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INTERIORS 80 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

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The Fashion and Textile Museum's show

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Luxury in St Lucia

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BEST FOOT FORWARD

Berlin-based footwear pioneers, Aeyde have partnered with leading fashion blogger, Lucy Williams on two new summer styles. Inspired by Lucy’s travels, each evokes her sense of adventure and curiosity. aeyde.com

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Playful yet sophisticated. Bold yet discreet. Espie Roche is the latest brand on the lips of the fash-pack for their luxurious, Italian-made accessories. The house’s launch collection comprises four timeless styles in five vibrant hues inspired by the Italian landscape. espieroche.com

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A cat eye frame and a sports luxe fi nish make these Gucci numbers the sunnies of summer. Wear with nonchalance and you’re worthy of a brand campaign. £320; flannels.com

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CULTURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Finnegans Wake by John Vernon Lord; House of Illustraion - John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce, 13 July - 4 November

What’s On 20 • Theatre Review: Chicago 23 • Orla Kiely 26 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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The Agenda LO N D O N ’S H OT T E ST H A P P E N I N G S

T H E AT R E

Jellyfish 27 June - 21 July BUSH THEAT RE

Kelly likes dirty jokes, Neil likes Kelly and Kelly’s mum struggles to accept their new relationship. Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose? 7 Uxbridge Road, W12; bushtheatre.co.uk

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Sea Creatures:

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Life Beneath the Ocean

O NGO I NG • P RO U D C EN TRAL

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL H ALLS

Her impressive six-decade career and candid style have positioned photojournalist Jane Brown among the ranks of Henri CartierBresson and Robert Frank. This captivating retrospective highlights her documentary and portraiture work, exploring quintessential Britain and its defining figures.

This interactive exhibition takes you on a deep dive into the anatomy of the ocean’s most iconic marine species. From pregnant sharks to the mighty Minke whale, discover not only what lies beneath the waves, but also beneath fur, skin and scales. Tickets on sale at seacreaturestour. com; enter MAGAZINE20 for an exclusive 20% off all ticket prices.

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ARCHITECTURE

Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo Ongoing SERPEN TIN E GALLERIE S

Renowned for her dynamic projects that bring new life to urban space, Mexican architect Frida Escobedo is the artist commissioned to create this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard-based design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history. Kensington Gardens, W2; serpentinegalleries.org

Around Town F E S T I VA L

CORNBURY FESTIVAL 13-15 July THE GREAT NEW PARK

A female-led line-up has been announced for Cornbury Festival this year with Alanis Morissette headlining alongside performances from Mavis Staples, Amy Macdonald, Nina Nesbitt and Pixie Lott. Cornbury is a truly unique festival designed to be familyfriendly and commended as one of the safest festivals in the UK with activities for all ages. Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AJ; cornburyfestival.com

MUSIC

SOMERSET HOUSE SUMMER SERIES 5-15 July

S O ME R S E T H O US E

This month’s must-see

The Summer Series with American Express returns to Somerset House’s iconic courtyard with a stellar line-up of established and emerging artists. A highlight in London’s festival calendar, this year the eleven-night series welcomes Sigrid, Don Letts, David Rodigan and more, plus displays, workshops, performances and pop-ups for all ages. Strand, WC2R; somersethouse.org.uk

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EXHIBITION

WINDRUSH: SONGS IN A STRANGE LAND Ongoing British Library Welcomed by some as ‘Sons of Empire’ and vilified by others; hear the Caribbean voices behind the 1940s headlines 70 years after the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants to London. 96 Euston Road, NW1; bl.uk

F E S T I VA L

BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 6-15 July HY D E PARK

Barclaycard's British Summer Time Hyde Park is the seasonal extravaganza that draws crowds from far and wide for live music, comedy, film, food stalls and more. Highlights from the line-up this year include Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and The Cure. Hyde Park, W2; bst-hydepark.com

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CHICAGO Absolutely enjoys an evening of razzledazzle and cell-block fun as Chicago returns to the Westend B y H E L E N B R OW N

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orty something years ago, Roxy Hart shimmied onto Broadway and stole our hearts as the wannabe star who can’t seem to catch a break. Following a five-year hiatus from the London stage, Chicago brings the sassy protagonist back, to sell-out audiences at the Phoenix Theatre. The world’s longestrunning American musical, Chicago follows Roxy’s ups and downs as

she competes with fellow cell-mate, Velma Kelly for the role of the media’s darling. The multi-awardwinning musical is based on Maurine Watkins’ play of the same name, about real-life merry murderesses Beulah May Annan and Belva Gaertner. Watkins reported on the pair’s respective arrests for the Chicago Tribune and found them so remarkable - both involved guns, one jazz and the other gin - she spun a script out of them. Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. charms audiences in the role of

Gooding proves himself able to captivate audiences

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fast-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn, while stage veterans Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle dazzle as Roxie and Velma. Not much has been done to differentiate this production from its predecessors but that doesn’t matter since the titular roles are carried out with individuality and panache. Gooding’s performance as disgraced sports star, OJ Simpson in the hit series, American Crime Drama, saved him from a run of questionable roles and in his UK stage debut, he yet again proves himself able to captivate audiences. His cheery showmanship and cheeky charm are the performance take-aways Soetaert’s Roxie is both playful and fierce, while Gabrielle is engaging as the calculated and sneering Velma. The choreography is as smouldering as ever and the big-hit tracks just as toe-tapping. . Though Chicago is a well-worn production, its satire on the nature of celebrity fits well with our fameobsessed society. Its comedic rhythm is enjoyable and its energy palpable. Here’s to another few decades of razzle dazzle.

VERDICT

A sassy come-back for the old-time favourite ★★★★★

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★★★★★ Lyttelton Theatre

MUST SEE

NATIONAL THEATRE

SHOW

Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London when the wild and newly single Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above. A power game between Jean and Julie descends into a savage fight for survival. Fuelled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece remains shocking and fiercely relevant. National Theatre, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

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Alkaline ★★★★★

From 10 July PARK THEATRE

Sophie and Sarah have been best friends forever. Sophie is newly engaged to her fiancé Nick and wants to celebrate. Sarah also has a new fiancé, Ali, and some more big news – she has recently converted to Islam. Alkaline is a play about faith, friendship and fear, but at its heart is a story about female friendship that shines a light on painful endings and new beginnings. Clifton Terrace, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

ALKALINE JULIE

Translations

As You Like IT

Olivier Theatre

6-28 July

ONGOING

REGENT ’S PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE

Prodigal son Owen returns to rural Donegal from Dublin with two British army officers and plans to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences. Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, playing out the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland. National Theatre, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

In the mythical Forest of Arden, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Directed by Max Webster, with beautiful new music by Charlie Fink (former frontman of Noah and the Whale), this warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1; openairtheatre.com

★★★★★

★★★★★

A Monster Calls ★★★★★

From 7 July THE OLD VIC

A Monster Calls tells the tale of a teenage boy, Conor, coming to terms with his mother’s cancer. The bestselling novel by Patrick Ness has developed worldwide momentum with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. Director Sally Cookson combines gritty realism and magic in this dazzling new adaptation The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

AS YOU LIKE IT

A MONSTER CALLS

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The Fashion and Textile Museum’s Orla Kiely: A Life In Pattern is the first exhibition dedicated to the celebrated designer. Drawing on an archive of over 20 years of work, the exhibition ‘brings it all together under one roof in a celebration of design, print and colour that has become the Orla Kiely brand’. The exhibition will follow Orla’s work through the framework of her greatest tool – pattern. Orla’s patterns can work on any scale, allowing the exhibition to focus on distortions of size, creating an extraordinary Alice in Wonderland feel. Dresses, for example, will be reimagined to tremendous sizes and displayed alongside tiny dolls in replica outfits. With unique access to the brand’s archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into Kiely’s world. Her inspiration is made evident throughout the exhibition with each design drawing on the essential organic elements that are the foundations of her repeating patterns

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Kiely’s fashion will be showcased on the mezzanine gallery, with over 30 full outfits displayed on mannequins and complemented by a whole wall dedicated to Orla’s iconic handbags. Orla presented her first ready-towear collection in 2003 using simple silhouettes that allowed her prints to stand out and have since been worn by household names such as Emma Thompson, Scarlett Johansson and the Duchess of Cambridge. With a global audience in thrall to the instantly recognisable and stylised graphic patterns of Kiely’s work, the exhibition has become a must-see for those willing to explore the power of decoration and the changing look of the 21st century environment.

– the abstract natural world. Her paired down plant shapes and animal designs reveal a simplicity that captures only the essential aspects of the form. Patterns of the 1950s and 1960s by designers such as Shirley Craven and Lucienne Day are another inspiration for Kiely’s work. With her use of natural motifs, colouration and big bold outlines, the designer’s work can also be seen within a historical trajectory of artists like William Morris, Voysey and Marimeko. As well as charting the growth and success of the Orla Kiely brand, the exhibition explores Orla’s childhood in Ireland and how this environment influenced her work. Her love of colour, from the greens and greys of vast skies to the browns and mustard yellow of the rolling hills and gorse, all pay homage to the colours of the Irish countryside. Rare family photographs and ephemera will be displayed alongside Orla’s earliest designs. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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asterpiece London has established itself as the world’s leading cross-collecting fair, offering the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day. This unmissable event at the height of the capital’s summer season provides an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale from 160 international exhibitors. This year’s edition showcases rare and important Impressionist and Modernist paintings; compelling presentations celebrating British art and design; exquisite jewellery; art and objects from antiquity as well as contemporary work by artists including Marina Abramovi„, Ibrahim El Salahi, Chiharu Shiota and Rob & Nick Carter. The Royal Bank of Canada returns as the Fair’s principal sponsor for the fifth successive year. Masterpiece Presents, in collaboration with FactumArte and Lisson Gallery, will showcase new works by Marina Abramovi„, Five Stages of Maya Dance, in an immersive, specially conceived area. This unseen body of work

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ARTS & CULTURE • MASTERPIECE Howard Hodgkin, Turkish Delight, 2004, Courtesy Sims Reed Gallery

MASTERPIECE LONDON 28 JUNE~4 JULY South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4LW masterpiecefair.com

Carl-Axel Acking, Ceiling lamp, Sweden, 1940s, Courtesy Modernity Stockholm

Pair of polished Steel Armchairs, France, early 19th century, polished steel, gilt copper, leather, Courtesy Perrin Fine Art

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana on an Elephant, 1979, Courtesy Vertes

Harry Powell, Goblet, c. 1913, Courtesy Oscar Graf

comprises five alabaster portraits of Marina Abramovi which merge performance, light and sculpture. Their hauntingly physical presence decomposes into intricately carved landscapes of alabaster as you move around the pieces. Masterpiece’s cross-collecting ethos can be seen throughout the fair, where exhibitors specialising in a wide variety of disciplines and eras are brought together, offering the broadest spectrum of works of any art fair, with classical and contemporary shown side-by-side. Visitors will encounter presentations which carefully combine furniture, sculpture and works of art from all periods, unified by quality. Examples of this ethos can be seen at Benjamin Proust, Perrin Fine Art, Robilant + Voena, and Safani Gallery & Geoffrey Diner. This year, highly important Impressionist and Modern works will be exhibited at the Fair by a number of exhibitors. Landau Fine Art’s presentation will include a Picasso oil painting which hung for decades behind the desk of his only dealer, Paul Rosenberg. Gladwell & Patterson will be bringing a preeminent example of a late waterlilies painting by Monet and, celebrating its 90th anniversary

Max Ernst, L’imbécile, 1961, Bronze, cast 1999, Courtesy DIE GALERIE

this year, Hammer Galleries will be bringing an early work by Joan Miró along with Marc Chagall’s Peintre au coq rouge. Masterpiece is an important destination for collectors of British art and design and many of this year’s exhibitors are celebrating the work of British artists as well as those who have lived and worked in the UK. This focus is encapsulated by Richard Green whose presentation ‘Best of British from our Shores and Beyond’ includes pieces by Turner, Lowry and Constable.

Modern and Post-War British artists including Eileen Agar, Duncan Grant, Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley and Graham Sutherland, will be presented by The Redfern Gallery, Osborne Samuel, Philip Mould, Offer Waterman, Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert and Piano Nobile. With a booth inspired by the Surrealist poet and patron Edward James, David Gill Gallery will be bringing together contemporary works from their roster of artists and designers including Zaha Hadid, Michele Oka Doner and Mattia Bonetti. Modern and contemporary design will also be presented by 18 Davies Street Gallery, Rose Uniacke and Modernity Stockholm. New exhibitor Sarah Myerscough Gallery will showcase unique handcrafted contemporary pieces of design by John Makepeace amongst others, and Sinai & Sons Ltd. will focus on the work of Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti. Hitomi Hosono’s exquisite collaboration with Wedgwood will be revealed at Adrian Sassoon, and Katie Jones will present a selection of contemporary Japanese applied arts. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend celebrates the culture behind the borough words G E O R G I A M C V E I G H

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ensington & Chelsea has long been considered a borough of opulence and luxury. The last weekend of July will see a celebration of its rich cultural heritage, compiling what this borough stands for at the Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend. Offering behind-the-scenes tours of the Royal Albert Hall, a diverse lecture series by After Nyne Magazine at Saatchi Gallery and so much more, we’ve compiled some preview highlights to look forward to:

Catharine Millar

l This family run gallery specialising in vibrant, varied and affordable art from Europe and South America will be hosting an exclusive talk at their Chelsea location between Catharine Miller and her daughter Claudia on ‘Importing Colour: An Introduction to Latin American Art’. The talk will see an open discussion between mother and daughter on importing a taste of Latin American colour to London, a Q & A and even a glass of Argentine wine. 27th July — 3pm — ‘Importing Colour: An Introduction to Latin American Art’ — Talk— free admission

Electric Cinema

l Iconic in its own right with its red velvet seating, table lamps and beds, Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema will be opening its doors for a cult-screening of Rosie and Sammy Get Laid and Q&A with Raindance and British Independent Film Awards founder Eliot Grove and special guest. 28th July – 12-14.30 – Screening of ’Sammy and Rosie get Laid’, introduction and Q+A with Elliot Grove plus guest speaker

Gregg Baker

CATHARINE MILLER, EXHIBITED ARTWORK: LUÍS SEOANE, SCREENPRINT ON PAPER, C. 1960

l Specialising in Asian Art, Gregg Baker Gallery on Kensington Church Street will be opening its doors for an exclusive after hours talk on Japanese art and its history. Kensington Church Street connects High St. Kensington to Notting Hill, and is well known for being an antique pundit’s paradise, so why not learn about culturally diverse art practises and indulge in a spot of shopping after? 27th July — 19:00 — Gallery Talk on Japanese Art and its history — free admission —no booking required

Design Museum

l The world's leading museum dedicated to contemporary architecture and design will be offering bespoke tours focusing on the history of the museum itself. From its foundation by Terrance Conran to its move to the former home of the Commonwealth, the tour will highlight some of the key architectural features of the building and promises to be informative and enjoyable for lovers of interesting architecture. Tours — 28th-29th July — 2pm

THE KENSINGTON & CHELSEA ART WEEKEND

27th-29th JULY 2018

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SUMMER LOVING BIMBA Y LOLA Bimba Y Lola have whipped up a SS18 wardrobe for the Woodstock festivalgoer of 1969 for their Summer of Love collection. Expect pastels, prints, faded denim and long, freeflowing silhouettes. bimbaylola.com

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he Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa enjoyed his role as an outsider in the world of fashion. Always dressed in a uniform of black, he ignored the collection calendar while tirelessly upholding the traditions of haute couture. From his first show in the late 1970s to his final one just before his death in 2017, Alaïa’s work has generated excitement and respect. Sensuous, body-hugging forms, described as ‘second-skin dressing’, are Alaïa’s enduring influence. Experimenting with the latest stretch materials and precisely tailored leathers, he worked in the tradition of the great couturiers he admired and studied, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Charles James. Alaïa thought with his hands. He gave his ideas form by draping, cutting and pinning fabric directly on to the statuesque models with whom he loved to work. He combined his rigorous technical skills with an understanding of how women want to feel. He once remarked, ‘I make clothes, women make fashion’. And many women have made fashion in his elegant and sensual creations, from Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner to Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Campbell and Rihanna. Reflecting a consistency of approach and the timelessness of his creations, Alaïa’s most significant works are grouped here to reveal ideas he perfected and remastered over many years. This includes Alaïa’s use of black, his favourite and most widely used colour. Restricting the colour palette left Alaïa nowhere to hide and enabled him to develop the purist expression of his ideals of form. As Alaïa’s explorations in shape and volume deepened, he remained focused solely on the demands of perfecting his vision, not on market demands. This exhibition and installation, conceived with Alaïa, includes architectural elements by artists who Alaïa admired and befriended, as well as photographs of Maison Alaïa by the artist Richard Wentworth, who documented the fashion house over the past few years.

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On the

BEACH

Beach and resortwear boutique By Rory is a welcome addition to Portobello Road this month Wo r d s P E N D L E H A R T E

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eachwear popular in the Greek islands, the Algarve and the Caribbean is available in Portobello Road this month as boutique owner Rory Shearer brings his stylishly curated collection to west London. Luxury beach and resortwear from brands including star Mela, Antonio Zander, V de Vinster and Asceno all share a folky, floaty vibe that works in the city as well as on holiday. This luxury resortwear is designed to fuse timeless elegance with the freespiritedness of the seasoned traveller . The concept was born in the Greek islands, where Rory set up his first boutique using the hull of a beautiful abandoned fishing boat. Since its humble beginnings almost six years ago, By Rory has now developed into a lifestyle brand, encompassing women’s, men’s and interior design with a strong design ethos. Rory’s first Greek boutique still stands today, and huge store success has led to further locations including the Algarve, St Lucia , Spain and Italy. Despite this rapid growth, Rory has ensured that each boutique maintains its own unique style, featuring stunning one-off items such as bleached coral, oversized terracotta vases and totem

poles sourced from all corners of the world during his extensive travels. Perpetually young and stylish, with a fresh outlook on everything from resort dressing to summer beach living, By Rory offers something unique and versatile. As well as featuring handpicked items from the brands he works with, Rory has forged various unique collaborations with a select few brands which will only be available in store and online. B O U T I Q U E BY R O RY is at 199 Portobello Road W11 until 22 July byrory.com

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FASHION • JEWELLERY

Colour Pop Wear the rainbow: Absolutely’s favourite multi-coloured jewellery

Marco Bicego

Ana Khouri

Vivid Diamonds by Ernest Jones

Paradise Gemstone Earrings, £2,770; harrods.com

Multi-coloured Mirian diamond & sapphire ear cuff, £2,665; net-a-porter.com

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Sun diamond & sapphire earrings, £3,610; net-a-porter.com

Multi-coloured, Rhodium Plating, £299; swarovski.com

Diamond, multi-stone & pink-gold Mina earrings, £9,820; matchesfashion.com

Rosantica

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Fendi

Tassel Long Earrings, £195; harrods.com

Thread 18-karat rose gold multi-stone ring, £905; net-a-porter.com

Rainbow Bracelet, £400; farfetch.com

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s well as training hard for their role as jockeys in this year’s Magnolia Cup the Qatar Goodwood Festival, models Rosie Tapner and Lady Alice Manners have been supporting Goodwood in demonstrating how best to dress to attend the five-day event, held each summer at the world’s most beautiful racecourse, nestled in the rolling South Downs. In glorious sunshine, the pair embodied Goodwood’s relaxed style in dresses by Temperley, Roksanda, Preen by Thorton Bregazzi, Ermanno Scervino, Philosophy, Mulberry, Erdem, Self Portrait, Vilshenko, Dodo Bar Or and Zimmerman and shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Malone Souliers against the backdrop of Goodwood House, Goodwood’s beautiful stable yard and bluebell woods.

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FASHION • RACING STYLE

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There has been racing at Goodwood for over 200 years and Goodwood has always been known for its informal dress code. As King Edward VII once said of Qatar Goodwood Festival (affectionately known then and still as Glorious Goodwood), ‘it’s a garden party with racing tacked on’. Racegoers won’t find the width of their straps or length of their dresses under scrutiny when they arrive at Goodwood. Nor is Glorious famous for its elaborate hats. Instead the style is simple and elegant; Rosie and Alice wear long flowing dresses, natural hair and make-up and shoes they can wear with ease all day long to ensure they leave feeling as free and beautiful as they did when they walked through the gates. The only stipulation is a jacket and tie for gentlemen; a linen suit and panama complete the look. Rosie and Lady Alice will race on Ladies’ Day, August 2, in what will be the eighth Magnolia Cup. The race has raised over £1.2million for a number of charities since its inception. Run over five-and-a-halffurlongs down Goodwood’s straight in front of a capacity crowd of 25,000, the riders will need nerves of steel, especially as most of those taking part had never set foot in a racing yard before their training started. For the first time this year, each rider will wear a bespoke jockey silk designed exclusively for the Magnolia Cup by Iranian/ Swedish fashion designer and women’s

rights activist Morvarid Sahafi. Morvarid’s designs for her brand, Morv London, reflect female empowerment and are inspired by the Suffragette movement, in fitting support of the values of the Magnolia Cup. This year, the Magnolia Cup will support Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Its pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives and has been at the heart of progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. The charity is continuing to tackle women’s cancers on all fronts – helping to prevent and improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and gynaecological cancers. Fundraising takes place through race and horse sponsorship, as well as at the Regency Ball, a stunning Regency-themed banquet and party held at Goodwood House the evening after the Magnolia Cup.

THIS YEAR’S INSPIRING RIDERS LADY ALICE MANNERS • Sunday Telegraph columnist and personal shopper DR AMANDA CROSS • Cancer Researcher at Imperial College London, funded by Cancer Research UK CAMILLA HICKISH • Trainee doctor and cancer survivor EMILY BAXENDALE • Founder and Creative Director, Emily-London milliners HOLLY THOMSON (HOLLIE-ELLA) • Director & Editor of In The Country magazine & blog ROSIE TAPNER • British fashion model and student at Oxford Brookes University SARAH COOK • Sport Secretary, Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror SHADI HALLIWELL • Chief Marketing Officer, Three KATIE FORREST • Managing Director at The Edit Design Agency

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FASHION • Q&A

Q&A

TOP HATS

Launched 14 years ago, headwear brand Vivien Sheriff has just opened a flagship London store

By P E N D L E H A R T E

Q What makes a stylish hat? A This is a little bit subjective as it depends

on the occasion you are dressing for and your own stylistic preferences. However, in terms of Royal Ascot/wedding hats, we tend to work by the adage that less is more. Our Wave headpiece is the epitome of this principle. Its beauty lies in its free-form structure. It’s a show piece but elegant, refined and understated at the same time. Q What is the most extravagant hat you’ve ever made? Or the largest? A Every year Harrods commissions us to create designs for their window displays. One of my favourites was a piece we made for their Chinese New Year windows. The design was called Firecracker and it had an unbridled sense of theatre and passion. Q How did you come to millinery? A I saw there was a gap in the market

for unique beautiful headwear that had a true identity, but that was also wearable, balanced and comfortable. I created a collection with a small team and it sold out in Selfridges within a few weeks. That confirmed my previous conviction that there was indeed a demand for what we were producing. Lots of people who come to us have never worn a hat before, so it is important for me to make the process as accessible as possible. To that end, we launched a diffusion line, which is more commercial in terms of price point and less elaborate in design.

Q What are the most popular hats this season? Colours, materials etc? A Our men’s and women’s straw hat collection has proved to be really popular this summer. They’re not just being bought for traditional events such as Goodwood, Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta, but also for more casual events. Our straw hats have also been popular with ladies attending more relaxed weddings – our big brimmed straw Panama works particularly well with a flowing maxi dress. Gents are also opting for a Panama to finish their

“We tend to work by the adage that less is more” WAVE IN BLUSH

wedding look, especially in the south of France or the Italian Rivera. We use 100% Toquilla straw from Equador which makes the Panamas really durable. You can just throw one into a suitcase and it pops straight back into shape. Q Can you talk us through the design process? A Each season we sit down and begin our brainstorming process. Everyone contributes suggestions on what direction we should take. At this stage, there are no rules. From that we create moodboards and begin creating mock-ups until we have some strong designs to build on. The next stage is to begin thinking more commercially, cutting down the number of designs and making sure only the strongest pieces make it into the collection. It’s simply not enough to look beautiful. They have to be lightweight, balanced and secure. Q And what are you working on now? A Our AW18 collection will land in our

Chelsea boutique in August. It’s a unique but wearable collection of felt trilbies, soft berets and cashmere beanies, so we are working on a strong in-store theme. We are also working on our SS19 collection. Aside from designing, there is the press day and showrooms to organise before the collection drops in store in January 2019, so we have our work cut out for us. The joys of the fashion industry!

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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IN FO CUS

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BLURRED LINES C H A R LOT T E T I L B U RY

Get camera-ready in an instant with the limited edition Beauty Filters range from make-up artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury. With everything from cream blushes to a collogen lip bath, the collection promises brighter eyes, plumper lips and longer lashes. From £29 charlottetilbury.com

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nternationally renowned dedicated cancer centre, Cancer Centre London, has just won an International Commendation Award for Quality at the CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2018. The Centre, which is located on Parkside in Wimbledon, offers cancer patients state-of-the-art treatment at a hospital dedicated to the treatment of all types of cancer. Cancer Centre London is a recognised Centre of Excellence, and prides itself on the extent of its highly experienced staff, employing many specialists who have been recognised leaders in their field for many years. The centre combines outstanding experience with the latest medical developments and advanced treatment programmes. The team of radiotherapy physicists, radiographers, pharmacists and oncology nurses are dedicated professionals awho provide the highest level of service and support that can be offered. The centre is conveniently located in Wimbledon, within easy reach of central London and the Home Counties. CA N C E R C E N T R E LO N D O N For more information call 020 8247 3351 or visit

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • TREND SHISEIDO Expert Sun Ageing Protection Lotion SPF 50+, £32; houseoffraser.co.uk

EDITOR’S PICK

TOM FORD Face Protect SPF 50, 30ml, £58.00; johnlewis.com

BOBBI BROWN SPF50 Primer Plus Protection, £24; bobbibrown.co.uk

EAU THERMALE AVENE Cleanance Sunscreen SPF 50+, £16; boots.com

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30, £82; elemis.com

YSL BEAUTY Forever Youth Liberator SPF 15 Crème 50ml, £69; yslbeauty.co.uk

VICHY Ideal Soleil Matifying face dry touch SPF50, £16.50; vichy.co.uk

SUN SAVIOURS

GIORGIO ARMANI Maestro UV Makeup Primer, £42; armanibeauty.co.uk

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte's Magic Cream, £70; charlottetilbury.com

YSL BEAUTY Forever youth liberator SPF 15 Serum, £68; yslbeauty.co.uk

CHANEL SKIN CEUTICALS Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 50, £30; skinceuticals.co.uk

UV Essentiel Daily Defender SPF 30 or 50, £55; chanel.com

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hoosing a holiday fragrance is one of the greatest olfactory joys imaginable. A marriage of perfume and destination will be fixed in the mind forever, creating a scent-memory that can be relived again and again. When selecting your travel companion, the destination should be foremost in the mind. Is your vacation to be filled with sun, sea and sand or is it an urban adventure? Perhaps it is an agrarian idyll of rolling countryside or dramatic jungles. Just as you would never wear a ballgown to go whitewater rafting or short shorts in Thai temples, there is an etiquette to sensible scenting that will enhance the travel experience. Vacation scents should be jubilant, they should lift the spirits, excite and energise, soothe and take us on a journey.

“A MARRIAGE OF PERFUME AND DESTINATION” For scents in the city there are fragrances that are designed to conjure a specific metropolis. The Gallivant collection is dedicated to travel, with six fragrances to choose from. The deliciously spicy Istanbul with cardamom, red thyme and sweet myrrh recalls the famous Egyptian Market, while sparkling Brooklyn uses bergamot, orange and fizzing lemons to recreate the buzz of this artisanal hub. If Milan is on your itinerary, 10 Corso Como is a fragrance created for the world's first concept store and every bit as

stylish and stimulating, with Italian geraniums, roses and oud. If you are heading to the beach, sunshine scents are the perfect choice. Costarela by Carner Barcelona evokes the beauty and glamour of the Costa Brava in an olfactory evening stroll along the shore. Agrumi from Farmacia SS Annunziata celebrates the Amalfi Coast with its sun-soaked lemons, orange blossom and grapefruit plus its well-heeled elegance. From magical Capri comes Fiori di Capri from Carthusia, its gardenia and tuberose gently flirting with wild strawberries and honey. Mariners will appreciate the oceanic squall of Heeley's Sel Marin, an aquatic green scent of sea salt, algae and moss beneath the bright rays of Italian bergamot and lemon. This is the scent for sailing, cruises or simply bobbing about on the water. Myriad pastoral perfumes that enhance the experience of nature include Apsu from Ulrich Lang, which realises an arcadian bower of green leaves after a summer rainstorm while The Soft Lawn from Imaginary Authors with its linden blossom, laurel and ivy imagines the perfect picnic in an English meadow. Quince, Mint & Moss from Union uses only British ingredients with Somerset quince providing a delicate heart-note underscored with a refreshing hint of garden mint.Cowboy Grass from D.S. & Durga is a landscape fragrance that distils the American prairie with its dry, dusty plains, sagebrush, wild thyme and prairie grass. From the white sands and azure waters of the West Indies to the baked, desert scrubland of Yosemite, with a little research there awaits the perfect perfume to capture the mood. Just close your eyes and inhale. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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WHITLEY NEILL GIN & TONIC RECIPE • 50ML WHITLEY NEILL GIN • LAMB & WATT ORIGINAL TONIC WATER • ORANGE WHEEL GARNISH

ADD 50ML OF WHITLEY NEILL GIN TO A LARGE BALLOON GLASS FILLED WITH ICE. TOP WITH LAMB & WATT ORIGINAL TONIC WATER AND GARNISH WITH AN ORANGE WHEEL.

Made with organic blue agave and spring water

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FOOD & DRINK

GREAT TASTES THE MISSONI COOKBOOK We know them for fashion but it turns out the Missoni family are also a dab hand in the kitchen. We've selected the tastiest plates from the family cookbook to whip up yourself.

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TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this July B y GEORGIA MCVEIGH

EDITOR’S PICK

SUSHI FUEL SUSHI SHOP

Not even food has escaped World Cup fever, and Sushi Shop has outdone itself with a decadent box dedicated to the sporting event. The Moscow Box is a limited edition box of colour coordinated sushi delivered right to your door, so you don't have to leave the sofa for your favourite snack. Various locations; mysushishop.co.uk

SHOP STOP

FOOD & DRINK• NOTES

WHAT TO DRINK

GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Provence Rosé by Chateaux La Mascaronne — £13.95 Specially blended for Berry Bros. & Rudd by Château la Mascaronne, based in Côtes de Provence, this rosé combines red berry fruits with refreshing herbal notes of lemon verbena and hints of spice.

2017 Gavi di Gavi, Bric Sassi, Roberto Sarotto, Piedmont

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— £12.95

Following major refurbishment, Joe's Cafe, located in the heart of Sloane Square's Joseph fashion store, reopened in late June. With a whole new menu, head chef Anupam Som draws inspiration from around the world, from the classic club sandwich to a more adventurous crispy calamari;

Versatile, enjoyable and easy-to-drink, this refreshing white wine will take you through picnics or parties with ease. With floral and citrusy aromas and steely, lemon zesty flavours, it's an ideal accompaniment to pasta dishes or fish.

16 Sloane Street, SW1X joseph-fashion.com

MIX IT UP PLATTER LONDON

Bespoke food platter catering company, Platter, has reached a milestone by opening its first coffee shop near Hyde Park. Going by its original name, Platter London, it will serve up artisan coffees, tailor-made food platters and freshly baked partries to eat in or take away. 6a Holland Street, W8 platterlondon.com

2016 Chiroubles, La Scandaleuse, Domaine Bernard Metrat, Beaujolais — £15.25 With its aromas and flavours of cherries, violets and white pepper - this light red wine is perfect for the summer months. Enjoy it slightly chilled.

BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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DINING WITH DESIGN The Missoni Family Cookbook features well-loved recipes from generations of the fashion family’s kitchen

Gnocchi Verdi

S P I N AC H A N D R I COT TA G N O CC H I Serves 6 (Makes About 60 Gnocchi)

FOR THE GNOCCHI 17 oz fresh spinach • 3 lb ricotta • 3 large egg yolks • 4 oz type 00 flour, plus more for dusting • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg • Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper • For the sage-infused butter: 1 stick unsalted butter • 6 leaves fresh sage • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving.

MAKE THE GNOCCHI

Wash the spinach thoroughly. Bring a large pot of water over high heat to a boil. Add the spinach and cook for about 2 minutes, or until tender; drain the spinach into a colander. 3 Using your hands, shape the spinach into a ball, pressing firmly to drain well. Place the spinach in a large cloth and twist it tightly over the sink, removing all excess water. 1

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5 In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, chop the spinach until it achieves a superfine consistency. Add the ricotta, the egg yolks, the 4 ounces of the flour, and the nutmeg; season with sea salt and white pepper. Pulse until well combined. 6 Dust some of the flour over a clean work surface, a baking sheet, and your hands. Shape the spinach-ricotta mixture into 1–1 -inch balls. Dust them with flour and place them on the prepared baking sheet. 7 Bring a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the pot in batches to avoid overcrowding. Allow each batch to cook for 2–3 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Remove each batch from the pot using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain. 8 Make the sage-infused butter: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the sage leaves and fry for 2–3 minutes. Remove from the heat. 9 To serve, place 5–6 gnocchi in six shallow serving dishes (there will be plenty left for second helpings). Sprinkle the gnocchi with the ParmigianoReggiano and drizzle them with the hot sage-infused butter to melt the cheese. Serve hot.

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Champagne Bar

Fountain Court, Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT Every Thursday & Friday in July, from 5 – 9pm.

Join us in the peace and tranquillity of Fountain Court at our summer pop-up bar. Champagne, wine, beer and delicious food platters are on the menu for a perfectly sophisticated evening in the heart of the capital. 0207 4274820 / events@middletemple.org.uk

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FOOD & DRINK • RECIPES This dish is available exclusively at Daphne’s restaurant, 112 Draycott avenue, London sw3, throughout July

Missoni’s One and Only Budino C H O CO L AT E P U D D I N G Serves 5

INGREDIENTS 280g caster sugar • 130g type 0 (strong white) flour • 250ml whole milk, at room temperature 450g 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped 200g unsalted butter • Whipped cream, for serving

METHOD

Insalata di Pollo con Soncino

1 In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and flour. 2 Into a second mixing bowl, pour the milk and combine it with the sugar and flour mixture, whisking until well incorporated. 3 Into a saucepan over low heat, use a fine sieve to strain the mixture. Raise the heat to medium and whisk in the chocolate and butter until they melt completely. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Raise the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the pudding reaches a thick consistency as it reaches 212°F | 100°C. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

4 Fill a nonstick 26cm Bundt pan with cold water and set aside for a few minutes to cool. Drain and wipe off the excess water. Pour the warm pudding into the cold mould and set aside to cool. 5 When the pudding reaches room temperature, cover the mould with Clingfilm and refrigerate it for about 2 hours, or until cold throughout. 6 To plate, firmly hold a wide plate over the mould and carefully flip it over. The budino should slide out easily; if it does not, dip the mould in hot water for 5–10 seconds, then flip it. 7 Serve cold with the whipped cream.

DRESSED CHICKEN AND LAMB’S LE T T U C E SA L A D Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 7 oz soncino (lamb’s lettuce) • boiled chicken • 1 serving maionese • 2–3 tsp French wholegrain mustard · 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp lemon juice · Sea salt · Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

METHOD

1 Soak the soncino in a bowl of water. Drain and delicately dry the leaves, being careful to avoid bruising. 2 Pull the meat from the chicken and chop it into small bite-size pieces. 3 Make the maionese; stir in the mustard. 4 In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken and maionese and season with sea salt. 5 In a separate bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season with sea salt. Add the soncino and toss until the leaves are coated with the dressing. 6 In a serving dish, arrange the dressed soncino. Place the chicken-maionese mixture on top of it. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.

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LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR LONDON Royal Hospital Chelsea 3-5 August 2018 Book Your Tickets Now on gcglobalchampions.com or via ticketmaster.co.uk

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• OCCASION • XXXXX FOOD & DRINK CULTURE

Sweet

SERVES Tennis-themed Afternoon Teas for Wimbledon By HELEN BROWN

THE IVY CAFÉ, WIMBLEDON Available now until 20 July

The Ivy Café, Wimbledon has created a series of delights for guests to enjoy while the sporting action kicks off around the corner. Along with the Centre Court Melting Bomb, two exclusive strawberries and cream cocktails will be available to help celebrate the tennis wins. theivycafewimbledon.com

THE DORCHESTER Available between 2-15 July

The Dorchester is serving its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea for the duration of the tournament. It includes the Wimbledon Tennis Sponge - made with Lemon verbena, strawberry and white chocolate – accompanied by champagne, strawberries and cream, finger sandwiches and scones. dorchestercollection.com

SQUIRE’S Available between 1-15 July

Visitors to Squire’s Garden Centre can enjoy a Wimbledon-inspired cream tea featuring Eton Mess, a scone with jam and clotted cream and a pot of lose leaf tea. A gluten free option is also available. No booking is required, simply turn up at any Squire’s centre and enjoy. squiresgardencentres.co.uk

PAUL THE PETERSHAM RESTAURANT Available between 2-15 July

The Petersham Restaurant, at The Petersham Hotel is running its quintessential Afternoon Tea with a tennis twist. The big serves for the season are a Pimm’s jelly with cucumber foam, mini mango tennis ball cheesecakes and white chocolate and strawberry tartlets. petershamhotel.co.uk

Available 2-15 July

Get a taste of this year’s tournament with limited edition treats from French artisan bakery and pâtisserie, PAUL. New for 2018 and keeping things refreshingly cool as the heat rises on Centre Court is the Strawberry & Cream Frappé, while past-favourites, the Tennis Choux and the Grand Slam Lemon Tart, make eagerlyawaited returns. paul-uk.com

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FOOD & DRINK • REVIEW

ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“Uli have compiled all of the best bits of Asian cuisine, from Chinese to Thai”

All-rounder Notting Hill’s Uli serves delicious Asian food in a beautiful location

FOOD A delicious mix of Asian cuisines

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DECOR seated in the outside area, featuring a convenient retractable roof for the inevitable and unpredictable British weather. We start with a tangy Aperol Spritz to whet the appetite as we browse the menu. What a menu it is. Uli have taken all of the best bits from Asian cuisine and compiled it into one compact menu - from Thai to Malay to Singaporean to Chinese. We decide on a small plates of Chicken Gyoza and Crispy Calamari to start. The gyozas come with a side of soy and rice wine vinegar for dipping, and are deliciously crispy on the

Think beachside restaurant in Ibiza

PRICE Small bites from £7 and meat from £11

VERDICT Dog-friendly Asian restaurant that does it all

outside and filled to the brim with piping hot succulent chicken filling that bursts with flavour inside. The calamari boasts a beautifully crunchy exterior without being rubbery on the inside. They are laden with fresh spring onions, chilli and salt and are flavourful enough not to need a dip. For our main, we mix up the cuisines a bit and choose Pad Thai and Chinese Szechuan Prawns with sticky rice. The prawns are lightly battered for a crisp texture on the outside but melt in the mouth on the inside. They are accompanied by a sticky Szechuan sauce and garnished with thick slices of chilli so the more heat sensitive among us are well warned with no nasty surprises. The Pad Thai is sweet, salty, tangy, and light, meaning we did very well on both dishes. Fully sated, we left feeling pleasantly full. If you’re looking for a restaurant that does it all, look no further than Uli. ULI 5 Ladbroke Road, W11 ulilondon.com

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Located at One Tower Bridge. Prosecco House is London’s fist prosecco-specialist bar. It stocks Prosecco DOCG, from Veneto, the home of the drink, a creation of owner Kristina Issa, bringing the excellence of Italian prosecco to London. Kristina works with small family-owned vineyards, while the bar has over 20 varieties on the menu, hand picked by Kristina herself, from wineries such as Marchiori, Rivalta, Cirotto, Tasi Bio and Andreola.

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20% off kitchen furniture and a complimentary MasterChef gift card with every kitchen *Subject to terms and conditions apply see in store for details

Crouch End 128 Crouch Hill London N8 9DY Telephone 020 8341 2020

Islington 42 Cross Street London N1 2BA Telephone 020 7359 4041

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FOOD & DRINK • REVIEW

ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“We were beginning to think Sartoria might be style over substance. But then the mains came”

Comfort Food Sartoria delivers old-world style and fantastic food

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FOOD An exciting Calabrian-inspired menu

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ometimes it’s really good to go up west for some posh nosh and Sartoria delivers a W1 dining experience in spades. This is no perchon-a-stool, authentic Italian dining experience. Francesco Mazzei’s W1 outpost has all the plush and pile one would expect from a restaurant on Savile Row, where the rich go to get measured for comfort. This is a restaurant of mirrors, glass and brass and old world elegance. A very proper maître d’, Enrico, showed us to our table with the requisite flourish; waiters in penguin uniform

billowed table napkins the size of sails across our laps as we were enveloped in deeply comforting wingbacked chairs with seats as soft as baby bottoms. From the list of antipasti we choose the beef Battuta with anchovies and straciatella – a meaty mound of beef tartare laced with punch anchovy and chewy cheese. Vitello tonnato was disappointing, looking processed and tasting like luncheon meat with fish paste, while seafood fregola didn’t live up to the hype. Mazzei’s signature dish has been much lauded but mine came rather short of scallops or prawns, a thin affair. Fettucine with sausage

DECOR Mirrors, glass and old world elegance

PRICE Meal for two, including drinks and service: £150

VERDICT Properly posh and very plush

ragu and asapargus was good but less than the sum of its parts. We were beginning to think Sartoria might be style over substance. But then the mains came. My roasted turbot with peppers caponata was bouncy and divine but the night’s winner was Mazzei’s signature dish of home-cured black cod with liquorice. It was sensational. The softest of fish sealed in a smokysour liquorice coating. And of course, zucchine fritte – a miraculous overflowing pot of the best courgette chips ever. Best eaten in great fistfuls; hot, salty and delicious. We finished with a zabaglione, a boozy, duvet of a pudding, which was roundly upstaged by Tartufo di pizzo – an iced pistachio and hazelnut Calabrian Truffle. This arrived as a brown paper package tied up with string, unfurled by Enrico with as much theatre as only a true Italian can bring to a plate of ice cream, who sprinkled it with cocoa in great operatic waves. It was a confection of cold, sweet, nutty heaven. Just the thing to end a very plush meal. SARTORIA 20 Savile Row, London W1, 020 7534 7000 sartoria-restaurant.co.uk, A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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• XXXXX FOOD &CULTURE DRINK • SUMMER

Dining AL FRESCO Our pick of outdoor terraces in London By HELEN BROWN

GR A NA RY SQUA R E BR A SSER IE

Granary Square Brasserie has partnered with Fever Tree to transform its terrace into a Physic Garden. Learn how to blend your own botanical gin concoctions at the House of Apothecary before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner. granarysquarebrasserie.com

OXO TOW ER

Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie Oxo has teamed up with 1800 Tequila to launch the 1800 Terrace. Set to be a haven of al fresco dining this summer, guests can sip on exclusive 1800 cocktails and dine on a bespoke Mexican brunch menu. oxotowerrestaurant.com

THE RIB ROOM

Jumeirah Carlton Tower has partnered with Champagne Laurent-Perrier to bring Londoners a taste of summer on The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant’s terrace. Here, guests will be able to indulge in a glass of fizz while looking out on the picturesque Cadogan Place Gardens. jumeirah.com

THE GARDENING SOCIET Y

CHIC A M A

Inspired by the capital’s love of music and sound, The Gardening Society at John Lewis Oxford Street presents Summer of Sound On The Roof. Expect live gigs, DJ sets, acoustic music and a breath-taking panoramic backdrop of the city’s skyline with food from fried chicken specialists, Butchies and drinks courtesy of Fever Tree. johnlewis.com

This summer sees Chicama launch its glorious summer terrace where guests can enjoy a Peruvian-inspired feast alongside a Pisco Sour. Kick things off with a tantalising snack selection of tapioca marshmallows, miso aubergine and popcorn monkfish cheeks. chicamalondon.com

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INTERIORS

SAFE & SOUND HUGO CARTER’S SILENT WINDOWS Hugo Carter’s unique range of noisereduction windows transform lives and restore tranquillity. Run by engineers, Silent Windows ® reduce unwanted noise and create urban heaven. silentwindows.co.uk

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

STATEMENT PIECE ARTEK

Armchair 400 was created by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for an exhibition at the Milan Triennale, where it was promptly awarded a prize. The chair owes its nickname “Tank” to its distinctive wide and sturdy armrests. It is launching imminentnly in this limited edition print at The Conran Shop. conranshop.co.uk

ART OF GLASS RICHARD BRENDON

Richard Brendon has partnered with Gleneagles to develop the hand-crafted crystal collection, Fluted, which draws inspiration from the decadent cocktail culture of the 1920s, and fits perfectly in the American Bar at Gleneagles richardbrendon.com

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INTERIORS • NOTES

O N TH E T I LES Our favourite tiles for walls and floors

ORIGINAL STYLE Artworks wall tiles, £POA originalstyle.com

LUXURY AT HOME ARTEL

CREATIVE TOPS Maxwell Williams Medina Ceramic tiles, £POA creative-tops.com

CARRY ON

ORIGINAL STYLE Odyssey Mezzo mix, £POA originalstyle.com

VITRA

With his design for Rotary Tray, Jasper Morrison has given the classic tiered etagere a new contemporary look. Thanks to its understated shape and colouring, Rotary Tray naturally complements all types of interior styles and can be used for a variety of different functions. From £40. vitra.com

New luxury e-partment store Niquesa offers UK-based consumers unprecedented access to some of the world’s most desirable products. The best in home accessories includes Artel glass (pictured) as well as cashmere by Agnona and knives by Savernake. The expanding range is designed to include absolutely the word's finest things. niquesa.com

EDITOR’S PICK

ORIGINAL STYLE Odyssey Mezzo Nocturne, £POA originalstyle.com

MARRAKECH DESIGN Dandelion tile in pigeon blue and pure white, £POA marrakechdesign.se

OFF THE WALL THE BAKED TILE COMPANY Fes multicoloured wall tile, £35 per m2 bakedtiles.co.uk

FLOCK STUDIO

The beautiful Sticks wallpaper is based on a simple French shirt fabric design from the late 1880s, reminiscent of sewing pins of botanical illustrations. It's digitally printed in Lancashire; £130 per roll. flock.orguk

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FINLAND’S FINEST This summer, Finnish design house Marimekko is celebrating 50 years of its Tasaraita stripe – but the company’s story goes back further than that. Absolutely traces its history Wo r d s P E A R L B OY D

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t all began in 1949 when Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small Helsinkibased textile printing company, in 1949. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfil her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex. One of the young artists was Maija Isola, whose Amfora design was among the first fabrics printed at Printex. They quickly gained a lot of admirers but no buyers, so these unusual fabrics needed a showcase. Armi’s solution: a fashion show filled with colour, grace and exceptional patterns. The clothes designed by renowned fashion designer Riitta Immonen literally sold on the spot. Marimekko was registered as a company five days later, in 1951 and the following year Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki.

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Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined Marimekko in 1953 to design clothing and print patterns. Alongside her radical loosefitting dress designs, Vuokko created one the most enduring Marimekko classics: the unisex Jokapoika (every boy) shirt in the striped Piccolo pattern. Maija Isola continued to create iconic Marimekko prints like Kivet (stones) and many more. The Marimekko logo, inspired by the simplicity of Olivetti typewriter letters, was born in 1954. Towards the end of the decade, the story of Marimekko began to spread across the seas: first it reached Sweden and soon after the United States. The 1960s got off to a good start with Jacqueline Kennedy buying seven Marimekko dresses and wearing one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1960. Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life. The company grew rapidly and its product range expanded to include a variety of

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Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life

accessories and home items. Armi Ratia built a utopia called Marikylä (Marimekko Village), whose aim was to house the staff and to function as a laboratory for product design and Marimekko living. New fashion designers joined the company, among them Annika Rimala whose modern dress designs were regularly featured in international fashion magazines. She also created many typical Marimekko prints like Puketti (bouquet), Keidas (oasis) and Tarha (garden). In the ‘60s, Maija Isola created many of her best-known Marimekko prints, Lokki(seagull) and Kaivo (well) for example. The most widely known by far, however, is Unikko (poppy), which Maija designed in 1964 in protest after Armi Ratia had declared that Marimekko would never be a flower print company. During the 1970s, the product range was further expanded with the launch of canvas bags designed by Armi’s son, Ristomatti A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Ratia. Textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka came to Marimekko from Japan and designed several iconic prints like Bo Boo, a pattern which immediately won over both children and adults. In 1973, Marimekko opened a new textile printing factory in Helsinki and acquired its first flatbed printing machine. The factory was expanded in 1979, when the company moved its entire textile printing to one location. One of Marimekko’s most famous licensed products was born in the ‘80s: the classic Kivi (stone) candleholder designed by Heikki Orvola. The factory building in Helsinki was expanded in 1983, and Marimekko’s headquarters moved under the same roof as the printing mill. The ‘00s were marked by a global Unikko (poppy) boom, and many other classic designs by Maija Isola also enjoyed greater popularity than perhaps ever before. The Oiva (superb) tableware designed by Sami Ruotsalainen hit the stores in 2009 and was an instant hit. The first patterns for the tableware collection were created by Maija Louekari. Marimekko’s print production was modernised with the acquisition of a new flatbed printing machine and digital screenmaking equipment.

New products have been introduced in the home collection, such as the Sukat makkaralla (socks rolled down) glassware by Anu Penttinen, the Konkkaronkka (bunch) cutlery by Mari Isopahkala, and the Hehkuva (glowing) lantern and the Valoisa (bright) lamp by Harri Koskinen. The output capacity of the textile printing factory in Helsinki was tripled in 2011 with the acquisition of a new rotary printing machine. Marimekko’s global expansion remains in full swing. The number of Marimekko stores outside Finland has more than doubled, including flagship stores in New York City and Sydney – and Marimekko is at the forefront of the international trend for Scandinavian style.

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INTERIORS • PRODUCTS WALLS AND FLOORS Jumble geometro tiles wallsandfloors.co.uk

UMBRA Zina magazine rack, £40 black-by-design.co.uk

FERM LIVING Outline wall decoration, £79 ambientedirect.com

FUNDAMENTAL BERLIN Corner shelf, £399 oostor.com

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LOAF Postino side table, £175 loaf.com

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ORIGINAL STYLE Blue Large Hexagon tile, £POA originalstyle.com

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PATRICIA URQUIOLA LA Sunset coffee table, £POA chaplins.co.uk

DISTINCTIFY KARLIE KLUM

Piccolo side table, £159 distinctify.com

Hexagon wallpaper, £28 limelace.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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Brighten up any grey picnic day (likely in Britain) with Cable and Cotton's colourful cutlery and plates. Their gorgeous raffia and leather baskets are a stylish and different way to transport snacks. cableandcotton.com

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TRADITIONAL DESIGN COX & COX

If you prefer to keep your picnic free from inevitable grass, or simply don't want to travel further than the patio, then look no further than Cox & Cox's one-piece aluminum picnic table. Sleek and practical, it's a fun twist on the traditional design. ÂŁ795 coxandcox.co.uk

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Nisi Living truly lives up to its slogan of 'live more Meditteranean'. Their gorgeous collection of acrylic tableware that looks like crystal is a luxury living look at an affordable price. Check out their lovely collection of ice buckets, smart tumblers and enormous pitchers (whether they're filled with wine or water is up to you). nisiliving.co.uk

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When choosing a deckchair it's important to go bold, and that's exactly what Thornback & Peel have done, featuring fun prints and bright colours on their iconic deckchairs. We love this ship in a bottle design. thornbackandpeel.co.uk

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PATTERNED DINING RICE DK

If you must dine from floral patterns but don't want to risk the prized porcelain, Rice DK's plastic tableware is the gorgeous (and durable) alternative. We love this colourful coffee thermos and set of bowls - perfect for a picnic breakfast, lunch or dinner. printerandtailor.com

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Gin & Lobster

Absolutely celebrates Tatty Devine’s launch into homeware Wo r d s P E N D L E H A R T E

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ult jewellery designers Tatty Devine’s collaborators have included the Tate Gallery, the V&A and Belle & Sebastian. When Selfridges celebrated its 100th birthday, it was Tatty Devine’s Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine who made the cake. Artists including Antony Gormley and Rob Ryan have worked with them and the jewellers’ creations have included popcorn beads, rosette brooches and tape measure belts as well as the original signature name necklaces.e Now Vine and Wolfenden have teamed up with Made.com for their first foray into homewares. a collection of quirky home accessories. Well known for mixing both humour and style in their jewellery designs, their new collection of quirky home accessories consists of seven products, focusing on Tatty Devine’s iconic motifs: gin bottles and lobsters. Tatty Devine’s Rosie Wolfenden said:“Tatty Devine is so excited to have teamed up with MADE, and can’t wait to accessorise our home. Seeing our designs come to life as the Gin Lamp and Lobster Clock is a real dream come true,” while Made.com’s design director Ruth Wasserman called the collection “perfect for the fun-loving Made customer… Tatty Devine’s witty aesthetic will bring an instant splash of personality to the home.” made.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Q U I E T P A T T E R N Incorporating pattern into your home can work as part of a ‘gentle’ scheme. Here we focus on the living room Wo r d s A B I G A I L E D WA R D S

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n this age of maximum communication life can be overwhelming, and introducing pattern can feel as if it will simply increase the noise and confusion. But when chosen carefully, pattern can be as functional as it is decorative. Pattern can contribute to environments that promote healing, wellbeing and relaxation. The living room is generally where we relax, the visual mood should be soft and comfort is key. With many disparate pieces of furniture, coffee tables, side tables, sofas and chairs, this room can easily look jumbled and cluttered. Pattern can give a focal point. A wallpapered wall behind a sofa can create the colour scheme for a room, or a rug can zone the space linking all of the random pieces of furniture together. Pile sofas with textiles, patterned blankets and throws to wrap up in and plump cushions to sink in to. Frame windows with gently decorated curtains, to create a nurturing environment and to link back to the textiles used on the sofa. Patterns don’t need to match. A colour palette that is repeated throughout the room, contrasting designs that enhance one another, or patterns that blend together will create a flow that gives consistency.

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he practice of having a room of matching wallpaper, curtains and upholstery is becoming more popular again and Birgit Morgensten has a simplified version of this look in her home. A wall of Gräser wallpaper stretches the length of the room, with the large central window framed by curtains of the same fabric. When the curtains are closed the pattern flows across the full wall uninterrupted and when they are open the view outside is framed by the pattern. The simple upholstery and white walls stop the matching pattern being overwhelming creating a very peaceful room. Leading off from this space is a little reading area. Birgit found the two little stools in the street and reupholstered them in different prints of her fabrics. “I wanted to place them next to each other, and keep a harmonious colour theme, but the shades are varied to keep it more interesting”.

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hen Kim Rosen is designing patterns for Fayce she tries to picture what she would want in her own house. “I like things that are not overpowering I don’t want something to be a focal point. I like décor to blend in with my stuff. I have a variety of different types of pieces in my home that don’t necessarily go together but they all work because there is a subtle palette.” She keeps things neutral with the occasional pop of colour. Mixing patterns to an extent but not too many crazy designs together. This accent chair upholstered in Gather has been paired with a vintage rug but as the rest of the furnishings and décor are so simple the look is restrained.

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anessa & Brendan of Mineheart live in a 1960’s house and have added a bit of cosiness and warmth to the clean lines of the architecture with their Almost White wallpaper. Their Loveletter wallpaper behind the faded leather sofa has a sense of history to it; the pattern consists of elegant hand written love notes from a bygone era, a rarity in these days of email and text messages. The romantic time worn charm adds a sense of stillness to their home, emphasised by the combination of distressed leather sofa and their contemporary take on traditional cushion designs. The open plan space is zoned with

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three different monochrome wallpapers, all lined up next to each other but defined by the wide central chimney breast. The seating area here has a romantic faded damask design, happily contrasted with the clean lines of the furniture but the space is unified by the monochrome pattern in the decorative rug on the floor, which brings the room together with a repetitive curation of delicate pattern. “We generally like walls to be quite bright and white,” says Brendan. “With dark patterned walls you feel like you can’t hang anything on top, that isn’t the case with the bleached out versions of these designs, they make the house feel light. We like wood and natural materials but if you mix that with pattern and too many other materials, it becomes too much. Our style is quite simple.” A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Cosmic

GIRL L Lara Bohnic’s new collection is inspired by the planets By EVE HERBERT

ara Bohinc likes geometry. ‘My obsession with all things round and spherical is explained in the new collection’s title,’ she says. ‘These shapes are essential to our perception and understanding of the world.’ Her latest works for Bohinc Studio demonstrate her expertise with metalwork techniques, whilst bringing forward her geometrically and celestially inspired signature style All the new pieces are made in small artisanal workshops in Italy, and combine traditional craft and modern technology in metalwork as well as in ceramics. Bohinc Studio was launched in 2016 by Lara Bohinc for the exploration of furniture and object design. With Since the World is Round, Bohinc Studio presents chairs for the first time, a vanity console and matching chair, and home accessories comprising of vases, candlesticks and boxes.

In the collection, Lara Bohinc develops her stellar themes, finding inspiration in planetary and lunar orbits, whose gravitationally curved trajectories drive the lines and shapes of the chairs. Constructed from thin square rod, the chairs are elegant, minimal and delicate. They are finished in galvanised steel and wool fabrics by Kvadrat in orange, red, pink, petrol and black. The Solar Chair (pictured) has an asymmetric frame and its reflecting circles suggest the rising and setting of the sun. It is constructed from playful lines that incorporates circles, half circles and squares. The Lunar Chair is distinguished by two enveloping crescents for armrests, and a smaller backrest which, like a moon, circles its planet on an orbit of its own. The Orbit Chair features dramatically inclined circular armrests that hold the round back above the larger circular seat, suggesting a moon in orbit. The armrests arc down in a graceful trajectory to meet the front legs and the single rear leg further enhances the chair’s simple lines and space around the seat. This Celeste Console has an elegant and playful form made from square brass galvanised steel rod frame, that contrasts with the fresh blue of the verdigris patinated copper surface, sides and drawer. The design plays with circles and straight lines to create a piece that is delicate and light but complex. Two different mirror shapes accentuate the wave in the console’s surface and its flowing, light form. bohincstudio.com

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abco Sanctuary’s internal doors and screens are manufactured on specialised CNC machinery. Professionally-designed to your requirements, they are engineered to the highest standards. This means Fabco frames not only look exactly how you imagined but also perform better, last longer and have shorter manufacturing times. In recent years, steel doors have become an ever more popular addition to the home and more and more people are having them installed internally. Fabco’s bespoke internal doors are incredibly versatile and can be designed to fit any space. A number of

“Fabco frames not only look exactly how you imagined but also perform better” style options are available, from modern to traditional. With the slimmest of sight lines and maximum glass space they’re beautiful to look at – and look through. Fabco’s internal doors not only look great as a stand-alone feature in your home, but also when coupled with side panels, fan lights and other doors to create larger screen assemblies. With the ability to create two separate spaces without losing that feeling of openness and light internal screens are becoming the new ‘must-have’ feature when renovating or rebuilding. Whether you want to use them as a stylish focal point or to create a separate space, Fabco will make them bespoke to your individual needs. FA B C O SA N C T UA RY 01903 718808 www.fabcosanctuary.com enquiries@fabcosanctuary.com

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Summer at Maggie & Rose

Plans for the summer?

Maggie & Rose is the place to be for a smashing 3 months of family fun with our exclusive summer membership This summer we’ve got a delicious seasonal menu tailored for grown-ups and little ones alike. Spend long summer days with activities to keep little minds occupied whilst you enjoy a refreshing drink on our beautiful roof terrace. Our classes and camps will be crafted around a new inspiring theme each week with art, music, cooking and make-believe classes to choose from! Join us at the coolest family hangout in town!

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MY STYLE ICON... Jane Birkin. I owe my basket bag addiction to her entirely.

ST YLE Sophia Leppard, creative director and one half of Yonder, shares her inspirations y onderliving.com

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MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION... Morocco. Over the years it has become to feel like our second home, but no matter how much time we spend there, it has lost no sense of magic or adventure.

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING... The beautifully tiled buildings of Lisbon’s Alfama District. They are what dreams are made of.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART A Love Supreme by John Coltrane

MYFAVOURITE DESIGNER... Lucian R Ercolani. I adore classic Ercol furniture. It’s so timeless and versatile. The way it can look equally modern and vintage at the same time is testament to its genius design.

MY FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE CURRENT COLLECTION… are the vintage Moroccan rugs. Each is personally handpicked by us and completely one of a kind. We are always totally in love and overly attached to every single one.

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

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KIDS & EDUCATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH

MUSICAL YOUTH CHELSEA QUAVERS

Chelsea Quavers Music School is committed to delivering the highest standards in music education with a sense of fun, endeavour and purpose. chelseaquavers.com

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ACTIVITIES ABROAD

Print run THEIR NIBS

Vintage-inspired children's fashion brand Their Nibs celebrates its 15th birthday this month. Known for its pretty and quirky prints and adorable shapes, the brand has evolved into homewares too. Happy birthday! theirnibs.com

SMALL TALK Holiday ideas, sun protection and a fishy game – plus a shout out for Their Nibs

IN THE SHADE IZIPIZI

Izipizi's range of kids' sunglasses caters for ages 0-10, with a special collection for babies under one. With 100% UV protection, they're safe as well as stylish. izipizi.com

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ctivities Abroad have been providing thrilling, yet safe, family activity holidays since 2002. In that time, they have developed a fantastic range of exciting, year-round, multi-activity holidays, winning them awards for Best Small Family Holiday Company and Best Small Activity Holiday provider at the British Travel Awards for two consecutive years. Their family holidays naturally revolve around the school holidays and they offer both summer and winter trips designed specifically for active families. From multi-activity trips in Europe and further afield, to dog sledding and chasing the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland, these are exhilarating and unforgettable family holidays, which you will still be discussing around the dinner table for years afterwards. As parents themselves, they cannot place enough emphasis on the safety and organisational sides of our trips. activitiesabroad.com

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A grand total of 64 different sea creatures are featured in this game of Ocean Bingo, along with facts about each one. Tots can learn as they play. laurenceking.com

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Saturday Club Seniors (Age 7-12) Alpha Place SW3 5SZ

At Chelsea Quavers Music School we are committed to delivering the highest standards in music education with a sense of fun, endeavour and purpose. Every pupil is nurtured & and treated as an individual to realise his/her potential in a number of skills that combine to create a fully rounded musician. Small Tutor Groups and highly qualified Tutors enable your child to enjoy a healthy combination of 1:1 attention and group interaction. Excellent ABRSM Exams & Scholarship results!

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EDUCATION • FOCUS we tend to lead busier lives than our parents did, so it’s tempting to let technology take the strain. The sedentary, virtual lives too many of our children lead cannot be physically or intellectually healthy. Arguably, they need to interact with the great outdoors more than ever. This is not about packing youngsters off on a residential outward bounds course, but allowing them to experience a multiplicity of environments – the street and park as much as the field and forest – as often as is practicable. Parents can start by not being too directive, by allowing children to discover things for themselves. So instead of saying to really young children, “We’re going there to see so and so…”, try “We’re going on a journey, but we won’t know what we’ll

Life on the outside

If we want young people to develop into independent thinkers, we have to let them explore, argues Cognita’s Robin Davies

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ew parents would disagree that encouraging children to go outdoors and experience nature is beneficial. Instinctively, most appreciate that a child that is playing in the garden, mucking round in the local park or building dens is doing what children should be doing and learning from their environment. Those parental instincts are backed up by sound educational research. Various studies have shown that outdoor learning can lessen anxiety, reduce attention deficit disorder, enhance creativity, increase memory and generally support wellbeing.

This consensus has to contend with an equally powerful parental instinct – the overwhelming desire to be protective. From those early days when a toddler first crawls off the picnic blanket onto the grass, a parent’s instinct is to haul their baby back. That grass may look fun and inviting but who knows what nasty stuff lurks out of sight? This concern is natural – and, of course, children should be taught how to handle the environment safely and responsibly – but excessive protection can be damaging. Unfortunately, I suspect the situation has deteriorated since we were children. In a recent survey, three-quarters of parents said their children would prefer to play sports online rather than in real life. And

“75% of parents said their children would prefer to play sports online rather than in real life”

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see or who we’ll meet…”. On a walk, point out things and ask children who they think put that building there or how tall they think that tree will grow. Children today lead incredibly structured lives – they get up, go to school, absorb a pretty demanding curriculum, get packed off to an after-schools club, go home, do homework, go to bed and next day start all over again. There isn’t much in the way of unstructured free time. One of the most valuable things parents can do is to deliver children occasionally from that rigid timetabling. If we want to nurture a generation of creative, confident selfthinkers, parents need to let children explore the environment ‘beyond the blanket’ – because otherwise that green grass will never seem safe.

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29 JULY Printworks Monstrous Festival caters for children. It has seven different fantasy worlds, a fairground and the world’s biggest inflatable. Supervised adults allowed.

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ONGOING Apollo Victoria Wicked is the 14th longest running show in West End theatre history, and while it's pitched at children aged seven plus, it's probably most popular among young teens. Often described as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, the story actually takes place before, simultaneously and after the familiar Oz tale.

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ONGOING Cambridge Theatre Eight million people have now seen the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda. Tim Minchin's clever lyrics and memorable music make this show leagues above the rest, as its legions of fans of all ages will testify. Running in London since 2011, the unstoppable production.is now booking until October 2019.

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21 JULY - 27 AUGUST Kew Gardens Become part of the action as you bump into the constantly late White Rabbit, watch the Queen of Hearts and her beautifully choreographed troop of cards and sing along to catchy tunes as Alice learns to find her way around the Wonderland that is Kew Gardens. This is set to be a magnificent piece of outdoor theatre. theatreonkew.co.uk

amp Wilderness, at six locations accross the UK, is a summer camp that's dedicated to wholesome outdoor fun. Children aged between six and 15 can enjoy three- or five-day residential camps, staying in bell tents in ancient forests and spending their days learning bushcraft skills, wild swimming, cooking over open fires and enjoying the freedoms of the outdoors. Wilderness offers an antidote to the screen-dominated childhood: think den-building and archery rather than Fortnite and instagram. Evenings are spent storytelling and toasting marshmallows on a campfire – and children return full of new-found confidence and independence. City kids especially are certain to benefit from a hefty dose of outdoor adventures – and everyone is certain to make friends and lifetime memories.

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 We’re all so excited for Gunnersbury Park on 15 July for the lesser-known Citadel Festival – like a mini Wilderness, it’s an awesome mix of live music, arts, food and family entertainment. Fingers crossed the sun also purchased a ticket.

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aggie Bolger is the founder and CEO of Maggie & Rose, the international family members club based in Chiswick and Kensington. A concept gaining international attention - with a club in HK and 20 clubs coming in China over the next five years, Maggie & Rose is a private members’ club with a difference. Born out of a need for somewhere to hang out with her kids, engage with them in fun classes and for a community of mums to meet, share, laugh, and cry, the business has now grown to offer membership available per family and includes access to stylish interiors, classes inspired by learning through play methods, softplay and more.

“These days it’s about making family time cool enough for the kids”

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As a mum the summer season for me means being planned and well-organised. When you have a baby you don’t realise it, but you have so much more flexibility. But when your kids get older, you have to remain one step ahead and keep them busy. Gone are my days of keeping the little ones entertained and creative with pots and pans – these days it's about making family time cool enough for the kids.

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 Wimbledon of course – we try and go every year, whether you like tennis or not, I would recommend going, just for the atmosphere and the Pimms.  This summer we’ll be catching a couple of shows at the South Bank Underbelly Festival – it gets better and better every year and the kids absolutely love it.

Let’s keep it real, some days you just want to throw on your comfiest clothes, tie your hair up and think about looking stylish another day. This is especially true when you’re battling teenage sleepy heads and morning tantrums. Culottes are my absolute favourite wardrobe piece. When you’re spending the days running around at work or out and about with the little ones they’re always great for convenience. Plus, they are a great day-to-night transitional piece - dress them up with a pair of heels or throw on a pair of trainers for a more casual look. Perfect for picnics in the park and drinks on the roof terrace.

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London is great in the summer, but if you’re on a budget and don’t fancy traipsing around, there’s plenty to do at home to keep the kids entertained even if you’re on a budget. It can be as simple as letting your little ones go wild with cardboard boxes and letting them play make-believe and build their very own castle. Follow Maggie Bolger on Instagram: @themaggiebolger maggieandrose.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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CHASING THE SUN MARIGOT BAY RESORT We get a taste of island life on a relaxing and rum-filled escape to Marigot Bay Resort and one of St Lucia's most enticing marinas. marigotbayresort.com stlucia.org

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“A bottle of rum and a devilishly moorish ginger cake are waiting for us in our rooms as we arrive; both do wonders to remedy jet-lag”

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t’s April and it’s sweltering in the UK. An unexpected, headline-making, sweat-breaking heatwave is causing havoc on London’s public transport and sales of Calippo are skyrocketing. So you can imagine my dismay to touch down in St Lucia beneath a thunderous sky and drizzle. Well, you win some, you lose some. So as my jetlag addled brain navigates the puddles on the concourse, I focus on the positives. 1. A relatively short transfer to base-camp for the week which, 2. is the exceedingly luxurious Marigot Bay Resort. Such is the first benefit that in under two hours I have a Marigot signature rum cocktail in hand. Welcome to the Caribbean. Almost every inch of St Lucia is covered with rainforest: large prehistoric-looking fern trees, sturdy vines and gangly palms line the roads, which – I might add – are tortuous. It takes one hell of a confident driver to manoeuvre the twists, turns and gradients of the coastal road. But it does afford spectacular views across the sea. Our driver very thoughtfully makes a number of stops along the way so that we can get out and snap particularly beautiful vistas. St Lucia certainly is blessed by nature. Five miles south of the capital Castries, Marigot Bay is an uber-chic—yet laid-back—villa resort climbing the hillside above one of the Caribbean's most beautiful bays. It also overlooks a marina filled with fabulous megayachts. So the view is incomparable. Add unbeatable accommodation,

excellent dining, personalised service, a fabulous spa, two pools and…well, you’ll be hooked. You might even consider chartering your own yacht in the marina. But why do that when the rooms here are an utter delight? Each is finished beautifully with dark wood furniture, creamy upholstery accented with colorful cushions, a comfy bed with pillow-top mattress and hardwood flooring. Suites have a separate living and dining room with a sofa bed, Bose sound system and open-plan kitchen that comes fully equipped with anything and everything you could possibly need—there's even a washer and dryer. A bottle of rum and a devilishly moorish and locally-produced ginger cake are waiting for us in our rooms as we arrive; both do wonders to remedy jet-lag. Each day brings a new treat, all local to the region and just as tasty as the first. One could certainly get used to this. Ground floor suites come with their own private outdoor hot tub while second and third floor suites have a spectacular view of Marigot Bay itself. I still can’t decide which is better but I will say that waking up to that sparkling view - especially when the sun does eventually peek its head from behind the clouds - never gets old. Foodies will be in raptures over Marigot’s culinary offering which compiles a variety of dining options, overseen by Executive Head Chef Billy Boyle. The Grill at 14°61° showcases modern Caribbean fare at its finest with A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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TRAVEL • WANDERLUST THE MARINA ACCOMMODATES SOME OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SUPER YACHTS

a menu of seasonal dishes and quality local ingredients. Here is where guests can go all out with a private dining experience - highly recommended. Our first meal is served in a private room just off the main restaurant where we are free to be our raucous and rowdy selves, we are spoiled with a magical al fresco table on the terrace for our would-be last meal at Marigot, and settle into the main restaurant of 14°61° for an unanticipated final feast when our flight home is delayed. Each is a triumph. Access to one of the Caribbean’s toniest marinas means you’re likely to rub shoulders with some pretty world-class mariners; don’t forget to pack a few pieces of finery for dinner.

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The pool bar and Brut Bar soon become favourites for al fresco drinking and dining. Sushi, Caesar salad, cocktails and fresh coconut water (served in the coconut shell, naturally) become daily occurrences. The pool bar also serves as a very convenient shelter from the occasional monsoon and so we while away many an afternoon slurping rum cocktails and spoiling in the hospitality of the charming bar staff. When all that pool-lounging gets too much, an hour-or-so’s drive back along those twisting roads (a light breakfast is advised) will take you to Rainforest Adventures where you can throw yourself from the treetops in a white-knuckle zip-lining experience. It’s not actually that terrifying, but it is a brilliant way to explore St Lucia's densely packed green spaces. After a quick tutorial I am strapped into an especially unflattering harness, (complete with helmet and hairnet), before joining a queue of nervous-looking punters. There is a series of lines to complete and I'm relieved to make it down the first without snapping the line or getting struck in the face by a wayward gecko. By the end, even the most acrophobic will have eased in and will enjoy soaring through the canopies. MARIGOT BAY SUITE WITH PRIVATE HOT TUB

“I am relieved to make it down without snapping the line or getting struck in the face by a wayward gecko” Back at the resort, a night at The Rum Cave is just what the doctor ordered to settle any remaining tree-top jitters. At this hidden delight, guests get an education in, you guessed it, rum - Caribbean and otherwise - from Marigot’s cheeky and charming head barman. From the sugar cane plantations to the exotic bottles it’s served in, we spend an evening discovering the ins and outs of making this most essential of island spirits. And of course, there is plenty of opportunity to sample. A variety of rum tasters are served alongside a selection of nibbles to keep those sailor’s legs steady. With resplendent views and unmatched hospitality, Marigot Bay Resort is a dream destination for anyone looking for a little R&R and a luxurious taste of St Lucian living. The view across the bay is the stuff of postcards, especially when the glorious Caribbean sun is shining, which, more often than not, it is. Unfortunate as I was not to bring the British sunshine away with me, my stay at Marigot Bay Resort is idyllic. Come rain or shine, this venue delivers in bucketloads.

M A R I G OT B AY R E S O R T & M A R I N A Marigot Bay Resort & Marina offers a bay view 1 bedroom suite for 2 from £696 on a room only basis. Flights from London to St Lucia are available direct with British Airways. For more information on St Lucia visit stlucia.org . Lounge access provided by dragonpass.com and No1 Lounges. marigotbayresort.com

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istral Beach is a surfer’s paradise. We wake up to see eager surfers taking to the waves at the crack of dawn: it’s a vast stretch of sand with endless crashing waves. The hotel can arrange surfing lessons; it also has a spa that’s one of the best in the region. Its two restaurants are high – Samphire is formal with a pianist, silver service and a two rosettes while The Terrace is more relaxed.

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Hugging the south shore of Lake Geneva and just outside the historic Evian-les-Bains, the Evian Resort is a multistarred haven of manicured grounds and grand interiors. Stretching over 47 acres, the resort houses two luxury hotels, the 5-star Hôtel Royal and 4-star Hotel Ermitage. I’m here to visit the former.

Why go? With six floors and 150 rooms, Hôtel Royal’s turn of the century structure cuts an impressive figure on the waterfront. Panoramic views across the lake and a mountainous horizon, paired with the hotel’s impressive spa facilities and activity offering (it has its own sports and culture office) means it is well-equipped as a wellness hotspot.

What to do? From paragliding and mountain biking to rafting and snowshoeing, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities within and around Hôtel Royal, whatever the season. On my first morning I find myself up at the crack of dawn for a yoga session, led by seasoned yogi Julien Levy. Held in the light-flooded gym space, it is the perfect way to prepare for an action-packed day ahead. Undeterred by the unseasonably chilly weather, I link up with one of the hotel’s

activity leaders for a hike into the mountains, specifically to visit the impluvium, where Evian water begins its 15-year journey down the mountain to the source. With stunning views across the Alps, lush fields and grazing cows aplenty, it’s a revitalising experience. A trip to the Evian Resort would not be complete without a visit to the spa. Voted France’s Best Resort Spa in 2017, you can expect 24 treatment rooms, a relaxation room, two heated pools (indoor and outdoor), jacuzzis, sauna, steam room and cold pool. There’s even an outdoor hydro-circuit, a unique feature that incorporates whirlpools, currents and water jets. After rotating from sauna to steam room to pool, I take to one of the private treatment rooms for an indulgent salt scrub and mud wrap. Stretching over 75 blissful minutes, it leaves my skin feeling baby smooth.

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To recharge after an exhausting morning of spa treatments (sorry not sorry), I head to Le Veranda, one of the hotel’s in-house restaurants, for a light lunch of fresh fish sourced from the lake (which, incidentally, can be seen from my table), served on a bed of crunchy veg. If you’re looking for a more formal dining experience, the Hôtel Royal’s Michelin-starred offering, Les Fresques, is the one for you. Menu highlights include line-caught sea bass and a decadent dessert of dark guanaja chocolate. You deserve it after all that pampering.

“A trip to the Evian Resort would not be complete without a visit to the spa”

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HÔTEL ROYAL We discover the 5-star palace hotel in the heart of The Evian Resort on a restful retreat to Lake Geneva By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

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Vereker Road W14 An exquisite three bedroom duplex apartment with a stunning garden. EPC: C. Guide price £1,360,000

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Chesilton Road SW6 Vibrant townhouse in immaculate condition. Approximately 3,242 sq ft. Guide price £3,375,000

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Pembridge Crescent is very well located for the local schools, shops and amenities and is a close proximity to Notting Hill Gate with excellent transport links by bus and tube (Central, Circle and District Line). knightfrank.co.uk

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Victoria Road is located minutes from Kensington High Street and Gloucester Road which offer a broad range of shops, restaurants and cafes. High Street Kensington is the nearest underground station (District and Circle lines).

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Ackmar Road, Fulham SW6 • Elegant finish throughout • Cellar perfect for storage • Manicured garden Ackmar Road is convieniently located moments from Parsons Green Underground Station, as well as the local shops, bars and restaurants. Eel Brook Common is also right on its doorstep making it the perfect location for a family.

Our Fulham Expert, Chiara Thomas, looks forward to helping you. chiara.thomas@knightfrank.com 020 3463 2621 07970 155 816

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Guide price £1,350 per week

Connecting people & property, perfectly.

Available unfurnished All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/ tenantfees. Knight Frank is a member of the ARLA Client Money Protection Scheme and our redress scheme for consumers is Ombudsman Services: Property.

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Absolutely interview Knight Frank Kensington Head of Office, Sami Robertson and his team to get their take on the property market and local life.

Market Report: Tell us about the current advantages and disadvantages? There’s no point in denying that the market has been a challenge over the past couple of years, but I believe we’re now seeing property prices coming down to a level which represents good value and we’ve seen applicant levels increase year on year. We’ve recently sold a Super Prime property which had a guide price of £45million in Holland Park, and we’ve also recently gone to sealed bids on a house in Peel Street, circa £1million. So things are looking positive. What makes your office stand out? The team. I’m lucky to head up a team that works very, very hard. It’s a nice mix of experience and youth – Pete Bevan has been in the property industry for 20 years and heads up our house team. Tom Tangney has worked in the office for 17 years and I have been here for 14. Mike Sands and Charlie Kennard have both climbed the ranks having started in the Knight Frank Graduate Programme, and it’s fantastic to see the firm nurture such promising talent. Rosie Campbell previously worked in the Lettings department, then became my PA, and is now a newly promoted Associate in the Core Sales team, and it’s been great to see her recognised for her work. Jacqui Beer and Olivia Sumner, who

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are Office Manager and Secretary respectively, are new to the office this year and have been warmly welcomed. We also share the office with the Kensington Lettings team and it creates an environment that is full of energy, occasional teasing, a lot of snacks and a room full of knowledgeable people who are completely committed to delivering total customer satisfaction. What has been your biggest deal? My biggest deal was an outcome of a Knight Frank global initiative which sees a number of Knight Frank ambassadors travelling across the globe to meet with wealthy individuals, for example in India, Saudi and Monaco, to discuss their property requirements. It means we can meet with and listen to our buyers and place them around the global network using many different

“On a second viewing in Holland Park the prospective buyer, who was a keen swimmer, went for a dip in the swimming pool.”

service lines. Building relationships and trust is absolutely key. I travel to Singapore twice a year, and my biggest deal involved an Asian client who had previously purchased a residential property in Kensington. She shared her ambitions to purchase both residential and commercial properties, and when she was suddenly in London I left a stag do in Berlin to return to London and show her some of our best opportunities at the time. She bought a house for £40million and an office block in excess of £200million. Three of the teams favourite streets and why? Both Charlie and I are hugely fond of Palace Gardens Terrace. Imagine a beautiful cherry tree lined street with lovely white stucco fronted buildings. It’s always a treat to see the trees in bloom. Rosie enjoys Edwardes Square; the communal garden is beautiful and it’s also home to one of the best pubs in London, the Scarsdale Tavern. Pete favours Earls Terrace, a row of 24 charming Georgian terraced houses set between Kensington High Street and Edwardes Square. How many collective years of experience within the property industry is there between the office staff members? 72

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What are the top three venues to attend within your area if spending time there? The Ivy Kensington Brasserie on

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hidden gems in the area as well. There’s so much to Kensington – we really are spoiled for choice. Who is the best dressed in the office? This is a tough one because everyone in the office dresses well, although Rosie mocks my winter jacket, which apparently looks like a trench coat from World War 1. It’s worth noting that Olivia, who meets and greets every customer and colleague, is always dressed immaculately. Who is the funniest team member? Imagine the most kind-heartened person with an extremely quick wit and you have Tom Tangney.

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What has been your most memorable deal and why? On a second viewing in Holland Park the prospective buyer, who was a keen swimmer, went for a dip in the swimming pool. Lap after lap later, he looked to his wife and, endorphinfuelled, announced ‘Darling, I feel fantastic!’ They bought the house shortly after that.

Kensington High Street is a tasteful venue that, due to its simple, quick food and relaxed vibe, has become my preferred place to meet with clients. You can’t go wrong with a glass of Chablis and a plate of fish and chips at Kensington Place, just up the road from our office. We have brilliant access to famous cultural hotspots in this area and it’s hard to choose one; The Opera Holland Park is a stone’s throw from the office, and recently Jacqui walked from the office to the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform PlayStation music! We’ve actually developed a ‘Little Black Book’ detailing museums, restaurants, fashion boutiques and interior designers, as well as other

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EATON MEWS SOUTH BELGRAVIA SW1 AN ELEGANT THREE BEDROOM MEWS HOUSE IN THE HEART OF BELGRAVIA An elegant three bedroom mews house extending to c. 2,333 sq ft located in the heart of Belgravia close to Elizabeth Street. Arranged over four floors with a passenger lift and fantastic roof terrace, this freehold mews house has been renovated to a very high standard. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, ensuite shower rooms, guest cloakroom, utility room. Amenities: Roof terrace, garage providing secure parking, passenger lift.

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EATON MANSIONS BELGRAVIA SW1 AN ELEGANTLY REFURBISHED FOUR BEDROOM LATERAL APARTMENT Eaton Mansions presents an elegantly refurbished four bedroom lateral apartment, in Belgravia’s finest portered mansion block situated between Eaton Square and Sloane Square. Interior designed by award winning Dorin & Coppel, this triple aspect apartment has been refurbished to an immaculate standard. The apartment boasts three meter high ceilings throughout, and air conditioning in all principle rooms. Accommodation: Entrance hall, reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, three further ensuite bedrooms, study/fifth bedroom, utility room. Amenities: Lift, communal garden within the block, access to Hans Place Gardens (via separate subscription).

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ALBERT HALL MANSIONS KENSINGTON SW7 A GRAND UNMODERNISED APARTMENT OVERLOOKING KENSINGTON GARDENS A first floor lateral apartment offering grand reception rooms directly overlooking Kensington Gardens and the Albert Memorial. Leading from the large French windows is a full length balcony overlooking the park. Albert Hall Mansions is a popular redbrick mansion block with comprehensive porter service located close to many local amenities. The apartment extends to some 2,302 sq ft and is now in need of some updating. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, 2/3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, utility room, guest cloakroom. Amenities: Terrace, lift, porter.

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LOWNDES SQUARE KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW1 AN UNMODERNISED LATERAL APARTMENT WITH VIEWS OVER LOWNDES SQUARE Located on the fifth floor of this prime portered block, is an unmodernised four bedroom apartment offering a purchaser the opportunity to create their own home. The property benefits from a 24 hour porter and a storage room in the basement of the building. Lowndes Square is at the very epicentre of Knightsbridge, located just to the east of Sloane Street and west of Belgravia. It is within walking distance of all the many international amenities of the area including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Accommodation: Entrance Hall, reception/dining room, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, guest cloak room. Amenities: Lift, 24-hour porter.

£5,500 000

Marcus O’Brien

Leasehold

marcus@beauchamp.com

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his stunning, newly renovated five bedroom house to rent is located in the heart of Belgravia, close to the popular restaurants and boutiques of Elizabeth street. The house has been refurbished to an extremely high standard throughout. Striking features include an elegant, beautifully furnished first floor reception room, a secluded patio garden and a superb media room.

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truly exceptional, low-built family house with off street parking. Following an extensive rebuild, the new interior blends the best from the past and the precision of the present with a hint of the future. A very popular residential address within the Ladbroke Conservation Area, it benefits from the excellent shopping and transport facilities of Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate.

A BLEND OF THE BEST FROM THE PAST, THE PRECISION OF THE PRESENT AND A HINT OF THE FUTURE.

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Notting Hill, 020 8115 3620 caroline.foord@knightfrank.com

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Finlay Brewer are proud to present Atlas Mansions, a stunning new development of luxury flats in the heart of Brook Green.

Atlas Mansions is an exclusive new development of just 5 properties in the heart of Brook Green. Finished to exacting standards, these are superb, distinctive apartments which will be ready in June. Contact Finlay Brewer for viewings: 020 7371 4171 / sales@finlaybrewer.co.uk

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ANLEY ROAD W14 £1,450PW / £6,283PCM • • • • •

5 BEDROOM HOUSE SEPARATE RECEPTION & DINING AREA STUNNING KITCHEN 2 FAMILY BATHROOMS & EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM SOUTHERLY FACING GARDEN

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4 BEDROOMS OPEN PLAN RECEPTION STYLISH FITTED KITCHEN SEPARATE DINING AREA FAMILY BATHROOM & SHOWER ROOM

UNFURNISHED CLOSE TO WESTFIELD LONDON CLOSE TO TRANSPORT LINKS HAMMERSMITH & SHEPHERDS BUSH EPC RATING D 61 AVAILABLE JULY

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CHESSON ROAD, FULHAM A charming two double bedroom apartment with a very spacious dual aspect reception room, a separate kitchen, two double bedrooms, a large bathroom and a sunny roof terrace. The property is in an excellent location, close to a shopping parade and public transport. EPC - D

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BURNTHWAITE ROAD, FULHAM A delightful character-filled three double bedroom house in Fulham. This property has serious potential and consists of a dual aspect reception room, large kitchen overlooking the garden, three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Close to Fulham Broadway and its amenities. EPC - E

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WOODFORD HOUSE, FULHAM A luxurious one double bedroom apartment situated on the first floor. There is a spacious reception room and kitchen which leads to a private balcony. The double bedroom includes fitted wardrobes and the property benefits from a stylish bathroom. The building embodies a gym and a concierge, while the outside introduces landscaped gardens and views of river Thames. EPC - B

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020 3284 1888 mayfair@humberts.com

48 Berkeley Square, Mayfair London W1J 5AX

William Harley Place, Street MewsSW3 Jubilee Freehold £5,950,000 Knightsbridge Marylebone W1G SW7

Asking Guide Price: Price:£1,900,000 £1,075,000leasehold freehold

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SLOANE COURT WEST, SW3

£1,850 per week

A fabulous first and second floor maisonette. This property features an elegant reception room with a bay window overlooking the communal garden as well as a creatively designed kitchen with a cosy dining area. Quietly situated close to the Royal Hospital gardens and only a stone’s throw from Sloane Square underground. TWO BEDROOMS • TWO BATHROOMS • LARGE KITCHEN/DINING ROOM • RECEPTION ROOM • COMMUNAL GARDENS • FURNISHED/ UNFURNISHED

CRANLEY PLACE, SW7

£6,500 per week

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

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PAINES LANE, PINNER VILLAGE

ÂŁ1,595,000

This imposing six bedroom, four reception room Edwardian residence is located in a conservation area within half a mile of the village centre, offering an excellent choice of boutique shops, restaurants and the Met. line tube station. (Baker Street 25 minutes).

HIGH ROAD, OLD EASTCOTE

ÂŁ1,225,000

An attractive Grade II listed four bedroom detached house offering the perfect balance of character & charm, combined with contemporary features. A high wall screens the property from the road with an electric gated entrance leading to a courtyard and a double garage with a self-contained one bedroom flat above. The Estate Office, 34 High Street, Pinner HA5 5PW T: 0208 866 0222 | E: enquiries@david-charles.co.uk

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CUCKOO HILL DRIVE, PINNER

£1,195,000

A spacious four bedroom detached house presented in excellent condition throughout, located on a quiet residential road within a short walk of Pinner Memorial Park and the village centre.

BARROWPOINT LANE, PINNER VILLAGE

£925,000

Built in a Mediterranean style, this three bedroom detached house offers spacious and flexible living accommodation filled with natural light. It has a large living room, a dining room with a vaulted ceiling and an ‘eat in’ kitchen.

The Estate Office, 34 High Street, Pinner HA5 5PW T: 0208 866 0222 | E: enquiries@david-charles.co.uk

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