Director's cut

EVEN BY Notting Hill's elevated standards, this property in Ladbroke Gardens qualifies as a film director's trophy house. It is home to a cinema, a gym, a wine cellar, six bedrooms, a study, a library and numerous bathrooms in between. The Grade-II listed Victorian house includes a 20ft kitchen, a formal dining room and a first-floor drawing room. No lift, though. Definitely not one for the huddled masses. 3 Ladbroke Gardens, London W11 is for sale at pounds 6.5m. Savills, 020-7535 3300.


Pots of style

FOR THOSE people who love large ornnamental plants but don't have the time or the patience to grow them, John Lewis can deliver them ready- planted in cool resin pots. They look great sitting either side of a door, on a patio or roof terrace, or by the side of a swimming pool. The range of instant ornamental plants includes box topiary, bamboo and bay trees. Prices start at pounds 95 from John Lewis, 08456 049049,


In the jungle

Inspired by the "wild animals of Africa", jewellery-maker Roberto Coin has dreamt up the Giraffe collection, made from 18 carat yellow-gold and brown enamel. Every piece contains Robert's trademark "secret ruby", as he believes "when in contact with the skin of woman, the ruby will bring great happiness, good health and prosperity". It'll need to: pieces start from pounds 540. For stockists, call 0800 028 4102.


Spanish delight

YOU CAN now buy chocolate from Barcelona's finest (and trendiest) chocolatier, Xocoa, in London. As well as coming in some pretty special flavours including chocolate and ginger, green tea, and yoghurt and raspberry, the packaging is magnificent. Bars cost pounds 3.95 each and are available from Harrods, 020-7730 1234;


Quick change

CHRYSLER'S DRAMATICALLY styled Crossfire coupe won mostly rave reviews for its looks when it was launched last year, but there was criticism directed at its performance. Chrysler has listened to the carpers and produced this, the hotter SRT-6 version featuring a supercharged 3.2 V6 engine. It reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, and 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds, with uprated brakes and suspension. Priced from pounds 34,335 for the coupe and pounds 35,335 for the roadster. Available from April.


High class

OVER 100m tall, the Euromast is Rotterdam's best-known landmark and you can stay on top of it. It has two suites - Heaven and Stars - with whirlpool bath. There's an abseiling option for return to street level. Suites pounds 375 per night, 00 31 10 2411788, Low-cost flights, Transavia, 020 7365 4997.


Don't call us

One simple way to cut down on unsolicited phone calls from firms trying to flog anything from double-glazing to a new kitchen is to register with the Telephone Preference Service (0845 070 0707; The service is free.


Sitting pretty

ROLF BENZ'S furniture is legendarily comfortable. For the 6000 series, he has drawn on the worlds of architecture, automobiles and fashion to come up with a simple sofa in the softest aniline leather. The set consists of sofa, chairs and ottoman, and is available in eight different colours. Plus, for a limited period, Benz is offering 15 per cent off the normal price. That makes the sofa pounds 2,327. Phone 01908 604629 for stockists.


If the glove fits

DESPAIRING AT playing golf without properly fitting gloves, Hattie Smart launched her own range shaped specifically for the female hand, and available in colours such as fuchsia and sunshine yellow. There is a limited range for men too. The gloves cost pounds 24.95 and are made from the finest Cabretta leather. 020-7385 5237 or www.


Cabin fever

HEALTHCABIN FUSES Scandinavian design with Oriental medicine. It offers a healthy perspiration environment using infrared for heat, so no hot coals, steam or mess. The smallest unit takes up less space than a double bed. From pounds 2,995 at The HealthCabin Company at


Can it

THIS IS Pigeons by Julian Andrews, one of the works to be exhibited at the Red Bull Art of Can show at The Old Truman Brewery in London from 4 April. Think you can do better? Then you still have time to apply for your artwork to be placed on display. All that's required is imagination - and some surplus Red Bull cans. Submit entry forms by 22 February at: