Residential Land Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:46:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 41089096 Mayfair: From a marshland to London’s most expensive area Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:27:49 +0000 Mayfair recently overtook Knightsbridge as the most expensive area of London. However, had the game of Monopoly been invented in the 17th century, the most valuable square on the board would not have been Mayfair. Just over 400 years ago, many of the Blue Plaques that decorate the walls of the Mayfair District did not exist. In fact, Mayfair was originally an unwanted and nameless muddy field. At the time, the most popular areas of London for the privileged and wealthy were Soho, Whitehall and the City.

From rags…

Mayfair takes its name from the May Fayre, an annual fair which was granted royal permission from King James II in 1686 on what is now known as Shepherds Market. Lasting a fortnight from May 1st, the open fields and farmland of the area would be a marketplace for livestock, and expanded to include booths of theatres, jugglers, gambling, and sausage stalls.

By the reign of George I, the May Fayre had fallen into disrepute and was regarded as a public scandal. Many who lived nearby considered the fair to be a nuisance and led a public campaign against it. It was abolished in 1764.

However, the downmarket reputation which had now spiralled wouldn’t last for long…

To riches…

The story of Mayfair’s rise to the top starts with a young girl and her inheritance. Mary Davies was the daughter of a wealthy banker, and her inheritance included 100 acres of marshland in West London. Mary Davies married in to the Grosvenor family, a wealthy landowning company. Her husband, Sir Thomas Grosvenor, was the Member of Parliament for Cheshire and was an ancestor of the modern-day Dukes of Westminster. This marriage, mixed with Thomas Grosvenor’s construction expertise, and Mary Davies’ inheritance would see land development like no other.

One of Mary and Thomas’ children would become influential in the development of Mayfair. Sir Richard Grosvenor wanted to continue his family’s legacy and vision, and along with the Earl of Scarborough set about the construction of Grosvenor Square in 1710, whilst other wealthy families were developing affluent streets nearby such as Brook Street and Hanover Square. By 1720, the former muddy fields were transformed into a large building site, thus the beginning of the Mayfair area.

The Grosvenor Square construction was the game changer, it was the cream of the crop and put everything else in its shadow. The aristocracy had their eyes set on this extravagant new location and decided to depart their outdated houses and relocate to the wonders of Mayfair. Of the initial 227 houses built in Mayfair, 117 had titled owners such as Dukes, Duchesses, Marquesses and Earls.

With the Mayfair’s reputation area growing and growing over the decades, Rev Sydney Smith, canon of St Paul’s had this to say, “The area contains more intelligence and human ability, to say nothing of wealth and beauty, than the world has ever collected in one space before”.

By 1850, Mayfair was firmly London’s top address for the upper classes.

As we reached the mid-Victorian era, the aristocrats who were exclusively ruling Mayfair were joined by those who generated their money through business, rather than statehood, land or inheritance.

The plutocrats who were now flooding into the area decided to redesign, and classic, understated properties with pulled down and replaced by lavish mansions. The business moguls were pumping millions into the area and were outspending the aristocracy on every level. By the Edwardian era, Mayfair was home to more business owners who had only recently started moving to the area, than the old gentry who originally rehomed there.

The super-rich newcomers gave Mayfair a “new money” vibe, and with their desire for social acceptance from royalty and aristocracy, the rise of the social and cultural philanthropists, the socialites of the time, began.

The residential decline

The aftermath of the Great War and the ensuing Great Depression dealt blows to both the wealthy landowners and business owners who could no longer afford their luxurious homes. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, over £30 million worth of mansions and townhouses (around £2 billion in today’s value) were replaced by hotels and offices.

Just as the Great War and Depression ended, the Second World War continued the residential decline. With corporate offices throughout the Capital destroyed by the bombing and the post-war increase in taxation led to 1.2 million square feet of Mayfair residential property being converted to commercial use.

By 1970, residential buildings only amounted to a third of Mayfair’s property stock and by the late 1980’s, the residential population had decimated by 90 per cent since the end of the Second World War.

The second coming

The oil boom lead to wealthy nationals of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf started to invest in residential property. To add to this, by 1990, the corporate offices started to reverse back to residential property due to their temporary office permissions expiring and their desire to relocate to newly building high rise offices in the City and Canary Wharf. Slowly but surely the residential homes were returning to Mayfair.

In 2004, it was reported that residential property in Mayfair was more valuable than commercial property for the first time in decades. And in August 2018, it was announced that Mayfair had overtaken Knightsbridge as the most expensive area in London. Mayfair had gone full circle.

Our properties

Residential Land offers a number of luxury one, two and three bedroom apartments to rent across Mayfair, with property on Duke Street, Green Street, Hill Street and Grosvenor Hill.

If you would like to find out more about our properties, get in touch with us on 0207 408 5155

Jeans for Genes: Residential Land is raising money for a great cause Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:01:26 +0000 On Friday 21st September, Residential Land staff will be wearing jeans to help make a difference to the lives of children suffering from genetic disorders. Born in 1992, Jeans for Genes is a national children’s fundraiser run by the UK charity Genetic Disorders UK which raises money for the care of children and families who are affected by genetic disorders.

Genetic disorders affect 1 in 25 people born in the UK and include conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sick cell anaemia and muscular dystrophy as well as around 6,000 others. 30,000 babies and young children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. The associated health problems of genetic disorders are the biggest cause of the death of children agreed 14 years and under in the UK.

By taking part in this initiative, children’s lives can change, such as Faith. Eleven-year-old Faith suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as Kleefstra syndrome, meaning she suffers from epilepsy and delayed physical and intellectual development. Faith is also unable to walk or talk and is susceptible to lung infections. There are thought to be only 200 children in the world with this genetic disorder and Faith will need lifelong support. Read Faith’s story.

Or little Freddie, a 15-month-old baby who was born prematurely at 28 weeks and developed Trichothiodystrophy (TTD), so rare it affects just one child in a million. This rare disorder affects so many parts of Freddie’s body, from his heart and lungs, to his brain, skill, skin, eyes, stomach and ability to eat. Read little Freddie’s story.

Residential Land is passionate about supporting charities, and the Jeans for Genes initiative is one we feel strongly about. We will be raising funds through various activities, staff will be donating £2 each by donning their best denim, cakes and other treats will be sold throughout the day, and we will be holding a company-wide raffle with extremely generous donations from some well-known friends of the company.

We would like to pass our appreciation and thanks onto the following businesses and individuals who have donated gifts for our raffle:

The generosity of these businesses and individuals will help children and families suffering from genetic disorders all over the UK, as well as making our staff very excited about their potential prizes.

It’s not too late to make a support the initiative and make a difference to children’s lives. Visit the Jeans for Genes site here for more information and find out how you can help. Your donations will raise money to help some of the most vulnerable children in the UK; together we hope to help fund projects that provide nursing care, equipment, activity weekends, online support and counselling.

August Bank Holiday Weekend: Dog Friendly Events Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:07:06 +0000 It’s been three long months since our last long weekend, but you have finally made it to the August bank holiday weekend. Since this is our last bank holiday until Christmas, it would be rude not to make the most of it.

And if you’re a dog lover like we all are at Residential Land, we know it can be upsetting leaving your pooch at home whilst you try and have fun without them. So, we are here to help to guide you through the bank holiday weekend with some pawesome events.

You’re in for a treat with so many dog-friendly events going on which we can’t bark highly enough about.

The Quarter Hounder – Mayfair

With National Burger Day just passing on the 23rd and the August Bank Holiday finally here, Smith & Whistle located in the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane are celebrating with the “Quarter Hounder”, a specially made burger just for man’s best friend completely free when ordered with any burgers for their human.

The Quarter Hounder has been created solely made for dogs and features cooked sweet potato slices as the bun, a lean chicken breast, and healthy extras such as kale and tomato. A slice of cheese can be added additionally if you feel like treating your friend.

London’s very first dog burger is available until 2th August. Find out more information and book your table here.

Sausage Dog Parade – Smithfield

Perhaps the most exciting event taking place this Bank Holiday weekend is the Smithfield 150 Sausage Dog Parade in association with Sausage Walk London.

That’s right, a parade dedicated to everyone’s favourite sausage, the Dachshund.

Culture Mile in association with Sausage Walk London are inviting sausage dogs and their human friends to join a dedicated parade at 2.30pm on Saturday 25 August. The parade route will take them through Smithfield Market’s Cloth Fair and around the Victorian Rotunda garden, making dachshunds the rightful stars of the show for Smithfield 150.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page here.

Puppy Love Brunch Cinema Club – Streatham

Love cuddling up with your dog on the couch whilst watching film at home? Ever feel sorry for the little four-legged companion when you go to the cinema and must leave them home alone? Well Exhibit B in Streatham are here to combine the two. They are continuing their Puppy Love Brunch Cinema Club, hosting a dog-friendly brunch and cinema screening on Sunday 26th.

Brunch with free-flowing bubbles for humans and unlimited treats for the pups, followed by a screening of Disney classic Lady and a Tramp.

Tickets for the cinema ticket, brunch and 1.5 hours unlimited bubbles is £25 and can be booked up until 11:30am Sunday 26th. Your fury friends go free.

For more information or to book your tickets, visit the Exhibit B site here.

Dog Friendly Bars

If you would rather a quieter traditional British weekend, relaxing with your canine buddy at a welcoming bar or pub, London offers a plethora of dog-friendly hotspots where both you and your hounds can enjoy a refreshing beverage. From The Falcon in Clapham, to The Grazing Goat nearby Oxford Street, The Prince Bonaparte near our Bathurst Mews property in W2 and The Blue Anchor with views over the River Thames located near to our Palace Wharf property, there is something for all dogs across the city.

For a more detailed list of events to enjoy with your pooch this Bank Holiday weekend, The DogVine have you covered with a full round-up, see their full list here.

Most of Residential Land’s properties welcome pets, so you don’t need to worry about what to do with them when renting or buying from us. If you would like more information about our properties and our pet policies, get in touch with us on 020 7408 5155 or visit our website

The Mews House: From humble beginnings to a London property sensation Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:38:58 +0000 Originally built in the 18th century to serve as stables with accommodation above for servants, Mews are a popular and nostalgic reminder of London’s traditional history.

Mews homes are enjoying a revival by offering a traditional, country-inspired environment in the heart of London. They have been tastefully restored to provide everything required for a chic and enjoyable 21st century lifestyle.

Whilst in modern history mews houses have retained their image as stylish properties with sought-after addresses, they were not always so highly regarded.


Throughout the 18th and 19th century, squares, crescents and grand terraces of town houses were built for wealthy families to reside in exclusive areas such as Mayfair, Kensington, Marylebone and Hyde Park. As upper-class families moved to these areas, they needed space for maids, servants as well as storage for horses and carriages. For all their intents and purposes, mews were the service roads behind the homes of the Victorian and Edwardian elite.

Most mews houses have stables and a coach house on the ground floor, the first floor having a hayloft and a couple of rooms where the staff could live.

Mews’ tended to be serviceable streets, with hard-wearing cobbles and a drain down the middle to take away the waste from the horses.

The fall

The country became a more equal society in the 20th century, and with two world wars devastating the capital, this took its toll on mews homes. The amount of Aristocratic families owning these grand terraces declined, thus leading to mews homes falling into despair as there we no longer any need for them.

Mews homes were either sold off to businesses such as taxi firms or garages, or were abandoned altogether and started falling apart, only being used by squatters or being bought for tiny sums by struggling professionals. A stigma then grew around Mews’, with a perception of them being scruffy back-streets with a gangland culture.


In the 1960’s, a mews revolution occurred, with people starting to realise these buildings could be transformed into legitimate homes. People found that mews homes were not only practical, but offered great charm, and given their aristocratic history, were located in the very best areas. Iconic British Formula One drivers John Surtees and James Hunt discovered that these homes could be bought for low prices and was an ideal property to store their cars. This cemented the impression that mews houses were now stylish properties and they rode the popularity wave, with celebrities and high-earning professionals alike desperate to get their hands one.

Part of the charm of a mews house is that it is tucked away from the bustle of city life, offering the seemingly impossible hybrid of the tranquillity of a bygone era and the very best of central city locations.

Since the mews house revolution in the 1960’s, the average price of a mews home has risen from nearly nothing to over £2.5 million, showcasing its growing popularity amongst the elite.

In London, mews homes are most popular in areas such as Westminster, Bayswater, Kensington, Chelsea, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge and amongst other exclusive locations

Bathurst Mews

Residential Land’s Bathurst Mews is located on the Hyde Park Estate, whilst sitting right in the heart of W2 is set back from the hustle and bustle of Bayswater Road. Bathurst Mews is a newly built and refurbished four storey mews house, connecting modern design to humble, iconic origins.

This unique property is located on charming Bathurst Mews, boasting one of London’s last remaining stables, Hyde Park Stables, which has been part of the capital since 1835.

The property comprises of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large open plan reception room and kitchen, a large garage, a lavish private cinema room and two private patio areas providing the perfect space for relaxation.

This mews, with its quiet cobbled street, offers tranquil, country-inspired living in the heart of a bustling city, giving you the quintessentially British mews home.

If you could see yourself living in a unique mews property, get in touch with us regarding our Bathurst Mews House.

Palace Wharf Townhouse: Riverside luxury Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:20:08 +0000 “It’s not a bad place to eat your breakfast!”, Tessa Ferguson, Head of Interiors at Residential Land.

Palace Wharf

Our Riverside development, Palace Wharf, in Fulham combines the best of industrial heritage and modern luxury living, breathing 21st century life into this early 20th century jewel.

Palace Wharf was built in 1907 as an old warehouse, the redevelopment and refurbishment give a nod to its industrial past and great care was taking to retain the historical character of the building.

Palace Wharf has now transformed into an outstanding gated riverside development of 16 luxurious apartments and five townhouses. The former marble warehouse has been converted into a fabulous new residence combining modern detailing with an industrial edge with fantastic views over the Thames and the Barnes wetlands area.

Palace Wharf Townhouse Roof Terrace With View of the River Thames

Townhouse one

The Palace Wharf Townhouse called Oxbridge Terrace is the only property available for sale within the development, making it a unique opportunity for any buyer.

Step inside the Oxbridge Terrace and you’ll instantly be blown away by its sheer beauty, unique design and inviting interior. The Townhouse is arranged over four floors totalling 1,875 square foot and includes three bedrooms and four bathrooms, three of which are en-suite.

Boasting three fabulous balconies at three different levels overlooking the River Thames, bespoke high gloss Macassar kitchen with fully integrated appliances, a private parking space and a beautiful reception room with outstanding riverside views, this property is a special residence in a special location.

Palace Wharf Townhouse also boasts modern, state-of-the-art smart living thanks to the fully integrated Creston Control Automation System, providing the user control of the TV’s, music, lighting, window treatments, heating and air conditioning via an in-wall touchscreen, iPad App and wall keypads.

You can also feel secure in the home, with a 24-hour on-site security, integrated video entry system and CCTV.

One of the most unique features of the property is its commitment to sustainability. Palace Wharf features photo voltaic solar panels on the roof generating electricity for the property.

Easy like a Sunday morning

The defining features of this stunning home are the three balconies situated at three different levels overlooking the River Thames. Two bedrooms feature a stunning balcony each, meaning you can wake up on a Sunday morning to breath-taking views, whilst another is located on the first-floor reception. What better way to end the day than relaxing on your balcony with a refreshing drink, whilst watching the sun gently set over the River Thames?

These views will make you the envy of your friends and family, whilst simultaneously giving you the perfect excuse to throw a casual get-together.

Palace Wharf Townhouse Third Floor Balcony With Sunset Over the River Thames

The Palace Wharf Walk

Thanks to redevelopment of our Palace Wharf property, for the first time in over 100 years the Palace Wharf Walk, a previously inaccessible stretch of Thames riverside pathway is open to the public.

With the path built by Residential Land running behind the townhouses, you can now walk an eight-mile circuit of the Fulham, Hammersmith and Putney areas without losing sight of the river. Taking in a number of West London’s most significant landmarks, the Palace Wharf Walk is a veritable tasting menu of the area’s cultural, historical and sporting delights. Discover more and explore the Palace Wharf Walk here.

The area

Palace Wharf is perfectly located adjacent to the River Thames. The property enjoys the best of both worlds, it is in the heart of a vibrant city whilst having breath-taking views across the River Thames.

Just around the corner lies Munster Village, a hidden gem, which hosts several boutique shops and delicious local restaurants. Just a door step away you will find Putney, with a huge range of exquisite restaurants and popular bars which will not disappoint. Also, moments away is the leafy open space of Bishops Park with its rose gardens, quaint cafes and Fulham Palace itself.

With its riverside location, Palace Wharf is also conveniently close to several transport links including Hammersmith Overground and Underground Station, Barons Court, Putney Bridge, and Fulham Broadway Underground station. Commuters can even use the riverboat service to access central London – probably best saved for the summer.

Get in touch

If you are interested in buying this uniquely wonderful property, would like a taste of the view from the third-floor balcony or would simply some more information, please get in touch with us here.

Welcome to Bathurst Mews – A hidden gem Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:59:09 +0000 From humble beginnings…

Bathurst Mews is an original Georgian home located on the Hyde Park Estate, whilst sitting right in the heart of W2 is set back from the hustle and bustle of Bayswater Road. This unique property is located on charming Bathurst Mews, boasting one of London’s last remaining stables, Hyde Park Stables, which has been part of the capital since 1835.

Originally built in the 18th century to serve as stables, Mews are a nostalgic reminder of London’s traditional history. This mews, with its quiet cobbled street, offers tranquil, country-inspired living in the heart of a bustling city, giving you the quintessentially British mews home.

Bathurst Mews, located on the Hyde Park Estate

To a contemporary twist

Bathurst Mews is a newly built and refurbished four storey mews house, connecting modern design to humble, iconic origins.

An instant impression is made as soon as you step foot onto the mews, walking past Hyde Park stables before getting a view of the traditional cobbled strip and rustic atmosphere of your new community. The house is unmissable, with an iconic black door and large garage with a white backdrop, with a traditional wooden bench and flower bed sitting out front, making the home stand out from the rest.

Front view of Bathurst Mews showcasing black door and garage on white backdrop

The property comprises of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large open plan reception room and kitchen, a large garage, a lavish private cinema room and two private patio areas providing the perfect space for relaxation.

If you want an idea of the luxury quirks Bathurst Mews offers, the master bedroom includes a secret en-suite bathroom. Open the door to what seems like another mirrored wardrobe door and you’ll unearth steps leading straight to your own en-suite bathroom polished with Statuario marble and includes a waterproof TV above the bathtub.


The home embraces distinctive features and finishes with a high-quality specification, including marble bathrooms, bespoke kitchens with fully integrated Meile appliances with bespoke high gloss, walnut stained fitted joinery.

Bathurst Mews also boasts modern, state-of-the-art smart living thanks to the fully integrated Creston Control Automation System, providing the user control of the TV’s, music, lighting, window treatments, heating and air conditioning via an in-wall touchscreen, iPad App and wall keypads.

Perhaps the most extravagant feature of this home is the private cinema room and bespoke bar area sitting on the lower ground floor, allowing residents to indulge in an intimate cinematic experience.

Private cinema room featuring bespoke bar area

Open spaces

Bathurst Mews is situated in the epicentre of one of London’s most popular postcodes, benefiting from the convenience of transport links as well as the charm of Hyde Park.

The house is within walking distance to many London landmarks, such as the Notting Hill and Oxford Street as well as neighbouring historic royal abode, Kensington Palace. With Hyde Park on your door-step and Sussex Gardens one street away, one can enjoy luxury living in parallel with the great open spaces surrounding it

The house is also close to a host of delicatessens and cafes on Bathurst Street as well as nearby Connaught Village, the area has a local rural neighbourhood community vibe despite its prime central London location.

Get in touch

If you can see yourself falling in love with this hidden gem, cosying up on a Saturday night watching a movie in your own private cinema, would like some more information about Mews House or would like a viewing of the property, get in touch with us here.

6 places for the perfect London G&T Fri, 06 Jul 2018 08:07:47 +0000 Nothing hits the spot on a hot summer’s day like a well-crafted gin and tonic – chilled, crisp and uniquely refreshing.

Given that London is the birthplace of one of the most celebrated styles of gin (the “London dry”), it stands to reason that London would also be home to some of the world’s most exemplary gin bars.

Here, we’ve collected six of London’s best – from the intimate to the expansive, from bars to pubs to distilleries. There’s no better city for saying “bottoms up!” with a G&T.


City of London Distillery

The City of London Distillery – otherwise known as C.O.L.D. – is situated right in the heart of the city, nearby the bank of the Thames in Blackfriars. The home of City of London dry gin, visitors can indulge in a distillery tour and gin tasting, or even head into the gin lab to experiment with designing and distilling your own bottle of the good stuff. Alternatively, you can just head into the speakeasy-style bar that overlooks the distillery’s copper stills, and order an expertly-made G&T.


London Gin Club

Hidden away in The Star at Night pub in Soho, the London Gin Club provides a cosy, unpretentious environment with over 200 gins on offer. These guys take G&Ts very, very seriously; each gin is paired with the perfect garnish and the ideal tonic, then served over ice that’s twice-frozen to make it extra cold and extra dry. Real ginthusiasts should get involved in the gin tasting menus, but remember to book! It’s a small room that only accepts walk-ins after 8:30pm.


Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour

Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour is the Mayfair destination de rigeur for anyone who fancies a G&T in decadent surroundings that create the impression of an eccentric grandmother’s drawing room at the height of the British Empire. This is no case of style over substance though; with more than 150 gins on offer and a curious sideline in gin teas (G&Teas), there’s a lot more to write home about than the decor.


The Distillery

The Distillery is a four-storey ginporium on Notting Hill’s Portobello Road, so it should come as no surprise that this is where Portobello Road gin is made. A ground floor cocktail bar called The Resting Room is the ideal setting for sampling the local wares, while upstairs the GinTonica bar has perfected the Spanish-inflected art of the 21oz glass goblet of G&T. Finally, The Ginstitute experience offers a lesson in the history and making of gin, before guiding you in mixing your very own bottle of Portobello Road from your preferred botanical distillates.


Princess Victoria Pub

For a more laidback experience, stop by this grand old pub on the Uxbridge Road in Hammersmith and Fulham – within walking distance of our Hamlet Gardens properties. With light, spacious rooms and a high, intricately relief-patterned ceiling, the Princess Victoria dates back to 1829 when it was one of the original gin palaces. The pub has stayed true to tradition, with an extensive list of behind-the-bar gins that runs to three A4 pages.


214 Bermondsey

South of the river, 214 Bermondsey is an inconspicuous bar tucked secretively away in the basement of the Flour & Grape restaurant. Handsomely decked out in reclaimed wood, 214 Bermondsey, of course, has hundreds of gins – but what sets this place apart is their tonic. The owners have concocted their very own gin mixer called BTW Tonic Water – made with real quinine and no added botanicals, allowing the natural flavours of any gin it’s paired with to shine through.







6 fantastic day trips out of London Wed, 04 Jul 2018 08:40:46 +0000 One of the benefits of living in our nation’s capital is the easy access you have to a number premium events and locations; you’re right at the heart of the UK’s transport network.

The upshot is you are never more than a stone’s throw away from a spectacular change of scenery, and there are dizzying array of options for delightful day trips out of the capital.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the possibilities, though… we’ve compiled six of the most elegant days out of the city to inspire you in your search for scintillating summer activities.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

Since 1993, the picturesque grounds of the Goodwood House country home have played host to the UK’s leading historic motor racing festival. Petrolheads will love seeing the almost endless parade of vintage cars – and the hillclimb race that the event is built around – but there is something for everyone here: Formula One cars in the F1 Paddock; supercars; aviation displays; and action sports like Motocross. The event runs from 12th to 15th July and you can get tickets here, but hurry – admission is capped at 150,000!


Glyndebourne Opera

The Glyndebourne Festival Opera might be the most refined music festival in the world, and has taken place every year since 1934 (with the exception of the period during World War II). The festival is again held in the environs of a scenic English country house – but this one has an onsite opera hall. The 2018 season runs from 19th May to 26th August, and features Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Handel’s Saul. Performances start in the afternoon to accommodate Londoners who want to get back to the city before too late, and extended intervals allow for picnic dinners or a slap-up meal in one of the grounds’ restaurants.


Henley Royal Regatta

A highlight of the English social season, the Henley Royal Regatta is an annual rowing event that constitutes a fine day out on the banks of the River Thames, within sight of the town of Henley-on-Thames. Starting on Wednesday 4th July and running until Sunday 8th July, the event will showcase five days of back-to-back boat races. There are a number of places from which the action can be viewed, but the most prestigious is the Steward’s Enclosure; open only to members of the Committee of Management of the Regatta and their guests, there’s a restaurant, bars and a bandstand – not to mention an extremely strict dress code. Blazers ahoy!


Ascot Racecourse

Fancy a flutter? Head out of town for a day at the Ascot Racecourse, much like the Queen does when she makes her annual visit to Royal Ascot. You may have missed Royal Ascot this year, but not to worry – there is a year-round calendar of races to keep you occupied until the next one rolls around. With an exceptional selection of restaurants and bars for fine dining and drinking, there’s plenty to keep your entertained between races, too.


Belmond British Pullman

Sometimes, the joy of a daytrip can be the journey itself – even more so if you’re travelling in 1920s Art Deco-style train carriages pulled by a steam engine. The Belmond British Pullman is a stunningly appointed railway experience – complete with fine dining – that can take you all over the country (including to Goodwood and Ascot) and get you back to London before the day is out. Take a look at some of the trips available here.



You live in London – so why not take full advantage of the fact that you’re in one of the few places in the country that allows you to get to Paris and back in a day. Simply hop on the Eurostar at St. Pancras and then you can spend the morning wandering the cobbled streets of one of Europe’s most romantic cities, the afternoon indulging in fine French cuisine, and the evening heading back home to London.

Our comprehensive guide to Wimbledon Fri, 29 Jun 2018 08:15:09 +0000 Once a year, London goes grass-court mad for the oldest tennis tournament in the world: Wimbledon – or, to give it its full title: The Championships, Wimbledon.

It’s fitting that one of the world’s most prestigious cities would play host to the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament. And as you’d expect, there are a large number of customs, traditions and oddball practices that go along with attending this highly historic sporting event.

Here’s our rundown of everything you need to know about this exclusive and quintessentially English mainstay of London’s cultural calendar.


How do you get tickets?

The easiest (but still not very easy) way to get tickets for Wimbledon is to apply for tickets through the ballot. Demand for Wimbledon tickets is huge, so the ballot is wildly oversubscribed every year. The process is that you register for the ballot in the hope of being allocated a random ticket – there is no way of knowing which day you will be going, or which court you will be assigned to. Anyone lucky enough to snag a centre court ticket for the men’s final is liable to be paying upwards of £200 a ticket!

The ballot opens on September 1st each year and closes at the end of December, and you are contacted by June to be informed whether you’ve got a ticket – at which point you head to the website to pay for it. Remember that only one person per household may apply!

Needless to say, not everyone is successful (and the ballot is no longer an option for this year’s competition), but fear not – there’s always…


The Wimbledon Queue

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Wimbledon is one of the few sporting events that allow you to buy premium tickets for matches taking place on the day of purchase – but you’ll have to put some effort in!

A limited number of tickets are available every day for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court – except for the last 4 days of the competition, for which all tickets are sold in advance. To get your hands on them you’d be well advised to start queueing with the hardcore fans – many of whom are already in place (and often in tents) by 4 am, waiting for the grounds to open at 10:30am. Be advised that those who camp overnight will be woken up by stewards at 6am and told to start dismantling their tents.

When you arrive at the back of the infamous Wimbledon Queue, you will be issued with a Queue Card. DO NOT LOSE IT! The card is dated and numbered to show your position in The Queue, and it’s non-transferrable.

Once you’re in the queue, you’re in for a great time. There are plenty of tennis-themed activities organised to keep you occupied while you wait, and the queue is organised into lettered sections, which gives you time to enjoy some strawberries before your section is called forward. And with the holiday spirit in full flow you shouldn’t be surprised to see a jug or two of Pimms…


Grounds Passes

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Don’t be too downhearted if you don’t manage to get hold of tickets into the courts – you can still get your fill of the Wimbledon experience with a Grounds Pass!

There are several thousand Grounds Passes available each day at the turnstiles, granting access to the unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No. 3-18. This is also how you make your way onto Henman Hill (or, if you prefer, Murray Mound) where you can watch the big screen streaming the action live from centre court. Don’t forget to wave when you see the cameras!


Food and drink

Okay so everyone knows Wimbledon is famous for strawberries, cream and Pimms – but why limit yourself!

Wimbledon have a rule where you can bring in pretty much any picnic food you like – as long as you carry it in a bag no bigger than 60cm x 45cm x 25cm. You can also bring in a refreshing boozy beverage to sip on – as long as you adhere to the rules! Attendees are strictly limited to just one bottle of wine or two 500ml cans of beer/alcoholic drink per person. Spirits are strictly forbidden, however, all alcohol must be consumed in dedicated areas, and glass is not allowed into the courts.


What to wear?

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The players might be wearing white, but there’s no need for you to be so pedestrian!

Spectators usually opt for a summery colour palette, floral dresses and lace. If you really want to show your dedication to Wimbledon, why not swathe yourself in the 2 main colours of Wimbledon – purple and green, with an element of white to add to freshness and modernity!

And a word to the wise from our Wimbledon insider – she wouldn’t be caught dead without a panama hat, Ray Ban shades, and a generous layer of much-needed sun cream.


Tennis etiquette

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Booing, heckling or swearing are not the done thing at Wimbledon – regardless of what you’ve lip-read Andy Murray saying. You may, however, hear a little tutting if a player throws an unsportsmanlike, John McEnroe-style tantrum.

It is acceptable to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’, though – as if you’re watching the New Year Eve’s fireworks – and then cheer with a rhythmic clap when the Hawk-Eye replay appears on the screen.. .always a nail biting moment when games are reaching their climax.

Never applaud double faults or unforced errors – even if they are the errors of Andy Murray’s opponent! Phones should obviously be on silent and camera flashes are best off, especially if you want to capture a serve.

And if the ball lands in the crowd you should always toss back to the ball boy/girl – but never during play.


Getting there

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Head to Southfields Underground station on the District Line. From there, you can get to the Championships via a short walk or shuttle bus. 

In The Detail: Adam Tanous, The Dapper Chapper Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:42:21 +0000 Adam Tanous, leader of the online community The Dapper Chapper, is the ultimate modern man. Working with a team of local writers, Adam has established a creative space exploring style, grooming, venues and all aspects of the finer things in life. Whether you’re in need of a new date night destination or a guide to the best shopping districts in London, Adam will have the answer. We sat down with Adam to find out what keeps him on his toes in London!


Home is…

…Wandsworth Town, but my childhood home is Surrey.


My guilty pleasure is…

I play too much football for someone the wrong side of 30. Until now I’ve played Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning pretty much my whole life.


My go-to shopping street is…

The Kings Road is pretty solid with most of the stores I shop at, but my favourite shopping destination is The Royal Exchange. I think it could be the most beautiful shopping destination in the world.

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If I had to commit to a specific brand…

…it depends on the attire required for any given situation! Here’s my go-to guide:

Sports: Lululemon
Casualwear: A Days March
Holidays: Orlebar Brown
Smart Casual: Private White V.C
Tailoring: Clements and Church


My favourite bar is…

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood. It’s a Dapper Chapper dream.


My favourite memory in London is…

…my wedding day in Hampstead.


I find my zen at…

…my yoga classes – despite the fact I can barely touch my toes.

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My brunch spot is…

If I’m at home then Brew in Wandsworth Town, otherwise Rake’s Cafe in Liverpool Street has just opened inside the Andaz Hotel and is a seriously cool spot for brunch.


My ideal day in London would be…

I’ve slowed down a little these days so I’ll say a morning workout, followed by brunch, and then drinks in a pub garden somewhere.


I get my interior design inspiration from…

…lots of places! But my favourite items are ones I’ve collected through personal relationships. Our family business, Tanous, is actually a master frame-makers, so I have loads of really cheap prints with the most amazing frames – which I think are the real piece of art! My favourite interior items are some crystal decanters left to me by my grandad. They are beautiful.


A London view that takes my breath away is…

There ares loads of skyline venues I like such as Duck and Waffle, but I still love walking past Somerset House at golden hour and over Waterloo Bridge every day.


It’s Friday night, you will find me…

…in the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, maybe still working but hopefully drinking a cocktail. Otherwise I’ve been spending a lot of time in St James’s Market where there is a plethora of great places to eat and drink within the square.


If I could be trapped anywhere in London…

…it would be the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn – I could  survive there very comfortably!


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