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eep in the midst of winter and with all New Year's optimism long evaporated, February can seem a bleak month. Yet, somehow it is also supposed to be a month of romance, with Valentine’s Day bringing red roses, sickly sweet cartoon hearts and smug couples aplenty. Meanwhile, singletons around the world are struck with an uncomfortable unrest that only disappears as the clock strikes midnight on the 15th. As a concept overrun by cliché and commercialism, how can we make the day of love enchanting again? Our answer is to celebrate love and passion in forms more palatable. Celeb chef and style icon Gizzi Erskine encourages us to experiment with new textures and flavours on page 60 with a selection of wholesome recipes - perfect if you’re cooking for loved ones. Perhaps your plans involve a trip to the theatre? Monica Dolan tells us about her solo show The B*easts at the Bush Theatre. The subject of the play is both topical and terrifying, making it a must for anyone looking for a captivating night out. Finally, whether you and your partner are an outdoorsy duo or culture vultures, we've found a host of fun, cliché-free date night ideas. There's also plenty of fashion inspiration, a guide to artisan chocolate and a Halkidiki travel story for anyone looking to whisk away the object of their affections. Enjoy the issue!

ABSOLUTELY’S favourite date night spots...

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If old-school romance is what you’re looking for then Le Garrick is the place for you. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, this underground eatery offers a little slice of France and plenty of cosy, candle-lit corners. 10-12 Garrick Street, WC2E legarrick.co.uk JOY MONTGOMERY FASHION & BEAUTY WRITER

RADICI

Radici in islington has got to be my number one date venue, as I find Italian food unbeatable for romance. The vegan chocolate cake, with its oozing molten centre, is ideal for sharing, and the location great for a post-date stroll. 30 Almeida Street, N1 radici.uk MIRIAM CAREY LIFESTYLE WRITER

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Test your alcohol knowledge with Pitch Black's immersive cocktail and wine experience in the dark. For 90 minutes your tastebuds will be tantalised by a selection of drinks, as you guess the ingredients placed before you. All the answers are revealed at the end of the night, so prepare to get competitive. 68a Neal Street, WC2H pitchblackbar.com

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SWINGERS

With five cocktail bars, three street food vendors and two crazy golf courses, Swingers is the date venue with a twist. This year, just for Valentine’s Day, you can tuck into heart-shaped pizzas and guzzle champagne before getting competitive with a golf club. This place has something for everyone. 8 Brown's Buildings, EC3A swingersldn.com HELEN BROWN ARTS & CULTURE WRITER

THE COW

There's nothing better than a huge seafood platter piled high with oysters, crab, king prawns, clams and the rest – and The Cow in Westbourne Park never changes. It's always small, loud and crowded – and it always does great seafood. 89 Westbourne Park Road, W2 thecowlondon.co.uk PENDLE HARTE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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K IS S A N D T E LL Handcrafted from flexible crossgrain leather, this wafer-thin notebook is designed to fit perfectly in your pocket. We've gone for the Kiss and Tell motif to add an element of fun to the month of love. £35; smythson.com

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Embellished with Piero Fornasetti’s Sardine Rosso artwork, this scented candle looks stylish on any surface and burns with enveloping scents of thyme and cedarwood. £115; farfetch.com

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PY THO N PART Y Fans of Jimmy Choo's Lockett Petite bag will love the larger Lockett City version where there is more room for necessities. Its bold fuchsia fi nish will add oomph to an otherwise ordinary ensemble. £1,895; net-a-porter.com

S U GAR RUS H For sweet treats this Valentine’s Day look no further than Rococo Chocolates. Finished in rose pink, these Marc de Champagne truffles are almost too charming to eat. £17.95; rococochocolates.com

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Keep it chic with this wallet from Gucci. Compact and effortlessly cool, it’s ideal for keeping your cards in once place and slips easily into a crossbody bag. £220; farfetch.com

Gin Wins

Made using a crop of rhubarb originally grown in the garden of Buckingham Palace, Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin is voluptuous on the palate with sweet and tangy rhubarb notes to fi nish. £38; warneredwards.com

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Black Mountain Ongoing

ORAN GE TREE TH EAT RE

This tense, psychological thriller follows Rebecca and Paul as they attempt to run from the past. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out and set some new rules. They have to be honest and they have to be fair. But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed. 1 Clarence Street, Richmond TW9; orangetreetheatre.co.uk

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Garden Showdown F RO M 10 F E B RUA RY • K EW GARDEN S

The International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition is back with an impressive line-up in Kew’s Nash Conservatory. This annual extravaganza brings together the best garden, plant and botanical photography from across the world with a ‘Captured at Kew’ category centred on images taken in the local area. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9; kew.org

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Ealing Music & Film Festival 7-11 February VARIOUS LOCAT IONS

The Ealing Music & Film Festival celebrates its sixth edition with a jampacked music programme centred on Ealing’s cultural heart. From Debussy to Strauss, and Leonard Cohen to Andrew Lloyd Webber, there is something for all. Various locations; ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org

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Jubilee

Around Town

From 15 February LYRIC

Derek Jarman’s iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion and sex – with a touch of pyromania. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of Jubilee remixes it for the social and political turmoil of the age. Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a timetravelling Queen Elizabeth I, it’s a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide. Lyric Square, King Street, W6; lyric.co.uk

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Ongoing ROYAL ALBERT H ALL

Cirque du Soleil returns with the UK debut of OVO. A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, the show uncovers the ground at our feet. Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life in this non-stop riot of movement and mindblowing, high-flying acts. Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

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THAI-INSPIRED ORCHID FESTIVAL From 10 February K EW GA R D E NS

This Month’s Must See

Shake off the winter blues and get creative at Kew Gardens’ magnificent Thai-inspired Orchards Festival. Explore a magnificent Vanda tunnel bedecked with orchids of all colours, immerse yourself in the sounds of Thailand’s hustle and bustle and enjoy a reactive activity lounge; there is much to be discovered by all. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9; kew.org

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CHARLES I: KING AND COLLECTOR Ongoing ROYAL ACAD EM Y OF ART

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orna and Grace do everything together; they share crisps, crushes and cigarettes. But when Lorna gets a place at University, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. This tale from award-winning playwright, Elinor Cook follows 30 years of friendship, love and rivalry. Can anything bridge the gap between them? Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9;

Aside from being the only English monarch to suffer the indignity of having their head chopped off, Charles I was also an avid art collector. This exhibition brings 90 pieces of his collection together and features everyone from Rubens to Titian. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J; royalacademy.org.uk

EXHIBITION

WOMEN OF THE FUTURE 8 February LON DON TRA NSP ORT M USEUM

The London Transport Museum is marking 100 years since women received the right to vote with a one-off festival of feminism. Get creative with Buttress and Snatch in a playful twist on bra-burning and enjoy dynamic presentations on the portrayal of women. Convent Garden Piazza, WC2E; ltmuseum.co.uk

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onica Dolan is learning her lines. She’s got 11,500 words to master and currently she’s nearly halfway there. “You just have to go over it and over it, and keep telling yourself that one day you’ll know it,” she explains, over coffee in the Bush Theatre’s lovely new space, handily near her house. She’s learning these lines for the second time, and even though they’re written by her, it’s still a struggle. A full hour of talking. Dolan’s solo show The B*easts was a hit at Edinburgh last year and now she’s bringing it to The Bush, with an agenda that’s become part of a wider debate. It’s quite a transition from acting to writing, isn’t it? And also from acting alongside other people to standing alone on stage for an hour? For Dolan, The B*easts is her first foray into writing, though it’s something she’s always slightly wanted to do. “Recently I’d been working with a lot of comedians who had cut their teeth in Edinburgh. I’d never

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performed at the Edinburgh Festival and started to think, why aren’t I doing this? I had done a show at the Royal Court where part of it was improvisation with the audience and I really loved that – then I talked to Sarah Pascoe who’s in W1A with me and she said ‘if you have the smallest inclination to do it, then do it,’” she says. Besides, writing a piece for yourself bypasses a lot of the layers of people involved in, say, writing for TV. “Here there’s nobody in between – just you and the audience and your connection,” says Dolan. “I kind of wanted to put myself out there in that way.” The B*easts relies on inspiring a degree of confusion in the audience, so it’s important not to give too much away here, but its subject is both topical and terrifying. It’s about children and their vulnerability to advertising and technology, and the growing quest for perfection, an awareness of which had been slowly growing in Dolan. “A friend texted me an article from The Week called Ban Botox for Children,” she says – “and I saw a documentary about advergames which are games involving little cartoon characters aimed at children, so they don’t know they’re engaging with an advert.” She learned that despite legal age requirements for tattoos and tanning, there is no minimum

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age for botox, and that there are plastic surgery apps aimed at children as young as nine. “There are so many things being invented and marketed that there are no laws for – and children are starting to brand themselves very early.” The subject has taken on Dolan made contact with an anthropologist in Manchester and a bio-ethics team at Nuffield who are looking at the whole subject of children and cosmetic procedures – they came to see her play and they will be hosting a panel discussion at The Bush in connection with it. Dark subjects are something that Dolan is no stranger to. As research for her award-winning performance as Rosemary West in ITV’s Appropriate Adult, a dramatisation of the Fred West story, she read transcripts of the case provided by West’s solicitor. Which was interesting, she says, in that it was just like reading a play – “they’re all characters,” – apart from that there was loads of it. Surprisingly, she hadn’t wanted the part; she had no existing interest in the Wests. “It wasn’t a massive part for the amount of horrible research I was going to have to do,” – and there’s a line at the end of the production, “you can’t unsee things, you can’t unknow things,” that counts for her experience too. “I got so many intrigued people asking questions when I was doing that but you soon realise that they don’t really want to know.” But fascination with the Wests is a common phenomenon. “My friend who’s the mildest, most gentlemanly person you can imagine, was really interested in the Wests and he lent me Brian Masters’ book She must Have Known, which

“There’s nobody in between – just you and the audience and your connection. I kind of wanted to put myself out there in that way”

argues that there’s no evidence that Rosemary had even met some of the victims. So I was really on her side when I went for the audition. Then I read all the rest of the stuff...” So does she seek out troubling subjects? “Well I’d rather not.” She wasn’t immediately interested in Tess Wall, her character in the television adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, because she seemed so good. “When I first read it I couldn’t see anything to her but I’ve learnt that you get really interesting characters who are good, though most people dismiss them. When I looked into it, Tess was fascinating. Trying to be good in an environment that isn’t helping is fascinating.” Dolan started acting at school, when she had a really small part in a play in primary school “and everyone really laughed when I came on and I loved it,” she says. She continued throughout secondary school (“we had an avant garde teacher”) and went to the Guildhall despite her mother wanting her to be a lawyer “or something”. Drama school gave her confidence, she says, though going on stage alone still scares her. Is it lonely doing a solo show? She’s had a lot of support, she emphasises, starting with an early reading that she organised at home, inviting eight friends to eat sausage rolls and listen to her new piece. “The night before, I nearly cancelled. I read it and thought it was terrible, but I did it and what excited me was that everybody started talking about the subject.” For Edinburgh, the piece needed a bit of cutting (“they fine you £10 per minute if you go over the hour) but here in W12 they’re more flexible. The show’s bound to get you talking.

T H E B* E A ST S Runs from 12 February to 3 March at The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road W12; 020 8743 5050 bushtheatre.co.uk

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SHOW Spend a cosy evening in Theatreland with our top stage picks for the month By H E L E N B R O W N

MACBETH

Fanny & Alexander ★★★★★

★★★★★ From 26 February

From 21 February

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TH E O LD V I C

Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, the world of siblings Fanny and Alexander is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love. The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

FANNY & ALEXANDER

Dry Powder

Girl from the North Country

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Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy explores the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping - and skewing - the economy. Dry Powder follows titan of high finance, Rick, as the reputation of his firm crashes and his lavish engagement party turns into a PR nightmare. Eton Avenue, NW3; hampsteadtheatre.com

In 1934, a Minnesota community is living on a knife-edge, huddled together in the local guesthouse. When a preacher and a boxer show up in the the night, things start to spiral. Conor McPherson weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul. 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N; noelcowardtheatre.co.uk

Ruthlessly fighting to survive in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Rufus Norris brings his magic touch to Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, with Rory Kinnear and AnneMarie Duff in the lead roles. Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1; nationaltheatre.org.uk MACBETH

Lady Windermere’s Fan ★★★★★ Ongoing VAUD EV I LLE T HE ATR E

Lady Windermere’s birthday is thrown into turmoil when a seed of marital suspicion upsets proceedings. Poking fun at the moral attitudes of the upper classes, Oscar Wilde’s comedy is brought to life with an all-star cast of comics including Jennifer Saunders and Kevin Bishop. 404 Strand, WC2R; nimaxtheatres.com

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Holst's powerful planetary masterwork BROADWAY GLAMOUR AND TOE-TAPPING TUNES IN AN ALL-GERSHWIN EXTRAVAGANZA

Plus WAGNER Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin

Rhapsody in Blue Shall we Dance Lady be Good But Not For Me S’Wonderful I Got Rhythm Let’S Call the Whole Thing Off Summertime The Man I Love

SAINT SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C Minor

KATIE BIRTILL & RODNEY EARL CLARKE guest singers VIV McLEAN piano ALFONSO CASADO TRIGO conductor LONDON CONCERT ORCHESTRA Plus a glamorous ballroom duo and two sensational tap dancers.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra LOUISE DEARMAN & OLIVER TOMPSETT singers JOHN RIGBY conductor LONDON CONCERT ORCHESTRA

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City of London Choir Christopher Warren Green conductor

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Amadeus The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, musical genius, at The Olivier By PENDLE HARTE

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eter Schaffer’s much-loved account of Mozart’s life may not be entirely historically accurate, but it certainly makes a good story. Michael Longhurst’s hotly anticipated revived production (it was a sell-out in 2016) is a riot of action, spectacle and music, fully inhabiting the Olivier’s vast space with its displays of 18th century decadence, colourful costumes and sheer energy.

Adam Gillen’s Mozart is full of presence, brilliantly irritating with his conceitedness, indiscretion and relentless toilet humour. He’s a slightly creepy young upstart, leaping manically around the stage, conducting wildly, dismissing all music except his own and fully convinced that his work is perfection beyond measure. Spoilt, vain and over-confident yet surprisingly insightful, his performance is intense and physical. ‘A little less enthusiasm please, Mozart,’ says the emperor repeatedly.

“18th century decadence, colourful costumes and sheer energy”

ABSOLUTELY reviews…

Elderly Viennese court composer Salieri (Lucian Msamati) opens the show in his wheelchair, surrounded by the contemporary orchestra (all mobile phones and takeaway coffees) as he reminisces about Mozart’s death. Then suddenly it’s 18th century Vienna, and Mozart’s first arrival in court, where the tale of rivaly between the two musicians unfurls. Salieri is hugely jealous of the newcomer’s sheer talent, which he sees as god-given, from the same god who condemns him to mediocrity by leaving him only able to produce second-rate music. Mozart’s impeccable pieces may be show-offy, but for Salieri they reveal his own lack of talent in comparison, and so begins a long campaign of undermining and blocking Mozart’s career. Most notably in this production, the orchestra is integral to the play and they’re on stage throughout, walking with their instruments and reacting to the action. It’s an entertaining and slick production.

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Engaging, entertaining and visually arresting ★★★★★ AMADEUS BOOKING UNTIL 24 APRIL; The National Theatre nationaltheatre.org.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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CULTURE • VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS DIE-HARD ROMANTICS:

The Petersham Hotel Wednesday 14 February ❤ For a classic Valentine’s evening head over to The Petersham Hotel for fabulous food and panoramic views over the River Thames. Enjoy Champagne on arrival, a delicious five-course, candlelit dinner and a red rose to take away. Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10; £79.50pp; petershamhotel.co.uk

THE RITZ

GREEN FINGERED FANATICS:

Grace And Thorn Ongoing ❤ Forget supermarket blooms, because this year it’s all about doing-it-yourself. From making your own terrarium jungle to arranging the freshest floral displays, get back to nature with your loved one at florist Grace and Thorn’s creative evening workshops. Succulents never looked so sexy. 338 Hackney Road, E2; graceandthorn.com

TEA-LOVERS:

St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea Wednesday 14 February ❤ Treat your loved one to something sweet with The Ritz London’s Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea. Held in the exquisite Palm Court, this one-off special offers an indulgent selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of pastries, all to be washed down with a variety of 18 loose-leaf teas. Soprano Miranda Heldt will perform operatic melodies creating the ultimate romantic setting for the big day. 150 Piccadilly, W1J; theritzlondon.com

CULTURED COUPLES:

Romeo & Juliet 2 — 14 February ❤ Get your theatre fix this Valentine’s Day and enjoy Shakespeare’s epic love story at the Orange Tree Theatre. Six actors fuse physical theatre with the playwright’s sparkling words in a fast-paced 90-minute performance from Director Gemma Fairlie. 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9; orangetreetheatre.co.uk

ROMEO AND JULIET

GRACE AND THORN

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Four Weddings And A Funeral Wednesday 14 February ❤ Super charge your film night with a screening of Richard Curtis’ romcom classic. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Landmark Arts Centre, you can enjoy a selection of drinks and movie snacks before taking your seats for the main event at 8pm. Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11; landmarkartscentre.org

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STRIPPED BACK

ELIZABETH AND JAMES Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s effortless sense of style clearly embodied in Elizabeth and James' Resort '18 collection. Expect wearable luxury and looks which transcend seasonal trends. matchesfashion.com

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Do one for the girls this season with knitwear favourite Chinti & Parker’s collaboration with Women for Women International. Modelled by Arizona Muse, 100% of all sales from the capsule collection will go to the charity, which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Spread a little love this February. Available from farfetch.com and chintiandparker.com

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LAYER UP

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REPOSSI

Founded in 1920 in Turin Italy, Repossi is the fashion-savvy, fine jewellery brand with a historic heart. Gaia Repossi took over the family business in 2007 and has moulded the brand into a must-have for celebrities and magazine editors alike. From classic hoops and stacking rings to statement ear cuffs - this is adornment for the styleconscious, modern woman. repossi.com

REJINA PYO

WOOL WORKS THE KNITTER

HANDOVER GUCCI

We might be sick of the cold, but come summer we’re secretly going to miss the luxe layers that winter offers. Make the most of woolly hat weather with Gucci’s embroidered patent gloves. The high-shine fabric is a surefire way to jazz up your winter coat, while the delicate floral detail speaks of an evernearing spring, £405; matchesfashion.com

Founded by New Zealand-born Nicole Leyborne, The Knitter is the woolly fashion brand we can't get enough of. All designs are handmade locally using centuryold methods and include quirky-cool, oversized knits and vibrant scarves.

Before launching her eponymous label in 2014, Rejina Pyo cut her teeth as first assistant designer at Roksanda Ilincic, and went on to win the prestigious Han Nefkens Fashion Award. Pyo’s shows are now a hotly anticipated event at London Fashion Week, and her designs instantly recognisable for their innovative take on modern minimalism.

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ALICE ARCHER The British-born RCA gradate earned her stripes working as an embroidery designer for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp. Archer's unfurling, intricate threadwork has now become her signature aesthetic. Name checked as a designer-towatch by British Vogue, Alice Archer is certainly a star on the rise.

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To celebrate the return of London Fashion Week, The Cambridge Satchel Company has joined forces with Ines de la Fressange Paris to create a line of achingly cool bags. The collection includes the brand’s best-selling 11” bag and tiny satchels and comes in quintessentially Gallic hues of red, white and blue - and a dash of molten copper for good measure.

SIMONE ROCHA Dublin-born Simone Rocha caught the industry’s eye when she debuted at London Fashion Week in 2010. Fast-forward eight years and Rocha's frothy yet futuristic designs have won her acolades including British Womenswear Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards and Harper’s Bazaar's Designer of Year 2016.

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VALENTINO Pussy-Bow Ruffled SilkSatin Blouse, £633; net-a-porter.com

SEE BY CHLOÉ Ruffled Pussy-Bow Chiffon Blouse, £260; selfridges.com

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MADE IN BRITAIN

Do you know where your clothes are made? Absolutely meets the duo behind Studio British, the e-tailer fighting for transparency and ethical trading in the fashion industry By J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

JOY MONTGOMERY: What motivated you to create Studio British? STUDIO BRITISH: We started Studio British because we had a desire to buy better quality clothing, but were frustrated in the lack of transparency with a lot of luxury manufacturers. Too many brands trade off being British, but their clothing is made in sweatshops. Instead, we liked the idea that you could visit a site knowing that your clothing was made to the best specification by craftsmen and women who get paid fairly. We are both from London, and met as my (Ben's) partner is childhood friends with Anabel. We both have entrepreneurial minds and had discussed at length various business opportunities. When this particular dilemma presented itself, we decided to tackle it head on, and help to effect change in the fashion industry. JM: Why is it so important to champion home grown design? SB: In many ways, the way in which we buy our clothing is broken. We've arrived at a place where clothes are so cheap that consumers have become accustomed to it. But while it might seem like a bargain to buy a £6 pair of jeans, this doesn't take into account the environmental and

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JM: Why do you think the discussion surrounding ethical trading has gained momentum? SB: Not too far back, everyone depended much more on the natural materials that surrounded them. While there are certainly benefits to globalisation, the drawbacks are becoming too loud to ignore, with developed countries taking advantage of the developing world. We draw a comparison with the food industry, where people have become more interested in the ethics of what they are eating. Meateaters, for example, are now more likely to want to buy meat that is locally reared and has led a happier life, rather than clocking up unnecessary air miles.

STUDIO BRITISH FOUNDERS ANABEL AND BEN

human cost involved. Poorly paid workers making bad quality clothing which is chucked in landfill after a couple of wears is just not sustainable. There's also the impending effects of Brexit, which is really accentuating the issue of homegrown skills shortages. In the last 30 years we've become reliant on importing and lost a lot of traditional skills and processes, and this is very apparent in the textile industry. By supporting homegrown talent, we can help to create more diverse career opportunities for the next generation. 

JM: Do you think it’s possible to shop sustainably on a budget? SB: It depends on how you view your budget, as buying cheap is often a false economy. My brother once said to me that he buys the same pair of shoes for work every three months from a high street store, they would get worn out and he would buy a new pair. In the time that he has got through 10 pairs, a pair of Trickers or Sanders & Sanders would still be going strong. Instead of buying a new dress for every occassion, we'd encourage consumers to think long term and buy staple pieces that will pay for themselves on a cost per wear basis. It's also worth noting that shopping habits can influence pricing. The more consumers think about where their clothes are made, the more economies of scale we

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“It’s been amazing getting under the skin of brands I’ve respected for a long time” can draw upon. Helping to take British manufacturing mainstream will mean we can bring down the cost of homemade clothing. We acknowledge it will be a challenge to convince some shoppers of the virtues of buying more quality and less quantity, but it's a worthy journey and one that we are ready to fight for! JM: How did you go about finding the right designers? SB: The first brands we found were ones that we would buy ourselves. It's been amazing getting under the skin of brands I've respected for a long time, and we are incredibly grateful that they've bought into

our mission and decided to work with us. We then started looking for the startup brands, ones that came recommended or exuded quality through their clothing and stories. We have high expectations for the brands we work with, in terms of quality and ethics, but that works both ways and we aim to do the best job in promoting and growing their businesses. What are your favourite British brands? SB: Private White V.C. use incredible performance fabrics on their outerwear, while John Smedley knitwear is not only comfortable but drenched in history. I'm also a bit of a shoe hoarder so brands like Trickers, Sanders & Sanders and Joseph Cheaney are great - you feel like a million dollars every time you put on a pair. I also love the enthusiasm of younger designers like Suzy Brown from Baia Bags or Genevieve Sweeney. Their dedication to their craft is so inspiring and really gives you hope for the future of British manufacturing. studiobritish.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Liquid Lip Crayons are the answer to your date night woes. Coming in nine high-pigment shades, they offer the first-to-market formula which has the feel of a liquid lipstick with the precision of a lip crayon. One swipe of colour + 16 hours of wear = your Valentine’s makeup sorted; £22. harrods.com

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You've survived January. Now treat yourself to this month's hottest beauty releases By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

STAR SIGN M AC

Look to the cosmos this season with MAC’s latest makeup drop. Inspired by the Lunar New Year, this radiant collection is composed of an eye shadow palette, lipstick and powder blush, all in the softest shades of blush pink and cream. maccosmetics.co.uk EYELURE Bespoke Mascara, £30; eyeko.com

ELIZABETH ARDEN 8-Hour Lip Repair Balm, £20; boots.com

5 OF THE BEST DATE NIGHT ESSENTIALS

LE LABO Santal 33 Liquid Balm Perfume, £60; libertylondon.com

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STACK ‘EM UP TRINNY LONDON

She was the matriarch of iconic noughties makeover show What Not To Wear, but now Trinny Woodall is braving the world of cosmetics. Trinny London is a clever new beauty concept that offers personalised makeup ‘stacks’ that can include anything from lipstick and concealer to highlighter and eye shadow, all formulated to match your colouring and complexion. A must-have for girls on the go.

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NIGHT OWL LA PRAIRIE

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Heralded for their complexion-perfecting powers, colour correctors are officially here to stay. This February, Clarins is taking the concept to another level with SOS Primers, a six-piece collection of problem-solving formulas - from green for redness to coral for dark spots. These clever primers can be used by themselves, mixed together or added to your usual foundation. £26.50 each clarins.co.uk

Born from Dr Paul Niehans’ work in cellular therapy, La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir is the most potent potion to emerge from the brand’s labs. This light serum works overnight to enhance the skin’s natural detoxifying process. laprairie.co.uk

J-Beauty SHISEIDO

Forget K-beauty, because this year it’s all about J-beauty. Inspired by traditional Japanese concepts of life and wellness, Shiseido’s Future Solution LX range combines high-performance formulas with a holistic heart. The Firming Contour Serum and Total Radiance Foundation are the latest additions to the range and both use powerful antioxidant ingredients to deliver dreamy skin day after day. shiseido.co.uk

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lchemy, sorcery, call it what you will but scent in the hands of a Master Perfumer has the power to transport through time and space. It is my belief that sensual fragrances are the most magical of all, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to discover something truly bewitching. The scents of seduction date back to Cleopatra, who filled her ship with rose petals when she went to meet Mark Anthony. While this is a provocative gesture, the modern equivalent would involve beflowering a Toyota Prius, which doesn’t quite have the same impact. So I would like to introduce you to a much more practical coterie of perfumes guaranteed to get pulses racing.

For GEN TL EWOMEN was in Paris last week to meet with the owner and nose of Histoires de Parfums, Gerald Ghislain, at his perfumery in the Marais district. The name translates as ‘Stories of Perfume’ and this library of scent celebrates famous characters or moments from French history. The best-selling scent ‘1889’ is inspired by the Moulin Rouge of La Belle Epoque. The cabaret was a jewel of Parisian nightlife and this fragrance captures the edgy glamour of the moment. Spiced cinnamon blends with sugared prune before descending into the green fairy, absinthe, the favoured tipple of the French poets. Damascus rose fills out the heart, the scent of red lipstick, and blends into the swirl of iris petticoats and a base of patchouli, musk and fur. ‘French Can Can’ by Caron was created by one of the greatest ‘noses’ of all time, Ernest Daltroff, and pays tribute to the

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hypnotic qualities of the legendary dance with lilac, jasmine and rose beneath a mist of orange blossom. Despite its suggestive title, Linari’s ‘Porto di Del Cielo’ (Gate Of Heaven) is a flirtatious fragrance with an opening of freesia petals and raspberry, a warm heart of cashmere wood with lily of the valley and smouldering base of tonka, vanilla and labdanum. At 4160 Tuesdays, Sarah McCartney’s ‘The Sexiest Scent On The Planet Ever’ is a juniper-infused elixir that uses the legendary molecule Iso E Super, said to mimic the human pheromone. Apply with caution.

For GE NT L E M E N asculine fragrances can be equally seductive and the objective here is ‘balance’ - the fragrance must be slightly animalic but with elegance, so the olfactory parcel is sexy but effortless. ‘The Mechanic’ from St Giles is the scent of the mechanic’s pit; car seat leather, fuel, and hot rubber. It is magnificently physical - a dark, panther of a fragrance. Something less hirsute but no less magnetic is ‘Grey Labdanum’ by Abel, a 100% natural fragrance that uses one of my favourite smokey notes, a resin extracted from the rock rose. Across this sizzling base sit patchouli and incense and at the top an athletic combination of grapefruit and bitter orange. It is worldly and virile. Salacious scents are the very best choice, and not just for Valentine’s Day!

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correct posture and position on the bike. I am instructed to keep heels down, wrists light and core strong. Eileen takes the class and is motivational throughout, without being too intense. Upbeat music and her continuous encouragement make the half hour pass by quickly. When sufficiently sweaty, the class drops to the mat for 25 minutes of strengthening and sculpting floorwork. Mairead

leads this section which involves a range of exercises from planks and crunches, to glute-sculpting pulses and pilates-style sequences. They really don’t miss a muscle. What’s evident from this class is that there is a fierce focus on technique at SpinnOff, which undoubtedly leads to maximum results. As the highest ranking class on Classpass, SpinnOff is welcoming of all levels of fitness and appears to have built up a strong community of friendly regulars. It’s definitely one of the best full-body classes I’ve done in a while and a must for those looking to shake-up their sweat session this year.

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Wine recommendations for the month

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

By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2013 Berry Bros. & Rudd Barolo by Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont — £28.50 This Barolo offers classic Nebbiolo character. The fine yet densely packed tannins are enveloped in scented cherry and cranberry fruit, with florals that hint at dried violets. It will benefit from being decanted.

2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Reserve Red by Collovray & Terrier — £8.75 Fruits of the 2016 vintage, which was so much kinder in the South of France than elsewhere. Our blend this year marries plots of Merlot from varying altitudes, with uplifting Syrah and Grenache. Finely crafted, and reassuringly gregarious.

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Trevisiol L. e Figli, Italy — £15.50 The Valdobbiadene region is regarded as one of the best sources of Prosecco grapes, coming from vineyards 300 metres above sea-level. Here, the Glera grape is blended with 15 percent Chardonnay by father-and-son team Eduardo and Paolo Trevisiol.

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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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

ARTISAN CHOCOLATES

PIERRE MARCOLINI LOVE FOLLIES

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In February The Willow is holding a Valentine's Day charity event in aid of Love Kingston, the Mayor of Kingston's official charity. The Willow is a unique restaurant serving delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, and refined sugar-free food. The bar also offers gluten-free beers and organic, biodynamic wines. 16 The Triangle, KT1 yourwillow.co.uk

The Valentine’s Day collection from Pierre Marcolini has six colourful flavour varieties that taste delicious and look delightful. Packed full of exotic ingredients from Moroccan pink peppercorn, Iranian pistachio, and Sichuan pepper, to Tahitian vanilla and Sicilian lemon, these beauties are guaranteed to pique the interest of those who receive them. marcolini.com

Raw Halo artisan chocolate is the ideal treat for the vegan loved one in your life. The bars are made of rich Peruvian cacao, are raw, organic, and free from lactose, wheat, and refined sugar. They come in 12 delicious flavours and the beautiful rose gold packaging make them perfect gifts. rawhalo.com

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In February Petersham Nurseries is holding a number of exciting events. The Valentine’s Day chocolate and wine tasting, including six spectacular wines, is not to be missed. Petersham Nurseries is a charming restaurant set within a plant filled glasshouse. Church Lane, Petersham Road, TW10

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COCO CHOCOLATIER GIFT BOX

The Edinburgh chocolatiers have created milk and dark chocolate in flavours such as lavender, artisan espresso, and gold, frankincense and myrrh. They show love to the arts community by coming wrapped in artworks from artists around the UK. Buy all the different flavours and stack them in a gift box. cocochocolatier.com

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harlotte’s Bistro is a much-loved restaurant near Turnham Green station. It is part of Charlotte’s Group, which also includes Charlotte’s Place in Ealing Common and Charlotte’s W5 in Ealing. Since opening in 2010, Charlotte’s Bistro has twice been awarded Best Loved Local by Time Out and I have always been keen to find out why. The cocktail bar is a key element of the bistro and strives to provide customers the same variety and seasonality in their drinks as they have in their food. We order a Bloody Mary to start and the waiter's consideration in asking what level of spiciness we would like, is a hint towards the thought that goes into making each drink. They macerate the cucumber, celery, green olives, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper with tabasco and Worcestershire sauce for the Bloody Marys weeks in advance. The set lunch menu is a reasonable £29.50 for three courses and has some great options to choose from. The beef tartare with truffle and toast, is nicely seasoned, and one of the nicest I have ever had. The mushroom risotto, topped with truffle and hazelnut, has an amazing earthy flavour. The pan-fried sea bass is delicate and flaky, with a lovely crisp skin, and served with crushed new potatoes, samphire, and mussels. The chicken breast is flavoursome and tender, and served in an excellent lardon velouté. Do not leave Charlotte's Bistro without trying the house limoncello. Head bartender Tom infuses lemon peels in vodka for seven days, before adding sugar and water, and filtering through ground juniper berries. This drink is truly exceptional, and Tom (who is only 24) has a real talent for mixology and hand-picking and infusing his own gins.

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Avocado Salad with Wasabi, Wakame & Spring Onions Serves 4 • Preparation time 20 minutes

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INGREDIENTS 25g dried wakame seaweed 4 ripe but firm avocados 10 pink radishes, very thinly sliced 6 spring onions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds, toasted 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted

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Fo r t h e d r e s s i n g 3 teaspoons wasabi paste (use the best you can find) 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 4 tablespoons light olive oil 2 tablespoons sesame oil sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper Place the wakame in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for 15 minutes. The wakame will rehydrate and grow in size, so cover with plenty of water to allow for this. It’s ready when it has doubled in size and you can bite through it but it still has chew. Drain, and then rinse under cold running water to cool. Alternatively, you can cool the wakame in a bowl of iced water. Drain again and gently pat dry with kitchen paper. To make the dressing, place the wasabi, vinegar, oils and some seasoning in a bowl and whisk together until it has fully emulsified into a thickish sauce. Cut the avocados in half, slice, and place on a platter. Once you’ve done this, gently press the top of the avocados to fan out the slices a little. Top with the dressing, then the wakame, then the radishes, then the spring onions and finally sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Serve straightaway.

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I’ve served the stew with something completely odd – Vietnamese banh cuon rice wrappers, which I’ve used like big, fat, wide noodles. If you can’t find them, any Vietnamese rice noodle will do or you can even use rice, which is wicked to soak up the stew.

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 lemon grass stick, very thinly sliced 4–5 thin slices of fresh root ginger 3–4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 350g baby plum tomatoes, halved 400ml fresh White Chicken Stock (you can buy this or make your own) 2 tablespoons lime juice 2–3 tablespoons fish sauce 5–7 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced 12 raw tiger prawns, peeled, deveined and cut quite deeply Down the back 1 sea bream, filleted and each fillet cut into 4 lengthways 1 squid, gutted, slashed and cut into bitesized pieces sea salt flakes a good handful of Thai holy basil Crispy Shallots to garnish coriander leaves, to garnish banh cuon rice wrappers or rice noodles or rice, to serve

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3 shallots 3 lemon grass sticks, bashed and root removed 4cm piece of galangal (or fresh root ginger) 5 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced 6 Thai bird’s eye chillies 1 teaspoon Thai roasted chilli paste or hot chilli powder ½ teaspoon dried shrimp paste 1 teaspoon palm or brown sugar 5 coriander roots To make the paste, pound together all the ingredients to form a smoothish paste. I prefer to do this using a pestle and mortar, but this can be time-consuming so blitz the ingredients in a food processor or blender if you’re in a rush. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Fry the lemon grass, ginger and garlic for 2 minutes. This is a little unconventional but it will give the stew a deeper, more caramelized flavour. Add 3 tablespoons of the prepared paste and fry for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, or until they start to melt. Pour over the stock, lime juice, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and cook for 5 minutes. Add the prawns, fish and squid, season with salt and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until the seafood is just cooked and the prawns are pink. Stir through the holy basil and garnish with Crispy Shallots and coriander leaves. Serve the stew with flat rice wrappers, rice noodles or rice.

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FOOD & DRINK • RECIPES Rinse the garbanzo beans thoroughly and place in a large pan and cover generously with cold water. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil for 25 minutes, or until the outsides feel cooked. Preheat the oven to 200°C. I like to cook my stew in stages and fry everything separately in a frying pan, but by all means, brown everything off straightaway in the casserole. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Season the chicken pieces with salt, then add them to the frying pan, skin-side down, in batches and brown them thoroughly. Once the chicken pieces are browned, remove them from the frying pan with some tongs and set aside on a plate. Brown the chorizo all over in the same frying pan, then remove and set aside. Next, lay the garlic bulb halves in the frying pan, cut-side down, for a minute, until golden, then remove and set aside. Now you need to pour away the excess fat from the frying pan until you are left with about 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onions and fry them slowly for about 10–12 minutes, until they have softened, then transfer to a casserole. Pour over the sherry, sherry vinegar and stock, add the saffron, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and half the parsley and bring to the boil. Add the chicken, chorizo, garlic and beans to the casserole. Top up with more stock to ensure the chicken is immersed, Pop the lid on the casserole and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and cook for a further 45 minutes.

Spanish Chicken Stew with Chorizo, Sherry & Garbanzo Beans 200g dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas), soaked for 12 hours 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large free-range chicken, skinned and jointed into 10 pieces 240g raw cooking chorizo sausages 1 bulb of garlic, cut in half horizontally 2 onions, finely chopped 350ml dry sherry 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar 1 litre fresh White Chicken Stock a generous pinch of saffron 2 bay leaves 1 rosemary sprig a few thyme sprigs, leaves picked a small bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped grated rind of ½ lemon sea salt flakes and black pepper

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herry has a bad reputation, doesn’t it? It still conjures up thoughts of old ladies at Christmas but in Spain, where sherry originates, it’s a whole different ball game and sherries are prized as some of the greatest wines in the world. Sherry is not only delicious to drink, it’s also terrific to cook with. Together, sherry, chicken, chorizo and garbanzo beans (the most wonderful Spanish chickpeas, to you and me) make this one damn sexy dish. Stews are best made the day before you need them and it’s particularly worth doing so when cooking a stew with beans because it balances out the seasoning and homogenizes.

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Serves 4 • Preparation times 30 minutes, plus soaking • Cooking time 2 hours

Now, this is where it gets complicated. Remove the casserole from the oven and carefully remove the chicken breast pieces and set aside, leaving the chorizo and chicken thighs and leg meat in the casserole. There will still be a fair amount of liquid in the casserole and the beans will not be fully cooked yet, so pop the casserole on the hob, with the lid off, and cook over a lowish heat for another 15–20 minutes to reduce the sauce, making it taste nice and strong, and until the beans are cooked fully when they are completely tender. Don’t worry about the chicken thighs and leg meat as they are hard to overcook. Once you’re happy with the flavour and thickness of the stew and the beans are cooked through, return the chicken breast pieces to the casserole. Remove from the heat, stir in the remaining parsley and the lemon rind and season to taste. Pop the lid on and leave the stew to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the chorizo from the casserole and slice each sausage into about 10 pieces. Pop the slices back in the casserole and stir through. Spoon a couple of pieces of chicken, some chorizo, beans and sauce on to each plate and serve with a fresh green salad.

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inside the renowned Dorsett Hotel. Located in Shepherd’s Bush, the restaurant oozes charm and sophistication from it’s contemporary brasserie design and tantalising menu. Head Chef, Nitin Padwal’s decadent menu has something to suit every taste. To start, I indulged in pan-fried mackerel

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fillet with raisin purée, fennel salad and orange dressing. The fish was golden and cooked beautifully. The raisin purée provided a lovely base, while the introduction of orange zest brought the dish together. If mackerel isn’t to your tastes, choose the caramelised figs or beef carpaccio. The main courses brought another level of tastes and flavours, with Irish beef fillet served with foie gras, confit oxtail, roasted root vegetables, baby watercress and red wine jus. The foie gras

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and confit oxtail are melt-in-yourmouth, while the jus and potato puree provide a perfect bed to compliment the pink beef fillet. If this choice doesn't catch your eye, the menu also offers a beautiful Dover sole fillet and eggs Benedict with truffle hollandaise sauce. By now, I am eagerly awaiting the Valentine’s dessert, the chocolate avalanche. The plate arrives to reveal a picturesque chocolate dome with a sprinkling of chocolate around the ring. The waiter pours a saucer of warm white chocolate sauce over the top, which cracks the temper to reveal smooth vanilla ice cream and fresh berry chunks. I couldn’t help but scoop up every bit. Alternatively, there is a decadent champagne and raspberry posset served with shortbread, or strawberries with dark and white chocolate dipping sauce for two to share. Just when you think you can’t fit anything else in, the team provide a much needed tea and coffee service, complete with petit fours, to round up the affair. After a magical afternoon, I’ll certainly be back for more of Pictures tantalising creations. ● PICTURES 58 Shepherds Bush Green, W4 dorsetthotels.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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In collaboration with Ornamental Grace, Olivia Aspinall has created a series of handmade Jesmonite vessels in her distinctive patterned surfaces. Her surfaces make stylish and practical worktops and tabletops too. olivia-aspinall.com.

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Q Tell us a bit about yourself. Can you summarise what you do for a living? A All things food. I’m a food writer, cookbook author, food stylist and cook. Q Is this your dream job? A Pretty much yes. Of course all jobs have their off days but I feel incredibly lucky to do something I’m so consumed by. The beauty of my job is that it’s incredibly creative and I do so many different things, so no day is the same, but each day invariably involves some good food and drink. Q What inspires you to do what you do? A Growing up, it was all about food and cooking. My family are a greedy bunch and we always came together over my mother’s delicious home cooked food. I think this, and the fact I was so aware of us growing our own veg, keeping chickens and fishing etc has had a big influence on my love of food. Q What exciting projects have you been working on lately? A I’ve been doing lots of events and pop up dinners, including a collaboration with the fab cinema supper club, Kino Vino, during which we screened an old Ealing Studios film called It always rains on Sunday set in and around east London; the second was a charity banquet organised by Bristol chef Romy Gill for Action Against Hunger with a load of other female chefs and food writers. We had to serve eight courses to 112 in a hall in Borough Market we weren’t cooking in, so it was very challenging but great fun and we raised over 10k which was amazing.

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Q How would you describe your interior style? A Whimsical, eclectic and natural. I love collecting beautiful objects and handmade treasures such as ceramics, vintage furniture and art. Also, you’ll notice I’m a sucker for a house plant. We don’t have a garden so I definitely like to bring the outdoors in. Q You must spend a lot of time in the kitchen. What’s your favourite thing about it? A I spend at least four days a week in the kitchen. What drew me to our house is that the kitchen is pretty much the whole of the downstairs. It’s open plan and flooded by natural light by a glass ceiling, so I’m really happy cooking here. There are plenty of units for storage and I love being able to display my props on top of the cupboards. I’m very proud of the marble tiling and hexagonal tiles behind the sink, as well as the second hand stainless steel catering cupboard which is an island and storage solution in one. Q What would you change about your kitchen space? A I would love a big range cooker.

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“What drew me to our house is that the kitchen is pretty much the whole of the downstairs”

Q Where do you find interior inspiration? A Elle Decor, Remodelista and interior design books. Instagram too of course, including Habitat’s. Q Which instagram accounts would you recommend for interior inspiration? A As above. Apartmenttherapy and Jungalow too. Q What’s your favourite interior trend at the moment? A I love the pink trend. I’ve never been a girly girl or that into pink but recently something has changed and I can’t get enough of little hints of pink, particularly when it’s dusky, faded, pastel or stone washed. Q Which habitat products do you love and why? A I adore my new pink stonewashed bedspread which sits atop our gorgeous new wooden bed, both from Habitat. Having a wooden bed is a real statement and brings so much character to an otherwise simple room. The grain of the wood on the bed is beautiful. I really love the gorgeous green marble of the coffee table too. Watch out for many Instagram food shots featuring A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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this. Also the marble lamp is just dreamy – bringing a hint of luxury to the spare room. Q What’s your favourite thing about your home? The light and sense of space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and our double-height glass ceiling make it a really light, airy space. Q What was your last interiors project and purchase? A Doing up our spare room and putting in some shelves for my huge library of cookbooks. Q How have you made this house your home? A By filling it with our most-loved objects and people. We are always hosting dinners and drinks at ours and we’re such home bodies. Q Tell us about your most treasured possessions? A The rug in the spare room was brought in Argentina. I was really broke at the time and really agonised over whether to buy it but I’m so glad i did, it makes me so happy. Our vintage Ercol dining set was a total bargain from Ebay and I’m so thrilled we found it, even though we had to hire a van and drive to the middle of nowhere to this really posh lady’s country house, it was so worth it. Q Where is the heart of your home? A The kitchen of course. Q If you could re-live one moment in this house what would it be? Tell us about your favourite memory. A Our first Christmas party in the house was pretty epic. We got an 13ft Christmas tree, I made venison stew and there was a lot of prosecco and mulled wine. It was so brilliant to finally have our own space and be able to host our friends whose houses we’ve been partying in for years. Q What would complete your home? A I would love a wood fired log burner but unfortunately it’s not possible in this house. Q Tell us something interesting about yourself or your home that not many people know. A Cyril our dog calls the shots. Seriously, he thinks the sofa, our bed and the spare room bed all belong to him. Q Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? A My late dad, I would love to cook for him and catch him up on the last 12 years.

“I’ve never been a girly girl but recently I can’t get enough of pink”

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Flower POWER Cate St Hill’s arrangements for FlowerBe are fresh, stylish and simple

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lowerBe have collaborated with Cate St Hill, a design and interiors writer and stylist who has a passion for light, Scandinavianinspired interiors. Cate believes in an understated and minimal aesthetic as a background for everyday life, with natural, honest materials that appeal to the senses and improve over time. On her dining room table, Cate prepared a ‘fika’ – a custom in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. She created a natural, woodland-inspired scene, with lots of different sized vessels forming a relaxed, informal centrepiece along

the table. Vases of various heights and textures create layers, and give a sense of depth. Candlelight provides a soft glow in the darker days, while each person’s place setting is made a little bit special with a decorative dish of ranunculus. Cate said: “My dining table arrangement is all about appealing to the senses and feeding the soul, with fragrant smells from the narcissus and eucalyptus, freshly baked cinnamon buns and warming cups of coffee.” Cate also created a beautiful living flower installation using individual stems FlowerBe’s Tall Selection, arranging these within simple picture frames. Within each frame she chose lemoncoloured Aztec Lillies, pale lime Eustoma and soft pink Hypericum berry, which together form an art piece positioned on a minimal white shelf. Cate said: “I used simple picture frames to create a colourful shelf display with single stems and branches. You could also press

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flowers and use dried stems to last through to spring. Letting the stems extend outside the frame creates a wilder arrangement and a beautiful focal point in the room.” Cate’s ethos is sharing simple design that lifts the spirits each day. The simple everyday means seeking a moment of calm amid our busy lives – to slow down and appreciate the little things. Cate has shown how simple flower arrangements can lift the spirits and create a clean, fresh interior.

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I spend most of my time in jeans and plain tops, though when its time to dress up I enjoy wearing quite bold, colourful patterns. Who would my style icon be?

YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER Lucienne Day. She brought fresh, optimistic designs to the living rooms of post-war Britain. Her lively, patterns continue to be an influence.

YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE FROM THE SHOP’S CURRENT COLLECTION I have a soft spot for the Russel Wright American Modern collection. It combines a sophisticated Midcentury design with a comic quality.

YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART Anything by Charley Harper, the American modernist artist. He had such an original way of converting the complexity of what he saw into a distilled style he called “minimal realism”. His illustrations of birds are perhaps the most recognisable.

YOUR FAVOURITE BUILDING I have often walked my Westie in Crystal Palace Park and stared at the ground where the magnificent palace once stood. I imagine how exciting it would have been to walk amongst the crowds at one of its exhibitions.

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Making their mark The Early Years coordinator at Dallington School in Islington on the importance of encouraging young artists By AMBIKA CURBISHLEY

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he children I have taught over the years arrive having already had a range of different experiences when it comes to art. Some children immediately experiment and explore and think creatively when they are making or drawing, others do not want to get paint on their fingers, or say, 'I can’t do it!' As my teaching career continues, I have come to question how we as adults influence children’s attitudes to art and how we impact on children’s interest in this area. Often talking to parents gives an insight into

how their own experiences at school or their outlook on art has an impact on how they approach the subject with their children. I have heard people say, ‘It doesn’t look like anything, it’s a scribble.’ I then spend time explaining that that ‘scribble’ is where the child is at developmentally and that the child has just told a whole story whilst making those marks. I also hear parents describe how they felt they were not very good at art at school and, therefore, they don’t know how to go about teaching their own children. So, did someone along the way dismiss attempts they had made as a child, squashing confidence?

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There is great value in allowing children to express themselves, to make choices about the media they wish to use, to learn through the process of creating and to praise each child’s art work. Those early ‘scribbles’ and the freedom to make them, cannot be emphasised enough. If opportunities do not arise, does the child miss a stage of building up a repertoire of marks? Can this gap then be filled at a later date? As early years educators we can do that to a degree but children also need those opportunities at home. Sometimes, people have asked me whether the reason a child does not draw or take part in art activities is because they are not interested. I then question why they might not be interested at the age of three! Do they find it difficult or has an adult influenced their desire or opportunity to participate in art-based activities. So when a child shows an adult a drawing, we need to think about our responses, instead of, “What is it?” which for a child, that knows exactly what they have just drawn, is a little deflating “Can you tell me about it?” leads to a far more in-depth discussion. You may be very surprised to find that those several lines across a page are a ladder that goes up to a fairy castle or that those circles that go round and round are the movement of a car. Let children create and make a mess, it can be cleaned up but a child’s confidence takes a lot longer to rebuild. I am fascinated by the early marks that children make and the insight they give into different areas of development. For example, their language skills can be heard through their descriptions whilst drawing; their physical development observed by looking at their self awareness depicted in their figurative pictures or how they hold a paint brush; to their emotional development, where drawings can depict how a child is feeling. As long as I teach, I hope I will be able to place an importance on art in the early years and recognise all that it can lead to.

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or a while now, I’ve been thinking about how to reduce my family’s environmental footprint. Earlier this year, we almost moved to the country in search of a slower, more mindful pace of life – one that might encourage a closer connection with nature as well as the opportunity to consume less. For various reasons, the move didn’t happen, but a feeling that our family life was unnecessarily wasteful continued to grate. I’d always thought of myself as environmentally aware, but now I had two young daughters to think about: the future of the planet just got personal. I know many parents feel the same. It’s difficult, when presented with the boxes of disposable nappies and wipes, the plastic tubs of creams and lotions, the dozens of travel pouches of baby food, the rapidly outgrown clothing and the small mountains of unloved toys, to feel that you’re not privileging transient experience and momentary convenience over the long-term health of the living world. The truth is, people aren’t great for the planet. But that doesn’t mean we should blithely rationalise our impact away as a tragic inevitability. While mo’ people generally equals mo’ problems, we still need a functioning planet for our children to call home. A planet that can sustain life while inspiring wonder. So how to minimise our environmental impact in the here and now? The first step, as I found out to my increased consternation, is to transform that vague, gnawing worry about ‘the environment’ into a more solid sense of precisely how negative your personal impact is. For example: I thought that most plastic was recyclable. My local council always instructed us (or so I thought) to use our recycling bin for ‘metal, plastic, glass and paper’ – and in my ignorance I didn’t think to unpick that.

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KIDS & EDUCATION • PARENTING It turns out that of the 3.4 million tonnes of plastic discarded in the UK each year, only 1.5 million tonnes are recyclable. And of that number, only 500,000 tonnes are actually recycled. This means, for example, that most of our food containers – pouches, plastic films, bottle tops and ‘mixed plastics’ – go directly into landfill. And guess what? The recycling symbol – those circling arrows we all recognise, and in which I had always placed a stupidly blind faith – doesn’t mean ‘recyclable’ at all; it simply denotes that a manufacturer has made ‘a financial contribution’ towards the collection and recycling of packaging, usually in lieu of using recyclable materials for their own products. One reason for this waste is that many of the recyclable plastics we use in our daily lives – baby food pouches being a particularly relevant example – are not recycled by most local councils. Happily for my family, Ella’s Kitchen, pouches can be recycled by specialist company Terracycle (terracycle.co.uk), which focuses on the recycling of hard-to-process waste: there’s a collection point close enough to my home that we’re able to store up our used pouches and do drop-offs every couple of months. But what about everything else? The best solution, of course, is to reduce the amount of harmful waste you produce from the outset. It’s a minefield out there, not to mention inconvenient – more so

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id you know that the UK’s leading nappy brand scores the lowest marks on almost every ethical standard, from animal testing and workers’ rights to environmental impact? It’s like buying nappies from Darth Vader. PIUPIA.CO.UK The good news is, there are better alternatives. A growing number of parents are switching to reusable cloth nappies, but if that’s too extreme a step, try the biodegradable nappies made by Swedish company Naty (naty.com). They’re made from organic cotton and plant fibres which break down naturally when disposed of – important when you think that the average child can go through 6,500 nappies in two and a half years. That’s over 10 tonnes of waste you could save from permanently sitting in landfill. Just make sure you dispose of them in a biodegradable nappy sack. The same logic applies to wet wipes, which have seen a huge rise in use over the last 5-10 years – as evidenced by the sheer number of them found clogging up our sewers and beaches. Most wet wipes contain

plastics and polyester and don’t break down. But switching brand can help: Jackson Reece makes widely available biodegradable wet wipes from cellulose, a plant fibre. They disappear completely within eight days in a sewage treatment plant or six weeks in a compost heap, and are great for kids with eczema or sensitive skin. The fact that they’re made in Britain also means they leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Refuse and recycle excess packaging

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ou can also help to save the environment (and some cash) by buying fewer toys and clothes – and making sure the ones you do buy are chosen with at least one eye on their ecological impact. Wooden toys generally look better than plastic ones anyway – check out Sarah and Bendrix and Garbo and Friends for inspiration. Environmentally, it can pay to shop small, with many independent brands placing an emphasis on sustainability. Support eco-conscious brands and you’ll be supporting the planet. Everyone’s a winner. Some more helpful resources: reyouzable.com • bulkmarket.uk hetu.co.uk

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That daily coffee you enjoy after the school run? Make sure it’s in a keep-cup. In the UK alone, we discard around 2.5 billion coffee cups every year – and only 1 in 400 is recycled. At uk.keepcup.com, you can design your own keep-cup to suit your tastes.

Microbeads in many exfoliants are actually tiny balls of plastic that find their way into our natural watercourses, killing wildlife and harming entire ecosystems. Avoid using coffee in your scrubs too as it blocks drains. Use natural coconut oil with brown sugar instead.

So many baby products are made of plastic when they could be made of natural materials. We love the Kawan duck by Hevea, as well as their full range of rubber teethers and pacifiers, available at meandbuddy.com.

There’s no need to stick with plastic for baby bottles and toddler training cups – check out the Pura collection including adult water bottles at kidly.com, made from stainless steel. Kidly is a great destination for natural and sustainable toys too.

Ditto dinnerware – several new manufacturers make eco-friendly bamboo sets. Bamboo is a great natural fibre that can be used to make all sorts of kitchenware and tupperware for children’s snacks. We love this stylish star-print set from mollyandmoo.co.uk.

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HEADING NORTH GREECE

Unspoilt beauty, expansive beaches and an authentic dose of the region’s culture, this month we argue the case for a holiday in Northern Greece at one of the country’s swankiest resorts.

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THE RESORT BOASTS IMPRESSIVE VIEWS OVER THE AEGEAN SEA

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TALE Discover what it truly means to be stress-free amidst the unspoilt beauty of Halkidiki By H E L E N B R O W N

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ell anyone of your holiday to Greece and they’ll immediately picture the pretty island harbours and tavernas of the south. Where sun is aplenty and the vista one of gleaming white against sparkling azure. Make your way north however, and the pictureperfect views bloom with verdant greenery and Greece’s best-kept secret lies, unhassled by summer holiday-makers. Fabled for its heart-stopping beauty and boundless hospitality, Halkidiki is the trident of Greece; three unspoilt, forested fingers stretching out into the Aegean Sea. Our Greek odyssey brings us to Sithonia, the central peninsula with a backbone of mountains and pine forests. More rugged and less populated than the left prong, Kassandra, Sithonia has long been a favourite vacation destination for locals. Along the coast, sweeping beaches are interspersed by secret coves, and the east side offers commanding views of Mount Athos, the third peninsula. On Sithonia you’ll find gorgeous, sleepy towns, a wealth of charming treasures to unearth and our home-from-home for the week, Danai Beach Resort. Easily reached from Thessaloniki, this luxurious hideaway is a haven of lush Mediterranean gardens and an expansive sandy beach. A family-run establishment, Danai offers a broad range of suites and villas, each

unique in style and boasting impressive views over the gardens or the ocean. Our two bedroom suite falls into the latter; here you can look out from the French doors and see sun, sea and private pool blend seamlessly into a postcard image of utter perfection. Fresh flowers, captivating wall art, Bose wi-fi music system, walk-in wardrobe and Bulgari bathroom products complete the scene. With all sense of the nine-to-five forgotten, we head to the Sea Horse Grill. On offer here is authentic Greek flavour and the freshest of fish and seafood. There is an ancient concept of hospitality and guest-friendship in this country, known as Xenia, and from this first meal we truly get an understanding of it. Hungry from the morning travelling, we gorge at a table laden with sharing plates until we can eat no more, only to find it relaid with a second wave of larger dishes. A true Greek feast. With bellies full and the sound of lapping waves tempting us into culinary-induced comas, we head to the beach. More than 300 meters long and absent of crowds, this is where London life is truly left behind. Stretchers and daybeds are available to hire for all guests, but to really get into holiday mode, a beach cabana does wonders. With this comes a private section of beach, a sitting area and comfortable double bed. Hotel staff are on hand to wipe clean your sunnies, serve fresh fruit platters and pop the corks from Perrier Jouet. Our beach lounging is interspersed with turns on the resort’s paddle boards, dips in the pool and a A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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fantastically indulgent facial. Danai’s prestigious spa is a real haven of tranquility, comprising multiple massage rooms, a nail spa and trilogy room with reflexology bed and a Cleopatra’s Bath with double bed for relaxation. Dinner is another exciting affair with three restaurants to choose from and a traditional Bachtses Night. Put on once a week in an intimate outcrop of garden overlooking the sea, this is a spectacular evening steeped in Greek authenticity. Live cooking, traditional dishes, locally produced drinks, music and dancing make this a night to remember. Our second evening is spent at the open-air Andromeda Restaurant, where modern Mediterranean fare is the order of the day. Sitting on the restaurant’s terrace, we tuck into strawberries with seafood, elegantly cooked lamb and a lemon meringue pie like no other, against a backdrop of splashing waves. For something a little swankier, The Squirrel has a well-earned reputation for being one of the principle culinary addresses in the country. If Halkidiki is the trident of Greece, then Poseidon is certainly smiling on those who manage to get a table here. Or perhaps Dionysus of wine, parties and fruitfulness; the food here certainly tastes otherworldly. The elaborate degustation menu offers a daring variety of Willy Wonka-esque plates, French and Mediterranean in flavour and expertly paired with wine

THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE SPA IS SET ON ORIENTAL HOLISTIC THERAPIES

of which hail from Greece and prove that the region’s reputation as a producer is on the rise. If it’s an apéritif you’re after, the Philosophy Seaside Bar prides itself on its creative drinks menu and incomparable setting. Located on the beach, an evening here is certainly appealing. The bar staff demonstrate impressive flair and the premium cocktail list attracts both guests and locals alike. Providing your hangover isn’t too severe, a number of excursions from Danai are available to fully explore the peninsula of Halkidiki. By yacht or by speedboat is the ideal way to combine leisure with sightseeing, and to fully get a feel for the area. One of the resort’s most popular routes will take you to the old city of Neos Marmaras. Departing from the hotel’s private beach, the tour follows the coastline of Nikiti, Ai Giannis, Kastro, Kalogria, Elia and Paradeisos beach, finally reaching Neos Marmaras. This is a must-see village with wild entertainment and plenty of romantic walks. The route then passes by the impressive complex of Porto Carras - cocooned with vineyards and its picturesque harbour -

“Hotel staff are on hand to wipe clean your sunnies and pop the corks from Perrier Jouet”

from Danai’s on-site wine cellar. The restaurant won the FNL Award in 2016 as one of the best three restaurants in Greece, while the wine list came in at number one. So what of this impressive purveyance of wine? Built deep into the side of the mountain in the heart of the resort, Danai’s private cellar boasts a lauded collection of around 1,700 wines, carefully collected over decades. Varieties range from the old to the new, and from producers SWEEPING PRIVATE TERRACES both local and farPROVIDE UNPARALLELED VIEWS reaching. Kitted out with antique furnishings and maintaining an old-world ambience, the wine cellar plays host to an incredibly awe-inspiring tasting session. Within this mystic and medieval candle-lit cave, Danai’s competent sommelier talks us through a cleverly curated selection of wines, many

before passing by the tortoise-shaped, deserted island of Kelyfos and the sandy beaches of Diaporos. Another must for culture vultures is a visit to Nikiti where a quaint church marks the highest point of the village and the seafront is a bustling jumble of authentic beach eateries. The village epitomises Halkidiki’s compelling blend of beach holiday with authentic Greek buzz, and proves there is more to the area than meets the eye. Top up your tan, feast on local cuisine and luxuriate in a lifestyle where schedules are few and far between; Halkidiki is the hidden gem to have on your holiday radar this year.

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oworth’s awardwinning spa is an architectural wonder, partially submerged in the landscape and offering stunning views over the surrounding parkland. Products include Aromatherapy Associates, Carol Joy and Kerstin Florian while a fully equipped Technogym overlooks the beautiful hillside. An hourand-a-half of full body deep tissue massage sends us into a state of deep relaxation.

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ountry manors don’t come much more glamorous than Coworth. The 17th-century mansion and polo estate has been treated to an intelligent and eco-friendly modern makeover that’s given it three restaurants, a spectacular spa, and an air of quietly confident grandeur. Set in 240 acres, it has an onsite equestrian centre with a Guards Polo Academy where you can have lessons (this is the UK’s only hotel to offer polo lessons) or simply head out on horseback on a ride through the stunning grounds. All this within 15 minutes of the M25.

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ur spacious suite in the main mansion house is comfortable and stylish, with a luxurious feel. Champagne on arrival, an insanely comfortable bed, Nespresso machine, huge TV, iPod dock and wellstocked minibar make up the extras while the bathroom’s comforting underfloor heating and super soft towels make for an inviting environment. There are further rooms in the renovated stable block that have an equestrian theme.

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fternoon tea in the Drawing Room is a particular highlight – then dress up for cocktails in the super chic bar. Dinner at The Barn is a brasserie-style affair a short stroll from the main house, where the converted barn has a wall of windows with farreaching views across the polo fields. More formally, there’s Restaurant Coworth Park with its Michelin star. Here, Executive-Chef Adam Smith delivers modern British dishes with a commitment to quality ingredients, while breakfast is an impressive buffet spread in the lounge.

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“An hour-anda-half deep tissue massage sends us into a state of deep relaxation”

COWORTH PARK Pastoral tranquility meets utter grandeur at this country house hotel nestled deep within Berkshire parkland By J E R R I E KO L E C I

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Paradise Found Escape to the land of utter luxury at the grandiose and gorgeously modern Waldorf Astoria Dubai B y TA M A R VA N D E R H O E K

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ituated on the North Eastern crescent of the Palm Jumeirah with views of the Dubai Marina and Arabian Gulf, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai is the first island iteration of the luxury New York hotel brand. Skilfully merging art deco flair, synonymous with the flagship hotel’s identity, and Dubai’s tendency to go big and bold, the awardwinning hotel is one of the city’s most luxurious holiday destinations. Completed just over a year ago as part of the Palm’s continued development, the hotel oozes pristine newness. It’s a pleasure driving up to the white, massive structure that shines like a beacon in the blazing desert sun. Stepping into the grand, marble-floored foyer, we are greeted by a blast of cool air-conditioning and a warm  “Welcome Miss Vanderhoek” from the concierge.  Only moments before, I was racing through the eight busy lanes of Sheikh Zayed highway surrounded by Dubai’s cascading skyscrapers, which now all seem a lifetime away in this immense but serene setting. As the concierge says,“This way Miss Vanderhoek”, I am led through acres of ivory marble, past a sweeping double staircase and through an immaculate hallways to my suite.  There are 319 elegant rooms and suites in total, all of which are decorated in creams and soft turquoise and boast plush beds, 300 thread-count sheets, an entertainment system and private balcony with loungers and sea views. The equally decadent bathrooms come with double vanities, a bath, separate rain shower and Salvatore Ferragamo amenities. 

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With all of this, it is incredibly tempting to spend the entirety of our stay in the comfort of this luxurious suite, but as there are six bars and restaurants, two pools, a spa and 200 meters of private beach, I am desperate to discover the rest of the resort. Without the guidance of the concierge, my first solo journey through the hotel left me a little lost, but it wasn’t long until I found myself back outside in Dubai’s heat where I headed for the pool. This is where the action is during the day; guests can be found lounging on cabanas or deck chairs, sipping on drinks or tucking into a snack. Families can enjoy the covered kid’s pool or seaside activities such as snorkelling, paddle boarding and fishing, all of which can be arranged by the concierge. Those with smaller children aged between 3-12 can benefit from Coco’s Kids

Club, which offers two complimentary hours per day per child and babysitting upon request. By sunset, guests have the choice of eating at the range of onsite establishments. First of which is the Mezzerie, an all-day dining restaurant offering multiple cuisines and encompassing an elegant space that combines western character with subtle Arabic details. Come morning, this is where you'll find an excellent all-you-caneat buffet. The prize culinary attraction is Social by Heinz Beck, the acclaimed three Michelin-starred German chef who regularly visits the establishment to bring his contemporary Italian dining to Dubai. I opted for the scenic Palm Avenue, a casual Mediterranean bistro and followed it with a cocktail (or two) at the Serafina Bar. Exuding a character reminiscent of the

“The three Michelin-starred chef brings his contemporary Italian dining to Dubai” Italian Renaissance, Serafina Bar features lush furnishings, striking blown-glass chandeliers and offers a rich experience. With unique cocktails and small dishes inspired by Venetian 'Bacaro' cuisine, guests are encouraged to watch the sun set below the horizon whilst being serenaded by live entertainment in the evening. Be sure to head over on a Thursday night where a live Jazz band will provide the backdrop to utter holiday perfection. There’s so much to do in Dubai, one could visit the tallest skyscraper in the world, shop in the largest mall or ride the fastest rollercoaster. But why go out when the private beach is so inviting and a wealth of recreational activities is available, including tennis, fishing and parasailing. For those looking to really put their feet up, the spa features over 3,200 square meters of palatial indoor space with an extensive array of hydrotherapy facilities and thermal relaxation rooms. Inviting warm, golden colors and a classic and refined design will help you unwind. But heat like this encourages idyll, and for the duration of my stay, you’ll find me relaxing and recouping poolside at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Dubai Palm Jumeirah Rates start from AED 1,050 per room per night (approx. GBP 207). For more information or to make a booking, call +971 4 818 2222 or visit waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

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£1,250 per week Prebend Gardens, W6

A five bedroom detached Victorian home with four bath/shower rooms, reception room, extended kitchen/dining room, cellar, downstairs WC and a 50’ garden, energy rating d.

A large five bedroom family home arranged over three floors with a double reception room, a modern eat-in kitchen, three bathrooms and a garden, energy rating d.

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£1,250 per week

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unique Edwardian property in the heart of Chiswick that has been meticulously refurbished to the highest standard. The accommodation comprises a kitchen, four bedrooms, five reception rooms, and five bathrooms. Notable aspects of the property are the bay windows, cinema room, wooden flooring and beautifully landscaped gardens.

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138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS 138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD

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HADYN PARK ROAD W12 GUIDE £1.35M FREEHOLD UPPER MALL W6 • 4 BEDROOMS £1,500PW / £6,500PCM • DOUBLE RECEPTION UPPER MALL W6 • OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM •£1,500PW FAMILY HOME •WONDERFUL 2 BATHROOMS / £6,500PCM • •• •• ••

4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS MASTER SUITEFAMILY WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA WONDERFUL HOME 2 LIVING SPACE 4 FLOORS DOUBLE OF BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS MASTER SUITE WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA

• 2 FLOORS OF LIVING SPACE • 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS

WESTVILLE ROAD W12 GUIDE £645,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD HAARLEM ROAD W14 • 2 BEDROOM GARDEN FLAT £625PW • RECEPTION/ £2,708PCM HAARLEM ROAD W14 • KITCHEN •£625PW BEDROOM FLAT •2 DOUBLE BATHROOM / £2,708PCM • •• •• ••

RECEPTION CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 2 DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA RECEPTION SHOWER ROOM KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM CONTEMPORARY

ASKEW ROAD 020 8749 7719 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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• GUEST CLOAKROOM • CELLAR/UTILITY LETTINGS 020 • GARDEN •2 COURTYARD EPC RATING DGARDENS 68 EASY ACCESS TO HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK UNFURNISHED 2 COURTYARD GARDENS EPC 57 HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK EASYRATING ACCESSDTO AVAILABLE NOW UNFURNISHED

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• EPC RATING D 57 • AVAILABLE NOW

ASKEW ROAD 020 8749 7719 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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• COURTYARD • PRIVATE COMMUNAL GARDENLETTINGS 020 7371 • EPC RATING C 73 BALCONY UNFURNISHED WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY BALCONY EPC RATING C 79 UNFURNISHED AVAILABLE NOW WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY

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• BATHROOM • 2 BALCONIES • EPC RATING E 48

MINFORD GARDENS W14 GUIDE £425,000 LEASEHOLD • 1 BEDROOM • LARGE RECEPTION • SEPARATE KITCHEN

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• BATHROOM • EPC RATING D 58

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138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS 138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD

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BOLINGBROKE ROAD W14 £1,450PW / £6,283PCM UPPER MALL W6 • 5 BEDROOM FAMILY HOUSE / £6,500PCM •£1,500PW SPACIOUS DOUBLE UPPER MALLRECEPTION W6 • STYLISH KITCHEN ••£1,500PW WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME 2 BATHROOMS / £6,500PCM •• •• •• ••

4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS PRETTY PRIVATE GARDEN MASTER SUITEFAMILY WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA WONDERFUL HOME 2 LIVING SPACE 4 FLOORS DOUBLE OF BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS MASTER SUITE WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA

• 2 FLOORS OF LIVING SPACE • 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS

HEBRON ROAD W6 £1,000PW / £4,333PCM HAARLEM ROAD W14 • 4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS / £2,708PCM •£625PW DOUBLE RECEPTION HAARLEM ROAD W14 • BESPOKE KITCHEN ••£625PW 2 BEDROOM FLAT 2 DOUBLE BATHROOMS / £2,708PCM •• •• •• ••

RECEPTION BEAUTIFUL GARDEN CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 2 DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA RECEPTION SHOWER ROOM KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM CONTEMPORARY

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 • • • •• •• •• •• ••

UTILITY ROOM UNFURNISHED LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 LOCATED CLOSE TO TRANSPORT LINKS AT SHEPHERDS BUSH 2 COURTYARD GARDENS EPC RATING D 67 EASY ACCESS TO HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK AVAILABLE NOW UNFURNISHED 2 COURTYARD GARDENS EPC 57 HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK EASYRATING ACCESSDTO AVAILABLE NOW UNFURNISHED

• EPC RATING D 57 • AVAILABLE NOW

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 • • • •• •• •• •• ••

WOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT UNFURNISHED LETTINGS 020 7371 GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS BALCONY EPC RATING E 50 UNFURNISHED AVAILABLE END FEBRUARY WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY BALCONY EPC RATING C 79 UNFURNISHED AVAILABLE NOW WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY

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• MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA • SHOWER ROOM

• EPC RATING C 79

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GOLDHAWK ROAD W12 £535PW / £2,318PCM • • • • •

2 BEDROOMS RECEPTION WITH WOOD FLOORING STYLISH KITCHEN 2 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE) BALCONY

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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HETLEY ROAD W12 £345PW / £1,495PCM • • • •

1 BEDROOM LARGE RECEPTION WITH WOOD FLOORING CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN BATHROOM

PRIVATE UNDERGROUND PARKING FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED CLOSE TO WESTFIELD LONDON & SHEPHERDS BUSH STATION EPC RATING C 81 AVAILABLE BEGINNING FEBRUARY

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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ROOF TERRACE FURNISHED EPC RATING B 85 AVAILABLE BEGINNING FEBRUARY

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FA M O U S P L AC E S by N I G E L L E W I S

London hides a plethora of celebrity homes. These are the most recent to come on the market

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ella Freud is best known for her fashionwear, father Lucien Freud, and famous friends, but now she’s turned her talents to interior design. The 56-year-old has put the finishing touches to a 2,300-sq-ft apartment within the BBC’s former White City TV studios. Bella, who counts Kate Moss as one of her close friends, has been moving into interior design, and recently launched her own range of scented candles.

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Her designs for the apartment are still under wraps, but will be influenced by both her fashion background and the TV heritage of the site. It’s within a £1.5 billion mixed-use development, which is retaining both the original Blue Peter garden and crescent shape of the former TV Centre building. Bella’s apartment is to be launched in the Spring and will cost approximately £3 million; a final price is yet to be decided.

his elegant Georgian property was once the home of both fashion designer Alexander McQueen and author PG Wodehouse, but at different times. The property is located on Dunraven Street in the centre of Mayfair, only a stone's throw from Hyde Park In 2010 McQueen was half way through refurbishing the top floors of the property, with the intention of restoring it to it's former status as a family home, when he committed suicide at a rented flat nearby. PG Wodehouse, the author of the Jeeves and Wooster books, lived at the house between 1927 and 1934 while at the height of his creative powers. It was his last home in the UK. After selling the property Wodehouse moved to France but, after being captured by the invading Germans in 1940 at the seaside town of Le Touquet but later being released, then moved to the US where he remained until the end of his life. After McQueen’s death, the refurbishment of the property’s top floor three-bedroom maisonette was completed and the flat later sold for £8.5 million. The other part of his planned project, an apartment below, is now for sale, having also been refurbished. It’s a one-bedroom property with a single reception room and two bathrooms, a small rear balcony off the bedroom, a new kitchen and wooden flooring throughout.

More information from Knight Frank, 020 7629 8171.

More information from Dexters on 020 7590 9590.

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oan Bakewell is one of the nation’s best-known writers and broadcasters. She was made a baroness in 2011, but is bestknown for her relationship with playwright Harold Pinter. The relationship went on for seven years and during all this time she has lived in the same house in Primrose Hill which she bought in 1963. Neighbours have included Alan Bennett, Ted Hughes and his wife Sylvia Plath, Jon Snow and Robert Plant. But now Bakewell is downsizing and has put her home on the market for £6.25 million. Overlooking a pretty green, the large Victorian house includes a selfcontained two-bedroom flat, a garden and four bedrooms. More information from David Birkett Estate Agents, 020 3641 2618.

"Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne lived in the property during Ozzy's well-documented battle with alcohol"

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eel House near Amersham has been home to actor Dirk Bogarde, songwriter Matt Aitken of Stock, Aitken and Waterman and TV chat show host Robert Kilroy-Silk. But they are all eclipsed by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne who lived in the property during Ozzy’s welldocumented battle with alcohol during the late 1980s. During their time there, in 1989, Ozzy was arrested at the property by police for threatening to kill his wife and subsequently spent time at a nearby rehab clinic. The Osbournes eventually resolved their marital problems, sold Beel House and moved to Los Angeles and gained worldwide fame with their TV reality show The Osbournes. Beel House is back on the market and the current owner is asking £3.95 million for the property. The seven-bedroom house has extensive gardens, a pool and a spa complex, and is located near Amersham in Buckinghamshire.

More information from Knight Frank (01494 854579).

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FAIRLAWN AVENUE, HALE GARDENS, W3W4

£465,000 £1,850,000

LETTINGS

An imposing Edwardiantriple semi-detached family on this highly desirable tree lined residential close to Ealing Common and West Acton Anoutstanding amazingly and light, well presented aspect flat withhome the added benefit of a balcony and private street garden. Three bedrooms, luxury bathroom, Stations. Five double Family bathroom, bathroom, loft, share Tiled entrance hall, Two spacious rooms, 28’8 Fully 14' reception room,bedrooms, fully integrated kitchen, Ensuite gas fired central Large heating, in the freehold, balconyreception and private garden withfitted sidekitchen/breakfast access. Ideally room, Cloakroom, Private rear garden, Landscaped front garden withand lovely aspect. Potential extend, subjectfacilities to the necessary consents.  Gardens has situated within close proximity of Chiswick Park tube station theopen extensive shoppingto and restaurant on Chiswick HighHale Road. excellent communications including Central, District and Piccadilly Lines and will benefit from Crossrail opening later this year. The area benefits from excellent local schools and a developing café/restaurant culture within a couple of minutes walk. Viewing is highly recommended. EPC-E.

LINDENCOTTAGE, GARDENS, W4 , W4 LAMB W4 PREBEND MANSIONS

£330 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £1,150,000

A newly decorated groundfour floor gardenmansion flat with west garden. Large double wardrobes, reception room with An exceptionally lightlower and spacious bedroom flatprivate set within thisfacing landmark building offering closebedroom proximity with to all amenities. Master suite, Three wood bedrooms, floors, bathroom with shower over, fitted garden. flat is on one of Chiswick's bestfitted located roads, moments shops, further Family bathroom, 16’ Reception roomkitchen, with feature, SouthThe West facing bay window, Balcony, Fully kitchen/breakfast room, from Share the in freehold, restaurants on theLarge Highentrance Road and minutes from Turnham station. property is available early September, furnished. Extensive builtcafés in storage, hall,5High Ceilings, Private CellarGreen Storage, BicycleThe racks, South West aspect away from Chiswick High Road. Ideally situated within close proximity of both Turnham Green and Stamford Brook Tube Stations as well as the extensive facilities on the High Road. ECP-D.

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SALES LETTINGS POINT WHARF LANE, TW8 RUSTHALL AVENUE, W4

£350 PER WEEK £1,495,000

A deceptivelypresented spacious Edwardian semi-detached home located this highly popularsought residential roadriverside on the Bedford Park borders close toaTurnham Green Station Beautifully two double bedroom family second floor flat inonthis after development. Boasting stunning open plan and Chiswick High Road. Theahouse comprises; Four double bedrooms, Study room, Family Double Reception room, entrance hall, Utility room,work kitchen reception room, river side balcony and a master ensuite bedroom. Largebathroom, open plan reception room, fullyTiled fitted kitchen with granite Kitchen/breakfast room, Private garden, Side access. The house offers potential extend into both the side return and rear loft STPP and also benefits from a lovely tops, fitted wardrobes and riverside views. Underground parking spacetoincluded. open aspect at the front. Transport links include Turnham Green Station, local bus routes and the A4/M4 for routes in and out of London. Chiswick High Road’s shops, cafes and restaurants are also within a short walk of the house. No chain.

QUEENCOTTAGE, ANNESROAD, GROVE, W4 LAMB W4 W4 BROOKFIELD

£430 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £1,125,000

A large, light and beautifully presented two double on this road in the road heart Bedford justPark minutes from An immaculately presented, light and airy Edwardian house bedroom located on flat the south sidehighly of this desirable sought after residential justofnorth of thePark, Bedford Turnham Green station. Top floorbedroom positionwith ensures beautiful views from the reception and bedrooms. Conservation Area.underground The property comprises; Master ensuite bathroom, Two further bedrooms, Shower Room, Stunning Reception room measuring 28’x15’ at maximum, Fully fitted kitchen, Landscaped South facing garden with rear access, Eaves Storage. The house is within easy walking distance of Chiswick High Road’s shops, cafes and restaurants. Transport links include Turnham Green Station, local bus routes and the A4/M4 for routes in and out of London. EPC-D.

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IS THE LUXE LOOK OVER? We’ve all heard of them, but few of us have seen inside London’s high-end luxe-look apartments. Nigel Lewis went to look around the first of a new breed that eschew bling, for sale at £12.75 million.

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hen a property is so expensive its guest bathroom is worth more per square foot than your car then you really pay attention while being shown around it. Even the most mildly curious mind is looking at every fixture, fitting and feature to work out where the money went. Is the loo handle ten times better than the one at my home? Does the golden brass balustrade justify the overall spend despite its wow factor? Does anyone really need four dishwashers? Walking around The Penthouse on the freshly-minted Fitzroy Place, these

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questions pop into your head a lot. One thing’s for sure. This is a truly oneoff property. And that’s what the people who will eventually call this two-floor apartment home will be looking for. While most people are focussing on the huge price tag, house hunters in this category want to know how much exclusivity their millions buy. And the answer is, a fair amount. The property is on the top two floors of an already select new-build block that’s just five minutes from Oxford Street, and is the only penthouse on this square. And to top that, Fitzroy Place is the first new square to be built in London’s central districts for over 100 years. Replacing what older Londoners will

remember as the Middlesex Hospital (until it closed in 2005), it includes the HQ of Estée Launder as well as two apartment blocks, restaurants, shops and the one part of hospital that remains; its chapel, which has been deconsecrated but can still be rented out for functions. The penthouse is the icing on this mixed-use cake and comes with two parking spaces in the basement and a lift, the entrance of which can be monitored via a CCTV link upstairs. Once you’re up there are several jaw droppers to take in within the threebedroom duplex. One is the interior design, which has been completed by Caroline Paterson, who was given over £100,000 and a remit to create something European, contemporary and that wasn’t bling. We wanted to steer clear of the Knightsbridge or Mayfair luxe look that many developments feature elsewhere which are aimed at Middle Eastern buyers,” says Lucy Arthur from Ashby Capital, which is the financial force behind Fitzroy Place. “Instead we wanted this to be the kind of cool European apartment that would appeal to everyone whether they’re European, Asian or from the Middle East.” The other attraction of this penthouse duplex is that it’s relatively ‘affordable’ within the mildly crazy world of prime property. Lucy says it’s hard to find a penthouse like this one for less than £3,000 per square foot – and this one comes in at £2,800. It's considerable square footage comes from the duplex design. The 26ft long

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lower floor is almost entirely open plan featuring floor-to-ceiling glass terrace doors along each side. Therefore, as you glide out of your kitchen clutching a gin and tonic after a long day in the City, on the left the doors lead out onto a terrace with views over the square looking east, while the bedroom – which has its own terrace – offers stunning views of the roofs of the West End and, on a clear evening, amazing sunsets. But part of the high price of living here is the area. Fitzrovia, which used to have a reputation as a posh but hard-working area famous for the rag trade, has now gone upmarket. These days it’s dominated by the

“ House hunters in the category want to know how much exclusivity their millions will buy”

higher end of the corporate world. One add on residents of Fitzroy Place get is access to their own private club, the facilities of which are free. This includes a gym, offices, an 18-seat cinema, and concierge service. Fitzroy Place, is also home to award winning restaurant The Detox Kitchen. Further, in December 2017 one of the two architects responsible for the design of Fitzroy Place won the Architect of the Year prize at the Architect Journal’s annual awards for the project which, it was said, wowed the judges with its design. So perhaps the £12.75 million price tag for its penthouse might be justified after all. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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DISCOVER a truly exceptional place to live

Experience the Full Grandeur of Ancaster Gate at the Exquisite Show home Experience the luxurious standard of living at this unique collection of 4 and 6 bedroom residences, where history meets the modern age. Ancaster Gate is an exclusive development that blends graceful Georgian buildings with the very best in contemporary architecture and sumptuous interior design. With a magical location right next to Richmond Park, Ancaster Gate offers a lifestyle beyond compare.

Viewing by appointment only Call us now on 0333 666 4141 or email AncasterGate@londonsquare.co.uk

Selling agents Photography is of the externals of Ancaster Gate and is indicative only. Details are correct at time of going to press. January 2018.

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HAVILLAND MEWS, W12

£1,695,000

An exceptional family home located within the award winning, gated Havilland Mews development. Arranged over four floors the house cleverly offers both large enough reception space for the family to gather and entertain with good sized bedrooms for when they all want to enjoy their own spaces. The accommodation comprises five double bedrooms, three luxurious bathrooms (two of which are en suite), three reception rooms including a well-appointed kitchen/family room from which the South West facing garden can be accessed and a lounge accessing a private south facing roof terrace. In addition there is a utility room and a downstairs WC. All in all an outstanding home. Underfloor Hearing Throughout | Miele appliances | Fully Integrated AV system | Two Home Theatre systems | Independent Multi Zone Sonos | Two Private Parking Spaces | 2522 Sq Ft/234,3 Sq M | EPC Rating: Band B

SHEPHERDS BUSH & ACTON | 020 8735 3266 shepherdsbush@winkworth.co.uk

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BENBOW ROAD, W6

£699,950 LEASEHOLD

A spacious two bedroom maisonette arranged over the upper two floors of a recently refurbished Victorian house. Offered in very good order throughout, the property further benefits from a private roof terrace. Benbow Road runs west from Hammersmith Grove to Brackenbury Road, with numerous local amenities being within easy reach, including some superb local shops, restaurants and pubs. Hammersmith, Goldhawk Road and Shepherds Bush Underground stations are all within easy reach. Reception Room | Open Plan Kitchen | 2 Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room | Roof Terrace | 889 Sq Ft /82.6 Sq M | EPC Rating Band D

HAMMERSMITH | 020 7371 4466 hammersmith@winkworth.co.uk

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PITSHANGER LANE, W5

£965,000 FREEHOLD

A delightful mid-terrace Edwardian property located on the ever popular Pitshanger Lane, ‘London’s best high street’ 2015. Arranged as a four double bedroom two bathroom home, making for spacious living. On the ground floor is a cosy and light reception room with period working fireplace. Rear hallway provides large understairs storage, cloakroom and utility room with double sink, boiler, washing machine. To the rear is a bright and modern kitchen and dining area leading out to a well maintained garden, which when viewed from the first and second floors also provides panoramic views of the surrounding area due to its elevated position. Mid-terrace Edwardian House | Four Double Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Modern Kitchen | Well-maintained Garden | EPC: D

EALING & ACTON | 020 8896 0123 ealing@winkworth.co.uk

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ELM AVENUE, W5

FORDHOOK AVENUE, W5

£1,200 PER WEEK

£807 PER WEEK

Stunning and well presented split level apartment ideally located for Ealing Common and Ealing Broadway. Rent: £5,200 PCM.

An immaculate Edwardian semi-detached family house located near Ealing Common underground station. Rent: £3,500 PCM.

South-facing Garden | Off-street Parking | Five Bedrooms | Six Bathrooms |

Extensive Living Space | Two Receptions Rooms | Large Conservatory Style Family

Utility Room | Underfloor Heating | Fees Apply | EPC: B

Room | Three Floors | Fees Apply | EPC: D

For more information on this property call:

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Ealing & Acton office | 020 8896 0123

Ealing & Acton office | 020 8896 0123

HETLEY ROAD, W12

ORMISTON GROVE, W12

£340 PER WEEK

£415 PER WEEK

A fantastic one double bedroom first floor flat located within walking distance to Shepherd’s Bush Stations. Rent: £1473 PCM.

A newly refurbished two double bedroom duplex with a roof terrace located in the heart of Shepherds Bush. Rent: £1798 PCM.

One Bedroom | One Bathroom | Open Plan Kitchen/Reception Room | Furnished |

Two Bedrooms | One Bathroom | Reception Room | Roof Terrace | Part Furnished |

Fees Apply | EPC: C

Fees Apply | EPC: C

For more information on this property call:

For more information on this property call:

Shepherds Bush office | 020 8735 3255

Shepherds Bush office | 020 8735 3255

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LOFTUS ROAD, W12

WESTWICK GARDENS, W14

£695 PER WEEK

£400 PER WEEK

A unique and stunning three double bedroom Victorian house. Rent: £3,012 PCM.

A charming two bedroom flat with private garden on the lower ground floor of a converted Victorian house. Rent: £1,733 PCM.

2 Reception Rooms | Kitchen | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Cloakroom | Garden |

2 Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | Garden |

1749 Sq Ft / 162.5 Sq M | Furnished | Fees Apply | EPC: C

728 Sq Ft/67.6 Sq M | Unfurnished | Fees Apply | EPC: C

For more information on this property call:

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SINCLAIR ROAD, W14

BATOUM GARDENS, W6

£400 PER WEEK

£395 PER WEEK

A charming, two bedroom flat on the first floor of a well-maintained, mid-terraced Victorian town house. Rent: £1,733 PCM.

A two double bedroom flat on the first floor of a mid terrace Victorian house. Rent: £1,712 PCM.

2 Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | 690 Sq Ft / 64 Sq M | Part

2 Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | 635 Sq Ft / 59 Sq M | Part

Furnished | Fees Apply | EPC: C

Furnished | Fees Apply | EPC: C

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Hammersmith office | 020 7371 4466

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OFFICES IN LONDON, THE COUNTRY AND OVERSEAS. SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY

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LIVE CREATIVELY in N1C

OWN A PIECE of HISTORY Become neighbours with Central Saint Martins, Louis Vuitton, Google, Everyman Cinema and the re-imagined Thomas Heatherwick designed shopping street, Coal Drops Yard. London’s best transport links with zone 1 tube, close proximity to 15 major universities and colleges; rail links across Great Britain plus Eurostar, the UK’s only direct rail connection to Europe. Apartments ready to move into today. Prices from £810,000*

+44 (0)20 7205 4355 | enquiries@livinginkingscross.co.uk | livinginkingscross.co.uk *Price correct at time of print. For a studio in Gasholders London

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www.johnmartinestates.com

EALING W5

ÂŁ850,000 FREEHOLD

An excellent sized semi-detached family home in the heart of the award winning Pitshanger Village offered in beautiful condition throughout. The property boasts two large intercommunicating reception rooms, modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room and cloakroom to ground floor. To the first floor are four bedrooms, beautiful modern family bathroom and modern en suite shower room. Other benefits include gas fired central heating, double glazing, period features, wood floors and a west facing rear garden. EPC: E

82 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5 1QX jmesales@johnmartinestates.com JOHN MARTIN.indd 1

16/01/2018 12:53


“PITSHANGER’S COMMUNITY ESTATE AGENT”

CHISWICK W4

£1,450PCM (*Fees apply)

A stunning first floor apartment in this elegant period mansion block within easy reach of both Chiswick High Road, Strand on the Green and Chiswick BR station. The apartment boasts a large lounge with charming bay window and fireplace opening, a good size double bedroom, modern family bathroom and spacious fitted kitchen/diner. There is also beautifully polished wood flooring and gas fired central heating. Outside are tranquil gated gardens with a water feature area. The apartment is offered fully furnished. EPC: D

*In addition to rent, tenants pay deposit (usually six weeks’ rent per property) and administration fee of £120 (inc VAT) per tenant plus check out fee (determined by size of property) at end of tenancy. Any guarantor required pays administration fee of £60 (inc VAT). No renewal fees are payable.

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THE HOGARTH CLUB Personal attention

Personal space

Results you want

Whether you want to get in shape using the best equipment, be expertly led in inclusive personal training sessions or classes, play tennis, squash, swim in our mood lit pool, or dine in the Crucial Cafe, our professional, friendly team are on hand to welcome you.

Call Jo or Joe now on 020 8108 7209 and arrange a Club tour. ­

The Hogarth Health Club Airedale Avenue Chiswick London W4 2NW www.thehogarth.co.uk 020 8108 7209

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luxury

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Schmidt Kitchens made to measure to the millimetre Truly customisable designs and finishes Made to measure without the bespoke price tag

Come in store to discover our February offers Call now for more details 020 3714 6000 Or Visit – 323 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9NH design@schmidt-hammersmith.co.uk www.homedesign.schmidt Opening hours are 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday Sunday by appointment only

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