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Sept e mbe r 2015

58 07 EDITOR’S LETTER c u lt u r e

08 ABSOLUTELY LOVES What we’re coveting this month

12 WHAT’S ON

Diary dates for September

15 KEW UP A chat with David Nicholls ahead of the West London literary festival, Write on Kew 16 BEAR’S URBAN WILDERNESS  We sit down with adventurer, explorer and all-round adrenaline seeker, Bear Grylls

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24 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL This month’s hottest trends and products

28 THE AUTUMN EDIT

Key looks for the transitional period

35 MY STYLE

Former Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor, Pippa Vosper, shares her favourite things this month

39 WARDROBE MASTER

Senior style editor at Esquire, Teo van den Broeke, talks brands you need to know

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

42 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL Best beauty buys of the month

45 SHADES OF PALE

Nudes and pinks for fresh faced beauty

Food & Drink

50 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL Tasty happenings from the local area

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53 COMFORT CUCINA

We dine at Italian eatery L’Amorosa in Chiswick

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58 CASTLES IN THE AIR Discover the dreamy Dordogne

64 SWEDE SENSATION The new Volvo XC90

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74 THE CRAFTY QUEEN

We speak to Kirsty Allsopp ahead of The Handmade Fair in Hampton Court

PROPERTY

114 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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like the month of September. It earmarks the beginning of a new year without actually being a new year. For those in education, September brings a confusing barrage of emotions: excitement for making it into the year above, and fear of imminent exams, while for those in work, the month of September basically marks the end of summer and the start of autumn. Despite the reminder that bad weather is looming, I do like this transeasonal month, mainly for fashion week (the parties, shows and new collections − particularly the return of light coats and clothing in classic autumnal hues). So, to help you put your well-heeled foot forward, we’ve produced an educational fall shoot highlighting the key pieces you need to have, turn to page 28. While on page 39, our Men’s editor Teo van den Broeke reveals the top menswear brands you need to know about right now. It is also with great pleasure that I introduce our newest contributing

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editor Pippa Vosper, former fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, who has shared all of her favourite things for the month of September with us on page 35. We also sit down with adventurer Bear Grylls on page 16; chat with prominent author David Nicholls – the man behind fictional hits One Day and Us – ahead of the Write on Kew literary festival this month. There’s also the usual array of beauty, food and interior news to keep you entertained. I hope you enjoy the issue and see you when we’re properly wrapping up.

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Inspired by the Crown Jewels, there is nothing subtle about London-based MAWI’s AW15 collection. Unabashedly flash, their campaign follows suit by clashing conservative glamour and rebellion together for an innocent and sultury outcome. mawi.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY / LOVES BAG IT UP

Inspired by modernist art and London architecture, Radley’s new collection of leather handbags, purses and accessories includes this striking colour block cross body bag. radley.co.uk

POSH POOCH

Offering gorgeous fashion forward cashmere dog sweaters and snoods, Ruby Rufus is the label every it-dog needs to be wearing this autumn. From £45; rubyrufus.com

SEPTEMBER SUN

Designed for autumn-winter wear, these sunglasses from Linda Farrow feature nylon lenses with anti-reflective coating – perfect for unexpected sunny days. £573; farfetch.com

BERRY BOOTIES

Who would have thought that a patchwork of berry, blush and black suede would be so chic? Not us. But Gianvito Rossi proves us wrong with these fabulous boots. £745; net-a-porter.com

FENDI FUN

The iconic Fendi Bug is taking over – it’s latest whimsical manifestation is in this watch. With piercing yellow eyes and a satin-brushed bracelet, this angry bug will make sure you never forget to check the time. £1,250; fendi.com

LUXE LEOPARD

Valentino have done it again: they’ve ve created a bag we can’t live without. This time, we’ve ve fallen for the combination of burgundy leather, leopard-print and, of course, the brand’s famous metal studs. £1,465; valentino.com

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1 9 Se p t e m b e r L y r i c Ha m m e rs m i th ould you trust a talking cat? In this magical tale, a friendly cat turns his W master from pauper to prince by fooling the King and an Ogre. Brought to life by Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies, the kids will love this show in which anything can happen. u Lyric Square, W6; lyric.co.uk

FINE FOOD FAIR 6 - 8 Se p t e m b e r O ly m p i a Na ti o na l his trade event brings over 700 T producers together, each showcasing their latest food and drink creations. Discover and taste artisan products before anyone else, watch cookery demonstrations, and listen to industry experts talk business. u Hammersmith Road, W14; olympia.co.uk

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The chatty man himself is back on tour – for the first time in four years – with his stand-up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap’. Using his innate sense of humour and signature flamboyant style, Carr will light up the Apollo’s stage with a selection of hilariously catty observations. If you want your belly to ache, this show is for you. 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6; eventimapollo.com

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BOOK FESTIVAL

1 0 -14 Se p t e m b e r Throughout Chiswick elebrating the art of writing in its C many forms, this festival brings authors and readers together. This year, speakers include Vince Cable and Mary Portas, while all profit raised will go to the Doorstep Library, which donates books to deprived west London children. u Chiswick, W4; chgt.org.uk

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DECOREX 2015 2 0 - 2 3 Se p t e m b e r S y o n Pa rk iscover the future of design D at the Decorex International 2015, where well-known names and emerging talents will showcase their work to those within – and outside of – the design industry. Held in the grounds of Syon Park, the four-day event will provide you with endless inspiration and the opportunity to enjoy a glass of bubbly in a champagne bar designed by the name behind The Grain Store and The Goring Royal Suite, Russell Sage. ◆ Syon Park, TW8; decorex.com

The World Goes Pop

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RADIO TIMES FESTIVAL

From 17 S e p t e m b e r Ta te Mo der n

Revealing how artists around the world engage with the spirit of pop art, this groundbreaking exhibition seeks to reveal the alternative stories of pop, from Andy Warhol’s modern commercial culture to the subversive language it became when used as alternative protest art.

24- 27 Se pte m b er Hamp ton Co urt G a rd e n s he inaugural four-day T Radio Times Festival will give television fans the chance to get up close and personal with their favourite TV stars, writers and producers. With some of the biggest names in the industry talking about their careers, including Sir David Attenborough, David Walliams and Paul Hollywood, this event is set to become a Hampton Court regular. ◆◆ East Molesey, KT8; radiotimesfestival.com

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SHOW OF THE MONTH

JESSICA PRATT Bush Hall

merican musician and singersongwriter Jessica Pratt’s style is eclectic. Despite being just 27 years old, she finds inspiration in everything from 60s folk to Californian classic rock, and is subsequently known for transcending genre. Bewitching her audience with strange, dream-like performances and a combination of surreal lyrics and acoustic guitar, Pratt

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tends to be classified under the term “freak-folk”, but even then evokes a familiar 80s New Wave sound similar to Duran Duran. Having recorded her album at home, her songs are made to be heard intimately making Pratt’s upcoming gig the ideal way to hear her work. ◆ 310 Uxbridge Road, W12; bushhallmusic.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / PROFILE but I think the only downside to the whole One Day experience was a certain selfconsciousness – how do you write something that appeals to some of the same readers without being the same book in disguise? None of the uncertainties occupied my mind when I wrote One Day. This time around the critical voices were a little louder and more insistent, but I was determined not to write a half-hearted or disappointing follow-up. The book was longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize. How did that feel? Wonderful in a very uncomplicated and unambiguous way. I knew immediately that the book wouldn’t win, but a degree of critical recognition is always appreciated.

Kew Up

Ahead of west London’s literary festival, Write on Kew, we catch up with author David Nicholls I n t e r v i e w r o m y va n d e n b r o e k e

Did you expect your novel One Day to be such a big hit? I’m not sure any writer expects a book to be a success. The process is so unpredictable and, like most authors I suspect, I always finish writing a novel and think ‘does this make sense, and will anyone be interested anyway?’ Why do you think it was so successful? I think it was as much about friendship as love. I think a lot of readers saw themselves in the book – everyone knows a Dexter or an Emma – and I think those ideas of fate, nostalgia, what might have been, are quite compelling.

What inspired the theme of revisiting the main characters every St Swithin’s Day for 20 years? Partly it came from reaching 40 and looking back at that journey. I wanted to write about how small decisions on seemingly ordinary days can have unseen results. I was also inspired by a short passage in Tess of the D’Urbervilles that I’d read when I was seventeen. To say more would be to give too much away, but the passage had always stayed with me, and I remember thinking ‘there’s a story there’. Was it hard writing your follow up novel, Us? I’m not sure writing a book is ever easy,

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You’re also a screenwriter, how does that lend itself to writing novels? I think screenwriters are obliged to do certain things; to think about story structure, to plan, to make sure that every thing earns its place and has a purpose. Screenwriters tend to put up the scaffolding before they do the fun stuff – the dialogue, the jokes – and there’s a requirement to keep things moving. Also, as a screenwriter I do think a lot about performance – how would this scene look if you acted it out? All of that finds its way into the prose. What does it mean to you to be involved in Write on Kew? I went to Kew when I was about seven and thought it was an extraordinary place. The pagoda seemed immense. I’ve been back many times since and always love it. And it’s a new festival too – anything that allows readers and writers to get together seems like a good thing to me. Is there anyone during the festival that you are particularly looking forward to meeting or seeing? Years ago I wrote the screenplay to Blake Morrison’s fine memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? He’s a wonderful writer and a fine speaker. Also Clare Tomalin has written wonderful biographies of two of my favourite writers, Hardy and Dickens, so if I can make it to those events I certainly will. Who is your writing hero? I think I’d choose a screenwriter. Billy Wilder is an idol of mine – versatile, brilliant at comedy and drama, a great wit and satirist. A fascinating life too. I love Wilder.  Us by David Nicholls is published by Hodder, £7.99; hodder.co.uk

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BEAR’S Urban Wilder ne ss

He’s been known to drink his own urine, scoff scorpions and sleep in a carcass. But Bear Grylls is also a family man I n t e r v i e w C A M I L L A D AV I E S

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ometimes a TV star’s tough guy image seeps into the public consciousness. But former SAS man Bear Grylls, the face of Mission Survive, The Island and Escape From Hell, can’t help but give off the niceguy vibe. According to Bear, it’s not about the brawn: anyone with their wits about them can become a survivor. “Knowledge is such an important tool for survival, but a real key to it is about heart, the determination to keep going despite the pain. And that’s in all of us, it’s how we’re made,” he says. Bear himself learnt his survival instincts from an early age, exploring at weekends with his dad before joining the Scouts – today his official title is Chief Scout – and then the military. A back injury forced him to leave the army but after an impressively fast recovery, by the age of 23 he had succeeded in his goal of climbing Mount Everest, making him the youngest Brit to do so. “Survival is in us all, it takes a bit of scratching beneath the surface to find. And also practice.

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SURVIVAL is in all of is – it JUST TAKES

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BENEATH THE SURFACE to find

The more you get used to hardships and discomfort the better you become at coping with it. It’s definitely in everyone, it’s just about grit and heart.” Of course, some people are more prone to the adventure bug than others. It seems Bear can’t stay still for long, and even at home he isn’t quite on solid ground, choosing to live on a barge along the Thames. “The houseboat is a great way of being in London,” he says. “You don’t necessarily feel like you are stuck in the middle of a big city and yeah, I love it. It’s a really good community, great views…” The idea of Bear in a semi-detached redbrick doesn’t quite compute, anyway.

His waterside home is his rest spot to recover from his stays in the wild. “We originally bought it when I was leaving the army and I got married. We were pretty broke and it was a fun way of us being in London.” Even now, three children on, the couple show no signs of jumping ship. “Many years later, we still don’t feel any temptation to go and get a big house in London. We love it, it is a wonderful thing in our lives and we’ll always love it.” If the family want to get somewhere quickly, their mode of transport sure beats the tube. “We have a little speed boat tied to the side and it’s a great way to be in London.” Bear may be a London boy, but he also owns St Tudwal's, a Welsh island, just off the South Caernarvonshire coast – which many would consider an unusual holiday home. He also spends time in the heart of TV world, Los Angeles. “But when we’re in London, we love it,” he says firmly. “We try to film during term time when the boys are at school… I try to be pretty disciplined about taking days off when they are at home, saying no to all the other fluff.”

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Bear may crave time at home, but he’s aware that his 9-5 is very different to most Londoners’ jobs. “It’s never felt like a job. I love it, I work with my best friends, I get to travel the world, so I feel super lucky,” Bear grins. “I’ll probably pick up a few more scars and a few more aches and pains along the way but I’ll try and keep on going for as long as I can.” Tenacity is an important skill in Bear’s line of work, but he admits there have been times where he’s worried about where an adventure will be leading him. He says that the goal of any show he presents is always getting home in one piece. “There has been a tonne [of accidents], from parachute failures to being caught in rapids, chased by sharks

and crocodiles... but again I try to focus on the good times, the times it worked out. I always say to the crew that you only get it wrong once. If there is doubt, then there is no doubt, stop and we’ll reassess, no ego, we’ll find another way round it. It’s actually about getting it right rather than wrong.” He knows better than to be reckless – whether it’s swimming too close to crocodiles or simply biting the head off a tick. “Because we film so much of it, we are pretty smart as a team about managing risk and we’ve all learned the thing about no egos and bravado when we film. We make quiet, smart good

decisions, but once we decide on something we really go for it and throw ourselves into it.” Of course, occupational hazards do come with the job - otherwise Joe Public would be harpooning his dinner and frying beetles for an afternoon snack. “There is a tinge of recklessness that the wild demands, but I think the skill is knowing how to use that and when to use it,” Bear says. “But essentially, if we were just reckless in the stupid sense we wouldn’t still be here. It’s reckless in the sense that it does demand a little bravery pill to do something, but that is a kind of recklessness that is healthy. But as the crew say, we used to be 100% reckless and now we’re 70% reckless, so that is good progress.”

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Bear’s survival tips spread far and wide; from what to eat when you’re trapped in the wild to how to create a sleeping bag out of a dead animal and so forth. For urbanites in the capital however, perhaps his best life lesson is one that applies on a day to day level: to never give up. “That is at the heart of a great survivor… Everything else can be learned but the real heart of great survival, whether it’s in the jungle or everyday life, is to hang on in there.” u Bear Grylls has just launched the Bear Grylls Survival Race: an event designed to empower people to test and extend their adventure fitness. The inaugural BG Survival Races will take place in London, October 3-4, 2015. beargryllssurvivalrace.com

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ARTS & CULTURE / SPOTLIGHT DAVID WALLIAMS will REVEAL the MISCHIEF and mayhem that goes on BEHIND THE SCENES

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Hampton Court’s latest day out promises celebrity-spotting and fun, educational entertainment for all the family Wo r d s e l i z a b e t h h u t t o n

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or the first time ever the UK’s leading authority on television and radio, Radio Times, are putting on a weekend celebration of British TV and radio. Taking place in the grounds of one of London’s most iconic venues, Hampton Court Palace, this is set to be one of September’s most popular events, with over 50 live talks, interactive workshops,

exhibits and screenings, taking place over the three days. Giving festival goers the inside scoop on how great television and radio is made, the line-up includes west Londoner Sir David Attenborough. Looking back at his six decades in broadcasting, Attenborough will take his audience on a journey from the poles and through the tropics, while talking about how he became the venerable broadcaster and naturalist he is today.

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Additionally, funny man David Walliams will take to the stage to reveal the mischief and mayhem that goes on behind the scenes on his comedy shows. Celebrating his popular children’s books, Walliams will not only be signing copies but will also have photographs taken with his fans, both young and old, so don’t forget to bring your camera. Workshops running across the span of the festival include a brilliant Shaun the Sheep Model Making class. Run by Aardman, the creators behind Wallace & Gromit, Morph and, of course, the much-loved Shaun the Sheep, you will be taught how to make your very own Shaun or Morph clay model. If you’re more interested in the literary side of the festival then you can look forward to talks that analyse the relationship between books and screen. We’re particularly looking forward to hearing what Sex in the City creator and award-winning writer Candace Bushnell has to say about seeing her eight books transformed into a six season HBO show and two feature films. With plenty more to see throughout the weekend, this festival promises to brighten up even the cloudiest September day. 

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Midi dresses, denim skirts and tassel sandals top this month’s must-have list Wo r d s c h a r l o t t e a d s e t t

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our friends, eight frames, a dedicated mix it all together and what F following: do you get? The recipe for Finlay & Co., the handmade sunglasses company born right out of central London. Since July 2012 Finlay & Co.’s Fashion Weekfriendly pieces have garnered a league of followers, with beauties such as Jessica Alba, Gigi Hadid, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and January Jones all jumping on the F&C bandwagon. But fair enough, though: this independent label’s uniquely distinct, yet wonderfully wearable accessories only exist because of their 32-stage production process and gold standard material composition. Finlay & Co.’s 2015 range accommodates every eyewear taste, owing to its UVA/B-protective polarised lenses, sustainable hardwoods in oak and walnut wood stains, and durable acetates of tortoise shell, champagne, and opaline blue varieties (see: the new Draycott model). The Ledbury’s classic Wayfarer shape is updated by its hardwood incarnation, while Thurloe’s accentuated wooden temples and thin frames (available in gold and silver tones) are definitely ‘It’ items for spring. And let’s not forget the super covetable notched nose bridge of Hudson, made even cooler when worn in the newly-added light blue or gold mirrored lens styles. Another recent addition to Finlay & Co.’s repertoire is its £40 engraving service, in which you can have both the acetate and hardwood sunglasses personalised. Without giving too much away, the team behind this particular operation also have plenty more optics-related developments in the pipeline. In other words? Stay tuned... u

Rock the Kasbah Etro

This season sees the fashion world’s love affair with the luxe bohemian trend continue, as Kate Moss poses for Etro’s AW15 campaign. The opulent collection features paisley printed silk pyjama sets, two-piece suits, mohair coats, and beaded dresses. etro.com

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SHAKE IT OFF Alexander White

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A new name to watch this season is rising shoe designer Alexander White. An alumnus from Cordwainers College, White set up his eponymous label last year and offers a covetable line of timeless styles with a modern twist. We adore these 'Cleo' tassel sandals £450; alexanderwhitelondon.com

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MIDI DRESSES The midi length dress is the perfect transitional piece

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Maria Black has fast become the jewellery designer du jour with the fash-pack and celebrities such as Rita Ora and Rihanna. Known for her minimalist precious metal pieces, Maria’s rings and earrings are intended to be interchangeable: wear yours stacked, mismatched or solo. ‘Fay Wray’ 18ct Gold Diamond Ring, £960; maria-black.com

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FIND YOUR FEET Superga

Since Suki Waterhouse designed her own range of trainers for them last year, Italian footwear brand Superga have become a fashion staple. Be it classic white sneakers or patterned flatform kicks, with stores popping up all over London (the most recent opened up in Notting Hill just a couple of months ago) you can get your Superga fix easily. 43 Pembridge Road,W11; superga.com

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THE ART OF THE SCARF Liberty

Since Arthur Lasenby Liberty first opened his store in 1875, the name, ‘Liberty’ has become synonymous with scarves. Delving into the rich and historical archive, the Liberty London in-house design team have re-worked their classic floral prints to create an abstract collection that celebrates the iconic emporium’s 140th birthday. Scarves from £195-£525; in store and at liberty.co.uk

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01. MARNI Crepe dress £1,010; net-a-porter.com 02. JONATHAN SAUNDERS Cotton shirtdress £675; matchesfashion.com 03. VALENTINO Silk & lace dress £5,205; mytheresa.com 04. VILSHENKO Silk dress £1,100; avenue32.com 05. MASSCOB Silk dress £285; matchesfashion.com 06. SELF PORTRAIT Woven dress £260; self-portrait-studio.com

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‘Leonard’ mirrored sunglassed, £140; Illesteva.com

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Silk blouse, £650; mytheresa.com

Wool coat, £590; theshopatthebluebird.com

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Suede maxi skirt, £1,760; matchesfashion.com

Silk dress, £635; matchesfashion.com

CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA ‘Christine’ suede shoes, £545; charlotteolympia.com

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Embellished leather backpack, £1,560; mytheresa.com

MARIA FRANCESCA PEPE Metal and diamante cuff, £195; mfpepe.com

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CHLOÉ

‘Drew’ leather shoulder bag, £1,050; net-a-porter.com

LANVIN

Patent belt £399; far fetch.com

GIANVITO ROSSI

Suede ankle boots, £590; mytheresa.com

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AUTUM Edit Here are the new season’s key hero pieces - guaranteed to reset your wardrobe to AW15 Photography Hanna Hillier Styling charlotte adsett

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The silk pussy bow blouse

Once considered prim and outdated, the pussy bow blouse is now top of the fashion chartS Silk blouse, £635; Chloé at Harvey Nichols Silk wool trousers, £970; Emilia Wickstead at Harvey Nichols Leather ‘Coco Flamingo’ court shoes, £385; Sophia Webster Gold plated rings from £73; Maria Black

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The embroidered peasant top The luxe-hippie trend continues to dominate − embroidered pieces teamed with tailored separates will give a modern edge Wool embroidered ‘Erin’ blouse, £445; Vilshenko at Fenwick Maxi skirt, £385; Vanessa Steward at Fenwick Gold plated ‘Love invader’ bracelet, £70; Maria Francesca Pepe Gold plated ring, £73; Maria Black Leather ‘Jetta’ bootie, £595; Sophia Webster

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The denim shirt dress The ubiquitous denim shirt dress of the summer has had an AW15 embellishment update

Gemstone denim shirt dress, ÂŁ459; Sonia by Sonia Rykiel at Fenwick

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The mini shift dress

Wear yours with a ribbed roll neck sweater and flat loafers for a chic 60’s look Cat-embroidered shift dress, £725; Victoria, Victoria Beckham at Harvey Nichols Roll neck, £590; Stella McCartney at Harvey Nichols Python loafers, £215; Gerard Darrel

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The tuxedo dress

1980’s sharp power tailoring had a big impact on the runways − do keep everything else simple Dress, £1260; Adam Lippes at Harvey Nichols Gold plated ‘Arrow’ earrings, £125 and gold plated rings from £73; all Maria Black Gold plated ‘Love invader’ bracelet, £70; Maria Francesca Pepe

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ISA ARFEN

Serafina Sera, the Notting Hill based designer behind label Isa Arfen, has quietly been making a name for herself since she presented her debut collection in 2011. With close friends Charlotte Olympia and Laura Bailey wearing her flatteringly over-sized shapes, fashion insiders have been taking note of this understated Italian’s straightforward, beautifully presented separates for some time. In Serafina’s own words, she ‘wants to dress real women for their real lives’ and that she does, albeit the slightly more eccentric and daring ones. ◆  isaarfen.com

behind here, but they have pipped everyone else to the post with most other foodie things) they have hit on another winning formula; the Daylesford juices are larger, more hearty and somehow fresher than many other juice cleanses I have experienced.◆  daylesford.com

VILSHENKO

Long loved by the likes of Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne, Olga Vilshenko’s Russian blood runs through each collection, ensuring a modern, ethereal vision for each carefully considered piece. With Vilshenko’s embroidered blouses and delicate, printed dresses being the standouts each season, these are truly forever pieces that will never leave your wardrobe. ◆  vilshenko.com

FOR RESTLESS SLEEPERS

F.R.S. (For Restless Sleepers), launched earlier this year and is staking its claim as the cult brand of 2015. Pyjamas as outerwear is the basis of this brand, although the tailored shapes from F.R.S. allow for a flattering silhouette, rather than the traditional baggier styles that come to mind when thinking of classic PJs. Worn as a set, the pants with your trusted cashmere sweater, or one of the bold shirts with jeans, there are no rules and that’s the way Milan based designer Francesca Ruffini likes it. ◆  net-a-porter.com

ROWAN BLOSSOM

DAYLESFORD

One thing that I love about Daylesford is its no-nonsense approach to everything - it’s all there, just without fuss and frills. To Lady Bamford’s credit, she was pushing the organic thing long before it became de rigueur and with the recently launched juice cleanse packages (yes, perhaps slightly

P I P PA V O S P E R E x - H a r p e r ’ s B a z a a r Fa s h i o n E d i t o r, b r a n d c o n s u l t a n t & owner of Chiswick boutique RSPV

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For an ex-Matthew Williamson PR turned florist, you would expect nothing less than bohemian bouquets brimming with wild flowers and gathered together with seemingly effortless appeal. Rowan Lewis, the petite and chirpy beauty behind this new-kid-on-the-block floral company, delivers her beautiful arrangements personally on her imported vintage bicycle (of course); her genuine excitement as she greets you with bunches of flowers almost as large as she is makes for a very sweet sight indeed. ◆ rowanblossom.co.uk

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rom exquisite wedding gowns, fabulous flowers, and striking stationery, to mouth-watering cakes, honeymoon hideaways, and show-stopping entertainment, you can try, buy, book and hire everything you need for your big day, under one roof. This 25-27 September, take a seat at The National Wedding Show’s spectacular Catwalk Show, where the latest bridal trends will be brought to life by the nation’s finest designers, boutiques and retailers, including Alfred Angelo, Ian Stuart, Suzanne Neville, Jenny Packham, Maggie Sottero, Eliza Jane Howell, Enzoani, Berketex Bride, Debenhams and many more. With beautiful bridesmaid

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dresses, elegant mother-of-the-bride attire, and suave groomswear, as well as bridal beauty and hair trends from bareMinerals, Essie and Fudge Professional, the Catwalk Show provides style inspiration for the entire bridal party.

Browse an unrivalled selection of wedding dresses in the Bridal Boutique, which brings together the nation’s leading bridal boutiques and retailers. Within the Designer Area, see an extensive showcase of couture creations, where there will be plenty of offers and bespoke opportunities from the finest designers, including Katya Katya Shehurina, Qiana Bridal, Zaeem Jamal, Ivory & Co, and Hazaar of London. From sweet tea-length dresses and vintage designs, to glamourous ballgowns fit for a princess, there is a style to suit every taste, shape and budget. In partnership with Confetti.co.uk, the Wedding Theatre is where you can discover all you need to know about ‘big day’ beauty, hair and fashion. The National Wedding Show’s glam squad will share their Top 10 Tips for achieving

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host of wedding planners and stylists. See everything from dazzling lighting to chic tableware and elegant signage to create your perfect setting. And if you’re ready to register for a gift list or book the honeymoon of your dreams, your high street favourites will be on hand to help, including John Lewis, Debenhams, Sandals, Thomas Cook, House of Fraser, and Turquoise Holidays. Round off an exciting day of shopping in the Afternoon Tea Room, where you can treat your bridal party to tea and cake. Or, head to the Champagne Bar and kick back, with a glass of bubbly in hand, and raise a toast to your future happiness! Get ahead of the crowds and enjoy the show in style with VIP tickets.

The exclusive package includes a fast track entrance to the show, reserved seating at the Catwalk Show, a complimentary glass of Freixenet, a mini make-under from bareMinerals, and a goody box full of beauty products. Be sure to put 25-27 September in your diary, because just like your big day, this is one date you don't wan't to miss! ◆

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your dream wedding day look, with demonstrations and tricks for brides, bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride, and grooms. During each session, one lucky bride will be selected for a makeover live on stage and presented to the audience for her jaw-dropping grand entrance. Uncover breath-taking blooms in the Designer Flower Market, where you can find fabulous floral displays in a plethora of colours together with expert advice from a host of top florists. Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional fairytale wedding or planning your

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WARDROBE MASTER The menswear brands you should know about right now B y T e o va n d e n B r o e k e

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e men are creatures of habit. When we shop, we shop loyally and we spend deeply. If we find a shirt we like, from a brand we trust, the likelihood is that we’ll buy the same shirt again and again, year after year. The thing is, sometimes it pays to mix things up a bit. That same blue cable knit jumper you’ve been wearing since 1989 might be as comfortable as a second skin, but you can bet the threads its woven from that it’s looking more than a little tired. Here, to help you branch out a bit, is my edit of the five most interesting brands in menswear right now.

1 | 1205

Overseen by founder Paula Gerbase, who is also the creative director at heritage British shoe brand John Lobb, 1205 is the place to go for understated, perfectly cut basics with a contemporary edge.

Gerbase’s real talents, however, lie in her use of fabric. Close-cut alpaca blazers in shades of charcoal and dove grey come teamed with just-floatyenough seersucker trousers in navy and drapey-yet-flattering overcoats in light wools and crepes. 

collections which he shows in Paris every season. A master with fabric and pattern, for Autumn Winter ’15 Van Noten produced richly embroidered jackets, soft track pants and floaty bombers which stole the show. 

Best For: Cross-seasonal outerwear, particularly Gerbase’s overcoats. 1205.eu

Best For: Jacquard blazers with an immaculate cut. thecorner.com

2 | O u r Le g acy

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Swedish brand Our Legacy is one of Scandavia’s most successful exports. Best known for a refreshingly boxy cut, refreshingly floaty cut and a sporty approach to tailoring, the brand is my go to for perfectly cut slub cotton T-shirts, soft leather jackets and drawstring waist pyjama style trousers.  Best For: The brand’s zip-up suede shirts are second to none. ourlegacy.se

3 | Ba a rtm a n s & S i e g e l

Owned by Anglo-Dutch design couple Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel, Baartmans & Siegel, is well known for its contemporary use of fur, but over the last few seasons the brand has also branched into sportswear-inspired, brilliantlytailored menswear. Shades of navy and forest green dominate and cuts are sharp. 

Best For: AW15’s kangaroo-trimmed loafers, a playful take on the brand’s classic horsebit style. gucci.com

Best For: The fur-trimmed parkas, great as the weather gets colder. baartmansandsiegel.com

4 | D r i e s Va n N ote n

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten consistently wows with his thoughtful, richly referenced

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Though Florentine brand Gucci has been around for almost a century, new designer Alessandro Michele has injected a much-needed dose of on-point creativity into the brand. Eschewing the sexed-up vibe of Tom Ford era Gucci in favour of a more floaty, feminine approach – Michele’s Gucci feels modern and clever. Slouchy navy trousers came teamed with lace (yes lace) shirts, oversized parkas, fur trimmed jackets and slim-cut seventies style suits in soft shades. 

T e o va n d e n B r o e k e Senior style editor of British Esquire

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She’s Got Lip Carolina Herrera

We may be pushing pastels and nudes over the page, but if you’re looking to make a statement this autumn, then take inspiration from Carolina Herrera and MAC Cosmetics, who painted blood reds and deep burgundies onto the models lips. maccosmetics.co.uk

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Adding to his impressive but small repotoire of body washes, Frederic Malle has launched a new collection of floral scented shower gels. Available in five key scents – Lys Mediterranee, Carnal Flower, Lipstick Rose, En Passant and Eau de Magnolia – and ranging between £35-£45, these are ideal for a fresh start to your day. fredericmalle.com

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BOYS’ CLUB Acqua di Parma

New from our favourite Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma, is the new Colonia Club scent for men. The citrus top notes are refined with fine touches of neroli, mint, lavender and Haitian vetiver, keeping it fresh, polished and quintessentially Italian. £81 for 100ml; johnlewis.com

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BLAST FROM THE PAST Pommade D ivine

It’s likely, if you’re from aristocratic stock, that you recognise Pommade Divine. This 300-year old recipe has been traced back to Marie Antoinette’s great granny in 1700 and has long been a miracle ointment for all skin concerns. Perfect for baby and adult, this is the only balm you need. £20; liberty.co.uk 07

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FRESH TAKE Ve r s o

Sleek and minimal, Verso are all about keeping things simple. Uncomplicated product descriptions and minimal packaging take beauty regimes back to basics. We love the new cleansing kit from the Stockholm brand, which includes the brilliant foaming cleanser and exfoliating cloths. £40; versoskincare.com

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1. PALMER’S COCONUT OIL FORMULA, COCONUT OIL HAND CREAM 60g, £1.60; boots.com 2. PUREOLOGY COLOUR FANATIC 200mL, £14.35; feelunique.com 3. RMS BEAUTY, LIP SHINE IN ‘SACRED’, £22; net-a-porter.com 4. UNIQ ONE, ALL-IN-ONE HAIR TREATMENT, £7.90; justmylook.co.uk 5. KIEHL’S, AMINO ACID SHAMPOO 250mL, £16; kiehls.co.uk 6. THIS WORKS, DEEP SLEEP BALM 10g, £12; boots.com 7. DR JACKSON’S 04 COCONUT MELT, £10; drjackson.co.uk 8. TIGI BED HEAD, COLOUR GODDESS OIL INFUSED CONDITIONER 750mL, £24.25; feelunique.com

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Shimmering Eye Cream Colour in OR313, £22; shiseido.com

TOM FORD

Eye and Cheek Shadow in Peach Ombre, £48; tomford.com

BAREMINERALS

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READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Comfort Zone, £29; bareminerals.co.uk

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CLINIQUE

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JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS Citrus & Neroli Detangler, £16; feelunique.com

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CHATEAU LOU CASTEOU BODY TONIC LUXURY FITNESS RETREAT September 16th-20th 2015 Set in the beautiful French Cote d’Azur countryside, minutes from the sea, this luxurious fitness retreat provides the perfect balance of energetic fitness classes, outdoor activities including coastal and mountain treks, aqua-gym, circuit training, gourmet meals and pampered luxury to help guests improve their fitness level or kick start a fitness regime. Five days luxury accommodation in the chateau in en-suite bedrooms with sea or mountain views. Fabulous nutritious, low carbohydrate meals and elegant three course dinners with wine.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / PROMOTION

THE 25-METRE OUTDOOR POOL is wonderful all YEAR ROUND

ON STAYCATION Head to the Park Club for a minibreak right here in west London

Special bookings can be made (ideally in advance to maximise the likelihood of availability) for other services such as a massage or facial in the MediSpa. It may give you a taste for a monthby-month membership, or it may just be a fantastic day out for you. Either way, if you’d like further information about day visits, special packages, or monthby-month memberships, call Marcus, Alex or Natalie on 020 8740 4599 or visit theparkclub.co.uk. The Park Club is family-owned and family run and is the proud winner of Tatler’s 2014 Family Health Club of the Year Award. ◆ *Terms & conditions apply including a limited number of Day Memberships per day

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f you’re staying over in London this summer, take a day away from the hustle and bustle and try a Day at the Park Club, Acton. Set in 27 acres of private grounds, the club is a splendid place for sports and exercise as well as relaxation. The 25-metre outdoor pool is wonderful all year round, but especially on a sunny day, it’s the perfect the place unwind. Of course, if you’re looking for a more active way to spend a day, that’s okay too, with tennis, swimming, a superb range 
of classes including Body Combat, Yoga, Zumba, Stretchworks and Pilates, to name a few. The gymnasium is stunning

and equipped with Technogym machines straight out of the Olympic Village. Personal Trainers can help you get to grips with the high technology interactive cardiovascular Technogym equipment and help you move closer to the body you’ve been dreaming of. As for the kids, they can relax too, perhaps at the crèche, or the more adventurous ones can try a bit of karate, gymnastics, ballet, football or one of the many specialised kids' camps and holiday clubs on offer. Afterwards, the whole family can all rendezvous for an evening meal in the Terrace Restaurant, offering a delicious seasonal menu.

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● ●The Park Club

East Acton Lane, W3 7HB, 020 8740 4599 theparkclub.co.uk

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CONFIDENTIAL West London’s latest food news, served with thirst-quenching wines W o r d s R O M Y VA N D E N B R O E K E

A GREAT MATCH Wine & Food Pairings for the Month of September B y J a n e Pa r k i n s o n

SWEETCORN FRITTERS

hen the mellow, buttery flavour of sweetcorn is served as a little, fried fritter, a cool and crisp Chardonnay without too much oak works a dream. This one is fresh and zingy thanks to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which will cut through the oiliness with ease, plus it has a warm succulent melon flavour that will pick up on the creamy sweetcorn. u

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De Martino Limari Valley Chardonnay 2013  £8.50; marksandspencer.com

PUMPKIN RISOTTO

he richness of pumpkin usually cries out for the white grape Viognier, which can match it toe-to-toe with depth of flavour. But this southern French blend of four grapes – Vermentino, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier – is a clever alternative. It still has a generous peach and apricot fruitiness but there’s a herbal flavour, which works great with the sage in the risotto, while the oak is so subtle it just tickles the tongue. u

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FIG & FRANGIPANE TART

he decadence of almonds and figs in a pastry case calls for a bottle of something special, which is made brilliantly affordable if you buy a smaller dessert wine. This Hungarian Tokaji is like liquid gold with luscious layers of honeycomb, marmalade and barley sugar-sweet tangy deliciousness. It’s a must-try dessert wine. u

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Small World The East India Company

Skilled chocolatiers, The East India Company, are no strangers to incorporating pungent spices and herbs into its products. The recent range of seven chocolate bars contains worldy treasures such as Australian Murray River Salt and Sri Lankan Ginger. eicfinefoods.com

Royal Tokai Blue Label 5 Puttonyos 2009  £12.29; waitrose.com  £10.99; winerack.com

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DON’T POP Propercorn

We’ve been fans of Propercorn for quite some time, but with newly added flavour, peanut and almond, to their roster of bags and quirky campaign shots like the one to the right, we thought it worth getting the word out. Not only are they delicious and light, each bag is low calorie and fat free. propercorn.com

MOËT ICE IMPÉRIAL FRENCH FANCY Côte

One of our favourite fail-safe restaurants in the country, Côte knows quality French fare. This summer, the Côte in Battersea Rise is celebrating its first birthday. So if you find yourself in the south west head there, or alternatively, pop along to one of the several outposts in west London instead. cote-restaurants.co.uk

There’s no better way to enjoy the mid summer sun than with a glass of ice cold bubbly in hand. Fortunately, champagne connosieurs Moët & Chandon have come up with an innovative wine to keep you hydrated this season: The Moët Ice Impérial wine has been desgined to be enjoyed ice cold and in a large wine glass to help aerate the complicated structure of the wine. It’s demi sec in style, so pour over ice, finish with a sprig of mint, and sip on it poolside. ◆

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Enjoy the last few days of summer with chilly treats like this fat-free frozen yoghurt from Brighton-based business, Lick. With no additives, this fresh low-cal yoghurt will keep you cool and feeling virtuous, and other flavours like banana and honey or strawberry and elderflower are equally yum. lickyoghurt.com

Cocktail Created by Blacks Private Members Club

TALL ORDER Storeys

Located on the rooftop of the former BBC Car Park at the Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, Storeys is a new al fresco street food market. The space is occupied by some of London’s best vendors and cocktail crafters, including one of our favourite French-American gastrogiants, Le Bun. storeys.london

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BLACKS FIZZ InGredients 50ml Vestal Vodka  20ml Jasmine Tea 15ml Crème de Pêche  10ml Vanilla syrup Freixenet Cordon Negro Method Mix the vodka, tea, pêche and vanilla syrup then top up with Freixenet Cordon Negro. Serve in a wine glass with an edible flower garnish.

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FOOD & DRINK / RESTAURANT REVIEW CHOCOLATE GANACHE served with scrumptious, EXPERTLY

creamy raspberry SORBET: I think I would HAPPILY EAT IT ALL DAY, every day

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ndy Needham might not be Italian, but he understands ‘la cucina della mamma’ well, and has successfully brought Italian comfort food to Chiswick with the opening of his restaurant L’Amorosa. The carefully prepared menu brings back memories of holidays spent with Italian friends and their families, where they would eat authentic Italian meals using fresh local ingredients, such as bufala, bresaola and rucola. The relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff at L’Amorosa makes you feel

comfortable immediately, while the modest design and simple decor, complete with romantic touches such as shimmering candle, transforming it into an ideal date spot. The vast menu left us stumped, so we asked the chef to serve us his specials. To start, we were presented with a board of mini Italian classics to share: carasau bread, focaccia with cherry tomatoes and ricotta salata, ham and melon, bruschetta with girolle mushrooms sprinkled with summer truffles, and chunks of parmesan, all accompanied by a refreshing glass of Gavi di Gavi from Piemonte.

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Then came burrata cheese with datterini tomatoes – the sweetest tomatoes I have ever tasted – served with a basil garnish and a side of grilled ciabatta bread. My dinner date and I also sampled the beef carpaccio with porcini, rocket and truffle mayonnaise. For the first course, I was presented with a plate of homemade tagliolini with porcini butter sauce and a grating of summer truffles. Just beautiful. And for main, the sirloin beef tagliata with grilled summer onions, roast new potatoes and salsa verde. I would usually steer clear of beef for fear of being served something too chewy or rare, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it delicate and tender. The finale however was chosen by us: chocolate ganache served with scrumptious, expertly creamy raspberry sorbet. The fig and almond crostata with vanilla ice cream was the perfect combination of crunch and fruitiness. If you go the whole hog and order four courses, like us, then beware, dessert may be hard to swallow. That said, I think I would happily eat the chocolate ganache all day, every day. Bellissimo. u

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BEST of Devonshire Road’s street party

CELESTE & ROSE This beautiful boutique sells a wonderfully eclectic collection of designer womenswear, shoes, bags, scarves, jewellery and perfume. The fabulous owner Michèle Betzner has over three decades experience in casting her eye over international fashion collections and works hard to ensure that you receive a warm welcome to the shop. Helpful and friendly, a visit to Celeste & Rose is always a worthwhile and enjoyable shopping experience. 2b Devonshire Road, W4; 020 8994 6992

STITCHING ROOM

Top Hat Top Hat have been cleaning up in West London since 1968 with two shops processing the work. The secret to their success? Great knowledge, skill and ethics. At this year’s event day on 12 September, owner Mike Moran says there will be Pimm’s, rugby, a magician and popcorn, so make sure you pop by. 20 Devonshire Road, W4; 020 8995 9813; tophatchiswick.co.uk

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This family run business has 30 years of experience so their sewing skills will see to it that your clothing alterations give you that perfect fit. Working with the fabric of your choice, they will create an item of clothing that reflects your style, detailed according to your personal requirements and needs. 10 Devonshire Road, W4; 020 3643 0576; stitchingroom.co.uk

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W4 BATHROOMS

BIG JIM’S TRIMS

For over 40 years, this family run business has been selling the latest in contemporary and heritage designer bathrooms. As one of the most established businesses on Devonshire Road, W4 Bathrooms values professional customer service and can design your bathroom from start to finish. 2 Devonshire Road, W4; 020 8994 1609; w4bathrooms.co.uk

Dedicated to offering a wide variety of barbering services, Big Jim’s Trims offer excellent haircuts with first class customer service at an affordable price. Their new app puts all their information in one place and allows you to set up a loyalty scheme for free products. Download now. 44 Devonshire Road, W4; 020 3645 8295; bigjimstrims.com

KINLEIGH, FOLKARD & HAYWARD Being ‘completely London’ is at the core of who KFH are; with over 35 years of experience and more than 50 branches across the capital. Having been established in Chiswick for over 15 years, they provide the area with a full range of services from home sales and lettings to financial services and conveyancing. 163-165 Chiswick High Road, W4; 020 8987 0090, kfh.co.uk

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Meet the big names of British education

At the Independent Schools Show, 200 of the leading schools gather for a weekend in Battersea Park to meet prospective pupils. This is the UK’s biggest school open day. There is no better place to choose a school that is exactly right for your child’s needs. Meet the Heads and talk to the Admissions teams. Find out about entrance requirements, scholarships & bursaries. Register. Unquestionably this will be the most productive time your family will ever spend in a park.

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WITH THE LOT Take a tour through Dordogne Valley and the Lot in France’s South West. Chateaux, picture perfect scenes and epicurian delights: this is only the beginning of what the Midi Pyrenees has to offer.

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A tour of South West France’s beautiful Lot & Dordogne Wo r d s a l e x a n d r a h u n t e r

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elais & Chateau boast some of the worlds most exquisite properties in their collection of luxury boutique hotels and now offer routes and itineraries, Routes du Bonheur, allowing a region or area of France to be explored through their wonderful hotels.  We selected the breathtaking regions of The Dordogne & The Lot in South West France, flying from London to Bergerac.   Exploring the rich medieval history of the Midi Pyrenees is ideal for a holiday involving driving. Every corner driven ’round presents breathtaking views of rivers, towns and villages that could easily be mistaken for medieval film sets. Castles sit high on clifftops overlooking rivers, shrouded in early morning fog that dissipates as the sun rises to expose their majesty. Ancient towns and villages with their unmistakable tiled roof tops and warn yellow stone walls line the route each day. This region of France, famous for its walnut production, foie gras, asparagus, strawberries in summer and of course, the black truffle season in winter, is a must for any foodie. The wineries and

vineyards of the area beg to be explored and it is said that Malbec originated from the region.  Picking up a BMW 4 series convertible from the airport (partners of Routes Du Bonheur) we drove with the roof down and the sun shining through lush green countryside and rolling forests to the small village of Tremolat, located between the valleys of Vezere and Dordogne an hour from the airport. Le Vieux Logis is a small, 4 star hotel (23 rooms, all overlooking the park and gardens) in the heart of the village. Built as a tabacco farm and converted in 1952 the hotel has a wonderfully relaxed charm to it, informal yet with perfect presentation, reception, hospitality and of course food. It is very clear why Vincent Arnould was awarded his Michelin Star in 2005.  We arrived mid-afternoon and had champagne and an exquisite light strawberry pastry in front of a roaring fire in one of the sitting rooms. Our rooms were not in the main house but in a restored single storey barn next to the main house. The suite had a cottage-like comfort to it, large white wooden shutters, a boxed garden in front of the door with tables and

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Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year

CHATEAU LOU CASTEOU TENNIS ACADEMY

C OT E D'A Z UR , F R A NCE Thurs 3rd Sept-Mon 7th Sept 2015 Four nights luxury accommodation in the chateau. Daily professional tennis coaching sessions. Champagne reception. Quality meals, drinks, wines and aperitifs daily. Tennis Tournaments and Award Ceremony. Transfers from Nice airport.

“If we were to design our perfect school, we’d come up with something very like King’s” TATLER SCHOOLS GUIDE 2014

Price: £1,180 inc.VAT per person, per room or £980 inc. VAT per person, for two guests sharing a room. Please contact morag@loucasteou.com with questions and for reservations. The chateau is also available for private hire and is a wonderful venue for special parties, corporate events and holidays

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11+ open evening Wednesday, 9th September 6pm – 7.45pm

16+ open evening Wednesday, 16th September 6pm – 8.15pm Thursday, 8th October 6pm – 8.15pm

Whole school open morning

Visit our Open Days

Saturday, 19th September 9am – 12.30pm Senior school (boys 11-18, girls 16-18) recruiting at 11+ 13+ & 16+

Wednesday 2 September, 4 - 8pm Saturday 5 September,10am – 2pm Thursday 10 September, 4 - 8pm Saturday 12 September, 10am – 2pm

Junior school (boys 7-13) recruiting at 7+ 8+ 9+ & 10+ Means-tested assistance with fees available Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE info@racc.ac.uk 020 8891 5907 www.racc.ac.uk

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TRAVEL / FRANCE chairs allowing for views of the wonderful gardens. Each room is individually designed, period furniture sitting next to modern luxury throughout the hotel. The gardens are formal French, a stream runs through the middle of the lawns with a beautiful terrace for meals in the warmer months and a swimming pool looks inviting after a day of exploring with its cool, clear water. The hotel boasts two dining rooms, one the original tobacco-drying barn of the farm where dinner is served and the other a small bistro opposite the hotel. Food is seasonal and of course locally sourced by Arnould, traditional ingredients with modern concepts and presentation, every course was bursting with flavour. We started with asparagus and crab, as beautifully presented as it was delicious, followed by scallops with broad beans and truffle jus, followed by local lamb medallion with delicately spiced cous cous and herbed butter. A strawberry desert followed cheese, a delightful sorbet on a bed of meringue, strawberry compote and mint. We retired to The Fumoir (the feel of a hunting lodge, leather and dark woods) for brandy and coffee. Knowing where our next hotel was located, Chateau de Marcues, a route was planned for us by Le Vieux Logis ensuring to we saw the best of the region. We stopped atBeynac to visit the cliff top 14th century castle  and for a delicious lunch before moving on to La Roque offering breath-taking views of the valley and  finally to Dommea town where the Knights Templar were held prisoners in 1307. Set high above  The Lot river and beautiful countryside sits the majestic 4 star Chateaux de Mercues, standing on

its pedestal since the 13th century. The hotel is a wonderful mix of modernity and antiquity. The courtyard at the heart of the hotel remains untouched by time, despite sipping the Chateau’s soft warm Malbec in comfort, it’s easy to imagine the great draw bridge in use in earlier centuries. Under the chateaux is an unexpected treasure; a staggering winery was built by the owner to produce the wine yielded from the grapes of his near by vineyard, The Chateaux De Malbec, 2009 is exceptional. Tours are available of the vineyard, well worth visiting, with meals offered in the perfectly converted barn and all wine tasted over the stay is on sale to ship or take home. Terraces and formal gardens lead to a beautiful outdoor pool – we explored the grounds listening to the river below before a tour of the cellars, sampling the range of wine made there. The Chateaux was home to the Bishops of Cahors for centuries and a chapel remains hidden in one of the turrets, the formal dining room is in the centre of the chateaux and was the

dining room of the Bishops. The food was exquisite, fresh, and beautifully presented while the setting offered views over The Lot river. Our rooms were large and welcoming with the need of every guest preempted and catered for. The hotel has 24 rooms, all decorated individually to reflect the different centuries the Chateau has seen as well as six apartments. The whole Chateaux is available for private hire and would make the most wonderful venue for a wedding or celebration.  The final hotel on our route was the truly exceptional Chateau de la Treyne. Overhanging the Dordoyne as though it floats on the edge of the river and set in 300 acres of private parkland the position and the hotel itself are both breathtaking. With only 14 rooms you feel like you are a guest of a home rather than a hotel, that said a perfectly presented home with a truly exceptional hostess, Stephanie Gombert. The hotel is clearly loved by both its staff and all guests, comfortable and relaxed yet incredibly luxurious and lavish. We were taken to our rooms, the Dordoyne suite, a beautiful set of rooms with a terrace  offering spectacular views over the river. The peace and tranquillity of the terrace was incredible, a warm light bathed everything it touched and the scent of lilac rose up from the walls below. I have rarely been happier than sitting with a drink soaking up the sun and listening to the sounds of nature. A welcome of black cherry compote and luxurious homemade pastries were laid out in the dressing room and the suite itself was spacious and welcoming. Hermes toiletries sat next to a bath that was almost big enough to swim in. We drank aperitifs on a beautiful terrace where all meals are served in the summer months, watching the sun set. Dinner was served in the Louis XIII salon, restored to it original glory. The food was delicious, Stephane Andrieux presides over the kitchen. The love that goes in to each dish is obvious, as is the award of a Michelin Star. ‘I like dishes that stimulate the taste buds and play on acidity and bitterness.’ His foie gras, uncooked and marinated between two spicy crusts was a delight, as were the lamb chops. Wine was served to suit each dish and the cheese board ensured we stayed at our table for far longer than we had planned to. I ordered breakfast for the room, delicious tiny omelets, fresh fruit, pastries and coffee eating on the terrace and wishing I could make this my home. The route to happiness? Absolutely. u

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scape to Africa? Not quite, but for those wishing to have a wilderness safari experience without enduring the 12 hour flight, this could be your answer. A mere two hours drive from London, Damian Aspinall’s Port Lympne Safari Park has introduced ten private Treehouse suites to its roster of luxury accommodation. Stairs leading up to your entirely glass-fronted accommodation give you an indication of the beauty that awaits you in your secluded treetop suite. Each of the Treehouses are nestled within an expanse of lush greenery that you could, if you excuse Britain’s ever changing weather, mistake for the tropical plains of Africa. A rhino on your doorstep? Almost. The sight of giraffes over breakfast on your sizable terrace? Not a mirage. There’s a lot to be said for experiencing this level of wildlife without having to pack your passport. 

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espoke, set menu or self-catering are all options for the treehouse experience, or if you wanted to dine in less remote surroundings, you can take your waiting golf buggy to the restaurant within the main hotel on the grounds. We opted for supper in the treehouse, with perfectly presented local fare brought up to our suite; tender steak, succulent vegetables and a surprisingly decent local wine offering. The views may have said Africa, but we were after all in rural England, so a hearty sticky toffee pudding to end as we watched the sun set over the Kent countryside. 

THE DAMAGE Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21, 01303 802 648; aspinallfoundation.org

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SELLING YOUR CAR?

PRESTIGE, CLASSIC AND SPORTS CARS WANTED Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes (especially AMG), Porsche and Rolls-Royce. All similar makes will also be considered.

We will buy any model of any age from classics to modern: everything is taken into consideration. We offer competitive prices and will always try to beat genuine offers. For a hassle-free way to sell your car, give us a call. Vehicle sourcing and sales also offered.

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ou probably know the last XC90: it was certainly around for long enough. Car companies usually stick fairly rigidly to a product lifecycle of around seven years for their models but, for various reasons, the large SUV was around for 13. It remained popular, though, being one of Volvo’s best-selling cars in the UK. This second-generation XC90 will no doubt be even more sought-after, thanks to its mix of minimalist Scandi design, high-quality materials and practicality. This is a school-run family taxi and weekend getaway car with a large side helping of luxury. Let’s start with its most obvious feature: its exterior design. Volvo tested the waters with a number of concept cars at international motor shows, cars that were met with critical acclaim and a host of awards. On the XC90, the smooth, unfussy surfaces, large glazed areas and features such as distinctively stylish LED

lights all combine to create what is an undoubtedly elegant car – not easy for a large SUV. The cabin follows suit, the soft leathers, Scandinavian wood and stainless steel accents combining with a real sense of craftsmanship to create a relaxed ambiance. Plus there’s all the latest tech, including a large iPad-like screen in the centre console for the navigation, and controlling the infotainment functions. Relaxation is also the watchword for the XC90’s performance on the road. Supremely comfortable – it will take speed humps and potholes in its stride – and endowed with excellent handling, plus a choice of efficient petrol or diesel engines (with a plug-in hybrid due in 2016), it is a real pleasure to drive. And it wouldn’t be a Volvo without arguably the most comprehensive array of safety features in any car currently on the road. All of which surely makes the XC90 a car for all seasons.

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SPACE RACE Touched Interiors has kicked off autumn’s space race with this table’s epic base comprising gold-plated and black lacquer spheres. With its top made up of brass circles carved with a texture akin to wood, Houston, we have lift-off! Dining Table, £50, 760; touchedinteriors.co.uk

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S o f a Wo r k s h o p William Morris’s seminal Arts and Crafts prints have never really gone out of style. This autumn, the English craftsman’s intricate designs are casting a new light on the walls and furniture of our homes: carpet brand Brintons’ archive (said to be larger than the V&A’s) includes originals from Morris & Co, while Sofa Workshop can upholster any piece in a William Morris design. And, courtesy of Art.co.uk, you can dress up your walls with bold, colourful prints or delicate monochrome motifs. £1,355; sofaworkshop.com

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Purple Dressing Table, £510; notonthehighstreet.com

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Together Design’s recently launched e-store is a veritable source of quirky-cool products – exhibit A: these cute gold biscuit mugs. We can’t wait to see what’s on offer in the soon-to-be-released Cosmic line. £12; perfectlyputtogether.co.uk

ADDICTIVE ACCESSORIES Wick & Tallow

This Fulham-based company is a delight for the senses with its scented reed diffusers and candles. Featuring heavenly pairings such as Patchouli & Grapefruit and Jasmine & Ylang Ylang, it’ll be difficult to not buy the entire range. From £35; wickandtallow.com

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Extending his keen eye for aesthetics from styling into interiors, this talented designer not only has an Instagram account flooded with double tap-worthy posts, but a brilliant collection of chic, surprisingly affordable pieces. lukearthurwells.com

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5 Years, 5 Shapes, 5 Products is the newest line to be unveiled by this cult design showroom. In celebration of its fifth birthday, bold, geometric shapes assume the form of jewellery, candles and textiles, but the two-tone enamelware is our favourite. From £9; darkroomlondon.com

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THE CRAFTY QUEEN of West London

Housing guru Kirstie Allsopp is half of one of TV’s most prominent double acts, as well as a crafting aficionado. Absolutely meets her Wo r d s S H A U N C U R R A N

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s one of the country’s busiest property experts, Kirstie Allsopp is well versed in telling people what to do with their family home. Together with her onscreen partner and ‘TV husband’ Phil Spencer, the first couple of televised househunting, Allsopp is the nation’s guide on how we should select, purchase and decorate our dream homes, making part-time property experts of us all. Through a mixture of forthright opinions, battle-hardened negotiation tactics and no little glamour, Allsopp has played her part in Location, Location, Location becoming one of Channel 4’s most watched shows of a generation. So is it really true that Allsopp, whose

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outspoken outbursts - on housing, politics, culture and anything else that takes her fancy - are infamous, doesn’t even have a say, let alone have a hands-on role, in any upcoming projects and developments in her own Notting Hill home? Hard as that is to believe, Allsopp insists that it is the case. “Luckily, my other half is in charge,” Allsopp says of her partner Ben Andersen, adding one caveat – “apart from curtains and cushions. And he plays his cards very close to his chest so I don’t know what he’s got planned at the moment, but there’s always something up his sleeve.” Andersen is a property developer, so Allsopp’s trust is hardly misplaced. But anyone that has had a sneak peek into the Holland Park home they have shared

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since 2006 will surmise that the 43-yearold hasn’t always surrendered influence when it comes to decor. Formerly two flats knocked through to create a spacious dream family home, the interior of this 1950s building has all the idiosyncratic hallmarks that regular viewers of Location and Kirstie’s Homemade Home will recognise as Allsopp traits. From the kitchen table tops that used to belong to a school science laboratory to the large vintage wooden wardrobe situated next to a fridge, her homespun vintage chic is everywhere. Though Allsopp has in the past, perhaps somewhat disingenuously, called her home “the ugliest house on the street”, there is no doubt that it has helped Allsopp and family - Andersen, their two sons Bay and Oscar and Andersen’s two sons from a previous relationship - settle in Notting Hill. Allsopp happily refers to herself as a “west London girl”, and says that it is the area, not the house, that keeps her local. Just as on the television, Allsopp talks enthusiastically and passionately about the things she believes in, and when the subject of conversation turns to local amenities, it’s no different to hearing her discuss with Phil a living room space she is particularly fond of. So whether it’s her mother-in-law’s shop - “she has the most beautiful antiques shop called The Lacquer Chest on Kensington Church Street” - or her favourite restaurant “I’m a huge fan of Bill Granger, I go to his restaurant quite a lot and I have his recipe book” - Allsopp is at her jovial best. She reserves special praise for Portobello Road and Golborne Road Market.

ALLSOPP’S OUTBURSTS ARE INFAMOUS “I’m a big, big supporter of them. For me, that is absolutely the heart of Notting Hill and I love my time there and I go there on a lot. I go to the markets on Friday morning and it’s a huge thing for me – those are my real local issues, protecting Portobello Road and the Golborne Road from development and people trying to change what goes on there. I think it’s very special and so I’m very keen to protect that.” It’s no revelation to hear Allsopp talk up Notting Hill’s market places - the vintage and the homemade have always been huge passions. Her love of craft has permeated her work - she presented spinoff series such as Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures - and in September she will

Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair comes to Hampton Court from 18-20 September. thehandmadefair.com

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once again host The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, which brings together designers, artisans and hobbyists for talks, workshops and stalls selling handmade wares. “We encourage people to come and experiment with different crafts. So if you’ve never done anything or you like the idea of it or you buy things but not necessarily try them out, it’s got something for everyone. So you can come and just go to the talks and the demos and meet and greet with likeminded crafters, or if you want to see the best of what’s out there, that’s an option too. It’s a day out, an experience not just a shopping trip.” That is at the start of autumn, but before that Allsopp will spend the summer between her Devon holiday home and Notting Hill, where she is keen to pick back up her summer hobby. It isn’t what you might expect. “Our big thing with the kids whenever we’re not busy and have some time off and not in Devon, is we all have scooters.” As unlikely as it may seem, that actually is the royal “we”. “I have an adult scooter called the Speedy Scooter, it’s a British made adult scooter and we scoot about lots, going down to the market, down to Hyde Park, it’s a great way to get around. I really recommend it to everybody. My children scoot, I think it’s fantastic.” So if you think you’ve seen Kirstie Allsopp literally scooting along the Portobello Road, it seems like your eyes were not deceiving you. ◆

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There is a great choice of outdoor furniture, which would sit quite happily in the most elegant of interiors. Choose furniture with cushions that can be left out all summer and stored in winter. Store them in a weatherproof bench or ottoman so they are available when needed. Today’s weatherproof fabrics feel luxurious and come in a great range of classic colours. Use them as a simple backdrop for cushions and throws, which are perfect to cuddle-up underneath. Look at the Ninix Range from Royal Botania or the Manutti Zendo range, which resembles an indoor sofa and comes in various combinations and fabrics.

INSIDE OUT Essentials on creating the perfect outdoor living room from Susan White of award winning Iggi Interior Design

Think of your outdoor space as having four walls and a ceiling to form the perfect, exclusive area in which to relax, entertain, and dine. Create the illusion of walls with simple horizontal trellises, evergreen planting in pots or planters, or rows of pleached trees. The ceiling could be a garden shade, sail or wooden pergola from which lighting can be hung. Raising or lowering the seating area can have the same effect. Outdoor rugs are a fantastic addition for defining and enhancing spaces – try Stark Carpets.

Think about how you wish to utilise the space. This will help you to select appropriate furniture. Different styles and heights of seating produce an informal party atmosphere, while a large table and Panton style chairs lends to stylish dining. Consider a colour palette and style that reflects the inside of your home. You want the garden to be an extension of your personal taste. Include sculptures or large pots to add interest.

Lighting is vital in transitioning a daytime lunch into evening drinks. It also helps to generate the perfect ambience. Select from solar lights, external chandeliers, standard lamps, fairy lights, LED candles and lanterns. All of them give a different feel, so choose your lighting to suit your entertaining habits. Fire pits and braziers are also readily available and create warmth as well as a focal point. Look at the sleek stainless steel Brasero Fire Pit from Italian company Gandia Blasco. Shade is essential. An umbrella or sail plays a key role in comfort and should be large enough to shade the seating and, ideally, be able to tilt to give added flexibility. For a very large area, you may need more than one.

To make the inside run seamlessly outside, lay the same flooring in both, ideally in an anti slip finish. Alternatively, use finishes that are of similar colours and tones. Mosa Terra Maestricht tiles are the perfect shade of grey and are available in a variety of formats.

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Mix dark colours like charcoal, navy and black with white to offset evergreen planting for a modern backdrop. Try Farrow and Ball’s Railings or Little Greene’s Hick’s Blue.

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Cox & Cox ut some heat back into P the cooler nights with this warming copper coloured firepit. With a sandblasted finish, this statement brazier will continue to rust if left outside. Slowly darkening with use, this striking piece of outdoor furniture gets better with age. ◆ £179; coxandcox.co.uk

Poolside Pew it back, relax and enjoy warm September days in this S outdoor chair by Skagerak. In true Scandi fashion, this chair is just as functional as it is stylish. The teak wood frame can withstand all weathers, while the minimalist design and colours keep it effortlessly cool. ◆ ‘Lido Chair’, £649; houseology.com

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HERB HEAVEN Rowen and Wren Don’t have a greenhouse but want your herbs to thrive? These glass containers replicate ideal growing conditions and have a ventilated lid to help control the temperature, allowing to grow basil, mint and coriander with little maintenace. ◆ rowenandwren.co.uk

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For the more culinary creative amongst us, utilise outdoor walls and boundaries using hanging pouches and grow bags. If you are a fair-weather gardener then the simplest herbs and leaves for yummy quick salads are cut and come again lettuce, basil and peas for fresh pea shoot salads and garnishes. These can all be grown from seed on a windowsill or bought as young plants from the garden centre. For the ultimate urban escape full of evergreen colour and texture then opt for a permanent living wall. Covering a whole wall particularly when looking out of a large expanse of glass will give the ultimate wow factor and is equally as stunning at night with the addition of a well designed lighting scheme. 

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An Independent School for Boys and Girls aged 4-11 “My children run to school as if it were their first day. I owe it to you and your colleagues. Kew Green Preparatory exudes a comfortable, confident, nurturing and safe aura, where I feel my children delight in being the bright, chirpy and playful individuals that they are.” Parent of Children in Years 3 & 6

Open Mornings 9:15am Wednesday, 9th September 2015

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To register your attendance at one of our open mornings, please phone 020 8948 5999 or mail secretary@kgps.co.uk

Kew Green Preparatory School

Layton House, Ferry Lane, Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AF

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contemporary stroller that pays homage to design legends Ray and Charles Eames, the new Cybex Priam – the first travel system from the world-leading car-seat brand – is much more than just a pretty face. Hybrid wheels suit all surfaces, while you can you switch to a two-wheel system for difficult terrain. There are even ski attachments for snowy adventures. All the usual extras and accessories are present and correct – carry cot, cup holder, kid-board – along with a simple one-hand fold mechanism and table-height, full-reclining seat. The only (tiny) downside is the weight of the all-terrain wheels and their slightly large size – but the super smooth suspension, manoeuvrability and (let’s be honest) head-turning design more than make up for this. It’s official: this is the new coolest buggy on the block. ◆

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 Pick of the month is this minimal white t-shirt from graphic design company Norfolk. Encourage wee ones to play hard this term – and there are words of encouragement for adults, too, with a matching ‘work hard’ tee. £20; nor-folk.com

 Sarnies need never be boring again with this cool sandwich bag-cum-lunchbox from the makers of Mr Men. Wipe-clean and insulated to keep food fresh, it’s practical as well as fun. An essential bit of kit for the new term. £7.95; wildandwolf.com

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Head Space Psychometric profiling is increasingly being used in the education arena Wo r d s A M a n d a C o n s ta n c e

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ou’ve taken my soul and put it into a book.” So said a Year 10 girl on reading the results of her psychometric profile. Having read the 38 pages (yes, that’s 38) of computer-generated self-analysis produced when I completed my own profile – the Insights Discovery Personal Profile, no less – I find it hard to disagree with the sentiment. I dashed off 25 multiple choice questions in 10 minutes – what I got back was page after page of my inner workings laid bare. Not always 100% accurate but mostly on the nail and eerily prescient. In schools, psychometric profiling is on the up – it’s long been used in the corporate sector –but it is now being increasingly used in the education sector. At the HMC annual conference earlier this year (the Headmaster’s and Headmistress’s Conference is the association of leading independent schools), headmaster Jon Reid from Larbert High School described the extraordinary successes his school achieved after using a psychometric evaluator to improve pupil performance. Colfe’s School in south-east London uses psychometric profiling for its Year 11s to help make career and university choices and there are a number of educational consultancies on the web offering profiling to enhance your child’s learning. Ian Wigston, the co-founder of Bright Field Consulting, uses the Insights Discovery Profile, a psychometric evaluator built around the personality models originally developed by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. The Insights model is based around a colour wheel of four personality types: the extroverts Fiery Red and Sunshine Yellow; and the introverts Cool Blue and Earth Green.

Schools are using

PSYCHOMETRIC PROFILING to help Year 11s make CAREER & university CHOICES Each personality has many variations, strengths and weaknesses. For example, on a good day a Fiery Red personality can be strong-minded and purposeful, on a bad day they might be controlling and aggressive. As Wigston puts it, “the Insights Discovery Profile is a questionnaire which uses 25 bits of data to come up with a picture of the individual”. The “craft of it” is that, despite being entirely created by clever algorithms and tech wizardry, its ‘voice’ is very human. You feel like you have sat down with an eminent psychologist. Bright Field Consulting works with school leadership teams, particularly if there are new team members. As Wigston says, the profile “gives us a picture of

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the DNA of the team”. This can help greatly with improving efficiencies and performance. It is important work: there is more burnout in the teaching profession these days than in any other, apart from foreign exchange brokers. Wigston should know, he used to be a banker. The Insights profile can also help school children. Using the Insights Young Adult Profile for 15-year-olds plus, can, for example give “us a picture of why they might struggle with certain subjects” says Wigston. They have worked successfully with a variety of schools, including Thornhill Community Academy, the school featured in Educating Yorkshire and the Woodard Corporation, which numbers Lancing College and Ardingly College amongst its independent schools. Where it gets really interesting is the work Bright Field has done with both the teachers and the students in the same school. By gaining a psychological understanding of both, they have come up with some interesting ideas, not least that, in some cases, so-called bad behaviour in class or lack of academic attainment are sometimes because of a mismatch between teaching styles and students. Certain personalities learn in certain ways. As Wigston says: “If we work only with the leadership team or only with students –we can deliver that part of the equation – but if we work on both then we can say, this is how the pedagogy could be, in order to effect better results.” But before every pushy parent runs out to get their child profiled, take note. Wigston says that using a psychometric profile “is only one way of enabling a conversation to take place”. It should only be used in conjunction with coaching or guidance for that individual. Trust me, if you go down this route, you want somebody holding your hand. u

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BOLLO LANE W4

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his beautifully presented, two-bedroom Edwardian split level flat is located just a few minutes' walk from Chiswick Park Station. Full of light, this property has a galleried kitchen-breakfast area overlooking the sitting room and a private patio garden. Despite being less than half an hour from the centre of London, it retains a village-y feel and boasts great transport links, green spaces, cafes and restaurants. u

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Ealing office now open Here are some properties we have recently sold

SOLD

West Lodge Avenue, W3 Guide ÂŁ1.55 million

SOLD

Abelard Place, W5 Guide ÂŁ1.2 million

If you are thinking of moving, please contact our Ealing sales and lettings team on

020 8018 7104

or come and see us in our new home at 3 The Green.

Savills Ealing 3 The Green London W5 5DA ealing@savills.com

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1 EDWARDIAN HOUSE WITH INCREDIBLE DESIGN AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL twyford avenue, w3 2 reception rooms ø study ø cinema room ø kitchen/dining/family room ø 7 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø further bathroom ø further shower room ø utility room ø west-facing garden ø off-street parking ø 315 sq m (3,391 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Savills Ealing Christopher Bramwell cbramwell@savills.com

020 8018 7100

Guide £2.35 million Freehold

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Savills Ealing Mark Hoskin mhoskin@savills.com

020 8018 7090 Furnished £508 per week + £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* *£36inc incVAT VATfor foreach each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor whereInventory required. Inventory out fee end – charged at termination the end of or early termination *£36 additional tenant/occupant/guarantor referencereference where required. check out fee -check charged at the of or early of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees. of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details including example inventory fee, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.

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1 UNIQUE CONVERTED GRADE II* LISTED CHAPEL WITH COMMUNAL GARDENS east churchfield road, w3 Grade II* Listed ø reception room ø study ø kitchen/dining room ø 2 bedroom suites ø cloakroom ø cellar ø communal gardens ø patio ø 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft)

Savills Ealing Christopher Bramwell cbramwell@savills.com

020 8018 7100 Guide £975,000 Leasehold, approximately 992 years remaining plus Share of Freehold

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For Sale

£1,499,500

A stunning three bedroom two bathroom Victorian terrace house situated on the favored west side of Duke Road on the ever popular Glebe Estate. EPC rating = D. • Popular location • Close to the Chiswick High Road • Immaculate condition

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Homefield Road, W4

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For Sale

£2,425,000

A substantial semi detached Victorian family home offering 2528 sqft over three floors with off street parking. Situated in this sought after location just off the Chiswick High Road and backing onto the Hogarth Health club. EPC rating = E • Prime residential location • Just off the High Road • Victorian semi-detached home

• 2528 sq ft • Fully extended • 30' Double reception room

• Five bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Off street parking

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am so excited about expanding the Savills network into Ealing with our new office opening at 3 The Green – it could not be a better location for us. As head of the West London region, I started my career in agency over two decades ago, joining Savills in 1996. It feels like a long time since I left school to embark on a career as a chef at Claridges in Central London, unfortunately my culinary skills have since evaporated. Despite growing up in the country, my heart now belongs to West London. I have lived in the area for over 10 years with my family, so you might have spotted me cycling between the West London offices during the week. The area has so much to offer, particularly the incredible parks, which I have thoroughly explored on early morning walks with Fennel, our ‘sprocker’ spaniel. Otherwise, I might be caught grabbing a coffee to satisfy my enduring caffeine addiction. From Hammersmith to Shepherd’s Bush, across to Chiswick and up to Ealing, I have enjoyed selling a vast range of

YOU MIGHT HAVE SPOTTED ME CYCLING BETWEEN THE WEST LONDON OFFICES DURING THE WEEK

property from small flats to larger family houses. The market in West London is thriving following May’s election; much of the deferred demand from the pre-election period has now flowed back into the prime market. I expect this to continue for the remainder of 2015 well into 2016 since the removal of the mansion tax threat from the market.  The local community is at the heart of what we do as estate agents and I like to be strongly involved; our Chiswick office is the main sponsor of the Bedford Park Festival and the Chiswick Book Festival. In Shepherd’s Bush we support the St. Stephen’s Church of England School, where we are helping them create a new school library. On a Sunday morning, you are likely to find me attempting to coach the under 6’s at Wasps training ground off of Twyford

Avenue, and my son and daughter are both at school locally, close to our home in Ealing. Focusing on our new office in Ealing, I expect this area of West London to witness significant growth over the next few years. Property values in West London become better the further west you go, and in Ealing there remains great value for money. The local landscape is changing rapidly with the much publicised arrival of Crossrail in early 2018. From cutting journey times to elevating property prices along the line, Ealing has much to benefit from Crossrail. Our high street is evolving particularly fast with fashionable restaurants and shops opening. As one of the most influential infrastructure upgrades to take place in the capital for many decades, Crossrail will introduce a whole new demographic of buyers and renters who may not have previously considered the area.  Ticking every box for young professional families, with great schools and more public open space than any other borough in London, Ealing’s popularity it set to soar. u

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ARLINGTON PARK MANSIONS, W4 A well presented 2nd floor apartment situated within a popular Mansion Block overlooking Turnham Green and convenient for Chiswick Park Underground station and all the amenities on Chiswick High Road. Approx. 543 sq ft. Energy Rating: F. 1 bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room. Leasehold to 2984 Guide Price ÂŁ525,000

COOMBE ROAD, W4 A well presented, garden flat situated just off Devonshire Road and convenient for the excellent array of shops, bars and restaurants on Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green (District Line) Underground station. Approx. 540 sq ft. Energy Rating: C. 1 bedroom, bathroom, reception room, contemporary kitchen/dining room, south facing patio garden. Leasehold to 2175 Guide Price ÂŁ569,950

CHISWICK 020 3151 6225 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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ABINGER ROAD, W4 A beautifully presented, semi detached family house, located in the sought after Bedford Park Conservation Area and convenient for Turnham Green and Chiswick Park Underground stations and Chiswick High Road with its excellent array of shops, bars and restaurants. Approx. 1,735 sq ft. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, family bathroom, en suite shower room, reception room, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, utility room, rear garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,899,950

CHISWICK 020 3151 6225 chiswick@johndwood.co.uk

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75 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8EH

sales@kerrandco.com

www.kerrandco.com Dunraven Road, W12 £850,000 Share of FH An extremely well presented, newly refurbished, extended Edwardian maisonette offering fantastic living space leading onto its own private rear garden. The property provides two equal sized double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room, a stylish modern bathroom, a large living area with an open plan fully integrated kitchen and French doors onto a rear garden.

Devonport Road, W12

£675,000 Share of

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This top floor flat has been architecturally and interior designed providing bright and spacious living with a reception room with modern fully integrated kitchen and concertina doors leading on to a conservatory which leads on to the spacious roof terrace. The master bedroom also has a door on to the roof terrace and the second double bedroom is of an equal size.

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www.kerrandco.com Cobbold Road, W12 £1,100,000 FH A well presented three/four bedroom Victorian house laid out over three floors of spacious and light accommodation. Set in the popular Wendell Park area with easy access to an array of boutique shops, delis, gastro pubs and cafés, the house offers 1,345 sq ft. Extended into the basement it has scope to further extend into the loft subject to planning consent.

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An extremely well presented purpose built two bedroom, two bathroom first and second floor Edwardian maisonette located on this quiet tree lined residential street. The property benefits from excellent living space by providing a bright and spacious reception room, an eat in large kitchen / dining room and a west facing roof terrace.

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www.kerrandco.com Boscombe Road, W12

£800,000

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A fabulous, spacious, two bedroom garden flat set on the lower ground floor of this grand Victorian converted building. The flat offers 944 sq ft of accommodation and retains high ceilings throughout. This property has been finished to a very high standard with great attention paid to the finishing details.

Hammersmith Grove, W6 £635,000 LH A fabulous two double bedroom flat on the raised ground floor of this Victorian building. The flat comprises of a large reception room with an open plan layout onto a modern kitchen, a modern bathroom and two double bedrooms. The property is being sold chain free and with a long lease.

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PURCHASE LONDON’S FINEST ASSETS

KEW GARDENS TW9

£6,500,000 Freehold

his newly completed, spacious detached house offers sumptuous accommodation over four storeys. It includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, staff accommodation and secure off-street parking for three cars. Set within beautifully landscaped grounds on a premier road, it is opposite Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.  Hamptons, Richmond 020 8454 7621; hamptons.co.uk

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ST MARY’S GROVE W4

£2,395,000

house like this is rarely put on the market. Arguably, the best feature of this build is the loft that spans the entire second floor. Housing the master suite, the space has impressive ceiling heights, separate dressing area and curved walls that enclose an en suite. Most growing families look to upsize after five years as they need more space, but, with five bedrooms and three reception rooms, this property offers so much space for children it’s a 10- or even 20year home instead. u  Featherstone Leigh Chiswick, 020 8994 6567; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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£3,850,000

esigned by Norman Shaw, this Bedford Park house is situated in one of the most prestigious roads in London. Offering approximately 3,489 sq ft of accommodation over four floors, no expense has been spared in this immaculate refurbishment and redevelopment. Benefitting from a very high-tech specification, the house has air-conditioning, electronic gates, fingertip-recognition entry system, video entry phone, Hometronic house automation system, Crestron

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touch-screen lighting throughout, plus wired-in audio system, underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms, and a lift to all floors. At the front of the

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property there is ample space for off-street parking and a fabulous south-east facing garden at the back. u  John D Wood & Co., Chiswick 020 8995 9394; johndwood.co.uk

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Delamere Road, Ealing, W5 Four bedroom semi detached family home which has been extended and modernised by the current owners to a high standard throughout. Generously proportioned with a front 15ft reception room, extended 26ft rear reception room opening via folding door to the garden, modern fitted kitchen and WC. EPC: D

Asking Price 1,395,000 • Four Double Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms and WC • 26ft Rear Reception Room • Front Aspect Reception Room • Drive Way and Car Port • 60ft Rear Garden

Hamptons Ealing Sales. 020 8454 7605 | Lettings. 020 8567 9647

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Kew Gardens, Richmond

This newly completed spacious detached house offers outstanding accommodation over four storeys. It includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, staff accommodation and secure off-street parking for three cars, set within beautifully landscaped grounds on a premier road, opposite Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. EPC: TBC

£6,500,000 Freehold • •

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Award winning developer Over 1,000 sq. ft. of open plan kitchen/ dining/family room Beautifully landscaped gardens Master bedroom suite with 2 dressing rooms Self contained au pair accommodation

Hamptons RIchmond Sales. 020 8454 7621

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GRANGE PARK, EALING W5 A unique opportunity to purchase an imposing Donald Baugh design and built Victorian double fronted 5 bedroom 5 bathroom house on one of Ealing’s most prominent roads. Large garden with studio | 2 receptions | Stunning continuity | Flooded with natural light throughout | Off street parking | 5 bed, 5 bath | Situated 2 mins from Ealing Common | Nearest station Ealing Broadway | Amazing location POA FREEHOLD

WWW.LONDON-ESTATES.NET 020 8741 8485

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From W6 to NW6 We have it covered

MELBURY ROAD, HOLLAND PARK, W14

Shepherds Bush & Hammersmith Office 020 8740 8740 Queens Park & West Hampstead Office 020 7604 4040 JORGENSENTURNER.COM

ÂŁ1,750,000

Jorgensen Turner are delighted to offer this spacious, well presented flat to the market. Located on the third Floor of this attractive apartment block set in it’s own grounds in the heart of leafy Holland Park, the property comprises two double bedrooms, one en-suite, a family bathroom, a large kitchen and a huge L-shaped reception room complete with a fabulous balcony. Kingfisher House is situated on Melbury Road in the exclusive Holland Park district of Kensington and Chelsea. The area is steeped in history being at the centre of the late 19th Century artistic community. It is a haven of serenity yet minutes walk away from the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate.

Shepherds bush & Hammersmith office 020 8740 8740

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ELLERSLIE ROAD, W12

ÂŁ995 per week

This beautiful five bedroom family home located in the heart of Shepherds Bush. This extraordinary property offers spacious accommodation throughout and is split over three floors; the lower ground floor boasts two well proportioned double bedrooms, a utility area, bathroom and gives direct access to a spacious and very private garden. The ground floor hosts a generous double reception room flooded with natural light, a feature fireplace and bay windows. The family kitchen is also located on the ground floor. On the first floor there are three sizeable double bedrooms and a stylish family bathroom. This family home is riddled with storage and is situated moments from all the local amenities and transport links of central Shepherds Bush. Available early September. Shepherds bush & Hammersmith office 020 8740 8740

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PROPERTY ROUND UP The inside scoop in your area

HOUSE HUNTING

MOST SATISFYING TRANSACTION

FINEST PROPERTY SHOWCASE

We recently sold a house on Rusthall Avenue to a great buyer, which was satisfying because our client had recently lost her husband.

Magistrates House, TW8; £999,950. This two bedroom penthouse – with two roof terraces – is in a bespoke heritage development of seven apartments and two maisonettes. Originally built in 1850, this Grade 2 listed building has undergone a total transformation as part of Brentford’s regeneration. It’s incredible. 

MOST INTERESTING PROPERTY

We are currently selling 45 fantastic new build flats in Hammersmith. It is great to be able to sell off plan and be part of this exciting project.

ADRIAN JOHNSON

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BRENTFORD LOCK WEST W8

£529,950 Starting price

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The Conservative party win’s been great for the housing market – prices are more stable while buyers and sellers are more confident. London awards for The Halyards – the first homes to be delivered as part of a 520 unit scheme. With generous balconies and stunning waterside views, The Halyards enjoy a prime location alongside the Grand Union Canal in Brentford. All of the homes include luxurious interiors throughout with fully fitted high gloss cream kitchens and contemporary bathroom suites. The

Hamptons International Chiswick, 020 8454 7237; hamptons.co.uk

majority of apartments offer generous balconies or terraces, while the townhouses boast their own private, courtyard gardens. Purchasers at Brentford Lock West will also have the opportunity to register for one of the development’s roof top allotments. 

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PROPERTY / NEWS FIVE MINUTES WITH

TANYA MCFEELY Sales Manager

Bective Leslie Marsh MARKET COMMENT

How long have you been in this area? I started in Bective in Brook Green in 2009.

SUTTON COURT ROAD Chiswick, W4

£2,750,000

What is your ethos? To be proactive, honest and knowledgeable. I work extremely hard for our clients and aim to present the facts without losing sight of their best interests. I tailor my approach according to each of my clients’ needs and circumstances.

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What are your favourite properties right now? We are currently selling The Tailored House on Milson Road. This stylish new build is very different for Brook Green. I sold the plot of land before the house was built so it’s exciting to be working on the finished article. Market predictions for the coming months? Confidence in the UK’s housing market will continue to strengthen. My advice for sellers is to pay special attention to early interest as they are often the most serious buyers, with the strongest hand.u

 Bective Leslie Marsh Brook Green, 020 7603 5181; bective.co.uk

While Chiswick is a popular area to buy in, there is a limited supply of houses. For this reason, it is vital that buyers and agents keep in contact with one another. While the internet is a great selling tool, at Knight Frank we are agreeing a lot of sales before the property is launched online by matching buyers to the right property. To do this, we listen carefully to our clients’ requirements and keep up-to-date on their current situation. With more confidence in the air, people are prepared to pay the market value for their new home. The most successful sales have been those that are priced to maximise interest so that multiple bids push the level above the guide price. u

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My husband has been running estate agencies for years so it was only a matter of time before I got involved. The industry is so exciting and I love seeing new properties. My two daughters sometimes come with me to the office, so I don’t think it will be long before they become estate agents too.

I enjoy my job, even after more than 20 years, which is probably down to how I have balanced work life with time off. Fashion has always been real passion of mine and recently, I designed my own silk scarves. My creative side helps me to relax after a day in the fast paced world of lettings.

You’d think that after selling properties for 20 years, I’d have seen it all, but every day is different. As one of the top 10 estate agents in the country for social media, as ranked by Zoopla, we can get our clients the coverage they need, which is satisfying. I also love Chiswick and enjoy taking photos of the river.

Who’d have thought that I would have become an estate agent? Like so many before me, I’ve found the excitement of selling addictive. It was a steep learning curve, but selling houses is something I love. Having lived in Chiswick for most of my life, I know the area well and have got off to a flying start.

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The ESTAS follow the BAFTAS to a new home for 2016 After five years at the Hilton Park Lane, the ESTAS – the largest awards in the residential agency industry – is moving to Grosvenor House Hotel. As Simon Brown, MD at the ESTAS Group explains, “The demand for tickets has

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increased dramatically so we’re delighted to announce that the ESTAS will now take place in the same space as the BAFTAS party. Now, more than 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals can join us on 15 April 2016.” Once again, Phil Spencer will present the ceremony that sees agents, brokers & conveyancers selected as winners based purely on client feedback. Leaving with the most powerful marketing message, winners can also say they’ve shared the stage with the UK’s best loved property expert! u To find out more about The ESTAS and how your firm can get involved go to theestas.com

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FAMOUS PLACES Every square mile of London hides a plethora of celebrity homes. Each month a clutch of these go on the market. Here are the more recent ones with a famous connection

establishment, called Time for Tea, was within a quirky Georgian house, which is now for sale. In its noughties hey-day, the property was used as a gathering place for London’s first hipsters and featured in several period TV productions and fashion shoots. Dramas filmed inside the building include ITV’s The Bletchley Circle and the BBC’s The Long Firm, which cast it as a 60s Soho porn shop. It was also used in a Vogue spread with Lily Cole. The owner, modern-day dandy and ‘King of Shoreditch’ Johnny Vercoutre, paid £95,000 for the then derelict building in 1995. It’s now on the market for £2.35m. u Fyfe Mcdade 0207 613 4044; fyfemcdade.com

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Hampstead ll you need is a passing interest in London’s architecture to recognise the name Norman Foster. Particularly if you work near his most famous creations such as The Gherkin, Millennium Bridge or City Hall. But, for the more ardent Foster fan, a piece of his early design work is now up for sale: a two-bedroom townhouse in Hampstead. The converted coach house is a rare project from him and was commissioned early on in his career. The property is now on the market for the first time since its 1960s makeover for £2.25m and is in largely original condition. u The Modern House 0207 704 3504; themodernhouse.net

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he murky world of the spy rarely gets a public airing, but this property in Chelsea saw enough espionage coming and going to keep the keenest double-agent busy. Situated on Upper Cheyne Row, this is the former home of Greville Wynne, who became one of Britain’s foremost spies during the Cold War. Having met senior Russian military intelligence officer, Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, Wynne got hold of huge amounts of intelligence that would prove to be of immense value during the Cuban Missile Crisis. While Penkovsky is often referred to as the “spy who saved the world,” one could argue Wynne did. The property, which has a southfacing garden and roof terrace, comes with a private one-bed cottage at the rear and is on the market for £6m. u Russell Simpson 0207 225 0277; russellsimpson.co.uk

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CONSERVATION CRAZY Is London becoming one huge conservation area?

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ou may not realise it but more and more areas of London are being hyperprotected from change. There are 1,014 conservation areas in London (out of 10,000 nationally) that are increasingly eating up streets in the capital – with new areas being proposed in Brockley, South London as well as Dalston and Stratford. Some boroughs are keener than others: Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Richmond-upon-Thames and Westminster all have more than 50 conservation areas – the average is around 30 – while Barking and Dagenham have just four. Croydon gets the top gong though, with nine of its 20 conservation areas created during a flurry of activity during 2008. Yet London is unique: it’s the only city in which Historic England can designate conservation areas as well as local planning authorities. But what exactly is a conservation area? Officially, it’s an area of ‘special historic or architectural interest,’ but they vary enormously and include small passageways, parks, industrial and transport heritage sites, remnants of small villages, town centres and, sometimes, entire areas – West Putney being a good example. Some

FIGURES SHOW THAT CONSERVATION IS GOOD FOR HOUSE PRICES

are stranger, like Botwell in Hayes, which contains the site of Nestlé’s former coffee factory. So, what is it like to live in a conservation area? One thing is for sure: figures show that conservation is good for house prices. In 2012 the London School of Economics (LSE) completed an exhaustive study of house prices and the results were eye-popping: raw data showed that conservation areas had a price premium of 23.1%, while even those waiting to become one were 16.5% more expensive than surrounding areas. Even if you take out factors such as existing architectural beauty and location, the research showed that even at a most conservative estimate, the price boost is between 8.5% and 9.5%. Also, conservation areas tend to rise in value faster than others – by 0.2%. What’s also interesting is that the people who live in conservation areas don’t mind the sometimes draconian architectural and planning laws that come with residency. The LSE canvassed residents in ten different areas and most, regardless of the downsides, appreciated their green, residential environment, neighbourliness and community spirit. These qualities must be amazing as the rules of living in a conservation are tough. For example, Hounslow’s conservation area around Gunnersbury Gardens Estate and Bedford Park regulates a range of alterations that include extensions, minor works, extra porches, exterior painting, new fencing, vehicle access and hardstanding – many changes that outside a conservation area would be allowed.

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SEVEN-BEDROOM HOUSE, MANVILLE ROAD, HEAVER CONSERVATION AREA, SW17, £2.75M. SAVILLS CLAPHAM, 020 8673 4111

Conservation areas are not always leafy suburbs, with 85% of Westminster and 70% of Kensington and Chelsea protected within a conservation area. Meanwhile the early Georgian streets in the Elder Street conservation area, Spitalfields were recently saved from the developers’ wrecking ball. But what do you do if you have a more modest development proposal? The overriding question you need to ask yourself is whether the changes will ‘enhance’ or ‘preserve’ the area’s character. For example, an innovative new-build might enhance the area while an ugly extension wouldn’t preserve it. You have to “carefully assess what’s there, and how your new design measures up against the existing,” says Housebuilding & Renovating magazine’s design expert, Pete Tonks. But whether such considerations stretch to the world of aspic preservation, is for you to decide. u

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A mid terraced Victorian home in great condition, with planning permission granted to extend and add further value. Located on the Bedford Park fringe. This beautiful Victorian home offers charming period features. Having been freshly decorated and re-carpeted throughout, it offers buyers a blank canvas to move straight in or extend to add significant value.

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Hamlet Gardens, Ravenscourt Park, W6 Guide price £935,000

A beautiful three bedroom mansion flat which has been finished to an excellent standard throughout and is set on the raised ground floor of a well maintained and popular mansion block.

Hammersmith 020 8563 9633 hammersmith.sales@kfh.co.uk

This property is excellently located for easy access to Ravenscourt Park, District line, Thames walkway and the many amenities along King Street and Chiswick High Road.

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This seven bedroom semi detached house is situated in a sought after location in West Ealing, close to the wide range of amenities on Northfields Avenue and popular local parks.

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A stunning three double bedroom (plus study) Victorian conversion which has been extensively renovated to a very high standard throughout. Located on a lovely, tree lined residential road within walking distance of the Piccadilly and District line of Barons Court and West Kensington and the shopping facilities in Westfield, High Street Kensington and Brook Green.

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Sutherland Road, Ealing, W13 Prices from ÂŁ925,000 A new build townhouse with extensive accommodation laid out over three floors. Built to a high level of quality and finish, there are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, roof terrace, private garden and off street parking. Freehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 newhomes@kfh.co.uk

John Bull Place, Chiswick High Road, W4 Price ÂŁ985,000 A select new build development of four houses, situated just off Chiswick High Road. The properties have been built to an excellent level of finish and specification including bespoke kitchen with integrated appliances and large open plan reception room with floor to ceiling folding patio doors leading to the rear garden. Freehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 newhomes@kfh.co.uk

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Wilton Avenue, Chiswick, W4 £4,984pcm Chiswick 020 8987 0099 chiswick.lettings@kfh.co.uk

Beautiful five double bedroom family home offering double reception room, beautiful kitchen/breakfast room, family bathroom, en suite and a lovely sunny garden. This property is located in Central Chiswick near both Turnham Green and Stamford Brook tube stations.

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Berestede Road, Hammersmith, W6 £3,445pcm Hammersmith 020 8563 9889 hammersmith.lettings@kfh.co.uk

A spacious four double bedroom house in Hammersmith. This property offers three bathrooms, a separate dining room and private garden. Located within minutes of Stamford Brook tube station.

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ith soaring house prices and space at a premium, basement conversions are a simple solution for families who don’t want to have to compromise or relocate. ‘Digdowns’ can be a fantastic way of generating extra space and transforming your home, but where to start? We’ve asked London’s basement conversion specialist, Simply Basement to answer your questions. How do I know if my home is suitable for a basement conversion? You don’t need an existing cellar or basement space to create your basement conversion. In most cases planning permission is required unless you are converting an existing residential basement where the outside of the property is unaltered. You will also need a party wall agreement – a notification and agreement between you and your neighbour on what needs to happen if there is a problem.

What can I use the space for? Subterranean kitchens and playrooms are popular, but it really depends upon your requirements. We’ve created everything from bedrooms and self-contained flats to cinemas and swimming pools. Won’t it be dark? There are lots of clever ways to create light, ensuring your new space feels airy and spacious. Light wells are a good source of natural light, whilst glazing from the floor above is a fantastic and modern way of lighting your space.

How long does a basement conversion take? The duration of a basement conversion can vary dramatically depending on the size and scope of the work. On average it can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year for more complex projects. What is the average cost of a basement conversion? It depends upon the size and design of your conversion but assuming you opt for an average roof height of around 2.6m, for the structural dig and damp proofing, the average cost per sq metre is £2000.00 + VAT. Why should I choose Simply Basement? Simply Basement deliver 100% bespoke designs, planning and construction, tailored to your every need. Our team of architects and surveyors will handle every aspect of the process from planning and design through to managing submissions, agreements and approvals and handing these over to our construction team. We offer specialist modifications including skylights, sun pipes, and light wells as well as the reassurance of fixed prices, full project management and a ten year guarantee. ◆ Simply Basement 0800 917 7571; simplybasement.co.uk SIMPLY BASEMENT IS PART OF THE SIMPLY CONSTRUCTION GROUP, COMPRISING OF SISTER BRANDS SIMPLY LOFT AND SIMPLY EXTEND SPECIALISING IN LOFT CONVERSIONS AND EXTENSIONS. 0800 917 7571; SIMPLYCONSTRUCTIONGROUP.CO.UK

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DUNRAVEN ROAD, W12 £850,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD To describe this incredible apartment as refurbished is the understatement of the century. Conceived, designed and built to the most exacting standards and extended to create a beautiful modern home this two bedroom maisonette is the very pinnacle of good taste and clever design. The accommodation comprises two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, one of which is en suite and a substantial open plan kitchen/reception room with by folding doors opening onto a private decked garden. Space and light are in generous supply in this frankly very impressive property. If you are looking for a two bedroom garden maisonette then, whatever else you see you will not see a better one than this. No onward chain. Two Bedrooms | Reception | Two Bathrooms | Garden | Very good decoration | EPC: D

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THE BUTTS, TW8 ÂŁ2,999,950 A TRULY SUPERB AND SUBSTANTIAL (6800 SQ FT) PROPERTY HAVING BEEN COMPLETELY REFURBISHED IN THIS GREAT LOCATION This home is far in excess of most standard homes in terms of size (6800 sq ft) and quality. If you entertain, then this is most definitely the house for you, with a large indoor pool, gym, cinema room and sauna. The property is accessed via electric gates which open onto a cobbled driveway with off-road parking for two cars. This home is set on the edge of The Butts Conservation Area, often described as a hidden gem within Brentford. The Butts has many fine Georgian and Queen Anne properties, set around a square and is the most wonderful community.

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ELM GROVE ROAD, W5 ÂŁ1,999,950 A substantial six bedroom family home benefiting from a stunning and mature 180' south facing rear garden together with a workshop, a chilled wine-store and much more. The kitchen/breakfast room is modern and well equipped; whilst to the front there is a large reception with a wood burning fireplace. The utility/ cloaks is also an added bonus on the ground floor. On the upper floors there are six bedrooms and two bathrooms, which could easily be reconfigured to suit. The house is ideally placed for Ealing Broadway and the open spaces of Ealing Common. 180' south facing rear garden | Six bedroom family home | EPC: Band D

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

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FITZGEORGE AVENUE, W14 ÂŁ975,000 FREEHOLD A superb two double bedroom apartment on the third floor (with lift) of this sought after mansion block; accommodation comprises entrance hall, reception room, two double bedrooms, cloakroom, bathroom, kitchen and balcony. 2 bedrooms | Reception room | Kitchen | Bathroom | Cloakroom | Balcony | EPC Rating D

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

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ABDALE ROAD, W12 £800 PER WEEK

GAYFORD ROAD, W12 £615 PER WEEK

Four Bedrooms | Reception | Two Bathrooms | Garden | EPC: D

Three Bedrooms | Two Receptions | Two Bathrooms | Garden | EPC: D

For more information on this property call Shepherds Bush & Acton Office | 020 8735 3255

For more information on this property call Shepherds Bush & Acton Office | 020 8735 3255

SANDOWN HOUSE, W4 £595 PER WEEK

CHISWICK POINT, W4 £600 PER WEEK

2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | Sitting room | Eat-in kitchen | 2 balconies | Light

New development | Close Chiswick Park Station | Two bedrooms |

and spacious | Overlooking Turnham Green | Furnished | Available now

Two bathrooms | Open plan kitchen | Large balcony

For more information on this property call Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

For more information on this property call Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

A stunning, beautifully presented four bedroom, two bathroom Victorian family home on this centrally located yet quiet tree lined street. Unfurnished/Part Furnished, Available from October 2015.

Very light and spacious two bedroom two bathroom second floor flat overlooking Turnham Green.

An utterly charming three double bedroom Victorian house in close proximity to the Askew Road and Wendell Park. Part Furnished, available immediately.

Beautifully presented second floor two bedroom flat in new development close to Chiswick Park Station.

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BROOK GREEN, W6 £650 PER WEEK

WINDSOR WAY, W14 £695 PER WEEK

3 Bedrooms | Bathroom | Cloakroom | Reception Room | Kitchen/dining room |

Three bedrooms | Reception room | 2 bathrooms | Balcony | Off street parking |

Off street parking | Communal gardens | EPC rating D | Available 21 August

EPC rating C | Available immediately

For more information on this property call Hammersmith Office | 020 7371 4466

For more information on this property call Hammersmith Office | 020 7371 4466

CASTLEBAR HILL, W5 £1,384 PER WEEK

WOODVILLE GARDENS, W5 £1,096 PER WEEK

Eight double bedrooms (two with en-suite bathrooms and one with walk in

Ample off-street parking | Three reception rooms | Six bedrooms | Wonderful

wardrobe) | Three reception rooms | Fees Apply | EPC: E

eat-in kitchen/breakfast room | Fees apply | EPC:E

For more information on this property call Ealing & Acton Office | 020 8896 0123

For more information on this property call Ealing & Acton Office | 020 8896 0123

Beautifully presented first floor three double bedroom apartment situated in a prestigious gated red brick mansion block on Brook Green.

An amazing property oozing with character throughout with private gated entrance and wonderful rear garden.

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A three double bedroom apartment located on the first floor of this sought after gated development with porter on Brook Green.

A fabulous family home within close proximity of Ealing Broadway which has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout.

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Thames Village, Chiswick W4 A delightful two bedroom ground floor apartment in Chiswick Set in the popular Thames Village, this two bedroom garden apartment offers an abundance of space and light throughout. The property has the added benefit of a garage and communal gardens leading onto the river, with spectacular seating areas and charming river views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, reception room, dining room, patio area, garden. EPC: C. Approximately 82.6 sq m (889 sq ft).   Share of freehold

Guide price: £795,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/chiswick chiswick@knightfrank.com 020 3757 6230

 

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Montrose Villas, London W6 A delightful four bedroom Georgian terraced house, just off Chiswick Mall This charming period property is ideally located is situated directly opposite Hammersmith Terrace, a continuation of Chiswick Mall, less than 100m away from the River Thames. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, WC, dressing room, large open plan reception, modern kitchen/breakfast room, front & rear garden. EPC: E.  Approximately 176.71 sq m (1,902 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £1,799,950

KnightFrank.co.uk/chiswick chiswick@knightfrank.com 020 3757 6230

 

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