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   DR ANDREW c liddle mfdm
DR ANDREW c liddle mfdm 19541954
   professor john shillingford 1914-1999
professor john shillingford md md 1914-1999
   Dr frederick james 1920
Dr frederick james md md 1920
   mrs margaret myles rgn 1937-2008
mrs margaret myles rgn 1937-2008
   Dr Marylyn Poytner RCSI 1952
Dr Marylyn Poytner LDS LDS RCSI 1952
   MRS SANTOKBEN J Bhundia 1927-2006
MRS SANTOKBEN J Bhundia 1927-2006
   DR Daniel annan ba ba 1907-1972
DR Daniel NeeNee annan1907-1972
   professor robin eastwood frcp
professor robin eastwood frcp 19381938
   lady joan maria rahman sheikh 1929-2008
lady joan maria rahman sheikh 1929-2008
   professor sam lingam frcpch
professor sam lingam frcpch
   dr richard hunter 1923-1981
dr richard hunter md md 1923-1981
   miss anne boutwood frcog 1927-2009
miss anne boutwood frcog 1927-2009
   dr lesley jane knowles frcpsych 1949-2007
dr lesley jane knowles frcpsych 1949-2007
   dr paul venn frca 1923-2008
dr paul venn frca 1923-2008
   dr abdelhalim m abdelhalim frcp 1910-2009
dr abdelhalim m abdelhalim frcp 1910-2009
   dr rita 1971
dr rita palpal 1971
   tudor thomas frcs 1941
Mr Mr tudor thomas frcs 1941
   dr margaret thomas mbbs
dr margaret thomas mbbs 19441944
   roger cudmore frcs 1935-2004
mr mr roger cudmore frcs 1935-2004
   dr michael o’ryan frcgp 1935-2009
dr michael o’ryan frcgp 1935-2009
   professor sharat d gangolli frcpath
professor sharat d gangolli frcpath 19261926
   dr noË pines (kiev) do do 1887-1910
dr noË pines md md (kiev) 1887-1910
   dr leslie frank hewitt phd 1900-1967
dr leslie frank hewitt phd 1900-1967

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04—MARYLEBONE JOURNAL   Culture, food, fashion, shopping, history and property

                        08: Estate briefing
                            The Journal’s designer wins an award
                        12: Local lives
                            Agatha Kalisperas, director of the Hellenic Centre
                        14: Pass master
                            Our food-phobic writer brushes up on his ravioli-making at Cafe Luc
                        18: Big interview
                            BBC London presenter JoAnne Good on why she’s no longer a morning person
                        22: Putting on the Ritz
                            Local actors Felicity Dean and Jos Vantyler discuss the world’s greatest courtesan
                        26: Culture in brief
                            Photography of Marylebone, a jaggedart artist, and Simeon Stafford’s London
                        30: Book reviews
                            Daunt Books’ offerings read and assessed
                        32: Guide
                            Art, music and cultural events in February and March
28:                         Style
                        36: Style guide
14:                         Learning the fashion ropes at the American Intercontinental University
                        40: What’s in?
                            The Journal’s regular guide to the pick of Marylebone’s retail crop
                        42: Gail force
                            Jackie Modlinger speaks to the woman behind leading fashion directory Diary
                        46: Well kempt secrets
                            Lifting the lid on luxury hair salon Gielly Green
                        48: Intelligent design
                            The eponymous designer of Designer’s Guild on colour, coffee and the Queen
                        52: Baker’s treat
                            Clare Sheppard, the secretary turned recipe innovator at Le Pain Quotidien
                        56: Three of a kind
                            Foie gras parfait, sea bass and a souffle from the wizards of Orrery’s kitchen
                        58: Food in brief
                             A legendary dynasty, a handful of stars, and an amazing wine-saving device
                        60: Food & me
                            Barry Hirst, co-owner of the gastronomical Grazing Goat
40:                     62: World of wine
                            Robert Giorgione on a new type of wine bar
                        64: The lady thief
                            Or, what happens when a 19th century lady steals a handkerchief
                        68: Joint account
                            Keeping osteoarthritis at bay at the Princess Grace Hospital
                        70: Health in brief
                            The Bowen Alignment Clinic and a new gym
                        72: Root and branch reform
                            A plan to turn eastern Marylebone green
                        76: Space in brief
                            Sandfords director Tim Fairweather talks about his dream home
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grEEn                                EYEs On                                      corporate design agency addison and
                                                                                  then as a co-founder of browns, had
initiativE                           tHE PriZE                                    recently set up on his own, using the
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                                                                                  pitched for the book, making the
                                                                                  Estate his very first client. a couple
several years ago, in order to       The man behind the Marylebone Journal’s      of years earlier, in 2004, i had been
introduce some greenery into         design and the Howard de Walden Estate’s     lucky enough to be offered the task
our urban environment, the           corporate identity has been named Designer   of reinventing the then dormant
Estate introduced hanging            of the Year by his peers in the publishing   Marylebone Journal after the Estate
baskets to several of the streets    world. This esteemed Journal’s editor,       conducted a search of London’s
in the area. We were pleased         Mark Riddaway, explains why                  journalism colleges, looking for a
to see that some years later                                                      new editor. i was asked to edit the
the Marylebone High street           it was a very proud moment for               Marylebone village book as an
ward allocated some budget           all of us involved with the Journal          extension of my work on the Journal.
to extending the provision of        when our friend and colleague                    “Working on the book was a really
hanging baskets. this theme          Mike turner, who also happens to             enjoyable experience,” says Mike.
continues in the work of             be the man behind the Howard                 “getting to know the area was great
WiW tree Planting initiative,        de Walden Estate’s branding, was             fun and a real pleasure, and it soon
which we have been pleased           named Designer of the Year at the            became clear that the raw materials
to support. their work in            independent Publisher awards back            we would be working on – the
promoting the planting of trees      in December – the Oscars for our             possibilities for great photography
has enhanced the attractiveness      industry. after seeing the award for         and writing – could hardly be any
of the area. they are featured in    which i had been shortlisted – Editor        better. Jenny and her team at the
the space section of the Journal.    of the Year – being scandalously             Estate knew what they wanted to
    One of the pleasures of my       carried off by the top man at some           achieve, but they were also open to
job is that i have a valid excuse    kind of hedge fund magazine, i was           new ideas, so it was a very creative
to try out the area’s many           able to summon up just enough                experience. the key thing was how
restaurants.My experience            magnanimity to choke out my                  passionate they were about the project
with local restaurants has been      congratulations to Mike before               and about what they are doing in
limited to that of a satisfied        heading off to howl in agony and             Marylebone, so they were determined
customer, so the article on a day    confusion at passing strangers. i’m          to make it work.”
working in the kitchens of Café      OK now. as i keep reminding Mike,                after the book, Mike was asked to
Luc serves as an interesting         it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the   come up with a new brand identity for
reminder of the work that goes       taking part. Winning just cheapens           the Estate, which despite its admirable
on behind the scenes.                the experience. i’m something of a           reputation for its work in Marylebone
    We also feature a new            Corinthian in that respect.                  had never previously been particularly
exhibition by simeon stafford            i first came across Mike in 2006          active in developing and promoting its
at thompson’s gallery. John          when we were both commissioned               branding. “i would get off the train at
thompson has been a regular          by the Howard de Walden Estate’s             Charing Cross,” says Mike,” then walk
supporter of Marylebone over         creative director Jenny Edwards              up regent street, which was plastered
the years, including running         to work on a coffee table book               in the regent street branding, past
the highly successful Howard         documenting a year in the life of the        Carnaby street, which has an equally
de Walden art Prize, in which        Estate, and our subsequent working           strong identity, then cross the chaos of
artists were invited to produce      relationship has been a very fruitful        Oxford street. i arrived in this lovely,
two pieces of art on some            one. both of us began this stage of          calm, beautiful area that looked and
aspect of life in Marylebone.        our careers as beneficiaries of the           felt so completely different, but you
the gallery is well worth a visit.   Estate’s admirable proclivity for            never quite got that sense of why. by
                                     working with small, independent              building a strong identity for the Estate,
Toby Shannon, chief executive,       suppliers. Mike, who had made his            and having that identity prominently
The Howard de Walden Estate          name first as creative director at            displayed on hoardings and posters, we
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hoped that more people would begin          would be impossible to sum it all up in     we had been given by the Estate. it
to understand that this area is the         a logo,” says Mike.                         was Mike who, two years ago, created
Howard de Walden Estate, and that’s            Mike is now responsible each year        the new design template for this very
why it feels like it does.”                 for producing the much admired              Journal, which has proved such a great
    the challenge was to modernise          branding and marketing materials            success – the classy, sophisticated
the institution’s identity while            for the Marylebone village summer           feel of the publication is typical of
respecting its history and traditions.      fayre and the Christmas Lights              his approach. We now work together
the result, like much of Mike’s work,       event, thereby guaranteeing a               on a range of different magazines,
was striking in its simplicity and clean    significant involvement in the area’s        websites and corporate branding jobs,
lines. “the use of a very strong, very      two biggest days of revelry. this,          and his work with us has been more
simple logo and a pallet of just black      as anyone who has ever met this             than deserving of the recognition
and white came from the fact that the       gregarious graphic designer will            that is now being directed his way
Estate brings its own colour. the area      attest, is a very suitable fit.              from within our industry. next time
is so diverse and so rich in tone that it      Having enjoyed working together          you see a summer fayre Poster or a
                                            on the book, i began to commission          Christmas Lights postcard or the logo
LINKS                                       Mike to work on projects for the            of the Howard de Walden Estate, you
                                            growing magazine publishing                 can think to yourself, Oh look, it’s the
Mike Turner                                 business that my Marylebone Journal         designer of the year. and this non-                              colleagues and i had been able to           award winning editor is actually really
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Agatha Kalisperas is the director of        and in the evening. We have 350
The Hellenic Centre on Paddington Street.   students, and the last time I counted
She lives in Hampstead Village and          there were 38 different nationalities
is also a magistrate                        learning Greek here.
                                               The centre does not belong to
I was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, but left     any government, something we
at the age of 17 to study architecture in   are very proud of. The centre was
Athens. I got engaged very young and        set up by private donations, so we
came to England in the late 1960s,          don’t depend on governments to tell
so I have been in London most of my         us what to do. But this does mean
life – although I still have an accent.     that we have to raise money. We do        in the shops. I do my food shopping
I studied psychology at London              this by hiring out our facilities for     at Waitrose and buy my clothes in
University and then did a masters           conferences during the day. And at        Marylebone. I live on my own up in
degree in management at Surrey              Christmas time companies can have         Hampstead Village, which is a lovely
University. A single mother bringing        their parties here.                       area, but I’m hardly there. I spend one
up two sons, I ran a private hostel for        We are really pleased to host the      quarter of the day at home sleeping
female university students and then         Howard de Walden Estate Christmas         – the rest of the time I’m here.
I had a small property company.             party. The Estate has performed              I’ve been a magistrate since
    In 1996 The Hellenic Centre             miracles. In 1997 this area wasn’t half   1995, sitting at Highbury Corner
rang to ask if I could take over, just      as nice as it is today – they have made   Magistrates’ Court. I felt that because
to help them for six months because         amazing improvements. And through         this country accepted me, I should give
the director had left. A friend of          them people get to know us, because       something back. It’s a voluntary job
mine advised me not to, saying that         when I first came to the centre people     – nobody forces you. For the first six
it would be very difficult, but I like a     were sometimes afraid to come in.         months I wondered why on earth
challenge. That was in January 1997         They thought: “What is this? Is it for    I decided to do it. I was very depressed,
– and I’m still here.                       members only?” I want to tell people      but then you realise that you only see
    The centre was established in 1994      that the centre is open to everybody.     a small percentage of society. And you
to provide a focus for the Hellenic         We are part of the community.             feel that you’re helping them, because
community based in the UK and                  My role is extremely demanding.        you’re not only sending people to
to promote Hellenic culture. We             I’m usually here from 8am until late,     prison, you’re also sending them to
host many lectures and exhibitions.         and I also work many weekends.            have treatment for alcohol and drug
English people love Greece and its          I have to supervise everything and        abuse. Most of the crime is drug
ancient history, and 95 per cent of our     deal with the accounts and the            related, and most of the violence is
lectures are in English. We are not         budget. I have a small, hardworking       alcohol related, so our role is not only
just for Greeks – we are for everybody.     team and we are very hands-on.            to punish people, but to help them.
We have a wonderful Steinway piano          For example, if the cleaner doesn’t          If I have the time, I like the theatre
and host many concerts. Most of our         turn up you still have to ensure that     and the opera. Or I see my children
events are free of charge and in times      the centre is clean. I’m not the type     and my grandchildren. The Hellenic
of financial difficulty it is important       who says: “I’m the director. You do       Centre’s trustees told me not to work
that people have a place to go and          everything.” If you don’t do things       so many hours. But I enjoy my job
still have access to culture. There’s       yourself then you can’t expect your       very much, even though it is very
a lot of culture in London, but you         colleagues to do them. I feel very        demanding. There are deadlines
usually have to pay.                        strongly about that.                      every day. We are a very busy place.
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In an urban village of sophisticated gastronomes, Jean-Paul Aubin-Parvu is a bewildered,
food-phobic outcast. Could a stint as a commis chef in the kitchen of Cafe Luc, under the
watchful eye of head chef David Collard, help drag him into the Marylebone mainstream?
Marylebone has two gangs. The              commis chef is definitely open to all         to the eggs, plus a pinch of salt and
Gastronomes are the kings of the           comers. I desperately look around for        several tablespoons of extra virgin
playground. Every Sunday they steam        someone I can kick, but the kitchen          olive oil. I go to work with the whisk.
through the farmers’ market, making        porter is in far better shape than me.          Chef then switches on the mixer
the kind of offers that traders would      So I’ll just stand still.                    and watches me gradually pour the
be unwise to refuse. The Gastronomes          David’s team are busy at their            eggs into the flour, just enough to
know what they like and where to find       various stations, doing all sorts of         achieve the perfect consistency and
it. They speak their own language,         things to all sorts of ingredients.          elasticity. “We don’t want the dough
a slang of souffle, truffle oil and pan      All preparation must be finished              to be too wet,” says David. And the
fried asparagus. Behind closed doors       before the first lunchtime order              second I finish kneading the dough
they throw lavish dinner parties, swish    arrives. I expect to be asked to peel a      he wraps it in clingfilm – air is no
interesting wines and vociferously         ton of carrots, thus allowing the head       friend to pasta – and places it into
debate the latest restaurant openings.     chef to get on with running his kitchen,     the fridge to rest for 20 minutes.
The Gastronomes wear aprons, wield         but that’s just not David Collard’s style.      But instead of taking an official
Nakiri vegetable knives and can fillet      So together we will prepare his latest       union tea break, David and I start
a fish in less than 30 seconds. And you     creation, a starter of crab and salmon       preparing the garnish. Chef slices away
are probably one of them.                  ravioli with lemongrass and ginger.          the skin from a pink grapefruit and
    The other gang doesn’t have a             David strides over to his tiny office      demonstrates how to delicately cut
name and only boasts one member            area. Running his index finger along          out small segments, which then need
– me. I sit alone at one end of the        a row of ring binders, he eventually         to be brunoise. I’m sure they do, except
seesaw, the last man in town who           stops on the one containing this             I haven’t a clue what this actually
knows nothing about food. Scared to        recipe. David keeps a vast collection        means. “Finely diced,” whispers David,
show my face at the farmers’ market,       of his own recipes. “You want                not wishing to advertise my ignorance
I am baffled by just the concept of         consistency every time,” he explains.        to the rest of the kitchen.
confit. I once hosted a barbecue,           “The sauce has to be the same                   To julienne fresh ginger into
where instead of impressing the girl       everyday. The garnish must be cut            perfectly thin strips David uses the
of my dreams I poisoned her with           in the same way – everything.”               fingers of his left hand to control
my experimental flash fry chicken              We start with the saffron ravioli         the passage of the knife across the
a la ketchup. She spent the next week      pasta. David places a horde of big           ginger. Though these fingers are
on her back – and not in a good way.       kitchen knives onto a metal bench            perilously close to the blade, chef
I have never cooked for anyone since.      and begins to sharpen one. This              manages to move the knife in a blur.
    Until today that is. I’m standing in   prompts my high pitched enquiry as           I adopt a more tortoise approach,
the kitchen beneath Cafe Luc with          to whether he is one of those highly         yet only four of my ginger strips pass
head chef David Collard. It’s 9:30am,      volatile chefs you hear about. “We all       the garnish test. The remainder
and I’m about to make my debut             have different moods,” answers David,        resemble fat chips, which will have to
as a commis chef. According to my          cryptically. “It just depends on the day.    content themselves with becoming
brother-in-law, an authority on all        But no, I try to be a nice person.”          part of the sauce.
things Masterchef, a commis chef is           To make the pasta dough I first               The sauce I speak of needs
the lowest of the low in the kitchen       weigh out 250g of flour and pour it           shallots, ginger and lemongrass.
hierarchy. Apparently the head chef        into the mixer. Then into a separate         David and I chop the above before
may kick his sous chef whenever the        bowl go three egg yolks and one              heading over to one of the cookers.
fancy takes him, who in turn can kick      whole egg – and no shell. David              On the boil is a huge cauldron full
the fish chef, grill chef or vegetable      has had saffron infusing in water            of a dark, bubbling liquid. Though
chef. I can’t remember who is entitled     overnight, and gets me to add three          not strictly any of my business I can’t
to kick the pastry chef, but the           tablespoons of the golden liquid             resist a quick peek. All sorts of meaty
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looking things bob on the surface          your life?” chats. But David was none
– hopefully not all that remains of        the less determined to rise to the top
the last commis chef.                      of the profession.
    David puts a pan onto the heat and         He began his career in the kitchens
adds 100g of butter to the pan, purely     of several Michelin starred restaurants
for taste reasons. Soon it’s the turn      in Paris, including Joël Robuchon’s
of the shallots, ginger, lemongrass,       Restaurant Jamin. Then in 1993, he
a pinch of salt and some coriander         came to the UK to work as sous chef
seeds. I pour in a lobster stock which     for Michael Caines at the Gidleigh
David has prepared in advance. We          Park hotel in Devon, before moving
leave the sauce to simmer.                 to London to work alongside Gordon
    Still no sign of a tea break. Our      Ramsay and Marcus Wareing at Petrus.
ginger julienne has to be blanched         It was hard work. “I used to arrive at six
three times to reduce its intensity.       o’clock in the morning and not leave
While the ginger heats in a pan of         until one, two o’clock the following
water, David’s eyes scan his kitchen,      morning,” he recalls. “Taking 20
checking that everything is running        minute breaks and drinking loads of
like clockwork. I suspect he might         coffee – the pressure was so intense.
be an excellent chess player, because      But if you want to be one of the best
he’s always several moves ahead.           chefs then you have to sacrifice yourself
    During the second blanching            for a few years and really push yourself
I also take a moment to study              to the limit.”
David’s troops. Everyone is working            His first position as head chef was
flat out, but there is none of the          at Fleur at St James, followed by three
Shakespearean tension, drama and           and a half years at the Langham
unhinged ego that I’d expected to          Hotel and a lengthy period at The
encounter. While David demands the         Wallace Collection. David has been
highest standards from his team, he        head chef at Cafe Luc since it opened
prefers the magic to be conjured up        its doors in June 2010.
in a friendly atmosphere. Cafe Luc             Cafe Luc presents itself as a
is the sort of place that could give       European Grand Cafe. The food may
kitchens a good name.                      be French and Belgian at heart, but the
    It’s like the United Nations down      influences also lap at Mediterranean
here. Behind the French head chef          shores. David’s menu offers everything
is a Malaysian chap who previously         from unabashed comfort food right
worked for David at the Langham            up to the level of sophistication you’d      I am treated to several
Hotel. The sous chef is as English         expect at a far pricier establishment.       glasses of champagne
as the pastry chef is Belgian, while       With dishes such as the steak tartare
others originate from Poland and           fast becoming the talk of the town, no
                                                                                        followed by a sumptuous
Italy. Just then an attractive blonde      wonder Cafe Luc has so many regulars.        lunch. I wonder if every
girl walks into the kitchen.                   Suddenly my nostrils detect a            commis chef gets such
    While the ginger julienne is treated   strange smell. Oh God, I’ve burnt            royal treatment on their
to a third and final blanching, I watch     the bloody ginger. This is it! Turning
David fix a manual pasta rolling            to face David, I brace myself for a          first day in the job
machine to the bench and begin             justifiable tirade of Gallic abuse. But
the process of rolling out the dough.      the noble Frenchman smiles warmly
When it reaches the desired thickness      and then politely asks one of his chefs
I use a round metal cutter to produce      to blanch some more ginger.
several large ravioli disks.                   David fetches a tray from the            LINKS
    David hails from Reims in the          fridge, on which are a dozen gooey
Champagne region of France.                balls – the salmon and crab mix that         Cafe Luc
The son of a famous butcher, he only       will fill the ravioli. Chef produced          50 Marylebone High Street
decided he wanted to become a chef         them just before my arrival. “For            020 7258 9878
after dad cornered him for one of          the mix I basically made a scallop 
those “what are you going to do with       mousse in a food processor with a
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bit of double cream and a pinch of         away. Chef picks up a spoon, tastes       adding the blanched ginger julienne
salt,” he explains. “I added crab meat     the sauce and ponders for a moment.       garnish and a few delicate cuttings
and diced salmon, and then mixed           I notice a slight crease form over his    of dill. “And if you want to be super
it all together with a bit of chopped      left eye. He reaches for half a lemon,    extravagant you drizzle on a little bit
coriander and chopped dill. A touch        squeezes a little juice into the sauce    of chilli oil,” says David, doing exactly
of lemon juice, and that’s it.”            and passes me a spoon. “Let me know       that. His finished dish is a work of art.
    David brushes the circumference        what you think,” he says. This proves         David eyes the clock. It is
of one of the ravioli disks with a         impossible. The sauce is so good that     dangerously close to midday. Service
mixture of egg yolk and water. He          words actually fail me, and all I can     is about to begin, with today’s lunch
places a ball of the crab and salmon       manage is an enthusiastic thumbs          bookings including a function for 35
onto the centre of the ravioli and         up. David passes the sauce through        people. In a few minutes the first of
covers it with a second disk, then         a chinois – a fine mesh sieve – before     many orders will flood the kitchen.
gently seals the edges of the two disks    nipping off to check on the pak choi      From then on the team will launch into
with his fingers, before inviting me        that he’s been secretly cooking in        overdrive to ensure that a great many
to create a second ravioli. We blanch      vegetable stock, ginger, lemongrass       things happen at once – and on time.
our ravioli for one minute in a pan        and lemon zest.                               This will certainly be no place
of water, olive oil and a pinch of salt.      It’s time to plate up. I decide        for the likes of me. My shift at an end,
This doesn’t cook the ravioli through      to allow David this honour. The           I hang up my apron and make my
but ensures they seal perfectly, before    warmed plate is embossed with the         way upstairs to the restaurant.
being put into the fridge. This means      words “Cafe Luc” and “Marylebone          There I am treated to several
that when chef receives an order for       London” – no doubt a precaution           glasses of champagne followed by
ravioli he can simply remove one           should David’s food prove so              a sumptuous lunch enjoyed in the
from the fridge and blanch it for a        delicious that his customers forget       charming company of Cafe Luc’s
further five minutes.                       where they are. Chef arranges pak         directors, Julie van Oostende and
    David decides to pretend that an       choi in the centre of the plate. After    Laurent Vercauteren Drubbel. I
order has come through. He sets the        scattering a few diced grapefruit         wonder if every commis chef gets
timer for five minutes and begins to        segments around and about, he then        such royal treatment on their first
blanch one of the saffron coloured         very carefully places one large ravioli   day in the job. I expect they do – it’s
ravioli. Our attention now turns to        on top of the pak choi. He then           probably a European Union working
the sauce which has been simmering         spoons on some of the sauce before        practice directive.

                                         BIG INTERVIEW

                                         BBC London presenter JoAnne Good talks to Viel Richardson
                                         about dogs, Marylebone eccentrics and why being dumped
                                         from her breakfast show turned out to be a stroke of luck
JoAnne Good is a busy woman.             show with her pet bulldog Mathilda.        would sit in the cafes after their shows
On Sundays to Thursdays between          All of this follows an acting career       watching people walking by, and
10pm and 2am she takes to the            that included stage, screen and            chatting. It was brilliant.”
airwaves as the host of the Late Night   television roles and still throws up the      Jo had moved back to London
show, where a motley collection          occasional part.                           from Brighton and was living with
of entertaining, controversial and           But the main focus of Jo’s             friends in Battersea. She remembers
downright disorderly guests gather       working life is the radio, the studios     there being a lovely feeling of a
to set the world to rights for BBC       for which are based at Portman             village when coming to work and
London listeners. On Saturdays she       Square – handy, as Jo lives just off       she liked the sense that the high
presents the equally lively Breakfast    Marylebone High Street, a stone’s          street was bustling but not horribly
show with Simon Lederman, leaving        throw away from work. In fact work         crowded. She also recalls a feeling
Jo’s weekly ‘night off’ as Friday        is what brought her here in the            of space enhanced by Regent’s Park
– not traditionally known as a low       first place. “I was working for BBC         and she just loved it. And then there
key, restful, put your feet up kind      London in Marylebone High Street,          were the clothes shops. Jo knew that
of night. When not presenting, she       and it made me feel happy every time       she needed to buy a place in London
occasionally reports for BBC current     I came here,” says Jo, as she passes me    and now she knew where she wanted
affairs shows such as Inside Out and     a huge mug of coffee in her small but      to be. At first she thought that it
can also be seen as a guest on various   beautifully formed Marylebone flat.         would be out of the question, but
chat shows. She has even found           “We all loved working down here; it        a bit of luck some hard work and a
time to co-star in an upcoming TV        was like one big playpen. Everyone         bout of pretty intense negotiating


                                                                                       But the journey to Marylebone
                                                                                   was not always a smooth one. It was
                                                                                   a particularly low point in Jo’s acting
                                                                                   career that set her on the road to radio.
                                                                                   “I had moved down to Brighton in the
                                                                                   90s and work was beginning to dry up.
                                                                                   I was doing the obligatory – The Bill,
                                                                                   Casualty, Holby City appearances once
                                                                                   every six months – but it was hardly
                                                                                   enough to keep me in tights.
                                                                                   I was a very pretty young actress and
                                                                                   was often employed as a ‘dolly bird’.
                                                                                   We were literally employed for a show
                                                                                   and told, ‘Just go along and be a dolly
                                                                                   bird.’ But in this business there is always
                                                                                   a younger blonder person around the
                                                                                   corner. You go from the dolly bird to
                                                                                   playing married women, then from
                                                                                   the wife to cameo roles like ‘old bag’.
                                                                                   There was nothing happening for me.
                                                                                   Then BBC Southern Counties radio
                                                                                   asked me to do a paper review on
                                                                                   their breakfast show. After that they
                                                                                   kept asking me back, and eventually
                                                                                   I ended up presenting it. That was
                                                                                   how I got into radio – I kind of fell
                                                                                   into it. Also, radio is so organic, the
                                                                                   only time something matters is when
                                                                                   you are saying it, and the next show is
                                                                                   completely different, and I love that.
                                                                                   I just love the spontaneity of radio.
                                                                                   Finding out that I was valued as a
                                                                                   presenter by the BBC still ranks as
                                                                                   the highlight of my career.”
                                                                                       Jo then spent over a decade
later she was the proud owner of a     wonderful area. Once you’ve lived           presenting the show and garnering
one bedroom flat in the centre of her   here you cannot live anywhere else.         awards before being offered the
favourite part of town.                There are loads of people who have          chance to return to London, which
   When I ask what in particular       been here for years like the man who        she leapt at. After a brief stint on
attracts her to the area, her answer   owns an art shop I sometimes go in,         an evening show, Jo took over the
comes back almost before the last      or people I meet walking my dog.            Radio London Breakfast show from
word of the question has faded into    Getting their take on people like me        Danny Baker and for the next six
the ether. “I love the people here,”   coming in is really interesting. They       years entertained both herself and
she exclaims with genuine delight.     see the pop stars and all the celebrities   much of London with her lively
“There is a woman who lives nearby     come in, Barbara Windsor lives down         and irreverent style. More awards
called Professor Cotton who went       the road, Dale Winton is around the         followed and all seemed well when,
to school with Aldous Huxley.          corner. You can see the old timers          out of the blue, Jo was hit by a
Her parents were doctors based in      watching the incomers. It all makes         bombshell. She was being replaced.
Harley Street so Marylebone was        for a wonderful atmosphere. I have a        Gaby Roslin was being given her slot
her playground. She is wonderful,      friend who makes bunting and I help         on the flagship show.
an absolute eccentric. And there are   her with her stall at the Cabbages &            “I haven’t talked about this in
many others like her who have never    Frocks market on Saturdays, and you         an interview before, but losing
left, and are still here clinging on   could be at any village fete. All the       the breakfast show, which I was
to their Jaeger coats. Many are not    locals who you see around the week          presenting with Paul Ross, was
affluent, but they come from this       are there.”                                 one the worst experiences I can
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remember. It was absolutely                everything else that I have done.
mind blowing because I couldn’t            I produce the show, so I decide who
understand why. We had never lost          comes on. I know what is out there,
our audience, the reaction to the          I know who interests me, and so
show was still great. To be frank, part    I can call on everything I have been
of me still doesn’t fully understand       through and all the people I have
why that decision was made.”               met. Anyone I meet in life, like my
    During her short spell on the          builder who worked on this flat,
evening show after returning to            I can just say, ‘Come on the show.’
London, Jo had performed extremely         Literally anyone I find interesting
well, attracting a growing audience,       can come on the show. The funny            Losing the breakfast show
so when Gaby Roslin was handed the         thing is, I would never do breakfast       was one the worst experiences
breakfast show, Jo’s bosses offered to     again, I just love doing the late show.
return her to the late slot, saying she    So it has worked out well, but I was
                                                                                      I can remember. It was
could do whatever she wanted on it, as     bruised in the process.”                   absolutely mind blowing
long as she didn’t offend. When I ask          Through the radio shows, new           because I couldn’t understand
if such an unusual amount of freedom       opportunities have began to arise          why. But the funny thing is,
might be a quid pro quo for being          and Jo is finding herself back in
replaced by “the other blonde”, there      demand on television. “I have just         I would never do breakfast
is a pause, one of the few in the entire   finished a ‘dogumentary’ coming out         again – I just love doing
interview. “I think the real hurt          this year about life seen through the      the late show
came from feeling initially that my        eyes of dogs. My dog Mathilda and
integrity and abilities as a broadcaster   her best friend Molly are the dogs
were being questioned,” she says.          who link the whole series. But there
“The thing that got me at the time is      are others. There is a camera on the
that London is my playground.              dog and one on the owner so the
I have lived in every part of London,      dogs get just as much screen time.
I walk around the city, I spend all my     It was hysterical to film and they
time talking to people here, so as a       voiced Mathilda as Josie from Big
London breakfast presenter I had           Brother. That’s out in the spring. It is
total relevance. But I am also very        a light hearted look at a dog’s world.”
outspoken, and opinionated, and                Her involvement reflects a love of
there are certain things that I would      dogs that is also quite apparent when
say that you probably don’t want to        Jo is on air. “Every Thursday we have
hear on a breakfast show. At the time      a slot called Barking At The Moon
my boss said my style was more suited      which is the only dog friendly radio       are allowed to have dogs. So he came
to a late night show, but for me the       show in the world. We have academics       on my show and talked about his dog
decision was devastating. On the radio     on with their dogs, we have people         a lot, but I also did it to highlight that
all you are offering is yourself, so to    like Cath Kidstone and Brian Sewell.       this is a great charity that will support
be replaced when the show was going        Bryan Adams came on but only to            dogs and also to say, ‘All of you lot in
well, I was gutted.”                       talk about his dog, which was fine by       Marylebone give to this man because
    Then as suddenly as it had             me. We used to have all the dogs in        he is a really nice bloke.’ He told
appeared, the furrowed brow is gone,       but the BBC have now banned them           me it’s been brilliant since the show.
and the usual wide smile returns.          from the studio. Someone was allergic      All the women on the high street say
“But the boss must have known what         so Health and Safety has destroyed         hello, some have even offered to look
he was doing because I love what           something yet again.”                      after the dog on a Saturday night if
I am doing now. It makes sense of              As she continues, Jo tells a story     he wants to go somewhere where the
                                           that brings us back to Marylebone          dog is not welcome. Can you believe
LINKS                                      again and beautifully illustrates why      that? That is something I really love
                                           she and so many others fall in love        about Marylebone. You would think
JoAnne Good                                with the area. “There is this Big Issue    that these people were judgemental,                           seller on Marylebone High Street.          but they are not judging him at all.
                                           I had him on the show because he           They are really very compassionate,
                                           has a dog and stays at St Mungo’s, one     the people who live here. It really is
                                           of the few places where the homeless       quite wonderful.”


Marylebone residents and highly acclaimed actors Felicity Dean and Jos Vantyler are currently
touring together in a two-person play, Swimming At The Ritz, which brings to life the lonely
last days of Pamela Churchill Harriman – daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill, social
climber, political operator and the most famous courtesan of the 20th century
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The pair of you first performed Swimming      funny – it feeds and informs your            but she was close friends with Wallis
At The Ritz together two years ago. How      timing and delivery.                         Simpson, who taught her a thing
have you come to be taking it on tour now?   FD: Personally, I think it’s a brilliant     or two. Then she became a famous
Felicity Dean: We first worked on the         play for a recession. It’s funny and         wartime hostess, married to Randolph
play at the Eastbourne New Vic for a         it’s short and it’s about sex, money,        Churchill, then an international
festival of new writing that’s held there    power, greed. What else could you            jetsetter and femme fatale, then a
every year. The writer, Charles Leipart,     possibly want?                               starmaker’s wife in New York, then a
sent the play to the director David Giles    JV: It’s very decorative to look at; very    Washington consort, then ambassador
and suggested that Jos and I have a look     opulent. Pamela Churchill Harriman           to Paris, and every time she changed
at it. It was about 300 pages long. David    is the US ambassador to France               roles she reinvented herself, learned
took it, worked with it, cut page after      and she’s almost Thatcher-esque, with        from her man, played his foil.
page, made it perfectly compact, not         the hair and the suit, but incredibly        JV: She really was a courtesan.
a line wasted, then we put it on for five     sexual with it – she talks about the         Her life was a career, right to the end.
shows at the festival. The reason it got     men she’s slept with and the tricks          She plotted everything, planned
another life is…                             she’s learnt, and power and politics and     everything. She found what she
Jos Vantyler: We got brilliant               Bill Clinton. And it’s all true.             was good at, then fine-tuned it.
reviews! It just really took off at the                                                   She became one of the greatest
festival. The other plays were all very      So she was quite a character then?           hostesses in America.
serious – a play set in Israel, a play       FD: She was an amazing woman.                FD: Her list of men is like a who’s
about dementia, and then in the              My parents and their friends knew her        who. She was madly in love with
middle there was our very jolly little       from the gossip columns and because          Edward R Murrow – he was going
play. It’s very funny, very political. We    she married Winston Churchill’s son,         to marry her, then his wife got
got these great reviews, four stars, five     so they were quite shocked to discover       pregnant. He sent her a telegram
stars, “a towering performance from          this other side to her.                      saying: “Casey wins.” That was the
Felicity Dean”, all that. A Broadway         JV: And people who knew the other            name of his child. She was a love
producer, Chase Mishkin, read the            side of her were shocked when she            rival to Rita Hayworth – she was
reviews, saw how well it sold, and           was made ambassador to France. You           with Prince Ali Khan before Rita
offered to do a tour, so now we’re           wonder how the hell she pulled it off.       Hayworth. They were at a party and
back with it.                                I mean, she got a state funeral! The         Rita Hayworth was there. Ali turns
                                             woman was a complete monster!                round and says, “My God, who is
What was the secret to its success?          FD: She was incredibly single                that?” That’s when Pamela knew it
JV: Obviously it was a fantastic script,     minded, revoltingly ambitious, and           was over, but she just walked away,
but it also helped that it was on for        she was one of the most calculating          jammed her fingernails into the
over a month, but with only a handful        people you could ever imagine.               palms of her hands, and looked for
of performances, so we had quite big         JV: But that’s what makes her so             the next one. She wasn’t going to sit at
gaps between shows. Within those             perfect for a play. Would you really         home crying, waiting for him to ring.
gaps we were able to rework it, get it       want to spend an evening watching            She moved on, met Gianni Agnelli.
perfect. Often with a new play like          a play about Florence Nightingale?           He bought her an apartment in Paris,
this, you start it on Monday, finish on       Boring. Get off. You could have a            bought her a Bentley, opened an
Friday and it’s on the Friday that you       wonderful one act play about Mother          account at Dior, paid all her bills.
suddenly work out what you should            Theresa, but you’re not going to wet         JV: When she married Averell
have done.                                   yourself laughing are you?                   Harriman, a railroad millionaire,
FD: We had the time to reflect                                                             she finally struck gold. He left her
back, and see what the audience              So how did Pamela come to be the US          everything.
gave us. We realised that what they          ambassador, living out her final days in      FD: Apart from any friends. She died
loved, which we hadn’t realised              the Paris Ritz while her stepchildren sued   alone. The poignant thing about this
in rehearsals, is just how funny it          her over their inheritance?                  play is that her companion at the end
is. It’s only when you get in front          FD: She had about six incarnations.          is her Italian valet, Pietro. With a lot
of an audience, and have their               She started as an English debutante          of very, very rich people, in the end
participation, that you realise what’s       – chubby, red haired and round faced,        their closest friends are their staff.
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                                           there’s so much information for             You had worked together before. Did you
                                           you, but on the other hand you’re           get on well?
                                           working from a script, so you have to       JV: We had previously spent three
                                           put all that away and make your own         weeks working together on a bawdy
                                           interpretation from the lines that          comedy in Southwark, at the Jerwood
                                           have been written for her. I looked         Space. We got on great, got loads of
                                           at some great CBS interviews and            laughs, so we were excited to work
                                           documentary footage, but it’s all so        together again.
                                           stiff and controlled, it’s hard to see      FD: It helps that the whole experience
                                           the private person underneath.              of putting the play on was so enjoyable.
Pamela Churchill Harriman                                                              It is great fun having the freedom to
is the US ambassador to                    Does Felicity manage to make a convincing   do something like this without the
                                           75-year-old?                                pressure of starting it in London.
France and she’s almost                    JV: When Pamela was 70 she had a            If you’re opening a new play in town,
Thatcher-esque, with the                   face that looked 50.                        the pressure on the director, the
hair and the suit, but                     FD: She’d had this massive face lift,       writer, the producer, is awful.
incredibly sexual with it                  and I haven’t.                              I remember working at the National,
                                           JV: They spent hours on the hair and        rehearsing three new plays by Tom
– she talks about the men                  the clothing. Pamela had this kind of       Stoppard, called Utopia. You had
she’s slept with and the tricks            armour – the face, the hair, the suits,     Trevor Nunn’s table, Tom Stoppard’s
she’s learnt, and power and                the shoes, the pose. It’s like Margaret     table, their assistants, loads of
politics and Bill Clinton.                 Thatcher: “My hair won’t blow in            important people coming in and out,
                                           the wind.”                                  you were working in an environment
And it’s all true                                                                      that was brilliant but very high
                                           It’s a two person play. How was that?       pressure from the start. To be away
                                           FD: We share the same dressing              from that, with David Giles, who is
                                           room.                                       sadly no longer with us, was just lovely.
                                           JV: If we go somewhere with two             He was in his 80s. He’d got to the stage
                                           rooms, we’ll decamp to one of them.         in his life where he understood the
                                           FD: We make it into a party every           value of creative freedom. And now we
It’s very sad. She confides in Pietro,      night. We have a really good time.          know the play works and we have the
then she dies in a swimming pool.          It’s the kind of play that’s light and      confidence to bring it to more people.
                                           funny, so we have to generate that
How does Pietro see her?                   energy, that fun.                           Did you know from the start that it was
JV: He has a healthy contempt for the      JV: We’re basically preparing for an        going to be a hit?
rich, and he’s seen her type before        hour and half together before we go         JV: Not at all. On the first night in
but never with the intimacy that they      on, getting ourselves hyped up.             Eastbourne, we were the last play to
share. She brings him in and talks         FD: He works on my wig a lot. We’re         go on, and still then we didn’t know
to him and they act things out             into our roles. We try to get into it       if it was funny or not.
together. He’s kind of fond of her,        early so that once we’re on it’s sparky.    FD: I kept saying to Jos, “God, I wish
and he thinks that she’ll tip well.                                                    I was in that dementia play.”
Which she doesn’t.                         LINKS                                       JV: With a serious thing, you know
FD: She makes him do things.                                                           it’s serious. It’s about dementia
It’s all quite sado-masochistic.           Swimming At The Ritz                        – it’s horrific. You know what the
“Go out, come back, tidy this, do          14 – 16 March                               audience reaction will be. When
that.” She makes him dance with            Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne         you do something that’s funny, you
her and listen to her stories. He’s the                    don’t know if it actually is funny until
only person who’s there, who’s real                                                    people start laughing. I was waiting
– everyone else is just talked about.      30 – 31 March                               to come on behind the screen and
                                           Greenwich Theatre, London                   Felicity was on the stage doing her
Did you study her closely to help create                     first big address, and when that first
the character?                             1 – 2 April                                 roar of laughter rocketed up and I
FD: I read two very good biographies       Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford            knew it had worked, it was like a huge
of her. For an actor playing a real                         burden lifting. After that, we loved
person it’s a fantastic gift because                                                   every single minute.

                                       CULTURE: IN BRIEF

                                                                                 Dr Christoph Vogtherr has been
                                                                                 appointed as the next director of
                                                                                 the Wallace Collection, starting
                                                                                 when Dame Rosalind Savill
                                                                                 retires in October.

                                                                                 Dr Vogtherr is a specialist in
                                                                                 18th-century French painting. In
                                                                                 1997 he became curator of French
                                                                                 and Italian paintings at the
                                                                                 Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und
                                                                                 Gärten (Foundation of Prussian
                                                                                 Palaces and Gardens) in Potsdam
                                                                                 and Berlin, where he curated
                                                                                 exhibitions on Chardin, Pater
                                                                                 and the patronage of the Prussian
GEORGE’S                               The fifth annual Art in Marylebone
                                       exhibition takes place from Thursday
                                                                                 royal house and initiated an
                                                                                 interdisciplinary research project
MARVELLOUS                             16th to Sunday 19th June, and for the
                                       third year running will be held at the
                                                                                 on French paintings in the
                                                                                 collection of Frederick II. He has
COMPETITION                            American InterContinental University
                                       on Marylebone High Street. Any artist
                                                                                 been curator of pre-1800 pictures
                                                                                 at the Wallace Collection since
                                       living or working in Marylebone is        2007, and was acting head of
                                       invited to submit works for selection.    collections from 2008-10. He
                                           The photographic competition          is the curator of two exhibitions
                                       that featured as part of last year’s      on Watteau which open at the
                                       event, entitled A Day in the Life         Wallace Collection in March.
                                       of Marylebone – St George’s Day,
                                       proved so successful in 2010 that it      Dame Rosalind retires after 19
                                       is now to be an annual happening.         years as director, having helped
                                       The competition is open to all            to transform and enhance the
                                       photographers, both amateur and           beauty of Hertford House. Last
                                       professional. Images must be taken        year marked the 10th anniversary
                                       over the weekend of 23rd-24th April,      of the Centenary Project, which
                                       with up to three shots being submitted    she devised to give 30 per cent
LINKS                                  before midnight on 26th April. The        more visitor space by glazing
                                       images shortlisted for the prize will     the courtyard and excavating
A Day in the Life of Marylebone        be exhibited at AiM and will also be      the basement. These new spaces
Entry closes midnight 26 April         published in a commemorative book.        provide an education studio,
Exhibition: 16 – 19 June                   Last year saw photographers out       extra galleries, a visitors’ library, a                    and about from early morning until        meeting room and a lecture theatre,
American InterContinental University   late at night, getting into every nook    and are crowned by the Wallace
110 Marylebone High Street             and cranny. Shots included panoramic      Restaurant in the elegant and
020 7467 5600                          views across rooftops, street life and    airy courtyard. As director, Dame                        café culture – not to mention the ducks   Rosalind has also overseen the rise
                                       of Regent’s Park.                         of visitor numbers to a record level.
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                                                                                                                      Salix II by Patricia Swannell

Artist Profile


Who is Patricia Swannell?                       the 21st century. While she works in a wide    for The Royal Botanic Garden Kew at
Patricia came to the art world from a           range of media – printmaking, painting,        Wakehurst Place. She has designed a
business background and for many years          glass etching, sculpture and installation      brick and turf maze and a series of small
had developed her interest in art through       – all her work shares this theme.              bronzes, which highlight the conservation
collecting. After working in finance she                                                        work of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.
decided to follow her heart and study art       How did jaggedart come across Patricia?
full time, doing both her BA and MA at City     When we visited Patricia’s degree show,        Tell us about her current exhibition.
and Guilds of London Art School. Four years     we immediately asked her if she would          In Marking Time, which runs from 9th
ago, immediately after her BA, she held her     show at the gallery. Although she had just     February until 5th March, Patricia has
first show at jaggedart with the sculptor        graduated, her work conveyed a serenity        worked with Jude Tucker again on works
Jude Tucker. The show – Flowers From An         and maturity which, as dealers, we do not      inspired by Books of Hours. These devotional
Unknown Tree – involved an installation         always encounter at degree shows. Her          books were popular in the Middle Ages.
based on the 29 trees of Cleaver Square in      work seemed very refined and subtle, and        They led their readers through prayers and
south London. Patricia’s delicate graphite      very much in line with what jaggedart is       meditations, or ‘offices’, linked to the time
drawings matched the current profile and         about. The concept and the form were both      of the day, the week and the season. While
circumference of each tree. At the centre of    poetic and beautiful.                          these offices grew from Christian monastic
each drawing was a seed or cutting from a                                                      practice, they closely reflected the cycles of
tree that represented both the starting point   Why do you like this artist so much?           the natural world. By paying close attention
of the tree and its future. The passage of      Since her initial show, Patricia’s work has    to the rhythms and moods of the passing
time was subtly portrayed through rings of      continued to evolve in technique and           hours, weeks and seasons, Patricia and Jude
writing repeating that tree’s characteristics   ideas, but the underlying concept remains      invoke a contemporary link to these cycles.
– common name, Latin name, location and         true to her ambition of finding fresh ways to
the date – echoing the endless repetition of    focus on the natural world, including prints   Patricia Swannell
the seasons through time.                       reflecting on the ephemeral beauty of the
                                                leaves, branches and feathers collected
Describe her work.                              in her daily walks in the park, or subtle      jaggedart
Patricia’s work focuses on the challenge of     paintings of the changing hours. Her focus     28a Devonshire Street
finding a sustainable relationship with the      on environmental matters is also reflected      020 7486 7374
natural world in the 24/7 urban society of      in her work currently under construction
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Artist Simeon Stafford on his new          with pigtails, as well as this girl doing
exihibition at Thompson’s Gallery          handstands, with a dog that jumps
                                           up on her left hand side. Once, many
“I live in Cornwall and I don’t travel     years ago, my mother told me a story
much, so when I came up to London          about a sister she had who loved doing
two years ago I thought a lot about        handstands at the back of their house.
how I could paint it.                      When I started painting this figure
    You’re probably used to London,        15 years ago, I called her Dot. I didn’t
as you live here all the time, but for     immediately realise who she was, and
me it is fascinating. I got on an open     it took a while for the story to come
top bus – seomthing you’d probably         back to me. When it did, I got my
never do – settled down, took              sister to check our family graveyard
photographs and just watched.              and there was Dot, who died as a
    I don’t really do reality. Once I’d    young girl. Now she’s the
used the photos to get an idea of the      one everyone looks for.
buildings in London, that was it: the          The one time I left all the characters
rest came from me and the painters         out, the art dealer who was collecting
who have influenced me. Lowry has           it asked where they were. When
been a big influence, with his use          I told him they were on a day out in
of crowds, and of stick-like figures        Blackpool, he said: ‘If I come back
against a wide background, but             tomorrow will you paint them back in?’
features like using different coloured         I’m not like a normal painter.            LINKS
strokes for the rain is something I have   After the photos, I’m the type who
done since developing my own style.        sits in a room and paints, without ever       Simeon Stafford
    See the painting of all those          looking out. Actual things are like a         9 – 27 March
umbrellas? It really captured me, that     backdrop onto which I compose. You            Thompson’s Gallery
scene. It fitted with the ‘composition’     know how they say everything in life is       15 New Cavendish Street
person in me – the impulse to include      like a stage? I think that’s how it is with   020 79353595
certain figures. For example, I’m           my paintings. I don’t know what will
well known for painting a small girl       happen or where it will go.”

                                 CULTURE: BOOKS
                                 BOOK OF THE MONTH

                                 We Had It So Good
                                 Linda Grant
                                 Virago, £14.99

                                 Linda Grant is the kind of author          his expulsion they marry, primarily
                                 to restore your faith in the entire        so he can avoid the draft. They stay
                                 concept of literary fiction. Despite        together largely out of the same sense
                                 being shortlisted for almost every         of inertia that initially brought them
                                 prize going, and winning a fair few        together – Andrea wants a marriage,
                                 of them; despite the major questions       and for Stephen, “who wanted the
                                 about identity and culture and change      hassle of finding another chick, when
                                 and choice they tackle; despite            there was one already?” And yet they
                                 attracting descriptions like ‘epic’ and    know each other in the way only long-
                                 ‘masterpiece’, Grant’s novels are still    term couples can, aware they don’t
                                 so criminally absorbing they’ve had        understand one another but believing
                                 me missing bus stops. We Had It So         that they’ve become “the same
                                 Good is the story of Stephen Newman,       person”. If nothing else, We Had It So
                                 baby-boomer, and his English-born          Good is a profound mediation on the
                                 wife Andrea, as they stumble through       meaning and nature of intimacy.
                                 the 20th century, wondering whether            As they move from idealistic
                                 their “blessed” generation is really       youth into comfortable middle age,
                                 so blessed after all and, if not, where,   the world does as it will with them
                                 exactly they went wrong. At the same       – therapist Andrea metamorphosises
                                 time, it’s the story of the malaise of a   into a toned blonde who habitually
                                 generation, the rapidly shifting pace      mystifies her husband; Stephen makes
                                 of change, and the complications of        documentaries for the BBC and grows
                                 humanity and connection regardless         increasingly irrelevant; their children
It is the story of the malaise   of place and people.                       grow up distant from their parents.
of a generation, the rapidly        Stephen is born in LA in the            Their friends Ivan and Grace, smug
                                 aftermath of World War II, the son         advertising executive and lifelong
shifting pace of change,         of European Jewish immigrants who          outspoken traveller, continue to float
and the complications of         seem to their “all-American boy”           in and out of their lives, sometimes
humanity and connection          very much like strangers in a strange      leaving chaos behind them.
regardless of place and people   land. His father Si is a furrier, “a           The characters are not necessarily
                                 man of the Old World”, impressed           likeable – Stephen for one can be
                                 but nonplussed by his son’s intellect.     criminally insensitive – but they
                                 Stephen sets off for Oxford on a           are remarkable for their realistic,
                                 Rhodes scholarship, “convinced             flawed, three-dimensional humanity.
                                 that he is the next Einstein”, a fact      For all their grasping after some
                                 he eventually demonstrates by being        sense of certainty, everyone’s truth
ALL REVIEWED TITLES              sent down for defacing a library book      is different. The novel opens with
AVAILABLE FROM DAUNT             to synthesise LSD. Before doing so,        Stephen trying on Marilyn Monroe’s
                                 however, he meets the “plump, pre-         fur coat, “taking out the opportunity
Daunt Books                      Raphaelite” Angela and her coltish,        to try out transformation...his
83 Marylebone High Street        opinionated, outspoken friend Grace,       birthright, the American capacity to
020 7224 2295                    whose therapy sessions punctuate           be reborn.” And yet, throughout the                 the book. Soon, he and Andrea are          novel, what perhaps comes over most
                                 a couple (“because it seemed like          clearly is the truism that we carry our
                                 the expected thing to do”) and after       histories with us.
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Why Not Say What Happened?                                                                            The book is touching and sometimes
by Ivana Lowell                                                                                   sad in its openness. Lowell recounts her
Bloomsbury, £25                                                                                   profoundly unhappy or unkind behaviour
                                                                                                  or inexplicable shifts in attitude with
Ivana Lowell, Guiness heiress and                                                                 barely a nod to her reasons, although her
troubled soul, has lived the kind of                                                              own ongoing battle with addiction must
life that certainly makes for eyebrow-                                                            presumably shoulder some blame. Her love
raising autobiographical material.                                                                for those close to her is touching and fierce
Born with aristocratic connections – her                                                          – her mother, daughter and men like Bo
grandmother was the Countess of Dufferin                                                          Silver and Lowell himself whose paternalistic
and Ava, the kind of person who held an                                                           kindnesses have offered some sense of stability
annual dinner for the Queen Mother and                                                            are passionately defended. She robustly
affectionately referred to her as “Cake”                                                          refutes claims of Lowell’s “selfish mostrosity”,
– and fabulous wealth, she nevertheless                                                           recounting instead his helplessness in the
grew up the victim of child abuse and                                                             face of bipolar disorder, his “tall, teddy-bear-
physical accident, at the mercy of her                                                            ish presence”, and evenings of domestic
alcoholic but much-beloved mother and                                                             peace whose “warmth and love” one gets
subject to a series of temporary father-                                                          the impression she’s spent a lifetime trying to
figures, of whom the most stable was poet                                                          recapture. Romantic relationships, on the
Robert Lowell. Along with looks, money,                                                           other hand, are mostly disastrous: boyfriend
and a sometimes crippling ongoing sense                                                           after boyfriend further abuses her ravaged
of lostness, she also inherited alcoholism,                                                       self-esteem, and her major emotional support
the “family disease”, and the book is                                                             is usually alcohol – at least it is reliably there.
punctuated by her spells in rehab,                                                                Ultimately, Why Not Say What Happened?
an environment whose stability is in                                                              becomes a powerful dissection of privilege
marked contrast to the lived reality                                                              – irrefutable evidence that neither wealth nor
Lowell describes.                                                                                 beauty can buy happiness or love.

The Good Psychologist                              The psychologist’s life is smooth, and
by Noam Shpancer                               ordered. By day, he practises his trade. By
Abacus, £11.99                                 night, he lectures an evening class. The
                                               only “unsolved problem” is that of sex – his
Noam Shpancer’s The Good Psychologist          consumption of porn a background, uneasy
is above all a profoundly odd book.            secret. Yet there comes a point where his
Fascinating, erudite, well-written, ironic,    professional and personal selves collide. A
telling and insightful, maybe, but odd         promising student needs his help; a dancer
nevertheless. A best-seller in Shpancer’s      client stricken with stage-fright appears
native Israel, it was originally written       at his house after work and wants his
in Hebrew, and translated with careful         attendance at her show; and his ex-lover,
attention to the dry humour and self-          fellow therapist Nina, and their daughter are
satisfied sadness that characterises            moving away with her husband. Gradually
its nameless protagonist. A good               the unruffled surface of his life cracks, to
psychologist, as the narrator is well aware,   reveal him just as capable of irrationality
does not emotionally involve himself with      – and human feeling – as the clients he
his work. He (and the assumption seems         can’t help feeling a little superior to. If that
to be that such people are male) does          makes the psychologist sound unlikeable,
not hold onto dysfunctional behaviours         he isn’t – there’s a wry wit in Shpancer’s
or neuroses from his past. He “aims to         narrative voice that underlines the extent
be fully present” and “move correctly          to which he, like the rest of us, is, after all,
about the inner space”. And yet, those         simply human. Intelligent and surprisingly
unexpected human complications like            engaging, The Good Psychologist may be
vulnerability and pain and desire keep         odd, but in a charming, perceptive and
creeping in around the edges...                ultimately peaceful way.

February – March 2011
                                        CULTURE: GUIDE
MUSIC                                   Tuesday 15 February
                                        Retrospect Trio; Julia Doyle (soprano):
                                        Purcell Sonatas and Theatrical Airs
                                                                                   by Decade – 100 Years of German
                                                                                   Song: 1860-1870 – 7:30pm
                                                                                   Thursday 3 March
Wigmore Hall                            – 7:30pm                                   Endellion String Quartet: Beethoven
36 Wigmore Street, W1                   Wednesday 16 February                      and Brahms – 7:30pm
020 7935 2141                           Miah Persson (soprano); Roger              Friday 4 March                      Vignoles (piano): Schubert, Grieg and      The King’s Consort: Trois Leçons de
                                        Sibelius – 7:30pm                          Ténèbres – 7:30pm
The world famous concert venue has      Thursday 17 February                       Saturday 5 March
a packed schedule of the very finest     Scottish Ensemble; Alison Balsom           Nash Ensemble – Chamber Ensemble
chamber music. Visit the website for    (trumpet); Royal Academy Soloists:         in Residence: Borodin, Shostakovich,
more detailed listings.                 Britten, Albinoni, Vivaldi,                Prokofiev and Beethoven – 7:30pm
                                        Macmillan and Tippett – 7:30pm             Sunday 6 March
Wednesday 2 February                    Friday 18 February                         Luca Pisaroni (baritone); Wolfram
Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano):       Juliane Banse (soprano); András            Rieger (piano): Schubert and Liszt
Private Musicke, Lettere Amorose        Keller (violin): Kafka Fragments           – 4pm
– 7:30pm                                – 7:30pm                                   Royal Academy Soloists: Sturm und
Thursday 3 February                      Saturday 19 February                      Drang – 7:30pm
Arditti Quartet; Jake Arditti           Doric String Quartet; Adam Walker          Tuesday 8 March
(counter-tenor): Clarke, Ferneyhough,   (flute); Brett Dean (viola): Brett Dean     Wihan Quartet: Mendelssohn,
Fujikura and Paredes – 7:30pm           Day – 11:30am                              Janácek and Dvorák – 7:30pm
Saturday 5 February                     Karen Cargill mezzo–(soprano); Jack        Wednesday 9 March
Borodin Quartet: Myaskovsky,            Liebeck (violin); Christopher Murray       Jack Liebeck (violin); Gemma
Stravinsky and Borodin – 7:30pm         (cello); Enno Senft (double bass); Piers   Rosefield (cello); Katya Apekisheva
Sunday 6 February                       Lane (piano): Brett Dean Day – 3pm         (piano): The Annual Jacqueline du
Atos Trio: Beethoven and                Sunday 20 February                         Pré Charity Concert – 7:30pm
Shostakovich – 11:30am                  Arcanto Quartet: Britten and Debussy       Thursday 10 March
Sunday 6 February                       – 11:30am                                  Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord): Bach,
Alexander Janiczek (violin); Llyr       Midori (violin); Charles Abramovic         Handel, Rameau and more – 7:30pm
Williams (piano): Beethoven, Debussy    (piano): Beethoven, Dean, Schubert         Friday 11 March
and Janácek – 7:30pm                    and Franck – 7:30pm                        Razumovsky Ensemble: Mozart and
Monday 7 February                       Monday 21 February                         Brahms – 7:30pm
Renaud Capucon (violin); Frank          Arcanto Quartet: Webern, Mozart             Saturday 12 March
Braley (piano): Beethoven – 1pm         and Beethoven – 7:30pm                     Pavel Haas Quartet; Danjulo
The Schubert Ensemble: Schubert,        Tuesday 22 February                        Ishizaka (cello): Schulhoff, Prokofiev
Dvorák and Enescu – 7:30pm              Alasdair Beatson (piano):                  and Schubert – 7:30pm
Tuesday 8 February                      Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Fauré and           Sunday 13 March
Boris Giltburg (piano): Chopin,         Dutilleux – 7:30pm                         Quartetto di Cremona: Shostakovich
Prokofiev and Ravel – 7:30pm             Wednesday 23 February                      and Mendelssohn – 11:30am
Wednesday 9 February                    The English Concert; Kristian              Monday 14 March
Marino Formenti (piano): Kurtág’s       Bezuidenhout (director, forte piano):      Igor Tchetuev (piano): Beethoven and
Ghosts – 7:30pm                         Mozart – 7:30pm                            Liszt – 7:30pm
Thursday 10 February                    Thursday 24 February                       Tuesday 15 March
Stephane Degout (baritone); Hélène      Doric String Quartet: Haydn,               Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio:
Lucas (piano); Debussy, Duparc,         Mendelssohn and Berg – 7:30pm              Beethoven, Ravel and Mendelssohn
Saint-Saëns, Chabrier, Hahn and         Friday 25 February                         – 7:30pm
Ravel – 7:30pm                          Roderick Williams (baritone); Helmut       Thursday 17 March
Friday 11 February                      Deutsch (piano): Wolf, Korngold,           Viviane Hagner (violin); Nicole
David Coucheron (violin); Julie         Mahler and Schumann – 7:30pm               Hagner (piano): Schubert, Liszt,
Coucheron (piano): Kirckman             Saturday 26 February                       Galante and Beethoven – 7:30pm
Concert Society Series – 7:30pm         Nash Ensemble – Chamber Ensemble           Friday 18 March
 Saturday 12 February                   in Residence: Shostakovich,                Alexandra Dariescu (piano):
Bampton Classical Opera: Arne           Glazunov and Beethoven – 7:30pm            Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize
– 7:30pm                                Sunday 27 February                         Winner’s Recital – 7:30pm
Sunday 13 February                      Anna Grevelius mezzo (soprano);            Saturday 19 March
Danish String Quartet: Adès and         Julius Drake (piano): Schubert,            Pacifica Quartet: Mendelssohn,
Brahms – 11:30am                        Mendelssohn, Larsson and                   Shostakovich and Schubert
Emma Bell (soprano): Berg, Walter,      Montsalvatge – 4pm                         – 7:30pm
Marx and Wagner – 4pm                   Faure Quartet: Mozart – 7:30pm             Sunday 20 March
Zehetmair Quartet: Beethoven and        Monday 28 February                         Kopelman Quartet: Haydn, Schubert,
Shostakovich – 7:30pm                   Tamsin Waley–Cohen (violin);               Stravinsky and Shostakovich
Monday 14 February                      Piatti String Quartet: The Monday          – 11:30am
Trio Mediaeval vocal ensemble;          Platform – 7:30pm                          Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano);
Arve Henriksen (trumpet, vocalist):      Wednesday 2 March                         Serouj Kradjian (piano): Komitas
Medieval Music and Contemporary         Amanda Roocroft (soprano);                 Vardapet, Heggie, Berlioz, Viardot
Works – 7:30pm                          Malcolm Martineau (piano): Decade          and Obradors – 4pm
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Emanuel Ax (piano): Schubert
– 7:30pm
Monday 21 MarchPurcell Quartet;
Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano);                                                                                  Asia House
Michael Chance (alto); Peter Harvey                                                                          63 New Cavendish Street, W1
(bass): Schütz, Biber, J C Bach and                                                                          020 7307 5454
Buxtehude – 7:30pm                                                                                 
Tuesday 22 March
Paul Lewis (piano): Schubert                                                                                 3 – 13 March
– 7:30pm                                                                                                     Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival
Friday 25 March                                                                                              You might not believe it from the
Lucy Crowe (soprano); Clara Mouriz                                                                           scant coverage it gets over here,
(mezzo-soprano); Allan Clayton                                                                               but there’s more to the Asian film
(tenor); Ronan Collett baritone;                                                                             scene than Bollywood. Asia House
Joseph Middleton (piano): Colours                                                                            has scoured screens from Japan to
Of Spain – 7:30pm                                                                                            the Phillipines, for a film-fest that’s
Saturday 26 March                                                                                            anything but predictable.
Hagen Quartet: Lutoslawski and
Beethoven                                                                                                    Colony
– 7:30pm                                                                                                     8 Paddington Street
Monday 28 March                                                                                              020 7935 3353
The Schubert Ensemble: Beethoven,                                                                  
Dvorák and Enescu – 7:30pm
Tuesday 29 March                                                                                             12 – 14 February
Ives, Rorem, Barber and Gerle                                                                                Live Jazz & Blues
Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor);                                                                               Catch some live jazz and blues
Simon Lepper (piano) – 7:30pm                                                                                at the popular bar and Indian
Wednesday 30 March                                                                                           restaurant over Valentine’s
Florian Boesch baritone; Malcolm                                                                             weekend.
Martineau (piano): Decade by Decade
– 100 Years of German Song,                                                                                  Hellenic Centre
1870-1880 – 7:30pm                                                                                           16-18 Paddington Street, W1
                                                                                                             020 7487 5060
                                          Monday 14 February                      Greece: images of an
The Royal Academy of Music                Valentine Concert: English, French,     enchanted land by Robert
Marylebone Road, NW1                      German, Italian and Spanish love        McCabe, Hellenic Centre
                                                                                                             7 – 16 February
020 7873 7300                             songs – 7:30pm                                                     Greece: images of an enchanted land                          Wednesday 2 March                                                  It is difficult to tell with legendary
                                          Academy Song Circle: A bicentennial                                photographer Robert McCabe
The Royal Academy has a large and         celebration of the French, German and                              where photography ends and
varied programme of public concerts,      Italian songs of Franz Liszt – 7pm                                 poetry begin – all the more so
including many that are free of charge.   Friday 11 March                                                    when his subject is Greece.
Check the website for full listings.      Percussion Showcase:A colourful
                                          and exotic programme of music from                                 Sunday 27 February
Wednesday 2 February                      around the world using percussion                                  Children’s Fancy Dress Party
Brahms: Vacation Inspiration              instruments from every aspect of the                               Carnival celebrations for kids.
–7:30pm                                   ensemble – 1:05pm                                                  Oldies can come too, but only
Thursday 3 February                       Monday 14th March                                                  with a child in tow.
Jazz Ensembles – 6pm                      The Music of Piazzolla – 7:30pm                                    Tickets £7
Modern Instrument Baroque                 Wednesday 16 March
Ensemble – 6pm                            Academy String Orchestra – 6pm                                     Monday 7 March
Friday 4 February                         Friday 18 March                                                    Kathara Deftera Lunch
Chamber Music with Harp – 1:05pm          ‘Kommilitonen!’: the world premiere                                Traditional vegetarian lunch to
Academy Symphonic Brass:                  production of Sir Peter Maxwell                                    celebrate the beginning of Lent.
Impressions in Brass – 7:30pm             Davies new opera – 7pm                                             Tickets £17 (£15 concessions)
Tuesday 8 February                        Wednesday 23 March
Brahms and the Clarinet – 1:05pm          ‘Kommilitonen!’ – 7pm                                              Royal Society of Medicine
Wednesday 9 February                      Friday 25 March                                                    1 Wimpole Street, W1
Brahms and Personal Tragedy               Academy Concert Orchestra:                                         020 7290 2900
– 7:30pm                                  Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony – 1:05pm                       
Fantasias – 7:30pm                        Barbirolli Quartet – 7:30pm
Friday 11 February                        Saturday 26 March                                                  Wednesday 16 February
Brahms: Heir to Beethoven, Homage         Mozart Violin Concertos, including                                 Leslie Howard piano recital
to Bach – 7:30pm                          the Sinfonia Concertante – 6pm                                     Renowned concert pianist Leslie
Sunday 13 February                        Tuesday 29 March                                                   Howard performs works by Liszt,
Bach Cantatas – 12pm                      Academy Big Band – 7:30pm                                          Schumann and Beethoven.
                                                                                                             Tickets £28
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ART                                     Until 27 February
A&D Gallery
51 Chiltern Street, W1
                                        WILLIAM SELBY
020 7486 0534                           Thompson’s Gallery

Until February 15
Prints and Paintings about Love
and Stuff
About the only Valentine’s activity
that isn’t painfully cliched – a
lingering look around this lovely
exhibition will take in Andy
Warhol, Jim Dine and Kim Kyote.

1 – 31 March
No, this is not an exhibition of text
messages – though it is surely not
long before someone puts one
on. This is American surrealist
William Copley’s collection of
prints, records, tapes, and a burnt
bow tie. Spanning a range of
cultural figures, this panoramic
shot of the 60s includes Marcel
Duchamp, Yoko Ono, and Man
Ray. A&D was lucky enough
to secure the complete series
from the estate of legendary art
collector and patron EJ Power.
Had they not, it is likely these gems
would be gathering dust around
the globe’s four corners.
Admission free
Mon-Sat 10:30am-7pm

Atlas Gallery
49 Dorset Street, W1
020 7224 4192                           01

16 February – 19 March                                            01 Kitchen Rose
Elliott Erwitt: Sequentially Yours’’                              by William Selby,
An exhibition in defence of                                       Thompson’s Gallery
‘indecisive moments’ – as opposed                                 02 Stacked Chairs by
to the ‘decisive moments’ captured                                Nick Hais, Colomb Art
by Henri Cartier Bresson. These                                   Gallery
photographic sketches bring out                                   03 ‘Sequentially Yours’ by
                                                                  Elliott Erwitt, Thompson’s
the comic ironies of life in the same
way children can laugh through                                    04 ‘I LOVE YOU’, A&D
their tears. Dog watches lady lay                                 Gallery
flowers on a grave. She leaves, dog
rolls over and scratches his back.
Men recline in deck chairs in
Cannes. Men leave, wind flips deck
chairs inside out. The contrast is
funny, but meaningful too, as the
human condition is summed up in
the space of a snapshot.
Admission free
Mon-Sat 10:30am-7pm


                                       The Colomb Art Gallery                    RIBA
                                       52a George Street, W1                     66 Portland Place, W1
                                       020 7487 5118                             020 7580 5533

                                       Until 28 February                         24 February – 3 May
                                       Gallery winter exhibition                 Unless your specialist subject is
                                       Winter continues to reign inside          Czech architecture, chances are
                                       Colomb Art gallery – as indeed            the Alfred Loos Season will be
                                       it does outside. Delight in award-        new to your calendar. This series
                                       winning snowy scenes – or, for            of talks and exhibitions promises
                                       a more interior perspective,              a fascinating insight into
                                       a surprisingly interesting acrylic        apartments, interiors, museums
                                       of stacked chairs.                        and many other of Loos’
                                       Admission free                            contributions towards Modern
                                       Mon-Sat 9:30am-6:30pm                     architecture – before the sixties
                                                                                 came along and ruined it.
                                       Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation           Admission free
                                       13-14 Cornwall Terrace, NW1               Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
                                       020 7486 4348                             (Tues 10am-9pm)
                                                                                 Thompson’s Gallery
                                       Until 11 March                            15 New Cavendish Street, W1
                                       Tokyo Story (after Hiroshige)             020 7935 3595
                                       A photographic homage to        
                                       Hiroshige’s greatest work, One
                                       Hundred Famous Views of Edo.              9 – 27 March
                                       Admission free                            Simeon Stafford
                                       Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm                        Thank goodness LS Lowry
                                                                                 shopped in Mrs Stafford’s
                                       jaggedart                                 greengrocers. Had he gone
                                       28a Devonshire Street, W1                 elsewhere, he might never have
                                       020 7486 7374                             discovered her talented son
                                                          and encouraged him to paint.
                                                                                 Judging by this exhibition, we
                                       9 February – 5 March                      would have been the poorer.
                                       Patricia Swannell & Jude Tucker:
                                       Marking Time                              Until 27 February
                                       Books of Hours were illustrated           William Selby
    04                                 religious books whose meditative,         From coal mining, to national
                                       rhythmic ‘offices’ proved                  service, to engineering – Selby
                                       enormously popular with medieval          isn’t dull, and neither are these
                                       readers. Inspired by these texts,         depictions of his native Yorkshire.
                                       Swannel and Tucker have imagined          Admission free
                                       their contemporary counterparts.          Wed-Fri 10am-6pm
                                                                                 Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
                                       10 March – 9 April 2011
                                       Mila Fürstová: Poetry of Light            Wallace Collection
                                       There are not many artists who            Manchester Square, W1
                                       can claim to produce ‘layers of           020 7887 8998
                                       meaning’ with as much authority 
                                       as Mila Fürstová: the experimental
                                       etcher who has literally layered          Until 27 March
                                       her images to give this hackneyed         A ‘Trifle’ Brought to Life: The
                                       phrase a whole new meaning.               Conservation of comte d’Artois’ Chair:
                                       In this show, the juxtaposition of        When is a chair not just a chair?
                                       reality and dream creates works full      When it’s been made for the cock-
                                       of intrigue, all executed with            sure brother of Louis XVI, after
                                       a level of detail that insists you take   he promised Marie Antoinette he
                                       a closer look.                            could build a country home in 70
                                       Admission free                            days. The result was the pavilion
                                       Wed-Fri 11am-6pm                          Bagatelle – meaning trifle – of
                                       Sat 11am-2pm                              which this chair, is a strikingly
                                                                                 beautiful memento.
                                                                                 Admission free
                                                                                 Daily 10am-5pm


Clare Finney long ago gave up on her naive dreams of being a
fashion designer. But that didn’t stop her jumping at the chance
of spending a day at the American Intercontinental University,
learning hat-making from one of the world’s top milliners

                                Around about the age of 15 – long
                                after we all stopped wanting to be
                                vets, but some time before alighting
                                on journalism – I decided I would be
                                a fashion designer.
                                    I’d been to Oxford Circus. I knew
                                the score. And if anyone was going to
                                lead the next generation of cargo-
                                pant victims towards the bright lights
                                of Topshop, it was me – enthusiastic
                                art student and self-appointed stylist
                                of St Helen’s girls, Northwood.
                                   If only I’d taken a closer look
                                inside that mannequin-filled window
                                along Marylebone High Street.
                                I’d have heard of the American
                                Intercontinental University. I’d have
                                seen the discerning fashion students,
                                their bulging notebooks and their
                                fabric swatches. And I’d have known,
                                without the embarrassment of DIY
                                distressed denim and tie-dying, that
                                there’s an awful lot more to designing
                                clothes than meets the eye.
                                   Last week I finally found myself
                                inside the glass walls. Charged with
                                writing a feature-length guide to this
                                singular and unexpected presence
                                on Marylebone’s busiest retail street
                                – an international university – I was
                                painstakingly dressed (Topshop, head-
                                to-toe) and determined to discover just
                                what it takes to turn a hopeless fashion
                                victim into a fashion designer.
                                   “A lot of what we do is very
                                cutting edge, very conceptual…
                                but underlying all of that are the
                                traditional skills and that’s very
                                much what we’re teaching – skills to
                                construct garments, but the ability to
                                work conceptually as well.”
                                   Meet Dean Gill Stark, head of
                                fashion at AIU and the lynchpin
                                behind the department’s growing
                                reputation. Educated at fashion
                                schools here and abroad, Gill’s
                                passion for fashion first found its
                                home in the wonderful world of
                                underwear. “I owned a lovely lingerie
                                and nightwear company, that’s my
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                      STYLE GUIDE
Images: Tom Bradley

                      design area,” she explains, with a        hats, Gill says, encapsulate what it      silk georgette and then a jersey. You
                      sweetness of expression that well         is about AIU that marks it out from       can’t do that. The only time you can do
                      belies her rather saucy credentials.      other fashion courses.                    that is when its black. Then you can use
                      Gill believes strongly that having            “A lot of what we do is very          the velvet, the georgette, organza, fur
                      tutors with industry experience           cutting edge, very conceptual             – as many as possible because it makes
                      is a crucial part of a well-rounded       – but underlying all of that are the      it look quite rich – but otherwise two
                      education and, as such, has gone out      traditional skills, and that’s very       fabrics maximum. OK?”
                      of her way to ensure her staff list is    much what Prudence is teaching:               The class nods sagely and I catch
                      peppered with professionals.              traditional millinery skills, but from    sight of Tom, my photographer,
                          “We all have experience working       which you could produce something         raising his eyebrows in disbelief.
                      in the industry, and a lot of tutors      very conceptual, even wacky”.             “And I thought velvet was velvet!” he
                      come in who are still working there,”         Not all of this is moodboards and     whispers. There follows a catalogue
                      she says. “They are good academics        memory maps either. Downstairs in         of names, numbers and directions
                      but also good industry people             the tailor-made millinery classroom,      for haberdasheries, rattled off at
                      – so students are learning what’s         Prudence is taking a fresh-faced          breathtaking speed.
                      happening in the real world”.             fashionista through the materials             “There’s a place called Ostrich
                          One such bigwig is the millinery      she’ll be needing over the coming         Feather Company near Old Street,
                      tutor Prudence, designer at the           few weeks. The list of fabrics alone      they’ve got real birds. If they don’t, go
                      renowned Prudence Millinery. While        in astonishing, and that’s before         to this fly fishing supplier and they’ll
                      Gill’s style of ‘brief’ has changed       Prudence gets to the various ways in      give you wings and lovely things like
                      somewhat over the years, Prudence is      which you could combine them.             that.” She scribbles frantically on the
                      still very much in the tailoring trade.       “What you don’t want is to use the    whiteboard. “For the capelin you’ll
                      Last year, she fashioned collections      double silk georgette, then use the       need the ground floor of MacCulloch
                      for Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford           velvet, then introduce another cotton     & Wallis on Dering Street.” She pauses
                      and the Sex and the City movie. Her       velvet with the silk velvet and another   for a moment, but only for breath.
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“And if you don’t see any there then          Prudence, somewhat predictably,
call this haberdashery in Luton and       is less open to the idea of her students
tell them what you need.”                 starting life on the high street. “If
     Given Prudence’s alleged aversion    you get your first job in, say, Mango,
to technology (“I’m still getting my      you can’t go up because it’s not
head around mobile phones,” she           design-led,” she argues, with the
confides afterwards. “How do they          same wrinkle of her nose she gave
work without cords?”) her rate of         at the thought of fake bird feathers.
recall is not that surprising – after     “Whereas if you start in couture and
all, she has been calling her suppliers   decide to move to Mango then they’ll
“nearly every day for 20 years”. What     suck you up in a minute.”                  There’s a place called
does surprise me though is the sheer          Needless to say, the emphasis          Ostrich Feather Company
quality of the materials she expects      at the AIU is firmly on quality – of
her keen protégés to purchase. Is         materials, work experience, staff and
                                                                                     near Old Street, they’ve got
£120 for real birds wings not just a      of course, location. Chatting to the       real birds. If they don’t have
little excessive?                         students over a much-needed coffee         what you need, go to this fly
    Not if you want to succeed,           break, I find that for many of them         fishing supplier and they’ll
argues Prudence. “There are other         it’s not just the tutoring that makes
places, but they’re geared towards        AIU the university of choice, but also     give you wings and lovely
mass production and the quality is        its setting inside the beating heart of    things like that
terrible.” She points out that many       Britain’s fashion-forward capital.
of the images the students showed             “I went to school in California,
in class as ‘inspiration’ were hats       studied in Arizona, went to Italy for
not bad in design, but in execution.      a bit, and to the University of Kent –
“Bad quality hats end up looking too      but I think this is really the first time
‘mother of the bride’, or they have       I’ve had lessons from someone who’s
that ‘drag queen’ sort of look. And       really on trend,” explains Jay Lewis,
I don’t even know any drag queen          staring admiringly up at Prudence’s
who would want to wear that kind of       contact-strewn whiteboard. For some,
hat. All the drag queens I know in        it’s being surrounded by London’s
London are very into fashion.”            shops and suppliers; for others, it’s          The staff at the nearby Electric
    It’s a bit harsh, perhaps, but then   the proximity of the college to great      salon, who are doing the hair,
name me a decent designer who isn’t.      cultural institutions. “Last week          agree, as do the Session School
Each aspirant who studies fashion at      Pauline just said we should pop to the     people who routinely help AIU
the AIU is being equipped with both       Wallace Collection, where so many          students with their make-up. Even
the skills and the experience to make     designers go for inspiration – and         Waitrose is involved, but then
a career with even the world’s most       there it was, five minutes down the         Waitrose is involved in most things in
respected fashion houses a justifiable     street,” marvels Hilary Hanks. “That       Marylebone. And with a fair number
ambition – from Primark right through     would never happen in the States.”         of the students having interned in the
to the heady heights of McQueen.              Mulling things over in the Wallace     village’s boutiques, each outfit bears
“We’re not commercial – we’re             Collection is one bonus. Potentially       the hallmark of Marylebone’s high
conceptual – but students can adapt       bumping into Vivienne Westwood on          fashion influence. “It is multicultural,
either way,” Gill explains amiably.       Marylebone Lane is another. But it is      yes, but with that strong tradition
“They can go to the commercial side       at the AIU’s catwalk shows that their      of very conceptual fashion. And
of industry if they wish, or they can     Marylebone location really comes           also they learn that fashion doesn’t
continue to work conceptually, because    into its own. Next month will see          just come from clothing it comes
they have the skills to do both.”         the students join forces with various      from music, film, clubs, seeing what
                                          local businesses to support the Esther     people are wearing,” reflects Gill,
LINKS                                     Benjamin Trust – a charity in Nepal        looking up at the blow up shoot of
                                          that rescues children who have been        last years photos in the AIUs front.
AIU London                                kidnapped and sold into circuses.          “It’s wonderful to be in this area.”
110 Marylebone High Street                “They don’t have celebrity backing,        Following her gaze, I can’t help but
020 7467 5640                             they’re not pushy at all. They’re just     agree: I’ve seen the bright lights of                         a wonderful charity who do amazing         the fashion industry – and they’re not
                                          work,” says Gill.                          shining from Topshop.

What’s In?


                                                         Modern constructions are all very
                                                         well, but nothing says comfort
                                                         like a good old-fashioned blanket
                                                         – or, to be precise, a blue and white
                                                         houndstooth throw (02). Inspired
                                                         by grandma and made by Cologne
                                                         and Cotton, this covetable collection
                                                         of coverings offers a welcome respite
                                                         from cold modernism. When it first
                                                         opened 20 years ago, Cologne and
                                                         Cotton was one of the only pure
                                                         cotton purveyors on the high street,
                                                         and the enduring popularity of its
                                                         hero product, vintage bed linen
                                                         (05), is testiment to the family firm’s
                                                         commitment to quality – not to
                                                         mention good taste. Each design is
                                                         an exercise in less-is-more chic – the
                                                         hotel stripe bed linen (03) being a
                                                         very classic example – and is created
                                                         with a view to being comfortable,
                                                         warm and soft, like a pure lambswool
                                                         blanket (01). Even the candles (04)
                                                         are hand-made, using fragrances
                                                         such as jasmine and the mysterious-
                                                         sounding winter palace. All in all, a
                                                         forage in this Canaan of cozy seems
                                                         the perfect cure for that Febuary
                                                         feeling – especially if, like ours, your
                                                         heart secretly belongs in an Austen-
                                                         esque manor in the 19th century.

                                                         Cologne and Cotton
                                                         88 Marylebone High Street
                                                         020 7486 0595





                                        Gail Raymonde (centre) with daughter Holly and son Ben

GAIL                                    Diary an insider trade publication – the
                                        professional media must-have for the
FORCE                                   communications industry. The driving
                                        force behind it is owner/publisher Gail
                                        Raymonde. When she first acquired
Gail Raymonde, proprietor of            Diary back in 1986 from its original
one of the UK’s leading media           founder, Peter Hope Lumley, it was
                                        a one-man band and, as she puts it,
directories, talks to Jackie            “a little booklet listing press launches
Modlinger about fashion,                and events in the fashion industry”.
family and France                           “I paid for it with consultancy fees
                                        to Peter over the year,” she says.
                                        “Peter was around for advice and
                                        gossip and he would proof-read for
                                        me.” In those days the subscription
                                        was £60 per year with a circulation
                                        of 400. Today the subscription is
                                        £700 and its circulation is 2,000.
                                        Raymonde, a self-confessed
                                        “information junkie”, has taken her
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predecessor’s concept and built on it,           Clothes have always figured in
catapulting the publication into the         Gail’s life, in various states of dress
21st century.                                or undress, either strutting her stuff
    Diary is a monthly publication,          or working as a backroom girl in the
offering instant updates and                 fashion industry. In her 20s she worked
information essential in the                 as a Bluebell girl in Paris for three
communication business. Its sister           years, spent a year as a croupier at the
publication Diary Directory, or ‘Dd’         Playboy Club then joined the Casanova
for short, is published quarterly            Club. It was here that she met fashion
and is a glossy A5 book which has            retailer Peter Davis, who offered her a
become the professionals’ bible              job as assistant buyer of his fashionable    I’ll probably spend half the
for reference resources, covering            Crocodile Shop on Beauchamp Place,           year in France. It is just
fashion, beauty, lifestyle and affiliated     where Gail would work for a decade.
industries; the place to go to find               “Crocodile was probably one of
                                                                                          the kind of lifestyle that
contacts for magazines, newspapers,          the first clothing chains – there was         I like. I’ll be able to spend
photographers, stylists, models, hair        Elle, Whistles, Joseph,” remembers           my days wearing cut-offs,
and make-up artists and venues.              Raymonde. But over-trading would             linen shirts, flip-flops,
    Raymonde is very much a self-            prove Crocodile’s downfall. “We
made woman. Born in Bournemouth,             acquired too many shops, going from          tie my hair back, have a
the young Gail and her sister Linda          just one to 26 virtually overnight – it      basket swinging from my
were adopted by their stepfather             just became a commodity and took             shoulder. And Latin men
Ivor Pomeranz, a mid-European in             all the joy out of it,” she says. Her        love older women
the music business who changed his           experience as a buyer led to her setting
surname by deed poll to Raymonde.            up a publication called Women’s Wear
Gail left school at 16 with four O-levels,   Resources, which she later sold to a
including needlework and cookery.            large publishing company.
    “I wanted to be a model,” she says.          In 1983 Gail married Paul Buckley
“I used to have pictures of Grace            a publishing director for Haymarket.
Coddington [the 60s model, now               “I met him in the lift of a Poland Street
fashion director of US Vogue] stuck on       garage,” she recalls. Which figures,
the wall of my bedroom.” And at 5’ 10”,      since Gail is a car enthusiast and has
she certainly had the height.                owned several Porsches. She would
    Gai1 came to London to a flat-share       have two children by Buckley, Holly
in Kensal Rise. A modelling course           and Ben, before the couple split.
resulted in her first job as house model          We meet at Gail’s local, Dinings, for
in Margaret Street, for which she            lunch. Later we move next door, to her       Green was bought by a developer
received £10 a week. “I got my second        headquarters on Harcourt Street, one         and we were deciding whether to stay
job as a model for Hardy Amies Ready-        of the quietest, prettiest streets off the   in that area or move into town – we
to-Wear, then worked for designer            busy Marylebone Road. Diary’s offices         opted for town. I found this house in
Gordon Luke Clarke,” she says. “I was        are on the lower ground floor – three         Cato Street, bought it and then the
always passionate about clothes. I once      rooms and a pretty little patio garden.      next door one came up, so I bought
spent my entire holiday money – all          Coco, the 13 year-old standard poodle        that, knocked the two together , then
£10 – on a pair of Levi’s 501s, a white      rules the roost here, posing like a pro.     got the one opposite, and moved the
t-shirt and white plimmies. I wasn’t             Marylebone has always been               office into it so that the kids and I
into pretty little dresses. I always         significant for Gail, who both lives and      could see each other when they came
liked boys’ clothes better than girls’.      works in the area. The association goes      home from school,” she says.
I thought I was so cool.”                    back a long way. “My parents split when          Gail has now decided to take a back
                                             I was five and my father went to live in      seat from the business. “I have been
LINKS                                        Bryanston Square with the entertainer        working for 44 years, so I feel that it
                                             Glenn Mason; they shared a flat.              is time and I think that I deserve a
Diary                                        So from a very early age, Marylebone         break,” she says. “I intend to spend a
30 Harcourt Street                           has been familiar to me. I always            bit of time in France.” She extracts her
020 772 7770                                 wanted to come back one day.”                mobile phone and flashes up pictures                               It was an ambition she happily           of her newly acquired Gallic property,
                                             fulfilled. “My house in Willesden             a small vineyard in Grimaud, in the
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south of France. “I’ll probably spend
half the year there. I speak French and
it is just the kind of lifestyle that I like.
I have always liked making jewellery
and I want to start making clothes. I
have bought myself a sewing machine
and I am packed and ready to go. I’ll
be able to spend my days wearing cut-
offs, linen shirts, flip-flops, tie my hair
back, have a basket swinging from my
shoulder. And Latin men love older
women – they’re close to their mothers
and grandmothers. It goes with a much
healthier regard for women; they’re
not regarded as sex objects.”
     Would she ever consider selling the
business? “I always hoped at the back
of my mind that it would be something
that the kids would be interested
in, which is precisely what has
happened,” she says. In fact, she is now
handing over the business to the next

                                                                                                                                  Images: Ben Coster
generation – Holly, now 25, and Ben,
22. While their peers may be having
problems getting jobs in the current
climate, these two are fortunate. Both
siblings have flown the coop this year,
finding homes of their own, but they’re                                                So how does working together
now firmly ensconced at the office.                                                  pan out for the siblings? “Ben and I
     “We used to be told to come in and                                            get stroppy with each other,” admits
help stuff envelopes,” says new Diary                                              Holly. “He thinks he knows it all and
editor Holly, a lofty 6’ 1” with a mane                                            that he is the boss!”
of sunstreaked tresses, a younger                                                     Ben went to university to study
edition of her mother. “I would get                                                economics but dropped out. “I didn’t
all the goodies and samples. At my                                                 really enjoy it, so I just left and came
secondary school, I took my lunch in                                               here,” he says casually. “Growing up,
this multi-coloured Dior bag rather                                                I was as interested in this as anything
than the usual carrier bag.”                    I was always passionate            else; we were sort of brought up on it,
     Holly earned a degree in fashion           about clothes. I once spent        always doing business-related things,
photography from the London                                                        phones on direct to Gail.”
College of Fashion. “I enjoy
                                                my entire holiday money –             Ben’s role is diverse – answering
photography but I am actually not that          all £10 – on a pair of Levi’s      calls, researching new opportunities,
keen on the fashion aspect of it,” she          501s, a white t-shirt and          exploring new partnerships like Diary’s
admits. “The role of editor was kind            white plimmies. I wasn’t into      recent collaboration with Fashion
of always open to me – mum thought                                                 Press Week, a brand-new venture,
that I would be good at it – but I didn’t       pretty little dresses – I always   through which over 100 fashion
want to be working here just as Gail’s          liked boys’ clothes better         brands showcased their next season’s
daughter; that always worried me.”              than girls. I thought that         collections at the Saatchi Gallery.
Holly instead sought work experience            I was so cool                         Obviously, it’s in the genes. “It’s great
with PR companies. “Then I agreed                                                  for me that they seem to enjoy it so
to come here for six months and try it                                             much and are doing such a great job,”
out. I didn’t feel that confident at first,                                          enthuses their mother. Lucky as well,
but was taught the ropes by the girl I                                             seeing as how pretty soon she’s going to
worked under. She left 18 months ago                                               be ensconced in a Gallic idyll. And the
and I took her position.”                                                          Diary isn’t going to write itself.
New showroom at 108 Crawford Street, Marylebone, W1H 2JA
           Open 10am - 6pm Monday - Saturday
     Tel: 020 7935 7632
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Two halves of a discreet
hair salon on George Street,
Fred Gielly and Shai Green,
talk to Clare Finney about
vanity, values and the finer
points of being a hairdresser
in England

Take a close look inside 42 George
Street. No, closer. See that plush
purple sofa with the velvet trim?
See those creamy ceramic sinks,
the leather massaging chairs, the
unmistakable sheen of a newly ‘done’
head? That, my friends, is Gielly
Green – beauty boutique, hair salon
and Marylebone’s best-kept secret.
    Or at least it was. Having received
gleaming recommendations from a
friend some months back, I decided
to track this gem down myself.
                                                                                          Shai (left) and Fred
Immaculately-groomed girls don’t
lie (at least, not about hair) and
Gielly Green was no exception: my              different. Both Fred and I believed        were here. Then there are clients who
cut was right for my hair type, well           that something in hairdressing had         have stayed with us for a long time
blow dried and – more importantly              changed, that there was much more          – about 80 per cent of my clients I
– lasted me throughout the excesses            focus on the celebrity hairdresser and     have been looking after for 15 years,
of Christmas. I was thrilled and, with         less on the client. Their clients might    It does feel a little bit like a club, but
the interests of the Journal foremost          like the cut, but they weren’t pleased     I like that. I like the fact that it’s less
in my mind, I returned to interview            with the service. So our aim was to        about the big signs, more about the
the founders and write up their                have a place that would be friendly to     client and the job that we do.
salon. After all, it would have been           sit in, where the music wasn’t too loud,
selfish not to.                                 where it would feel more like a home       So you’re still very much a hands-on
                                               than a fancy salon, but that would still   hairdresser?
In your brand blurb you describe yourselves    look like luxury.                          SG: Well we spend the days focusing
as being of the “old school” of hairdressing                                              on hairdressing – that’s the main
– what does this mean, and how does it         Walking past the salon, the outside        thing – and we’re now spending more
mark you out from the many, many other         looks very understated – you’d miss it     hours on the business side
hairdressers in Marylebone?                    if you blinked. Does this ‘need to know’   too, which takes us to late nights
Shai Green: Looking at the market              marketing approach work?                   and meetings at strange hours.
we realised that whilst many big name          Fred Gielly: We’re attracting about        But everyone knows when they
hairdressers had been around for a             150-200 clients a month, and a lot         set up their own business, you have
long time, the younger generation              of new people who come in say, we          to be 100 per cent commited to
wasn’t doing anything new or                   didn’t see you, we didn’t know you         that businesss.
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Gielly Green was born right in the middle     doesn’t always have to be about fixing            Tell us about the new product range.
of the credit crunch. Did you ever feel you   the big stuff. Just fixing the small              SG: After so many years in the
were cutting it fine?                          stuff can make a huge difference,                industry we had seen most of the
FG: When we first planned it, the              and that’s the real joy of being                 brands available and felt we could
market seemed a bit more stable.              a hairdresser.                                   add something to it by producing a
Then we opened a year and a half                                                               more natural range. The whole idea
later and it was very different.              Can the client have some input too, or is ‘the   behind our range was that while most
So it was a difficult time, a more             stylist knows best’ the general rule of thumb?   shampoos and conditioners speak
challenging time – but in those times         FG: I always say to my understudies,             about the hair and the condition
people expect more too. And that              it is a mixed relationship. Obviously            of the hair, ours would treat the
was what we offered: high level of            if you go to see someone you                     hair and the scalp at the same time
service, high quality cuts and colors.        should trust that they have enough               – because we believe that a healthy
So we survived and looking back I             experience to make you look great,               scalp will give you good hair. The
think it was the best time to open.           but on the other hand they also                  clients were a big part of the venture
                                              have to do what is right for you. I can          because as we got the trial products
Why do you think a good haircut is so         put your hair a certain way but if               in we were testing them and they
important to people?`                         you’re not going to fix the hair that             gave us feedback. When we finally
SG: Whenever I look at people                 way then it’s not going to look the              launched the product all the clients
– whether its standing in line in a           same. There’s no point going out                 felt involved in the process.
queue, going down in an elevator,             of the salon looking amazing and                 FG: The idea of asking the clients
standing on a bus – the first thing            never being able to do it again. So I            to test products came from realising
they look at and fiddle with when they         do think it’s a working relationship             that people in England have really
catch sight of themselves is their hair.      between the stylist and the customer             fine hair – I would say about 80 per
People are always looking at their            to achieve the best result – and the             cent of our clients do. So if you use
hair, so it must be a great influence          more you’re speaking, the better your            the same shampoo here as in France
on how people feel and how they see           relationship, the more likely you will           you get different results
themselves. I look at my clients’ hair        achieve the best results.
and I see periods in their life: they                                                          Hairdressers: artists or therapists?
might go really short at the new year,        LINKS                                            FG: Definitely artists! If the client is
go crazy after a relationship, be more                                                         happy you are an artist. If they are
conservative before a new job.                Gielly Green                                     unhappy you’re not even a friend.
FG: At the end of the day what you’re         42-44 George Street                              Ultimately this is a woman relying
really doing is fixing wellbeing.              020 7034 3060                                    on you to give them a complete head
People come in depressed and                                        change. They trust you and if you’re
looking like crap – then their hair                                                            not here they aren’t too happy going
gets fixed and they leave smiling. It                                                           with somebody else.
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INTELLIGENT                                                                          All they ask, Tricia says, is that you
                                                                                     know what you like.
                                                                                         “Just as food has changed

                                                                                     drastically over the past few years
                                                                                     as people are travelling and seeing
                                                                                     more of the world, so design has
                                                                                     changed as well. People’s tastes are
                                                                                     keener, they realise they can make
                                                                                     the house stimulating and exciting
                                                                                     for them and their family, and they
                                                                                     won’t be satisfied with just anything.”
                                                                                         For Tricia, this ‘just anything’
                                                                                     is undoubtedly beige, the “hotel
                                                                                     bedroom” chic that grates on her
                                                                                     palate almost as much as weak coffee.
                                                                                     “If you love it, it’s fine, but don’t just
                                                                                     do it because it’s safe,” she explains,
                                                                                     pointing out just how disappointing
                                                                                     it is when customers say they love
                                                                                     something but “they couldn’t
Tricia Guild, the creative force behind the Designers Guild                          possibly dare”.
interiors company, talks to Clare Finney about colour sense,                             “People are always worried they’ll
                                                                                     get fed up with a colour, and I think
global influences and designing for the Queen                                         it really is such a shame,” Tricia sighs,
                                                                                     and plumps the Amazon-green
It’s 11 in the morning on Marylebone      loved what I saw there – but Japan         cushion next to her with feeling.
High Street, and Tricia Guild is          was also an influence, and a different      “My advice is that people just help
ordering coffee. “A cappuccino, please,   one: clear, calming.”                      themselves by listening to their own
but with an extra shot. And less milk.        Scandinavia’s on the list too –        reactions, and thinking about what
Actually, maybe I should have one         “It’s not all pine, they’re very in        they like to look at.”
of those double macchiato things?”        to colour over there” – and Italy,             Doing so will lay the groundwork
Her colleague hovers expectantly, coat    of course. That’s before she even          for what Tricia calls your “colour
in hand. “No, cappuccino. A strong        comes to the influences in her own          sense” – the prism of personal
cappuccino, with half the milk and        culture: opera, ballet, theatre, and       associations through which you
the same amount of foam.”                 “exhibitions of wonderful paintings.”      establish the shades which suit your
    It’s a moment that sums up this           “I think it’s more of a question of    life. Does red make you angry, or
particular designer rather nicely         being open and always searching,”          passionate, or socialist? Does yellow
– fastidious, energetic and, as I am      she says. “That’s my life. It’s what       remind you of teddy? Was green
just about to discover, extraordinarily   I do, whatever I’m doing. I don’t          your school uniform?
cultured. Perching gracefully atop        really separate work. It’s part of me.”        If, like me, you find yourself
one of the store’s luscious velvet        Indeed, one of the most defining            somewhat blinded by Designers
sofas Tricia explains how she “really     features of Tricia’s aesthetic is her      Guild’s kaleidoscopic palette, these
only likes cappuccinos in Italy” – a      emphasis on the individual, as             are the sorts of questions you should
common enough opinion, but one            opposed to the trend.                      ask. As the colour queen herself is
which carries considerable weight             Established along the King’s Road      keen to point out, “there are no hard
when you discover just how many           over 30 years ago, Designers Guild         and fast rules”.
countries Tricia has sipped coffee in.    was one of the first furnishing stores          “Collecting paintings, magazine
    Her books alone have been             to provide what Tricia defines as a         pages, bits of things, seeing what
translated into seven different           “lifestyle” approach to interior design.   you really relate to and not being
languages, and when I ask her to cite     Where others offered only fabrics or       frightened by it – I think that’s a
her primary influences, there’s not        furnishings, Designers Guild offered       really good starting point,” she tells
a great deal to choose between Fifty      the whole shebang – wall coverings,        me, gesturing around pointedly at
Things To See Before You Die and          upholstery, customisable furniture,        the eclectic mix of jewellery, vintage
her own expansive response: “India        a design service, even a cappuccino        furniture and fabric hangings that
really inspired me – I loved it and I     (although it won’t be an Italian one).     adorn the shop.


                             Last year saw the launch of her        striking, bold prints. “It’s not quite
                          third Royal Collection, the elegant       as sophisticated as the Royal, but it’s
                          array of fabrics and furniture inspired   younger. It’s very trendy.” It has been,
                          by the Royal Palaces and personally       Tricia smiles suddenly, a “complete
                          approved by Her Majesty herself. This     joy” to work on.
                          year, it’s “young people” – teenagers,        So what’s next for this
                          tweenagers – whose rooms are              international, OBE-holding
                          receiving the DG treatment. The briefs    designer? A fabric for the leaders of
                          could hardly be more different. “The      a different realm? The reinvention
                          Royal Collection is very challenging      of beige? A collaborative collection
I’ve always wanted to     and very exciting,” she explains, “but    with yet another fashion house?
design with Matisse.      I don’t want it to be my thing. It’s a        Tricia says she has already worked
                          new discipline to which we bring our      with most of her wishlist. This year,
Honestly, he’s the one    expertise and our experience.”            Christian Lacroix will join the likes
artist I’d love to work      The latter, on the other hand, is      of Ralph Lauren, Joseph Conrad and
for – and he’s dead       very much Tricia’s ‘thing’ – right down   William Yeoward as he launches his
                          to the uplifting bright colours and       and Tricia’s collaborative creation.
                                                                    Besides, it’s difficult to see how she
                          LINKS                                     could top the Queen.
                                                                        Nevertheless, there is still one
                          Designers Guild                           dream partner who continues to
                          76 Marylebone High Street                 elude her. “I’ve always wanted to
                          020 3301 5826                             design with Matisse,” she sighs
                                        resignedly. “Honestly. The one artist
                                                                    I’d love to work for – and he’s dead.”


 Dreamy bed linen and sublime fragrances

                                           88 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 4QX


                        Clare Sheppard’s career path has seen her progress from being the
                        “world’s worst secretary” to being the hugely respected culinary
                        force behind Le Pain Quotidien, as the company’s chief recipe
                        innovator. Shannon Denny discovers her recipe for success
54—MARYLEBONE JOURNAL                     FOOD


Watching Clare Sheppard make                  Improvising, hatching solutions            Stick with it she did, working in
cakes in her Marylebone kitchen is        and generally winging it come easily        the kitchens of a stately home and
exactly like watching a chef on a TV      to this cosmopolite who grew up             cooking for a wine bar before Sir
set – only there are no cue cards, no     in Switzerland and Canada before            Terence came calling again to say he
producers, no exasperated cries of        a modelling career brought her to           was reopening the Habitat café and
“Cut!” Clare works from memory            London. When I ask if she trained as        hunting for a cook. Delightedly, the
and instinct, chatting all the while      a chef, “No, I lied!” is the grinning       former secretary landed the coveted
and never missing a beat. Butter          response. “I came from Canada so in         job. “It was mine! This was mid-70s.
and sugar are helpless against the        my first cooking jobs I just said, ‘I’ve     We had big bowls of salad, lamb
whirr of her electric mixer, and she      done a course in Canada and if you          chops, a hot chicken dish, and loads
observes over the din, “I do cakes a      like I could get the certificate… Sure       of cakes and tarts.”
lot. My daughter says, ‘I don’t get it;   if you want me to get it, I’ll get it.’”       From Habitat, Clare opened
you cook all week, and then you come      No one ever took her up on her offer        her own restaurant in Kensington,
home and cook all weekend!’”              to produce qualifications. But how           headed up PR for the New Bond
    In the week, Clare assumes the        did she get away with it? “No problem       Street bastion Asprey, and had three
title of chief recipe innovator for Le    – I just cooked!”                           children – a résumé that proves the
Pain Quotidien. The company’s first            She had made her initial sorties        depths of her gift for multi-tasking.
location was in rue Antoine Dansaert      into the kitchen at her parents’ house         This gift would prove useful when a
in Brussels, where bread, simple          growing up. “I did like eating; I mean      friend called for a chat five years ago.
salads and tartines became favoured       I was brought up in Switzerland             “He said, ‘I’m thinking of bringing Le
staples among the city’s fashion set.     where taste is very important,” she         Pain Quotidien to London and you
Further sites opened in Belgium           remembers. “I think I started to make       are the foodiest person I know.’ I was
before the brand spread to New            cakes because my mother didn’t like to      the one who’d done the most on the
York’s Madison Avenue and onwards         make cakes, and I saw you got a lot of      food front so he talked it through with
to Los Angeles. Now with over 100         kudos cooking.” She worked her way          me.” After sharing her thoughts and
global outlets, you’ll find the Belgian    through all the family’s cookbooks,         ideas, Clare found her commitment
bakery across the Middle East,            teaching herself as she went along.         suddenly deepening. “I said those
Europe and Russia. Here in England,       Later, when she began modelling,            fateful words: ‘If you need any help, do
every one of the 17 stores bears the      pottering in the kitchen helped stave       ring.’” In a few short months, she went
marks of Clare’s own practiced hand.      off the boredom inherent in that line       from confidante to full-time cook,
    With each new season Clare creates    of work. “I think making cakes was          creating the menu and preparing
a range of new soups and new salads,      like not eating them. You didn’t feel       the dishes for Le Pain Quotidien’s
and she tweaks the menu according         you had to eat it, and that was a good      first UK branch, conveniently located
to customer tastes. The recipes she       was to stay slim,” she laughs.              on Marylebone High Street only
devises are carefully written up              The move to London did nothing          moments away from the Sheppard
with precise measurements and a           to deepen her limited affection for         family home. From her own domestic
host of photographs, and these are        modelling, so she took a secretarial        kitchen, she cooked up a storm to
despatched to all the locations in        job with a hotel booking agency in          supply the café with anything its
the Le Pain Quotidien realm. Clare        Wigmore Street that was, she says,          diners might need. “I made all the
and her team then visit each kitchen      largely a disaster. Fortunately, an         soups, I made the muffins, I made the
individually and teach the new dishes.    admin role in Terence Conran’s              biscuits – I made everything.”
    She’s also frequently called          empire was more fruitful, and in               By now the marmalade cakes
upon by her head office to solve           fact set her on her culinary path.          are safely tucked up in the oven,
the problem of what to do with            “Magically, this food business sort of      and Clare flits between her three
excess ingredients, which is how the      appeared,” she reveals.                     refrigerators assembling ingredients
recipe for the marmalade cake she’s           “I worked at Conran’s and they          for a cream cheese frosting.
cooking today came about. A gamine        didn’t do any lunches. Every now and        The proliferation of appliances is
figure in a berry red knit dress           again they’d say, ‘Clare would you
and red flats with flawless lips and        go out and get this for us?’ And I’d        LINKS
manicure, she’s got to be the chicest     say, ‘Well, I’ll cook it if you like.’ So
chef around. Her smart appearance         then I began to cook, and they said,        Le Pain Quotidien
mirrors her kitchen efficiency, and        ‘You know, you are the world’s worst        72-75 Marylebone High Street
I get the feeling that for her no         secretary but actually you’re a very        020 7486 6154
problem is too large and no culinary      good cook – so why don’t you stick
detail too small to escape her notice.    with that?’“
55—MARYLEBONE JOURNAL                      FOOD

Did I train as a chef?
No, I lied! I came from
Canada so for my first
cooking jobs I just said,
‘I’ve done a course in
Canada and if you like
I could get the certificate…’

not the only evidence of her calling;          When she arrived from Canada,         daughter was still little she went to
a shelf threatens to give up under         Clare remembers spending                  Waitrose. She didn’t have enough
the weight of a library’s worth of         significant amounts of time in the         money and they said, ‘Don’t worry,
cookbooks. These she refers to for         area, “Which, I may say, was not quite    when your mother comes she can
checking times and temperatures            what it is today”. Not only was there     pay the rest.’” She loves the village
when she’s writing a recipe, “because      the ill-fated job in Wigmore Street,      atmosphere where everyone recognises
I don’t even think about it; I do          but she also took piano lessons in        everyone, which seems unusual in a city
everything by sight and feel”. This is     Harley Street and made a habit of         as sprawling as London.
illustrated as she experiments with        working her way through the entire            At last the cakes have cooled,
adding orange zest to the frosting         menu at Richoux.                          the frosting has been applied and I
and then – apparently with the help            Once she and her Australian           am no longer in danger of chewing
of some inbuilt taste barometer            husband married, they first moved          my own arm off in anticipation of
– deciding against the idea.               into a home in Montagu Mews,              sweet treats to come. “Shall we open
    With Le Pain Quotidien continuing      later relocating as their family grew.    one?” Clare asks, perhaps sensing my
to expand, Clare now spends most of        Thanks to all the embassies, their        urgency. The cake is sweet and tart,
her professional hours training staff,     group was quite an international          luscious and moist, with a golden
visiting suppliers and running trials in   one. The children all attended the        crispness at the edges. I start with one
the restaurant kitchens. Consequently,     local primary school, and their           modest piece and then effortlessly
her home cooker sees less 9-to-5 service   lives revolved around the tennis          move on to a second.
these days.                                courts and jungle gym. “There’s a             This kind of thing is clearly the
    Her connections to Marylebone          park which everybody goes to; our         best bit of my job; but what’s the best
remain indelible. They date back to        park life was the centre,” she says. “I   part of Clare’s? “The relationship
before she was even born – Clare’s         wouldn’t have survived motherhood         with the staff,” she says. “I will always
parents met during the Second World        were it not for all the other mothers.”   love when I’m doing a new thing and
War when they were both working                With her kids now grown, she no       trying to teach it and getting them
at Bletchley Park. Her mother was          longer frequents the jungle gym but       enthused.” Getting them enthused?
billeted in the convent in Blandford       does admit to spending a fair amount      As long as she starts with a taste test
Square and the couple later married        of time at Daunt, La Fromagerie and       like I’ve just had, my guess is that
at St James’s on George Street, the        Waitrose, where the staff all seem        stimulating enthusiasm should be no
same church that Clare attends today.      to know her. “One time, when my           problem at all.
56—MARYLEBONE JOURNAL                        FOOD


FOIS GRAS PARFAIT WITH                       Take the foie gras, chicken livers, eggs    CITRUS SEA BASS
APPLE CHUTNEY                                and butter out of the fridge and leave at   Serves 4
Serves 8                                     room temperature for 1.5 hour, ensuring
                                             they are well covered.                      Ingredients
Ingredients                                                                              1kg sea bass, scaled, filleted, pinned and
500g foie gras                               Place the shallots, garlic, bay, thyme,     cut into 4 pieces
500g fresh chicken livers                    port, madeira and armagnac in a pan         Baby fennel
1kg unsalted butter                          and reduce to a glaze.                      Baby leeks
9 whole eggs
10g salt                                     With a blender or hand blender, blend       (For the candied orange zest)
10g ground white pepper                      the foie gras, the chicken livers and       Zest of 2 oranges, sliced
30g pink salt                                the reduction, then slowly add the          200g caster sugar
3 banana shallots, sliced                    seasoning, then the eggs, then the          300ml white wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, sliced                      butter, while blending continuously.
1 bay leaf                                                                               (For the caramelised fennel)
1 sprig thyme                                Pour into a greased ceramic dish and        1 large fennel bulb
200ml port                                   cook in a bain marie for 45-50 minutes      2 oranges
200ml madeira                                at 110C. The parfait should have a slight   1 grapefruit
200ml armagnac                               wobble in the middle once cooked.           1 bay leaf
                                             Leave to cool at room temperature for       2 sprigs thyme
(For the apple chutney)                      2 hours then refrigerate.
50ml vegetable oil                                                                       (For the sauce vierge)
5 golden delicious apples, diced             Wine match from Orrery sommelier            40ml olive oil
2 large onions, cut into small dice          Shana Dilworth                              40ml lemon juice
250ml white wine vinegar                     On the slightly sweet side, try the         1tsp crushed coriander
250g caster sugar                            Von Hovel Riesling Kabinett, Obermeller
125ml water                                  Hutte, Saar, Germany 2007.                  Method
30g golden sultanas                          For a sweet wine, try the Larreyda          Make the candied orange zest first
Pinch ground ginger                          Jurancon Mouelleux, France 2005             – blanch and refresh the orange zest three
                                                                                         times, add to the sugar and vinegar, then
Method                                                                                   cook until candied and not bitter.
To make the apple chutney, sweat the         LINKS
onions and ground ginger in vegetable                                                    To make the caramelised fennel, cut the
oil for 5 minutes, add white wine vinegar,   Orrery                                      fennel into quarters, place it in to the pan
water and sugar. Reduce by half then         55 Marylebone High Street                   and add the juice and zest of one of the
add the apples and golden sultanas.          020 7616 8000                               oranges, the bay leaf and the thyme. Cook
Reduce to the consistency of                                    slowly for 45 minutes or until soft. Take
a jam. Leave to cool.                                                                    out , dry, dust with icing sugar and pan fry

                               in a touch of clarified butter. Garnish with
                               orange and grapefruit segments and the
                               candied orange zest.

                               Mix the olive oil, lemon juice and crushed
                               coriander to make a sauce vierge.

                               To cook the sea bass, heat your non-stick
                               frying pan, then add 30ml extra virgin olive
                               oil. Place the fish skin-side down and fry for
                               1-2 minutes, then place it in a preheated
                               oven at 220C for 5-7 minutes.

                               Serve with the caramelised fennel,
                               candied orange zest, sauce vierge
                               and some baby fennel and baby leeks,
                               blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water.

                               Wine match from Orrery sommelier
                               Shana Dilworth
                               Terras Guada Albarino, Rias Baixas,
                               Spain 2009

                               PRUNE AND ARMAGNAC
                               Serves 5-6

                               200g prunes
                               10g roasted almonds
                               100ml armagnac
                               200g egg whites
                               100g caster sugar
                               7g lemon juice

                               Marinade the prunes and almonds in the
                               armagnac for as long as you can – ideally
                               a week. Once marinated, blend into a
                               puree with a hand blender. This is the
                               soufflé base.

                               Whisk the egg whites and sugar until stiff,
                               then add lemon juice. Fold the soufflé base
                               into meringue mix, then fill into buttered
                               200ml soufflé moulds. Cook for 5- 7
                               minutes in the oven at 180C.

                               Wine match from Orrery sommelier
                               Shana Dilworth
                               For a sweet fortified wine with raisin
                               qualities, try the Domaine Cazes Muscat
                               de Rivesaltes, Rousillon, France 1996 . Or
                               for something really special, the Disznoko
                               Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, Hungary 2001

                                             FOOD: IN BRIEF

The legendary Roux family are set to
make their mark on Marylebone with the                                                                Michel Roux Jr, left, and Chris King
opening of Roux at The Landau

Marylebone is set to gain another            gained the brothers honorary OBEs,           Starters will include such delights
glittering feather in its already            with Jack Straw, then foreign minister,   as lightly creamed white bean velouté
impressive culinary cap as two               describing them as “two of Britain’s      with aged manchego croquettes,
members of the legendary Roux                finest ambassadors who together            celery and pimentón de la vera,
family bring their world renowned            have greatly enhanced Britain’s           or seared Orkney scallops with
brand of fine dining to the area.             gastronomic standing in the world”.       Jerusalem artichoke and truffle.
Father and son Albert and Michel                Roux protege Chris King has been       For the main course, diners can tuck
Roux Jr. are working together for            chosen as chef de cuisine for the         into the likes of red wine glazed short
the first time in 19 years in a new           new venture. Having completed his         rib of beef with turnips, braised kale
collaboration with The Langham,              apprenticeship at Le Gavroche under       and horseradish crust, or roast wild
London. This new partnership                 Michel Roux Jnr, Chris cooked at          sea bass with salsify and Norfolk
brings the Roux’s legendary culinary         Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York,       brown shrimps. And for the dessert
expertise and creativity to the newly        before returning to Le Gavroche           lovers out there, pear william and
re-named Roux at The Landau.                 and then Roux at Parliament Square        walnut soufflé with bitter chocolate
   The family’s arrival signals the          as sous chef. Michel Roux Jr says         sorbet, and ivoire chocolate and
coming of genuine culinary royalty,          of Chris: “A rising star, his menus       vanilla mousse with hazelnuts and
to Marylebone. Brothers Albert               reflect the Roux trademark style of        praline are amongst the temptations
and Michel Snr. are regarded as the          classically-constructed French dishes,    on offer.
godfathers of modern restaurant              blended with today’s tastes for lighter      So it seems likely that even greater
cuisine in the UK. They put Britain          choices. He has a modern approach         throngs of happy gastronomes
on the culinary map and raised               to combining ingredients, and a           will soon be beating a path to
standards across the board through           contemporary style of presentation.”      Marylebone. The normal advice
their ground-breaking Michelin-                                                        would now be to get in quickly and
starred restaurants, their TV series,        LINKS                                     beat the crowds, but as the time
their many books, and the unflagging                                                    for that has already passed – if
training and encouragement they              Roux at The Landau                        indeed it ever existed – just phone
have provided to many of today’s top         The Langham, Portland Place               ahead instead, book a table and
chefs. Voted the UK’s most influential        020 7965 1065                             contemplate an evening luxuriating
chefs by their peers in a 2003 poll, their                       in the magical world of an
profound impact on British cuisine                                                     extraordinary gastronomic dynasty.
59—MARYLEBONE JOURNAL                               FOOD

Home front

                                                                                                    Image: Viel Richardson

Things – as we are being relentlessy told by
anyone with a news outlet – are not good.
While there is undoubtably a rose tinted
future awaiting just over the horizon, this
particular horizon is still looking somewhat               The publication of a new Michelin
far away. With the necessity for belt                      guide always creates a far bigger
tightening all round being urged, what better              buzz in the culinary world than
way to save a few pennies than by making                   a French tyre marketing device
your favourite wines last that little bit longer.          should have any right to expect.
Now science has provided the perfect                       But whatever your thoughts on
answer. Winesave protects your opened                      its merits, its little stars are still
wine by putting a layer of argon –                         a hugely valued commodity.
an inert and odourless gas – across the
wine’s surface, protecting your favourite                  The good news this year is that,
wine’s complex character for weeks.                        although no new stars have been
    It means that you no longer have to finish              given out in Marylebone, none
your bottle in one night just to save it from              have been taken away either,
the evils of oxidation. On that sad occasion               meaning that this compact patch
when your societal duty extends beyond your                of London still has an impressive
emotional attachment, and you feel forced                  four stars in its firmament.
to open the Grand Cru Des Carruades 1962
Pauillac despite your better judgement, a                  The young bucks at L’Autre
quick blast from the matt black bottle means               Pied and Texture are producing
that from now on, all is not necessarily lost.             some of the most distinctive and
                                                           imaginative food found anywhere
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FOOD & ME                                                                               Wales. Starters include steak tartare
                                                                                        and smoked haddock and caramelised
BARRY HIRST, CO-OWNER OF                                                                onion tart. We also do chilli salt squid
                                                                                        with lime dressing, because we just
THE GRAZING GOAT                                                                        sell such a huge amount of it in every
                                                                                        venue. It’s something that people seem
                                                                                        to love. The Grazing Goat has a big
                                                                                        rotisserie and grill section. We buy
                                                                                        very good cuts of meat and fish. Our
                                                                                        philosophy is – simple as possible. We
Have you always been in the pub game?       milk, so they used this particular area     don’t want to add unnecessary things.
No, the other founding director of          to graze goats so that she could have       It’s good food, cooked simply.
Cubitt House, Stefan Turnbull, and          milk without getting a rash.
I are property developers – that’s our                                                  And are you doing a Sunday roast?
main business. We both live in SW1,         Describe the look and feel here.            Yes, we are. With the rotisserie, we
where there wasn’t a decent pub, so         You have to be sympathetic with the         are doing rolled joints of meat for
we decided to buy the one at the end        age of the building, which is over 160      twos or fours, giving it a real sharing
of our road, The Thomas Cubitt. We          years old, so you can’t start introducing   atmosphere. We bring the whole lot
bought it for a bit of fun, thinking we     anything that doesn’t fit. Everything        to the table and people can then dig
would be pulling pints, but it got a bit    we’ve done is top quality joinery – solid   in together.
too busy, so we were actually very much     oak floors, solid tulip panelling and
managing it from behind the scenes.         handmade tables. We left some of the        I’m too stuffed to move, can I stay the night?
After that we were invited to take The      original beams in, and it turned out to     Yes, we have eight hotel rooms here.
Pantechnicon on Motcomb Street. Our         have what I would call a country house,     There are two penthouse suites and
third pub, The Orange, is on Pimlico        hunting lodge feel. At night time it’s      six smaller rooms. We are also doing
Road. And in December we opened             absolutely beautiful, it just glows. It     breakfast every day from eight o’clock.
The Grazing Goat.                           takes on a different personality.
                                                                                        Is owning pubs as good as it sounds?
Had you ever worked in a pub?               How good is the selection of drinks?        Yes, it is. We’ve now got the best part
Yes, I lived in Essex, for my sins, and     Pretty good, but the plan is to start       of 200 people working across the four
I worked in a pub called the Bridge         introducing more eclectic world beers.      pubs, and I love them. They’re great. If
House Tavern during my late teens.          I want to offer a range of probably 20      you’ve got a good management team,
I loved it, and since then I’ve fancied     bottled beers. If someone is spending a     which we have, that takes away the pain.
having my own pub. Part of the reason       good few hours in here, we want them
I wanted one is that I felt so let down     to be able to look through the beer         Who would you invite to your ultimate after
by bad service in British pubs. It is so    list and find ones from different parts      hours lock-in?
frustrating when you can’t get served       of the world. Something that doesn’t        Thomas Cubitt. I am constantly
or you don’t get service with a smile. It   happen much in England is bar staff         amazed, not only that he planned
seems crazy to me to have five deep at       advising you about what beers go with       such technical civil engineering and
the bar with people sitting there with      what food. This is something we want        estate planning, but mainly because
no drinks. If no one’s serving your         to get into – pairing beers with food.      he built such exquisite and detailed
customers then they’re not happy and        We include our staff in all the food.       houses on a grand scale at a time when
you’re not making any money. We             There is no way they will serve you         everything was produced by hand
have a mainly Antipodean team, who          anything without having first tasted it      and with no corners cut. A great man,
tend to relish good service rather than     themselves. It’s the same with the wine.    which is why we named our first pub
shying away from it. We’re one of the       Our two sommeliers, Ryan Moses and          after him – to celebrate the man and
very few pub groups that do total table     Matt Cocks, choose the wines and            his achievements.
service. You can go to the bar if you       teach all the staff about them, and
want, but otherwise just grab a table       they will be putting together the beer      LINKS
and someone will be over to you with a      list as well.
smile on their face.                                                                    The Grazing Goat
                                            What about the food?                        6 New Quebec Street
Why the name The Grazing Goat?              At The Grazing Goat we’ve decided           020 7724 7243
This used to be farmland. The first          to go very British, using produce from
Lady Portman was allergic to cow’s          estates in England, Scotland and
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World of Wine


Just suppose I were to utter the words   Vinoteca – an authentic and convivial    wine bars Juveniles and Willy’s Wine
“wine bar” to you – what would be        place in Farringdon. What used to        Bar. During 1999, Charlie spent time
the first image to spring to mind?        be quite a dingy area of London          in the southwest of France and later,
Perhaps a dark, dingy, crypt-like        has recently been transformed by         in 2000, in Langhorne Creek, South
tavern just off Fleet Street or under    a growing group of restaurants,          Australia. He studied wine marketing
the arches of London Bridge station      bars and delicatessens. They have        at Carcassonne and did a ‘stage’ in
containing many Keith Floyd-style        put themselves at the heart of this      Corbieres. Charlie and Brett first met
trenchermen with big red noses           community and are energetically          while working for David Gleave MW
glugging on claret and port? Or          driving things forward. At the end       at Liberty. They found the site for the
maybe a generic modern chain in the      of last year, the pair opened their      first Vinoteca in 2004 and it opened
City, containing lots of flashy bankers   second venture, in Marylebone. Of        its doors in 2005. The rest, as they say,
quaffing Bolly?                           course, this is a completely different   is history.
    These places do still exist, but     area and location, with a different          At the end of November last year,
they have been joined by a new           clientele, market and demographic,       I was invited to the opening of the new
generation of wine bars, which have      but the recipe for success still         Vinoteca, on Seymour Place. Vinoteca
been modelled on the European            remains the same.                        is a quaint little pit stop, which serves
‘enotecas’ and American wine                 Both Brett and Charlie have vast     the local community well. I had a chat
merchants. I sincerely believe that      industry experience and have spent       with Charlie and manager Willoughby
London now has a wonderful culture       many years cutting their teeth with      Andrews. In fact, I also made a video
of wine, galvanised by a handful of      the great and the good. Brett spent      blog, which is up on my website.
visionary people for whom wine will      his formative years working his way      Charlie in particular enjoys wines
always be the main focus. Many of        around Australia and his native New      from the southwest of France and has
these places have a charming identity    Zealand before coming to England         a passion for the Rhone Valley.
and are run by real people with real     and working for the legendary Rowley         They have continued their simple
passion and a sense of individualism.    Leigh at Kensington Place. Charlie,      formula of being friendly, relaxed
They are relaxed and convivial, with     a Yorkshireman born and bred,            and serving good honest food with
the wine taking centre stage without     started out working for a brewery and
all the fuss. Most importantly, they     studying hospitality management. He      LINKS
have personality. They may not have      is a well-travelled chap, having lived
                                                                                  Robert’s blog
Michelin stars and all that guff, but    and worked in France, the Channel
they successfully manage to make you     Islands and the Caribbean. He first
feel comfortable, so you will probably   caught the wine bug back in the 1990s,
return again and again.                  while working for the Tetley brewery     Consultancy, advice and bespoke tastings
    Two individuals who have put         and at a place called Hanrahan’s
themselves at the heart of London’s      in Sheffield. Possibly the two most
wine bar scene are Brett Woonton         influential people on his career path
                                                                                  15 Seymour Place
and Charlie Young. In 2005, after        were Mark Williamson and Tim
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spending many years in the wine and      Johnston, who he came across when
restaurant trade, they established       working in Paris at their legendary
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an accessible and interesting wine
selection. Many of the wines are
served by the glass and the range
changes twice a year. You can book
a table for lunch, but their strict
policy of no reservations for dinner
still remains. They also have a wine
merchant to sell wines at retail.
A couple of new features are the
prosecco on tap and the bag-in-box
wines. The latter are an interesting
range of white, red and rose wines
produced in the Loire Valley and are
great value for money.
    The food at the new Vinoteca is
not too shabby either. The menu
changes daily and there are always
wine suggestions by the glass with
each dish. I love the hearty portions
of good, simple, honest fare. I have
already been back a few times and
stand out dishes for me are the
smoked eel and celeriac remoulade,
the potted shrimps, and the elegant
sounding crubbeens with watercress
and sauce gribiche. This dish consists
of tasty porcine morsels and is a very
flavoursome starter, great to enjoy
washed down with a crisp, dry and
aromatic white. They serve some
quirky wines at Vinoteca, such as
a Slovakian Muller Thurgau, an
Austrian Gruner Veltliner or fruity
white from the southwest of France.
    As for main courses, I would whole-
heartedly recommend the brill –
a delicious fillet of white fish sitting in
a bowl containing an aromatic saffron
broth with clams and new potatoes.
If you prefer meat, the bavette is
great, especially if you enjoy a good
old-fashioned steak and chips kind
of meal. This would be great with the
flavoursome Hungarian Bull’s Blood
red wine or a rustic Tuscan red.
One of my favourite dishes is the pie.
The flavour can vary, as from time to
time the chef will make a mutton and
oyster pie or middle white pork and
prune. However, one thing is always
consistent, which is the quality of the
produce, as it sits magnificently like
a huge crown of meaty filled pastry
on a cushion of creamy mash.


The theft of a good linen or silk            wine merchants, tea & coffee dealers,   to her to look in the stock case. In
pocket handkerchief was to the               and booksellers of Baker Street.        that moment of distraction, Mrs
villains of Victorian London what the        In 1855, the premises of John Moule,    Ramsbotham deftly picked up four
lifted laptop is today. Oliver Twist,        a fashionable linen-draper, were at     handkerchiefs and slipped them into
you may recall, was introduced to his        54 Baker Street, on the southwest       her coat pocket. The watchful Welch
life of crime after seeing the many          corner of Dorset Street.                had seen it all. When the woman left,
glorious “wipes” arrayed in Fagin’s             Mr Moule employed several shop       Welch was sent off in hot pursuit.
lair. “Ah, you’re a-staring at the pocket-   assistants, among them a young             When Mrs Ramsbotham emerged
handkerchiefs, eh, my dear? There            man named Samuel Welch, who             from a nearby stationer’s, Welch
are a good many of ’em, ain’t there?”        was at his post on 27 March 1855        was there to greet her. He said that
But the temptation to purloin these          when Mrs Ramsbotham entered the         Mr Moule had requested that she
colourful accessories was not confined        establishment. It appears that some     return to the shop, to which she
to the light-fingered filchers from the        days previously, the clerk had reason   replied, quite freely: “Oh, I have the
East End. When a nice old lady from          to suspect that Mrs Ramsbotham          handkerchiefs in my pocket.” Back at
Portman Square was prosecuted for            had walked off with some fabric for     Moule’s, Mrs Ramsbotham admitted
hoisting a handful from a Baker Street       which she had not paid. Welch had       swiping the handkerchiefs. Her
shop, it prompted a sensation.               mentioned it to his employer and was    husband would surely pay for them
    Mary Ramsbotham was 50                   told to keep a keen eye on her.         and if Mr Moule might, this one time,
and the wife of one of London’s                 Watkins Moule, the owner’s son,      overlook the matter, she would be
foremost obstetricians, Dr Francis           waited upon Mrs Ramsbotham.             deeply grateful. But the merchant
Ramsbotham. In 1855, the                     She purchased six yards of a lining     was adamant – the police would be
Ramsbotham family resided at                 material at four-pence a yard and       summoned. Mrs Ramsbotham was
7 Portman Square. Portman Square             arranged for it to be sent to Portman   rumbled off in a cab with the peelers
was then surrounded with the                 Square. After closing the sale,         for Marylebone police court.
elegant homes of the wealthy and             young Moule placed a small box of          Mrs Ramsbotham was not the first
noble. Number 7 was on the east side         cambric handkerchiefs before Mrs        of her ilk. In 1843, in The Mysteries of
and was long ago lost to the office           Ramsbotham for her inspection.          London, the author declared: “The
block that now faces the square.             She did not think they were of the      fact is that many ladies will go into
From its doorway, it was but a step          best quality. Moule quickly said        a shop, purchase a hundred guinea
or two north to reach the milliners,         he had better and turned his back       shawl, and secrete an 18 penny pair
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                                          “mercifully” handled. Broughton            life when an important constitutional
                                          would not relent and sent the case for     change took place.” Hers was a life
                                          trial, although he permitted               of constant nervous excitement,
                                          Mrs Ramsbotham bail of £2,000.             hallucinations, and delusions. She
                                              The Times pounced upon the             had no intent to steal at all. Ballentine,
                                          magistrate: how could any man in his       the hero of many life-or-death
                                          senses not see that Mrs Ramsbotham         criminal trials, went so far as to say
                                          was out of hers? “Hers is an instance of   he never felt more anxiety about any
                                          that not very uncommon monomania           person he had ever defended.
                                          which leads persons otherwise                  The presiding judge instructed
Hers is an instance of                    estimable and well-conducted to pilfer     the jury to dismiss all talk of a trap.
that not very uncommon                    articles of trifling value in obedience     Mr Moule was not on trial. The only
                                          to the impulses of a diseased              question was: did Mrs Ramsbotham
monomania which leads                     imagination. Everyone could probably       mean to steal the handkerchiefs? After
persons otherwise estimable               name a dozen ladies who have been          four hours, the jury reported back
and well-conducted to pilfer              notorious for abstracting articles of      a hopeless deadlock – six to six with
articles of trifling value in              trifling value from the shops where         no hope for resolution. The jurors
                                          they habitually dealt.”                    were dismissed with thanks. Mrs
obedience to the impulses                     Whatever one thought of the            Ramsbotham was released and left
of a diseased imagination                 theory, it was hard to justify mercy       court with her husband, to be greeted
                                          when poor men and women                    with a somewhat mixed reaction from
                                          were being sentenced daily for             a “great concourse of persons”.
                                          “abstracting articles of trifling value”        The case of Mrs Ramsbotham
                                          from shops far less grand than             and the Baker Street linen-draper
                                          Mr Moule’s emporium. Why should            generated a lively debate. The
of gloves.” In the better families,       the wife of a Marylebone physician         “exceptional leniency” granted to
m’lady’s thievery was explained as        receive any more consideration?            her was contrasted with the average
an “amiable weakness”. Mr Moule               Mrs Ramsbotham’s trial was held        barrow-thief who had no highly paid
was not going to take it any longer.      at the Guildhall. The prosecution          counsel and would likely have been
He found an ally in the formidable        insisted that Mr Moule took no             given hard labour. One of the radical
Marylebone magistrate Robert              pleasure in bringing charges but           newspapers thought the “lady thief”
Broughton. Hearing the facts, he          acted in the interest of his “brother      would have benefited from “the
refused bail, telling the courtroom       tradesmen”. Young Watkins Moule            curative process of incarceration and
– including Dr Frank – that the law       had a very unpleasant time of it at the    the treadmill”.
must “rule irrespective of station        hands of the wily Ballentine. Wasn’t it        Menopausal kleptomania
or stage in life”. Mrs Ramsbotham         true that the original handkerchiefs       (brought on by “the change of life”)
throughout was described as “calm         shown to Mrs Ramsbotham were               became a frequently employed
and collected” and said nothing as        not “French cambric” but an inferior       defense. The pioneer English alienist
she was led to the cells until her next   fabric? Did the clerk not know that        Sir John Bucknill was not among
court appearance.                         Mrs Ramsbotham would likely reject         the convinced: “Kleptomania is
   Three days later she was brought       them? He could then offer to show          never urged as a defence for the
forward, now represented by the Old       her something better and turn his          delinquencies of the poor; but when
Bailey legend Serjeant Ballentine.        back to her intentionally – all the        ladies of respectable connection are
Press coverage had drawn a crowd          while she was unknowingly under the        detected in habits of shoplifting,
that spilled out into Marylebone          observation of his lynx-eyed colleague     the theory of kleptomania has been
High Street. Ballentine said Mrs          Welch. It was a carefully baited trap.     found exceedingly convenient.”
Ramsbotham had no interest in                 Ballentine asked the jurymen               Mr Moule’s vigilance was
stealing such trumpery items (worth       to believe that Mrs Ramsbotham             applauded by his peers. The Times,
9s 6d.) When the clerk returned           had suffered quite enough. The             however, reported: “We know many
with the superior handkerchiefs for       charge had brought shame to her            ladies who dread to enter any shop
her inspection, she “absently” put        distinguished husband and her              at this moment on the account of
the others in her pocket. Mr Moule        blameless children. What possible          the state of mind prevalent among
had her address. A gentleman would        reason had she to steal such “stuff”?      shopkeepers once the Ramsbotham
have sent a clerk to Dr Ramsbotham        In fact, she acted without reason: “She    story got wind.” Any such “dread”
and the matter would have been            had reached that point in a woman’s        was, to be sure, short-lived.
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                        JOINT ACCOUNT
                        JEAN-PAUL AUBIN-PARVU FINDS
                        OUT ABOUT THE CAUSES AND
                        CURES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

                        Our office is a hotbed for injuries               Age and injury are not the
                        sustained in pursuit of sporting glory       only factors linked to the disease
                        – and love. My editor Mark has twice         – genetics also play an important
                        dislocated his knee on the football          role. “There is quite a strong
                        pitch (he may never streak again),           hereditary link, particularly down
                        while Donna’s bad back results from          the female side,” says Dr Hall. Gender
                        years of kicking and throwing men            is another factor, and for most joints
                        twice her size in martial arts classes and   osteoarthritis is more common and
                        illegal bare knuckle fights. Viel would       more severe in women. Obesity has
                        have been one of the West Indies’            a serious impact, particularly on the
                        fastest bowlers had it not been for his      weight bearing joints. “So not only
                        right shoulder. He claims his injury is      will the osteoarthritis progress more
                        the result of all those bouncers aimed       rapidly if you are overweight, but that
                        at terrified batsmen, though I suspect        joint will also be more painful.”
                        he did it falling out of a hammock.              The ends of the bones that meet
                        And Clare, a long distance runner, was       in a joint are covered by a layer of
                        recently hotfooting it across London         gristle called cartilage. The cartilage
                        when she slipped and broke her ankle.        cushions the joint and helps to
                        She wasn’t actually racing though –          spread the forces evenly when
                        she was late for a romantic date.            pressure is applied. The smooth,
                            Injury and trauma to joints              slippery cartilage surface also allows
                        sustained through sport, for example,        the bone ends to move freely. With
                        may make us prone to developing              osteoarthritis that smooth cartilage
                        osteoarthritis as we get older.              becomes rough and brittle, and the
                        “Osteoarthritis is the commonest type        layer gradually thins. To compensate,
                        of arthritis and starts usually after        the bone beneath thickens and
                        the age of 50,” says Dr Gerard Hall,         spreads out, forming bony spurs
                        consultant rheumatologist at The             known as osteophytes. There may
                        Princess Grace Hospital. “And about          also be inflammation in the joint.
                        80 per cent of the population suffer         The synovium swells slightly and
                        from a degree of osteoarthritis by           may produce extra fluid, which then
                        the time they reach the age of 65-70.        makes the joint swell. In severe cases
                        That equates to around eight million         the cartilage can become so thin
                        sufferers in the UK, of whom about           that it no longer covers the thickened
                        one million will seek treatment.”            bone ends. The bone ends touch,
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rub against each other and start            like an MRI scan or an ultrasound           There have been studies
to wear away. The loss of cartilage,        may be very useful in detecting early       that clearly demonstrate
the wearing of bone and the bony            forms of osteoarthritis,” he says.
overgrowth at the edges can alter the          Both the medical and lay press
                                                                                        that by losing weight you
shape of the joint, forcing the bones       frequently discuss the huge advances        can actually prevent the
out of alignment, causing deformity.        made in the treatment of arthritis,         progression of osteoarthritis
    The areas of the body where             but these wonder treatments are
osteoarthritis typically occurs             referring to the management of
include the small joints of the             people with immune mediated
fingers, the base of the thumb, the          arthritis, such as rheumatoid
neck, lumber spine, hip, knee and           arthritis. “Osteoarthritis is essentially
the joints of the big toe. The classic      a condition of cartilage degradation,”
symptoms are pain, stiffness of             says Dr Hall, “and we aren’t very
the joint and swelling. “Usually the        successful at reversing processes
pain occurs during activity,” says          which are really degenerative.”
Dr Hall. “But if the patient has a more        Therefore, the treatment of              in as good health as possible. “So, for
aggressive form of the condition            osteoarthritis revolves around              example, a patient with osteoarthritis
then the pain will also be present at       controlling the symptoms. Patients          to the knee, we might send them to
rest.” In severe cases osteoarthritis       may be prescribed oral pain killers or      a physiotherapist to really get them
can be hugely debilitating, both            anti-inflammatory drugs, which are           to work on their quadriceps, to
physically and psychologically, and         available both as oral treatments and       strengthen the muscles to support
can threaten a patient’s quality of life    as topical gels. Injections are another     the arthritic knee.”
and very independence.                      method aimed at alleviating pain.               It is vital that obese patients lose
    Diagnosing osteoarthritis is            “We inject things like Cortisone to         weight. “There have been studies
usually relatively straightforward.         help reduce inflammation,” says              which clearly demonstrate that by
“About 95 per cent of the picture is        Dr Hall. “Many patients return for          losing weight you can actually prevent
really what the patient tells me in         two or three injections per year.”          the progression of osteoarthritis.”
terms of symptoms and what I see               Hyaluronic acid is present in the            Surgery may be considered
when I examine them,” says Dr Hall.         synovial fluid, which acts as a nutrient     where a joint has become seriously
“It’s a fairly clear cut diagnosis in the   to the cartilage and also dissipates        damaged. “In the worst case
vast majority of cases. There may be        pressures and forces throughout a           scenario, if the patient’s quality of
some additional tests, particularly for     joint. But in osteoarthritis the joint      life is sufficiently badly affected
patients with a much more aggressive        produces a very poor quality fluid.          then I refer them to an orthopaedic
form of osteoarthritis, where there is      “We can actually produce a molecule         surgeon,” says Dr Hall. “Hip and
actually more inflammation. Perhaps          that is very similar to Hyaluronic          knee replacements are the most
there is an overlap with some sort of       acid,” says Dr Hall. “You inject this       common, but we can replace other
inflammatory condition. Then we              into the joint and it helps to ease pain    joints, for example, the finger joints.”
might do some blood tests and x-rays.       and improve mobility.”                          Is there anything we can do to
But x-rays are the main test we would          Physiotherapy techniques are very        reduce the likelihood of getting
look to do for osteoarthritis, firstly, to   important in ensuring that all the          osteoarthritis? “Given the fact that
confirm the diagnosis, and secondly,         soft tissues supporting a joint – the       most cases of osteoarthritis are
to give us a baseline for future            muscles, tendons and ligaments – are        genetically linked and age linked,
reference several years down the line                                                   you can’t really do much about that
to see how things have progressed.”         LINKS                                       unfortunately,” says Dr Hall. “So we
    More sophisticated imaging                                                          are left with other techniques. For
techniques allow Dr Hall to identify        The Princess Grace Hospital                 those patients who do have a genetic
cartilage thinning in its early stages.     42-52 Nottingham Place                      predisposition, it is important that
“If you have a patient with relatively      020 7487 1234                               they keep their weight down, and
mild symptoms, and the x-rays really                keeping themselves fit and healthy
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Clinic Profile                                  skeletal, alleviating any kind of muscle
                                               pain and postural problems such as back
                                               ache and frozen shoulder. Secondly,
                                               the physiological, helping problems like
                                               IBS, asthma, headaches and high blood
                                               pressure. And thirdly, the psychological –
                                               I see some people purely for depression.”
                                                   Caroline says the body is a network
                                               of pulleys and ropes held in place and
                                               moved around under tension. “If you pull
                                               one bit, another bit has to either lengthen
                                               or shorten to accommodate this,” she
                                               says. “If you leave it in that position it will
                                               set, and after a while these strains have
                                               the potential to create conflict. In order to

                                               release tension you have to release it from
                                               where it is being pulled, not just where it
                                               feels tense. So by treating the whole body
                                               along lines of tension, Bowen is asking the
                                               body to undo and release the pull – and
The Bowen Alignment Clinic opened in           this is mostly away from the area of pain.”       Later this year – possibly the
Marylebone last year. Its founder Caroline         In between sets of moves Caroline puts        spring, the whispers have it
Kremer is an experienced practitioner of       breaks in to allow the body to interpret          – a new fitness centre will be
the Bowen Technique, which originated in       them and respond in the most optimal              opening off Marylebone Lane.
Australia. “It was designed by Tom Bowen,      way. “When we cut our finger the body              Following in the footsteps of
who was a labourer and had nothing to do       heals it on its own. The rest of the body         the company’s successful health
with the medical world,” says Caroline. “But   can do that too, but sometimes it needs a         club in Soho, The Third Space
his wife was quite ill with a neuromuscular    trigger to remind it how. The Bowen move          Marylebone will offer state-of-the-
medical condition, so he started trying to     is the trigger. The break is when the body        art fitness facilities – a dedicated
find ways of helping to relieve her pain. He    sets the healing process in action. As a          spinning studio; an ozone treated
studied lots of books, tried things out and    Bowen therapist I find that if the body is         swimming pool, allowing you to
stumbled across this system which is now       allowed to take on the process of healing         swim in your lunch hour without
known as the Bowen Technique.”                 itself, the result tends to be quicker.”          smelling of chlorine afterwards;
    Tom Bowen carried on his work until            Being gentle and non-invasive, there          a comprehensive range of cardio-
his death in 1982. “He used to see             is no boundary to age, sex and disability         vascular equipment, machine
somewhere in the region of 13,000              or during pregnancy. “Most issues get             weights and a large free-weight
people a year, who would travel from all       a result within two or three sessions,”           training area suitable for both
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“He treated children for free, which is        me with severe back pain, which they’ve           fitness studio. There will also be
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children’s clinic on a Saturday morning.”      been enough. Other problems may take              members and non-members, so
    The Bowen Technique is a sequence          longer, so I reassess after three sessions.       anyone can pop in for a pamper.
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It seems like such a simple idea – the         look towards Marylebone High Street        – it’s a public realm discussion about
area can always benefit from a bit of a         as its centre. We are all looking west     how the streets are going to evolve over
lift, everybody likes trees, let’s see if we   – it is where the centre of our universe   the next 25-50 years and our proposal
can plant a few. That was the thinking         is, so to speak. The purpose was to        had to take that into account, in fact
behind the W1W Tree Planting                   plant corridors of trees back to the       be a part of it.”
Initiative for eastern Marylebone.             high street. You may have differences          Mark freely acknowledges the help
“I’m just a part of the chain,” Mark           in architecture, but these avenues will    of people both outside and inside the
Gazaleh project co-ordinator tells             create a unifying theme going all the      council who helped him to navigate
me over a coffee as Great Portman              way back to the high street.”              the local planning maze into which
Street bustles along on the other side             In fact the idea for the initiative    he was venturing. First he had to
of the cafe window. “My stated aim is          came from some tree plantings in           answer two questions. Do people want
to green east Marylebone, planting             Harley Street, Upper Wimpole Street        it, and how is it going to be paid for?
500 trees in time for the London               and Devonshire Place. Of course            The first was quickly addressed by
Olympics. Beyond that, the idea is to          ideas are one thing, actions are quite     large stakeholders such as the estate
green Marylebone for the betterment            another, and it was going to take a        landlords, local hospitals, medical
of everyone.”                                  lot of action for this idea to rise from   practitioners, residential blocks
    Trees can really change the                the drawing board. Westminster             and residents’ associations showing
psychology of an area, Mark believes.          City Council has a ‘My Westminster’        support for the idea.
He says that London is continually             campaign through which residents               “I managed to show that this was
evolving, and that the key to success          can meet locals councillors and            not a one man band but a broad cross
is local residents’ amenities – cafes,         exchange ideas, so Mark raised the         section of opinion, critically local
shops, local services. And if you can          topic of trees. “You planted them          businesses and amenity groups. But
create the right environment, the              on Harley Street,” he said. “And it’s      it only really got going when officers
facilities and the services you want           fantastic. We’d like to plant some         of Westminster City Council started
will come to you.                              more.” He was told that although           seeing that there is something more
    “The Howard De Walden Estate               it was a nice thought, it was not in       to this than just trees – things like
has achieved that brilliantly around           Westminster’s immediate plans, but         economic development. I have been
the central Marylebone area,” says             Mark was determined not to let the         leading this initiative, but I am a very
Mark. “Here at the eastern edge we are         idea drop. “There are consultations        small part of a much bigger picture.”
aspiring to have something similar. We         on what is called Westminster Way              Then there was the money. The
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                                                                                    Hilary Benn (centre), then secretary of state for the
                                                                                    environment, food and rural affairs, leads a ceremonial
                                                                                    tree planting on Great Portland Street in November 2009

initiative needed to develop a funding    gave us a generous donation, enough       “Paul Akers and Chris Callwell of the
model that would allow everyone           to pay for a large number of trees.       Westminster City trees section have
to participate. They arrived at a         But it is more than just money – their    helped us enormously here. The final
‘matched funding model’, by which         wider support is invaluable.”             choice had to tick several boxes. It had
the level of council funding would            Trees do not come cheap. Each         to not spread too far, not damage the
depend on the amount the initiative       tree costs £300, including insurance      pavement, not threaten foundations,
could raise elsewhere. It meant the       and maintenance. “We have lost trees      not disrupt underground services.
council, charities, and the W1W           to vandals and vans,” says Mark,          It had to blossom nicely, have foliage
Tree Planting Initiative would work       “so the trees need to be replaced and     for 11 months. It had to drop once a
together and share the funding.           maintained by the council. That is why    year so you only had to sweep up once.
     “I also can’t overstate the value    they cost so much. Think 500 trees at     It could not drop fruit and not cast
of The Westminster Tree Trust             £300 – that’s £150,000, of which the      too much shade, so no-one loses any
becoming officially involved,”             community’s contribution is £50,000.”     light. All this and thrive in the city
Mark says. “It is a charity created           The project’s first planting took      environment. It’s not easy.”
with the aim of improving the             place on Hallam Street. “It was an easy       So after all this activity, what has
environment in Marylebone and it has      choice because it was very residential.   the reaction been? After all a lot of
very close council connections. They      This was followed by Weymouth             money has been invested on all sides,
also offered a third of the financial      Street, and at present we are working     for some very deferred gratification.
commitment, which was a huge              on Great Portland street, Devonshire      “The reaction has been great,”
moment for us.”                           Street, New Cavendish Street, and         Mark enthuses. “We are hearing great
    So on the basis of Westminster City   Bolsover Street.”                         stories about how it is working. This
Council, the Westminster Tree Trust           So what are they planting? After      Christmas someone was about to cut
and W1W Tree Planting Initiative          all, you can’t just plonk any tree into   some branches off a tree for an office
working together and supplying one        modern London. “We have settled           decoration, when they suddenly found
third of the funds each, the project      on the pear tree,” Mark informs me.       themselves surrounded by a group
started in earnest, with some serious                                               of leather-clad bikers telling them
fundraising. “I canvass the community     LINKS                                     in no uncertain terms to leave the
street by street to see if they are                                                 tree alone. It turned out the bikers
happy,” Mark continues. “That way         W1W Tree Planting Initiative              worked nearby and had paid for that
it is easier for people to connect with                      tree themselves. In fact one of them
the project, to raise our third of the                 had planted it alongside secretary of
funds. If the money is not there we                                                 state Hillary Benn. That sort of local
can’t do it. Simple as that. The Howard                                             engagement can happen – it is what
de Walden Estate has been very                                                      we wanted to create, and it is essential
supportive and very generous. They                                                  if the whole project is to work.”
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31 Queen Anne Street
Located on a premier street in central
Marylebone Village, this is a newly
refurbished two double bedroom apartment
in a period building. Features include
a spacious reception and dining room,
contemporary kitchen, master bedroom
with fully fitted wardrobes and
en-suite bathroom and additional
family bathroom.

Howard de Walden Estate
020 7290 0912
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Tim Fairweather has worked in property        parties – just sheer living. One of the   But, quite frankly, I like it the way it is.
since 1986. He joined Sandfords over          reception rooms is slightly larger            You have two good sized bedrooms
four years ago and is both a director and a   than the other, so if you were keen       on the back of the building, which
partner in the company. His dream home        on entertaining you could easily fit       are quiet and away from any road
is 14-16 New Cavendish Street                 a dining table big enough for             noise. The main bedroom has an en
                                              12 people. It’s a focal room. This        suite shower and bathroom. It’s all
This dream property is a wonderful,           flat actually reminds me of the one I      in very nice, tip top condition with a
spacious flat in an attractive, small          used to have in Bryanston Mansions        walk in wardrobe for people who like
purpose built block at 14-16 New              on York Street. I’d knocked two           to collect clothes and shoes.
Cavendish Street. The flat is for              reception rooms together to create            It’s a really lovely, bright flat
sale at £1.5 million, and the main            one 30 foot reception room.               with a great ceiling height. The
reason I love it so much is because              In the New Cavendish Street flat        flat is in excellent condition, quite
of its location – it is literally 50 feet     the reception rooms are next to a         contemporary and ready to move in
from Marylebone High Street. It’s             wonderful kitchen, so if you wanted       to. As it’s so close to the high street,
so difficult to buy flats just yards            you could always knock through into       if you need anything then it’s literally
from the high street, which is where          one of the reception rooms and really     just a stone’s throw away. You haven’t
everyone wants to be at the moment.           go to town on the entertaining front.     got to jump in a cab. There’s no
    The other real wow factor is the                                                    inconvenience – easy living.
way it’s been refurbished. Personally         LINKS                                     Why make life complicated?
I wouldn’t change a thing – in fact                                                         This is exactly the type of flat
that’s the reason I picked it. With           Sandfords                                 that Sandfords just love to get on
its two bay window reception rooms            6 Paddington Street                       the market, because they’re what
on the front, which together come             020 7224 4994                             everyone wants – whether it be an
in at over 30 feet in width, it’s just                             individual, a couple or a small family.
perfect for entertaining and dinner                                                     It can work for pretty much everyone.
                                                                                                                                                  80-81 WIMPOLE STREET, MARYLEBONE W1


020 7831 8311

020 7831 8311

Howard de Walden Management Limited and Richard Susskind & Company for themselves and as agents for Howard de Walden Estates Limited give notice that the particulars as set out are intended as general outline only
for the guidance of intending purchasers/lessees and neither Howard de Walden Management Limited nor Richard Susskind & Company nor Howard de Walden Estates Limited on whose behalf the particulars are provided,
accept any responsibility for any inaccuracies the particulars may contain. Any intending purchaser/lessee should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but should satisfy themselves by inspection or
otherwise as to their correctness. All floor areas and other measurements are approximate. These particulars do not form, or form any part of, any offer or contract. Neither Howard de Walden Management Limited nor
Richard Susskind & Company nor Howard de Walden Estates Limited nor any of their employees have any authority, either orally or in writing, to make or give any representation or warranties in relation to the property.
Unless otherwise stated all prices and rents quoted are exclusive.
£2,050,000 ∙ Leasehold
A stunning, rarely available loft style duplex
apartment arranged over the top two floors
(with lift) of this converted school building.
Located in a quiet backwater just off Oxford
Street, this property benefits from double
volume ceilings and a large roof terrace which
offers fantastic views of the London skyline
2 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · 2 Reception
Rooms · Private Parking · Double Volume
Ceilings · Large Roof Terrace
Marylebone & Regent’s Park
020 7486 6338

£1,100,000 ∙ Leasehold
A second floor three bedroom flat in this
small building, located moments from the
many amenities of Oxford Street.The property
benefits from a delightful reception room as
well as a long lease and low outgoings.
3 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Moments from
Oxford Street · Second Floor
Marylebone & Regent’s Park
020 7486 6338

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£895 per week ∙ Furnished/Unfurnished
A delightful, recently refurbished house spread over three floors in this
quiet cobbled mews. The property benefits from wooden floors in the
main areas, an eat-in kitchen and two bathrooms. It is within walking
distance to Marylebone High Street and Bond Street underground
station. Offered unfurnished or furnished via separate negotiation.
Available now.
Mews House · 2 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Furnished or Unfurnished
Great Location
Marylebone & Regent’s Park
020 7486 6338

£795 per week ∙ Unfurnished
A bright and contemporary two bedroom flat on the fifth floor
(with a lift) of this purpose built building with a porter. The property
benefits from wooden floors throughout, an intelligent surround sound
system, one bathroom and a separate kitchen. It is within walking
distance to Edgware Road and the fashionable Marylebone High Street.
Unfurnished. Available now.
2 Bedrooms · Wooden Floors · Fifth Floor · Lift · Porter
Marylebone & Regent’s Park
020 7486 6338

£695 per week ∙ Furnished
A bright and contemporary two bedroom flat on the fourth
floor (walk up) of this modern conversion. The property offers
an open plan reception to kitchen, two bathrooms, a Juliet
balcony and wooden floors to the main areas. It is close to
Baker Street underground station and Marylebone High Street.
Furnished. Available now.
Modern Conversion · 2 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Juliet Balcony
Close to Baker Street
Marylebone & Regent’s Park
020 7486 6338

            MEWS, W1
 An attractive three storey mews
    house with garage, located in
  a cobbled cul-de-sac moments
   from Marylebone High Street.

  Reception room, kitchen/dining
     room, master bedroom with
en-suite bathroom, 2nd bedroom
  with en-suite shower room/WC,
         guest cloakroom, garage.

      LH £2,300,000
       Marylebone 020 7479 1900

                                                                        MONTAGU MEWS
                                                                        SOUTH, W1
                                                                        Situated within a cobbed cul-de-
                                                                        sac, this freehold three storey
                                                                        purpose built mid terraced
                                                                        mews house has the potential for
                                                                        modernisation and improvement.

                                                                        Double reception room opening
                                                                        onto a balcony, kitchen/dining
                                                                        room, master bedroom with
                                                                        en-suite bathroom, 2nd double
                                                                        bedroom, single bedroom, family
                                                                        bathroom, guest cloakroom,
                                                                        garage with internal access
                                                                        and terrace.

                                                                        FH £2,250,000
                                                                        Marylebone 020 7479 1900

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                                     A truly remarkable Grade II*
                                     listed mews house. This stylishly
                                     presented and enviably located
                                     property is situated within a
                                     classically cobbled Marylebone
                                     Village cul-de-sac. Potential for
                                     further storey.

                                     1st floor reception room, double
                                     reception room, dining room,
                                     open-plan kitchen, 2nd kitchen,
                                     breakfast room, master bedroom
                                     with en-suite bathroom, study,
                                     patio garden, shower room and
                                     guest cloakroom, garage.

                                     LH £3,950,000
                                      Marylebone 020 7479 1900

             PLACE, W1
            An impressive, light,
           contemporary space,
            incorporating many
          bespoke features that
        can only be appreciated
     with an internal inspection.

Top floor dual aspect open-plan
  kitchen/reception room, small
     walk-on glazed roof balcony
   master bedroom with walk-in
wardrobe, en-suite bath/shower
     room with guest cloakroom,
4 further bedrooms, bathroom,
 utility room, shower room/WC.

      FH £2,999,995
      Marylebone 020 7479 1900

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                                    INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

On the third floor of a small 1930’s purpose built block superbly located in the heart of Marylebone Village (just off the High
Street) a spacious double-aspect one-bedroom apartment with an elegant reception room ideal for entertaining.

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The numerous retail, restaurant & leisure facilities of Marylebone Village are literally on the doorstep, and Bond Street
underground station (Central & Jubilee lines) is within easy walking distance, providing fast access to the City & Canary Wharf.
Unfurnished                                                                                                       £575 per week

                                    77 New Quebec Street London W1H 7RH +44 (0) 20 7724 4777
                                     New Quebec Street London W1H 7RH        020 7724 4777

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On the raised ground floor of a fine converted period house and having its own street entrance, a magnificent

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apartment extending to 2120 square feet with high ceilings and an elegant reception room, as well as three double
bedrooms. The numerous facilities of Oxford Street and Marylebone High Street are with easy walking distance.
Unfurnished                                                                                           £1,800 per week

                                 7 New Quebec Street London W1H 7RH +44 (0) 20 7724 4777
                                 7 New Quebec Street London W1H 7RH     020 7724 4777



£2,000 PER WEEK
                                       . bedrooms, two singles
                                         Three further double

For further information please            and three shower rooms.
call our Marylebone office on
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. A grand, six bedroom,                        with corner aspect
  apartment in a period
                                       . flooring and period features.
                                         Benefits from hard wood

. walk-in bedroom with en-
  Master                               . Regent's moments from
          wardrobe and                             Park.
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£2,500 PER WEEK
                                       . library/TV room, fully
                                         Double reception room,

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call our Marylebone office on
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                                                         floor of
. spaciousrefurbished
  A newly
                                           highly sought
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Regent’s Park                                                            Marylebone Village
213-215 Gloucester Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 6BU                  6 Paddington Street, Marylebone Village, London W1U 5QG
T +44 (0)20 7723 9988 F +44 (0)20 7723 9958 E        T +44 (0)20 7224 4994 F +44 (0)20 7224 4989 E

                                                                    DEVONSHIRE CLOSE,
                                                                    MARYLEBONE, W1

                                                                                                           . bathrooms and four
                                                                                                             Two bedrooms, two

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                                                                    . listed mews house. II
                                                                      An outstanding Grade                 . Benefitsand garage.
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                                                                    . Arranged over three floors.          . within onepositioned
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                                                                                                              Village’s most desirable

                                                                    UPPER MONTAGU STREET,
                                                                    MARYLEBONE, W1

                                                                    £3,850,000                             . refurbishedand stylishly
                                                                    FREEHOLD                                             retaining many
                                                                                                              original features.
                                                                                                           . Five bedrooms, four
                                                                    For further information please
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                                                                    020 7224 4994                            bathrooms (two en-suite),

                                                                    . freehold houseperiod
                                                                      An impressive
                                                                                                              two reception rooms.
                                                                                                           . kitchen/diner, study, utility
                                                                                                             Luxurious Poggenpohl
                                                                    . arranged over fivehome . Multi-room media system,
                                                                                                              room and gym.
                                                                      A stunning family
                                                                                                 patio and roof terrace.

Regent’s Park                                                       Marylebone Village
213-215 Gloucester Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 6BU             6 Paddington Street, Marylebone Village, London W1U 5QG
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Wimpole Street, Marylebone W1
An elegant two bedroom apartment on the
preferred first floor of a grand period building
located on the corner of Wimpole Street and
New Cavendish Street. The property features
high ceilings, excellent natural light and large
reception space.

Accommodation comprises:
1 Reception room, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms,
Upper Floor with Lift, Apartment, Very Good
Decoration Throughout

£1,295,000           Leasehold
Marylebone 020 7486 8866


Mansfield Street, Marylebone W1
A beautiful two bedroom apartment set in one of
the most elegant mansion blocks in the heart of
Marylebone. The property benefits from a double
reception room with a separate kitchen. The
building has 24 hour porterage.

Accommodation comprises:
Double Reception room, Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms,
24hr Porter, Good Decoration Throughout

POA            Leasehold
Marylebone 020 7486 8866

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                            Queen Anne Street, Marylebone W1
                            Located on one of the most desirable streets
                            in Marylebone, this stunning two bedroom, two
                            bathroom apartment has just been completely
                            refurbished to the highest standard, with modern
                            fixtures and fittings through out the flat boasts
                            ample storage and light spacious accommodation
                            (1280 sq ft) including a reception room with
                            separate dining room.

                            Accommodation comprises:
                            Reception room, Kitchen, Two Bedrooms,
                            En-Suite Bathroom, Family Bathroom

                            £1,250 per week Unfurnished / Furnished
                            by separate negotiation
                            Marylebone 020 7486 8866

                            Marylebone High Street,
                            Marylebone W1
                            A bright and most attractive three bedroom
                            flat in this wonderful location in the very heart
                            of Marylebone.

                            Accommodation comprises:
                            Reception room, Kitchen, Three bedrooms,

                            £750 per week Unfurnished / Furnished
                            by separate negotiation
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                                                Haselbury House, George Street, W1
A stylish well-presented 2 bed 2 bath apartment on the first floor of this new development successfully combining traditional features with the latest
technology gadgets, benefiting from high ceiling, lift, 24 hour porterage. The property has been tastefully decorated and would make an ideal pied-a
      terre in Central London minutes away from all trendy shops and amenities of Baker Street, Oxford Street and open spaces of Hyde Park.

                                                     Penthouse, Seymour Place, W1
  Brand new bright and sunny penthouse apartment on the 4th floor, with a stunning surrounding perimeter balcony. Featuring 2 bedrooms
   and 2 bathrooms, a modern fully-fitted kitchen, and a spacious reception with a 270 degree view from windows on three sides. Modern
  stylings and wood flooring throughout, combined with a close proximity to local amenities and transport links, round off a rare package.

                                              Telephone: 020 7486 2321
                                       104 George Street W1U 8PB • Fax 020 7224 0038
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Bickenhall Street, Marylebone W1                                                              Devonshire Place Mews, Marylebone W1
A recently refurbished 4 bedroom apartment with spacious accommodation, living room,          A newly refurbished mews house with accommodation over three floors, living/dining
dining room, entrance hall with study area, eat-in kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3 shower rooms        room with gas fire, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, study area, large terrace
£2,250 per week Unfurnished                                                                                        Furnished/
                                                                                              £2,250 per week Furnished/Unfurnished

Dorset Street, Marylebone W1                                                                  Bryanston Square Marylebone W1
A fantastic third floor apartment that has been refurbished to an exceptional standard with   An elegant 1st floor apartment in an exclusive development, 24 hr porterage, living/dining
great storage, reception room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms                        room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, guest cloakroom, parking space by
£1,300 per week Unfurnished                                                                   negotiation
                                                                                              £1,750 per week Unfurnished

New Cavendish Street, Marylebone W1                                                           Chiltern Court, Baker Street, Marylebone W1
A contemporary 3 bedroom apartment in refurbished period building, large entrance hall,       A 2 bedroom apartment on 4th floor of secure mansion block, dining hall, living
living room, dining room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air conditioning           room, kitchen, bedroom with en suite shower room, double bedroom, bathroom
£1,300 per week Furnished/Unfurnished                                                         £725 per week Furnished
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fitzroy square, w1
Period features   scope to redevelop arranged over 5 floors   views over
garden square     328 sq m (3,531 sq ft)
                                                                                  David Turner
Guide £3.75 million Freehold                                                    020 7578 5103

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Baker Street, Marylebone W1
 Top floor 3 bedroom Marylebone apartment
 Located on the 6th floor, this bright 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment benefits from
 a lift and porter.                                                          
 Master bedroom suite, 2 further bedrooms, further bathroom, reception room / dining
 room, kitchen, lift, porter. 110.46sq.m approx (1,189sq.ft approx)
                                                                                       020 7483 8349
                                                                                       Joint agent
 Leasehold 982 years approximately
                                                                                       Harris Latner
 Guide price: £1,200,000                                                               property&
                                                                                       020 7224 5544
Square, W1
 Cool and contemporary
 A stylish and contemporary
 seventh floor apartment in
 a modern development on a
 prestigious garden square.
 Featuring a double bedroom with
 fitted wardrobes and dressing area,
 bathroom and open plan kitchen/
 reception room, concierge, lift, air
 cooling system and private terrace.
 Approximately 62 sq m (667 sq ft).

 Available furnished

 £650 per week
 020 7483 8349

Place, W1
 Beautiful lateral
 A spacious and light first
 floor lateral apartment in
 Marylebone on a premier
 street close to Regent’s Park
 and all the amenities of the
 Marylebone Village.
 Accommodation comprises 2
 double bedrooms, 2 en suite
 bathrooms, large double height
 reception room and a traditional
 eat-in family kitchen leading to a
 private terrace.

 Available unfurnished

 £1,500 per week
 020 7483 8349

Harrowby Street, Marylebone W1
 4 bedroom penthouse apartment
 A well thought out 4 bedroom apartment recently finished to a high standard in this
 popular Marylebone mansion block with 24 hour porter.                        
 Master bedroom suite, 2 further bedrooms, further bedroom / study, reception room,
 kitchen, 24 hour porter, lift, private parking. 109.5sq.m approx (1,179sq.ft approx)
                                                                                        020 7483 8349
                                                                                        Joint agent
 Leasehold 989 years approximately
 Guide price: £1,200,000                                                      
                                                                                        020 7258 5121
Newman Street, Marylebone W1
 A West End Penthouse
 A newly developed and impressive 4 bedroom duplex penthouse apartment in the heart
 of the West End.
 Master bedroom suite, further bedroom suite, 2 further bedrooms, further bathroom,
 reception room, kitchen / breakfast room, roof terrace, lift. 191.3sq.m approx       020 7483 8349
 (2,059sq.ft approx)                                                                  Joint agent
                                                                                      EA Shaw
 Leasehold 124 years approximately
 Guide price: £2,500,000                                                              020 7240 2255

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 Devonshire Street, W1G                        Montagu Mansions, W1U            Picton Place, W1U
 £240,000                                      £725,000                         £995,000

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 Blandford Street, W1U                                                          Bryanston Square, W1H
 £1,850,000                                                                     £2,750,000

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 £2,750,000                                    £6,555,000                       £6,950,000

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