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wards abound this month. For one thing, the ever-wonderful Tabernacle, Powis Square’s enduring landmark, is a finalist in the London Lifestyle Awards’ Best Live Music Venue category. That’s some achivement and it’s down to Christopher Scholey and his team’s endless enthusiasm and determination to keep the Tabernacle’s flag flying in the face of a variety of setbacks. The building’s been closed down, bankrupted and damaged over the past 50 years – but still it continues to attract folk of all ages from near and far with its varied programme of events, activites and performances. It’s a sort of secular equivalent of the church it once was. So it’s congratulations to them, and also to lovely local boutiques Love KR (run single-handedly by the widely popular Paula Fitzpatrick, dressing the women of Kensal Rise) and Dolci Follie lingerie (another female-run business), both of whom have been nominated in the prestigious Drapers Fashion Awards. Let’s hope they win. This month’s issue has a fashion theme, celebrating London Fashion Week, and we’re very proud of our beautiful Portobello fashion story, shot entirely on location in the area. We hope you enjoy it.

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A DOG’S LIFE Graham and Green’s gorgeous new catalogue features a lavish spread of delightful interiors, and we are coveting this beautiful sofa, among other things. grahamandgreen.co.uk

10 things we

Absolutely LOVE HUMPTY DUMPTY

GET IN LINE TRELLICK TAILORING Okay, so we’re all quite used now to this graphic Trellick image by People Will Always Need Plates, but who’s actually worn it on their person? The Trellick skirt is a sew-it-yourself kit from Clothkits, though you can buy a readymade one too. clothkits.co.uk

Pink Lining’s cute bags are well-known among Notting Hill mothers who like their baby bottle cases to match their changing bags and iPad sleeves – but now designer Charlotte Pearl has launched a more grown-up travel bag with not a nappy in sight. New York taxi bag, pinklining.co.uk

Just published by W10-based Humpty Dumpty Publishing is Topsy Turvy Tales, a dark collection of poems in the style of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton. Verses by Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith and illustrations by Laura Hyde address themes of heartbreak, sadness and mortality in twisted, gothic faitytale style – but they’re heartwarming, sweet and beautifully stylish too. £12.99. humptydumpty publishing.com

WRITE ON Absolutely loves a pretty script. Learn the art of beautiful handwriting with expert calligrapher Cherrell Avery at The Idler from 11 September. idler.co.uk

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SPARK UP Absolutely loves a bit of neon signage and this new collection from Electric Stripes is guaranteed to raise a smile. Showing at Themes & Variations in Westbourne Grove, these pieces combine nostalgic neon with contemporary design. We love Heart Balloon in pastel pink, £1,100. electricstripes.com

SUPERHERO STYLE

© CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2012

What better to blow the Chanel Fund on than a piece from Chanel’s amazing new AW collection with its Kryptonite theme and gem-encrusted eyebrow fetish? chanel.com

DIAMOND DOGS Terry O’Neill’s 1974 photograph of David Bowie and the great dane goes under the hammer at Christie’s this month, with an estimate of £5,000. christies.comng

60 YEARS OF BO CONCEPT Forget the Jubilee; 2012 is all about marking 60 years of BoConcept furniture and design stores. In celebration, the company has released a shiny new catalogue, and, if it takes your fancy, will send its designers to do a home consultation. What’s not to love? boconcept.co.uk

SAVE TO SPEND In these times of austerity, everyone knows the importance of saving – but who knew it could be fun, or glamorous even? Meet the Chanel Fund, a designated saving tin that cares not a hoot for your retirement. Tin money box with hand-printed label, sparkles and bows, £14 (including a penny to get you started). samanthamorris.co.uk 11

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CALKEN gallery is renowned for its emphasis on figurative bronze sculpture, and is home to the exquisite artwork of Royal Academy, Landseer Prize winning sculptor, Michael Talbot. The sculpture is presented in relaxing, elegant surroundings, together with a refreshing variety of paintings from established and emerging artists. The gallery is situated in Kensington Church Street, one of London’s destination streets and only a short walk from neighbouring Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens.

117 Kensington Church Street London W8 7LN Telephone: +44 (0)20 7998 6446

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What’s On LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 14 TO 23 SEPTEMBER

V&A

The V&A plays host to an exciting selection of exhibitions, installations, talks and activities as part of the London Design Festival 2012. Highlights include Prism by Keiichi Matsuda, an alternative and thought-provoking view of London displayed in the usually closed-off upper cupula of the museum. Keiichi’s installation resembles a multi-coloured iceberg acting as a vehicle for the exploration of the virtual life of our city and the often disjointed relationship we have to the data that controls our lives. The London Design Festival at the V&A is shaping up as the place to be this September.

Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk

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ELIZABETH TAYLOR BY RICHARD YOUNG 4 TO 29 SEPTEMBER

RICHARD YOUNG GALLERY

A selection of limited edition images of the late Elizabeth Taylor as photographed by Richard Young. The stunning collection spans 40 years of Taylor’s incredible life and explores her wildly passionate love affair with the equally infamous Richard Burton. In both colour and black and white, the Richard Young Gallery has created an homage in 18 stills to an iconic star who will never be forgotten. 4 Holland Street, W8 4LT richardyounggallery.co.uk

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Following last year’s mammoth success, Radio 2 will again take the station out of the studio with performances from some of the most popular artists and Radio 2’s best loved presenters. Headlined by Tom Jones, other artists include Jessie J, Norah Jones, Status Quo, Mick Hucknall, Paloma Faith (pictured), Average White Band and hot new talent Emeli Sande. Also confi rmed to perform are American country music stars The Band Perry and Norwegian band Katzenjammer. everyone at this year’s Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. Tickets £35; 0844 858 8520

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As part of the Serpentine’s Park Night’s, American composer Robert Ashley brings his brand new Spanish opera, Vidas Perfectas, to the Pavilion this month. This version brings together Ned Sublette and Elio Villafranca with new arrangements by Peter Gordon. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA; serpentinegallery.org Image credit: Jackson Lam

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LUTYENS & RUBINSTEIN

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi both hail from Jerusalem and their shared love of the place has led to a joint venture exploring its culinary background. Their cookery book Jerusalem, released this month, is on the table for discussion at Lutyens and Rubinstein as Dr Giles Frazer questions the duo on the inspirations. Certainly one not to miss. 21 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU lutyensrubinstein.co.uk

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BATHING BEAUTIES 13 UNTIL 26 SEPTEMBER

GREAT WESTERN STUDIOS

Beach huts will never be the same again. Great Western Studios and the National Centre for Craft and Design have collaborated to present Bathing Beauties, an exhibition inspired by a project of the same name. This project saw 240 architects and artists competing for commissions to have their very own version of the beach hut built on a stretch of Lincolnshire coast. 65 Alfred Road, W2 greatwesternstudios.com

TIGHT LIPS

7 SEPTEMBER UNTIL 20 OCTOBER

MICHAEL HOPPEN GALLERY

With a desire to draw upon everyday details which we often overlook, Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s exhibited shots track an intricate exploration of tights and lips. Moriyama’s photos draw inspiration from the postwar era of Japanese society after the devastation of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, and are unsurprisingly dark and gritty. The simplicity of the images, however, is beautifully striking making the exhibition a must see. Image: Lips, © Daido Moriyama, courtesy of Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London / Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD; michaelhoppengallery.com

PARADISE’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY 12 TO 15 SEPTEMBER

PARADISE

Always up for a party, Paradise is holding a five-day extravaganza of events to celebrate its fifth birthday. The fun begins on Wednesday 12th with a comedy night hosted by Jeff Leach, before business really gets underway with an exclusive invite-only party on Thursday, hosted by Amber Le Bon and Camila Batmanghelidjh. The celebrations continue with DJ sets and a boutique flea market on Saturday afternoon (see below). Paradise knows how to celebrate in style: go hard or go home. 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE theparadise.co.uk

FLASH FASHION FLASH FASHION PROJECT MANAGER CEYDA SEZER

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PORTOBELLO AND GOLBORNE ROAD MARKET

If a front row seat at London Fashion Week seems a farflung dream, W11’s Flash Fashion event is a fun, free and fierce substitute. Portobello and Golborne road markets will be transformed into fashion catwalks, as models showcase A/W 2012 womenswear, menswear, and accessories, borrowed from local shops and market stalls.

Portobello and Golborne Roads, W11; rbkc.gov.uk/ streetmarkets

KENSAL FLEA 15 SEPTEMBER

PARADISE

Kensal Rise’s popular funky flea market returns with its usual mix of vintage fashions, homewares, jewellery, children’s clothes and toys and retro ephemera, all washed down with cupcakes, cocktails and gossip. 11.30am-5.30pm. 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE; theparadise.co.uk 15

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BIG SCREENS

Open air cinema is flavour of the month and unmissable dates include 14 September and 22 September, for screenings of Philip Glass’s unforgettable cult symphony Koyaanisqatsi in Hyde Park and the Coen brother’s equally unforgettable cult comic The Big Lebowski in Queen’s Park. Book at whereisthenomad.com

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This month’s highlights

T R AV E L I N S T Y LE Over 300 original artworks from the London Transport collection’s vault go under the hammer at Christie’s in South Kensington on 4 October, and on show from 29 September. These super stylish original advertising posters date from 1913 to 1955 and estimated prices range from £800 to £15,000; funds raised will be held in trust for the London Transport Museum. christies.com

AC TING UP

The Young Actors Company opens a branch of its dramatic society in W11 this month, and auditions for youngsters will be held on 13 September. Director of YAC Sherina Stewart says: ‘The company has a unique angle in that it is very much a student-led ethos whereby the projects we work on are inspired by the ideas of the actors themselves.’ Their most recent success story is Ben Wilkinson, who developed his passion for fi lm-making at YAC and has been selected to study Film Production at USC School of Cinematic Arts under the tutelage of Steven Spielberg. theyoungactorscompany.com

20/21 A R T FA IR TICK E T OFFER

The 20/21 Art Fair celebrates its 25th year this month with an epic show at the Royal College Of Art to be opened by AN Wilson on 12 September. Over 55 dealers will be showing works by the great names of the 20th century, spanning Bacon, Freud, Frink, Frost, Hepworth, Hockney, Hodgson, Lanyon, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Piper, Riley, Scott, Spencer and Sutherland. There’s also a large selection of contemporary work by established names such as Hirst, Emin, Banksy as well as both emerging artists and recent graduates. Admission is £9; get two tickets for the price of one when you mention Absolutely magazines. The fair runs from 12 to 16 September. britishartfair.co.uk

LITER ARY LOC AL

Zadie Smith’s new novel, NW (Hamish Hamilton £18.99), is set – again – on Smith’s home turf of north west London and revisits many of the themes raised (London’s tribes, belonging, growing up) in her hugely successful debut White Teeth, in Smith’s characteristic style – precise, insightful, elegant. Smith has pledged her support to the unstoppable Save Kensal Rise Library campaign – and in NW this is where Natalie (studious estate kid-turned lawyer) does her homework. Don’t miss Zadie Smith talking about the book at the Tabernacle’s Bookslam on 4 September. bookslam.com 17

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New voice Singer/songwriter Natalie Duncan has just released her first album and is destined for stardom. Esther Smith catches up with her

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ottingham born and Notting Hill-based singer and songwriter Natalie Duncan, describes her sound as ‘soulful’ and ‘jazzy’ with a ‘bit of blues.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking that’s a textbook description for the music of the last few years’ bright young things. However, she’s better than that. Her musical inspirations include Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Pink Floyd, - her ‘favourite band’ - Lauryn Hill and Aretha Franklin. This varied mix, married with her self-taught piano playing talents and smooth vocals, combine to make Duncan’s newly released Grammy winning and Joe Henry produced - album, Devil in Me, truly unique. Praise such as this, Natalie would never openly lay on herself. She seems to possess a modest and endearingly downto-earth quality, treading lightly with her post album release

expectations: she ‘might’ be on Jools Holland in September and this time next year she will ‘hopefully’ be about to release her second album with Decca. It is strikingly clear that she would ‘like to still be doing music whatever happens.’ Duncan’s songs are an outlet for honest expression. Her artistry, she says, ‘has meaning to it. It’s not just commercial, image based, or trivial.’ She wants people to listen to the lyrics which are often about ‘darker subjects’. However, Duncan does not appear overly serious; she goes on to sarcastically jibe about the ‘all cheery’ nature of her songs. The conversation moves to collaborations. Having worked with Goldie and Magnetic Man, Natalie’s sights are now fi rmly set on a coupling with singer/ songwriter James Blake. She is defi nitely not shy about this;

‘that’s who I want to collaborate with. Put that in capitals.’ she says. Well, JAMES BLAKE, you’re a wanted man. The musician favours an organic writing process, songs are formed from ‘an idea that’s come to me while I’m out.’ Furthermore, Natalie has placed herself in the middle of Notting Hill’s beating heart. The flat she found here, ‘was the nicest place in London. It wasn’t a conscious decision to move here but it’s lovely.’ Portobello Road is a favourite spot and she is ‘always’ at The Elgin, Natalie is certainly living like a local. Watch her perform at The Elgin on 19th September or head to her residency at The Notting Hill Arts Club from 25th September. Catch her locally while you can. Natalie Duncan’s debut album ‘Devil In Me’ is out now, on Verve Records.

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Reporting from all the best parties in our area Drinks on the lawn

The sun was shining on The Orangery at Holland Park as EF MediSpa celebrated their 5th Birthday party in style. Pimms and champagne flowed, as guests floated across the lawns and listened to a stirring speech by Victor Fieldgrass extolling the virtues of the fantastic EF Medispa staff and, of course, of his partner and founder of the brand, Esther Fieldgrass. Here’s to the next five years! RUDI FIELDGRASS, KRISHAN SINGH AND THEO FIELDGRASS

ALICE REGENT, KATIE RANDALL AND LISA HOYE

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Fashionable feet head for Portobello Road Like a river of delights Portobello Road runs from Notting Hill to Golborne Road via the Westway and Portobello Green. Famous for antiques, vintage and fashion markets, amazing food, unique shops and the North African delights of Golborne Road.

Sasti is where you’ll find Rosie Life’s great R.Life kids label. From stylish babywear to fun pieces for boys and girls up to 10. Plus fantastic original gifts for new mums and children. www.sasti.co.uk

Bag a bargain, uncover a hidden treasure, or just enjoy the atmosphere of London’s most bohemian street.

Find us under the Westway at: Portobello Green Arcade 281 Portobello Road London W10 5TZ Sasti, Unit 6 Tel. 020 8960 1125 Email: sales@sasti.co.uk www.portobellodesigners.com

Portobello Green’s 20 boutiques include: A Creative Unit Adam of London Isis Haizhen Wang Studio In Bloom Philmore Clague Preen Lunetier Sarah Bunting Sasti

Steve Bell The Chinese Tea Company Trapstar Valli Colpani Verde What Katie Did Zarvis Plus: Le Petit Café Mo’s Café


Exhibition Road Show, commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to celebrate the Olympics in London, ended in spectacular fashion with a 120-piece marching band and the Mike Westbrook Band’s ‘Off Abbey Road’ playing the event out. Over nine days 60,000 visitors witnessed unforgettable culture, science and entertainment. Everyone came together to celebrate London’s Olympic Games on Exhibition Road through music, dance, acrobatics, art, science and literature.

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND (PHOTO BY JOSHUA COX)

THE EXHIBITIONISTS (PHOTO BY JOSHUA COX)

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Reporting from all the best parties in our area New Ping-pong bar PING launches in West London

To celebrate the launch of PING, the new West London based kitchen, bar and ping pong rooms, owners Jonny Boud and Alex Potter put on a party to impress. Guests enjoyed cocktails such as the Absolut Mango Collins with Absolut Mango, fresh mango puree and lemon juice lengthened with apple juice as well as the Wild Tea Mojito with Absolut Wild Tea Vodka, lime juice, sugar and fresh mint with dry ginger ale. Guests were also treated to chef Bruno Elias’ famous pizzas such as the Pesto, a white pizza base with mozzarella & thinly sliced potatoes, basil and garlic infused olive oil, a sprinkling of pine nuts & freshly grated Parmiggiano.

HENRY CONWAY AND FEDERICA AMATI

OLLIE PROUDLOCK, CHARLIE SCHOFIELD AND FREDDIE DUNLOP

OLIVER CHESIRE AND FRIEND

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HELMUT LANG Cicade Printed leggings £250, helmutlang.com

KARL Sequin-embellished faux suede dress £1765, karl.com

Space Age Fashion has taken a distinctly futuristic feel this A/W. Here’s our pick of the best metallics

Ports 1961 A/W’12

ATHENA PROCOPIOU Apeiron kimono £350, net-a-porter.com

ACNE Silver leather trousers £1,000.00, my-wardrobe.com

CAMILLA SKOVGAARD Flame Leather Sawsole Stiletto £436, my-wardrobe.com ACNE Lydia metallic leather top £850, matchesfashion.com GOAT Pandora dress £490, matchesfashion.com NARCISS Gabrielle Jacket £353, shopnarciss.com

JEFFREY CAMPBELL Vicious shoe £170, oxygenboutique.com

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Lingerie boutique Dolci Follie has just been nominated for a Drapers Fashion Award. Here founder Simona Walters reveals the secrets of her success... We’ve heard that you are good with numbers, how did you go from maths to luxury lingerie? I was an accountant in Italy then moved to the UK in 1998 to study English and just stayed on. With Dolci Follie I can combine my interest in business and my personal passion for lingerie. Do you have any favourite upand-coming lingerie trends? I’ve just come back from the Paris and New York trade shows for SS13 collections and one thing that stood out are the exciting, fresh colours that designers are using – not just the classic black and nude. What are your favourite lingerie brands? For comfort, I find Chantal Thomass really delivers; her pieces are always so pretty and so elegant, and not a strap or seam that digs in anywhere. For seduction, it has to be Christies or R. Crescentini – of course the Italians do it best. Some of our most breathtaking pieces this season are from a relatively new designer, I.D. Sarrieri. The pieces are beautifully made, and adorned with sparkling Swarovski crystals. Why did you decide on Notting Hill for your boutique? I thought long and hard about where to open the first boutique, and decided early on that the centre of town was not attractive to me – at Dolci Follie, customer service is paramount to us; we enjoy getting to know our customers and what they love about lingerie, and so I wanted to open somewhere with more of a settled community feel. We feel so lucky that the area we are in has

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a ‘village’ feel about it; a diverse, dynamic community in the heart of London. What is the biggest misconception about lingerie? I think a lot of women can underestimate the importance of lingerie – what you wear under your clothes is just as important as the clothes themselves. Not only can it change your silhouette, but when you’re wearing beautiful lingerie it makes you feel instantly more confident, even if you’re the only person who knows you’re wearing it. We are all trained in specialist bra fitting at Dolci Follie, so we are always there to offer advice . Who did you turn to for advice when you started? My business partner is my husband, who believed in my business idea and backed me up. However, on reflection, I think he was probably hoping to be more involved and ‘hands on’ during the photo shoots with lingerie models. What do you like to do in Notting Hill when you aren’t hard at work? My husband and I often go to Pizza East. After a day at work we love relaxing in a place where the staff are so nice and smiling. What excites you about lingerie? It is such an empowering garment for a woman to make her feel unique, regardless of age, size and shape. My favourite movie scene is when Sophia Loren is taking off her stockings in front of an amused Marcello Mastroianni. dolcifollie.co.uk

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The sartorial extravaganza that is London Fashion Week will be upon us this month. Katie Randall chats to three participating designers ahead of the frenzy

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Q: You graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011, what was studying in Kensington like? A: I really loved the Royal College and the environment in Kensington. It was built there originally because of the proximity to the museums and galleries, so students would have access to the huge archive of research material, art and design, exhibitions – and it’s still such an inspiring place to be.

Q: How does art influence your fashion work? A: All my designs start with ideas and then drawings done by hand in pencil, which form the print. I take inspiration from fine artists like Henri Rousseau, John James Audubon and MC Escher. I think of each drawing as artwork, which might take two or three weeks. I then translate these on to silk or cashmere and hope that the original essence and soul of the drawings is retained. emmajshipley.com

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Q: How do you get into the right headspace to design for each new season? A: Ideas will unveil themselves in my head. I’ll then spend hours and hours, sometimes in excess of 100 hours per season, researching and developing. I spend a lot of time in libraries, galleries, and walking around unique places of architecture. I do not consider myself a trend-led designer that looks to what my contemporaries are doing. Q: We’ve heard you visit Notting Hill for inspiration? A: I love the antique markets. I’m enthralled by objects of history. I also love looking at antique lace patterns, the tailoring in old officer’s uniforms and buttons and embellishments. The lace-trimmed collar on my AW12 neckerchief blouse (right) is a blend of old-world with modern design. Necklines are a constant source of fascination for me, I really like the high Victorianinspired neckline. corrienielsen.com

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Q: You are a self-taught designer, both in design and pattern-making. What fi rst drew you to fashion? A: My fascination with fashion started around eight years old. I remember taking out those wonderful coffee-table Vogue books from the school library almost on permanent loan and literally examining every detail in the photos, completely bewitched by the beauty and craft of fashion. I started to cut and make clothes myself around the age of 12 and I then became fascinated by how clothing can completely transform and empower. Q: Can you reveal your buzzwords that have inspired the up-coming SS’13 collection? A: This season my woman is lean, modern and cool. The lines are much cleaner and more architectural both in the cutting techniques and through the print. I am also playing with sculptural pleats and contrasting textures. mariagrachvogel.com 29

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Bundle’s designs are rather ravishing. It is with a refreshingly fun twist that she approaches her creative discipline and creates show stopping eccentric headpieces. Having designed 12 bespoke hats for the Royal Wedding earlier this year, Bundle now unveils her new Olympia collection. If you’re looking for a piece to complement a specific outfit and can’t fi nd a hat in the range to match, Bundle can synchronise almost all of her designs with the colour you require and even provides a bespoke service to cater for your needs. After completing an apprenticeship under renowned milliner Gina Foster, prior to training with Noel Stewart at

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Kensington and Chelsea College, Bundle’s unique design flair has certainly seen some impressive nurturing. Despite Bundle’s talents, these delightful hats don’t come with the high price tag that you may expect, prices starting from a ludicrously cheap £35. Coupling cool and chic, these fun and vibrant pieces are the perfect example of modern millinery at its fi nest. bundlemaclaren.co.uk 07977 552 510

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Jess’s beautiful bespoke creations hark after a time long ago, when mass-production was as rare as one-off pieces are today. Whether you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment to a summer race

day dress, a unique stand-out piece for a party or something for your everyday wardrobe, Miss Collett is the modern fairy godmother, with a fi rm belief that ‘there is a hat for everyone.’ For Jess, it is a ‘wonderful process to be able to create the perfect hat for somebody. To give them confidence and to make them feel good, as well as giving them an elegant silhouette.’ After training at Kensington and Chelsea college, Jess keeps it local in her Portobello Road atelier, working closely with clients to create the perfect communion between hat, personality and outfit. From initial consultation to fi nished design, Jess takes approximately four weeks to work on a creation to suit your requirements. Her new venture ‘The Candy Milliner’, aims

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MISA HARADA

If it’s artistic credentials you’re after, Harada certainty has them. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art, Harada’s collections first drew attention on the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week. Since then, she has worked for designers including Katherine Hamnett and Thierry Mugler as well as collaborating and creating one-off pieces with Hermes, Missoni, Bora Aksu and Reem. Given her repertoire, it’s hardly surprisingly a celebrity following

has blossomed around her designs, with Britney Spears, The Scissor Sisters, Mickey Rourke and Jennifer Aniston all wanting their own statement pieces. The hats themselves are splendid. Traditional but with a contemporary edge, Misa’s beautiful fabrics and couture millinery techniques embody a timeless elegance that oozes luxury. misaharada.com; 020 7229 8565 28 Chepstow Corner W2

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The Hat Gallery plays perfect host to a selection of millinery labels, meaning you can choose your perfect piece from a range of designers, all in one place. The gallery, with shops in

Amsterdam and Dusseldorf as well as London, is a millinery success story as it showcases the crossing of conceptual ideas with great examples of high craftsmanship and design. If there’s a hat-shaped gap in your wardrobe, you’re bound to fi nd something to fi ll the space from the gallery’s eclectic array, which includes designs from Celine Robert, Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones. If your hat collection is in need of a sprucing up, a new service at the gallery, Hat Hospital, could come to your rescue. Free consultation is on hand if your hat requires some emergency care. hat-gallery.co.uk 020 7734 9231 32-34 Earl’s Court Road, W8 43

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Tamsin Greig’s quirky look and warm manner are instantly likeable. Pendle Harte meets her to talk about comedy, celebrity and Matt Le Blanc

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amsin Greig has a lovely voice. She has a particular way of enunciating everything perfectly, giving every syllable its due clarity with not a whiff of sloppiness, and not a trace of Kilburn. Because that’s where she’s from, not at all far from where she now lives in NW10. It’s a proper actor’s voice, lyrical and enthusiastic, and it has the added complexity of making her sound slightly and a bit disarmingly as though she could be laughing at you. Though quickly I decide that she’s not. She also looks amazing, cropped hair, the memorable pointy, expressive face and supremely toned and tanned limbs, and over the past few years she has become an increasingly familiar face on television (Black Books, Green Wing, Episodes) as well as on stage (Much Ado About Nothing, The Little Dog Laughed, Gethsemane) and, of course, The Archers (that voice again). We are at the Royal Court, where Greig is in rehearsal for Jumpy, last year’s huge success, now transferring to the West End. It’s a play about motherhood and ageing, themes that resound in Greig’s own life (she has three children, aged seven, 12 and 13 so not quite old

enough to resemble the teenager in the play). ‘It’s a fantastic play,’ she enthuses. ‘There’s a lot of stuff brewing in it, about women of a particular age.’ Roles about parenting are interesting for Greig, who freely admits to feeling as out of her depth with the task as anyone, on occasion – ‘how can you be a parent when you’re still acting like a teenager and inside you still feel like an idiot child?’ Greig insists there’s no difference between being funny and being a serious actor, though she’s unusual in being able to do both, together and separately. ‘I don’t think you can take the two apart. Life’s really funny. You can tell a tale that’s really straightforward but if you really look at it, it’s insane. It’s laughable, what happens to us. Isn’t it?’ Is it? She launches into a story about her Oyster card not working, and a man from London Transport telling her off in a cross, shouty way for having too much clutter in her purse ‘and I could have got really angry but I turned into a gibbering child, and I think he was funny and my reaction was funny, and I think it’s the clash of our responses to things that makes life so interesting.’ Seeing the funny side of any given situation must be what makes Greig’s comedy work – there’s something about 43

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TAMSIN GREIG AS HILARY AND BEL POWLEY AS HER DAUGHTER TILLY IN JUMPY

her face and her baffled expression that’s highly comic. Though she claims never to have set out to make people laugh. ‘My dad had a very childish sense of humour and he was an older dad, so I didn’t really know how to talk to him and he certainly didn’t know how to talk to me, so I learned to muck about with him in a foolish way because it was the only overlap really.’ Greig always wanted to be an actor; or rather she always knew that there was ‘nothing else I could do, so I was always going to try, and that’s what I’m still doing,’ she says, modestly (this from a woman with a Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award). Was there a pivotal moment when her career really took off? ‘I wonder if it’s yet to come. I hope I’ll notice it,’ she jokes, claiming that her career (‘anyway, what are careers?’) started on a very slow burn after she graduated in Drama from Birmingham university, ‘a bit like the opening sequence of Laurence of Arabia’. And now there’s the issue of celebrity, which she doesn’t like at all, and finds to be more of a burden than anything else. ‘It’s a bit like being on safari,’ she says, mystifyingly. ‘You’re in the car, but the jeep is open, you’re surrounded by life in all its vibrancy, but you have to make sure you have a good tour guide because it can become unbalanced.’ Greig became a public figure for charity Tearfund, because, however she feels about celebrity, ‘it’s there, so how can it be used in a creative way? I thought, if people are more likely to read a story about Tearfund because of my mug then let’s use it.’ Also on the subject of celebrity, there’s Matt Le Blanc, Greig’s co-star in recent TV series Episodes. More than any other question, she is asked what it’s like to kiss him. Why? The baffled face again.

‘I ask myself the same question. But isn’t it brilliant that there’s such a legacy, that he’s so brilliant and yet so real?’ Episodes is very entertaining, I say. ‘Good!’ says Greig, and again, she’s so enthusiastic that for a moment I wonder whether she’s laughing at me, or maybe she can’t bear the show. But no, it’s that effusiveness, coupled with the slow enunciation that leaves you not quite sure. ‘I think it’s a lovely show!’ She liked it as soon as she saw the script, by David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarick (Mad About You), praising especially the American writers for writing convincingly for British voices. In the show Greig and Stephen Mangan are very funny together and you get the sense that they must actually be friends too. ‘Yes, I don’t think it would be possible to create that sort of truth on screen if you didn’t enjoy one another,’ she says. She’s enormously gushy about him. ‘He’s got a great face; there are moments when you look into his eyes and the whole universe is there. It’s beautiful what he does with his face. Heartbreaking! Also, he’s a Tottenham supporter and so’s my husband, so my two husbands go off to matches together.’ Greig and Mangan worked together on Green Wing, of course, and it was the lengthy – and these days unheard of – three month rehearsal periods before each series that allowed them, and the other actors, to develop their working relationships and really, they’re still using that history. Will there be another series of Episodes? Nobody knows. The show is currently screening in the US and as anyone who watched it will know, the world of TV will make its own decisions. People are always talking about the plight of the female actor over the age of, say, 40, and how the work dries up overnight – but not for Greig. She’s highly in demand and scheduling her work is difficult (listeners to the Archers will notice that her character Debbie Aldridge is mostly away in Hungary). Now she’s in Jumpy until November, and doesn’t know what’s next. ‘That’s the fantastic thing about this job, you never know. It’s like not knowing what your Christmas presents are… and then an orange turns up. You live with great hope.’ With a strong work ethic inherited from her parents (‘the practicalities! There are bills to pay. I was brought up to make sure there’s money coming in and not to live on the never never. My parents were horrified when I got a mortgage,’) and despite a claim that she gets very nervous on stage, Greig’s career continues to be on the up. Expect to see more of her. Jumpy by April de Angelis is at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 3 November.

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DJ SARA COX: ‘I’m probably calmer at work, with slightly better hair.’ work, with slightly better hair.’

HOME & AWAY A new exhibition by photographer Emma Harpin focuses on the multiple identities of working mothers PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA HARPIN WORDS BY LINDSAY BAKER

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hen a working mother walks out of her front door to go to work, she must transform herself. She is not just a multi-tasker, she is a juggler of dual identities, and every day she must shift seamlessly in and out of her twin roles. It’s no mean feat, which is why those who succeed at it – or even make a good attempt - are inspiring. Emma Harpin’s fascinating series of photographs, some of which are shown here, show us a glimpse this metamorphosis, or as Emma (a working mum of three herself) puts it: ‘the day-to-day reality of the juggling act’. Over the past year, she photographed working mums, capturing each one at work and then again at

home with their children. Many of the subjects live in or around Notting Hill, and work in a wide variety of jobs – among others, an advertising director, a paramedic, a circus clown, a landscape gardener, a television executive, a celebrity DJ. Between the images of home and work there is a perceptible shift in mood, and in some cases the subject’s demeanour and appearance also transforms. ‘I wanted to capture that sense of contrast and how we use our appearance,’ says the KensalRise-based photographer, who has worked for the Independent on Sunday, the Observer and Marie Claire. ‘I’m interested in the idea of how we send ourselves out there to work whereas at home there’s less

vanity, there’s more softness in our appearance.’ One of the subjects, television presenter and Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox, admits: ‘I’m probably calmer at work, with slightly better hair.’ And a lot has changed in her sense of self since becoming a mother, she says: ‘I’ve grown up. I’m no longer number one. I’m number five, sometimes number six if you count the dog!’ And ‘work mode’ and ‘mummy mode’ are not always what you imagine they might be. Mothering is not all about being soft, nor work exclusively about being hard-nosed. Advertising agency director Madeleine Sanderson says: ‘My working role involves me looking after and nurturing people and my home role involves a great deal of negotiating and bribery!’ 49

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ADVERTISING AGENCY DIRECTOR MADELEINE SANDERSON: ‘If I come home in a bad mood due to work, it is very soon forgotten. Children are great levellers.’

None of the women claim it is easy but most have found ways to manage their full lives effectively. As TV executive Lisa Edwards advises: ‘Make sure you feel you are wholly present when you are with your children. Move away from the BlackBerry!’ And all of them emphasise how fortunate they feel. ‘If it all feels too much sometimes,’ says Lisa, ‘a cuddle and a giggle with the kids usually puts it all in perspective.’ Most of those photographed have found a balance in their lives that they can live with. As Emma puts it: ‘I wanted to show that there are good role models for girls – and boys. I think it’s important for children to see

mothers as figures who work outside the home, and that they are also finding some balance.’ And although her photos are a celebration of heroic working mums, Emma acknowledges that a constant shifting of roles is not for everyone. ‘I would never criticise anyone for making the choice to stay at home - I took a full year off work when I had my first child, it was totally all-consuming, and for some mothers that feeling just lasts longer. The main thing I learnt from this project is not to judge people. I wanted to show how everyone’s circumstances are different – you can’t put everyone in the same box.’

Working Mothers by Emma Harpin runs at 12 Bourlet Close W1 from 18 to 29 September by appointment. emmaharpinphoto.co.uk

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NO ADDED SUGAR British childrenswear brand No Added Sugar opens its first ever store on Ledbury Road this month, where alongside stylish, quirky, colourful pieces for boys and girls aged 0 to 12 there will be art installations and exhibitions in a clever, architect-designed space that’s set to become a destination in itself. 57 Ledbury Road W11 noaddedsugar.com

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Classical toys are still the best and new NW10-based webshop Hedgehog is full of simple, beautiful items. We love this Little Marion costume (£46.50). hedgehogshop.co.uk

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Sistema’s lovely lunchboxes come in a range of shapes and sizes, with clever compartments designed to keep items separate (no need for cling film)and the candy colours are sure to spark a bit of lunchtime enthusiasm in even the fussiest eater. Plus, the water bottles don’t leak and everything’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe too. Hurrah. Available at most supermarkets; sistemaplastics.com

Caramel Baby and Child’s beautiful style extends into homewares this month with a new collection for the nursery and children’s rooms. Elegant textiles with a playful edge include cushions, blankets and quilts. 77 Ledbury Road W11

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JIVITA AYURVEDA Where can you find luxury and quality in massage? At Jivita Ayurveda, right in the heart of Kensal Rise. Famous for its skillful service, Jivita Ayurveda offers organic body and beauty treatments to satisfy the needs of the health-conscious community. You can also find a selection of organic food and beauty products to fulfill every aspect of your organic lifestyle. 89 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND 020 8964 4993 info@jivitaayurveda.com jivitaayurveda.com

MINI PICASSOS Mini Picassos offers fabulous art courses for all ages. Toddler Picassos, every week day from 10am, is an hour of experimenting with paint, playdo and glitter, topped off with songtime. As well as after-school art courses, there’s a new GCSE Art Support class (14-16yrs) and Academic Drawing & Painting for scholarships(1013yrs). Mini Picassos birthday parties are great fun for all age groups. And now adult classes have arrived too, with life drawing evening sessions and afternoon art courses for all abilities. minipicassos.co.uk 07903638817

Absolutely ALL RISE Opportunities to channel Picasso to award-winning dog grooming... Kensal Rise is as eclectic as it is enticing

COMPTOIR MEZZE In the heart of eclectic Kensal Rise, Comptoir Mezze offers favourites from across the Middle East and North Africa with a tantalising twist on traditional recipes.All dishes are made with love using only the freshest ingredients: there are grills, tagines, salads and mezze dishes. Comptoir Mezze prides itself on a warm welcome, great service and consistently exceptional food but without the price tag. Come and see for yourself and feel free to bring your own bottle. Marhaba! 20 Station Terrace, NW10 5RX 020 8962 8731 comptoirmezze.co.uk

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JUST BARKING

ELLIS STOCKWELL The Ellis Stockwell six-week personal training programme is a bespoke fitness regime that combines cardiovascular, strength and weightbearing training with pilates-based exercises and techniques used by professional athletes to create the perfect workout for you. You’ll lose weight, drop body fat and get into the jeans or dress you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you are older, young or middle-aged; overweight or underweight, very fit or have never exercised before, they will find the perfect programme for you. 69 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 020 8964 3797

Colin Taylor, one of the world’s top dog groomers, has joined the team at Just Barking.This is not an exaggerated claim: Colin has more awards than can be listed here. Highlights include International Groomer of the Year plus Winner of the World Cup Grooming Games. He’s been on the cover of Groomer to Groomer Magazine five times. So the team is delighted to welcome him - and they’re confident you and your dog will be too. Just Barking 116 Chamberlayne Road NW10 3JP 020 8964 3231 justbarking.co.uk

EAT SUSHI Eat Sushi is a culinary hub at the heart of Kensal Rise. It serves a vast selection of fresh, delicious sushi and despite the name, a whole range of other authentic Japanese dishes including rice, noodles and curries. Dine in the cosy surroundings of the (unlicensed) restaurant, or, if you fancy staying in, make the most of Eat Sushi’s take away service and get it delivered to your door. There’s an outside catering service too. 16 Station Terrace, NW10 5RX 020 8969 4386 / 020 8964 0217

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ISLAND ON THE RISE Traditional family favourites include rich curried goat, just-made dumplings and patties, crispy fried chicken, barely-charred jerk pork plus chicken, beef and vegetable patties at just £2.50 a go. All of this comes with a friendly Caribbean welcome from Beverley and her family. Yum. Keslake Mansions, Station Terrace NW10 020 8969 0405

Just nominated for a prestigious Drapers Award, Love KR boutique stocks a careful selection of stylish labels. Olivia Rubin is a favourite, and the new collection explores a darker aesthetic combining winter florals with urban landscapes. Key prints include a digital floral of blush and grey tones and the wire frame print which is set to be a Rubin’s new take on the renowned brick pattern. Dresses are a focal point, though there are separates such as structured shirts with contrast collars, soft jerseys and fun knits too. Pop in soon. 98A Chamberlayne Road NW10 lovekr.co.uk 55

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Juliet Kinsman’s quest for health and happiness takes her to W10’s Frame Hip, health-boosting and a hoot: how I’d describe the unique classes in this new Queens Park studio. Pip and Joan are the ex-ad industry gals who set up Frame in two railway arches in East London in 2009. They soon had folks more familiar with shaking their booty on a dancefloor in the wee small hours than strutting their stuff in a body-toning studio. Having made exercise-loving proselytes of the hard-living cool kids of Shoreditch, Frame moved on to getting this Kensal Green mother to haul her derrière over to try pilates. ‘The teachers are chosen because of their ability to get you to work super hard without you even realising it – and the music also helps,’ says Pip. ‘If you’re someone who loves to sweat it out, then Frame Camp, which involves interval training on the treadmill followed by a choreographed weights section, is the class for you. You’ll work bloody hard but after 30 minutes you’re done so can enjoy the rest of your evening without feeling guilty about your plate of pasta, or glass of wine.’ moveyourframe.com; Juliet Kinsman blogs at park-life.org

TIPS AND TRICK S Benefit’s Tips and Tricks collection is jam-packed with the brand’s most popular and battle-seasoned products. Choose complexion palettes in a variety of shades or lip and cheek boxes, which come with handy information cards teaching you to buff and blend like a pro. benefitcosmetics.co.uk

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Philip Kingsley’s Maximizer is an award-winning volumiser for fi ne, flyaway hair. £13.20, philipkingsley.co.uk Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray helps fine hair to achieve styling liftoff. £21.50 for 250ml, bumbleandbumble.co.uk

Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic smells delicious and contains organic aloe. £14, aveda.co.uk

IN THE BAG

Late summer holidays are all the rage – and don’t forget Richard Ward’s Seasons Summer Protect travel kit, a dinky set of four, travel friendly, heat specific products which work together to protect, repair and condition tresses. £27, richardward.com

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Kensington’s Cobella salon is now hosting L’Oreal’s new Keraskin Esthetics facials. Using breakthrough research these wide ranging treatments, including anti-ageing peels and deep cleansing facials for skin prone to breakouts, will see your skin - whatever its type - pampered, rejuvenated and glowing. What’s more, it’s all technologically viable, created by and for beauty therapists. We’ll be queuing up to try it. cobella.co.uk 57

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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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‘Watch the Statoll Masters Tennis featuring John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Henri Leconte, Mark Philipoussis and Pat Cash among others, in style by treating yourself and three

friends to drinks and canapes in your own VIP box with the Volley Package, or enjoy a meal in the Royal Albert Hall’s Coda restaurant then get close to the oncourt action with the Courtside Package.

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KEEP THAT SUMMER HIGH Bask in EF MEDISPA’s bespoke beauty solutions and not only will you prolong the sun-kissed days – but you’ll be soaking up compliments too!

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re you fresh from feeling the sand between your toes, the salt on your skin and the delicious heat of tropical climes on your skin? The best way to make that summer feeling last a whole month longer is by making your beauty regimen a souvenir of sundrenched days gone by. Which is why award-winning spa, EF MEDISPA have created a postcard of treatment packages to maintain your skin’s glow, keep your body bikini svelte – and keep your mood flying high. However much we love the sun, the occasional SPF slip-up can leave skin in distress. So whether it’s a touch of pigmentation, a smattering of acne, a few new lines or some patchy rosacea that’s troubling you, EF MEDISPA’s world-class team of experts use the most advanced technology available to tailor-make a treatment plan that’s sure to prove most effective for you. From peels to high-tech lasers, ultrasound to SOS spot treatments, they have the means to even out your skin tone, banish redness and make acne scars a thing of the past – leaving you to lap up the compliments about your post-holiday radiance! Even UV-related ageing will be no

match for EF MEDISPA’s armoury of combination treatments. Double up with radio frequency and light-based therapies or turbocharge collagen production with their miraculous microneedling solutions. The multi-pronged approach to ageing will recover the definition of your jaw line, plump out fine lines, restore lost volume to sunken cheeks and let you dream of just landing on your private jet! With your face aglow, you’ll have no excuse to let your bikini body slide. So keep it looking sun lounger trim with EF MEDISPA’s third generation of surgical Vaser solutions. By using only the gentlest of probes, the expert technicians will define that waist, give bingo wings the heave-ho, streamline thighs and lift your bottom – so you and your behind will stay perky for months to come. For anyone wanting to body sculpt the non-surgical way, a winning combination of radio frequency and ultrasound therapies will tackle stubborn fat deposits, tone and tighten tell-tale dimpled skin and give you the kind of enviable curves that cry out to be taken to the nearest beach. And for a passport to fuzz-free pins, EF MEDISPA’s Permanent

Laser Hair Reduction takes the hassle out of hair removal with proven results no matter what your hair colour or skin type. So you’ll get flawless legs the pain-free way – just in time for the Indian summer to shine down on London!

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PORTOBELLO GREEN FITNESS CLUB Portobello Green Fitness Club has a strong track record in achieving excellent results. Take advantage of this month’s half price joining fee with a free personal training session, free gym workshops, free programme and free squash and table tennis. Plus, the fairtrade fitness model allows you to use clubs and pools across London on the Fitness Network membership. 3-5 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL; 020 8960 2221

EGO HAIR Give your summer hair a little TLC with a Nano Keratin Mineral treatment to repair, smooth and restore its shine. Kerastase’s hair rituals will repair any sun damage, while Shu Emura’s Essence Absolute oil will add all the moisture you need to nourish your locks. And why not match your tan with the perfect ammonia-free colour at Queens Park’s friendliest salon? 020 7625 4811 egohair.co.uk

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Back from holiday looking tanned and feeling fit? Keep looking your best with the help of Powervibe, where results are almost instant. A 25-minute Power Plate session can give you the same results as a 60-90 minute exercise session in the gym, so it’s a great way to save time for those with a busy schedule. A couple of Power Plate sessions per week will help you shape up faster than just normal exercise. So whether your goals are losing weight, building strength, increasing flexibility, toning muscles or reducing cellulite, you’ll achieve them all, while increasing your energy levels and vitality too. You really can’t lose when you lose at Powervibe! Powervibe, 95a Westbourne Park Villas W2; 020 7229 9614; powervibe.co.uk

Feel fresh long after the holiday tan fades

BODY WORKS WEST

This boutique members health club in the heart of Notting Hill is hidden behind leafy Westbourne Grove. BWW is perfect if you are seeking to relax and workout with room to breathe; highly qualified staff, state-ofthe-art equipment and an on-going personal touch make the difference. Experience our unique atmosphere – feel different, be different. BodyWorksWest 11 Lambton Place, Notting Hill, London, W11 2SH; 020 7229 2291; bodyworkswest.co.uk

TEN PILATES ‘If you haven’t tried TenPilates, trust me when I say it’s a near miracle’ evangelised Harpers Bazaar. Indeed, TenPilates is the home of Dynamic Pilates, an innovative, results-driven work out, and one of the most effective body-sculpting exercises available anywhere. It improves and aligns posture, slims the figure and builds lean, toned muscles. Fast. 020 8969 9677; tenpilates.com

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YOGA TEACHER FROM PORTOBELLO Shakti Ananda (38, real name Annabel) used to work in fashion PR. But after reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, she had an ‘A-ha’ moment and gave it up. After completing her TTC at the Sivananda Centre in Madurai, she’s now a fully accredited yoga teacher. She’s also a Reiki Master and Lightworker. Her mission, aside from becoming enlightened in this lifetime, is to heal those around her and help humanity in its transition from fear to love. 7 am Wake up crying. Dream yet again of being abandoned in playground by my mother when I was five. 7.16 am Ring Colin, my shaman, to ask if there’s any bodywork I can do to help the process of healing from playground abandonment. He doesn’t pick up. 7.28 am Do one hour self-regression in which I return to childhood and comfort my five year-old self, telling her that everything is ok. Mummy will be back soon. 8.41 am Do some pigeon poses which are good for releasing emotions trapped in buttocks. Have another cry. 10.12 am Make notes for the screenplay I’m developing about a Hatha yoga teacher in west London trying to maintain a spiritual practice while being surrounded by Low Vibrationals. 11.26 am Go to Coffee Plant to continue writing. Overhear a woman discussing her new novel about an Ashtanga teacher living in west London. When I point out that it’s a karmic black point to steal other people’s ideas, she just laughs. Clearly another Low Vibrational masquerading as a High Vibrational. 12.59 pm See a crow on way home. My power animal is trying to communicate with me. 1.25 pm Log onto Shamanicjourney.com and discover that the crow is a deeply spiritual creature with the ability to unite the light and the dark. Being very adaptable it can survive in almost any situation, which makes sense that I should have one as my power animal. West London can be pretty tough at times. 2.04 pm Meditate on my power animal and have a vision of crows pecking at a loaf of bread. Powerful stuff! 3.28 pm Feeling very drained. Justin, who’s moved in upstairs, has just had broadband installed and it’s causing meltdown in my electromagnetic field. Wrap a towel around my head to minimize the harmful positive ions and balance a rose quartz crystal on my Ajna chakra for 20 minutes. 4.29 pm Still feeling drained. Go into garden and ground myself by lying face down to reconnect with Mother Earth. 6.02 pm Head off to Darshan with Guru Darren at Myyoga in Primrose Hill. Really need it after the day I’ve had.

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Hair extensions don’t have to be damaging, or fake-looking. Leah Day experiments Photography: George Ramsay

Leah’s hair was wash and conditioned with Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair shampoo and conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner restores elasticity, moisture and manageability. Floria added a drop of Moroccan oil, Oil Treatment to Leah’s hair before blowdrying. Leah’s hair was then cornrowed into two horizontal rows across the crown. Using a weave needle and light brown thread, Floria stitched Charlote Mensah’s reusable Bespoke (colour 30) hair, which was the perfect colour match to Leah’s natural hair horizontally onto the cornrows.

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How wrong I was. The Hair Lounge is reputedly west London’s best Afro Caribbean hairdresser, with a celebrity clientele to boot. It is not the biggest of salons, but the craftsmanship of the team employed by Charlotte Mensah, are the reason why people travel far and wide (America, Africa, Europe and further) to have their hair done by the best in the business. Charlotte has handpicked a team that specialise sin bringing the handiwork of the archetypal weave to fine and soft European hair. Floria Amon has been specifically trained to create a weave that is not only the perfect tightness to prevent an uncomfortable hairdo but the right pressure to ensure the weave stays in place for at least three weeks, I’m into my fifth week now and the hair is showing no signs of letting me down. I have truly joined the ranks.

Floira then cut Leah’s hair into soft layers and curled into soft gentle curls using GHD Gold Classic Styler. She finished the look by gently brushing through the ends for perfect natural looking extensions. Stylist Floria Amon at Hair Lounge 347 Portobello Road W10 5SA 020 8969 9444 Twiiter @ hairlounge1999 Brand of Hair Used Charlotte Mensah “Bespoke” colour 30 Products Used Moroccan Oil – Moisture repair Shampoo Moroccan Oil Moisture repair Conditioner Moroccan Oil Oil Treatment

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You’ve had a huge influence in the way that the public think about food, from school dinners, to encouraging people to cook. What has been the proudest moment of your career so far? I think getting half a billion quid out of the British government for school food back in 2005/6 was a high point. I am worried about all that hard work being undone at the moment with the Coalition not making sure that Academies follow the nutritional standards we all fought for. To be honest, there are so many proud moments; when Fifteen restaurant opened in 2002, that was another one that stands out – it was incredible and the fact that we’re still training young people ten years later is so inspiring. Every time I go to one of the graduation days in London, Cornwall or Amsterdam (where we also have restaurants), it’s always an emotional time. But I’ve got loads still to do and so I hope there will be more memorable moments to come.

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Who are your culinary heroes? There are so many. Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, of course; also Gennaro Contaldo, the Italian Stallion and my mentor; Alice Walters and Keith Floyd. I would have loved to have met Keith – for me, he embodied everything that’s exciting about cooking. Three ingredients you couldn’t survive without? I’m a chilli freak so I couldn’t live without a bit of heat, and then probably some good quality extra virgin olive oil and definitely lemon. Having a family and being so busy yourself, who does the cooking at home? And whose food do the children prefer? I do the cooking when I’m there, which is usually the weekends, although I am also trying to have as many Fridays off as I can this year.

During the week Jools is the cook and she’s become really good over the years. I couldn’t say whose food the kids prefer, I’d get in trouble. Do you have a guilty food pleasure? Green and Black’s chocolate, although it is an occasional treat. Can you tell us about your biggest kitchen disaster? That would have to be the welldocumented Valentine’s Day mishap many years ago when I tried to cook naked for my wife and ended up scalding myself with hot steam in a delicate area. Was there a meal that changed your life? Probably the one I was preparing at the River Café back in 1998 when I got filmed by the documentary TV crew. When the show ended up on TV, I started getting phone calls from TV producers wanting to make a series with just me and – to cut a long story short – the naked chef was born. What is your earliest food memory? The smell of mum’s roast chicken on a Sunday. Why did you choose Notting Hill as the location for your biggest Recipiease to date? Recipease has been a huge success in Brighton and Clapham Junction but we’ve deliberately waited a while before opening the third store because we wanted it to be really special. Notting Hill is the perfect location and I think we’ll really make the area proud. There’s so much to see and so many cooking classes to choose from that I’m sure everyone will find something to excite them.

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Recipease is described as a cooking, food and kitchen shop and Jamie’s Notting Hill branch on the corner of Notting Hill Gate and Pembridge Road is the third in his portfolio. A place to bring the community together to cook, visitors will be able to try a range of cookery classes ranging from fresh pasta making to Mexican street food. There’s an in-store wood-fired oven for customers to try their hands at, perfecting an exciting form of cooking. Jamie’s community hub also has a relaxing café area, a shelf full of ready meals, counters for bread, cakes and treats, plus loads of beautiful kitchen kit to browse and buy, all branded as part of the Jamie empire.

RECIPE

FRAGRANT GREEN THAI CURRY (SERVES 4)

6 spring onions, washed & trimmed 4 - 6 medium green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, pounded or crushed ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper Maldon sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste Half a handful of lime leaves, torn 1 teaspoon soy sauce 3 drops of fish sauce 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed back and finely chopped 2 good handfuls of fresh basil on the stalk 3 food handfuls of fresh coriander on the stalk 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Zest & juice of 3 - 4 limes, to taste

Put all the green curry paste ingredients in a pestle and mortar or food processor and mash/whizz to a smooth green paste. Marinate the chicken or vegetables in a little of the paste for 30 minutes, then add a little oil and the chicken pieces to a hot casseroletype pan or wok. Fry for four minutes, then add the remainder of the marinade – it will sizzle and spit. Stir in the coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer gently for eight minutes until the chicken is cooked. Season to taste. The flavour should have a kick but be reasonably mellow – very fresh and fragrant. Put some rice into the base of your bowl, add in the chicken curry – ensure you add in the liquid. Top with chopped pistachio nuts, toasted coconut flakes and fresh coriander. Sprinkle with poppadoms for an added crunch.

CHUNKY COCONUT, TOMATO, CUCUMBER & LIME RELISH

This is a fresh salad/relish and is very simple to make. It goes especially well with fragrant green chicken curry. 16 cherry tomatoes, quartered or roughly chopped ½ fresh coconut, grated or shaved 1 small handful of basil or coriander, roughly chopped 15cm/6 inches of cucumber, skinned, seeds removed and roughly chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt & freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1 - 2 limes 1 thinly sliced red chilli (optional) Put the tomatoes, coconut, basil, cucumber and chilli (if using) into a bowl and toss. Just before serving, toss in the olive oil, salt, pepper and lime juice to taste. Recipe by Jamie Oliver, recipease.com

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We were excited by the arrival of head chef James Lidsey, ex-L’Escargot, but a little nervous as at first glance as the menu looks a bit daunting, with each dish listing so many ingredients, some of which I think taste much better than they sound. A starter of heritage beetroot with goats curd, a very soft cream cheese, with a delicate

texture and a tangy flavour which worked well with the beetroot. Finished with cob nuts and a drizzle of Regents Park honey. I found something very appealing about honey that has been made from all the wonderful flowers in Regents Park. Lisa’s salmon mousse was delicate but with a good kick from the horseradish blini. Cornish lemon sole was spot on. Lemon sole, if not fresh, can easily go soggy, but this was super fresh and cooked to perfection. The pot roast chicken was finished with a quick flash in the pan, which meant superb crisp skin, combined with wonderful mushroom and tarragon flavours. The only criticism of

both dishes was that they were quite salty. The desserts all sounded good, but our choice was a bit of a let down – the chocolate mousse tasted floury and the bitter orange chocolate ice cream too sickly, it reminded me of a melted chocolate orange. The friendly and welcoming maître D recommended a crisp and affordable bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from a customer friendly wine list with a good range of prices. The menu, like the room, provides a great mix of modern and eclectic and using fresh seasonal ingredients it manages to combine great British dishes and French dishes. 75

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amed in Singapore, Min Jiang is a serious and formal foodie destination on the top floor of Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel. With impressive views across the park and all over London, it’s a sunny spot during the day and an atmospheric place at night. The menu’s vast and slightly daunting – you don’t want to miss the best things – but a selection of dim sum is easily chosen, with favourites including pan-fried spring onion cake and steamed pumpkin dumplings with mixed seafood, as well as deep-fried yam croquette with seafood. However, what you are really here for is the duck, which is best ordered in advance to avoid a 45-minute wait. It’s a proper ritual, carved in front of you by a silent, starch-jacketed waiter, and presented in two servings, precluded by tiny morsels of crispy skin dipped in granulated sugar. Then there are pancakes in two varieties: shredded leek and sweet sauce, or radish, cabbage and garlic sauce. And thirdly there are pretty canapé-style discs of lettuce topped with perfect dollops of moreish spiced minced duck. After this, we enjoy bowls of noodles and seafood fried rice with salted fish, all of it intensely flavoured and presented in hushed reverence. Min Jiang is an exotic treat in one of London’s bestestablished family-run hotels, so try it.

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It’s the end of an era in Kensington Place, where the famous mural that dominates the room is set to be replaced this month. Mark Wickham’s painting of Kensington Gardens (Round Pond with empty champagne bottle) is to go into storage and in its place will be a new gallery space, whose first exhibitor will be young artist Jelly Green. Her work focuses on cows – large-scale, detailed bovine portraits, which might seem out of place in a fish restaurant but is definitely set to impress. Staff at the restaurant are looking forward to hearing what diners think. Kensington Place, 201 Kensington Church Street W8 020 7727 3184

Here’s a shocking statistic: every year, about 75 disposable cups are manufactured for each person on the planet. Anyone who likes coffee and gives a fig about waste will already be worried about the amount of cups they get through, even if they are recyclable. Keepcup is the solution: these reusable, barista standard cups are the perfect alternative to the throwaway equivalent – bring it with you, take it home, put it in the dishwasher and repeat. And they look good too – check out the stylish display at Westbourne Grove’s Planet Organic or design your own colourway at keepcup.com.

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Listed in the Evening Standard’s 10 Pizza Restaurants to Try Before You Die is Ealing’s Santa Maria, which has just opened a brand new sister restaurant in Kensal Rise. NW10’s Sacro Cuore had punters queuing around the corner in its first week for fabulous, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas that are properly delicious – and it’s a stylishly simple place to eat, a welcome addition to the area. Hurrah for Sacro Cuore. 45 Chamberlayne Road NW10 020 8960 8558

BIG DISH

Paul Smith has designed a range of plates specially for the Park Hyatt hotel in Milan. The idea arose over dinner at the hotel’s gourmet eaterie VUN and now a limited edition of 200 pieces have been manufactured, featuring Smith’s signature stripes with a hand-painted feel. Certainly worth a detour to Milan…

POP! Three of the best champagnes

1. PERRIER JOUËT BELLE EPOQUE, 2004: The famous beautiful flowery bottle is enough to make us giddy, but the taste – courtesy of Chardonnay grapes from Cremant – is elegance and refinement itself. Impeccable, its subtle flavours speaks of finesse and class.

2. MOËT IMPÉRIAL: The iconic champagne, unchanged since 1869, embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style, distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity.

3. PIPER HEIDSIECK RARE BRUT 2002: Rated the best champagne of 2011 on its release last year, Marie Antoinette’s favourite tipple is a favourite with us too. 77

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Hell Bay, Scilly Isles THE BEDROOMS:

THE RESTAURANT:

Small but perfectly formed, Hell Bay has 25 suites for bedding down in: our Studio Suite was ridiculously spacious with double doors and a small balcony overlooking the Atlantic – a view to rouse even the sleepiest guest from slumber. Beach house chic runs throughout, with wood and wicker in blues and beige, scenes of Scilly hanging on walls, Malabar fabrics and Lloyd Loom furniture. In addition to the bottle of champagne on-ice that awaited us on arrival, there was also a cupboardconcealed mini-bar and coffee station for fuel not of the bubbly variety. Satellite and DVD players come as standard.

GET THERE: A regular service runs between London Waterloo and Bristol Parkway, after which, one must catch a flight from Bristol Airport into St. Mary’s. From there, hop aboard a ferry to Bryher via Tresco.

PRICE TAG: Suites at Hell Bay start from £135 per adult per night on a half-board basis, including boat transfers to/from the hotel. To book (and for travel options) contact 01720 422947 or hellbay.co.uk

THE SPA:

Heading up the Hell Bay kitchen is Richard Kearsley, who uses fresh, seasonal ingredients: expect beef from Tresco and crab from Bryher, and dishes such as Cornish mackerel and fillet of hake. Breakfast is just as delicious — from the full English to salmon so fresh you half expect it to wrangle free from the hollandaise. There are even chickens on-site, just in case you feel like getting your own eggs in the morning. For a change of scenery, those staying longer than a couple of nights should hop on the ferry to Tresco and lunch at Ruin Beach Café at Sea Garden Cottages.

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A bite of the Big Apple Mr & Mrs Smith’s editor-in-chief, Juliet Kinsman, enjoys a first-class 48 hours in Manhattan as she heads from Heathrow to Meatpacking and back… STAY Andre Balazs’ Standard NY is a glassy Brutalist high-rise that puffs out its see-and-be-seen chest it over the Meatpacking District, while straddling the High Line, the recently extended park built on an abandoned West Side railway track. Contemporary low-key luxury doesn’t come cooler than at this hip hotel where specially commissioned modern art and tear-jerking views are reason enough to stay. The views get better the higher you go in this 18-storey tower, so plump for 8th floor and above if you can. Gaze south at sunset over the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty within squint-shot; face north and get that mesmerizing

Manhattan skyline in widescreen. Rooms from $285 a night plus (mrandmrssmith.com/ standardNY; 0845 034 0700).

EAT & DRINK For a hip yet trad Meatpacking District chophouse, the Standard Grill is a modern classic (thestandardgrill.com). Charred Spanish octopus, whole roasted chicken with duck fat smashed potatoes and halibut hollandaise not doing it for you? You could do wurst next door at the Germaninspired Biergarten. ‘Secret’ bars are still the hottest ticket in town: hidden behind a takeaway taqueria on the Lower East Side is the coolest tequila bar in NYC, La Esquina at 106 Kenmare

where hibiscus rose margaritashe and machaca taco with char-grilled steak, coriander and chipotle salsa is my tip (esquinanyc. com). Easier to get into if there’s a gang of you though is recently opened Añejo Tequileria in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen at 668 10th Avenue (anejonyc. com) Maybe go easy on that Mezcal.

SHOP & SIGHTSEE Sexy lighting, silky smalls and seductive scents at 79 Greene

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Street let you know you’re at Kiki de Montparnasse. This SoHo erotic boutique named after Man Ray’s muse is resplendent in cabinets of luxurious lingerie and ‘instruments of pleasure’ enough to make your eyes water – in their intentions and their price tag (kikidm.com). Only have time for one touristy excursion? Jump aboard the Staten Island Ferry

from the terminal near Battery Park. The 25-minute boat ride is free and takes you past Ellis Island and Miss Liberty herself: if you’re smart you’ll sync your trip with sunset (siferry.com). And our top tip? Next time you head to Manhattan, don’t be in such a rush to get to your rendezvous – sit back and enjoy the ride…

Squeezing as much as we can into that ever-elusive time off work is critical: so making the getting-there part of your stylish, luxury holiday is just the ticket, right? Virgin Atlantic recently unveiled glamorous new Upper Class cabins and I knew that as an intrepid boutique traveller it was my duty to report back. Picked up by chauffeur, fast-tracked to the chic LHR Clubhouse and the party had already started before we’d left UK soil thanks to a free Cowshed facial and cocktails. Up in the air, sleek state-of-the art private perches feel more nightclub than fl ight club: although you’ll sleep like a baby in these beauties. Don’t want to squander time on shuteye? Pause at the longest inair bar and fl ight attendants cum mixologists will shake or stir you a sophisticated tipple. Return Upper Class from London to JFK from £2,445 (virgin-atlantic. com; 0844 874 7747)

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HOUSE SPY London Open House Weekend is your chance to visit a variety of architecturally interesting buildings, including W2’s intriguing Gap House. Nancy Alsop has a tour PICS: NICK KANE

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ap House, just off Westbourne Grove, scooped the prestigious RIBA Manser Medal in 2009 for best one-off house of the year. Architect Luke Tozer clapped eyes on the site that he would translate into an intriguing and beautiful family home back in 2005, and decided that here he could work his visionary wonders. But this was no ordinary site. Sandwiched snugly between two white stucco houses, the streetfacing façade was a mere sliver of bricks and mortar at only 8-ft wide. Not the usual domestic dimension at all. Tozer’s practice, Pitman Tozer, specialises in opening up awkward spaces and transforming them into covetable living quarters. But in this case, – as so often – the edge-of-seat process was in securing planning permission. After that, Pitman Tozer ingeniously reconciled the narrow constraints of the building by opening up the back, where there is an above-average

width open-plan living room and kitchen with glass doors onto a patio which – best of all – open up in summer to bring the outside in and make one huge living space. It’s only from the garden that visitors really get the lay of the land; each floor tapers and retracts towards the top, like an elegant stacked Japanese water feature. Meanwhile, Gap House’s eco-credentials are superlative; the windows are thermally and acoustically efficient; all the wood

is from an Austrian monastery where the monks plant and harvest the trees while the energy created powers the local village; heating and cooling comes via a ground source heat pump. For the Tozers, the ground source heat pump almost left an indelible mark on the building; having found only one drilling rig small enough to dig the boreholes, they almost couldn’t get it out again. “We had visions that we were going to have to live with a drilling rig in the garden,” laughs Tozer. But this architect is no stranger to extraordinary living arrangements, having grown up in an 11th-century priory that his father – also an architect – converted into a house; Tozer’s bedroom even had an arrow-slit which pierced six-foot walls for a window. “I attribute being an architect to that and to going round too many building sites as a child more than anything else.” London Open House Weekend, 22-23 September

LONDON OPEN HOUSE LOCAL SPOTS BRICK HOUSE, W2 This contemporary family home was completed by Caruso St John Architects in 2005 – barely visible from the street, the house is entirely constructed from brick, with an impressive spacious, multi-height living area and bedrooms in the basement. TRELLICK TOWER Iconic 31-storey Trellick Tower was built between 1968 and 1973 by Hungarian-born Erno Goldfinger; the main building houses 217 apartments, with lifts and services in a linked tower. All apartments have balconies and large windows, while clever details include spacesaving sliding doors and light switches fitted into door frames. Londonopenhouse.org

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t’s my first time in a tent,” says Jacqui Roche. She’s bringing a rose- covered chandelier and a potter’s wheel with her to Port Eliot and wants visitors to “roll up their sleeves, because there will be throwing” – of pots, naturally. It was the meditative, quiet qualities of clay that appealed to Jacqui when she first did her ceramics degree. Since then, she has built something of a word-ofmouth reputation for the children’s pottery classes she runs from her Queens Park garden and has just finished a new studio with a giant tree growing through it. Instead of bringing a kiln down to Port Eliot, she used air-drying clay, which she has worked a lot with children before (adults love it, too). “Don’t bother coming to the tent if you don’t like beetles, flamingos, hummingbirds and jackdaws,” says a smiling Lou Rota, the reigning queen of ceramic decoration. Lou’s aesthetic playfully challenge one’s expectations of pretty flowers in perfect teacups and remind us that never far away is a creeping beetle or fly. Her work gives equal balance to the way the natural world truthfully is, which comes as

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something of a relief. Let’s not kid ourselves now, it’s a touch macabre, a touch brilliant. So how did insects creep into her work? Lou’s earlier incarnation was as a maker of nature documentaries. The fi lmmaking involved travelling the world with a camera trained on lots of large mammals, such as whales and chimpanzees, when all she really wanted to study and fi lm were fruit fl ies... curiously, no-one ever commissioned that

nature documentary. However, her moment arrived when she began to look at them not just as a natural phenomenon, but also as extremely beautiful visual objects. Her small business of ceramic decorating and wall stickers gives her so much satisfaction. “I’ve so much more to show now,” she says. “Previously, I would work for a year and just have a tape on a shelf at the end of it. I now have shelves of evidence that I love.”

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This fantastic property boasts a generous open plan dining/reception room, a separate well fitted eat-in kitchen, a smartly designed study area, a large master bedroom, a second double bedroom and a bathroom. Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

This exceptionally bright apartment is situated within a sought after period mansion block on a quiet residential tree-lined street. The accommodation boasts a charming reception room, a large kitchen/dining room, two good sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Addison Crescent W14 £1,950,000 Interior designed by Nikki Atkinson, Century Lodge is a spacious lateral apartment arranged over two floors. The property features an elegant 40ft entrance hallway/library, a large double reception room, an open plan kitchen and large dining area, a master bedroom with a luxurious en suite bathroom, a separate guest bedroom suite with bathroom and a study. This stunning property also benefits from a large landscaped private courtyard, off street parking and a security gates. Share of Freehold. Joint Sole Agent: Clabon Estates.

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Westbourne Terrace Mews W2 £1,250 per week St. John’s Wood NW8 £995 per week This fabulous lateral apartment comprises a vast double reception room stretching from the front patio to the rear of the building, a modern open plan kitchen, a master bedroom, a bathroom and a large second guest room/ study. A third room and a further bathroom are in a separate annex.

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Addison Crescent W14 A fine, low built house meticulously restored to the highest specification. The property offers an impressive wide frontage, incorporating gated off street parking and an excellent size landscaped garden to the rear. 4 reception rooms • 7 bedrooms • 6 bathrooms • Garden Private parking • Approximately 6,329 sq ft

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A recently refurbished two bedroom raised ground floor apartment situated in this fantastic location close to the many amenities of Holland Park and Westfield Shopping Centre.

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Alex Verbeek and David Clifton, associate directors of Mountgrange Heritage’s Residential Development Department

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he more unpalatable side of estate agency has often involved property developers striking deals in smoky pubs. While cigarettes may have been banned from public places, property developers remain omnipresent, albeit in the shadows, always on the hunt for the next opportunity. Last summer at Mountgrange Heritage we realised that the culture of development deals stood quite separate from their successful ‘open-market’ estate agency business – so we established a Residential Development & Investment department, whose modus operandi is strictly limited to focus on the world of property development. The department consists of myself (I have worked for Mountgrange Heritage in the residential sales department for several years) and my colleague David Clifton, who joined the firm last year bringing with him over 10 years’ planning and property development experience. I have been lucky enough to be a resident of Notting Hill for the majority of my life and have an intimate knowledge of the area. This allows me to appreciate the qualities the area has to offer and to bring this knowledge directly to clients. We both take great interest in people’s lives and the area in which they work and live. Building land in Central London is scarce so we are constantly looking at recycling existing buildings. Disused properties and warehouses are favourites with our clients as well as the shabbier hotels and lodging houses that can be given a new lease of life and restored to their full glory. While every change is lamented by someone things never stand still, being part of some of these changes is rewarding and often exciting. There is obviously an emotional element to the job – recently we went up to Kensal Rise to look at what was the local library, shut down not long ago by Brent Council. There were people camped outside protesting the loss. The ultimate owner of the library is All Souls College, Oxford and while the majority of the trustees are academics, likely to sympathise with the local residents, their hands are tied by the rules of their Trust. So while it is often hard to work out what is the right thing to do, it is often more difficult to make a desirable solution viable. As you would expect, much of the work undertaken by myself and David takes place behind “closed doors”. If you have any interest in property deals in and around Notting Hill, Kensal Rise, Bayswater and beyond, a call to Mountgrange Heritage’s Development and Investment department could prove most profitable.

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KENSINGTON PARK ROAD, W11 ÂŁ3,950,000 Freehold

A stylish period house with off-street parking in the heart of Notting Hill. Arranged over four luxurious floors, this beautiful family home features an impressive drawing room with lovely wood floors and a central fireplace, three large double bedrooms on the upper floors and a further bedroom suite on the lower ground floor. Also on this level is a smart kitchen/dining/ conservatory room with a dramatic double height glass extension with French doors onto an eye catching 40 ft garden. Elsewhere in the house is a snug TV room/office and a laundry room.

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LADBROKE ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,795,000 Share of Freehold

A laterally converted apartment with excellent living and outdoor space. Set on the lower ground floor and covering over 1900 sq ft, the property has its own private entrance. The central feature is a large double reception with warm oak stripped floors, two wide bay windows and a working fireplace. To the rear is a spectacular architect-designed glass extension that links the kitchen to the garden providing inside/outside living. Of the three double bedrooms, two are en suite. There is also a study area and utility room.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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WESTBOURNE GROVE MEWS, W11 ÂŁ1,050,000 Leasehold

An immaculate one bedroom maisonette in an enviable mews location. On the doorstep of Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove, this fantastic home occupies the top two floors of a converted mews house. The upper level features a bright open-plan living and dining space incorporating a smart and fully integrated modern kitchen. On the lower floor is a generous double bedroom with stylish en suite bathroom, in addition to a smart guest shower room and further storage. The property also benefits from its own private entrance.

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ALL SAINTS ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,100 per week A newly-refurbished three bedroom home finished to an immaculate standard. This beautiful property is accessed from the ground floor and incorporates a fantastic double-aspect living space. On the floor below, is an open plan kitchen and dining area that leads onto a private patio terrace. An impressive master bedroom and en suite bathroom occupy the first floor, whilst two further double bedrooms and an additional bathroom are on the second. This magnificent home also features an exceptional roof garden with far-reaching views of the surrounding area.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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CAMPDEN HILL GARDENS, W8 ÂŁ2,500 per week A spectacular former artists studio with extraordinary space and an abundance of natural light. Lovingly arranged over three floors, the reception room features a tremendous vaulted ceiling with skylights and a smart open plan kitchen. The master bedroom is on the lower ground floor, encompassing a fabulous dressing area and luxurious bathroom. On the floor above is the second bedroom, alongside a shower room/guest cloakroom. The property is beautifully presented throughout and features a private South-facing patio garden.

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1,108 sq ft (102.93 sq m)

A charming three bedroom Victorian terraced house, occupying approximately 1,108 sq.ft. over three floors, with the advantage of a wonderful south facing terrace.

| Eat in kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second double bedroom Further bedroom/study | Bathroom | Roof terrace and small patio

Reception room with dining area £1,450 per week Furnished

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Queen’s Gate Mews 1,253 sq ft (116 sq m)

| Kensington | W8

This spacious unfurnished, second floor (with lift) flat boasts neutral décor and tremendous light throughout. Reception room

| Two double bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Cloakroom | Lift

£975 per week Unfurnished

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Palace Court 702 sq ft (65.21 sq m)

| Bayswater | W2

A beautifully presented one bedroom flat located close to the park, which has generous entertaining space including a lovely high ceilinged drawing room. Entrance hall

| Drawing room | Kitchen | Bedroom | Bathroom

Asking price ÂŁ850,000 Share of Freehold

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Palace Court

| Bayswater | W2

1,149 sq ft (106.74 sq m)

A charming and well presented two bedroom flat, with good entertaining space and a lovely drawing room. Entrance hall

| Drawing room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Storage vault | Patio | Porter

Asking price ÂŁ995,000 Leasehold

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St Lawrence Terrace 488 sq ft (45.4 sq m)

| Notting Hill | W10

A stunning one bedroom apartment situated on this quiet tree lined street. Finished to a high standard throughout, this property benefits from high ceilings, wood flooring and an abundance of natural light. Reception room

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Campden St Stephens HillCrescent Square 3,244 617 sqsq ft ft (57.3 (301.37 sq m) sq m)

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Kensington Place 1,610 sq ft (149.5 sq m)

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What is holding up the property market?

William Tellwright Associate Director John D Wood & Co., Kensington

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s various oracles consult their crystal balls ahead of the start of traditionally the busiest time in the estate agents’ calendar, I am reminded of a wonderfully simplistic summary. The Financial Markets, which can be seen as the main driver behind the high end property market in Notting Hill, are currently like a strapless bra; half the people are wondering what’s holding it up, whereas the other half are waiting for it to drop so that they can grab the opportunity with both hands. As my wife pointed out, that was far too astute and witty to have originated from me; all credit goes to a City trader. What I do know, however, is that an ever increasing number of people from all over the world are drawn to Notting Hill. Why? Apart from the tree-lined streets, up market boutiques, restaurants, designer cafés and fast transport links via the Central line to the City, it’s because of the communal gardens. The very concept of being able to leave your garden door open in Central London, allowing the free flow of children, dogs, cats, fresh air, and community spirit, is of enormous appeal to young and old. Communal gardens are unique to Notting Hill, and high demand proves that everyone wants to live on one, especially one with direct access into the gardens. Most are closely guarded secrets behind hornbeam hedges and locked gates, made famous in Richard Curtis’ film, containing tennis courts, play grounds, rose gardens, tree houses, croquet lawns, boules, and garden

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benches. Many host Guy Fawkes bonfires and fireworks nights and all form a heart of a very local community enabling neighbours to mingle and forge friendships. During the Olympics we were able to see more than ever how well known Notting Hill has become. We were asked numerous times each day for directions to Portobello Road, whether from Chinese, Americans or Brazilians however well signed it is in the Underground station! It should be no surprise that John D Wood & Co. is harnessing the area’s ever growing popularity by opening a new office on Ladbroke Grove to link up with our Holland Park and Kensington offices and give us a stronger presence in this part of W10. Now it is September and we have entered traditionally the busiest time of year for selling property. Children have returned to school and the countdown is on for people to move before Christmas. We have a high number of applicants registered to buy property in Notting Hill, Holland Park and Kensington so if you are thinking of moving yourself, now would be an ideal time, especially when the number of applicants out looking to buy are far outnumbering the properties currently available on the market. We are here to advise on every aspect of selling your home and are the only estate agency to offer a complimentary Sales Service to help clients prepare their homes for sale and to ease the logistics of moving. We also have a Professional Department which specialises in lease extensions and enfranchisement who are also able to offer advice to leaseholders. Please do call me for advice on 020 7908 1100 or email me at wtellwright@johndwood.co.uk.

Guide Price £8,500,000

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KENT, EDENBRIDGE A beautifully maintained and quintessential 6 bedroom Kentish country house dating from the 15th Century and surrounded by its own exquisite gardens, separate 2 bedroom cottage and a variety of ancillary outbuildings with further potential. Guide Price £2,650,000 020 7908 1108 chd@johndwood.co.uk

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TALBOT ROAD, W2 A very attractive, well proportioned period stucco-fronted house in this fabulous Notting Hill location with solid American white oak floors throughout and versatile living space full of imagination and style. 2 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, cloakroom, patio garden. Freehold Share Guide Price ÂŁ1,700,000

HIPPODROME MEWS, W11 A charming mews house located on the site of the historic Kensington Hippodrome Racecourse, between Portland Road and the green open spaces of Avondale Park. Approx. 1,090 sq ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, dining room/kitchen, terrace. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,199,950

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NOTES NOTTING HILL NEWS

RUTH BLOOMFIELD ON BASEMENT BATTLES Undignified public slanging matches, threats of legal action, and firm friendships shattered. Welcome to life in some of west London’s most expensive streets where battle lines have been drawn over basement extensions. Oddly enough, the vogue for ‘iceberg’ homes has been boosted by the recession. It is now so difficult to move house that in certain circles dropping a minimum £250,000 to burrow underground has started to look like a positive bargain. Of course it is easy to get sneery about the owners of gazillion pound properties close to the Notting Hill house of former Chelsea Football Club chief executive Peter Kenyon or the Kensington pad of Take That star Howard Donald weeping bitter tears over the aggravation caused by their basement projects. But it is also true that months of noise, vibration, streets blocked by lorries, dust coating windows and cars, and the spectre of structural damage are enough to turn the most neighbourly amongst us into the Incredible Hulk. Kensington and Chelsea Council has now bolted the stable door after the horse has long bolted with some weak proposals to restrict future development. But perhaps the real answer lies in a compensation scheme for neighbours who are inconvenienced by building work of any kind. Because, while money isn’t everything, a decent cheque in the post can sweeten most pills – and would at least pay for window cleaning and ear plugs for the duration.

Well what a summer we’ve had! The greatest show on earth has been and gone and our sportsmen and women did us proud. Years of hard training, commitment and sacrifice resulted in 29 Gold, 17 Silver and 19 Bronze medals being won. Our transport system didn’t melt down, the roads didn’t gridlock and our security wasn’t breached. In fact, we managed to be hosts to one of the best Olympics we’ve seen for many years. Pre-Olympics, overseas buyers were viewing London property as a safe haven for their money. Now, not only is London a safe haven, but it is now also being perceived as a great place to live and nowhere more than within our fair borough. Post Olympics and we have been inundated with purchasing requests from prospective buyers as far afield as Japan, China, India, the Middle East and also the United States. Laurence Lai is Director of Faron Sutaria and has been with the company for 22 years. He has been successfully acting for clients in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea for over 18 years and is a resident here. faronsutaria.co.uk

FOX PRIMARY SCHOOL OLYMPICTHEMED ART COMPETITION

Last month, Bective Leslie Marsh’s Kensington office organised a very successful art competition with one of the city’s top primary schools, Fox, located in Hillgate Village on Kensington Place. 45 children aged five and six years old entered our Olympic-themed art competition. For the next few weeks, the BLM Kensington office will be displaying the children’s art work in its windows.

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ow, what an exciting diary entry….GO TEAM GB! Is anyone else feeling the Olympic withdrawals? I sat at my desk through most of it, desperate to hear regular updates from my iPhone/internet. I was initially pretty against the whole disruption I thought this major event was going to cause but I was wrong. What an amazing few weeks, some of the proudest moments in history. As for the market? I think most people were far more interested in the jumps that were made out of London iconic buildings during the eventing than buying a new home. Fewer properties hit the market in Notting Hill and Kensington with buyers jetting off to sunnier climes to avoid the ‘chaos’ – but what a week to miss. Onwards and upwards, exciting properties will be hitting the market in the historically busy autumn market which I’m hugely excited about. We need to get this market moving again and welcome all the new visitors and hopefully hoards of budding new property owners. Maddie Lewington, 020 7727 7777; dng.co.uk

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Gareth Kelly, Associate Director, Marsh & Parsons in Notting Hill

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT:

First Floor, 186 Portobello Road. Food and service here are always second to none and the high ceilings and tall windows create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.

Paul Smith on Kensington Park Road – it feels like stepping into a Victorian townhouse. It’s certainly got the wow factor. and provides a unique shopping experience for even the most discerning of shopper.

FINEST PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL Beach Blanket Babylon on Ledbury Road – its unique interior never fails to inspire. They also serve some of the best cocktails in London.

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charming mews house, tastefully presented and providing excellent entertaining space including a superb second floor reception room and terrace. Hippodrome Mews is a quiet cobbled modern mews located on the site of the historic Kensington Hippodrome Racecourse, well located between Portland Road and the green open spaces of Avondale Park. A good range of transport services are close by on Holland Park Avenue (Holland Park underground station on the Central line as well as a good range of bus services including the Oxford Tube coach service). A superior range of day to day shopping, restaurants and delis can also be found on Holland Park Avenue, with a comprehensive range of shopping facilities at the nearby Westfield shopping centre Two reception rooms, dining room/kitchen 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), terrace. £1,199,950 (1090 approx sq ft) Freehold John D Wood & Co, 020 7727 2233

MOST STYLISH SHOP

The Grain Shop – 269A Portbello Road – great for take away lunch. Very healthy, generous and good value.

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3 bedroom flat For Sale in Powis Gardens, W11 £1,350,000 marshandparsons. co.uk

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Codrington Mews, W11

ÂŁ1,595,000

1,100 SQ. FT / 102 SQ. M. | 3 Bedrooms | Freehold | The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea A wonderful mews style house with three bedrooms and located on this quiet and sought after Mews in the heart of Notting Hill. Wilfords London, 6 Holland Street W8 4LT wilfords.com

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Edith Terrace, SW10

ÂŁ650,000

520 Sq. Ft / 48 Sq. M. | 1 Bedroom | Leasehold | Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Arranged over the first floor of a period conversion this stunning flat has been recently remodelled to create a large bright reception with open plan kitcen and dining area. Wilfords London, 6 Holland Street W8 4LT wilfords.com

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Pembridge Square, W2

ÂŁ1,100 per week

1,434 sq. ft / 133 Sq. M. | 3 Bedrooms | Long Let | Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea A beautiful split level flat with a sunny roof terrace in the heart of Notting Hill. Wilfords London, 6 Holland Street W8 4LT wilfords.com

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Victorian Elegance

Westbourne Park Road Notting Hill W2 A magnificent white stucco fronted town house (269 sq m/2,896 sq ft approx. inc. eaves) in this excellent Notting Hill location. The property boasts an imposing position on a large corner plot with a wrap-around patio garden and benefits from a triple aspect allowing an abundance of natural light to flow throughout. Master bedroom with en suite shower room and dressing room, 3 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), shower room, cloakroom, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, balcony, roof terrace, garden. Refreshingly different estate agents

Freehold ÂŁ4,500,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805


Architect Designed

Westbourne Park Villas Notting Hill W2 A charming three bedroom period house (184 sq m/1,980 sq ft approx.) that has been the subject of an exacting and stunning refurbishment. The property boasts many features including high ceilings, period fireplaces, wooden floors, floor to ceiling windows and original shutters. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 cloakrooms, double reception room, dining room, kitchen, front and rear garden, roof terrace.

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Artesian Gem

Northumberland Place Notting Hill W2 A delightful Victorian house (168 sq m/1,803 sq ft approx. inc. vaults) with off-street parking in this pretty street at the heart of Artesian Village. A rare opportunity, having been in the same ownership for over forty years, the property is presented in good order but does offer the scope for improvement for anyone seeking to make their own mark. 2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 cloakrooms 1/2 reception rooms, kitchen, study, dining room, conservatory, patio, roof terrace, garden, off street parking. Refreshingly different estate agents

Freehold ÂŁ2,650,000 Notting Hill office bc@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 4805


Designer Chic

Westbourne Park Road Notting Hill W2 A charming three bedroom period house (184 sq m/1,980 sq ft approx.) in this wonderful Notting Hill location. The property boasts many features including high ceilings, period fireplaces, wooden floors, floor to ceiling windows and original shutters. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 cloakrooms, double reception room, dining room, kitchen, front and rear garden, roof terrace.

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Park Life

The Avenue Queen’s Park NW6 A rare opportunity to acquire one of the original Victorian houses (310 sq m/3,670 sq ft approx.) on this popular street just north of Queen’s Park. The property has been comprehensively refurbished yet retaining much of its original charm and is truly a wonderful family home. Master bedroom with en suite shower room and dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, cloakroom, reception room, reception room/dining room, kitchen, utility room, store, cellar, terrace, garage, 150 ft garden, off street parking. Refreshingly different estate agents

Freehold £2,750,000 Ladbroke Grove office mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330


Loft Delight

Hewer Street North Kensington W10

Freehold ÂŁ1,350,000

An outstanding live/work house (153 sq m/1,647 sq ft approx.) in this quiet and Ladbroke Grove office sought after street in North Kensington. The building offers a terrific opportunity to create a totally individual loft style home so rarely found in Kensington and Chelsea. It mm@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 0330 has flexible accommodation over three floors with interesting architectural features within this very attractive converted Victorian Dairy. 3 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, 2 cloakrooms, open plan reception/dining room, kitchen.


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Period Elegance

Kensington Park Road Notting Hill W11 A fantastic opportunity to let this Victorian family house with a contemporary feel whilst retaining many period features and benefitting from good natural light. Kensington Park Road is located in the heart of Notting Hill. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, garden.

Rockin’ Riverside Abode

Blomfield Road Little Venice W9 A rare opportunity to live in Richard Branson’s abode whilst he set up Virgin Records. This charming houseboat has been extensively refurbished and is set within a large plot with a pretty garden. 3 bedrooms, shower room, reception room, kitchen, separate utility room, roof terrace, garden. Refreshingly different estate agents

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Lateral Living

Colville Mews Notting Hill W11 A loft style apartment offering fantastic lateral space with an open plan living space, exposed wooden beams, high ceilings and benefits from good natural light. Colville Mews is a quiet cobbled mews tucked away behind Lonsdale Road. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen.

Excellent Entertaining

Monmouth Place Notting Hill W2 A beautifully presented flat benefitting from fantastic natural light. The flat boasts well proportioned room and benefits from good storage throughout, as well as an extremely large roof terrace ideal for entertaining. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, utility room, roof terrace.

Furnished/Unfurnished ÂŁ975 per week Notting Hill office kf@bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk 020 7221 5388

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REDE PLACE, W2

This incredible contemporary mews house is tucked away close to Westbourne Grove. The property has been built to the most exacting standard throughout with every detail wonderfully designed and executed. The property is laid out over three floors, on the lower floor a fabulous and spacious kitchen, dining and reception area. A large glass skylight in the roof has been installed over a glass staircase allowing light to fall through the house from top to bottom. A further effect of the glass stair design is to pull together the floors in an open plan, integrated manner allowing the house to be free flowing and airy. The house is fully comprehensive as to be expected from a scheme of this level, with under-floor heating and speakers throughout, wood flooring, high tech security and intelligent lighting. This is a property with wow factor combining attention to detail, precision and style. Guide Price £4m Freehold; Wilfords 020 7361 0400

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PORTOBELLO ROAD, W11

An impressive and bright two double bedroom apartment in a superb location. This newly refurbished property comprises of a master bedroom suite with plenty of storage and double doors leading onto a private and expansive terrace, a bright second double bedroom with high ceilings and good builtin storage, newly fitted modern bathroom, huge reception room with living area and kitchen and dining area with double doors leading to your private terrace, huge private terrace at the rear of the property which is perfect for BBQs, parties or sunbathing in private and a small terrace at the front of the property so you can absorb the atmosphere of the Portobello Road. £1,200 per week TO LET Beaney Pearce 020 7221 9044

GREGORY PLACE, W8

Tucked conveniently behind the amenities of High Street Kensington and close to Kensington Gardens, this three bedroom house has undergone a complete refurbishment with a brand new kitchen, three good sized double bedrooms, two fully fitted modern bathrooms with a walk-in wardrobe area. The property is decorated in a neutral decor with new wooden flooring throughout. The many sky lights and large windows this property boasts a wealth of light, great living space and excellent storage. £1,500 per week; Cluttons 020 7371 3600

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Positioned steps away from Hyde Park and close to Paddington station, this elegant, three double bedroom, bright and spacious apartment is arranged over the top two floors of an imposing stucco fronted period conversion with lift. £ 3,500,000; KFH 020 3280 3504

KENSINGTON PARK ROAD, W11

This wonderful laterally converted upper flat in Kensington Park Road has four bedrooms and a large loft-style drawing room with impresive vaulted ceilings, perfect for entertaining. 2,528sq.ft struttandparker.com 020 7221 1111

PEMBRIDGE SQUARE, W2

A spacious two double bedroom apartment in a fine double-fronted building on Pembridge Square. The apartment extends to approx. 1429 sq. ft. and has fantastic vaulted ceilings as well as access to the highly desirable Pembridge Square communal gardens (subject to the usual consents). £1,975,000 Leasehold; Carter Jonas 020 7371 1111

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Hyde Park Street, Hyde Park, W2 £7,350,000 Freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A magnificent townhouse, located only moments from Hyde Park and the boutiques and restaurants of Connaught Village. The property is beautifully presented and boasts bright versatile accommodation including a stunning double height conservatory. Freehold.

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Craven Hill Gardens, Bayswater, W2 £1,249,950 Shared freehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A stunning two double bedroom apartment extending to 949 sq ft, boasting 13ft ceilings, oak wood floors, the valuable benefit of a private ground floor entrance and use of private gardens. This property is located moments to Hyde Park and close to Bayswater, Queensway and Lancaster Gate for the underground.

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Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, W2 £595,000 Leasehold Bayswater 020 7724 1222 Email sbw@kfh.co.uk

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A beautiful one bedroom period conversion boasting an enviable large decked roof terrace located a short walk to Hyde Park and Lancaster Gate.

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Grosvenor Waterside, SW1 £595 per week A brand new apartment in this exclusive waterside development close to Victoria Station and Sloane Square. Reception room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony and underground parking. Furnished.

020 7937 9976 mollie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Bolton Gardens, SW5 £1,000 per week A recently refurbished conversion apartment with contemporary decor, built-in entertainment system and kitchen opening onto a west-facing terrace. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a terrace. Furnished/Unfurnished.

020 7937 9976 amanda @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Arundel Gardens, W11 £595 per week A beautiful flat refurbished throughout and offering excellent accommodation with views across Arundel Gardens. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Unfurnished.

020 7221 2277 nick @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Arundel Gardens, W11 £1,100 per week

Oakley Street, SW3 £675 per week

A stunning maisonette on the top two floors of a beautiful period building with beautiful views. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, roof terrace and communal gardens. Unfurnished.

Simply stunning and immaculately presented interior designed flat offering fantastic natural light and refurbished to the highest standard situated just minutes from the Kings Road. Reception room, kitchen, bedroom, study and a bathroom. Furnished.

020 7221 2277 rosie @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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The response to the opening of our new office on St Helen’s Gardens in North Kensington has been incredible and the locals have made us feel very welcome. We have a huge list of applicants waiting for properties to come available in the area. The summer has been wet but fun; we supported the St Helen’s Jubilee

Kensington Office 020 7937 9976 Notting Hill Office 020 7221 2277 North Kensington Office 020 8960 0181

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Oxford Gardens, W10 Price on Application – Freehold An outstanding double-fronted detached period house on one of the best streets in North Kensington offering extensive and flexible family accommodation. The house benefits from a beautiful landscaped garden as well as a self-contained flat with one bedroom on the lower ground floor. There is the opportunity to configure the space to personal requirements and potential for further development to extend the house significantly (subject to the usual consents). Drawing room, dining room, kitchen breakfast room, family room, master bedroom suite, six bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en-suite), two cloakrooms, two roof terraces and landscaped garden. Separate flat with reception room, open-plan kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Sole Agents For all enquiries contact: Helen Hope, Associate Director – North Kensington Office 020 8960 0181 helen@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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Kings Road, SW6 £999,950 Leasehold A well-presented and spacious maisonette with its own private entrance. Reception room, kitchen, two bedroom, two bathrooms, guest cloakroom and private roof terrace. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 julia @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Rutland Gate, SW7 £2,900,000 Share of Freehold A recently refurbished period conversion apartment with built-in entertainment system, neutral contemporary decor and a kitchen opening onto a west-facing terrace. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and terrace. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 chloe @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Strathmore Gdns, W8 £1,100,000 Share of Freehold Delightful first floor lateral apartment on one of the finest streets in the Royal Borough moments from Kensington Gardens. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 holly@ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Abingdon Road, W8 £1,300,000 Leasehold

Campden Street, W8 £2,250,000 Freehold

This split-level second and third floor maisonette benefits from plenty of natural light and well-proportioned rooms. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Sole Agents

Charming south-facing period townhouse with garden located on the outskirts of the immensely popular Hillgate Village to the south of Notting Hill Gate. Reception room, kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and courtyard garden. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 julia @ mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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Festival, sponsored the Oxford Gardens Primary School Summer Fair and now have the Portobello Film Festival to look forward to – hope to see you there! mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

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A stunning and spacious house on Addison Avenue is Absolutely’s pick this month

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light-filled, wellproportioned eastfacing house in a quiet residential street. Boasting buckets of space (2,000 sq/ft), there are three beautiful bedrooms including two with ensuite bathrooms as well as an impressive open plan kitchen/ breakfast room. In addition, there is a fabulous roof terrace which features incredible panoramic views over the best of west London and beyond.

Based on Addison Avenue, a wide tree-lined street with elegant Victorian townhouses, the property is a stone’s throw from the plethora of high-end shops and restaurants which line this exclusive district. With Holland Park (Central Line) as the nearest station, there’s fantastic transport links to the West End, Kensington, Knightsbridge as well as the A40/ M40 just round the corner, giving the perfect excuse for residents to escape to the countryside. To the south of the street is the breathtaking Holland Park, which provides the perfect dose of culture with its Opera House, Belvedere restaurant and romantic setting of the Japanese Garden.

In addition, St James Gardens and Royal Crescent lie to the Northern side and round off the beauty of the area with great aplomb. As if that wasn’t enough, the property is very close to the fantastic Westfield shopping centre and the cosmopolitans delights of Notting Hill Gate which provides yet more shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the famous and fabulous Portobello Road market. Circa 2005 sq.ft 186 sq m Freehold 2.95m 020 7221 7755 www.curtis-sloane.co.uk

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Stafford Terrace, - £2,950per perweek week, furnished Abingdon Villas, W8 W8 - £2,500.00 unfurnished A fantastic 3 bedroom maisonette on the sought after streets of the Phillimore Estate. The property has wooden floors throughout, an integrated remote A beautifully refurbished family house moments from High Street Kensington. The house boasts recently refurbished kitchen and modern bathrooms, high controlled sound system, lutron lighting, underfloor heating, a roof terrace and a garden to the rear. ceilings throughout and off street parking at the rear. The property comprises four bedrooms with an extra study room and has a large utility room (with seperate washer and dryer) on the lower ground floor. Gold Winner in Best for Property Management

Hamptons International has been crowned Gold Winner in Best for Property Management and at the 2011 Lettings Agency of the Year Awards in association with The Sunday Times and The Times, recognising Hamptons’ commitment to exceptional customer service and its status as an employer of choice. Call us to find out more about how our Property Management Services can help us meet your property requirements.

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Hamptons Notting Hill Sales. 020 7717 5469 nottinghill@hamptons-int.com

Linden Gardens, W2 -

£6,850,000 - Freehold A magnificent townhouse comprising of over 6,000sqft. It would make a substantial residence with ambassadorial opulence and grandeur.

Colville Terrace, W11 - £2,000,000 - Leasehold On the third and fourth floors of a beautifully refurbished building. This duplex flat has a great sized living space with sleek open-plan kitchen and a roof terrace.

Westbourne Gardens, W2 - £1,375,000 - Share of Freehold

Ladbroke Grove, W10 - £1,300,000 - Leasehold

On the raised ground and lower ground floors of a white stucco building, with a charming patio garden. This three bedroom apartment is a perfect London home.

A great property, meticulously refurbished as a home to exacting standards. The apartment has a lateral feel and is flooded with light. Portobello is close by.

Cambridge Gardens, W10 - £850,000 - Leasehold On the raised ground floor and with fantastic ceiling heights, original cornicing, two large original fireplaces and bay windows; currently a large one bedroom flat.

Talbot Road, W11 - £850,000 - Leasehold On the top floor of a corner end-of-terrace period building. The south-facing living room is flooded with light and has far reaching views down Ledbury Road.

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Hamptons Notting Hill Lettings. 020 7034 0405 nottinghilllettings@hamptons-int.com

Kensington Gardens Square, W2 - £750 Per Week

Linden Gardens W2 - £1500 Per Week

This stylish two bedroom apartment offers spacious rooms, wood floors, contemporary interior, large reception, private patio and access to beautiful communal gardens.

A very light three bedroom (1340 sq ft) largely lateral third/top floor apartment within an impressive period detached building tucked away behind Notting Hill Gate.

Ladboke Grove W11 - £475 Per Week

Linden Gardens W2 - £450 Per Week A lovely studio with mezzanine level bed area. Wood floors throughout and contemporary fixtures and furnishings.

Artesian Road W2 - £550 Per Week A beautiful two bedroom flat over the raised ground floor of this lovely period property. The flat benefits from wood floors throughout and a semi open-plan kitchen.

Portobello Road W11 - £1000 Per Week

A beautiful one bedroom flat boasting well-thought-out storage in the bedroom a smart kitchen and bathroom as well as the large and impressive reception room.

A beautifully refurbished two bedroom apartment with a fantastic decked roof terrace and views along Portobello Road.

Gold Winner in Best for Property Management With many of the best homes being sold or let before The best homes areHamptons going before International has been crowned Gold Winner in Best for Property Management and at the 2011 Lettings Agency of the Year Awards hitting the internet and press, it’s vital that you register in association and The Times, recognising Hamptons’ commitment to exceptional customer service and its status as an you even know about them. with The Sunday Timesyour requirements with Hamptons International today. employer of choice. Call us to find out more about how our Property Management Services can help us meet your property requirements.

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Abundance of light Notting Hill A tremendously light first floor apartment in this well regarded art deco block, in a prime W11 location. Of particular note is the dual aspect reception, with its outlook over the tree-lined Lansdowne Road. Lansdowne Crescent is minutes away from the shops, restaurants and travel links of Notting Hill and Holland Park, and is close to the world famous Portobello Market. (529 sq ft/ 49.1 sqm) Bedroom Reception room Bathroom Kitchen

Leasehold £625,000 020 7221 9044

Prime London living Holland Park A bright one bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a purpose built block on Holland Park Avenue, just minutes’ from the array of shops, bars, restaurants and transport links that Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate offer. An ideal location for a smart London base or rental investment, the block further benefits from a lift and communal roof terrace, offering panoramic views.(578 sq ft/54 sqm) Bedroom Reception Bathroom Communal roof terrace Porter Lift

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A bright and spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on the 7th floor of this portered block with lift in a waterside development at Paddington Central. With panoramic views from the winter balcony over Paddington Basin looking to the West End and the City beyond. Paddington Central surrounds an internal piazza hosting a range of coffee bars, restaurants, dry cleaners, a gym and grocery stores offering a buzzy cosmopolitan lifestyle on your doorstep. The transport links of Paddington Station, Bayswater, road access to the A40 and the shops of the West End are within minutes’ reach. (695 sq ft/64.6 sqm) 2 bedrooms, reception, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, winter balcony, lift, porter

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MOVING IN Local agents recommend their favourite local haunts and the best places to...

...entertain the kids WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE

westway.org; 020 8962 5720 1 Crowthorne Road W10 6RP Located under the flyover, the Westway Sports Centre is a superb place to let your budding Olympians burn some energy. With a multitude of activities ranging from climbing to swimming, tennis to basketball, there is something for all ages and abilities. Keith Rigby (Bective Leslie Marsh, 205 Westbourne Grove, 020 7221 4805)

...get nostalgic MR CHRISTIAN’S

11 Elgin Crescent W11 020 7229 0501 mrchristians.co.uk Notting Hill is notorious for its famous residents. Did you know that Jimmy Hendrix wrote Purple Haze here and Annie Lennox used to work behind the counter at Mr Christians delicatessen? Miles Meacock, (Strutt & Parker 020 7221 1111 miles.meacock@struttandparker.com)

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Blenhiem Crescent would have to be one of my favourites. When I walk along it I feel a sense of community and at the same time fun. It also houses some favourite places in London – E&O, Books for Cooks and Honeyjam to take you back to your childhood. Richard King (Beaney Pearce, 8 Ladbroke Grove, 020 7221 9044 rking@beaneypearce.co.uk)

tabernaclew11.com. 35 Powis Square, W11 2AY 020 7221 9700 Situated in Powis Square this Grade II* listed building, dating back to 1887, was originally built as a church. Today the Tabernacle serves as a cultural arts and entertainment venue, there is a theatre, meeting room, music studio, art gallery, bar & kitchen, conservatory and a garden courtyard. Paul Hyman, Sales Manager (Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward 23 Leinster Terrace, 020 3280 3504, phyman@kfh.co.uk)

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119 Portland Road W11 020 7078 1944 One of my favourite things to do after a busy work week is to indulge in some ‘me time’ and pamper myself. I love popping down to the Cowshed Salon/Spa, it’s the perfect retreat to put my feet up and relax. The Cowshed massage is delightfully revitalising and with comfortable leather chairs, personal TVs and delicious lattes, a manicure and pedicure is the ultimate indulgent treat. Join me next month for my hints and tips on interior design. Liza-Jane Kelly, (Marsh & Parsons, 020 8846 3497, ljkelly@marshand parsons.co.uk)

b-bespoke.com We were invited into an apartment in Westbourne Grove designed by Brigitta Spinocchia, an interior designer known for her inspirational flair and vision. Brigitta founded Bespoke in 2008 and with her team she creates impeccable interiors. The apartment was rich in textures and subtle details, and beautifully executed throughout. Nigel Hargreaves, (Homesite 020 7243 3535 info@homesite.co.uk)

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LUXURIOUS LETTINGS Kensington’s Ansdell Terrace is this month’s most coveted rental property

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his classically presented tiered period residence provides 2,950 square feet of tasteful living space, perfect for family living on a grand scale. Situated in a quiet culde-sac near Kensington High Street and the greenery of Kensington Gardens, the location is well served by some of London’s best schools and offers a short commute into the heart of the City.

Accommodation comprises a highly functional timber finished kitchen with granite worktops and integrated appliances linked with dining space and tall doors with steps leading up to a south facing terrace. Further accommodation on the lower floors includes a utility room, a bright formal dining space and a spacious family/ entertainment room. The upper levels are packed with character and take in a generously proportioned reception with parquet flooring and a large study or double bedroom. A sumptuous master bedroom has a walk in dressing room/ wardrobe plus a contemporary en-suite bathroom with twin basins. Two further double

bedrooms are served by smart en suite bathrooms and at the top of the house, a paved roof terrace with food lift direct from the kitchen provides ideal space for dining al fresco. The property enjoys a wonderful quality of light throughout and is offered unfurnished with neutral décor at an asking rental of £4,700 per week. Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, 5 Thackeray Street, W8 020 7938 3522 brlets.co.uk

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Absolutely visits Douglas & Gordon’s new French-speaking office in South Kensington

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ouglas & Gordon has added to its firepower in South Kensington and Chelsea by opening a third office in Harrington Road. Situated right opposite the French Lycee, the office will improve service in the area, particularly for the growing demand from French buyers. D&G knows that property-specific language can confuse even the most ardent anglophile, so this will be a Frenchspeaking office, supporting the increasing number of escapees from the Hollande Government’s wealth taxes. Ivor Dickinson, D&G MD comments: ‘We hope to give those French families looking to relocate here a relatively stress-free house buying experience.’ The installation of the nine-screen video wall in the office has raised a number of eyebrows. Absolutely asked Ivor to explain his vision for D&G and the significance behind

the video wall. ‘To fully answer the question, one needs to look at why Douglas & Gordon bought this office. We acquired an agency called Berkeley International eight years ago with the principal aim of relaunching their Kensington Church Street office. This we did, but we were then left with the Harrington Road site. Despite its very prominent position, it was an incredibly shallow shop with room

make it a more viable office. It occurred to me that this was an opportunity to make the back wall of the office more interesting, as it could be viewed from the street by thousands of people every day.’ The Harrington Road office will be showing films created for an annual film competition, in association with Ravensbourne Media College, by local filmmakers. They will also be linked to create a huge screenshowing Google maps and a street-view of any local property. But why go to all this trouble? ‘We have always made it our business to experiment with new technology and as soon as our last branding idea is copied, it is then time to think of something new. We hope that this unique way of looking for property will attract people to our new office and keep Douglas & Gordon at the very forefront of innovation.’ Patrick Alvarado, 020 7581 1152 douglasandgordon.com

Right opposite the French Lycee, the office will improve service for growing numbers of French buyers for only three desks. It was also very close to Douglas & Gordon’s existing offices, so I decided to use it as an installation space and over the years, we have had some astonishing displays from graduates from various London colleges. However, with the massive influx of French buyers in the last two years and this site being so brilliantly positioned opposite the Lycee, we decided

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Ladbroke Crescent, W11

£850,000 Share of Freehold

A rare opportunity to acquire and modernise a spacious three bedroom flat on Ladbroke Crescent. The property comprises three bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms, a spacious kitchen and a large reception room. All rooms benefit from high ceilings and good natural light. The property is situated in a quiet and picturesque Crescent located very close to local amenities on the Portobello Road, with the Ladbroke Grove tube station a short walk away.

St Charles Square, W10

£450 per week

An immaculate two bedroom garden flat situated on a lovely street in Ladbroke Grove. The property is in excellent condition throughout and has a stunning south facing garden. The property further comprises plenty of storage space, one large double bedroom and second single bedroom, wooden flooring throughout and a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher and a washer/dryer and a spacious reception room. The property is located within a moment’s walking distance of Ladbroke Grove tube (Hammersmith and City line), and all the shops, bars and restaurants of Portobello Road and Notting Hill. The property comes unfurnished and is available from mid August.

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Pimlico Park Office: Holland Office: 0207727 78285111 4050 020 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Lettings: 020 7727 5222

Holland Park Mews W11

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£1050 per week

A stunning mews house in this fantastic location close to Holland Park. The house offers excellent entertaining space, a wonderful roof terrace and wood floors to all reception areas. There is also a Westmoreland Freehold £1,895,000 small garage for extra Terrace, storage. London, SW1

(STC)

A fabulous opportunity todouble acquirebedrooms, this freehold family house in(one the en highly sought after ‘Westmoreland 1281 sq ft/119 sq m, two two bathrooms suite), reception room, dining Triangle’, Pimlico SW1. room, kitchen, garage, unfurnished, available now. 2 Double Reception 3/45222 Bedrooms, Optional Self Contained Studio Apartment, Patio, Fast find 48375 Holland Park Office: Rooms 020 7727 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk Approx G.I.A. 2500sqft

41 offices covering the UK London: office 17c Curzon Street W1J 5HU

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Holland Park Avenue W11

ÂŁ3,850,000 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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SO LD LET

“If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair

£925,000 Share of Freehold Bassett Road, W10 A charming raised ground floor apartment in this wonderful bustling location in North Kensington.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen.

Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.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 Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park

Clapham Southside East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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£2,200,000 Leasehold Kensington Park Gardens, W11

A stunning ground floor apartment situated in this beautiful period building.

£1,300,000 Share of Freehold Palace Court, W2

A stunning garden apartment positioned in this popular mansion block.

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Notting Hill Sales Office: 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

Bedroom, En-suite bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Conservatory, 62ft garden.

Kensington Sales Office: 020 7792 1881 kensales@dng.co.uk

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Open plan kitchen/ reception room, Communal decked terrace.

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We value you and we’d love to value your property. In this fluctuating market, wouldn’t you like to know what your property is worth? Contact your local D&G office without delay.

£1,295,000 Leasehold Campden Hill Gardens, W8

A fabulous maisonette of this detached period property in the heart of Notting Hill.

£735,000 Share of freehold Kensington Park Road, W11

A fabulous ground floor apartment in this popular portered building.

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Kensington Sales Office: 020 7792 1881 kensales@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, En-suite shower room, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Patio.

Notting Hill Sales Office: 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, kitchen, Porter, Communal gardens.

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

North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park

Clapham Southside East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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£599,000 Share of Freehold Linden Gardens, W2

An immaculately refurbished apartment in the heart of Notting Hill.

£345,000 Leasehold Pembridge Square, W2

A charming studio flat located on this highly sort after square in Notting Hill.

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Kensington Sales Office: 020 7792 1881 kensales@dng.co.uk

Double bedroom, Shower room, Open plan reception room/kitchen, Storage.

Notting Hill Sales Office: 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

Studio room, Kitchen, Shower room.

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The United Nations of Douglas &Gordon Our worldwide web extends beyond the internet with six affiliated global offices and more opening later in the year. Dubai / Moscow / New York / Paris / South Africa / Sydney

ÂŁ1,650 per week Unfurnished Holland Park W11

A smart and elegant ground and lower ground floor maisonette in this wonderful villa on Holland Park.

ÂŁ725 per week Unfurnished Kensington Church Street W8

An extremely and spacious 1st/2nd floor maisonette presented in immaculate condition.

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Kensington Lettings Office: 020 7792 1331 kenlets@dng.co.uk

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Drawing room, Dining room, Kitchen, Utility room, Garden.

Kensington Lettings Office: 020 7792 1331 kenlets@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Cloakroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Roof terrace.

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

North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park

Clapham Southside East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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£595 per week Unfurnished Arundel Gardens W11

A stunning second floor flat in this period conversion with access to beautiful communal gardens.

Notting Hill Lettings Office: 020 7727 8000 nhlets@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, Shower Room, Reception Room, Kitchen, Communal gardens.

£475 per week Furnished/ Unfurnished Kensington Mall W8

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A newly refurbished flat on the 2nd floor of this period building with light and spacious accommodation.

Kensington Lettings Office: 020 7792 1331 kenlets@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, Shower room, Reception room, Kitchen, Communal garden.

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Leah Oaker Trainee Barrister and Property Manager You’ll have no objection with Leah managing your property, her silky skills stand up to any cross examination. Our people are what make us great, and Leah tips the scales.

douglasandgordon.com Extraordinary people

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