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AUGUST 2012 £3.95

English Rose

Cabbages and Roses' Christina Strutt gets back to basics

Line of beauty 

This Season's looks with Laura Mercier

Empire state of mind

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In the kitchen with Eight Over Eight's Will Ricker

Back to Black Monochrome style for the summer 

10 family days out


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Our results speak for Radipole Road | Fulham | SW6

Acfold Road | Fulham | SW6

2,422 sq ft (225 sq m)

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A substantial five bedroom house with a south-west facing garden. Three reception rooms Six bedrooms Three bathrooms Utility Garden

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An extended four bedroom house moments from Parsons Green and Eel Brook Common.

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1,529 sq ft (142 sq m)

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An extended and well-presented five bedroom ‘Lion House’.

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Campana Road | Fulham | SW6

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Sandilands Road | Fulham | SW6

Woodlawn Road | Fulham | SW6

Kimbell Gardens | Fulham | SW6

An excellent two bedroom house next to the Peterborough Estate.

A five bedroom house moments from the newly refurbished Bishops Park.

An immaculate four bedroom house on this quiet road close to Bishops Park.

958 sq ft (89 sq m)

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Drawing room Kitchen/dining room Five bedrooms Three bathrooms WC Garden

Drawing room Kitchen/dining room Four bedrooms Four bathrooms WC Garden

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Sherbrooke Road | Fulham | SW6

Tilton Street | Fulham | SW6

Brookville Road | Fulham | SW6

An excellent three bedroom house with potential to extend.

An unusual three bedroom house occupying 2,562 sq ft.

An architect designed house with a rare 16 ft roof terrace.

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Two reception rooms Three bedrooms Three bathrooms Wine cellar WC Garden Parking

Drawing room Kitchen/dining room Three bedrooms Three bathrooms Terrace Garden

Asking price £875,000 Freehold

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The Sales Team

Ivor Campbell-Davys Barclay Macfarlane Partner - Head of Partner Office

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Charlie Naughten Residential Sales

Alice Pearson-Wright Marina Woodall Residential Sales Support

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Rostrevor Road | Fulham | SW6

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An immaculate, recently renovated family house.

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A charming family house on a prime residential street.

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Shottendane Road | Fulham | SW6

Winchendon Road | Fulham | SW6

Drive Mansions | Fulham | SW6

A two bedroom garden flat in the heart of Parsons Green.

A fabulous three bedroom maisonette on a sought after street in Fulham.

A wonderful, newly refurbished two bedroom flat within a popular mansion building.

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Mirabel Road | Fulham | SW6

Brookville Road | Fulham | SW6

An absolutely stunning owner’s own home.

Spacious maisonette with a large roof terrace.

A stunning house located in ‘The Villes’.

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Carolyn Arnsby-Wilson Abigail MacEachin Residential Lettings Lettings Progression

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ABSOLUTELY AUGUST 2012

CONTENTS 7

EDITOR’S LETTER

STYLE 8 11 13 14 17 18 20 24 32

ARTS AND CULTURE 28

ABSOLUTELY LOVES

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CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL

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Absolutely’s top ten this month

Stylishly globe-trotting buys

FASHION NOTES

Dapper suits, plus Paul Costelloe

DOUBLE TAKE

Q&A with Deuxieme’s Camilla Simon

BEAUTY FLASH

Absolutely’s best beauty buys of the month

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WHAT’S ON

Our local culture diary

CULTURE FLASH This month’s highlights

NATURE’S BOUNTY

COMING UP ROSES

Cabbages and Roses’ Christina Strutt comes full circle

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

INTERIORS

ABSOLUTELY SOCIAL

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SMALL WORLD

WINGED CREATURES

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INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Spreading our fashion wings

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Will Ricker talks Mexican food and perfectionism with Priscilla Pollara

All hail Marc Newson’s Works book

A brief encounter with Leonora Beaubois

FOOD & TRAVEL 70

ABOUT FACE Seeing and being seen...

DIARY OF A DESIGNER

Top ten local family days out

IN THE FAMILY WAY

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Laura Mercier’s hot tips for summer skin

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BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL Beauty news and tips

MARC OF GREATNESS

Sculpture at Chelsea Physic Garden

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WINNER’S DINNER

Ashley Palmer Watts, head chef at Dinner

RESTAURANT REVIEWS Big Easy and Lowcountry

ESCAPE

We check in at Prospect House, Padstow

FEAST YOUR EYES

The best cookery school destinations

COMING UP TRUMPS New York crash pad Trump Tower

PROPERTY PRIME PURCHASE IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Eight of the best children’s furniture

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Gemma Billington’s picks of the month

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Ivor Campbell-Davys and Barclay Macfarlane

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EDITOR’S LETTER AUGUST 2012

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happy family is but an earlier heaven,’ George Bernard Shaw once said. Such an enviable state of affairs, particularly over the languorously long summer hols – as the child’s protestations of boredom go up like a battle cry – can be an elusive thing. Which is exactly why this month, we have drawn up a guide to some of the best days out in the city. So whether your brood consists of culture vultures or outdoorsy types, flick to page 48 for our guide to keeping tinies inspired and entertained this summer. One man who, conversely, rarely stands still long enough to even contemplate boredom is Will Ricker. The prolific restaurateur – the man behind the super successful likes of Eight over Eight, E&O and most recently La Bodega Negra – tells Priscilla Pollara how, despite his foodie empire, he still lies awake at night fretting lest his operations should not match his own rigorous standards. Turn to page 52 to read more about one very humble perfectionist... Meanwhile, I went to meet the ever-charming Christina Strutt, the arbiter d’elegance behind Cabbages and Roses, who has lately stripped back and gone back to her roots, contenting herself with just one beautiful shop on Langton Street, (plus a couple in Japan). Turn to page 40 to find out more about the Cabbages story coming full circle. Elsewhere, we take you on a culinary journey round three of the best destination cookery schools (page 74), and dip into Marc Newson’s inspirational new coffee table book (page 60). I do hope you enjoy this issue.

Nancy Alsop Editor ON THE COVER: Black scalloped edged corset jacket, POA, by WORTH Couture; worthparis.com

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CONTRIBUTORS

PRISCILLA POLLARA As well as editing the travel pages for Absolutely, Priscilla is a freelance journalist for various UK and American national papers. When she’s not writing, she’s travelling and when doing neither, she can be found indulging her other passion: cooking.

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ELIZABETH GIBSON Elizabeth studied at the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins. She went on to assist a variety of photographers before embarking on her own career. Her photography has graced the pages of German Vogue, British Elle, In Style and Glamour.

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MARCO RESTAURANT

As we grit our teeth and gradually accept that football season is soon to be upon us once more, we can be grateful for at least one thing: while we may be dragged to watch the boys in blue at Stamford Bridge, we can at least demand a post-match dinner at Marco Pierre White and Roman Abramovich’s joint Marco restaurant, handily positioned in the grounds. marcorestaurant.org

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THE BABA BLOG

The internet seems to abound with – to put it frankly – sickly ‘mumpreneurs’ sharing their kiddie secrets, so it is agreeable to find one that is actually useful. Leonora Bamford’s Baba Blog is full of style ideas, health and beauty tips and even political updates that relate to child care. Check it out at thebabablog.com

Devotees of Waitrose gleaming deli counters and delicacy-packed aisles as we are, we do often find ourselves dreaming of the local butchers, bakers and fishmongers of PUKKA TEA WITH WWF yesteryear. Happily then, Fulham Road’s To celebrate Pukka’s tenth year, it has buddied Cope’s Seafood is the exemplar of the latter; the fresh and flavoursome fish, the warm up with WWF in a campaign to raise £50,000 in an initiative to ‘Create a Beautiful welcome by the Italian couple who run it, and the simple beauty of the displays have all World.’ The money will go to conservation added up to form a mild obsession… projects across the globe. 778 Fulham Road, SW6; 020 7371 7300 pukkaherbs.com

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COOK LAVAZZA A MODO MIO

If you couldn’t escape to an Italian idyll this year, you can at least channel la dolce vita vibes via Lavazza’s A Modo Mio espresso machine. OK, it might have taken us a small age to get the hang of it, but so, so worth it… lavazzamodomio.co.uk

We’re keen cooks when the sun is shining and there’s a plentiful supply of vin blanc for some Keith Floydstyle kitchen antics. Under other circumstances? Not so much. Which is why we’re thrilled about Cook on Fulham Road, which sells frozen ready meals prepared by chefs, which taste home cooked and are reasonably priced. Dinner party cheating here we come… Readers can get 15 per cent off during August in return for joining the mailing list. At the till, just say: ‘Absolutely Fulham is absolutely fabulous.’ cookfood.net

DVF FETISH BOX BAGS

Picasso-esque faces, clocks, key holes and puzzles ... DVF’s new, limited-edition fetish box bags are veritable works of art. It makes sense to discover that they are inspired by the Surrealists… we feel a bit of accessorising with Gaga-style lobster head pieces coming on… From £653; dvf.com

NATIONAL TRUST TOILETRIES GIFT SET

Call us young fogeys, but we so love a National Trust property. The picnics (granted, in the car park these days), the grounds, the always-fascinating stories, and, yes, the gift shop. Now, to distract us from buying obscene amounts of Kendal mint cake, the Trust has launched new eau de cologne and body gift sets to capture the landscapes in its care. nationaltrust.org.uk

AMUSE BOUCHE

This month we drink to one of our long held Fulham loves: Amuses Bouche Champagne Bar. Cosy, friendly, a great selection of our very favourite of drinks… plus this month it gets a refurb. And when the sun puts in an appearance, there’s a small outside space in which to quaff fizz. Most civilsed. abcb.co.uk

MAKE-A-WISH PORCELAIN BABY ELEPHANT

Forget rubbing lamps. Herend, the internationally renowned maker of handpainted porcelain, has teamed up with the admirable Make-A-Wish Foundation – a charity which grants dreams to youngsters fighting serious illness – to create this sweet baby elephant, from which £15 of each sale goes to charity. £155, exclusively at Porcelain Herend; european-porcelain.com 9

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1. STELLA MCCARTNEY Fair Isle cropped sweater, £535; matchesfashion.com 2. LILY & LIONEL Eastbourne gift shop bamboo-mix scarf, £135; liberty.co.uk 3. WHISTLES Block stripe maxi dress, £195; whistles.co.uk 4. ZARA Antik leather wooden wedge, £59.99; zara.com 5. ALYSSA NORTON, Plaited silk and chain bracelet, £120; matchesfashion.com 6. CARVEN Printed jacquard platform sandals, £123; net-a-porter.com 7. CURRENT/ELLIOTT The ‘Stiletto’ skinny jean - neon arrow, £170; donnaida.com 8. GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Sunflower leather sandals, £790; harrods.com 9. CLOVER CANYON Cane scarf jacket, £195; oxygenboutique.com 10. ROSANTICA Medusa zircon necklace, £465; harveynichols.com

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A new retail space and online shop which sells an eclectic range of furniture and home wares. We showcase modern, designer furniture pieces alongside vintage one-offs and smaller items which are ideal for original gifts.

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SUITS YOU

Oliver Brown is the go-to place for the most dapper breed of chap. We’re loving the Lower Sloane Street outfitters’ summer collection, which channels all our 1930s, tea-on-the-lawn, Brideshead-esque fantasies. And thus begins our campaign to have the city-working denizens of our manor attired in lightweight, cream linen summer suits with proper Panama hats… oliverbrown.org.uk

Paul Costelloe in praise of the family

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FASHION NOTES HERE COMES THE CAVALRY The Dorchester has created a new ‘Cavalry Charge’ cocktail in support of Fashion for the Brave, using the expertise of tasters Hilary Alexander and Captain Damien Lipman of The Life Guards, (guided by head barman, Giuliano Morandin). £17 (£2 goes to charity); fashionforthebrave.com; thedorchester.com

BAGS OF STYLE

Latest up on our lust list is Zagliani’s new Atelier line. As if the Milanese-made bags were not covetable enough, the luxury house will now hand make its totes to order in which ever style, colour and material you so wish. Like, like, like. Zagliani, 8 Sloane St, SW1X; zagliani.it

BOUTIQUE-IN-BRIEF KATIE AND JO, 253 NEW KING’S ROAD, SW6; 020 7736 5304; KATIEANDJO.COM THE IDEA: It’s all about femininity at the eponymous Katie and Jo. Two old school friends, Katie Diment and Jo Thyne – both trained stylists – were frustrated at the absence of clothes they actually wanted to wear, and decided to take matters into their own hands.

THE USP: Whilst this duo keeps an eye on the catwalks, they are no slavish trend followers, preferring to trust their instincts. Major designers are stocked but there are also lesser-known labels to discover. THE BUY: Charlotte Taylor, Cinderela B, Ingenue, Bluenird Boutique, Lily and Lionel, Libelula, Twist and Tango and more.

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Double take Style talk with Camilla Simon, owner of Fulham designer dress agency Deuxième

Tell us a bit about the concept behind Deuxième – how does it work? Deuxième is the ultimate in second-hand designer clothes shops. The concept works for everyone involved, whether you’re a seller or a buyer, and people are often both. Women often have things in their wardrobe that are a bit special and that they spent a bit of money on, but for whatever reason, they don’t want to wear again – and very often have never worn at all. They bring the items to us and if we think they’re suitable to sell (it has to be a recent style and in very good condition) then we take it in to the shop to sell for a total of eight weeks (with a 25 per cent reduction after six weeks). If the items sell, they get half the amount they sold for, (a figure previously agreed with them) and if they don’t sell, they can re-claim the items or we can send them to charity. This means the turn-over is extremely fast with new things coming in daily, so the stock is always fresh and exciting, especially for regular customers.

the previous owner, under a different name and after five years of being there on and off between acting jobs, the owner announced that she wanted to sell the business and leave London. I knew how to run it and I was in need of a more steady income so I saw this as the opportunity. Following a chat with a friend one evening, I made a spontaneous, over-night decision to take over the business. I got a massive bank loan, re-branded it, refurbished it, changed the name, and the rest is history! It’s now been going for nearly 11 years. I added the cafe three years ago and opened Deuxième Too earlier this year.

You are an actress as well as the brains behind the dress agency. What made you decide to open up shop? Acting is my first love but unfortunately the work isn’t very regular and doesn’t always pay very well! I used to work in the shop for

Do you think this is the future of shopping? In these difficult economic times, shopping habits are definitely changing, people just can’t afford to buy in the way they used to, especially when it comes to luxury fashion items. As a result there is much less snob

What’s been your most amazing designer find to date? There have been quite a few, like vintage Chanel bags, beautiful Yves Saint Laurent jackets or brand new Christian Louboutin shoes. Amongst the best is probably a one-off dress we had a few years ago which had been designed especially for Kylie Minogue.

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STYLE factor surrounding second-hand clothes, and now quite rightly it’s even celebrated as recycling and cutting down on waste. I definitely think this is the way forward – it benefits each person in the equation; the seller gets something back for an item that’s sitting in their wardrobe doing nothing, the buyer gets something they love for a great price and nothing has gone to waste. Why did you settle upon the New King’s Road? This stretch of the New King’s Road has a really nice mixture of mostly independent shops, with some lovely cafes and restaurants. It is a very residential area with a really nice community feel (we know lots of our regular customers by name) and it’s a bit more relaxed than further down the King’s Road – and easier to park! The local customer and client base is the perfect combination of designer shoppers and fashionista bargain-hunters. What is your favourite thing about the area? I think it’s Parsons Green itself. In the summer there are loads of community events that go on there and it’s a lovely place to have picnics and drinks on a balmy evening. I also love it that the whole area has the perfect balance of busy shops, restaurants and bars with green open spaces so it’s a lovely place to live and work. What would you change about it? I guess the only thing I would change are the two football stadia in the area which mean that the traffic can sometimes be awful. The parking restrictions are a bit... restrictive! Favourite local character? Some of my customers are total gems. But there’s a deli across the road from us which is owned by a really warm and friendly Portuguese man. He and his wife are there all the time, they work really long hours but they’re always cheerful and jolly. When I’m having a stressful and busy day, I go in to get my lunch and they’re always there with a smile, a chat and some delicious food. Favourite place to grab a bite? There are so many nice places; as well as Emilia’s deli as I mentioned, there’s Barossa for brunch or delicious salads. But my favourite treat for lunch or if I’ve been working late, is a chicken shawarma from Kebab Kid. Delicious marinated chicken with fresh salad in pitta bread with barbecue or chilli sauce – and it’s not even bad for you!

Where do you go locally for inspiration? There’s a lovely independent bookshop on the Fulham Road called Nomad Books that I really like going to. It has a fantastic collection and a really great cafe too. Occasionally I might even head to Dance Attic on the North End Road and take a dance class, but often I find if I need time out during my day to regroup, a little sit-down in my garden at the back of the shop where we have a little cafe will do it perfectly. Most beautiful local view? I love all the local bridges, especially Albert, but sometimes when I cycle home from the shop over Wandsworth Bridge, I manage to time it at dusk, just when the starlings are swirling around in their mesmerising formations and the sun is setting over the river – that’s a view I love. Favourite shop other than your own? Nomad Books is high on the list, and

there are some beautiful antique shops on Lillie Road which I enjoy browsing in but Anthropology on the King’s Road is a lovely shopping experience and fantastic for presents. What one piece of advice would you give a tourist to the area? I’d advise a tourist to perhaps stroll along the river around Hammersmith, go and visit Fulham Palace, then head to Parsons Green for lunch in one of the eateries or a picnic on the green. Spend all afternoon browsing around the shops in the area and then in the evening maybe go to the Royal Court and see a good stage play. Can you sum up Fulham in three words? Inviting, attractive and vibrant. deuxieme.co.uk 15

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MAURITIAN MOMENT

Urban Retreat at Harrods will, for one month only, invite spa-goers to unwind Mauritian style. The pop-up comes courtesy of Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa, whose therapists will decamp to London to instruct in the ways of Ayurveda, complete with hand-blended essential oils, meditation and yogic chants. It doesn’t start until 8 October, but you’d be well-advised to book early; after 5 November you’ll have to travel very much further for it… urbanretreat.co.uk

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Celebrate the capital this month with a work of art on your dressing table courtesy of one of our favourite London perfumiers. In celebration of one of the biggest months in the capital’s history, Jo Malone London will be customise its signature cream and black box with your choice of iconic London landmark, from the Tower of London to Big Ben. The minimum spend is £60. Available at the Brook Street store on 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12 August. jomalone.co.uk

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE

EF Medispa has this month become the first clinic in the UK to use French skincare brand Biologique. Developed by the Allouche family – a biologist, a physiotherapist and a doctor – it is now established as a super effective beauty with each product made in the Biologique Recherche lab in Paris. efmedispa.com Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle/Lifting Serum, £68; debenhams.com

Gazelli Azerbaijan Triple Youth Ultimate Firming Serum, £65; urbanretreat.co.uk

SPA REVIEW: PURE BEAUTY, 30 FILMER ROAD, SW6

Tucked away just behind the Munster Road, this pampering pocket is fast becoming a one-stop shop for all things beautifying with its long treatment list ranging from facials to massages and waxing to manicures. Plump for the most recent addition to its menu – Le Grande Classique Yon-Ka facial – which deep cleanses, restores and relaxes the skin. Involving five essential oils and five carefully devised successive steps including aromatic compresses, peels, massages, extraction and purifying masks, the 75 minutes of bliss leaves you glowing and skipping out into SW6 feeling fully rejuvenated.

020 7870 8319; purebeautyfulham.co.uk

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Sculpt Your Body Slim in Six Weeks Louise Parker and her dedicated team are ready to bust your body into shape for spring

THE INTENSIVE PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME was devised by celebrity trainer Louise Parker over 12 years ago and has since changed the body shape of hundreds of individuals. Her experience ranges from helping clients recover from long-term obesity, to taking care of some of the most beautiful bodies in the world. The unique programme combines six hours a week of her exercise method, alongside a rigorous dietary overhaul, for a six-week period. “Each week we train you in four 90-minute sessions in the comfort of your own home – bringing the gym to you and saving precious time,” says Louise. “Some clients choose to do three 90-minute sessions over an eight-week period and the results are still exceptional.” The Intensive employs exercise and diet methods that radically shift body fat and totally re-sculpt the body, without compromising metabolism. “It’s so important to teach our clients how to boost their metabolism so that once they have lost the weight they can easily keep it off,” she notes. “So many diets will get the weight off but your metabolism will come to a grinding halt or they are just not sustainable.” The programme’s emphasis on resistance work and an intelligent eating plan ensure the results that clients achieve are long lasting and, most of all, easy to maintain. “No aspect of what we do is extreme,”

she explains. “Every element of the plan is sensible, researched and proven to work. But what we do is put it all together to create massive transformations in our clients’ bodies and lifestyles. “My team are world class and without doubt some of the best in the country. Most come from a Sports Science background and we have two Olympic athletes amongst us. We all share a friendly, no-nonsense approach and between us we offer an unrivalled service to our clients. I’m hugely proud to have such a talented and committed team behind me.”

with, and what has to be done to return you to your former glory.” Louise Parker designs each programme with one of her team before the programme commences, based on the individual’s requirements and deadlines. A rigid, yet balanced food plan is devised, ensuring optimal results. Louise personally monitors your diet diary on a daily basis to ensure you are on the right track and that you get all the support and motivation you need to succeed. In six weeks, you will emerge looking better than you thought you ever could. What Louise Parker does isn’t gimmicky, it is instead an intelligent combination of three factors – nutrition, training and lifestyle – delivered in just the right combination. “Providing you have made the decision to change and are willing to let us guide you,” she asserts, “You simply cannot fail – clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive.” There are many bespoke programmes available, and following a telephone consultation, Louise will advise a suitable programme and schedule to suit any objective, lifestyle and budget. Louise asks that new clients commit to a minimum of three hours per week to ensure that they achieve amazing results.

You simply cannot fail clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive Louise Parker believes anyone can have a fantastic body – regardless of age, body type and starting point: “By following my method, you really will be blown away by how you can change your body shape, overall fitness and exceed your own expectations.” Her programme is suitable for anyone wanting exceptional results, in record time. The Intensive is hugely popular with clients needing to be what she calls ‘red-carpet ready’ – whether that’s for a wedding, new job-role or even the school run. “I love helping post-natal mums,” she explains. “Since I had my daughters in quick succession, I fully understand the challenges new mothers are faced

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About face Laura Mercier talks Rose Bateman through keeping skin fresh, hydrated and beautiful for the summer

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What are your favourite beauty trends for the summer? I love modern drama – teals and chocolates work so well on the beach and in the sun. What are your top tips for keeping the skin youthful looking? Always look after your skin! Keep it cleansed and well moisturised. For an extra touch of youthful glow, go for an illuminating tinted moisturiser – it gives a delicate veil of coverage whilst keeping your skin hydrated and radiant. If you could only keep three products in your make-up bag, what would they be? I always carry my favourite lip colour in ‘Bing Cherry’, as well as a good powder, and will now be carrying my brand new tinted moisturiser compact, which is ideal for taking about with you. How do you combat dehydrated skin when travelling? I love to travel, but it often tires the skin, when

taking long flights. My best tip is to carry a water spray to refresh, and drink water! What’s your one instant pep-me-up beauty secret? My ‘Tightline Cake Eye Liner’. It’s great for making the lashes look fuller without applying lots of eye liner and mascara. Apply between your lashes and just underneath them for a more open-eyed look. What do you recommend as the best way to combat the effects of the sun on the skin? Sun damage is usually irreversible, but you can combat further damage by using a high SPF. This is key for every day, not just when you go out in the sun. What is your beauty pet hate? People always ask me when I am going to bring out a BB cream… I always say I already have one! My tinted moisturiser is like my BB cream, but I find that if you put too many elements into one, you end up having a product that isn’t good at any of them.

What is the greatest myth in the beauty industry? That beauty is perfection. Natural, barely there make-up, or flamboyant colour? My work is built around enhancing natural beauty. There is always the opportunity to wear fantastic colours, but it must always be beautifully executed. What would you tell your teenage self if you could? Protect, protect, protect with SPF! What is your final touch secret to really complete a look? My ‘Laura Mercier Secret Finish’ – it’s an ultra-light lotion used to set make-up. Dabbing a small amount gently across the face with fingertips after all other make-up is applied refreshes and rejuvenates the face. What is your beauty secret weapon? A great and trusted mascara. Giving someone lashes completely changes the look of the face. lauramercier.co.uk 21

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THE CLINIC: Tucked away just behind Harley Street, visitors to the Waterhouse Young clinic would be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled across an exclusive members club, such is the elegant façade. Scaling the staircase up from the grand entrance does nothing to disabuse one of the notion, until, at the top, you are greeted with smiles and a genuine sense of welcome. Waterhouse Young’s eminently experienced team specialises in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Sound intimidating? It shouldn’t. Between its registered aesthetic nurses, doctors and surgeons there is no team in London with more expert knowledge of facial structure.

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Absolutely checks in at the Waterhouse Young clinic for one revelatory HydraFacial

THE WELCOME: The warmth of the reception is the fi rst thing to strike visitors. As you reach the top floor – which is flooded with natural light – you are ushered into a comfortable waiting room, complete with copies of Vogue et al, and even iPads – and offered nuts with an antioxidant drink of your choice; detox, age defying, multi vitamin or energy. THE PEOPLE: Norman Waterhouse is one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons. He has held a number of senior posts including President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Richard Young is a specialist in craniofacial surgery with a particular interest in cosmetic surgery and facial rejuvenation. The most recent addition is Dr. Michele Engel, chosen to complement the team for her unsurpassed understanding of facial structure. She is renowned for her personal approach, which is entirely in keeping with the clinic’s culture. For her the art is in subtlety and enhancement, as opposed to radical change. THE ETHOS: It is all about holistic care at Waterhouse Young. The onus is on treating individual needs, and rather than affecting a perfect symmetry or an identikit frozen face, the team focuses on augmenting natural beauty and looking

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at overall skin health. Treatment options available include Botox, Dermal Fillers, Dermaroller, HydraFacial and Obagi; all patients are offered a computerised skin analysis prior to treatment to identify underlying issues such as UV damage, together with the visible ones. Using this alongside a thorough skin examination, the team formulates the correct treatment plan to fit each client’s lifestyle and get the results. THE TREATMENT: I opt for the HydraFacial, which is aimed at resurfacing the skin without lasers. Using a spiral shaped tip, my aesthetic nurse Chantelle expertly extracts the impurities that have built up in my skin. Though slightly scratchy, it is far from painful, and contrary to most skin treatments, I actually feel like it is doing something to ameliorate my skin. The beauty of the treatment is it cleverly infuses hydrating anti-oxident serums. After, Chantelle shines red LED lights on my skin to increase collagen and elastin production.

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1. Botox: The clinic specialises in administering Botox, the muscle relaxant which minimises the appearance of lines on the face, can tighten jaw lines giving a lift to the neck and is great for eliminating excessive sweating. The effects can last for threeto-six months. Each person is given a full consultation before-hand to determine exactly the effect they hope to achieve. 2. Dermaroller: Advanced micro-skin needling which catalyses the regeneration of collagen and elastin and as such is perfect for treating acne scarring, sun damage, facial and décolleté lines, stretchmarks and overall skin rejuvenation. 3. Dermal Fillers: A treatment which plumps the skin, immediately reducing the signs of ageing. The effects typically last 6 – 12 months, and at Waterhouse Young, the team uses a range of Juvederm and Restylane products.

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Former tennis ace Rod Laver hosted a reception to commemorate his 1962 Wimbledon win with Derek Picot, President of Jumeirah Europe at – funnily enough – the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia. But the talk was not all of lobs and drop shots; also in attendance to toast the half century since the win were Sir Mark and Lady Thatcher, Hayley McQueen and Bianca Westwood.

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Bib & Sola’s ethical entrepreneur founder Kira Heuer last month celebrated the one-year anniversary of her label by temporarily launching Imbue, a pop-up store showcasing a myriad of luxury brands, running the gamut from swimwear to art. Guests perused the objets on offer while sipping FAIR Vodka cocktails…

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Fashion’s most stellar names last month descended upon Corinthia London to celebrate the hotel’s first birthday. Harold Tillman, Mark Fast, Colin McDowell and Tolula Adeyemi were amongst the elegant set scoffing their share of the 36,500 oysters served and sipping cocktails. When it all became too, too burdensome? Why, they decamped to the spa where the serious pampering happened, of course… TOLULA ADEYEMI AND ANTHONY ADAMS

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Masterpiece last month opened its doors at The Royal Hospital, proving that three years since its inaugural fair, it is one of the major events in the arts and antiques calendar. We loved the very first electric car, and swooned over the rare tomes from Harrington, between pit stops at Scott’s and Harry’s Bar. We weren’t the only ones full of admiration… The likes of Bryan Ferry, Vivienne Westwood and man of the moment Eddie Redmayne were also spotted at the most glam launch in town. THEO FENNELL

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MARILYN: INTIMATE EXPOSURES PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRUNO BERNARD

1 AUGUST – 9 SEPTEMBER PROUD CHELSEA All hail Marilyn, our favourite-ever pin-up girl. Proud Chelsea launches an exclusive exhibition of Bruno Bernard’s evocative collection of documents, which span the transformation of the fresh faced Norma Jean into the legendarily voluptuous sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Just as Bernard ‘discovered’ the star in 1946 as he was leaving the dentist, here we discover a whole new side of the siren via these insightful shots. 161 Kings Road, SW3; proud.co.uk

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August What to do, when to see, where to go… Katie Randall picks the hottest tickets in town

THE FEAR OF BREATHING

UNTIL 11 AUGUST FINBOROUGH THEATRE The world premiere of The Fear of Breathing, reveals verbatim reports from inside Syria. To uncover these personal stories from the uprising, award-winning journalists Paul Wood of the BBC and Ruth Sherlock of The Daily Telegraph, together with theatre director Zoe Lafferty, travelled covertly into the country, circumventing the ban on journalists and restrictions on movement for all non-Syrians. 118 Finborough Road, SW10; finboroughtheatre.co.uk

BIG SMOKE BBQ

UNTIL 30 SEPTEMBER THE ELK BAR The Big Smoke BBQ brings the best of al fresco cooking to Fulham by using the first ever ground-breaking ceramic Primo barbecue in the capital. Expect an array of innovative tobacco and beer-infused cocktails, plus a delicious selection of barbecue classics with a twist, all cooked (not charred) by head chef Paul Sowden who will also use wood chips from a variety of trees to give the food different flavours, or even those from Jack Daniels barrels, resulting in a delicious whiskey hints. 587 Fulham Road, SW6; elkbar.com

THE GAMES  LIVE SCREENINGS

27 JULY – 12 AUGUST DUKE OF YORK SQUARE One of the millions that didn’t bag a ticket to the Olympics this month? Never mind, because The Duke of York Square has installed a giant outdoor screen for games enthusiasts to view the events with fellow supporters. We’ll be taking a picnic down and booking a free blanket on the field outside the Saatchi. Partridges will be there selling its own coveted picnic hampers and Pommery champagne tent will be on site to provide the fizz. Take that Olympic stadium! dukeofyorksquare.com

OLYMPICS CLOSING PARTY

12 AUGUST DURRELL ARMS This do promises to be much like the opening party, minus the silly costumes. Revellers can expect live music, big screen coverage of the closing ceremony and a team GB medal raffle jackpot. We absolutely cannot wait to celebrate whatever the outcome – whether we’re celebrating or commiserating. 704 Fulham Road, SW6; durellarmsfulham.com

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POPUP SCREENS: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD 31 AUGUST

BISHOP’S PARK We love the recent advent of outdoor screenings, and will be amongst those queuing up to get an eyeful of the cult-classic action film and comic book adaptation St Pilgrim Vs. the World. Afterwards why not take a walk on the wild side and get dinner from Tucker’s Exotic Meat Shack – Wildebeest burger anyone? Putney Bridge entrance, Bishop’s Park, SW6; popupscreens.co.uk

THE GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL

7 AUGUST OLYMPIA GRAND HALL Swig from a selection of cask and bottled real ales and eight hundred foreign beers and ciders, over a five-day festival at Olympia this summer. Technically, to try all of them would mean averaging out at 160 sips per day. Achievable? We’ll leave that up to you. But if the drink is not enough to entice, there is also a mix of exciting foods and music on tap too. Hammersmith Road, W14; gbbf.org.uk

EDDI READER

10 AUGUST UNDER THE BRIDGE This Scottish singer-songwriter has racked up quite a resumé during her time on the music circuit, including working closely with Annie Lennox and the Jools Holland Orchestra. She is a unique figure in British music, forever updating and reinventing in the name of delivering contemporary performances. Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6; underthebridge.co.uk

ARTHUR BISPO DO ROSARIO

13 AUGUST – 28 OCTOBER VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM The genius of Arthur Bispo Do Rosário has long been celebrated in his homeland of Brazil, and now this exhibition of his work at the V&A showcases his imaginative creations including sculptures and hand-embroidered banners and garments, which, after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital at age 29, were made in complete isolation from the art establishment. Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk

JACOB’S LADDER II HMS PINAFORE

16 AUGUST FULHAM PALACE To close the season of outdoor summer theatre Illyria brings us a fantastically fun operatic performance of HMS Pinafore. With scandal and intrigue at every turn, this story is set to have the whole family in fits of giggles. Step on board for a nautical adventure like no other in the picturesque walled garden at Fulham Palace. Bishops Avenue, SW6; lyric.co.uk

UNTIL 14 SEPTEMBER ROYAL BRITISH SOCIETY OF SCULPTORS Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, ‘Jacob’s Ladder II’ presents abstract and representational work from the sculptural canon. A monumental piece titled Jacob’s Ladder II is on display in the Sculpture Forecourt. Plus, this could be the last chance to see this beautiful collection of sculptures presented by Susan Forsyth on home turf. 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7; rbs.org.uk 29

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ARTS&CULTURE WOMAN TROUBLE

The decade is the 1880s, and Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancey) is a progressive doctor, whose sermons on the likes of germs are met with scoffing disdain by the medical establishment. Having been fired from an impressive list of hospitals, he joins Dr Dalrymple’s (Jonathan Pryce) private practice, whose speciality is treating hysteria through the employ of, ahem, healing hands – a remedy which leads to the invention of the vibrator. The concurrent story focuses on Granville’s immediate attraction to the virtuous Emily (Felicity Jones), daughter of Dalrymple, and his burgeoning feelings for the firebrand that is her sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Tanya Wexler directs. Hysteria is released 21 September.

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THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS

5 OF THE BEST summer reads From falling for Dickens to dreaming of remote islands...

X MARKS THE SPOT

‘Project X: Time travel at its most puzzling’ is an immersive theatrical concoction of time travel, murder and cryptic clues as audiences meet mysterious characters at various locations around Covent Garden. During the two-hour performance and tour, unravel the secrets of Project X, and encounter a world full of impossibilities – including a mysterious future where things aren’t always what they appear to be. Covent Garden Piazza; projectx-london.co.uk

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BLUE PLAQUE OF THE MONTH… WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, 44 CADOGAN PLACE, SW1

The seeds of William Wilberforce’s admirable – and ultimately successful – campaign for the abolition of the slave trade from Africa to the West Indies were first sewn when the MP for Hull (and later Yorkshire) got in tow with abolitionist Thomas Clarkson. Having become firm friends at Cambridge with future Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, he abandoned his dissolute life later when he became an evangelical Christian and devoted himself to the pursuit of justice for the enslaved. His efforts paid off; in 1807 the slave trade was finally abolished, though it wasn’t until 1833 that existing slaves were granted also their freedom – an act that was passed just days after Wilberforce’s death at the Cadogan Place home of his cousin. 30

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Sunday 9 September 2012 Tom Jones / Status Quo / Emeli Sandé / Jessie J Norah Jones / The Band Perry / Paloma Faith Mick Hucknall / Katzenjammer / Average White Band Hosted by Radio 2 DJs and celebrity guests Tickets £35 For information or to book tickets visit:

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Coming up roses Cabbages and Roses is the epitome of pretty romance. Nancy Alsop catches up with its charming founder Christina Strutt to talk shabby chic and stripping back

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t is barely 10am and Christina Strutt – founder of the perennially beautiful fabric, homeware and clothes boutique Cabbages and Roses – is quoting Horace. ‘You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, but she will always come back,’ quoth she, in response to my questioning as to whether she ever had a grand plan. The reference is, though, entirely in keeping with the utter charm that pervades the Cabbages and Roses story; after all, as she expands, recalling the nascent days of the company: ‘No! We had no plan. You have no control over what happens anyway, so why try?’ We were a bunch of very muddly women – our kids were young, life was hectic, and we made it up as we went along. Which is slightly what we’re doing now.’ For Strutt and for Cabbages and Roses, the past year has rather seen things come full circle, which accounts for the philosophicallytinged chat. Last time we spoke three years ago (‘three years? Cor lummy!’), she had 23 concessions in nationwide Jigsaw stores, three London boutiques and was on the brink of world domination; today, she tells me, she has stripped back to just her original Chelsea shop on Langton Street, whose white painted floorboards, heavenly curtains, charming staff and open fire make it practically a byword for the most stylish breed of cosiness, plus a couple of stores in Japan. That the past year has been a struggle insofar as redefining her role within Jigsaw is alluded to, but without lingering (Strutt is far too jovial and spirited a character), but as she sagely says: ‘Really, no one needs more than one shop and a great website. It’s been a shattering year – I was fighting to save my child, but now that we just have Langton Street, I am, I realise, so happy.’ It is a credit both to Strutt’s talents and to her disposition that over the course of what has been something of an annus horribilis she has brought Cabbages and Roses back to its gloriously home-spun origins and deftly into line with the post-recession world, where value and craftsmanship – rather than blind expansion – are the orders of the day. Instead of two big collections each year, there will be little incremental changes every couple of weeks (‘kind of like with nature. Over the summer, every two weeks there is something new, and it is exquisitely beautiful, and then just like that, it is gone’), and everything is made in small batches in the UK, which could potentially even give her scope for some made-to-order pieces; instead of people unknown to her at innumerable concessions, 41

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she is working with the daughter of Bridget Buchanan, with whom Strutt originally conceived of Cabbages and Roses (‘I feel very lucky. Letty has the best eye, and is very inspirational in my life – I am surrounded by brilliance and beauty’), and, as she says: ‘I actually feel that I am in the very lucky position of being in a small paddling boat. I can be swift in my feet, rather than everyone else, who are full steam ahead.’

that Strutt is anything but buoyant and full of optimism now – and justifiably so. Cabbages and Roses has always been an unequivocal hit in Japan (as Strutt, who is winningly prone to the giggles, notes in an aside: ‘I think they saw our work and thought: ‘Ah! English company! Very traditional! Want

‘I am a very shabby person so if people want to call it chic, then brilliant’ Notably, this change has manifested itself in ‘Avery’, Cabbages and Roses latest collection, which was, Strutt tells me, inspired by the Avery Road shop, now sadly bereft of the Cabbages and Roses stamp of softness and prettiness, but which she adored. ‘It’s a rather subdued range with faded roses – the shop was very calm, beautiful and Dickensian, so it was a bit like an homage to it.’ But if subjugated restraint defined her mood of the last year, don’t be fooled into thinking

to play!’), and as such has a thrilling (and huge) collaboration with Uniqlo in the pipeline, due to launch early in 2013. ‘I’d never actually paid any attention to Uniqlo before,’ says Strutt, ‘but they are so adorable. It is rather sweet and quite hysterical that in Japan, they’ve actually made a shop that’s identical to Langton Street!’ Cue the giggles. ‘But,’ she says, straightening up: ‘It’s not a compromise, I have final say on everything, and it’s only pieces that we’d make if we had the money – there will be T-shirts,

scarves, T-shirt dresses, and I’ve given them all my best shapes, because, why not? Jil Sander, Lulu Guiness, Orla Kiely… they’ve all collaborated with Uniqlo, and we do have followers, we do want to be taken seriously. They have projected sales of £30m. We have £30 in our account,’ she wryly notes. Still, Strutt is naturally an exuberant sort with plans and ideas by the dozen. First up, she tells me, she wants to design the interior of a Japanese home. ‘I’ve always wanted to go into a Japanese house,’ she explains. ‘I can’t imagine what one would look like.’ I tell her the story of my father, who was once extended the hand of Japanese hospitality, his only hindrance being that – at about foot taller and a foot wider than his hosts – he could barely squeeze into the loo, let alone close the door. ‘Oh!’ hoots Strutt… ‘I’d be about two foot wider! I think they think it’s fascinating, these huge giant people. I lost a stone recently, but after I gave up smoking, I was huge. I resembled Hetty

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Jacques! Giving up was quite easy though – there was no climbing up the walls, though I did rather mourn it – but I must say I do feel embarrassingly boring now.’ Tedium, however, is hardly a charge to be reasonably levelled at Strutt. Being the possessor of a superlative eye? Quite a different matter. Is that sort of aesthetic sensibility, I wonder aloud, something that is innate or can it be taught? ‘I think it can be taught, absolutely. Did you see that Grayson Perry programme on class? It was interesting, I like him a lot. One thing was clear: you learn taste according to who you are, and your class and your peers. If you live in an inherited stately home, you learn that taste. There was a middle-class woman who’d bought the show home in a

neo-Georgian village. It was fascinating – she didn’t change a thing, she was so sure that it was right. But then, I’m forever looking in magazines for ideas, I’m not clever enough to work things out for myself.’ While she remains self-deprecating to her core, others are more impressed by Strutt’s capabilities – including the British Council for British Design in Japan who last year nominated her for a design and innovation award. ‘I was very amused that we were nominated, but mostly about who we were up against. I’d vaguely assumed that we’d be in a category alongside Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely. Nope. We were up against Nissan!’ she laughs, still a bit incredulous at the incongruity of it all.

Which other designers, I ask, does Strutt admire? ‘Bridget Buchanan who I set up the company with and who now runs Odd Ltd, Marine Docherty from Egg, I like the Toast people too – they’ve stuck to their guns, and they sell things I would want to own. Cath Kidston as well. She doesn’t like me, we’re not friends, and though I hate all the dots, the flowers are pretty – she’s had a tough time and she’s been very clever.’ Something so eminently likeable in Strutt’s character is her openness and patent stance that one should live and let live. When I ask about her design bugbears, she really has to think. ‘I’ve been so out of the real world for so long – I was going to say things that are too matchy-matchy, but sometimes I actually like that. Or short wafty thin curtains, which are like short wafty thin trousers, but then I probably take that back because if you saw that in a 1950s Cornish cottage, well, I can’t think of anything sweeter. I think as I get older I am becoming more and more tolerant.’ Her guiding mantra when designing rooms? ‘Is it comfortable? Would I feel okay having flu in it? I have a friend who owns Moloh whose house is so safe and comfy and interesting that I’d be happy to be ill there. It makes me weep with jealousy.’ I wonder whether she ever gets sick of being saddled with the shabby chic label that’s so often applied to her style? ‘No! Never!’ she cries. ‘I definitely deserve the shabby bit, I am a very shabby person, so if people want to call it chic, then that’s brilliant.’ cabbagesandroses.com 43

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he surpassingly fine Chelsea Physic Garden this month fuses the glory of man-made beauty with nature’s intrinsic pulchritude. ‘Pertaining To Things Natural’ is the largest-ever al fresco exhibition the botanical garden has hosted in its 300-year history, and – as befits the garden’s founding ethos as a place for the study of plants’ medicinal qualities – it not only presents work by top contemporary artists, but also charges them with responding to and taking part in the environmental debate, which will

be supported through affiliated research by the Eden Project, Eden Lab and Art Happens. Expect to see work from the likes of Hugo Wilson, Joe Currie, Owen Bullett, James Capper, Annie Cattrell, Tania Kovats, Keith Rand, Peter RandallPage, William Peers, Michael Shaw, Ward & Wright and Hugo Wilson, plus more. David Worthington, Vice President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, curates. £9/£6, (included in admission price to the gardens). Until 31 October; chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk 47

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HYDE PARK STABLES Whilst our manor abounds with sloaney ponies, devoted horse lovers tend to get short changed in the capital. What better way to spend a day en famille then than at Hyde Park Stables, where novices and experienced riders alike can book for hour-long sessions or longer courses either in groups, or for one-on-one sessions. Henry VIII once tore through these grounds on horseback, though the careful supervision of the Hyde Park Stables staff will probably mean that you’re more likely – unlike the much-married monarch – to go at a sedate pace down Rotten Row… Find out more at hydeparkstables.com

HARRODS TOY KINGDOM Forget beating back the savage crowds on Oxford Street to get to Hamleys or – shudder – making the trek to Brent Cross for a hellish dose of Toys R Us. Harrods’ Toy Kingdom is a child’s dream of a store, piled high with Steiff teddies, Lego, Scalextric – and best of all – miniature versions of the sort of car you still want to own as an adult. Which explains why it’s a good one for the whole family – despite doubtless having to fend off innumerable entreaties to buy everything in sight, it is worth it simply to tap in to your inner Peter Pan. Plus, as of last month, the Toy Kingdom has revealed its new look – all 26,000 multi-sensory square feet of it. harrods.com

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ZOO AT BATTERSEA PARK Forget the gloomy tableaux of sad-looking animals gazing – lachrymose and longing – from behind bars; Battersea Zoo is, by contrast, a paean to conservation. Happy-looking species from chipmunks to donkeys, Box tortoises to Coati inhabit the space, and the staff will enthusiastically talk you through the origins of each animal. Plus, it’s a chance to get up close and personal with that most comic of creature: the Meerkat. batterseaparkzoo.co.uk 49

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Pottery Café (pictured, left) is a brilliant place for young artistes to express their painterly talents. Slap bang next door to the Emma Bridgewater shop, the café uses the potter de nos jours’ signature mug, teacup, plate and teapot styles for you to customise with your own designs. It’s a genius option for birthday parties too – where else can you bring together big groups of children and have them quietly absorbed by the task in hand? So good we’ve been known to grab a pew ourselves – children or no children in tow. pottery-cafe.com

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM There are 70 million specimens on display at this monolith of a museum (pictured, right) – an unrivalled collection which ranges from insects (28 million of them) to fossils, plant specimens to minerals. Sound impressive? It should. But frankly, it’s all about dinosaurs here. We defy any child not to be awed by the animatronic T-Rex, which roars alarmingly as you edge your way round it, feeling suddenly reduced in size. Don’t miss the museum’s centrepiece, a life-size model of a blue whale – the world’s largest-ever (and still extant) creature. nhm.ac.uk

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ROWING ON SERPENTINE There is no park more evocative of Edwardian ladies, bustled and under shade of umbrella, than Hyde (pictured, right). And within its 350-hectares, surely one of the most picturesque of pursuits must be the hiring of rowing boats on the Serpentine with the family. A word on style: eschew the less pleasing-on-the-eye pedalo in favour of the classic rowing boat – though perhaps leave the bustles behind. Renoir eat your heart out. royalparks.org.uk

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PAINT YOUR OWN TEACUPS Whether you follow the Impressionists and go for a wild and free brushstroke style (shabby chic if you will), apply your knack for realism with impressively detailed work or opt for the simple use of the stencils to hand, Fulham’s 50

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE AT KENSINGTON GARDENS Last chance to see Threesixty Entertainment’s lavish and brilliant stage production of CS Lewis’ best-loved book in the Narnia series in Kensington Gardens. Aslan, the White Queen, Mr Tumnus and the Pevensie children, all directed by Rupert Goold… plus the chance to go for a Narniathemed tea at the neighbouring Royal Garden Hotel. Until 9 September; lionwitchtheshow.com; royalgardenhotel.co.uk

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CHOCOLATE-MAKING AT WILLIAM CURLEY William Curley is covered in accolades; he is the five-time Academy of Chocolate’s Britain’s Best Chocolatier, he is beloved of serious chefs the world over – think Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann – and architect of the most gourmet retro treats, such as the ultimate Jaffa Cake. None of which will, of course, make the blindest

bit of difference to children, whose main motivation to attend one of Curley’s 90-minute masterclasses (pictured, below) will be to get messy and lick spoonfuls of mixing bowl chocolate. In the meantime they will, however, learn about chocolate’s journey from bean to bar, taste varieties with different strengths of cocoa, plus make their own lollipops and truffles to take home. Ages 8 – 15; 15 & 29 August; £45 per child; williamcurley.co.uk

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SCIENCE MUSEUM The oldest surviving locomotive (‘Puffing Billy’), the first jet engine, Stephenson’s Rocket, plus an IMAX cinema and quantities of interactive exhibitions… what child won’t be kept enraptured by the wealth of outlandish scientific toys to play with and exciting looking buttons to push at the Science Museum (main picture, above left)? sciencemuseum.org.uk

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STORY TIME AT NOMAD Rare indeed is the bookshop that is more inviting than Fulham Road’s Nomad. As well as its glorious edit of fiction and non-fiction for the grown-ups, there’s an extensive children’s section, and – even better – it runs a monthly story time for 5-8 year olds, and weekly one for 2-5 year olds. Which means that while they are absorbed and enthralled, you can sip coffee in the très civilised bookshop café… nomadbooks.co.uk 51

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Recipe forsuccess Will Ricker is the proprietor of Chelsea’s Eight Over Eight and a raft of other runaway success restaurants. Priscilla Pollara meets one very humble entrepreneur

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ven in the most chaotic of diaries, one would expect to see a humane slither of unmarked space set aside for leisure. But for busy bee Will Ricker, there isn’t such a thing. For as well as the ongoing responsibility he has to his ever-expanding empire of restaurants in London, which

includes, among others, Eight over Eight in Chelsea and E&O, before the end of the week in which we meet, he’s due to fly to his native Australia just for a meeting. Hectic barely does the father-of-three justice, and in fact, so jammed is his current schedule, he hasn’t yet got round to updating his website with the news of his latest restaurant opening in Soho: La Bodega Negra. Then again, it hasn’t been just any other launch, for the Mexican restaurant – Ricker’s first joint venture with Edward Spencer Churchill and nightclub supremo Serge

Becker – has taken London by storm. ‘I haven’t got a minute spare at the moment,’ confesses Ricker, who lives in London with his wife of seven years, film producer Amy Ricker and their brood: Billy, 10, Rudy, five, and Marley, four. ‘I’m eating at La Bodega all the time to ensure I’ve got the food absolutely right. I want it to be the best Mexican restaurant in London. I have nightmares about friends having bad experiences at my restaurants, and who, out of politeness don’t criticise me. That keeps me up at night and I can’t rest until I know I’ve done everything to get things as near to perfect as they can be.’

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The near-obsessive and strict precision with which the 49 year-old is finely tuning his newest project is – for him – nothing out of the ordinary, since a similar stringent edict is equally bestowed on Ricker’s seven other London establishments. But this self-imposed rigour is far and away the best explanation for the restaurateur’s monumental success. After all, once upon a time, it wasn’t always this busy in his world. Growing up in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak as the son of a powerful Malleson Stephen Jacques lawyer, Ricker struggled with authority and ended up leaving school at 18 with no qualifications to his name. But with the help of his father, the young Australian eventually stumbled into and subsequently prospered in a well-paid role as a junior analyst at investment firm Hudson Conway, where he was introduced to a new and moneyed existence that was a world away from the aimless, impoverished one he had hitherto been leading. But after various unwise wild investments in property, cars and racehorses, Ricker left his native Australia for London in 1989, arriving alone and with a meagre $3000 in his wallet. Stints and odd jobs as a waiter and builder meant that financially, things incrementally improved – that is, of course, before he poured the majority of his money into opening a restaurant in Soho, a project that while initially successful, was to prove a complete failure. Watching his hard-earned cash trickle away, was, the restaurateur admits, a difficult learning curve. But, as is testament to his indomitable spirit, Ricker never lost hope, as such battling out of his temporary ditch to once again gamely run the restaurant gauntlet – this time lucratively – just a few years later. This time, he focused on the then-littleknown, up-and-coming areas of east London and immediately wowed when he opened the swish, leather banquette-lined, Pan-Asian restaurant, Cicada. A few years later, Ricker and the popular oriental-fusion cuisine scored another hit when The Great Eastern Dining Room followed in its same moneyspinning footsteps. But as Ricker, who has lost none of his heavy Australian accent, admits: ‘Nothing about my childhood spelt out this sort of career, but I was pretty unemployable for a large chunk of my life and so was always going to have to find something. Restaurants seemed to me a good place to start. It’s hard to describe it, but I always felt comfortable

‘I have nightmares about friends having bad experiences at my restaurants who, out of politeness, don’t criticise me. That keeps me up at night’ within that world – and the rest is history.’ Indeed. Both of his early restaurants are these days credited as the catalysts for the renaissance of the once-overlooked Hoxton and Shoreditch neighbourhoods; at one point they were the only two places to be seen to dine, and their ubiquity on the social scene did simultaneous wonders for the JapaneseChinese-Thai culinary fusion that constitutes Pan-Asian gastronomy. Their success paved the way for Ricker’s subsequent big-hitters: Chelsea’s Eight over Eight, Notting Hill’s E&O and Hampstead’s XO, all of which

continue to do remarkably well despite existing in already-established postcodes. Huge success notwithstanding, he remains endearingly humble. ‘I’ve been lucky and stuck to my Aussie grit throughout,’ says Ricker, ‘but I do still feel like a fraud almost all the time. I continue to get that sick feeling in my stomach when I meet people who share ideas that I’ve not yet thought about. I just think, ‘well if you’ve not come up with that Will, then you’re not very good at this, are you?’ I always find benchmarks to make me feel that I’m lacking.’ 53

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With a mini-city of restaurants under his belt in London, Australia remains the market that still eludes him. Might his arrows be pointing next to his home land? ‘Having been in London for 23 years, the UK is the place I now call home,’ he says. ‘But I would never want anyone to think that I haven’t tried, because believe me, I have. I’d love to see a Bodega in Australia, it would work in Melbourne. I have this potentially-interesting meeting in a few days, so who knows? But for now, it remains a project that simply has not worked out for me yet.’ Ricker, who is possessed of a natural wit, stresses that his priority these days is the harmony of family life. He is, he tells me, the opposite of laid-back and has nothing in common with those compatriots who do adhere to the well-worn stereotype of the nonchalant, party-loving Australian: in his own words: ‘I am pretty wound up’. But one feels things can’t be all that bad; after all, there’s no denying that his foodie empire has made Ricker an extremely wealthy man. There is little doubt that he has been helped along by the priceless publicity afforded to him by the unremitting flow of celebrities who continue to stream through his restaurants’ doors. Indeed, it isn’t uncommon to see gaggles of paparazzi jostling for position outside, hopeful of a glimpse of regulars such as Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Claudia Schiffer, Madonna and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. ‘I’ve always said that it’s great when fabulous people come to the restaurants, but I’m also aware that it

‘I’ve been lucky and stuck to my Aussie roots, but I do still feel like a fraud most of the time... I always find benchmarks to make me feel that I’m lacking’

really doesn’t mean that they’re there because they want to meet me. I’m keen to be in the background, because it’s false and vacuous to be friends with people because of their fame.’ Nonetheless, the buzz surrounding by La Bodega Negra has provided a great driving force, as Ricker agrees. ‘Being spoken about, makes you relevant, it puts you back in the game and as a result, people start to want to get you involved in other things. I’ve been approached a million times to do things off the back of the other restaurants, but it’s really rewarding that La Bodega Negra finally got off the ground when so many don’t or fizzle out. It’s very difficult to get

ahead in London because we’re talking sky-high rents and a lot of risk. Ultimately, one needs a huge amount of caution and confidence with which to proceed.’ He pauses, before continuing: ‘For now, it’s still all about getting La Bodega absolutely perfect. I’m excited because I know when I look to open another restaurant, people will be naturally curious because of Bodega’s popularity. At that point, the real work takes over, because it’ll be my job to hold onto their interest and keep them coming back night after night. It never ends.’ It seems there won’t be much room for white space in that diary for some time, then.

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hat Taschen’s latest tome celebrating the opus of Marc Newson should be titled Works is apposite both in terms of simplicity – Newson is nothing if not streamlined in his design approach – and insofar as it would take so generic a term under which to lump his myriad of projects. It is a rare designer, after all, who can count the likes of restaurants and fashion boutiques alongside planes and even spaceships under his creative credits. Alison Castle’s allinclusive book details the Sydney-born Newson’s every project, from his early work for Idée to his projects completed under his eponymous label. Works: Marc Newson, by Alison Castle is published by Taschen, £650; The Art Edition (hardcover with leather inlay, in a Micarta slipcase) is priced at £3,500; taschen.com

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My favourite saying is... Quality comes at a price but will last. The best hour of the day is... When my kids come to wake me up in my bed. My idea of a good night out is... To go to a favourite restaurant (Sumosan, Robuchon) with friends and my husband. And the perfect night in... Would be a delicious meal and wine with family at home. At weekends I most enjoy... Spending time in our garden and ending the day with a barbecue prepared by my lovely husband. Someone whose style I admire is... Karl Lagerfeld. He’s always ahead of everyone! The thing that gets me down is... Seeing my loved ones upset. My favourite holiday is... With my family in our house in the Cote d’Azur, relaxed yet fun! My favourite thing about Chelsea is... The private gardens. There’s always somewhere peaceful you can think and relax. If I could change one thing about Chelsea... I’d have more good restaurants, all my favourites are in Mayfair! What people might not know about me is... My age, clients are often surprised to discover that I am only 33 years old! lblondon.com

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Did you always want to be a chef? Not at first, I was really interested being in the forces as an armourer at one stage. But when I was 15 I worked in a restaurant after school and started to really learn about food and different tastes and flavours. That was it – I was hooked. Culinary heroes? Wow, so many but I would have to say that Geoff Chapman for whom I first worked and who really got me started in my career is a hero – he’s a great cook. Then it has to be Heston. He has mentored me in so many ways, educated me, pushed me and is a great, great man to work alongside. Meal that changed your life? I was taken to a restaurant when I was 16 called Le Manoir de Retival in Caudebec en Caux. It was a family-run restaurant, but still very grand and overlooking the River Seine. It really inspired me and totally blew me away.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far? It would have to be when we won three Michelin stars at The Fat Duck. Heston was in Spain at a big chef congress at the time, so it was up to me to gather all the staff and announce the good news. It still makes my hairs stand on end now – it’s the ultimate accolade for any restaurant. Then almost equal to that, being awarded a star at Dinner was, in a different way, very special. Both are experiences I am very proud of. What projects do you have going on at the moment? There’s always ongoing research and development in history for Dinner, plus a few demos and shows, and possibly helping a cause called Farm Africa, involving food and sustainable business. Top three ingredients you like to cook with? Chicken, potatoes and garlic.

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Meat fruit This recipe makes one terrine (26 x 10 x 9cm)

For the chicken liver parfait

What dish do you like to knock up for a quick supper? Big salads, anything that can be grilled over charcoal that takes my fancy. Best culinary advice you’ve been given? Always pay attention to detail, make sure you taste and you can never stop learning. Guilty food pleasure? Roast potatoes. Where do you go to eat in London when you are not working? I love eating at Zuma, Goodmans and Pollen Street Social. How do you like to relax? Driving, golf and spending time with my wife Emma and our children, Max and Sophia. Future plans? Too early to say but it’s going to be a busy few years. Watch this space!

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100g finely sliced shallots 3g minced garlic 15g sprigs of thyme, tied with string 150g dry Madeira 150g ruby port 75g white port 50g brandy 18g table salt 400g chicken livers (trimmed weight) 240g eggs 300g unsalted butter, melted 1) Place the shallots, garlic and thyme in a saucepan with the Madeira, ruby port, white port and brandy. Set aside to marinate for 24 hours. 2) Heat the marinated mixture until nearly all the liquid has evaporated, stirring regularly to prevent the shallots and garlic from burning. Remove from the heat and discard the thyme. 3) Preheat the oven to 100°C. Fill a bain-marie with 5cm water and place in the oven. 4) Preheat a water bath to 50°C. 5) Sprinkle the table salt over the livers and put them in a sous-vide bag. Put the eggs and the alcohol reduction in a second sous-vide bag, and the butter in a third. Seal all the bags under full pressure, then place in the water bath for 20 minutes. Remove the bags from the water bath. 6) Combine the eggs, alcohol reduction and meat in a Thermomix and blend until smooth at 50°C. Slowly blitz in the butter and blend until smooth. Pass the mix through a fine sieve using the back of a small ladle. 7) Pour into a terrine dish and place in the bainmarie and cover the bain marie with aluminum foil. Cook the parfait until the temperature in the centre reaches 64°C. 8) Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

For the mandarin jelly 45g leaf gelatin 500g mandarin purée 80g glucose 0.4g mandarin oil 1.5g paprika extract

1) Place the gelatin in cold water to soften. 2) Gently heat the mandarin purée and glucose in a pan to combine. 3) Add the softened gelatin and stir well until dissolved. 4) Remove from the heat and add the mandarin oil and paprika extract and stir well. 5) Pass the mix through a fine sieve and reserve in the fridge until required.

TO MAKE THE FRUITS 1) Using a spoon, fill dome moulds with parfait, ensuring there is enough pressure to create a completely smooth surface. Level off the tops so that they are flat and cover with clingfilm. Gently press the clingfilm directly onto the surface of the parfait. Place in the freezer until completely frozen. 2) Gently de-mould the parfait domes. Place on a board with the flat sides facing upwards. Very briefly run the flame of a blow torch over the flat side, being careful to only just melt the surface of the parfait. Join two halves together and compress using a square of clingfilm. Wrap well in clingfilm and place back in the freezer until required. 3) Gently push a wooden cocktail stick into the middle of the rounded surface and rewrap until all the parfaits are complete. 4) Gently melt the mandarin jelly in a saucepan and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove the clingfilm and dip each ball of parfait into the jelly and stand the sticks into a piece of Oasis covered in clingfilm. Place in the fridge for a minute then repeat the dipping process. 5) Dip a total of three times, then gently remove the cocktail stick and place the balls onto a tray covered in clingfilm. Place a lid over the tray and leave In the fridge to defrost for at least 6 hours. 6) Once defrosted, gently push the top of the ball using your thumb to create the shape of a mandarin. Place a stalk and leaf in the top centre of the indent to complete the fruit.

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FOOD&TRAVEL FINE WINES AND FORAGING

Cloudy Bay, one of our very favourite vintners, is the brains behind a new and unusual weekend in Cornwall, as part of which intrepid guests can join the winemakers for a spot of fishing, foraging and fine dining at the Driftwood Hotel, Portscatho. After rummaging out wild ingredients, guests will dig in to a woodland picnic with Cloudy Bay wine, after which it’s back to the ranch for a cooking masterclass with the Michelin starred Chris Eden, accompanied with lashings of Cloudy Bay, naturally. cloudybay.co.nz

Food notes Victoria sponge love, nostalgic chocolates, plus mozzarella mania...

SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE

Simultaneously brilliant and exasperating, The Grown Up Chocolate Company knows just how to beckon us cruelly from our summer diets by channelling our childhood nostalgia. Using only the finest ingredients, it has concocted sophisticated versions of favourite treats from our youth such as ‘Fruit and Nut Hunky Dory’ and ‘Glorious Coconut Hocus Pocus’. Hmph. From £2.50 per bar; thegrownupchocolatecompany.com

GO FOR GOLD

Caviar – that dish most synonymous with luxury and privilege – has suffered in recent years as stock of sturgeon has plummeted. Enter Siberian Gold Caviar, which has just launched into Harrods and which only farms the fish sustainably, after much careful and ongoing studying of sturgeon swimming patterns. No preservatives and low in salt, it’s healthy too – choose from Original Caviar Malossol and the most exclusive Aurum Caviar Malossol. £87 per 30g tin; siberiangold.com; harrods.com

IT MUST BE LOVE

Tea dresses at the ready: to celebrate the Jubilee and Olympics-induced swell of patriotism this summer, Peyton and Byrne has decided to celebrate with that most quintessentially English of things: a Victoria Sponge – in the shape of a heart. Available every day from 3pm to 5pm at The National Café, The National Dining Rooms, and the Restaurant at the Royal Academy, guests can indulge in limitless tea and Victoria sponge at £10 for two. peytonandbyrne.co.uk

SAY CHEESE

Mozzarella has come along way since it was first introduced to these shores. Far from the rubbery, yellow-tinged stuff you were likely to find at most supermarkets, we now have actual mozzarella choices: classic buffalo, affumicata (naturally smoked) and the creamy and luxuriant mozzarella du jour, burrata. Step forward then Obikà, an Italian dining concept which has arrived in South Kensington, which only serves artisan and handmade examples of the good stuff. Cue our cheesiest of grins. obika.it 68

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Restaurant REVIEWS Absolutely two of the best American diners

BIG EASY

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ig is the name of the game here. Big in character, big in flavour, big in portion-sizes... in true American style, nothing here is done by halves. Taking inspiration from crabshacks on the Gulf Coast, it’s super cool and relaxed all the way; you can languish for hours working your way through the menu, settle down with a cocktail at the bar (we’re loving the Scorpion bowl – a heady mix of berries and vodka), or simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the live music. Food is typically American – but good American. Start with either the deep-fried calamari – lightly battered, not too chewy – or the roasted crisp potato skins with bacon which ooze cheese and are wonderfully fluffy. Main courses groan with a whole host of options: steak, lobster, ribs, fish, fajitas... the prime rib-eye (British beef from Wales)

was flawlessly cooked, exquisitely tender with a punchy peppercorn sauce. Seafood is equally impressive with ‘fresh catch’ fish bought at the market daily. Of particular note are the fire-roasted jumbo shrimp skewers prawns which, accompanied by a salad, make an excellent light alternative – very important if you’re stuffed full, as leaving room for the award-winning dessert is essential. All hand-made in Cornwall, the grand ice-cream sundae (a mile-high pile of berries, cream and meringue) caused the biggest stir while the sticky toffee pudding (winner of the Great Taste gold medal) came a close second. This is not a place for a quick bite – nor a hangout for dieters – but, when food is this good, all sensible reason seems to go out the window. So just relax and enjoy. 332-334 King’s Road, SW3 020 7352 4071; bigeasy.co.uk

LOW COUNTRY

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t’s something of a shame that the new American-themed diner Lowcountry is in a such an out-of-the-way position at the quieter end of the Fulham Road, somewhere vaguely near Putney Bridge tube station, because a place as fun and quirky as this really deserves to be thriving and busy for maximum effect. The scene is set as soon as you walk in, with big tables and bigger smiles greeting visitors. Cocktails are swiftly brought over, which are eye-wateringly strong but very decent indeed. The menu is traditional southern American fare, with enormous portions that are designed for sharing. Chicken wings were lightly spiced and came with a deliciously more-ish sauce, and a starter-sized Cobb salad was so massive that we actually asked in disbelief whether this was indeed the smaller, starter helping. Main courses meanwhile were truly, impressively, belt-looseningly calorific, with a pork steak cooked in chicken a highlight, and a perfectly executed 12 oz rib-eye steak something truly wonderful to behold – as well as to taste. Desserts are more standard – a shared ‘Fulham Mess’ was nice but not as breathtakingly excessive as what we’d been eating earlier, which on balance was probably a good thing. We had severe food fatigue by the time that we left, but in the best possible way. Lowcountry deserves to be an enormous success. It’s reasonably priced, lots of fun and the food is a genuinely innovative way of bringing American classics to a British audience. But be warned, you’re going to eat an awful lot. Just as well it’s delicious stuff then – which, we predict will make it a destination, particularly for families, and with any luck, thereby get the round its slightly tricky location. 4 Fulham High Street, SW6 020 7736 7002; lowcountry.co.uk

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Broadway House private members club and Brasa restaurant. Broadway House is open from midday to 1am, 7 days a week, and is the perfect setting for lunch, afternoon drinks, birthday parties, barbecues and much more. Eat, drink and socialise with like-minded locals, day or night. This unique Fulham setting with two roof terraces, is a perfect summer sanctuary for cocktails or a glass of wine after work. Membership includes the use of all facilities as well as access to special events such as: wine tastings, screenings, themed parties, poker tournaments and a host of other activities. Membership to Broadway House costs ÂŁ350 per annum. For more information contact: suzanne@broadway-house.com

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FOOD&TRAVEL THE HOTEL:

Prospect House is in the old part of Padstow, which means the four-room bolthole, attached to the larger St Petroc’s Hotel and Bistro next door, has delightful vistas over the estuary and old town. This minute gem is the latest addition to the highly-regarded group of hotels owned by Rick and Jill Stein, the celebrated chef’s former wife but current business partner. Wonderfully private, secluded and cosy, Prospect House is that very rare of finds: contemporary, yet respectful of its location and very pretty indeed. Nothing seemed too troublesome for the attentive staff: a WIFI issue, for example, was solved instantly by an ‘IT department’. It’s definitely not a simple B&B – this is a slick operation.

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Padstow, Cornwall THE BATHROOM:

THE BEDROOMS:

Styled by Jill Stein, there is much to envy in these solid, comfortable rooms. At the centre of the oak floor, a large fireplace divides the room to create two spaces: a bedroom and sitting room. There are LCD TV screens, while entertainment and temperature can be controlled by a nifty touch-screen control panel. But that’s where the modernity stops; French windows open to the sounds of the sea and within minutes, you’re back ensconced in rustic Cornwall.

THE TOWN:

Although it can be flooded with tourists during the summer, Padstow is also a working fishing port which keeps itself busy all year round. Visitors can be forgiven for expecting a ‘Stein-opoly’, but there are plenty of dining alternatives (there’s a surfeit of Cornish pasty shops and authentic pubs).

PRICE TAG:

Bed and breakfast ranges from £225-£285 per night. 01841 532700; rickstein.com

GET THERE:

An hourly service runs between Paddington and Bodmin Parkway with First Great Western. From there it is a 35-minute taxi ride.

Tranquillity itself. It is clear there are only four bedrooms and bathrooms in this property, as the attention to detail is precise and perfect throughout. Choose to linger in the large bath set up in front of a garden-facing window, or relax in the walk-in rain-shower, whose powers to soothe are helped along by the Molton Brown products that line its walls. The heated mirrors bring another comforting level of sophistication.

THE RESTAUR ANT:

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Three of the best cookery schools

KEMPINKSI HOTEL

BARBAROS BAY, BODRUM, TURKEY One would be forgiven for thinking that, when surrounded by a stunning private marina, a helipad, a Six Senses Spa, an idyllic infinity pool, a long stretch of sandy beach and a whole host of tempting restaurants on the brilliantblue Aegean coast, getting busy in the kitchen would be pretty far from your thoughts. At the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, the opposite is true on account of its array of brilliant and inspiring cookery workshops. As part of these fun and instructive lessons, guests learn about authentic Aegean ingredients and the various vegetables and fruits that are sold at the lively local markets. The stand-out speciality is its three-day course, where guests are shown how to prepare an impressive four-course meal with fresh food purchased at the Bodrum farmers’ market that very morning. The second day dawns and does not disappoint either, starting

with a morning visit to the local farm. Later on, there’s a rare opportunity to prepare and cook freshly-caught fish under the supervision and expertise of top chefs inside the hotel’s kitchens. And on the third and final day, guests are given a chance to cook with pastry chef Tunca Onat, who leads a class instructing how to cook the all-important typical Turkish rice pudding with accompanying mint saruch, which is a must-try for all visiting gastronomes. The experience is not complete without the inevitable foodie finale as things are topped off with a fantastic private meal accompanied by live music on the terrace, which provides the final seasoning to this fabulous three-day feast of culinary inspiration. Rates start from €215 per room, per night including breakfast. +90 252 3110303; kempinski.com/bodrum

THE BERTINET KITCHEN

BATH, ENGLAND Chef and baker Richard Bertinet originally hails from Brittany, but since his move to the UK, he has revolutionised the gastronomic scene in idyllic Bath. Back in 2005, he opened the eponymous Bertinet Kitchen, an awardwinning cookery school slap-bang in the centre of the historic city. The school runs an array of courses for food-enthusiasts of all ages and levels, so there is something to cater for all people and tastes. Gift vouchers can be purchased, which you may well need to help you navigate the wide range of options on offer. There are useful bread-making classes and vienoisserie tutorials, as well as lessons in how to make the perfect croissants, fresh pastas and mouth watering chocolate treats. The list goes on, with instruction in how to make dishes suitable for vegan diets, and, of course, more classes on the gamut of French, Italian and British cuisine.

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If you’re searching for something a little more niche, there are also lessons specifically focusing on Caribbean food (taken by the ever-ebullient Levi Roots) and even sushi (with Silla Bjerrum, founder of the Feng Sushi chains). Without a doubt, the choices at the Bertinet kitchen are eclectic. Meanwhile, the nearby Queensberry Hotel, the eccentric bolthole run by husband and wife team Laurence and Helen Beere, is an ideal place to bed down after a day’s hard cooking at the stove. Classes start at £150pp, classes with Richard Bertinet start at £195pp, and those with Michelin-starred chefs start ta £215pp; 01225 445531; thebertinetkitchen.com A night at the Queensberry Hotel starts at £130; thequeensberry.co.uk

MAMMA AGATA

RAVELLO, ITALY With endless views across the azure waters below, there couldn’t be a more beautiful place to get to grips with Italian gastronomy than at Mamma Agata’s School in Ravello. The words ‘hidden gem’ come emblazoned on all aprons, and couldn’t better suit this Amalfi coast school, run by a trio made up of matriarch Agata and her daughter and sonin-law, Chiara and Gennaro. The school also doubles as their family home and together, they effortlessly engineer a day of fun, laughter, teaching – and innumerable rounds of exquisite food. It’s incomparably idyllic too; to access the school’s entrance, guests have first to walk through the family’s rich and heavenly orchards, lemon trees and tomato plants. In the house, the large table in the kitchen is laden with tempting dolce al limone to tuck in to as and when you fancy.

A day with Agata (who cooks) and Chiara (who translates) is nothing short of unique: both the kitchen and the open veranda dining area overlook the stunning coast below. Then there is their award-winning cookbook and some of their very own pasta and olive oil to walk away with, too, just in case parting becomes all too much. And don’t miss Gennaro’s home-made tangerine limoncello, which is a fantastic twist on the original. The nearby five-star Hotel Caruso Belvedere is magnificent and provides the perfect spot in which to relax after all those lavish spreads. A day courses at Mamma Agata costs €160 per person. +39 (0) 89857019; mammaagata.com Rates start from €418 including all taxes, per room, per night, based on two sharing. 0845 077 2222; hotelcaruso.com 75

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Coming up Trumps David Allard finds himself in a New York state of mind as he checks into Trump International and goes in search of the city’s lesser known hotspots and hang outs

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The army precision with which the improbably coiffed Donald Trump has become synonymous is in evidence throughout the hotel

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s a New York neophyte, no amount of hours spent watching Big Apple-based dramas can prepare one for the moment the breathtaking Manhattan skyline looms for the first time. And so it is that, all anticipation and with a myriad of now iconic cinematic scenes swimming around my head, I am delivered in to New York’s feverish heart, in amongst the skyline – that glut of sky-bruising buildings that are so endlessly destroyed and invaded by aliens in Hollywood blockbusters – that has long been etched into my consciousness, direct to Trump International Hotel and Tower New York. It’s one of the many – but perhaps

the most iconic – residences which make up billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump’s vast empire. First impressions? On the outside, it’s just another skyscraper (even the novice acclimatises quickly); inside is quite a different story altogether. Its sumptuous interior, all golds and twinkling chandeliers, is a world away from the hysteria of the jammed streets outside. To contextualise, Trump International is positioned on the upper west side corner of Central Park, next to Columbus Circle and the Time Warner shopping centre. In short, it’s a Mecca for high-end shoppers and fine diners, and in a city where one wants to be in the thick of the bustling action at all times,

the 52-storey Trump Tower couldn’t have bagged a better spot. The army precision with which the improbably coiffed Donald Trump has become synonymous is visible throughout the hotel, and nowhere is this attention to detail more in evidence than in our city view suite on the 17th-floor: expect the gamut of ultra luxe touches, from a Jacuzzi and iPod stereos to the floor-to-ceiling windows which frame a gorgeous view across the city. As bewitching as the hotel is, I venture out to discover one of the world’s most thrilling metropolises, and in a city which houses an overwhelming glut of sights, I’m thankful for the City Pass voucher book

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which, for $89, got me into all the big-hitting tourist attractions (think Empire State, Guggenheim, Statute of Liberty et al)… But as luck would have it, Tony Conigliaro, the cocktail wizard behind 69 Colebrooke Row in Islington, happens to be in town to guide us round some of the lesser-known hot spots, roundly proving that New York City’s gems aren’t always obvious. First up, he (naturally) takes us to some fantastic hidden cocktail bars. At Booker & Dax in the East Village we are presented with some seriously theatrical – and high school science class-reminiscent – cocktails

(think Bunsen Burners and liquid nitrogen); Death & Co is as exclusive and achingly cool as its intriguing name – which alludes to the Volstead Act of 1919 – would suggest; and finally we stop at the hard-to-find PDT

(‘Please Don’t Tell’), where the exclusivity message is somewhat explicit. The latter is the archetypal New York hang out; not only does it sit adjacent to a weiner restaurant called Crif Dogs, making late-night munchies a breeze to shift, but access to PDT can only be gained via an antique phone booth in the corner of the restaurant. Once you step into it, you’re obliged to pick up the telephone, ask the doormen to check for your booking, and if you’re granted a green light, a hidden door from within the booth will let you in. The entry system is a treat and an experience in itself. Cocktail quaffing is famously appetiteinducing work, so we head to Bleecker Street and John’s Pizzeria, whose owners have been baking in brick ovens and over coal fires since 1929. But as any foodie knows, New York has no dearth of knock-your-socks-off excellent restaurants; for the legendary authentic Big Apple burger, try Brooklyn Diner (where hot dogs lobster rolls are also a must-try), and for a pre-theatre snack, try Sardi’s off Broadway, where the steaks are as good as the caricatures of celebrities that adorn the walls. Still not sated, we make our way back to Trump International to dig in to pudding and a night-cap at the eponymous, Michelinstarred Jean Georges restaurant, before a late-night dip in the gargantuan swimming pool, and a soporific last view of the city before bed, where there is a note, alerting us to the weather for the forthcoming weekend: sunny and warm. Perfect conditions for scaling all those remaining skyscrapers. Rates at Trump International Hotel and Tower in September start from $745 per night; trumphotelcollection.com 79

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Goldfinger, Dead of Night, Layer Cake, Wimbledon, Tomorrow Never Dies, Bridget Jones’ Diary… Stoke Park has form when it comes to acting as a location for major movies and – in some cases - feats of cinematic genius. It is apposite then that the hotel has launched a new afternoon tea on the lawn – oh the quintessential Englishness! – to be accompanied by classic films. Expect to scoff cinematic-inspired confections whipped up by head chef Chris Wheeler (007 Tuxedo éclair or Bridget Jones fruit rowing boat, anyone?)… £55 per couple, or £75 with a glass of champagne; stokepark.com

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THAI BREAK

Infinity dining experiences by fibre optic-lit water? Private pools clinging on to the cliffs in the hotel’s exclusive Cielo Residences? Thai cookery schools under the tutelage of head chef Ryan Arboleda? What’s not to lilke about Phuket’s Paresa Resort? We are especially enamoured with the open air Paresa Spa, which uses purifying Panpuri products, the best part of which is undoubtedly the ocean view. paresaresorts.com

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

Singapore is already hailed as the greenest city on the planet, and now it is set to further bolster its eco credentials as it unveils a new initiative set to transform it from ‘garden city’ to a ‘city in a garden.’ Set in 101 hectares as part of the newly constructed Marina Bay, ‘Gardens by the Bay’ has been designed and developed by British architect Wilkinson Eyre and forms an integral part of the city’s bid to nurture flora from around the world for the public to live amongst and admire; as such there will be a perpetually flowering meadow and an indoor waterfall housed within two of the world’s largest climate-controlled conservatories. All this, plus 18 ‘super trees’, which scale the heights at 25 – 50 metres. gardensbythebay.org.sg

IN THE SWING OF IT

Golfing types – particularly those of the frustrated variety – would be well-advised to hot foot it direct to the Grand Resort Bag Ragaz in Switzerland. Until 11 November, the hotel is hosting a special ‘golf check up’, designed to improve swing and games skills; over the two-day stay, the in-house PGA-Pro will provide personal training sessions while the resort’s golf physiotherapist will perform a musculoskeletal system checkup to further enhance physical condition. 1,293 Euros for two days per person, accommodation not included; resortragaz.ch 80

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Bovingdon Road SW6 £2,150,000 This exceptional property has recently undergone a complete programme of refurbishment and is beautifully presented throughout. Offering well balanced accommodation, the house comprises a ground floor reception room, a kitchen/dining room complete with concertina doors leading out to a private patio garden, a further lower ground floor reception room, a large master bedroom with en suite shower room, five further bedrooms (one en suite) and a family bathroom. Freehold.

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Egerton Gardens SW3 ÂŁ1,095,000 Located just of Brompton Road, Egerton Gardens is a popular residential street. One of the most unique Knightsbridge properties to come to the market in recent years, this stunning apartment boasts excellent reception space, a large double bedroom, a bathroom, a part glazed roof and two roof terraces. Leasehold. Sole Agents.

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Beaufort Street SW3 A beautifully refurbished family house in this popular west Chelsea location. Generous living space over two floors • 5 bedrooms (2 with en suites) • Air conditioning • Under floor heating West facing patio garden

Guide price £4,500,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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Hans Place SW1 A contemporary third floor apartment with views over Hans Place and linked throughout with music and air conditioning. Reception room • 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • Lift

Guide price £2,750,000 Leasehold

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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Onslow Crescent SW7 A well proportioned three bedroom apartment situated on the seventh floor of an extremely popular portered block in South Kensington with access to Onslow Gardens. Reception room • 3 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • Fresh interior decoration • Lift • Service charge £4,500 pa

Guide price £1,850,000 Leasehold

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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Hans Road SW3 A contemporary and spacious three bedroom flat in the heart of Knightsbridge. The property is arranged over the lower ground floor of a well maintained period building and is in close proximity to Knightsbridge station for underground links. Spacious reception room • Modern eat-in kitchen • Dining area • 3 double bedrooms with built in storage • 3 modern bathrooms • Private patio • Lift

£1,495 per week Furnished

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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Pont Street SW1 An immaculate studio with high ceilings on the raised ground floor of this converted building in an excellent location. Open plan reception • Fully fitted modern kitchen Separated sleeping area with built in storage • Modern tiled bathroom • Caretaker

£495 per week Furnished

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Prime purchase Three toweringly brilliant new-build Chelsea town houses

WHAT These newly built Chelsea townhouses are the latest project by renowned developer Morpheus who, over the last twenty years, has acquired a reputation for developing some of London’s most exciting and professional residential schemes. Central to the Morpheus ethos is a passion for impeccable quality of build as well as design and service, and this new development only serves to enhance its status as one of the finest developers in the field of cutting-edge design.

WHERE Nestled in a charming Chelsea backwater close to Brompton Cross, the townhouses are enviably positioned – behind a discreet façade – in one of the most sought-after addresses in the capital. The allure of the King’s Road and the proximity to Knightsbridge makes this urban village a magnet for the affluent and the cosmopolitan. Indeed, these three state-of-the-art, new-build properties – Anderson House, Beau House and Chapman House – combine all the ingredients expected at this level of the market.

WHY Each townhouse is bespoke, offering the highest standard of luxury whilst retaining individuality. DETAILS From September 2012, Beau House will be available fully furnished (offers in excess of £10.25m); Anderson House and Chapman House are available unfurnished (POA). CONTACT Call Beauchamp Estates on 020 7499 7722; beauchamp.co.uk or Savills; 020 7824 9020; savills.co.uk

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Lillie Road, SW6 - £785,000 - Leasehold A beautifully finished two bedroom ‘loft style’ duplex apartment with oak wood floors and private roof terrace accessed from the reception room.

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£699,950 - Leasehold A spacious three bedroom maisonette arranged over the lower floors of a period property with private garden, all within easy reach of Fulham Broadway tube.

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CRESCENT PLACE, SW3 £4,500,000

This truly amazing double-fronted house is ideal for family living, arranged as it is over three floors and with fantastic entertaining space. The period exterior belies the high-spec contemporary design throughout (think stunning glass feature staircases), plus handily there is private parking for up to three cars. Cresecent Place is a quiet cul-de-sac, just moments’ walk from the buzzy South Kensington, stylish Chelsea and exclusive Knightsbridge, which also means that its transport links are excellent. Through Farleys, 020 7589 1234; farleysres.com

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Absolutely the most luxuriously appointed properties on the market in our manor CADOGAN SQUARE £950,000

Situated on the fourth (and top) floor of an enviable period property on the southern side of Cadogan Square, this is light and airy two-bedroom flat has commanding and spectacular views over the communal gardens. The current owner has occupied the property for many years and thus the it has plenty of scope for alteration and modernisation if required, though it is packed full of charm. There is a lift to the third floor. One of the great draws? The flat’s clever use of skylights, which ensures that maximum natural light filters and floods the flat, making it fantastically sunny and bright throughout. Its position could not be handier, close to Sloane Square and to Knightsbridge. Lease 10.75 years. Through Jackson Stops and Staff, 020 7581 5881; jackson-stops.co.uk 96

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ONSLOW GARDENS, SW7 £1,999,950

COUNTER HOUSE, CHELSEA CREEK, SW6 £725 PW

PRINCES GATE £1,400 PW

CORNWALL MEWS SOUTH, SW7 £1,250,000

Onslow Gardens is one of South Kensington’s most sought-after addresses, with its picturesque white stucco-fronted houses and beautifully maintained mature gardens. This wonderful, long-lease, ground floor maisonette is presented in near-perfect condition, having been completely refurbished. The ground floor is occupied by a stunning open-plan kitchen reception room which has direct views of and access to the communal gardens. The master bedroom and its ensuite shower room is on the lower ground, as is the family bathroom, a utility/cloakroom, a large family bathroom and two double bedrooms. Through Marsh and Parsons, 020 7591 5570; marshandparsons.co.uk

Hiding behind a classic stucco-fronted exterior is this newly refurbished two-bedroom conversion. Situated moments from the array of cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques Knightsbridge offers, the first floor property comprises two double bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes and en-suites. A wonderfully light and spacious reception exudes charm with its tall sash windows, while the crisp white kitchen is generous and perfect for dining. Both the reception and kitchen each have a private balcony. Through Benham & Reeve, 020 7581 2112; b-r.co.uk

This brand new two-bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the Chelsea Creek development on the Chelsea border. Its splendid interior offers two bathrooms and an open-plan reception room with a west-facing balcony – plus a parking space (that covetable thing in this city) is included. It has been furnished to an exceptionally high standard throughout, and is extremely well positioned next to the new Imperial Wharf station. Residents also have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art swimming pool, plus full spa facilities, a gym and a 24-hour concierge service. Through Martin & Co, 020 7351 0387; martinco.com

This bright and newly renovated two-bedrooom mews apartment is situated in an idyllic cobbled mews, quietly and peacefully tucked away south of Cornwall Gardens. Beautifully designed throughout, the property extends to 1000 sqft and includes a small private patio, which makes it ideal for summer entertaining. Cornwall Mews South is conveniently located, close to the shops, restaurants and transport links of Gloucester Road. Also close by are the open spaces of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Through Engel & Voelkers, 020 7584 1100; engelvoelkers.com 97

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In their own words Ivor Campbell-Davys & Barclay Macfarlane, Partners at Strutt & Parker, Fulham IVOR: My father bought his first house in Fulham when he was twenty six (on the corner of Hurlingham Road and Napier Avenue) and, having left the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 2004, I moved into my first house in Fulham (Bowerdean Street) when I was the same age. At the time I was working for Lane Fox (with whom S&P merged in 2007) in our Kensington office. Shortly afterwards, Barclay joined the Fulham team at our current office on the corner of the Fulham Road and Parsons Green Lane. I’ve known Barclay since I was 14 – we attended Ampleforth College together, so I was keen to recommend him to the firm. Since then Barclay has worked tirelessly to enrich our clients’ lives, both metaphorically and tangibly. I often say that he is the best man I know and his attributes fit so well with the values of this privately owned firm. BARCLAY: Ivor has a vast knowledge of prime central London having spent a number of years working in our Kensington office, and I think it’s this experience which has really benefited the Fulham office and the market in general. Over the last three years we have witnessed a significant change in market conditions. Values are now the highest known in London and we are regularly achieving record prices for house sales in a number of streets, which is a consequence of the influx of European buyers. There are those buyers who want to offload their euros into a safe haven such as prime London, but there are equally many Europeans who are drawn to the capital because of the career opportunities and the cosmopolitan lifestyle that London has to offer. At Strutt and Parker we have a wonderful and experienced team which

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is well placed to assist any potential buyer in their property search, whether that is for a small investment flat or a large family home. Operating in the Fulham market brings with it a very different challenge from other areas. This villagey, green area is made up of some superb Victorian and, to a lesser extent, Georgian houses; from Georgian manors to the modern developments along the river, there is something to suit all tastes. The first thing that strikes one is that Fulham is made up of a series of small villages: Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common and Sands End to name but a few. Fulham has recently been identified by the international market as the ideal spot for families, given it is within easy reach of international schools and good parks, has a close link to airports, as well as an excellent transportation network. It seems, with the recent sale of Sainsbury’s and Fulham Wharf, that another large development is set to change the whole outlook of Sands End yet again, with the last major change having been the marked increase in popularity of the area following the opening of the new Imperial Wharf Station. Prices have started catching up with Chelsea, but are still roughly half the price in £/sq ft, meaning that Fulham still bathes in the Victorian ideal of the town as a village, with charming focal points and excellent amenities. But it is fast growing into its new status; it’s no longer little brother to central London, but very much a part of it. 701 Fulham Road, SW6 5UL 020 7731 7100 ivor.campbell-davys@struttandparker.com barclay.macfarlane@struttandparker.com

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lancing out of the window, it would seem that an alien spaceship has descended and stolen London’s population – at least in Chelsea. Apparently residents here are curmudgeons and unwilling to join in the fun. But despite the ramifications of a missing population for the property market, it’s my fervent, and seemingly unique, desire to see the vacuum filled with rich foreigners who have decided that watching one or two events leaves enough time to hunt for an investment property or a second home in London. I think that the next few weeks might be interesting and you’ll know by the time you read this whether I’ll be collapsed in a depressed heap or punching the air. Talking of punching the air have you noticed the brand police? Seems G4S might not have found enough guards to keep those watching the games safe but someone has found enough to guard the money by donning brown shirts and wandering up and down the high streets of London castigating anyone silly

enough to [heaven forbid] join in the spirit by replacing bunting with anything showing the Olympic rings. Seems they’re heavily copyrighted and the basic fee to show them in any way at all runs to millions. I think we’ll stick to the bunting, thanks. The dilemma for most sellers is whether to bother trying during this period or to sit back and wait. It’s not uncommon for people to consider removing their property for the summer but this year is different. Various reports, including a weighty IMF one, continue to point to historical house price anomalies and say we’re entering another period of decline in prices. Trouble is, last time they said that, central London house prices bounced over 25 per cent but I have a feeling that this time it’ll be different. I alluded in June to the euro’s weakness and it’s now at 1.28 and heading out, so I can’t see the rush of foreigners repeating the effect. Therefore perhaps the games might be the last chance to accommodate them for a bit so for most it’s best to leave their properties on the market and reassess in September. emead@dng.co.uk; 020 7225 1225; dng.co.uk

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PROPERTY CARLYLE SQUARE, CHELSEA, SW3

This beautiful end-of-terrace, semi-detached white stucco house is discreetly and quietly situated on the northern side of a very prestigious Chelsea square. The house has been recently completely rebuilt to provide a spacious and well planned arrangement of family accommodation over five floors with passenger lift and a paved rear garden. There is access to the mature private garden square for residents use only. Freehold, P.O.A. Through Aylesford; 0207 351 2383; sales@aylesford.com

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SW3 Benson Beard MRICS Bective Leslie Marsh

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THE ENTERPRISE, WALTON STREET, SW3 Probably Chelsea’s best-known and favourite gastro pub, offering fabulous food and fine ales in traditional surroundings.

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MARKET COMMENT

CATHERINE COCKCROFT HEAD OF RENTALS, AYLESFORD Summer 2012 has been full-on, heralded by the Diamond Jubilee and followed with the Euro 2012 championship, Wimbledon, and culminating in the London Olympics; so when has there been time to move house? Ongoing economic uncertainty has meant that June’s traditionally busy rental market was not as strong as usual and this continued through to the predictable summer slow-down. Life is now back to ‘normal’ though and it is the perfect time for decision-making and action. Historically, September to November marks a strong period in the rental market, more so than ever this year because of the extra ‘slowdown’, not helped by the relentless rain! One relocation agent told me that they were expecting more clients in September on account of the fact there was little point in bringing employees to the UK before then because hotels would be full, and they expected London to shut down during the Olympics. So now is the time to market your property and take advantage of this renewed energy in the rentals sector. I have spoken to many prospective tenants who have said that they cannot think about moving until they return from their holidays. With the promise of a busy time ahead, just one piece of advice: tenants act quickly and with a shortage of good properties available, landlords must remember that we are still in a recession, so it is better to have your property rented at a lower rent, rather than not at all. aylesford.com; 020 7351 2383

Chelsea Physic Gardens, Royal Hospital Road, SW3. Founded in 1673, this little space close to the embankment is home to nearly 5000 edible, medicinal and historical plants and has an award winning cafe in which to relax. An hour is simply not long enough!

THE FINEST COCKTAIL

BEAUFORT HOUSE, KING’S ROAD, SW3 As an award-winning classic Chelsea bar, it’s not surprising that Beaufort House delivers the finest cocktails in the area, served by some of London’s best bartenders. It also serves excellent food.

MOST INSPIRATIONAL SHOP

The King’s Road, Sloane Square and Sloane Street are full of inspirational (or should that be aspirational?) shops catering for the quite unique cosmopolitan nature of Chelsea.

A FABULOUS SW3 PROPERTY

UPPER CHEYNE ROW, SW3 Rarely does a contemporary double- and triple-height house of this size (700 sq m) and quality come on to the market in Chelsea. Discretely situated behind double gates, the house offers off-street parking, a patio garden and all the fabulous amenities of Chelsea. 101

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The Little Boltons, SW10

Exquisite One Bedroom Apartment For Sale in Chelsea

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stunning and immaculately presented one bedrooms apartment situated in a beautiful period building on one of Chelsea’s best streets. This newly refurbished property offers exceptionally spacious accommodation including a lovely master bedroom with en suite and fantastic reception room. The property is finished to the highest standards and is situated on the raised ground floor with magnificent high ceilings. Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom : Reception : Kitchen : Guest WC : 83m² (896ft²)

0207 584 1100

chelsea@engelvoelkers.com £1,650,000 SUBJECT TO CONTRACT – LEASEHOLD

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Wilton Place Belgravia SW1 An elegant freehold family house situated on this extremely attractive terrace with views across to St Paul’s Knightsbridge. The house is presented beautifully throughout and offers flexible accommodation and grand reception spaces. Just around the corner from Hyde Park and a short distance to Green Park and the world renowned shopping district of Knightsbridge, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 6 further bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, first floor drawing room, reception room, dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, laundry, vaults, garden, terrace.

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Holland Park Gardens Kensington W14 A beautiful raised ground floor property (82 sq m/883 sq ft approx.) prestigiously located in the heart of Holland Park complete with a pretty balcony and the sole use of a charming south west facing garden. Situated within a handsome and well maintained Victorian building, the property is in immaculate condition throughout offering light and contemporary living and entertaining space complete with striking high ceilings, period features and excellent storage. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, balcony, garden. Refreshingly different estate agents

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Freehold ÂŁ8,000,000

An outstanding, wisteria framed family home (352 sq m/3,789 sq ft approx.), situated on one of Kensington office Kensington’s premier streets. This beautiful Grade II listed, south facing house is arranged over five floors and boasts luxurious living and entertaining space throughout including a private patio, kt@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk balcony and private access to one of the most beautiful and exclusive garden squares in the Royal 020 7795 4288 Borough. 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, 2 cloakrooms, steam room and spa, balcony, patio, access to garden square.


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Chesham Street Belgravia SW1 A fantastic opportunity to let this contemporary styled duplex apartment located in the heart of Belgravia in this secure portered development. The apartment benefits from a lovely private garden and garage. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms, reception room, cloakroom, garden, garage.

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Cromwell Road Kensington SW5 A unique extra large contemporary family flat that has undergone a complete refurbishment to a very high standard whilst retaining many original features throughout. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room/kitchen, cloakroom, garden.

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Oakwood Court Holland Park W14 A bright and elegantly styled south facing flat set on the fourth floor of this sought after portered Victorian mansion building. The property is situated only a few moments walk from Holland Park itself and provides convenient access to Holland Park Underground Station (Central line). 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, porter.

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ROSTREVOR ROAD, SW6 £895,000 L/H

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Light flooded maisonettes and large family homes

A fantastic split-level, three-bedroom maisonette near Parsons Green, which provides fabulous entertaining spaces including a beautifully presented reception room at the front of the property, and a family kitchen at the back. The latter has French doors leading to an unusually large garden, which can be accessed from both levels. Downstairs the master bedroom is at the front of the property with a large bay window allowing in lots of natural light. Through Douglas and Gordon Fulham office; 020 7731 4391; fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

NAPIER COURT, SW6 £850,000 L/H (S/O F/H)

This spectacular fourth floor, three-bedroom apartment near Putney Bridge is in beautiful decorative order, and has secure underground parking space. Rooms are well-proportioned throughout, and the lovely bright reception room has a large balcony overlooking communal gardens. Through Hamptons Fulham; 020 7717 5299; fulham@hamptons-int.com

PARTHENIA ROAD, SW6

£2,995,000

This unique end-of-terrace house offers over 3100 sq ft of fabulous entertaining and living space. It has been extended on the ground floor to create a striking and spectacular wealth of reception space, extending from the Smallbone kitchen to the west-facing garden. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a master en-suite with dressing area as well as a west-facing roof terrace. There is also a self-contained nanny room downstairs with its own side entrance and a useful cellar/utility room. Parthenia Road is situated between Parsons Green and Eel Brook Common, making it close to the plethora of independent shops and restaurants on the New King’s Road. Through John D Wood & Co Fulham office; 020 7731 4223; ful.sales@johndwood.co.uk

ELSWICK STREET, SW6 £1,225,000

This exceptionally large five-bedroom house is set within a quiet pocket of the ever-popular Sands End. It has been generously extended at the back and into the loft, plus there’s a beautiful south-east facing garden, making it ideal for al fresco entertaining. Through Aspire Fulham South; 020 7736 6110; fulham@aspire.co.uk

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Luxury Lettings Exclusive, immaculate and with views over Hyde Park, this Knightsbridge apartment is a dream

WHAT A total gem of an apartment in a very prestigious and exclusive block in Knightsbridge. There are three sizeable bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, a capacious reception room which provides tons of space for entertaining and a high spec contemporary kitchen, which is as ideal for keen chefs as it is in which to relax with a good take-away for the less gastronomically inclined. The apartment faces the inside of the block and wraps around to beautiful views of the park.

WHERE The apartment is situated slap bang in the heart of Knightsbridge, with its plethora of super chic boutiques which sit alongside two of the world’s best loved and most well-known department stores: Harrods and Harvey Nichols. The other great draw is its fantastic proximity to Hyde Park, which provides the ultimate back garden in which to picnic, horse ride, jog, sunbathe or whatever takes your fancy. Sloane Square to the south is a short walk away, as is Mayfair to the east.

WHY Aside from the delightful views and the enviable situation, this block has all the bells and whistles one would expect from such an exclusive address. As well as 24-hour porters, there is also a gym and a pool for residents’ use only – a far pleasanter proposition than the local amenities. DETAILS £3,500 per week. CONTACT Call Carter Jonas on 020 7584 7020; carterjonas.co.uk 113

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LANDLORDS London’s going crazy this summer so take time out and let us handle your property for you We offer: Free pre-purchase lettings advice Full lettings service Property management Furnishing and window dressings Refurbishment

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£290 £290pw pw Furnished Furnished

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£400 pw Furnished

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£550 pw Furnished

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Chelsea Borders

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Knightsbridge

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£725 pw Furnished Knightsbridge Knightsbridge

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Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Holland Park W11

Lettings: 020 7727 5222

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ÂŁ1,850 per week Unfurnished

A beautifully refurbished second floor apartment located by the entrance to Holland Park and benefitting from a fabulous roof terrace, excellent storage and parquet wood flooring to the reception areas and master bedroom. Large double reception/dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, WC, terrace, available immediately. Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5222 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Holland Park Avenue W11

ÂŁ3,950,000 Freehold

Unusually wide and rarely available, Grade II listed, five double bedroom house on Holland Park Avenue. Presented in good condition and retains original period features throughout. Situated moments from Holland Park tube station and Holland Park itself. 2809 sq ft/260 sq m, four/five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen/dining, garden.

Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

Westmoreland Terrace SW1

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ÂŁ1,575,000 (STC) Freehold

A superb and increasingly rare chance to purchase a most unusual freehold house in Pimlico, SW1V c.2000sqft. Currently configured with 3 independent apartments however has possibility (subject to planning and necessary consents) for both a rear and a mansard extension. Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Cumberland Street, London, SW1V

ÂŁ2,500 per week

An exceptional redevelopment of a family house in Pimlico, ideally located for Victoria, Pimlico and Sloane Square and the Eaton Square schools. 5 Double Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms, Under-floor Heating, Integral Garage, Off-Street Parking, Balconies, Patio.

Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Fast find AB48179

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Chelsea Office: Sales: 020 7581 5881 | Lettings: 020 7581 8431 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

Cadogan Square SW1

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Guide price ÂŁ950,000

Situated on the top (4th) floor of this period property on the southern side of Cadogan Square this is a light and airy 2 bedroom flat with commanding views over the square gardens. The current owner has lived here for many years and thus the flat enjoys scope for alteration and modernization if required. There is a lift to the third floor. Clever use of skylights ensure maximum natural light filters into the flat. 2 Bedrooms, Reception Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Cloakroom, Long Hallway, Ind HW and CH, Lift to 3rd Floor, Caretaker, Access to Square gardens. Lease: 10.75 years remaining approx Chelsea Office: 020 7581 5881 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Cadogan Street, London, SW3

ÂŁ3,750 per week

A fantastic, spacious and beautifully presented five bedroom family house located on a prime Chelsea street just moments from Sloane Square. Double Reception Room, Dining Room, Eat in Kitchen, 5 Double Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Vaults, Garden and Terrace.

Chelsea Office: 020 7581 5881 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Text dng to 84840 for details of properties near you now.

North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

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Guide Price ÂŁ4,000,000 Freehold Shawfield Street SW3 This beautifully presented house has superb entertaining areas with two west-facing terraces and a west-facing garden, an elegant raised ground floor drawing room and excellent kitchen/breakfast room.

3/4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Family room, Utility room, Cloakroom, Garden, 2 roof terraces, 2 storage vaults.

Chelsea Sales Office: 020 7225 1225 chelseasales@dng.co.uk

Joint Sole Agent: John D Wood 020 7352 1484

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£1,850,000 Share of Freehold Collingham Gardens SW5

A beautifully presented flat with three bedrooms situated on this leafy road in South Kensington.

£1,195,000 Share of Freehold Roland Gardens SW7

A raised ground floor two bed two bath flat with a practical layout and a conservatory.

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Kensington Gate Sales: 020 7581 1152 kengatesales@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception/dining room, Kitchen, Study, Cloakroom, 2 patios.

Chelsea Sales: 020 7225 1225 chelseasales@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen, Conservatory.

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North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park Clapham Southside

East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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£925,000 Leasehold Hurlingham Road SW6

A rare and exciting opportunity to purchase a unique two double bedroom garden flat.

£725,000 Leasehold Danehurst Street SW6

An exciting opportunity to purchase a well-presented two bedroom flat.

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Fulham Sales: 020 7731 4391 fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen.

Fulham Sales: 020 7731 4391 fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room with open-plan kitchen, Garden.

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£2,150 per week Furnished/ Unfurnished/Part-Furnished Broomhouse Road SW6

An exceptional, beautifully refurbished family house finished to an extremely high standard.

£1,795 per week Unfurnished Redburn Street SW3

A fantastic family house which has been recently refurbished.

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Fulham Lettings 020 7731 4791 fulhamlets@dng.co.uk

4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Eat-in kitchen, Jacuzzi room, Utility room, Garden, 2 roof terraces, Garage.

Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 chelsealets@dng.co.uk

4 double bedrooms, Bedroom, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen, Family room, Cloakroom, Decked garden, Roof terrace.

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North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park Clapham Southside

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£550 per week Furnished Stanhope Gardens SW7

A newly refurbished flat, in this fantastic location on Stanhope Gardens.

£415 per week Furnished Colbeck Mews SW7

An exceptionally well designed and beautifully presented studio apartment arranged on the ground floor of this attractive mews house.

Kensington Gate Lettings 020 7589 5252 kengatelets@dng.co.uk

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen.

Kensington Gate Lettings 020 7589 5252 kengatelets@dng.co.uk

Studio, Kitchen, Bathroom.

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New South Kensington Office 25 – 27 Harrington Road London SW7 3ES Sales Email Lettings Email

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