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Magazine

January 2020

Dev Patel

The London-born Hollywood star talks drama, dreams & Dickens

LEICA, CAMERA, ACTION

Photographer Martin Hartley captures winter at its most magnificent

BLUE MONDAY

Pantone's new hue is perfect for a cosy home

TRAVEL TREND REPORT The low-down on when and where to stay in style this year

LI GHT UP

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Be inspired by the Winter Lights Festival


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THIS ISSU E THE TEAM HAVE BEE N ... BURNING OFF THE QUALITY STREET…

’m torn between trying Dry January or Veganuary. I’m not sure I can do both. And, as I sat down to write this welcome note, a catchy e-mail pinged into my inbox imploring me to “Beat the New Year’s resolution rush!” It was an invitation to join a local gym offering a no-sign-up fee and free guest passes and it served as a reminder that it was that time again, when many of us vow this is the year we become better versions of ourselves. Indeed, fitness remains the top resolution every year among those who proclaim “new year, new me”. According to a recent poll, the most common New Year’s resolutions include exercising more (35 per cent), losing weight (33 per cent) and eating more healthily (32 per cent). Sadly, the same survey says that of those who set goals, half of us don’t expect to succeed. So in a bid to prove the polls wrong, this issue we hope to inspire you to stay on track with advice from the plethora of gyms and classes, from boxing to boot camps, we’re lucky enough to have here at Canary Wharf. It always helps if you think you are looking your best too – and we have athleisure covered from premium sports brands Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. In the spirit of embracing winter too, we bring you a host of features for ideas to help January whizz by. Home-grown Hollywood star Dev Patel tells us about playing the title role in David Copperfield (p.32), wilderness photographer Martin Hartley gives us a tour of some of the world’s most stunning winter locations (p.38) and in our travel section we explore the hottest new hotels and destinations (p.90). And, sticking in celebratory mood, on page 74 writer Rob Crossan delves into the increasing popularity of the traditional Burns night supper with its whisky and haggis – probably best avoided if you are embracing Dry January and Veganuary. Wishing you a happy – and healthy – New Year.

Dawn Alford

…and mince pies at Awakn with the new ‘Triple’ class. It was tough but hopefully also three times as effective.

GOING BARE-FOOT…

…deputy editor Ellen Millard has been kicking up sand at The Westin Maldives. Read her report on the Indian Ocean’s hottest new hotel in the next issue.

TESTING THE NEWEST EATERIES… POSTING OUR BEST BITS…

To our Insta account. It’s worth following us to see our updates @canarywharfmag

See Anna Prendergast’s review of 35 Mackenzie Walk on page 70. Cocktails were tested pre-Dry January…


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CONTE NTS ISSUE NO. 174 – JANUARY 2020

REGULARS 14

CONTRIBUTORS Introducing the writers behind the January issue

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THE AGENDA Everything you need to know this month

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HEALTH & FITNESS Kick-off the New Year with a range of fitness classes

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FASHION SHOOT Slope style from Sweaty Betty

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KIDS’ CLUB A family-friendly guide to skiing

FEATURES

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HERE’S TO THE ROARING TWENTIES What to expect from 2020

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LET THERE BE LIGHT Your guide to Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights festival

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WHAT THE DICKENS? Dev Patel on playing David Copperfield

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OFF PEAK Behind the lens with polar photographer Martin Hartley

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PILLOW TALK Top tips for catching a good night’s sleep







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OUT OF OFFICE Adventurous attire for exploring the great outdoors

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE HAGGIS The origins of Scotland’s signature dish

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CLASSIC BLUE: A SEA OF COLOUR How to bring the Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 into your home







TRAVEL

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TRAVEL TRENDS 2020 How to holiday this year

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SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE

Exploring the heavenly sands of St Lucia

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PROPERTY

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SECOND NATURE The environment-first development in Canary Wharf

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A PLACE IN THE SUN

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The best holiday homes on the market right now


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C ON TR IB U TOR S

CONTENT DIRECTOR

Dawn Alford

DEPUTY EDITOR

Ellen Millard

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Richard Brown

DIGITAL EDITOR

Mhairi Graham

SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITOR

Anna Prendergast

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Natasha Afxentiou HEAD OF DESIGN

Laddawan Juhong SENIOR DESIGNER

Ismail Vedat

Angelina Villa-Clarke

Morag Turner

Julia Zaltzman

PRODUCTION MANAGER

From slow wellness holidays to luxury train journeys, freelance writer Angelina Villa-Clarke scouts out the best travel trends for 2020 on page 90.

Going skiing with the family this January? Take heed of Morag Turner’s childrenfriendly guide to slopes on page 80.

What is your New Year’s resolution? To slow down. It’s hard to be still and mindful in this busy world we live in, but sometimes taking a moment each day to reflect and be present can bring great rewards. That’s the aim anyway.

What is your New Year’s resolution? To get up an hour earlier. No more rushing out to work or to do the school run.

January blues never looked so good: on page 82, Julia Zaltzman reveals how best to incorporate the Pantone Colour of the Year into your home.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR

Eren Ellwood

GENERAL MANAGER

Fiona Smith

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Rachel Gilfillan

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS

Samantha Lathan Danielle Thirsk

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Madelyn Curnyn

BRAND EXECUTIVE

Dom Jeffares

What are you looking forward to in January? A trip to Sweden to visit a new hotel called the Arctic Bath, where I’m hoping to see the Northern Lights.

What are you looking forward to in January? I’m going to a black tie Burns Night on the 25 January – such a fun event to brighten up the month.

What is your New Year’s resolution? To kick-start the New Year with a healthy dose of detox, yoga and delicious, nutritious eating. What are you looking forward to in January? Putting some 2020 interiors trends in my own home, starting with a lush and verdant garden room.

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Book Club

Exhibition

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 by Dan Buettner

Picasso and Paper at Royal Academy of Arts

One hundred recipes inspired by the Earth’s blue zones, where people are said to live longer and healthier than anywhere else in the world, are featured in Dan Buettner’s debut cookbook. Decades of research have led to the creation of these dishes, all of which include ingredients and cooking techniques that have been proven to increase wellness and mental health. Expect dishes from Ikaria in Greece to Sardinia in Italy alongside helpful lifestyle tips.

The Royal Academy of Arts is displaying more than 300 works from across Picasso’s prolific 80year career which were made both on and with paper in the exhibition Picasso and Paper. In a celebration of how the artist imaginatively used the medium, the exhibition will offer an insight into the methods Picasso used to create collages, drawings and sculptures with a variety of papers. Highlights include Self Portrait, a drawing using pencil and charcoal on wove paper; and Femmes à leur toilette, a collage of papers which has not been exhibited in the UK for more than 50 years and is an impressive 4.5m long.

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NEWS

Food Winter Light Bites, Canary Wharf While the Winter Lights Festival is taking place throughout Canary Wharf this January, you can enjoy the culinary delights on offer at three food hubs located in Cabot Square, Montgomery Square and Crossrail Place. There is nothing quite like a comforting hot drink on a cold evening, a variety of which will be available for you to enjoy at the food hubs alongside an array of sweet and savoury dishes. To name but a few, the likes of Grate Rostis, Utter Waffle and The Duckshed will be in Cabot Square, with Nazari and Rice Guys in Montgomery Square and Belgian Waffle Tuk in Crossrail Place.

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Art

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In collaboration with architecture charity Article 25, the children of Cubitt Town Junior School on the Isle of Dogs have taken part in an art project exploring what makes a place feel like home. The community-driven project encouraged the schoolchildren to express their own perspectives of living among skyscrapers through the creation of abstract and realistic artwork. See their mini masterpieces for yourself in Canada Place Mall from January, and find the final twelve images in a 2020 calendar available via info@article-25.org.

This January marks the release of the long awaited third and final installment of the Bad Boys series, Bad Boys for Life. The film sees the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett respectively, alongside new faces Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton and Alexander Ludwig, to name a few. Complete with thrilling car chases and plenty of banter, this action comedy is not to be missed.

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January Brexit. You just never get sick of hearing that word do you? So be prepared for another national bout of unbridled unity, togetherness and joy among all sides as Boris Johnson’s majority government attempts to take us out of Europe on the 31st January. Expect plenty of photos of blue passports to be posted on Twitter and at least one BBC broadcaster (odds on current favourite: Laura Kuenssberg) to collapse from nervous exhaustion.

February Fresh from defying homophobic laws in the United Arab Emirates by openly kissing a male audience member at a live gig, Matt Healy’s The 1975, by a lengthy guitar string the hottest band in Britain today, release their fourth album on 21st Febuary. Entitled Notes on a Conditional Form, Healy has stated in interviews that “we wanna graduate…into being a small emo band”. But their rejection of mass stadium rock hasn’t precluded them from a few Bono-like tendencies; the first single from the new album features a spoken word monologue from Greta Thunberg.

March From the 12th of the month until September, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup and Coca-Cola take centre stage at the Tate Modern for a blockbuster new Andy Warhol exhibition. Less familiar is a re-creation of his mid-1960’s ‘Exploding Plastic Inevitable’ multimedia events which he curated in New York. The house band for these events were The Velvet Underground, though don’t expect a reunion gig this time around – chiefly as all but one member of the band are now dead.


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April The 25th Bond film, and Daniel Craig’s last, is called No Time To Die. What do we know so far? It’s certain that the film begins with Bond retired in Jamaica and the 007 codename now in the hands of a female spy (played by Lashana Lynch). Plus Rami Malek dons a half mask as a villain called Safin. It seems that the whole movie could be mistaken for an Aston Martin ad – four of their models appear during the film this time around.

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May Despite the fact that the UK may have left the EU by now, we will still be granted our annual points humiliation at the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year is hosted in Rotterdam. Duncan Lawrence with his haunting and actually quite good number Arcade took the spoils for the Netherlands last year in one of the tightest contests in years. Bulgaria and Ukraine are returning after their, hardly missed, absence last year while 2020 will have to do without Hungary who have withdrawn with an inside source for the state broadcaster stating that the competition has become ‘too gay’.

June

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It’s time for the biannual pleasure of watching the England football team fail to get over the line in a vital knock out stage of an international competition. The European Championships are, for the very first time, not staged within one nation this time but spread out over the continent. Watch the prices for budget flights to Budapest, Copenhagen and Munich soar as England battle it out with the usual suspects of Germany, France and Spain, as well as Finland who are competing in their very first international finals event. 23


July ‘Who you gonna call?’ seems a little reductive in the age of WhatsApp but no matter, Ghostbusters: Afterlife (released in the US on 10 July and the UK shortly after) reunites Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Sigourney Weaver with 12-year-old Captain Marvel star McKenna Grace. Look out for Finn Wolfhard too, whose 80s obsession seems to know no bounds following on from his role as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things.

August Starting late in July and running until 9 August, Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics. If shotput and even the 100m sprint does little for you, try navigating the fringes of the Games where a slew of new sports are making their debut, including 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX and men’s and women’s Madison cycling. The latter, for the uninitiated, is basically a relay race that, when first invented in New York in the 19th century, caused delirium and hallucinations among riders for the extreme lengths of time needed to be spent in the saddle.

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September The first major museum exhibition of one of the world’s most renowned fashion brands arrives in London. Prada: Front and Back at the Design Museum promises to tell the full story of CEO and head designer Miuccia Prada. Since joining the family in the mid-1970s she, with her husband Patrizio Bertelli, fundamentally altered the fashion landscape. The show is certain to be immersive, fascinating and, of course, reassuringly expensive.


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October Finally, an international event in which England have a chance of not embarrassing themselves. The T20 cricket World Cup comes to Australia in October though the qualifying rounds (held in the UAE) earlier in the month are the place to be if you fancy watching some of crickets emerging nations including Oman and Papa New Guinea – the latter of which have never reached this stage of an international cricket tournament before.

November It’s the US Presidential Election on the 3rd, where we find out whether the Orange Haired One gets his second term in office (presuming the imminent impeachment proceedings doesn’t remove him beforehand) or we get one of what is still a fairly open field of Democratic candidates. Will America decide to go with Elizabeth Warren who, as her catchphrase reminds us, ‘has a plan’? Or will voters decide to ‘Feel the Bern’ of candidate Sanders as the veteran makes one final shot at taking the White House?

December A total solar eclipse won’t be visible in London but, if you happen to be in Chile or parts of Argentina on 14 December then you might just get lucky. It’s only expected to last about two minutes but, as December is peak summer season in South America, the chances of cloud ruining the event are slim. If you’ve ever dreamed of witnessing an eclipse while eating Ajiaco (Meat soup) or the native pork roll called Arrollado huaso (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) then this might just be the highpoint of your decade.

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L ET T HE R E BE LIGHT

CANARY WHARF’S AWARD-WINNING LIGHT SHOW RETURNS THIS JANUARY TO T H E E S TAT E , W I T H B R A N D N E W I N S TA L L AT I O N S A N D CLASSIC FAVOURITES

DESIRE BY UXU STUDIO


SKY ON EARTH BY UAII STUDIO

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inter Lights will return in January for a sixth year, transforming Canary Wharf with over 25 spectacular installations. The 2019 event has just been voted the Best Creative Lighting Event at the prestigious Darc Awards having won in 2017 too; this year’s event will showcase light art and interactive installations by some of the most innovative light artists working across the globe today, featuring some first-time displays and some returning favourites. Winter Lights 2020 will run for 10 days from Thursday 16 January to Saturday 25 January. This year’s festival has extended opening hours, beginning at 4pm, and runs over two weekends, giving everyone lots of opportunities to experience one of London’s stand-out calendar events. In a London first, Joanie Lemercier will be presenting Constellations, a stunning light show on the dock which projects 3D like visuals on a giant water screen. The artist takes the audience on a journey from the heart of a black hole deep into space, travelling through a galaxy of planets and stars. Some of our favourite installations from previous years will be returning, such as Luma Paint Light Graffiti by Julius Popp, and Lichtfaktor and Bomber Graffiti’s Light Graffiti workshops. These will be side by side brand new UK-first pieces, such as the Czech Republic’s Sky on Earth by UAll Studios which creates giant, touchable clouds from foam and newly commissioned artwork Lactolight – an amazing display of moving light created with hundreds of milk bottles. The entire exhibition hosts both pieces that can be admired from afar, as well as those that will allow people to get up close and interact. Debuting from New Zealand and twisting throughout Jubilee Park is Squiggle by Angus Muir. The artwork is born from 450 metres of digital neon

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‘Some of our favourite installations from previous years will be returning’ tubing and ventures through one of Canary Wharf’s most tranquil areas. The sea of twists and turns allows visitors to interact with the installation by viewing it from different angles – as an abstract reflection of the multicultural world we live in. Be sure to make time on your tour to sample delicious dishes and hot drinks from the many street food trucks. Choose from freshly cooked sour dough pizzas, gourmet potato rosti or crepes then warm up by toasting your own marshmallows on an open fire. You can also explore a variety of options for dining out including cuisines from around the world and some of the best cocktails in town in more than 130 cafés, bars and restaurants (visit canarywharf.com/eating-drinking). There are also over 120 stores across five malls ranging from small boutiques to designer labels, spanning beauty, fashion, fitness, homeware and more (visit canarywharf.com/shopping). The Winter Lights festival is free to visit between 4pm and 10pm each evening and is the perfect way to spend a dark January evening. Simply download a map from the website to help guide you round the festival or pick one up from one of the event stewards on arrival at Canary Wharf. Please note the festival can get extremely busy at weekends so where possible we advise visitors to come midweek or avoid our busiest time between 6pm and 8pm each evening. For more tips and all the information you will need to plan your visit please head to the Winter Lights pages at canarywharf.com.

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OUTDOOR WORKS Affinity by Amigo & Amigo and S1T2 Montgomery Square

Affinity is an interactive light sculpture that depicts the dazzling complexity and connectivity of the human brain and our relationship with our memories.

Desire by UxU Studio Crossrail Place, level -1 dockside

The artists of UxU Studio almost always use light in their designs. They often bring a playful element to their installations, which can also be seen in Desire if you look closely. From the side, the image of the lips disappears, and you see a heartbeat instead – our hearts beat faster with strong desires. But giving in to your desires can be dangerous: the red lights, much like a traffic light or a red card on a football field, are also a warning.

SHISH-KA-BUOY BY ANGUS MUIR DESIGN

Absorbed by Light by Gali May Lucas Cabot Square

Three figures sit next to each other on a bench, displaying the typical characteristics of smartphone users: their heads are bent, fingers typing and swiping, and their faces lit up by their phone screens. While their bodies are physically present, their minds are elsewhere.

Squiggle by Angus Muir Design Jubilee Park

Squiggle is a twisting mass of 450 metres of digital neon tubing on a custom built metal framework. The sea of twists and turns fills Jubilee Park and allows visitors to interact with the installation by viewing it from different angles – an abstract reflection of this very multicultural world we live in.

Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design Wren Landing

Light is a monolithic installation, brought to life by a dramatic repertoire of lighting effects that begin with subtle changes in colour and culminate in an intense mashup of colours.

Shish-ka-buoy by Angus Muir Design Westferry Circus

Buoys are a mainstay of Muir’s artistic vocabulary, though Shishka-buoy experiments with the exact antithesis of its water-based counterpart. Intended to be a fun installation that is equally interesting by day as it is under the cover of darkness; during daylight hours, the large buoys absorb the light and give off a magical glow. By night, thousands of LEDs inside create a whirl of colours and spherical gradients. The installation is made from fully recyclable polyethylene marine buoys.

Liquid Sound Cabot Square

Once again, the much-loved fountain in Cabot Square has a makeover for Winter Lights with a stunning display of music and light.

Mi-e dor de Tine by Daisler Association Middle Dock

‘I miss you’ might be the closest adaptation for this Romanian saying, although it is difficult to find a translation for the Romanian word ‘dor’ as it refers to a wider concept on missingness or longing, just like ‘saudade’ in Portuguese. In Romanian, you would usually say ‘Mi-e dor de tine’ to a loved one, a family member or a close friend, with whom you share a personal bond.

Ditto by Ithaca Wren Landing

A column of light repeating infinitely above and below the audience. Light and sound swirl around overhead and under foot creating an infinity.

Constellations by Studio Joanie Lemercier North Dock, East End

Joanie Lemercier has been expanding the possibilities of light as a medium and space as a canvas for the past 10 years. After exploring languages like video mapping, live shows and gallery installations in Constellations he uses an unlikely material to present his meticulous work: water.


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Luma Paint Light Graffiti by Lichtfaktor and Bomber Graffiti Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Interactive light painting fun for everyone. The fusion of light graffiti and object mapping transforms almost any object into a living paint canvas. Be part of the art and create stunning light graffitis in rapid speed.

The Clew by Ottotto Cubitt Steps

The Clew is made from 100 circles of red light to create a beautiful structure around the Cubitt Steps bridge. The minimal and elegant structure will create stunning reflections on the water and frame the bridge, making visitors appreciate this every day object in a new way.

Aquatics by Philipp Artus Crossrail Place, Quayside

Aquatics is an interactive light installation in which animated water creatures swim around and interact with each other. The generative ecosystem explores the manifestations of life in the interplay between abstraction and figuration. The visitors are invited to design their own water creatures by making choices about their shape, colour and behaviour. The resulting aquatic beings then become alive inside a fluid space which is projected onto a wall.

Sky on Earth by UAII Studio Columbus Courtyard

INSIDE WORKS 16 bits by Parker Heyl Jubilee Place

16 bits was developed as part of the Analog Future project at the Interactive Architecture Lab at The Bartlett School of Architecture. The work uses analog electronics and unpredictable mechanical systems, rather than precise digital control, to highlight the reductive nature of binary computing.

Seed of Life by Amberlights Canada Place

The Seed of Life twinkles with a metallic rainbow spectrum of colours created by reflections and refractions from the natural elements of the daylight. Inside the installation the viewer becomes encased in a giant kaleidoscopic experience, bathed in the iridescent glow of purples, golds, pinks, blues, greens and bronze, as if encased inside a jewel.

This stunning light installation takes spectators to the sky. Inspired by the experience of a night flight over a storm, Columbus Courtyard will be transformed into a life sized cloud. Lighting illuminates the clouds to create beautiful colours accompanied with deep sound. Spectators are invited to walk through the giant clouds and touch the sky that is built from foam.

EXISTING LIGHT ART INSTALLATIONS

Lactolight by Lactolight Westferry Circus

Using recycled milk bottles, this installation was created to help spread awareness of recycling and single use plastics. Each plastic milk bottle becomes a pixel to create a giant lowresolution video screen.

The speed at which information is sourced, exchanged and updated in almost inconceivable, and more ephemeral than ever before. The work translates this abstract process into an experience for the senses as an ever-changing cascade of words, derived from a live newsfeed on The Times website, falls down on a wall of water.

Stratum by Studio Chevalvert Westferry Circus

Lightbench by LBO Lichtbank Canada Square Park

Stratum is an interactive installation made up of 92 metal totems. You are invited to interact with the piece by moving your hand over the sensor to trigger movement in the artwork.

Sasha Trees by ADAM DecoLight 10 Bank Street Park

10 Bank Street Park becomes a magical winterscape as we illuminate this new park with glowing fir trees. The striking neon colours of the trees create a fantastic contrast with the surrounding buildings.

Bit.fall by Julius Popp Chancellors Passage

10 stunning light benches, part of the permanent art collection.

Time & Tide by Paul & Pute Columbus Courtyard

Time & Tide, with its hourglass design and colours inspired by nature, aims to remind us of the urgency of halting the plastic pollution of our oceans and land. Its form tells us that time is running out to repair this problem before the damage to our planet is irreversible. It reinforces this message through the use of biodegradable alternatives to plastic used in its construction.


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avid Copperfield is perhaps not an obvious role for Dev Patel. Charles Dickens’ coming-of-age novel is set in the 1840s – surely this is a stuffy, dull old tale with little relevance for a young actor yet to reach his 30th birthday? Not a bit of it, says Patel. David Copperfield’s story will resonate, he says, with “any young person growing up and trying to figure out who they are and trying to overcome adversities. I really related to David – I relate to someone trying to find themselves. There was a general awkwardness to him that I can strongly key into. It’s a story about identity, and about accepting your past and embracing where you came from.” This modern iteration of the Dickens classic, The Personal History of David Copperfield, is an inventive adaptation helmed by acclaimed writer and director Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, The Death of Stalin). It earned rave reviews at its world premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and garnered 11 nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, including one for best film and another for Patel as best actor. The cast also includes a host of British big hitters: Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, and Tilda Swinton, who plays Copperfield’s aunt Betsey Trotwood. Patel is adept at bringing compassion to his roles, which include gripping portrayals of young people on difficult life paths. He began acting professionally at the age of 16, playing the troubled Anwar Kharral in teen television drama Skins, encouraged by his mother, who, he has said, “saw an advert for the Skins audition in Metro, tore it out and dragged me along to the National Youth Theatre in London. The reason I’m in the industry is because of her.” His breakthrough film role came 2008’s Danny Boyle-directed Slumdog Millionaire – Boyle struggled to find a lead actor who could portray the sensitivity and vulnerability of main character Jamal until his teenage daughter, a fan of Skins, pointed him in

Patel’s direction. Patel has since appeared in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), and Lion (2016), for which he earned an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA award for best supporting actor. He also stars in this year’s Hotel Mumbai, and recently completed filming on Green Knight, a medieval epic co-starring Alicia Vikander, and Modern Love, a television series set in New York. Patel’s own life is in marked contrast to the turbulent teen roles he has played: where Anwar Kharral’s hard-partying lifestyle meant exam failure, Patel not only racked up top marks for his drama GCSE, but also passed four AS levels while working on Skins. Jamal in Slumdog Millionaire had a chequered romantic history; the relationship Patel started with co-star Freida Pinto lasted for six years. The couple split amicably in 2014 and remain friends, and Patel is now dating his Hotel Mumbai co-star Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Born and raised in Harrow, on the outskirts of London, he now divides his time between his home city and Los Angeles. At the age of just 29, he has achieved more successes than many actors manage in a lifetime. His stellar career, he has said, can seem like a dream: “I’m just this guy from Rayners Lane, how the hell did this happen?” Here he tells us how his latest role adds a new dimension to the roster of characters he has played, and how he sees his career developing. Dev, how did you get involved in The Personal History of David Copperfield? I skipped this classic growing up, so I didn’t know anything about it. Then I sat down with Armando and he laid out this incredible story and his vision for it – he was such a big fan of this book – and even though I hadn’t read the script yet, I had already said yes at that point because I was so eager to work with him, I totally trusted him. Armando is the biggest Dickens fan and when he talks about David’s story he does so with this childlike enthusiasm that just draws you into that world.


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Tell us about David Copperfield’s path in life. It’s his journey to become a writer and it’s also an ode to friendship. On his way up the elevator to success, he sends it back down to bring along the people who helped him. That’s David’s life story. He couldn’t have done it without all these amazing people around him and the story’s strength is acknowledging the people that got you there. Armando Iannucci has said that he always wanted to cast you in this story even though it’s set in 1840 – that he always thought of you as David Copperfield and wanted people in the film to behave as though it’s taking place now.

“Everybody keeps talking about diversity, but I prefer the word representation”

I was so lucky that Armando believed in me when I didn’t believe in me. I was: “How are people going to react towards seeing someone like me in this world?” Everybody keeps talking about diversity, but I prefer the word representation. Now we’re going to have a whole new generation of youth watching this film and hopefully they’ll see a face on the screen that they can relate to. It becomes accessible to a whole load more people. You’ve spoken in the past about having mixed feelings about playing characters who are distinctively Indian. It can be difficult. I want to be able to play characters whose ethnic background has nothing to do with their place in the story. When I was studying in school, I deliberately tried to avoid my Indian origins. I just wanted to be a cool dude from London who happens to be of Indian background. But after shooting several films in India (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lion, The Wedding Guest) I saw how important it was for me to have gone to India and that understanding my roots was helpful in getting to know myself better. Working over there can be chaotic at times but I love that kind of madness. I feel really alive when I’m there. You have several major new projects in development and you’re also planning on directing your first film later this year. How do you feel about your career these days? I think I’ve reached a point where I’m much more satisfied with the work I’m doing. Also, just as importantly, I’m enjoying it more and I’m better able to take it all in and appreciate it. When you’re trying to build your career, you’re often so caught up in that process that you don’t really stop to reflect on it.

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You’ve been living more in Los Angeles lately. Do you ever miss your old life in London and your family? I’m trying to make sure I spend more time with my family back home, although I’ve been working a lot lately, so that always makes it hard. But I enjoy spending time back in London and whenever I’m with my family I feel more grounded and reconnected in different ways to my youth. How do you see your career going forward? I think that I’m much better at understanding what I need to do, and that I should learn to trust my instincts more when it comes to finding the right roles. I started out very young in this business and it’s taken me time to figure out how the process works. The biggest lesson you learn is how to say no and turn down work. Great roles and films are difficult to come by for any actor. And of course, when you don’t fit into certain categories it’s even more difficult. You also don’t want to play the goofy sidekick or best friend kind of characters any more. I’ve been working on new projects such as Green Knight and The Personal History of David Copperfield, where I am playing very different and distinctive kinds of characters. This is the kind of career I want to have. I feel much more in control – at least to the extent that any actor has control over the kind of work he gets to do!

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P EAK PHOTOGRAPHER MARTIN HARTLEY HAS SPENT HIS LIFE CAPTURING THE ARCTIC OCEAN ON CAMERA, AND IN T U R N H A S S E E N T H E D E VA S TAT I N G E F F E C T S O F C L I M AT E C H A N G E F I R S T- H A N D . T H I S F E B R U A R Y, H A R T L E Y W I L L E M B A R K O N H I S M O S T I M P O R TA N T E X P E D I T I O N T O D AT E : T O P H O T O G R A P H T H E R A P I D LY M E LT I N G S E A I C E . A H E A D O F H I S T R I P, T H E L A N C A S T R I A N D I S C U S S E S S U R V I VA L I N S T I N C T S , E N V I R O N M E N TA L I S M A N D W A L K I N G – Q U I T E L I T E R A L LY – O N T H I N I C E WORDS ELLEN MILLARD

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ou know NASA? That giant, American space programme responsible for rocketing the first man to the moon and countless space expeditions since? That hub of genius, technology and expertise, where the greatest minds, innovators and machinery collide? Well, imagine if I told you that this mecca of intelligence had been trumped by something as simple as stationary. In 2017, NASA deployed a satellite above the Arctic Ocean to measure the volume of sea ice, an expanse of frozen water that, thanks to increasing global temperatures, has rapidly reduced in recent years. The satellite was supposed to provide the most upto-date data, but it struggled to decipher where the snow stopped and the ice began. Enter Martin Hartley and his tool of choice: a ruler. The photographer, who has spent his career capturing the planet’s coldest climates on camera, was dispatched to the Arctic – skis, camera and ruler in tow – to measure the snow depth while a NASA plane flew overhead, recalibrating the satellite’s data accordingly. The findings were bleak, but Hartley could predict this from sight alone. “Normally on an Arctic Ocean expedition, you’re surrounded by ice that’s four to eight centimetres thick,” he explains. “On that journey, I didn’t see any big lumps of ice. It was like skiing across a lake.”


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A quick Google back on home soil revealed unwelcome statistics: historically, Arctic sea ice spans five to six million square miles, but as of September 2016 it has been as low as 1.6 million. It’s the earth’s “protective layer”, Hartley says, which projects 90 per cent of the planet’s radiation back into space – “and that’s nearly all gone now. Ten years ago, the predictions were that it was going to be around for the next 100 years, and in the last 10 they’ve realised that’s not accurate. That’s my primary reason for going back to the arctic again and again: to document the sea ice.” One of the world’s foremost adventure photographers, Hartley has travelled the planet capturing nature from its best angles. Born and raised near the Lancashire Moors, he always had a love of the outdoors and photography, but never thought to bring the two together until he came runner-up in the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition aged 16. Today, his images of powdered peaks and jagged glaciers have been published by the likes of National Geographic, The New York Times and the BBC, and taken him to the most extreme corners of the globe. “I’m fascinated by the human experience of being in an extreme environment,” says Hartley. “When the plane is gone, you’re more or less on your own. If you’re aware that the long arm of rescue can’t come and pull you back out, then you have to think quite differently about survival and all the decisions you make.” Life or death moments come thick and fast in such conditions. On one trip to the Arctic Ocean, Hartley and two others found themselves on thin ice – literally. “All around us, it was breaking up,” he recalls. “The only way to escape from that situation


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was to ski. If one person had fallen through, we would have had to have left them. There was no way a helicopter or plane could come and get us because the weather was so bad.” His latest collaboration with Leica and outwear brand Shackleton will provide him with some protection against the elements: the Photographer’s Jacket has been designed in partnership with Hartley and features 800 fill-power goose down, a graphene lining to function down to -25˚C and ample pockets for essential kit. It’s named after Frank Hurley, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s official photographer and cinematographer on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914, and a personal hero of Hartley’s. “I know Frank Hurley’s work very well because I’ve done the journey that he did with Shackleton, and I know every single picture he’s taken,” the photographer says. “Anything I can get involved with that’s got his name attached to, I will.” Hartley’s next trip is scheduled for February 2020 and will take him to Greenland, where he intends to document the sea ice before it melts even further. “I’m not religious, but you know when you walk into a cathedral and you feel that kind of atmosphere? Big ice has that effect on you as well,” he says. “When you walk through it, you can feel the cold radiating from it, in the same way a really hot fire pushes heat onto you. It is incredible – and it’s going to go in my lifetime. “Climate change is happening in different places all over the planet, but the Arctic Ocean is warming faster than anywhere else,” Hartley says. “My goal is to keep going back before it’s all gone.” LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

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Awakn’s founder Kam Panesar on his favourite workout (p.46)

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Put insomnia to bed with our top tips for a good night’s sleep (p.54)


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What is Awakn? Awakn is a luxury boutique fitness studio in the heart of Canary Wharf. Our super-star trainers take our customers on a journey to ‘awaken’ their inner power – both physically and mentally. I’ve always been obsessed with what makes someone elite whilst others fail to fulfil their maximum potential. What makes it different to your average gym? In a nutshell, to achieve any substantial goal in life, Awakn believes there are seven stages: focus, desire, belief, action, flow, reflection and rejuvenation. The seven pillars are reinforced in every workout via music, lighting and projections. What facilities does Awakn offer? It’s a 6,000sq ft site which spans two floors, with two studios: the Arena and the Zone. I wanted to create a spacious feel, because people who work in Canary Wharf are boxed-in all day. The purpose is to push our customers out of their comfort zones. This is where growth occurs. The Zone has beautiful leather boxing bags hand-crafted in New Zealand, top of the line SkillRuns, and custom luxury benches which we spent two years designing in partnership with Escape. We will also be offering rejuvenating activities, including meditation and yoga, allowing our customers to recover in order to make their workouts as optimal as possible. Plus, join us for wellness talks around mental health and ways to help deal with burn-out and depression – a common but hidden problem. Why did you choose Canary Wharf ? I have lived and worked in Canary Wharf for 10 years and know Wharfers are high-functioning and working under pressure with few adequate outlets. My personal mission is to ‘awaken’ the Wharf and to bring back a sense of community that has been lost. Awakn welcomes those who have been let down by regular gyms and not achieved the results they desired. It’s for everyone who understands the importance of fitness but may find traditional workout environments boring, intimidating or demotivating.

Why should I join now? After the Christmas holidays, routines get disrupted. January is the perfect time to hit reset and Awakn’s workouts are so varied that it’s impossible to get bored. What’s your personal favourite workout? I love doing the ‘Gladiator’ in the Arena. You work in teams, and you motivate each other to accomplish certain task. It’s a full body workout, you have to flip tyres and work with toys, slamming balls, getting competitive. It’s great for private events and corporate team building. Jubilee Place; awakn.com canarywharf.com

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Designed to develop your boxing technique and total body strength, StrengthBOX is the new class concept being offered exclusively at the Sweat by BXR studio in Canary Wharf from this month onwards. Keep your body pumping to the beat of high-energy music which will provide the soundtrack to the unique new sessions combining resistance and weight training for the ultimate, intense full body workout. Sweat by BXR will be offering a promotional package of 20 classes to use within 20 days for only ÂŁ200. Clients who complete the challenge will receive a complimentary Sweat by BXR training cap and 20 per cent off their next 2020 Sweatpack. Use code SWEATCWM to buy one class and get one complimentary.

In collaboration with Carli Wheatley, Flexology has designed a new programme entitled ReBalance. With a focus on mental well-being, the experience promotes emotional balance, mental clarity and an important general sense of wellness by combining stretching, breath work and core activation. As well as improving your mental wellbeing at Flexology, you can show this page for 10 per cent off bundles, memberships, and healthy cafe offerings in January (offer valid on full priced services only).

Cabot Place has recently welcomed Babylon’s GP at Hand Clinic, a digital-first NHS GP practice. Alongside traditional appointments in the clinic, GP at Hand gives patients the convenience of accessing a GP at any time in any place via video call to ensure your health needs are covered 24/7. The convenience of GP at Hand does not stop there as video appointments can be replayed and prescriptions can be delivered to any local pharmacy. Free features on the Babylon app such as the symptom checker, and wellbeing tips from the Monitor tool, are also perfect for keeping on top of your personal health on the go.

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BACK TO BLACK FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT Traditional boxing-wear meets haute couture in the recently launched Puma x Balmain campaign, created in partnership with Cara Delevingne. The boxing-inspired collaboration is centered around fighting the good fight – taking a stand for what you believe in and defending everyone’s right to be totally, and unapologetically, themselves. From bra tops to boxing shorts, the unisex capsule collection is the perfect balance of sporty and chic, encapsulating both the athleisure of Puma along with the glam design elements and individuality of Balmain. puma.com

The capsule OB Black Collection by Orlebar Brown redefines men’s sportswear by combining functional design with signature refined tailoring. Keeping to monochromatic tones of obsidian black and grey melange, the pieces are easy to mix and match and offer both a practical and stylish way to wear athleisure, whether you choose to exercise or relax in them. Technical fabrics are married with sophisticated design features such as bonded no-sew seams, which give the collection an understated, modern finish. From £175, Orlebar Brown, Jubilee Place

LIGHT AS AIR WELLNESS SUMMIT 2020 Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden will be hosting a new wellness summit combining fitness, relaxation, beauty, and workshops. With multiple packages on offer, you can tailor your classes and schedule to your needs, allowing you to immerse yourself into a world of wellness to suit you. A multitude of brands will be present including Move Studios and Barry’s Bootcamp, to name a few. As well as fitness classes, relaxing meditation sessions will also be available alongside bookable beauty treatments for VIP ticket holders by the likes of Blow Ltd and Blink Brow Bar. 29 February 2020, from £10, East Wintergarden, wellnesssummit2020.sched.com LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

When it comes to comfort, the GelNimbus 22 by Asics excels. The newest version of the long-distance running shoe is the most comfortable to date as it has been designed with advanced cushioning technologies which provide a bouncy, spring like feel and allow you to feel light on your feet. Noteworthy features include improved ventilation from the monofilament mesh material on the upper part of the shoe, and the wider toe-box which promotes the natural spread of the foot for an enhanced fit. £155, Asics, Jubilee Place 49


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ith this new year comes a new decade and a wealth of opportunity to become your fitter, healthier self while looking great in the process. It’s no secret that improving one’s fitness can be a resolution which resurfaces year after year, and looking the part can be a huge motivational factor in sticking to your gym routine and getting the best results out of your workout. This year, motivation comes in the form of a new athleisure collaboration between Lululemon and fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić’s eponymous brand, Roksanda. The first 17-piece capsule collection launched in October 2019, and combined the classic colourblocking and feminie silhouettes of Roksanda with the functionality and enduring comfort of Lululemon’s activewear to bring a touch of effortless runway style to our workout wardrobes, and the second drop launching

‘Leave lack-lustre activewear in 2019’ this month is set to renew our energy once again. The collection merges the best of both the fashion and fitness world and has resulted in effective workout wear which can be worn both in and out of the gym. This second collection also features 17 pieces in unique colour combinations and exclusive new styles in easy-to-wear (and easier to pair) natural, earthy tones. London-based designer Roksanda is no stranger to statement designs which incorporate voluminous shapes and exaggerated proportions. Married with Lululemon’s innovative sweat-ready fabrics and functional fits, the signature features of Roksanda’s modern craftsmanship give the collection a stylish edge, so you can leave lacklustre activewear in 2019. Designed with the active woman in mind, the collaboration brings a functional, luxe nature to the separates and means they’re perfect for layering, mixing and matching; no more repetitive cycles of dull exercise outfits, no more counting down the minutes until you can look like your stylish self once more. With street-to-sweat wear at the heart of the collaboration, the pieces are also suitable for every part of the day, making them incredibly versatile and wearable. If 2020 has brought you a full schedule, now there’s no excuse to let your fitness slip – this is clothing that allows you to transition seamlessly from a day at work to an evening workout, or from a Sunday morning run to a brunch with friends. Jubilee Place, lululemon.co.uk

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It’s cold and dark – how do you get members motivated during January? You remind clients that if anyone wants to improve at anything, they have to put up with discomfort and struggle. The greater the difficulty, the greater the reward. When clients are up at 5.30am and walking to the studio with the rain belting down, they’re doing something that most people are not prepared to do. And that knowledge gives you a kind of mental fuel. How does Barry’s help members keep going after the first month? Classes are designed with sustainability in mind. Each one focuses on a specific body part, which means that you could go to a class every day for a week and never feel as if you have to push through soreness. Barry’s Hellweek has become legendary, and it’s a great way to get back on track or simply to shift into a higher gear.

What are your top tips for keeping fitness-related New Year’s resolutions? 1. Build your 2020 scaffolding in December. Start to think ahead to the first couple of weeks of January and what you want to achieve in the short and long term. Barry’s is a great place to begin that kind of journey, so think about committing to a class before the new year. Don’t leave the planning to the last minute. 2. Fuel your body the right way. Hydration, nutrition and sleep are important things to think about whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey or further along the road.

that’s fine. The beauty of Barry’s is that the classes are an hour long, so you can just show up, get stuck in and go home. You don’t need to think about what exercises to do, how many reps or sets you should be doing or what speed you should be running. We – the trainers – take care of all that. All we ask of you is that you show up ready to work. We’ll direct those efforts in the way that’s most beneficial for you. Crossrail Place; barrysbootcamp.com

3. Form or join a community. Find others who are setting similar goals to you, who lead similar lifestyles and who are on your 2020 wavelength. When you have people around you to hold you accountable, you’re much more likely to stay focused and disciplined. What’s the best way to ease into exercise routines after Christmas? I’m not a huge believer in ‘easing’ into anything. I think regardless of ability and experience, you should attack your goals with energy and tenacity. Although, I appreciate that as work picks up at the beginning of the new year, you make sacrifices and can’t always find the time. It may not be the perfect 60 minutes you wanted, and maybe you don’t make it the full 10 miles, but if you trained to the best of your ability and your efforts fall short, canarywharf.com

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rits are terrible in bed. According to a study by Aviva, a tremendous two thirds of UK adults suffer from disrupted sleep, with a quarter of us surviving on fewer than five hours a night. The dangers of sleep deprivation are reportedly costing the UK economy a terrifying 40bn a year, and it isn’t doing much for our health, either. “Poor concentration, decreased immunity and increased stress are givens,” explains Dr Rangan Chatterjee, GP, author of The Stress Solution and producer of Feel Better, Live More podcast. “But, given that just one night’s sleep deprivation can disrupt insulin resistance, a chronic lack of sleep can lead to type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.” Chatterjee warns against popping sleeping pills in an attempt to catch 40 winks. “They actually sedate you which isn’t the same as sleeping – meaning you miss out on the restorative benefits of deep sleep, while new research is showing that they could also increase the risk of other chronic diseases.” Terrified? Don’t be – here are some easy steps to follow to help you to catch more Zzzz’s…


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This self-warming eye mask will soothe tired eyes and block out sleep-snatching light to have you fast asleep in seconds. Individual wrapping means they’re great for flights, too. £15, spacemask.com THIS WORKS SLEEP PLUS PILLOW SPRAY

This super blend of lavender, vetivert and camomile aromatherapeutic oils uses motion-activated, microencapsulated technology to release a sleep-soothing scent as you toss and turn at night. Studies show that 89 per cent of users fell asleep faster than normal, while an impressive 96 per cent had less disturbed sleep. £26, thisworks.com

LIGHT UP You’ve probably heard about the effect your phone’s blue light can have on your sleep. But, did you know that you actually need natural blue light during the day to help regulate your internal body clock and boost your ability to sleep better come evening? “Aim for at least 20 minutes of natural light every day,” says Chatterjee. Sit outside sans sunglasses for maximum benefits. Meanwhile, come nightfall, ditch blue lights (which are found not just in your devices, but LED lights and overhead halogen bulbs) in favour of sleep hormone-friendly red bulbs. And while not using your phone before bed may fall on many deaf ears, donning a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses (TrueDark specs are the best) can help curb the damage. PLANT POWER Another relatively easy sleep-inducing hack is to put plants in your bedroom. “Plants that go through photosynthesis later in the day produce oxygen at night,” explains Freddie Blackett, CEO of plant delivery website PatchPlants.com. “Team them with ones that remove toxins from the air to boost sleep quality.” Don’t want the extra hassle of keeping a plant alive to add to your to-do list? Don’t worry, Blackett’s got some failsafe suggestions: “Snake and Aloe Vera plants both release oxygen at night and are so good at removing toxins (such as benzene and formaldehyde) that Aloe is even NASA-approved. They’re also incredibly easy to look after – coping with any light condition and lax watering schedules.” ABOVE EMMA SHIPLEY DUVET, PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS, FROM A SELECTION, CLARKE-CLARKE.COM


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NUTRIENT KNOWLEDGE “Certain nutrients such as amino-acid tryptophan are linked to sleep,” says Rob Hobson, nutritionist and author of The Art of Sleeping (£9.99, HarperCollins). “Your body can’t make this, so top up on food such as poultry, oily fish, tofu, chickpeas and eggs at dinner time. Combine these proteins with carbohydrates for maximum uptake of this melatonin-booster.” Another key sleep-enhancing nutrient is magnesium. This super house mineral helps to manage the brain’s sleep cycle and studies have shown that if you’re deficient in it (like many of us are) then it’s hard to both fall, and stay, asleep. Find it in BetterYou Magnesium Oil Spray (£12.69, Holland and Barrett, Jubilee Place), and Magnesium tablets (£4.45, healthspan.co.uk).

CHANGE YOUR BRAINWAVES Find that Enya’s not working to help you reach the land of nod? No fear, because it’s time to try binaural beats instead. Using different sound frequencies, these beats slow down beta-brainwaves (the ones that keep you awake and alert) guiding you to restful, slower brainwaves that promote sleep. Some studies even show it can boost sleep hormone melatonin, too. Just remember to put on your headphones, as it only works when a different frequency is fed through each ear at the same time. Find Binaural sleep tracks on Spotify. NOT THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD Also making a buzz in the sleep world are weighted blankets. The idea is that the pressure from the small weights that are sown into pockets throughout the blanket mimic the feeling of being hugged to help you fall asleep quicker and, crucially, stay asleep. John Lewis offers a selection (from £60, johnlewis.com) to suit different body types. “The blankets come in differing weights and we recommend you buy one that is around 10 per cent of your body weight,” says Unna Patel, John Lewis & Partners’ Filled Bedding buyer. Each blanket is made using ultra-soft and breathable 100 per cent organic cotton, so there’s no worry about overheating.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP SAVAGE ISLAND COLLECTION, FROM A SELECTION, VIOLETANDWREN.CO.UK; EMMA SHIPLEY DUVET, PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS, FROM A SELECTION, CLARKE-CLARKE.COM; HABITAT AW19 COLLECTION, FROM A SELECTION, HABITAT.CO.UK

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MASSIMO DUTTI’S APRÈS SKI COLLECTION (P.66)

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Super slope style from Sweaty Betty (p.60)

The best attire for the great outdoors (p.66)


LEFT ANON RAVEN HELMET, £85; ANON HELIX 2 SONAR GOGGLES, £85; EXPLORATION SOFTSHELL SKI JACKET, £385; ASTRO SOFTSHELL SKI SALOPETTES, £284; HESTRA CZONE POWDER SKI MITTENS, £75 RIGHT ANON HELIX 2 SONAR GOGGLES, £80; METHOD SOFTSHELL SNOW JACKET, £385; ASTRO SOFTSHELL SKI SALOPETTES, £284; HESTRA CZONE POWDER SKI MITTENS, £75, ALL SWEATY BETTY, JUBILEE PLACE


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SLOPES A PEAK PERFORMANCE REQUIRES THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT. LOOK TO SWEATY BETTY THIS SEASON FOR SKI STYLE WITH FUNCTION AND FORM PHOTOGRAPHY JULIA KENNEDY STYLING CHARLOTTE GREEN MODELS PAM THORBURN AND JESS CLARK


THIS PAGE, LEFT ANON HELIX 2 SONAR GOGGLES, £80; BETTY SKI BASE LAYER TOP, £65; BETTY SKI BASE LAYER LEGGINGS, £65; TECHNICAL SKI SOCKS, £20; RIGHT POWDER PRIMALOFT SNOW PUFFA JACKET, £385; MORITZ SOFTSHELL SLIM LEG SNOW TROUSERS, £235; OPPOSITE PAGE ANON HELIX 2 SONAR GOGGLES, £80; POWDER PRIMALOFT SNOW PUFFA JACKET, £385, ALL SWEATY BETTY, JUBILEE PLACE


THIS PAGE, LEFT ANON HELIX 2 SONAR GOGGLES, £80; BETTY SKI BASE LAYER TOP, £65; ASTRO SOFTSHELL SKI SALOPETTES, £286; RIGHT MERIBEL HAT, £40; BETTY SKI BASE LAYER TOP, £65; BETTY SKI BASE LAYER LEGGINGS, £65; OPPOSTE PAGE, LEFT ANON HELIX 2 SONAR GOGGLES, £80; FREESTYLE SKI MERINO BASE LAYER TOP, £85; FREESTYLE SKI MERINO BASE LAYER LEGGINGS, £85; TECHNICAL SKI SOCKS, £20; RIGHT BETTY SKI BASE LAYER TOP, £65; BETTY SKI BASE LAYER LEGGINGS, £65, ALL SWEATY BETTY, JUBILEE PLACE


OUT O F O F FI CE ESSENTIAL KIT FOR MAKING THE M O S T O F T H E G R E AT O U T D O O R S WORDS JUSTIN HAST

MOUNTAIN MEN McNair’s heavyweight merino shirts might be made in Yorkshire but they’re meant for the mountains

Navigate the winter weather with a mountain shirt from McNair. These heavyweight merino numbers from the Yorkshire-based clothing company are comparable with heavyweight fleeces, just a lot more stylish. Established in 2013 by Richard Hamshire, Natalie Stapleton and Neil McNair (a professional snowboarder), every McNair shirt is weaved, milled, raised and steamed within a 10-mile radius of Huddersfield – a city that’s to wool, what Northampton is to shoes.

Heavyweight merino Ridge shirt, £375, mcnairshirts.com


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PROTECTIVE CAP This cap and protective face mask is made from Nylon Metal, one of the most versatile fabrics to come out of Stone Island’s legendary textile research department. £235, stoneisland.co.uk

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Arkiv R6 Field Pack San Francisco-based Mission Workshop manufactures what are arguably the most robust, hardwearing backpacks in the world. Originally developed for the cycling community, each bag is designed to be “as tough as it is beautiful”. The company’s Arkiv R6 Field Pack boasts a six-rail modular packing system for the secure attachment of weatherproof accessories to the exterior of the bag. Additional compartments range from simple mobile phone pouches and tool pockets to larger organisers and laptop sleeves. The pack can be used in either ‘roll-top’ mode, or in a traditional ‘flap-down’ configuration. All Arkiv bags are weatherproof and backed by a lifetime warranty. 40L, £460, missionworkshop.com

Victorinox makes more than Swiss Army knives, including this stealthy wristwatch. It has SuperLuminova-coated hands and a removable protective shield. £479, victorinox.com

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GLACIER SUNGLASSES With their removable side shells, Vuarnet’s Glacier shades have become legendary – as evidenced by their onscreen appearance in James Bond’s Spectre. £420, eyeshop.com

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OUT OF THE TRAPS Headwear doesn’t come much cosier than this trapper hat from Gucci – made in Italy from plush 100 per cent tan shearling and featuring tiefastening ear flaps. £580, gucci.com

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Squint or you’ll miss the subtle jacquard spot detail that’s knitted into this Paul Smith jumper. Offset with a collegiate stripe in khaki and black, the lambswoolblend knit is the ultimate winter warmer. £150, Paul Smith, Cabot Place

Basel-based artisan carpentry brand WohnGeist imbues the spirit of Switzerland into each product it builds. Each tool is held in place by magnetic retainers, and the box is available with personal engraving. WohnGeist is a member of the World Wildlife Fund’s Wood Group, committed to fashioning sustainable products that will stand the test of time. Approx. £750, woodandluxury.com

URBAN ORIENTEERING Equally at home on Ben Nevis as on Bond Street, these rugged full-grain box calf leather Fidel boots from Ralph Lauren are inspired by classic Alpine boots and feature a substantial Vibram® lug sole for extra traction. £1,265, Polo Ralph Lauren, Cabot Place

IN YOUR MITTS Don’t leave home without these COS tobacco mittens, which feature a brushed cotton lining and all-over padding for added warmth. £45, COS, Jubilee Place


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In the Elements Drawing on the colours of nature during winter, Massimo Dutti’s Après Ski collection is an earthy-toned ode to the great outdoors. Think chunky cable knit sweaters in cashmere and wool, parka and puffer jackets made from technical fabrics and fine polo neck jumpers that make for the ultimate layering pieces. Versatile in both function and form, pack your favourite pieces for Courchevel and continue to wear in Canary Wharf. Massimo Dutti, Cabot Place

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hen I first moved to London, people would refer to ‘number 32’ in passing, and, when I eventually figured out it was the name of a bar in Clapham’s Old Town, it was one of those Londoner-defining moments, realising that I, too, was in-the-know (finally). Friends would go there for cocktails on a Saturday night, and then return on Sunday morning for coffee – it was a go-to for date nights (not too edgy, not too fancy), birthday bottles (my favourite, a Picpoul de Pinet, is surprisingly good value) and late-night catchups (it’s close enough to stumble to the tube afterwards). It’s unashamedly a people-pleaser, and Canary Wharf’s new branch is no different. It’s testament to the place that, having been open a month, the only time I could book a table was 3 o’clock in the afternoon (not my usual happy hour, but it certainly cheered up a grey Thursday). The winter cocktails were also a rather lovely antidote to the winter weather whipping the river up outside and dampening my coat – the hot sloe gin has the spicy kick of mulled wine, followed by the sloe berries’ delicious mouthwatering effect. The cocktail menu, which changes seasonally, also has summery flavours that serve up a healthy dose of escapism; a pineapple daiquiri, a mango margarita. The mango spritz, served long with crushed ice, is made with white port and soda: refreshing, not too sweet, deceptively strong. In order to make it back to office semi-sober, I softened the effect with flakey paratha flatbread and a squash and artichoke dip. The crostini are also excellent, particularly for sharing – crispy slithers of toast with caponata or smoked salmon, mushroom and blue cheese or salami. There are plenty of vegetarian options, and mains include hearty burgers, kimchi fried rice and a steaming three-bean chilli, the very definition of comfort food. The space itself is low-key, with plenty of exposed wood, leather and just-millennial-enough pink chairs. The bar doubles as a remote working spot for freelancers – it’s big enough to accommodate a laptop without encroaching on your neighbour's space, there’s free WiFi (tip: you can skip the Facebook checkin it asks you for) and fun, unobtrusive music playing. Owners Darwin & Wallce have created another neighbourhood staple. And if you’re mad enough to be doing dry January, there’s a ‘nogroni’ and two Seedlip options. Good luck.

It’s unashamedly a people-pleaser

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Food & Drink WITH THE NEW YEAR COMES NEW DISHES T O T RY I N Y O U R FAV O U R I T E E AT E R I E S . HERE’S THIS MONTH’S PICKS OF THE B E S T, I N C L U D I N G G R E AT B R U N C H OPTIONS AND VEGAN DISHES GALORE WORDS NATASHA AFXENTIOU

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The power of plants is celebrated all year round at The Vurger Co. where the menu boasts fresh and interesting dishes with vegetables at the heart. In time for the new year, new salads will be launched including a delicious spicy bowl and vegan chicken caesar salad. Look out for this year’s Veganuary specials, for which Canary Wharf Magazine readers can receive an exclusive 10 per cent off when they present a copy of this issue.

Sunday 12 January will mark the start of ‘Box and Brunch’, a package which sees The Ivy In The Park collaborating with the boutique boxing gym BXR for those aiming to get into shape this new year. The package will run each Sunday and includes a boxing class at Canary Wharf’s new BXR studio followed by a well-earned brunch at The Ivy In The Park. The menu will offer a variety of options including a dairy-free coconut yoghurt, eggs benedict, and poached eggs with crushed avocado on gluten-free toast.

The Vurger Co., Jubilee Place For terms and conditions, see in store

£39 per person, The Ivy In The Park, Canada Square

BURNS BABY BURN From 23 to 25 January, Boisdale of Canary Wharf will be hosting the ultimate Burns Night celebrations. The Frank and Dean Show will return for a hootenanny complete with a piper and an address to the haggis. Starring singers Iain Mackenzie and Steve Pert with the Pete Long Orchestra, the event will bring the vibrant atmosphere of Scotland to the capital with swing classics, pop tunes, and Scottish LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

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surprises throughout the night. Guests will enjoy a special Burns four-course menu packed with traditional dishes such as Mini roast Blackface haggis to a selection of artisan Scottish cheeses. £47.50 for four-course menu, additional ticket prices including live music and dinner are available, boisdale.co.uk

It may be the start of a new decade, but that doesn’t mean old favourites can’t make a return. This January, Leon’s best-selling Chilli con Carne is back with a boldly flavoured bang. Packed with British beef and black beans in rich tomato sauce, this classic makes for a perfect warming winter dish. Also new is the Chipotle and Avocado Wild Burger - a vegan dish finished with smashed avocado guacamole and smoky chipotle mayo. Leon, Cabot Place 71


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lpine adventure awaits at London’s most ambitious pop-up entertainment space, Off Piste, set against the spectacular peaks of Canary Wharf. The much anticipated lodge-style bar in Canada Park offers a truly immersive après-ski experience with warming winter cocktails and Pravha beers, pizza and an interior and exterior décor that evokes the romance and glamour of an alpine winter setting. Adding to the spirit of St Moritz, Off Piste, in partnership with The Office Group, also features five individual raised luxury cabins – perfect for cosy gatherings with friends or family, or for an after-work drink with a difference. The cabins have been built in association with The Office Group (TOG) and each is uniquely designed to represent one of the brand’s landmark London buildings. There are a range of seating configurations – with cosy seating for two, four or six guests as well as larger tables perfect for bigger groups. Advance bookings can be taken and each chalet

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can also be hired exclusively. Food is served from Canary Wharf and Hoxton favourite Radio Alice, which is offering arguably London’s best sourdough pizzas – all freshly made to order in Off Piste’s ovens. And while it may be cold outside, there will be no need for thermals – the bar is enclosed and heated, and the outdoor terrace area is complete with vertical LCD heaters and festive lights. A high-definition and interactive giant screen adds to the immersive experience showcasing awe-inspiring footage, from the Northern Lights to the Rocky Mountains. On Thursday evenings, free DJ events and specially-themed 80s music will ensure Off Piste is the place to party. Customers can book tables in advance or hire the entire space on request. Off Piste is set the be the hottest place to chill this winter. To book your space, visit offpiste.bar

PIZZA PERFECT Made fresh every day with organic flour and natural yeast (a.k.a sourdough), the dough is left to rise for 24 hours. Cooked on-site in bespoke pizza ovens, a variety of toppings with seasonal flavours are available and offer the perfect warming meal or sharing snack.

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T h e S ecret H istor y o f the Haggis A S B R I TA I N G E A R S U P F O R B U R N S N I G H T O N 2 5 J A N U A R Y, W E E X P L O R E T H E O R I G I N S O F S C O T L A N D ’ S S I G N AT U R E D I S H WORDS ROB CROSSAN


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here aren’t many dishes for which it’s perhaps sensible to conclude that the deeper your love for it, the less you want to know about it. If your culinary infatuation is for eggs royale, it’s probably safe to assume that you wouldn’t be overly concerned about being in close proximity to a freshly caught salmon. Yet increased ardour for the mighty haggis is rarely concomitant with an enthusiasm to be intimately acquainted with the raw elements of the offal based ingredients that go into that famed sheep’s stomach bag (although these days it’s almost always mere plastic casing). Come Burns Night, and the spectacle of massed ranks of slightly worse for wear kilt-donners bringing a haggis into the room to the sound of bagpipes, before reciting Robert Burns Address to a Haggis on banqueting tables from San Francisco to Shetland to Sydney, might insight a slight nagging sensation in the hearts of some. As the ‘warm, reekin’ rich’ rugby ball of sheep lungs, heart, liver, onions, oatmeal, peppers and spices is ceremonially sliced apart at knife point, some may feel a slight discomfort; one not necessarily caused by the four drams imbibed before the starter, but by the whiff of heretic knowledge. Whisper it under the smothered darkness of a starless Highland night, but the haggis might not actually be Scottish at all. The oldest known cookery book in the English language, The Form of Cury (meaning cookery), written in 1390 by one of the cooks to King Richard II contains a recipe for a dish called Afronchemoyle. If you follow the instructions, then you’re going to end up with what is, in all but name, a haggis.

Just 40 years later, a manuscript of recipes, written in verse, called Liber Cure Cocorum, mentions a dish called “hagese”. The tome was published not north of Hadrian’s wall but in Lancashire. Yet despite these suspiciously foreign origins, Scotland truly took to the haggis, though not until the early 19th century. Despite having penned the famed Address to a Haggis poem, Burns himself never attended an evening of offal based celebration in his honour, chiefly because he’d already been dead for five years when the first Burns Supper took place in his former cottage home in Alloway, South Ayrshire in 1801. The idea was to start a tradition to honour his memory every 25 January, the date of Burns’s birthday. It would be hard to argue with the success of the mission. Boisdale restaurant, with four branches in London, sold more than five tonnes of haggis last January in the run up to Burns Night. “Bear in mind that each portion is about 150 grams on each serving. That’s a lot of people ordering haggis from the menu,” says Andy Rose, group executive chef at the restaurant group, set up in 1986 by Ranald Macdonald, the eldest son of the 24th Chief of Clanranald. “We use an absolutely tiny artisanal company in Dumfries and Galloway called the Blackface Meat Company, which supplies all of our haggis to our four restaurants in London,” Andy reveals. “We created a recipe together with them which we all love. They can only ever mix 100 kilos at a time which is tiny by factory production levels, but it does mean amazing consistency. The meat to fat ratio, the spices, the pepper, it’s all fantastic. These days the cheaper, mainstream haggis makers will use pork in their haggis which is absolutely incorrect. Up until the turn of the


Perhaps it’s the honesty of the haggis, despite its blurry origins, that makes it a dish that inspires the kind of 50/50 passion to revulsion ratio that makes Marmite seem positively insipid

1900s pork would have been considered quite evil in Scotland – the pig just wasn’t eaten.” But, I ask, how about the first timer, for whom the possession of the base knowledge of what goes into a haggis is the very thing that is putting them off every sampling it? “We don’t really need to persuade people to try haggis for the first time,” Andy replies. “We’re a British restaurant with a very strong nod to Scotland. Just by stepping through the door the temptation is there with the whiskies we have, it’s hard to refuse such a true, authentic dish in this kind of environment.” Perhaps it’s the honesty of the haggis, despite its blurry origins, that makes it a dish that inspires the kind of 50/50 passion to revulsion ratio that makes Marmite seem positively insipid by comparison. If ignorance is bliss when it comes to what passes your plate, then perhaps it’s salient that the less you know about the haggis the better. But its probity does seem to equal enduring haggis fandom among its devotees. There’s no smoke and mirrors with the ingredients, no cheap-sausage-roll attempts to hide what goes into it. The haggis doesn’t want to intimidate you. But it won’t lie about its makeup either. Burns’ words continue to ring true, 233 years after he penned them: ‘Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies; But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer Gie her a haggis!’

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THE OFFICE GROUP INTRODUCING CANARY WHARF’S NEWEST R E S I D E N T : T H E O F F I C E G R O U P, T H E P I O N E E R I N G F L E X I B L E W O R K S PA C E C O M PA N Y P U T T I N G PA I D T O T R A D I T I O N A L O F F I C E S

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ounded in 2003, The Office Group (TOG) has changed the face of the traditional British office with its innovative and achingly stylish workspaces. From Leeds to London, TOG’s offices champion beautiful design, high-end amenities and flexible, progressive memberships, which range from bespoke office space to hot desks. In the capital there are more than 40 locations to choose from, including Soho, Hammersmith and, most recently, Canary Wharf. As the group takes over three floors of One Canada Square, founders Charlie Green and Olly Olsen discuss the rising trend for flexible working, the importance of design and what to expect from their new Canary Wharf space.

What inspired you to found The Office Group? Charlie: Before setting up The Office Group, Olly and I were working for a property company that had a serviced office business. We both struggled with its concept of high corporate environments and there was simply nothing available in the market that we, as young people, wanted to work in. So, we saw a real opportunity to modernise and hugely improve the serviced office product. By addressing both the product and pricing, we wanted to create something that was more beautiful and provided better value to people. Despite the flexibility on offer, our ambition was to create something of such great quality that people wouldn’t leave. This is still a huge driver for us and today the average length of stay of a TOG office client is around three years. In what ways does TOG stand out from other flexible workspace companies? Olly: It really crystallised for me what we do at TOG when we stood in the lobby of our very first building, 16 years ago, on City road with our architects, Julien De Metz and Ben Knight from dMFK – the same architects who have just worked on our One Canada Square space. Our brief to Julien and Ben at the time was to accentuate what the building already had to offer, while being


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mindful of the people who were going to use this space. It’s been the same with each building since and with all our architects. It’s always all about the individual building and the people who will work within it. Why do you think flexible workspaces are becoming more popular, particularly in London? O: Largely because they can offer a wide range of amenities that are not available to most people in conventional leases, either due to cost or a lack of consideration. People also appreciate the value of the vibrancy and buzz created by the people who work in a shared workspace. The majority of your spaces are in prime central spots, how important is location to you and your customers? C: Location is critical – tenants demand great locations. Our clients’ commute to work and proximity to everything they need makes a huge difference to their lives, so we look to take on the best buildings in the very best locations. We now have more than 40 spaces available for our members to use and travel between across London. O: London and its neighbourhoods are evolving so quickly and what – or rather where – used to be considered ‘perfect’ is always changing. New areas are developing, and it’s our job to stay on top of these changes and be where people want to be. Canary Wharf, for instance, now attracts every industry and every sector. It’s a brilliantly easy location thanks to its new infrastructure and connectivity. There’s 16 million sq ft of occupiers there, equating to 120,000 people, which is why TOG has to be there too. What extra amenities and services do your spaces offer? O: We always try to introduce new amenities and services in every new workspace. Our locations now have a wide range of content, ranging from fitness studios to cafes with delicious coffee, content production studios, green roof terraces, members’ bars and libraries. Why have you chosen to bring TOG to Canary Wharf ? O: We saw a large opportunity in Canary Wharf for TOG as it is such an established business district, attracting a high volume of businesses from a wide range of sectors to the area. Canary Wharf is also under-served by flexible workspace providers, so we believe we are well placed to meet the increasing demand from local occupiers. C: We think we have a great product that can appeal to both small and larger occupiers. In the current uncertain economic environment, all businesses have to consider carefully how they use their space as they struggle to forecast reliably their requirements for the future. Flexible workspace therefore offers a great solution to any sized business. What was your vision for the space and how has dMFK brought it to life? C: The vision took the original, New York-inspired architecture and the desire to make clients feel completely connected to their local context, so dMFK’s design focused on linear avenues, drawing in city views from each direction. This floods each floor with natural light, bringing the spaces to life. We think what we have created together, from the design to the execution of our floors at One Canada Square, is really outstanding. LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

What does the future hold for TOG? O: We continue to grow in London as we believe the scope of growth is significant as businesses move from the traditional office market to flexible workspace market. We also recognise the increasing mobility of work; people want to move around London, and the more buildings we have in the capital, the better we can address that need. In the last 12 months, TOG has expanded internationally for the first time, with five new properties acquired in Germany. We’re extremely excited to open these spaces in the coming years, and if the buildings are right and the timing is right, then we will seek to grow into other key European cities too. Overall, the future for TOG is to remain curious, always striving to reimagine, reshape and improve the way people work. For more information on The Office Group at One Canada Square, visit theofficegroup.com 79


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FROM FINDING THE PERFECT INSTRUCTOR, TO THE BEST S U S TA I N A B L E S K I G E A R , H E R E ’ S S O M E T O P T I P S F O R A G R E AT F A M I LY H O L I D AY O N T H E S L O P E S WORDS MORAG TURNER

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SUSTAINABLE SKI STYLE If you’re dressing little ones for the slopes, then you must check out the super-cute ski-suit range from Dino Ski. This season the brand has introduced three new characters, including a unicorn, tiger and panda, all of which have been designed by children’s illustrator Jane Foster. Each has aqua seal zips, is helmet friendly and has removable hoods and an anti-stain coating, ensuring children are kept warm and dry. All are made from recycled plastic bottles and products are shipped by sea to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint. Not only are Dino Ski’s suits adorable, they are also very distinctive – making it easier to keep track of your kiddos in the snow (dinoskiwear.com). Older children will love the stylish designs from Polarn O. Pyret.

From cosy thermal base layers to durable outwear including ski jackets, salopettes and gloves, Polarn is a one-stop-shop for all cold weather clothing. The outerwear collection is windproof to keep out icy blasts, has a water resistance of at least 10,000mm and has Primalost Insulation to keep youngsters’ snug. Plus, the brand has just launched POP repairs, a free service available to all customers who have purchased any outerwear, regardless of when they bought it. It doesn’t matter if the garment has been worn by two or 10 kids, Polarn is offering a free repair service to fix zips and replace broken poppers to ensure the clothing is sustainable (polarnopyret.co.uk).


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MEET SKIBRO Trying to find a great ski instructor – especially during busy school holidays – can be really tricky. But that’s where SkiBro can help. This innovative new platform enables you to find your perfect instructor, mountain guide, ski school and book instantly. Each provider has a comprehensive profile including profile video and customer reviews, so you know exactly who or what you are booking and can be 100 per cent confident that they’re the best possible match for you or your kids. With instant booking it’s sorted in a few clicks, making the whole process so much simpler. SkiBro’s headquarters are in Val d’Isere, but skiers and snowboarders can book instructors and adventure on demand across the top resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria – in fact the brand is adding new resorts every week. skibro.com

GET SKI-FIT Make the most of your time on the slopes with some lessons before you head off. Great for all the family, but particularly handy for kids who could do with brushing up their skills, indoor slopes are really helpful. In London pop into Chel-Ski, the capital’s largest indoor ski centre, which offers the very best high-tech slopes in a fun, safe and controlled environment. Here you can learn to ski or snowboard as well as advance existing skills, as the speed and angle of the slopes are adjusted to match your ability (chel-ski.uk). Alternatively, head one hour up the M6 to the Snow Dome in Tamworth, which offers a range of great lessons for kids and teenagers on large slopes covered in faux snow. snowdome.co.uk

SLOPES LESS TRAVELLED Europe has some of the best skiing in the world, but if you’ve exhausted the pistes of the Three Valleys and the Port Du Soleil, then how about taking the kids somewhere further afield? For a fantastically different trip head to Japan with family ski experts Powder Byrne. Famed for its high volume of light, fluffy powder snow, Niseko is Japan’s premier winter sports destination with a ski area that offers a great selection of runs and trails for all abilities. Powder Byrne offers family breaks there and can tailor the trip to meet your needs. Enjoy all the luxury services you’d expect from one of the UK’s leading travel companies as well as experiencing what it’s like to ski in a totally different location.

KEEP THEM COSY Anyone who has ever been at the top of a ski lift in minus 10 with a child crying because they are cold will appreciate the value of handwarmers. These clever little pads from The Heat Company are 100 per cent natural and so easy to use – simply open the packaging for instant heat within minutes that will last for hours. Pop them inside gloves to warm up tiny frozen fingers. They also do heated foot warmers too. Remember cosy kids are much happier and more willing skiers! theheatcompany.com

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ulti-faceted, sensory and dramatic. The Pantone Color Institute’s shade of choice for 2020 – PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue – is one of its most impactful to date. At a time when wellness and mindfulness are at the forefront of all that we do, this bold and brilliant hue serves a dual purpose. It’s a nautical-inspired palette anchor that gives us a stable foundation from which to build, or as Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says, “a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on”. But equally it suggests a far-reaching horizon – a “boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky” – where possibilities open up at every turn within fashion, makeup, interior design, and beyond.


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Don’t be scared to be playful with it, too. Mind The Gap’s wallpaper ‘The Home of an Eccentric Man Emperors’ creates an impressive display, while Annie Sloan’s chalk paint can even be applied to floors and ceilings for a truly dramatic effect. Just be careful when dressing up smaller spaces to limit a dark feature wall colour to a maximum of two walls. Pops of vibrant ruby red throw cushions, coral pink rugs and even gold ornamental lighting fixtures truly bring the space to life and draw the eye around the room, as well as provide the perfect finishing flourish. For the more minimalist interior where Nordic chic still reigns, Classic Blue can be even more effective as a central, eye-catching statement piece. The Vincent Darre Chair with its pine legs and jigsaw-like head piece is on trend both in colour and style, while Boca do Lobo’s blue console table is the ultimate head-turning item to dress up an entrance-way or landing. And for the brave, the French Bedroom Co.’s Versailles Sacré Bleu velvet sofa with distressed antique gold gilt finish is the ideal investment piece that will carry you through all seasons. Evoking the sky at dusk in one light to what lies beneath our oceans in another, Classic Blue enables colour mixes throughout the spectrum.

Versatility is at the core of Classic Blue, and that translates to feature walls, accent colours and statement pieces rolled into one Versatility is at the core of Classic Blue, and that translates to feature walls, accent colours and statement pieces rolled into one. We are well-adjusted by now to the slate greys, midnight blues and emerald greens that have endured in our homes in recent years. And much like the monarch herself, the Victorian-esque colour range has had a far-reaching influence on our homes and interiors and should be celebrated for its longevity. But few colours transcend the old and the new with such dexterity as Classic Blue; just dark enough to enhance our love of gold and copper trim, not to mention make burnt orange accents pop, but equally bright enough to evoke the white-washed walls and turquoise domes of an illuminated, sunny Greek landscape. Winter and summer rolled into one. Dark and light working hand-in-hand. As the Pantone Color Institute says, it’s “genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance”. The beauty of a colour such as Classic Blue, which is “calmness, confidence and connection” rolled into one, is that it layers in a way that many other shades can’t. Dark, rich feature walls set the base tone, and when teamed with a textured, blue velvet sofa or armchair it gives real depth to a space, too. Rather than overpower an interior, combining multiple shades of blue enlarges a space and provides volume.


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Emblematic of regal heritage and yet highly contemporary, PANTONE 19-4052 is as adaptable as it is elegant. The key when using any colour as rich as this is to layer in shades and texture. Make tonal statements to avoid repetition of the one colour overwhelming your home, and be sure to include lighter turquoise elements and pastel blues to ensure the end result feels warm and welcoming. A common misconception when using blue in the home is that it can make a room feel cold and stark, but when applied across a multitude of different materials, textures and finishes, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue expresses elegance and unexpected boldness in a sumptuous, comforting haven. Use accessories and soft furnishings in as many shades of blue as possible to introduce dimension of colour to a room, but stick to one key item in Classic Blue which will serve as a central anchor. This can be wallpaper, a sofa, the carpet or even art, but treat it as your colour foundation that you can then build upon throughout the home. And don’t forget that Classic Blue is one of nature’s most vibrant shades, so be sure to extend it to the garden or patio for a seamless transition from winter through to spring. A sea of bluebells is a dramatic sight, while bold, blue plant pots and bright fencing will contrast with other pink, reds, whites and greens for a truly Mediterranean summer vibe. 86

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Ravana Garden “One Of A Kind Sustainable Luxury Vacation” Ravana Garden, is a harmonious symbiosis between tradition, folklore, legend and history, as well as culture, technology and sustainability. • Private dining & picnics at breath taking locations

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• Organic, semi organic, natural food

• Visit to Chef Wall & our organic garden

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• ‘Madal’ fishing - available only on certain days

• Private gardens & outdoor bathtubs

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• Unlimited free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout site

• River/land Safari, village, cultural & bird watching tours

• Flexi meal timings

• Renew familial bonds & re-establish primordial links with nature

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hether you are after the next-generation of experiential travel or just lusting after some good old fashioned soul-searching, there’s a holiday out there just for you. In 2020, luxury takes a new turn, offering more bang for your buck with the latest show-stopping hotels bringing cutting-edge design and bespoke services. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you, so all you have to do is read on, then book.


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Wellness Won der s Predicting a rise in preventative health retreats as well as a trend in ‘slow wellness’ holidays, founder of Compare Retreats, Dervla Louli Musgrave, says that ‘adventurous wellness’ will also be big in 2020. Native-American inspired therapies at Mii Amo Sedona Resort and active ‘safaris’ at Six Senses Fiji fuse enlightening experiences with healthconscious activities, and appeal to those who desire a wellness holiday but don’t want to lie around in a spa all day (compareretreats.com). An expert in tailor-made tours, Scott Dunn has also seen an increased demand for boundarypushing wellness practices, and, as a response, is introducing trips to lesser-known parts of Finnish and Swedish Lapland. Its new adventure to Beana Laponia, an adults-only retreat in Meltaus, and the Golden Crown Glass Igloos, in Levi, Finland, offers ‘Arctic Cocooning’ – a new form of forest bathing, where you become immersed among the trees, wrapped in an insulated cocoon and soothed by the gentle swaying of the branches (scottdunn.com). Meanwhile, in Swedish Lapland, the new Arctic Bath Hotel is a floating hotel concept with just 12-rooms, found on the remote Lule River. Designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kaup, it offers detoxing and mindfulness as a focus. Floating on the water in the summer, and freezing into the ice during the winter, it has a giant ice bath in its centre, ringed with four saunas, hot baths and relaxation areas. Expect to come home recharged and rejuvenated (arcticbath.se).


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The sky’s the limit With climate change very much in the spotlight, there’s a new legion of travellers wanting to fly less, and, instead, opting for alternative modes of travel. As a result, says Original Travel, ‘Tagskyrt’ – a Swedish concept for ‘train-bragging’, which is all the rage on social media – looks set to be the zeitgeist among those wanting to journey as greenly – and scenically – as possible. The company has launched train-only itineraries for 2020. The first will leave from London in January, taking in four different European cities, and finally arriving in Gotenburg (originaltravel.co.uk). Meanwhile, whisking you away from London to Scotland, the Caledonian Sleeper, which first left London Euston in 1873, has recently been given a £150m revamp with new double beds and hotel key cards on board. Offering some of the most opulent train travel in the world, the Orient Express has announced it is to double the number of its uberluxe grand suites on its European city trains. Tickets, please! Once a must-do for any well-heeled explorer, a cruise down the Nile is also back on the map. One Traveller’s new five-star cruise ship will take solo holidaymakers along the famous river to many of Egypt’s key landmarks (onetraveller.co.uk). While Original Travel’s ten-day voyage takes place on the actual 19th century steamer, the SS Sudan, that Agatha Christie originally sailed on.

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With the Olympics gearing up to start in Tokyo next year, Japan will undoubtedly see an influx of tourists. With most luxury hotels in the city already booked out for the event, you could try something different by staying at TRUNK(HOUSE), a new hyperlocal and immersive concept developed by the team behind the design hotel, TRUNK(HOTEL) , also in Tokyo. The onebedroom property is located in an historical building within Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighbourhood and is inspired by the many salons that permeated the city in the 17th and 18th centuries. Four overnight guests will have the chance to reside alongside an array of newly-commissioned artworks by internationally acclaimed and up-and-coming artists (trunk-house.com). To get away from the crowds, why not head to Kyoto instead? Just two hours on the bullet train from Tokyo, it is having a moment in the spotlight with two notable launches. Opening in spring, is the new Ace Hotel – the group’s first property in Asia. It has been designed in collaboration with award-winning Commune Design and legendary architect Kengo Kuma— the principal architect for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium 2020. Working closely with local artisans, it features a range of handcrafted interior features, to pay homage to Japanese design (acehotel.com). Finally, André Fu, designer of Hong Kong’s Upper House and London’s The Berkeley, will unveil his design for The Mitsui hotel in Kyoto in early June 2020. Located near to Nijo Castle, interiors will take guests on a sensory journey rooted in Kyoto’s tradition, heritage and authenticity. 93


New names, old favourites Sometimes you can’t beat a starry hotel-opening to bring you back to a classic destination. Next year sees the much-anticipated Aman New York launch, carved out of the iconic Crown Building on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, and overlooking Central Park. Built in 1921, it is one of the finest examples of neo-classical Beaux-Arts architecture in the Big Apple. Promising a distinctive design ethos from Jean-Michel Gathy, its three-storey-spa intends to be one of the best urban sanctuaries in the city. There will also be a subterranean jazz club, a 10th floor wraparound Garden Terrace and a lavish penthouse (aman.com). Also long-awaited in France is the Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle – said to be as lavish as the historic palace in which it is found. Due to open next spring, the 14-bedroom hotel will allow guest exclusive access and experiences at Château de Versailles. Architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer has been inspired by 18th-century design with guests able to indulge in a private spa and restaurant by Alain Ducasse (airelles.com). Antigua – a long-time favourite of sunseekers – also has a cluster of new openings on the horizon and an increased Virgin Atlantic service from London Gatwick making it even easier to arrive in the Caribbean isle. First up is the adults-only Hammock Cove Resort & Spa found close to Devil’s Bridge National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pool villas offer indoor-outdoor living, while Michelin-starred chef Marco Festini says his kitchen will be the most inventive on the island (hammockcoveantigua.com). Further down the line, the island will also welcome new openings from Waldorf Astoria on the south-eastern coast, and Rosewood, with its new Half Moon Bay, which will boast 47 pavilion-style suites, with private infinity plunge pools, open-air baths and live orchid walls in each bathroom.


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Demand for experiential travel, in a quest to feel awe and wonder, continues unabated. Astro-tourism, for instance, is on the rise, not only with star-gazers but with those wanting a new pure form of digital detox. Offering some of the darkest skies in the world are Chile’s Elqui Valley and Namibia’s southern Namib Desert. Here, in remote lands, you can be at one with nature, with no interruptions. Black Tomato’s immersive take on the trend will take you to Peru and a traditional Andean earth ceremony. With the guidance of a local shaman, travellers will take part in a ceremony which venerates the Earth under star-studded skies on Lake Huaypo. Taking it one step further still, is Black Tomato’s Get Lost service. All you do is show up at the airport, and the innovative company will take you to an unknown, unchartered destination, so that you can feel like you are genuinely lost. Under the distant watch of a support team, you call on your inner steel to reach the journey’s end – the result, they say, is euphoria as a result of your travel accomplishment (blacktomato.com).

Get lost in dark skies Hidden Europe Named as one of Lonely Planet’s must-see destinations for 2020, Macedonia – recently rebranded as North Macedonia – is a tiny nation in the heart of the Balkans. With the new flight routes to Unesco-protected Lake Ohrid, some of its most stunning areas are opening up to tourism, especially with the recently-launched High Scardus Trail, a 495km trek along the region’s most dramatic peaks (lonelyplanet.com). This also sets the tone for other lesser-known European countries just waiting to be explored. Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, is one of Booking.com’s top trending destinations for 2020, due to its spectacular architecture. It’s also the LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

perfect base from which to explore the stunning landscape of the South Caucasus. Check out the new luxury The Alexander hotel, in the historic centre of the city, inspired by a classical Armenian aesthetic. Bulgaria is another destination emerging on the luxury travel map. Its standout Relais & Châteaux Zornitza Family Estate, in the south of the country, offers inventive local culinary experiences, hot air balloon rides and Vespa tours of the Melnik winemaking region. The Zoma Spa is exceptional and inspired by the local terroir – with grapes, lavender, olive oil, honey from the estate’s own beehives and healing mud from the nearby extinct volcano all used in therapies (book through carrier.co.uk). 95


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weet by name, sweet by nature... Sugar Beach in St Lucia is a stunning kaleidoscope of colour suited more to a gorgeous Disney movie than real life. Entrancing hues shimmer everywhere; from myriad rainbow butterflies to the vibrantly azure hummingbirds, to the lush greenery and scarlet flowers. Add sparkling soft white sand and sapphire sea and you have a slice of pure paradise. We were dazzled by the first sight of this resort which is a go-to for Hollywood’s finest. You can see that Matt Damon was going for a true fairytale wedding when he took it over to renew his wedding vows - its wildlife drifts by like a lovely dream sequence. At night we saw for the first time fireflies dancing and my nineyear-old daughter Megan was convinced they were Tinkerbell and her fairies. And remember the famous scene in Snow White, where the bluebirds follow her in the forest? You get the picture… Impossible though it is to outdo nature, the brains behind the Viceroy Resort on St Lucia’s glorious west coast give it a jolly good run for its money. Viceroy has spent millions turning what was the slightly tired Jalousie Plantation hotel into Sugar Beach, which is without doubt the most sophisticated resort on the island. Once a working sugar plantation, the 18th-century colonial style is kept intact, but with contemporary touches. It is the best of both worlds and the ultimate in luxury.

Nestling in lush foliage and under the gaze of the dramatic Pitons are plantation-style guestrooms, bungalows and villas. Our two-bedroom villa, surrounded by colourful papaya, mango and banana trees, was positively princely. Dreamy white voile draped over the four-poster beds which gave us the best night’s sleep, clawfoot bathtubs so generous you could practically swim in them and opulent furnishings finished to the highest standard. Even the luxurious walk-in shower was larger than the average London bathroom. An elegant patio and cooling plunge pool completed the picture. But the icing on the cake has always to be the superb service of which Viceroy is justifiably proud. Our discreet and very smart butler somehow knew our wishes before we did and we were given mobile phones and direct dial access so we could contact the butler team whenever we needed them. My elder daughter Hannah suffered a bout of tonsilitis when we arrived. Within an hour of consulting reception she was seen by a doctor and was taking the necessary antibiotics. Such prompt treatment meant she quickly recovered and could enjoy the rest of the holiday and the staff couldn’t have been more caring. The resort is family-orientated in general, providing many supervised activities for children between four and 12 years old which achieve the holy grail of being both fun and educational. Some combine fascinating facts about the rainforest and


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the ocean with story-telling, dance classes and craft making. The resort also offers special activities for tweens and teens, everything from tennis tournaments and kayaking, to pinball machines and video games. My daughters adored the pursuits – and the lovely staff – and wished for more hours in a day. Lots of adventures for grown-ups too, ranging from beach volleyball, tennis, lots of fitness classes, riding, hiking, biking and the best scuba diving I have ever experienced. With an incredible array of sea life, Sugar Beach’s underwater world is as breathtaking as its terra firma. Which is handy if, as we did, you need to exercise after diving into the delicious meals on offer. I’m not exaggerating when I say the food was fit for royalty. Executive chef Andrew Jones, formerly head of seafood restaurant Chamberlain’s of London, has catered for royal palaces and cooked for members of the British Royal Family. His exquisite and adventurous taste stands

Yoga on the terrace overlooking the Pitons has to be the best location in the world to practise Sun Salutations out in the hotels six top-notch restaurants and bars. We had too many mouthwatering foods to list, but firm favourites were the succulent Yellowfin tuna in the Bayside Restaurant, and the breakfasts at the Terrace Restaurant. I have never tasted such amazing smoothies and the omelettes and blueberry French toast was to die for. Creole flavours and delicate spices form part of many of the menus and my husband particularly favoured hot pepper sauce with all his meals. The drink offerings were sublime with a vast wine cellar offering and I can’t think of a better start to an evening than a cocktail at the Bayside Bar; a Sugar Beach Punch or a heavenly Paloma while watching the sun set is very hard to beat. Guests are encouraged to enjoy all of the fabulous locations in the resort. You simply choose the time and place, the chef will devise a personalized menu to suit. For an experience out of the ordinary, there is the nearby plantation house where Hotel Chocolat delights are created. We enjoyed lunch there at the Boucan Restaurant, and loved learning to make our own chocolate from cocoa seeds. The island is easy to navigate and car hire is straightforward and easily available. St Lucia also boasts it’s own ‘drive-in’ volcano which is an experience not to be missed. Wellness is also a huge part of life in St Lucia. Yoga on the terrace overlooking the Pitons has to be the best location in the world to practise Sun Salutations and Sugar Beach’s Rainforest Spa is so restful I was in danger of drifting off to sleep during a wonderful bamboo massage. Also highly recommended was the

best salt scrub I have ever experienced. As a family we are lucky to be able to travel a lot, but leaving the resort was a real wrench for all of us. We took many pictures, but they cannot do justice to the beauty of this resort. In short, there is no need to candy-coat any description of the heavenly Sugar Beach. Rates in a Luxury Sugar Mill Room start from $455 per night, room only. Rates in a two bed superior luxury cottage start from $1,785 per night. British Airways fly daily to St Lucia, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugar-beach. For more tourist information about the island, visit stlucia.org and for car hire see carhire.tv


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ow do you wish to travel in 2020? With wellness in mind, fully-immersed in the local culture, or with the environment at the forefront of your every move? To help with your decision, luxury tour operator Carrier presents The Rich List, a curated edit of bespoke experiences tailored to suit your travel needs. Fifty hotels have been divided into five categories that tap into

a different travel trend, whether you’re seeking a digital detox, an eco-conscious escape, a wellness retreat, a cultural awakening or simply time spent with your loved one. Each experience is designed to be life-enriching, from a painting class under the guidance of an acclaimed British artist to a yacht charter complete with a private chef and Holistic Spa Therapist. Here’s our pick of the best trips for 2020.


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LET’S TAKE THIS OFFLINE Modern technology means that the world is at our fingertips. Maps, local guides and recommendations are just a push of a button away, but it also means the office is just as easily accessible – and unavoidable. For a digital detox, look to Qualia Australia for true escapism. Located on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays and surrounded by the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef, this serene escape is as far from city life as you could hope for. Everything about Qualia is designed to keep you horizontal – from the beach terrace to the tranquil library and extensive spa facilities. Just don’t forget to put your Out of Office on. GIVE A LITTLE BACK Deep-rooted in conservationism, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in South Africa has been tipped as the most environmentally-sensitive safari lodge on the continent. Boasting all the trappings of a five-star retreat – think state-of-the-art spa, private plunge pools for each of the 13 suites and a well-stocked underground wine cellar – the hotel has been moulded into the earth and designed to complement the surrounding bushveld. Game drives allow you to see this wondrous landscape and its fascinating inhabitants in all their glory. HEALTH IS WEALTH At Trisara in Phuket, no less than six hands deliver the hotel’s signature massage, a treatment designed to settle your body’s energy using oils, herbal compressions and the intuitive skills of three spa therapists. Hidden in the jungle that surrounds the LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

hotel, this sanctuary delivers a spa experience like no other, inspired by the restorative spirit of nature and rooted in traditional Thai healing practices. Posttreatment, retreat to the private beach for cocktails on the sand. LOCAL SPIRIT Originally built for Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, Al Bustan Palace in Muscat is a dramatically regal building located in the foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains. The building is breathtaking and hard to leave, but no trip is complete without discovering some of Muscat’s fascinating cultural spoils. Just 10 minutes away are some of the city’s most important heritage sites, from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to the Jabal Shams, a.k.a the Grand Canyon of the Middle East. Don’t head out without asking the concierge team for their top tips. TIME FOR TWO So romantic is One&Only Le Saint Géran that even its name alludes to starry-eyed lovers – Le Saint Géran was a ship that sank off the coast that is popularised in the legend of Paul and Viriginie, otherwise known as the Romeo and Juliet of Mauritius. This paradisiacal palace was one of the first hotels on the island when it opened in 1972, and today remains a favourite among visitors, more than half of whom have stayed before. This loyal clientele returns for the pristine sands, enviable roster of water sports and the state-of-the-art spa. For peek romance, ask for a table for two on the candlelit jetty, where your private butler will serve you dinner under the stars. To learn more about Carrier and to order your free copy of The Rich List, please call 0161 826 1914 or visit carrier.co.uk/richlist 103


UN IV ER S I T Y AR M S CA M B R I D G E AS AUTUMN LEAVES SKITTER INTO THE LOBBY OF THE CITY’S SMARTEST HOTEL, FIND A READER’S R E T R E AT A M O N G C A M B R I D G E ’ S L I T E R A RY L E G E N D S WORDS ANNA PRENDERGAST

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iterature is Cambridge’s lifeblood, and the city has educated and inspired some of the world’s top writing talent from Sylvia Plath to Stephen Fry. While the Bloomsbury Group may be long gone, the city is rarely short of writers to tell its stories. Over the years, John Simpson has bought reading material at antique bookseller G. David’s, Tim Hayward rescued local institution Fitzbillies and Zadie Smith observed that the ‘joy’ of Cambridge was its abundance of ‘people

reading books in a posh place’. I can think of far worse ways to pass the time than reading books in a posh place, and the University Arms seems purpose-built. Once a coaching inn, the hotel turned into one of the UK’s biggest openings last year after an £80 million refurbishment by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki, who brought a strong sense of nostalgia for halcyon days spent at school and plenty of references to the university after which it’s named. Collegiate stripes on

the corridor carpets remind you of the repp tie you packed to wear at supper; storage bins in the bedrooms look like boarding school tuckboxes. All of it is accented with a shade of duck-egg that lands carefully in between Cambridge blue and Fortnum’s blue. The Library, a relaxed living room, is set around an original fireplace where afternoon tea is served (I can think of no better meal to pair with a book – nothing goes cold, everything can be eaten with one hand). The hotel’s suites are named after


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local scholars, most of whom attended the university. The Stephen Hawking suite has a grand, Regency-style curved bow window overlooking Parker’s Piece, where cycle paths cut the green space into quarters, and light-filled bedrooms have cosy corners for binge-reading poetry and stories and science. There are even desks for when inspiration strikes. While gorgeous, 10 out of the 12 suites are named after men, the only exceptions being Virginia Woolf and Rosalind Franklin. If anyone deserves ‘a room of her own’ it’s Woolf, but considering this year marks 150 years since women were accepted at Cambridge University, their presence seems to be something of an afterthought. The cocktail menu (similarly named after local legends) doesn’t namecheck a single woman, and bathrooms are filled with products by Dr Harris, a ‘specialist in gentlemen’s grooming’. In such a place, it was a disappointing discovery, but not a dealbreaker. Balance the scales at The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge exhibition at the University Library, on until March. On the lower ground, the hotel’s heritage is elegantly matched with cool, contemporary fixtures. Brudnizki’s signature patchwork of paintings are somewhat subdued compared to those at Annabel’s or The Ivy: witty, whimsical illustrations of Cambridge characters yawning in punts and stumbling out of pubs surround the tables in Parker’s Tavern, the hotel’s restaurant. Here, chef Tristan Welch has developed his own style of haute canteen with a menu and dining space jovially reminiscent

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of boarding school staples. You’ll want to ask Sir for seconds of his spaghetti bolognese, and even the grown-ups can’t resist the colouring-book-style ordering system for ice cream with all the toppings. There’s even the odd harmonised rendition of Happy Birthday, as if the King’s College choir had popped in to celebrate. By evening, slick waiters sling trays of drinks around at improbable angles and speed, while breakfast has an informal, convivial feel of a club you can’t help but want to be a member of. Cambridge might be one of the few universities that doesn’t get a reading week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend your own there. Find a willow tree next to the River Cam to hide under while the punts sail past, bury your nose in a book stowed in your satchel and take a crash course in comfort at the University Arms. From £225 for a double bedroom, universityarms.com

HOW TO GET HERE The fast train from King’s Cross takes 48 minutes to Cambridge WHAT TO BRING An empty notepad for your bestseller WHAT TO WEAR Shoes you can cycle in; there are pretty blue bikes you can borrow during your stay WHERE TO GO Fitzbillies for Chelsea buns; Kettle’s Yard for a quirky history of the area; The Flower House for a bouquet to pop in your bike basket.

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NEWS BUILD TO RENT WITH VERTUS Property has been the latest market to be transformed by the shift towards an access over ownership consumer approach, with the burgeoning build-to-rent (BTR) sector proving a formidable force in the property market. Responding to rising demand in the area, Canary Wharf Group’s new build-to-rent arm Vertus is launching its first development on the privatelyowned Canary Wharf estate. 10 George Street (left), a collection of 327 apartments, is the first among three BTR developments launching in Canary Wharf this year. Residents will be able to sign a flexible tenancy to suit their needs. The properties will also benefit from exceptional amenties, including a lounge, expansive south-facing garden terrace, private event space and a bar area. There are two Sleep Suites for guests of residents to stay in. There will also be a gym for residents. Alastair Mullens, Head of Vertus, says, “Build-to-rent is becoming more prominent but the services at Vertus will set a new standard for what residents can expect in a rental development. We’ll also be hosting a wide array of events so residents can get to know each other and really develop a community here.” The apartments’ interiors are in an open-plan format to accentuate natural light throughout, with high-specification appliances. The studio to three-bedroom apartments will be available to rent from early 2020. thisisvertus.com

COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARDS

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

On Monday 25 November, Canary Wharf Group awarded nine individuals for their outstanding voluntary contributions to the local community. From leading youth clubs to preserving local heritage, each of the champions has been fundamental in their support of initiatives in their neighbourhoods. Friends and family gathered to celebrate Walter Berwick, Peter Steel, Peter Ellis, Debbie Levett, Gouri Choudhury, Helen Kenney, Mustak Ali, Joyce Lee and Mohammed Abdus Salam, who were each presented with a framed certificate signed by Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Canary Wharf Group’s Executive Chairman, plus £250 to donate to a community organisation of their choice.

The winner of Canary Wharf Group’s Wildlife Photography competition has been announced. A panel of judges (including professional photographers David Cottridge and Christopher Andreou) awarded Derek Bezuidenhout’s Goldfinch Portrait with first prize, who was charmed by the birdsong he witnessed in Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Izzy Broome took home the prize for the Junior (under 12) category, and Nathan Phua won in the Junior (12-18) group. Dean Scott’s I Can’t Stand the Rain won for Street Photography. Up Close and Personal went to Sean Batten and Elena Chaykina won for Architecture. Winners took home cash prizes and gift cards to spend – just in time for the new year.


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Lee O'Neill looks forward to helping you. lee.oneill@knightfrank.com 020 3641 6112

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Pan Peninsula Square, Isle of Dogs E14 Pan Peninsula is located within close proximity of Canary Wharf's shops, bars and restaurants. Transport links include the Jubilee underground station (0.5 miles) and South Quay DLR (0.1 mile). All times and distances are approximate. • Exclusive on-site leisure facilities • Three private balconies offering skyline views • Fiftieth floor cocktail bar and residents' cinema

Lee O'Neill looks forward to helping you. lee.oneill@knightfrank.com 020 3641 6112

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Beautifully presented eighteenth floor apartment.

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Christopher Paxton looks forward to helping you. christopher.paxton@knightfrank.com 020 3461 5890

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All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent and the deposit, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property (if not an AST). (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) If the landlord agrees to you having a pet, you may be required to pay a higher deposit (if not an AST) or higher weekly rent (if an AST). Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/tenantfees.


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Christopher Paxton looks forward to helping you. christopher.paxton@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5890

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All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent and the deposit, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property (if not an AST). (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) If the landlord agrees to you having a pet, you may be required to pay a higher deposit (if not an AST) or higher weekly rent (if an AST). Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/tenantfees.


S E C O N D N AT U R E E C O W O R L D B A L LY M O R E ’ S NEW WARDIAN LONDON DEVELOPMENT IN CANARY W H A R F F E AT U R E S A N E N V I R O N M E N T- F I R S T D E S I G N

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n the second half of the 19th century, in the smoky, industrial dockland area of east London, a green-fingered GP changed gardening forever. An amateur naturalist and entomologist, Dr Nathanial Bagshaw Ward invented the Wardian Case, an early example of a terrarium that revolutionised the transportation of exotic plants across the globe. So successful was the case that, in the 15 years after its invention, botanist Sir William Hooker imported six times as many plants to Kew Gardens as he did in the previous century. It’s to Ward that Ecoworld Ballymore looked when creating its new eco-conscious development in Canary Wharf. Wardian London, which is due to complete in 2020, pays tribute to the doctor not just in name, but design, too. Created in collaboration with Glenn Howells Architects, Wardian London marries nature and human innovation by combining bold architecture with equally bold landscape design. International plant experts have been heavily involved in the design process, crafting beautiful green spaces both indoors and out by sourcing more than 100 different species of exotic plants and flowers, each inspired by those first transported to London using Wardian Cases. They will be used throughout the development, championing biodiversity and creating a space akin to Kew Gardens’ botanic palm houses. In keeping with its environmental ethos, the development’s interiors have been crafted using natural, organic materials in an earthy colour palette. Residents are also given access to The

Gardener, an indoor and outdoor landscaping service that offers seasonal plant packages and garden maintenance. Comprising two residential towers of 55- and 50-storeys respectively, Wardian London offers 766 homes in total, ranging from suites to penthouses. Designed to integrate with the local community, Wardian London will boast two restaurants by Alan Yau, due to open in summer 2020, as well as a publicallyaccessible Western Garden that extends around the East Tower, lobby entrance and retail spaces – bringing a much-welcome slice of nature to an urban setting. Wardian London residences are available now, from £592,500 for a suite. For more information contact sales@wardianlondon.com or call 020 3944 4752, wardianlondon.com


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Located on one of Sundridge Park’s premier roads is this versatile five bedroom detached house.

Beautiful double-fronted, detached house arranged over three floors, boasting 2,684 sq ft of flexible living accommodation.

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Austin Avenue, BR2

Magdalen Grove, BR6

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac off Southborough Lane is this stunning family home set behind electronic gates.

A spacious detached house set within a private position on Magdalen Grove, easily accessible to Orpington and Chelsfield Stations.

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Buckleigh House, BR6 £2,300,000 F/H

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Gloucester Circus, SE10 £2,750,000 F/H

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Manor Lane Terrace, SE13

Parade Ground, SE18

A superb Edwardian end-of-terrace house offering much period charm throughout and boasting a loft conversion that has created a master bedroom with en-suite shower room.

Forming a part of a truly magnificent converted historic building, offering spacious accommodation throughout, residents parking and an extremely long lease.

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Reminder Lane, SE10

£590,000, L/H

Ultra-modern apartment situated within a highly regarded development in the heart of the ever popular Greenwich Millennium Village.

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Lewisham Hill, SE13 £525,000 F/H

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Dancers Way, SE8

Springbank Road, SE13

Troughton Lane, SE7

Immaculate one bedroom apartment situated in the centre of Greenwich.

A stunning split-level maisonette that benefits from a private garden.

Well presented three bedroom, end of terrace Victorian family home.

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Trafalgar Grove, SE10

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The Paragon, SE3

Immaculate townhouse, just a short walk to Cutty Sark DLR and Greenwich mainline station.

Refurbished & stylishly furnished apartment, a short walk from Blackheath train station.

Converted apartment within this landmark Grade l star listed Georgian crescent.

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Eastcombe Avenue, SE7

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Mid-terrace Edwardian house situated on the popular Charlton Slopes.

Split-level first floor conversion flat, only yards from Westcombe Park Station.

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THE LIMING LUXURY VILLAS, Bequia Island There are few places better suited to relaxation than the Caribbean, and at the Liming Resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines a range of private residences offer seclusion and tranquillity on another level. Ranging from one- and two-bedroom cottages to six-bedroom villas, each property benefits from a private pool, as well as access to the resort’s state-of-the-art spa and sporting facilities. POA, realestate@thelimingbequia.com

Samujana Villas, Koh Samui Located on the tropical island of Koh Samui in Thailand, Samujana is a luxury estate comprising 27 villas, each boasting unrivalled ocean views and award-winning architecture. Five-star, personalised service is at the disposal of owners and rental guests, who also benefit from

nearby beaches, restaurants, and shops. Conveniently located just 10 minutes from the airport, you can savour every last minute of paradise before your flight home. Four new villas are for sale for less than approx. £2.3m, with resale villas from approx. £934,000. Villas can also be rented from approx. £374 a night, property_sales@samujana.com

One & Only Private Homes, Kea Island

The closest Cycladic island to mainland Greece, Kea Island is soon to be home to the second One & Only resort in Europe. Alongside hotel rooms, suites and villas, a collection of private homes will be located on the tranquil beachfront when it opens in 2021. Residents will have access to the Beach Club alongside a multitude of amenities available at the hotel, including three restaurants, two bars, a spa and fitness centre. From approx. £2.5m for a two-bedroom turnkey private home, info@oneandonlyresorts.com LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K

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East Smithfield, E1W ÂŁ3,500,000

Set on the third floor, a beautifully presented penthouse apartment located within a London warehouse conversion. The property retains original features including stone flooring and exposed brickwork. There are four double bedrooms, a kitchen with a terrace and an impressive roof terrace, energy rating e. Dexters Wapping 020 7650 5350

Basin Approach, E14 ÂŁ1,825,000

Arranged over two floors, this penthouse apartment has 2,800 sq. ft of ample living space. The property has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a wraparound terrace with views of Canary Wharf and Basin, two parking spaces and a concierge service, energy rating d. Dexters Wapping 020 7650 5350

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Earls Way, SE1 ÂŁ2,000 per week

A unique two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with direct river views. The development offers luxury living with 24-hour concierge and access to a gym, sauna, 20m plunge pool and residents business lounge. The property is located in a great neighbourhood with easy transport links, perfect for a city professional, energy rating b. Dexters Tower Bridge 020 7650 5051

Fairmont Avenue, E14 ÂŁ1,154 per week

Situated on the fifteenth floor of this superior development, a three bedroom, three bathroom penthouse apartment. This exceptional property offers a wraparound terrace, a private sauna and breathtaking views of the River Thames, Canary Wharf and the City, energy rating d. Dexters Canary Wharf 020 7517 1190 For further information on the costs associated with renting a property, please visit our website or ask one of our local experts.


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