News & Events

  • Nella leaves us

    A keystone of our community moves on to pastures new. 

    Many years ago a wonderful bubbly and an enthusiastic young lady came into my life but more importantly joined our community in The Pimlico Road. We all know her as Nella, Nella Marin. 

    Our paths had crossed already in Antiquarius where she had occasionally worked as an assistant for Julilan Simon Fine Art between acting jobs. When Christopher Butterworth moved from Antiquarius to the Pimlico Road 25 years ago, Nella came too; with her dog of course. She soon became an indispensable part of The Pimlico Road dispensing sweets, delicious cakes, and endless supplies of pistachio nuts which came from a mysterious source somewhere in Iraq, or was it Iran. Nella and her family had lived a pretty peripatetic life in Middle Europe, the Middle East, and then England. She had a stint as an actor , literary connections and a myriad of friends but she soon became very much part of all our lives here in Belgravia. Always ready for a chat, a mine of information, and constant support to all in need. 

    Despite endless trials and tribulations with work, her health, and worries over the wellbeing of her parents, Nella greeted all who came to call with warmth, charm, wit, and a beguiling smile. Her second dog, Pippin,  gained a notorious reputation, hating children and any dog that should dare to come too close to the shop window and often would not let friends leave as I learned to my cost on several occasions. 

    These two very strong characters have added greatly to all our lives. Nella, in many ways, became more associated with the business than the proprietor and it was always Nella that sorted out any problems to do with many of her client’s requests or purchases. Every Interior designer, architect, or consultant from Australasia, to Europe and America’s, knows exactly who she is if her name should crop up in a conversation and recollect her with great affection. Her presence on The Pimlico Road will be greatly missed.

    Never fear though, I believe she may well pop up shop sitting somewhere in the area over the coming years. Her occasional return will always be hugely welcomed. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her an enormously happy “semi-retirement” at her home in London and her enchanting little cottage in Cornwall.  I can already see Nella and Pippin in my mind’s eye frolicking in the waves along the Cornish Coast. Who will ever forget her deep wicked laugh, that radiant smile, and her cherished hug? 

    Much love, best wishes, and with the deepest affection and respect.

    Nella, Bon Voyage may our paths continue to intersect. 

    Mark Boyce

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  • Newsletter. April 2021

    Dear All,

    GREAT NEWS, ALL THE SHOPS HAVE REOPENED.

    The Pimlico Road and all the neighbouring streets are throwing open their doors to welcome you back into their showrooms. Several shops have sent me updates on their new products . Over the past year every single one of them has continued striving to create new designs in Furniture, Textiles, Lighting, Jewellery, Fashion, Porcelain, Glass, Bronze and a myriad of other materials to tempt you back into the ever changing fray of the Design World. Art Galleries and Antique Dealers have discovered wonderful new treasures to make you swoon. Come along and discover all that is new and exciting in Belgravia.

    Interior Designers commission books are bulging and orders continue to flood in from around the world. Spring has burst upon us even if it is still rather chilly. Many of our marvellous eateries have tables outside for you to take a break and find something delicious to sustain you on your travels around our glorious collection of Galleries, showrooms and shops. 
    Flowers and shrubs bedeck the gardens, the florists windows and many a showroom along the Road. A technicolour world of Design, Lifestyles , Food and Nature awaits your return. So, please, get you and your friends together and make The Pimlico Road a must visit destination now that you have regained your freedom to shop.

    Welcome home.
    Regards and best wishes to you all.
    Mark Boyce

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  • Albert Roux 1935-2021 and Michel Roux 1941-2020

    We remember the brothers Michel Roux, who died on the 11th of March last year , and Albert Roux who died on the 4th of January this year.

    Albert Roux and his younger brother Michel will always be a part of our area’s long and varied history for in 1967 they opened their restaurant “Le Gavroche” on Lower Sloane Street which was soon to become world famous and eventually garnered 3 Michelin Stars which they held for 25 years. 

    A first for any restaurant outside France. In 1982 “Le Gavroche” moved to Upper Brook Street in Mayfair whilst the Lower Sloane Street Restaurant was renamed “Gavers” . In 1984 they set up the “Roux Brothers Scholarship” and went on to train many of Britain’s now internationally known chefs.
    Sadly I never dined at “Le Gavroche”  but luckily managed one guest visit to Gavers when I came to work in the Pimlico Road in 1979.

    Over the years I met both brothers occasionally, Michel was suave, sophisticated and stylish, Albert larger than life , jovial and what we imagine a Master Chef to be like. Both had great charm, charisma and an ease of conversation which was most beguiling. The Caraffini Restaurant took over the space soon after they left and I am glad to say it still continues well over 20 years later.

    The brothers split the business in 1986, Albert remaining in charge of “Le Gavroche” and other restaurants around the world. In 1982 Albert Roux opened the “Boucherie Lamartine” on Elizabeth Street which transformed into a deli and retail traiteur until it closed in 1999.

    This became a mainstay for many a Belgravia hostess in need of something special for their luncheon and dinner parties. I know their many delicious dishes saved my bacon on numerous an occasion and often became a lunchtime treat to be eaten in the shop on a busy day. 

    Lulu Lytle remembers the Celariac Remoulade with affection. My favourite was the Ouef en Gellie with Salmon Roe. After several incarnations the premises now houses the business of Tomasz Starzewski.

    We convey to all the Roux family our deepest sympathy at the loss of their two remarkable family members within less than a year, Michel and Albert.

    Mark Boyce

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