Shop local: last-minute Easter gift guide
Decorate in style at Bluebird
Sweet temptation: Rococo
Some like it hot: Gail’s Bakery
Easter Egg decorating: Hotel Chocolat
Cracking ideas: chococo
Catch of the day: Harvey Nichols
Easter bouquet: chic and cheerful
Creative candles: Rachel Vosper
Meet the Easter bunny
Shop Local: Mother’s Day gift guide
1. Anya Hindmarch: mum’s the word
2. Neill Strain: ideas to inspire
3. Rachel Vosper: burning desires
4. Rococo: purrrrfect
5: L&B: Pretty in pink
6. Felt: star appeal
7. Lucie Rydlova: a glass act
8. Anthropologie: take note
9. Ancienne Ambiance: scent and sensibility
10. Chococo: choco-a-block
11. Tom’s Kitchen: perfect ingredients
12. And finally, Paxton & Whitfield: don’t forget Dad!
Valentine’s Day: Streets to fall in love with
1. St Leonard’s Terrace SW3
2. Eaton Square SW1W
3. Wilton Crescent SW1X
4. Cheyne Walk SW3
5. Bywater Street SW3
6. Godfrey Street SW3
7. West Halkin Street SW1X
New Year, New Home, New Gym
1. Bury Walk SW3 £695p/w
2. Ovington Square SW3 £2,700,000
3. West Halkin Street SW1X £3,250,000
4. Park Walk SW10 £1,500p/w
5. Chelsea Manor Street SW3 £550p/w
6. Elystan Street SW3 £1,590,000
7. Ebury Street SW1W £795,000
8. Harriet Walk SW1X £4,000,000
9. Old Brompton Road SW5 £1,000,000
10. Petersham Place SW7 £1,200p/w
The 12 Homes of Christmas
1. Elystan Street SW3 £1.59m
2. Ebury Street SW1W £795,000
3. Ovington Square SW3 £2.7m
4. Cadogan Square SW1X £2,350p/w
5. Wilton Crescent SW1X £3,950p/w
6. Royal Avenue SW3 £2,750p/w
7. West Halkin Street SW1X £4.5m
8. Lowndes Square SW1X £2.5m
9. Burton Mews SW1W £6.25m
10. Sloane Avenue SW3 £975,000
11. Queensdale Place W11 Guide Price £16m
12. Pont Street SW1X £1,295p/w
Shop local: last-minute Christmas gift guide
Paxton & Whitfield: Christmas Tower of Treats
McBean’s: Christmas Orchid
Habitat: Christmas Wreath
Rachel Vosper: Scented Candles
Chococo: Chocolate Delights
JoJo Maman Bebe: Novelty Knitwear
L & B: Game of Thrones
Rococo: Christmas Pudding Chocolate
Petrus: Fine Dining
We search local shops across Chelsea, Belgravia and online to find gorgeous gift ideas. From bunnies and bouquets to chocolate eggs and Easter extravaganza, here is our pick of the best last-minute treats (£8 to £96). Celebrate the season with the Henry & James Easter Gift Guide.
No childhood is complete without a chance to decorate your own eggs at Easter. Hop along to Bluebird on King’s Road to put your creative talents into action. Join the egg decorators in the food store at 4pm, but you’ll need to book tickets in advance. £15 per child, including drink and cookie.
- Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU (bluebird-restaurant.co.uk)
Munch your way through a magical Roald Dahl inspired Easter egg. The 140g milk chocolate egg is filled with six green milk and white chocolate mini crocodiles, flavoured with a pinch of Anglesey sea salt. “Roald Dahl has always been a great inspiration to me, my dad brought the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory back from New York in the Sixties, when it was first published,” explains Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo. “And it has been a formative influence on my life in chocolate ever since.” £20 Roald Dahl “The Enormous Crocodile Egg”.
- Rococo, 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU (www.rococochocolates.com)
What better way to celebrate the end of Lent than with a hot cross bun. Made with candied peel, hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. Gail’s bakery on King’s Road has a wide range of delicious baked goods, including these Easter Bunny cupcakes £3.50. If you prefer Gluten free treats, then visit the Good Life Eatery on Motcomb Street.
Design your own Easter egg at Hotel Chocolat’s Children’s chocolate tasting adventure. It is slightly off our patch, but we could not resist it. Head over to the School of Chocolate in Covent Garden, WC2.
The session will be led by one of Hotel Chocolat’s chocolatiers. £10 per person. Alternatively, visit their Kensington café for a hot chocolate and a chance to snap up some of their egg-citing chocolates.
- Hotel Chocolat School of Chocolate, 4 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HB (hotelchocolat.com/uk/cocoa-bar-cafes/experiences/childrens-tasting-adventure)
Chococo never fails to impress. The chocolatier has launched an egg-cellent range of gifts, including the heavenly honeycombe studded eggs (£9.95/175g). It comes in a choice of milk or dark chocolate; both are decorated on the inside with large chunks of homemade honeycombe. The milk chocolate egg comes dusted on the outside with edible gold shimmer and the dark chocolate egg is decorated on the outside with red shimmer.
- Chococo available from Peter Jones, Sloane Square and (chococo.co.uk)
Enjoy a tasty Easter brunch at the Fifth floor in Harvey Nichols. The department store is offering an Easter Bottomless Brunch for £65, including unlimited champagne and any three dishes from the special menu. Choose from Eggs Florentine, Monkfish scampi with wild garlic dip and citrus crème brulee with coconut sorbet. Chocoholics can find Sardines en Chocolat £8.25, and other delicious treats.
- Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street, SW1X, 020 7235 5250 (http://www.harveynichols.com/news/2016/02/09/easter-menu-knightsbridge/?restaurant=knightsbridge-dining)
Now is the perfect time to freshen up the flowers in your house. Choose a brightly coloured InfiniteRose in lemon. These flowers, do not need any water and maintain their beauty for several months, sometimes even up to a year. Only Roses select the finest natural roses, which have reached their optimum blossom, then naturally preserve the flower retaining the delicate texture and shape of each rose. Available in a wide variety of colours from pinks and reds to purple and black. Each InfiniteRose comes with a handmade black crystal bowl. £95 per InfiniteRose.
- Only Roses, 1 Hans Road, Knightsbridge (https://www.only-roses.com/infiniteroses/the-infiniterose#colour:Lemon)
Having trouble picking your perfect Easter gift? Try Rachel Vosper’s (http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/news?view=1113) hand-made candle for something special. The fragranced artisan candles are crafted in her Knightsbridge boutique. This THG bowl can be filled with the aroma of your choice. Enjoy these creative candles with their Jasmine notes. £73 (refill £26).
- Rachel Vosper at 69 Kinnerton Street, SW3 3QS (rachelvosper.com)
What’s your perfect Easter gift? For many, it is a chocolate Easter egg, but how about something fluffy from Chelsea Green? JoJoMaman Bebe has a wide selection of toys, including this cute rabbit in a variety of colours and sizes. £16 Jellycat Bashful Bunny.
- JoJoMaman Bebe, 20 Cale Street, London SW3 (www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk)
We search local shops across Chelsea, Belgravia and online to find 12 cool gift ideas for Mothering Sunday. There is something for every mum from brunches and bouquets, to chocolates and candles. Prices range from £16 to £600. Make it the best day ever on March 6, with the Henry & James Mother’s Day Gift Guide.
Just mention the magic words “Anya Hindmarch” and they strike a chord with nearly every mum in London. The designer brand has recently showcased a new collection of Pacman-inspired accessories at London Fashion Week, but if you are looking for a personalised gift, try the store in Pont Street, SW1X. Here you will find slim leather pockets with a range of messages, or you can create your own bespoke version. Look out for the Capra (£155) or the London Grain (£135) loose pockets. Handwriting is an additional £40 per box and typeset is £20 per line.
- Anya Hindmarch Bespoke, 15/17 Pont Street, London SW1X 9EH (020 7838 9177; www.anyahindmarch.com)
Flamboyant florist to the stars, Neill Strain, is the perfect person to create a beautiful bouquet for your leading lady. After all mums are award-winning in our eyes. Bespoke bouquets include everything from gerberas to roses. From around £85 for the arrangement below.
- Neill Strain Floral Couture, 11 West Halkin Street, London SW1X 8JL (020 7235 6469; neillstrain.com)
Spring is nearly upon us, so add new floral tones to your home with a candle from Rachel Vosper. The leather candles can be made to order in a choice of colours – perhaps a pink leather exterior with sparkling gold interior, or soft tan leather exterior with a deep red interior. Choose the perfect scent for your mum from the fragrance library, or watch them hand-make the candles in the Kinnerton Street shop. Small wick – £145, medium two wick – £165, large three wick – £245. Gift vouchers also available.
- Rachel Vosper, 69 Kinnerton Street, London SW1 8ED (020 7235 9666; rachelvosper.com)
Here is the perfect gift for cat lovers: “The Cat That Got The Cream” from Rococo. It contains 12 smooth ganache treats made with Valrhona single origin chocolate, fresh cream and real fruit purees. With such a decadent selection, you’ll only need one at a time, but it may take a while to choose: marc de champagne with popping candy, orange ganache with mango & passion fruit jelly; plain Valrhona Manjari; rose raspberry & lychee; sour cherry jelly with Valrhona Manjari ganache; Jasmine tea; Irish coffee white chocolate ganache in dark chocolate. £16 The “Cat That Got The Cream” ganache box.
- Rococo, 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU (020 7245 0993; rococochocolates.com)
Help your mum relax in comfort with these soft suede and sheepskin ballerina slippers. She can unwind wrapped in a dusty pink cashmere throw or sleep soundly in the dreamy Ferreol pink bedlinen. £110 slippers, £125 pillowcase, £600 throw.
- L & B Interiors, 6-7 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU (020 7838 9592; lblondon.com)
If you think your mum is a superstar, then spoil her with this elegant necklace from Felt. The pendant is made of an oxidised silver setting, a gold plated jump ring and diamonds. It comes with a 9ct gold chain £212, too.
- Felt, 53 Godfrey Street, Chelsea Green, London SW3 3SX (020 7349 8829; feltlondon.com)
Show your mother how much you care with a piece of Bohemian crystal. The collection at Lucie Rydlova on Chelsea Green, includes a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces. Look out for leading names from Baccarat and Lalique to Murano and Salviati. All that’s missing are the flowers. Prices vary with these unique pieces.
- Lucie Rydlova, 15 Cale Street, London SW3 3QS (020 7351 2133; lucierydlova.com)
Does your mum still have the same wall planner from when you were growing up? Take a leaf out of ‘Perfectly Disorganized’s’ book with this planner and clipboard from Anthropolgie. This is the traditional way for mums to organise their lives and probably yours, too. £28 planner, £22 clipboard.
- Anthropologie, 131-141 Kings Road, London SW3 4PW (020 7349 3110; www.anthropologie.com)
Why not treat your mum to some fragrant candles to help her relax. These hand-poured candles maintain their scent throughout and will make any home smell of delicious blooms. Choose the heady fragrance of Persia Rose and Jasmine. £38 for a 60-hour candle.
- Ancienne Ambiance, 3 Cale Street, London SW3 3QT (020 7117 2577; ancienneambiance.com)
Here is the ultimate gift for every mum: Chococo’s Mother’s Day Hamper. The box is bursting with heavenly honeycombe clusters; milk and white button tin; cocoa nibs tin; award winning-orange slabs (infused with orange oil) and a selection box of 16 handmade chocolates. £42.50 Mother’s Day Hamper.
- Chococo available online (01929 421777; chococo.co.uk)
Everyone knows mum’s cooking is best, but sometimes it’s great to give her a day off. What better way to celebrate Mothering Sunday, than treating your mum to lunch or brunch at Tom’s Kitchen. With a wonderful selection of seasonal specials and the ultimate Sunday brunch, you can be sure of an inspirational menu. Start with spicy crab cake with cucumber and chilli salsa, followed by Truffle tagliatelle with wild mushrooms. Finish with pear and blackberry crumble with sour ice cream. Around £35, per person plus drinks. There is a great children’s menu, too.
- Tom’s Kitchen, 27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP (020 7349 0202; tomskitchen.co.uk/chelsea)
If you’re worried that dad will be left out from all the attention, then you could always buy him a limited edition English stilton jar. This jar from Paxton & Whitfield comes in striking blue to match the veining of the cheese. It is hand-filled with a generous portion of the ‘King of Cheeses’, creamy with a delicious herby flavour. This is ideal for mums who enjoy savoury treats, too. (£28.00/500g)
- Paxton & Whitfield Chelsea, 22 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU (020 7584 0751; paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk)
There is a burst of activity across the capital. Red roses, designer dresses and chocolate love hearts are in shop windows, from King’s Road to Carnaby Street. And this means one thing: Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us.
East London may have “Love Lane” in EC2 or “Valentine Road” in E9, but there are plenty of romantic retreats in south west London, too. Here we pick streets to fall in love with around Chelsea and Belgravia. Many are packed with attractive architecture. Others have beautiful homes and some might even make memorable places to pop the question. And remember, women can make a leap-year proposal in 2016.
What: right on cue, the magnolias along St Leonard’s Terrace are bursting into bloom for February 14. Here you will find town houses with rambling creepers and stucco-fronted properties dotted along this sought-after street. In a couple of months, fragrant wisterias will burst into blossom, too. The homes overlook Burton’s Court, where you can stroll with your loved one on Valentine’s Day or have an energetic game of tennis to work up an appetite before a romantic meal at Manicomio on Duke of York Square, nearby. Property prices: a four-bedroom terraced house starts at around £6.5m upwards. You can find flats for less along Walpole Street and Smith Street. Brush with the past: Bram Stoker, author of Dracula lived at 18 St Leonard’s Terrace. Would suit: Flamboyant Foodies
What: Eaton Square is renowned. Not only does it have gorgeous Georgian properties designed by Thomas Cubitt in the 19th century, it has an air of sophistication, too. No wonder it has featured in romantic period dramas from Downton Abbey to Upstairs Downstairs shot nearby. All that is missing is the perfect partner to enjoy this romantic location. Property prices: a short-lease apartment might set you back around £625,000, while larger flats sell for £2.5m upwards. Brush with the past: James Bond’s fictional home was at 22 Eaton Square. Roger Moore also lived at 22 Eaton Square and Sean Connery lived at 7 Eaton Square. Would suit: Seductive Spies
What: Paris and Venice will always be top of the world’s most romantic places to live, but Wilton Crescent in SW1X is not far behind. It was designed by Thomas Cundy II in 1821. Today, the imposing properties offer stylish living in one of London’s best addresses. Wake up early for breakfast in bed, some retail therapy in Sloane Street and feed the ducks in Hyde Park or gallop along Rotten Row. Property prices: we currently have a triple-aspect property for sale in Wilton Terrace, just next door. It boasts two double-bedrooms, wooden floors and high ceilings (£3,500,000). http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=PS93633 Brush with the past: several episodes from the Avengers were shot in Wilton Crescent during the Sixties. The debonair Steed and Mrs Peel would feel right at home here. Would suit:A-listers
What: few streets compare with Cheyne Walk. It has both literary and artistic connections, stretching back to 19th century. The great and the good have flocked to this exclusive enclave in south west London: Mick Jagger, JMW Turner and Laurence Olivier. Property prices: you would be lucky to find an apartment for sale in Cheyne Walk, most of the homes are town houses. They sell for around £15m upwards. Brush with the past: blue plaque properties include Hilaire Belloc and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Would suit: Jet-set crowd
What: blink and you will miss Bywater Street. The tiny street is just off the King’s Road, but contains some of London’s prettiest properties. There is every shade of home from pastel blues, greens and of course pink for February 14. Paul’s bakery nearby has a wide-selection of macarons to match nearly every house colour. Brush with the past: John le Carre’s fictional M16 agent, George Smiley, lived at 9 Bywater Street. Property prices: a three-bedroom terraced house starts at around £3m upwards. Would suit: Passionate Party-goers
What: Godfrey Street could not be better located. At one end is King’s Road, with Waitrose and Anthropology, while at the other end, are the pleasures of Chelsea Green. This little gem is undergoing a quiet transformation. McBean’s has spectacular orchids, for a floral gift that you can keep all year round, or splash out on a lobster from The Chelsea Fish Monger before heading back to the love nest. Brush with the past: Charles Dickens was married nearby in St Luke’s Church in 1836. Property prices: houses don’t come on the market very often in Godfrey Street. Homeowners want to keep hold of those pretty cottages. A three-bedroom terraced property will set you back around £3.5m. Would suit: Incurable Romantics
What: imagine living in West Halkin Street. It has sweeping terraces, just minutes from Belgrave Square and Wilton Crescent. Everything you need for Valentine’s Day is on your doorstep, too. Look the part with a makeover from Daniel Galvin Jr. Alternatively, pick up some hand-made truffles from L’Eto and a bouquet of roses from Neill Strain. Then finish the evening with a candle-lit dinner at Mosimann’s. Brush with the past: Belgrave Square close-by, was designed by Thomas Cubitt in the 19th century. Property prices: flats start from around £900,000 upwards. Would suit: New Romantics
Gyms have never been busier. People are taking to treadmills, rowing machines and exercise bikes as part of their New Year’s fitness resolutions. Tempted to join them? Here are 10 homes for sale or to let near top gyms or fitness centres in south west London. No excuse to avoid the weekly workout when you are walking distance from these healthy hot spots.
This underground fitness centre has a huge training space, a 20m swimming pool and a well-equipped gym. Fitted with all the latest in technical gear, it contains kettlebells, bosu-balance trainers and battling ropes. If you take a short cut through Pelham Crescent, you reach this pretty mews cottage. The property has two-double bedrooms and a patio garden for warmer, summer days.
- Near: LAX Fitness, Pelham Street, London SW3 (www.lafitness.co.uk/gym/london-south-kensington)
- Bury Walk SW3 £695p/w: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=4F7067E6E305BN
Here is a top-notch gym in Brompton Cross. The KX Clubroom is perfect for relaxing with a Sunday paper or psyching yourself up to tackle a weekend workout. Take a stroll along Walton Street and you arrive at this elegant garden square. The spacious three-bedroom lateral property has a private balcony, too. It is an ideal space to recharge the batteries after a day in the office or a vigorous workout in the gym.
- Near: KX Gym, Drayton Avenue, London SW3 (kxlife.co.uk)
- Ovington Square SW3 £2.7m: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=56430E49B630F
Grace is a high-tech health and lifestyle club in the heart of Belgravia. Looking more like an exclusive boutique hotel than your average gym, Grace provides fitness as well as anti-ageing treatments. This two-bedroom flat is only a block away. The property is located in one of London’s most attractive terraces with elegant sash windows, a marble fireplace and a private garden.
- Near: Grace Belgravia, Motcomb Street, London SW1 (gracebelgravia.com)
- West Halkin Street SW1X £3.25m: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=527296BB11819
TriYoga is a well-being centre at the World’s End of Chelsea. It is a new kid on the fitness block, offering yoga, pilates and plenty of trendy treatments. Just around the corner, is a recently modernised three-bedroom property between King’s Road and Fulham Road. This is the perfect place to limber up before heading down to the yoga studio.
- Near: Tri Yoga Studio, King’s Road, London SW10 (triyoga.co.uk)
- Park Walk SW10 £1,500p/w: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=538F2C453EC5D
This community sports centre has recently had a modern makeover. The new fitness zone offers an array of cardio vascular equipment to get your heart pumping. There are 15 weight resistance machines and free weights with plenty of room to stretch out between workouts. This one-bedroom apartment nearby has a cool, calm and contemporary interior.
- Near: Chelsea Sports Centre, Chelsea Manor Street, London SW3 (www.better.org.uk/leisure/chelsea-sports-centre)
- Chelsea Manor Street SW3 £550p/w: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=50055461C4806
Barrecore is the latest buzzword in the world of fitness. It is a combination of barre and dance work with a modern twist. Once you have finished your class or bought the groceries next door at M&S, then home is a quick jog away. Nearby, this two-bedroom property in Elystan Street has a huge swimming pool in the popular portered-block.
- Near: Barrecore, King’s Road, London, SW3 (barrecore.co.uk/chelsea)
- Elystan Street SW3 £1.59m: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=55BF6ECB159A8
If it’s personalised fitness that you’re after, then White Room Fitness is the answer. Each fitness course is tailored to individual’s needs. A short walk from the gym is this dual aspect double-bedroom flat. The Saturday Farmer’s Market in Pimlico Road is minutes away for some of London’s healthiest fresh fruit and vegetables. When the dry January days are a distant memory, Thomas Cubitt could not be closer.
- Near: White Room Fitness, Ebury Street, London SW1 (www.whiteroomfitness.com)
- Ebury Street SW1W £795,000: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=55BF7ADC3E574
Nothing has been forgotten at the Peak Health Club in Sloane Street. You can fine-tune your backstroke beneath the glass-topped swimming pool, de-stress in the spa or soothe the soul in the beauty zone. Just behind the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel is a recently re-built, three-bedroom mews house. It is the perfect antidote to our busy lives, with a double-height vaulted bedroom.
- Near: Peak Health Club & Spa at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Sloane Street, London SW1X (www.peakhealthclub.com)
- Harriet Walk SW1W £4m: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=52D3DDB03935F
Blink and you will miss Lomax on Fulham Road. It is located above a parade of shops near Marks & Spencer, but attracts fitness fanatics from across the borough. This little gem of a gym specialises in fitness, food and facials. There are blast-cycle classes as well as an organic café. And if you want to live nearby, then here is a two-bedroom flat located in a portered-mansion block on Old Brompton Road.
- Near: Lomax, Fulham Road, London SW10 (lomaxpt.com/)
- Old Brompton Road SW5 £1m: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=560022879D20C
Here is a gym with a difference. This private training studio in Knightsbridge offers one-to-one training without contracts and monthly fees. If you are tempted to live in SW7, take a tour of this two-bedroom mews house. It is located in a cobbled street, away from the madding crowds. Eqvvs is a quick jog or swift cycle from this charming home. So slip on the Asics, don the Lulu Lemon and grab the yoga mat – time to get fit for 2016.
- Near Eqvvs Knightsbridge gym, Cheval Place, London SW7 (eqvvs.com)
- Petersham Place SW7 £1,200p/w: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=PL56356
Tired of commuting? Fed up with the busy London traffic? Then these properties should be on your Christmas wish list. We find homes for sale and to let, this holiday season in south west London. Some are near great shops, others are near top restaurants and all will make perfect homes.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is one of the big success stories of 2015. The restaurant, bar and café opened its doors earlier this summer, attracting the fashionable set in SW3. Now this is the new place to see and be seen on King’s Road. It is closed on Christmas Day, but it is business as usual on Boxing Day, for those who need a break from Christmas cooking. You can buy this fourth floor two bedroom apartment nearby on Elystan Street, just a short walk from St Luke’s Church, so you can walk off all that indulgence in the pretty gardens.
Elystan Street: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54635044BE075
Pimlico Road Farmers’ market is a magnet to local people. And it’s no surprise. Throughout the year, it stocks some of the finest organic vegetables, fresh fruit and seafood across the borough. Perfect for everything you would ever need for Christmas Day and beyond. You would not have to wander very far if you bought this one–bedroom dual aspect apartment in Elizabeth Street. It comes with a caretaker and a lift, so you’ll have help bringing in your Christmas shopping.
Ebury Street SW1W: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=55BF7ADC3E574
Most tourists head to King’s Road for their Christmas shopping, but those in the know head to another little secret gem. Brompton Cross boasts the Conran shop, Bibendum, Joseph and many more designer stores. Walton Street is just around the corner with one-off art galleries and local cafés, too. You can buy this lateral apartment at Ovington Square in a white stucco building. Knightsbridge living at its best.
Ovington Square SW3: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=56430E49B630F
Cadogan Square never fails to impress. Its red brick buildings are full of character with elegant entrances, beautiful balconies and windows overlooking the communal gardens below. Location is the watch word here. Sloane Street is minutes away with its fashionable boutiques, including Jo Malone for Christmas candles and Anya Hindmarch with designer bags. And we have a stunning flat to let in Cadogan Square with three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Ideal for an elegant New Year’s Eve party.
Cadogan Square SW1X: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=500838D4EB3CE
Christmas may be on everyone’s lips for the next week, but one of London’s most famous sales is about to start (Harrods sale 26 December – January 17). Some people might stay up all night to be at the front of the queue, but there is no need if you buy a flat in Wilton Crescent. You could roll out of bed and snap up a bargain when the doors open at 10am. This four-bedroom apartment has a roof terrace, so you might even catch a glimpse of the New Year’s fireworks from The Thames as they shoot above the rooftops.
Wilton Crescent SW1X: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5294898F949ED
Royal Avenue must be one of our best addresses for sale at the moment. It was designed for William III to link the Royal Hospital with Kensington Palace and was even the fictional home of James Bond. Today, the white stucco houses are among some of the finest in Chelsea, just near Burton’s Court with its private tennis courts and quiet green spaces for walking the dog or letting the young ones play nearby. But the shopping highlight here is surely Peter Jones. It is a national treasure within these parts. Harrods, The V&A and Imperial College can all be seen from the sixth-floor restaurant. Priceless. Our property for sale in Royal Avenue is only 20 minutes’ walk away.
Royal Avenue SW3: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54808EE5322C4
West Halkin Street is just around the corner from our Motcomb Street office. This area is about to undergo a transformation when the Pantechnicon is developed later next year. Plans are still on the drawing board, but there is talk of restaurants, bars and designer boutiques. This will draw more people to the area, adding to the current shops of L&B Interiors, Rococo and Otolenghi. But within West Halkin Street, the highlight is Mosimann’s Restaurant. This West Halkin Street duplex apartment has two double bedrooms and state of the art fittings.
West Halkin Street SW1X: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5433A9E6515C2
Harvey Nichols has lost none of its edge or charm over the years. It is still leading the way with its Fifth floor restaurants and designer boutique concessions. Lowndes Square is minutes from Harvey Nichols. This two-bedroom property comes with not one, but two ensuite bathrooms, both have fittings from Vola by Arne Jacobsen and Alessi.
Lowndes Square SW1X: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5489B9BCE345F
Few properties offer the charm and heritage of a mews house. And here is one of our most spectacular homes with plenty of space and grace across three floors. Your local shops and eateries in Elizabeth Street include Baker & Spice, Thomas Cubitt and Peggy Porschen, plus Mungo & Maud, Philip Treacy and Donna Ida. Our mews house comes with an enormous living room, decorated with two grand Corinthian columns. It is located along a quiet mews – you would never know you were in the capital.
Burton Mews SW1W: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=52CFD4BF3C952
The joys of Chelsea Green are nearby, including Andreas, the green grocers, The Chelsea Fishmonger and the new Paxton & Whitfield. What could be better than shopping local for all your Christmas food? This two-bedroom apartment on the second floor comes with a 24-hour porter, so you don’t even need to be home for all your food deliveries.
Sloane Avenue SW3: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=546F46154D7A5
Notting Hill is synonymous for the summer street party, the movie and Portobello market. Tucked away in a back street, you will find Queensdale Place. This is London’s ultimate party pad. A vintage Aston Martin is parked in one corner. A Seventies-retro diner and bar in the other. All overlooked by a bubble chair that hangs in suspension, awaiting the new owners to take up residence. And no party pad would be complete without a swimming pool.
Watch our video on Queensdale Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbDvqrIGClo&feature=youtu.be
Queensdale Place W11: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5613E35E96282
In Beauchamp Place you can dine at San Lorenzo’s, buy elegant gifts at Coleman Douglas Pearls and be fitted for a bespoke suit and one of London’s most prestigious tailors, Edward Sexton. Nearby, this quiet unfurnished three-bedroom apartment in Pont Street, has plenty of natural light to show off all your new purchases.
Pont Street SW1X: http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=PL84163
We scour local shops across Chelsea and Belgravia to find the best Christmas gifts.
What could be more decadent than a tower of delicious delights for your festive table? A selection of cheeses from Britain’s oldest cheesemonger are perfect served on a tiered cake stand or a slate cheeseboard. The selection includes: 2 x Eve (125g), 2 x Petit Gaugry (70g), 2 x Hundred Dram Cheddar (200g) PDO*, 2 x Mini Waxed Stilton (225g) PDO* and 2 x Celtic Soft (200g). It also comes with a selection box of Biscuits for Cheese (300g) and a jar of Quince Cheese (160g). (Stand not included) £85
The new Paxton & Whitfield in Chelsea is located at 22 Cale Street, SW3 3QU Tel: 020 7584 0751, www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
Add a little panache to your festive floristry this year with a stunning orchid from Chelsea’s newest florists – McBean’s. Not only have they won more than 70 gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but have cultivated some of the rarest flowers in the world at their Sussex nursery. What could be more Christmassy than an Oncostele Massai Red in a vintage terracotta pot. £95
McBean’s at 13 Cale Street, SW3 3QS Tel: 020 7349 8638, www.mcbeans.com
Spruce up your Christmas decorations with this fun bauble wreath from Habitat. If you want to stand out from the festive foliage adorning every door on your street, then make a statement with a colourful star wreath. £30
Habitat at 208 King’s Road, SW3 5XP Tel: 0344 499 1144, www.habitat.co.uk
Banish the smells of wet winter days with a bespoke candle from Rachel Vosper. Made by artisans in a boutique tucked away in a quiet Knightsbridge street. Enjoy the heady aroma of a Hellebores candle with an angelic fragrance of Christmas Rose. £45 (refill £26).
Rachel Vosper at 69 Kinnerton Street, SW3 3QS Tel: 020 7235 9666, www.rachelvosper.com
Everyone loves chocolate at Christmas, but it doesn’t have to be just the usual selection box. Add a bit of novelty to your Christmas treats with the amusingly-named C181 Robot Capsule. Filled with six delicious robots made from 43% Venezuelan milk chocolate and dusted with edible gold shimmer are stored, waiting to be released from a quirky ring-pull metal tin. Once they’ve been released what will you do with the capsule? A great stocking filler for children and adults. £7.50
Chococo available online from Tel: 01929 421777, www.chococo.co.uk
You’re just in time to get the children knitted out for Christmas Jumper day on Friday 18th December with these cute jumpers from JoJo Maman Bebe. They even have an array of woolly hats and mittens to complete the festive look. Cost Christmas Jumpers £22, Christmas hats £12, Mittens £10
Chelsea Green store at 12 Cale Street, SW3 3QU Tel: 020 7589 9593, www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
One of only two pieces made in the Sixties – this decadent bronze straight back chair with black silk padded seat, is certainly fit for one of the three Kings. £4,500 per chair.
L & B at 6-7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU Tel: 020 7838 9592, www.lblondon.com
Every little princess who loves dressing up will adore these beautiful Spanish outfits from Amaia. Their Trapeze-style red and blue tartan Nutcracker dress, with ruffled neckline and cuffs is perfect for Christmas Day. Sizes available from one to six year olds. Nutcracker dress £62
Amaia at 14 Cale street SW3 3QU, Tel: 020 7590 0999, www.amaiakids.co.uk
T’is the season to be jolly and what could be jollier than some truly festive chocolate. Artisan chocolatier’s, Rococo are known for their inventive flavours. Everyone one knows how exhausting Christmas shopping can be, so why not treat yourself to a bar of Christmas Pudding Chocolate with raisins, cognac, spice and almonds? £4.95
Rococo at 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1 8JU Tel: 020 7245 0993, www.rocochocholate.com
Treat the Men in your life to sophisticated fragrances from specialist perfumer, Amouche. Inspired by the exotic, the scents have a range of musky, oriental and woody undertones. All beautifully presented in stylish packaging evocative of bygone times. What better way to instantly smarten up that bachelor pad. Cost £25 soap, £50 shower gel.
Amouage at 14 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9EX Tel: 020 3031 9874, www.amouage.com
Celebrate the festive season with a delicious meal at Petrus. Start with a fresh “Garden salad” of Tunworth mousse with lovage and autumn vegetables, followed by a succulent Spiced Creedy Carver Duck breast with truffled Panisse and mandarin jus, then who could resist the indulgent Coffee and hazelnut parfait, Amaretto jelly and Frangelico ice cream for dessert? Three-course festive menu £45.
Petrus at 1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8EA Tel: 020 7592 1609, www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com