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St Mary’s Cemetery Battersea London + Pique

Necropolis in the Megalopolis   It’s a sculpture park in a wild garden. What’s not to love? St Mary’s Cemetery in Battersea may run parallel with the busy shopping street of Northcote Road but it’s an elevated world away, a … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Behind the Mask + Blood Sweat + Tears Collections

Hinterland Sound The fashion pictures. Urban chic in the country. Military cool in the city. Mary Martin wears versatility on her sleeve. “It was all very grand and very mad,” Nancy Mitford once purred.

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Courtenay Square Kennington London + Adshead + Ramsey + Prince Charles

The City Four Square Kennington has some of the best Georgian architecture in London. And some of the best neo Georgian. Take the Duchy of Cornwall’s estate in Kennington. In 1911, architect Stanley Adshead was commissioned to design this residential … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Behind the Mask Collection

Hugging at the Venice Ball Only Mary Martin London would conjure up haute couture hoodies with matching face masks in an increasingly byzantine world, introducing evanescent light into the Stygian darkness. Worthy of a Rizzoli monograph, Behind the Mask is … Continue reading

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Kennington Park London + Lavender’s Blue

Absolutely Fabulous Of course it’s sheer Joanne Lumley actress territory. Completely the ‘hood of the real Patsy Stone. Lesser known south of the Thames. Swap a consonant in Kensington and you get real London. Welcome to Kennington. The Park. Prince … Continue reading

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The Spell + Roupell Street London

A Street Named Desire Gazing at a house on Roupell Street, any house, lucky number seven, luckless number 13, before a visit to The King’s Arms (crammed Monday to Friday; only the fireside cat for company at the weekend), after … Continue reading

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The Court House East Meon + West Meon Hampshire

Valley of Dashes One valley, two villages. Meon. Like The Great Gatsby, there’s an East and a West. Let’s go waste the most poignant moments of the night and life and capture on celluloid one of the villages in the … Continue reading

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Carmen dell’Orefice + Claridge’s Hotel London

Model Behaviour Lavender’s Blue caught up with the inimitably monocled magnificently manicured Carmen dell’Orefice when she recently stayed in a Diane von Furstenberg designed hotel suite (where else?) in London. She was fresh – very fresh indeed – off the … Continue reading

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Boone’s Chapel Lee London + Sir Christopher Wren

Baroque and Roll ­ You know you really have achieved celebrity status as an architect if you are still a household name three centuries after your death. Or your surname is adopted for a revival of your architectural style a … Continue reading

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Chelsea Harbour + Chelsea Harbour Hotel London

Suite Success Over the course of multiple visits – breakfasts and brunches, dates and dinners, walks and weekends – Lavender’s Blue cover and discover and rediscover London’s best Eighties development. Back in the day, Astrid Bray was Director of Sales … Continue reading

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Roupell Street London + The Doors

Astragaled Waterloo sunrise. Shades of Revlon.

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The House of Lavender’s Blue + Chef Francesco Bardotti

Polyphonic High Notes A plane crossing the cobalt blue sky – spring is truly here – is a rare occurrence. A daily event at most. There are more joggers on the roads than cars. We go for a walk (self … Continue reading

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Montevetro Battersea London + Taylor Woodrow

It’s Enough to Get the Dopaminergic Neurons of Your Ventral Tegmental Area Stimulated Into Overdrive A little over 22 years since the quadruple page spread was published in Ulster Architect (for decades Ireland’s leading architectural magazine published and edited by … Continue reading

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Glenmore House + Cushendun Harbour Antrim

A Hymn to the Lost Pastoral World of the Anglo Irish Top Irish architect John O’Connell knows Cushendun well. “Clough Williams-Ellis represents his era correctly,” he affirms, “using a fine palette. His architecture is so reticent. There is an early … Continue reading

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St Mary’s Cemetery Battersea London + Lavender’s Blue

Palm Sunday “We are Easter people.” Reverend Andy Rider of Christ Church Spitalfields

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