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Portobello House Hotel Bistro, 225 Ladbroke Grove, London W10

Ladbroke Grove is a history lesson in brick and concrete. It was the core of the Ladbroke Estate, an explosion of posh properties built in the 1840s after the Hippodrome Racecourse, north of Portobello Road, failed to attract punters and closed down. The classy gardens, squares, villas and crescents of 'Leafy Ladbroke' came to rival the stylish Whig mansions of Holland Park to the south. Unfortunately, on the north side, the demand for house-building for wealthy Victorians dwindled, then stopped, in the 1860s. It was a project which just ran out of money.

Ousted Yemeni leader Saleh to seek exile in Ethiopia

The ousted Yemeni leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, plans to go into exile in Ethiopia, his aides said yesterday, as the newly inaugurated leader, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, took over from his predecessor of 33 years.

Dries Van Noten: 'There's too much fashion'

Too many shows, too many collections, and, simply, too many clothes... So says Dries Van Noten, a designer who has never bowed to convention. Susannah Frankel meets Antwerp's most stylish export.

Ian McShane: 'I don't even like antiques'

To British audiences, he'll always be Lovejoy. But for a decade, Ian McShane has been plundering the best roles in US film and TV. Just what is driving this former hellraiser?

What is the future for Britain’s antiques trade?

Last year, just weeks after celebrating the 75th annual Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair in June 2009, the organisers announced it was to close for good, citing declining profit, increased costs and demands on the space for closure.

The 50 best Antiques shops

Whether you’re after fantastic furniture or perfect paintings, Kate Watson-Smyth offers the experts’ guide to affordable auctions and sky’s-the-limit galleries

Is car boot discovery a Knights Templar relic?

It sounds like Cash in the Attic meets the The Da Vinci Code. A pile of junk cleared from a country home finds its way to a car boot sale in a nearby market town. Among the detritus is a small piece of wood measuring just 10 inches by four inches and covered with painted figures.

The Johnsons: "Britain's No 1 crime family"?

He's spent the best years of his life behind bars, and heads a notorious crime gang said to have plundered £80m of treasures from the grandest houses in the land. But now Jimmy Johnson is fighting back – and claims his clan are the victims of a massive Establishment stitch-up. Rob Sharp hears his side of the story

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Nargess Gharani: Spirit of the Sixties

In not-so-swinging Surrey, fashion designer Nargess Gharani found her ideal home – an architect-designed, mid-century house made for family fun