Abs C&A June 2013
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ABSOLUTELY JUNE 2013 CITY & ANGEL THE FOOD SPECIAL MASTER CHEF BRUNO LOUBET’S KING’S CROSS TRIUMPH STREETS AHEAD NEW YOUNG FOODIE CLUB SPICE WORLD YUM YUM AT 21 White Heat Sizzling summer looks S T Y L I S H . I N T E L L I G E N T. E L E G A N T. A B S O L U T E LY NORTH COVERS JUNE 13.indd 1 20/05/2013 17:32 FULL PAGE.indd 4 16/05/2013 10:38 Contents ABSOLUTELY June 2013 Fashion 05 EDITOR’S LETTER 08 WHAT’S ON 20 FOR HIM Men’s Style File Local 26 PRETTY IN PASTEL Fashion’s brighter shade of pale 16 MY STYLE 19 Gemma Cairney’s sartorial inspirations TINTED LOVE Food 50 NEW YOUNG FOODIE CLUB Finest Seven’s eye candy The food revolution lives on Culture 56 THE THAI LIFE Atique Choudhury talks about the legend of Yum Yum and his culinary heritage 10 HOT LIST Don’t miss this month 13 THE FRENCH CONNECTION Catherine Hales sit down to dinner with Bruno Loubet 58 RESTAURANT REVIEWS The Rotary Bar & Diner and Como 3 Cantina Chic Interiors 65 WHAT LIES BENEATH Behind the doors of 18 Folgate Street with Philip Davies 68 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS The best trends, designers and local gems 73 GET THE LOOK Dan Gillespie Sells’ renovated pub Travel 75 CALCOT MANOR A frolic in the Cotswolds 80 FEELING HAUTE Top tables around the world FIND US ONLINE: WWW.ZEST-MEDIA.COM JUNE_CONTENTS.indd 3 20/05/2013 11:51 ABSOLUTELY EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT HELEN BARON CATHERINE HALES PROPERTY EDITOR LUCIE PEARCE FEATURE WRITERS DANIEL AGNEW GARETH FITZGERALD ART DIRECTOR SENIOR DESIGNER MID WEIGHT DESIGNER PRODUCTION DESIGNER JUNIOR DESIGNER PRODUCTION CONTROLLER PRODUCTION ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS ADVERTISING MANAGER GROUP PROPERTY DIRECTOR PROPERTY DIRECTOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Concept dining has arrived in Islington; be inspired, indulge your senses and experience something new at Como 3 Cantina Chic. 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All rights reserved. www.zest-media.com 21/03/2013 14:13 20/05/2013 12:16 Editor’s Letter W e’ve become a nation of food obsessives and ‘world food’ has become synonymous with the zeitgeist. A trip to Haggerston’s Friday night Street Feast is case in point: full-on festival vibes where the headliners are smoked ribs and a pint of mojito instead of bands. Queues stretch round the block. Generation Pop-up likes its food fresh, fun and infused with imagination, which is why a bunch of talented amateurs are suddenly proving more popular than the fast food empires of old, while the outdoor element calls to mind the food markets of farflung places and exotic adventures in strange lands. No doubt our hunger for travel runs parallel to our newfound love of exotic foods. We’re now much more on a par with New York, and it’s finally possible to get good tacos, street food and ceviche in pretty much every part of London. There’s also the fact that food now carries the currency of cool – the whole ‘Have you tried the mock duck dumplings at HKK? They are insane,’ type thing. And naturally, a decent meal has to come with an equally decent, mixologist-sanctioned cocktail. We’ve come to expect more and better: as such, feel free to pore over our food and drink feature on the latest and best street food offerings around – and be sure to sample some before the summer is out. This is a foodie issue, so between stuffings we found time to chat with chef Bruno Loubet, mainstay of the London restaurant scene. Loubet, who was trained under Raymond Blanc and has redefined rustic French cuisine in the capital, just launched his new King’s Cross eatery, Grain Store. With so much happening in the culinary world, it’s intriguing to wonder where food might go next. Whatever comes along, we’ll do our best to bring you the scoop. Helen Baron, Editor TWEET ME @absolutelyedhel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Twitter @Absolutely_Mags Facebook ‘Absolutely Magazines’ #STRIKEAPOSE Islington Giving The inaugural Islington Giving Week will take place between 1–9 June with fun events throughout the week. Drop in to the volunteering event designed to help local residents and businesses identify how they can get more involved with the local community, take part in drama workshops or book a table at the fundraising quiz night. For more details head to islingtongiving.org.uk ON THE COVER City & Angel: James Lakeland white suit jacket £199; jameslakeland.net East: Lickerish If your party frock doubles as your party trick, better make it a good’un. Summer brings on an assault course of events which demand that occasionwear be the order of the day. Don’t be bowled over; instead, bowl other guests over in an elaborate but totally flattering statement dress. This one, by Roland Mouret, is not in the least bit trussy and will need a pair of earrings to set it off (I’ve chosen a lovely red coral drop pair by Akong at Kabiri). Lastly, these Natalia Vodianova by Centro shoes will match without seeming matchy-matchy. JUNE_EDS_LETTER.indd 5 A note on... ’s Editor Pick 20/05/2013 12:01 18 Exmouth Market EC1R 4QE (020) 7837 0651 FULL PAGE.indd 2 16/05/2013 16:30 What’s On June 2013 Lovely Rita BFI SOUTHBANK Throughout June BFI Southbank is celebrating the life and career of ‘the Love Goddess’ with screenings of classic films including Gilda, Cover Girl and You’ll Never Get Rich. Divorced five times by her midforties, Hayworth famously proclaimed, ‘Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me.’ Presenting a season of ten of her best-loved films, the screenings offer audiences the chance to fall in love not only with Gilda, a noir thriller in which she performs a climactic one-glove striptease, but with Rita herself. Check the website for screening times; bfi.org.uk/southbank JUNE_WHAT'S_ON.indd 7 20/05/2013 13:24 Absolutely CULTURE Hard Rock Calling OLYMPIC PARK 29 - 30 June Kasabian have been announced as headliners for the annual rock fest, kicking off what will be the first of a series of shows at Olympic Park. The band make their appearance at the festival on the Saturday night, joined by other icons of the British music scene – Paul Weller, Miles Kane, the Cribs and the Klaxons. The Sunday is shaping up to be a US invasion, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headlining for a third time alongside the Black Crowes and Alabama Shakes. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20; hardrockcalling.co.uk WHY DON’T YOU? The Wilding Festival ST GEORGE’S CHURCH 13 - 16 June A multi-arts festival inspired by the remarkable story of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison comes to Bloomsbury this month. A hundred years ago in June, 6000 women dressed in white marched through the streets of London to pay their respects to the pioneer at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury; the young woman lost her life in a dramatic act of protest when she placed herself in the path of the King’s horse to highlight the cause of women’s suffrage. The festival will present dynamic and discursive new music, theatre, dance, visual art, collaboration, discussion and intergenerational community engagement in a spectacular and immersive setting. St George’s Church, WC1; thewildingfestival.co.uk. MACMILLAN’S MAYERLING VICTORIA PARK 13 June On the 13 June, the Royal Opera House will be showing Macmillan’s Mayerling on the big screen in Victoria Park. A dark drama of political intrigue, twisted romance and morbid obsession, set to dramatic music by Liszt, the production was created for The Royal Ballet by one of the 20th century’s greatest choreographers and is a signature work for the Company. Admission is free. roh.org.uk/about/bp-big-screens 8 JUNE_WHAT'S_ON.indd 8 20/05/2013 13:24 City of London Festival NUMEROUS LOCATIONS From 23 June Following its acclaimed and record-breaking 50th anniversary season, the annual City of London Festival will once again animate the Square Mile with its customary extravaganza of music, dance, art, film, poetry, family and participation events. The programme this time focuses on three themes: city walls, conflict and resolution, and trees. For more information see colf.org These New Puritans HEAVEN 19 June The nation’s leading art-noise band return this month with a muchanticipated new album, Field of Reeds, and a one-off show at West End venue Heaven. Early talk suggests the record is an ideas-led triumph melding traditional guitar-bass-drums mechanics with ambitious orchestration and the band’s trademark vocal abstractions. Catch them while you can. 9 The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N; thesenewpuritans.com LAST CHANCE TO SEE Pop-up garden THE DESIGN MUSEUM Until 3 June The Design Museum and design company Vitra’s pop-up garden on the River Thames. Housed in the museum’s riverfront ‘Tank’ display area, the garden brings together some of the biggest names in design (such as Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton) through a series of classic furniture designs and striking new works. Head down before it packs up. Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1; designmuseum.org 9 JUNE_WHAT'S_ON.indd 9 20/05/2013 13:24 Absolutely CULTURE MUSIC Laura Marling EXHIBITION Gert and Uwe Tobias Once I Was An Eagle Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibition from Romanian-born twins Gert and Uwe Tobias at the Whitechapel Gallery. The pair’s expressive and unique artistic style is heavily influenced by a fascination with European folklore mingled with the post-war communism that they grew up with when they relocated to Cologne in 1985. Working across a variety of media including woodcuts, sculptures, drawings and collage, the end result is a sinister and interesting mix of playfulness and violence. Until 14 June, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; whitechapelgallery.org Debuting her fourth album at the tender age of 23, its hard not to be impressed by Laura Marling. Her distinctive voice and enchanting lyrics have earned her numerous awards and nominations including the Brit for Best British Female Solo Artist in 2011. This fourth offering is set to be darker than her previous efforts, a result perhaps of her maturing as an artist, but fans of her folky and gentle style will surely find what they’re looking for. Out now on Virgin Records HOT LIST BOOK The English Seaside England may not be famous for its white sand, dazzling sunshine or clear blue seas but our rough pebble beaches and stubborn refusal to succumb to the elements bear their own distinct, if eccentric, charm. In this new book from English Heritage, photographer Peter Williams explores over 170 beaches, uncovering the quirks and oddities of the British seaside. £14.99; waterstones.com This month’s highlights FILM Much Ado About Nothing dir. by Joss Whedon Fans of Whedon will find a lot of familiar faces in this modern day rendering of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, both alumni of Whedon’s Angel, portray the opinionated and argumentative lead characters Beatrice and Benedick. Although it is obvious to their friends that they are perfect match they remain at odds with one another, constantly bickering and sparring until all around them reach the end of their patience. In cinemas from 7 June AN ESCAPE PLAN Shacklewell Arms – 24 June With new album Songs of Scarecrows on the horizon this six piece phenomenon are ones to watch. Comprised of members Henry Charles Pritchard, Matt ‘Slice’ King, Craig ‘Arge’ Brown, Nicholas ‘Peanut’ Willes, Kathryn Sian Williams and their most recent addition, Daniel Padmore on bass, the band originally formed ten years ago and have met nearly every Tuesday since then. The bandmates have various side projects such as Tanaou, Das Pluto Gang and the Applecore fanzine, but their consistent collaboration on An Escape Plan has been their greatest success. anescapeplan.co.uk 10 MAY_HOTLIST_FINAL.indd 10 20/05/2013 12:56 Is your family expanding? If you need more space, then call... With over 46 years experience in planning and managing home extensions. For a free non obligation quotation contact us on: 020 8896 0777 WWW.INEEDMORESPACE.CO.UK LOFT CONVERSIONS FULL PAGE.indd 2 EXTENSIONS BASEMENTS 06/02/2013 10:47 FULL PAGE.indd 2 14/05/2013 15:36 Absolutely PROFILE The French Connection Absolutely sits down to dinner with Bruno Loubet on the eve of his latest restaurant opening JUNE_LEAD_BRUNO LOUBET.v2.indd 13 20/05/2013 13:11 Absolutely PROFILE B runo Loubet is very much London’s chef of the moment, with Clerkenwell’s Bistrot de Bruno Loubet bringing normally ferocious food critics to their knees in admiration. Feted by the likes of Jay Rayner and AA Gill, the Bordeaux native’s reputation is built not on fashion, celebrity or gastronomic gimmicks, but on classic French cooking executed with masterful modern flair. Loubet, who came to London at 21 and earned his first Michelin star a few years later, trained under some of the greatest chefs of the day, including Raymond Blanc. In the years that followed, he went solo, establishing some of London’s best-loved restaurants in the process (Soho’s Bistrot Bruno and L’Odeon on Regent Street, to be precise). In 2001, he horrified his hungry fans by decamping to Australia to raise his family, but in 2009 he returned to these shores and opened his latterday bistro at the Zetter Hotel. The new venture was quickly hailed a triumph, prompting a renewed wave of adulation among the city’s culinary cognoscenti and lots of talk about what Loubet would do next. Well, now we know: June will see the opening of Grain Store, a new restaurant at the heart of the King’s Cross regeneration zone that promises to become a leading light in the area’s rejuvenated dining scene. What this means is that Loubet is busy, with more pressing things to do than, well, nattering with the press. Nonetheless we find him calm, composed and utterly congenial – a superb storyteller with an accent thick and French enough to make you hungry all by itself. We start by asking him if his interest in cooking came from his family. ‘Everybody was cooking, it was important. We used to grow everything, we had chickens and rabbits and pigeons. We used to go foraging – today it’s a big, fashionable thing but for me that was my childhood. We used to go and pick dandelions for the salad, wild leeks and mushrooms and walnuts.’ Skipping forward a decade or three, what occasioned his recent return to London from Australia? ‘Well, firstly it was my wife! She wanted to come back, she missed the family and life in London. So I said, “Okay, we’ll come back on one condition, which is that we buy a nice little place in the country, a pub or an old farm or a restaurant. At the end of the day I want a big garden, I want to grow my veg and have my pigs and chickens and live the chef’s dream.” She said “Yes, yes, yes.” Then I end up in London.’ Another big laugh, but the move was a wise one, and the Bistrot Bruno Loubet was soon established and winning plaudits from all corners of the culinary world. It was WHERE CHEFS EAT Born in Bordeaux, arrived in London in 1982, opened Bistrot Bruno in 1993, L’Odeon in 1995 and Bistrot Bruno Loubet in 2010. Late Night: Bar Boulud Regular Neighbourhood: Brawn Breakfast: Caravan Worth the travel: The Ledbury Wish I’d opened: Quay High End: The River Café Breakfast: The Wolseley Bargain: Yalla Yalla Loubet’s first London venture outside of the West End – does he like Clerkenwell? ‘Yeah, I love Clerkenwell. It’s a very affluent area but cool and with very nice people. I really like all the architecture, the market, the atmosphere.’ And what about Grain Store, which is set to open in the same renovated King’s Cross warehouse that contains Central St Martin’s college and the much-loved Caravan? Loubet has already told the world that he wants the menu at Grain Store to put more focus on vegetables. Is he excited that the restaurant is now a reality? ‘I’m really excited. Many years ago I wanted to do this, I thought about focusing on the vegetable to be the star of the plate. And you know, now was the right time and and it’s been a bit of a dream come true.’ Is this what Loubet sees as the future of food in the capital? Are there still boundaries left to push? ‘Obviously there is a massive movement in food to keep things moving and try new things but that’s not the business we’re in. I respect it a lot, but for me the biggest challenge at Grain Store is to make the veg, the garnish, the most important part of the dish. To make it exciting I have to use flavours and techniques from all over the 16 JUNE_LEAD_BRUNO LOUBET.v2.indd 14 20/05/2013 13:11 “I love Clerkenwell. It’s a very affluent area but cool and with very nice people. I really like all the architecture, the market, the atmosphere.” world. I want to show that eating less meat may make the food more exciting because you have to be more exciting. When the veg becomes the star, you have to scratch your head a little bit more.’ On the subject of doing things differently, we mention that we recently ran into cocktail king and proprietor of Islington’s Bar with No Name, Tony Conigliaro, the man behind the cocktail menu at both Loubet’s current ventures. Loubet lights up. ‘Yes, we’re doing a few things together! Tony is a great scientist. He does the drinks and we try to match a few things to the menu – obviously not everything, but certain dishes. You know, why not? Because it’s not really been done the proper way before, and obviously Tony is fantastic.’ Does Loubet have a favourite Conigliaro concoction? ‘I don’t drink much alcohol myself’ he laughs, before a throwaway comment that captures the man’s modesty perfectly – and perhaps the secret to his success. ‘I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I’m a boring person! I just cook, you know? And go into my garden. Cooking and gardening, that’s my life.’ 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1; bistrotbrunoloubet.com JUNE_LEAD_BRUNO LOUBET.v2.indd 15 20/05/2013 13:12 Absolutely FASHION MY STYLE Gemma Cairney, the East London presenter of The Fox Problem thefoxproblem.com Favourite holiday destination I’ve never been on holiday to Africa, though I have done a charity trek up Mount Kenya, DJ’d at a festival called Lake Of Stars in Malawi and last year visited Ethiopia with Oxfam. Each trip has undoubtedly been among the best of my life for different reasons. Africa has a solid place in my heart. It’s so big and I want to explore more of it. Favourite designer Your favourite album of the moment Vivienne Westwood, she makes clothes that make me feel like it’s the best to have a big bottom and boobs that look delicious squashed together. Her dresses are like a cheer for bodies bigger than a size 8. I also love Coco Fennell, an independent designer whose dresses have similar effect. Still Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. Such a superbly crafted album, it’s modern r ‘n’b, hip hop at its best. Smooth, emotional and easy to wail along and nod your head hard to. Favourite shoe designer 16 JUNE_MY_STYLE.indd 16 Most inspiring experience VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GOLD LABEL AW13 Always and forever it will be Terry de Havilland, the original East End rock n roll cobbler. He’s made shoes for the greatest including Bowie and Mossy. He is magic. Still making shoes 50 years after he started, each design has a story that alights imagination. Oh, definitely in Ethiopia visiting some brilliant women changing the face of their communities by becoming part of the honey trade and training to be beekeepers. Most treasured possession Favourite piece of art Anything that makes you understand love, like Klimt’s kiss. Or art that gives an insight into a wonderful, creative brain; there is an illustrator called Jessie Cave whose pictures make me smile, without fail, every time she posts them on Twitter. Music style icon Solange Knowles; she’s incred right? Maybe my bed? It just reached peak comfort. We bought the frame a few years ago on Ebay when we were skint and nicknamed it ‘The Grandma’ because it’s old-skool pine and very high, compared to a trendy low bed. We then bought a memory foam mattress which everyone warned us against, but after some time it’s recently become the most comfortable thing EVER. 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Finest Seven started out of a desire to express myself personally in an eyewear collection. Designing for many different brands is fantastic but at some stage you discover designs that you love that are not necessarily right for any of your clients. The idea evolved from the concept of taking seven of the primary components that make up a pair of sunglasses and searching to find the most unique or finest examples of each. Where is the studio and why did you decide to settle in East London? Our Studio is on Fish Island – hence its name, Fish Island Design. I love East London, it’s our home. Having travelled around the world a lot, I can safely say that the East End is one of the most culturally diverse, interesting places I have visited. Tell us about the design process. The design process is difficult to standardise. There are various starting points, several ways to traverse the contents and only one final solution – the finished product. We surround ourselves with eyewear and bits of eyewear past and present. We also look at other designs, buildings, cars, fashion accessories. Design is, at best, a melting pot of life and experience distilled into a product. So tell us... how do you pick sunnies to suit your face shape? Sunnies and face shapes – there are rules and guidelines. However, there are also personal choices that go against all these rules and the wearer still looks great. Style outweighs rules. What trends are we seeing in sunglasses this year? project – it just flowed. For full-on design work, I’ve always admired the quality of the Louis Vuitton collection and it would be amazing to do some design work for them. Who do you consult for? Currently I’m consulting for Roland Mouret, Claire Goldsmith and Alexander McQueen. Last season I did a collection for Zeiss lenses and previously I’ve worked for Victoria Beckham and Prada. Heavy acetate sunglasses have been on-trend for some time. I think we can expect to see more of the same with a leaning towards metal and acetate combinations and full metal frames. Is there a theme for this summer’s collection? Most of our styles are the result of a collaboration with someone we love to work with or are based on finding unique vintage components we think are marvellous. For SS13, we worked alongside our plastics manufacturer to develop acetate frames in a palette of colour pop and neon tones that are entirely exclusive to Finest Seven. Tell us about your recent collaborations... do you have any more planned? Collaborations are usually a very organic process. We wait to meet someone we like or get approached by someone that likes us. We recently worked with Felder Felder; they’re a great team and we both saw a similar solution when we first discussed the What do you love about running your own business? When the going gets tough, how do you stay motivated and inspired? Running my own business is fullon. It is a huge challenge to me to build a robust business and to keep things interesting and growing well. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I work harder and treat it as another creative hurdle to be overcome. My wife helps and supports me tremendously; I’m not sure I could manage without her strength. Who would you most like to style? It would be great to do bespoke work for Elton John, for example – he really loves eyewear and it makes up a part of his public persona. Finally... name your iconic eyewear celeb of all time. Hmm, my eyewear celeb of all time... We have done a lot of work around Audrey Hepburn lately, she wore some amazing sunnies. I love the way Run DMC wore their Cazal frames back in the eighties, and optically I think it’s difficult to beat the Two Ronnies – I loved their show when I was a kid. finestseven.com 19 JUNE_FASHION_Q&A.indd 19 20/05/2013 12:10 Absolutely FASHION Blazer Trail The man who heads abroad with only faded tees and flip-flops is missing a trick, because little impresses more than the perfect summer blazer - whether worn at the airport or as eveningwear at the other end. Austin Reed is always reliable when it comes to such things, and this blue puppytooth jacket is a snip at £299. House of Fraser, Ground Floor Fountain House, 130 Fenchurch Street, EC3; austinreed.co.uk FOR HIM Join the jet-set this summer with our guide to the best in holiday clothing and accessories I Spy Bag it up Nothing destroys that ‘golden age of globetrotting’ vibe quicker than a black, wheeled suitcase that’s all substance and no style. Better instead to plump for something from Ally Capellino’s range of classic leather luggage. We think the Jimmy bag, pictured in super soft tan Italian leather, is just the ticket. £630, 9 Calvert Avenue, E2; allycapellino.co.uk Iconic British label Sunspel are soon to enter the beachwear market with their first ever swim short; needless to say, it’s a winner. Inspired by a design modelled by Connery-era James Bond, the shorts are ‘more a pair of shorts you can swim in’ than a regular swimming shorts – yet boast a fast-drying performance fabric and sharply tailored fit. Sign up online to be notified when they’re available. £TBA, 12 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1; sunspel.com BIG CHIEF These cotton handkerchiefs are a travel essential. Available in a range of designs and bold colours, they’re also versatile – just as suitable worn as pocket squares at cocktail hour as they are bandanas down on the beach. £5 from Labour and Wait, 85 Redchurch Street, E2; labourandwait.co.uk 20 JUNE_MENS_PAGE.indd 20 20/05/2013 13:13 Concept Kitchens The Tile Box 40 Offord Road Islington N1 020 7700 1555 40 Offord Road, Islington N1 020 7700 1444 www.conceptkitchensislington.co.uk www.thetilebox.co.uk Bath Sorts 38 Offord Road Islington N1 020 7700 1333 www.bathsorts.co.uk FULL PAGE.indd 2 1 Bathsorts May11.indd 21/01/2013 27/04/2011 12:17 16:47 Absolutely PROMOTION A Fine Vintage The June Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair is all about key looks for summer holidays and festival fever! P ick up an original 1950s cocktail dress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, 1920s flapper dresses or bag a 1960s accessory for that trip to Capri! Strong black and white outfits, bold prints, peekaboo pieces and statement sunglasses are all the rage, be they for beach holidays or festivals. With over 50 dealers in fine vintage apparel and authentic designer pieces, you’re sure to find that must-have, on-trend garment for this season’s line-up of events – and if doesn’t fit, our on-the-spot alterations expert is on hand to fix it. The beauty of vintage is that you can mix and match styles from different eras. The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair was established in May 2009 and takes place just five minutes from Angel. It’s fast becoming a Mecca for one-of-a kind fashion, and boasts a number of pioneering services and entertainers – including live acts, a tea room serving delicious food and refreshments and a vintage salon for hot tips on hair and beauty. A great day out for collectors and vintage lovers alike – but don’t take our word for it. Absolutely’s El Baumann came along to the last fair and said: “I had a fabulous time browsing quality vintage fashions from various designers and stalls. The day was topped off with yummy homemade cake enjoyed while sipping tea from vintage china. Get your purse out – you’re guaranteed to leave with something vintage and unforgettable.” 11am-5pm, £4 entry. Sunday 23 June: The Old Finsbury Town Hall, EC1; clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk 22 ADVT CVFF v2.indd 22 20/05/2013 11:56 Absolutely FASHION 11 TEMPERLEY LONDON SS13 1 10 9 2 3 A Roaring Revival 8 Calling all Flappers and philosophers; embrace fashion’s current Great Gatsby obsession 7 4 5 6 1. ALBERTA FERRETTI lace dress, £1,224; net-a-porter.com; 2. EMMY LONDON pearl and crystal fan, £130; emmyshoes.co.uk; 3. SENSI STUDIO Adrian panama hat, £34.95; harrods.com; 4. L’ART INDIEN DES PLAINES silk twill scarf, £280; uk.hermes.com; 5. LANVIN crystal-brooch shearling jacket, £4,495; net-a-porter.com; 6. LIBERTY LONDON silver metallic ianthe zip-around purse, £175; liberty.co.uk; 7. COLEMAN DOUGLAS pearls triple strand ‘raindrop’ long lariat necklace £714; pearls.co.uk; 8. FRANCESCA shoes, £695; emmyshoes.co.uk; 9. ELLE MACPHERSON Intimates sultry dreams soft cup bra, £55; houseoffraser.co.uk; 10. SPEAKEASY LEATHER, £98 for 100ml; bloomperfume.co.uk; 11. WIDE CUT JEAN, £69; cosstores.com 23 JUNE_FASHION PRODUCTS.indd 23 20/05/2013 12:05 To D m I ak SP ew L ay A fo Y ro S ur A ex LE cit N in O gn ew W sh O ow N ro om Fine fitted kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms 3,200 Square feet of contemporary kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms from Italy and Germany. Mark Nicholas Design one stop shopping for the finest home interiors on display in London. Why not call today to arrange a consultation to find out what we can do for you. 48 Penton Street, Islington, London N1 Tel: 020 7278 7573 MARKnicholas.indd NICHOLAS DESIGN.RHP.indd 2 mark 1 Fax: 020 7833 2273 Email: email@example.com www.marknicholasdesign.com 17/04/2013 13:49 14:08 01/06/2012 Absolutely FASHION Pull&Bear Fashion has always borrowed ideas from farflung cultures, and the new season collection from Pull and Bear puts tribal art to fantastic use in a range of Western garments including denim jackets and bodycon dresses. There’s also a wide range of embroidered dresses featuring Navajo-inspired embellishments and tassles, leather-and-fabric bags and some cool beaded sandals. Check the website for Aztec print vests and summer tops; if you’re not travelling far and wide this month, you can still go for globe-trotting style. Westfield Stratford City, E20; pullandbear.com Style File The latest trends and products... all things fashion, filtered Hot and in Stock Shoreditch boutique Start has some beautiful statement pieces from talented designer Bex Manners, most featuring neon brights and clever shapes. No surprise that Ms Manners’ fans include Alexa Chung, Rita Ora and Madonna. We love this fluoro Lola cuff, £157. 42-44 Rivington Street; EC2; start-london.com The Buy DREAM TEAM: Levi’s Vs Liberty Awesome rucksack alert... We are mad about this Filippa K number, dripping in Scandi cool. We’ve got our eye on the luxe sporty kecks in the SS13 collection too – practical never looked so good. POA; filippa-k.com Two titans – the leviathan jeanswear label and the ultimate British department store – have joined forces to bring us a 15-piece denim collection bearing an exclusive Liberty print. Choose from a trucker jacket, jean short, flared skirt, hooded anorak and a range of western shirts... Jean genie, indeed. liberty.co.uk COMPETITION This month, LN-CC are running a competition to win £25,000 to spend in the store as well a threenight stay in the luxury De Montfort Suite at the award-winning Town Hall Hotel. Five runners up will also win £500 to spend in-store or online. Visit ln-cc.com/page/win to enter. 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, E8; ln-cc.com 25 JUNE_FASHION_NEWS.indd 25 20/05/2013 12:06 JUNE_FASHION_SHOOT.indd 26 20/05/2013 12:11 Pretty in Pastel Work the pale and interesting look with this seasonâ€™s ice cream shades Photography: CATHERINE HARBOUR Styling: CLAUDIA BEHNKE JUNE_FASHION_SHOOT.indd 27 20/05/2013 12:12 POWDER BLUE JACKET, £350, AND TOP UNDERNEATH, £223, BOTH BY DANILO GABRIELI; YELLOW TROUSERS, £616, BY CHARLOTTE SIMPSON; BELT, £285, BY EOTWD; SHOES, £495, BY KAREN K JUNE_FASHION_SHOOT.indd 28 20/05/2013 12:12 YELLOW CAMISOLE TOP AND SHORTS, £336, BY CHARLOTTE SIMPSON; GREEN TAFFETA TRENCH COAT, £250, BY JAMES LAKELAND; NECKLACE, £385, BY EOTWD; SUNGLASSES, £127, BY HOUSE OF HARLOW 1960; FRINGE LOAFER, £526.50, BY TATA NAKA JUNE_FASHION_SHOOT.indd 29 20/05/2013 12:12 WAISTCOAT, £228, BY DANILO GABRIELI; PINK SLIP UNDERNEATH, £180, BY KATYA SHEHURINA; EARRINGS, £265, BY EOTWD CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHY: CATHERINE HARBOUR STYLING: CLAUDIA BEHNKE MAKE UP AND HAIR: LAN NGUYEN USING MAC AND BUMBLE&BUMBLE PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANCE: ROSIE WELSH STYLING ASSISTANCE: LUISA CLARKE AND ABBIE MARTIN MODEL: KATERINA @PROFILE STOCKISTS AMRAPALIJEWELS.COM CHARLOTTESIMPSON.CO.UK DANILOGABRIELLI.COM EOTWD:EYEOFTHEWORLDDESIGNS.COM GIANMARCOLORENZI.COM HOUSE OF HARLOW 1960:AMAZON.CO.UK JAMESLAKELAND.NET KRYSTOFSTROZYNA.COM LIZBLACK.NET MARIAGRACHVOGEL.COM MASCARO.COM SHEHURINA.COM TATANAKA.COM WINTER KATE: ASOS.COM JUNE_FASHION_SHOOT.indd 30 20/05/2013 12:13 FULL PAGE.indd 2 13/05/2013 10:33 16 May – 15 June Sergel 20 June – 20 July Adapted for the stage by Christopher Based on the novel by Harper Lee 29 June – 20 July Adapted for the stage by Simon Reade Based on the novel by Jane Austen Shakespeare Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse II Into the Woods, 2010. Photo David Jensen 25 July – 7 Sept By William 0844 826 4242 openairtheatre.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 13/05/2013 09:43 Absolutely Wedding Fair KIDS If your summer wedding schedule is packed and you plan to have tots in tow, Monsoon has a lovely range of flower-girl party frocks ready to double as bridesmaid or occasion dresses for little ladies. There are also dapper suits for the lads, while linen waistcoats and shorts are a handy addition for anyone looking to avoid the Little Lord Fauntleroy look. N1 Centre, 21 Parkfield Street, N1; monsoon.co.uk Absolutely TINIES Mother, May I Dalston-based designer Charlotte Denn of kids’ clothing brand What Mother Made craft s every piece in her collection by hand. Along with the online store, you can catch her at Broadway Market every Saturday and Abney Hall, Stoke Newington every other Sunday. She’s also stocked at Amwell Street boutique In with the Old. whatmothermade.co.uk Beach Bums Swedish brand Beach Dragons has launched its first collection of stylish swimwear for children. The pieces all come with excellent UV protection. Starfish, jellyfish and the occasional shark float by in a range of blues, greys and reds, while purple turtles swim alongside pink anchors. beachdragons.com Editor’s Pick Tea for Two Th is natty suitcase, featuring an original Liberty print from 1933 has caught our stylish eye. Perfect for a picnic, the kids will enjoy holding their own little tea parties with the Hello Kitty tea cups contained within. Milk and two sugars, please... £18.95; follyhome.co.uk Dalston Children’s Festival Throughout June The Dalston Children’s Festival arrived last month with a bunch of free activities for the local community. Kiddiewinks can make flags, banners and bunting in a series of workshops in the Dalston eastern Curve Garden and attend a number of workshops. Piloted by local groups, the festival aims to raise awareness of the wealth of activities on offer for children in the area and promotes collaboration between local organisations that regularly work with children and families. Various locations; dalstonchildren.org 33 JUNE_KIDS.indd 33 20/05/2013 13:03 FULL PAGE.indd 2 16/05/2013 11:58 Absolutely EDUCATION Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts This leading drama school offers a variety of courses (for adults as well as kids), all the while providing professional training for its body of full-time students. The forthcoming summer experiences run from 5-16 August, cover everything from TV and film acting to street dance and are the perfect way to engage 12-16 year-olds who want to perform professionally or just for pleasure. £175 per course, Clarendon Road, N22; mountview.org.uk An News from our local drama schools Education PHOTOGRAPHY ANNA GORDON Bridewell Theatre The Bridewell Theatre was recently announced as the new home of the London Ballet Company, a move that can only enhance its reputation as a centre of arts excellence – but that’s not the whole story. The Bridewell also boasts the world’s foremost library of printing and the graphic arts, and offers a variety of courses for adults looking to learn about letterpress, typography and the like. 14 Bride Lane, EC4Y; sbf.org.uk ALDWYN COOPER: HEAD OF REGENT’S COLLEGE Regent’s College As part of an exciting new partnership, the Kevin Spacey Foundation is supporting Regent’s College’s innovative BA (Hons) in Acting and Global Theatre. Applicants are invited to audition for scholarships, with the number of new or continuing scholars rising to 18 by 2015. Hollywood star Spacey will lead two masterclasses per year, while his foundation will create regular additional learning events featuring high-profile artists and practitioners. Inner Circle, NW1; regents.ac.uk Anna Fiorentini The highly regarded (and non-profit) Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School is running special holiday courses once again this summer, promising to give participants a valuable insight into the performing arts industry. Two courses are available for 2013, Make a Movie in a Week (29 July - 2 August) and Musical Theatre (19-23 August); each runs for five days and will see students learn from experienced industry professionals while they produce work to show to friends and family. £195 for one course or £300 for both, Princess May School, Princess May Road, N16; annafiorentini.com STAGECOACH THEATRE ARTS The school celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary this year. Founded in 1988 with three schools in Surrey, it has grown to encompass 600 schools throughout the UK with a further 72 overseas in Australia, Canada, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta, Spain and the USA. With branches in Hackney, Islington, Stoke Newington and Primrose Hill, classes don’t run during the school term but check out the holiday workshops lined up for the summer. stagecoach.co.uk 35 JUNE_EDUCATION.indd 35 20/05/2013 12:04 210mm x 297mm North West RP:Layout 1 9/5/13 12:47 Page 1 Capel Manor College OPEN DAY Saturday 29 June, 10:30am–1:00pm Whether you’re looking to learn for leisure or planning a career change, we have an extensive selection of part-time day and evening courses, apprenticeships and professional short courses suitable for anyone with a passion for plants and the great outdoors. STARTING SEPTEMBER 2013 HORTICULTURE COURSES Part-time day and evening courses suitable for beginners, keen gardeners and hobbyists alike including RHS and City & Guilds qualifications. GARDEN DESIGN COURSES Everything from ten week introductory courses to two year diplomas, with add-ons in Computer Aided Drawing, and three day Botanical Illustration workshops (starting 10 June). Don’t wait for September! Sign up today for a FREE taster course Introduction to Working as a Gardener Starts 1 July (3 days a week for 4 weeks) Looking for new training opportunities? Develop new skills learning in the idyllic setting of Regent’s Park. THERE ARE NO FEES TO PAY. Other FREE courses also starting in June/July at our centres in Enfield, Acton and Crystal Palace Park. t courses available, For further details abou apprenticeships and the OPEN DAY ring Regent’s Park on 020 7486 7930 or Capel Manor College email enquiries@ capel.ac.uk London’s largest land-based college Regent’s Park Centre, The Store Yard Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR 020 7486 7930 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.capel.ac.uk Combining qualifications with experience FULL PAGE.indd 2 15/05/2013 14:49 Absolutely EDUCATION The right direction Absolutely talks to David Wellesley Wesley about inspiration, imagination and The Independent Schools Show So, tell us, what exactly made you launch the ISS? It was actually the result of chance encounter with my old school in 2006. That, and an obvious lack of information for parents when choosing the right school for their child. League tables had far too much influence and prospectuses all seemed to say the same thing. I wanted to do something which would change this. How does the ISS help potential parents make their decision? Firstly, ‘The Theatre’ provides lessons in education – we create talks which are of maximum value to parents themselves. Secondly, there’s the ‘Wise Heads’ area, which provides free, independent and impartial advice on all pedagogical matters. Finally, and probably best of all, representatives from each of the 170 exhibiting schools are there for parents to talk with face-to-face. It’s especially good for busy parents, as all your questions can be answered under one roof in as little as a couple of hours. What was your personal experience of schooling? I started off at The Mall School in Twickenham, before moving to Ashdown House at the age of eight, and The Kings School, Canterbury at thirteen. I loved them all. Personally, I don’t think London is the best place for teenagers, so I’m a firm believer in weekly boarding at that stage. Not only does it let you fit in vast amounts to a school day, but you’re also surrounded by all of your best friends. It’s a great way to nurture a child’s interests, confidence and imagination. How has the show developed in recent years? New for 2013 is the London Schools Pavilion, a selection of leading local nursery schools and pre-preps. In fact, each year we attract a finer selection of school options. For instance, this year Winchester and Eton are coming for the first time. What will be the next big education trend? ‘Teaching in the round’ – that is to say, teaching in smaller groups with far more student-teacher interaction. I’m also expecting to see a reduction in final exam assessments and an increase in continuous assessment, much like the GPA system in the US. And finally, what do you hope parents will take away from a day at ISS? I would hope that they’d find attractive solutions to London’s crazily competitive places. There’s a vast amount of schools on offer, each with a different curriculum and ethos. Consider alternative options – a different route isn’t necessarily a bad one. For example, two siblings may well attend completely different schools and then converge at university level. It’s worth having an open mind. David Wellesley Wesley is founder of The Independent Schools Show; schoolsshow.com A Lesson in Education Education is the greatest gift, but it’s also a massive responsibility. The Independent Schools Show is here to help. With over 170 schools exhibiting, it’s a great way to consider your options and get your questions answered. 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The warmer months always see an exciting range of workshops at the Primrose Hill studio and there are a wealth of yoga holiday options to choose from too. A great way to escape the city and spring clean the soul. 6 Erskine Road, NW3; triyoga.co.uk Feeling Good The latest health and fitness trends In the Pink Since Race for Life started in 1994, an incredible six million women have come together and raised more than £493 million for Cancer Research UK. Now Sophie Ellis-Bextor has joined their ranks as an ambassador. ‘Cancer has, sadly, touched my family like so many others, and that is why I am so proud to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this year,’ she says. ‘If everyone gets involved by taking part and fundraising I believe that, one day, we will beat this awful disease.’ Looks like we’d better get our running shoes on then! 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Hotfoot it to Dalston’s Bleach salon for a lesson in super cool colour Hit Refresh Get your grunge-h from the Bleach bl air fix regular updates, mog with board pics and re oodce and editorial stylnt celeb ings. • Always wash hair in luke-warm water. Cold water will lock in shampoo and dirt, and hot water will scald and dry out your hair. • Use a hair mask weekly to maintain condition. If your hair is coloured, a mask to replace keratin (protein) is ideal. If hair is dry from everyday styling, you’ll need a moisture mask to replace vital oils. • Don’t vigorously towel dry hair. This will roughen the cuticle causing frizz and split ends. Dry hair gently by patting and squeezing with a towel. ANNA SUI SS13 • For silver or whitebleached hair, you need to wash with a silver shampoo (purple or blue tinted) once a week to reduce brassy tones and keep hair looking fresh. ODA well as adding PINK piSnk ; as to onde ends ntain as you Add burnt bl ension it’s easy to mai up the colour. p m to another di gular salon trips to re don’t need ON THE CATWALK ‘The forecast for summer is sea punk – sea blues, mint greens, corals – the colours you would find in the sea. Otherwise, the burnt blonde look is making a comeback – warm, rusty gold blondes of the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Cara Delevingne and Stevie Nicks have replaced the ashy silver tones we’ve been obsessed with recently. We’ll be seeing more of this hair shade in line with the ‘70s resurgence.’ Alex Brownsell, Bleach Creative Director 420 Kingsland Road, E8; bleachlondon.co.uk FRINGE FESTIVAL Try bleaching your bangs at home. Crazy colour does the largest selection of the brightest colours as well as toners and home bleach kits. crazyhair colour.com 47 JUNE_T&T.indd 47 20/05/2013 13:17 The birth of your baby is a moment youâ€™ll always treasure; having your child delivered by someone you know and trust makes it even more special. Our midwives at The Portland Hospital provide exceptional levels of care and support to over 2,000 expectant couples every year. Read on to discover how you can experience the best in private maternity care. A very special relationship Carla with baby Paige, born at 5.06pm on 13th March 2013 at The Portland Hospital. FULL PAGE.indd 2 434-0513HCA Portland_Advertorial_Absolutely_London_Maternity_FINAL_TO_PRINT.indd 1 16/05/2013 16/05/2013 10:59 09:29 434- Premium midwife-led maternity packages, starting from £6,980 Premium care at competitive prices Photos courtesy of Imagethirst Photography: www.imagethirst.com Support from bump to baby Choosing a midwife-led care package means your care will be handled by a small team of expert midwives who’ll support you throughout your pregnancy and delivery. You’ll develop a close relationship with the team in a welcoming and relaxed environment, where your care is tailored to your personal choices. Throughout your pregnancy and delivery, our midwives will be on call 24 hours a day to offer advice and reassurance. Putting safety ﬁrst When you’re making decisions on your maternity care, you want a nurturing and supportive environment in which to welcome your baby into the world. Private maternity care at The Portland Hospital gives you and your partner control over how you want to give birth, supported by the highest standards of comfort, safety and clinical excellence. You’ll benefit from: * one-to-one midwife care * private en suite rooms * your partner staying overnight * family-centred care * no restrictions on visiting times. 09:29 You can rest assured that we are committed to the highest standards of safety and have a range of on-site emergency facilities. A dedicated neonatal intensive care unit, special care baby unit and transitional care provision are all available for babies born from 30 weeks, alongside a high-dependency unit for mothers who may require a higher level of monitoring. You don’t need private medical insurance, and our prices are more affordable than you may think. Our midwife-led care packages start from just £6,980, and you can join the service at 12, 20 or 30 weeks of pregnancy. Your midwife-led care package includes: * all antenatal appointments with the midwife team * all routine ultrasound scans * all blood tests as routinely required * midwives on call 24 hours a day throughout pregnancy and delivery * 24-hour stay in hospital * consultation with a physiotherapist. The next step for most couples is to come and see our facilities for themselves. Our central London location is open for tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. To book your tour, call us now on 020 7390 8202 Or visit www.theportlandhospital.com to book your tour online. The last word in comfort Following your baby’s birth, you’ll stay in one of our private en-suite rooms or exclusive suites. You can stay with us for as long as you need to – your package includes one night’s stay and we can arrange for additional nights if you would like to stay longer. Your partner is always welcome to stay with you overnight, and you can both enjoy our full range of room services. FULL PAGE.indd 3 434-0513HCA Portland_Advertorial_Absolutely_London_Maternity_FINAL_TO_PRINT.indd 2 part of HCAHospitals | World-Class Healthcare 16/05/2013 16/05/2013 11:01 09:29 Eat my pies Broadway Market is never short of gastronomic goodies, but few of the stalls can match the popularity of Saturday regular Eat My Pies. Homely fare such as Scotch eggs and custard tarts nestles alongside all manner of savoury pies, crisp and golden and ‘stuffed with love’. Founder Andy Bates set up shop because he hated seeing classic recipes reduced to flavourless mush by the ‘relentless march towards mass production’. He’s done a sterling job: Great British grub never tasted so good. eatmypies.co.uk Take to the streets Street food has never been more popular, with a new tribe of hip, young foodies plying their trade from jazzed-up burger vans and market stalls across the capital When Mac Met Cheese The internet is peppered with the lamentations of those who’ve visited Camden Lock only to find that When Mac Met Cheese wasn’t in attendance that day: such is the allure of this outfit’s inspired riffs on the comfort food classic. Several varieties of the much-loved standard are available – all magnificently cheesy and to the customer’s taste – as well as macancinis (mini mac and cheese balls), but it’s the deep-fried Oreo cookies that get the most mentions on the web. facebook.com/whenmacmetcheese 50 JUNE_FOOD_DPS_STREET FOOD.indd 50 20/05/2013 12:41 Street Feast Haggerston’s night market is Absolutely FOOD almost a phenomenon in itself: having moved from studios to a large courtyard space for the summer, it’s home to some of the city’s best-loved pop-ups (including The Ribman and Kimchi Cult) and a vibrant Friday-night food-fest. Local restaurant Rotary Bar & Diner provides a cocktail bar, but it’s the hundreds of happy, hungry guests who make the event so successful. Running weekly throughout June and free to enter, we advise you to visit earlier in the evening – later on, the queues can be forbidding. 317-319 Kingsland Road, E8; streetfeastlondon.com BAO East London trio Shing, Ting and Er started Bao in 2012, serving up traditional Taiwanese xiao chi (small eats) to discerning punters in Kentish Town and Hackney. They specialise in gua bao, a steamed pork bun, but this summer are shacking up at Netil Market and set to introduce bao bing, a dessert. Involving topping sweet treats like fruit, red bean and ice cream with shaved ice produced using a special drill-like machine, we’re already drooling… baolondon.com Fin & Flounder Moments from Mare Street, Fin and Flounder is perched at one end of Netil Market’s bustling ‘Shack Alley’. Fin and Flounder gives the classic fishmonger a distinctly modern face, plating up tasty marine morsels for the Saturday crowds. Traditional fish and chips and lobster-in-abox are firm favourites, and all their seafood is fresh-caught and ethically sourced. finandflounder.com 51 JUNE_FOOD_DPS_STREET FOOD.indd 51 20/05/2013 12:41 ON N1 ISLINGT IS N O I H S A F S E I V O M FOOD SIC U M D N A Enjoy retail and leisure heaven this summer at the N1 Centre in Islington. Located just two minutes from Angel tube station, the N1 Centre is the perfect place to while away a summer’s day. As the sun sets head to the Vue Cinema to catch the summer’s big screen blockbusters. Children will love Despicable Me 2, released on June 28th and Monsters University from July 12th. Stock up on summer essentials such as sundresses, handbags (pictured) and swimwear from high street names including H&M, Monsoon, French Connection, Accessorize and Gap. Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, sit back and relax in one of N1 Centre’s restaurants or cafés. Whether it’s a custom burger at GBK (pictured), noodles at Wagamama or a cocktail at Glassworks, you’ll ﬁnd something to tempt your palate. Alternatively take the mood up a notch with some live rock music at the O2 Academy Islington, Angel’s hottest music venue. N1 Centre’s Manager Lynne Glover comments: “With 24 retailers, restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues under one roof, we’re the perfect shopping, eating and entertainment destination this summer.” For further information visit www.n1islington.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/n1shoppingcentreislington or Tweet with us @n1centre. N1 CENTRE.indd 1 14/05/2013 10:55 - Martini Bar & Garden - A la Carte Menu - Over 200 different wines - 6 Course Tasting Menu Prix Fixe 2 Courses Lunch £15 All Week, Dinner £18 Mon to Fri all evening, Sat 6-7pm 020 7722 2800 primrose@restaurant - michaelnadra.co.uk Michael Nadra Primrose Hill, 42 Gloucester Avenue London, NW1 8JD MICHEAL NADRA.indd 1 ADVERT PLACEMENTS.indd 4 17/05/2013 17:55 17/05/2013 19:45 Absolutely FOOD Kitchen Party A new, fully immersive dining, drinking and entertainment concept curated by the cool cats behind Bourne & Hollingsworth, Kitchen Party gathers together an exciting array of chefs and culinary entrepreneurs under one roof. With a rolling programme that incorporates five temporary dining experiences at a time, the events will combine leading figures in the food industry with interactive installations. This type of collective, interactive dining concept turns conventional dining on its head – and ensures maximum sensory pleasure. Time and location details at kitchenpartypopup.com Festa Del Papà! Carluccio’s is celebrating Father’s Day with this nifty wine and salami hamper. Available from the first of the month, it’s packed with Brianzolino – a fine grain, smooth tasting, young salami that lends itself well to hand cutting at home; other goodies include handmade flat bread with black truffle and an intensely rich Dolcetto D’Alba DOC wine from Piedmont. £21.95, 305-307 Upper Street, N1; carluccios.com Bite Sized Absolutely finds out all the food news – one bite at a time New Kid On The Block The new pub in town, well, Maida Vale, is The Elgin. Top-notch suppliers (all meat on the menu is sourced from the awardwinning Ginger Pig) are combined with artfully dishevelled antique furniture and some noteworthy art on the walls. Signature dishes include small plates of braised beef croquettes and duck, mache and bramble salad with hazelnut vinaigrette to start, ‘larger plates’ of chorizo hash, pink fur potatoes, spinach and soft duck egg or – get this – desserts including lemon curd, ricotta and poppy and forced rhubarb trifle. Sounds divine. 255 Elgin Avenue,W9; theelgin.com Chocs Away KUSMI TEA Founded in Russia in 1867 and established in Paris since 1917, Kusmi Tea opened their first London shop and tea salon on Marylebone High Street last month. Reinventing the timehonoured British tea-drinking tradition, the prestigious Franco-Russian brand is a popular choice amongst the fashion and beauty set, presenting its colourful infusions in Baroquestyle metal tins. 15 Marylebone High Street, W1; enkusmitea.com Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates has been selected for the 2013 Walpole British Luxury Brands of Tomorrow programme, sponsored by Mishcon de Reya. Over 100 brands applied with only eight selected to take part in the prestigious programme, which nurtures and supports the UK’s finest talent. Certainly one of the finest chocolatiers we’ve ever come across, making small-batch, handmade chocolates in truly artisan fashion, Paul’s out-there flavour combos continue to push boundaries, while his sea salted caramels are award-winning. 33 Camden Passage, N1; paulayoung.co.uk 53 JUNE_FOOD_NOTES.indd 53 20/05/2013 12:49 RESTAURANTS YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 3183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751 OISHII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488 Reserved A bite-sized guide to this month’s foodie destinations THE LORD PALMERSTON 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5; geronimo-inns.co.uk/thelordpalmerston Why should you go? The pub’s been given a long-deserved makeover. There will be rotating guest ales, a new barbecue menu for the al fresco dining area (we’ve spotted sea bass in beer en papillotte – thumbs up) and a snug where you can control the lighting and music level and press a button for service. When should you go? The blackboard menu is refreshed not once, but twice a day. Try the deli treats after lunch if you like pickled squid, marinated chillies, home cured salmon and braised artichokes; small plates include smoked potato terrine with soft poached duck egg and roasted quail and saffron aioli. THREE POP-UPS WORTH POPPING IN TO... DOLLAR GRILLS & MARTINIS 2 Exmouth Market EC1R 4PX 020 7278 0077 FORMANS Stour Road Fish Island E3 2NT 020 8525 2365 BUNDU KHAN 43 Commercial Street E1 6BD 020 7375 2595 COMO 3 11-13 Theberton Street N1 0QY 020 7354 2341 LIKYA 68 -70 Golders Green Road NW11 8LN 020 8455 7171 MEAT PEOPLE 4-6 Essex Road N1 8LN 020 7359 5361 MEM & LAZ 8 Therberton Street N1 8LN 020 7704 9089 Disappearing Dining Club 224 Brick Lane, E1; disappearingsdiningclub.co.uk These guys have been busy. Back in 5 Minutes is their backstreet restaurant and private dining room, hidden behind a clothes shop on Brick Lane (they take bookings and walk-in diners Wednesday to Saturday evenings). They also hold supper clubs in a Fournier Street townhouse as well as dinner dances and weekends away. Uyen Luu Uyen’s home in Hackney; leluu.com Retiring from the fashion business, Uyen decided to hold Vietnamese-themed supper clubs in her Hackney home and is now a fully-fledged Vietnamese food consultant, with a number of television appearances under her belt. Her book My Vietnamese Kitchen comes out later this year and the suppers run every Friday throughout the month of June. Ferdie’s Food Lab Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, E1; ferdiesfoodlab.co.uk Simon Fernandez’ regular banquets take place at an actual banqueting hall, and see a horde of switched-on diners partaking of adventurous, experimental cooking in an atmosphere enticingly described as ‘mindboggling’. Expect all manner of mouth-watering morsels plus goblets and tankards of wine and beer. SU SAZZAGONI 136 Lauriston Road E9 7LH 020 8985 8448 DALYAN 462 Muswell Hill Broadway N10 1BS 020 8442 2662 LA COLLINA 17 Princess Road NW1 8JR 020 7483 0192 54 JUNE_FEATURED BAR_REST.indd 54 20/05/2013 12:16 Absolutely FOOD BARS/PUBS BABBLE JAR 176 Stoke Newington High Street N16 7JL 020 7254 7666 69 COLEBROOKE ROW 69 Colebrooke Row N1 8AA 07540 528 593 THE NORTHGATE 113 Southgate Road N1 3JS 020 7359 7392 THE HIGHBURY BARN 26 Highbury Park N5 2AB 020 7226 2383 JOHN SALT 131 Upper Street N1 1QP 020 7359 7501 XOXO 74 Upper Street N1 0NY 020 7226 6799 FIFTY FIVE BAR & LOUNGE 31 Jamestown Road NW1 7DB 020 7424 9054 PROUD CAMDEN The Horse Hospital NW1 8AH 020 7482 3867 Top Tables The tippler’s guide to this month’s buzzing bars THE MAHOGANY BAR AT WILTONS 1 Graces Alley, E1; wiltons.org.uk What’s the deal? Secreted inside the world’s oldest surviving music hall, the Mahogany Bar first opened in 1725 and has been a favourite haunt of those in the know ever since. Oozing rough-hewn charm and antique character, there’s nowhere else quite like it. Why should you go? The music hall itself has a superb programme of events, from plays and classical concerts to magic shows, and any trip is best bookended by drinks in the snug bar. There’s also the Green Room Cocktail Bar, just upstairs, where you can sit and sip in the same spot as many of the hall’s illustrious past performers. THREE ROOFTOP BARS SPREAD EAGLE 141 Albert Street NW1 7NB 020 7267 1410 THE WELLS 30 Well Walk NW3 1BX 020 7794 3785 THE YARD Queens Yard Hackney Wick E9 5EN OFF BROADWAY 63-65 Broadway Market E8 4PH 020 7241 2786 Dalston Roof Park 18-22 Ashwin Street, E8; thebootstrapcompany.co.uk Described as an ‘urban utopian oasis’, this rooftop houses the solar panels which power the buildings below. Open weekday and weekend evenings (with extended bank holiday hours, weather permitting), the bar has a community feel. You can use the barbeque provided and there are a host of parties and events happening, so keep an eye on the calendar. South Place Hotel 3 South Place, EC2; southplacehotel.com This hotel has a lot going for it, pitched somewhere between a city hotel with luxe mod cons and a hipper boutique affair. As well as earning cool cred by hosting after-parties and launches, the revered Angler restaurant has a west-facing roof terrace which captures the evening sun. If it’s drizzly, there’s also a secret garden bar, outdoors but sheltered from the elements. Queen of Hoxton 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2; queenofhoxton.com With their successful rooftop film club, you can view cult classics al fresco with headphones and blankets (if necessary). Order from the bar and kitchen and keep your eyes peeled for the series of silent disco parties with special guest DJs. This year, they’ll also be introducing the Sunday Sunbathers Club, commendably kitted out with loungers, paddling pools and hot tubs. 55 JUNE_FEATURED BAR_REST.indd 55 20/05/2013 12:16 THE THAI LIFE A quick chat with Atique & Moy Choudhury, the husband-andwife team behind pride of Stoke Newington, Yum Yum How old is Yum Yum now? How do you explain its success? Yum Yum is now the grand, old age of 21, and the secret to its success is that we are are a family-run business with family values to the core. How did you the come up with Yum Yum’s glamorous decor? We travelled around, visiting our favourite restaurants, then worked with Ignite marketing and design. You also own Stoke Newington’s Japanese eatery, Oishii; is the restaurant business exhausting work? Yes! But the energy levels are very high as the team who run it have a very loyal customer base. Has the national obsession with food and global flavours helped business? It’s been very challenging. I started training in 1982 as a south Indian chef, specialising in Keralan cuisine and working on achieving the real, authentic taste, textures and flavours of that specific cuisine. Now, 31 years later, I am finding that people want the real taste and ingredients of authentic Thai street food... but I have to say, I am really excited. This widespread appreciation of food in general has contributed to our success. 56 JUNE_FOOD_DPS_YUMYUM.indd 56 20/05/2013 12:42 Absolutely FOOD Why did you decide to settle in Stoke Newington? What was the area like when you first arrived? Originally, my mum decided to set up an Indian vegetarian restaurant in Stoke Newington back in 1982; at that time every third shop in the area was boarded up and quite a lot of properties had squatters. We’ve since taken that over. Where do you get your inspiration for dishes - do you return to Thailand much? Inspiration comes from travelling; we’ve just got back from Cornwall, where we spent time at the fish markets and on fishing boats, catching the fresh produce of the day. We do really look at the ingredients available locally and marry them up with authentic Thai tastes. What kind of cuisine do you most like to eat yourselves? It’s varied. We love to cook using pulses and vegetables and last week cooked a large pot of Aloo Gobi – potato and cauliflower curry – using an amazing combination of garlic, ginger, chillies with tomato puree and onions with freshly roasted ground cumin seeds and turmeric. All the Yum Yum staff loved it. 187 Stoke Newington High Street, N16; yumyum.co.uk Pad Woon Sen Ta Ray (Glass Noodles with Mixed Seafood) SERVES 2: INGREDIENTS: • 4 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil • 400g glass noodles • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce • 2 teaspoons caster sugar • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce • 2-3 teaspoons pickled garlic • Few pieces of mixed seafood – clams, mussels, squid small prawns, scallops, crab meat (as per choice) • 1 dozen slices carrot • ½ dozen mushrooms • ½ dozen shallot onions • ¼ dozen scallions • ½ dozen small broccoli florets • 2 medium eggs METHOD OF PREPARATION: 1. Heat the wok, add the oil and heat up until medium hot. 2. Stir-fry the noodles for about 30 seconds, making sure they are well coated with the oil. 3. Add the dark soy, followed by the sugar and light soy, again making sure the noodles are well coated. 4. Add all the vegetables and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes: the larger the cuts of vegetables, the more time will be needed to cook them through. 5. Add all the mixed seafood and start stirfrying along with the soya sauce and the vegetables. 6. Crack the eggs over the noodles so they land whole, as if you were frying them for breakfast. 7. As soon asthe eggsbeginto cook, scramble them vigorously into the noodles along with thevegetablesandmixedseafood,sotheystirfry and mix well together. 8. Serve very hot. 57 JUNE_FOOD_DPS_YUMYUM.indd 57 20/05/2013 12:42 Absolutely FOOD Como 3 Cantina Chic Tania Odell gets the most out of ‘fusion’ dining N The Rotary Bar & Diner Gretel Lee experiences a chalet twist at the next big pop-up O ld Street’s continued evolution gathered pace with the recent launch of Rotary Bar & Diner, a temporary pop-up from the crew behind the Milk & Honey members’ clubs. For this new venture, which is open late every night until December, they’ve gone for a retro après-ski vibe, with ‘70s-style deep leather sofas, lots of wood and a mural of snowy mountains and chalets conjuring the cosy, kitschy feel of a ski lodge. The effect is warming, and even before we’ve eaten my partner and I are happily ensconced, watching a host of hip young things fill up the bar stools and window counters. As befits the lounge lizard décor, cocktails are big here. A tenner nets you a pint of whatever classic you fancy, from a mojito to a margarita. We chose the former and a Hawaiian stone sour. The menu is neatly ordered and aimed squarely at the capital’s ever-growing taste for high-end comfort food. With three categories – buns, wood grill and barbeque – broken down into chicken, beef, fish and veggie sections, there’s all manner of smoky, sticky grub on offer, and it’s tough to decide which option sounds most alluring. We eventually share a starter of sticky chicken wings, which arrive fried in buttermilk and completely irresistible, followed by a classic Rotary beef burger and a Day Boat bun – featuring Cornish pollack, pickled fennel, spicy crab and, yes, more buttermilk. Both were set apart from London’s current glut of ‘gourmet’ burgers by their sweet, wood-smoked flavour and fluffy, buttery brioche buns. The dripping chips, too, were amazing, crunchier and tastier than any we’d eaten elsewhere. There’s no point denying it: by this point, we were full, but we scrambled together some small reserves of hunger and ordered the salted milk chocolate pudding – a whippedup, creamy dream coated with your choice of toppings. We went for smashed Oreo cookies and white chocolate crumble, and as you’d imagine, were left with no cause for regret. It was the perfect sweet treat after the meatier start to our meal, and put us in the mood for further adventures. Fortunate for us, then, that Milk & Honey itself is just downstairs, and allows non-members to reserve a table up till 11pm in the earlier part of the week. The low-lit bar’s ‘50s-style Mad Men vibe made a perfect ending to an evening lounging at The Rotary – though it’s the salted caramel pudding that will keep us coming back. ew to Islington, Como 3 Cantina Chic lives up to its name. Both the food and the decor are superstylish, and although the concept can be a little hard to get your head around, it’s very easy to get your fork into. The menu centres on sharing plates, and with chefs from Spain and Japan, sharing dishes are in the restaurant’s culinary DNA. Sitting at the counter (which is soon to become a proper sushi counter), I take a look at the menu – and am immediately grateful that sampling a number of dishes is the order of the day. Bread by Boulangerie de Paris is a good place to start, together with a glass of Spanish wine to whet the palate. The wine list has a lot to offer, featuring over 40 regions ranged across several continents, and there’s a tipple to suit every dish. Next stop are the tradicionales, and I can’t get past the croquettes y caramelos board, a perfect starter that includes goat’s cheese and blueberry wrapped in wonton pastry. Up next is stuffed squid ikameshi, a special that proved so alluring it permanently (squid) inked itself onto the menu. And rightly so: it’s delicious. One of the defining principles of Como 3 is to include customers in the creation of the menu, a savvy move that sees popular dishes evolving and improving according to feedback. The carnivorous will love the cured Spanish meat, Japanese Wagyu beef and suckling pig, which you can order whole and which can feed groups up to eight-strong. This is a telling point, because along with the ‘share and share alike’ ethos, groups are made very welcome here. There’s a convivial atmosphere and plenty of space, with long tables for larger parties. Fun light shades and a papier mâché bull’s head have come all the way from France, and add to the lively ambience. An impressive new offering for worldly-wise London locals and visitors alike, Como 3 Cantina Chic is beyond fusion dining, a smart blend of classic dishes and ingredients put together by truly talented chefs, bringing world flavours to Islington’s food scene. 11-13 Theberton Street, N1; Como3.com 70 City Road, EC1Y; rotarybardiner.com 58 JUNE_FOOD REVIEWS.indd 58 20/05/2013 12:37 Fresh, seasonal produce from British farmers and growers Much more than just a veg box scheme: A wonderful mix of organic and free range British produce from meat, fish & diary to bakery and veg, that you simply can’t find in supermarkets. No obligatory boxes, no commitments, no minimum order value: apply discount code ‘CITYANG’ for 20% off your first order. Order online and collect from our Islington Depot or have it delivered direct to your door. British Seasonal Fresh FARM DIRECT.indd 1 www.farm-direct.com 0845 519 2415 28/04/2011 12:26 Absolutely PROMOTION The De Beauvoir Deli The De Beauvoir Deli Company opened in 2009 and has become a mainstay of the local community. Much of the produce is made from scratch in the little kitchen and everything else is sourced locally from small independent suppliers allowing customers to choose from the finest seasonal and artisan food. The opening of their second shop in Angel this summer is testament to their local popularity. 98 Southgate Road, N1; thedebeauvoirdeli.co.uk GRUB’S UP Absolutely’s guide to the foodie spots you need to know about... The Tea Rooms The Tea Rooms has been serving luxury afternoon teas since 2007, and with a cosy, homely atmosphere it’s the ideal place to indulge in the British tradition. Everything is home made by chefs Isabelle and Bethaney. A selection of cakes is displayed on vintage cake stands and loose leaf tea is served from mismatching tea cups. The perfect place for a tea party! 155 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; thetearooms.org Hundred Crows Rising This is quite simply a friendly gastropub at the end of Chapel Market, serving honest food from breakfast through to dinner. Rocking an industrial/rustic interior with an open kitchen lends the space a homely feel. Cooking up homemade, seasonal, British (and local The Highbury Barn An iconic pub in every sense, The Highbury Barn’s refurbishment is hotly anticipated. With its new ‘theatre-style’ kitchen, bar revamp and pop-up coffee shop for the rushhour crowd, this is not just your average pub and there’s something to suit every taste. The unveiling is planned for mid-July, so get your bookings in to avoid missing out! 26 Highbury Park, London, N5; thehighburybarnpub.co.uk where possible) food, there are plenty of twists on classic pub dishes. Old Dairy ales and Curious Brews are on tap not to mention delicious wines and cocktails. 58 Penton Street, N1; hundredcrowsrising.co.uk 60 JUNE_FOOD FEATURE.indd 60 20/05/2013 12:36 Public House Vivat Bacchus The fromagerie at Vivat Bacchus truly is a cheese lover’s dream, with an outstanding selection of over 50 different cheeses. Diners are encouraged to visit the room to pick from the ample selection of well-known, unusual and quirky varieties from several countries. Four set cheeseboards are also available, including the special pick of the month. 47 Farringdon Street, EC4; vivatbacchus.co.uk The Daniel Defoe If you’re hankering after classic American food then look no further... New to Stoke Newington, chefs Liam Walsh and Nigel Carr are cooking up some American favourites such as catfish and buffalo chicken (pictured) as well as classic British pub grub. After training in the US and Italy they decided to bring their brand to London and are earning quite the sterling reputation on the foodie scene. 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; thedanieldefoe.com Sequestered away on Islington Park Street is the hidden gem that is Public House; a stylish and quirky bar and restaurant serving top notch food and drink. The dinner menu features delicious dishes such as ‘whole wild plaice with smoked prawn bisque’ and the Sunday roasts are amongst the best around. Cocktails are imaginitive and expertly delivered and there is a great range of craft beers to choose from. 54 Islington Park Street, N1; boutiquepubs.com Amandine Amandine is a delightful café in Victoria Park village. Its bespoke cake service and the daily selection of delicious homemade cakes mark it out as no ordinary café. Well-prepared coffee and tea complement a satisfying range of sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and afternoon nibbles. The beautifully kept secret garden is a must in the summer and the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent cream tea away from the busy village. 176 Victoria Park Road, E9; amandine-cafe.tumblr.com 61 JUNE_FOOD FEATURE.indd 61 20/05/2013 12:37 FULL PAGE.indd 2 14/05/2013 09:49 Absolutely INTERIORS 8 FINAL FLOURISH 1 Botanical home furnishings take their cue from nature 5 6 7 2 3 5 4 1. Moorcroft au lait cup and saucer, £395; liberty.co.uk. 2. Fornasetti pois a pensee vase, £840; giftlab.com 3. Snowdrop mug, £19.95; emmabridgewater.co.uk 4. Moorcroft bramble revisited tray coaster, £100; liberty.co.uk 5. The Temple of Flora, £34.99; taschen.com 6. Emerald faerie Triffid table lamp, £1,495; clippings.com 7. Floridita green painted stool, £110; rowenandwren.co.uk 8. Scrapbook vase, £40; whositfor.co.uk 63 JUNE_INTERIOR_PRODUCTS.indd 63 20/05/2013 13:00 Custom Made Quality Stylish 020 8450 4850 www.lazzona.co.uk Unit 1 Sayer House, Oxgate Lane, Staples Corner, London NW2 7JN LAZZANA.FINAL.indd 2 17/05/2013 18:48 Absolutely ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF ENGLISH HERITAGE INTERIORS Beneath What Lies London’s most impressive interiors are described and photographed in this monumental and revealing book; Absolutely goes behind closed doors to discover Dennis Severs’ mesmerising Georgian house 65 JUNE_HIDDEN_INTERIORS.V2.indd 65 20/05/2013 12:53 66 JUNE_HIDDEN_INTERIORS.V2.indd 66 20/05/2013 12:54 Absolutely INTERIORS T here is nothing remotely like 18 Folgate Street anywhere else in London. Its dream-like, fantasy interior was the life’s work and vision of Dennis Severs (194899), an oddball but gifted American collector, who acquired the house as a shell in 1979. Over the next 20 years he painstakingly assembled each room as a sequence of experiences or “spells” reflecting the decoration, furnishings, textures, light, sounds and even smells of different periods of the past from 1724 to 1914. Meticulously researched, many of the finishes were mocked up in the manner of stage scenery using inexpensive materials like discarded timber from the nearby Spitalfields Market to replicate panelling or chimneypieces. All is artifice. Nothing is what it seems, yet it conveys a haunting sense of the past embalmed. Marked by a bracketed Windsor lantern over the entrance door, externally there is little to distinguish the three-bay-wide house of 1724 from its neighbours, other than the unusual trellis pattern carved into the box frames of the first floor sash windows. However, on entering, the visitor is transported into an atmospheric time warp as though walking through a frame into a painting with a time and life of its own, where he becomes part of a tableau vivant , part theatre, part fantasy, part invisible performance art and part still-life drama. The visitor experiences each room in silence, absorbing the moods and ambience of each as a mute witness. Severs’s aim was to give visitors “a rare moment in which they become as lost in another time as they appear to be in their own”. Severs invented an entirely fictional silkweaving family – the Jervises – around which the experiences revolve. Half-eaten food and half-filled wine glasses lie strewn around the rooms amongst bowls of fruit, guttered candles and pungent pomanders as if the family has just left the room as one enters. Recorded sounds of the 18th century city outside and from next-door rooms are used to startling theatrical effect to convey the impression of being a silent observer of everyday household life. Clocks chime. A canary chirps. The stairs creak and whispers can be heard just outside the door. The smoking room is artfully arranged to reflect the Hogarth picture which hangs within it: the miasma of cigars pervading the air. The drawing room is aggrandised and dressed with garlands of walnut shells (opposite below). The boudoir above is left as though the occupants have just risen, with an unmade bed and unemptied chamber pot. As one rises through the house to the top floor the scene shifts to Dickens’s London and abject poverty. Washing is hung across the staircase; the paint is peeling. Cobwebs hang in the corners. A thick layer of dust coats every surface and rags hang at the windows. For all its artifice, stagecraft and illusion, 18 Folgate Street conveys a much more compelling presentation of past London life than the rather sterile, sanitised approach of the great heritage organisations and museums. The motto of the house is “Aut Visum Aut Non!” – “You either see it or you don’t”. Totally bonkers and utterly wonderful. London Hidden Interiors by Philip Davies, photography by Derek Kendall. An English Heritage book published by Atlantic Publishing ISBN 978-0-9568642-4-6 Price £40, available now. 67 JUNE_HIDDEN_INTERIORS.V2.indd 67 20/05/2013 12:54 Absolutely INTERIORS RENOVATED PUB The dapper frontman of million-selling pop rock band The Feeling shows Absolutely around his Hackney home D an Gillespie Sells has an eye for a knick-knack, as a look around his Hackney home quickly makes clear. 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And don’t forget Ted, the Kerry Blue terrier and baby of the household, most often seen sniffing around the ground-floor recording studio in search of leftovers from one of Dan’s (in)famous fancy dress dinner parties. thefeeling.com Vintage Rocking Horse, £195; pitfieldlondon.com Enormous Stag Cushion, £165; pedlars.co.uk PHOTOGRAPHS: LAUREN GILES Dan Gillespie Sells’ GETE TH K LOO Bauhaus Metal Chair, £920; pitfieldlondon.com Vintage 500 series Telephone, £115; pedlars.co.uk 68 JUNE_GET THE LOOK.indd 68 20/05/2013 12:50 ��� FULL PAGE.indd 2 15/05/2013 11:49 Tim Moss Bespoke kitchens www.timmoss.co.uk TIM MOSS.indd 2 12/02/2013 17:51 TIM MOSS.indd 3 12/02/2013 17:51 HndymanA5Lft_MyhomeMedicA5 25/02/2013 09:36 Page 1 HndymanA5Lft_MyhomeMedicA5 25/02/2013 09:36 Page 1 Do you need a Do you need a HANDYMAN? HANDYMAN? NEED A HANDYMAN? HndymanA5Lft_MyhomeMedicA5 25/02/2013 09:36 Page 1 Do you need a HANDYMAN? 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Subtly nautical with muted colours and stripes and the occasional anchor motif, the scheme is timelessly classic without being tacky. Just don’t resort to moving your bedroom outdoors. lexingtoncompany.com Reclaimed at Retrouvius Retrouvius are North London’s undisputed kings of architectural salvage and their stock is ever-changing. This sophisticated reclining chair by Oscar of Italy can be redone in a fabric of your choice. 1016 Harrow Road, NW10; retrouvius.com New and Improved Refurbishment is finally complete at The Conran Shop in Marylebone and, judging by these new pictures, it’s been well worth the wait. The concept apartment on the top floor is flooded with natural light and showcases the furniture icon’s flair for practicality and design. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U; conranshop.co.uk Hidden Treasure Trunks are apparently bang on trend in the world of interiors this year (and by trunks we mean chests and not swimwear) and the good news is that you don’t have to trawl through antique shops to get your hands on one. We love this classy vintage-style steel and leather number from Halo. Stonyhurst medium chest in brushed steel, £1,690, available at Fenwicks, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4; haloliving.co.uk MONKEYING AROUND Our latest wallpaper fixation comes courtesy of Cole & Son’s eccentric Frutto Probito print, which can be found in Shoreditch’s oh-so trendy Milk Concept Boutique. Wild and fruity with a cheeky monkey hidden amongst the foliage, it’s an endearingly charming design. From £88, 118 1/2 Shoreditch High St, E1; milkconceptboutique.co.uk 73 JUNE_INTERIOR_INSPIRATIONS.indd 73 20/05/2013 13:10 the secret comedians Boutique comedy nights in the East End of London. Organised and compered by comedian Elf Lyons. Follow us on @SecretComedians for more info. Details for 19th June Next night @ PAPER DRESS VNTAGE 114-116 Curtain road, London 19th June - 8 o’clock start Acts Iszi Lawrence - ‘See her before she hits the big time. ’Three Weeks Rachel Stubbings - “Brilliantly funny” Time out Tania Edwards - ‘Urban sharpster” The Stage Compered by Elf Lyons - ‘Expect her to be a major star’ One4Review SUNDAY 23RD JUNE Sister night @ The Bow Bells pub, on the 13th and 27th of June at 8 o’clock @paperdressed @SecretComedians @Thebowbells @ Paper Dress Vintage 114-116 Curtain Road, London Last Wednesday Of Every Month FREE Entry SECRET COMEDIANS.QUARTER.indd 1 Original Tyrolean music & DJ’s special giant OKTOBERFEST beer bavarian sausage & other delicious food! 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People are arriving for a wedding in the 14th century tithe barn, 4x4s are disgorging blondes at the entrance to the hotel’s spa, small children are running around immaculate lawns in chill winter sunshine and the Gumstool pub, one of two restaurants in the hotel, is packed with visiting families and well-heeled locals in shiny wellies. This country house hotel, set in more than 220 acres of Cotswolds countryside near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, has managed that rare thing; it is all things to all people. It is both brilliantly family-friendly, with a staffed creche plus a raft of children’s activities, and the perfect hideaway for weekending, couples. The Spa To sit immersed, a glass of cold champagne in hand, in the bubbling outdoor hot tub whilst a well-stoked fire roars in a brazier behind you and the reddening sun sets on a cold winter’s day must be one of life’s true pleasures. Calcot Spa is hugely popular, and rightly so. It offers both an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steamroom, gym and a wealth of treatments for guests and members alike. A recent addition to the treatment menu is the Rodial skincare brand. An hour’s Sculpt Facial using Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Serum range (£70) was not only relaxing but left my tired, windswept skin feeling really soft, smooth and rejuvenated. The Damage The starting price for a double room at Calcot is £280 per night (breakfast and use of spa facilities included). Calcot Manor near Tetbury Gloucestershire GL8. Hotel 01666 890 391; Spa, 01666 891 232; calcotmanor.co.uk Calcot Manor Gloucestershire The Bedroom There are 35 individually designed rooms to choose from. These include ten dedicated family rooms housed in converted farm buildings which surround the courtyard, whilst the ancient Cotswold stone manor house is home to 12 bedrooms to suit couples. Our room was a so-called ‘large family suite’, although ‘house’ would be a more accurate description of our picturesque little clapboard cottage with its own garden and front door. Inside was pure luxury with a huge double bed in a large open room, plus another bedroom with bunks and an entire first floor given over to bathroom heaven. Under the eaves, two large adjacent baths faced a wall-mounted TV, and there is also a large walk-in shower. Naturally, we opted for a his ‘n’ hers bath (each filled to the brim with Aromatherapy Associates bubbles courtesy of the hote)l and wallowed in front of trash telly until we had both turned into prunes. The Restaurant The more formal of the two restaurants, The Conservatory, underwent an overhaul last year with a new look, new cocktail bar and a change of menu. Out went the classic ‘finedining’ and in came a more informal, eclectic menu. The chef, however, has stayed the same and, as a result, the menu is somewhat missing a distinct identity. However, our starters of risotto Milanese and beef shin were delicious and a main of marinated beef fillet was a notable highlight. Save room for starters rather than dessert – the better end of the menu. 75 JUNE_UK GETAWAY CALCO MANOR.indd 75 20/05/2013 13:22 76 JUNE_TRAVEL OREINT EXPRESS.indd 76 20/05/2013 13:18 Absolutely TRAVEL Tales of the From Singapore to Bangkok, Harriet Compston takes a trip back in time aboard the glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express A n experience so luxurious you almost can’t believe it’s true. Timeless and elegant, this is a grande dame whose journeys are staggeringly good – and totally spectacular. The Fable of the Hills is the latest extravaganza from the Orient Express and, boy, what a triumph. Starting in Singapore, it’s a magical seven-day, six-night trip through Malaysia, past buzzing cities, tea plantations and royal palaces, before emerging in Bangkok. A stay in the wedding-cake-white Raffles – whose namesake founded Singapore – kicks off the enthralling adventure. A perpetual haven, the feel is romantic colonial: traditional afternoon tea, lots of pretty chandeliers, fourposters, marble… yet it’s not stuck in a time warp. This is a place bang up-to-date with Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co lining the courtyards. There are four restaurants, which cover any cuisine you can possibly imagine – ask for the legendary Singapore Sling, a lethal cocktail and another example of the hotel’s excellence. Even check-in for the Eastern & Oriental Express is done in one of their reception rooms before you’re whisked off to the station. The storybook train is just what you imagine and more. Glistening in the Asian sun, lashings of green and cream decorate the 22 carriages. It looks so classic that you expect Poirot to come round the corner any second. He would have approved of the dress code too – relaxed refinement. No jeans or trainers, people! The imperial elegance (and the colour scheme) continues inside. Every wall is decorated in elm, cherry, teak and rosewood. Cabins are two person, postage stamp size but it doesn’t matter. Beds transform into upholstered sofas while nifty design tricks provide bucket loads of storage (even your suitcase is swallowed up). There’s a sparkling ensuite bathroom to boot with Bulgari products and a power shower. The spirit of Agatha Christie remains: the slick making up of beds, the pushing of bells to summon drinks, the whisperings in the corridor, the knock on the door by your personal butler (the smiley Prochak is a favourite). Venture out of your new-found bedroom, down the thick carpeted corridors and there are plenty of places to relax: the saloon, library, bar, and the breezy observation carriage. There’s also neither reception nor wifi – basically no modern distractions whatsoever. The food is wonderful. Head Chef Yannis Martineau is a whizz in the kitchen – think beautifully presented grilled snowfish steak accompanied by teppanyaki of vegetables in a vermouth and soya sauce. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in your room. Lunch and dinner (a dressy affair) boast umpteen courses and take place in the dining car with its archetypal gold lamps and brass overhead racks. Drinks and canapés are served beforehand so you can get to know your fellow guests (a fascinating mix of avid travellers, anniversary couples, siblings, best friends et al). Days are filled with incredible adventures (there are several options each day). Beginning with the crossing of The Straits of Johor into Malaysia, the train snakes its way to the first stop – the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. An industrial hotspot, sprawling factories squeeze 77 JUNE_TRAVEL OREINT EXPRESS.indd 77 20/05/2013 13:18 Absolutely TRAVEL in amongst the mosques, bazaars and occasional British beauty (the cricket ground is very English). Having climbed past massive banana trees and luscious vegetation, a cuppa awaits in the Cameron Highlands. A tapestry of tea plantations, it’s mind-blowingly scenic with strawberry farms and flower galleries lying prettily by the wayside. This beauty spot is also home to one of Malaysia’s greatest mysteries: the disappearance of ‘silk king’ Jim Thompson 50 years ago. Yes, in true voyeur fashion, you can follow in his footsteps through the jungle. The vibrant island of Penang serves as the highlight of the trip. Founded in 1786 by Englishman Captain Francis Light, its colonial capital Georgetown radiates colour with its rich blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. Hair-raising trishaws speed around in their bossy way as the sweltering streets heave with people, market stalls and places of worship. Dinner is hawker food – super delicious (the fish is excellent), cheap as chips and served in an outdoor eating area as buzzy as a honeypot. As the train rattles on, the Malaysian jungle gives way to the open Thai countryside. The thatched houses on stilts remain but bright green rice paddies now pop up, peppered with straw-hatted farm workers steering water buffalos through the fields. The wildlife part of the expedition begins. Decamp to the Monkey Training College at Surat Thani where its skillful ‘students’ are taught how to choose a ripe coconut and collect them from the trees. Or visit an elephant camp and jump on a ride with a mahout. The River Kwai is the last stop of the journey – and a very moving one. After a tour on a local barge, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum gives a horrific insight into the the slums, the rooms are fresh with clean lines and boast a view which will take your breath away. The numerous restaurants are fantastic – choose Sala Rim Naam (a hop across the water) or hang out in the author’s lounge, where Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Conrad, and many other literati have held court. Bangkok’s a whirlwind but worth a few days. Head to the Grand Palace, which is so lined with gold that you are almost blinded. Or visit Jim Thompson’s house, made up of six antique Thai houses – so beautiful that you want to change your décor back home immediately. But this is also a city of contrasts: in amongst these landmarks lie the ‘forgotten people’ and the watery slums they live in – shocking and a stark reminder of the opulence the Orient Express lavishes upon you. It’s hard heading home. This is an experience you know that you’re unlikely ever to repeat. But in the ever-wise words of Monsieur Poirot: ‘Life is like a train, Mademoiselle. It goes on.’ atrocities inflicted on the POWs working on the project. The Don Rak War Cemetery next door provides a raw testimony to the 6,982 soldiers who died. As The Fable of the Hills comes to a close and you draw into Bangkok, you don’t want to leave. Living on a train is actually rather nice. In a surreal way, it has started to feel like home. However, the madness of the city soon awakens you from any slump of sorrow. As does your beautiful bed for the night – the Mandarin Oriental. A cocoon of comfort towering above Prices start from £5,700 per person for the ‘Fables of Hills’ six-night journey in 2013 aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, based on double occupancy in a State Cabin and including all meals and tours. The trip will depart Singapore on 2 March and 26 October next year. Price also including a one-night stay before the journey at Raffles Hotel, Singapore and a one-night stay after the journey at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. 0845 077 2222; easternandorientalexpress.com 78 JUNE_TRAVEL OREINT EXPRESS.indd 78 20/05/2013 13:18 JOIN THE FASTEST GROWING PUBLISHING HOUSE IN LONDON Zest Media, publishers of Absolutely magazines, are looking for bright, enthusiatic and self-motivated sales people to become part of their team. Absolutely’s current portfolio of 13 titles will continue to grow throughout 2013 and we are looking for talented people to drive the business forward. Previous sales experience required. We offer a competitive salary with training and support. 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Absolutely picks the best hotels with Michelin-starred restaurants LE MEURICE, PARIS Renowned as a safe haven for English aristocrats, deposed monarchs and fallen heads of state, the regal Le Meurice is Paris’s oldest palace hotel. Situated under the arches of the Rue de Rivoli and overlooking the Tuilerie Gardens, you’d be hard pushed to find a more central Parisian hotel. Put simply, Le Meurice is Paris as you always imagined it: grand, glamorous and accompanied by three Michelin-starred food. It’s the hotel’s eponymous restaurant which boasts this stellar achievement. Restaurant Le Meurice’s menu couldn’t possibly be more decadent and the opulent chandelierladen dining room is inspired by the royal apartments of Versailles. Here, it’s all about the degustation menu – eight courses of the very hautest of haute cuisine, think duck foie gras in hibiscus flower jelly, roast pigeon with wild garlic, and mimolette snow with comice pear flakes, all served on silver trays by discreetly attentive waiters who seemingly glide around the room. Indeed, service here is key. With over 400 staff, guests are provided with every single luxury they could possibly desire, from dog walking to personal shopping. Back in the restaurant, Head Sommelier Estelle Touzet provides wine pairings for each of the degustation menu’s courses from the hotel’s impressive 30,000-strong cellar. Upstairs, the 160 rooms are mirages of pastel silks and Bourbon bergère chairs, complete with huge walk-in wardrobes. However, the pièce de résistance is the Belle Etoile Penthouse with its own private lift, butler’s pantry and panoramic views from its rooftop terrace – the perfect place to enjoy your Michelin-starred meal as you overlook the Eiffel Tower. What could possibly be more romantic? Le Meurice is part of the Dorchester Collection. Rates for a classic room start at €640; lemeurice.com MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BARCELONA Right at the heart of the Passeig de Gràcia, the most expensive street in Spain, lies the gleaming Mandarin Oriental. Set within a former bank, a hop across from Gaudí’s masterpiece ‘La Pedrera’, the building boasts a beauty and serenity rare for such a vibrant city. Designed by Spanish architect and furniture designer Patricia Urquiola, the look is contemporary chic meets cool Catalan. The 98 rooms and suites sing of elegance with white walls, stylish furniture and lashings of light. Splash out and stay in the penthouse suite with its rooftop terrace and gobsmacking views of the city. Then flop in the spaceage spa offering every treatment you could possibly want (ask for one of their signature therapies – bliss). It’s just the type of place where everything is so brilliantly done. Staff are super attentive – you won’t have to ask for anything once, let alone twice. The four restaurants are irresistible. Don’t miss the two Michelin-starred ‘Moments’ directed by the incredibly impressive Carme Ruscalleda. Serving a modern take on Catalan cuisine, go for the exquisite tasting menu – think green peas with white sausage, Mediterranean sea cucumbers with artichokes in three textures and sea bream with pasta, ginger, vegetables and dates (a real highlight). Afterwards, having filled yourself to the brim, decamp to Bankers Bar. Decorated with original security 80 JUNE_TRAVEL ROUND UP.indd 80 20/05/2013 13:20 Absolutely TRAVEL L’ANDANA, TUSCANY LE MEURICE, PARIS MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BARCELONA We also love... GORDON RAMSAY AT THE LONDON, NEW YORK Gordon Ramsay’s French inspired restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars since it opened. Suites start at £489 per night; thelondonnyc.com boxes, the vibe’s as cool as you can get and the champagne deliciously good. Just like the hotel itself. Two nights at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona from £795 per person based on two sharing a deluxe room including breakfast, direct economy flights with British Airways from Heathrow and private transfers in resort booked through Kuoni (01306 747008); kuoni.co.uk. For further information, visit mandarinoriental.com/ barcelona. L’ANDANA, TUSCANY The chic sophistication of legendary French chef Alain Ducasse extends to this secluded estate a few kilometres from the Tyrrhenian coast. Once a Medici hunting lodge dating back to the 18th century, this typically Tuscan property is also subtly infused with a Provençal sensibility, evident not just in its lavender and rosemary-filled gardens and pared-back interiors, but in a host of inventive dishes at Michelin-starred restaurant Trattoria Toscana, housed in a former granary a few yards from the main building. Expect seasonal dishes using local ingredients coupled with Gallic flair. Grilled octopus with fennel, garlic and chili, suckling pig with apple sauce and fig-fed chicken served with fried peppers are just a few of the stand-out options on the menu. At the main house, the Villa restaurant offers hearty salads, traditional pasta dishes and plenty of local, market-bought fish. There are also cooking classes to tempt the inspired, allowing guests to plunder the herb-filled gardens and prepare a meal under the supervision of one of Alain’s chefs before sampling the fruits of their labour later in the evening. And if all that seems like just a little too much effort, why not indulge in a massage at the luxurious spa or simply relax by the poolside before roaming the estate’s extensive gardens and impressive winery? Kirker (020 7593 1899; kirkerholidays.com) offers three nights in a superior room, including breakfast, from £899 per person based on return BA flights from London Gatwick to Pisa, plus a hire car for the duration; andana.it LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS, OXFORD Le Manoir combines the traditional beauty of the English countryside and the cutting edge of culinary excellence. Suites at Le Manoir start at £995; manoir.com SIGNATURE, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, TOKYO Enjoy the singular experience of eating fine French food whilst taking in the sights of the Tokyo skyline. Rooms from 39,000JPY (£256); mandarinoriental.com 81 JUNE_TRAVEL ROUND UP.indd 81 20/05/2013 13:20 FULL PAGE.indd 2 08/03/2013 17:09 ABSOLUTELY Property June 2013 Riversdale Road, N5 ÂŁ1,395,000 Freehold A large five bedroom period house situated on the highly sought after Riversdale Road in Highbury. The property has been renovated to a very high standard whilst retaining many period features. The property is located moments from Highbury Barn and the open space of Highbury Fields and Clissold Park. Winkworth, Islington 020 7354 2480; winkworth.co.uk PROPERTY FRONT COVER C&A.indd 83 17/05/2013 12:47 2013-05-15 12:51:20 1 RESIDENTIAL cluttons.com/london Huntingdon Street London N1 double reception room | dining room with open-plan kitchen I 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms I garden I EPC rating E A period house in excess of 2,000 sq ft and arranged over four floors located on an attractive section of Huntingdon Street close to the junction with Crescent Street Furnished/unfurnished ÂŁ1,250 per week Islington office email@example.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7354 6666 16/05/2013 16:37 2013-05-15 12:52:35 1 cluttons.com/london Pied Bull Yard London N1 reception room with open-plan kitchen I 2 bedrooms I 2 bathrooms | study garden | EPC rating C A two bedroom house within a secluded development in the heart of Angel, ideally located for access to shops, bars and restaurants along Upper Street Furnished ÂŁ825 per week Bridel Mews London N1 reception room with open-plan kitchen I 2 bedrooms I 2 bathrooms | car port balcony | EPC rating C A modern house situated within a gated mews, just off Colebrooke Row and close to Islington Green, arranged over three floors with a car port and balcony Unfurnished ÂŁ685 per week Islington office firstname.lastname@example.org FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7354 6666 16/05/2013 18:25 2013-05-15 12:53:45 1 cluttons.com/london Duncan Street London N1 reception room with open-plan kitchen l 2 bedrooms l 2 bathrooms l lift access EPC rating B A second floor contemporary apartment within the recently converted Clerkenwell County Court with views over the gardens of Duncan Terrace Furnished ÂŁ650 per week Highbury Crescent London N5 reception room | dining room with open-plan kitchen l 2 bedrooms l bathroom EPC rating D A ground floor apartment with flexible living space, set back from the road in a fantastic location on Highbury Fields Furnished ÂŁ575 per week Islington office email@example.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7354 6666 16/05/2013 18:26 2013-05-15 12:38:57 1 cluttons.com/london Newington Green London N16 reception room | dining hall I 5 bedrooms I 3 bathrooms I kitchen/breakfast room utility room I garden | EPC rating F A Grade I listed house, offering over 3,100 sq ft of sympathetically restored accommodation over five floors with an impressive original staircase, panelling and window shutters Guide price ÂŁ1,495,000 leasehold Calabria Road London N5 reception room l 2 bedrooms l bathroom l kitchen/breakfast room EPC rating D A wonderful maisonette arranged over the top two floors of a Victorian terraced house a stone's throw from Highbury Fields Guide price ÂŁ850,000 leasehold Islington office firstname.lastname@example.org FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7354 6666 16/05/2013 18:26 2013-05-15 12:42:27 1 cluttons.com/london Beresford Road London N5 reception room I 5 bedrooms I 2 bathrooms | kitchen | roof terrace EPC rating D A wonderful maisonette with a south-facing roof terrace on the upper floors of an attractive period building in Highbury Guide price ÂŁ850,000 share of freehold Highbury Hill London N5 reception room I 2 bedrooms I bathroom | kitchen | utility room communal garden | EPC rating D A bright modern flat with communal gardens in this sought after location in the heart of Highbury Guide price ÂŁ595,000 leasehold Islington office email@example.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7354 6666 16/05/2013 18:27 2013-05-15 14:05:31 1 cluttons.com/london Drummond Way London N1 Bishopsgate London EC2 reception room with open-plan kitchen l bedroom bathroom | concierge | secure parking | EPC rating C reception room with open-plan kitchen l bedroom bathroom | EPC rating D A stunning first floor flat within this landmark modern development in the heart of Barnsbury A newly refurbished apartment within a modern residential block in the heart of the City, adjacent to Liverpool Street station Guide price £499,950 leasehold Guide price £499,950 leasehold Charlotte Terrace London N1 Almorah Road London N1 reception room with open-plan kitchen l 3 bedrooms bathroom | EPC rating E reception room with open-plan kitchen l bedroom shower room | EPC rating D A contemporary flat located within a well maintained purpose built block close to both Angel and King's Cross stations An extremely smart flat arranged over the top floor of an attractive Victorian building in East Canonbury Guide price £410,000 leasehold Guide price £340,000 share of freehold Islington office firstname.lastname@example.org FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7354 6666 16/05/2013 18:27 Completely at home in London With 50 branches across the Capital and over 35 yearsâ€™ London property experience, we are perfectly placed to help with all your property needs. So, if youâ€™re thinking of selling, letting, buying or renting, visit kfh.co.uk today. KFH_Brand_Adverts_210x297_Kids on Stairs.indd 1 FULL PAGE.indd 2 Our services Sales and Lettings Financial Services Chartered Surveyors Block Management Commercial Property 02/05/2013 19:18 12:06 14/05/2013 Highbury New Park, Highbury, N5 £649,950 Leasehold Islington 020 7226 2487 Email email@example.com 06.13 PAGE.indd KFH City & Angel.indd 2 FULL 2 A stunning 940 sq ft apartment set over the second floor of this gorgeous period building. The apartment offers two bedrooms and a private section of garden. • • • • • • • • Two double bedrooms Open plan living area Lots of light Second floor Private section of garden Fantastic location Excellent transport links EPC rating E 09/05/2013 19:20 16:50 14/05/2013 Aubert Park, Islington, N5 ÂŁ6,717 pcm Measuring 3,209 sq ft this substantial townhouse is situated in a great location with outside space. The property is arranged over five floors with a large kitchen and dining room, three reception rooms, and four double bedrooms with en suites. Available immediately. Furnished or unfurnished. EPC rating B. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Berriman Road, Islington, N7 ÂŁ2,795 pcm A beautifully presented three double bedroom period property located on a quiet residential road. The property benefits from a large kitchen/diner, spacious reception, newly fitted luxury bathroom suite and 60ft garden with roof terrace. Conveniently located for Finsbury Park station and local amenities. EPC rating D. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email email@example.com 06.13 PAGE.indd KFH City & Angel.indd 3 FULL 2 09/05/2013 19:21 16:50 14/05/2013 Roman House, Wood Street EC2Y £655,000 Leasehold A stunning one bedroom apartment in brand new luxury development Hamptons City & West End Sales 020 7717 5435 Exchange Building, Commercial Street E1 £740,000 Leasehold A spacious two bedroom spitalfields flat with parking. EPC: B Hamptons City & West End Sales 020 7717 5435 Martin Lane EC4, £650 per week A superb two bedroom apartment moments from the Thames. EPC:D Hamptons City Lettings 020 7717 5437 Cornhill EC3, £425 per week Modern one bedroom apartment located in the heart of the City. EPC:F Hamptons City Lettings 020 7717 5437 Highbury Hill, N5 £450 Per Week Long Let Top floor period conversion with high ceilings and natural light. EPC:D Islington Lettings: 020 7717 5455 College Cross, N1 - £745 Per Week – Long let Newly renovated duplex apartment close to Upper Street. EPC :D Islington Lettings 020 7717 5455 Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk Hamptons June.indd 1 17/05/2013 15:08 PROPERTY ROUND-UP BARDOLPH ROAD, N7 Ideally located on a quiet residential street in Tufnell Park, this superb family home, which boasts many original features, is arranged over five floors in an imposing midterrace Victorian house. ÂŁ1,299,950 Drivers & Norris, 0207 607 5001; drivers.co.uk 94 PROPERTY ROUND UP.C&A.indd 92 17/05/2013 12:49 PROPERTY CONEWOOD STREET, N5 A stunning three bedroom semi detached house on a highly desirable road within Highbury. The property benefits from a wonderfully spacious kitchen/breakfast room and a second reception room. The house has been completely refurbished throughout and makes the ideal family home. £1,350,000 Freehold Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Islington 020 7226 2487; kfh.co.uk CRUIKSHANK STREET, WC1X Quality period houses in the Clerkenwell/Finsbury area, like this four bedroom family home in Cruikshank Street, are a rarity. This early Victorian end-of-terrace home is located just off Amwell Street and is within easy reach of Kings Cross and other local amenities. £1,890,000 Freehold Winkworth, Clerkenwell and City 020 7405 1288; winkworth.co.uk GAINSBOROUGH STUDIOS, N1 Overlooking Regents Canal, with almost 1500 sqft of living space, this outstanding flat offers an abundance of features, including a fully wired in surround sound system, mood lighting and a high spec kitchen. The flat boasts two double bedrooms and two bathrooms on the lower ground floor, with a stunning living and dining area on the upper floor. The property is flooded with natural light and has views over the canal. £749,995 Leasehold IDM Estates, 020 7739 1650; idmestates.com 95 PROPERTY ROUND UP.C&A.indd 93 17/05/2013 12:49 OFFORD ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ700 PER WEEK A brand new two bedroom extremely sought after modern contemporary property. Large open plan living room and fitted kitchen | Family bathroom | Secure parking GRANT BRIDGE STREET, N1 - ÂŁ2,100,000 - FREEHOLD Located on a quiet residential street this stunning three double bed room, four storey house has been finished to an excellent standard throughout and features a private rear garden. Four storey terraced Victorian house | Three double bedrooms | Brilliant Location winkworth.co.uk/islington | 020 7354 2480 firstname.lastname@example.org winkworth.co.uk/highbury | 020 7989 7000 email@example.com winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch | 020 7749 7650 firstname.lastname@example.org Scan this code to download the Winkworth iPhone app Winkworth Islington.indd 1 See things differently. 17/05/2013 16:27 WENLOCK ROAD, N1 - £565 PER WEEK This gorgeous three bedroom property offers modern, light and airy interiors with high ceilings and a private balcony off the reception room. Three bedrooms | Private balcony | Open-plan kitchen reception room HAVERSTOCK STREET, N1 -£1,150,000 – FREEHOLD Situated between Angel and Old Street station this 2/3 bed house offers generous living accommodation in a fantastic location. Unique layout and stylish interior | Fantastic Location | Very Good Condition winkworth.co.uk/islington | 020 7354 2480 email@example.com winkworth.co.uk/highbury | 020 7989 7000 firstname.lastname@example.org winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch | 020 7749 7650 email@example.com Scan this code to download the Winkworth iPhone app Winkworth Islington.indd 2 See things differently. 17/05/2013 16:27 BASEMENT FLAT, HEMINGFORD ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ375 PER WEEK This beautiful one bedroomed flat offers beautiful interiors incorporating original features with stylish modern designs and spacious rooms throughout. Original features | Modern bathroom | Spacious rooms CLOCK TOWER MEWS, N1 - ÂŁ875,000 - LEASEHOLD A stunning 3 bed mews house set over 3 floors and located in the heart of the Arlington Square conservation area close to Angel station. Private garage | Family bathroom | Brilliant Location winkworth.co.uk/islington | 020 7354 2480 firstname.lastname@example.org winkworth.co.uk/highbury | 020 7989 7000 email@example.com winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch | 020 7749 7650 firstname.lastname@example.org Scan this code to download the Winkworth iPhone app Winkworth Islington.indd 3 See things differently. 17/05/2013 16:27 MILNER SQUARE N1 - ÂŁ710 PER WEEK This newly refurbished three bedroom flat laid out over two floors in the excellent location of Milner Square. 3 large double Bedrooms | Large open plan kitchen/living area| Fully Furnished WALLACE ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ850,000 - LEASEHOLD A Stunning three bedroom maisonette set over 3 floors with balcony and roof terrace . Three bedroom maisonette | Charming period | House balcony and roof terrace winkworth.co.uk/islington | 020 7354 2480 email@example.com winkworth.co.uk/highbury | 020 7989 7000 firstname.lastname@example.org winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch | 020 7749 7650 email@example.com Scan this code to download the Winkworth iPhone app Winkworth Islington.indd 4 See things differently. 17/05/2013 16:27 faronsutaria.co.uk SALES & LETTINGS WHARF ROAD, N1 A fabulous penthouse apartment situated in a modern development, offering stunning views over the city. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, roof terrace. ÂŁ1,700,000 Leasehold 020 7887 2335 firstname.lastname@example.org OUR SERVICE WILL MOVE YOU Abs City&Angel June13.indd 1 FULL PAGE.indd 2 13/05/2013 14/05/201314:31 19:08 faronsutaria.co.uk SALES & LETTINGS RIPPLEVALE GROVE, N1 A well balanced and beautifully presented Georgian house on one of the finest roads in Barnsbury. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, garden. ÂŁ1,775,000 Freehold 020 7887 2335 email@example.com OUR SERVICE WILL MOVE YOU Abs City&Angel June13.indd 2 FULL PAGE.indd 2 13/05/2013 14/05/201314:31 19:10 Absolutely BEST KEPT SECRET... MOST FABULOUS PROPERTY... Owned by an architect, this period conversion has been lovingly designed with a young family in mind. The use of space is fantastic and there is a shared garden to the rear. Brooke Road, N16. £400 Per Week. THE MOST FABULOUS COCKTAIL IS... Yum Yum might be famous for its Thai food but the best thing about the restaurant is their extensive cocktail menu! My favourite is their “Jade Garden”. It is very refreshing and makes the perfect Summer cocktail. A LOST HOUR... When the sun is shining I love to take a stroll around Clissold Park, there are so many things to see from the deer pen to the aviary, ending up with a coffee and pain au chocolat in Clissold House. STYLISH BOUTIQUE... I love browsing in The Ark on Stoke Newington Road. It is great for buying unique little gifts and their chutneys are delicious! T N16 Allens Garden is a delightful secret garden accessed via Bethune Road. Hidden from sight, it is the perfect place to soak up the sun or stop for a picnic. ELIZABETH LAMBROS, LETTINGS MANAGER, FAVOURITE RESTAURANT... Il Bacio is a delicious Italian restaurant on Church Street. Their speciality is their homemade pizza but they also offer a selection of other authentic Italian dishes. FELICITY J LORD, STOKE NEWINGTON, 0207 923 1850; FJLORD.CO.UK HEMA ANAND he Freehold of our building has been sold to a property based company. I recall reading somewhere that the freehold cannot be sold without first being offered to me and my neighbours. Is this correct? You do not say how you have discovered the sale of the freehold interest. For example, has the new landlord sent notification to you to advise of the change in ownership? If so, this can have an impact on what recourse may be available to you and the timescales within which you would be required to operate. However, subject to certain criteria being met, where a landlord is proposing to sell his interest in the building and the rights of first refusal applies, then the landlord must by law offer first refusal to the leaseholders before the landlord is in a position to sell to another party. The rights of first refusal are contained in the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987. To establish if the rights to first refusal FROM COLMAN COYLE, GIVES HER EXPERT ADVICE ON ALL YOUR LEGAL PROPERTY QUESTIONS an exempt landlord. It is therefore important apply then certain criteria need to be met. For to establish whether the rights of first refusal example, the building must contain at least actually apply. If so, you could have the right two flats, no more than 50% of the building to request certain information in respect of can be in non-residential use and more than the sale and force the new landlord to sell the 50% of the flats must be held by a ‘qualifying interest acquired by them to you. (It is also a tenant’. A qualifying tenant is a leaseholder criminal offence for a landlord to fail to comply of a flat subject to a long lease (or a lease with statutory requirements in respect of rights originally granted for a long period regardless of first refusal). of how many years are now left). A qualifying tenant can also include a leaseholder that has a fixed or Contact property partner periodic tenancy.. Hema Anand with no obligation There are certain on (0)20 7354 3000 or email landlords that are exempt and therefore firstname.lastname@example.org the rights of first refusal do not apply. For example, many housing authorities www.colmancoyle.com or registered social 80 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU landlords would be ASK THE EXPERTS 102 POSTCODE.C&A.indd 100 17/05/2013 12:51 WE KNOW WHY PEOPLE LOVE LIVING IN LONDON’S VILLAGES VIBRANT COMMUNITIES, PARKS & OPEN SPACES, GASTROPUBS AND RESTAURANTS, CHARACTERS ALL OF THEIR OWN. WE LOVE LONDON’S VILLAGES AND WE KNOW WHY TENANTS DO TOO. fjlord.co.uk LETTINGS GAINSBOROUGH STUDIOS, N1 LETTINGS £440 PW PENTONVILLE ROAD, N1 £310 PW Situated by the tranquil Regents canal, this stunning two double bedroom apartment is in an enviable location. Just a short walk along the picturesque canal will lead you right to the heart of Upper Street and the desired Angel area. Hidden in the midst of Angel, this fantastic large studio is perfectly placed next to Upper Street. Across from the property lies the stunning Myddelton Square garden and Claremont Square, perfect for enjoying sunny days. ISLINGTON 020 7226 7319 ISLINGTON 020 7226 7319 BROOKE ROAD, N16 Ref: FJL0001 | EPC - B £400PW Owned by an architect, this period conversion has been lovingly designed with a close attention to detail. It is ideal for a young family with a beautiful garden for the children to play in. Situated on a leafy street close to the High Street and Church Street. WINSTON ROAD, N16 STOKE NEWINGTON 020 7923 1850 STOKE NEWINGTON 020 7923 1850 Ref: FJL00002 | EPC – D £650PW Beautifully designed house combining period features with a contemporary twist. The state of the art kitchen offers a fantastic space for cooking enthusiasts and Stoke Newington Church Street and Newington Green are just a short walk away. ISLINGTON.LETTINGS@FJLORD.CO.UK | STOKE.NEWINGTON.LETTINGS@FJLORD.CO.UK FJL June.indd 1 Ref: FJL0002 | EPC - C Ref: FJL0004 | EPC – E FJLORD.CO.UK 17/05/2013 12:40 Islington PROPERTIES LTD Huntingdon £399,950 Barnsbury Road, Street N1 ~ £349,500 flat inoccupying great location Barnsbury one bedroom, reception to A oneCharming bedroomgarden apartment theinfirst floor ofwith a Georgian terraced house leading in a fantastic garden and contemporary kitchen and bathroom. location close to Angel tube. Visit us at 111 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QN or follow us on Twitter @islingtonproper ISLINGTON PROPERTIES_Jun.indd 2 17/05/2013 12:42 020 7812 0480 www.islingtonproperties.com Brushfield Street, E1 ~ ÂŁ1,095 pw A stunning 3-bed property arranged over three floors and finished to an exceptional standard throughout. Located in the heart of Spitalfields, a short walk away from Liverpool Street Station. Arlington Avenue ÂŁ750pw Beautiful house in quiet yet central location with two bedrooms, two reception rooms, chic bathroom, additional WC and stylish kitchen and dining room leading out to pleasant garden. Passionate about properties ISLINGTON PROPERTIES_Jun.indd 3 17/05/2013 12:42 PROPERTY 106 IN THEIR OWN WORDS.indd 100 17/05/2013 12:53 IN THEIR OWN WORDS NICK VERDI, OFFICE MANAGER OF KEATONS, SHOREDITCH L ike many people in the industry, I didn’t grow up with the intention of becoming an estate agent. On leaving sixth form, I went onto study Computer engineering at Queen Mary, University of London and, after that, landed a job with a large accountancy firm advising on personal tax. Although I enjoyed working with numbers, it wasn’t really for me and a year later I decided to take up my brother’s offer to join Keatons. He founded Keatons in 1998 and I joined in 2003 as a sales negotiator. I knew immediately that the industry was a much better fit for me and have never looked back. During the past decade or so I’ve worked in all of Keatons’ East London offices and have had the chance to watch East London develop, change and regenerate with such distinction. It was fascinating to watch the impact that the Olympics had on Newham when I was at the Stratford office. When I was in the Mare Street branch the transformation in fortunes for areas like Clapton and Homerton were also great to see. I’m now manager of Keatons’ latest office in Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch - an area which has always fascinated me. One reason is the sheer diversity. Where else can you find corporate skyscrapers alongside boutique independent retailers, technology companies and artists? The fact that this is all mixed in amongst some of the most exciting restaurants and nightlife in London makes it, in my eyes at least, one of the best places to be in the world. The mix of residential property is just as varied. From Georgian Townhouses and impressive converted loft apartments, to regenerated council estates, this area really has it all. I predict that Shoreditch will see another massive transformation over the coming years. There is a phenomenal amount of foreign investment, with global brands and famous restauranteurs also investing into long term projects that will add to the local attractions. This will boast an already impressive demand for young professionals looking for excellent amenities and a central location. I believe demand will continue to outstrip supply, with many house hunters looking East as an alternative to West and North London – a pattern we have seen in all our East London offices in recent years. The stability of the economy is giving buyers more confidence and the unstoppable demand for housing is fuelling the market, which is brilliant for sellers. Although we are probably not on the verge of a property boom, the outlook is positive and I think East London will steadily grow in years to come. 020 3535 7788; keatons.com ‘‘ ‘‘ PHOTOGRAPHY: REBECCA NOONAN 107 IN THEIR OWN WORDS.indd 101 17/05/2013 12:53 Your reward for all the late nights in the office. FULL PAGE.indd 2 11/01/2013 18:08 FULL PAGE.indd 3 11/01/2013 18:08 PROPERTY PROFILE MOVING IN NOTHING’S BETTER THAN THE INSIDE SCOOP. LOCAL AGENTS GIVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS... INTERIOR INSPIRATION LOCAL STREET LOCAL HANGOUT Philip Mack, Manager at Faron Sutaria, 020 7354 9737; faronsutaria.co.uk Situated on Camden Passage, Raft is the world’s largest retailer of recycled teak and offers beautiful eco friendly indoor and outdoor home furnishings, as well as inspiration for how to create a natural home interior. Their friendly staff are always on hand to the help. Michael Woolley, Sales Manager of Stirling Ackroyd, 020 749 3838; stirlingackroyd.com Boundary Street in Shoreditch, now home to the classy Boundary, wasn’t always this way. Now flats and office space, it was formerly the Ship and Blue Ball Pub at 13 Boundary Street, the location where the Great Train Robbers planned their notorious crime. Gemma Farrelly, Lettings Manager of Currell, 020 7288 9109; currell.com Fredricks on Camden passage is one of Islington’s oldest restaurants and serves good value French food. The new Pig and Butcher on Theberton Street butchers, smokes and cures its own meat for its fresh English dishes. FACT TIME OUT KIDS James Marshall, Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, 020 7226 2487; kfh.co.uk The Angel, Islington is included in the British version of Monopoly. Yet the area is the third cheapest property on the board, which reflects the time in which the board was drawn up, rather than its current position as home to celebrities, politicians and bankers. Hamish Allen, Sales Manager of Winkworth, 0207 354 2480; winkworth.co.uk Based in Clerkenwell, Easton Regal is a sophisticated and talented hairdressing salon who place customer service a cut above the rest. Their client care is second to none, the environment is modern and chic, and they offer membership and boutique food menu for the aficionados. Nick Moore, Sales Manager of Cluttons, 020 7354 6666; cluttons.com/London The Little Angel Theatre on Dagmar Terrace has been entertaining Islington’s children since 1961. This little theatre is tucked away behind Upper Street and puts on a variety of shows throughout the year. It’s a must for anyone wanting to inspire their children through live performance. 110 MOVING IN.C&A.JUNE.indd 130 17/05/2013 12:55 & REVELLOYD INTERIORS ALWYNE ESTATES JOIN FORCES A fter a hiatus of almost two years Revelloyd Interiors, which was for so long a fixture on Upper Street, is back on the High Street. We have teamed up with Alwyne Estate agents and are sharing a showroom together at 127 Upper St, just two doors up from our old shop. The showroom has been styled by us in our signature style and we have selection of unusual and interesting accessories, as well as our beautiful range of upholstered furniture. The boys from Alwyne estates can take care of letting or selling your property or purchasing a new one, whilst we can help you with styling it once you are in, or with even styling it to sell for a better price. Both Alwyne Estates and Revelloyd Interiors own other premises on St. Paulâ€™s Road, N1. Th n n o han n our ana n a ent e dent al ana e ent Co er al ana e ent lo ana e ent ur ded ated tea o ro ana er a ed on er ro de a roa t e ro e er e n all a e t o ro ana e ent ert treet onal ert To find out what Currell ana e ent an do or ou lea e all hael aul on or e a l aul urrell o alwyne.co.uk; revelloyd.co.uk Currell Management Alwyne Estates and Revelloyd Interiors, 127 Upper St, N1 Alwyne Estates: 0203 195 3265 Revelloyd Interiors: 020 7704 8192 ALWYNE.indd 111 17/05/2013 12:56 SALES Finsbury Park, London, N4 | £285,000 Share of F/H A charming one bed flat on the first floor of a converted mid-terrace Victorian house. Benefitting from gas central heating, this beautifully presented apartment would make a wonderful first time buy or pied a terre, with early viewing highly recommended. Energy Efficiency Rating: Band C. • Period conversion • One bedroom • Reception • Open plan kitchen • Gas central heating • Share of Freehold Holloway Road, London, N7 | £375,000 Leasehold Enjoying a host of meticulously restored original features, this superb two bed maisonette on the raised ground floor of a converted end of terrace Victorian house. The apartment further benefits from gas central heating and off street parking. Energy Efficiency Rating: Band D. • Period Conversion • Two bedrooms • Fitted kitchen • Private entrance • Gas central heating • Chain free Evolving. Improving. Succeeding. drivers & norris.indd 2 17/05/2013 18:16 407-409 Holloway Road London N7 6HP t: 020 7607 5001 drivers.co.uk LETTINGS Harringay Ladder, London, N8 | £300.00 per week Drivers & Norris offer for rent a simply stunning and newly refurbished two bedroom period converted property. Internally this fantastic and larger than average apartment offers flexible accommodation to include double bedrooms, fitted kitchen and bathroom. Energy Efficiency Rating: Band D. • Newly refurbished • Period conversion • Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms (One en-suite) • Fitted kitchen • Close to transport links Holloway, London, N7 | £335.00 per week A delightful newly refurbished two bedroom period converted property. The property can be found in excellent decorative order and includes fitted kitchen, spacious reception room, master bedroom with en-suite and further double bedroom. Energy Efficiency Rating: Band C. • Period conversion • Two bedrooms • Spacious reception room 020 7607 5001 drivers.co.uk drivers & norris.indd 3 • Fitted kitchen • Two bathrooms (one en-suite) • Newly refurbished Call Us Today For A Free Market Appraisal 17/05/2013 18:16 The Penthouse Collection Prêt à Vivre FOR SALE 22 stunning duplex penthouses The Textile Building, Chatham Place E9 – the heart of London’s new fashion hub. Prices from £535,000 020 3004 4975 www.thetextilebuilding.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 16/05/2013 16:31 RE M H AI U NI R NG RY A P ! LA A R ST TM EN T S AC&A 297x210 June_Layout 1 13/05/2013 12:28 Page 1 Photography from development Computer generated image Map not to scale 21 WAPPING LANE E1 Quatro - Now Viewing The last remaining 3 bedroom Shared Ownership apartments in trendy and desirable Wapping. Quatro will provide an exceptional central London address within easy reach of the Thames and the many amenities on offer. Prices start from ÂŁ124,750* Scan me to find out more about Quatro To book an appointment call 020 8357 4444 or email email@example.com and quote ACA06 *Based on a 25% share of a 3 bedroom property with a full market value of ÂŁ499,000. 21 WAPPING LANE E1 www.nottinghillhousing.org.uk/quatro FULL PAGE.indd 2 14/05/2013 19:26 STOKE NEWINGTON OFFICE OPENING 2013 76 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PA *This offer is available for a limited period only and may be pulled at any time by the agency. Contact us now while this rate is still available. All fees are subject to VAT. FULL PAGE.indd 2 17/04/2013 10:41 PROPERTY N THE PENTHOUSE COLLECTION, THE TEXTILE BUILDING, E9 Price on Application The Penthouse Collection adds a completely new dimension to a historic London building with a fascinating past. The Textile Building was formerly the Burberry Factory where the brand used to manufacture its range of goods. The Textile Building is one of the most dramatic and stylish factory conversions in London housing a unique collection of 64 superb warehouse loft-style apartments. The building has been completely transformed, providing residential and commercial space of extraordinary style and character. The Penthouse Collection occupies the prime position on the top two floors of this classic building, where huge floor to ceiling windows offer panoramic views over the London skyline. The light and spacious living accommodation has been built to the most exacting standards ensuring the highest levels of contemporary luxury and comfort. These inspiring surroundings offer a unique ambience, providing the perfect setting for the most elevated urban lifestyle. Stirling Ackroyd New Homes: 020 7749 3800; stirlingackroyd.com Currell New Homes: 020 7726 6611; currell.com NEW BUILD DEVELOPMENT AVANTE-GARDE, E1 Prices start from ÂŁ600,000 for a two bedroom apartment Located in the heart of fashionable and artistic Shoreditch, Telford Homes present the Avant-garde development. The apartments boast city skyline views across London, stylish and neutrally decorated interiors, and Zodiaq quartz stone worktops with integrated Siemens appliances and a built-in wine cabinet in the kitchen. The building itself offers a 24 hour concierge service, private lounge and gymnasium and a landscaped Free Spirit Garden. 020 3538 3398; telfordhomes.plc.uk/ avantgardetower/ 117 DEVELOPMENT.2.indd 91 17/05/2013 12:59 FOR SALE Exclusive 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in the re-invented North Stand of historic Highbury Stadium, N5. Prices from ÂŁ315,000 For more information contact the agents: 020 3657 7340 firstname.lastname@example.org FULL PAGE.indd 2 020 7749 3800 email@example.com 19/04/2013 15:45 0% Sales & Lettings Exclusive offer from our new Shoreditch office opening 1st June. Itâ€™s the Keatons Way 6-8 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3NT, London firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3535 7788 Offer ends 31st August www.keatons.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 14/05/2013 19:13 CurrellResidential £3,150,000 Freehold Richmond Crescent, N1 • Five bedrooms family home • Impressive double reception room • Spacious fitted kitchen • Ensuite & dressing room to master bedroom www.currell.com FULL PAGE.indd 2 17/05/2013 10:04 £875,000 Share of Freehold York House, N5 • Three double bedrooms • Secluded Edwardian mansion block • Large kitchen • Spacious reception room £700,000 Guide Price. Freehold Monsell Road, N4 • Three bedrooms house needing work • Open plan double reception room • Two cloakrooms • Patio garden 020 7226 4200 FULL PAGE.indd 2 email@example.com 17/05/2013 10:08 Stirling Ackroyd All around the City E2 EC1 £860,000 £1,795,000 SHOREDITCH SALES – CHILTON STREET Well-presented, 3 bed modern apartment with private terrace, balcony & secure gated parking, moments from Brick Lane. EPC-C CLERKENWELL SALES - IRONMONGER ROW Remarkable 3 bed penthouse boasting spectacular 180 degree southerly views over the City, 1700 sq ft, & over 800 sq ft of terrace. EPC-C SE1 N1 £999,950 £629,995 BANKSIDE SALES - SUSSEX HOUSE Stunning 3 bed/2 bath penthouse, located in a gated secure development just off Borough High Street. EPC – C WEST END SALES – REGENTS QUARTER Stunning 2 bed/2 bath duplex loft, retaining its industrial character with exposed brick, steel girders & warehouse style windows. EPC-D BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888 SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838 CLERKENWELL 020 7549 0606 HACKNEY 020 7749 3807 WEST END 020 7256 3244 IBIZA 0034 971 326 788 ISTANBUL +90 (0)212 322 7171 StirlingAckroyd.com STIRLING ACKROYD_Jun.indd 1 17/05/2013 16:15 EC2 EC1 £625pw £895pw SHOREDITCH LETTINGS – GREAT EASTERN STREET Fantastic 3 bed/2 bath converted apartment featuring large open plan kitchen, wood flooring throughout & large sash windows. EPC-C CLERKENWELL LETTINGS - RAWSTORNE STREET Charming 3 bed terraced house, split across 3 floors with a large open plan kitchen/conservatory, & a well maintained private courtyard. EPC-D SE1 EC4 £2,500pw £1,500pw BANKSIDE LETTINGS - CLINK STREET Outstanding 1500 sq ft, 3 double bed/3 bath, with open-plan double height reception/designer kitchen, close to Borough Market. EPC pending WEST END LETTINGS – WINE OFFICE COURT Impressive Grade II listed recently refurbished Georgian townhouse with 3 double beds & built-in storage, close to Holborn & Farringdon. EPC pending STIRLING ACKROYD_Jun.indd 2 16/05/2013 16:22 THE LOCATIONS. THE STYLE. THE QUALITY. Premium London living from Telford Homes Parliament House SE1 Cityscape E1 Avant-garde E1 For more information please contact 020 3538 5832 or click telfordhomes.plc.uk Computer generated images of Telford Homes developments. FULL PAGE.indd 2 16/05/2013 15:44