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We prepare for the upcoming snow polo season, admire the intrinsic beauty of the Dolomites and take a walk down Savile Row

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Welcome to the Autumn edition of Coopers Street Magazine. In the previous publication I wrote about the upcoming General Election and what effect this might have on the property market. It seems that locally things are indeed pretty buoyant. A recent report revealing the 10 areas of the capital where house prices have risen most during the past year shows Hillingdon has knocked the Olympic borough of Newham off the top spot. According to the latest Land Registry figures, average house prices in Hillingdon have risen by 14.6% to £348,000. Hillingdon remains the sixth cheapest London borough and is attracting those priced out of districts such as Ealing and Hanwell. The Crossrail effect has also helped drive up prices, with the borough set to gain two stations along the high-speed rail route. This will significantly cut journey times into the centre of London from West Drayton and Hayes & Harlington. The Government are increasingly regulating the lettings market. On the 14th of September the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations were discussed in the House of Lords and approved. This meant that from the 1st of October 2015, every rented property in England must have a working smoke alarm

installed on each floor of the building. On the commencement day of a new tenancy the alarm must also be checked to make sure it’s working, whilst a carbon monoxide alarm must be installed in rooms containing a solid fuel burning appliance (open fire/log burning stove etc.). Penalties for non-compliance are £5000 per property. Rules surrounding getting possession of your rented property back have also changed with the section 21 form changing, as well as the terms in how you serve this notice. This extra regulatory burden for landlords adds extra importance when it comes to choosing who to use as your managing agent, as the consequences for making the wrong move can be very problematic. Of course, should you need any advice with any of the new regulations, just contact your local Coopers branch and we’d be more than happy to help. Enjoy the issue!

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Contents 68. Food and drink

86. Motoring

Property by Coopers

In Cahoots

Dream drive

A selection of some of the finest properties currently available in your area from Coopers

Travel back to 1946 at one of London’s most authentic themed cocktail bars

Fast, beautiful and sublime: say heloo to the BMW


74. Arts and Culture




Stepping through time

Sculpting stories

Lucia Savi is our guide to the V&A exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Artist Katharine Morling talks about her travels, concepts and inspirations


78. Fashion


M6 Convertible

87. Motoring

The sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built Take a look at the new Dream

88. Motoring

Snow Kings

A cut above

The lap of luxury

As winter comes, we wrap up warm for the snow polo season

Explore Savile Row and the intricate history behind the acclaimed home of tailoring

ultimate drive

52. Travel

84. Motoring

The magic of the Dolomites

We drive the McLaren 650S

Offering extreme sports and relaxation, Italy’s mountains are nothing short of spectacular

Head to the company’s HQ to try this user-friendly supercar



Maserati and Zegna come together to create the


King Edwards Road


Four bedroom detached residence This four bedroom property offers expansive living space over three floors. Upon entry there is a cinema room to the right. To the rear is an open plan living space with French doors leading to the garden. There is also a second reception room, seating area, kitchen/ diner with French doors to the outside patio area, a separate utility room and a guest cloakroom. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, both with ensuites. There is also an ensuite living room/study area leading to a further double bedroom, which also has an ensuite. On the second floor, an additional double bedroom with an ensuite and separate seating/ entertaining area.

Multiple living spaces expansive living space over three floors

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St Catherines Place Warm entrance hallway, formal dining room

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Six bedroom detached residence This detached property comprises a warm entrance hallway with doors leading to the ground floor rooms. To the front is a formal dining room. The lounge leads to a conservatory which can be accessed via French doors. To the rear is a kitchen/breakfast room, which leads to a separate utility room and w.c. The first floor comprises two double bedrooms, one of which has its own w.c, and a family bathroom. To the rear there are a further three double bedrooms, one of which has an en suite. Completing this property is a loft room where there is an additional (sixth) bedroom, as well as a fully insulated secondary loft area, accessed via a pull down ladder.


Swakeleys Drive


Four bedroom detached home This immaculate four bedroom home features a flexible floorplan with ample living space. The entrance hallway leads to a living room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room. The triple aspect living room flows through to the rear of the property and leads out to the garden via double doors. The formal dining room benefits from a large bay window that enjoys views of the rear garden. The modern fitted kitchen has ample storage and worktop space, whilst also offering a breakfast bar area. On the first floor there are four well proportioned bedrooms and a family bathroom, as well as an additional shower room.

Immaculate four bedroom home

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Evelyn Avenue Spacious living accommodation

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Four bedroom detached home This four bedroom detached family home offers spacious living accommodation along with further potential to extend (STPP). The entrance hall leads to all ground floor rooms. To the front is a family room, as well as a versatile space which could be used as a (fourth) bedroom or study room. To the rear is a living room which has patio doors leading outside. Also to the rear is a kitchen/breakfast room with double doors to the garden. An additional dining area provides access to the outside. Completing the floor is a guest cloakroom and separate storage room which has access to the outside. On the first floor is a master bedroom with an en suite, as well as a further two bedrooms. Completing this impressive property is a family bathroom.


West End Road


Four bedroom semi-detached home A superb semi-detached home offering spacious living close to the heart of Ruislip. Upon entering the property there is a porch leading to a hallway. To the rear of the property there is a spacious kitchen/ family room area. To the first floor, a spacious landing area leads to three bedrooms and a family bathroom, with one of the bedrooms benefiting from an en suite. To the second floor the property provides an extended master bedroom and en suite. Live, relax and enjoy with this family haven, perfectly suited for the ever growing family.

Perfectly suited for the ever growing family

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teinway & Sons have revealed their latest masterpiece of engineering; a player piano system offering the most accurate reproduction of live performances ever achieved on their pianos. Steinway Spirio, which the company describes as “the most significant product innovation in over 70 years”, uses patented technology to replicate the motions of the piano player. Developed in partnership with Wayne Stahnke, the system’s modular design is integrated within the piano during manufacture at Steinway’s New York and Hamburg factories. The components of Spirio do not impact on sound or touch, and the easily-maintained application is designed to last the lifespan of every instrument. “Innovation and craftsmanship have served as the core tenets of the company,” explains Michael Sweeney, CEO of Steinway & Sons. “In today’s marketplace, brands like ours must continue to innovate in order to remain relevant to the world around us.” “Even the artists who have recorded on the instrument agree the Spirio captures the true essence, nuance and soulfulness of a live performance, allowing us to bring artists and their audiences closer than ever before,” Sweeney adds.

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Brindle Road


Four bedroom semi-detached home This outstanding property located in Pinner is stylishly designed throughout. The entrance hall leads to all ground floor rooms. To the left is a versatile room currently used as an office, with access to a cloakroom. To the right a spacious dining room flowing through to a living room. The spacious kitchen/ breakfast room features patio doors which open to the rear garden. The kitchen has ample storage and integrated appliances. On the first floor there are four well proportioned bedrooms, with fitted wardrobes in both the master bedroom and second bedroom, as well as an en suite in the master bedroom. Completing this superb family home is a family bathroom.

Stylishly designed throughout

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Russell Close Beautifully presented

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Three bedroom semi-detached family home This beautifully presented three bedroom semi-detached family home has a welcoming entrance hallway with stairs to the first floor and access to the ground floor accommodation. The lounge features high quality carpets and dual aspect windows. The L-shaped kitchen/dining room at the rear has doors opening onto decking and the garden. The dining area of the kitchen/diner offers the potential for a dining table or second reception space. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a larger than average single room. The large bathroom consists of a wash hand basin, WC, bath tub and separate walk in shower.




Four bedroom semi-detached house An immaculately presented four bedroom semi-detached house set in a fantastic location. Spread over three floors, the property comprises an entrance hallway, spacious through lounge and kitchen to the ground floor. The dining area to the rear has a door out on to the garden. On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. On the second floor there is a loft room, which is currently being used as a bedroom with further storage within the eaves. The roof of the property was replaced under a year ago. This is a superb family home in walking distance to all of the amenities in Ruislip and Ruislip Manor.

Superb family home

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Torrington Road Ideal setting for family living

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Three bedroom mid terraced house This well-proportioned three bedroom mid terraced house provides an ideal setting for family living. The ground floor consists of an impressive entrance hallway leading to the through lounge. The dining section of the through lounge has patio doors leading out onto the garden. The through lounge is an exceptional size and could be enlarged further with an extension to the rear of the property (STPP). The fitted kitchen has patio doors opening out onto the garden. To the first floor there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The future

is micro! The marketplace is now as wide as the world’s online reach, and houses and flats can now be virtually explored through audio, video and images.

Sharing Selling Market your home with your own exclusive website

Share your property via social networking with your own property website.

• Professionally voiced video tour to emphasise the main selling points of your property • Photo slideshow, floorplans and location map • Local area video guide • Local schools map – with click-through to OFSTED reports • The whole site can be shared via social media or email • See how many times your property has been viewed • Share the site with your friends and family, whilst we send it to potential buyers instead of basic details

Time was, when you were considering buying, selling, renting or letting a property, you could anticipate your estate agent of choice to place a notice in their window, or advertise in the classified section of a newspaper to reach the widest audience. Technological advances have expanded the possibilities property marketing affords. Thanks to the internet, the marketplace is now as wide as the world’s online reach, and houses and flats can now be virtually explored through audio, video and images. And one company is moving forward in the process of rolling out a pioneering approach to the way properties are bought, sold and discovered: the microsite. A first in the world of property marketing, the microsite technology has been developed in-house at the Cambridgeshire headquarters of The Cream Club, a progressive marketing company who specialise in the creation and implementation of online video solutions for a constantlyexpanding client base of independent estate agents around the UK. This innovative aspect of property marketing builds on the success of Cream’s established product line, incorporating online TV channels showcasing professionally-produced video walkthroughs of an agent’s portfolio of properties. These guides still form the heart of the new generation of websites, and are enhanced by an increased element of interactivity.

In addition to sharing the microsite link via Facebook and Twitter, a property seeker can compile a playlist of prospective new homes, search for relevant properties more dynamically, and arrange appointments to view the property. Guides to the local area, and the services the agent provides, are also incorporated in each microsite. These form just a part of what has been tailored as a more engaging experience for microsite users; an experience which will continue to evolve, with plans in place to implement property postcards, personal photo galleries, 3D floorplans and interaction with high-end brands already in the pipeline. In essence, the lifespan of the microsite will go beyond the transaction. It is anticipated between 200 and 300 agents nationwide will introduce microsite technology over the coming months, with Coopers among this exclusive group of market-leading and award-winning agents. As one of the prominent exponents of property TV channels, we are looking forward with great anticipation to embracing this new development in online property marketing as part of our high-standard customer service.

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21 Striped gloves, Christopher Kane, £195,

Chryssie cylinder minaudiere, Judith Lieber Couture, £2,580.30, Neiman Marcus

Mini skirt, Mary Katrantzou, £970,

Gold earrings with blue sapphire and opal, Sushilla, £450,

So Kate 120 python pumps, Christian Louboutin, £845,

Formal trouser, Emilio Pucci, £870,

A touch of


Velvet underground Velvet was big on the AW15 catwalks. Incorporate this luxe material into your outfits with a sleek ankle boot, or a sumptuous wide-legged trouser with a nod to those seen on the Emilio Pucci runway.

White ruffled cotton poplin shirt, Alexander McQueen, £810, Harvey Nichols Jamie coat, Mary Katrantzou, £2,430,

Victorian revival A classic white shirt will never go out of style. Experiment with the Neo Victorian trend and opt for a high ruffled collar. Liv suede and leather ankle boots, Isabel Marant, £830,

Smoking Jacket, Diane von Furstenburg, £448.12,

Bold move Don’t be afraid to inject a pop of colour into your winter wardrobe. It’ll warm you up in no time!



Stepping through time From perfectly polished brogues to a comfy pair of slippers, shoes play an intrinsic part of our everyday lives, but as the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain shows, footwear can tell the world who we are, and give us power. Katie Bamford talks to Lucia Savi, and learns that shoes aren’t just made for walking



Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London




ive years in the making, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain was the brainchild of Helen Persson, Curator of the V&A’s Asian department. “She discovered an opulently decorated pair of 19th century shoes made for the Indian elite in one of the V&A stores,” reveals Lucia Savi, the Research Assistant for the exhibition. “She realised that the message these shoes were conveying about the wearer was the same as in many other cultures and historical periods.” The Victoria and Albert’s own collection of shoes is arguably unparalleled, and includes shoes which span over 2,000 years in age, from every corner of the world. By combining pieces from their own collection with shoes from other international and private collections, Helen and her team have created a colourful and informative exhibition filled with over 250 pairs of shoes, each with their own historical and cultural significance. “Shoes, perhaps more than any other aspect of dress, express our personality and our passions,” says Lucia. “Adorning the feet has long been a way for a wearer to reveal their identity and their position in society. For centuries and across cultures, the elite and the wealthy have worn luxurious and ornamental footwear, demonstrating their importance with a lack of concern for comfort or function. The aspirational have worn stylish shoes to elevate their status as well as their bodies.” Set across two floors, the ground floor gallery of the exhibition explores three key themes associated with shoes: transformation, status and seduction. The opening section looks at the significance of shoes within fiction and folklore, and in particular the transformative power associated with them. “Extraordinary footwear appears in folklore from all over the world. In these stories, our choice of shoes has consequences and can reveal our true selves,”

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explains Lucia. “Shoes punish and reward, elevate and entrap, speed and hinder through their powers of transformation.” The exhibition features shoes from what are considered to be two of the most well-known stories. The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen tells the tale of a girl whose vanity consumes her as she becomes obsessed with her red shoes. She is cursed by an old soldier so that her shoes will dance continuously, but cannot be taken off. In the end, the girl chooses to have both her feet and the shoes cut off. The story was used as inspiration for a film of the same name made in 1948, and the red ballet slippers made for Moira Shearer, who played the lead role, are on display as part of the exhibit. The other story is, of course, the fairy tale Cinderella, a story Lucia notes is “the most international shoe story, and possibly the oldest.” She explains, “the tale of the ‘slipper test’ can be traced back to 1st-century Egypt. From Asia to Europe and through the cultures of the indigenous people of the Americas, Cinderella’s magical slippers are always splendid, and teach little girls the importance of shoes. They can transform not only a girl’s appearance but her entire life, and help her find true love.” Most recently, Walt Disney produced a live action film of Cinderella, and the Swarovski slipper made for actress Lily James, who plays the titular character, can be seen in the Transformation section of the exhibit. Aside from the obvious transformative themes of the narratives, The Red Shoes and Cinderella also feature both the pleasure and the pain shoes can bring. This is perhaps more obvious in The Red Shoes, with the girl initially



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27 enjoying the compliments and the attention her red shoes bring, but soon descending into despair when she cannot remove them, and having to endure the pain of having her feet removed. Similarly, in some versions of Cinderella, the ugly sisters are said to have cut parts of their feet off to try and fit into Cinderella’s glass slipper, so they can have the ultimate pleasure of becoming the Prince’s wife. However, it isn’t just fictional stories associated with shoes that the exhibition taps into; it explores the story behind the visual aspect of shoes, looking at the process involved in making them, right from the initial design to completion. Bringing this idea to life are animations showing how the layers are assembled, design sketches, materials and shoe lasts, including those created for Princess Diana by H. & M. Raynes. Visitors can also enjoy a film featuring interviews with five designers and makers, including Christian Louboutin. While shoes have had stories built around them throughout history, Lucia reveals that a particular pair of shoes being displayed actually disproves a well-known story. “It was especially thrilling to be able to borrow a pair of white Ferragamo pumps once worn by Marilyn Monroe, and which dispel the common myth that she reportedly used to wear shoes with differing heel heights in order to achieve her trademark ‘wiggle’ as she walked.” Whether designed for practicality or visual pleasure, it is clear a pair of shoes is much more than something you put on your feet. Intentional or not, each pair will carry the story of their creation, and some, like those worn by Marilyn Monroe, may even become part of the story of the person wearing them, because as Lucia says, “every pair is unique and carries its own personal story.” Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the V&A, runs until 31 January 2016, sponsored by Clarks, supported by Agent Provocateur, with additional thanks to The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. For more information about the exhibition, visit

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St Margarets Avenue


Four bedroom detached chalet bungalow A beautifully presented and well laid out four bedroom detached chalet bungalow that has been extended and modernised throughout by the current owners boasting sleek, pristine finishing throughout. Located on a quiet road in Hillingdon offering easy access to local schools including the Ofsted outstanding Hillingdon Primary School and the sought after Bishopshalt Senior School, bus/ road links including the M40 with its links to London and the Home Counties along with Stockley Park and Heathrow Airport. Uxbridge town centre with its multitude of shops, bars, restaurants and Metropolitan/Piccadilly line station is a short drive away.

Sleek, pristine finishing throughout

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Chestlands Court Just moments from Hillingdon Tube Station

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Two bedroom apartment A stunning two bedroom, two bathroom apartment located in North Hillingdon, just moments from Hillingdon Tube Station. The property was built in 2008 and has four years remaining on the NHBC warranty, along with a 119 year lease. A rental income of ÂŁ1600pcm (approx) is expected for buy-to-let investors.


The Larches


Three/four bedroom terraced home Substantially sized, this three/four bedroom terraced home offers a flexible floor plan for the growing family looking to occupy residence on the popular Oak Farm estate notoriously known for its superbly built and well laid out family dwellings. Offering easy access to a number of sought after local schools including Oak Farm, Ryefield and St Bernadettes, numerous local shops, Hillingdon Metropolitan/ Piccadilly line train station and the A40 with its links to London and the Home Counties. Uxbridge Town Centre with its vast array of shops, restaurants and bars is approximately just over a mile away.

Substantially sized, flexible floor plan

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Pine Place Immaculately kept, generous proportioned accommodation

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Three bedroom end terraced house An immaculately kept three bedroom end terraced house offering a flexible floorplan, generous proportioned accommodation throughout and is situated in North Hayes offering easy access to a number of local amenities including the Uxbridge Road with its variety of shops and bus/road links, a number of highly regarded schools including Hayes Park and road links with the M4/M25 and the A40 all within a short drive.


Harlington Road


Two bedroom terraced cottage A beautifully presented two bedroom terraced cottage that combines modern family living with the character of a period property. Situated on a residential road in Hillingdon offering easy access to local schools including the Ofsted outstanding Hillingdon Primary School and the sought after Bishopshalt Senior School, bus/road links including the M40 with its links to London and the Home Counties along with Stockley Park and Heathrow Airport. Uxbridge town centre with its multitude of shops, bars, restaurants and Metropolitan/Piccadilly line station is a short drive away.

Combines modern family living with the character of a period property

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The Greenway Combining Victorian elegance and contemporary style

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Three bedroom end terrace Combining Victorian elegance and contemporary style, this three bedroom end terrace family home is still rich in character. Offered to the market with no onward chain, the property will make an ideal purchase for those looking to move quickly.


Dellfield Crescent


Three bedroom semi detached bedroom house Perfectly positioned between Uxbridge Town Centre and West Drayton High Street, this three bedroom house has extensive potential. Inside the property, accommodation comprises 13ft lounge open plan to the 13ft dining room and adjacent 9ft kitchen. The first floor offers two 13ft bedrooms with 8ft third bedroom, as well as a family bathroom and separate toilet.

Perfectly positioned, extensive potential

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St Peters Road Well presented throughout, ideal investment

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Two bedroom semi detached house This 1950’s two bedroom semi detached house located in Cowley is well presented throughout, and comes to the property market as an ideal investment or first time buy. The property comprises a 16ft lounge, kitchen, 12ft conservatory, two bedrooms, family bathroom, plus front and rear gardens.


Cotswold Close


One bedroom apartment This one bedroom first floor apartment is offered to the property market with no onward chain. Well-appointed with neutral tones throughout, the accommodation comprises a hallway, 14ft lounge, 9ft fitted kitchen, 12ft master bedroom and family bathroom.

Well-appointed with neutral tones throughout

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Super gadgets for superfoods


We’re a nation of food lovers, but more than a few of us are guilty of choosing churros over chia seeds. To make your life easier, we’ve picked some of the best gadgets around to help you get the most out of your food

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1. Dessert Bullet Food Processor, £49.99, John Lewis • 2. Hemsley & Hemsley Spiralizer, £29.95, 3. Kate Spade New York Glass and Silicone Water Bottle, £20.68, Nordstrom • 4. Hot & Cold Mug, £22.99, • 5. Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer £469, Selfridges • 6. The Milk Maker, £79.99, Hopps & Woolfe • 7. SMA Peanut Butter Maker, £54.95, Selfridges • 8. Master Class Egg Separator, £7.50, Selfridges • 9. Ching Two-Layer Bamboo Steamer, £21, Selfridges • 10. Vitality4Life Atlas Whole Slow Juicer, £329, Selfridges • 11. EasyGreen Automatic Sprouter, £189, • 12. Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator, £289, 13. NutriBullet 12 piece 600 Series, £84.99, John Lewis • 14. Joseph Joseph FoodStore Carousel, £70, House of Fraser



Words by Antony Sore




he sport of kings; the oldest and most dangerous team sport on earth; polo has always been seen as one of the world’s most glamorous games. Now as we approach the winter months, it’s time for the snow polo season. The idea of playing polo on snow was originally conceived in 1959, when a group of locals founded the St. Moritz Polo Club in Switzerland, however the game was not officially played until 1985, when under the stewardship of polo visionary Reto Gaudenzi, the first match was contested on the frozen Lake St. Moritz. The sport has grown in popularity since, and is now played across Europe, the Americas and Asia; and is rapidly becoming more and more widespread throughout the world. Snow polo takes place on a smaller field (the pitch in St. Moritz measures 80 by 200 metres compared to the 182 metres by 274 metres of an international grass polo field), and the game is played with a bigger rubber ball, whose bright red colour makes it easy to see amongst the white snow, but

whose movement differs greatly to the wooden ball used in the traditional version of the game, adding to the skillset required of the players. Although actually slower due to the conditions, the matches appear quicker because of the more confined playing space, making it an exciting spectator sport. As the only high-goal tournament played on snow, the teams for the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz are chosen based on their sportive potential, with international patrons asked to submit their teams to the tournament management for selection, guaranteeing high quality action throughout the four days of competition. And it’s not just the sport that attracts the crowds. As Christian Gartmann, Director of Communications and Media at Snow Polo St. Moritz told me: “Since its premiere in 1985, the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz has been the benchmark – as the world’s only high-goal tournament on snow – and as a world-class social event.”



In January 2015, 12,000 spectators attended the event in the Swiss ski resort known as the ‘playground of the rich and famous’, which is often credited as inventing the winter tourism industry. Enjoying over 300 days of sunshine a year, the resort is popular with the international jet set, boasting first-class hotels, top international boutiques along the stylish shopping boulevard of Via Serlas, as well as excellent restaurants. Gartmann explains: “Insiders arrive a few days early, or leave late. The Engadin valley offers breath-taking views as well as world-class skiing and mountain dining.” Behind the scenes though, the resort is a busy place. Ice specialists work hard to prepare the grounds in a safe and timely manner, setting up the field, spectator areas, grand stands, towers and various tents to very specific static protocols due to the limited buoyancy and elasticity of the ice; while the ponies arrive some ten days prior to the tournament

to adapt to the snowy grounds, the cold temperatures and the thin air. The animals are closely monitored by a team of veterinarians, and are protected from injury by a special horseshoe with a rubber liner, which prevents ice forming in their hoofs. And then there’s the players. As the short film by Swiss-South African filmmaker Xaver Walser, ‘Second to None’, which was filmed at this year’s event and published worldwide in February shows, only one thing matters to the competitors - winning. Winning is something Swiss polo player Tito Gaudenzi is used to. Son of Reto, pioneer of the first Snow Polo event, the Miami-based player agreed to talk to me about the upcoming 14th Valartis Bank Snow Polo World Cup in Kitzbühel, a small medieval town in Austria, of which he is both a competitor and a member of the organising committee. Sadly the opportunity to travel to Miami never arose, so an exchange of



e-mails is the closest I get to the experiencing the life of one of the best polo players on the planet - he was named Most Valuable Player at the 2005 Snow Polo World Cup, and has just captained Team Switzerland at the FIP Arena Polo European Championship in Azerbijan. It’s immediately obvious from his correspondence that Tito is a smart and articulate young man – he’s fluent in four languages, and is Co-Founder and President of Blackdove, a technology platform based in the arts sector. He’s also busy. Answers to my questions have to be delayed as he travels to Baku for the European Championships, and then again as my e-mails get lost amongst a sea of correspondence. When he replies, of course apologising profusely for the hold-up, his responses are short and to the point, as one would expect from a graduate of the International Business School in Munich. I began by asking him what makes the World Cup in Kitzbühel so special. “Thirteen years in the making, we have a great team working hard year by year to make this one of the top polo events in the world. We have over 15,000 spectators and eight international teams, with over 100 polo ponies attending. “Spectators can expect four days of world-class polo, accompanied by top social events.” As in St. Moritz, the ponies arrive first, in plenty of time to acclimatise to the conditions and train on the snow, before the players appear in the town, ready to be presented to the fans and the press in front of the Hotel Zur Tenne on day one of the event – the 14th of January this time around. In amongst the competition, the social highlight of the weekend is the VIP party, or Polo Player’s Night as it’s also known, on the Saturday evening. Tito told me about the camaraderie that exists between the players:

“There are of course rivalries in every sport [but] unlike most team sports, polo players play with different teams throughout the season. There is a lot less adjustment time.” Perhaps one of the reasons for the closeness of the protagonists is the fact polo is one of the most dangerous team sports in the world. Now in his thirties, Tito had already broken most of the bones in his body, including four ribs, his nose (twice), two fingers, toes and a vertebrae, all before his 21st birthday. Regardless - or perhaps because of this danger - polo is regarded as one of the sexiest sports on the planet. Although becoming more and more accessible to the masses and across the globe, the upper echelons of the rich and famous will come out for snow polo events this winter season, with six strong men on horseback entertaining glamorous crowds. One look at the team sponsors for World Cup St. Moritz tells you all you need to know about their target audience – Cartier, Maserati and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Indeed, as this relatively recent dimension of the sport continues to grow in popularity, it is worth remembering the famous verse that is inscribed on a plaque close to a polo field in Pakistan, and reflects the standing of the sport – ‘Let others play at other things. The king of games is still the game of kings.’ The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz runs from January 29th to 31st 2016 – more information can be found at The 14th Valartis Bank Snow Polo World Cup runs from January 14th to 17th 2016 – for more information visit en/events-lifestyle/events


Sun House


Four bedroom detatched residence An outstanding four bedroom detached residence, offering expansive living and multiple entertainment spaces. This Grade II listed, character residence elegantly retains some of the properties original features throughout the home. On entering the property is a welcoming entrance hallway. The property comprises three well proportioned reception rooms, with the living room enjoying a bespoke Inglenook fireplace. Also downstairs, there is a country-feel fitted kitchen and separate utility room and shower room. The first floor offers four double bedrooms, master bathroom and guest bathroom. This is a perfect residence for the growing family.

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Five bedroom detached residence This impressive five bedroom detached residence is situated on a premier development in West Drayton, making it a perfect, modern family home. The ground floor of the house comprises a 16ft living area, 14ft kitchen/breakfast room, 7ft study, 12ft conservatory and additional 11ft family room. The upper levels house five large bedrooms, with the master with en-suite stretches 18ft in length complete with fitted cupboards, as the second and third bedrooms both measure over 16ft in length. The fourth and fifth bedrooms are again very good sizes (4th - 11ft) (5th-9ft). In total there are two family bathrooms and three WCs, making this expansive property a true stand out home on the market today.


Thorney Mill Road


Three bedroom semi detached home This extended three bedroom family home blends traditional themes with smart modern additions, providing an ideal setting for family living. With stylish interiors and a generous living area, this commanding three bedroom residence will impress those seeking space, luxury and a convenient address. Entering the 19ft wide living area through the porch, you are also led into a 12ft long kitchen diner. The property further boasts a downstairs shower room, along with a large utility area making day to day living less stressful. Upstairs has ample sized rooms, the master room (13ft), the second bedroom (12ft) and third bedroom (8ft). The main bathroom is located directly at the top of the stairs; once again, the modern feel of the property is not lost on this upper level.

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Didcot House Impressive kitchen/living area

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Three bedroom top floor flat Upon entering the flat on the top floor of the complex you are greeted by a long hallway, the first immediate door on the left houses a small yet convenient W/C, continuing down you are then met by another door on the left which leads into the spacious and impressive kitchen/living area (20ft by 15ft). Large double doors open up from this area onto an enormous balcony, perfect for entertaining guests all year round. The lower level of the property comprises bedroom 1 (18x9ft), bedroom 2 (12x12ft), and finally bedroom 3 (12x10ft). A sleek finish and plenty of storage space make this split level apartment an ideal dwelling for the modern family.



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Two bedroom apartment This spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment was constructed just eight years ago, boasting modern, sleek finishes throughout and creating a light and airy living space. The property offers an entry phone system, entrance hall, 20ft living area/kitchen, 13ft master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en-suite shower room, 10ft second bedroom and bathroom. This property is ideal for first time buyers and investors alike, with its proximity to West Drayton train station, and well furnished rooms make this apartment a great asset to all.




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he old ones are the best, and after 220 million years, these pink granite, fossil-rich peaks will undoubtedly have a tale or two to tell: it could be about Roger Moore as James Bond being chased down a hair-raising bobsleigh run by mean looking assassins; or perhaps Ernest Hemingway chewing his pen over his short stories, or even me coming unstuck on the evening of the Floralpine toboggan run. More likely the tales would be about the pleasure seekers having the time of

their lives in this high-altitude, South Tyrol world of extreme sports and leisure. Being up here in this craggy world is an exhilarating way to spend some well-deserved time off. It comes as no surprise that these jagged, 18 peak giants, with their vertical walls, sheer cliffs and long, deep valleys have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. However, I was not prepared for the intrinsic beauty of the pinnacles, spires and ledges, towering over the softer foothills below.


54 I had seen the pictures and heard the stories, now it was my turn. Well served by roads winding around the Dolomites’ fabulous flanks, we left Verona airport and hair-pinned our way up to the slopes. Salopettes, furry hat and sunglasses packed, we finally reached the underground entrance of the Adler Mountain Lodge. Up in the reception, and at the risk of sounding a bit soft, it felt like coming home; a lightening of a load or the taking of a relieved breath. It must be the serene, welcoming energy: the dazzling, sun-filled lounge and restaurant, and the sense of well-being. The Lodge is an enormous, sturdy structure built from spruce, pine and larch, and furnished in a modern and comfortable way, with some African twists which make it innovative, artistic and thoughtful. The flooring is acres of wood covered with hides, rugs and deep, embracing chairs. Upstairs, the wood-panelled

corridors and wide staircases have atmospheric low lighting, and everywhere is fragrant. The Adler is very much a lodge rather than a hotel, with eighteen Alpine suites and twelve lodges. The mysterious wooden figures of eagles and dragons on the beams have been added by artist Markus Delago. The architects responsible for this gorgeous building are Hugo and Hanspeter Demetz, assisted by Rudi Perathoner. Mid-afternoon, and there is a South Tyrolean buffet and drinks laid out to enjoy either indoors looking out at the electrifying view, or outdoors being part of it. I’m not used to being stunned into silence but there is little urge to try to speak when the coolest of air, the whitest of snow, the brightest of sun and the complete quiet, except the occasional whoosh of skis, takes away your words. It’s not always about winter; there are exceptional summer activities to be

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57 experienced too.This was, however, winter time and helped by an extra downfall of fresh snow, the season was very much at its peak.There is a guaranteed 90% coverage of slopes and 300 days of sunshine. At the Adler Mountain Lodge skiing is outside the door, or you can walk round the corner and jump on ski lifts and cable cars to go further-a-field. We were there on the day of the eclipse and the keen skiers in our group took up the offer of hitting the slopes, and lunched at the famous Gostner Schwaige, sampling the local specialities during this quirky phenomenon.The rest of us wrapped up under warm blankets, put on sun cream, had a truly delicious lunch out on the sun terrace, and read books. If you are more intrepid than reading a book under a blanket (two of us had yet to grow snow legs), you might try the outstanding skiing, snow-shoeing, tobogganing, sledging, winter walking, riding in a horse-drawn carriage or other delights. All the information, ski passes and maps are waiting for you at the Adler Mounain Lodge. Alpe di Suisi is par excellence in all these matters and is pleased to help you plan your activities and transport, if needed. Dolomiti Superski is the king of the surrounding area, including 12 resorts, 450 lifts and 1,220 kilometres of slopes. With a Dolomiti Super Ski Pass, winter lovers can use the whole resort. Whatever you decide to try, everyday life becomes just a memory. Extreme sports aside, there is a lot to be said for leaning back and witnessing the superb scenery, while hearing stories of witches and folklore, and sipping gl端whein served from a cauldron. At the Lodge, which is all inclusive, exceptional regional food is paramount: cooked and served with serious aplomb. Even the charcuterie meats and cheeses, with super-sized crostini washed down with crisp Prosecco, are mouth-watering.The separate a la carte dinners are truly exceptional.The chefs here, of whom Hannes Pignater is the master, go to every length to perfect their craft, and say the training is just the beginning.The business of wine is serious also, and the Lodge has many excellent labels for you to try. Apart from the dining, leisure is spot on too.The Lodge has steam rooms and saunas, including one with dry hay bales in it which smell fantastic.There is a solarium with an indoor pool, leading to the outdoor infinity pool. We swam in the dark, saline, steaming waters, just dangling and drifting, surrounded by snow, sun and cool breezes on our faces, taking in the unbelievable view. As well as all this, there is a gymnasium, and many pampering treatments and massages to be had. Please do check these out for real feel-good rituals. We did a yoga class one morning with the very flexible


58 and patient Omar and an early-morning view of the mountains. I think it might have been me who was a bit wobbly at 9am after a late night, but this was followed by a facial which was soporific. It is lovely to lie back and be spoiled. The whole atmosphere is one of complete relaxation, with scrumptious, sustaining food and drinks on tap.The bedrooms are neutral and modern, with supremely comfortable beds.There are chairs and daybeds to chill out on, while the gorgeous bathroom houses a built-in bed with a grill/heater over the top to thaw out your snowy bones after a hard day on the hills. A well-sealed door opens directly onto the wooden balcony, where you can sit outside, dreaming and gazing at the golden-pink peaks in front of you.This is the life: invigorating yet also calming. The thing about writing an article after seeing and doing something you haven’t done before, is it brings something that has gone away back into sharp focus, and is a reminder of an exhilarating experience.

As for the Dolomites, trying to describe one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges has left me searching for more adjectives.The Swiss architect, Le Corbusier, called them “les plus belle architectures du monde” and having leaned back on my sheep-skin covered chair, warmed by the fire-pit in the table, sipping ice-cold Italian wine looking up at those lofty, secretive ranges, I think that will do. For more information please contact: The Adler Mountain Lodge. Piz 11. 1-39040 Alpe di Suisi, Dolomites, Italy. Tel: +39 0471 723 000, Dolmiti Superski: / Thanks to Sue Heady for making this trip possible.

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Four bedroom detached residence A superbly presented four bedroom detached residence situated in one of Ruislip`s premier roads, just a stone’s throw away from the high street. This immaculate property consists of three downstairs reception rooms, large kitchen, downstairs bathroom, utility room, four good sized bedrooms and a contemporary family bathroom. Other benefits include large front and rear gardens, gas central heating and double glazing.

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Coopers are delighted to offer to the market this stunning three or four bedroom family home, just a short walk to both Ruislip and Ruislip Manor High Streets. The property is also conveniently located between Ruislip station (Metropolitan/ Piccadilly lines) and Ruislip Gardens station (Central line). This beautiful home comprises a through lounge, contemporary kitchen area with a centre island and utility room. This floor also comprises a cloakroom and study/fourth bedroom. To the first floor is a modern bathroom, two double bedrooms and a reasonably sized third bedroom. Outside the property boasts a spacious garden and off street parking.

Coopers are delighted to offer to the market this stunning first floor apartment designed by Cala Homes in the Ickenham Park Development. The property is situated within touching distance of West Ruislip Station (Central Line) and equidistant to both Ickenham village and Ruislip High Street, and also Ickenham and Ruislip stations (Metropolitan/ Piccadilly Line). The apartment offers larger than life living with a spacious living room with interconnecting doors that lead to a contemporary kitchen. Two spacious double bedrooms boast built in wardrobes, with an en suite in the master bedroom. Situated off the hallway is a modern family bathroom. It is offered part furnished.


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This attractive two bedroom apartment has been stylishly designed throughout. The spacious entrance hallway leads through to the open plan kitchen/ living area. The kitchen features integrated appliances and fitted wooden units. The living room beams with natural light and has the added luxury of patio doors leading to the balcony. The two double bedrooms benefit from fitted wardrobes and carpeted floors. There is a main bathroom, as well as an en-suite shower room in the master bedroom. The apartment is set within an ultra-convenient location and also offers allocated secure parking, as well as a communal garden and patio area.

Set in the new Royal Quay development in Harefield, Coopers are delighted to offer to the market this stunning two double bedroom apartment. With picturesque views offering waterside living on the Grand Union Canal, this apartment really is located in the most peaceful of areas. The property comprises entrance porch, entrance hallway, and two double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes. There is a spacious lounge that opens to a fully fitted contemporary kitchen. The bathroom features a Hansgrohe shower, a Roman clear glass screen and a low profile tray and bath. Other benefits include double glazed windows and two parking spaces.

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Five bedroom detached house An extremely well presented five bedroom detached house located off Long Lane, within walking distance of Hillingdon Tube Station, local shops, schools, A40/M40/M25 and the ACS International School. This superb property comprises a lounge, study, dining room, fully fitted modern kitchen, ground floor shower room, first floor landing, five double bedrooms, en-suite to master, family bathroom, enclosed rear garden, off street parking, double glazing and gas central heating. Available unfurnished.


Honey Hill


Three bedroom detached residence A stunning detached family residence in a sought after location. Situated within a short walk to Uxbridge town centre and just a few minutes’ drive to the A40/M40 motorway. This beautifully presented three bedroom house is perfect for those with the hectic lifestyle. Accommodation: three bedrooms, two reception rooms, study, large, fully fitted kitchen/diner with appliances, family bathroom, ground floor WC. Benefits from gas central heating, double glazing, off street parking for four cars and private rear garden. Unfurnished.

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Jupiter Heights

A completely refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom second floor apartment, set within a beautiful part of St Andrews Park close to Uxbridge Town Centre, Stockley Business Park and Brunel University. Comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms (en-suite to master), a lounge leading to balcony and fully fitted kitchen. Benefits include allocated parking space, entry phone system, double glazing, and gas central heating. Flexible with furnishings.


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This modern two bedroom, two bathroom luxury Apartment is situated in the popular Parkwest Development. With onsite concierge and gymnasium, this apartment is perfect for those with a hectic lifestyle. Situated a short walk from West Drayton Station makes it a commuters paradise. Accommodation: two bedrooms (master with en-suite shower room), further separate bathroom, large lounge with patio doors leading to terrace, and a fully fitted kitchen with appliances. Benefits: entry-phone system, allocated parking, beautiful communal grounds, and double glazing. FURNISHED.

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In Have you got your ticket from the stationmaster? ***STAND BACK TRAIN APPROACHING*** Welcome to 1946, and welcome to Cahoots, the place where liquor is certainly not rationed

Words by Gemma Rose




ocated underground in London’s Kingly Court, on the former site of Tatty Bogle – an out-of-hours drinking club – Cahoots is accessed via old-fashioned wooden escalators leading down to the dramatic, tiled platform bar, set alongside vintage train carriers. Punters are met with 1940s Tube carriage seats and mismatched furniture, surrounded by bunting draped throughout – the perfect backdrop for a jolly good knees-up! But more than that, Cahoots offers a truly immersive and authentic experience. Each member of staff is given their own character, ranging from milkmen and Hollywood starlets, through to good time gals and ticket inspectors. These personalities play a major role in the overall experience,

wearing bespoke uniforms made from original 1940s patterns and designs. By not breaking from character, the team at Cahoots make guests feel they have been transported back to post-war Britain. Soho’s illicit and nocturnal escapades are truly brought back to life. At Cahoots, V doesn’t just stand for ‘victory’, but also Vera Lynn, a gin-based cocktail served up in a glass resembling the face of The Forces’ Sweetheart. As rationing continued well into the 50s, the extensive drinks menu is inspired by ingredients available in 1946. Items that would have typically been found in people’s pantry cupboards, such as Oxo cubes, beetroot, garden peas, golden syrup and black treacle syrup, have been cleverly incorporated by the bar staff to create unique tipples.


70 During the Second World War, the site was used as an air raid shelter and Londoners would often transform the space into a home away from home, with their own nick-nacks and furnishings. In true British style, there was often a bar so civvies could drink, dance and entertain themselves during the dark nights of the Blitz. In 1946, a mischievous group of opportunists endeavoured to keep the Blitz spirit alive. They hosted nightly parties in abandoned Tube stations; these would soon become known as cahoots to people in the know. Today, Cahoots is more than just a themed bar, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind concept, which flies the flag for the British stiff upper lip, and relives the strive for normality, despite the hardships of the time. When visiting Cahoots, 40s glamour is very much encouraged, and as their website states, ‘It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing!’ And I think they might be right. Playing host to several events, such as Underground Supper Clubs, as well as live entertainment and sing-a-longs, Cahoots is the perfect joint to let your hair down and show off your Jitterbug or Charleston. The soundtrack to see you through until the early hours will include a mixture of jazz, swing, lindyhop, and the more contemporary electro-swing later in the night. Those wiley enough to find themselves at Cahoots are in for a lot more than just a treat, old bean. Guests will discover the triumph of post-war resourcefulness, and the reaction from most when visiting for the first time? Wow. To find out more visit:



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A pioneering platform in estate agency marketing is now rolling out an update to its client base. Since their advent almost five years ago, the bespoke property TV channel, developed and implemented by the in-house creative teams at The Cream Club’s Cambridgeshire-based headquarters, has become a distinctive medium for leading independent agencies to distinguish themselves from their local competition. The concept behind web TV channels arose from finding new and engaging tools to offer premium estate agencies an exclusive opportunity to increase their market share in their coverage area. Spurred by growth in national online activity, faster broadband speeds and the audience for video-on-demand; and with statistics demonstrating video marketing to be up to 48 percent more effective in generating business than more conventional approaches (Source: IAB UK); professionally-produced walkthrough videos have been the catalyst for this leap forward in online estate agency marketing. The stream of videos, not only showcasing an agent’s collection of properties, but also providing details about corporate services and the geographical area they serve, retain a prime position in the evolution of Cream’s online property TV platform.

Reflecting the shift in online activity from searching to sharing content, the updated online TV platform offers greater integration with social media platforms. Every property which features on the restyled websites is provided with its own microsite. The link can be instantly shared via the leading social networks, and it is anticipated the option of creating a web postcard for every property will quickly follow. At Coopers, we shall be embracing this advance in online property marketing in the months to come. Through, we already know and understand the positive impact a property TV website has, and we are looking forward to see how our new-look site will sustain our award-winning and high-standard customer service. The demand for online TV websites appears to be insatiable among the industry, as their effectiveness in increasing instructions, and consequentially, market share, becomes clear among the agencies who have them, and those who want them. In the five years since the initial property TV websites were launched, Cream’s client base has expanded by more than tenfold, to cover a network of companies across England, Scotland and Wales. It seems apparent the progression of the property TV phenomenon keeps moving forward.

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Sculpting stories Creating ceramic installations and pieces inspired by her emotions, Katharine Morling’s artwork is truly unique. Chloe Kennedy talks to Katharine about her artistic journey, her travels and her passions


fter achieving a BA degree in Ceramics and an MA in Ceramics and Glass, award winning artist, Katharine Morling runs her own art business in Deptford, London, where she works closely with porcelain and ceramics to create pieces that tell a story, using her signature style of monochromatic aesthetic. Katharine’s work has been exhibited in Paris, America and the Netherlands, and her travelling has inspired her creative projects which have led to many awards and commissions from the likes of the Balman Gallery in Northumberland and Harrods in London. Has art always appealed to you? When did you realise you wanted to pursue a career in sculptures and ceramics? From a young age I always wanted to be an artist and had an interest in going to art galleries and looking at art. Even though it took me a while to get here, I think it was always in the back of my head. Can you tell me more about your signature monochromatic aesthetic style? I developed this style when I attended the Royal College of Art. I was doing

a lot of drawing to try and convey my thoughts and feelings, while looking at different ways of blending these with my ceramic work. I had a project where I made a pair of scissors in porcelain and added the black outline. Suddenly, my drawings were real, and I could walk around them. This developed into other objects and I was off! You have worked around the world. From your travels, what has inspired you? When I travelled, I fell in love with India; it was my favourite place. I loved the people, and found the architecture so inspiring and different. Can you name an artist who you admire - how has this person inspired you? I love the work of Sergei Isupov. I was first inspired and consoled by art. I found his work instilled in me, the very emotions I had when I first discovered the surrealist movement, and have found no other artist working in ceramics to have done this so far.



Credits left and above: Stephen Brayne



Credits: Stephen Brayne

What route of study did you take? My path has been quite varied as my style changed after I went to the Royal College of Art, so I have two very distinct bodies of work, both of which I am very proud of. After my BA in Falmouth, a gallery bought the pieces from my degree show, so it seemed like the logical progression to keep making. What is your favourite piece you have created so far, and why? Poison Pen was a direct reaction to my feelings about being dyslexic. I find words move around my feelings, creating a slight panic with anything to do with words. This piece is technically quite challenging, being one of the largest pieces I have made from porcelain. It has an inner structure, as porcelain will sag at high temperatures. Another challenging aspect was controlling the movement of the keys, so they have the illusion of appearing to wobble but without them falling over. I was particularly pleased with how the keys came out: the heat of the kiln had moved the keys just enough to create a sensation of how I feel as a dyslexic with words. To me, it summed up my feelings, and I didn’t feel the need to tell people what the piece means to me. Now, the work has a new life of what it means to other people. Do you have any upcoming projects? I have an exhibition at the Shipley Art Gallery, which showcases two of my large scale installations: Stilted Life, and my recently completed commission, Gardens Edge, made up of five life-size figures in a woodland setting. In regards to your teaching, how long have you held workshops? Do you enjoy aiding growing artists, and what do they take away from the workshops? I started offering workshops in my studio in 2011, but I have been teaching on and off for many years, working with adults and children. I love working

with others, and at a workshop I find it really satisfying to help people realise their ideas, whether it be through showing a new technique or advising on the structure of a piece. Last year, I went to America to run a workshop at Mudfire in Atlanta, which was great fun. What challenges do you face when you work? Time. I find that I don’t have enough time to make all the things which are in my head. I start all of my new projects with quick, five minute sketches, and just try to be very loose and get down on paper the ideas, conscious and unconscious. Tell me more about your passion for astronomy. What struck your interest? I find astronomy fascinating. It really gives me a perspective on life and the scale of the universe. Living in South London, I am very close to the Greenwich Observatory, which is the perfect place to learn! What advice would you give to an artist looking to improve their skills and share their work? Do lots of work and keep pushing yourself. Be yourself, because you are the only one who can. The Katharine Morley – Porcelain Edge exhibition runs from 19th September 2015 – 9th January 2016 at the Shipley Art Gallery. Please visit for more information.

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A cut above

Savile Row and its neighbouring streets are home to some of the world’s most skilled tailors. Catherine Law talks to Angus Cundey and Anda Rowland to find out why The Row’s reputation is so deserved




t the mere mention of Savile Row, we think of expert cuts, elegant lines, a luxurious finish – and a product more classic than any of its counterparts around the world. Internationally known as the hub of traditional tailoring, Savile Row forms a collection of individual firms arranged in Mayfair, with a historic clientele including celebrities, politicians and royalty. The founder of Savile Row was Henry Poole, who took an address here in 1846. However, the tailoring roots of this prestigious street can be traced back almost five hundred years, and with its generations of the most skilled and highly demanded couturier, it’s easy to see how Savile Row has earnt its distinguished reputation for bespoke tailoring. As well as being one of the co-founders of the Savile Row Bespoke Association, Angus Cundey also holds the title of Managing Director of Henry Poole & Co, and is the sixth generation of his family to manage the company. It is clear from his detailed answers to my questions on all things tailoring that he is hugely accomplished in his craft. He originally learnt to sew in Paris in 1955, before attending the Tailor and Cutter Academy in 1958, where he was taught the specifics of cutting and suit – or as it is referred to in the industry – coat-making. Joining Henry Poole & Co in 1959, Angus worked his way up the ranks before taking his current role on his father’s retirement. Angus tells me that a Savile Row suit remains the same as a century ago – handmade buttonholes and collar, and canvas padding, with just one coat or trouser-maker constructing each garment, meaning they can proudly state he or she made it all. Evidently, the company’s personal service is just as traditional and luxurious as their suits, as Angus walks me through the process of having a bespoke item made to measure: “Upon entering Henry Poole & Co, you will be met by a senior salesman who will show you patterns of suiting, sport jacketing and formal wear woven by the finest weaving companies in the world from Yorkshire and Somerset. “You will then have a full set of measurements taken by a master cutter and details will be recorded of style, pockets and any other special requirements. Subsequently, within a few weeks there will be two or three fittings before the garment is finally finished.”


80 It is clear that to be a tailor on Savile Row requires an understanding of the history, exceptional customer service and a passion for the craft, but above all, to remain true to the authenticity of the street. To ensure the traditions remain, Angus formed, together with Mark Henderson of Gieves and Hawkes, the Savile Row Bespoke Association to represent the individual tailoring firms of Savile Row, also meeting with the Westminster City Council to discuss trade. Angus comments: “A great success [of the association] has been to introduce young apprentices to our workshops [with] so far over 55 having qualified in handmade coat, waistcoat and trouser-making.” Henry Poole & Co isn’t the only firm to stay faithful to the beginnings of Savile Row. I spoke to the owner of Anderson & Sheppard, Anda Rowland, who told me: “There are very few differences in the process and in the tailoring at Anderson & Sheppard.” She continues,“What is most important is what has not changed, and that is our commitment to quality and customer care.” Anda stands by her approach of maintaining the high standards of the Savile Row

forefathers before her, and claims the only differences adopted by Anderson & Sheppard now, compared to its establishment in 1906, “are in the style” and not the method. “Savile Row has the largest concentration of the highest quality bespoke tailors in the world,” Anda proudly states, and all maintain the core values the title brings. However, each firm is its own individual business, with their own unique style. “Anderson & Sheppard,” Anda proclaims, “are experts in the ‘English Drape’ cut: softly elegant to show the wearer’s style rather than impose a style upon him.” Referring to the comfort achieved through the high armholes and the hand-cut shoulder pads made of wadding, Anda notes the style is ‘a real advantage with the younger customer, who demands comfort’. It is this reference to the younger purchaser that brings me to question: how does Savile Row appeal to the 21st century man whilst maintaining its historical standing and authenticity? Anda states: “There has been a return to the product and to traditional values in recent years: customers are more informed and are more demanding.


81 Many are still willing to spend, but will want to know more about the product – how it was made, where it was made and who made it – they look beyond the label and want an authentic experience. This has been good for Savile Row as these values and abilities are at the core of what we do and who we are.” What seems to be apparent is that there is no demand for change. The very reason the customer visits Savile Row today is to receive a level of superiority and skill in tailoring, a subtle extravagance, a classic garment.Yes, there are tailors on the street who offer a more contemporary style, a unique twist on the traditions, but they still retain all that this street is famous for. It is this sense of tradition and wisdom that makes Savile Row so special. For more information please visit:



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We drive the

McLaren 650S supercar When the Gordon-Murray designed McLaren F1 road car came out in 1992, I, like every other young guy lived for the prospect of driving one. It was the most sensational supercar the world had seen at the time; the stuff of dreams, so much so that when Rowan Atkinson smashed his, I decided never to watch him on the telly again Words by Kevin Haggarthy


85 The McLaren Way o you can imagine how emotional I felt on my way to McLaren HQ to pick up the very latest state-of-the-art equivalent, the new 650S Convertible. Awesome: and not only because it was a McLaren supercar, but no less because a visit to their base is a special occasion in itself. I was greeted at reception by a smartly presented McLaren official and a warm, professional smile: “Welcome to McLaren, Mr Haggarthy. I will be your personal factory tour guide today, and later, we shall be met by my colleague who will introduce you to your car.” My car! All very proficient and smooth; yet equally impressive was the immaculate cleanliness of the building. Not a thing out of place, no untidy pieces of paper strewn across desks; all personnel were dressed in business smart casual clothes rather than overkill, and young keen engineers clad in nice black T-shirts and trousers. The reception itself is a historical museum of McLaren cars, from Bruce McLaren’s very first race car bought for him by his Dad, to the McLaren GTR 1, insured at £40 million. To the left, in their own room, were Jenson Button’s and Fernando Alonso’s current Formula 1 cars, parked up for the season’s summer recess. Other than the two meticulously prepared cars perched on stands, there was nothing else in the room to complement the squeaky clean white surfaces; and I mean nothing. There is so much pride at McLaren, and whilst the current season is a bit of a downer for them, trophy upon trophy line both sides of the far corridor of the building, being a stolid reminder of just how much the company has achieved over its 52 years in racing. If you work here, you are required to enter the cafeteria from one door, and leave by another, so when you walk down the corridor on leaving, you have no choice but to observe the masses of trophies either side. This tour is all it takes to see why this company has been so successful, so much so, that at one time Ron had so much sponsorship coming in he had to ring around asking if suitable teams were interested in taking up the offers.


The 650S Of course, the highlight at the end of the tour was this beautiful McLaren 650S, parked outside reception, ready to be driven. Not far short of a quarter of a million pounds to buy, 650 bhp of power will get you to the supermarket in a hurry. We’d driven the original MC12 about three years ago, and that was impressive, but it just didn’t have the looks of the 650S; its superlative and seductive lines heightened by the ‘I’ve arrived’ gull-wing doors. What didn’t surprise me was just how easy this car is to drive. Talk about a user-friendly supercar! It is so simple to drive, yet so complex and capable. When you buy this car, you are buying a genuinely usable supercar, more fitted to everyday life than any we have previously experienced. Have no reservations about drop-top lack of stiffness either; the toughness of its carbon tub means the convertible loses nothing in stiffness to the Coupé, and thus they perform identically. At the press of a button, the top is down within 17 seconds, and you can enjoy the glory of 650 bhp of twin turbo charged V8 speaking to you with power. It’s delivered via a 7 speed semi-automatic double clutch gearbox, and with courage in hand, will rocket you to 62 mph in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 204 mph. But the McLaren has a more subtle message for the enthusiast who loves driving as much as speed. Simple sophistication is the word, for with the 650S are two separate controls for suspension/ride adjustments and power. In short, it gives you the flexibility to drive the car in an uprated drive mode, yet with a softer suspension setting to counter real road conditions of bump and camber – should you choose. The fast B-road challenge is where this car comes into its own. It has literally seering acceleration, forcing your head firmly into the head-rest when the devil takes you, combined with excellent grip and balance, resulting from both McLaren chassis tuning know-how, and the obvious common sense balance of a mid-mounted engine. I swear you will forget the £200k+ plus price tag after you’ve driven it.





Words by Kevin Haggarthy

The BMW M6 is one of the most luxurious convertibles on the planet. Despite its girth, it also happens to be one of the quickest and best handling; that’s why we love it. It’s ‘have your cake and eat it’ time! Let’s drive...


ith the BMW M6, we’ve never quite understood why. It is very powerful, very fast, an amazing looker, and beautifully-finished inside

and out. Yet despite its warp power, this is not a ‘purist’ car; size and weight are the main reason. It is not easy to punt around such a big car through a challenging winding road with attitude. This one weighs just over two tons, and due to its size and width, you can feel the weight big time, but then the M6 has prodigious grip and expert M chassis tuning, so the only thing you’ll need to complain about is your neck muscles fighting the G-force. The M6 Convertible looks expensive, because it is. £97,300 to be precise, but that’s the price for quality. Logic aside, it has certainly proved a winning recipe; so much so that BMW have made nothing more than a few external cosmetic changes and upgraded interior trim to make a grand car even grander. The M6 is powered by a twin turbo-charged V8 engine which catches breath on hard throttle to rocket you up to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, and constrains its

top speed to 155 mph. There’s a seamless process on the way there, due to the super-smooth changes of the excellent 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox. Two performance upgrades are possible, one up to 567 bhp, and if you need to be rocketed to Mars the 592 bhp Competition Package will soothe your hunger for excitement. Whilst living with a not unreasonable 239 g/km of CO2, achieving an average 27.7 mpg is not bad for this level of performance. What you will certainly have is credibility and prestige. Credibility because BMW know how to make keen driver’s cars. Some have said the slight vagueness of the electronic steering detracts from that, but the car delivers, and to many, that’s what matters most. Prestige comes courtesy of the name but more so the M6’s grand and salubrious looks. You can imagine yourself on the Côte d’Azur even if your nearest beach is Skegness. At the Côte d’Azur you are part of the crowd; at Skegness you are the Don. Either way, you’ll smile each time you pick up the keys.



The sexiest

Rolls-Royce ever built

“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough,” so says Sir Henry Royce – a perfectionist to the tee.


urrent examples of Sir Henry Royce’s product founding philosophy are reflected in the strongest Rolls-Royce model line-up in the history of the brand. The present model line-up, the Phantom II, the Ghost, and the Wraith, meet Mr Royce’s convictions. What was missing, however, in the words of its maker, was a truly modern, super-luxury, four seater convertible. The new Rolls-Royce Dawn thus completes the company’s homage to its maker – “When it does not exist, design it.” This famous and rare Rolls-Royce name was originally drawn from the Silver Dawn, and only previously applied to 28 very special drop-head bodies between 1950 and 1954. This most contemporary interpretation is set to attract a new and younger buyer profile to the brand. Like the Wraith, it has a 6.6 litre V12 engine, and its gears are controlled by satellite navigation. It’ll power you across continents with a staggering 563 bhp at your beck and call, and 780 Nm of torque makes overtaking a seamless pass-time. A new feature is accelerator pedal mapping that delivers

up to 30% increased response at medium throttle. As such, the Dawn is Rolls-Royce’s most powerful four seat drop-head motor car to date, yet lighter and more fuel-efficient than ever.



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Maserati has joined forces with top Italian menswear designers Zegna. We meet them in Italy for an amazing lifestyle journey Words by Kevin Haggarthy


hen you buy a Maserati you are making a statement: an appreciation of a brand with Italian history; a cocktail of the desirable, exotic and rare; proof of a passion for driving. You may also have an impressive wardrobe, and amongst your collection of suits, there may well be a Zegna, a marque of leading Italian luxury. Zegna is to men’s designer clothing what Maserati is to cars, so it’s no surprise the two have formed a partnership. As a result, your new Maserati can now be fitted with a Zegna silk-lined interior and seating. Top table The Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées in Stresa, combining sumptuous

elegance and tradition with the allure of Italian luxury, proves an ideal location to meet the Chief Executives of Maserati, Harald Wester, and Zegna, Paolo Zegna, to learn about how the meeting of minds led to the joining of brands. The beautiful town, located on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is renowned for its antiquity and timeless beauty. In the hotel courtyard sits a grand selection of Maserati saloons; the Quattroporte - its flagship model, and their new E-Segment best seller, the Ghibli. It’s been an arduous labour of love for Zegna to achieve the impeccable silk fitting finish to the cars evident in the Ghibli diesel we choose for our first drive. Despite being Maserati’s first ever ‘diesel’ engined car, on the road, it drives and sounds so ‘Maserati’. This is the acid test of credibility,



but thankfully, Maserati has certainly succeeded here. With its taut handling and torque aplenty, the Ghibli diesel feels agile and responsive, and for long distance cruising it is smooth and refined; a great GT – with a touch of class. No less impressive is the destination of our journey, a visit to the Zegna headquarters, where Ermenegildo Zegna founded his family business. Casa Zegna is a historical archive and cultural centre in Trivero, within the province of Biella. Inside the Zegna Wool Mill - a 1930s building once the family’s home - a new museum concept has been developed. It is also the place where the uniquely smooth silk used for the Maserati Sedan’s elegant interiors is created. We soon understood why these two pillars of Italian manufacturing history

have combined; whetting our appetite with even more curiosity about our mode of transport in getting there. Maserati’s solution to that was Balocco, the official Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Proving Ground: 80 kilometres of tracks, circuits and bends for every driving condition. For this journey, we opted for the petrol-engined Ghibli S; the turbo V6 engine making this the sweetest of the Ghiblis. On track we experienced the GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Edition driven by professional drivers; the handling, speed, and sheer tenacity of this model proving remarkable in the wet and rainy conditions greeting us at the time. I want one.


90 Where the heart is The final stop of the programme is Grugliasco, close to Turin, to visit the new high-tech Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP). It was acquired by Fiat Group Automobiles - now FCA - from Carrozzeria Bertone in 2009, and between 2011 and 2012, the facility was completely restructured with the installation of new production lines. After its inauguration in January 2015, production of the flagship Quattroporte Sedan began, while the Ghibli, the new top of the range saloon which marks Maserati’s entrance into the E segment, went into production just seven months later. It’s a remarkable facility, producing remarkable cars. We swapped our Ghibli for a Quattroporte for this journey; this time, the V8, a refined and powerful business express; you are equally at home being

chauffeur-driven as piloting the car behind the wheel. The car looks elegant with an air of understated sophistication only the Italians seem to be able to achieve. Its great cruising ability, matched with speed and a powerful exhaust note was pleasure in itself. If there was ever a way to be introduced to the true Maserati experience, it has to be this. As the owner of a Maserati, you make a great lifestyle choice, and with the Zegna touch, somehow, you know you’re there. Cars Tested/Sampled Maserati Ghibli Diesel, Ghibli S & Maserati Quattroporte V8 Engines: for both Quattroporte and Ghibli petrol engines, V6 Twin Turbo from 330 up to 410 hp, and V8 Twin Turbo with 530 hp, or 3.0 litre V6 Diesel



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