Summer Newsletter 2020


Featured in the Summer newsletter (download as PDF):


Chestertons  |  London property market

LuxuryTopping asked Chestertons, one of the oldest firms of estate agents in the world their views on the London property market. First established in 1805 by Charles Chesterton, the firm has sold property for over 200 years initially in London. The Chestertons network covers 21 countries and five continents through over 100 offices.


Interview: Preston Benson of Cromwell Place – an arts club with a difference.

LuxuryTopping caught up with Preston Benson to find out about Cromwell Place, an innovative working environment in South Kensington designed for commercial art galleries and curators.

Your company has transformed this grand Cromwell Road townhouse into a 13 contemporary art spaces. Tell us about the vision for this extraordinary project.
Cromwell Place is a first-of-its-kind arts hub and membership organisation, and will be a global arts destination, but on a far more intimate scale. Visitors will be able to wander the exhibitions and experience art up-close in our private viewing rooms in a townhouse which was previously home to artist Sir John Lavery…

Private museums – can they survive the pandemic?

The number of these privately funded art spaces has mushroomed over the last decade, but owners may no longer be willing to bear the costs. By Georgina Adam

How many private museums are there in the world? It is difficult to say exactly. If you just take those devoted to contemporary art, with a single owner/founder and a permanent space, you are probably looking at about 400.


Travel to Tucson

Jewellery designer Julia Lloyd George describes hunting for stones for her coveted jewellery designs during a visit to the world’s largest gem, mineral and fossil show held in February each year in Tucson, Arizona. Frequent trips to the Fair have enabled Julia to build relationships with gemstone dealers from all over the world. Millions of tons of incredible stones are shipped here every year with thousands of vendors displaying these treasures in over 50 venues from hotel rooms and giant tents to small stalls off the beaten track. YouTube has several videos of the show; the best is from Krieger which will have you tapping your feet as you view the incredible stones.


GROHE – the stylish way to maintain good hygiene in the new normal

One of the big issues in getting people back into offices and shops has been the need to be ultra-careful when touching surfaces and the necessity of handwashing with videos teaching you how to wash your hands properly. Finding solutions to optimise hygiene in both the workplace and at home is spurring demand and helping us get back to work. Leading global kitchen and bathroom supplier GROHE has reported unprecedented demand for hygienic touchless taps in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Having specified the healthcare, hospitality and commercial sector for many years, where hygiene-optimised products are commonplace, GROHE is braced for the new normal. “With our wide range of touchless and hands-free products, we at GROHE have the right response to the increased need of hygiene in sensitive areas such as kitchens and bathrooms”, says Jonas Brennwald, Deputy CEO Grohe AG. “We are already experiencing a higher demand for our hygiene enhancing products – from both our private and business customers.

Share knowledge and stay connected with new online social clubs

The Eighth Door   |  Gem-X

After a ‘what will we do now moment’ the bright sparks locked into Zoom to connect with their audiences in every sector of the market. The online clubs targeting specific industries offer a whole new way of connecting, opening new lines of interesting contacts. Two of the best online clubs are from completely different sectors, but they do the same thing – connect, educate and inform. Most of all, they keep you in touch!


Theo Fennell: Rock Star and Society Jeweller

Discreet jewellery is not Theo’s style, his jewellery is imaginative, stylish and worn to be seen. Over 30s London life, music, the arts, poetry and sport have all inspired Theo, who is a master craftsman in the world of jewellery. Each piece is created with huge technical skill and by a jewellery maker that only knows how to design show stoppers.

‘Wow’ is the first word though your lips when you are lucky enough to see Theo’s bespoke jewellery. His magnificent, mystical and marvellous bespoke ‘Wind in the Willows’ dome shaped ring opens to show the lovable characters Mole and Toad created in miniature on a bridge and encased in a bubble on the ring. Theo is the leader in the art of putting your favourite object in miniature onto a ring.

Gems in Hatton Garden

When you walk around Soho, Hatton Garden or Hoxton, one of the most visible signs are the boards from Pearl & Coutts offering commercial property to rent. From art galleries and gyms to offices, industrial and even car parks, Pearl & Coutts has been operating in the London and UK property market for over 50 years.

Its Chairman and Chief Executive David Pearl is known for his encyclopaedical knowledge of London property and being generous with his time – giving many an entrepreneur a leg onto the ladder of success. I will always be grateful to David for the introduction to Hazel Forsyth, author and Senior Curator in the Museum of London, and for arranging a private tour of the Cheapside Hoard of Jewellery. Buried in the cellar of a building on Foster Lane in 1642 (around the time of the English Civil War), it lay undiscovered until 1912 and was not exhibited until 2017.