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FOOD & DRINK 52 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

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10 things we’re coveting this month

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Diary dates for November

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Anni Albers' contribution to modern art

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here's a lot of talk of sustainability in this issue, though it is also said that the word is overused. What does it mean for something to be sustainable? Can something be sustainable without being entirely ethical? And can we always be certain? If sustainability is in danger of becoming a buzzword at the expense of its meaning, then we need to be more discerning. When Skandium decided to make its South Kensington base into an 'eco townhouse', they worried about overuse of the term and decided to focus specifically on longevity, on selling products designed to last for generations. They teamed up with Scandinavian furniture manufacturer Montana, all of whose furniture is created with wood from local suppliers that reforest as they harvest, and decorated the entire house in more colour than you migh expect from such eco-conscious ambitions. In this issue we admire the results while also looking at some small steps that we can take to avoid plastic. Also in these pages we look at kitchen trends, at colour and at the increasingly maximalist aesthetics that are emerging in the wake of years of sober minimalism. And alongside all of this, there's our 16-page wedding special. Here's to a colourful autumn.

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SOLDIER ON Joseph's Pre-Fall '18 collection is splashed with military-inspired shades of green that look chic with neutrals. These Den trousers are made from buttery leather and fit flawlessly; £895. net-a-porter.com

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PARTY PIECES For SS19 Edeline Lee experiments with ruching and ruffles to soften tailored shapes. The signature Flou Bubble Jacquard fabric is represented in scarlet, ivory and bottle green, perfect for the festive season. edelinelee.com

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Mad Hatter Until 12 November IMITATE MODERN GALLERY

Imitate Modern Gallery presents a world of fun and imagination with artist Finn Stone, or Mad Hatter as he’s more often known. Spanning mediums of fibreglass, wood and re-purposed everyday items, his iconic designs are known the worldover. Mad Hatter will showcase Finn's fascinating body of work, some of which has never before been seen. 19 Shepherd Market, W1J; imitatemodern.com

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THE WIDER EARTH O NGO I NG • NATU RA L H I STO RY MUSEUM

Before Darwin changed the world, one voyage changed his life. A Wider Earth tells the tale of a young Charles Darwin as he sets off on a daring voyage to the far side of the world. Featuring a cast of just seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations, the production brings to life an unchartered landscape. A brand new theatre is unveiled at the Natural History Museum especially for the award-winning drama. Cromwell Road, SW7; nam.ac.uk

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Adapted for the stage for the first time, A Small Place is a searing story about Western colonial exploitation told through the essays, novels, and stories of prolific author and The New Yorker staff writer, Jamaica Kincaid. Her extensive body of work is an evocative portrayal of family relationships and her native Antigua. 11 Pembridge Road, W11; gatetheatre.co.uk

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EFG JAZZ FESTIVAL

Artist duo Miss Bugs will showcase 15 new large-scale mixed media works in their solo exhibition, Echo Chamber. Iconic faces of pop culture - Lady Gaga and J.F Kennedy among others - are immortalised in everyday objects such as small plastic Japanese charms and lego. The collaged pieces are suspended within a polished cast resin, evoking the reflective screens of TV and mobile phones. 10 Hanover Street, W1; missbugs.com

16-25 November VARIOUS LOCAT IONS

The EFG London Jazz Festival returns for a 10-day extravaganza of concerts, events and performances. Expect to see the full range of heavyweight musical talent from across the globe, with the festival’s usual mixture of jazz masters, along with cutting-edge young bands and emerging British stars. efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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THE SWERLING CIRCUS OF SMALL From 22 November A N THRO P O LO GI E

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Roll up, roll up! Anthropologie’s brand new festive show features Lisa Swerling's remarkable series of miniature, whimsical worlds in boxes, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the circus. The dioramas express big ideas with tiny figurine helpers. Each scene contains a sparkling parallel world, reflecting the poignancy, absurdity and beauty of our own. 131-141 King’s Road, SW3; anthropologie.com

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he Langham, London has long been linked to some of literature’s most famous names and little book lovers can now enjoy new afternoon tea for children in partnership with Daunt Books. Expect jigsaw puzzle sandwiches, a dog-shaped cakes and a book of choice from a special curated minilibrary to take home in a Daunt Book’s tote bag.1C Portland Place, W1B;

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LONDON ART WEEK 29 November - 7 December VARIOUS LOCAT IONS

London Art Week returns with Salons for Winter 2018, combining special selling exhibitions and auctions with one-off events, discussions and talks that will explore 5,000 years of fine art. From ancient sculptures to Old Master drawings, it offers visitors the chance to see and buy extraordinary works with experienced dealers on hand and delighted to share their knowledge and expertise. londonartweek.co.uk

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BONFIRE NIGHT IN LONDON 5 November VARIOUS LOCAT IONS

Celebrate Bonfire Night in style at one of many spectacular London fireworks displays. These days fireworks come with dodgems, laser shows and an unbeatable musical playlist. A few to make note of are the displays at Alexandra Palace, Victoria Park and Battersea Park. Various locations

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The Paradise Circus

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ames Purdy is said to be the most overlooked genius in American literature. Despite having published more than a dozen novels and several volumes of poems, short stories and plays over a long lifetime – he died in 2009 at the age of 95 – and counting Jonathan Franzen, Dorothy Parker, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal among his fans, he remains little known this side of the Atlantic. The slightly obscurely located Playground Theatre in Latimer Road W10 is perhaps

therefore not such an unlikely venue for the world premiere of his 2007 plat The Paradise Circus, it also not lacking in quality and charm but still remaining less than well known. It's an intimate set: a round stage, a string of festoon lights, a whiff of the circus but really an empty space, and from the start it's not immediately clear what to expect. This is the midwest in 1919, a turbulent time of postwar racial tension and upheaval: in the house of Arthur Rawlings (Tim Woodward), we learn that the beloved eldest son is dead and two remaining sons – Joel and Gregory

Strange and loaded relationships dominate this unsettling play

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(Sam Coulson and Joshua Ward) – are seen by their father as weak and disappointing. They spend their days tinkering obsessively with old fairground horses together; their relationship is close to the point of creepiness and these strange and loaded relationships make up the content of this unsettling play. It's a stylish production with excellent musical interludes: Darren Berry moves around with a blues violin and co-respondent shoes and the entire cast sings haunting gospel spirituals. The damaged and overly childlike sons are sold by their father to the circus owner, which leaves him racked with remorse: he takes advice from a local witch, (Sophie Ward) whose influence is widely respected and despite the counsel of his loyal maid Minnie Cruikshank (Debra Penny) he ends up burning a terrifyingly huge sum of money to relieve his guilt. This is a peculiar and moving play, raw and visceral, in a clever and elegant production.

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Atmospheric, sinister and gripping ★★★★★ T H E PA R A D I S E C I R C U S

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A Pupil

True West

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From 23 November

PARK THEATRE

In a dilapidated North London bedsit, Ye, a disgraced violinist is preparing to kill herself. The surprise arrival of Simona, an aspiring musician and wealthy heiress, throws her plans into disarray. Together the pair embark on a series of lessons that will test the limits of friendship, music, and success. Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn take up two of the most challenging and soughtafter roles in modern drama as True West from Pulitzer Prize-winner, Sam Shepard, makes its West End premiere. Set in the searing heat of the Californian desert, Harington and Flynn star as the warring brothers tearing their family apart. 404 Strand, WC2R; truewestlondon.com

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I And You

Hadestown

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HAMPSTEAD THEATRE

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Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams makes her stage debut in I and You as Caroline who, housebound due to illness, is confined to her room with only Facebook for company. That is until classmate Anthony bursts in – uninvited and armed with waffle fries. An unlikely friendship develops and a seemingly mundane piece of homework reveals the pair’s hopes and dreams. Eton Avenue, NW3; hampsteadtheatre.com

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: they can’t survive on songs alone. Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genredefying new musical. National Theatre, Lambeth, SE1; national theatre.org.uk

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Caroline, or Change ★★★★★

From 20 November PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

The five-star, Olivier award-winning musical Caroline, or Change transfers to the West End following sell-out runs at the Chichester Festival and Hampstead Theatre. A playful, funny and deeply moving tale, it follows a poorly paid maid toiling away in the basement of the Gellman household while the revolution of 1963 rumbles around her. Northumberland Avenue, WC2N; carolineorchange.co.uk

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ate Modern is showing the UK’s first major retrospective of the work of Anni Albers (1899–1994), bringing together her most important works from major collections in the US and Europe to highlight Albers’s significance as an artist. Opening ahead of the centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019, this exhibition is a long overdue recognition of Albers’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design. Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art, finding within the medium many possibilities for the expression of modern life. Featuring over 350 objects including beautiful small-scale studies, large wall-hangings, jewellery made from everyday items and textiles designed for mass production, the exhibition will explore the many aspects of Albers’s practice, such as the intersection between art and craft;

hand-weaving and machine production; ancient and modern. Albers held a longstanding interest in the relationship between textiles and architecture and the show will highlight her lesser-known commissioned works in this area. Born in Berlin at the turn of the century, Annelise Else Frieda Fleischmann became a student at the Bauhaus in 1922, where she met her husband Josef Albers and other key modernist figures like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Though the Bauhaus aspired to equality between the sexes, women were still discouraged from learning certain disciplines including painting. Albers began weaving by default, but it was in textiles that she found her means of expression, dedicating herself to the medium for the majority of her

career. This exhibition explores how, here in the school’s vibrant weaving workshop, traditional hand-weaving was redefined as modern art. With the rise of Nazism and the closure of the Bauhaus, Albers left Germany in 1933 for the USA where she taught at the experimental Black Mountain College for over 15 years. From this time on she made frequent visits to Mexico, Chile and Peru, collecting artefacts and immersing herself in an ancient culture that profoundly influenced her career. The show will examine her incredible body of woven works of art known as ‘pictorial weavings’, inspired by her many visits to Central and South America, including significant largescale pieces such as Ancient Writing 1936 and With Verticals 1946. In the 1950s Albers moved to New Haven in Connecticut following her husband’s appointment to the Department of Design at Yale University. During this time she published the seminal texts ‘On Designing’ 1959 and ‘On Weaving’ 1965 – in which she reflects on the history of weaving as a global phenomenon, dating back thousands of years yet typically modern. In both her work and her writing, she presents a vastly expanded geography of modern art, drawing on sources from Africa, Asia and the Americas. In her later years Albers also took up printmaking, translating her ideas into two-dimensional form. Featuring a range of remarkable loans from The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, Tate Modern’s show will include many of these groundbreaking late works, revealing her constant development as a highly original abstract artist whose enduring influence inspires new generations of artists and designers around the world. ANNI ALBERS

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ontinuing to explore the ground-breaking design archives of Anni Albers in an ongoing collaboration with the Josef and Anni Albers foundation, Christopher Farr Cloth have created two new printed designs. Orchestra is drawn from a series of works with the same title, inspired by Anni’s visits to the Berlin Opera as a child in the 1920s. The shapes and colours evoke the instruments tuning up, the elegant velvet and lace dresses of the women attending the performance, and other memories. Temple is developed from a study for the Ark panels to hang in the Jewish Temple Emanu-El, Dallas in 1956. The large scale geometric pattern was created by painting stripes across a fabric, cutting them into vertical strips and changing their alignment. Orchestra and Temple are both screen printed at Farr’s artisan print house in London on to pure Belgian linen. christopherfarr.eu

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own out of a Pringle tube. The Kensington Dollshouse Festival was established in 1985 by Caroline Hamilton and Sue Atkinson, both dolls house enthusiasts, who wanted to create an event that would bring together the top dolls house makers and miniature artists from around the world with collectors and aficionados. Over the last 30 years the festival has become the top international show for quality dolls’ houses. D O L L S H O U S E F E S T I VA L 1 D EC E M B E R Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 Tickets from £6 dollshousefestival.com

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ooking Christmas dinner can be stressful - you’re feeding a lot of people, you need to get your timings right, and there’s a lot to juggle. We hear you - and that’s why we’ve come up with a simple yet comprehensive plan to help cooks delight their guests without feeling frazzled. Our step-by-step time plan will take you from grocery list to dinner table as you cook roast turkey with a citrus and herb stuffing, honey glazed carrots, Brussels sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts, red cabbage with cranberry and pomegranate, and Leiths special roast potatoes. These colourful dishes have been hand-picked by our teachers (the very same teachers who lead our famous Diploma in Food and Wine) as the easiest crowd pleasers. You can find the guide online now at Leiths.com/Christmas.

H O L D YO U R E V E N T AT L E I T H S Searching for a memorable Christmas party idea? Whether you plan to entertain clients, bond with colleagues or enjoy a special evening with friends and family, we offer a range of bespoke private cookery parties. Learn professional tips and tricks as you cook a gourmet seasonal menu, then sit down to enjoy your creations with wines from Louis Latour. With one teacher to every eight guests, we’ll make sure everyone has an amazing time. Visit Leiths.com/ corporate to find out more.

Brush up on your culinary skills before the hoards arrive. We run a wide range of pre-Christmas classes at our warm, friendly cookery school in west London. Try Christmas Entertaining (8th Dec), Gluten Free Christmas Baking with Adriana Rabinovich (4th Dec) or Modern Vegetarian Christmas Entertaining (10th Dec). Join guest chef Ursula Ferrigno for an Italian Christmas (11th Dec) or learn to make inventive, Asian-inspired Christmas canapés with Jennifer Joyce (14th Dec). It’s a lovely thing to do with a friend as you wind down for Christmas. You could even send your partner on How to Cook: The Perfect Christmas Dinner (1st Dec), so they cook while you put your feet up. It’s worth a try...

Perfect presents Do you have a food-loving friend or family member? The kind who loves to watch every cookery show and try every new restaurant? If so, they’ll relish a gift from Leiths. We run more than 400 different cookery classes each year, from Peruvian street food to classic knife skills, and with a Leiths gift voucher in hand, they can choose

their favourite. We also sell professional knife sets in Carbon or Damascus steel, along with our iconic cookbooks. A Leiths cookery book is an investment for life; filled with timeless recipes and clear, practical skills guides, they sit on the shelves of many an accomplished chef. Visit Leiths.com.

WIN! Win a cookery class at Leiths for you and a friend worth £310! To enter, simply visit Leiths.com/Christmas and sign up to our email newsletter. The competition closes on 31st December, and terms and conditions apply.

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GREAT DANES MOSHI MOSHI MIND

Danish brand Moshi Moshi Mind has brought its collection of mindful fashion to Westbourne Grove as its first foray into the UK. Each style is carefully designed to take you from yoga class to dinner with its simple, functional yet stylish shapes and fabrics. These are dubbed: “products for a mellow modern lifestyle.” moshimoshimind.co.uk

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Jess Quinton and Jane Chadwick produce unique contemporary knitwear. Absolutely quizzes them I n t e r v i e w PENDLE HARTE

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Q Your brand is known for its bold, graphic patterns. How did that come about ? A We both trained as textile and fashion

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designers so pattern, colour and texture, have been life long obsessions. Jess worked for Missoni after leaving the RCA and this experience taught her the importance of balancing colour in design. We have since developed a signature style at Quinton Chadwick which is a contemporary bold take on traditional patterns.

Q You have collaborated widely in the past with a variety of brands. What’s next? A We have designed for clients diverse as Dashing Tweeds bespoke menswear and Tate Modern gallery shops. We are currently working with a big museum in the USA…

Q How did you meet ? A We met through mutual clients when we

Q Can you describe your design aesthetic? A Modern Heritage or Traditional Modernist, but this depends on our mood! We use timehonoured methods of manufacture in a new way, making something modern but using traditional skills.

were both working on the same projects as freelance designers in the fashion industry. Q Your ethos is very much about British

manufacture. How do you make that work? A We are proud to use only small family-run British factories as we want to help preserve heritage skills and the craftsmanship of the knitting and textile industry in the UK. We would never use mass production because for us provenance is everything and has become our brand USP. Where possible we hand-finish our knits here in our London studio, and we believe our customers really appreciate this attention to detail.

Q Why wool? A We are passionate about ethical fashion

and use only natural fibres like wool which is completely biodegradable and sustainable and causes no harm to the environment. It is also waterproof because of the natural oils. Q The new collection has interesting categories. Earth, Formica, Foliage,

Nordic. Can you tell us about them? A We find inspiration from so many different sources. This season we looked at Nordic Knits and bold primary colours adding a contemporary twist on these traditional patterns. For Foliage we were inspired by nature – particularly botanical gardens, while Formica was inspired by 1950s kitchen equipment, signage, early plastics and melamine colours. For Earth we looked at ceramic tiles and subtle burnt earthy tones like ochre, dusky pinks and rust. quintonchadwick.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • NOTES

S A LO N REVIEW

NOTES

New UK launches, winter skin saviours and seasonal scents B y H E L E N B R OW N

EDITOR’S PICK

LUNCH PARTY DRUNK ELEPHANT

From Fenty Beauty to Glossier US-based beauty brands are swarming UK shelfs. The latest launch comes from Drunk Elephant and if Instagram is to be used as a litmus test, this is one to be very excited about. Everything is high-tech and free from harmful chemicals. drunkelephant.com

WINTER SKIN SAVIOUR 3LAB

While the nights draw in and the days grow chilly, an all around multitasker becomes a skincare non-negotiable. Enter, the WW DAY SPF 40 from 3LAB. It improves fine lines, brightens, tightens and protects the skin against environmental stressors. 3LAB WW Day SPF40 £320; fortnumandmason.com

FESTIVE FRAGRANCE JURLIQUE

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own a small side street in Chelsea you’ll find the beautiful regencyfronted salon Williams & Rice. I'm immediately greeted by my colour expert, Dominique Burgess. Dominique, who has years of experience, a flawless understanding of colouring and an evergrowing and loyal client base, takes me to my seat to discuss bringing some life back into my lackluster mane. I opt for an allover deep brown with some subtle toffee highlights around the front, and she gets to work. To prep my hair for the treatment, Dominique uses Pureology Colour Fanatic, which ensures my hair is protected during the process and smelled delicious. After foiling, rinsing and a relaxing head massage, I return to my chair and am introduced to my stylist, Sharleen Oldaker. Sharleen has a wealth of experience, having trained with Nicky Clarke in the 90’s and has styled countless shoots for a number of fashion publications. She starts by cleaning up my dead ends, before getting to work on maintaining the blunt shoulder length haircut I had previously. To add a bit of depth, Sharleen gives me a few delicate layers and fixes my uninspired fringe. I watch this cut come to life while she skillfully blow-dries my hair, and I can’t wait to get back to my office to show off my fresh new do. I walked in to the salon that morning having no plans for the evening, but this quickly changed - I must give this cut and colour the exposure it deserves. WILLIAMS & RICE 23A Smith Street, London 020 34745131

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • TREND

CHANTECAILLE

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HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette - Amethyst, £25 harrods.com

SMITH & CULT Nail Polish - Shattered Souls, £19 smithandcult.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • SCENT

PERFUME

Hooked on

CLASSICS Fragrances that stand the test of time B y M I C H A E L D O N OVA N

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n a modern world overly obsessed with the very latest innovation, I thought that this month, I would devote my musings to scents that have stood the test of time. There is much to recommend these fragrances; longevity is a sign of originality, quality and an ability to reflect the zeitgeist over decades. These are the Grand cru of perfumery, the vintages that define a generation and beyond, earning themselves a place in olfactory history. 'Quelques Fleurs' was created by the house of Houbigant in 1912 and was the first floral bouquet fragrance. The current incarnation is, in fact, a contemporary interpretation of the original formula as this was never published, however Perfumer Roger Dove has been doggedly faithful to the original. Akin to falling asleep in a flower garden, this is a scent that can be worn day or night with its heavenly combination of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood and just a hint of vanilla. 'Tulipe Noire' by E.Coudray (one of the original French fragrance houses), was released in 1926 and became an instant hit with the flappers, most notably the legendary Josephine Baker. The emancipation of fragrance occurred at this time as women chose to express themselves in a more sexually-direct way and thus selected fragrances with darker, more sensual notes. This hedonistic hottie was recreated in 1978 and released as 'Nohiba', a spicy collation of coriander, cloves, roses, jasmine, cedar, patchouli and white musk. It will make you want to rattle your beads and Charlston 'til dawn. Another fragrance that marked the first stirrings of girl power was 'Habanita' by Molinard. Launched in 1921, it became known as 'the most tenacious perfume in the world' and was used to scent cigarettes. Although it is known as a tobacco fragrance it actually doesn't contain a drop, instead its exudes leather and orris root, patchouli and amber with a hint of fruit and a dash of vanilla. She is a bit

of a dominatrix, housed in a shiny black Lalique bottle. One of the first fragrances created specifically for gentleman, 'Pour Un Homme De Caron'(1934), is smooth and utterly charming. A herbal lavender with minty undertones, I always think of Cary Grant as John Robie in 'To Catch A Thief' and his portrayal of the mondaine cat-burglar, driving a sports car around the Cote d'Azure with Grace Kelly. Conjured by the great Ernest Daltroff, a self-taught perfumer of vision, this is a scent for men who don't have to try too hard. Also marvellously manly is 'Farina 1709' the original eau de cologne from Cologne! For a scent created over 300 years ago this fragrance is remarkably modern with an opening bouquet of fresh citruses underscored by faintly woody green notes. When you think that this was worn at the court of Louis XIV at Versailles it is a remarkable slice of history. 'Ma Griffe' was created in 1947 by my personal favourite perfumer of all time, Jean Carles. A green, aldehydic chypre, this is a fragrance of extraordinary sophistication released by the indomitable Madame Carven, a 5ft fashion powerhouse with exquisite taste and an eye for marketing, she once dropped hundreds of sample bottles of the fragrance over Paris on tiny striped parachutes - tres chic! 'Bal A Versailles' was created by Jean Desprez in 1963 and marketed as 'the most complex fragrance in the world', with over 320 ingredients. While many scents are a string quartet, this is a symphony. Elizabeth Taylor, at the time the most famous woman in the world, famously fell for its charms and contributed to its iconic status. Restored to its original formula in the 1990's this is an epic combination of Bergamot, lemon, mandarin, neroli Rose de Mai, lily of the valley, lilac, orris, jasmine, ylangylang Cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, benzoin, melilot and tolu balsam to name but a few! Classics endure for a reason, they are unique and extraordinary and are often imitated but never equalled. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • ACTIVE

FITNESS NOTES

Compiled by H E L E N B R O W N

BRAND PROFILE

S I LO U

RECIPE

WINTER WA R M E R

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ilou London was founded by former Victoria Secret’s Angel Tatiana Kovylina in 2017. Due to her travel-heavy lifestyle as a model she valued style as much as impeccable design, comfort and quality. Silou was created with this in mind and is intended for the everyday women to tackle life, work and everything in between.

egan and packed with protein and antioxidants, this super creamy high-protein hot chocolate is the perfect winter treat.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 can coconut milk • 2 tbsp raw cacoa powder • 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder • 200 ml water • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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atiana is a strong believer in the empowerment of the female form, which is why Silou was designed to fit and flatter all women and all Silou-ettes. The brand is very proud of their social consciousness and pride themselves in being both socially and environmentally responsible at all times.

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his month sees the launch of Silou’s resort 2019 collection, a stylish new line designed to embody the spirit of the French Riviera. Think contrasting burnt apple and nude hues combined with Riviera classics black and white. Each piece is a perfect workout staple and ideal for travelling in style.

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METHOD

FLEXIBLE FITNESS Rachel Avery discovers the coolest classes in London with MoveGB

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obsession so I booked in for a Hot Pod Yoga session near Notting Hill. It does what it says on the tin; it’s yoga and it’s rather hot. But the lovely teacher guided us through the moves and we all survived the class. I also tried Corner House Yoga; half cafe, half studio it’s the perfect place to check-in for a stretching session followed by a spot of brunch. Other classes on offer include bootcamp, reformer pilates, circuits, zumba and even circus skills sessions (which are amazing by the way!) The only question is, which will you try first?

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • ADVICE

Q&A

Ask The E X P E RTS Absolutely seeks out wisdom from the area’s most trusted sources

ADELE MARIE

Ego Hair, Queen’s Park’s favourite salon egohair.co.uk

Q How can I achieve long, healthy, hair? A We all want the long hair of our dreams, to have it cascading down our backs like a glossy curtain. Perhaps you’ve tried everything, but you’re not seeing results. Well, listen up, here are few tips and tricks I have to share with you to encourage those locks to grow:

1. Make sure you get your hair trimmed regularly. My best advice is to do so every three months. 2. Always use shampoo and conditioner that is free from sulphate and paraffin. There are many on the market which falsely claim to be allnatural. I always stick to Aveda. 3. Treatments using coconut and olive oils are the best for your scalp and hair: remember, healthy scalp means healthy hair. 4. Try to not blowdry your hair more than once a week and, where possible, let it dry naturally. 5. Brushing: always brush the ends first and roots after, use a tangle teaser or paddle brush, not a comb, which will break your hair. 6. Plait your hair before bed to stop it breaking during the night. No tight bands around the top of the hair when you sleep! It can cause hair loss and breakage.

JEAN-CLAUDE VACASSIN Founder of W10 Performance Gym w10.fit

Q Is there such a thing as a quick fitness fix? A You’ve had a carefree summer, enjoying good food and a glass or three in the sun. Then panic sets in as you realise you’ve got a matter of weeks to get back into shape before the inevitable Christmas indulgence. What do you do? Honestly, you have to be realistic about what you can achieve in a short period. When you’re in a rush to get in shape, it’s easy to be lured into quick-fix, get-me-thin-come-whatmay fads that promise amazing results in very little time. But, when it comes to fitness, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. These short-term methods are usually extremely demanding, miserable to go through, and rarely sustainable. It’s also worth mentioning that, for some of us, these methods instil an unhealthy relationship with both food and exercise. Yes, sadly, there’s no magic programme, no best diet, and no new workout system that can guarantee results in just a few weeks. We would do far better if we took a longer-term view and found a way of exercising and eating that we can maintain. If you give yourself six months, rather than six weeks, your exercise regime will feel less oppressive, and you’ll avoid the feelings of deprivation that come with extreme nutrition programmes. This way, we’re much more likely to view exercising and making better food choices as positive things and something we can stick to all year round.

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FOOD & DRINK

FIT FOR A KING STICKS'N'SUSHI

The Danish group behind Sticks'n'Sushi has opened its eighth UK restaurant on the King's Road. Known for its unique offering of freshly-made sushi and grilled yakitori, the kitchen sits at the mid-point between Tokyo and Copenhagen. sticksnsushi.co.uk

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W H AT TO D R I N K

GRAPE NEWS

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this November By FLORA THOMAS

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE MONTH

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2011 Riesling Renano Trentino  £60 With hints of apricot and peach, this is an elegant wine with good acidity. Serve very cold and enjoy its floral notes combined with a mature, fruity aroma. Pair with any seafood dish or steamed vegetables.

2016 Blaxsta Merlot Prestige  £154 This wonderful Swedish Merlot is medium bodied with well balanced acids and tannins. It offers delicate fresh flavours with slight floral tones and a hint of red berries and spice. Ideal for a cold evening, paired with beef or venison.

2009 Chateau les Vimieres Le Tronquera:  £170 Château Les Vimières is the property of Boissenot family who have produced this savoury, classic wine with slight aromas of tobacco and leather, carried through with a wave of acidity. LISA'S BAR AND KITCHEN Lisa's Kitchen and Bar offers home-style Scandinavian cuisine and aquavit cocktails in a chic, all-white space with a glass roof. Offering breakfast and brunch with a Swedish twist from Thursdays - Sundays it's perfect for a Portobello pit-stop, Swedish Mary in hand.

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Michelin Win HIDE

Ollie Dabbous’s Hide has been awarded a Michelin star less than six months since opening in the heart of Mayfair. A joint venture between Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, Hide is a luxurious setting in which to savour seasonal cooking at its best - complemented by the UK’s most comprehensive wine list. 85 Picadilly, W1J 79B hide.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Truffle Season

T I M E TO TRUFFLE

T H E GA M E B I R D AT T H E STA F F O R D LO N D O N

The Game Bird, having launched in 2017, is renowned for executing classic British dishes with style and elegance. Their truffle chicken Kiev is no exception. Oozing with luxurious truffle butter alongside velvety pomme purée, this is comfort food at its most sophisticated. thestaffordlondon.com

CHUCS

AFRICAN INFLUENCE IYOKI

The first ‘African restaurant’ to win a Michelin star is well worth a visit. Order the plantain, raspberry salt and smoked scotch bonnet. Or, try the cow skin sandwich which is far more elegant than it sounds, think pickled flowers atop a pistachio emulsion. 1 St James's Market, SW1Y 4AH iyokilondon.com

This autumn Chucs will be serving a delicious array of dishes with the seasonal truffle, including their Pizza Bianco with black truffle. This tomato free pizza has a delicious crunchy base and is covered in the most flavoursome black truffles, a true classic. chucsrestaurants.com

MOOD FOOD CARACTERE

After months of anticipation, Caractère has opened in Notting Hill with Emily Roux, daughter of Michel, is heading up front of house. Head chef Diego Ferrari presents a unique menu based on the restaurant’s namesake - it’s divided into six character traits. Explore your curiosity with Seared Mackerel, or savour the subtle flavours of Acquarello Risotto. 209 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EA caractererestaurant.com

S E XY F I S H

This autumn Sexy Fish is serving a delicious range of dishes using the seasonal truffle. Plates include; wagyu gunkan with white miso and black truffle, beef tartare with sour plum truffle, and king crab bone marrow with truffles and shallots. sexyfish.com

FANCY FARM

DAYLESFORD BROMPTON CROSS THE STAFFORD LONDON

FINE DININGS D I N I N G S SW 3

Dinings SW3 launch their set menu this month, perfect for a catch up with friends or a business lunch. The elegant izakaya combines traditional Japanese techniques with modern European cuisine. Wash your truffle topped dish down with their exclusive own-label Sake, from a their family-run brewery in Shiga, Japan. Lennox Gardens Mews, SW3 2JH dinings.co.uk

SEXY FISH

The new farm shop and all day café celebrates the sensational food and artisan skills of Daylesford’s renowned organic farm in the Cotswolds. Their menu showcases seasonal flavours at their best, to nourish the body and delight the taste buds. 76-82 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DZ daylesford.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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FOOD & DRINK • SEASONAL JOE AND SEPHS Gourmet popcorn advent calendar £25 joeandsephs.co.uk

PIERRE MARCOLINI Carousel advent calendar, £49 eu.marcolini.com

FORTNUM AND MASON Rare tea wooden advent calendar £145 fortnumandmason.com

CHASE DISTILLERY 12 festive single estate sprits £59 chasedistillery.co.uk

CHOCOCO Advent selection box £23.50 chococo.co.uk

NIEDEREGGER 32-window advent calendar £35 selfridges.com

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PLAY IN CHOC Dairy free organic chocolate calendar with 3D puzzles in compostable packaging, £65 playinchoc.com

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JO MALONE LONDON Advent calendar, £300 jomalone.co.uk

KIEHL'S Limited edition advent calendar, £110 selfridges.com

LIBERTY Beauty advent calendar, £195 libertylondon.com

GAILS BAKERY Chocolate advent calendar £18 gailsbread.co.uk

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Japan

E A SY Winter warmers brought to us from Masterchef winner and Nanban owner Tim Anderson Recipes TIM ANDERSON P h o t o g r a p h y L A U R A E D WA R D S

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Pan-Roasted Mushrooms with Soy-Garlic Butter DIFFICULTY: I could go on and on about how not difficult this recipe is, but i don’t have mushroom Serves 4

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ushrooms. Soy sauce. Garlic. Butter. Not much else to say really other than that if those four things don’t ring your bells then I’m not sure you and I can be friends.*

INGREDIENTS • 400-500g mushrooms – any kind will do, really, but in this recipe I like oyster best • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • pinch salt and pepper • 100g butter • 12 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed, and roughly chopped • 3 tbsp soy sauce • pinch black pepper • a few drops truffle oil (optional)

METHOD Prepare your mushrooms into bite-size pieces – for oyster, I just tear them up a bit; for button or chestnut I cut them in half; for portabella I’d cut them into eighths. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a wide frying pan and add the mushrooms. Try to cook them in a single layer so they all brown nicely, if you can (you may want to do this in batches). When the mushrooms have taken on a lovely color and tenderized, remove them from the pan, lower the heat, and add the butter and garlic. Cook the garlic gently – very gently – until it softens and caramelises. Add the soy sauce, then add the mushrooms back to the pan and stir everything together to warm through. Finish with the black pepper and truffle oil (if using).

Japanese Beef and Potato Stew (Nikujaga) DIFFICULTY: Not at all difficult Serves 4

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his comfort food classic has the best name when translated literally: ‘meat potato.’ It’s Japan’s answer to a beef-and-potato stew, but it has a light dashi-and-soy-based broth rather than a thick gravy. It’s hearty and satisfying but not too heavy – oh, and it’s much easier to make (and spell) than a traditional beouf bourgihguinognuon (?!?!).

INGREDIENTS • 250-300g beef rump, skirt, or fillet • 2 carrots, peeled • 1 large or 2 small onions, thinly sliced • 1 leek, washed and trimmed • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled • 200g mange tout • 1 tbsp veg oil

• 500mL dashi or beef stock, or a mix of both • 50mL mirin • 50mL soy sauce • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce or katsu sauce • 1 tbsp sake • 1 tbsp sugar • 4 portions cooked rice or noodles

METHOD Put the beef in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to firm up, then slice it across the grain as thinly as possible. Cut the carrots and potatoes into wedges and cut the leek into 4 pieces on the bias. Fry the onions in oil over medium heat until just starting to soften, then add all the vegetables except the mange tout. Add the dashi/stock, mirin, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sake, and sugar and bring to a high simmer, then cover with a baking paper cartouche or lid and continue to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender. Add the mange tout and cook for just another minute, then remove from heat and add he beef – since it is so thin, it will cook in the hot broth. Skim any scum off the top with a ladle or a small sieve. Serve over noodles or with rice on the side.

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LISA’S KITCHEN & BAR

Christmas & Group bookings are now available Traditional Swedish Julbord, Set menus and Feast/Sharing menus are all on offer

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FOOD & DRINK • REVIEW

ABSOLUTELY eats out…

Buttery fillet and earthy truffle made for the best steak tartare ever

Orrery Celebrating 21 years in Marylebone

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rrery, the French restaurant at the top end of Marylebone High Street turned 21 this year. As fashionable London’s axis slips ever further eastwards, it is easy to forget that this – originally a cutting-edge partnership between Terence Conran and the Howard de Walden estate – rejuvenated Marylebone’s foodie scene when it opened in 1997. The restaurant has had a birthday makeover, but it’s so subtle you are unlikely to notice. The space, in converted stable block, is as elegant as ever; the long dining room with

its widely spaced tables can hardly be bettered with its arched windows overlooking St Marylebone parish church. When so many restaurants goers now perch at a bar in front of a noisy grill, the quieter formality of Orrery is positively retro. But while there are starched white table clothes, the atmosphere isn’t wooden; the waiters are charming and, thankfully, not too attentive. We were here for the autumn truffle menu, a set five-course meal with wine pairing, but I was tempted by the fillet steak tartare, quail egg, sourdough and truffle. And very pleasing it was too, the buttery soft fillet combined with the earthy truffle made for the best steak tartare I’ve

DECOR Elegant; formal but not wooden

PRICE Predictably expensive

VERDICT A London stalwart in its prime

ever had. My guest’s cured seabass, cucumber, horseradish and kumquat was too finicky, which served her right for turning her back on the tuber. A wild mushroom risotto with summer truffle for main was and upstaged by a paired 1996 Rioja but Tournedos Rossini with celeriac and sauce périgourdine was everything you’d want from this classic: melt-in-the-mouth filet mignon wrapped in silky foie gras and glossy Perigourdine sauce pimped up with paper-thin slices of pungent black truffle. Orrey’s award-winning cheese trolley was deliciously stinky, though sampling too many dairy delights induced a food coma which meant pudding was a write off, but it was worth it; we left replete and thoroughly pleased with our taste of good old-fashioned dining. ORRERY’S SEASONAL TRUFFLE MENU IS AVAILABLE UNTIL 25 DECEMBER, AND COSTS £95 PER PERSON, WITH AN OPTIONAL £10 CHEESE SUPPLEMENT. ADDITIONAL WINE FLIGHT COSTS £57. ORRERY 55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB, 020 7616 8000 orrery-restaurant.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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BRUNCH • LUNCH • DINNER • COCKTAILS

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FOOD & DRINK • COOKERY

ABSOLUTELY spotlights…

Cooking up a Storm We look at the brand new cookery school from Symes and the Natural Cook Company

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ymes, the bespoke kitchen specialists and purveyors of fine interiors, have teamed up with the Natural Cook Company to run an exciting new cookery school south west of London. Held in a brand new bespoke cookery studio, the course offers a brilliantly diverse range of culinary topics with an enticing list of guest tutors lined up, as well as some of the usual Natural Cook Company workshops. From pastry and pasta to sushi and edible gifts, each course

is informative, innovative and guaranteed to widen your culinary repertoire. Cooking new things can be quite daunting but the Natural Cook Company makes the whole process fun, from the relaxed setting of Symes kitchen.

Highlights scheduled over the next few months include: FRIDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY Learn to make a more delicious and economical version of your favourite takeaway with the Friday Night Takeaway course. Take your pick from the likes of Indian, Thai, Chinese and Japanese.

Informative, innovative and guaranteed to widen your repertoire

COCKTAILS & CANAPES The cocktails and canapes course will not only show you how to make quality cocktails, you’ll also get a crash-course in making complimentary canapes to go with each one. MAN WITH A PAN These courses are tailored specifically for men either relatively new to the kitchen or wanting to gain confidence and widen their skill set. ADULTS SOCIAL COOKERY CLUB This monthly social cooking club aims to banish the miserable ‘cooking for just one’ feeling. Here, you’ll make new friends while expanding your recipe repertoire. COOK WITH ME This popular series of workshops encourages parents and their kids to cook together, learn new skills and most importantly, have fun. AFTER SCHOOL CLUB The after-school club is a fun hands on way to encourage a passion for cooking and to develop new tastes in food. It’s available for children over six years of age and takes place every Tuesday in term-term.

For details on these or all other courses go to thenaturalcookcompany.com or atsymeskitchen.co.uk Unit 3, Derby Dell Buildings, Bentworth Road, Alton, GU34 5RX

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“THE FRENCH TOUCH IN INTERIOR DESIGN”

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INTERIORS NOTES

Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

HANG UPS DAR LIGHTING

Bombazine is an amazing oversized pendant with large opal white glass globes mounted on a natural brass frame hanging from a chain suspension. With an authentic mid century feel this pendant exudes style and glamour while providing a great light output £287.50, lights4living.com

CHOP CHOP RIG-TIG

Frame is a beautiful and functional cutting board with a practical tray that frames the wood. Pull out the plastic tray and use it to separate the usable from the unusable while you’re chopping and slicing. The tray also makes it easy to move food to a pan when cooking. £39.99 rig-tig.com

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PATTERN PERFECT All the best prints...

LAPUAN KANKURIT

EDITOR’S PICK

POSTER PERFECT

Ruut tablecloth. £107.50 cloudberryliving.co.uk

ARLO & JACOB Poirot sofa in Leilani linen, £4, 576, arloandjacob.com

NEISHA CROSLAND

Neisha Crosland's new posters collection features 23 iconic designs previously seen on scarves for Hankys Department Store in Japan between 2002 and 2018. Limited editions of 50 have been signed by Neisha. From £100 neishacrosland.com

COVET HOUSE

SPACE SAVER THE STUDY BED

This space-saving design combines a huge desk and a normal bed all within the same compact footprint. It easily converts from a desk to a bed in just three seconds, with no need to remove anything from the desk or the bed. All your current work is left intact while a fully made-up, ready to go, bed emerges out of seemingly nowhere. From £1,800; studybed.co.uk

Prisma rug, £POA. covethouse.eu

LUSH DESIGNS Jade vase, £36 lushlampshades.co.uk

BETTER BEDS BIG TABLE

CHRISTOPHER FARR Orchestra print in peach, £POA christopherfarrcloth.com

Big Table has been making beds on the same site for almost four decades and the wide selection of frames and mattresses has been tried and tested by loyal customers of all ages. They're very excited about Farrow and Ball's new colours, which look spectacular on the wooden frames – choose any colour and they'll paint them for you. bigtable.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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ABSOLUTELY • PROMOTION

A LOVE OF THE CRAFT Robert Skiba, founder and owner of Roscar Developments, talks about his company

just small sections (we always get asked back to do more anyway). What makes the difference is the experience of our staff. Whether our labourers or me, it’s the years of learning that count – working out how to do something in a way that is cost-effective but achieves the result. Other companies come and go and make empty promises – but we deliver – ask our customers. We’re always there to discuss how the project is going and suggest what will work. I’ve worked in various areas of the country during my career but it’s the most recent ones working in London that have been the most exciting. With space so expensive it’s so important to use it well and that’s where the business is growing – converting whole spaces – whole house projects. I’m on with several at the moment and the team are ahead of schedule and on budget for them all – this gives us a great platform to grow the business.

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rom the many years I’ve spent in the building trade I’ve always loved seeing a project move from concept to completion. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver each and every project, no matter how big or small, to a high standard, on time and on budget. The handover to the client is always the most pleasurable part – seeing the transformation that we’ve made of their dreams coming true. That’s what continues to drive me to produce the best quality property work that I can. Even after 35 years, I still get excited about each new project: my enthusiasm has never waned. Using all those years

T E ST I M O N I A L of experience to solve the problems other people said couldn’t be solved and creating the space that customers yearn for. That’s what makes the difference – taking the project from the beginning, then recognising and developing the possibilities to use space effectively. We do this by using modern building methods and building materials while keeping as many original features as we can to create a blend for modern living. The range of products available today enables us to achieve whatever the client desires, whether it's a bathroom, kitchen, orangery, or just a cool living space in which to unwind, relax and enjoy some well-earned quality time. Our work tends to be in the residential sector where we take a property and work with the client’s or our own architect to create a workable plan of property conversion. This can be a whole house or

Robert and his team, Lukas, Maciek, & Zibi were superb. They are a great team, who went above and beyond in terms of the additional fixes & features of the build. R O S CA R D E V E LO P M E N T S 020 7043 1613 roscardevelopments.com

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PRETTY GREEN Green interiors are vibrant and life-affirming. Absolutely celebrates all the shades Words A N N A S TA R M E R

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ush, verdant, vibrant and life-affirming, green is a constant in our lives. Intrinsically linked to the natural world, green can be energy boosting, moodenhancing and grounding. Green is the colour of new growth, of country gardens and meadow fields, deep ancient forests and vast fertile plains. We long to surround ourselves with optimistic and rejuvenating shades of fresh grass, zesty lime and decadent emerald. Yet softer shades of sage, olive or pale mint speak of sanctuary, and a sense of restored balance and well being. Tropical greens call to mind balmy days spent relaxing in sun-dappled courtyards. In hot climates, living spaces tend to spill out into open-air rooms, patios and terraces, and these outdoor spaces are often filled with terracotta pots of glossy-leaved plants and abundant flowers, creating a sense of tranquility and closeness to nature. Fountains and water channels running along tiled floors help to abate the heat of the midday sun. The green colour family offers us the chance to reconnect with Mother Earth, bringing the outdoors into our homes. We can live in harmony with nature and use its dominant colour to breathe new life into tired spaces. Greens are wonderful blended and layered together in a single living space. Cooling, peaceful and harmonious shades of green – such as pistachio, jade, mint and seafoam – work effortlessly together on a multitude of surfaces, ranging from glossy ceramic tiles to chalky matt paintwork. It is wonderful to fill our living spaces with real plants and to take inspiration from the shades of green of the changing seasons. Cactus colours can inspire a perfect palette of softened greyed-greens. Add a touch of springtime to your kitchen with clean and clear mints or pale leaf greens. These pretty pale greens work well for woodwork and ceramics – you can even source electrical appliances in mint and pistachio finishes.

Incorporating natural materials in the home is a simple way to soften our unnatural habitats. Undyed, unpainted and raw wood, rattan or bamboo have a wonderful warm, golden natural coloration and pleasing textures that work especially well with greens. Celebrate organic materials with exposed wooden ceiling beams, natural seagrass flooring and jute lampshades. To avoid a scheme becoming too rustic, contrast the traditional with contemporary digital zigzag patterns or highly polished table tops. When playing with pattern and wallpaper, keep your colour palette focused and limited. Modern design and new printing technologies give us the option to bring oversized printed materials into our living spaces. Huge banana leaves or lush jungle greens create an interior that is both fun and vibrant. Use large-scale pattern and decoration on a single wall or juxtapose solid colour on a wall with monochrome artwork and pattern accents. Pattern and graphic decoration add focus and depth to a room. Geometric pattern can lift an otherwise simple palette of colours – here, greens are successfully combined with monochrome. A simple repeat graphic pattern is bold, modern and yet somehow timeless. Pattern can also give an unexpected twist to a scheme, elevating the space and

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creating layers of visual interest. A classic black-and-white pattern never looks dated or out of place and introducing natural, soothing greens softens the overall look. Contrasting the paintwork colours with the symmetrical, geometric pattern of the floor tiles creates a striking effect. Colour combinations need to be kept to a minimum, just two or three shades working together, to allow the pattern to take centre stage. Pattern is no longer reserved for cushions and traditional floral motifs. Modern design solutions are just as likely to see pattern being introduced into our homes in new and energizing ways. Try mixing pattern across wall coverings and floor tiles, and play around with scale; juxtaposing different sized versions of the same design motifs is effective. Use mid-tone shades of green in the bedroom or living room. The first shoots of spring inspire clean, clear tones that

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have a zingy note. Herbaceous greens, such as spearmint and peashoot, used on either walls or furnishings will invigorate any space. These fresh, light colours create an effect that is at once uplifting and inviting. Greens can be used to spectacular effect. Precious tones of bright emerald and rich jade add depth and enliven any surface. Consider how these saturated, jewel-like colours can be introduced into a room scheme. Sumptuous fabrics, such as velvets and silks, will introduce opulence but can also help to soften a space. Gloss paintwork, metallic surfaces, vintage glassware and gleaming ceramic glazes all emphasize the luxury of these shades. What is striking here is that the brightest emerald green colour, normally reserved for an accent, dominates the room. Pinks and greens work beautifully together, creating an often surprising and refreshing colour palette. Flat-painted pale pink walls provide a perfect backdrop to gleaming green furniture, allowing it to take centre stage. Plush velvets can be reminiscent of theatre seating or lavish restaurant interiors but, used cleverly, this luxurious fabric can be brought coolly into the twenty-first century. Such a scheme isn’t simply about colours, it is also about mixing up textures to create a space with interesting layers of contrast. Emerald green is a bold colour to use in furnishings or curtains in order to create a dramatic living area. Large rooms with high ceilings can be transformed through the adventurous use of saturated colours. Pay little heed to the saying ‘blue and green should never be seen’ and experiment with

intense and dazzling layers of rich greens and deep inky blues. In many cultures the colour green is synonymous with wealth, prosperity and luxury. Intensely rich greens are intrinsically linked to a sense of abundance and success. In nature the vast spectrum of the colour green in all its wonderful shades means health, growth and renewal. Let this inspire you to embrace the great many positive attributes linked to the colour green. Kingfisher, hummingbird or peacock greens have a blueish cast. Inspired by the iridescent gleam of a flash of green feather, these shades glint and shimmer in the light. Layer them together to create a palette of decadent greens. Choose materials and finishes that reflect and play with light – a lustrous velvet, a glass-topped cabinet, a highly polished varnish or a metallic paint finish. The natural world can so often inform pattern, decoration and furnishings. Peacock-coloured botanical themes can be enhanced with a metallic shimmer. Use gold leaf to cover a ceiling or an alcove, and position your lighting to pick out the gleaming surfaces. The darkest of greens, close to black but just one step removed, is a shade that is intense and enduring, like an evergreen forest. Using such a dark shade for a large space might seem ambitious, but actually it creates a sense of intrigue and drama. Soft lighting and the matt finish build a theme of classic style and elegance. For balance, keep the floor and work surfaces pale and incorporate decorative touches that are orderly and simple.

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LOV E C O LO U R C H O O S I N G C O LO U R S TO L I V E W I T H by Anna Starmer published by Ivy Press, (£25)

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INTERIORS • PRODUCTS DYBERG LARSON Haipot pendant light in light green, £136 limelace.co.uk

MADE Axel large tufted wool rug, £299 made.com

ATKIN & THYME Calvin armchair and Carnaby footstool in emerald green velvet, £399 and £119 atkinandthyme.co.uk

LOAF Slim Jim sofa in brushed cotton, £1245 loaf.com

AUDENZA Green velvet cusion, £37 audenza.com

MADE Joash set of four grid tumblers, £18 made.com

GREEN SCENE

DOUSING AND REYNOLDS Farsley enamel light shade, £45 dousingandreynolds.com

MADE Delilah accent chair in green velvet, £399 made.com

Here are Absolutely’s favourite green pieces

TILE GIANT V&A Racing Green wall tile tilegiant.co.uk

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EDITOR’S PICK

HURN AND HURN Karlsson wall clock in green and gold, £40 hurnandhurn.com

PENELOPE HOPE Neon green marble silk cushion, £95 penelopehope.com

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MODEL VILLAGE Chisel and Mouse’s collection of architectural scuptures is loved by design-conscious people all over the world. Absolutely meets the brothers behind the business Wo r d s P E N D L E H A R T E

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hat connects Glasgow School of Art, Trellick Tower, Helsinki Central Station and Miami Beach’s Century Hotel? Apart from all being architectural icons, they are all also subjects addressed in miniature by Chisel and Mouse. Their small sculpture versions of the buildings are design pieces, perfectly to scale and made to sit on shelves as decorative talking points. Looking at these smooth, minimal and precise models, it comes as no surprise that the duo behind Chisel and Mouse used to be software designers. In 2011, brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley were bored of developing back office systems and becoming fascinated by 3D printing. As admirers of the classical architectural models made by Timothy Richards, they started experimenting with their own equivalents and produced a plaster model of Battersea Power Station, which still remains their best-seller. The combination of IT skills and old-fashioned craftsmanship is what led to the name Chisel and Mouse – and the precision of their scale models is a testament to their skill. The smooth plaster pieces are unpainted and minimalist, yet instantly identifiable. Their methods have hardly changed since they began: they collect their assets, which may be drawings, architectural plans, photographs or simply images from Google Street View, and then they create a file using Sketchup, which is sent to a 3D printer. From there, a master mold is made from a prototype, and then the soft plaster can be poured. Based in a former pig farm in Sussex, they are making between 500

and 600 models a year, both brothers fitting their work lives around their families. But it’s not just modernist icons – over half of their business is bespoke. People moving out of long-standing family homes often commission a model of their house; Jo Malone London recently commissioned a model of their office building in Gloucester Place and architects want models of buildings they’re planning. There are also 3D models where you can take the roof off and see the furniture, like dolls’ houses for adults. Devon’s beautiful Burgh Island is home to a single Art Deco hotel and they are currently fulfilling a commission for them. Cityscapes are another line, 3D maps of cities including London, Berlin and New York – and there’s a big market for American ones. Robert says: “We try and celebrate the beauty of our industrialised world by combining an artisan’s approcah with modern innovation and transformative technologies.” New projects for the duo include a collaboration with Sir John Soane’s Museum and a collection of Hawksmoor’s London churches as well as an upcoming new model of the Art Deco RIBA headquarters in Portland Place. chiselandmouse.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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INTERIORS • PRODUCTS JAN CONSTANTINE Rebel Rebel stocking, £55 janconstantine.com

JAN CONSTANTINE Glam Rock cushions, £98 janconstantine.com

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HELEN GREEN

Aladdin Sane poster, from £39 junique.com

He Was The Nazz clock, £30 artwow.co

SWISSTED Redesigned typographic Bowie poster, £50 swissted.com

NATIONAL THEATRE Bowie ornament, £16 shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie is... our new homewares inspiration By P E N D L E H A R T E

WEDGIE Major Dave door stopper, £15 meetthewedgies.com

APRIL AND THE BEAR Lightning bolt standing mirror, £26 aprilandthebear.com

STANDARD DESIGNS Let’s Dance album as books print, £18 standarddesigns.co.uk

BOLD & NOBLE

EDITOR’S PICK

David Bowie tea towel, £12 boldandnoble.com

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Inside Skandium’s eco townhouse the focus is not only on sustainability and quality but also on bold colour. Absolutely takes a tour Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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n connection with the London Design Festival, Frame Award-winning Danish furniture company Montana transformed Skandium’s four-story townhouse in South Kensington into an ‘eco townhouse’. The entire house was populated exclusively with Scandinavian design products created with a level of ethical commitment, which could range from sustainably sourced materials to responsible manufacture or corporate responsibility initiatives. As Denmark’s oldest furniture family, Montana was invited by Skandium to implement the transformation of the location. An ever-increasing number of people are looking to minimize environmental impact when decorating their homes, turning to sustainable technology and interior and architectural innovation. Thus, Skandium aims not just to curate a collection of responsible design, but to demonstrate that it can be a vibrant, beautiful, and liveable solution to interior design. To that effect, Montana enlisted architect Helena Laursen, recipient of the Frame Award Milan, to design two of the floors in their signature bold, captivating colour palette, while Skagerak transformed the basement and garden using their collection of FSC-certified furniture designed by a contingent of 30 international designers and collaborators. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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LOTS ROAD AUCTIONS

71 Lots Road, SW10 0RN 020 7376 6800 www.lotsroad.com valuations@lotsroad.com

Charles II Chest, circa 1680 Estimated: £350-500

Daum Decanter, 20th Century Estimated: £350-500

Apothecary Jar, 17th Century Sold: £450

Ole Wenscher Chest, 1950’s Estimated: £800-1200

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All floors were finished with furniture, lighting and accessories from Skandium’s catalogue, and each piece accompanied with their individual story of sustainability. Both Montana and Skagerat believe that the word “sustainability” has become overused and is starting to lose its impact. Both interpret the idea of “consequences” as an emphasis on making quality products that last through generations. “We have always thought that Montana will only survive if the business runs on good values, so to speak, and maintains high ethical standards. Companies are the most powerful drivers in terms of changing the world to a better place. Companies are no longer measured in terms of profit or being the world’s best. They are increasingly being measured by being best for the world. This is our philosophy, too,” says Joakim Lassen, Montana’s CEO. “Sustainability is profitable. That is why we work according to high quality standards ensuring that our furniture will survive from generation to generation and can be moved from room to room as the home’s needs change.” Montana only used PEFC certified wood for the furniture, making sure that new trees are planted and no children are involved in the production process anywhere in the supply chain. Since 2007, Montana has exclusively used water-based lacquer colours, which neither smell nor contain solvents.

“Skandium is populated with superlative examples of sustainable, responsible design” In London the world comes together and Montana took inspiration from the city’s multicultural nature. Some of London’s most colourful communities involve Indian and Arabic cultures and their vibrant and powerful colour universes – block colours, draped textiles and spices draws you in and creates a vibe of Marrakesh and India, activating all senses and underlining the theme of sustainability. Charlie Perry, Managing Director of Skandium, says: “Scandinavian suppliers stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world when it comes to mitigating the environmental and even social impact of their products, and as such, Skandium is populated with superlative examples of sustainable, responsible design.” skandium.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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FOOD & DRINK • REVIEW

My Style C H R I STO P H E R T R OT M A N – A K A D E X– O F D E S I G N S T U D I O RUN FOR THE HILLS runforthehills.com

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION... I love the Alps. I would forgo a summer holiday over a winter ski trip any year. I have favourite places, but actually I always prefer to go somewhere new. I’ve traveled extensively in India, South East Asia, Europe and South America. Once you get the travel bug it’s hard to shake. Which becomes a hard itch to scratch when you have children.

FAVO U R I T E DESIGNER Olly Moss

I like a lot of graphic art from a lot of my contemporaries. The conceptual side of Olly Moss, who revitalised the retro movie poster genre with his clever posters for films like Die Hard, Rocky and American Werewolf in London, a huge influence for Dex’s silhouette art style.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE THAT DEX HAS DONE… is obviously my latest! Nine months in the cooking is my dense hand-crafted (with a wacom) typographic map of London’s rich musical heritage. A curated mix of music, musicians, songs and lyrics all plotted on all plotted in the locations they are most famously associated. It was fun (but exhausting) researching songs about the city and references to the places musicians were born, gigged, lived it up and partied, but also where they crashed and burnt or died.

MY STYLE ICON... Hmm. Don’t really have one if you mean fashion. I love the style of 70s movies from the great auteur directors like Scorsese and Coppola. And I love the style (and the humour and quirkiness) of Wes Anderson, a modern auteur, who frames everything like it’s Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Those direct angles. The symmetry. I guess I do also like 70s fashion.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART... On our walls, we have a couple of Dan Hillier prints (‘Buck' and a special edition of ‘Forest’) that we absolutely love. But my personal favourite is my black and white signed original Dr Gonzo by the great Ralph Steadman. We have a lot of monochromatic art in our house.

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Grate Expectations - A Family run business established for over 30 years The UK’s leading suppliers of luxury gas fireplaces, wood burning stoves and bioethanol fires manufactured by DRU, Spartherm, Ebios, Dik Guerts, Gazco, Stovax and many more.

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INTERIORS • LINEN

STYLE , S U B S TA N C E , S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y Absolutely discovers Undercover Living’s bedlinen Wo r d s F LO R A T H O M A S

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inding beautiful bed linen in interesting colours can be a struggle, most highend products are only offered in plain white - cream if you’re lucky. Undercover Living comes to the rescue with interesting prints and bright colours. Inspired by her travels and a passion for graphic design and photography, founder Miriam Tyrangiel has produced a beautiful and functional collection. What’s special about Undercover Living’s collection is its fabric - it’s half cotton, half botanical yarn, Tencel. Having discovered its eco-friendliness and its popularity in fashion and interior design, founder Miriam realised its potential for bed linen. Tencel production doesn’t require nearly as many pesticides or as much water as that of cotton. Instead, it uses a closed-loop system where 99 percent of the water and solvents involved in its making are reused or recycled. The result is silky smooth sheets with strong environmental credentials. The fabric is gentle on the skin because of its softness, and it supports temperature regulation meaning you won’t get too hot or too cold. Like cotton, Tencel is completely biodegradable: it’s kind to you and to the environment. The qualities don’t stop there: it’s long lasting; breathable and, albeit unglamorously, anti-bacterial (the lack

of moisture means bacteria won’t grow). We’d hardly be talking bed linen without mentioning thread count. Undercover Living insist upon the importance of quality over quantity. Rather than upping the thread count with inferior, short staple cotton yarns, these sheets use larger cotton bulbs which produce long staple yarn. The result is a soft, crisp fabric with a thread cont of 300tc: a wonderful blend of half Tencel and half cotton. For their inaugural collection, Undercover have produced two stylish designs which stand out for their clean lines and contrasting colours. The distinctly modern collections can be bought as sets, or mixedand-matched across the range. The Lido collection takes inspiration from Hockney’s pool scenes: think deep blue skies, calming waters and soft landscapes. One side is a vibrant blue, the other is a soft peach. The other is called Ponto (meaning ‘dot’ in Portuguese) and its name takes inspiration from its unique spot print. Its oversized terrazzo style pattern is made up of randomly placed monochrome specks, and, like Lido, the collection is entirely reversible, with a pared-back charcoal colour on the other side. Undercover bed linen is designed in east London and produced in a family-run factory in the medieval town of Guimarães, Portugal, which is known globally for its expertise in home textiles. It is available exclusively online. undercoverliving.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Q: In terms of decoration what would you say is your style? A: In an ideal world, I would live in a John Pawson inspired house, but in reality I have two children and a husband and full-on minimalism just isn’t going to work for us. So I would say that my style is pretty pared back, but with a few feminine touches and favourite pieces thrown in. I have also just recently discovered colour again after a good few years of white and greys and I am really enjoying the drama it adds to some parts of my home. Q: Why did you choose a Custom Fronts kitchen? A: I did some styling work for Custom Fronts, and fell in love with their kitchens on set. The quality and finish of all of them is just beautiful. It did however make choosing the finish pretty difficult, as I wanted every new kitchen I saw (pink was a front runner for quite a long time). However, in the end we choose classic soft white with a brass handle. It also means that if we do get bored, we can easily paint over it.

With two children and a husband, fullon minimalism just isn’t going to work for us

Q: In your home, what is your favourite object? A: Without a doubt, it is a painting of a nude given to me my Dad. I always admired her when she hung on his wall, and when he downsized with my step-mum, they very generously passed her on to me. Thanks to the wonders of social media, after years of not knowing much about her, we discovered that she is most likely taken from a copy of a well known painting. At some point, she will take pride of place on the kitchen wall. Q: How was “a quiet style” born? A: I used to blog about local artists, prior to the birth of my second daughter. When she was about nine months old, I felt ready to start blogging again but I didn’t want to have to rely on others for the content and more than one friend suggested I blog about myself and my life, as I have a strong sense of what I like. So that’s how it all began.

Q: Why that name? A: It felt like a good interpretation of my style and me in general, because my style is quiet and understated as a general rule, and I think my personality is pretty much the same. I am also a fan of the “less is more” approach to most things in my life and often in my job too if I can get away with it. Q: Tell us something surprising about you? A: Even though I am known for having a personality that fits my the name ‘a quiet style’, when it comes to the genre of film and TV I like, it is anything but, the darker the better. But apart from that, what you see is what you get with me. Q: Top tip for renovating a kitchen A: Storage, storage, storage. I would try and get as much in as you possibly can, having invested in a beautiful new kitchen, the last thing you want is to have to leave boxes of cereal on the side because they won’t fit anywhere. I meticulously planned the storage in our new kitchen by writing out a list of everything we keep in the kitchen and working out where it would go. I would recommend just spending a bit of time doing the same so you know that all the essentials will have a home.

CUSTOM FRONTS Custom Fronts creates beautiful handcrafted plywood kitchens. Choose from a large range of premium quality finishes and handles, and add doors, drawer fronts, cover panels, and worktops to your cabinets - whether from Ikea or another manufacturer. customfronts.co.uk

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STYLIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER EMMA HARRIS SHARES HER LOVE OF FLOWERS AND UNDERSTATED STYLE ON HER BLOG AQUIETSTYLE.CO.UK

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be laminated to offer alternative colour variations. Significantly, each piece is made of just one sheet of ply or hide, maximising the efficiency of Nomad and eradicating production waste. Nomad is exclusively made in the UK, manufactured by Gloucestershire-based sofa makers Uptec, who boast years of experience supplying leading retailers including Heals and Conran. Henning Stummel is an award-winning architect and academic, influenced by the Bauhaus ideology of form following function. Born in Frankfurt and based in London, Henning studied architecture and urbanism at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt and the ETH Zurich, before working with Norman Foster and David Chipperfield Architects. Henning founded his own architectural practice in 2000 – Henning Stummel Architects – and has since been shortlisted twice for the prestigious RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award, alongside publication of his architecture portfolio worldwide. Henning’s best-known recent project is the RIBA Award-winning Tin House in Shepherds Bush, London: an outstanding and compelling cluster of red pyramidal rooms that has captured the imagination of both the media and architectural peers alike. Tin House was named House of the Year in the AJ Architecture Awards 2017 and was shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year Award and Stephen Lawrence Price in 2016. nomad.london

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Kensington Park School is a new independent school for boys and girls aged 11–18 in the heart of London. Whilst the school is new, its leadership and teachers have long, successful track-records at some of the best independent schools in the country with the Headmaster and core teaching team coming from St Paul’s School, St Paul’s Girls’ School and Winchester College. KPS is committed to academic excellence combined with strong pastoral care. The school has developed an extensive offering of sports and co-curricular activities, making full use of the world-class facilities in and around its West London home. KPS combines the best of British independent education with a genuinely international outlook and has strong academic, cultural and social links with partners around the world at both school and university level. We look forward to welcoming you

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KIDS & EDUCATION

TA I LO R E D LEARNING FIGTREE LEARNING Founded on the belief that tutors have the power to shape futures, Figtree Learning has a reputation for educational excellence. Their tight-knit team of dedicated professionals work with children and adults alike, both in the UK and overseas. figtreelearning.com

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

Open Days

Our state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre

November 1st/7th (9.30am/ 9.30am) November 15th/21st (7.00pm/ 9.30am) November 29th (9.30am)

Sixth Form Open Event: Monday 19th November 2018 at 7pm

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GIRL POWER OUTSIDE THE LINES

Girly without being saccharine, Outside the Lines returns with their signature ’70s-inspired style. Look out for bohemian dresses with artisanal detailing, shaggy faux-fur coats, ruffles, bows and colour-pop pom-poms galore. Designed for the free-spirited and wild at heart. outside-the-lines.co.uk

SMALL TALK Wildlife rescue, cosy sleepovers and fairy magic

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ove Brand & Co has been mission to help save wildlife through their sophisticated swim and resort wear for men and children since 2010. They donate 5% of their revenues to projects put forward to them from all corners of the globe. Their concept is simple - Trunks for Trunks, coined by founder and designer, Oliver Tomalin. Eight years on, three stores later (two in London, one in Barbados) and with a successful online shop, they are fulfilling their goal to help to save endangered wildlife while creating and distributing beachwear in over 50 countries. Love Brand swim shorts' trunk drawstrings have tusks on the end, symbolic of their unwavering commitment to elephants. Quality, fit and attention to detail are all key to their effortless and timeless style. Their prints are elegant and imaginative, each one designed with a unique meaning or unsuspecting motif hidden beneath a spectrum of colour and fun .

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The Night Owl printed duvets are designed for sleepovers and camping trips –easily washable and needing no separate covers they're practical and – importantly – super cosy. From £45; finebedding.co.uk

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FAIRY MAGIC

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By Charles van Sandwyk Charles van Sandwyk’s exquisitely illustrated tales have been brought together as a collection for the first time by the Folio Society – and this is a beautiful volume for all ages. £39.99;

By Oliver Jeffers A new collection of four modern classics – Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star, The Way Back Home and Up and Down– includes a captivating look at the making of each in four sketchbook sections. £25

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Schools and Colleges

Specialist GCSE and A level provider Strong teaching and outstanding pastoral care.

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MPW colleges are some of the country’s best known providers of bespoke fifth- and sixth- form education, offering GCSEs and A levels in

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classes of 9 or less students and our exceptional university preparation: over 70% of our leavers each year progress to top tier universities. Our mission is to turn academic aspirations into reality. MPW is a friendly, flexible college that offers an outstanding learning environment.

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EDUCATION • FOCUS SCHOOL NOTICES FOUNDERS CLARE REID AND GORDON DAWSON

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ant to buy a llama, a new puppy or maybe a pink Cadillac? Or maybe you’re selling an Eton tailcoat or want to rent your villa in Barbados. You can find all these things, and much more on School Notices, a successful digital marketplace. Like Radio HP and its cooler, metropolitan cousin Emily’s Group, School Notices has built an impressive online following. Taking the principle of the oldfashioned school noticeboard, it is a cutting-edge website that connects up schools, parents and alumni across the country. “It’s a really simple concept to be honest” says Clare Reid, who founded the business in 2014. “Most parents don’t want to advertise their kid’s musical instruments or puppies, or look for a nanny, on a dusty noticeboard in the school corridor.

Nor do they want to rent out their precious holiday home to a stranger on Airbnb, which is where we come in.” “It’s a trusted community,” she says, “you have an idea of who you are dealing with, which really matters.” The website is free to join and parents, staff and alumni can buy, sell and advertise to one another, safe in the knowledge that other users will be PLU – People Like Us as my granny used to say. But School Notices is more than just a great free-to-post digital marketplace, it also raises money for its member schools. A sizeable 25 per cent of all advertising revenue is shared with them, providing an alternative revenue stream with no effort required. So far 130 UK member independent schools have signed up with access to nearly 90,000 parents and the business is launching in Asia and Australia.

“Schools Notices has raised £100,000 so far for member schools”

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“It’s a very successful concept,” says Reid, “and there’s a real feelgood factor because we are helping schools and parents.” And these aren’t any old parents – most independent school parents are in the top 1% of earners in the UK and “where an affluent audience goes, the businesses will follow,” says Reid. School Notices already boasts an impressive roster of advertising clients such as Boden, Bupa, Boodles, Powder Byrne, Bailey Robinson, Strutt & Parker and St James’s Place. Some are businesses run by parents – as in the case of Bailey Robinson (“a Cheam parent”, says Reid) or big corporates attracted by the audience demographic. Reid got the idea for School Notices came when she was involved in raising money for a new art block at her childrens’ school, Cheam, near Newbury. “I sidled up to a friend – a dad on the touch line – her now partner Gordon Dawson and within a week we were in the headmaster’s study explaining our idea", she says. "We tested it at Cheam – within the first term most parents had signed up… Last term the school had a cheque for £14k from us.” Just four years ago Reid and Dawson were running their business in a barn. They are now a team of 14 in an office near Basingstoke. And they have raised £100,000 for member schools so far, though Reid says they won’t “break open the bubbly until we get to £500,000”. schoolnotices.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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TUITION Absolutely meets Ariana Azad, CEO & Founder of Figtree Learning

Q: What inspired you to establish Figtree Learning? A: Without a doubt, it was my work with the educational charity One Degree. Watching students develop self-belief and realise their potential was incredibly rewarding. It was a privilege to be able to set an example to the children. But just as I became their role model, they inspired me to learn and grow too – ultimately, giving me the impetus to take the leap and establish Figtree Learning. Q: What does a typical day look like for you? Is there such a thing? A: There’s definitely no such thing as a typical day – and I love that. I really thrive on connecting with people, whether it’s a new client who needs our help, or a tutor brimming with enthusiasm and excited to

pass on their knowledge. No matter what, I always make time to tutor a few sessions. That direct contact is crucial to me, and important for the business, as it keeps the students at the heart of everything we do. Q: How do you ensure the tutors you take on support the Figtree way of learning? A: We are extremely hands-on – with parents, students and tutors alike. We check in regularly to ensure our clients are happy with the service they’re receiving, and that our tutors are fully supported to deliver the tailored tuition needed to see their students reach their goals. The central team is available at all times and can be reached via any means of communication. I believe that cooperation and connection are

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key to ensuring our tutors support the Figtree way of learning, which is why we also provide a suite of carefully crafted in-house materials, and encourage a thriving community where tutors can share experiences and ideas. Q: When you meet a prospective tutor, what are you looking for? A: Someone who is engaging, mature and inspiring. They need to be approachable, both for their clients and their Figtree colleagues. It’s important to me that Figtree is a fulfilling experience for everyone, so I’m always looking for those tutors who relish the rewarding nature of their work, are ready to embrace the Figtree ethos and want to become part of our community. Q: How would you describe Figtree Learning in one word? A: Adaptable. Every student is different, so being able to adapt quickly is key. We get to know each student as an individual and work flexibly to find the best way to help them attain their goals. We set standards for our students and try to make the learning experience both fun and fulfilling. When a student senses a tutor’s commitment, it does wonders for their confidence and they will strive to achieve their ambitions. figtreelearning.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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QUEEN OF BRIDES Iconic New York designer Vera Wang offers high style for her spring 2019 wedding collection, with a palette that includes nude, lavender and plum. See her collection at The Wedding Gallery. the-weddinggallery.com

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the generations – her mother sometimes helps out with really special embroidery for Halfpenny London bespoke gowns. Kate studied fashion at Huddersfield University, choosing alternative bridalwear for her degree show. She says: “This was the late 1990s and I created separates for the show – so I’ve been making them from the start. There was a day-to-night idea, so the collection included big skirts that could be removed to reveal a cocktail gown underneath”. Kate interned at Vivienne Westwood, a great experience but not where she saw her future career. She says she soon worked out that she wanted lead role, not chorus. She went on to study an MA in textiles at Central Saint Martins part-time, also working as a freelance stylist and costume designer. Over the years, shaping the public style of a whole host of stars honed her skills creating high-impact glamour. Meanwhile, the MA had extended Kate’s already vast knowledge of the possibilities of fabrics. Both elements can be seen as defining characteristics of the Halfpenny London signature. Kate had accumulated a collection of vintage gowns for inspiration over the years and she continued designing a few bridal pieces as special commissions each year. Then one of her designs – a

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FEATURE • HALFPENNY LONDON

“Buying a wedding gown is an emotional investment – it’s how a dress makes you feel when you put it on that should be the decider”

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“In 2010 it was Kate Halfpenny backstage, painstakingly sewing big flowerheads onto Rihanna before the singer wowed the MTV Awards stage”

belt – was featured in Vogue, and on the back of that she was encouraged to develop a website by her client and now friend Emilia Fox. “Remember, this was 2005, so early years of websites and there was no social media,” says Kate. She had made two out of three of Fox’s wedding gowns and the actor offered to model the Halfpenny collections for the website. She did this for the first three collections – about as glowing a testimonial as you can get. They remain firm friends and Fox was one of the bridesmaids at Kate’s wedding in 2012. The other bridesmaid was Erin O’Connor. Halfpenny London didn’t mushroom overnight – Kate describes it as an organic process. As with all designers, word of mouth counts for a lot. When you have a stellar track record styling public figures, it also helps. For instance, in 2010 it was Kate who designed the gown and then worked backstage hand-sewing big flowerheads onto Rihanna before the singer wowed the MTV Awards stage in that white corset with flower-basket skirt. The Halfpenny London flagship opened in Bloomsbury in 2013. Under the store is the workshop, with another manufacturing base in Bow, East London. Designed and made here is crucial to the Halfpenny approach. Kate says: “Growing up in Derbyshire made me passionate about that. Watching factories close and all that machinery packed up and shipped abroad had a huge impact.” A strong British identity also means something to Halfpenny London’s stockists worldwide, which now span Europe, the US and as far afield as Japan. “They consider us a very London look,” says Kate. “I’ve heard us described as ‘coolmantic’.” This may be a cool and romantic London look, but it’s also high glamour. And pieces can be interchanged to create something very individual. The possibilities of many of them – corsets, overtops, slips, coats – are heaven for brides who are not standard size. Kate is resolute in her determination that the dress works for the bride, rather than the bride having to work out to fit into the dress. The collections are also brilliant for anyone who wants a knockout bridal outfit that blends modern cool with vintage glamour. Brides-to-be are encouraged to experiment and find the look that works for A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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them. “A wedding gown is an emotional investment,” says Kate. “It’s how a dress makes you feel when you put it on that should be the decider.” Here, the process of fittings is essential. “That’s a huge part of what we offer. Everything goes into ensuring the outfit fits and flatters – is perfect,” says Kate. Alongside the collections, Kate also undertakes custom commissions, still a big part of her work. Halfpenny London’s Black Edit collection, using key silhouettes in the bridal collections and turning them to black is perfect for red-carpet occasions or brides who don’t do pale. Now there’s also a ten-piece capsule bridal collection for Net-a-Porter – chic white pieces that get the label out there to a global audience, also placing it alongside the likes of Gucci and Prada. Dressing high-profile brides certainly spreads the world. Recently it was Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh, who wore a much-photographed bespoke French lace, organza and spotted tulle gown with ‘double bubble’ removable sleeves. Halfpenny London’s forthcoming collection – launching officially next year – is inspired by her family’s recent move from London to the Kent coast; city to country is a change they already love. Fabrics remain as luxe as ever, although silhouettes will be even stronger for 2019. Kate says designing is an instinctive process, led by the fabrics she finds and the design possibilities they present, but it always comes back to real brides and how the final design will make them feel. “We want all the women who wear Halfpenny London to feel incredible, and to look incredible.”

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BRIDAL TRENDS • 2019 STYLES

Clare Thompson of The Wedding Club picks out key trends for 2019 from the new-season designer collections B OL D B OTA NI CA L S “The trend for intricate textures and 3D effects remains key for 2019,” says Clare Thompson. “And for the season ahead things are going even bolder, with strong botanical and floral designs.” These are key elements in collections by Naeem Khan and Muse by Berta. Carolina Herrera includes a romantic strapless gown with intricate cut-out flower effects in her collection, while Steven Khalil – who specialises in classic formal styles with a contemporary edge – has a gown with intricate 3D trails at neckline and sleeves to create an off-the-shoulder effect.

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R I CH COLOU R S Colour is a feature in many designer collections. Alongside the soft blues, pinks and latte/caramel shades, Marco & Maria includes a gown embellished with sunshine yellow flowers, while Naeem Khan and Reem Acra both feature a rich and almost burnished yellow gold.

DECO E F F ECTS The sparkling embellishments that have become such a feature in recent seasons are taking on a Deco flavour for 2019 collections. Clare says: “The Deco element runs through Zuhair Murad’s collection, which has intricate graphic beading and crystals, as well as feathered trims”. The Deco look is also in the line of some dresses – for instance Naeem Khan has a slimline strapless gown with chevron beading and fringing.

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S HE E R OR M ODE ST Sheer gowns have always been a signature for Berta, but are also a key feature in many other international designer collections, notably J’Aton. But, in complete contast to this trend, Clare and her buying team have noticed an increasing number of ‘covered up’ styles appearing right across the designer collections. Long sleeves – plain, sheer or textured – are popular, alongside high necklines and decorative effects at the neckline. Costarellos’ collection has some lovely examples, while Savannah Miller includes a slimline gown with floral lace overlayer – it's a modern boho look, but with an almost Edwardian twist.

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The Wedding Club offers more than 20 leading UK and international labels across its three stores and is exclusive UK stockist of Berta, Naeem Khan and Zuhair Murad. London branches are at 10 Yeomans Row, SW3 and 32 Thurloe Street, SW7. The Birmingham branch is at The Mailbox, B1. For appointments, bridal events and trunk shows, visit thewedding-club.co.uk

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CRYSTAL EDGE E L L I S B R I DA L S With a high-cut racer-style neckline, this Ellis Bridals wedding gown features subtle crystal detailing at the shoulders, extending to the back of the bodice, to add glamorous detail to a sleek and simple silhouette. ellisbridals.co.uk

MODERN MERMAID

ENZOANI BEAU T I FU L This sculptural mermaid gown from Enzoani’s Beautiful collection is in stretch georgette. We love the oneshoulder neckline and oversized bow, adding a frivolous edge to a classic slim cut. London stockists of the collection include JS Couture. enzoani.com

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M O DECA Perfect cool occasion dressing, Dorothy from the latest Modeca collection combines a full-length lace skirt with a gorgeous crepe high-necked blouse top, draped for a soft line and with an oversized bow detail at the back of the neck. modeca.com

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LINE With understated curve-enhancing silhouettes and luxurious fabrics, these elegant slim gowns are perfect for the contemporary bride who wants to keep it simple

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STYLISH SIMPLICITY JOYCE YO U N G CO L L ECT I O N S Joyce Young Collections is renowned for creating exquisite silhouettes in simple fabrics. Expect clean lines and shapes that are cut to flatter the figure, plus lace detailing done with a twist. A gorgeous waterfall veil works wonders to highlight the simplicity of the dresses. joyceyoungcollections.co.uk

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AM AN DA WAK E LEY With a lace high collar and satin long-line bodice, Imogen has a soft and flowing skirt with train. We love the use of contrasting textures in a simple sleeveless gown that is perfect for day-toevening parties. amandawakeley.com

CURVE QUEEN CUT ABOVE ROSA CLARÁ With a pared-back almost coat-dress cut, this Madona gown by Rosa Clará features a wide neckline to emphasise the collarbone, with split front and seam detail along the length of the dress. Floaty chiffon sleeves and a soft train soften the sharp tailoring. rosaclara.es

SAS S I H O L FO R D Dominique is a strapless silk gown with sweetheart neckline, button back and slimline skirt that tapers out to form a soft fishtail skirt. It’s shown here with champagne sash and Iris fine lace capelet. sassiholford.com

COOL CLASSIC CA RO L I N E CASTIGLIAN O Beautifully tailored, Celia is a pure white gown featuring flattering wide straps, sweetheart neckline and slim-cut skirt with a soft flare. We love the addition of a simple sash detail to emphasise the waist. carolinecastigliano.com

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BRIDAL TRENDS • BRIDESMAIDS

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Marie Chantal’s perfect pieces for flowergirls include these frocks and separates in tulle, velvet and jacquard. From £125-£270. mariechantal.co.uk

BLOOM TIME

This sweet white cotton dress can be customised, as shown here, with a line of linen roses. From £55; thelittleweddingcompany.co.uk

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Isabelle is a pretty dress with frilled petticoat and lovely ruffled neckline. Perfect for a highsummer wedding, it’s a bespoke design created by Little Bevan. littlebevan.co.uk

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A ballerina-length gown with textured roses, Imogen by Nicki Macfarlane is stocked by Children’s Salon. £285; childrensalon.com

These Aurelia and Sophia floral dresses feature a pretty print on satin with simple high neckline. From £64; angelandrocket.com

BRIGHT STRIPE

Part of the range by London children’s designer Holly Hastie, Bella is a lovely pink striped organza dress that features a grosgrain belt, pleated skirt and layers of pink tulle. hollyhastie.com

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The Dorothée gown has spotted tulle sleeves and romantic full skirt. Custom designed, it’s worn here with a deluxe sash. From £198; littleeglantine.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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TRAVEL

WORLD WONDERS ZAMBIA

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara is the only property to enjoy private access to Victoria Falls. Absolutely takes a trip to discover the Zambian side of one of the world's seven natural wonders.

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“With Victoria Falls essentially in the back garden, it's possible to hear the thundering of the water and see its spray from the sundeck”

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MEDJUMBE ISLAND RESORT ZEBRA ROAMING IN THE GROUNDS OF THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL

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We reach the resort via a 45-minute helicopter ride from Pemba International Airport, which follows a two-leg journey from Heathrow to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Pemba. Yes it’s a long way to travel but the tranquility on the other side is worth it. Here, the horizon is an endless swirl of white sands and the azure blue of the Indian Ocean. Beyond this vista, the waters surrounding Medjumbe Island offer an oceanic playground for water sports, whale watching, sunset cruises and remote island picnics, while below the waterline lives a wealth of marine life. The Quirimbas National Park is known for its coral reefs and waters inhabited by whales and dolphins. The 500m by 200m Quissanga Island is just 15 minutes from Medjumbe via boat and an ideal spot for snorkelling. A trip to this untouched island can be arranged as part of your stay on Medjumbe for a leisurely morning of swimming and splashing around amongst the fishes. We enjoy cold beers on the beach but guests can also arrange for a private picnic and can relish in the remoteness of the island with the Sleep Under the Stars experience. This invites couples to sleep outside in a four-poster bed surrounded by lanterns beneath the bejewelled night sky. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Medjumbe’s restaurant, Jahazi, is a rustic yet elegant spot overlooking the ocean. It serves all manner of international cuisine, from fresh seafood and local curries to grilled meat, sushi and salads. Breakfast - comprising the usual fruit platters, eggs, breads, cereals, plus a delicious lobster benedict and jerk chicken - is also served in Jahazi. One thing to bear in mind is that menus are heavily dependant on what is delivered to Medjumbe that day. Our breakfast one morning is compromised by a disrupted delivery, although the staff do their best to work around the issue. Evening drinks are also served with a side of sea and sand at Bahari Lounge Bar. The resort’s overall aesthetic is one of laid-back beach-cool; think white-washed wooden beams, woven rugs, bright cushions and neutral tiling. Each room has the beach on its doorstep, a mini private pool, a sundeck and an outdoor shower. Each villa can accommodate two people and comes fully equipped with mini bar, VIP amenities such as fruit platter and local chocolates, and WiFi - although this is sketchy at best. But a lack of communication with the outside world only serves to make Medjumbe’s guests that little bit more relaxed. We move onto part two of our African adventure feeling carefree and rejuvenated.

T H E R OYA L L I V I N G STO N E Our second home-from-home is The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara. To get here, a quick car ride takes us from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport to the shore of the Zambezi river where a zippy water taxi launches us upstream. Like a scene from an Ian Fleming novel we serpentine at speed across the vast river, spotting a herd of sun-basking hippopotamus en route, before enjoying a lavish lunch on the hotel’s terrace. Sitting quite literally on the river bank, we spend our first evening on the sundeck with cocktail in hands watching the ferocious African sun sink behind the Zambezi. This is followed by a gin masterclass in The Travellers Bar, a room that oozes Old World charm with a

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huge, polished mahogany bar, low-slung harbour wing chairs and vintage leather travel trunks tottering high upon library shelves. Finally it’s a three-course dinner in the dining room where guests can enjoy European and indigenous dishes plated up with modern sophistication. The British Colonial-style interiors carry through to the bedrooms which come with their own butler, on-duty 24/7 to bring you fresh cookies and to wish you good morning. From the private veranda zebra can be spotted roaming the gardens but if you venture out further into the grounds there’s every chance you’ll happen upon feeding time. One fortuatious afternoon we bumped into a wildlife whisperer of sorts who led us into a clearing to watch four giraffes and three times as many zebra eating their lunch. The Royal Livingstone is also home to monkeys; one cheeky grey chap steals half of our afternoon tea, while others can be seen messing around above the pool. The hotel’s trump card though is the fact that it has Victoria Falls essentially in its back garden. Just 15 minutes away by foot, it's possible to hear the thundering of the water and see its spray from the sundeck. The hotel encourages guests to come and go as they please to this spectacular site. Sunrise is one of the most brilliant times to visit if you can drag yourself out of bed. Undoubtedly the best way to see the falls is by microlight flight, which can be organised very easily by The Royal Livingstone. This spectacular experience offers jaw-dropping views of the falls by way of a tiny unique motor bike-cumplane that is unhindered by windows or wings. The exhilarating 15-minute ‘Flight of the Angels’ trip takes you over the falls themselves, offering views of the thundering Zambezi River and its many inhabitants (crocs, hippos, eagles and elephants) before coming back in to land. It really is a oncein-a-lifetime experience that shouldn't go a miss and comes at the end of a spectacular trip. From sunshine, white sand and sea to textbook African landcape, these Anantara properties are worlds apart but similar in the way they deliver on excellence. Backto-back the trip was exceptional but even better would be to visit individually; twice as long and twice the holiday.

T H E R OYA L L I V I N G S TO N H OT E L Nightly rates at The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara start from £465 per room on a bed and breakfast basis. anantara.com

M E DJ U M B E P R I VAT E I S L A N D Nightly rates at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort start from £840 per room on an all inclusive basis. anantara.com

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the seaside town's best eateries. Lanes, Pascere is a high-end restaurant boasting atmospheric outdoor dining and the best wine list (Brighton Best Restaurants, 2018). We stopped by for a chilled glass of Portuguese dry white and some exceptional basil, ricotta and lemon gnudi. 64 Degrees is a sleek, open-kitchen style restaurant, where eclectic small plates are made to be shared. The menu changes on a daily basis to reflect the season’s produce. However, if available, choose the phenomenal venison carpaccio with confit yolk and walnuts and the sumptuous, salty and saucy brill, kale, caviar. Sister to the award-winning 64 degrees, Murmur is a laid back beach bar located within The Arches on Brighton’s seafront. Visit for stylish modern interiors and cool waiters serving red wine, Poole Bay ponzo-dressed oysters, and juicy steak frites out on the terrace.

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50 Shades of Smell ichard Juhlin is incredibly gifted, born with the world's best ability to smell and taste any kind of beverage. Champagne is his passion; he is the world's number one expert and independent critic. His unique ability and photographic sense of smell allows him to remember every Champagne he has ever tasted, this now being over 10,000. In 2003 at the annual Spectacle du Monde in Paris, Swedish-born Richard Juhlin shocked the entire world when he and accurately stated the brand, the producer, the type of grapes and the year of 43 out of the 50 champagnes. The runner-up, a French former sommelier world champion, managed to only correctly identify four Champagnes.  Richard has written four awardwinning books about champagne and with his most recent one invented the concept of Champagne Hiking; The 100 best champagnes to drink at the top 100 Locations in the world. Why champagnes taste best at a specific time, in a specific place and how surroundings plays a big part when tasting a wine.  As the world's foremost champagne expert he was assigned to the rescue project in July 2010 of the buried treasure of 168 Champagne bottles found in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Richard claims that the Baltic Sea floor proves an ideal wine cellar, with the right temperatures, total darkness and enough pressure to keep the corks in. A bottle of Veuve Clicquot, nearly 200 years old, was part of the booty dating to between 1825 and 1830: that bottle later fetched 30,000 euros at auction. 

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o Celebrate 2018 as an exceptional Vintage year in Champagne, thechampagneguru have teamed up with the Nr 1 Champagne Champion Richard Juhlin and award-winning sommelier Bjornstierne Antonson for an Exclusive Prestige Champagnes and food pairing cruise on the River Thames in London. This rare VIP event will take place on a unique Art Deco boat with a Gatsby-themed interior during a five-hour cruise trip where guests will be treated to a champagne reception and a gastronomic six-course meal where the gourmet dishes are each being paired to a prestige Champagne. The evening will end with more Champagne

from the bar and a live DJ music set on the upper deck while floating past some of the most iconic buildings along the River Thames. The event will be co-hosted by Richard Juhlin, who will be sharing his expertise and talking about the concept behind his latest book Champagne Hiking. In addition to this ultimate experience, guests will receive a signed copy of his latest book and a set of 6 Optimum Italesse glasses specifically designed by Richard Juhlin to be the optimal glass suited for champagne. For bookings please visit our web site thechampagneguru.com or book directly on eventbrite.co.uk (Event ref 50527854172) alternatively contact the champagneguru directly on thechampagneguru@gmail.com; tel: +44 (0)7956124806

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With a private pool, gym, steam room and living area, we didn’t need to leave the suite style feel, so as you wander around it doesn’t necessarily feel like your usual hotel resort, but more like a collection of high-end apartments. On the resort, there is a private beach, two heated pools, three restaurant and a spa, so we had plenty to keep us entertained. Nana Princess has 112 rooms and villas, all of which overlook the sea. We were lucky enough to stay in the Ambassador Wellbeing suite and it was impressive. With its own private pool, gym, steam room and living area, we didn’t need to leave the suite. What was most impressive in our suite was the smart technology; it was clear that this was an area that had been invested in. There were buttons for everything! Curtains, lights, doors, you name it. And to top it all off, bathrooms have chromotherapy lighting and LCD mirror televisions. Suddenly shower-time takes on a whole new level of entertainment, especially, if like us, you are travelling with a baby - it’s the ultimate baby sensory experience. For others travelling with a family, there are suites with multiple bedrooms and guests may also make use of the facilities at sister property Nana Beach Hotel next door, such as a kids club, three floodlit tennis courts, a scuba diving centre and open air amphitheatre. There are three restaurants on the complex, A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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and the food here is excellent. Breakfast includes lots of cold cuts (salmon, cheeses), cereals (fruit, cereals and nuts), plenty of pastries, and a hot station for omelettes. Plus an a-la-carte menu if the buffet does not satisfy. Because we were travelling with a little one, which can make evening meal times tricky, we took full advantage of the room service, although it didn’t feel like we were in our room - waiters transform your room into a full-on dining experience with tablecloth, silverware, flowers, and even a complimentary glass of bubbles, which made evening meal times by our pool one of our favourite times of day. It would be quite easy to spend all your time here, with your feet up by the pool, but if you do decide to venture out, Crete has lots to offer. The largest of the Greek islands, it is an enchanting hub of sleepy, traditional villages, luxury modern resorts, ancient history and sun-drenched beaches. Heraklion, the capital and largest city in Crete, is a short drive away and worth a visit. Primarily a port city, it also has a wealth of archeology and history; the Iráklio Archaeological Museum is amazing. Also close by is the Arkadíou Monastry or

you can jump on a boat to visit the ruined buildings of Spinalonga Island. As our time here drew to a close, we decided to take advantage of the spa, which is is a bit of a show-stopper. As well as the usual steam room, sauna and pool there are high-tech Nuvola treatment beds, a Finnish sauna, aromatherapy showers, beautiful treatment rooms and relaxation areas – and even a solarium. The offer of treatments is vast and we indulged in their signature range which includes relaxation in the steam room, followed by a body scrub and and massage. Our therapist was excellent, skilled in her work and a perfect balance between providing useful information but allowing us to relax. Definitely worth a visit and not too pricey either. Nana Princess is probably the most luxurious resort in Crete and I’m sure we’ll be going back. It’s high-tech smart-technology and spectacular ‘space age’ spa sit amongst a traditional stone-built property, all overlooking the sparkling mediterranean. It’s the perfect place to relax.

An enchanting hub of sleepy, villages, luxury resorts and ancient history

NANA PRINCESS Rates start from €155 /£135* per person per night in a Superior room category. Booking: Call +30-28970301000 *Price in Pound Sterling is according to today’s exchange rate nanaprincess.gr

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Guide price £1,900,000

Your Fulham expert, James Davies, looks forward to helping you. james.davies@knightfrank.com 020 8115 3726 07747 532 993

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Our local expert, Emily Ramsay, looks forward to helping you. emily.ramsay@knightfrank.com 020 3551 5156 07785 242741

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HANS CRESCENT KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW1 AN IMMACULATELY PRESENTED LATERAL FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT Hans Crescent has been elegantly interior designed and furnished to a very high standard, creating classical yet contemporary features throughout. The apartment is located within an attractive corner building on the corner of Hans Crescent and Pavilion Road. Just moments from Harrods, Hans Crescent is one of Knightsbridge’s most sought after addresses selection of shops and restaurants both in Knightsbridge and Sloane Street. Accommodation: Reception/dining room, kitchen, study, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms with ensuite bathroom/shower room. Amenities: Lift, 1,846 sqft.

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EGERTON GARDENS KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW3 A BEAUTIFUL TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT WITHIN A CHARMING RED BRICK BUILDING A beautiful two bedroom flat situated on the second floor of a charming red brick terraced building in Egerton Gardens in the heart of Knightsbridge. Measuring 1,053 sq ft, this refurbished flat has a Share of Freehold and benefits from an abundance of natural light throughout, as well as direct views over the Brompton Oratory. Egerton Gardens is well located being within easy reach of Knightsbridge, with its internationally renowned department stores to the east, and Brompton Cross to the west. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite shower room, bedroom 2, guest bathroom. Amenities: 1,053 sqft.

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EATON MEWS SOUTH BELGRAVIA SW1 AN ELEGANT THREE BEDROOM MEWS HOUSE IN THE HEART OF BELGRAVIA An elegant three bedroom mews house located in this favoured Belgravia address with views onto Eaton Mews South mews to the front and the gardens belonging to Eaton Square houses to the rear. Arranged over four floors with a passenger lift and fantastic roof terrace, this freehold mews house has been renovated to a very high standard. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, ensuite shower rooms, guest cloakroom, utility room. Amenities: Roof terrace, garage providing secure parking, passenger lift.

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CADOGAN GARDENS CHELSEA SW3 A SPACIOUS FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT LOCATED MOMENTS FROM SLOANE SQUARE This bespoke and superbly decorated home presents an extraordinary reception room with high ceilings and period features, allowing for the apartment to be flooded by an abundance of natural light and character. Located within Kensington and Chelsea, Cadogan Gardens is conveniently located moments from the local amenities of Sloane Square and the Kings Road. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Amenities: Balcony, 1,468 sqft.

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Belgrave William Harley Street Mews West, SW1X £6,600,000 Knightsbridge Marylebone W1G SW7 Asking Guide Price: Price:£1,900,000 £1,075,000leasehold freehold

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PARSONS GREEN LANE, FULHAM A rare opportunity to purchase a family home on Parsons Green. The beautiful house comprises an entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen, three reception rooms/diners along with access to a large basement. There are five double bedrooms, three bathrooms, as well as lots of outside space.

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BARTON ROAD, WEST KENSINGTON This exceptional three double bedroomed split level flat with a private decked garden is arranged over two floors on a quiet residential road. Accomodation briefly comprises a modern kitchen with dining area and a beautiful reception room with high ceilings. The master bedroom has large amounts of storage, a modern en-suite shower room and access to a lovely decked garden to the rear of the property. There are two further double bedrooms with a family bathroom. EPC = D

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KESLAKE ROAD, NW6

£2,195,000 FREEHOLD

We are delighted to bring to the market For Sale this beautifully presented and cared for family home situated within 50 yards of the Park and full of original features combining an elegant mix of contemporary and traditional style. Located a short walk away from the beautiful Queens Park and the local amenities including cafes and restaurants of Chamberlayne Road & Salusbury Road. Good transport links. · · · ·

Superb terraced family home 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms & cloakroom Double reception room with bay windows Open plan kitchen/diner with bi-folding doors to garden

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Bright 46ft south facing rear garden with patio New double glazed sash windows Solid oak staircase, underfloor heating & solar panels Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate

Contact: Queens Park office – 020 7328 2828

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CRANLEY PLACE, SW7

£6,350 per week

An elegant six bedroom stucco fronted house on a desirable tree lined street in South Kensington. This charming end of terrace property benefits from wooden parquet floors in all reception areas and an original period stone floor in the hallway. A fabulous newly designed kitchen/breakfast room has French windows leading onto a secluded paved garden. SIX BEDROOMS • SIX BATHROOMS • THREE LARGE RECEPTION ROOMS • NEW KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM • GARDEN • COMMUNAL GARDENS WITH TENNIS COURT • UNFURNISHED

BOLTON GARDENS, SW5

£1,300 per week

This stunning third-floor apartment has been completely newly refurbished and decorated by a well known London interior designer and is presented and finished to the highest quality. The property is extremely light with a large well proportioned double reception room and double sliding doors leading to a fabulous eat-in kitchen. There are two good sized double bedrooms with plenty of storage and two shower/bathrooms (1 ensuite). TWO BEDROOMS • BATHROOM • EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM • RECEPTION ROOM • KITCHEN • UTILITY ROOM • COMMUNAL GARDENS

117 Sydney Street London SW3 6NR Lettings: +44 (0)20 7351 7822 or information@hlrlets.com hlrlets.com USE.indd 1

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MORETON TERRACE, SW1V

PIMLICO

020 7828 4050

A unique two bedroom house, set over three floors, located in the Moreton Triangle in Pimlico, 0.5 miles from Victoria Station. EPC E

pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

Reception room • Open-plan kitchen • Master bedroom suite with dressing

Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

room • Further bedroom suite • Guest WC • Two terraces

jackson-stops.co.uk

£1,500,000 LEASEHOLD

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OSSINGTON STREET, W2

HOLLAND PARK

A fully modernised, elegant townhouse of approx. 2,731 sq ft, located 0.3 miles from Bayswater Underground Station. EPC E

holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Potential for self-contained basement apartment • Four reception rooms • Two

Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

kitchens • Five bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Roof terrace • Walled garden • Residents’ parking

020 7727 5111 jackson-stops.co.uk

£5,280,000 FREEHOLD

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CHAPEL STREET, SW1X

MAYFAIR

020 7664 6644

An immaculate, interior designed townhouse of approx. 3,893 sq ft, located in the heart of Belgravia, overlooking Belgrave Square. EPC D

mayfair@jackson-stops.co.uk

Four reception rooms • Kitchen • Five bedrooms • Five bathrooms • Separate

Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

staff suite • Two terraces • Balcony • Lift

jackson-stops.co.uk

£7,250 PER WEEK (*FEES APPLY)

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SLOANE AVENUE, SW3

CHELSEA

A well-presented mid-terrace house, recently subjected to a complete renovation, located 0.4 miles from Sloane Square. EPC C

chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

Reception room • Eat-in kitchen • Separate dining room • Guest WC • En-suite

Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

master bedroom • Three further bedrooms • Family shower room • Front & rear outside space • Two external storage units

020 7581 8431 jackson-stops.co.uk

£2,200 PER WEEK (*FEES APPLY)

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BATTERSEA SW11 3RD

National strength, locally delivered.

Join us at Viewpoint for the launch of our brand new 1 bedroom Show Home

• Be among the first to view our stunning new 1 bedroom Show Home when it launches on Saturday 10th November • Homes available with Help to Buy London*, you could move with just a 5% deposit and 55% mortgage • Our gorgeous apartments are in a fantastic part of London, and some have amazing far-reaching views across the city

Show Home opening Saturday 10th November VIEWPOINT

Marketing Suite and Show Home open daily 10am – 5pm

1 & 2 bedroom homes from £529,950

02037 335 521

York Road SW11 3RD

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YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Credit is secured against your home. Photographs show typical Linden homes and the local area. Interior may include optional upgrades or extras available at additional cost. *Subject to status, Help to Buy Terms & Conditions and available on selected properties within London only. Eligible applicants will be offered an equity loan up to a maximum of 40% of the purchase price (based on the open market value). Applicants are required to fund at least 60% of the purchase price by means of a conventional mortgage, savings/deposit where required. The equity loan is provided by the HCA and held as a second charge. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other promotion. Full details will be provided on request. Price and details correct at time of going to press.

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The Henley Apartments ENJOY THE RIVER’S PANORAMIC SCENERY

The Henley Apartments feature a premier collection of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with open plan living areas and floor to ceiling windows which allow you to enjoy panoramic views over the River Thames. • Residents-only leisure facilities including a spa, pool, gym, cinema room, virtual golf room and wine cellar • 24 hour concierge • Landscaped riverside promenade • Vibrant selection of onsite cafes, bars and restaurants • Located within easy reach of the City and West End (Zone 2)

Prices from £1,970,000* Call now for further information or to arrange your appointment 020 3811 2170 | enquiries@fulhamreach.co.uk Fulham Reach Marketing Suite and Show Apartment, Distillery Wharf, Parr’s Way, London W6 9GD

www.fulhamreach.co.uk Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies

Photography and CGIs of Fulham Reach are indicative only. *Price correct at time of going to press

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Draycott Place, SW3

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An exceptional Chelsea townhouse, which has been recently rebuilt behind the front and rear facades to the very highest specification, incorporating a lift to all floors with cinema, spa and gym in the new basement extension. Draycott Place is an elegant and luxurious family home with outstanding amenities and a wonderful balance of entertaining rooms and bedroom suites. The sumptuous finish and the detailing throughout is of a standard seldom found in London homes, with bespoke design features throughout. Approximately 5,577 Sq Ft. Freehold.

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Dunraven Street, W1

£6,000,000

This rare 2/3 bedroom penthouse apartment (1,790sf), situated in one of Mayfair’s premier streets, benefits from superb living space with a unique contemporary design, a wonderfully bright reception room and a spectacular roof terrace. Set within a Grade II listed blue plaque property which was formerly part of a Royal residence and also home of author P.G. Wodehouse. Share of Freehold.

Adi Tahiri

Property Guru and Local Expert E: adi.tahiri@youhome.co.uk D: 020 7908 9251

Compton Avenue, N1

£2,400,000

An unusually private, light and beautiful, lateral three bedroom (all ensuite) house (1,594sf), architecturally designed to provide great living space and views with discrete courtyards, terraces and walkways, with all the amenities and communication routes that Islington has to offer only a walk away. Freehold.

Jerry Epton MRICS

Property Guru and Local Expert E: jerry.epton@youhome.co.uk D: 020 7908 9282

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Lexham Gardens, W8

ÂŁ1,695,000

In an impressive period building this stunning first floor apartment (955sf) has been designed in a contemporary style with the perfect balance of entertainment and living space. The reception room has high ceilings (3.55m) and French windows leading out to a terrace with views over award-winning communal gardens, which the flat has access to. Leasehold.

Alexandra Mathew

Property Guru and Local Expert E: alex.mathew@youhome.co.uk D: 020 7908 9257

Kensington Court, W8

ÂŁ1,500,000

An elegant and spacious 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom apartment (1,596sf) set within a large redbrick Victorian building which benefits from having its own private entrance in this highly sought after location in Kensington Court. Leasehold.

Alexandra Mathew

Property Guru and Local Expert E: alex.mathew@youhome.co.uk D: 020 7908 9257

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