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A big welcome to our new blogger – Cheryl Markosky

Cheryl Markosky is a freelance national property journalist, who writes for publications including Country Life, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express. She recently moved from Notting Hill to Holland Park, but creeps back over the border to visit old haunts, such as Mr Christians, Oxfam Books and the Electric.

Cheryl’s also getting to grips with the digital world, contributing to Primelocation, Findaproperty and other websites. We’re delighted she’s agreed to contribute a monthly blog to the Crayson site, and you can read her first in the ‘Cool-hunting’ series, here, now. Cool-hunting focuses on the quirky, wondrous, hilarious, cheeky, crazy, serious and fun in the area. February’s target is Ledbury Road. Enjoy!

Cool-hunting – Ledbury Road

Ledbury Road is so damn cool it makes Svalbard look like one of Dante’s fiery circles of hell. In fact, the coolness factor makes Ledbury the next sure-fire location for Frozen Planet 2. Although what David Attenborough would make of the uber-groovy boutiques and restaurants is any penguin’s guess.

It’s safe to say there’s really no earthly point in flogging all the way to Bond or Elizabeth Streets, while everything is right smack in Ledbury or its larger adjacent version, Westbourne Grove.

If you fancy a pair of silver sequined sneakers (and who wouldn’t?) then Emma Hope’s the place, while rufty-tufty guys can home in on hardy-looking coats and big shovels at Nick Ashley. Or, how about a purple retro chair from B&T antiques, the ultimate LWS (little white shirt) from Anne Fontaine in a converted church or a pair of moccis for the terrible toddler in your life?

Extreme shopping can lead to a heightened appetite, however. Without leaving the road you can slurp a bowl of Tom Yum at The Walmer Castle, that most wondrous English Russian doll contradiction: a Thai restaurant nestled into a traditional pub. Other gourmet blow-out spots include Beach Blanket Babylon (they’ve got the best venison carpaccio), Ottolenghi for fat caraway seeded cheese straws, Weight Watcher-disapproved cakes and roasted beetroot and sour cherry salad, and Michelin-starred The Ledbury (the rabbit lasagne gets my vote).

So, wrap up warm and explore the nifty wintry climes of Ledbury Road. Crayson has just sold a marvelous, roomy house with four bedrooms, four reception rooms and three bathrooms. The guide price was £3.555m. There will be plenty of space to store all those purchases!

Pet places for…

• ORANGE WALLETS – Anya Hindmarch
Cheryl Markosky