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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.
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.
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.
A facelift that took two years and cost millions has put this luxury landmark back on the map, says Simone Kane
A decade-long battle over images of Yosemite National Park has been settled, but who took them remains a mystery
New antique fairs, impressive figures and an iPhone app shows how the antique market is fairing, says Annie Deakin
Belgravia dealer who sells six-figure works to the stars linked to expert copier
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?
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.
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
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.
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
For two decades, they have been the scourge of the aristocracy, launching audacious raids on some of the country's most prestigious stately homes.
Author and design critic Stephen Bayley has lived in his London house for 25 years but it still isn't finished – and he wouldn't have it any other way
Chandeliers are in all the high-street shops. But as Kate Watson-Smyth discovers, only vintage lights are truly fantastic
In not-so-swinging Surrey, fashion designer Nargess Gharani found her ideal home – an architect-designed, mid-century house made for family fun