is the maximalist Helleborus paper, which celebrates growth and rejuvenation. farrow-ball.com

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OHH DEER Palm Springs notebook, £4.95 ohhdeer.com

LIGHT FANTASTIC URBAN COTTAGE INDUSTRIES

EDITOR’S PICK

PAPIER TIGRE A5 carnet, £11 papersmiths.co.uk

BASE COLOUR MINIFORMS

Made in Italy, the Shiko Magnum king size bed is designed by studio E-ggs for Italian brand Miniforms. The frame and legs are solid wood with a minimal, chic style, whilst the gently rounded headboad is deep and luxuriously comfortable. gomodern.co.uk

Design your own pendant light by choosing cable, fitting, bulb and switch, all from a huge variety of options. Customise it to suit your taste and your home. We like the green flex and the bronze lamp holder. urbancottageindustries.com

PAPIER Personalised notebooks, £12.99 papier.com

MINI MODERNS Set of two notebooks, £10 minimoderns.com

TRUE BLUE LE CREUSET

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE Writing as therapy journals, £15 theschooloflife.com

New to the Le Creuset palette are these springlike blues and greens, worth starting an entirely new collection for. lecreuset.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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YVES DELORME

CURIOUSA & CURIOUSA

Cyclope cushion in menthe, £65; uk.yvesdelorme.com

Snowdrop pendant, £POA curiousa.co.uk

KAHLER Omaggio vase medium, £39.90 skandium.com

JO MALONE Green tomato leaf candle, £45 jomalone.co.uk

HOUSE OF HACKNEY Paradisa cushion, £165 houseofhackney.com

EDITOR’S PICK

JONATHAN ADLER Large stacked acrylic egg, £298; jonathanadler.com

HABITAT Euan floor lamp in yellow, £225 habitat.co.uk

CLARINS Eau des Jardins, £36 clarins.co.uk

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SPRING FORWARD

HAY Lamino easy chair, £1,630 skandium.com

Jambi gardne chair, £195 habitat.co.uk

All you need for a fresh start By PENDLE HARTE

SEEDBALL Mum's Meadow Mix, £5.99 seedball.co.uk

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Hawaii vinyl flooring, £59 per metre atrafloor.com

Rajasthani Quilted Iris Throw, £50; libertylondon.com

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bulthaup Holland Park 142–144 Holland Park Avenue London, W11 4UE Tel. 020 7822 2800 www.hollandpark.bulthaup.com

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CHANGING PLACES Absolutely admires interior designer Yoko Kloeden’s major renovation of her three-storey family home P h o t o g r a p h y YAY O I / Y O K O K L O E D E N . C O M

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his Victorian semi detached house had been covered with ivy for 30 years and internally it was a patchwork of DIY building works done by the previous owners. The project included demolishing the poorly-done ground floor extension, gutting and stripping the entire house, rebuilding the rear extension to make a large family area, adding two rooms to the loft level as the second floor and refurbishing the whole house including the exterior and the garden. With the help of Ampersand Architecture, the house was converted to a spacious four bedroom, two bathroom house with a large family area and a home office. The cool colour palettes were chosen to keep the mood (and the children) calm and serene, while robust and repairable natural materials were chosen to withstand busy family life.

HALLWAY

An entrance hallway sets the mood of the house. Having searched for wall coverings that represent the house’s low key yet elegant aesthetics, Yoko chose clay plaster for its tactile texture, calm appearance, easy maintenance and environmental credentials. It also gives a nod to her Japanese background, as clay plastering has long been used in traditional houses in Japan. The hexagon floor tiles are a contemporary take on traditional encaustic tiles and made of porcelain to withstand daily foot and buggy traffic. The joint between the hexagon tiles and the herringbone oak flooring of the open plan area was worked out on site between the designer and the contractor.

“Cool colour palettes were chosen to keep the mood – and the children – serene”

LOUNGE

The originally enclosed hallway was opened up and now leads to an open plan family area that accommodates a lounge, kitchen, dining and children’s play/homework zone. Different shades of blue and green accent the room including Moroccan hand glazed tile cladding on the chimney breast. The colours are inspired by Yoko’s Bitossi Rimini Blue pottery collection.

KITCHEN

When the family bought the house, the rear extension had to be demolished and rebuilt. A large rooflight was installed over the kitchen, flooding the room with natural light despite it being in the middle of the house. The kitchen doors, drawers and cover panels with brass recess were designed by Yoko to fit IKEA carcasses and crafted by her skilled joiner. A slab of Carrara marble was chosen for the splashback to glam up the kitchen and worktops are Silestone in a similar shade, chosen for its durability. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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DINING/ CHILDREN’S ZONE

The original rear extension was in poor condition and separated into three disctinct areas with the original exterior walls still in place. Yoko demolished it and turned it into one large open plan area with a dining and children’s zone at the back. Black Crittall-style steel doors were chosen to be features by themselves while adding rhythm and impact in framing the garden view. The exterior is brought inside by extending the original brick wall indoors. ‘I use natural materials wherever possible as I love how they age. The key to usisng natural materials in tough environment (aka young children) is to embrace their imperfections and choose the ones that are easy to repair,’ says Yoko.

HOME OFFICE

The front room was closed off to create a home office. Black is used as a common thread throughout the house while it is used here in a big expanse to a dramatic effect.

GARDEN

Previously, the garden was cluttered with overgrown bushes and trees and the previous owner’s DIY decking; it could only be accessed from a small side door. Consequently, it was never used. The fullheight Crittall-style doors were installed to lead out to the walled garden and Yoko designed a built in bench. Now it is a perfect entertainment spot for her family and friends. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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INTERIORS • PRODUCTS MARIMEKKO Sukat wine glass, £32 marimekko.com

LASVIT Otto glassware collection lasvit.com

DARTINGTON Celebrate wine glass pair, £50 dartington.co.uk

GURASU Coloured crystal wine goblets, £185 for six gurasu.co.uk

WATERFORD Lismore balloon wine glass, £60 waterford.co.uk

JOHN LEWIS Leckford floral wine glass, £8 johnlewis.com

EDITOR’S PICK

CRYSTAL MAZE Absolutely’s favourite wine glasses By P E N D L E H A R T E

IITTALA Lempi stacking wine glasses, £21 for two iittala.com

LSA Wine goblets, £100 for eight lsa-international.com

DARTINGTON Harris crystal wine glass, £48 dartington.co.uk

LSA Polka champagne saucer, £34 for four lsa-international.com

DARTINGTON Stemless wine glass pack of six, £48 dartington.co.uk

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LITTLE ITALY

MINIFORMS  Contemporary Italian design is known for its colour and Miniforms' beautiful Kiki pendant light comes in six soft matte hues. The ceramic shade works as a distinctive feature light as well as in a group; designer Paolo Cappello is an awardwinning talent with a background in industrial design and his work includes clever tech accessories such as cabinets with in-built speakers. Everything in colour, naturally. gomodern.com

FLOOR SHOW

ATRAFLOOR  Can't decide what to have on your floor? Atrafloor's range will simply add to your distress. This clever range of made-to-order vinyl comes in a range of patterns and colours ranging from faux Moroccan tile to bold floral prints to graphic repeat patterns. All in a huge range of colours, of course. We like this Nico Orange look. atrafloor.com

Why be afraid of colour? And who wrote the rules about clashing shades? Do whatever feels right to you

PANEL DISCUSSION

SHUTTERLY FABULOUS  Shutters needn't match your walls, doors or window frames, though of course they can. Contrasting colours work brilliantly for shutters, and who says they all need to be the same shade? Shutterly Fabulous has a colour match service and promises an 'almost infininte' range of colour possibilities. shutterlyfabulous.com

LINE OF BEAUTY

JONATHAN ADLER  Jonathan Adler is a man of many colours. Originally a potter, his design work now takes in far more than ceramics, stretching into textiles, furniture and decorative objects of all kinds. And in everything, there's colour. This Nouvelle cabinet is both classic and colourful with its unepected palette and graphic look. uk.jonathanadler.com

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The Legacy Ozoo desk designed by Marc Berthier for Roche Bobois, 2018

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esigned by Marc Berthier for Roche Bobois in 1968, the iconic Ozoo desk returns to the brand’s permanent catalogue 50 years later. Typical of the revolutionary techniques and materials developed in the 1960s, the design has been reissued in five original colours. A witness of the 1960s manufacturing innovations, the Ozoo desk symbolised the modern use of unconventional materials in furniture design and the rise of a forwardthinking approach to distribution. Plastic widened the scope of possibilities in terms of design, production and final usage of the product.  Initially conceived for children, the Ozoo collection included small desks, beds, and storage units. Upon its great success, the range expanded to coffee and cocktail tables. Moulded in one piece and coated with a bright colourful gelcoat, the Ozoo desk marked the transition from classic furniture to a more playful period in interior design.  Marc Berthier said: 'The Ozoo desk and chair are emblematic pieces from 1960s. I

“The Ozoo desk marked a transition to a more playful period in interior design” am thrilled that Roche Bobois decided to reissue them - their timeless shape, function and aesthetic are well-suited for our contemporary lifestyle. Their revolutionary design - one single piece like a monolith - made the production easier and less expensive, which allowed Roche Bobois to distribute them more widely.' ‘This model has become a landmark throughout the history of design, it is good to be reminded of who created it,’ said Nicolas Roche, collections director at Roche Bobois. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Shibori Hand-Knotted | Persian Weave | Wool & Silk

Hand-knotted rugs woven from all-natural materials by skilled artisans Showroom, 2 New Kings Road, London SW6 4SA

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INTERIORS • PRODUCTS

TOM DIXON Cell tall pendant, £416; nunido.co.uk

LEE BROOM Orion, £POA5; leebroomstore.com

TOM DIXON Beat wide pendant in brass, £420; tomdixon.net

DAVEY LIGHTING York pendant in anthracite, £315; uk.originalbtc.com

BLOOMINGVILLE Gold metal pendant lamp, £125; vivalagoon.com

JOHN LEWIS Monserrat ceiling light, gold, £450; johnlewis.com

HEAL’S Lyngard bone china lantern, £250; heals.com

EDITOR’S PICK

ORIGINAL BTC May pendant, £275; originalbtc.com

THE HANG OF IT PLUMEN Original Drop Cap pendant £49.90; plumen.com

All our favourite pendant lights By P E A R L B OY D

KARMAN Ginger oval smoked glass pendant, £406; houzz.co.uk

JONATHAN ADLER Electrum kinetic chandelier brass and nickel; £1,095 ukjonathanadler.com

GO MODERN FERM LIVING

Miniforms Tora pendant light, £250; gomodern.co.uk

Black socket pendant and dome shade in dark green, £244; fermliving.com

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DISCOVERMORE

Embracing an innovative, modern approach whilst keeping traditional values at its core, Kew House School takes an exciting stance on 21st century education. With state-of-the-art facilities, a broad curriculum and excellent pastoral care, Kew House is a place where you would want to be – a place of learning and discovery, laughter and friendship.

Open Days Wed 2nd May th November 1stat /79:15am (9.30am/ 9.30am) Mon 25th June at 9:15am

th st November (7.00pm/ 9.30am) Fri 29th June15 at /21 9:15am

November 29th (9.30am)

Please book your place online.

Currently recruiting into the Sixth Form with a new Sixth Form Centre opening in 2017. T: 0208 742 2038 E: info@kewhouseschool.com W: www.kewhouseschool.com An independent co-educational senior school for students aged 11-18 in West London

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STREETS AHEAD

MARC JACOBS Daring designs with cool credentials defines Marc Jacobs' SS18 for tots. Think skater chic with an 80s vibe. childrensalon.com

Small Talk 99 · Education: the importance of a school's building 101 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Pigs and Pennies KAHLER

Kähler Design is adding three new animal money boxes to the range: a pig, a duck and an ostrich, all based on original shapes from the brand's extensive archive. We love the pig, £39.90. kahlerdesign.com

SMALL TALK A piggy bank, a rabbit, a monkey and more Scandinavian influence

NORDIC NIPPERS V& A M U S E U M O F C H I L D H O O D

EDITOR’S PICK

30 March-2 September Century of the Child exhibition explores the influence of kids on some of the best-loved Nordic designs, from BRIO to LEGO. There’s a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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t's rare for a shop to surprise you with each new visit, but somehow Bobby Rabbit does just that. The store’s expertly chosen range includes pretty much all you need to create the nursery of your dreams, from designled kids furniture, textiles and wall art to beautiful books and toys. You’re almost certain to discover one or two items you’ve seen nowhere else online. Current crush: the store’s delectable collection of Banwood ‘First Go!’ balance bikes, complete with tasteful vintage stylings and cute wicker baskets – plus matching helmets in white, cream and assorted pastel shades. The store’s success stems from the vision of founder Nicky King, who set out to showcase items that would appeal to adults as much as kids themselves. Inspired. bobbyrabbit.co.uk

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Hollyz is the British born brand that’s practical, stylish, soft, warm – and beautifully designed. We love the cashmere and fi ne wool blend Alice cape that’s guaranteed to make any little girl feel like a princess.  hollyz.com

Crochet has made a comeback this spring, in clothing and decor. Misha + Puff ’s hand knits are the most desirable with the fi nest attention to detail. The pretty faded candy colours and nostalgic styles are the prettiest we’ve seen.  misha-and-puff.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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The IB at Southbank International School is more than an education. It’s a grounding for the increasingly complex and demanding world we live in. A commitment to academic excellence and a uniquely liberal ethos. An inner belief and confidence carried for the rest of life. Through university. Through a career. Into a lasting impact on the world. Places for 2018 entry are understandably strictly limited. Apply today at southbank.org/applynow

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GRAND designs

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ood teachers amaze and inspire their students. In my opinion, school buildings should do the same. I’m not alone in that view. Findings by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016 suggest that high quality school design, achieved through engagement with students and teachers, has a positive impact on both academic achievement and wellbeing. For the best part of a year now staff at Southbank International School, one of London’s leading International Baccalaureate schools, have been involved not only in ensuring students receive an excellent education, but also in plans to open a dynamic and exciting additional school campus

for the new academic year. We started this project to help with the growing demand for places at our Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school, but it is also an opportunity to consider how a building can help deliver the type of curriculum needed by today’s students. We’ve been fortunate that our parent company Cognita – who have 68 schools across Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia – have already worked on similarly ambitious projects across the world. In Singapore, for example, the Early Learning Village is a brand new school that will host up to 2,000 children aged 18 months to 6 years. That campus was designed by award-winning Bogle Architects with input from Gary Moore, Professor of Environmental Behavioural studies at Sydney University. It includes specific architectural and design elements

We are creating a calm, cool and creative space

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that elevate the early learning experience; its facilities make it a model school for the future. Back in London we have been fortunate to find a former BBC office and recording studio near Regent’s Park and our existing site. We have had to work hard and think creatively to ensure it provides what our students – many of whom go on to study at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale and Harvard – want and need. Surveys and workshops investigated what design elements would be required in an immersive campus. We challenged teams of architects, interior designers and even the innovation consultancy !What If? to turn all the creative ideas into a practical form. The result is amazing. We are creating a calm and creative space that students will enjoy learning in. When we open the campus in August, the new building will fuse Scandinavian design ethos with intuitive learning technology. Natural colours and materials will enhance a sense of space and calm. Moss walls and wood panelling will channel a sense of the natural world. But this is not going to be a nature school with a W1 postcode. When it comes to tech innovation, our classrooms will allow students to work with classmates from other global cities. Being able to have video links with schools in Hong Kong, Sao Paolo, Barcelona and Santiago will promote cultural understanding. The building will comprise flexible, multi-use areas ranging from spacious classrooms to large communal areas. These will accompany quiet areas for small group and individual work, including study pods and semiprivate breakout areas.The top floor will house a common room with soft seating. In this way we continue to demonstrate our liberal ethos, academic excellence and the values of the International Baccalaureate.

S I O B H A N M C G R AT H is Executive Principal, Southbank International School, part of the Cognita Group of schools

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Speak the Truth

Live Generously

Aim for the Best

Open Events School in Action

Open Evening 2018

Visit us on a normal school day and hear an address by the Headmistress and presentations by the girls. Wednesday 2nd May 2018 9.00am – 10.45am

Thursday 4th October 4.30pm – 6.30pm Tours only between 4.30pm – 5.45pm Headmistress’ address and presentations 5.45pm

Open Morning 2018

Sixth Form Open Evening 2018

Saturday 29th September Tours

Wednesday 10th October 5.15pm – 7.00pm Headmistress’ address and presentations 5.30pm A Level subject exhibitions and refreshments 6.00pm

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Hampstead’s Fine Arts College has grown into a college for 13 to 19 year olds. Absolutely meets its founder, Candida Cave B y A M A N DA C O N S TA N C E

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hen Candida Cave’s old flatmate from her days at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford asked if she would take on two boys she was tutoring, Cave discovered that she loved teaching. A year later, she established her own sixth-form art college with fellow artist Nicholas Cochrane. That was in 1978. Forty years on, the Fine Arts College in Belsize Park is a north London institution – for those in the know, of course.

A collection of small buildings set around a cobbled courtyard behind iron gates on England’s Lane, it feels more like an artists’ collective than a school. Cave says they consciously created a happy environment for students. “Condition, consciousness, calm – all these things help students learn,” she says. Places at FAC are hugely in demand and that’s without any advertising, ever. Most students come for sixth form to take advantage of the art-based A-Levels on offer: Fine Art, Photography, Textiles and Graphics. Entry is non-selective:

The way education has gone in the past few years, arts subjects are being really squeezed

EDUCATION • FOCUS applicants need at least five GCSEs and all Year 12 and 13 students are expected to take four A-Levels. FAC started offering GCSEs in 1994. “We realized a number of students weren’t happy at their schools so we started GCSEs,” says Cave. Since then there have been small Year 10 and Year 11 groups at the college. And from this September, it will be expanding to take Year 9 students for the first time. This is a “natural development”, says Cave, who hopes that many will join “straight from prep school to give themselves a good sweep at GCSEs”. The demand is definitely there. “I genuinely believe there are a great number of 13 year olds who are very good at art, music, drama and the way education has gone in the past few years those subjects are being squeezed,” says Cave. Looking at the list of 2017 leavers, it’s hard not to notice a certain Brooklyn Beckham. If the college has become known for anything in recent years, it’s the children of celebrities who have attended, from the Beckhams’ eldest to Rocco Ritchie and Anais Gallagher. But Cave will, quite rightly, not be drawn on her starry charges. “It’s a sensitive matter because I want the students to feel they have a normal education,” she says. Cave sold the college to Duke’s Education two years ago. She has taken a step back from day-to-day teaching but still has a great appetite for leading the college. Will the college take the logical step and become a full school, opening to children from Year 7? Cave says: “I don’t know, let’s just wait and see.” But with the college going from strength to strength, nobody would be surprised.

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e’re staying in the Farmhouse Loft Double, which is located on the second floor, and is the second largest of the hotel’s rooms. Featuring a sizeable ensuite bathroom and luxurious super king bed, the space is light-filled and airy, helped along by the high gabled ceiling. We love the clever little interior touches - from the writing desk and love-worn leather armchairs to the artisanal textiles and upcycled side tables. Together they create a homely yet style-conscious environment. The wooden-floored bathroom is another highlight, with its delicious-smelling Bramley toiletries and free-standing roll top bathtub, which is positioned next to an idyllic mullioned window.

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r Hanbury’s Mason Arms is the pub and restaurant connected to the hotel that offers an inventive menu from head chef Leon Smith, which showcases his passion for foraged, seasonal and local produce. You can choose between dining in the wood-panelled, stone floored pub or the more formal dining room, designed in collaboration with artists The Connor Bothers. We opt for a table in the pub and enjoy a hearty meal of heritage beetroot salad, beerbattered haddock and chips and a decadent chocolate fondant. Pub grub just got stylish.

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A ROYAL WELCOME We take a trip to the Half Moon Resort in Jamaica, the royal family’s favourite Caribbean hotel Wo r d s E L I Z A B E T H H U T T O N

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o worries, no problem” is a saying you’ll hear a lot in Jamaica. It’s a motto. A way of life. A calming notion that if you have no worries - and at the Half Moon in Montego Bay they make sure you don’t - you have no problems and vice versa. A firm favourite with the British Royal family, who have been coming to stay here for the past 50 years, the Half Moon has also been home to the American Royal family, the Kennedys, who stayed for a month prior to JFK’s inauguration. More recently, modern day pop royalty, including Rihanna and Lil Wayne, have also chosen to relax and unwind at this resort. So, what’s the secret to the

Half Moon’s long-lasting appeal? The truth is, it’s heaven. I stayed in the Imperial Suite which, rather than a simple hotel room, was a sea-view villa with its own living space, bedroom, bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and, most impressively, pool. Classically designed, the elegant rooms aren’t modern or glitzy, but rather a nostalgic nod back to the Half Moon’s '50s, '60s roots. It’s this timeless approach to design that allows you to take yourself away from modern stresses and therefore adds to the calming effect of the resort. The Half Moon beaches surpass those I’ve seen in any cheesy rom-com. With over two miles of seafront, the crescent-shaped Sunset Beach actually inspired the name of the resort back in 1954. Here, we spent hours kayaking, paddle boarding and, of course, drinking Red Stripe. As night fell, fire torches were lit all along the front so we could stop to watch the sky turn from blue to pink before the stars and moon took over. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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There is, however, more to the Half Moon than mere beauty. With their very own equestrian centre, 18 hole golf course and Jamaica’s largest spa, activities here reign supreme. The ‘Turf and Surf’ horseback ride is an experience no one could ever forget, with the horses actually taking you off into the Caribbean sea. While the horses swim, you hold onto their tails and glide behind them. Admittedly, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but perfectly safe for even beginner riders and is bizarrely soothing once you get going. Following this with an Instagram-worthy photo shoot (where you can stand on the horse's back and pose) it will be hard to find an experience that will be as majestical, or as insane, ever again. If you’re not up for the adrenaline rush of the ride and swim, The Fern Tree Spa is a beautiful alternative. With its own herb garden, the spa uses what it grows, so ingredients include fresh lemongrass, aloe and ginger. Combining modern techniques with Jamaican traditional healing therapies, the treatments here are decompressing, invigorating and realigning - if you felt any jet lag, you won’t after leaving the treatment room. To make the most of the spa, visit the hydrotherapy

swimming pool before your treatment. I found it completely empty so I could get into the right state of mind for my massage. Food found in the resort grounds is also delicious, with six different restaurants offering up an array of international cuisines. While breakfast is served buffet-style and consists of both European and Caribbean foods, such as ackee and salt fish, lunch and dinner were a more formal affair. My personal favourite was dinner at the Seagrape Terrace where we ate ahi tuna with guacamole and cucumber followed by grilled lobster tail with mashed potato and melted butter. Locally caught, both types of meat were incredibly tender and flavoursome. For those wanting to try something even more spectacular, the hotel owned restaurant Sugar Mill is worth a visit. Located on the old Rose Hall Sugar Plantation, the mill and its water wheel still stand and create a magical backdrop to dinner. Known for its modern take on traditional Jamaican cuisine, this awardwinning fine dining restaurant uses a charcoal grill to add a smokey flavour to dishes, such as wagyu striploin and veal chop with jerk-herb butter. We finished off our feast with a thimble of 50 year old Appleton Estate rum - the oldest available to buy. Having stayed at the Half Moon, it’s obvious why the resort remains so popular. It’s a homely, private and luxurious Caribbean escape. Whether you choose to spend all your time by the pool, on the beach or adrenaline seeking, you will leave feeling revived. Come here for a proper break away and you will be ready to face whatever you have waiting for you back home.

HALF MOON RESORT An Ocean Deluxe Room at Half Moon starts from US$593 (approx £430), based on double occupancy. Price includes airport transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a daily drinks credit of US$120 (approx £90).  halfmoon.com

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arch the 14th marked Dog Theft Awareness Day, and in 2017 DogLost. co.uk reported that incidences of dog theft in the UK had risen by 24% since 2014. Sadly, it’s a highly profitable crime and one that is devastating to the owner affected. While there needs to be more done to stop getting stolen in the first place, here is our advice on how to minimise the risk of your dog being stolen and how to keep them safe.

NEUTERING One of the main reasons dogs are stolen is for breeding. Neutering your dog not only offers health and behavioural benefits, but it can also help prevent the theft of your dog for breeding reasons.

A microchip, which is a legal requirement for dog owners, gives you the very best chance of being reunited with your pet should they get lost or stolen. Wherever they may end up in the country, a chip will always carry your details so your beloved pet can be tracked back to you. It is also a legal requirement to make sure you keep this information updated should you move home.

ID TAGS An ID tag is a further requirement by law and dog owners must ensure their dog wears one while in a public place, with the name and address of its family. A telephone number is optional, but a good idea as it makes it easier for someone to reach you if they have found your dog. However, we advise against putting your dog’s own name on the tag, as a thief who knows your dog’s name can call them by their name and gain your dog’s trust.

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Never leave your dog tied up alone outside a shop or alone in your car, even if you are only going to be a few minutes. This can cause a dog distress (as well as overheating in the car), but it is also an invitation for an opportunist to strike when a dog is in a vulnerable position on its own. We advise leaving your dog in the safety of your home if you are going somewhere that isn’t dog-friendly. However, please remember that dogs are also easily stolen from back gardens, so never leave your dog outside on its own.

TRAINING We know dogs love going for walks and running off lead in a safe place can give them so much joy, but it sadly also gives thieves the opportunity to steal unsuspecting dogs. It is a great benefit to be able to call your dog away from danger and for them to come straight to you when called, so make sure you invest in the time to train your dog’s recall skills. Dogs often get lost by a friend of the family who is walking or exercising the dog on behalf of the owner, so make sure the dog is always kept on the lead when they are out and about with someone other than the owner. M AY H E W offers a low-cost neutering service at their Community Vet Clinic which includes free microchipping. They also offer FREE neutering for bull breed dogs and cats on the C4 scheme. For more information and to book an appointment: 020 8962 8017 vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org themayhew.org

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HIDDEN GEMS Notting Hill goes against the grain, coaxing out motivated buyers with first-rate stock

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raham Hedger, a well-known and highly regarded property developer, has had deals agreed for two of his super prime properties within a week, in a flurry of activity that will no doubt come as a surprise to some market commentators. The first house, on Queensdale Place, was outdated and badly designed when Mr Hedger bought it. With the help of his own construction company and a very talented architect, he turned into a rare gem. It is detached with private parking, a beautiful secluded garden and set back behind its own secure gates. Inside, the house and its

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extensive leisure complex total 8300 sqft. After a few months on the market, a deal was agreed and contracts were issued. However, the chain of events that followed was a throwback to the heady days of a bull market. On the Sunday evening of the week in question, the exclusivity period granted to the first buyer expired. The next morning a second buyer, who lives locally, viewed the house. Contracts were then exchanged with the new buyer by midnight that same day, with them having comfortably outbid the initial buyer. Two days later, Knight Frank agreed a deal on another of Mr Hedger’s properties in Notting Hill - the Hidden House on Lonsdale Road – for £25m. This house

was built on the site of a former sorting office and was the result of a three-year reconstruction project in partnership with Warren Todd. The Hidden House was built in the centre of a mixed retail and residential site, where consent had been granted for several flats. However, Messrs Hedger and Todd instead decided to create a one-off home; a decision that clearly paid off. The result was an outstanding, new build family home, tucked away behind a discreet façade. Being a keen runner and fitness fanatic, Mr Hedger also wanted the house to have a ‘wellness’ USP in the shape of a 20 metre swimming pool, arguably one of the largest in a private London home. The £25m price tag was £3m above the asking price and followed serious interest from four separate parties, all of whom made bids. A deal was agreed with one of the parties, introduced by sub agent Foxtons, following the careful negotiation and management of the sale process by Knight Frank and the vendors. As a result, contracts were exchanged within hours. Exchanging within days of each other, these deals are both prime examples of motivated buyers in the current market looking for fantastic turnkey properties. This goes against much of the current rhetoric about the London market but what is even more interesting is their willingness to push through to exchange in a matter of hours in order to secure the property. “These sales highlight the fact that there are buyers out there looking at the top end of the market that want to move and are simply waiting until they find

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the property that best suits their needs,” said Arthur Lintell of Knight Frank, who managed the sale of both properties. Mr Hedger attributes the success of Hidden House in particular to having the right design team involved from day one. “We were lucky enough to have Toby Flannagan working with us on this, who is a brilliant architect that I have worked with for over 20 years. “A project as complex as this requires collaboration between all parties. We worked with Christina Parker and Jenny Lindsay–Fynn from Decoroom on both houses to apply the finishing touches, turning spectacular sites into homes of the

highest quality. “I think the interest shown in these properties, the resulting bids and the speed of transaction are reflective of the work that went into creating them,” Hedger says. According to Lintell, the market remains “an attractive prospect for buyers, but these deals show that if there is something absolutely out of the top drawer, there is no guarantee it will be around for very long. It shows faith in Notting Hill and the wider London market that we are seeing buyers competing for assets such as these.” For more information on our properties, visit www.knightfrank.co.uk

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WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? To find out how we can help you please contact us KnightFrank.co.uk/fulham fulham@knightfrank.com 020 8115 3726 KnightFrank.co.uk/fulham fulhamlettings@knightfrank.com 020 3463 2621  

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This attractive Victorian family home has been finished to an extremely high standard throughout and offers excellent living and entertaining space. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, guest cloakroom, reception room, kitchen and patio garden. EPC: C. Approximately 165 sq m (1,775 sq ft). fulhamlettings@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3463 2621

All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/tenantfees.

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Beaumont Crescent, London W14 A wonderfully spacious upper maisonette set over the first, second and third floors of this attractive house. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, separate kitchen and 2 terraces. EPC: F. Approximately 153 sq m (1,647 sq ft).  fulham@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8115 3726

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OUhome is a new type of estate agent bringing transparency to the forefront of the property market. Laurence Lai is the Head of London Sales and has been an estate agent for 27 years. “I am delighted to announce the launch of the YOUhome Property Times. The two spring issues focus on W11 and Chelsea. The purpose of the document is to give the reader an expert and unbiased view on the local property trends in those two

“The purpose of the document is to give the reader an expert and unbiased view on the local property trends”

areas through clear and concise graphs. In these latest editions, we discuss the “drivers” of residential property values and consider how these drivers have changed and will likely to change in 2018 and beyond. YOUhome’s expert Property Gurus will also provide their unique experience and insight into the types of buyers active in the property market today."

respective areas and looks at the types of buyers active in those markets today. It also outlines historical data and trends in those

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Established 1897

A beautifully presented fourbedroom apartment. Fitzjames Avenue, Kensington W14 • Spacious reception room • Two bathrooms • Two balconies

GUIDE PRICE

£1,995,000 TENURE

Share of Freehold

• Traditional features • Communal gated courtyard • Approx. 1,772sq ft / 160sq m

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Established 1897

An idyllic four-bedroom house with exceptional riverside views. Chiswick Quay • Open plan reception • Large kitchen and dining area • Master suite complete with roof terrace

GUIDE PRICE

£2,200,000 TENURE

Freehold

• Driveway and garage • Garden with river access • Approximately 2691sq m / 254sq m 

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ANSELM ROAD, FULHAM Located off the vibrant North End Road sits this immaculate Victorian House. The property comprises five double bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, south facing reception room, separate WC, utility room and landscaped rear garden. EPC - C

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BEAUMONT CRESCENT, WEST KENSINGTON A bright and elegant apartment occupying the top two floors of a beautiful period building. The property comprises two double bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite), modern open plan kitchen with spacious reception room leading onto a private south facing balcony. EPC - C

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Battersea Clapham Putney Barnes Richmond

Kew Sheen Twickenham Teddington Kingston

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PETERBOROUGH ROAD, FULHAM An immaculately presented two bedroom first floor apartment located in the heart of Parsons Green. Peterborough Road is just south of the vibrant Parsons Green with plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés as well as Parson Green underground station on your doorstep. EPC - C

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his is a wonderful four or five bedroom period house with sensational natural light, a wonderful sense of volume, generous ceilings and four floors. The house boasts a stunning drawing room, a reception room which can also be used as a separate dining room or TV room, a lovely family kitchen and breakfast room. It also benefits from off-street parking and communal garden. KNIGHT FRANK Notting Hill, 020 7229 0229 knightfrank.co.uk

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A newly refurbished two bedroom flat located in central Knightsbridge. The flat is on the raised ground floor and boasts two spacious bedroom suites and an open plan reception room which leads onto a modern kitchen. Situated on a residential street running between Brompton Road and Walton Street and just a short walk away from Harrods and fashionable Brompton Cross. YOUHOME Notting Hill, 020 7908 9280 youhome.co.uk 1

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Locketts Estates, 07714081732 lockettestates.co.uk

truly stunning six-bedroom family home situated in the popular Mapesbury Conservation Area. The property boasts a large entrance hall, 22 foot dining room leading into a fully equipped kitchen, a further reception room and six spacious bedrooms. Keyes road is a residential road close to transport links including Willesden Green station.

ELGIN CRESCENT

GREYHOUND ROAD well presented and modernised flat located by the ever-popular Queen's Club. The property comprises one double bedroom, bathroom, open-plan kitchen and living area. The fully fitted kitchen comes with all white appliances including washing machine and dishwasher. The flat further benefits from underfloor heating and security entry phone system.

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beautifully presented semi detached communal garden house in the highly sought after Notting Hill. This five bedroom house has been meticulously renovated and is arranged over six floors making it an outstanding family home. There is an abundance of natural light throughout and a landscaped private garden with direct access to Rosmead Garden, made famous by the film Notting Hill.

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LUXEMBURG GARDENS W6 GUIDE £3.45M FREEHOLD UPPER MALL W6 • 6 BEDROOMS £1,500PW • 2 RECEPTIONS/ £6,500PCM UPPER MALL W6 • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST/FAMILY ROOM •£1,500PW WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME • LIBRARY / £6,500PCM • •• •• ••

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EPC - D

MOUNT PLEASANT ROAD NW6

£2,650,000 Freehold

A substantial five/six bedroom semi-detached house built approx. 1920-1930 and laid out over 3000 sq ft on three floors. The property provides the lateral living space so popular with growing families and is located at the Queens Park end of Mount Pleasant Roadwithin easy walking distance of Queens Park and Tiverton Green.

• 5/6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms • 2938 sq ft over 3 floors + large extension • 2 reception rooms & dining area • Large bright modern kitchen

EPC - F

KEYES ROAD, NW2

£2,000,000 Freehold

Providing 2300 sq ft of fabulous living space with an abundance of original features is this stunning six bedroom family home offered For Sale in the very popular Mapesbury Conservation Area close to the Mapesbury Dell. Keyes Road is a popular residential road close to excellent transport links including Willesden Green (Jubilee) station.

• 6 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms • Large modern bright kitchen • Hallway with tessellated flooring • High ceilings & original wood flooring

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CHEVENING ROAD, NW6

£3,450,000 Freehold

A unique opportunity to purchase this six bedroom red brick semi-detached family home set over 2500 sq ft. The property is a fine example of a traditional Victorian house, benefiting from many of the original features, elegantly combined with modern living. Situated in a popular road overlooking Queens Park offering wonderful views.

• 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms • Dining area, Bright new modern kitchen • 91 ft magnificent rear garden, OSP, alarm • Wooden & tessellated flooring , sash windows

EPC - C

WILLESDEN LANE, NW2

£3,500,000 Freehold

Situated on the sought after Mapesbury Conservation Area is this family home ideal for entertaining with an abundance or original features including a stunning Edwardian staircase and high end appliances to the kitchen, hardwood flooring and CAT 6 cabling. Early viewing is recommended.

• 6 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite) • 34 ft bespoke kitchen/dining room • 3 generous reception rooms

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ST LUKES ROAD, W11 £3,600,000

Jerry Epton (MRICS) Property Guru and Local Expert D: 020 7908 9282

A spacious (3,270 Sq.ft) four bedroom, 3 bathroom (2 ensuite)

M: 07780 497 188

Notting Hill house with west-facing garden, high ceilings, great

E: jerry.epton@youhome.co.uk

living spaces, terraces and storage. All a short walk from the leading schools and facilities of Notting Hill. Freehold.

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ST LUKES MEWS, W11 £1,750,000 A beautiful and bright freehold two/three bedroom mews house (1,176 Sq.ft) with south-facing garden in the vibrant heart of Notting Hill. Freehold.

OSSINGTON STREET, W2 £620,000 A smart and peaceful one double bedroom flat (509 Sq.ft) on a quiet street close to Hyde Park and an easy walk to Notting Hill Gate and the world class facilities

Jerry Epton (MRICS) Property Guru and Local Expert D: 020 7908 9282 M: 07780 497 188 E: jerry.epton@youhome.co.uk

Jerry Epton (MRICS) Property Guru and Local Expert D: 020 7908 9282 M: 07780 497 188 E: jerry.epton@youhome.co.uk

of Notting Hill and Kensington. Leasehold.

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SLOANE STREET, SW1X £1,685,000

Anita Sanford Property Guru for SW3 & SW10 D: 020 7908 9295

A well-presented two bedroom first floor flat (798 Sq.ft) in

M: 07702 259 092

the heart of Knightsbridge/Belgravia. The accommodation

E: anita.sanford@youhome.co.uk

comprises generous reception area, separate kitchen area, bedroom, study/guest room and large shower room. Leasehold.

WHADDON HOUSE, SW1X £2,699,950

Anita Sanford Property Guru for SW3 & SW10 D: 020 7908 9295

A newly refurbished upper floor flat (C. 1114 Sq.ft) with a lift

M: 07702 259 092

and bright west facing aspect. This modern building is set

E: anita.sanford@youhome.co.uk

back from Lowndes Square in Knightsbridge in a quiet mews and has the benefit of a porter and secure underground parking. Share of Freehold. OUR GURU’S BUYER INSIGHTS

Chelsea is the epitome for buyers seeking family elegance. Following recent price adjustments demand has strengthened. We are seeing less demand from bankers (probably

The YOUhome Property Gurus team have a combined

until the post-brexit financial services landscape

100 years’+ experience selling homes in Chelsea and

becomes clearer) but increased demand from l

surrounding areas, and during their careers have

awyers and other professions, entrepreneurs and

sold thousands of Prime Central London properties,

technology professionals in addition to strong

overcoming almost all types of issues that typically arise

demand from families buying for children. Many

in a highly sophisticated and valuable property market.

nationalities are represented with many buyers

PROPERTY TIMES CHELSEA SPRING 2018 ISSUE

familiar with the local area. A deep understanding of buyers, their wishes, wants and mind-set is critical to achieving the best

A market returning to health and highly sought-

sale on any home.

after for those looking for old world charm.

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and removing some opportunities for the more

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We feel that prices have adjusted quickly in Chelsea

and some of the most generous tax and funding loopholes or opportunities, depending on your point of

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Property Gurus will also provide

their unique experience as a home, and the incentive to keep other properties as investments is waning. buyers So, what does the property active in the

There is no mistaking that it has become a lot more

from one of investing in property for a substantial gain

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area. We also discuss the drivers of

residential property values and consider how these

that recent years (2013, 2014 in particular and 2015)

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■ Average Selling Price (£M) ■ Spend Registered by Individuals (£Bn) ■ Spend by Offshore Companies (£Bn) 2.0

active in that market today.

In this edition we outline historical data and trends

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As a consequence of rapidly increasing prices, some

and affordability, the Government acted.

Times, giving you an expert view on the latest local

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make the most of your property’s value and the types of appeal buyers

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loans interest relief.

register of the owners of offshore companies used

YOUhome’s market analysis is therefore that Chelsea

■ Number of Sales ■ Total Spend (£M)

and a concern for damage to the London economy

local property trends and types of buyers in Chelsea.

to guarantee onshore mortgages and loans using money held offshore, and changes to landlords’

to buy UK property. As a consequence of the above,

an additional property). This led to fewer homes

Anita offered for sale, reduced supply and increased

expensive including laws reducing buyers’ abilities

Quite a package, and more to come, including a public

buy to let investment and rent to buy investment (the phenomenon of home owners keeping their current property and renting it out when they buy

In addition to the above, the market infor 2005SW3 to 2014&

This month’s Property Times gives you insight into the

⊲ Changes to legislation making funding much more

Fig 2. Mean Selling Price in Chelsea (Src: YOUhome, Land Registry)

market hold for 2018?

make the most of your property’s value and appeal

as investments is waning. So, what does the property

Speak YOUhome as a home, and the incentive to keepto other properties

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