News & Events

  • Newsletter – September

    Dear All.

    September has been an Indian Summer with glorious weather , on the whole. This has brought lots of people back into London after the vacation month of August. Many of our shops have redecorated and created splendid new window displays. They are full of new products all to entice you to come and rethink your homes or to replace items that you may have tired of.

    The delightful “Parklet” sponsored by Grosvenor and Daylesford has filled out and the extra seating provides a relaxing area to enjoy a coffee or sandwich in the September sunshine. The intriguing planting of vegetable and salad plants mixed with flowers has attracted much praise and interest.
    The most eye catching item I spotted this week was a splendid large painting in Soane’s window. A British , slightly na├»ve painting of a large Water Spaniel with a small King Charles Spaniel. I should have asked the date but it looks 18th century. Of huge charm, stunning impact and highly covetable.

    Rose Uniacke continues to surprise us with her ever changing windows. I was intrigued by a rope, woven and knotted hanging object supporting a junky wooden , irregularly shaped shelf. Whether this was for sitting on or for use as an hanging table, I am not sure.

    Joanna Wood’s splendid new Autumn window is full of inspiring furniture and decorative objects. A more woody gentlemen’s study look , a change from the pretty feminine summer window.

    The Plus One Gallery has had a major rehang and some stunning new paintings decorate the walls.
    Several Hyper-Realist portraits are accompanied by some striking still lives and some painstakingly detailed observations of reflections in highly polished chrome , drawings in in coloured crayons I particularly liked.

    FBC London has an ever growing collection of their marvellously chunky art pottery now in more gentle creamy off white clay; new lighting and some delicious glass ware.

    Potterton books in Lower Sloane Street have restructured their show room and are showing more artwork by young artists as well as some attractive 19th century paintings. This does not mean to say they have stopped selling wonderful books on all aspects of Interior Design , Gardening, Architecture and the Decorative Arts .
    Speaking of the decorative arts, The Decorative Fair in Battersea Park is on all this week. A very pleasant stroll across Chelsea Bridge from the Pimlico Road.

    Do please keep an eye out for more consultation meetings and forums re the proposed development of Newsons Yard. The times and dates can be got from David Humphrey, Lucy Cox at Joanna Wood or from the Grosvenor Estate office.

    Make the most of the Autumn sunshine and pay us a visit soon.

    Regards and best wishes.

    Mark Boyce.

  • Rest In Peace, Melissa Wyndham

    Dear All.

    We are sad to announce the recent death of our much loved friend, colleague and client. Melissa Wyndham. An interior designer of international renown and great style. A friend to so many in and around the Pimlico Road.

    An inspiration to so many of her friends. A client to so many of the shops in the area for 40 years or more. She will be greatly missed by us all. She bravely battled numerous relapses with Cancer. We send our deepest sympathy to her sister, Jane Churchill, one of our long standing members and to her brother, Henry Wyndham at Sotheby’s who has been so closely involved with many of us over many years.

    Sadly this weekend another dear colleague, James Stringer, Jim, also died. He was the partner of Robert Hering, from San Francisco. Very dear friends to me and of great support through many a troubled year. Robert was an Interior Designer, Architect and Antique dealer with a renowned business in California. Both were and are huge anglophiles and had lived in London since the 80’s and subsequently in France and Italy. They bought all over England for their numerous glamorous clients and were great supporters of many businesses in and around the Pimlico Road. Jim died suddenly at the weekend.

    They had been together for over 50 years so our deepest sympathy goes out to Robert at this very difficult time for him.

    Regards.

    Mark Boyce.

  • Newsletter – August

    Dear All. The last hurrah of Summer. I hope you had reasonable weather for the Bank Holiday. Now we roll into September and all our customers return to the city, refreshed and ready to spend. Our American clients gearing up for Thanks Giving, and us for Christmas. Lots of our clients from the Middle and Far East are now returning home hopefully laden with goodies from all the shops in and around the Pimlico Road. August though very quiet can often bring us a few surprises.

    Several of our members have held Sales in the past month. New window displays have gone into Paulo Moschino, Joanna Wood, Outred, Luke Irwin and many others. Lots of new stock has arrived in. All of which will I hope tempt you in to refresh your own homes with something special.

    You may wish to replace an old chair, change your cushions for Autumn. Perhaps a new dinner service for Thanks Giving. The cracked mirror in the guest bedroom could at long last be replaced. New lamps for the hall way and treat your self to a chandelier for the dinning room. You always wanted one. Beautiful bed linen or that wonderful lilac and pistachio cashmere throw you fancied in the spring. The annoyingly thread bare corner of the carpet as you come into the sitting room, buy a replacement in time for all the Christmas parties ahead. I could go on but you know what I mean

    Grosvenor are planning some more consultations re. their proposals for the Newsons Yard-Travis Perkins site commencing the week of the 21st of September. I know how much you care for our corner of Belgravia, may I urge you to attend these meetings and express your concerns and desires for the future look of The Pimlico Road and the surrounding streets. What kind of businesses do you want to join us? Your input is vital if the area is not to become just another clone street like so much of Britain.

    We are thrilled to see the new “Parklet” has been completed outside Daylesford, De le Cuona, Amy Somerville and Marc de Berny. This was generously sponsored by Daylesford and Grosvenor. It adds much needed colour and wonderful hewn timber block seating to the area. A space to sit and chat over a cup of tea or coffee with a friend, or take a lunch break out in the open air. So thank you to all those who made such a valiant effort in improving the street scape. Next perhaps the beds in the Square could be improved, though these too have seen some fresh replanting of late.

    Don’t forget to make a note of the weekend of the 5th and 6th of December in your diary. This is the new look BELGRAVIA CHRISTMAS WEEKEND. On the Saturday, The Pimlico Road in conjunction with the London Farmers Market will hold its festive shop openings with musicians and entertainers. On the Sunday , Elizabeth Street will hold their Christmas Market with all the trimmings. Do come and join us.

    You still have three months before then to visit Lower Sloane Street, Holbein Place, Bourne Street, Ebury Street, Ebury Bridge Road, St Barnabas Street and of course The Pimlico Road for inspiration, fun and relaxation. Come and enjoy one of London’s very special villages.

    Regards and best wishes. Mark Boyce.