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FEBRUARY 2017 / £3.95

STAR STUDDED

COSMOS-INSPIRED BUYS TO LOVE

MOOMIN MANIA

THE WORLD OF TOVE JANSSON

FAMILY FRIENDLY

HALF-TERM HAPPENINGS

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12 MOOMIN MIDWINTER Celebrate the magical world of moomins 16 HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES A school holiday spent away from the sofa

23 THE TREND Get lost in the cosmos with star studded buys

Diary dates for February

This month’s hottest trends and products

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

32 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL The month's best beauty buys

35 THE SCENT OF LOVE

Explore the link between fragrance and love

Food & Drink

38 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL Tasty happenings from the local area

39 TOP 5 ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS Celebrate Valentine's in style Covers: PORTS 1961 Pre-Fall '17 available from June at ports1961.com

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44 ROMAN HOLIDAY Live like a local in the Eternal City

A boutique hotel in up-and-coming Peckham

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52 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

News and views from the designers

54 MODERN HOME Be inspired by this beautiful home

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74 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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EDITOR’S letter

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s February dawns and the 14th approaches, everything seems to take on a pinkish tinge. All the hearts and cupids become a bit relentless so in this issue we’ve kept it all to a minimum, restricting ourselves to some delicious Godiva chocolates on page 11 and a round-up of our favourite lingerie brands on page 21. Instead let’s focus on fashion; this month we're daydreaming of an ever-nearing spring with our Free Spirit fashion shoot, celebrating all things fringed and bohemian, while on page 23 we embrace the playful appeal of star-strewn buys. As we battle past Blue Monday and launch into February there's nothing better than booking in a

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mini break to keep us motivated, and this issue we've gone home and away with two weekender destinations. Whether it's a boutique hotel in an up-and-coming London neighborhood or whistle-stop tour of Rome's cobbled streets, these little snatches of escapsim are guaranteed to tide you over till summer With February also comes halfterm. A void to be filled with endless fun and games. Luckily, London has a wealth of activities to keep the kids off the sofa; we’ve rounded up the best on page 16. Enjoy the issue! ◆

Pendle Harte Editor

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Lose yourself in the Crown Jewels The treasures that united the kingdom

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The Parallax Scrolling screening programme, curated by Rebecca Lewin, Nicholas Hatfull, Lauren Keeley and Jackson Sprague at Breeselittle, from 27 January

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2 - 2 3 Fe b r u a r y Ro s e b e r y s Fi ne Ar t & Au c ti on eers his February Vertu at Roseberys brings you a beautifully curated sale T of the very best in designer jewellery and accessories, from Cartier to Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Hermes. Register and bid via the showroom or website before things get snapped up. u 70-76 Knight's Hill, West Norwood, SE27; roseberys.co.uk

FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL

Ugly Lies the Bone F rom 22 February Lyttelton Theatre

After three tours of Afghanistan, Jess returns to Florida to confront her scars. Experimenting with a pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a new world where she can escape her pain. Lindsey Ferrentino, expertly blends honesty with comedy in this new drama about life, overcoming pain and the restoration of relationships. Upper Ground, Southbank, SE1;

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16 -1 9 Fe b r u a r y BFI he BFI Future Film Festival is back for its 10th celebration of emerging T filmmakers. This year will highlight the successes of alumni industry stars with an action packed weekend of masterclasses, screenings and Q&As. u Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1; bfi.org.uk

NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW 17-1 9 Fe b r u a r y O ly m p i a L o ndo n ith many different features including afternoon tea, flower markets, W designer wedding dresses and handmade accessories, brides and grooms-to-be will find inspiration to help plan their special day. Enjoy the spectacular catwalk show, update your styling knowledge and get professional tips on choosing the perfect dress. u Hammersmith Rd, W14; nationalweddingshow.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / TALKING TOPICS

GOTHIC HORROR 7-1 1 Fe b r u a r y G re e nwi c h T he a tre n 1816 Geneva, Victor I Frankenstein obsesses with the pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond. This is a fresh and exciting telling of Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece that fuses storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality. u Crooms Hill, SE10; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

must see

Bauer BROTHERS Ongoing Nat u ral Hi s tor y Mu se u m

ROALD DAHL AT 100

Arguably the most accomplished natural history artists of all time, Franz and his brother Ferdinand spent their entire lives studying and drawing nature. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see a showcase of drawings and watercolours, which are not only beautiful but scientifically accurate.

O ngoi ng T he B ritish Lib ra r y o mark the spectacular centenary anniversary of Roald T Dahl’s birth, Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl’s stories. It's a fun premise - imagining that these most beloved fictional characters have been invited to sit for their portrait. Featured sitters include Matilda, Charlie Bucket and the BFG like you’ve never seen before. Each picture is new and has never before appeared in a book. u 96 Euston Road, NW1; bl.uk PREVIOUS WEST END CAST PHOTOS

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SHOW OF THE MONTH

PROMISES, PROMISES Un ti l 18 Feb r u a r y S o u th w ark Playh o u s e huck Baxter’s mid-town residence makes him popular amongst the bosses at his at New York insurance company. So what can go wrong when they promise him a promotion in order to “entertain” at his apartment? The plot

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thickens when romance becomes ensnared in this morally tricky dilemma. This is a musical triumph of sexual work-place politics, quick witted scripting and unforgettable songs. 77-85 Newington Causeway SE1; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / FOCUS

MOOMIN midwinter

The craze for all things Nordic continues with a strong focus on Moomins throughout 2017. Absolutely celebrates their magical world Wo r d s P e n d l e H a r t e

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ARTS & CULTURE / FOCUS

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MOOMIN PIECES

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f 2016 was the year of hygge, then 2017 is set to be the year of the Moomins. The Southbank Centre has launched Nordic Matters, a year of Scandinavianthemed events, which kicks off with Adventures in Moominland, an immersive exhibition dedicated to the rounded inhabitants of Moominvalley and their Finnish creator, Tove Jansson. Other global Moomin happenings in 2017 incude the opening of a new museum in Finland, the launch of a new animated series by Wallace and Gromit’s Steve Box and an Easter Moomin festival at Kew Gardens. The exhibition at the Festival Hall focuses heavily on Jansson’s life, featuring original illustrations and artworks as well as letters and personal items from her studio, displayed in an interactive world based on the Nordic landscape of the books. Several of the Moomin stories, such as Comet in Moominland (1946) and Moomin Midwinter (1957) were written against the backdrop of political and socio-economic change in Finland and heavily influenced by Tove’s relationships with family, friends and lovers which defined the narrative and character development. Written during a time of hardship and war, the tolerant world of Moominvalley offered a refuge from the harshness of reality. Jansson explored her art and own sexuality within the confines of this changing political landscape - and her friends, enemies, fears and hopes often found themselves manifested in the complex and emotional stories. Accompanying the Southbank’s exhibition is a pop-up Moomin store in the Festival Hall, selling the ever-popular

Moomin homewares. Finish design company Arabia started manufacturing Moomin-themed children’s ceramics, using Jansson’s original illustrations, in the late 1950s, and a second launch in the 1990s kicked off a Moomin boom that has never really gone away. The high quality ceramics with their simple, practical shapes and the high-shine glaze of the colourful Moomin motifs make the pieces highly collectible – and the limited edition ranges particularly so. The Moomin-themed Easter extravaganza at Kew Gardens is an exciting interactive trail exploring the hidden depths of the gardens, passing vibrant displays of fritillaries, camassias and tulips, and culminating at a magical Moomin Camp in the wild woodland of the Conservation Area. Sophia Jansson, creative director of Moomin Characters and niece of Tove Jansson, said: “All of the inhabitants of Moominvalley possess a deep love and respect for nature, from the Hemulens who spend their time collecting plants or butterflies to the adventurous Snufkin, whose music is inspired by the landscape around him.” ◆ l Adventures in Moominland continues at the Royal Festival Hall until 23 April. Book tickets at southbankcentre.co.uk or call 020 7960 4200 l The Moomins Easter Adventure comes to Kew Gardens from 1 to 17 April. kew.org

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HAPPENINGS London’s offering of events and activities to keep the little ones entertained over the holiday Wo r d s H e l e n B r o w n

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Magical Lantern Festival

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ids will be engaged for hours exploring this fairytale world of light sculptures and Chinese art at Chiswick House and Gardens. 65 acres have been packed with a dazzling extravaganza of lights, music theatre and a lantern adventure formed of wildlife, nature, and architecture. Elsewhere lies a 600 square metre ice rink, photo opportunities, lantern riddles, a mini funfair and games. Guests can step inside the world of Virtual Reality, from running with dinosaurs to virtual roller coasters and delight in a mouth-watering range of international cuisine and traditional street food. ◆ Open Thursday to Sunday, from 5pm until 10pm Chiswick House, Conservatory Yard, W4;

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nce home to the Chamber of Horrors, the basement of Madame Tussauds has been transformed into Sherlock Holmes-themed interactive experience, which brings the world of the fictional detective to life. Children will discover Holmes's drawing room, walk along a lamp-lit Victorian street and search for the infamous 'demon' hound on a dark moor. This is a permanent addition to Madame Tussauds London and is included in the venue's entry price. ◆ Open daily from 8:30am until 6pm. Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, NW1;

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ARTS & CULTURE / AGENDA The Cartoon Museum

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enture back in time with the kids to relive the Great Fire of 1666, a disaster that has shaped the London we know today. They will discover the city before, during and after the Great Fire of London, with an interactive exhibition that marks the fire's 350th anniversary. Let them explore a recreated Pudding Lane, the scene where the fire began, and understand how the city overcame the disaster to emerge from the rubble stronger than ever. Rarely seen 17th-century artifacts are on display as well as personal accounts from Londoners alive at the time. ◆ Open daily from 10am until 6pm. 150 London Wall, EC2Y;

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Fire! Fire!

The Cartoon Museum

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he Cartoon Museum is London's first museum dedicated to showing the best British cartoons, comics, caricatures and animation from the 18th century to the present day. Downstairs the artists' names are immediately recognisable, while upstairs – where comic strip art from 2000AD, the Dandy and the Beano is displayed – is much more about the characters portrayed: from Rupert the Bear, Dan Dare and Judge Dredd. There is an excellent shop and children's animation workshops are held during school holidays. ◆ Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:30am until 5:30pm. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A;

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celebration of the orchid returns for its 22nd year, this time inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India. Children will be amazed by gigantic floral displays in the shape of elephants, peacocks, tigers and a giant Indian flag, created using exotic orchids; alongside decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes, films and much more. The festival includes special half term activities for the little ones, including block printing, Bodhi leaf colouring and face painting. ◆ Open 11am until 3:30pm Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9; kew.org

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Original, limited-edition Art Deco posters by leading artists

Limited to editions of 280, our newly-commissioned Art Deco posters feature glamorous holiday destinations around the world, ski resorts in the Austrian, French and Swiss Alps, and the world’s greatest historic automobiles. Over 100 designs to choose from, all printed on 100% cotton fine art paper, measuring 97 x 65 cms.

Priced at £395 each. Private commissions are also welcome.

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FAUX CHIC Known for their funky take on faux fur, Shrimps is the hot fashion label that has spawned a thousand copycats. Launched in 2013, the brand’s Insta-friendly popsicle scarves quickly transported them to fashion stardom. For Resort '17 the brand has harnessed a palette of dusty pinks and blues, alongside hits of high-shine vinyl. shrimps.co.uk

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st y l e C e n t r a l

It's all about striped knits, sustainable party-wear and luxe lingerie this February Wo r d s j oy m o n t g o m e r y

BRAND PROFILE:

SIG NEIGUM Sculptural and timeless: Neigum is the designer to name-drop this season WHO?

Sid Neigum made his London Fashion Week debut last year with an inventive, cohesive, and most importantly, wearable collection, rendered in rich autumnal hues. Holding back from the look-at-me, high drama aesthetic that so often befalls new designers, Neigum handled drapery, fabric and fit with dexterity and maturity. For AW16 the designer premised his collection on the golden ratio – 1 x 1.618 – offering just the right amount of trend-led details (hello cold-shoulders and statement sleeves) alongside an innovative use of rich wool and camel hair.

WHERE?

Based in Toronto, the young designer studied science at university before enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009. He went on to collect an array of awards, including the Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels award, Mercedes-Benz StartUp competition, and most recently was invited to apply for the prestigious ANDAM fashion award. Talk about a busy year.

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WHAT NOW?

Since his fashion week debut, the buzz surrounding Neigum's brand has gathered momentum. Heralded as ‘a brand to watch’ by British Vogue, the label's looks have appeared on countless high-profile Instagram feeds. For SS17 the designer has upped his game with a simple yet striking collection comprised of black, white, red and gold. From an innovative take on the classic white shirt and a beautifully draped lazer cut dress, to a fire engine red cold-shoulder blouse, this collection delivers hero piece after hero piece, and we want it all. sidneigum.com

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Wo o l a n d t h e G a n g x & O t h e r S t o r i e s

Our favourite designer-look high street store has joined forces with UKbased brand Wool and the Gang, to bring a bit of DIY to your wardrobe. Championing a more sustainable approach to fashion, Wool and the Gang’s collaboration with & Other Stories features a variety of ready-made knitted pieces alongside ‘knit kits’, which offer fashion-lovers a chance to get crafty and create their own looks. Who says knitting was just for grannies? stories.com

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FASHION / NOTES

5 STYLE STEAL

of the best

Madeleine Thompson

Gucci’s striped cashmere knit won the hearts of the fashion crowd this season with its vibrant hues and Alessandro Michele geek chic appeal. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to Gucci then Madeleine Thompson’s striped knit is a serous dopplegänger. Simply pair with straight leg jeans and patent ankle boots come spring. £299; madeleine-thompson.com

LINGERIE BRANDS Best For Basics: HANKY PANKY

DRESS TO IMPRESS Reformation

Meet Reformation: the womenswear label making sustainable fashion chic. Gracing countless red carpet events and high profile parties, the brand's simple yet striking looks are catnip for fashion-forward a-listers. Whether it’s a velvet mini, silken slip dress or floorskimming show-stopper - Reformation has occasion-wear covered. thereformation.com

Sweetheart Mesh Bralette, £65; Signature Lace Bikini - Blossom, £32; harrods.com

Best For Date Nights: L’AGENT BY AGENT PROVOCATEUR

Above: Anjelica Nude Playsuit, £110; Idalia Red Bra & Brief, from £28; lagentbyap.com

SHEER PERFECTION Iro

The shearling jacket is another example of the military trend extending its reach across AW16’s eclectic fashionscape. Iro’s blush pink iteration will summon visions of an ever-nearing spring, while still keeping you protected from February’s cold bite. Cosy, chic and cocooning what’s not to love? £1,850; iroparis.com

editor’s

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Best For Show-Stoppers: LOVE & LEMONS

Left: Bodysuit, £198; Right: Lace Bra, £145; yoox.com

HIGH HEEL APPEAL Lucy Choi

It's official: mid-height heels are having a moment. Forget the orthopaedic styles of yesteryear and modernise the look with these perfect pointed middies in animal print pony hair, courtesy of Lucy Choi. They will offer serious style credentials when paired with cropped flares and a sparkly knit. £230; shoplucychoilondon.com

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Best For Girly Sets: FLEUR OF ENGLAND

Boudoir Bra & Brief, both £95, fleurofengland.com

Best For Classic Styles: HEIDI KLUM

Black Bra & Brief, from £27; yoox.com

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OPEN EVENTS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH

We offer a wide range of courses to suit all ages, abilities and interests. From Vocational and Access courses, to Degrees and Apprenticeships, there is something to suit everyone. There are eight open events taking place throughout February and March at our Bromley, Bexley, Holly Hill, Greenwich and Orpington Campuses. We have midweek (between 4-7pm) or Saturday (10am - 1pm) events for you to choose from.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY

www.LSEC.ac.uk 0300 303 2554

BROMLEY | BEXLEY GREENWICH | ORPINGTON

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FASHION / TREND PAUL & JOE Star print silk shirt, £303; boutique1.com

BELLA FREUD Cashmere star spangle jumper in ivory, £380; bellafreud.com

MARY KATRANTZOU Stardom coat burgundy, £2,190; marykatrantzou.com

JIMMY CHOO Lockett petite patchwork shoulder bag, £1,409; jimmychoo.com

ELLIE SAAB SS17

MADGA BUTRYM Miami dress, £1,950; magdabutrym.com

ZARA Stars shirt, £29.99; zara.com STELLA MCCARTNEY Star-print low-slung skinny jeans, £415; matchesfashion.com

DIANE KORDAS Diamond & rose-gold Star ring, £1,269; dianekordasjewellery.com

ATTICO Cher star embellished dress, £1,157.44; farfetch.com

PERFECT MOMENT Star dust sweater, £275; perfectmoment.com

STARRY-EYED Get lost in the cosmos this season B y J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

VALENTINO Garavani tan-go pumps, £760; matchesfashion.com

MARC JACOBS Star patchwork leather continental wallet, £160; marcjacobs.com

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CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Galactica metallic leather & velvet ankle boots, £865; charlotteolympia.com

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SPI R I T Hayley Menzies’ new collection is titled Love Story, for its romantic flowing fringes and tassle details. Wrap up in textured luxury this season Photography zoe mcconnell

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Make-up by Jane Bradley Statement accessories and knitwear by Hayley Menzies hayleymenzies.com

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Bespoke Kitchens & Furniture Since 1990

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LEADING LADY Photographed by David Sims, styled by Katie Grand and fronted by Winona Ryder; Marc Jacobs' latest beauty campaign is a seriously star-studded affair. Inspired by one of the designers’ favourite films, The Last Year at Marienbad, this artistic campaign exudes plenty of enigmatic Parisian glamour. marcjacobsbeauty.com

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Perfect pedicures, age-defying skincare and the best date night-ready smokey eye palettes W o r d s J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

THE FLOATWORKS Vauxhall, SW8

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he Floatworks can be found a two minute walk from Vauxhall tube. When I arrive I am greeted warmly and lead into my private room. The space is lit with ambient greens and blues and dominated by a large white pod with a shower in the corner. I pop in my water resistant ear plugs before getting into the pod. There is a button inside to turn the lights off and water spray in case the salt water gets in my eyes. As I lower myself in and pull the lid down over me, the first thing I notice is the warmth of the water which is saturated with the Epsom salts that allow you to float. I turn off the lights and lie back listening to the music that plays for the first 10 minutes. It is pitch black and silent; I had worried that I would be bored but instead my thoughts start to spiral off in weird and wonderful directions. It is similar to the feeling between sleeping and waking. When the music comes back on at the end of the float, it seems like only minutes have gone by. Emerging from my haze I have a quick shower and head to the chill out room. Everyone I meet has their own unique story of floating; one woman tells me that after years of talk therapy it is floating that has helped her overcome past trauma. Another confides that she does it to have an hour of complete peace away from her children and home. For me, it provided time away from distraction and computer screens to listen to my thoughts and be alone with myself. I recommend it unreservedly. â—†

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Under Cover Nars

From the brand that brought you cult classics, including The Multiple and Orgasm Blush, comes Soft Matte Complete Concealer, the makeup artist approved cover-up to invest in now. Coming in 16 shades, Nars’ new formula is ideal for all skin types and will offer sufficient coverage without the cakey finish. Plus, with the addition of hyaluronic acid, this product will keep your skin hydrated all day long. narscosmetics.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES

5

HEAVENLY HAIR Cloud Nine

of the best

Achieving this year's 'undone' styling look is not an easy feat for the average woman, however with Cloud Nine’s wave wand you’ll be nailing mussed-up waves in your sleep. This ingenious wide-barrelled hair tool creates loose waves effortlessly, taking you from day to night with ease. cloudninehair.com

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SKIN SAVIOUR Healgel

Whether it’s chapped lips, dry elbows or dehydrated dermis, Healgel is the multitasking wonder product we’re going mad for. This non-oily aqueous gel has been created to soothe and repair stressed skin and features a plethora of skin-loving ingredients. We use ours as a intensive moisturising night mask for baby soft skin come morning. healgel.co.uk

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Windle & Moodie

Windle & Moodie’s Light Shine Spray was developed in the world of editorial styling where instant shine was needed to give hair camera-ready glamour. Now we can have the power of the professionals in our hands with this weightless spray. Apply to lengths for a healthy shimmer, or simply spray onto ends for tousled chic. windleandmoodie.com

FRESH-FACED Dr Mayoni

Whether you’re looking to treat a loved one this Valentine’s Day or simply in need of some cold-weather TLC, Dr Mayoni’s exclusive new clinic is here to help. Launching on the 4th February, the clinic is offering lucky customers a different offer every day for a week: from 20% off massages to free peels and skincare advice. You can thank us later. drmayoni.co.uk

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THE SCENT OF LOVE Discover the age-old bond between fragrance & romance W o r d s L aw r e n c e R o u l l i e r W h i t e

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have always been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. For me it serves as a reminder to be kinder and more romantic to our significant others, when the strains of life lead us to forget how wonderful they are. Scent and romance have been intertwined for millenia. In the past, a woman never bought her own fragrance, it was always a gift; it lasted longer than flowers and became inextricably bound to the relationship of two individuals. There are a number of fragrances dedicated to great romances; ‘Weekend In Fountainebleau’ by IDEO Parfumeurs is a scent that conjures the trysts between royal mistress Diane de Poitiers and King Henry II of France in the forest close to his favourite palace. Diane was a beauty who famously drank liquid gold to maintain her complexion and, at a time when marriage was about alliance rather than affection, was the love of Henry’s life. The perfume conjures the fresh green air under the majestic trees with galbanum and sparkling aldehydes that segue into the soft feminine notes of jasmine and

Weekend a Fontainebleau, IDEO Parfumeurs

Le Parfum de Therese Eau de Parfum, Frederic Malle

Made In Heaven Eau de Parfum, A Lab on Fire

Un Peu D'Amour Eau de Parfum, Andree Putman

Josephine Eau de Parfum, Rancé 1795

Scent and ROMANCE have been INTERTWINED for millenia rose, and finally a suggestion of passion from patchouli and white musc. “You to whom nature has given spirit, sweetness, and beauty, you who alone can move and rule my heart” wrote Napoleon Bonaparte to his wife. In their homage to France’s first lady, ‘Josephine’, the iconic perfume house Rance utilise her favourite flower, the rose, at the opening. So enamoured was she by the queen of flowers that her husband ordered his warship commanders to search all seized vessels for rose plants to send to her. Spring blossoms of hawthorn and hyacinth add extra optimism to a spicy green heart of violet leaves, geranium, peaches and cloves, knowingly faceted over a glorious bourbon vanilla from the place of her birth, Martinique. ‘By Any Other Name’ from Altaia is not only a reference to Romeo and Juliet, but

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also a romantic moment enjoyed by the perfumer’s own mother, who received her first marriage proposal strolling through the Tudor rose gardens of Sudeley Castle. An ode to romance, the scent speaks of soft sunlight on dewy roses, the excitement of bergamot and lychee and the woody notes of the English country bower. “The secret of life”, Andrée Putman used to say to her daughter Olivia, “is to love and to be loved.” ‘Un Peu d’Amour’ (A Little Love) is the fragrant embodiment of this incredibly wise sentiment, a bright floral that opens with fresh, joyful citrus and develops into a soft, creamy, white floral heart of jasmine and lily of the valley. At the base lie amorous vanilla and velvety sandalwood providing a warm, soft cushion on which to recline. When it comes to the fruits of romance none can compete with Brazil’s Açaí berry, long revered as an aphrodisiac. ‘Açaí Rain’ by Infusion Organique is a completely natural fragrance that uses the tart berries along with sparkling organic orange oil, white peaches, fresh greens and organic vanilla to capture the romance of the Brazilian rainforest with its misty canopy. A lofty claim, yet ‘Made In Heaven’ from A Lab On Fire makes good. Saffron spins its otherworldy charms around the bright lights of Italian mandarin and orange blossom, before giving way to the more seductive florals of magnolia, tuberose and an Arcadian green jasmine. ‘Le Parfum de Therese’ from Frederic Malle, is perhaps the most romantic gesture of all, for Therese Roudnitska was the wife of Master Perfumer Edmond, the father of modern perfumery. Created for her in the 1950s and never commercially produced, this elegant scent remained a well-kept secret until she allowed Monsieur Malle to share it with the world. Tangerine and melon top notes, roses spiced up with prune as core notes and cedar wood, vetiver and leather base notes endow it with distinction. A radiant perfume dedicated to a great love. Who could wish for more than that? ◆

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> KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE BEST BAKERIES, BOOM BURGERS AND VALENTINE'S MACARONS

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ASIAN FLAVOU RS Be transported to Asia with China: The Cookbook. The vast tome of more than 650 recipes is a shortcut to authentic Chinese cooking, from popular staples like Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs and Dim Sum to lesser-known regional classics like Fujian Fried Rice and Jiangsu’s Drunken Chicken. £29.95, Phaidon Press; phaidon.com

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BAKERIES From biskies to éclairs to freshly baked cinnamon buns, we’ve whipped together the best in London pâtisseries for you to sink your teeth into

CONFIDENTIAL London’s food news and delicious things to see you through February Wo r d s H A N N A H H O P K I N S

By Julia Krupsk a

P E A R L & G R O OV E

Pearl & Groove are the go-to for sweet treats with a twist. Appeasing cravings in the healthiest of ways, ground almonds are used instead of regular flour and every creation is gluten free, forming a nutritious but still wholesomely delectable pudding. 341 Portobello Road, W10 pearlandgroove.com

NORDIC BAKERY

Indulge in a touch of hygge at the Nordic Bakery. This Scandinavian style coffee shop specialises in dark rye bread and cinnamon buns - offering a sanctuary to indulge in the two. Also home to the #MyQuietMoment hashtag, they encourage customers to upload a majorly instagrammable snapshot. 37b New Cavendish Street, W1G nordicbakery.com

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MAITRE CHOUX

Maitre Choux is the chic pâtisserie specialising in éclairs and choux pastry. For those not in the know, this light pastry dough contains a soft, hollow inside with a golden, crispy outer shell. They make for the perfect gift box, and with Michelin-starred pastry chef Joakim Prat hand-crafting each creation, they’re guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning of taste buds. 15 Harrington Rd, SW7 maitrechoux.com

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Kiln

Smoking Goat founder Ben Chapman has once again caused a stir with his latest opening Kiln. As the name suggests, grilled dishes are cooked over an open fire, while plates inspired by the Thai borderlands are packed with spices. kilnsoho.com

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CARNIVORES DREAM Nape

Borough Market-based British charcuterie experts Cannon & Cannon have launched a new dining venture, NAPE. The cured meat bar will be another addition to the burgeoning foodie hub that is Camberwell Church Street, with a selection of cured, air-dried and smoked meats, along with wine and beer. 21 Camberwell Church St, SE5 napelondon.com

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ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS

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PICK LOVE FOOD Pierre Hermé Macarons

Make a splash this Valentine’s Day with a beautiful box of 18 macarons from Pierre Hermé. Voted the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016, he has won over crowds with his chocolate boxes and melt-in-the mouth macarons. This latest collection, based on the impish character of Cupidon, is no exception. pierreherme.com

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s time to lock down a table reservation. Make this the year you really treat yourself and your other half with our picks for dining in the capital. 01

CLOS MAGGIORE Romantic settings don’t get more splendidly over the top than Clos Maggiore, which comes bedecked with a forest of white blossoms, fairy lights and candles. If you can peel your eyes away from the décor, sample their Provençal-inspired menu, with dishes like pollock fillet and gazpacho.

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ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER One of the world’s most decorated chefs, Alain Ducasse’s incomparable French cuisine - served in a suitably pared-back restaurant - is where to book if you're really looking to impress (and don't mind blowing the budget.)

WINE O’CLOCK Enfant Terrible

The brains behind Michelin-starred Pidgin have opened this teeny tiny wine bar, a stripped-back space with 12 metal counter stools and shelves stocked with today’s bottles. A barbershop by day and bar by night, the new opening has a daily changing wine list, cocktails and bar snacks. etbarlondon.com

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BOB BOB RICARD At Bob Bob Ricard there is a palpable energy and sense of fun that you will struggle to find elsewhere. Slip into one of the Orient Express railcar-inspired booths and ‘press for champagne’ – trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

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TROPICAL BURGERS Boom Burgers

The people behind Boom Burger have launched Boom Shack in Brixton. We love the sound of its tropical cocktails and juices, along with Caribbean flavours at the heart of the menu including hot ciabatta sandwiches and a Boom Cubano. Brixton Station Road, SW9 facebook.com/boomburgers

PETERSHAM NURSERIES Housed within the Petersham Nurseries garden centre, the café has rustic charm galore, complete with a stately greenhouse vibe, meadow on its doorstep, and mostly Italian cooking.

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MARIANNE London’s smallest fine dining restaurant seats just 14 people and serves divine desserts like lemon cream and raspberry sorbet, adorned with a tiny decorative elderflower.

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This valentine’s day join us to celebrate with a candlelit, three course meal with entertainment. This valentine’s day join us to celebrate with a candlelit, three course meal with entertainment.

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FOOD & DRINK / REVIEWS

VENETA

The acclaimed Salt Yard Group turn their hand to Italian, with stellar results Wo r d s H a n n a h H o p k i n s

eflecting the opulent glamour of the Italian city, Veneta is the latest enchanting space from Simon Mullins and Ben Tish of Salt Yard Group. Fans of their other ventures - Dehesa and Opera Tavern to name a couple - will be equally taken with this new opening, which takes inspiration from Venice’s vibrant culinary scene. Noticeably more swanky than their other restaurants, the decor nails old school-cool, with classic bar-counter seating. With a nod to the city’s pivotal location on the silk and spice trade routes, dishes include kid goat ragu with fresh pappardelle, charcoal grilled monkfish with anchovy sauce and salsify and chicken braised in almond milk with Medjool dates and saffron. A classic Venetian raw bar takes pride of place behind the main beautiful bar. Despite the plethora of inviting dishes, ensure you save room for pud. The vanilla pannacotta with chestnuts and poached pear is a seasonal favourite, but the warm chocolate ganache with rich milk sorbet, orange curd and hazelnut brittle is sure to draw a smile. Co-founder Simon Mullins has curated an extensive list of wines that focus exclusively on Northern Italian regions, as well as an exclusive range of Italian vermouths and bitters, rarely seen in the UK, giving you plenty of options for a pre-dinner aperitif or Italian cocktail. This is a restaurant sure to impress on date night. Our tip? Book a table on the mezzanine floor for extra privacy and a vantage point over the bustling floor below. ◆

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Som Saa

Punchy Thai cuisine and intriguing drinks are hallmarks of Som Saa Wo r d s H a n n a h H o p k i n s

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aving parlayed itself into a restaurant from a humble pop-up, Som Saa is one seriously popular eating spot. Those who haven’t been lucky enough to bag a table will be pleased to hear that their new lunch menu provides ample opportunity to sample its mouthwatering cuisine without the wait. Co-Head Chefs Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie have taken inspiration from southern Thailand, ticking off dishes from the coasts and markets of provinces in Krabi, Trang and Songkla. For optimum eating, go for a range of plates that can be swapped and shared. The Thai style grilled chicken leg with tamarind dipping sauce is a classic, as are

the grilled prawns in coconut marinade. Larger dishes include the whole deep fried seabass with roasted rice and isaan herbs, stir fried rump steak with ‘prik kee nu’ chillies and the burmese-style curry of pork belly and shoulder. For dessert, the salted palm sugar ice cream with turmeric grilled banana is as heavenly as it sounds. Designed in conjunction with Coriander Buildings, the restaurant’s design is a partial nod to London and a partial nod to Bangkok. Inside there are vintage decorations brought back from Thailand, and a warm, buzzy atmosphere. We’ll be back... u  SOM SAA 43A Commercial St, E1; 020 7324 7790 somsaa.com

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> ROME: THE ETERNAL CITY

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UK GETAWAY: VICTORIA INN

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ROMAN RICHES Lose yourself in the tangled lanes, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life of Rome's historic centre.

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ROMAN holiday

Rome may not have been built in a day but you can see an awful lot of it in two, as Absolutely discovers Wo r d s C at h e r i n e H a l e s

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onti was once the red-light district of Rome but is now its trendiest area, with narrow, steep, paved streets and a huge range of restaurants and small shops. It has a lively atmosphere but is not noisy. It is close to the Colisseum and other major sites but the side streets are not touristy. The best way to experience it is to live like a local - that is to take an apartment. Onefinestay has a range of city apartments but the one we chose in Monti was both elegant and convenient. The entrance from the street is by a traditional double door but the flat, where we are welcomed by two of onefinestay’s Rome team, is contemporary in style and spotless - a duplex with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious open-plan living room and kitchen. You are given a welcome pack featuring real Italian coffee (and strict instructions on how to

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TRAVEL / WANDERLUST Piazza Margana

make it) and some cold sparkling wine ‘better than Prosecco’ but in truth this is a residential area, with little one-stop shops and nearby bars galore, so you do not need much. To help you explore you are given a smart phone to keep for your stay which is loaded with information. However, as the man from onefinestay put it - in the nicest possible way – ‘I recommend you get lost.’ The joy of being so central is that many of the must-see sites are a just a few minutes walk away. Never having been to Rome I wanted to tick them off. Glimpsing world-famous monuments round corners or at the end of streets can make you feel as if you are on a film set. Being fully independent you can avoid being herded on and off buses and joining endless queues and still see a huge amount – in our case the Colisseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Trevi Fountain, the Pincio, (seat of the Italian

Being fully independent YOU

CAN AVOID BEING HERDED on and off buses and JOINING ENDLESS QUEUES

situ than in a gallery. Better yet you can contemplate them in peace from a pew. With the smart phone to hand, plus the fact that, in spite of its seven hills, central Rome is quite small, you can make your way through the city with minimal effort. As part of its concierge service onefinestay recommends a range of restaurants and will help book and organise if required. However, we simply walked down the street to L’Asino d’Oro, (The Golden Donkey), one of those places you think you are quite clever to find but then discover are well known to insiders. And deservedly so – delicious modern Roman food, reasonably priced and great service, with a genuine neighbourhood feel. Having walked up at least four of the seven hills of Rome itself we felt we had earned some pampering, so on our second day we took a 20 minute taxi ride out of the city and up to the Waldorf Astoria

Via Capo di Bove

Rome Cavalieri

government), the Spanish Steps and the Via Condotti, Rome’s Bond Street, all on foot before lunch. Take a stroll in the shade of the vast Borghese Gardens, where Napoleon’s beautiful sister Pauline lived, look at the house dedicated to the English romantic poets Keats and Shelley, or walk down the Corso, Rome’s Broadway, to the fountains of Piazza Navona. Then stop for some gelato before heading on to the banks of the River Tiber. As you go look into ancient basilicas, where great works of art like the Caravaggio in the Chiesa di Sant Agostino, by the Piazza Navona, with its altar by Bernini, who was also responsible for St Peter’s, seem more meaningful in

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TRAVEL / WANDERLUST Via di San Martino Ai Monti

Rome Cavalieri. From its position high on a vertiginous bluff there are unrivalled views over the city of Rome and along the river to the Vatican. Built in the 1960s, the era of the Dolce Vita, when Rome was the epicentre of film and fashion, the world famous luxury hotel was beloved of Visconti and Fellini. It still has that pioneering 1960s vibe but has been comprehensively updated, with palatial facilities, such as huge ballrooms with glittering chandeliers, and a fabulous spa. An opulent lunch of scrumptious amatriciana and crisp white wine at L’Uliveto and a relaxing afternoon by the pool on the blue and white striped loungers are just the thing after walking the streets. But this is Rome, where culture is central to existence and the hotel has its own individually curated and idiosyncratic art collection, with over a thousand objects from a Tiepolo tryptich to Nureyevs’ ballet costumes. Along landings and in the enticingly cool bars you may find yourself looking up at pop art by Andy Via del Boschetto

OUR ONEFINESTAY HOST told us in the

nicest possible way:

I RECOMMEND YOU GET LOST

Warhol or an exquisite Beauvais tapestry. While the huge and beautiful rooms of the Rome Cavalieri are a dream come true, staying in a city apartment is relaxing, as it soon becomes a home from home. You have freedom to do as you wish - so long as you obey the not very onorous house rules - so for a brief time you are living as a Roman. Onefinestay’s offerings range from two bedroom, centrally located flats to sprawling houses on the outskirts. One way or another I am definitely going back. Sadly I could not throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain as it had been drained for a Fendi fashion show. How Roman is that?

t r av e l d e ta i L S f o r o n e f i n e s tay & r o m e c ava l i e r i Prices for a one night stay with onefinestay in Rome start from £183 per night. To book or for more information call 020 7167 2524 or visit onefinestay.com Rome Cavalieri Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, 00136 Roma, +39 06 35091 romecavalieri .com   British Airways flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport start at £40 britishairways.com Via di Valle delle Camene

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Oakfield Senior School Exhibition 29th April 2017 10am-12.30pm

Oakfield prides itself on giving parents an overview of the range of schools in the area available to their children at 11+. We have found that our Senior Schools’ Exhibition has proved invaluable in supporting parents to make correct and informed decisions. We are therefore continuing the success of our Senior Schools’ Exhibition and would like to invite parents of children in Years 3 to 5 from all schools to join us and meet the representatives from some of South East London’s most prestigious Senior Schools.

Oakfield Preparatory School To Care, Challenge and Inspire

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TRAVEL / UK GETAWAY THE ACCOMODATION

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eppered with independent cafes, restaurants, delis and boutique shops offering anything and everything from vintage clothes to doggy makeovers, Bellenden Road is the perfect stomping ground for whiling away weekends in South East London. Victoria Inn has been situated on the corner of this haven in the heart of Peckham since 1878. The historic pub was given a contemporary facelift late last year to combine stylish modernity with its original heritage décor. Brick walls, wooden floors, mirrors and polished brass give the Victoria Inn a cool and classy vibe. The original and attractive horseshoe bar stands as a central feature and is jam-packed and brilliantly atmosphere when we arrive on Friday evening. With 10 draught lines of locally sourced beer and cider and 5 hand pulls of gravity fed cask ale drawing in both locals and the wider London crowds, this is a familiar scene most nights of the week.

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he menu has also had a new lease of life and draws on seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. It lists dishes such as Scottish scallops with crispy pork belly and crispy fried squid with roast garlic, lime, coriander and chili. Both are divine and deliver and an intrigueing mix of textures and flavours. For main, the Scottish 10oz rib eye steak is a triumph, as is the hipster-favoured Tuna avocado poke. Breakfast, included in the price, offers everything from kippers on toast to the full English; as well as bread and pastries from a local bakery. I opt for avocado on sourdough toast, omnipresent on many a breakfast menu and just as lovely as any other in London.

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he guestrooms take a modern approach with new Scandinavian-inspired interiors and are kitted out with more than enough amenities to ensure a luxurious weekend. Our twin room is spacious and finished with a Nespresso machine, plasma TV, Wi-Fi and Bose Bluetooth sound system. Those opposed to a hard mattress will be extremely pleased with the beds; mine is without exaggeration one of the softest I’ve had the pleasure of falling into. The en suite delights too, with its blue and white tiling and giant rain shower.

THE DAMAGE Double rooms start from £80 on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

77 Choumert Road, Peckham, SE15, 020 7639 5052, victoriainnpeckham.com

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> INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

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INTERIORS PROFILE: MODERN HOME

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CAFÉ SOCIETY Burberry have teamed up with The New Craftsmen once again to present a celebration of British craft and creativity at their all-day dining and gifting destination, Thomas’s. This will include events, activities and exclusive products. thenewcraftsmen.com

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10 of the best

Lights

Modern ideas, designs and styles for your home Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

DAVEY LIGHTING

The Hex Pendant, £359; uk.originalbtc.com

SCP

Nelson Bubble Lamp, £350; scp.com

TOM DIXON

Boom Task Light, £185; tomdixon.net

DAVID HUNT LIGHTING

Sputnik Table Lamp, £POA; davidhuntlighting.co.uk

HABITAT

Cinders triple drop light, £160; habitat.co.uk

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Floor Show V i v i e n n e We s t w o o d x T h e R u g C o m p a n y Known for her punk-inspired fashion creations and strident political views, British designer Vivienne Westwood has turned her hand to interiors with a collection for The Rug Company. The range includes the Thistle rug, a nod to her love for Scotland, made from hand knotted silk yarns on a Tibetan wool background and shown above. therugcompany.com

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Alexandra Llewellyn This stunning Desert-themed Backgammon board is no ordinary game. Embellished with skulls, snakes and cacti made from hundreds of individual pieces of wood and playing pieces of mother of pearl and turquoise encased in brass, it is a real thing of beauty. Your move. £7,200; harveynichols.com

ORIGINAL BTC

Fin Large Pendant, £166; uk.originalbtc.com

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Armitage Lamp This unusual lamp was originally designed by Edward Armitage in 1952 and has now been reproduced by his grandson, Joe. Characterful and elegant, the lamp can now be purchased with extra shades hand-printed by artist Marthe Armitage (Joe’s grandmother) making it a real family affair. armitagelamp.com

PHILIPPE STARCK

Bon Jour Unplugged Table Lamp, £225; conranshop.co.uk

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JONATHAN ADLER

Globo Table Lamp, £995; uk.jonathanadler.com

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Bisque Radiators Source of both heat and style, Bisque Radiators come in a range of designs, shapes and colours including pastels and the Pantone Colour of the Year. For ultimate impact, opt for their Arteplano radiator in etched copper [pictured] which looks particularly striking against a dark wall. bisque.co.uk

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Swiss architect Walter Segal’s experimental homes in south-east London remain well suited to contemporary living Wo r d s E m m a M a n s e l l P h o t o g r a p h y Ta r a n W i l k h u

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ive years ago, in the autumn of 2011, Taran and Celine purchased a distinctive family home on Segal Close in south-east London. Segal Close is a short cul-de-sac, that consists of seven self-built Segal Method houses, constructed in the early 1980s to designs by the celebrated Swiss architect Walter Segal. The Segal Method was a way of constructing houses that eliminated the need for various processes such as brick-laying, cement-pouring and other techniques that Segal considered superfluous to the construction of a good house. Instead, he advocated a modular, timber-frame system that is reminiscent of 19th century American houses or traditional Japanese architecture. For Taran and Celine it was love at first sight when they visited Segal Close and nearby Walters Way, and since moving in, for Taran – a photographer specialising in architecture and interiors – it’s become more than just a home having been the focus of much of his recent work. His photography recently featured in the exhibition 'Walters Way: The Self Build Revolution' at the Architectural Association Gallery, and he has recently published a book 'Walters Way & Segal Close' co-written with Alice Grahame. We caught up with Taran, Celine – an exhibition designer at the Royal Maritime Museum – and their two young sons, Sohan, 5, and Nayan, 2, to hear about family life on Segal Close.

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WALTER SEGAL

considered bricklaying to be SUPERFLUOUS

Q&A EMMA MANSELL: How did you first come across the property? TARAN & CELINE: In early 2011 we spotted a Segal home on sale with The Modern House, and although it was already under offer at the time we asked the team to keep us on file on the off chance the sale fell through. Although we knew there was little chance it would, lo and behold, three months down the line we received a call telling us the house was about to go back on the market. We snapped up the opportunity and never looked back. EM: Were you looking to move to a Segal house specifically at that point? T&C: Our passion for everything Segal began in 2009 after we visited Walters Way where a handful of Segal homes were open for public viewing during Open House London. EM: What were your initial thoughts when you visited the property? T&C: We completely fell in love with the uniqueness of the street: the architecture, the sense of community, the layout, the light, the timber… the list goes on.

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EM: Where were you living before? T&C: We moved to Honor Oak Park in 2008 after several years living in period properties in north London. Segal Close is our first ‘modern house’ so to speak. EM: After you moved to Segal Close, how long did it take for it to feel like home? T&C: Celine is from Switzerland, so for her it made total sense to live in a timber house and for me – having lived in Japan for several years – I was inspired by the compact living style and sense of being close to nature that the Segal homes offer. In short, we knew the day we were handed the keys that this would be a wonderful family home for us. EM: What work have you done to the property since moving in? T&C: Internally, since we moved in we have changed the layout of the toilet and bathroom, modernised the kitchen and re-painted all the timber to create a sense of light and airy openness in the home. Externally, we have added some decking in the garden and replaced stair cases to the front and back of the house as well as revamped our balcony area.

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We’ve always tried to use local builders for any changes, and we’re careful to seek out those who have an understanding and appreciation of working with timber and timber-framed houses. The first artwork we placed in the house was a Rob Ryan piece titled 'Home'. We thought the wording, “My home will have no windows, doors or floors nor bricks or mortar“, was quite fitting for our new home, and it is proudly placed in the entrance corridor. In terms of the interior, we especially like mid-century furniture and often try to seek bargains in auctions, antique dealers and shops. Luckily there are a number of interesting haunts in south-east London so we often don’t have to travel too far to find unique pieces. EM: How did you go about deciding on the aesthetic for the interior? T&C: My wife is also an interior designer and had a clear vision of how she wanted the house to look and feel. The beauty of the house is that each room has built-in storage, which helps keep it tidy and minimalist. To some extent this dictated the contemporary look and feel we tried to create. We re-selected our furniture to give a more mid-century feel, and re-painted the majority of our interior walls Farrow & Ball Strong White to create a blank canvas with accents of grey walls throughout to contrast.

EM: Do you have plans to do anything more to the house? T&C: Over the next few years we’re thinking about building an extension for our growing family – if we go ahead it’ll need to complement and sympathise with the original Segal structure. We are also looking at different ways to maximise the space under our house to its best potential. EM: What is your favourite thing about living in the house? T&C: When friends and family walk into our home, they often comment on how it feels like a holiday house. Our views from the balcony and main living spaces are immaculate, overlooking trees and gardens from a high vantage point, as the cul-de-sac is positioned on top of a hill. We often recall one of the first evenings we spent at the house on bonfire night; we watched the fireworks going off across the borough all night from our fantastic viewpoint. EM: Are there any downsides to the house? T&C: One of the challenges is the constraints that the Segal grid puts on the width of the doorways, making them quite narrow. Hanging artwork can also be tricky as it seems to conflict with the visual lines of the internal vertical batons. That said, without question the upsides far outweigh the down. EM: Is there a strong community among the residents on Segal Close? T&C: Despite there only being four self-

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THE NATURAL WORLD comes directly into OUR SPACE

builders still present on both streets, there is still a strong sense of community running through both Segal Close and Walters Way. I think this is the result of the design of the streets – the houses look onto communal outdoor spaces, making neighbours more aware of who is around. Each house has a private garden and access to shared outdoor space beyond. EM: Are there any other properties in the UK that would tempt you away from Segal Close? T&C: We love living on the close, and for us at this moment London works in so many ways, so it’s difficult to say whether we would be tempted away. Saying that, now having lived in a Segal home and experienced the great views, community spirit and how the natural world is bought directly into our living space, perhaps experiencing the innovative timbered architecture of a HUF HAUS could be an alternative we would consider. I think it would be quite an adjustment for us now to live in a regular home built of bricks and mortar. ◆

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Three much-needed new senior schools are set to open in London this year. Absolutely applauds them Wo r d s A m a n d a C o n s ta n c e

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hy are London’s senior schools like buses? You wait years for a new one and then three come along at the same time. This September, three new senior London day schools will be opening their doors to pupils. Notting Hill Prep is opening a new senior school in west London (details are yet to be confirmed but it is thought that it will be in the Park Royal/North Ealing area); the location of Fulham Prep School’s new senior school is currently a closely guarded secret but it is likely to be in south-west London. And Eaton Square School is opening in the very grand 106 Piccadilly, a Grade I-listed building in Mayfair. The main driver for these openings is that London’s existing senior schools are hugely oversubscribed – 1,300 children, for example, sat the 11+ for Laytmer Upper in January 2016. “London is chocka”, says Sebastian Hepher, the current headmaster of Eaton Square School, who will be taking on the role of overseeing head of all the Eaton Square schools come September.

Neil Brooks, Fulham Prep School

“I’ve been head for 24 years in London,” says Hepher, “and moving on from prep is much harder now – particularly for boys.” There are far more prep schools, he explains, but not the corresponding number of places at senior schools. Anyone with a son of 11+ age in London will be aware that places for boys are very limited (partly because boys were traditionally sent away to public school), hence the hideous bottle neck at 11+. “We’ve wanted to open a new school for the past five years,” says Hepher. “The trickiest part was finding the right site.” 106 Piccadilly certainly has the wow

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factor – Aatif Hassan, the boss of Minerva Education, the group behind Eaton Square Schools, admits he fought very hard for it. It’s a very impressive building, bang opposite Green Park and its W1 address will no doubt appeal to the international crowd. The other reason for opening Eaton Square Upper was to get away from the “endless assessments” that children are now subjected to, says Hepher, because it will create an all-through school. “You will be able to join us at three and half,” says Hepher, “and stay until university if you want to.” The school will be non-selective. All pupils, both internal and external will sit the ISEB pre-test when joining Eaton Square Upper, but only for setting purposes. And pupils arriving from other London preps will be interviewed.  The bid to create an all-through school is also behind the new Fulham Senior School.

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Like Eaton Square, Fulham has a pre-prep and prep, and pupils enrolled at Fulham Prep School will automatically receive a place at the senior school. “It makes complete sense,” says Neil Brooks who will be head of the pre-prep, prep and senior schools. “The children won’t have to do the 11+. They can stay with us so it will alleviate anxiety.” Existing pupils will do the 13+ for setting purposes, and the school will maintain the 11 and 13+ for children from external schools. Brooks was appointed head of FPS in December 2015, taking over from Jane Emmett who founded the school in the mid-90s. She has always wanted to create a senior school, but it was the acquisition of FPS by Inspired, an international education group that started in South Africa, that seems to have energized the move. It remains to be seen if these new schools will take the heat out of the senior schools market. There are plenty of new preps opening in September, too, including a pre-prep for boys at Faulkner House, a new Wetherby Kensington and Eaton House Boy Prep opening in south Kensington. Demand may continue to outstrip supply for some years yet. ◆ nottinghillprep.com; fulhamprep.co.uk eatonsquareupper.school

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

be a best seller. The two subsequently set up the UK’s first birth control clinic in Holloway, North London. The house where Stopes was brought up between 1880 and 1892 in Crystal Palace, South West London, is now available to rent. It’s a two-bedroom apartment within the property priced at £1,500 a month through Beresford Residential (020 8033 9162). u

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his former Grade II listed seminary is where until 2007 priests were trained before being despatched to work overseas. And it found fame when its religious looks appealed to the makers of TV series Call The Midwife, who used it to recreate Nonnatus House convent in London’s Poplar, where the story is set. But now the cameras have gone, the builders are moving in. Developer Berkeley Homes is turning the historic home into gated development of 49 apartments which come with a concierge service and access to seven acres of mature parkland. The most stunning of all the homes is the new space created within its former chapel, which is famous in architectural circles for its multiple glass-stained windows and granite pillars. It is also the development’s most expensive property at £6 million and has four bedrooms and the

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ogan House, a development of luxury apartments being built on the site of a Kensington theatre, is where Benedict Cumberbatch learnt his trade. It was until 2003 the Michael MacOwan Theatre, part of the neighbouring London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). During the 1990s Cumberbatch studied at LAMDA where he completed a post-graduate Diploma in Classical Acting before fame, and his breakthrough Bafta nomination for the 2004 film Hawking, beckoned. He was not the only famous actor to tread the boards at the former theatre. Other big names seen under its lights include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jim Broadbent, Patricia Hodge, Maureen Lipman, John Lithgow, Martin Shaw, Hermione Norris and David Suchet. The new-build development, which has been awarded a blue plaque in recognition of its starry alumni, will include apartments with up to four bedrooms each with outdoor terraces. Prices start at £1.375 million rising to £5.5 million. More information from Knight Frank (0203 826 0673). u

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Stopes became interested in birth control by mistake. Born in 1880 to scientific parents in Edinburgh, she was subsequently brought to South London with her family. After finishing her schooling, she later followed her parents into science and became a palaeobotanist. And Stopes would have remained an obscure specialist had she not divorced her first husband and begun to write about how a good marriage should work. This led to a chance meeting with Margaret Sanger, who at the time was giving talks on birth control. Stopes included a chapter on the subject in her book, which went on to

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“The new-build development has been awarded a blue plaque, in recognition of its starry alumini” original vaulted ceiling as well as a gym, spa, steam room and sauna. Four other properties within St Joseph’s are currently available for sale at between £1.385 and £1.525 million. More information from Berkeley Homes, 01753 784417. u

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The celebrity chef’s signature dishes are all available at his worldfamous restaurant, The Fat Duck, which at one point was voted the world’s best eatery. It was also his first restaurant and while he nurtured it through the early years, Blumenthal lived in this cottage outside the nearby village of Penn before moving to more spacious accommodation in Marlow, Oxfordshire and later Barnes. The property has a compact kitchen as well as two bedrooms and lounge with a fire burning stove. But there’s no sign of the dry-ice machine that Blumenthal has used in the past to make another of his signature dishes, Jelly of Quail on Oak Moss. Penn cottage is now for sale through agent Knight Frank’s Beaconsfield Office (01494 853819) for £525,000. u

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HOME TO A ROYAL FAVOURITE FROM IRAQ

imrud in Iraq was until recently the country’s most historic ancient city and a popular tourist attraction. In 2015 it was destroyed by ISIS militants using dynamite, pneumatic drills and even their bare hands. Before this, the 4,000-year-old metropolis had been regarded as one of the world’s great archaeological treasures. Little remains today, although some items were brought back from the site during the 19th century after the city was discovered and excavated by Hormuzd Rassam. During his career Rassam made several key discoveries including the earliest known example of human literature called the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is in the form of several stone tablets. He later moved to London where he began a successful career as a diplomat and later became a favourite of Queen Victoria. Fittingly, the five-bedroom property in west London where he lived is one of the oldest homes in the area and includes a turret as well as original features that Rassam would have been familiar with, including its gorgeous stained glass doors. Agent Dexters (020 8560 1177) says the property also has several secret doorways. It’s on the market for £2m. u

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Castledine Road, Anerley SE20 Superb, four double bedroom Victorian family home.

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I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE A HOUSE WITH A BUILTIN SPACESHIP!

Most interesting property by DOMINIC BUTLER SALES MANAGER Foxtons

The Spire in Forest Hill, a converted church spire arranged over eight floors, with all of the original features including the clock face, stained glass windows and pitch pine beams.

A house with a built-in spaceship! The owner had converted the loft into a replica of a space shuttle. The detailing of the shuttle was amazing and would’ve made the coolest child’s bedroom ever!

Finest property showcase Matham Grove, East Dulwich, SE22 £1,400,000 A four bedroom Victorian period house offers a fabulous living and entertaining space.

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GROVE PARK S E 5, £ 2 3 5 0 P C M GRAND PERIOD ARCHITECTURE This gorgeous top floor period flat boasts all the new, modern features alongside the traditional touches that make this property so special. With a grand staircase, arched windows and moulding. LANDSCAPED GARDEN This garden may be communal but what it lacks in privacy it makes up for in grand planting and sexy curvaceous lawns. Previously featured in ‘Gardener’s world’ this is truly a sight to behold in the summer months.   OPEN PLAN SPACES Very desirable for busy working tenants, enabling socialising while they cook. An island unit and modern sleek looks compliment the grand high ceilings and period features.

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P R O C TO R S S U R P R I S E LOCAL SCHOOL COMPETITION WINNERS On 20th January, Proctors estate agents in South East London was delighted to present prizes to its ‘Primary School Competition’ winners as part of the company’s 70th Anniversary in 2016. Proctors ran the competition in Winter last year, inviting years two and three at local primary schools to design a party outfit for its company mascot, Proctor the piggy bank, to commemorate its milestone anniversary.

S E 1 5 , £9 75 ,0 0 0 Fr e e h o l d Embracing an exquisite address on one of SE15’s best streets, this semi-detached Victorian residence retains beautiful period features whilst also boasting contemporary updates. The home offers three double bedrooms, a modern family bathroom, a separate lounge room and a large open plan kitchen and dining area. GARETH JAMES

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EXPERT ADVICE Unnecessary checks for home movers

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espite the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) insisting that home movers should be able to ‘port’ their current mortgages from one property to a new property when moving, some lenders are still putting in place strict criteria to approve porting application. The result of this being that some will fail these checks and lose the low interest rates they may well be still entitled too. In 2014 the FCA have the lenders guidelines to allow clients to port their mortgages with no further affordability assessment, it would seem that some lenders have ignored these guidelines and now costing their customers more money, with them being unable to continue on their low-rate mortgage. Elysian Finance are more than happy to give clients advice on porting their mortgage and therefore, it may be worth speaking to us before taking this step, simply to avoid the pitfalls that may be out there. by JONATHAN CHANDLER DIRECTOR

Elysian Finance 020 8761 6777 elysianfinance.co.uk Just Sold

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SE23 Buying or selling can be stressful, so doing both at the same time can be art to organise and manage. Recently a vendor was looking to move away from Forest Hill, after sixty-five happy years in her home, to be closer to her grandchildren. We managed to find her a buyer very swiftly, a lovely family with two children. by CLAIRE EMPSON MANAGING DIRECTOR

by DANIEL YUILL

Daisy Lets & Sales, East Dulwich, 0208 299 9035; daisylets.uk

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Webber Street, SE1 A modern apartment in excellent condition for sale in SE1 Situated close to excellent local independent bars, restaurants and shops, the apartment offers 2 bedrooms, reception room, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/dining area, balcony, communal garden, and concierge. EPC:B. Approximately 66.28 sq m (713 sq ft).

Guide price: £675,000

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Balmoral House, One Tower Bridge SE1  A stunning two bedroom apartment with modern appliances Located on the fourth floor, this apartment has a light and bright open plan reception room and kitchen/dining room with built in Miele appliances. The two double bedrooms have Nu Silk carpets, floor to ceiling windows and bespoke wardrobes. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dressing room, reception room/kitchen and balcony. EPC: B. Approximately 79.15 sq m (852 sq ft).    

Guide price: £1,000 per week

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Mitchell's Place, Dulwich Village, SE21 An outstanding and bright house in a secure gated development in the heart of Dulwich Village. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 further double bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen/dining room, roof terrace, private parking and communal garden. EPC: C. Approx. 164 sq m (1,765 sq ft). dulwichvillage@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3463 0408

 

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Guide price: £1,300,000

Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich, SE22 A fantastic semi-detached family house on a popular street in the heart of East Dulwich. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, bathroom, 2 guest WCs, double reception room, kitchen/dining room and garden. EPC: D. Approx. 198.5 sq m (2,137 sq ft).  dulwichvillage@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3463 0408

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A VILLAGE WITH A PARK The perfect setting for your early morning run A village lifestyle. A quick commute. A landscape full of greenery. A tasty cup of coffee in the morning. An easy ride into the city for an evening in the West End. Only 16 minutes to London Bridge*. It’s all part of a new life on The Crescent – a collection of 21 spacious new townhouses situated in the Meridian Gate neighbourhood of Kidbrooke Village. 3 bedroom townhouses from £770,000 Call a member of the sales team on 020 3813 5368 to arrange a viewing. Sales & Marketing Suite open daily 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm). Wallace Court, 40 Tizzard Grove, London SE3 9FD.

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Elliot Walker Manager at Hamptons International Blackheath discusses his observations of working in the area over the years Photography by R E B E C C A N O O NA N

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rowing up, I was never quite sure where my working life would lead me. I went through the obligatory stages of every young boy, starting with a football player and later on seeing myself as an architect. Given my lack of talent at the former, being involved in property seemed much more realistic. Before long, my days at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School were over, and it was time to decide between university and the big bad world. As much of a draw as my potential course at Hull University was, I decided on the latter. All I knew was that I wanted a career I had a genuine passion for and I’d always been fascinated by architecture and property, so estate agency seemed like the natural progression. After a short stint working for an estate agent in Orpington, I was offered an opportunity in Blackheath in 2003. I have always lived in and around South East London, and so that meant I spent a fair amount of time in Greenwich Park and Blackheath Village. Whether it was feeding ducks and squirrels or flying down the hills on a sledge in the snow, the park is full of fond memories for me. Equally the village and the heath were where we used to mooch

around as a family on our lazy Sundays. Other fond memories include coming to Blackheath for the annual firework display – this is why Hamptons being a sponsor of the event in recent years has been a particularly great pleasure. To work in a job such as ours, I think it’s essential to naturally enthuse about the area you work in, so I knew Blackheath and Greenwich is where I wanted to be. This is why it didn’t take long for me to decide when I was offered the role at James Johnston all those years ago. Fast forward thirteen years, I am managing the sales team here at Hamptons International. I must say, I have enjoyed every minute of agency life in the village. The eclectic mix of property and diverse client base keeps life interesting, and I couldn’t imagine myself working anywhere else. Since my first day in the village, a fair amount has changed, not least the property prices. The fundamentals of the area, which offers village life inside London, has been a constant. That being said, what I once referred to as our ‘secret gem’ has become less and less of a secret. The huge growth in Central London has led to people broadening their searches looking for better value for money while maintaining easy reach to The City and Canary Wharf. So, despite the fairly turbulent year that 2016 has been, I don’t see interest

“THE HUGE GROWTH IN CENTRAL LONDON HAS LED PEOPLE TO BROADENING THEIR SEARCHES” in the local property market falling away anytime soon. With the growing population and London’s status as one of the greatest cities on the planet, people will continue to be drawn here. As Hamptons International completes its second full year in Blackheath, I’m very much looking forward to another successful year ahead. Not least, our continued activity in the local community with events such as John Ball School’s ‘Heath For Health’ charity fun run and the Open Gardens event in aid of Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice. If people would like to know more about either of these events, please feel free to get in touch. u

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CALTON AVENUE SE21

£2,950,000

DULWICH VILLAGE SE21

DULWICH VILLAGE SE21 £5,500,000 Sole Agents £5,500,000 Sole Agents An exceptional Grade II listed Georgian house in the very heart of Dulwich An exceptional Grade II listed Georgian house in the very heart offront Dulwich Village. The property occupies a superb plot with carriage drive at the and Village. property occupies a superb plot with drive at so thethis front vehicularThe access at the rear. The owner bought thecarriage house in 1957 willand be vehicular access atbeen the rear. Themarket ownerfor bought the60house 1957aso this be the first time it has on the almost years.inWith GIA ofwill 4,517 the first time it has been on the market for almost 60 years. With a GIA of 4,517 sq ft including the cellar and both garages there are 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms sq cellar and may both be garages are 7 extension bedrooms,subject 2 bathrooms andft 3including separatethe WCs. There scope there for further to any and 3 separate WCs. There may be on scope for further to any necessary consent. More information request. EPC extension Rating ( F subject ) necessary consent. More information on request. EPC Rating ( F )

Sole Agents

Excellent semi-detached Edwardian family house with superb views directly towards Alleyns playing fields at the front and a large west facing garden at the rear. Calton Avenue is just off Dulwich Village and exceptionally well located for the amenities of the area particularly JAGS & Alleyns schools. The current GIA is 2,519 sq ft ( 2 34 sq m ) with 5 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room/WC, 2 separate WCs, family COLLEGE ROAD SE21 room, reception room, dining room, kitchen COLLEGE ROAD SE21 £5,900,000 Sole Agents £5,900,000 Sole Agents and off street parking. However consents Very rarely available, a large double fronted detached Edwardian family house Very a large double fronted detached Edwardianwell family house in onerarely of theavailable, most sought after roads in Dulwich and to particularly placed for have been obtained extend the property. in one ofCollege the mostand sought afterVillage. roads inWith Dulwich and placed for Dulwich Dulwich a GIA of particularly 5,242 sq ftwell ( 487 sq m) EPC Rating ( F ) Dulwich College and Dulwich Village. With a GIA of 5,242 sq ft ( 487 sq m) there are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms/WCs , 2 reception rooms, there are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms/WCs , 2 reception rooms, reception hall, dining room, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, kitchenette, reception hall, diningseparate room, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room,and kitchenette, gym, utility room, WC, garage, off street parking a large gym, utility room, separate WC, garage, off street parking and a large landscaped garden 200 ’ x 699THORNLAW ’ ( 6 1 m x 21m ) . EPC ROAD Rating ( F ) SE27 landscaped garden 200 ’ x 699 ’ ( 6 1 m x 21m ) . EPC Rating ( F )

£1,595,000

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An attractive detached double-fronted family house c.1897 retaining many original and period features. The accommodation is spacious with well proportioned rooms arranged over 2 floors. With a GIA of 2,448 sq ft ( 227 sq m ) the property benefits from 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate WC, 2 reception rooms, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen/family room, cellar, outhouse, south facing-garden 83 ’ x 37 ’ ( 2 5m x 11m ) and off street parking. There is scope to extend into both the loft & rear garden subject to planning consents. EPC Rating ( E )

UNDERHILL Road SE22

£650,000 COURT LANE SE21

COURT LANE SE21 £3,300,000 Sole £3,300,000 Sole Agents Agents Detached family house in prominent location in the Dulwich Village conservation

Detached house in prominent location in the & Dulwich conservation area, well family located for schools particularly, Alleyns JAGS.Village Set well back from area, well located for schools particularly, Alleyns & JAGS. Set well back from the road with off street parking, the house benefits from a 204 ’ deep x 34’ the off street parking, the house benefits from a 204 deep x 34’ wideroad rearwith south west facing garden beautifully landscaped and’ backing onto wide rearPark. south west facing gardensqbeautifully backing onto Dulwich With a GIA of 2,145 ft ( 199.3landscaped sq m ) the and property benefits Dulwich Park. With a GIA of 2,145 sq ft ( 199.3 sq m ) the property benefits from 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, bathroom, shower room, separate WC, from 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, studio bathroom, showerEPC room, separate kitchen, conservatory, storage, garden and garden. Rating ( E ) WC, kitchen, conservatory, storage, garden studio and garden. EPC Rating ( E )

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A stylish ground floor flat in a Victorian uNDERHILL ROAD SE22

uNDERHILL ROAD SE22 £650,000 Agents house presented in excellentSole decorative £650,000 Sole Agents A stylish ground floor flat in a Victorian house presented in excellent decorative

andhouse situated on a popular and A stylish ground floor on flat ainorder a Victorian presented in excellent order and situated popular and desirable residential roaddecorative close to order and situated on adesirable popular and residential desirable residential roadclose close toto road Peckham Rye Park. With a GIA of about 754 sq ft ( 70 sq m ) the property Peckham Ryea Park. Withroom a GIA of aabout 754 sq ft with ( 70 polished sq m ) the property benefits from reception and main bedroom wood floors, Peckham Rye Park. With a GIA of about benefits from a room, reception roombedroom, and a main bedroomand with garden. polished The woodnearest floors, kitchen/dining second bathroom 754 sq ft ( 70 sq m ) the property benefits kitchen/dining room, second bedroom, garden. TheOak nearest stations are East Dulwich with servicesbathroom to Londonand Bridge, Honor and from a reception and ( EOak a) main stations Dulwich with services to London) .room Bridge, Honor and Peckhamare RyeEast ( London Bridge/London Overground EPC Rating Peckham Rye ( London Bridge/London Overground ) . EPC Rating ( E ) bedroom with polished wood floors,

kitchen/dining room, second bedroom, bathroom and garden. The nearest stations are East Dulwich with services to London Bridge, Honor Oak and Peckham Rye ( L ondon Bridge/London Overground ) . EPC Rating ( E )

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COLLEGE ROAD SE21

£5,900,000

DULWICH VILLAGE SE21

DULWICH VILLAGE SE21 £5,500,000 Sole Agents £5,500,000 Sole Agents An exceptional Grade II listed Georgian house in the very heart of Dulwich An exceptional Grade II listed Georgian house in the very heart offront Dulwich Village. The property occupies a superb plot with carriage drive at the and Village. property occupies a superb plot with drive at so thethis front vehicularThe access at the rear. The owner bought thecarriage house in 1957 willand be vehicular access atbeen the rear. Themarket ownerfor bought the60house 1957aso this be the first time it has on the almost years.inWith GIA ofwill 4,517 the first time it has been on the market for almost 60 years. With a GIA of 4,517 sq ft including the cellar and both garages there are 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms sq cellar and may both be garages are 7 extension bedrooms,subject 2 bathrooms andft 3including separatethe WCs. There scope there for further to any and 3 separate WCs. There may be on scope for further to any necessary consent. More information request. EPC extension Rating ( F subject ) necessary consent. More information on request. EPC Rating ( F )

Sole Agents

Very rarely available, a large double fronted detached Edwardian family house in one of the most sought after roads in Dulwich and particularly well placed for Dulwich College and Dulwich Village. The house has a GIA of 5,242 sq ft ( 487 sq m ) . There are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms/WCs , 2 reception rooms, reception hall, dining room, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, kitchenette, gym, COLLEGE ROAD SE21 WC, garage, off utility room, separate COLLEGE ROAD SE21 £5,900,000 Sole Agents £5,900,000 Sole Agents street and aEdwardian large family landscaped Very rarely available, a large doubleparking fronted detached house Very rarely available, a large double fronted detached Edwardian family house garden ’ deep x 699 ’ wide ( 61m in one of the most sought after roads 200 in Dulwich and particularly well placed for x in one ofCollege the mostand sought afterVillage. roads inWith Dulwich and particularly well placed for Dulwich Dulwich a GIA of 5,242 sq ft ( 487 sq m) 21m ) . EPC Rating ( F ) Dulwich College and Dulwich Village. With a GIA of 5,242 sq ft ( 487 sq m) there are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms/WCs , 2 reception rooms, there are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms/WCs , 2 reception rooms, reception hall, dining room, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, kitchenette, reception hall, diningseparate room, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room,and kitchenette, gym, utility room, WC, garage, off street parking a large CATOR Road SE21 gym, utility room, separate WC, garage, off street parking and a large landscaped garden 200 ’ x 699 ’ ( 6 1 m x 21m ) . EPC Rating ( F ) landscaped garden 200 ’ x 699 ’ ( 6 1 m x 21m ) . EPC Rating ( F )

£1,750,000

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A substantial double-fronted detached Victorian Villa with a GIA of 3,013 sq ft ( 2 80 sq m ) , located on this popular tree -lined street and within the Cator Rd Conservation Area. The house, built c.1890, has undergone a complete renovation. The internal décor is immaculately finished with high specification fixtures and fittings, complete re-wiring, new plumbing and central heating system, new double-glazed sash windows, new insulation and airconditioning. There are 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, utility room, garage & garden. EPC Rating ( E )

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£2,850,000 COURT LANE SE21

COURT LANE SE21 £3,300,000 Sole £3,300,000 Sole Agents Agents Detached family house in prominent location in the Dulwich Village conservation

Detached house in prominent location in the & Dulwich conservation area, well family located for schools particularly, Alleyns JAGS.Village Set well back from area, well located for schools particularly, Alleyns & JAGS. Set well back from the road with off street parking, the house benefits from a 204 ’ deep x 34’ the off street parking, the house benefits from a 204 deep x 34’ wideroad rearwith south west facing garden beautifully landscaped and’ backing onto wide rearPark. south west facing gardensqbeautifully backing onto Dulwich With a GIA of 2,145 ft ( 199.3landscaped sq m ) the and property benefits Dulwich Park. With a GIA of 2,145 sq ft ( 199.3 sq m ) the property benefits from 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, bathroom, shower room, separate WC, from 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, studio bathroom, showerEPC room, separate kitchen, conservatory, storage, garden and garden. Rating ( E ) WC, kitchen, conservatory, storage, garden studio and garden. EPC Rating ( E )

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An Edwardian family house close to the

uNDERHILL ROAD SE22

centre of ROAD Dulwich SE22 Village and superbly uNDERHILL £650,000 Sole Agents £650,000 Soledecorative Agents located the local schools. The A stylish ground floor flat in well a Victorian house for presented in excellent

A stylish ground floor on flat ain a Victorian house presented in excellent decorative order and situated popular and desirable residential road close well to property has spacious and order and situated on a popular and desirable residential road close to Peckham Rye Park. With a GIA of about 754 sq ft ( 70 sq m ) the property accommodation arranged Peckham Ryea Park. Withroom aproportioned GIA of aabout sq ft with ( 70 polished sq m ) the property benefits from reception and main 754 bedroom wood floors, benefits from a room, reception room andthree a main bedroom with polished wood floors, over floors with a garden. GIA ofThe 2,716 sq ft kitchen/dining second bedroom, bathroom and nearest kitchen/dining room, second bedroom, bathroom and garden. The nearest ( 2 52.3 sq m ) . There are 6 bedrooms, stations are East Dulwich with services to London Bridge, Honor Oak and stations Dulwich with services to London) . Bridge, Honor( EOak Peckhamare RyeEast ( London Bridge/London Overground Rating ) ( 1anden shower room/WC, 2 EPC bathrooms Peckham Rye ( London Bridge/London Overground ) . EPC Rating ( E )

suite ) , 2 separate WCs, dining Room, reception room, breakfast room, kitchen, conservatory, roof terrace with open views overlooking the west facing garden 132' x 279' and off street parking. Early viewing is highly recommended. EPC Rating ( E )

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DAGMAR ROAD SE5 ÂŁ2,750 PCM

SYDENHAM HILL SE23 ÂŁ1,500,000

A fantastic newly-converted three bedroom, un-furnished flat with rear balcony on the upper floors of a charming Victorian terraced house in Camberwell. The apartment is presented in luxury condition with spacious rooms finished to a high modern standard whilst keeping some stunning original features.

Imposing double fronted, 4 double bedroom detached house on the Forest Hill/East Dulwich borders. Set back from the main road with a huge footprint including a front garden with parking for 5+ cars, garage and 140ft rear garden. Planning granted to extend out and up to 7 bedrooms.

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PROPERTY / FEATURE

Going underground by N I G E L L E W I S

Fed up with parking on the street but have a home with only a small driveway - then how about using a car lift to store your motors?

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f you live in London and drive a car, then you’ll be adept at dodging the capital’s army of parking attendants who pound the streets looking for errant vehicles come rain or shine. It can be an expensive game of cat and mouse; in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for example, tickets range from £80 to £130, or half that if you pay within 14 days. But if you’re clamped then the borough charges £70 to release the clamp on top of the fine, and £200 plus the fine if you’re towed away. Every year four million tickets or nearly 11,000 every day are issued by London boroughs, helping to raise over half a billion pounds from their on- and offstreet operations. Westminster tops the parking league with profits of £46.4 million during 2014/15 from on-street parking enforcement followed by Kensington and Chelsea (£33 million), Camden (£24.5 million), Hammersmith & Fulham (£23.8 million) and Wandsworth (£20.4 million). And then there are residential parking permits, which can run to several hundred pounds a year if you have two cars. For example, Westminster City Council charges £141 per vehicle a year for cars with engines over 1.2 litres. And even then, you’re not guaranteed a space.

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Most London homeowners who have offstreet parking space next to their homes, therefore, cherish their ticket and permitfree lives, and this in part explains why offstreet parking places are so expensive. A double garage in Chelsea recently sold for a record-breaking £670,000 last year. For those who can afford it, there is another way to park your car away from prying attendants or thieves. And that means going underground. Demand for basement parking spaces has been increasing recently as the trend for ‘iceberg’ homes has ramped up, driven by planning laws that don’t allow properties to be redeveloped upwards, and so there’s only one place to go to create space; down. “We find a lot of our clients in certain

Demand for basement parking spaces has been increasing parts of London are car collectors who treat their vehicles as investments as well as transport, so they need to store them somewhere,” says David Grade of Total Lifting Solutions. “In the past, they would keep their cars in secure storage facilities outside London, but it’s a pain for them if they want to drive the cars because they then have to be transported into their London address when they want to use them.” David says his company is the leading supplier in the UK of car platform lifts, which enable home owners to have a basement car park even though space around the side, back or front of their property is tight. Hi lifts are essentially vertical pits the size of a small swimming pool dug into the ground usually up to 3.5 metres deep that use scissor-like lifting

arms to raise and lower a platform above and below ground level.These platforms have a ‘roof’ which, when the lift goes down, creates a flat surface above which if carefully designed, is invisible to the casual eye. David says his company’s standard Marte CT platform is a 2.5m wide by a 5.3m plate that can take a car of up to three tonnes, which means it can handle most large vehicles from a Range Rover to a luxury Lamborghini sports car. One of the biggest concerns is vibration and noise – every time you lower or raise your cars out of the garage the whole house can grind and groan unless you get your platform tech spec right. The question is – do you choose a ‘scissor system’ or a ‘four-post system’? The former uses one or two sets of hydraulic scissors to raise the platform, which creates the least vibration

and noise whereas a four post system is noisier and creates more vibration. These systems are also used in car showrooms, so if you want to see one in action then pop along to one of London’s luxury roadside Ferrari or BMW showrooms, who use David’s lifts to create extra space in the showrooms as well as the spectacle of a car ‘in the air’. And you could add to your collection while you’re there. u

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ROSEBERY ROAD, CLAPHAM, SW2 Rare to the rentals market, a beautifully presented 4 bed period house. Currently owner occupied the property boasts beautiful furnishings throughout married with high quality fixtures and fittings. Briefly comprises reception/dining room, galley kitchen and a landscaped garden which can be accessed from the dining room or kitchen via feature French doors. 4 bedrooms, a boutique bathroom and further shower room serve the 1st and 2nd floor. Ideally located for all of the amenities of both Clapham and Brixton. ÂŁ3,358 PCM

UPPER TULSE HILL, BRIXTON, SW9 Located a short distance to all major transport routes a newly built modern two bedroom apartment. The property is situated over two floors and briefly comprises, private entrance, reception open plan to modern fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, access to private patio, family bathroom with shower over bath and separate W.C. The property benefits from an excellent location with easy access to a great range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants which can be found in Brixton, Tulse Hill and Streatham Hill. Offered furnished ÂŁ1,647 PCM

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HUBERT GROVE, STOCKWELL, SW9 Located on the sought after Hubert Grove an exceptional 4 double bedroom house. The ground floor briefly comprises white high gloss dining kitchen boasting bi-folding doors allowing access to a well maintained garden and 2 spacious reception rooms. The first floor offers 3 good sized bedrooms and shower room and to the second floor a further bedroom and bathroom with shower over the bath. The property features excellent storage and large windows allow ample light. Ample original features mixed with contemporary fixtures and fittings make this property an ideal family home. £1,250,000

THIRLMERE ROAD, STREATHAM, SW16 Martin & Co in Streatham are delighted to offer a fantastic 5 bedroom detached family home. The property briefly comprises through reception room boasting feature fire places and large windows allowing ample natural light. Modern kitchen with integral appliances open plan to dining room and access to well maintained garden via the conservatory. Arranged over 3 floors and further features 5 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms plus 2 further bathrooms serve the property. The property further includes fully equipped kitchen ideal for a nanny, gated off street parking and garage. £5,400 PCM

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LYNDHURST GROVE, SE15

£1,375,000 Freehold

We are delighted to offer this fantastic, bright and very spacious three/four bedroom period terrace house on the very popular Lyndhurst Grove. The property comprises of three bedrooms, a large through reception, extended kitchen, two bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom, plus front & back gardens.

OGLANDER ROAD, SE15

£975,000 Freehold

Embracing an exquisite address on one of SE15’s best streets, this semi-detached Victorian residence offers three double bedrooms, a modern family bathroom, a separate sun drenched lounge room, large open plan kitchen and dining room and also a rear garden which is partially decked. The dining space benefits from large doors which concertina open allowing for an easy inside to outside flow.

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PECKHAM RYE, SE15

£1,500,000 Freehold

Rarely does an opportunity arise that presents such prime position and versatility. Part of a handsome row of wide-fronted terraces, this grand residence blends exquisite Victorian craftsmanship with sophisticated modern luxury and offers a truly exceptional chance to acquire a large home in a premier Peckham Rye address.

REEDHAM STREET, SE15

£3,195 pcm

An Imposing, newly refurbished four bedroom house situated on Reedham Street which is well located for a wealth of quality amenities and leisure facilities on offer within central Peckham Rye.

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Kirsty Ward on a 2016 version that has been seen by over 3000 local children in their school setting.  In addition to this and performances at local community venues, there were five performances open to the general public on 22nd and 23rd December at Brixton Community Base and Brixton East. ‘Part of our remit as a local company is to increase access to theatre that is affordable to all. This is an unfunded project and we are grateful to Brixton Bid and Pedder Estates for their help in sponsoring the public performances so that we could keep ticket prices to a minimum.’  For more information or any further press enquiries or please contact: Producer, Caroline Funnell, at carofunnell@sixteenfeet.co.uk or on 07958448690   www.sixteenfeet.co.uk

enriette Le Forestier Prep School wish to thank Pedder for the third year running for sponsoring our Christmas Bazaar, we raised in excess of £4000 this year, which is the beginning of our fundraising mission to build a ship for our Infant Playground. We predict that we can proceed with this project in Summer 2017. The Bazaar on the 9th December in the school hall saw many past pupils, families and those from the local community as well as present pupils, families, staff and friends bid for various amazing class themed Christmas Hampers, win fabulous Raffle / Tombola prizes, purchase various Christmas items, treats and drinks and also get into the Christmas spirit meeting Father Christmas in his Grotto, riding the Reindeer Bronco and busting some moves in the Silent Disco. We were also treated to an amazingly delicious selection of curries by our parent-owned Curry House - The Mirch Masala in Norbury. A great afternoon was had by all and put us all in the mood for Christmas. Thanks Pedder for help make it such a success!

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AN URBAN OASIS

South Quay Plaza is a development truly unique to the Canary Wharf area. Standing within 2.6 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and over 150 new trees, it will feel like an urban oasis. At the heart of the park, new cafes and restaurants will provide places to meet and socialise, all by the water’s edge of the South Dock. To find out more, visit southquayplaza.london/FILMS and watch an interview with our landscape architects. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. Prices from £742,500.

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Anerley Road, Anerley £725,000

Carnac Street, Dulwich £849,950

A stunning and rarely available 3 bedroom hall floor period conversion for sale forming part of an imposing detached Victorian villa moments EPC: E

Attractive 3 bedroom Victorian house for sale located on this popular residential road close to West Dulwich and West Norwood. EPC – D

Please call our Crystal Palace office: 020 8670 7160

Please call our Dulwich Village office: 020 8299 0922

Friern Road, East Dulwich £1,450,000

Tarleton Gardens, Forest Hill £795,000

A stunning 2305’ sq ft 6 bedroom semi-detached Victorian family home with potential for further development (STPP). EPC E

A spacious three/ four-bedroom mid terrace family home for sale in Forest Hill. Arranged over three floors the property comprises integral garage with utility area, open plan reception room, fitted kitchen and direct access to a 43ft garden. EPC E

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Frankfurt Road, Herne Hill £1,250,000

Victor Road, Sydenham £540,000

A delightful Edwardian house for sale on Frankfurt Road. The house comprises of 5 great sized bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, a large grassed garden and 2 bathrooms. This ideal family home is located moments from central Herne Hill. EPC:E

This charming 1868 semi detached cottage comprises a through reception, kitchen, bathroom and two double bedrooms. To the rear is a landscaped garden. EPC D

Please call our Herne Hill office: 020 7738 5926

Please call our Sydenham office: 020 8659 0220

Kingsmead Road, Tulse Hill £1,450,000

Crystal Palace Park Road, Sydenham £600,000

A charming semi-detached five bedroom Edwardian family house For Sale in Tulse Hill. This grand property offers vast amounts of internal living space arranged over three floors with a garden which wraps round the property. EPC: E.

A stunning three double bedroom penthouse apartment overlooking Crystal Palace Park and located nearby transport links at Sydenham Hill, Sydenham, Crystal Palace and Penge East / West rail. EPC: E

Please call our West Norwood office: 020 8670 9008

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Elfindale Road, Herne Hill £1,650 Per Calendar Month

Sylvan Road, Upper Norwood £1,600 Per Calendar Month

Alleyn Park, Dulwich Village £4,500 Per Calendar Month

A newly refurbished fl at to let on Elfindale Road, SE24. The property comprises of 2 bedrooms, modern kitchen and bathroom with brand new appliances and sound proofing throughout. EPC: E

A beautifully presented light and bright two bedroom period conversion apartment positioned on a sought after road in Upper Norwood. Available from early February EPC: E

Extremely well presented, modern 4 bed family home. High spec kitchen with integrated appliances. Offered unfurnished, available February. EPC:D

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Amott Road, Peckham Rye £3,250 Per Calendar Month

Barry Road, Dulwich £2,700 Per Calendar Month

Sunderland Road, Forest Hill £1,800 Per Calendar Month

A beautiful terraced 4 bedroom Victorian home to let with 2 bathrooms and additional utility room. Available in March. Furnished or Unfurnished. EPC D

A larger than average, immaculately presented three bedroom family home just a short stroll from Dulwich Park. EPC D

A stunning three-bedroom ground floor Victorian conversion fl at to let in Forest Hill with private garden and off street parking, located only 0.3 miles from Forest Hill station. EPC D

Please call our East Dulwich office: 020 8299 3721

Please call our East Dulwich office: 020 8299 3721

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Durban Road, West Norwood £1,275 Per Calendar Month

Casino Avenue, Herne Hill £2,500 Per Calendar Month

Silverdale House, Sydenham £1,395 Per Calendar Month

A two bedroom garden fl at available to rent in West Norwood. Situated on the ground floor, this property benefits from a bright reception room, eat in kitchen and private garden. EPC: D.

A lovely home to let on Casino Avenue, perfect for a family or sharers. Comprising of 3 double bedrooms, a large reception, modern kitchen and a grassed garden. EPC: D

An impressive warehouse conversion offering superb living space of 820 sqft. Comprising an open plan reception/ kitchen, double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and cloakroom. Close to Sydenham rail. Unfurnished. EPC D

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The Rye, Peckham From £865,000

Elm Park Gardens, Brixton From £799,000

The Rye is an exclusive development of four 4 bedroom family houses in the heart of Peckham. Each house has a large living room with separate kitchen, landscaped gardens and large bedrooms with en-suites.

Elm Park Gardens is an exclusive development of just six, 4 bedroom family homes located close to Brixton and Herne Hill. Each house has a large open-plan kitchen, dining, living area with doors opening onto the private garden. Launching Spring 2017.

New Homes Herne Hill: 020 7738 6839

New Homes Herne Hill: 020 7738 6839

The Triangle, Gipsy Hill From £550,000

Athenlay Road From £925,000

The Triangle provides an exclusive collection of seven 2& 3 bedroom apartments located close to Gipsy Hill and Crystal Palace. Each apartment offers spacious open plan living with access to a balcony. Some units available on Help to Buy.

Athenlay Road is a unique collection of 9 four bedroom family homes. There are large family kitchens with bi fold doors to the garden, separate sitting rooms, four double bedrooms, two ensuites and a family bathroom.

New Homes Herne Hill: 020 7738 6839

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