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Why driving a pre-war Aston Martin sports car worth £495,000 is 'brutal, but full of charm'

  • Aston Martin is celebrating the centenary of its oldest surviving vehicle with three unique tribute cars. Each one is a ‘retrofied’ version of the modern Vantage Roadster and costs more than £185,000. The A3 model was only the third car to roll off the original Aston production line at Abingdon Road, Kensington in 1921. Despite modest power of just 11hp, the two-seater later lapped Brooklands circuit at an incredible 84mph. The newly launched Vantage Roadster A3 pays homage to that legendary car
  • The Telegraph

    Why driving a pre-war Aston Martin sports car worth £495,000 is 'brutal, but full of charm'

    Aston Martin is celebrating the centenary of its oldest surviving vehicle with three unique tribute cars. Each one is a ‘retrofied’ version of the modern Vantage Roadster and costs more than £185,000. The A3 model was only the third car to roll off the original Aston production line at Abingdon Road, Kensington in 1921. Despite modest power of just 11hp, the two-seater later lapped Brooklands circuit at an incredible 84mph. The newly launched Vantage Roadster A3 pays homage to that legendary car

  • The Telegraph

    How billionaires are renovating their new mega-mansions

    If you’ve looked around your house over the last homebound year and realised it needs an urgent facelift – or that fresh air is all you want and that it’s time to move out of the city – then you’re not alone. In fact you’re in company with the super-rich, who have spent the pandemic updating their existing properties and buying new, staggeringly expensive ones. Nick Candy and his wife Holly Valance clearly decided that their Hyde Park Corner pad – which is estimated to be worth £75 million – was

  • The Telegraph

    Should a man ever wear Crocs in public? How one refusenik was won over

    It’s one of the most divisive subjects of our times; not Brexit, nor the handling of the pandemic, but a particular pair of shoes. Crocs - love ‘em or hate ‘em? Because either way, you can’t avoid them. Sales of Crocs rose 64% in the first half of 2021, and a hefty amount of celebrity endorsement has helped propel them into the fashion stratosphere. The camp I have always fallen into is firmly in the ‘I would rather have burning torches held to my feet than put a pair of Crocs on them’. But two

  • The Telegraph

    How to create a spa holiday in your own back garden

    Luxury spas might be open again, but it can still be hard to get a booking – unless, of course, that hot tub or sauna is at the bottom of your garden. Those who used lockdown to add wellness elements to their outdoor space are reaping the rewards. For the rest of us, it’s a growing trend. ‘Increasingly, I am seeing clients looking for ways to extend the use of their gardens, and adding in spa-like elements such as wood-fired hot tubs or outdoor showers,’ says garden designer Tom Massey (tommasse

  • The Telegraph

    Could rockets soon replace aircraft for long-haul travel?

    Last week, Richard Branson became the first billionaire to successfully blast off to the edge of space aboard his suborbital spacecraft, VSS Unity, along with two pilots and three other crew members. The first test flight with a full crew in the cabin, it reached an altitude of 53.3 miles after being released by its mothership, before gliding smoothly back down to a runway at Spaceport America. “I have dreamt about this moment since I was a child, but nothing could have prepared me for the view

  • The Telegraph

    'It's time to be beautiful and bad again': Madonna's favourite photographer on his sexy new gin label

    You know the first tasting of your gin has gone well when an-all-but teetotal Madonna demands four refills. As anecdotes go, it’s an impressive one, but Mert Alas – one half of fashion photography’s most successful duo, Mert & Marcus – has always had friends in sky-high places. The drink that got Madge back on the booze again is Seventy One Gin, an amber coloured spirit in a bottle so perfume-like, it was hard to know whether to spritz it or sip it when it launched last night at Chiltern Firehou

  • The Telegraph

    How Russian banyas became the go-to for elite networking - and the best ones to try out now

    The Russian invasion of London and the Home Counties hasn’t had much impact on daily life in the capital, unless you’re a consigliere-type lawyer, or run a concierge company that panders to oligarch whims. After all, we’ve been drinking vodka here for centuries, and caviar (or as anglicised White Russian aristocrats used to call it, ‘fish jam’) has been a delicacy since the Revolution. But that could all change with the banya-fication of the capital. A banya is a Russian alternative to a Turkish

  • Evening Standard

    Belgravia apartment in Eaton Square for sale for £23 million was home to Margaret Thatcher after Downing Street exit

    The six-bedroom property overlooking London’s largest garden square has been listed for sale for £23 million.

  • Evening Standard

    London’s wealthiest renters splash out on luxury homes with swimming pools to replicate five-star holiday experience

    Homes with pools are commanding a 10 per cent premium over those without, estimates one agent.

  • The Telegraph

    Never listen to your children, and other key tricks to nailing beach style as a Great British Male

    Lockdown, let’s be fair, has not been good for the sartorial elegance of the Great British Male. As most of us have been sequestered in places where our appearance has not been of paramount importance, so some men have been found to be walking around in the very worst kind of what used to be called mufti (but probably now isn’t). British men have let themselves go, and for the last 15 months have been working from home (or the garden) with the same gruesome enthusiasm they displayed when adaptin

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