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Ebury enjoys an unrivalled location in the heart of Westminster, close to the fine restaurants and designer boutiques of Belgravia, Pimlico and Knightsbridge, and the easy connections that come with Zone 1 living.

This is a prime central London location renowned for its culture and creativity with the world-class art gallery, Tate Britain, and many of the capital’s most iconic and historic landmarks just a short walk away.

Ebury is perfectly placed to benefit from the many leading nurseries, schools and world-class colleges and universities nearby.

Eccleston Yards

Sloane Square Tube

King’s Road

Battersea Power Station

Victoria Station

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Enjoy incredible retail and dining experiences in every direction, including the reimagined Battersea Power Station, featuring a mix of over 100 shops, bars, restaurants and leisure activities.

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Ian Bennet

Bespoke Milliner, Ebury Bridge Road

“I love having my shop here. Ebury Bridge Road feels like a small village high street surrounded by a town, it is so close to Victoria but it feels quite removed from busy central London. There is a lovely local pub opposite and there’s the Farmers’ Market on the weekend.”

Ian Bennett’s shop reveals an eye-catching display of beautifully crafted hats and head pieces and his workshop downstairs is filled with all the necessary tools of his trade and his intriguing collection of heritage hat blocks and hat stands.

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Ian has been a milliner by trade for over 30 years, first studying sculpture at The Royal College of Art before applying these skills to the art of hat making. He worked at Buckingham Palace for ten months in the run up to the Diamond Jubilee tour helping to craft hats for the Queen, including the purple hat she wore to unveil the new plaque naming the Elizabeth Line in her honour. He also created the feathers that embellished the Queen’s hat for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. “We had to make two hats, one for the Queen and one for her stunt double who dived out of the helicopter.”

Alongside his bespoke award-winning creations for weddings, races, television and theatre – Ian made all the hats for English National Opera’s My Fair Lady – he has single-handedly revived the heritage craft of men’s black silk top hat making. “It’s taken five years to research – no one else has carried on the tradition – they are heirloom pieces, made completely to order. They take up to ten weeks to make as each hat has 26 layers of fabric and each layer is steam ironed separately.”

Reviving this traditional labour intensive art form has encouraged in Ian a particular fondness for making top hats, although he thrives in the variety of his work and the impact of every creation. “The great thing about hats is that they transform people – people act differently when they wear a hat.”

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