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New Unity:



Radically different on the inside

two continents in two days

Humans of N16

The stories of strangers across Hackney

The Home of Outdoor Sports:

The Delicious Guide to Hackney

Stoke Newington

GLORIOUS SUMMER Make the most of the food, drink and action in our area

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Hold your event in one of the most creative and thriving areas in London Hackney Venues has emerged as a collection of some of the most sought after event spaces in east London. Currently featuring seven beautifully restored unique venues in the heart of the borough including two stunning art-deco town halls, an eighteenth century mansion house inside of Clissold Park, a former water pumping station, a RIBA award-winning sporting centre as well as a purpose-built conference centre and a converted warehouse a stones-throw away from Shoreditch High Street. From private parties and stunning weddings to conferences, product launches, fashion shows and awards ceremonies; Hackney Venues offers a space for any occasion. Get in touch with our dedicated events team for further information or visit our website for more details.

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Summer 2017 ISSUE #3


Andi Oliver is to open a restaurant in Stoke Newington



The home of outdoor water sports: Stoke Newington







Radically different on the inside


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elcome to the summer issue of N16 Life. In this edition, you will read about the West Reservoir, a water sports centre close to Green Lanes, that had to be saved from being turned into a housing development in the 1980s. We spoke to the North London Sailing Association and The Castle Canoe Club, which have operated on the reservoir for many years. Another story is The New Unity church on Newington Green – and how it differs from just about every other church. If you don’t believe me, check out their slogan, “Believe in Good” – yep, that extra “o” is in there on purpose. Carrie O’Grady explains more in these pages. We also have our traditional selection of food and drink to sample from across N16’s unrivalled cuisine offering – just in time for the summer. Food writer and cook Yasemen Kaner-White shares lemony recipes from her book, Lemon Compendium. And if you’re set on learning something new, why not check out our course guide? As always, you'll find an extensive guide to what's on in your area, and highlights of the cultural events in London that you mustn't miss. See you in September, and enjoy the summer!


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WHAT'S ON this summer

N16 Life’s unrivalled guide to the theatre, music, outdoor events and children’s activities in Hackney and across London in the warmer months of 2017

America’s finest: Dr Dog



n American rock band from Pennsylvania, Dr. Dog, comes to London for just two shows. The band's musical styling of indie rock is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but they have also touched upon more unrelated genres since their inception. Wednesday 28th June 2017 | Doors at 19:30 Tickets £15.40

East side stories: Londoners in transition ucl.ac.uk/library/exhibitions/east-side-stories

his exhibition at UCL considers East London’s long and fascinating history of regeneration and change, as the metropolis expanded and new communities emerged over the centuries. It illustrates the movement from rural to urban, everyday lives from schooldays to work, and the good intentions of the social reformers. Featuring items from eighteenth


century maps to the proof copy of George Orwell’s 'Confessions of a Down and Out in London and Paris by X’, it draws on the extensive London History, Jewish and Education collections and archives held by UCL Library Services. Free entry Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm, until Fri 15 Dec 2017 UCL Main Library (Wilkins Building), London WC1E 6BT

Theatre and comedy combined



hantasmagoria Cabaret is an unashamed celebration of theatre and comedy, which examines the issue of flitting between the real and inauthentic self. Patrizia Paolini and the three gorgeous girls of Jesus Paolini Park, plus guest artists of remarkable caliber make Phantasmagoria cabaret a highly engaging and original experience, in their third appearance at Hoxton Hall. Saturday 22nd July; 20:00 £12


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dalstonyoga.co.uk Dalston Yoga is based in the centre of Dalston, in a building constructed in the 1800s that was originally a Hackney Cab Stable. Paulene Morphett is the founder of and primary teacher at Dalston Yoga. She was introduced to yoga whilst at university, has been practicing steadily for 25 years and teaching for the last twelve. The studio space is airy and open with natural skylight. Single class £12


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NK a new play by James Graham directed by Rupert Goold Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. James Graham’s ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper – when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor’s quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want. Saturday 17 June – Saturday 5 August 17 Jun - 23 Jun £32, £28, £20, £10 24 Jun - 5 Aug £39.50, £32, £20, £10

Adapted by Anya Reiss from the novel by Charles Dickens Directed by Caroline Byrne. Discover the original story of Victorian London's most famous child with Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over. It will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Monday 17 July - Saturday 5 August All tickets £18


woodberrywetlands.org.uk A concert like no other… unamplified, outdoors and round a fire; surely this is the only way to really hear music. Since the dawn of song, by the flickering embers and starry skies all walks of man and woman have gathered in song and celebration, to tell the stories and while away an evening. 16 June, 21 July, 18 August & 15 September, from 7pm Tickets £10

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en Whishaw returns to the Almeida in AGAINST, a gripping new play about how we come to know ourselves honestly by Christopher Shinn, directed by Ian Rickson. Silicon Valley. The future. A rocket launches. Luke is an aerospace billionaire who can talk to anyone. But God is talking to him. He sets out to change the world. Only violence stands in his way. Christopher Shinn’s gripping new play, directed by Ian Rickson, features Ben Whishaw as Luke. Against is designed by Ultz. Casting is by Sophie Holland. Saturday 12 Aug - Saturday 30 Sept 9

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Live at the Chapel with Ed Byrne


he monthly spectacle at the stunning gothic Union Chapel returns with another extraordinary line up; Observational comedy master Ed Byrne headlines the July show, star of Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You & many more. Saturday 1 July , 18:30   Room: Chapel £20 adv


Romeo & Juliet: the story to break a thousand hearts southbankcentre.co.uk

ee Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet. English National Ballet brings the world’s greatest love story to Royal Festival Hall with Rudolf Nureyev’s passionate choreography and Prokofiev’s exhilarating score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Full of action, humour and



drama, Nureyev’s award-winning production of Romeo and Juliet was created especially for English National Ballet in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The Company has since performed it worldwide to critical acclaim. Royal Festival Hall 1 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017 £12 - £55






leena’s Garden is a perfect first theatre experience for very young children. Join Aleena in her beautiful garden, help bring the seeds to life, meet the animals that live there, watch the flowers bloom, the trees blossom and the seasons change. Aleena’s Garden is aimed at ages 4 months to 3 years. Babies need a ticket from 4 months. Thurs 15 & Fri 16 June £10 Full-price Adults £8 Children / Babies (from 4 months) and Concessions

Meet Bobbin, the mischievous spirit of a shoemaker’s workshop, who is always ready to explore, discover and make new friends. This is his first night in a strange new world and there is so much to do he might just need your help! An interactive, wordless show for young children, based on ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, Bobbin is full of Tea Break’s trademark comedy, invention and imagination. Step inside the workshop for a miniature, magical adventure! Bobbin is aimed at ages 2-6. Mon 7 – Thurs 10 Aug £10 Full-price Adults £8 Children (age 1 – 15) and Concessions


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New music showcase with an Arab twist


Presented in collaboration with Supersonic Festival this musical showcase by Nawa Recordings features some of the Arab world’s most creative, independent and forward thinking artists. Founded by multi-instrumentalist musician and composer Khyam Allami in 2011, Nawa is an independent label focused on releasing new music from the Arab world. Having released critically acclaimed albums by Maurice Louca, Alif, The Dwarfs of East Agouza and Allami’s soundtrack to Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s award winning debut feature film As I Open My Eyes, the label brings its newest artists to the UK for the first time in a genredefying and eclectic quadruple-bill. Monday 19 June 2017, 7.30 £20


friendsfest.co.uk/clissold-park-london Following last year's sell out tour, award-winning Comedy Central UK's Friendsfest returns this summer for a 12-week tour of the UK, including nine days in London’s Clissold Park. Brand new features for 2017 include a full-scale Joey & Chandler apartment set, as well as never-beforeseen memorabilia and props from the show. There's also the best of the fest from previous years, including Monica & Rachel's apartment, Recreate the Titles, Ross & Rachel's Vegas chapel of love, the chance to grab a coffee in Central Perk, something to eat in Monica's Moondance Diner and a drink at the Chick & Duck Bar... There's also a special Friendsfest shop on site, offering exclusive memorabilia and merchandise. FriendsFest will be at Clissold Park, September 15–September 24; Tickets £26

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Humans of N16 Inspired by Humans of New York, N16 Life records the stories of strangers across Hackney. Here are the latest Humans of N16. Photos MEHMET ER

DAVID S. BLANCO I moved to Stoke Newington in 2011 with my wife from neighbouring Highbury and Islington where I had lived most of my life. I spent a lot of time as a teenager in Stoke Newington and have witnessed the transformation of the neighbourhood. I started Blank Editions primarily as a vehicle for artists in and around Hackney to release music in a very streamlined way and document the collaborative spirit happening in and around our neighbourhood. We release a variety of genres, but I guess what makes many of these recordings somewhat unique is down to the fact many of our releases either share recording facilities or members who have collaborated in some capacity at some point in the past. The local connections allows artists to develop a friendship, and work in ways that feel transparent and natural, without contracts and lawyers. Despite the size of the label, which is small, it feels right to work that way. Some of our releases have had a very focused narrative relating to N16. For example, our first release from Thurston Moore, whose A side, entitled Detonation, was a homage of sorts to the Angry Brigade, a revolutionary group that operated from a house in Amhurst Road in the 1970s. In January of this year, we released material by a Stoke Newington based artist working under the name Bark! Dead Summer. The EP was called Wanderings, which was a direct homage to the remains of the New River and the Piano Factory that once stoodin what is now Red Square, just off Carysfort Road where the label was originally founded. In 2014, we put out a solo 7” by Yuki Tsujii from the Hackney based band, Bo Ningen, Yuki’s solo record had a leaf taken from Clissold Park and inserted into each package along with the record itself, these records were then shipped all over the world. We had to get clearance from the embassies to find out if they allowed this kind of vegetation into their countries. It’s funny to think that there are leaves from Clissold Park in quite a few countries around the world due to this release. We put our first record out in March 2012 and have released 26 so far with a pretty busy schedule ahead including a fifth year birthday event on 23 June at Blundell Street Studios.


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we put out a solo 7” by Yuki Tsujii from the Hackney based band, Bo Ningen, Yuki’s solo record had a leaf taken from Clissold Park and inserted into each package along with the record itself, these records were then shipped all over the world.

Müge Çetinkaya I was born in Karabük, Turkey, where I spent the most magnificent years of my childhood until about 12 years old. My parents were both civil servants. I used to visit my mother at work and loved playing games behind the counter, imitating her and her colleagues working with typewriters and doing fast calculations with Facit calculators. One of the first pieces of advice I was given was “if you have an apple, halve it, and then give the bigger piece to your friend”. I always do. After my parents’ divorce in 1986, I moved to Izmit with my mother and little sister. Such events teach you to take responsibility, like taking care of my sister while our mother was at work. I was interested in everything to protect the environment and nature. I was very good at literature and that’s why I still am very fond of writing. I have a blog but I admit that I am a bit lazy focusing on it. At 17, I joined a local theatre group. I had made great friends there with still ongoing strong connections. Unfortunately, I could not carry on acting much longer as the same year because I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, an illness where person’s immune system goes to overdrive and attacks its own organs and tissues. It manifests itself differently and it can have a big impact in their life. Let's just say I learned well how to manage it. I am a graduate of Ankara University, Department of Sociology. After a few filmmaking short courses in London, I studied Broadcast Post-Production and worked for several media and broadcast companies and organisations such as BBC London and MTV Europe. I now mostly work independently on project based roles; co-ordinating international media for some film festivals, PR for theatre plays, voluntary works for NGOs; the British Lung Foundation and Greenpeace UK. Home is the most important place in the world. I can easily say that a lot of my friends also feel a little lost in London even after long years living and working here. Everybody loves to go to their home eventually. I hit a low when I lost my mother in 2008 but the 2013 Gezi Park upheavals fanned the flame. I genuinely want everything to be a lot better in Turkey and one day plan to go back for good. For now, I miss Turkey when I am here and when I am there, I miss London. But in London nothing managed to fill the gap in my life which once was loaded with full of unconditional love given me by my Turkish family and friends.


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Elinor Huggett I was born in Cornwall, and studied Mathematics in Bath before moving to London seven years ago to do a Master’s degree in Environmental Design. I've been living in the N16 area for more than five years now, and absolutely love it – it really feels like a community within the city. I got into swing dancing about five years ago (a friend suggested it and I got hooked!), so when I heard about the beginning of SwingTrain I thought it was a brilliant idea. I love that it's accessible to everyone, no matter their age, fitness levels or abilities, and I work hard to make sure that everyone who comes to my classes enjoys it. The SwingTrain movements are inspired by the vintage street dances of Charleston, lindy hop, and shag, and they take place to the elating sounds of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz. The classes are for everyone! Regardless of age, fitness or ability, my goal is always to make sure people have a great time, get moving, and leave with a smile on their face - no previous dance or fitness experience required! The full body exercises work legs, arms, and core, as well as developing coordination and mental agility through memorable routines. At the end of class I always have a stream of people walking past me, grinning and saying how much fun they've had. I always tell people from the outset that my priority is that they have fun - and it seems to work! It's amazing to think people can burn up to 500 calories in an hour and hardly even realise it.

Jane Edwards I was born in Islington and moved to Stoke Newington when I was one and spent my childhood growing up here. Lots of my childhood memories are from times of playing over Clissold park, swimming at Clissold park baths and I loved spending lots of my time at The Shakespeare Walk adventure playground. I always dreamed of being a hairdresser so as soon as I left school I got a job in a salon off Newington Green signing up for a youth training scheme for 2 years. I stayed there for a year and then had the opportunity in 1988 to come and work for the former owner of this salon Mark Starr, who was a fantastic haircutter with a big personality. Mark trained me over the next few years and I stayed working with him for 18 years before I left to venture out on new things. Three years passed and then I was given the terrible news that Mark had passed away suddenly and I was then given the opportunity to take over the business. With a big push from my partner to go for it, I can happily say I have just celebrated eight years of business this March with ongoing support from clients new and old and also my amazing stylist Michelle who I meet at hairdressing college all those years ago. Stoke Newington is an amazing place and I have seen so many changes over the years. I still have clients that I started cutting when I was training nearly thirty years ago, including three generations of families and young kids who are now in their thirties, some even traveling from as far as Bath and even Greece. The shop is tucked away in a lovely road behind Church St and the high street. It has been a hairdressers for over 30 years. Previously it was a dairy called Akam & Sons and still boasts original features including a huge marble slab in the window, which I love to decorate throughout the year and is adored by locals and many children who look forward to seeing what's coming next. I love being a part of this lovely community and hope to continue to work here for many years to come.


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We are great advocates of learning through play, as we truly believe this is where the value lies for children under the age of five.

Kiki Linton-Aspinall I am a proud Londoner, born and raised in Islington, just opposite the beautiful New River Walk. In 1997 my mum started a new job managing a nursery in Stoke Newington, and after finishing secondary school in Marylebone, each day I would get the number 73 bus from Angel right to the end of its route. This is where my love for Stoke Newington was born. It was inevitable that once I permanently flew the nest I found myself in a four-bedroom house share in Stoke Newington. It was close to my parents, close to the bright lights of Dalston and close to my job, which at the time was managing N16 Playgroup. After running N16 Playgroup for five years, I realised that there was a need for a full day nursery in Stoke Newington to cater to the growing young population. It was then that I decided to open N16 Tots. Based on Defoe Road, N16 Tots is a small nursery with a wonderful sense of community and home-like feel. Our main ethos is that by being a small nursery we help each child to feel that they are special. I personally know each and every child and parent that is part of our nursery, which means I am best placed to ensure that everybody’s needs are being met. I have always enjoyed working with children; I attended a Montessori primary school as a child, and my mum is also a qualified Montessori teacher. This meant that from an early age, I was encouraged to pursue my own interests, which usually resulted in spending time in the nursery, helping to feed the children and put them to sleep. These experiences directly shaped the path that I took later in life. Although we do not call ourselves a Montessori nursery, the underlying principles of Montessori undoubtedly shape the way N16 Tots and N16 Playgroup operate. We are great advocates of learning through play, as we truly believe this is where the value lies for children under the age of five. We encourage all children to be independent, and help them to explore their own interests, all whilst having a brilliant time! When I go out in Stokey I love frequenting the pubs, restaurants and the nightlife of Dalston – usually all on the same evening – rounded off with a 2am amble to the one and only Best Kebab. I love working in Stoke-Newington. I love the diversity, the village-like appeal, and the sense of belonging to a community. I really hope that as new residents move into the area, they will continue to support the small independent businesses that truly make Stoke Newington the wonderful and amazing place it is today. 15

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N16 postcode still offers good value to tenants with the average price for a two bedroom apartment around £470 per week

N16: a strong market for tenants Daren Haysom, Foxtons’ area director for northeast London, explains why Stoke Newington, Dalston and Hackney remain highly attractive and affordable - for people wanting to rent


nlike the sales market, which can be heavily influenced by a number of external factors, the lettings market is mainly led by demand. In Stoke Newington and the rest of the N16 postcode, demand remains strong. With a high rate of renewals and limited stock available, the ratio of potential tenants per property on our books at present averages 12:1. Due to their property portfolio comprising predominantly of Victorian family homes with three bedrooms and up, the Stoke Newington, Dalston and Hackney areas attract a high number of families and professional sharers. Stoke Newington’s vibrant high street

with its wide array of independent amenities, including world-renowned L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele and locals’ favourites such as The Good Egg and Zona coffee shop, can rival the more established high street in Islington. N16 is known for its good sense of community and family-friendly atmosphere, sought-after primary schools such as Grasmere and William Patten, and easy access to London’s financial districts, all adding to the appeal of the area. The N16 postcode still offers good value to tenants, with the average price for a two bedroom apartment around £470 per week, which is approximately 15% lower than in the nearby Highbury and Islington areas. The corporate

lettings market is also well-developed in and around N16, a popular area for insurance companies to temporarily rehome their clients on a short-term basis. Another point of difference in the N16 lettings market is that 95% of its landlord base consist of either small-scale private landlords or “accidental landlords”, those with only one property to let that came into their possession by circumstance (couples moving in together, family inheritance etc.) rather than as a planned investment purchase. This ensures a higher standard of properties to let, as many landlords have taken pride and care in the place they used to call home, which in return benefits tenants. The latter becomes especially important in light of the new regulations effective from 6 April this year, which will see a 25% reduction in mortgage interest relief on additional properties, gradually set to increase to 100% by 2020. This will bring into perspective the value of an increase in rent in comparison to tenant retention to avoid the void period between tenancies. Our advice to landlords is that tenant care has never been more important; similarly, most tenants want security of tenure for at least a few years, therefore establishing good relationships from the outset is beneficial for both parties. The London lettings market is getting ready for its busiest time of the year, usually between May and September, and we expect the market in N16 to perform strongly on a par with the previous year.

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The home of outdoor water sports:

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urprised? Yes, Hackney isn’t the first place that comes to mind you think about outdoor water sports. But just behind the Castle on Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, is a place that offers precisely that. Sailing, canoeing, kayaking and openair swimming are all available here at the West Reservoir Centre. The reservoirs of Stoke Newington were built in the 19th century to supply a growing capital city’s water needs. They opened in 1833 to take clean water from the New River and store it as a clean water reserve. When the Thames Water Authority announced it no longer required the facility in 1985, it was marked up for sale. A local residents’ campaign – Save Stoke Newington Reservoirs and Filter Beds – swung into action.

Rescuing the reservoirs The campaigners found themselves combatting plans to create a hypermarket on the site and, with the absence of social media, had to run petitions, fundraising raffles, stalls and

closely-argued letters in an effort to get their message heard. The campaign was partially successful: the West and East Reservoirs were saved from development but not the filter beds, which were allocated to housing. There were tears and joy at the same time. A decade later in 1996, Hackney Council bought the western reservoir from the now-privatised Thames Water and began work to convert it into a water sports centre. With the help of National Lottery funds, it opened in 2003 as a leisure. Today it is located on 30 acres of water, offering courses and activities in sailing, kayaking, canoeing and other water sports for all for schools and community groups, as well as adults and young people. The centre is recognised by both the British Canoe and the Royal Yachting Association.

Give it a go yourself Freddie Lovejoy, senior water sports coach, said those adults who learn to paddle at the centre will also have the opportunity to take part in activities outside the city. There will also be multiactivity weeks during the summer to introduce children to water sports. 19

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year, with concessions available as well as reduced joining fees later in the year.” Dates and further information are available on the club’s website, castlecanoeclub.co.uk. Castle Canoe Club members get a discounted rate on the centre’s lessons.

Set sail on the waters “These are usually most children’s introduction to the water sports and is all based around having fun and trying something new,” he says. “These become popular in the summer in particular.”

Paddling in the sunset One of the most active groups at the West Reservoir Centre is the Castle Canoe Club, which was set up in 2000. "It is a place saved by the community for the community,” says Peter Emery, the club’s chair. “I feel that Castle Canoe Club fills in where London can lack. We have a hugely diverse membership of people that would not otherwise not meet. There’s a running joke in the club that we’re a floating social club. “We arrange trips to beautiful places around the country and beyond, often to places where members have never been before. You get a hundred new friends as part of your membership fee. Some members love high octane white water while others just like to cruise down serene rivers and our polo players are playing in national competitions. “The finest way to unwind in zone 2 has to be paddling in the sunset on a Tuesday night after work around the reservoir.”

Kayaking, canoeing Kayaking and canoeing for adults takes place all year round every Sunday between 10am and 1pm, and additionally

There’s a running joke in the club that we’re a floating social club on a Tuesday night between 6pm and 8pm from April to October. Club welfare officer Kate Dornan says anyone interested in becoming a member should do an induction session: “These are fortnightly and cover the basics of health and safety as well as paddling technique. “The cost is £10 for the session plus a couple of weeks' paddling while inductees decide whether to join us for the year. Membership currently costs £105 per

The club also organises field trips around London – or even out of the country. Sea kayaking on the Thames, paddling, river trips, and kayak surfing are combined with annual trips to Ireland and the Alps. There’s also a polo team that competes in regional and national leagues, and hosts a tournament on the West Reservoir twice annually. There is a sailing group here – the North London Sailing Association, headed by Caroline Brown – although it does not offer NLSA sailing courses, and members must have a level 2 qualification from the West Reservoir Centre (or an equivalent) before joining. “Members don't need to have their own boats as they can use the boats owned by the West Reservoir Centre,” Brown says. “There are a mix of double and single hander boats. We also have a coastal base at Brightlingsea Essex, where we own a small property and 6 wayfarer boats. During the summer months, we run cruising weekends, some more advanced training (seamanship skills and level 3) and also have a camping weekend.” Membership is for £140 for adults and £70 for children per annum. For further information, check their website: northlondonsailing.org The Youth Club, provides young people between 8-17 years old the opportunity to participate in dinghy sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Membership is for £102 per annum. 21

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elieve in Good’, says the sign outside the church. Hang on, isn’t that an extra ‘o’ in there? It isn’t, oddly enough. The New Unity, on the north side of Newington Green, is not like other churches: they don’t believe in God, heaven and hell, saints’n’sinners, or any of the other theological trappings we associate with traditional religions. You may have seen it from the 73 bus dozens of times without realising what an extraordinary institution it is. “One of our problems is that from the outside, you can’t see what happens on the inside,” says the minister, Rev. Andrew Pakula (everyone calls him Andy). “We had one guy who thought the people here would be really dour, all wearing black, with black hats – like a cross between the Quakers and a funeral.” In fact the congregation are a diverse mix of friendly, thoughtful locals, attracted by the church’s focus on hope, social activism, compassion and “radical inclusivity”: literally anyone is welcome. “Our primary principle is that every person matters,” says Andy. “That drives a strong impetus towards developing relationships – one of the most important things we do in life. Even, perhaps, with people we don’t know, who might seem strange or


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One of our problems is that from the outside, you can’t see what happens on the inside together, sharing joys and sorrows and finding comfort when it’s needed.” And let’s not forget the next generation. Many Stokey families take advantage of the church’s excellent children’s programme, which mixes games and crafts with lively introductions to issues such as racism and prejudice. Next January, Andy

hostile – people who might have fewer privileges. We want to bring back the idea of love in the public domain.” Coming from anyone else, that might sound airy-fairy, but the New Unitarians are firmly committed to positive action. Back in 2008, when the Civil Partnership Act still forbade same-sex couples from tying the knot in a religious setting, the New Unity decided to stop hosting heterosexual marriage ceremonies in protest. “We just thought, that’s discriminatory,” Andy says. “They [the government] were saying, yeah, it’s OK for you people to get together, but not in a place where God’s watching.” The church teamed up with the Liberal Jews and the Quakers to oppose the ban, which was lifted in 2011. Today, they work harder than ever to make our society a better, fairer place. The church’s Social Responsibility Team works closely with Hackney Citizens, an offshoot of the community organising group Citizens UK, on projects such as resettling Syrian migrants, ousting rogue landlords and campaigning for a “living wage” (as opposed to the existing minimum wage). Members of the congregation volunteer to do pastoral care or help out with the Sunday gatherings, which manage to combine singing and celebrating with the serious business of crafting strategies to deal with the fallout from Trump and Brexit. People without time to spare can share

in the good works by plans to start a “comingmaking a contribution of-age programme2 for to the weekly collection, young people aged 12 to A picture of Mary which goes to a number of 14, “helping kids to explore Wollstonecraft on the different charities, benefiting their own values, perspectives, church wall those most in need: the homeless, beliefs or lack thereof – a sort of impoverished elderly people, displaced Unitarian version of the bar mitzvah.” children, and many others. Watching over it all is the ghost of One parishioner, Daniel Wilsher, former parishioner Mary Wollstonecraft, has been singing in the church choir the pioneering feminist, immortalised by for two years. “There is a real sense of ex-local street artist Stewy in a striking mystery and energy about being part of life-size stencil on the church’s west wall. a community of value where ‘the faith’ It’s still possible to sit in her old pew, is not written down in a book,” he says. #19; the wooden benches are unchanged “Instead it emerges from and is lived by since the 18th century. If you concentrate, its diverse membership. It’s a journey you might just sense a trace of her bold, with an unknown destination, but it’s heretical, dissenting spirit lingering in also about the pure enjoyment of singing the New Unity air. 23

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The Delicious Guide TO Hackney N16 Life Magazine uncovers the gems in our local cuisine that celebrates the diverse culture on offer in our area.

A voyage of fine dining tastes Perilla Dining


erilla Dining is a restaurant serving high-quality European dishes with a creative twist in a fine dining setting. Its menu changes every day, giving customers the opportunity to discover different tastes, which is perhaps why the team describes its offering as “fine dining without the fuss”. The Cuttlefish Bolognese (£11) is particularly tasty, while the preserved plum custard and pears poached in wine and citrus (£7) and blood orange custard with olive oil will change your understanding of what dessert is! 1-3 Green Lanes, London N16 9BS 020 7359 0779 perilladining.co.uk


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Home cooking, Eastern Turkey style Istanbul Restaurant


Neighbourhood favourite Floyds


n Dalston Lane, a quiet turning off the busy main drag of Shacklewell Lane, is a restaurant serving modern European cuisine. The cost and intimate setting – both its location and its interior décor – makes Floyds somewhere special: turquoise blues transport you to the seaside and make you feel like you’re on holiday. The service is friendly and casual. We went for the pan-fried dover sole, fennel, blood orange, sea vegetable salad (£19). A light and nourishing choice for the summer. 89 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB 020 7923 7714 floydsonthelane.co.uk

stanbul Restaurant is known for its grilled kebabs, but its menu also boasts an array of regional Turkish dishes. Saçkavurma – a mincemeat and vegetable fry; aubergine-based karnıyarık and Turkish-style casserole are just a few of the lesser-visited dishes on offer. Stuffed içliköfte, specially prepared by local Turkish women, is a delicacy in Turkey’s east and southeast. It consists of a cracked-wheat shell filled with minced meat, spices, minced onions and parsley and is served with yoghurt. Restaurant owner HüseyinÜzüm, who hails from the southern city of Kahramanmaraş, says he is delighted to offer his home cuisine in Dalston. 9 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 8BH 020 7254 7291 istanbulrestaurant.co.uk

Nepalese dumplings House of Momo


erving momos, one of the most popular dishes in Nepal, the House of Momo is one the locals’ favourites. These are dough wraps with a meat or vegetable filling accompanied by spicy dipping sauce. There are steamed or steam-fried options, all served in a relaxing canteencafé atmosphere alongside other dishes from Nepal. The restaurant is run by Shubha Giri from Kathmandu and also serves fresh “Thali Bowls” with aloo gobi curry, palak paneer, rice, daal, parathas and mango pickle. Along with Nepalese food, they serve Nepalese Himalayan organic coffee roasted locally and local craft beers. Prices start at just £4. 52 Boleyn Road, London, N16 8JP 020 3632 4208

Eclectic British food Victory Mansion


his establishment, with its name coming from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, is run by a team of five. World-class cocktails & eclectic British food on Stoke Newington High Street in the form of this beautiful, hand-built neighbourhood bar. Victory Mansion pays homage to the most significant literature, food and drink that has inspired London over the last Century. Chef Sam Wilkinson brings his unique take on eclectic, casual dining, inspired by his time with Ottolenghi, Bentlies and Cole pepper. Stuart Binks and Benji Purslow put their names to an inventive cocktail list they can finally call their own. Cauliflower & turmeric bellini, poached river trout, pomegranate & lemon balm (£9), Braised beef cheek, purple sprouting broccoli, horseradish &cashel blue cream, apple salad(£10) are light and charming. A bottomless brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday(£17,50) 18 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7PL 020 3441 6900; victorymansion.co.uk


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Bespoke beauty treatments for you


eauty is my passion. Those are the words of Ingrid Raphael, a medical aesthetician and cosmetician in Stamford Hill. Ingrid knows vast amounts about beauty and skincare – so much so that she has been running an airy, relaxing shop in the area offering facials, manicures and massages for five years. The treatments you receive are agreed with you after an analysis of your skin. They can range from personalised facials that create a beautiful complexion whatever your skin condition, to reviving body treatments designed to help you relax and unwind. Rather than picking from a menu of options, you simply tell your therapist how long you want you facial to last (costing between £33 and £120) and Ingrid takes care of everything else. Treatments are complimented by

a range of unique products such as SkinCeuticals, Medik8 and Niod. My 90-minute facial included an intensive face and head massage; peeling and cold jade rollers; a nourishing and

moisturising mask; and a dermapen treatment. The change and renewal in my skin was visible the following day. Ingrid knows that each person’s skin has different needs, which is why every Hackney resident must visit for her professional know-how and expert bespoke care. For further information, visit her website. ingridraphael.com +44 (0) 7814 361028

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FOOD CHAMPAGNE LIMONCELLO COCKTAIL SERVES 8 • 1 lemon wedge, cut for rims • 8 lemon rind strips • 8 tbsp Limoncello • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 bottle Champagne, chilled

A lemony zest for summer

Sugar the glass rims by rubbing a cut lemon wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip in sugar. Next, roll up the strips of lemon rind and place one into each of the champagne flutes. Add 1 tbsp Limoncello and ½ tsp juice to each glass. Divide champagne evenly among glasses. Serve immediately.

A new collection of recipes based around perhaps the most popular citrus – the Lemon Compendium – is now available from Yasemin Kaner-White.


he book is the result of months of research, tasting and travelling and offers a varied account of all things lemony. It’s not just food –

health, beauty and household tips, lemon festivals in Europe, as well as historical accounts can be found alongside the lemonlicious recipies.

LEMON SORBET IN LEMON SHELLS • 8 large lemons • 340g sugar • 360ml water Cut off the top third of the lemons, not the stem end, and reserve for the ‘cap.’ Hollow out each lemon, putting the juice and flesh (not the pips or pith) into a blender. Slice a little off the bottom of each lemon shell, being careful not to cut through to the inside of the lemon. This will make them sit straight when placed on a plate. Freeze the shells at least 1 hour or overnight. Then fill with sorbet (made as per instructions below) and freeze again. To make the sorbet, combine the sugar,

lemon juice and water in a saucepan, over a medium heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Stir the lemon zest. Remove from heat, set aside allowing to cool. Methods Ice Cream Maker – transfer mixture to ice cream maker, process according to manufacturer's instructions. Freezer Method – pour into container, cover and place mixture in the freezer. When it is semi-solid, rack up with a fork and freeze again. Fill each frozen lemon shell with the sorbet, top off with a lemon cap, freeze again until completely frozen, then serve. This delicious pudding can be prepared 2–3 days in advance, simply keep covered in a container stored in. 27

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LEMON STYLE COUSCOUS I like to eat this with lamb chops, but it accompanies most meats or fish, as well as being a meal on its own perhaps with some grilled haloumi for the vegetarians out there... SERVES 4 Libya CUSCUS BIL-BOSLA Libya's national dish, traditionally shared and eaten from one large bowl, accompanied by small salad's, and a host of other snacks surrounding it, for example dolma (rice and mince stuffed bell peppers) however, the dish alone, is certainly satisfying…


WATERMELON, LEMON & ROSEMARY SLURP • 500ml water • 185g caster sugar • 2 sprigs rosemary stripped & chopped • 18 lemons, juice only • 1 medium watermelon, de-seeded & cubed • 8 cups ice cubes Over a high heat bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the rosemary, and set aside to steep for 1 hour. Place the lemon juice with the watermelon in a blender. Strain the rosemary syrup through a mesh strainer into the blender, puree until smooth. Refrigerate until very cold, give it a good stir before serving over ice.

• ½ tsp cinnamon • 2 tsp cumin seeds • 3 tsp turmeric • 2 tsp dried chilli flakes • 90ml olive oil • 4 large cloves garlic • 2 large onions, sliced • 600g lamb leg meat, cubed • 2 potatoes, cubed • 2 tsp salt • 880ml boiling water • 2 tbsp tomato paste • 230g cooked chickpeas • 1 lemon, juice & zest • 400g couscous • Pinch salt • Garnish • 2 lemons, wedges Begin by pounding together the spices in a mortar and pestle, set aside. Heat 50ml olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and meat, cook until the onions start to caramelise, throw in the potato and 1 tsp salt, stir until golden. Transfer to a casserole dish, de-glaze the pan by pouring 480ml water into the frying pan, collecting all the pan juices, pour into the casserole dish. Now add the spices and tomato paste, stir well, cooking until potatoes are soft and then add the chickpeas, lemon juice and zest. Next cook the couscous, place in a bowl with 400ml boiling water, 40ml olive oil and 1 tsp salt, stir and cover with cling film, leave for 10 minutes. When the couscous is ready, place on a serving plate topped off with the lamb mixture, serve with lemon wedges.

• 250g ricotta cheese • 140g soft butter • 140g ground almonds • 140g golden caster sugar • 6 medium eggs, separated • 1 lemon, zest & juice • 75g dried blueberries • 25g fine polenta flour • Icing sugar, for dusting Heat the oven to 180ºC. Grease and line the base of a 23cm diameter spring-form tin. Put the ricotta, butter, almonds, sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until creamy. Add the lemon zest and juice with the dried blueberries. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until they peak softly. Fold the polenta into the ricotta mixture, then gently fold in the whisked egg whites. Pour the cake mix into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes. The cake is cooked when it is golden and just firm to the touch. Allow it to cool in the tin, then transfer to a serving plate and dust with the icing sugar before serving up.

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You are a professional musician. What drew you to a career as a chef? Where does your love of cooking come from? Cooking is something that has always been a huge part of my life. Over the years music and cooking have become inextricably linked. I think the inspiration for both comes from the same place, both are a way of communicating with other people.

Good food that tastes amazing Musician, broadcaster, cook and Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver has opened her first restaurant in Stoke Newington Church Street

You have got two jobs-was that transition difficult? I've always had a few jobs so no! It's weirder for me to only be doing one thing at a time. What is your favourite kind of food to cook and why? I love it all really, and the lovely thing about what we're doing at Andi's is that I can explore all kinds of cooking. We have our all-day brunch setup which is more hearty and comforting. Then at night we get to be more refined: the most important thing for me is the yummy factor, it has to be delicious! Is there any particular reason you've chosen to open your restaurant in Stokey? Well I only live down the road in Clapton and have done for about 18 years, so Stokey is part of my stomping ground, and I've always spent time here and when this particular site came up we fell in love with it, it has such a great vibe and just fit our needs perfectly. 29

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We're calling it 'down home fancy food', a little bit of something lovely for everyone boyfriend he made some particularly weird scrambled eggs the other day? He insists on putting all sorts of soy sauce and chillies in them. I am NOT, as they say, “feeling it”. Have you ever had any major disasters on TV? When we did Christmas Kitchen we were cooking five dishes a day and a few

Could you tell us about the restaurant? At Andi's we're aiming to create a real neighbourhood vibe, a home from home where people can relax, enjoy themselves, get delicious food and drinks. We're calling it 'down home fancy food', a little bit of something lovely for everyone. Why did you choose green colour for the facade? All of the design for the restaurant is by Debs Armstrong from strong&co, she's a genius and she's a Stokey resident actually! Her use of colour and light in the design and her attention to detail, has blown me away, I'm in love with it all. What's cooking in the restaurant kitchen? Well we've got all our gorgeous brunch dishes, baked eggs, energy bowls with roast seasonal vegetables & chargrilled proteins like shrimp, or halloumi, lamb chops or tofu, then you've got a French toast bacon sandwich with maple syrup and a fried egg or a salt beef Reuben's! Then at night our newest special is a seared lamb rump, bubble & squeak cake topped with cuttlefish ink aioli, I'm pretty excited about it! For vegans or vegetarians I'm working with a green pea socca, pickled and pan roasted spring vegetables and a watercress cream (made with avocado and hazelnut milk). Like it says on the window: beautiful things for everyone!

Where did you get the best and worst food? I am rather a big fan of Escosesa down the road from us actually. Gorgeous tapas, brilliant drinks made by brilliant chefs in a lovely environment, works perfectly for me! We've also been going up to Hackney road to Bad Sports for incredible Tacos, I like to go to the flower market then pop in to see what they've got on their grill yesterday. It was an amazing lamb barbacoa, jalapeño special - blooming delicious! At the other end of the spectrum, whilst I love my

things got rushed I had a nightmare with some filo pastry that just kept tearing and sticking to everything. Luckily “one I made earlier” was to hand but it went into the oven looking like I'd dropped it at least three times! What do you think will be the next big food trend? I think that people want food that is good for them but still tastes amazing! Colourful, well sourced, delicious AND healthy! We CAN have it all!


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Bira, the world’s first ever beer for kebabs!


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It’s great fun trying to stay still as you navigate swings, ladders and a highaltitude zip wire


above the trees Go Ape, well-known around the country for its adventure courses, has opened its second branch in North London in Alexandra Palace


eing out in the open air is a therapeutic, soothing experience. It makes you happier and feel more at ease with yourself. This is especially true of children, who will delight at the experience of Go Ape – an unrivalled opportunity to spent time in a forest and find their inner Tarzan. But walking above the trees? Don’t worry, they tie you in a secure harness so that even if you trip, you won’t fall. I went with a friend who was nervous about her safety and badgered the Go Ape team with just about every silly question she could think of. They were calm and reassuring as they told her there was nothing to be afraid of.

The worst-case scenario was falling off the swings and staying suspended in midair – which would amuse the children and parents around us, but nothing more. But I have to say that those innocentlooking swings were a lot higher up than they appeared from the ground. It was such a thrill to look down below – you really feel the adrenaline pumping. But the harnesses do their job and reassure you as move along the course. It’s great fun trying to stay still as you navigate swings, ladders and a highaltitude zip wire. The experience takes about one hour in all, depending how fast you go. It was a rainy day when we went, which we thought would be unsuitable for this kind of activity – but this was not the case. In fact, the mud made it all the more fun: rain is perfectly fine, but thundery conditions are not suitable for Go Ape. Both my friend – who has a fear of heights – and I were able to navigate the challenging Tree Top Junior without getting stuck in mid-air. It was such a delight to complete an outdoor activity like this. Go Ape Alexandra Palace is a healthy family day out combining adrenaline, open air and physical activity. We’ll be back with our nephews and nieces before you know it. Go Ape’s prices start from £18. Visit goape.co.uk 33

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Unleash your

CREATIVITY Is that beautiful piece of furniture in the corner of your room gathering dust? Are you desperate to learn how to bake? If you’re a creative type with itchy hands raring to go, Hackney has some of the best courses you could ask for


ARTISAN BREADMAKING Abbot Street Car Park, London E8 3DP craftfood.london


f the Great British Bake Off leaves you feeling inspired, or you’ve ever wanted to know how to make great bread, this is your opportunity to learn from the best. The course is run by one of the expert bakers at The Dusty Knuckle, an artisan micro-bakery based in a cleverly converted shipping container, five minutes from Dalston Junction. With three professional deck ovens, the bakery supplies some of the best local restaurants and delis, as well as selling bread at weekend farmers’ markets. They do two classes. The first is an introductory half-day course (£75) which runs on Tuesday evenings where they teach you the basics of making amazing artisan bread in your own home, baking

a yeasted dough in the bakery and then making a proper sourdough which guests then take home to bake the next day. The evening is rounded off with a rustic meal and a glass of wine. The other course is a full day artisan bread masterclass (£135), which runs on Sundays from 9.30am. On the course guests make different types of bread including sourdough, slow fermented

white (yeasted dough), focaccia, soda & walnut & raisin bread. The course includes lunch, delicious coffee and refreshments through the day. Courses run every four weeks and the latest dates are on the website. Introduction to Breadmaking: Tuesday 13 June and every four weeks thereafter. Artisan Bread Masterclass: Sunday 2nd July and every four weeks thereafter.


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Cocktail Masterclasses in Kingsland Road

Woodworking techniques

Woodworking techniques Unit 3 Fountayne House, Fountayne Road, N15 4QL furnitureschool.co.uk


he London School of Furniture Making offers short courses to enthusiastic Londoners keen to learn traditional woodworking techniques. The school has a suite of basic skills classes which lead on to project-based courses where you can make a box, coffee table or chair. Once you feel comfortable with handling the tools you can go to their supervised

Every guest gets their own area at a bar station access sessions and make a small project of your own. If you're not sure whether you'll like working in wood or just want to try them out, then you might be interested in a 2.5hr taster class. Small classes ensure that you will get plenty of time to discuss and review your progress with your tutor Helen. Classes run 9.00 till 4.00 Monday to Friday and some evenings 6.00 till 9.00. Course fees start at £55.

Reupholster that old chair The School of Stuff B002, Lighthouse Studios, 89A Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB theschoolofstuff.co.uk

Reupholster that old chair


he School of Stuff is a studio dedicated to teaching furniture crafts in Dalston running four five-day intensive courses over the summer. One of the courses, Modern

Upholstery, runs between 17 and 21 July 2017 (£475.00), which covers modern upholstery techniques. Familiarise yourself with material, and learn techniques, such as how to cut and shape foam, how to make a pattern for a new top cover for your modern chair, and how to use a sewing machine accurately to make a perfectly fitting fixed cover. The other course is Project Upholstery, running between Monday 4 and Friday 8 September 2017. The five-day intensive project based session will teach you the techniques required to reupholster a chair of your choice. Price £475.00.

Cocktail Masterclasses in Kingsland Road TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA ttliquor.co.uk/cocktail-making-classes


rawing upon a decade’s worth of experience, the team behind Kingsland Road’s newly opened TT Liquor introduce their cocktail masterclass series; entirely interactive experiences taught by a seasoned industry mixologists. Completely interactive, every guest gets their own area at a bar station to make a selection of varied cocktails with their own equipment, guided by an experienced mixologist. Fitting up to 5 people per workstation, the cocktail classes are perfect for larger classes, whilst smaller groups can get a more intimate experience at their own station. Guests can choose from one of four classes: Cocktail Making Classes, Molecular Cocktail Classes, Gin Cocktail Classes, Rum Cocktail Classes. Price £70. 35

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London’s fashion


Home to the studios of such fashion designers as Christopher Kane, Simon Rocha, Bora Aksu, Roksanda Ilincic, Hackney has long been on the fashion industry’s radar. But a luxury outlet zone – London’s first – in Hackney Walk promises to place the borough firmly on the map


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lobally recognised brands like Burberry, Anya Hindmarch, Aquascutum and Pringle of Scotland already had an established outlet presence in Hackney Walk, but it was the wider development of the area that really caught the industry’s attention – and that of tourists. £6 million was raised in regeneration fund started after the riots swept this part of London in 2011. Hackney Walk has been transformed into the capital’s first luxury outlet zone, having opened at the end of 2016 on Morning Lane opposite the old Burberry factory. Twelve formerly unused railways arches unite them, converted into beautiful retail spaces by renowned British architect David Adjaye. It is rapidly becoming a major attraction for London. The Hackney Walk project emerged in 2011 after that summer’s riots, when Hackney Council received a £2 million post-riot regeneration injection of funds and spent it on transforming East London into a fashion centre once again. A further £4 million was spent by Network Rail on restoring the arches. This area was a centre for clothesmaking and the textiles industry until the 1990s. Hackney Walk is now riving that spirit in 2017, a tradition that stretches back to the 19th Century when 15,000 people were employed in factories and workshops across Hackney. Efforts continue to transform Hackney

A tradition that stretches back to the 19th century when 15,000 people worked here Walk into a venue with offices and shops on a par with Bicester Village – and more conveniently located for London.

The brands on offer Hackney Walk's arches are occupied by an array of recently opened luxury outlets including: two outlet stores from MatchesFashion.com for womenswear and menswear; Gieves & Hawkes; Joseph; UGG; multi-brand concept store Present; luxury cashmere brand Colombo; Zadig & Voltaire: Folli Follie and Nicole Farhi. All retailers offer up to 70% off regular retail prices. But that’s not all. The Stitch Academy offers free-of-charge workshops and masterclasses, while the Hackney Shop organises weekend events with some of the leading names in the fashion business. There is also pop-up retail space available for independent

designers. Recent pop-up outlets have included House of Sunny, Henry Holland, Mary Benson, Holly Fulton and Piers Atkinson.

Good wine, good food A gastronomical treat awaits you at Hackney Walk, where Legs restaurant will provide you with a contemporary lunch with fine wines. The evening menu is particularly worth perusing. In short, Hackney Walk is more than a retail destination but a central point of fashion, arts, food and culture. It combines the world of luxury with iconic design. www.hackneywalk.com

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A beer only for kebabs - now in Hackney Kebabs are one of the most popular dishes in London – but does it need a beer of its own?


hat’s what local entrepreneur and restauranteur Ibrahim Dogus says about his new label, Bira London. Taking its name from the Turkish word for beer, the bottled beverage was officially launched in London just before Christmas. It has a secret recipe that Dogus says suits barbecue flavours and liberal use of spices. It has been described as a dry, very smooth lager with a crisp taste, a strong body and notes of barley.

Bira was served during this year’s British Kebab Awards, where Dogus said: “The kebab industry is worth over £2.2 billion in the UK so it was time it had its own beer. “I’m delighted as a businessman to be launching an iconic drink into a fiercely competitive marketplace. It would also be fantastic if people fall in love with the beer and discover what top end cuisine means for the kebab as a result.” The drink is available across N16 in such venues as Melek Kitchen, Hasan Meze Mangal Restaurant and Bella Vita restaurant in Hackney Broadway Market.

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Stuffed Calamari with Shrimps

Eating here is a live history class Under the Ottoman Empire the guilds of cooks were fiercely secretive about their culinary tricks. Consequently few recipes survive from the four and half centuries of Ottoman rule (1453 to 1918). In as district of old houses just off a little square lined with plane trees, next door to one of the finest Byzantine churches, St. Savior in Chora, Asitane has devoted itself to the re-creation of this lost cuisine New York Times Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 34240 Edirnekapi Istanbul, Turkey T:+90 (212) 635 7997 www.asitanerestaurant.com ASITANE.indd 1

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Istanbul: two continents in two days It’s a city with an 8000-year history, charting a story from Byzantium to Constantinople before assuming its present name, Istanbul. As a vast metropolis spread across two continents, how could you possibly see it in just two days? Here’s our guide to prove you can. b y Ya s e m i n B A K AN

Day One Sultanahmet We assume you are staying in a hotel in Sultanahmet, the heart of the old city on the European side, as this will help you save time. Start your first day with a visit to the Blue Mosque (Turkish: SultanahmetCamii). It’s called blue because of the tiles on the interior and

was built between 1609 and 1616, during the reign of Ahmet I. Entry free. From the mosque, cross the square to the magnificent Hagia Sophia museum (40 TL/£8.99). An Eastern Orthodox cathedral when it was built in 537 AD, it was converted into a mosque by Mehmet II when he took the city from the Byzantine Empire in 1453, earning himself the moniker “the Conqueror” in the process.

In the 1930s it was converted into a museum by Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, and it is a stunning sight to see mosaics and frescos featuring Christ, the Virgin Mary and Byzantine emperors alongside Arabic script from the building’s mosque era. Yerebatan Sarnıcı Also worth seeing in the same area is


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GETAWAY point for different cultures with its mosque, synagogue and Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches. This little neighbourhood was once home to Jewish, Greek, Armenian and ethnic Turks – in particular, it is where ten thousand Jews settled when they deported from Spain in the 15th century. That is why it was known as “Little Jerusalem”. Armenians followed in the 18th century alongside a small Greek community. There was not even a mosque here in Kuzguncuk until 1952.

the Basilica Cistern (20 TL / £4.50), a breathtaking underground water reservoir built with 336 columns during the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian I. It will take you three to four hours to see these magnificent historical sites. TOPKAPI PALACE Afterwards, move firmly into the Ottoman era with a visit to the Topkapı Palace complex (40 TL / £8.99, closed Tuesdays) where you could easily while away the hours touring the grandiose home of the sultans that reigned over a vast empire. There are various low buildings surrounding courtyards, pavilions and gardens in an area covering approximately 7.5 million square feet. In addition to Ottoman sultans’ possessions and documents, you can also see the sceptre of the Prophet Muhammad. There is also a café with a magnificent view of the Bosporus where you can take the weight off your feet for a minute. If, after that, you are still not tired, drop into the nearby Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

BEYLERBEYI PALACE Next head over to Beylerbeyi Palace (20 TL / £4.50), the summer home of Ottoman sultans, where guests from around the world – including European royalty – would be hosted. It was constructed on the orders of Sultan Abdulaziz and is a magnificent show of crystal chandeliers, magnificent staircases, the “Yıldız” style of porcelain crockery, Hereke carpets and dolphinshaped marble fountain.


KÜÇÜKSU PALACE Another Ottoman palace is at Küçüksu (2.50 TL / 55p, closed Mondays & Thursdays) which was designed as a hunting lodge for Sultan Abdulmecid. The 8-room stone building was built in the 1850s. The outside features baroqueinspired pomegranate and goose figurines, while the interior boasts a twin staircase and lighting provided through Bohemian crystal. Abdulmecid would spend the weekends here to hunt, popping over from the Dolmabahçe palace on the European side of the city by boat. He would return home in the evenings as the palace has no bedroom. Some scenes from the 1999 James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” were filmed here at this architectural treasure. Its location, on the shore of the Göksu, has been the subject of many 19th century European painting. ANADOLUHISARI With a leisurely walk, proceed to the AnadoluHisar jetty. Form this point you can see two castles, one on either side of the Bosporus, overlooking the water for centuries. AnadoluHisarı (Anatolian Castle) was completed in 1395 as part of Sultan Bayezid I’s preparations for a second siege of Constantinople. Spend a little while at one of the cafes around the Göksu near AnadoluHisar, particularly if the weather is sunny. From here, you have two options. You can either proceed to the bar street in AnadoluHisarı

DAY TWO KUZGUNCUK Today we are off to the Asian side – or, as Istanbul people call it, the Anatolia (Anadolu) side. The short boat trip across the water from Eminönü on the shores of the Bosporus to Üsküdar won’t be easy to forget. From here, take a bus or cab for the 10-minute trip to Kuzguncuk, the artistic village that was once a meeting 43

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nearby Kadıköy to enjoy yourself as locals do and take the last boat back to your hotel in Eminönü. Or you can cross back to the European side immediately and visit the district of Emirgan. Emirgan Assuming you proceed to Emirgan, there are boats available to take you across the water for 7.5 TL. Here you will find the Sakıp Sabancı Museum (sakipsabancimuzesi.org/en), founded by one of the most well-known and successful business families in Turkey. The museum displays the families collection of calligraphy and paintings. From here, proceed to the Emirgan Koru where, if you are visiting in the spring, you will see some magnificent tulip displays and the pink, yellow and white palaces built by Ismail Pasha between 1871 and 1878. Where to eat on the European side? For a quick, traditionally Turkish lunch in Sultanahmet, pop over to the Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi for a meal of köfte (meatballs) and beyaz fasülye salatası (white bean salad). For the evening meal, why not consider Akin Balık (akinbalik. com.tr), a fish restaurant down the hill next to the Karaköy jetty by the Galata bridge? An alternative is the Karaköy Lokantası (karakoylokantasi.com) for some authentic Ottoman cuisine. People in Istanbul also enjoy Asitane Restaurant (asitanerestaurant.com), which serves such palatial delights as meat stew encased in melon and Ottoman-style sherbet. And while you’re in the area, why not check out the Kariye Museum (kariye.muze.gov.tr; £6.74) – it’s all reachable by boat from the Galata bridge. Just travel to Ayvansaray.

Kuzguncuk Balıkçısı

Some scenes from the 1999 James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” were filmed here at this architectural treasure For a more contemporary but still traditional Turkish dining experience, check out the meyhane (tavern) scene. After warm and cold mezes you can enjoy fish, meat or chicken at the restaurants – all served with Turkey’s national drink, rakı. The best is Refik Restaurant (refikrestaurant.com), which has existed since the 1960s. Try the lakerda, a pickled bonito dish eaten as a mezze in the Turkey. It is made from one-year-old bonito migrating through the Bosphorus and is especially prized. If grilled kebabs are your thing, then you can’t go wrong by visiting Umut Ocakbaşı (Katip Mustafa Çelebi

Mahallesi, HasnunGalip Sk. No:8 Beyoğlu) or Zübeyir Ocakbaşı (Bekar Sokak No.28, Istiklal Caddesi, Taksim). Where to eat on the Asian side? The Bosporus shore is lined with stylish restaurants, but these are pricey. Drop into the back streets of Kuzguncuk for a calmer, cheaper and local option – like the Kuzguncuk Balıkçısı, seafood restaurant. Fish soup is 9 TL / £8, while seasonal fillets start from 15 TL / £3.40. When you’re at AnadoluHisar, why not check out Break Cafe (Toplarönü Riyaziyeci Çıkmazı No: 2 Anadoluhisarı, Beykoz/İstanbul Phone: +90 216 323 20 20) on the seafront, where you can feast for between 20-30 TL / £4.50-6.50. Don’t forget to try a Turkish coffee – it’s a true delight! Transport The Istanbulkart is Istanbul’s answer to London’s Oyster card. Load up about 35 TL / £8 onto the card, which will be plenty to see you around the city for two days. It’s valid on buses, trams and boats. Taxis are metered, but if you take one avoid surprises by asking the driver how much he expects the fare will be. Galata Bridge & Galata Tower


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