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Welcome to a new chapter in Bentley history. The new Continental GT – a remarkable fusion of breathtaking performance, sensuous luxury and modern technology. This stunningly sculpted coupe’s sharp features are indicative of Bentley’s DNA. It harnesses an incredibly powerful 567bhp (575PS, 423kW) FlexFuel W12 engine

sporting innovative capabilities for everyday driving. This is matched with an exquisitely handcrafted, contemporary interior to ensure you are transported by all-wheel drive across countries and continents in superior comfort and elegance. Supreme motoring that is unmistakably Bentley. Welcome to the new Continental GT

Bentley Kent 92 London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1BA. Tel: 01732 453 700 The name ‘Bentley’ and the ‘B’ in wings device are registered trademarks. © January 2012 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Bentley Continental GT, mrrp £135,750. Price correct at time of going to press and includes VAT at 20%. Price excludes road fund licence, registration and delivery charges.

Fuel economy figures for the Continental GT in mpg (l/100km): Urban 11.1 (25.4); Extra Urban 24.9 (11.4); Combined 17.1 (16.5). CO2 Emissions (g/km): 384.



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14 Join the Club C  arrie Lloyd suggests the best places to broaden your horizons in the capital

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A  nnabel Harrison recounts the legacy Tiffany and Co. on its 175th anniversary


With a new clubhouse in St John’s Wood and the promise of a heady mix of private jets and champagneswilling events, é25 has raised the bar when it comes to supercar clubs


or people who love cars, and indulging in the supercar lifestyle, écurie25 Supercar Club has become the hottest ticket in town. With five UK clubs as well as bases in New York and Brisbane, the company has cemented its place in the lives of those who love to live life in the fast lane. Boasting toys that include the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini LP560, Mercedes SLS Gullwing, Bentley Supersports and Audi R8 V10 Spyder, among others, écurie25 provides its members with the benefits of owning a supercar without the traditionally associated overheads.

Upon joining écurie25, each member is allocated a certain number of points, depending on the membership package chosen, which are then traded for time in cars and at é25 events around the world. The number of days you can enjoy in the company’s vehicles depends on how many miles you drive and in which cars you do so. Working out at around £340 per day, membership to écurie25 allows you to drive cars like the Ferrari 458 for less than half the price of renting one. n


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50 Swimming Against the Tide F rank Grice speaks to Olympic hope Rebecca Adlington and discovers a modest approach to success

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t calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!” Many famous words have been spoken about Tiffany & Co. over the decades, but for almost every woman, few will have resonated as much as those spoken by the adored Audrey Hepburn, who sought solace in the New York store in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For many women, too, key milestones in their lives will be forever associated with Tiffany : a teenager is given a silver Elsa Peretti Open Heart pendant to mark her 18th birthday (just as I did); a university graduate receives a lucky Tiffany Twist clover charm to commemorate her achievements; a young woman accepts a marriage proposal and an exquisite diamond Tiffany ring; and an elegant lady thanks her husband for a bespoke Tiffany gift on their 25th silver wedding anniversary. So where did the story start? Have women always been so enchanted by the prospect of a little blue box? In 1837, 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany, inspired by the dynamic growth and extravagant tastes in New York at the time, opened a new emporium with Teddy Young, named Tiffany, Young and Ellis. It sold stationery and fancy goods, and fashionable ladies in silks and satins descended upon the store, thrilled by the exquisite and beautifully patterned designs. Having introduced major gemstones to the United States in


With 2012 comes the 175th anniversary of Tiffany & Co., an American jewellery institution known and loved worldwide for its legacy, design, celebrated following and, of course, the iconic Tiffany little blue box. Annabel Harrison steps back in time to recount the Tiffany story

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1848, Charles Tiffany earned himself the moniker “King of Diamonds” and five years later, he took full control of the company. With this came the shortened name Tiffany & Co., as well as a firm emphasis on jewellery, arguably the best decision that Tiffany could have made for his company. By 1906, the Big Apple was smitten. The New York Sun reported that “Tiffany has one thing in stock that you cannot buy of [Charles Tiffany] for as much money as you may offer; he will only give it to you. And that is one of his boxes.” In the decades that followed, Tiffany & Co. amassed an impressive roll-call of famous admirers. The late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who accumulated a fabulous collection during her lifetime, had a penchant for beautiful jewellery and was often gifted with exquisite pieces: “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” Taylor received a Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany dolphin clip from Richard Burton and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made Schlumberger’s jewellery her signature. In fact she wore Schlumberger’s gold and enamel bracelets so frequently in the early and mid-1960s that the press nicknamed them “Jackie bracelets”.

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66 English Rose L ucie Dodds presents the S/S12 trends with pretty pastels, pale hues and delicate lace

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Why? Valentine’s Day

Geoffrey Chaucer first associated Saint Valentine’s commemoration day with romantic love in 1382, in a poem honouring the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England, and the tradition has continued ever since.

Editor Annabel Harrison highlights the key people, places and events of the month. February sees the Oscars, Six Nations and London Fashion Week taking place, as well as the bicentenary of Charles Dickens and romance-filled Valentine’s Day

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Week, 17-21 February As Anna Wintour pointed out, “London has its own fashion identity. You come here to find the next Alexander McQueen”. LFW serves to showcase not only established designers but also the best of the newest.

7 February marks the bicentenary of the death of one of the most celebrated English authors of all time. 2012 sees year-long celebrations in honour of Dickens, who bequeathed us classics Great Expectations, Bleak House and Oliver Twist.

What? The Oscars 26 February sees the 84th Academy Awards taking place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Among those in the running for the coveted Best Actress award are Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady and newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (pictured) for her star turn in Martha Marcy May Marlene.

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England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France The 13th series of the Six Nations Championship kicks off on the first weekend of this month, with France playing host to Italy, Scotland facing defending champions England and Ireland taking on Wales.

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mall square boxes are dangerous. Every woman knows there are only two kinds of rings: The Ring and all other rings. An unwed man presenting the latter had better prepare a clever preamble or look for cover.” Tiffany’s Tip No. 5 is particularly pertinent this month, if you’re considering a proposal on a traditional date (Valentine’s Day for the men, the Leap Year’s 29 February for the ladies). The renowned jewellery house is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year so we pay tribute to the legacy of Charles Tiffany and his enduring, adored Tiffany & Co. brand (p. 20). Diamond rings, flowers, chocolate, champagne and lingerie may be predictable presents for the lady you love, but these are by no means bad places to start. For A-list flowers, pay a visit to Rob Van Helden Floral Design and create a bespoke bouquet (p. 59). Luxury chocolate and champagne come courtesy of Harrods’ beautiful range of hampers (p. 79). If your English rose wants to be the most stylish this S/S12 season, visit Myla and Agent Provocateur for the prettiest pastels and palest lace ensembles (p. 66). Once the obvious gifts are purchased, you may need more inspiration, so our rather more experiential Valentine’s Gift Guide and Join the Club feature should help (pp. 11–15). Book

early to secure the coolest dates in town: choose from chocolate-making, a molecular cocktail experience, an evening of burlesque, a steakperfecting master class, or even dining in the dark at Dans Le Noir. If you want to spread your wings and go further afield, we present the top spots for summer sun (p. 92) and Gabriel O’Rorke tests out a remote, idyllic hotel in northern Chile (p. 86). Someone who will be taking no holidays in the next six months is our Olympic swimming hope, Rebecca Adlington. Following her astounding success in Beijing in 2008, Adlington’s training ramps up a notch as she heads towards the next biggest competition of her career: the London 2012 Olympic Games (p. 50). Also worth highlighting are new columnists contributing to February’s Comment section; each month, we will bring you two new topics of interest, this month focusing on divorce law and the EU crisis. Richard Brown speaks to Dr. Ashley Steel of KPMG (p. 40) and Victoria Main explores Britain’s place in the EU (p. 42).

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“Let me count the ways”, said Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Sonnet XLIII from Sonnets From the Portuguese,1845. Annabel Harrison and Olivia Sharpe suggest the best ways to demonstrate your love


alentine’s Day has been in existence for more than 600 years and, following the first recorded mention of it in Chaucer’s 1382 poem Parlement of Foules, it continued to appear in literature with regards to relationships and romance; Shakespeare’s Ophelia in Hamlet ruefully exclaimed “To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s Day” 200 years later. Even the famous “Roses are red” verse can be traced back to Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene in 1590. Centuries later, nearly half the population of the UK spend a total of £1.3 billion on their Valentines, buying flowers, chocolates and other gifts supposedly replete with romance. If you’re happily married or coupled up, the words ‘Valentine’s Day’ do one of two things: either you’re filled with joy at the idea of spoiling your beloved, and already know exactly what to buy, or your stomach sinks at having to demonstrate your affection through carefully considered purchases or restaurant choices. For those in the latter bracket, worry not. Turn the page to find a selection of gifts and experiences to suit every type of partner, whether a chocoholic or a globetrotter, a petrolhead or a wine connoisseur.


For the Connoisseur Escape to the country that has produced timeless romantic couples – Napoléon and Joséphine, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – and drink in the nectar of the gods. Introduction to Oenology is a luxury wine-tasting masterclass with a top sommelier, including a guided tour of Château Smith Haut Lafitte and a visit to the wine warehouse, barrel factory and lunch at country inn La Table du Lavoir. Nightly rates at Les Sources de Caudalie start from £169.

For the Lady Who Lives In Her Heels… “And we were dressed from head to toe in love... the only label that never goes out of style.” Although we share Carrie Bradshaw’s sentiment, even she would agree there’s another label that cannot go out of style and that’s Christian Louboutin. This essential addition to your coffee table evokes the artistry and theatricality of Louboutin’s shoe designs, especially these statement stilettos with their signature lacquer-red soles. Christian Louboutin book, £105, Waterstones,

Struck by Cupid’s Arrow For us, Valentine’s Day is about showing your loved one how well you really know them. Quintessentially Events & Quiverz have come up with a host of ideas to make sure 14 February is an occasion for you and your partner to remember forever. Indulge each other’s senses at a perfumery session, learning the subtle art of fragrance. Alternatively, Quiverz can arrange a seductive London tour for you and your partner to experience all the city has to offer in terms of romance, from fine dining at Coco de Mer and J Sheekey’s to spa treatments. Membership of Quiverz starts from £19.95 a month

For the Perfectionist Anyone who has lived with a man knows too well his instinct for hoarding, manifested in the mysterious concept of the ‘man drawer’. This cabinet from the Smythson Black Pigskin Collection has been handcrafted to blend sophistication with practicality, featuring four trays of varying depth to present watches and accessories neatly, lined with soft nubuck for protection. Rotating watch winders ensure the inner spring of an automatic watch is constantly charged. Watch & Accessory Cabinet, £2,995

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Drive Me Crazy As Audrey Hepburn is to women, so is Steve McQueen to men. Ask any man for his top ten iconic film moments and the scene in The Great Escape when McQueen’s character jumps the barbed fence on his motorbike would be in there. The legendary Hollywood figure, nicknamed the ‘King of Cool’, was not only famous for his Hollywood successes, but also for being an avid motorcycle and car racer. McQueen Drives Porsche is a rare, original poster commemorating his legendary racing successes at the 1970 12 hours of Sebring, Holiville and Phoenix driving the Porsche 908. Pullman Gallery McQueen Drives Porsche poster, £7,800

Cocktail Hour Believe it or not, there is an actual science to cocktail-making; the ‘Heston of the drinks world’ Tony Conigliaro will be giving an exclusive insight into the world of molecular mixology for cocktail lovers this Valentine’s month. The inspiring session will introduce guests to some of Conigliaro’s unique concoctions, such as the grass-scented cocktails and edible-lipstick-stained glasses.  Saturday 18 February, 3-5pm, FREE Email

Chocoholics Anonymous If your addiction has reached the point where you are no longer satisfied with simply eating chocolate, why not spend the one day of the year where you cannot be scorned at Britain’s finest chocolatier’s masterclass? The two and a half hour session for two, costing £150, includes your very own tasting used for William Curley’s superb creations. And of course, the best is saved until last when you will be able to take your own award winning House Dark Truffles and Framboise truffle home.

For the Petrolhead Treat your man to a behind-the-Scenes Luxury Car Tour: Wald & Schloss hotel, Germany is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of famous German luxury car manufactures including Mercedes Benz, Audi and Porsche with the chance to try out one of their latest models. Nightly rates at Wald & Schlosshotel with SLH start from £231, including breakfast



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Whether it’s a club for members, supper, church or culture, Carrie Lloyd suggests the best places for you to join in order to broaden your horizons, meet like-minded people and maybe, just maybe, find the One

ou may consider February to be a rather pinksaturated, over-commercialised month but during such a season, when love and romance are at the forefront of our minds and shop windows, one can’t help but reflect on one’s own love life – or lack of. If you’re in the latter category, despair not; if you’ve not yet found your beloved, London offers much to do, much to see and, most importantly, many people to meet. Life in the city is draining more working and social hours out of your calendar than ever before and this is often coupled with a vacuum of decent, compatible types to whet your appetite in the local vicinity. Our opinion? Your hours are precious, so use them wisely. “If you’re looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love”, or so a viral quote recently told me. This advice is a good place to start, but aside from ceasing the pursuit of love and enjoying night classes, sports and hobbies in the meantime (drinking in bars not included), there are plenty of other options to consider. You probably won’t meet your true love in a regular two-for-one happy hour bar. You need to go exclusive; so members clubs it shall have to be. In London there’s a private club for every type of person and these places not only carefully choose their clientele for the books, with an annual review of who should join, but they also host many events guaranteed to get the most introverted Brit talking. Soho House Group, for example, allows members to be involved in an online community – inviting you to talks, shows, DJ nights and screenings, all at your fingertips. Immediately your interests in a particular screenwriter or artist may just open a whole other realm of similar-minded people for you. All SHG locations have a unique selling point; Shoreditch House provides the rooftop bar (David Walliams hired synchronised swimmers for his wedding reception here), a bowling alley for private hire and


designated rooms for different ambiances. As a member of ‘Every House’ of the Soho House Group, I have access to sister clubs in Los Angeles, Miami, Berlin and so on. Without sounding like a cultural snob, celebrities are undisturbed, no photographs are allowed and people can dine in peace. Equally, Soho House is the perfect choice for the movie mogul, and more central. But there are clubs to suit all requirements. If you’re a workaholic and can’t leave business behind, take your office with you to One Alfred Place; a period style club, it has personal assistants on hand to administer any job you may need to delegate – perfect for searching for that special someone simultaneously. Amika is for the socialite, Eight is for the City boys who want to be James Bond incarnate and Blacks is for the old money types who enjoy being surrounded by wood-panelled walls. The Hospital Club is for those with creative streaks and Cavendish Square with its boudoir style is for the party girls (and boys). Even the politicians have a home at Annabel’s. If paying a monthly fee isn’t for you, though, an alternative is to copy the ethos of an artist friend of mine who started up the Supper in a Pear Tree Club with her talented chef sister. Based in a studio in Battersea, learn to life draw, with a nice glass of merlot, followed by a two-course supper by candlelight with your 20 newfound friends. This has proved to be very successful. And it’s a good template to orchestrate with your own friends; plan for one of you to host a supper club once a month where you can alternate responsibilities and bring along new friends – whilst providing a class in something, be it languages, cooking or drawing. Anything. We all have talented friends – let’s use them to the advantage of meeting like-minded new contacts. Last but not least, church is still the largest community to meet in London on Sundays. This may not suit the atheists or agnostics among you, or maybe it will if you’d like to get something off your chest, but churches around London host special nights and weekends away, and I have to say the calibre of talent never ceases to amaze me. It’s also evaluates immediately where your ethics lie, which is no bad start for meeting new people. If you have already found a certain someone and you

need to impress them with a first date, there are some special one-off places that could tickle their fancy. Dining wise, the Ledbury is suggested to be one of the finest Michelin starred restaurants at the moment. What it doesn’t offer is the element of surprise or adventure. Enter: Dans Le Noir? This is the ultimate dining experience, where you eat in darkness and the hiatus is in the conversation and taste buds – a good option for the more self-conscious individual. The Wapping Project provides experimental dance and art before or after dinner in a vast space that doesn’t compromise on intimacy. The Mayor of the Scaredy Cat Town in Hoxton is a secret location found within The Breakfast Club. In order to gain access – you have to ask for the mayor – they will lead you through a fridge door to a hidden domain. You’ll gain credit for knowing ‘unusual places’ immediately. For a similar experience, Callooh Callay on Rivington Street in Shoreditch requires you to enter the bar through a giant wardrobe; Narnia, anyone? The National History Museum and the V&A host late nights for a romantic tour around the architecture; it’s noted to be sublime at night, despite the sparse publicity on this. For the more seductive date or indeed for the singleton girl, afternoon tea at Volupte (the burlesque venue in East London) could provide the fancy tickle you were wanting with different live acts most days and nights. Despite the above recommendations for finding love, or tantalising the new date, time restrictions may not be on your side and this might be down to some changes in your priorities. Your purpose may be destined outside of the marriage vows and this is no failing element, despite what pressure you receive from family or friends. Whatever your situation or wherever your heart may be at, there is always space for frivolities and the sacred art of friendship. Using the online dating forums might be the quickest or easiest access to finding love, but maybe it’s more about adventure, experience and the search for the unknown. It’s time to let go of the tight knuckle hold of the office desk and live life, even for one night only. If it’s come to this, you’re in the right city. Welcome to London and the adventures of the unknown, fridge doors and sweet surprises. Above all else, your suppertime stories will venture into a whole new dimension. n


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A Dream for Two

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” Cartier’s bespoke diamond engagement rings adhere to this Shakespearean philosophy of everlasting devotion and beauty


rench jeweller Cartier has always championed the theme of love, having been associated with legendary couples for more than 160 years, including Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier and Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The ‘Set for You by Cartier’ bespoke service allows couples to create their own engagement ring in just three weeks. Choose from five rings for the setting of a round diamond that weighs from between 0.18 to 1.99 carats; perhaps the refined, platinum-wire body of the Déclaration ring, the diamond-paved scrolls and floral setting of the

Ballerine or classic simplicity of the Solitaire 1895. Choosing “her” ring to ensure the answer is a resounding “yes” is not only a fiancé’s main concern but also the House of Cartier’s key aim, as shown through the stunning Bridal Collection and specially hosted Bridal Nights. Couples can spend an enjoyable evening examining the beautiful ring collections to ensure the perfect choice is eventually made: “A dream for two, his and hers, between you and the jeweller, the diamond and the setting, the ring and Cartier.” n


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news Necklace from the Temptation collection in 18-carat white gold set with one rubellite drop and diamonds, POA Chopard,

Sweet Temptation Not wishing to be left out of the romantic over-exuberance of Valentine’s Day, Chopard’s delicious new jewellery line will tempt you towards pretty, glittering delights, designed to brighten up your jewellery box. The Geneva jewellery house has created a playful collection which is deliberate in turning away from the stiff formality of high jewellery and instead is all about having fun. Sumptuous colours and scrumptious shapes will entice you like a child magnetically drawn to a confectioner’s window display; a concoction of candy-bright jewels which can be worn any day, or night, of the week. Rings from the Temptation Collection, adorned with heart shaped pink and blue sapphires, diamonds and white and rose gold, POA Chopard,

Cutting Edge Iconic British jewellery designer Stephen Webster has joined forces with the legendary hotel Eden RockSt. Barths, just in time for 2012’s bikini-clad Caribbean season

The collaboration between the two brands was born through a shared, distinctive ambience of high luxe glamour with a rock ‘n’ roll edge, as well as Eden Rock-St.Barths’ belief that looking beyond great service and luxury accommodation defines the hotel experience

Boodles’ latest Velocity and Roulette jewellery collections are certain to cause a stir in the world of jewellery this month. Taking place on 11 February, the luxurious Boodles and Bond event promises to capture the glamorous fictional world of the nation’s favourite spy with a casino, Taittinger Champagne reception and, excitingly, a showcase of Boodles’ exclusive new line. The stunning collections are made up of 18-carat white gold, yellow and rose gold pendants, bracelets and earrings and white diamonds. Tickets for the event are limited and priced at £90 per person. Roulette large bracelet, £18,000 Boodles, 2 & 3 The Courtyard, Royal Exchange


BRILLIANTLY Bespoke In the heart of Battersea on Webbs Road, British jewellers W&W have opened their first studio, successfully reaching the highest standard of British craftsmanship and creating a jewellery destination designed for clients to enjoy a personal and professional service. W&W pride themselves on being able to accommodate any jewellery request, exploring all design options. Unlike conventional jewellery stores, you are given complete control throughout the whole process, working with diamond specialists with professional knowledge to ensure that what you eventually create is an entirely unique and stunning piece. The studio is by appointment only. Emerald cut central diamonds with baguette cut diamond shoulders bespoke engagement rings, POA W&W,

Pendant, from £4,580, and earrings, from £3,650, in 18-carat white gold set with Hematite or 18-carat yellow gold set with white Mother of Pearl Stephen Webster, 93 Mount Street,


The Queen of hearts


With 2012 comes the 175th anniversary of Tiffany & Co., an American jewellery institution known and loved worldwide for its legacy, design, celebrated following and, of course, the iconic Tiffany little blue box. Annabel Harrison steps back in time to recount the Tiffany story

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t calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!” Many famous words have been spoken about Tiffany & Co. over the decades, but for almost every woman, few will have resonated as much as those spoken by the adored Audrey Hepburn, who sought solace in the New York store in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For many women, too, key milestones in their lives will be forever associated with Tiffany : a teenager is given a silver Elsa Peretti Open Heart pendant to mark her 18th birthday (just as I did); a university graduate receives a lucky Tiffany Twist clover charm to commemorate her achievements; a young woman accepts a marriage proposal and an exquisite diamond Tiffany ring; and an elegant lady thanks her husband for a bespoke Tiffany gift on their 25th silver wedding anniversary. So where did the story start? Have women always been so enchanted by the prospect of a little blue box? In 1837, 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany, inspired by the dynamic growth and extravagant tastes in New York at the time, opened a new emporium with Teddy Young, named Tiffany, Young and Ellis. It sold stationery and fancy goods, and fashionable ladies in silks and satins descended upon the store, thrilled by the exquisite and beautifully patterned designs. Having introduced major gemstones to the United States in

Small square boxes are dangerous. Every woman knows that there are only two kinds of rings: The Ring and all other rings 1848, Charles Tiffany earned himself the moniker “King of Diamonds” and five years later, he took full control of the company. With this came the shortened name Tiffany & Co., as well as a firm emphasis on jewellery, arguably the best decision that Tiffany could have made for his company. By 1906, the Big Apple was smitten. The New York Sun reported that “Tiffany has one thing in stock that you cannot buy of [Charles Tiffany] for as much money as you may offer; he will only give it to you. And that is one of his boxes.” In the decades that followed, Tiffany & Co. amassed an impressive roll-call of famous admirers. The late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who accumulated a fabulous collection during her lifetime, had a penchant for beautiful jewellery and was often gifted with exquisite pieces: “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” Taylor received a Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany dolphin clip from Richard Burton and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made Schlumberger’s jewellery her signature. In fact she wore Schlumberger’s gold and enamel bracelets so frequently in the early and mid-1960s that the press nicknamed them “Jackie bracelets”.


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Equally, references in films, song lyrics and popular culture undoubtedly boosted the brand’s reputation as one that offers its customers style, luxury and quality. Marilyn Monroe exclaimed “Tiffany’s!” in Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend and Eartha Kitt implored Santa Baby for “decorations bought at Tiffany’s”. The flagship store has been located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan since 1940 and the polished granite exterior is well-known as the location for a number of films including, of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The first Super Bowl trophy, awarded in 1967, was a Tiffany design and, perhaps most significantly, but unbeknown to many, the Great Seal of the United States, as shown on the trillions of dollar bills that are exchanged each year, was redesigned by Tiffany in the 1880s, an honour that cannot be underestimated. In addition to such wide-ranging design and cultural influence, the very name Tiffany has become synonymous with romance and love. Upon visiting the company’s website, a pale turquoise tab in the top right hand corner catches my attention, inscribed with the words “What makes love true”. This leads to a site of the same name, which features sections prettily entitled Love Stories and The Art of Romance, essentially, paying homage to love. There are even Tiffany Tips, for “when love gets serious”: Tiffany Tip No. 5 is particularly pertinent this month; “Small square boxes are dangerous. Every woman knows there are only two kinds of rings: The Ring, and all other rings. An unwed man presenting the latter had better prepare a clever preamble or look for cover.” Unsurprisingly, there are perfect presents for Valentine’s Day from the company which has long been associated with the heart emblem; the Tiffany Hearts® collection features elegant lockets suspended from fine chains. A heart locket of 18-carat rose gold is inscribed with “I Love You”, although any other romantic, personal message may be kept within the locket. Heart lockets of sterling silver can share the “I Love You” inscription or sparkle with diamonds at the locket’s centre. If your lady loves pink, the vibrant pink


spinel earrings, perfectly matched and totalling 11.19 carats, are paired with sparkling diamond florets. Particular attention has been paid to unleashing the prettiest of colours, through skilful hand cutting of the gems. Gentlemen, if you are proposing this Valentine’s Day and take one piece of advice, it must be this. Tiffany Tip No. 20: “Remember, over a lifetime, a woman looks at her ring a million times”. Choose wisely. n The Tiffany Hearts® collection is available at select Tiffany & Co. stores worldwide and prices range from £325 to £660. Chains are sold separately. The pink spinel and diamond earrings in platinum are priced at £38,700. Tiffany & Co., The Courtyard, Royal Exchange, 00800 2000 1122

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With Valentine’s Day on the calendar this month, choose to be pretty in purple with amethysts, coloured stones, rubies, and yellow sapphires

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1 Pendant earrings in 18-carat yellow gold with peridot and amethyst, £1,900, Bulgari, 15 The Courtyard, Royal Exchange 2 Baroque rings in 18-carat yellow gold and coloured stones, £7,100, Chanel Fine Jewellery, 3 ‘Whorl’ gold cuff, £4,890, Cassandra Goad, 4 Nugget 18-carat gold-plated amethyst earrings, £135, Monica Vinader 5 ‘Fuscata’ 18-carat yellow gold ring set with amethyst, iolite, grey moonstone and diamonds, £3,960, Cassandra Goad, as before 6 ‘Sassi’ necklace in yellow gold with amethyst and peridots, £6,050, Bulgari, as before 7 Double claw set pearl bracelet, £365, Mawi London, 8 ‘Amulet’ 18-carat yellow gold ring with amethyst, rubies and diamonds £4,980, Cassandra Goad, as before 9 ‘Camelia’ cuff in 18-carat yellow gold, £12,175, Chanel Fine Jewellery, as before 10 ‘Tutti Frutti’ cabochon pearl ring, £235, Mawi London, 11 22-carat gold-plated cabochon clip earrings, £72, Kenneth Jay Lane,


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ewellery is the international expression for ‘I love you’, and the Burlington Arcade, located in Mayfair, promises to captivate those who are seeking rarity, quality and one-of-a-kind pieces for loved ones. Housing London’s most exclusive jewellers, you’ll find exquisite examples from the most celebrated of jewellery designers, including Boucheron, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. From engagement rings to diamond necklaces for women and beautiful antique watches to contemporary timepieces for men, the Burlington Arcade’s impressive array of experts are on hand to help you find the perfect piece. This allows you to buy with confidence, ensuring you have an item to treasure for years to come.

H EM ING & a r m o ur Winston

Heming has a rich history dating back to 1745, specialising in classic and sports watches. Meanwhile, the family business of Armour Winston has housed three generations of jewellers within the Burlington Arcade since 1952. With an exceptional selection of watches, from Cartier to Rolex - and the opportunity to part-exchange - you will be sure to leave happy.


For those with a penchant for the dramatic, look no further than Ciro where eye-catching costume jewellery, pearls and jewels offers more than a touch of sparkle to your winter wardrobe.

Hancocks, Richard Ogden & Susannah Lovis

Open since 1845, Hancocks is something of a British institution, charged with the honour of making every Victoria Cross medal. You can also find unique, historic jewels within this chic store. Meanwhile, Richard Ogden draws on the expertise of four generations of jewellers, with a dedicated ‘Ring room’ and holding an exceptional range of heritage and contemporary pieces. While, Susannah Lovis has a gift for inspiration, with a flair for the most unusual of pieces, whether you are looking for something antique or modern.



Nourbel & L e Cav elier

The company is launching its very first two-floor concept boutique at 23 Burlington Arcade. Peek in the store where you can find unique and often hand-crafted pieces using striking bold-coloured gems from rare natural Zambian emeralds, to deep rubies, all finished with fine white diamonds.

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With one of London’s top in-house design teams Heming’s designers, who favour clean and elegant designs, can tailor your jewellery exactly to you. If your’e looking for something to make a brighter statement, Hirsh’s vibrant, intensely-coloured gems and brilliant diamonds with stylish design, promise to add a glamorous finishing touch to any outfit.


They say time is the most precious gift, so when looking for a token of affection for the man in your life, a watch makes an ideal and heartfelt present. David Duggan is an excellent place to start, with a selection of fine watches, including pre-owned timepieces, as well as expert and impartial advice. And if you are seeking a unique, and more retro-inspired timepiece, then the Vintage Watch Company stocks an incredible range of older watches from the classic 1920’s to the more bold 1980’s - and everything in between.

M atthe w F os ter & J ohnson Walker

A treasure trove of the best in Art Deco, Art Modern and 1960s jewellery, Matthew Foster’s jewellery elegantly captures the spirit of its age. Meanwhile, Johnson Walker specialises in unique antique jewellery, primarily from the glamorous 1940s.


If like Bond, your brand is classic Omega, then head to Somlo Antiques, a beautiful store that incorporates the world’s first Omega vintage store, alongside beautiful wrist and pocket watches. This is also the place to come for vintage watch repairs, where your much-loved timepiece will be merticulously restored to its former glory.

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Michael Rose offers a simply stunning array of limited-edition and vintage jewellery, whilst the man himself is an impressive wealth of information, and always on hand to give advice and direction. While Tessier houses gorgeous gems with historic significance. Cameo Corner holds a fabulous range of fine antique jewelley, spanning several stylish decades and eras, and has over 100 years experience in the area.

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Specialists in pearls from all over the world, including Tahiti, Japan, Indonesia and the Pacific, Milleperle offers beautiful pearls in every colour imaginable, symbolising purity and everlasting perfection – what more could a girl ask for?


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news Blancpain: feel the love

Stealing the show at SIHH Joining the 18 watch exhibitors and 1,200 journalists at Geneva’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) last month were 12,500 guests privileged enough to have been invited to one of the world’s foremost watch expositions. Celebrating its 20th birthday, SIHH 2012 saw the likes of Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey and Vacheron Constantin premiere the finest watches from their latest collections. While each brand managed to enamour in

some way, it was creations by IWC and A. Lange & Söhne that stole the show for The City magazine. Affirming their reputation as purveyors of premium pilot watches, IWC unveiled the Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar (pictured), a watch that features a brand new IWC 46mm ceramic case and massive 168 hour power reserve. Across the exhibition hall A. Lange & Söhne revealed what will surely prove one of the bestlooking watches of the year: the Datograph Up/ Down (as shown overleaf).

One to Watch Each month, we select our watch of the moment: once again, Patek Philippe comes up trumps with its Twenty-4

Launched in 1999, Patek Philippe’s Twenty-4 was created for the refined, active woman who seeks a watch that reflects her style. The curved silhouette of the case is a loving caress for the feminine wrist

For some, Valentine’s Day means little more than overpriced flowers and a meal at a packed restaurant. This is not the case for the watchmakers at Blancpain; for them, the day is an annual excuse to get creative. True to form, February 2012 sees the brand launch a limited series of romantic timepieces. Set with 2.95 carats of precious stones and boasting a diamond-set bezel, each of the 14 Saint-Valentine 2012 Chronographs is fitted with a white leather alligator strap and presented in a wooden box delicately lined with white nappa leather. In an additional nod to Cupid, the heart-shaped counterweight of the central sweep seconds hand is delicately hand-painted with a feather.

Race-Inspired time Welcome to Chopard’s fifth limited edition Jacky Ickx watch. Inspired by the friendship between the legendary race-driver and Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the piece has been engineered with the needs of a racing driver in mind. In addition to the 60 minute counter at nine o’clock, the watch features a 24-hour counter at 12 o’clock, allowing a driver to check the remaining duration of a race, a flyback function that means a user can start a new timing operation without first resetting the hands, and a tachometric scale on the bezel that serves to measure speed over a 1,000 metre distance.

Twenty-4, £28,380, Patek Philippe Available at Watches of Switzerland, 22 Royal Exchange


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1 Classic leather gloves, £125, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 2 Image courtesy of Hackett 3 Meisterstück Diamond Le Grand, £280, Montblanc, 10-11 Royal Exchange 4 Capeland flyback chronograph, £4,990, Baume & Mercier, available at Watches of Switzerland, 22 Royal Exchange 5 Button cufflinks, £160, Turnbull & Asser, 6 Facet Lines palladium-plated tiebar, £110, 7 Datograph Up/Down, £52,000, A. Lange & Söhne, available at Watches of Switzerland, as before 8 Aston Martin racing carbon end cufflinks, £55, Hackett, 117 Bishopsgate 9 St Paul’s Lid over body attaché, £2,465, Tanner Krolle, 10 Navitimer 1461, £3,500, Breitling, available at Watches of Switzerland, as before 11 A4 Enigma briefcase, £1,100, Tanner Krolle, as before



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ever mine, EVER THINE… For a truly memorable Valentine’s Day, Canary Wharf welcomes couples to indulge everything from premium gift shopping and delicious cocktails, to romantic dining and lavish hotel suites Unwind and relax this Valentine’s Day as you and your sweetheart explore Canary Wharf. With a fantastic choice of things to do – including romantic brunches, exciting shopping, pre-dinner cocktails, fine-dining, as well as live music – you and your loved one will be spoilt for choice this Valentine’s Day.


Think of a table for two, chilled champagne and your favourite brunch. Perfect. Renowned as a fabulous place to while away the weekend hours and enjoy some of the capital’s very best food, Canary Wharf eateries Roka, The Parlour and the Obikà Mozzarella Bar offer a wide selection of dishes to start your Valentine’s date in style.



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Plateau Restaurant Bar & Grill

Get a little closer at Plateau’s stunning cocktail bar, and indulge in a couple of cheeky early evening cocktails to unwind, before moving on to enjoy your dinner date. Soak in Plateau’s panoramic veiws and be tempted by a delicious Temptation, combining vanilla infused vodka, orgeat syrup, apple juice, fresh lemon and mint.


Perhaps the pinnacle of any
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London’s finest chefs. Canary
Wharf newcomer Iberica makes
sharing delicious with its range of
gastronomic tapas, from a menu overseen by
a two Michelin-starred Head Chef, Nacho Manzano. The combination of classic signature dishes with more contemporary food, produces a sensation of tastes, and an exciting dining experience for you and your date to share. Book a table at Gaucho Canary restaurant for one of the finest steaks in the city accompanied by delectable wines.

The rich, red meats and delicious, red wines are perfect for a Valentine’s feast, as every mouthful is simply divine. The superb riverside setting is ideal for a romantic meal and the sleek interior adds to the sense of style and occasion. Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s Scottish gourmet cuisine and stylish restaurant offers a picture-perfect dinner date option, to indulge you both in life’s finer things. Sit back and soak up the strains of a Valentine’s jazz set, including ‘Barry White and the Love Gods of Soul’, to set the romantic mood, before sampling the exquisite Valentine’s Day menu. For a full list of bars and restaurants visit

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If you don’t want your perfect Valentine’s weekend to end, The Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf is just moments away from the area’s exciting shops, restaurants and bars. Relax in a gorgeous Riverside Suite which boasts some of the best panoramic views of London and deepsoaking tubs for a luxurious late-night bubble bath. The Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf



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1. Boheme Arabesque Azur fountain pen, £885, Montblanc, Canada Place 2. White gold with mother of pearl inlay cufflinks, £2,080, Montblanc, Canada Place 3. Boss Selection black bag, £835, Hugo Boss, Cabot Place 4. Leather Brit iPad Sleeve, £125, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place 5. Samsung NX11 Compact System camera with 18-55 i-Function Lens kit, £390, Curry’s Digital, Cabot Place 6. El Primero 10th Model on stainless steel bracelet, £7,400, Zenith at Charles Fish, Cabot Place 7. Alpha Red Stripe Slim Card Case ID, £40, Tumi, Cabot Place 8. BeoCenter 2 DVD, CD and Radio Player, £3,400, Bang and Olufsen, 2-4 South Colonnade 9. Chetwynd Box Calf Black, £370, Church’s English Shoes, Cabot Place 10. Ultra Light Bai Ji hydrator 75ml, £23.50, Molton Brown, Jubilee Place 11. Red, white and blue knit stripe tie, £55, Hackett, Cabot Place 12. Harbour polka dot blue pocket square, £20, Reiss, Jubilee Place



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1. Manhattan clutch in Red Croc, £295, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place 2. Bollinger Rose Champagne, £45, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Place 3. Love Note Heart locket, £195, Links of London, Jubilee Place 4. Embrace diamond engagement ring, £9,450, Tiffany & Co., Cabot Place 5. Nicole Spice bra, £90, hipster £55, Myla, Cabot Place 6. Valentines Bead Bracelet, £280, Montblanc, Canada Place 7. Stud Heart Shaped diamond earrings, £143, Carat*, Cabot Place 8. Tag Heuer Ladies Carerra Watch, £3350, Charles Fish, Cabot Place 9. Sealed with a Kiss chocolate box, £100, Hotel Chocolat, Canada Place 10. Red Roses Cologne, £72, Jo Malone, Jubilee Place 11. Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles embellished with Swarovski crystals, £50, Charbonnel et. Walker, Cabot Place 12. Andie shoes in red, £195, L.K. Bennett, Jubilee Place 13. Gift Bag of Roses, £35, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Place


Winter warmers The cold weather continues in February but if you feel like warming up, dance the night away at one of Canary Wharf’s fantastic evening events


East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

Welcome to a celebration of all things retro in which you can relive the 20s to the 90s in a glamorous week of dance, music and vintage TV.

VALENTINE’S TEA DANCE Tuesday 14 February Workshop from 6pm Tea Dance 7.30-10.30pm Tickets £12 or £20 for both Tea Dance and Swing Dance (includes complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival)

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CANARY WHARF COMEDY CLUB Featuring* Holly Walsh, Nathan Caton, Gary Delaney, Tom Wrigglesworth and Des Bishop

After a sell-out autumn season featuring a range of comedic talent, Canary Wharf Comedy Club returns in February with five heavyweights of the comedy circuit to shake off the winter blues. Enjoy Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer and TV regular Holly Walsh, rising star Nathan Caton with his hilarious social and political anecdotes, charismatic wordsmith Tom Wrigglesworth and the master of the killer one-liner Gary Delaney. The insightful comic observations of Des Bishop completes the line up. Monday 13 February 7.15pm (Doors 6.30pm) East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 Tickets £12 *Line up correct at time of publication

Waltz, cha-cha and foxtrot to your heart’s content at a romantic Valentine’s Tea Dance with the 11-piece Berkeley Square Society Band. Start the evening off with an easy taster workshop to learn the basics then take to the floor. Full bar and vintage teas available so why not nibble on a cucumber sandwich while you enjoy the dazzling displays of classic dances from Ragroof Theatre’s team of glamorous ladies and gents? A great night for all, bring friends, a partner or make it an office outing. Dress up or dress down but most of all enjoy the experience!

SING-A-LONG-A GREASE Wednesday 15 February 7 – 10pm (Doors 6.30pm) Tickets £15 (includes complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival)

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the star…remember, GREASE is the word! This brand new sing-along version of the classic John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John film is not to be missed. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential. Produced by Singalonga Productions Ltd in Association with Park Circus

SWING DANCE Thursday 16 February Workshop from 6pm Swing Dance 7.30-10.30pm Tickets £12 or £20 for both Swing Dance and Tea Dance (includes complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival)

The East Wintergarden transforms into a juke joint with a jumpin’ Swing Dance with live music from the infamous The Jive Aces. Come early for an introduction to vintage dance styles from the good folks at then get ready to lindyhop, jive and jitterbug the night away. Fast and furious demonstrations from the professional dancers are sure to impress so shine up your spats or dress up in that fabulous 50’s skirt and hit the dance floor. No prohibition here!

SILENT DISCO Friday 17 February 8pm – Midnight Tickets £10 (includes complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival)

The Silent Disco is a definitely a dance floor with a difference: no speakers, just wireless headsets where you choose what you dance to. Two DJs will compete for your ears in a silent dance off – who will you choose? Legendary vintage vinylist Yvan Serrano Fontova aka Healer Selecta or the funk, disco, electro and dance from cult DJ and 80s fashionista Princess Julia.

Take a break from the dance floor and enjoy classic episodes of Top of the Pops from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in the plush surrounds of the 1960s Vintage Mobile Cinema parked in front of the East Wintergarden. Recently seen on BBC’s Reel History, and the only surviving unit from a fleet of seven built by the Government in 1967 to promote British industry, it now makes a perfect bijou cinema.

Booking information for Comedy Club, Vintage Night and After Hours with… The Brand New Heavies: In advance: Visit or call 0844 847 2268 (Booking fee applies) In person: On the door, subject to availability Only items purchased on the premises may be consumed


Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most successful acid-jazz/UK funk groups of all time live at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. Tickets are on sale now. Thursday 15 March 7.45pm (Doors 7pm) East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 Tickets £20-maximum 6 tickets per order

Winter Lights Marbles - Daan Roosegaarde  Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf  Until 2 March

‘Marbles’, a new interactive artwork by Daan Roosegaarde, has its first public presentation in the UK at Canary Wharf as this year’s ‘Winter Lights’ installation, enlivening Jubilee Park during the dark winter months. Each ‘marble’ contains sensors that instinctively respond to human proximity or touch, triggering changes of colour and sound. Eight large coloured shapes will interact with people walking through the landscape and are also able to multiply these interactions between themselves, appearing to communicate with each other. As dusk falls, the park will appear to be animated by more than just those who are passing through.

A Century of Olympic Posters Exhibition organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London Lobby, One Canada Square Until 2 March

We begin our celebrations of the 2012 London Olympics with this major exhibition. A London exclusive in Olympic year, it features many rare, beautiful examples of posters created for the modern Olympic Games from the early 20th century until now.

VINTAGE MOBILE CINEMA Friday 17 February 4pm – Midnight FREE* (Space is limited, and available on a first come, first served basis)

Official Poster for London Olympic Games, 1948 Walter Herz © Courtesy IOC/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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ccording to the ancient Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, the world will end on 21 December 2012. If you fancy increasing your bank balance prior to judgement day, visit, which has made some predictions of its own. Having analysed market trends and data, as well as interviewing industry experts, prominent investors and thought leaders, the website has highlighted what it believes will be the most rewarding businesses to invest in during the year ahead. On the list are frozen yoghurt franchises, an

industry estimated to be worth £150 million by 2013, independent coffee shops and, following the huge success of Zumba workshops, dance and fitness class programs. More predictable investment prospects include social gaming firms, mobile app makers and companies dedicated to repairing smartphones. With the Olympics expected to boost the economy to the tune of £5.1 billion, the website also advises a number of ways that entrepreneurs can gain a slice of a very lucrative pie. With the government having cut the corporation tax paid by small firms to 20 per cent, they will be hoping that Startups’ predictions proves accurate. n


Conscious Capitalism In 2010, Boris Johnson headed to KPMG in Canary Wharf to announce the introduction of the London Living Wage, a scheme the professional services firm implemented and helped to pioneer. A year later Richard Brown meets Dr Ashley Steel, KPMG’s Global Chair of Transport and Logistics and one of the UK’s most influential female business figures, to talk conscious capitalism, women in business and about how KPMG is actively promoting corporate social responsibility




aving graduated with a PhD in Management from Henley, at the age of 25 Dr Ashley Steel joined KPMG as a trainee adviser. 26 years later, Steel remains at the firm, having undertaken roles that include leading KPMG’s services to global technology and media companies, assisting national governments undertaking privatisation, and conducting strategy and efficiency reviews for numerous public and private sector organisations. In her current role, Steel works with the world’s largest transport companies, advising them on their business strategies in these difficult economic times. The last 12 months have seen a host of political-economic demonstrations take place across the globe. Do you support the campaigners camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral? I’ve been to St Paul’s and I think it’s fascinating what’s happening there. Do I like lots of tents around the cathedral? Probably not; I think it taints the campaign slightly. Violent demonstration is a big no-no but I do like peaceful demonstration. I think it says a great deal about the openness of a society. The ability we have in the UK to take to the streets and voice what we think is something that should be celebrated, not condoned. Do demonstrations like Occupy London have an effect on the wider public? Yes. They create awareness. Governments, regulators, clients and the public are demanding more from us than ever before. You see it in the current mood toward bonuses and senior executive pay packets. There is a paradigm shift going on in society; firms are looking at what’s going on outside their own environments and are questioning their role as corporate bodies. Yes, you have to make a profit and you have to be sustainable, but it’s absolutely right that we should be aiming to do more with the role we can play in wider society. So the idea of conscious capitalism is becoming increasingly important to firms? Corporates are realising that things need to change. There do need to be changes in the way senior people are rewarded and also in the way they are held to account. A lot of organisations have focused their pay schemes around a one to two year timeframe, rewarding executives for successes over a short period of time. Pay structures and accountability need to be looked at on much wider timeframes and need to be based on things like the profitability of a business, the amount of revenue you return to your shareholders, how you treat your staff, your social responsibility record and what you do to benefit the local community. Do you envisage a higher level of cooperation between governments and multinational companies? It’s a government’s role to provide the policies and the environment for management to work in to make their corporate bodies economically sustainable and hence enable social responsibility. Without corporate profit you cannot have corporate responsibility. Perhaps, there has been too much reliance on the government acting to look after the poor, the disabled and the disadvantaged, and corporates

acting to make as much money as possible. A gap exists between the two and this needs closing. Governments cannot solve all of the social problems of the world but they have a role in providing the environment in which large companies can fulfil their own social responsibilities. What does KPMG do to ensure it is acting in a socially responsible way? Many things. Let me give you some examples. All our staff are allowed six days of KPMG time to volunteer to any community or charity activity, something that we actively encourage. We have a KPMG Foundation that was endowed with £10 million several years ago, which is added to each year, of which we donate around £500,000 annually to a range of community schemes. KPMG jointly sponsors the City Academy in Hackney and has also set up a school leavers programme which offers young adults who wouldn’t usually have gone to university the opportunity to do so [KPMG pays all tuition fees in addition to a salary]. After university, we then provide these adults with three years of accountancy training with our firm and they end up obtaining a professional chartered accountancy qualification. Is it harder for women to succeed in business than men? I’ve never considered myself disadvantaged by being a woman. I think it’s in being confident, being bold, getting on and actively doing things that you change certain opinions. As a woman you make your point by going somewhere [like Saudi Arabia], by being treated equally and demonstrating through your performance that you are as good as, or better than, many men. In the business world, it’s about having the self-belief to turn up and do your best; that’s how you prove you are as capable of doing a certain job as anyone. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the way women are treated in business over the last 25 years? It’s a lot better than ten years ago, even five years ago, but there is still a certain level of prejudice, even if a lot of it is unconscious. The balance is changing in government but there are still a woefully low number of women on senior boards of FTSE100 companies. Then again, I’m not for quotas. People should progress through merit rather than because they fit a certain quota. If you could compete in and win one Olympic event, what would it be? The women’s 100 metre final. I cannot wait until the Olympics. We have a fantastic opportunity to show the whole world what London and the UK is about. It’s going to be fantastic. n


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THE UK: ALONE AGAIN? NATURALLY. Brussels-based media expert Victoria Main explains why it may pay for Britain to behave itself within the EU


argaret Thatcher could not but approve of David Cameron’s unabashedly europhobic stance. As an utterly convincing Meryl Streep had ‘the iron lady’ retort to her cowed Cabinet colleague Geoffrey Howe in the recent film; “If you agree with France, why don’t you put on a beret, move to Calais and pay 80 per cent of your income to the French government?” Or words to that effect. Just as Thatcher’s anti-Brussels ways served her well domestically, so have Cameron’s. After famously vetoing changes to the European Union’s treaties at the milestone summit last December, the British prime minister enjoyed a surge in the polls on his triumphant return home sans accord. He claimed his was “a tough decision but the right one”, particularly for Britain’s world-leading financial services sector. The ensuing discord with the Liberal Democrats played out to Cameron’s advantage, as his own party was relieved to see a clear demarcation with their europhile junior coalition partner. No way can the Conservatives now be accused of going soft on Europe as a result of the coalition company they keep. Question marks soon emerged over the legal enforceability of the hastily cobbled-together agreement by the rest of the EU – with the exception then of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden – to forge ahead with an inter-governmental solution to the impasse. But the rest of the EU had no doubts as to Britain’s position. “While the fate of this particular agreement may be unclear, one thing is certain: the United Kingdom is an island,” said one diplomat from a major EU power. Even as the dust began to settle, Britain’s traditional allies within the EU took a similarly critical view. “The UK is toxic,” said a source from Denmark, which holds the EU’s rotating six-month presidency until 30 June and is usually, as another non-eurozone member, on the same EU page as the UK. The veto took the rest of the EU by surprise, with incoming British ambassador Sir Jon Cunliffe of UK Treasury having kept his cards close to his chest until the eleventh hour. Critics charged Cameron with sheer opportunism in seeking a partial veto on future financial regulation in return for his backing for the proposal to alter EU treaties to tighten control over member states’ fiscal budgets. Some Brussels insiders say Britain was guilty of a “cock-up” rather than a conspiracy in that it underestimated the likely impact of a veto. If correct, this is hardly reassuring. Whatever the merits of that proposal, and any subsequent compromise, the UK has increasingly drawn charges of being a bad European, becoming ever more

isolated within the EU in recent years. Britain’s megaphone diplomacy from the sidelines over the eurozone’s escalating crisis, coupled with a refusal to provide financial assistance (despite the vital importance of the bloc to its own prosperity), have gone down badly. Equally, Britain has earned a reputation amongst other member states for cherry-picking due to the perception that it wants to enjoy internal-market freedoms without accepting the constraints of pan-EU supervision of financial institutions. Ever since it made the error of settling for the new EU diplomatic role granted to Baroness Catherine Ashton, soon dubbed ineffectual, and allowed France’s seasoned Michel Barnier to take the all-important top financial regulation job at the European Commission, the UK has smelled an anti-City plot at every turn. To hear the rhetoric, one would imagine that the Commission in general and Barnier in particular were out to get the City. This view conveniently overlooks the fact that nothing can happen in the 27-country EU without the support of a sufficient majority. The bulk of the new financial regulation introduced so far has therefore gone through with British approval. To pretend otherwise does the country no favours on the credibility front. Britain, with Europe’s leading financial centre, has much to contribute to the Brussels regulatory debate. By the same token, it stands to gain by engaging constructively and at an early stage with the EU over financial market reforms, rather taking an ostrich-like approach in the face of their inevitability. That way, the UK could influence the shape of the new rules and potentially lessen any damaging impact on the City’s fortunes. Like it or not, the reforms are going to keep coming, so in the long run Britain cannot afford not to work with the EU if it is serious about safeguarding its financial interests. Put another way, surely it can afford to be a good European, or at least not such a bad one. France, braced for a presidential election in May, is in the grips of campaign mania, and fellow EU heavyweight Germany’s political situation is rocky. Whereas, all going to plan, Cameron’s next date with the general electorate is some way off. He therefore has the time to show leadership and chart that middle course on Europe that would surely serve Britain’s commercial interests much better than an all-out stand-off. Especially since his ties with United States President Barack Obama can never rival the Thatcher-Reagan political love match. n Former journalist Victoria Main is a Brussels-based media expert with the strategic communications arm of global business advisory firm FTI Consulting


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Going Your Separate Ways Although Valentine’s Day falls this month, this time of year also coincides with the highest rates of divorce. Divorce solicitor Ashley Lacome Shaw explains how to cope with one of the most stressful situations a person can experience

When clients ask if there such a thing as a ‘quickie’ divorce, I explain that the secret is to agree the wording of the divorce petition with your spouse before it gets sent to the court so there’s no surprise. The quickest divorce in England is likely to take at least two months and that’s only if there’s complete cooperation on both sides and a very fast court administration service. I advise clients that it will normally take at least three months to decree absolute. Many factors could slow the process down: court can take a month to stamp the petition; there’s more paperwork to apply for the decree nisi, which a judge must consider when time permits, then it’s a mandatory six weeks and a day before decree absolute dissolving your marriage can be pronounced. If children are involved, there’s more paperwork for a judge to look at to approve the arrangements (and heaven forbid that the finances aren’t agreed). If divorce is imminent - the bad is outweighing the good and you dread talking to them about “marital problems” or life in general, or they won’t talk to you - is there a way out? Yes. It’s as simple as Googling a specialist divorce lawyer. Find a firm’s website that doesn’t depress you even more, call them and if they sound professional and reassuring, make an appointment. Before you know it, you’re having a free consultation about how you’re going to get from where you are to where you want to be. When you know what is about to happen, get advice before you do anything. The best advice for anyone going through a divorce: 1. D  on’t get angry. This is a sure-fire way of blowing things up and making the process go on far longer than necessary. Treat the marriage as a contract that has come to an end. 2. Leave the kids out of it. The court places utmost importance upon the children having quality time with both parents.

3. L  eave third parties out of it. As much as your new partner, parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents want to side with you, leave them out of it. It will only inflame matters if they get involved. 4. Knowledge is power. Go to a specialist family lawyer to find out exactly how you can dismantle the marriage and its finances in the most painless and amicable way. 5. Protect yourself. Whatever you may have done, however guilty you may feel or however much in shock you are, don’t make the mistake of agreeing to whatever your spouse wants. You may wake up a few days or months later bitterly regretting what you have given away. 6. Don’t argue. If you find yourself unable to have that rational conversation around the kitchen table to sort out what needs to be sorted out in a sensible, practical, cost-effective way, don’t start arguing and threatening your partner. Walk away and let the court sort it out. 7. Sort paperwork. To get meaningful advice, you may need to produce 12 months’ worth of your and your spouse’s bank statements, details of policies, pensions and any other documents recording the assets and liabilities of the marriage. 8. Try to compromise. This is key. You’re not going to get everything you want, so be prepared to come to the negotiating table willing to compromise. What are the odds on modern-day marriages succeeding and going the distance? The good news is that the UK divorce rate is continuing to fall to its lowest rate since 1977. The rate peaked in 1996, at the time of Charles and Diana’s divorce, but if we were to take William and Catherine as a modern-day example, they have several factors very much in their favour: they are both leaving the ‘late-20’s danger zone’ where divorce rates are high, they are of a similar age, they’ve known each other for a while and, let’s face it; even amongst die-hard republicans, they are clearly a phenomenal match. n

Ashley Lacome Shaw is a partner at Lyndales Solicitors. For more information visit or call 020 7391 1000


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Europe in 2012 In the midst of EU turmoil, market analyst Brenda Kelly discusses the eurozone crisis, its effect on the markets and the possible consequences for London’s financial industry

It is currently difficult to believe that policy makers will deliver on their pledge to ensure the survival of the single currency and solve the eurozone crisis. This trepidation is not without foundation; European politicians have something of a track record of promising much while delivering little. With the European economy set to fall into recession for the second time in three years, the emphasis is on austerity implementation. However, this strategy doesn’t appear to have dampened enthusiasm to save an overweight financial sector. At the end of 2011, the European Central Bank (ECB) lent an unprecedented total of €489 billion to 523 banks, highlighting how bad the liquidity measures were for a plethora of European banks. Once again, the objective and desired outcome of such a move has not come to fruition. Banks placed monies on overnight deposit with the central bank rather than utilising it for the purpose of purchasing sovereign bonds or allowing the funds to filter down to businesses through credit. For the UK, the eurozone crisis is a double-edged sword as economies are more integrated today than at any other time in modern history. As such, Britain’s economy is at a critical juncture. In October 2011, unemployment rose to its highest level since 1994 and it is potentially set to rise throughout 2012: certainly, the nation gained some strength on the back of slightly better than expected economic growth data


towards the latter part of 2011. In addition, tax receipts were relatively healthy and public finances are in a better state than previously feared. However, there continues to be a broadbased weakness in manufacturing and services sectors so growth is slow and no doubt the mild improvement seen in the budget deficit will be reversed over the coming months. The UK’s one advantage is that it is not part of the single currency and does not have to sway according to the whims of a hawkish ECB policy maker. Consequently, the UK can print money and set its own interest rates and, while it is a member of the EU, it has every right to insist on safeguards that protect the British interest in treaty amendments. Quantitative easing has, on the other hand, helped to push gilt yields to their lowest on record. However, it has also pushed inflation to an almost three year high of 5.2 per cent. While this does appear to be falling back as energy prices abate, this figure is still well in excess of the target inflation rate of two per cent. German and French leaders are planning to implement EU treaty changes that will limit governments’ borrowing each year to just three per cent of their economic output. The ‘fiscal compact’ aims to put an end to the extensive borrowing and circumvent a similar financial crisis in the future. David Cameron has been extremely vocal in his veto of the fiscal compact and more recently the proposed European wide transaction tax. Sweden implemented a similar Tobin tax regime in the 80s and suffered a massive decrease in trading activity as trade volume migrated to London. For this reason there is a significant concern that the ‘Tobin’ tax would impact the City of London in particular and wipe out parts of the financial sector, ultimately resulting in job losses. A number of advocates of this tax see a reduction in short term FX market speculation and increased volatility as one distinct advantage. However, the UK’s experience with stamp duty, for example, would imply the opposite – that there is a negative correlation between increasing transaction costs and levels of perceived stability. Nevertheless, while the UK financial sector has not been without its detractors in recent times, it is clear that this sector plays a crucial part in the health of the UK economy. While the school is out on how much QE does to support growth, employment or increased consumer spending, it is clear that in order to gain traction and avoid the possibility of a double dip recession, the UK must be (and be seen to be) open for business. n

Brenda Kelly is a market analyst at CMC Markets


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With a new clubhouse in St John’s Wood and the promise of a heady mix of private jets and champagneswilling events, é25 has raised the bar when it comes to supercar clubs


or people who love cars, and indulging in the supercar lifestyle, écurie25 Supercar Club has become the hottest ticket in town. With five UK clubs as well as bases in New York and Brisbane, the company has cemented its place in the lives of those who love to live life in the fast lane. Boasting toys that include the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini LP560, Mercedes SLS Gullwing, Bentley Supersports and Audi R8 V10 Spyder, among others, écurie25 provides its members with the benefits of owning a supercar without the traditionally associated overheads.

Upon joining écurie25, each member is allocated a certain number of points, depending on the membership package chosen, which are then traded for time in cars and at é25 events around the world. The number of days you can enjoy in the company’s vehicles depends on how many miles you drive and in which cars you do so. Working out at around £340 per day, membership to écurie25 allows you to drive cars like the Ferrari 458 for less than half the price of renting one. n






Body Boost If the get-fit resolutions you made at the end of last year lasted a matter of days, your body is probably still craving the detox it has required since mid-December. Thankfully, The City Point Club is offering men a spa day specifically designed to get reenergised to full fitness. For £140, guests are entitled to two 25-minute spa treatments, a healthy lunch and full use of all of the club’s facilities, including its extensive gymnasium, exercise and spinning studio, squash courts, 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, plunge pool and relaxation room. 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW


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Princess: the M Class


Of the 1,000 or more boats present at the 2012 London Boat Show last month, one yacht stood out from the crowd – and not just because it was the biggest vessel in sight. Measuring 32 metres in length, as its name may suggest, Princess’ 32M boasts one of the largest hulls to date and has been produced using resin infused technology, reducing overall weight and improving performance and range. Inside, the yacht’s saloon acts as a vast living

area, where sliding doors lead out to a drop-down balcony that provides a spectacular open vista, perfect for evening drinks or entertaining in port. We’ve been promised that the 32M heralds the dawn of a new era for Princess Yachts, which has recently invested £45 million in its shipbuilding yard. Look out for the arrival of company’s 40 metre, 130 foot tri-deck flagship vessel set to be unveiled later in the year.

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With spring still hiding from sight, we were considering how best to stave off the lingering winter blues when we discovered that Porsche is offering the chance to spend four days behind a 911 in the heart of Lapland’s wilderness. Usually accessible to motor manufacturers only for secret winter testing, the secluded venue is made available for two months of the year exclusively for Porsche and its guests. A few spaces still remain on this year’s trip but are being snapped up fast. To book or find out more, email

Ski Jumping World Cup Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern will be looking to defend his FIS Ski Jumping World Title as the World Cup continues across the weekends of 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 February in Italy, Slovenia and Germany respectively. Skiers are scored on the distance, style, in-run and length of their jumps. Only five skiers have recorded perfect jumps, achieving maximum scores for their jumps, in the history of the sport.


SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE Frank Grice finds out why our outstanding Olympic hope Rebecca Adlington takes a modest approach to success



ith a slightly nervous smile, a shy glance under heavy eyelids and periodic shifting in her seat, Rebecca Adlington projects a charming lack of self-assurance for one so lauded and accomplished. Yet far from monosyllabic, she happily beams and chirrups away, covering everything from her unrelenting passion for jigsaws to the physical dilapidations of her “advancing” age. Make no mistake, 2012 is a big year for the modern-day star of world swimming and while there’s a glowing warmth that doesn’t quite chime with the steely, great white drive – one that’s thrashed her competitors in the pool – Adlington means business all right. So do the cap and goggles really offer such a powerful transforming effect? “Superhero goggles,” she smiles, gulping a mineral water at an innocuous address in uptown Kensington. “Do I seem different? I guess when you’re in the pool, your head goes under the water and everything is blocked out. That’s a distinct advantage over any other competitive sport – no distractions, nothing to shake your concentration.” Striking at 5 feet 10, the 22-year-old Nottinghamshire native – all Nordic blonde tresses and quirky, cute features – was an unknown Olympic qualifier four years ago, someone whose focus was fully locked on enjoying the experience of the Beijing Games. Some thought it might be her only chance. But those within her circle knew Rebecca possessed the prowess to become the best. When she broke the Commonwealth record for the 400m freestyle event, and subsequently smashed the British, Commonwealth, European and Olympic records in the 800m freestyle (both in the preliminary heats), the teen suddenly became the water cooler topic. All eyes fell on the Amazonian aqua warrior as she bulldozed past her rivals, claiming two gold medals and, in doing so, becoming the first British swimmer to win more than a solitary gold at a single Olympic Games since Henry Taylor scored three in 1908. The pressure to deliver after such gargantuan success must surely be palpable. “I put more pressure to succeed on myself than anyone else; I’m my worst critic. I think most athletes are, to be honest. You’re never going to need someone else to help you focus – the 5am starts alone will do that!” With the weeks ticking by, Adlington, who currently lives with her swimmer boyfriend Harry Needs, is deep in a punishing training regime, requiring up to six hours a day in the pool and a further two in the gym. “Each week I have ten sessions in water and four out of it. I know the amount of work I do sounds like a real drag, and no one can figure out why I want to be up before 5am every morning but I feed off it. I never hit the snooze button. Gold medals aren’t won by an hour’s extra sleep.” While, from the outside, her story appears to be one of incredible success, in truth Adlington has enjoyed a combination of highs and lows throughout her career. Following success in China, she buckled under the immense expectation to replicate her success and, in the 2009 World Championships in Rome, limped towards bronze in the


400m freestyle, before being shut out of the medal positions completely in the 800m event. The following year she returned to glory, partially, securing gold in the 400m but slumping to seventh place in the longer form. However, at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Adlington picked up two gold and two bronze medals for the British team and won gold in the 800m freestyle at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai, just pipping Olympic rival Lotte Friis at the finish. “That’s a swimmer’s career – there are peaks and troughs,” she admits. “I remember after Rome, people were saying: ‘That’s sad about your bronze.’ I said: ‘Why? I did a two second PB [personal bests]!’ But it’s hard for people to understand the difference between myself and Michael Phelps. No one wins all the time, apart from him. The rest of us are just normal human beings.” Astonishingly, Adlington admits her levels of physical strength are already starting to diminish, a rather unsettling claim from someone so young. “As I’ve got older I’ve begun to understand how much more recovery I need. I know I’m only 22 but as a long-distance swimmer I’m hitting my peak. It’s just one of those things – as you get older, your body changes. Before the last Olympics I was 18 and I could do hard swim after hard swim. Now I can’t – my body tells me it’s giving up. I need the recovery time. That’s physical and mental too – essentially I need to chill out, not freak out. A lot of athletes get worried when they stop being able to do the same work as when they were younger, but it is not about that; it’s about doing the quality work under the proper conditions.” Maybe this “advancing” age has something to do with a rather unorthodox favourite tool of relaxation? “I adore jigsaws,” she laughs. “I find them great to relax with; I enjoy the challenge of spreading 1,000 pieces all over the table, finding the edges from the rest and working my way towards the middle. It’s soothing for me.” A goddess in her sport, Adlington was rightly named Sports Star of the Year by the Sports Writer’s Association prior to New Year. It seems odd then that she and all her fellow female athletes were omitted from last year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist. “That was such a shame. I don’t know what they were thinking. Kerri-Anne Payne should definitely have been on there, as she was the first person to qualify for London – that’s an amazing achievement. Surely they’ll rectify it next year.” With her overwhelming success, fame and fortune accumulated over the last four years, how has life changed for the amiable Adlington? “Even though I have the same coach with the same training schedule, my life has only changed since Beijing because everyone seems to think I’m a millionaire – which clearly I’m not. Swimming is far from a rich sport. “The biggest difference is that I am now the proud owner of two Olympic gold medals – and you can’t put a price on those. I don’t even flaunt them, to be honest. I think they’re in a shoe bag in the cupboard at the moment.” Could Rebecca Adlington be the Olympic epitome of selfdeprecation? We think so. n

“everything is blocked out underwater. That’s a distinct advantage over any other competitive sport: no distractions, nothing to shake your concentration”




Quick, sure-footed and great to look at, the Audi A7 is as good as any other Audi on the road, says Matthew Carter. Try it out for yourself round the corner at Docklands Audi


astes change. A few years ago, a big saloon – a BMW 7-series, for example – was a sign you’d made it. Today, driving a Seven means you’re a chauffeur for an up-market private hire company. The same applies at Audi. Aside from looking like an A4 on steroids, the Audi A8 is effectively an upmarket taxi, albeit a very nice one at that. In my opinion, saloons are boring. That’s why the Germans (and it’s the Germans who dominate this sector of the market) have created a whole bunch of alternatives, from the frankly weird BMW 5-series Gran Turismo to the swoopy Mercedes CLS. Thankfully it was the Merc rather than the Bee-Em that inspired what’s the best of the lot: the Audi A7. The Audi is what the manufacturers like to call a five-door coupé (and never mind that that’s a contradiction in terms). What they really mean is that it has a rather more svelte profile than a typical ‘three-box’ saloon (one box for the engine, one for the passengers and one for their luggage). Audi calls it a Sportback and that’s a pretty fair description as far as I can see. Unlike the four-door Merc,

which retains a separate boot, the Audi is a hatchback, offering five-door practicality with sporting looks. It’s a niche design concept which, in Audi terms, started with the A5 Sportback but which has been further refined in the A7. Ignoring the R8 supercar, I reckon the A7 is the best Audi on offer. And that’s odd. For underneath the stylish fastback body, the A7 is essentially the same as the equivalent A6 saloon. Yet it feels livelier, more luxurious and all round the better car. Needless to say there are a number of different engine options, petrol and diesel, and two and quattro four-wheel drive. The latest generation of VW Group direct injection petrol engines – TFSI in Audi-speak – are smooth, refined and impressive but for high mileage drivers there’s nothing to beat the top-of-the-range 245bhp 3.0-litre TDI diesel. Top speed is governed to 155 mph, which is no hardship in the real word, while its sprinting ability is impressive for a car of this bulk – it’ll hit 60mph from rest in under 6.3 seconds. Even better is the effortless way that power is


delivered. The quattro version has S tronic (VW calls it DSG), a seven-speed automated manual transmission as standard (you can either change gear yourself using the steering wheel mounted paddles or leave it to its own devices) which takes full advantage of the engine’s huge reserves of pulling power to whisk you past slower traffic. Add four-wheel drive to the mix and what you have is a fast, comfortable and, above all, secure grand tourer. Plus this is an Audi which has more than a hint of sporty handling. It uses the latest generation of quattro technology with a 40:60 bias to the rear wheels and an advanced differential which can vary the torque distribution between front and rear axles more widely. It’s economical, too. Use it hard and fuel consumption will dip into the low 30s, but used sensibly you should be able to get 40+mpg. It’s helped by a standard stop/start system which automatically kills the engine when stationary at lights or junctions. Comfort and handling are assisted by standard adaptive chassis dynamics which allow the driver to set various parameters for the suspension, steering weight and throttle response. In Dynamic mode the A7 feels more alert than is usual in a big Audi while the Comfort setting does just what it says on the tin. Where the A7 really excels is inside the cabin. The ambience is just right; a clever mix of minimalist luxury and cool technology. Granted, much of the latter comes only after an expensive visit to the options list but some of the things the A7 can do really do raise the bar: I mean, it’s possible to turn the interior into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot if you so desire. Standard features include a DAB radio, heated and electrically adjusted front seats, Bluetooth, cruise control and keyless go. The test car had £10,000 worth of extra – comparatively modest for an Audi Press car – of which I’d happily pay £2,050 for the technology

package, which provides an excellent head-up display and upgrades the sat nav to a touch screen system. I’d probably pay £1,750 for the comfort package, with memory seats and a rear view parking camera, but I might baulk at the £1,200 for a sun roof. Equally, I personally wouldn’t bother with a grand for fancy alloys: the standard ones are perfectly fine. Thankfully, the test car was to SE rather than S line specification – Audi, along with BMW and M-B, are guilty of thinking sports suspension, the major feature of S line spec, improves the car when all it does is ruin the ride. Since the A7 Sportback went on sale a little over a year ago, there’s only been one significant change to the car. The early examples were fourseaters only but it’s now possible to get a fiveseat version at no extra cost, though it would be a little cramped with three adults in the rear. In both cases, though, taller passengers will find the sloping roofline limits headroom but the large boot compensates to a degree. Unlike the M-B CLS, which has a comparatively small boot and an awkwardly small opening, the full size tailgate of the Audi makes loading luggage dead easy and the rear seats fold to increase load space if required. This is a seriously practical car. So the A7 really does offer a genuine alternative to the more predictable saloon. It also proves there’s nothing new under the sun. Those with long memories might recall the Rover SD1, an upmarket hatchback equally beloved by company directors and by the police. Now if only Rover, when under BMW ownership, had recreated that concept rather than dish up the staid 75 saloon, the company might still be with us today. n Audi cars are available from Docklands Audi, 64 Marsh Wall, South Quay, Docklands, E14 9SL For more information call 020 7536 0555 or visit


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TESLA GETS SERIOUS The charge to Electric Vehicles has begun, writes Matthew Carter


esla might not be the biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles in the world but they were one of the first. The Tesla Roadster, the 100 per cent electric two-seater loosely based on the Lotus Elise, has been sold globally since 2008. In that time, more than 2,100 examples have taken to the roads, covering, it is estimated, more than 18 million miles. And that’s despite a price tag which can easily head north of £100,000. But now, as the Roadster nears the end of its life, the California-based company is getting ready to launch its more mainstream Model S, a svelte four-door saloon that not only enjoys typically spirited EV acceleration – rest to 60mph in 4.4 seconds for the Performance version– but also benefits from a range of up to 300 miles between charges, says the company. That compares well with the world’s biggest selling EV, the Nissan Leaf, of which more than 22,000 examples have been sold in just one year. Leaf is popular in EV-friendly cities, especially London, but with its limited range of just 120 miles has put potential buyers off. If Tesla’s claim for Model S is correct, it could mark a shift change in the acceptance of EVs as everyday cars. New from the ground up, Model S is a good looker with shades of Jaguar and Aston Martin about its lines. The first examples, to be powered by an 85kWh battery, should be available in the US in mid-2012, though there’s no official word yet about UK sales. n


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Invest in Life Experiences Inner Circle Thoroughbreds’ co-founder Jim McGrath explains how the benefits of investing in horses stretch far beyond potential financial rewards


hey call it God’s Own Country” says Jim McGrath, a Channel 4 Racing presenter since 1981 and one of the sport’s most respected judges. Surveying Wensleydale from the gallops at Mark Johnston’s stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire, just before Christmas, it’s hard to challenge this assessment of England’s largest county. A former director of horse racing publishers Timeform and the British Horseracing Authority, McGrath’s views are often sought on the major racing issues of the day and, after nearly 40 years in racing, few know the sport better. Jim is at Johnston’s stables, a three hour journey from Kings Cross, to see Tussie Mussie (the yearling filly’s name refers to floral decorations, popular with ladies in Victorian times, and recalls her dam, Loveleaves). “Her brother, Lovelace, was a tip-top colt who won more than £250,000. If she’s as good as him, she’ll be worth anything up to around half a million pounds.” The filly, bought at Tattersalls prestigious October Yearling sales in Newmarket, is now one of four choicely-bred horses in the first two syndicates run by Inner Circle Thoroughbreds, a company recently founded by McGrath and Peter Bell, also a former longstanding Timeform director. “The prices paid at Tattersalls defied not only the recession but logic too”, says McGrath, “and they show what an attractive sport horseracing remains.” An owner himself for nearly 30 years, McGrath cautions that no one should enter racehorse ownership expecting to make a profit. “The financial rewards, if you get a good horse, can be enormous – a filly bought for 25,000 guineas in 2005 sold for two million guineas a couple of years later – but ownership is really an investment in life experiences. Frustrations are inevitable but this sport regularly produces moments of magic which make it all worthwhile.” Nevertheless, the costs involved in owning a racehorse (anything from £15,000 to £25,000 pa for training fees alone) are a significant barrier to entry for all but the


wealthiest, which explains the attraction of syndication. “The purpose of Inner Circle is to introduce people, including partners, to horseracing at a fixed price they are comfortable with,” comments McGrath. “The cost of joining our first two syndicates is £9,995 or £16,995, all-in for two years. After that, you’ll only ever get a return, though how much depends on how successful the horses are. We manage them so as to maximise the prize money and their residual value for the benefit of our members and ourselves.” McGrath is keen to point out that his own and Bell’s interests are directly aligned to those of the syndicate members. “Our management fee, at 12.5 per cent, is around half that charged elsewhere and any other profit we make is down to the success of the horses – members share 90 per cent of the returns and Inner Circle retains ten per cent. We’ve also taken a share each in both syndicates, so our commitment is evident, and selected horses likely to make an impact in their first season. Our trainers, Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston consistently train 150 winners in a season and their jockeys, Paul Hanagan and Silvestre de Sousa, were first and second in last year’s championship.” While professionalism is paramount, McGrath stresses that joining Inner Circle is about enjoyment. “We’ve chosen the name deliberately. We can use our expertise to de-mystify the world of horseracing for a number of like-minded people, giving them as much time as they want to engage with the sport. Like the tax system, it pays to use professionals. We’ll take them to Ascot, York and to Woburn Abbey for superb days out. The unknown, and the additional thrill, is where the yearlings (officially two on 1 January) will also take us. So far, there’s every reason to be optimistic.” n For further information on Inner Circle Thoroughbreds’ syndicates, visit or call Peter Bell on 07989 402111. Readers joining an Inner Circle syndicate by 31 March 2012 will receive an Inner Circle jacket, made by Musto and retailing at £125, for free.

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hether you regard Valentine’s Day as a romantic occasion or a commercial enterprise, many people will have resolved to improve their love lives this year. And, in an era where many of us consider ourselves too busy to make the time and effort to meet someone new, the work of dating expert and teacher Adam Lyons is certainly interesting. “There are very simple steps to generating attraction with somebody, and you only need five minutes of their time,” Lyons declares. “I’ve yet to meet a student who could not improve from learning dating techniques.” And it seems Adam’s students could be anyone, from the colleague whose family background is similar to yours, the friend-of-a-friend with whom you share some playful banter or the neighbour to whom you’ve somehow disclosed your darkest fears. Whoever they are, the chances are they’re people who you’ve at least thought about dating. Lyons has shot to fame as one of the world’s leading ‘pick-up’ artists, tutoring thousands of clients every year, including those in London, about how to maximise their success with those they find attractive by using different behaviours and topics of conversation. “I was voted ‘Least Likely to Ever Get a Girlfriend’ at school,” he says. “I wanted to do something about it and read every book on the subject of dating and attraction. I set about trying [the principles] and kept what worked. I’ve gone from having almost no luck with women to being able to consciously date and attract the kind of girls I am interested in.” Is it really possible to seduce almost anyone? Yes, says Lyons. “Pre-existing physical attraction is always a factor. However, this factor disappears rapidly once conversation starts – humour is worth 100 times more and is easily accessible to all, equally.”


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“I’ve yet to meet a student who could not improve from learning dating techniques” Psychologist Dr Gian Gonzaga, who specialises in relationships, also agrees that physical attraction only goes so far. However, he believes the process is much more complex than systematically building and breaking rapport. “How well two people seem to understand each other can create a sense of connection between them. However, second is biology or how well their immune systems mix; much of why you are physically attracted to someone is because the potential offspring would be healthy. When you meet someone and it’s the right match of immune systems, you are more attracted to them.” Lyons concedes that some people will always be cynical, and talks of his work in terms of benefitting others and making them realise what they do well. Indeed, he lists the mistakes we can make when trying to attract someone – sticking to too much of a routine and not meeting new people or trying to impress by exaggerating our possessions and careers – among the actions he discourages. Arguably therefore, there is some good in encouraging others to try new experiences and remain open to the unexpected. Lyons’ advice also seems to reflect the traits which Dr Gian Gonzaga identifies as the most universally attractive, including intelligence, adaptability, humour and kindness; showing an interest in others and making light-hearted fun of yourself form key parts of the lessons in pick-up artist training. However, those looking for lasting love be warned: “There are popular behavioural techniques for seducing people,” accepts Dr Gonzaga. “However, these techniques are often based on deception and trickery and being deceptive works against starting a good long-term relationship. If you are looking for more than a single night, it is better to be honest about yourself. Be true to who you are; in the long run the other person is going to find out things about you anyway.” n Dr Gian Gonzaga is senior director of research and relationship scientist at dating website





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As winter turns to spring and temperatures fluctuate in limbo between not warm and not cold, thus begins the annual hunt for outfits that will welcome the warmer season whilst appeasing the lingering cold of the last. On hand to help is Californian brand The Elder Statesman; its cashmere creations have been winning over an international fan-base for the company ever since it launched four years ago. Pair this ultrasoft cashmere rugby sweater with dark jeans and dessert boots for a timeless end-of-season look. Cashmere rugby sweater, The Elder Statesman, £830,

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Referencing the Riviera Launched in 2007, it took Orlebar Brown less than three years to replace Vilebrequin as the swimwear brand to be seen in. In 2010 the brand moved away from the beach by unveiling a collection of tailored shirts, sweaters and trousers. Continuing to evolve its concept of how resort wear should be worn, and taking inspiration from the work of 1960s photographer Slim Aarons, Orlebar Brown’s S/S12 range is a mix of sharp sweats, pique and towelling polos, Riviera shirts and the brand’s first chino trousers. While its swim shorts became last summer’s beach must-haves, we’re predicting that this summer it will be the brand’s polo shirts that’ll find favour on the beaches of the White Isle and in the Caribbean. Orlebar Brown products are available at Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols or online at

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Some places on our planet afford the opportunity to swim in the sea and ski among mountains on the same day. In case you find yourself in such a place, we suggest you invest in Loro Piana’s Ski Boot Bag. Featuring two zip-close external pockets for your Orlebar Brown swimwear and a specialized interior designed to warm your ski boots before you arrive at the slopes, the bag provides for every eventuality. 2-3 Royal Exchange, bank or

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Quirky heels inspired by the art of Henry Matisse, colours adapted from a beautiful English garden and a fashion forward court shoe with clear PVC inserts are among the designs to be unveiled as part of the new Manolo Blahnik concession which opens in Liberty this month. The dedicated installation on the second floor follows the immensely popular ‘World of Manolo’ display at the boutique in 2010. “I love the store; it has so much character and history. I am very excited to be selling my shoes at Liberty,” said the footwear designer following the announcement.

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MOST WANTED: karl The latest ambition of Chanel visionary and design hero Karl Lagerfeld is realised this month as his rock ‘n’ roll inspired clothing collection, Karl, becomes available from NET-A-PORTER (from 25 January). Leather biker jackets, metallic vests

and scoop-back black dresses honour his favoured monochrome aesthetic, as honed to perfection for Chanel, and ensure the luxurious pieces are wearable yet unapologetically contemporary.

Elegance must be the right combination of distinction, naturalness, care and simplicity.

MUST-HAVE ITEM: issa dress With Marylebone High Street, Notting Hill, Wimbledon and Richmond outposts, the Matches drops are ones with a consistently enthusiastic local following. However, its style credentials have been further boosted following an exclusive collaboration with label of the moment, Issa. Three striking gowns have been created including this exquisite bright blue dress which has a certain vintage charm.



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Until the end of February Selfridges is showcasing five emerging fashion talents in its windows in the culmination of its Bright Young Things search. The designers have been commissioned to produce exclusive items for the department store, with each of their styles said to reflect the eclectic tastes of its customers.

The tremendous success of the British fashion industry in 2011 heralds a return to demure styles, natural tones and royal muses, sentiments which radiate from the new collections of homegrown talents Alice Temperley and Jenny Packham. Temperley London’s line for S/S12 includes sweeping maxi-dresses frosted with lace, embroidered organza and tulle, while Packham sent some similarly sheer and feminine looks down the London runway back in November, none more striking than those in pure white. Models at both shows were styled with bright heels to add a modern edge.


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Spring arrives early this year with British designer Paul Smith’s pansy print scarf, a piece guaranteed to brighten up any dull February day. Made in the softest wool and silk with an unfinished hem, it’s a stylish and practical accessory that will spice up any wardrobe. Wear it to keep warm or to add a bit of springtime colour to that special Valentine’s Day date. Floral perfection!   Pansy Print Scarf, £85   7 The Courtyard Royal Exchange 020 7626 4778

One Of A Kind Make sure your Valentine stands out from the crowd this season with these distinctive Parentesi cocktail earrings from Bulgari. This esteemed jewellery house has been creating unique pieces, like these stunning earrings, since 1857 and is famous for its signature Parentesi designs. With green quartz, amethyst and pavé diamonds delicately set in pink gold, Bulgari’s cocktail earrings are sure to be the statement piece of any outfit. Parentesi Cocktail Earrings, £5,750 15 The Courtyard Royal Exchange 020 7283 4580


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February is truly the month to celebrate romance and relationships. Treat your beloved lady or gentleman with an array of gifts from the Royal Exchange’s luxurious selection or spoil yourself, just because you deserve it

A Modern Bouquet Jo Malone’s Red Roses collection is renowned for using the scents of the world’s most exquisite flowers and the latest addition is no different. Combining the beautiful Scarlet Velvet Rose and the sweet scent of lemon and honeycomb, this is the perfect addition to your Valentine’s ladylike perfume collection and to the Red Roses family. Red Roses Fragrance Chronicle 100ml, £72   24 Royal Exchange 0870 192 5131

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If you’re stuck for inspiration this Valentine’s day, then why not pop into Smythson at the Royal Exchange? From the expert in luxury leather goods since 1887, this stylish Trinket Box is perfection. Taken from the nine-piece Valentine’s collection, it is made from red lizard print leather with soft suede-lined compartments, completed with a heart-shaped leather encased chocolate inside. It’s sentimental, sophisticated and guaranteed to hold an eternal place in her heart and home.   Valentine’s Trinket Box, £150   7 Royal Exchange 020 7621 1037

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Buying lingerie for a loved one can be fraught with difficulties – but not when that lingerie is by French house Agent Provocateur. This beautiful floral Daena set from Agent Provocateur, one of the world’s most iconic lingerie brands since its opening in 1994, is a sensual concoction of luscious silk and satin: the perfect gift for both of you this Valentine’s Day.   Daena Bra, £110, Daena Suspender £95, Daena Brief, £65   5 Royal Exchange 020 7623 0229

The first LP No. 9 may have been created back in 1998, but there’s a reason it’s still a much sought-after fragrance today. A rich blend of the floral scent of lavender, a bitter twist of lemon, the sweetness of carnations and a touch of spice simply exudes elegance. And all of this finished off with a tidy black ribbon, ready to present.   LP No. 9 for Ladies, 100ml, £80   4 Royal Exchange 020 7623 3131

Tryst in Me

Roses might be a tradition on Valentine’s Day but with this Tryst ring by Theo Fennell you can incorporate the gift of both flowers and jewellery. Rose petal detail encases a gorgeous pink sapphire, a jewel that captures the very essence of Cupid’s busiest day. This is an intricate yet traditional piece that is sure to dazzle for many Februarys to come.   18-carat Pink Sapphire Sweet Pea Tryst Ring, £3,750   4 The Courtyard Royal Exchange 020 7623 4380

Pampered Paradise

What better treat for your loved one than a pampering treat for her skin? Molton Brown’s luxury body and bath gift sets are designed to do exactly that, and unlike many other pre-packaged skincare sets, this one is unique and individual. Choose the perfect products for her from the Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod collection, enhanced with ginger and patchouli to energise and revitalise.   Paridisiac Pink Pepperpod Bath &Shower, 300ml, £17.50, Body Lotion, 200ml, £17.50, Bathing Milk, 200ml, £24.50   27 Royal Exchange 020 7621 0021

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Date for the Diary The World Wildlife Fund has declared 8.30pm on 31 March to be the start of this year’s Earth Hour. At this time, an estimated 1.8 billion people, in 138 countries around the globe, will be encouraged to save electricity and unite in 60

minutes of darkness in order to recognise the beauty of the earth and the need to protect it from various environmental challenges, including deforestation and climate change.

For two decades Villiers has remained at the forefront of design, producing unique furniture, lighting and accessories. Glossy finishes include polished nickel, antique gold and white lacquer but the complex shapes are what really set each piece apart; table legs curve and coil beneath sheaths of marble, seat backs have undulating forms and mirrors offer inspiration by means of flame-cut, textured frames.

Paper Chase Renowned for its romantic designs and vintage style, Cole & Son consistently produces wallpaper akin to art. There are more than 1,800 high quality block print designs in the company’s archives, which date back to its founding year of 1875, and amongst them are gorgeous period styles which have been chosen to adorn the walls of some of the world’s most notable properties, including Buckingham Palace. The new Albermarle collection is a glorious addition to the range, embroidered with peacocks in tones of emerald and pewter. Byron, £95 per roll, Cole & Son


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Sister hotel of The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane is a decadent establishment with one of the most desired addresses in the capital, just a short distance from London’s most exclusive shopping areas. Opened last September, New York-based architect and interior designer Thierry Despont has succeeded in creating a hotel with the aura of a private residence; a suave, glossy, masculine style is simultaneously contrasted with light textures and peppered with art, culture and history in a gloriously idiosyncratic fashion.

Located on floor six with stunning views of Hyde Park, the Curzon Suites are luxurious corner rooms which fuse a contemporary style with glamorous Art Deco influences. Each features state-of-the-art technology, including mirrors with integrated television screens. They have been exquisitely furnished with double vanities, king-size beds and spacious marble bathrooms, consolidating comfort and elegance.



Finishing Touches Hand-blown glass ornaments are a great way to inject colour and interest into a room with a retro twist. Tahiti Sphere, £690, Peter Layton

Mirror, Mirror Clean lines and enhanced functionality with a vintage touch make this a bedroom classic. Decadent Deco Mirror, £195 The French Bedroom Company

Add Atmosphere Iconic, archived prints add an air of sophistication to any space. A selection is available at John Lewis. Getty Images Gallery James Dean & Ursula Andress Framed Print, £495, John Lewis

Cosy Corner Mood Lighting Soft, simple lighting designs epitomise the understated finish of the Curzon Suites. This couture piece was inspired by elegant Audrey Hepburn. Tiffany Table Lamp, £1,500, Charles Burnand,

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espite the pressure of grand gestures such as surprise trips abroad or a diamond ring, for the truly committed, it is often the smaller tokens that mean the most. Love isn’t something that can be measured purely by monetary value, as shown by Harrods’ 2012 Valentine’s range. Spoil your loved one with one of 14 beautiful hampers; the mini Champagne & Chocolates Gift Box (above, £32.50) offers exquisite pralines and an indulgent bottle of Premier Cru Champagne. For chocoholics, the divine Pralifino box is the

perfect choice. Its delicious chocolates are made with a special blend of Valrhona chocolate and the finest ingredients, including Moroccan mint, lemongrass from Tanzania, caramel with sea salt and yoghurt tinted with raspberries.   Alternatively, give her a special breakfast in bed. Available exclusively at Harrods, the Tea Hearts are pressed tea in little heart shapes which unfurl in water, becoming a bouquet of tealeaves. This vibrant and beautiful tea-lifestyle collection was created by Hsiu-Li Yeh. n



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ollowing the resounding success of the inaugural Square Mile Salute in February 2011, Chamberlain’s of London is planning the final stages of this year’s event, which will be held on 22 February 2012 at Guildhall. It promises to be another amazing banquet with a stunning line up of culinary masters who will personally cook for an expected 450 guests. With current media channels propagating some negative images of the City, Square Mile Salute promises to build on the positives that the area inspires – an area in which many exservice men and women work. Alex MacEwen, vice president of BlackRock, for example, is also CEO of The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, a London regiment that will be a beneficiary of this year’s event. “The funds raised will be reinvested into the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of soldiers and of the families of those killed or injured on operations,” Alex explains. General Lord Richard Dannatt, former Chief of The General Staff, will also speak. In addition to the banquet itself, the Square Mile Salute committee, comprising a range of City folk dedicated to giving something back, has together with a host of generous business leaders and individuals created an amazing set of unique and, quite literally, money-can’t-buy auction lots. “The five lots included across the page are just a small sample of what is available to bid for,” says Anne Donoghue, managing director of Chamberlain’s Events, the company organising Square Mile Salute. “I’d encourage everyone to have a look at the Square Mile Salute website for the full range of lots; I guarantee you’ll be tempted by something. Chamberlain’s is delighted with how the plans are shaping up. Together with The Academy of Culinary Arts, we will deliver an amazing evening.” To secure your table, visit Tables are priced £3,500 plus VAT

Banquet **** Ballotine of foie gras, confit duck and spiced orange Philip Corrick and Robert Chambers, The Royal Automobile Club; Mark Flanagan MVO, The Royal Chef; Christian Garcia, Chef to HSH Prince Albert of Monaco; Laurent Smeulders, Fairmont Monte Carlo 2010 Turckheim Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Brand **** Hand dived scallop with black pudding, capers and raisins Andrew Turner, Wiltons; Allan Donald, The Eden Club at Pittormie Castle 2008 Monte Grande Soave Classico Azienda Vinicola Pra’ **** Wild sea bass with goat’s cheese maki roll, saffron miso broth Bernhard Mayer, The Savoy; Matthew Marshall, Chamberlain’s 2010 Pouilly Fumé Premier Millesimé Domaine Bouchié Chatellier **** Slow cooked beef cheek with potato purée, winter vegetables and red wine braising jus Raymond Blanc OBE, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons; John Williams MBE, The Ritz; Martyn Nail, Claridge’s 2008 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale **** Black Forest, salted pistachio ice cream William Curley, Patissier Chocolatier; Claire Clark MBE MCA, Patissier Chocolatier 1999 Vin Santo I Masi Trentini, Arele **** Coffee with chocolates and frivolities William Curley; Claire Clark MBE MCA **** Wines by Boutinot

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“The Square Mile Salute is a fantastic example of the amazing results that can be achieved from a partnership between suppliers of high quality food and a team of chefs.We’re committed to providing the most amazing feast for our guests to savour in the beautiful surroundings of Guildhall in order to raise funds for such a deserving cause.”


Auction Lots Skiing with skiing legend and 1976 Olympic champion Franz Klammer Four days skiing in up to four of Europe’s premier Oympic skiing locations in the Austrian, German, Italian or Swiss Alps. Each day’s skiing will be hosted and personally guided by 25 times World Cup Downhill Record Winner Franz Klammer along with other championship skiers. You will stay in four or five star accommodation with skiing equipment provided by HEAD.

Two Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, who will cook and speak on the night, has donated a fabulous auction lot of dinner and an overnight stay at his hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

“We have a magnificent line up of chefs who have been involved in the design of each course. Not only is each individual dish something for our guests to savour, but the whole menu flows to create the desired overall experience - including individually matched wines. Who says you can have too many chefs?” Brian Turner CBE (right), President of The Academy of Culinary Arts. Brian will once again be hosting the evening

Ray Steadman, Chamberlain and Thelwell seafood wholesalers’ co-owner, joined Andrew Turner from Wilton’s, John Williams of The Ritz and Philip Corrick from The Royal Automobile Club to taste each dish and discuss the sourcing of the food, such as the scallops (pictured), then select the ideal Boutinot wine to complement each course Hand-dived scallop dish by Andrew Turner, Wiltons and Allan Donald, The Eden Club

“Last year’s Square Mile Salute was a fantastic success which saw the cream of London’s culinary and business talent coming together for a very worthy cause. I am sure that this year the great and the good of the City can rummage deeper into their wallets and help to raise even more cash to help improve the lives of those who have served their country.”

Five nights for up to eight people at Albany, The Bahamas Created by Joe Lewis’ Tavistock Group and golf icons Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, and home of James Bond’s Casino Royale, Albany is nestled in 600 oceanfront acres in The Bahamas. With a championship 18 hole golf course and world class spa and leisure facilities designed for all ages, Albany is one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

Four nights at Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix with a Royal Reception with HSH Prince Albert of Monaco A rare, money-can’t-buy opportunity including an invitation by His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco to attend his reception at the Palace of Monaco on the eve of The Grand Prix. Stay at the Best European Hotel 2011, with its unique private vantage point on the Fairmont Hairpin.

Two days as guest of Francois Roland Billecart at Champagne Billecart-Salmon with John Williams Executive Chef of The Ritz Travel to Paris by Eurostar with John Williams. Enjoy lunch at an acclaimed restaurant, followed by transfer by TGV to Champagne. The visit combines a tour of the vinyards and dinner with Francois and John in Mareuil-sur-Ay and includes an overnight stay at the Billecart House, followed by a round of golf the next day.

Exclusive Savoy and Boodles overnight stay and luxury gift experience You will be picked up by the Savoy RollsRoyce Phantom and stay in the exclusive Savoy Royal Suite with your own butler. Enjoy dinner in the Savoy Grill, select £3,000 worth of Boodles jewellery from the boutique in the front hall for you or for your guest then head to the West End to enjoy chauffer driven shopping.

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If seeing the Northern Lights is high on your travel list, then, according to experts, this is the year to do it and The Ice Hotel in Sweden is the place to stay. Situated on the shores of the free-flowing River Torne, and rebuilt every year out of water from the river, which freezes into a piercing blue-toned ice, this amazing hotel is a frequent haunt for the more adventurous of A-listers wanting to experience the unique, 100 per cent ice hotel. It offers the kind of total escape that only comes from being in the wilderness.

top Long haul Green Leaf Niseko Village, japan

a Room with A View Located on the banks of the River Arno in the heart of Florence, with unrivalled views of the iconic Ponte Vecchio, this sumptuous hotel offers the complete romantic package. With exclusive and luxurious suites and one of the city’s top restaurants – the award winning Borgo San Jacopo Ristorante – this Ferragamo-owned hotel has a unique and distinctive style; here, anything is possible. Want a fabulous Ferragamo

travelling light This White Wells Travel Alarm Clock from Thomas Lyte (£165) is the perfect way to be up in time for that early morning flight and Smythson’s smart travel wallet (£230) will ensure you travel in style.

evening dress to wear to the opera, delivered to your room? Done. How about a helicopter tour of Florence? Or a romantic dinner arranged on the terrace of your room overlooking the beautiful city and the River Arno? Of course. Nothing is too much trouble. The hotel can even organise pre-booking to the Florentine galleries and private boat trips and picnics on the river.

If you want to ski without the inevitable “will there be enough snow?” panic, the ski-in, ski-out Green Leaf Niseko Village in Northern Japan is the place to stay, now celebrating a full year since its elaborate, artistic refurbishment. There is always an abundance of snowfall and mad thrill-seekers can even enjoy some night-time skiing, with slopes being open until 8pm. Just keep a watchful eye out for those who’ve indulged in a liquid lunch half-way up the mountain.

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Gabriel O’Rorke visits Alto Atacama, a secluded hotel in northern Chile, and marvels at the country’s awe-inspiring terrain: salt planes, geysers, mountains and volcanoes





he 40,000-square mile Atacama Desert is one of the world’s most remote areas, bordered by Peru and Bolivia to the north, Argentina to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is known for having the driest desert on earth, some of the world’s largest salt planes and the highest geysers, as well as jagged Andean mountains and conical volcanoes. Most visitors flock to the colonial town of San Pedro de Atacama, which they use as a launch pad to explore the region. This dusty town is full of intrepid travellers who either cycle or wander through the streets, stopping off in restaurants, buying ponchos from indigenous market stalls and signing up for excursions at the ubiquitous tour offices. If you venture just a few minutes outside sun-baked San Pedro, though, you’ll find a secluded oasis, home to a hidden pocket of luxury. Alto Atacama is an incredibly inconspicuous five star hotel built from the orange rocks which surround it. The hotel is almost camouflaged (giving it the slight feeling of a Bond villain’s lair) but on closer inspection the low-rise cluster of adobe buildings harbour a top-notch spa, six swimming pools and a restaurant serving some of the best food in Chile. The service, attention to detail and, most of all, the location surpass anything you will find in town. The 32 rooms (to be joined by an additional ten with interior patios in spring this year) are all single storey with outside terraces, neutral colours and rustic weavings on the walls. Wooden slatted walkways shield you from the hot sun and large flowering cacti burst from the flowerbeds. The grounds are surprisingly big and a little exploration takes you past the swimming pools and spa to a salt lake and a corral full of llamas and alpacas, which gaze out haughtily at passing guests. “Most of the llamas are friendly – one is just like a dog,” says Alvaro Méndez, the deputy manager, “but one of them does spit!” Luckily we escape saliva-free, and set out on our first tour without taking emergency showers. The main reason for visiting this part of the world is to see the impressive landscape and on this topic Alto Atacama comes up trumps. Upon arrival we sat down with the head guide in order to choose excursions throughout our stay, opting to visit the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), see flamingos on the salt planes and visit the geysers at sunrise. Roughly five outings are scheduled each day and chalked onto a blackboard by reception. The key is striking a balance between going on these excursions, and making sure you have time to relax and enjoy this fantastic hotel. Having said that, a massage after a long day trip feels all the better, so with that in mind we set off for the Moon Valley. “The surface of the Valle de la Luna has 80 per cent of the same properties as the surface of the moon,” said Manuel, our guide, as we step out into the arid landscape and look up at the craggy edges of a rock formation known as the ‘amphitheatre’. Hiking up a sandy path to a viewpoint dispels any possible doubts as to why this is called the Moon Valley. Large craters of reddish earth spread before us and it almost seems strange that gravity keeps our feet on the ground in this space-like environment. Continuing along the valley, we reach a trio of protruding rocks known as the Three Marys; they make


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INFORMATION: Double rooms at the Alto Atacama Hotel (+56 2 957 0303; start at $398 (£250) per night, including breakfast. All-inclusive packages which include all meals, drinks, transfers and excursions start at $982 (£615) per double room per night (£307 per person, per night). For more information about Chile, visit the Chile Tourism website at


impressive silhouettes in front of an old salt mine. “The other rock beside these three,” says Manuel, “depends on whether you are a romantic or not: some say it looks like a heart, others say it’s a dinosaur.” I definitely see a dinosaur and decide not to over-analyse what that says about me. Returning to the hotel after sundown, we decide to have a quick dip in the jacuzzi before dinner. It’s open until 11.30pm and is a great (and romantic) spot for stargazing. If you think there seem to be more stars in the sky than usual, you are not mistaken: the dry climate, high altitude and lack of light pollution mean this part of Chile has the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere. On day two we decide to leave the morning free from excursions and instead walk up to the Pukará de Quitor ruins, which date back to the 12th century. A little further up, there’s a large cross marking a viewpoint from where you can take in awesome 360-degree views of the mountains, volcanoes and down over the hotel. Climbing back down for lunch on the open terrace, we have the most delicious seared tuna, followed by homemade pasta and flourless raspberry yogurt cake. The menu changes every day and there’s a local theme to the food, with quinoa, seafood (the Pacific Ocean is just a few hours away) and native herbs. Surprisingly, the quinoa theme continues in the Puri Spa, which offers treatments ranging from body polishes and mud wraps to tired leg treatments, which boost circulation after hiking in the heat of the desert. The more exotic treatments include reiki, quinoa facials, moonlight massages and the signature ‘sabay’ massage. I opt for the latter, which involves being massaged with warm muslin wraps filled with quinoa and herbs soaked in essential oils. Relaxed and revitalised, we head to Laguna Salada, the world’s third largest salt lake, to see its flamingos. These incredible pink birds have a dinosaur-like quality (maybe I am just obsessed) and are beautiful to watch flying overhead as the sun sets. On our final day we leave at 5.45am and head north to the world’s highest geysers. Situated at 4,320 metres, the temperature is minus eight degrees when we arrive but we hardly notice the cold as the sun rises over almost 500 craters in what is the biggest geyser field in the southern hemisphere. This is not a sight to be missed. After a quick dip in a thermal pool – the tough part is getting out again into minus temperatures – we eat breakfast in front of the steaming shoots. After setting off, we drive past vicunas (in the llama family, but more like deer), rabbits, foxes and Andean ostriches, before stopping at the village of Machuca, which sits at 4,015 metres and has just four inhabitants, who own 400 llamas. Dusty houses are reigned over by a whitewashed church, which sits wonkily at the top of the village like a child’s drawing. The inhabitants happen to be related to Joel, our guide: “two are my uncles and two are my aunts,” he says, explaining that the village attracts visitors because a part of the James Bond film Quantum of Solace was filmed there. “You can see my family in the film,” he says. Since there was no sign of Daniel Craig, we contented ourselves with llama kebabs and goats cheese empanadas before returning home to Alto Atacama for pisco sours by the fire pit. Bliss. n

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Chalet Les Anges, Zermatt

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Alpine Perfection Chelsey Baker discovers the finest chalets in the Alps with Summit Retreats, the ski travel company with a real difference


f you have been feeling somewhat sluggish since the overindulgent festive period, then why not head to the Alps for some snow, sun and après-ski fun? The winter sports season is well underway and the Alps have seen record levels of snow so far – more snow fell in December than in the entirety of last winter. No matter which ski resort you are considering, the choice of accommodation on offer can be somewhat overwhelming. Rather than scrolling through endless chalet websites and having to arrange, hire and fit all the excess trimmings that go hand in hand with skiing, there is a company which offers to spare you of any of these hassles, especially if you’re looking for an unforgettable alpine holiday, arranged to the finest detail with a comprehensive concierge service. If so, Summit Retreats has the answer, offering a selection of stunning luxury ski properties that will leave you with the perfect ski solution.

CEO and director Robin Quarrelle, who has extensive experience of the Alps and first-hand knowledge of the resorts and properties featured on the company’s portfolio, founded Summit Retreats because of a dedicated passion for alpine luxury and the necessity for attention to personal detail. Robin has been a ski enthusiast since childhood, having clocked up an impressive 20 years experience on the slopes already, and first moved to the Alps in 2002 where he worked in many of the chalets that now feature in his portfolio. Robin comments; “I had such a passion for skiing that it was inevitable that I’d work in the Alps as soon as I’d finished university.” He spent five years working in the best chalets in Switzerland and some of his formative years were spent managing safari camps in Zambia, working in a five star hotel in Cornwall, and even skiing ‘down under’ in New Zealand.


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Chalet Le Rocher, Val d’Isere

Chalet Ormello, Courchevel 1850

Number 14, Verbier

It was during Robin’s time in the Alps that he gained a very thorough understanding not only of what clients expected but what they needed, so he developed an extensive list of contacts across the luxury ski market. Summit Retreats thus comprised a collection of fantastic chalets spread across some of the premier resorts in Europe, including Courchevel 1850, Meribel, Val d’Isere, Verbier and Zermatt. Whether your search is driven by price or resort, or if you’re after something different for a special occasion, Summit Retreats can find the perfect chalet with the best value for money. Robin has personally visited most of the chalets on the Summit Retreats portfolio and the company prides itself on delivering an unbiased and totally impartial service that leaves customers returning each season. The chalets on offer range from the mid-market, like Chalet Altair in Meribel, to the very top end, like Chalet Ormello in Courchevel 1850. All are hand-picked to offer an excellent level of service along with some of the best facilities around, and prices start from around £1,000 per person per week. The company holds no allocation with one operator over another and has no bias to any of the operators it represents, so you can be guaranteed that they will only propose to you the chalets that match the needs and requirements of your group. Happily, when making a booking, you pay no more than if you were to book directly with the chalet owner or operator. The company makes money by taking commission from the chalet, so with just one call you benefit from the knowledge that Summit Retreats has, saving you from having to trawl an endless number of websites. Due to the strong relationship that Robin has with many operators and owners, he often has access to better deals and cheaper rates that are not widely advertised to the general public. The personal touch is extremely important to Summit Retreats and part of the service involves a comprehensive concierge service for clients, which incurs no additional charge. Your personal travel consultant can arrange anything from an almost infinite list of services, from arriving in style with a helicopter transfer to informing the chalet of your culinary tastes. If you want to avoid the large queues and save valuable skiing time on your first morning, then they can arrange your lift passes ahead of time and have them waiting for you in your chalet. In many of the chalets, in-chalet ski and boot fitting can be arranged and, whether you are a beginner or seasoned veteran, Summit Retreats can organise ski lessons to suit your ability. Heli-skiing, massage, beauty therapy, Champagne receptions, gourmet picnics in the snow, paragliding, husky sledging and even ice driving are all possible. What’s even more impressive is that from the moment you first contact Summit Retreats, you will deal with the same person throughout, so that nothing will be forgotten or missed when planning the finer details of your trip. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a week with the family or a corporate break, Summit Retreats can manage any requests, however large or small, with an impeccable service to match. n For more information, please visit or call 020 8870 3339


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Summer Sun With some of the world’s best beaches and most idyllic marinas just a short-haul flight away, we consider where’s best to catch the summer sun For fun with the family…... Menorca It stretches for only 48 kilometres in one direction and 16 in the other and has a population of fewer than 100,000 people but that’s what makes Menorca one of the Mediterranean’s most tranquil islands. While it may not boast casinos and neon nightclubs, what Menorca does offer is attractive family resorts, stunning marinas and golden beaches. On the south coast, Son Bou, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, is home to the island’s longest sandy beach. Once the sun has set, head west to the yacht-filled marina at Cala’n Bosch and enjoy trendy bars, open-air cafés and fine fish restaurants.

For the culture vulture…... Mallorca When the first charter flight landed in Mallorca in 1950, visitors were greeted by an island of striking scenery, beautiful bays and charming town squares. In the years that followed, the island quickly became one of the continent’s most popular tourist destinations. As well as geographical wonders like the underground Coves del Drac, Mallorca is home to some spectacular human creations. Palma’s ancient Palau de l’Almudaina palace, for example, can trace its roots back to 123BC, while the city’s La Seu Cathedral is one of finest Gothic churches in Europe.

For the sun worshipper…... The Algarve The southern tip of Portugal offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. After exploring the golden sand and picturesque limestone caves and grottoes to the east, visit Cape St. Vincent, the most south-westerly point in Europe, for dramatic cliffs and spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean. Venture inland and indoctrinate yourself in the heritage of the area via the old towns of Albufeira, Faro and Lagos. Of an evening, head to the bustling harbour at Vilamoura, a more accessible and more affordable mini-Monte Carlo.

From top to bottom: Bay in Menorca; a bull ring in Málaga; Ibiza nightlife scene; Mallorca’s La Seu Cathedral; boats off Menorca’s coastline; typical beach in the Algarve

For the sport enthusiast…... Málaga One of the world’s oldest cities, Málaga is traditionally popular with tourists visiting the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the Museo Picasso Málaga. More recently, the area has become a centre of sporting excellence, home to football club Málaga CF and basketball team CB Málaga. The city has a 29,000 capacity football stadium, a 7,500 capacity athletics stadium and two of Europe’s largest sports and aquatic arenas. The region is also renowned for its superb tennis centres and five star golf courses.

For the party-goer…... Ibiza Ibiza’s reputation precedes it like no other island on the planet. Yet while the island’s dance scene has made it a Mecca for clubbing hedonists, the real allure of Ibiza lies in the fact that it offers something for everyone. From clubbing to culture and fine dining to spa-going, visitors are spoilt for choice. In addition to boasting 1,000 year old olive trees, Ibiza has a history steeped in the influence of the Phoenicians who arrived 27 centuries ago. n



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Romantic Dinner date Locations Coq d’Argent Situated on the roof of No.1 Poultry, Coq d’Argent commands spectacular views across the City of London with landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Monument and the Bank of England all in your line of vision. We highly recommend the game terrine to start, followed by either the Dover sole or the succulent braised French veal breast. Finish with the divine chocolate fondant with white chocolate and honeycomb sorbet to end your romantic evening in style.

j’adore sauterelle Situated within the beautiful Grade I listed Royal Exchange at Bank, restaurant Sauterelle offers sophisticated and innovative French dining in the heart of the City. Head chef Robin Gill has created a delectable menu for couples, or indeed friends, to enjoy this Valentine’s Day, from Cornish crab and home smoked salmon to confit of Aylesbury duck served with celeriac, cavolonero, fig, pistachio and roasted juices; finish with the exquisite melt-in-the-mouth Lincolnshire rhubarb.

The £55 menu includes five courses and a glass of Besserat Rosé Champagne on arrival and the £75 option includes the same menu and a glass of Besserat Rosé Champagne, plus wines to match each course. To make sure you end the evening in true decadence, diners will also be treated to chocolates from fine chocolatier Paul A Young to take home with them. Book now for 14 February. SAUTERELLE, the mezzanine, ROYAL EXCHANGE call 020 7618 2483 for bookings or visit

the value of taste The UK’s largest diners’ club, Tastecard, is a revolutionary new dining experience, offering 50 per cent off meals courtesy of two for one deals at thousands of restaurants throughout the

capital. What’s even better is that your choice is unrestricted and you can always order from the full à la carte menu. BlackBerry, iPhone or Android users can download the free application for the full details of participating restaurants, a list that has been growing by 300 establishments each month. Join Facebook and Twitter for exciting news and deals taking place. Visit the website for full in-depth write-ups, member recommendations, image galleries, location maps and much more.

Rhodes 24 Aptly-named for its spectacular location on the 24th floor of the City of London’s tallest building, Tower 42, Gary Rhodes’ latest venture offers an outstanding venue to enjoy an evening of fine British cuisine with your partner. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the unrivalled menu at the stylish bar before sharing an intimate dinner for two in the main restaurant.


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Rooftop Dining Richard Brown dines in full view of St Paul’s at Madison Restaurant Bar & Café


f you’ve visited any of the restaurants and bars owned by Inc Group – including Canary Wharf’s Tompkins and Battery Club, and Greenwich’s Trafalgar Tavern, Bar Du Musée and The Spread Eagle – you’ll be familiar with the group’s fondness for fuss-free, high quality food and drink. Head to Madison, the latest addition to the portfolio, and you’ll see that the dedication to chic styling and atmospheric interiors extends west into the heart of the City. Situated seven floors above ground at One New Change, Madison offers truly spectacular views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the surrounding London skyline. Enter the restaurant via a glass lift – artfully engineered to offer one of the best views of Wren’s masterpiece you’re likely to see – and step into an invitingly vibrant space alive with suit-clad City workers. Décor comes courtesy of award-winning bar design company Mango, which has utilised huge, sloping windows, to ensure you dine in the permanent presence of the cathedral, and colourful hand-blown Italian glass chandeliers to draw attention to the restaurant’s unique, slanting ceiling. Hard surfaces are softened by wood flooring and red leather couches, while touches like the reclined sofas next to the restaurant’s windows make Madison a welcoming, relaxed place to be. Madison’s menu takes inspiration from all around the world; Italian, French and South American, as well as native favourites. In addition to a wide-ranging beer and cocktail list, the restaurant impressively boasts more than 1,000 bottles of red, white and rosé wine. It’s also the only place in London where you can sample the first champagne created to be enjoyed on ice – Moët’s Ice Imperial. To start, I opted for the restaurant’s crustacea cocktail: a combination of lobster, crayfish, brown shrimp and marie rose sauce (£13.50). Although very agreeable, it was soon forgotten once I’d tried Madison’s carpaccio of beef, which, served with candied walnuts, was superb (£12). Even better was my companion’s sea bass ceviche with avocado, lime, chilli, vine tomato, lotus root and coriander


(also £12), a burst of textures, tastes and temperatures and a treat for those appreciative of brawny flavours. On the advice of Madison’s ever-attentive maître d’, we chose as our main course the beef wellington for two, priced at £64. On cutting through pastry to find the filet of beef wrapped in foie gras and wild mushrooms, it’s a price that is easily justifiable. You’ll be advised that the dish takes 40 minutes to prepare upon ordering; even if you’re ravenous, it’s worth waiting, particularly if you’ve got a Lagarde DOC Malbec 2010 (£37 per bottle) sitting on the table. The pink-in-the-middle beef was cooked to perfection and the accompanying foie gras was fantastic, testament to the attention to detail on which Madison prides itself. Dessert consisted of buttermilk panna cotta with a caramelised blood orange salad (£6.50) and for my guest a bitter chocolate tart with ‘dulce de leche’ ice cream (£6.50). Complimented by the bitterness of the orange, the panna cotta ticked all the boxes, and the tart was dense, buttery and fantastically rich. For an added treat, pair your pudding with Chateau Belingard Montazillac 2007. Great food at excellent prices mean that you’ll never leave Madison feeling short-changed. The restaurant’s other crowning feature – its huge, open air terrace in the shadow of St Paul’s – make it one of the City’s most unique culinary destinations. With a café that serves sandwiches, pretzels, muffins, croissants and a selection of handmade cakes, we predict that Madison will find even more favour once the weather has warmed up. n Madison Restaurant Bar & Café Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St. Paul’s, EC4M 9AF Throughout February Madison is offering a whole Native Lobster & Triple Cooked chips, Custacean Aioli and a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose for £80 (two people). The Spread Eagle in Greenwich (SE10 9JN) is hosting an East of Italy food and wine pairing (£40) on 8 February for tickets, email


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City of London Festival 2012 As well as the London 2012 Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, Londoners have another important celebration to add to their already jam-packed 2012 calendar. The City of London is celebrating 50 years with more than 100 performances in 34 days. The Festival’s theme, City of London – Trading Places with the World will be brought to life in more than 55 of the City’s most historical spaces. Highlights include world-class performances from the internationally renowned London Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed guitarist John Williams will be giving a recital which will echo the performance he gave at the very first City of London Festival in 1962. Those with a sweet tooth will have their cravings satisfied with the Golden Honey feast; this is a grand celebration of City honey, ceremonially celebrated with music, poetry and tastings. 24 June – 27 July

Scholarly Art Fair John Bates Dress, Vogue (1976). © Condé Nast Publications

willie christie’s limited edition collection The launch of Willie Christie’s Limited Edition Collection signals the first time the photographer has delved into his personal archives to showcase work that has not been displayed for more than three decades, having been rediscovered after 30 years of lying in a drawer. The renowned Christie is a former Vogue photographer, and ex-husband of US Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington, who famously captured the musical legends, muses and models of the 70s and 80s. His portfolio includes award-winning advertising campaigns for L’Oreal and Yves St Laurent, fashion and portrait work for international icons and rock ‘n’ roll album covers and portraits. His iconic 1969 Mick Jagger portrait was selected for the international tour of Les Recontres D’Arles 2010 exhibition. The glamour and intrigue of film removed him from the world of photography in 1982 and

he subsequently started writing and directing commercials and music videos, such as Pink Floyd’s Final Cut. Musical legends captured by Christie are being showcased at this exhibiton, including portraits of rock legends Pink Floyd and David Bowie, singer, model and actress Grace Jones and English singer Bryan Ferry. The relaxing and intimate ambience created by low lighting, comfortable leather sofas and private rooms at Eight Club – a private member’s club situated in the heart of the City – make it an ideal venue for the exhibition, which is taking place from now until 24 February. Works are for sale via Eight Club and also online at Willie Christie’s website. 10 January – 24 February Eight 1 Change Alley, EC3V 3ND

Art lovers, get excited as the Scholarly Fair is set to attract new dealers for the 2012 edition. Those who have already signed up include D & M Freedman, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, GRIMA, Mathaf Gallery and Peta Smyth Antique Textiles. This year hopes to prove just as successful as last year’s, which saw visitor figures rise around 10 per cent, with the event also proving to be a magnet for collectors and connoisseurs alike. The new dates for Art Antiques London have been well received by exhibitors with returning dealers quick to secure their place for the 2012 event, and many new dealers signing up for the first time. 13 – 20 June, Kensington Gardens

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sinner saint burlesque The Brickhouse Supperclub lies in the heart of Shoreditch on Brick Lane, just a short walk from Liverpool Street. The venue aims to recapture the original spirit of the 1930s supperclubs and allure of the speakeasies while retaining a contemporary appeal. The Sinner Saint Burlesque troupe has come to London from Seattle, the modern hot spot of the art of burlesque, promising to bring “provocative comedy, beauty, glamour and entertainment to Brick Lane”. That it certainly did. Following a delicious meal – my choices of sautéed chicken and chorizo fricassée, coq au vin and pear and mango compote were well made – my guest and I

were enthralled by the antics and dancing of the four-girl burlesque troupe. Lady Tatas stood out for her Betty Boop-esque looks and Jesse Belle-Jones for her turn as a down-andout man. Our table was perfect; on the first floor, looking out over the stage. However, the stand-out highlight was the hilarious Bristolian Jayde Adams who compered the show; she had us in stitches between every act. Book now for a brilliantly quirky date or fantastic evening with friends. 12 January – 25 February Show starts at 9pm. Dining from 6.30pm £35-40 Show Entry and four course meal


The World’s Most Expensive First Date It is finally here; the ultimate Valentine’s gift bound to trump all others, leaving non-millionaire husbands and boyfriends flummoxed and girlfriends and wives heartbroken. Enter the World’s Most Expensive First Date package, worth £34,000. It consists of your very own 60 foot luxury Sunseeker for 24 hours. Your romantic escape begins with a chauffeur driven Bentley which will take you to the majestic Royal Clarence Marina in Gosport, Portsmouth. Your afternoon can be spent relaxing in the spacious roof-top hot tub with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé and a personal masseur on hand. Early evening starts with a string quartet serenade and a serving of canapés before a five course menu. Your trip ends with a freshly prepared breakfast and a complimentary voucher worth £500 for a decadent shopping spree at Gun Wharf Quays.

The David Hockney Exhibition The much-anticipated exhibit of Yorkshireborn artist David Hockney has finally arrived at the Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Having moved back to the place where he grew up, Bridlington in Yorkshire, in 2005, Hockney has created a series of landscape paintings that depict the changes in season, cycle of nature and the variations of light. Visitors to David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture will see many other important landscapes from his career, including the Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians, Garrowby Hill, A Closer Grand Canyon and several other paintings created between the 60s and the 90s. The exhibit gives Londoners and tourists alike a chance to appreciate this spectacular body of work. 21 January – 9 April



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New Providence Wharf, Isle of Dogs E14

Two bedroom penthouse in this Grade I Listed warehouse conversion. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), large reception room, kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, utility area and roof terrace. Approximately 165 sq m (1,776 sq ft)

A three bedroom penthouse situated on the 16th floor with spectacular river views. 3 en suite bathrooms, reception room leading to a large roof terrace with plunge pool and sauna. Approximately 247 sq m (2,664 sq ft)

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Guide price: £1,200,000

Guide price: £2,000,000

020 7512 9966

West India Quay, Canary Wharf E14

020 7512 9966

Langbourne Place, Isle of Dogs E14

A superb two bedroom triplex apartment in this sought after Canary Wharf development. 2 en suite bathrooms, extensive living space, panoramic views and a tandem car parking space. Approximately 259 sq m (2,797 sq ft)

A well presented three bedroom duplex penthouse. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms leading onto separate balconies, both offering Canary Wharf views. Approximately 194 sq m (2,090 sq ft)



Guide price: £2,250,000

Guide price: £1,000,000

020 7512 9966

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Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford E15

Millenium Drive, Canary Wharf E14

Contemporary one bedroom apartment to rent, conveniently located in close proximity to Stratford bus and rail station. Double bedroom, bathroom, fully fitted kitchen, living room. Available furnished.

Spacious and well presented two bedroom apartment to let in Millennium Drive. 2 double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 bathrooms, reception room with plenty of space, large kitchen, day porterage. Available furnished.

Guide price: £250 per week

Guide price: £395 per week

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Langbourne Place, Isle of Dogs E14

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Drake House, Limehouse E14

Two double bedroom apartment in this quiet riverside development. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan reception, fully fitted kitchen, wooden floors throughout and a 24 hour porter service.

Large recently refurbished, split level penthouse apartment overlooking Limehouse Marina and the Canary Wharf skyline. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms (1 on a mezzanine level), open plan kitchen, multiple balconies, 24 hour porter service, parking space.

Guide price: £350 per week

Guide price: £755 per week

Canary Wharf Lettings

Canary Wharf Lettings

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St Davids Square, Isle of Dogs E14

Papermill Wharf, Limehouse E14

Luxury riverside apartment with fantastic river views towards Greenwich. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious reception room, kitchen/dining room, balcony. Additionally St Davids Square offers a 24 hour concierge service and full leisure facilities.

Contemporary two bedroom apartment to rent in Papermill Wharf. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious reception area, fully fitted kitchen. The apartment is offered furnished and is situated in close proximity to Canary Wharf and all its amenities.

Guide price: £430 per week

Guide price: £500 per week

Canary Wharf Lettings

Canary Wharf Lettings

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Naxos Building, Canary Wharf E14

020 7512 9955

Hallmark Court, Limehouse Cut E14

A contemporary two bedroom penthouse offered fully furnished and including a balcony and terrace with river views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen with separate utility room, reception with floor to ceiling windows.  The development includes 24hr concierge and a gym.

Smart duplex apartment in the brand new development of Silver Wharf. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), open plan reception room, modern kitchen and a large terrace offering Canary Wharf views. Additionally there is concierge and a parking space.

Guide price: £995 per week

Guide price: £375 per week

Canary Wharf Lettings

Canary Wharf Lettings

020 7512 9955

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New Crane Wharf, Wapping E1W

Presidents Quay, St Katharine Docks E1W

Spacious one bedroom apartment in a popular warehouse conversion. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, reception room, kitchen, 24 hour porterage and a garage car parking space. Approximately 54 sq m (591 sq ft)

A large newly refurbished one bedroom apartment on the third floor. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, reception room, open plan kitchen, exposed brickwork, 24 hour porterage and a garage car parking space. Approximately 65 sq m (701 sq ft)


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Guide price: £349,000

Guide price: £450,000

020 7480 6848

Goodhart Place, Limehouse E14

020 7480 6848

Towerside, Wapping E1W

A well presented duplex apartment. 3 bedrooms, 2 newly refurbished bathrooms (1 en suite), kitchen diner, dual aspect reception and dining rooms, ample storage, daytime porter and a garage. Approximately 136 sq m (1,462 sq ft)

An attractive flat on the third floor of a popular building in the heart of Wapping. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, dual aspect reception room, kitchen, storage, daytime porter and a garage car parking space. Approximately 70 sq m (756 sq ft)



Guide price: £635,000

Guide price: £550,000

020 7480 6848

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Sugar House, Leman Street E1 Fabulous duplex penthouse

Situated just two streets from the City of London, this two bedroom penthouse sits atop a grand converted Victorian building built by the Co-operative in 1887. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room opening onto a private roof terrace, kitchen with an electronically controlled Velux window with rain sensors, excellent storage throughout, porterage and underground parking. Guide price: £1,150 per week

Wapping Lettings 020 7480 6848  


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Knight Frank Telfords Yard, Wapping E1W

Spacious 3 bedroom flat Split level apartment set in this lovely warehouse conversion, moments from St Katharine Docks. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double height reception room with spiral stair case leading to the master bedroom, large fitted kitchen, terrace, 24 hour porterage and a parking space. The property also benefits from being excellently located in west Wapping close to St Katharine Docks.

ÂŁ750 per week 020 7480 6848

Gun Place, Wapping E1W

Stylish studio apartment Set in this modern development in Wapping, this apartment has a new fitted kitchen and bathroom, new wooden floors, contemporary furnishings and exposed brick work. Gun place is conveniently located next to Wapping station and close to the 100 and D3 bus routes.

ÂŁ325 per week 020 7480 6848

Knight Frank Hermitage Waterside, Wapping E1W Contemporary apartment

This apartment comprises 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, new fully fitted kitchen, great storage, parking and a private terrace with south facing water views. The apartment is conveniently located on the edge of St Katharine Docks close to Tower Hill and a short walk from the City and the Southbank. Tower Hill underground and DLR stations are also close by.

ÂŁ565 per week 020 7480 6848

New Crane Wharf, Wapping E1W

Beautifully presented flat Set within this lovely warehouse conversion, this apartment comprises 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large reception room with semi open plan fitted kitchen, hard wooden floors, underground parking and lovely views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf. The property is located in the centre of Wapping, moments from Wapping Station and the 100 and D3 bus routes offering easy access to the City and Canary Wharf. ÂŁ650 per week 020 7480 6848

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Reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø parking space ø 110 sq m (1,185 sq ft)

Reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø balcony ø concerige ø parking space ø 119 sq m (1,282 sq ft)

Guide £1.1 million Leasehold

Asking £1.1 million Leasehold

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Savills Docklands 020 7456 6800

Savills Docklands 020 7456 6800



Reception room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø balcony ø parking space ø 167 sq m (1,803 sq ft)

4 reception rooms ø 7 bedrooms ø 5 bathrooms ø indoor swimming pool ø garden ø garage ø 711 sq m (7,653 sq ft)

Guide £1.2 million Share of Freehold

Guide £2.99 million Freehold

Savills Docklands 020 7456 6800

Savills Docklands 020 7456 6800

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Reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø parking space ø balcony ø concierge ø 89 sq m (954 sq ft)

Reception room ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø balcony ø parking space ø concierge ø 89 sq m (957 sq ft)

Asking £465,000 Leasehold

Asking £600,000 Leasehold

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Savills Canary Wharf 020 7531 2500

Savills Canary Wharf 020 7531 2500



Reception room ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø 2 balconies ø parking space ø concierge ø 117 sq m (1,262 sq ft)

Reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø guest cloakroom ø concierge ø 455 sq m (1,561 sq ft)

Asking £649,950 Leasehold

Guide £850,000 Leasehold

Savills Canary Wharf 020 7531 2500

Savills Canary Wharf 020 7531 2500

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HOT PROPERTY: City Setting

This modern three to four bedroom family townhouse in Brightlingsea Place is now available to rent. This secure development is a short distance from Westferry DLR and Canary Wharf with its many bars, shops and restaurants. Rarely available, the property offers a wealth of space and features, including a modern fitted kitchen/diner with integrated appliances, master bedroom with two balconies and en-suite, large

reception room also with balcony, two further double bedrooms and a ground floor bedroom which would also make a fantastic study space. In addition to this, there is covered parking, beautiful communal garden areas and a lovely location, next to Ropemakers Fields park. This truly is a unique opportunity to rent a family home in a desirable location.

Brightlingsea Place, e14 ÂŁ950 per week Lourdes Estate Agents 020 7538 9250 113


Hamptons City Office Sales. 020 7717 5435

Folgate Street, E1 £435,000 Leasehold

Wexner Building, E1

This well-presented 2 bedroom apartment is on the ground floor of a smart residential block in Spitalfields with concierge service, and offers parking.

This fabulous 1 bedroom penthouse apartment sits atop the extremely popular Wexner Building in Spitalfields, and has a superb roof terrace.

Brick Lane, E1

Alie Street, E1 £1,225,000 Freehold

£699,950 Leasehold

£585,000 Leasehold

This well presented and bright 3 bedroom apartment is set over the top 2 floors of a period house in vibrant Brick Lane. It has a gorgeous roof terrace.

This 5 floor, 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom period house offers flexible accommodation. It has an eat-in kitchen, front and rear gardens, and measures 2700sq ft.

Savoy Court, WC2 £1,450,000 Leasehold

Newton Street, WC2 £1,895,000 Leasehold

This spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment is on the 4th floor of Savoy Court, linked to the Savoy Hotel in the heart of Covent Garden.

This stunning 3 bedroom apartment allows penthouse living in the heart of the capital. Offers a south-facing wraparound terrace and 2 secure parking spaces.

From their first steps to the first visit to the grandchildren, Hamptons International know what makes a family home. The comfort it will provide. The memories it will hold. We see beyond the bricks and mortar to help you find somewhere that’s, well, home.


Hamptons Tower Bridge Office Sales. 020 7717 5489

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1 £489,000 Share of Freehold

Anchor Brewhouse, London, SE1 £2,950,000 Share of Freehold

A fourth floor one bedroom apartment with East facing balcony overlooking the courtyard in the heart of Shad Thames. Parking.

A 3433 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, river fronting apartment with stunning views of Tower Bridge from two balconies. 24hr concierge and private parking.

Grange Road, London, SE1 £1,950,000 Freehold

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1 £1,650,000 Leasehold

A superbly restored four storey 4,000 sq ft period home, set just yards from Bermonsdey Square, offering flexible accommodation with character and charm.

A 1399 sq ft, two bedroom river front apartment in this desirable Shad Thames development with views of Tower Bridge. 24hr concierge and parking.

Providence Square, London, SE1 £699,000 Leasehold

The Boathouse, London, SE1 £775,000 Share of Freehold

A stunning two bedroom apartment overlooking the Japanese water garden and with concierge, communal gym and views of the River Thames. Parking available.

A well presented 958 sq ft, two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on Gainsford Street with parking and an unusally large, South facing balcony. No onward chain.

It’s important to make time for the things you love. At Hamptons International we take all the strain out of managing your move. Leaving you free to enjoy the finer things in life, safe in the knowledge that everything’s being taken care of.


Hamptons City Office Lettings. 020 7717 5437

Carter Lane EC4 £405 per week

Commercial Street E1 £695 per week

A quiet one bedroom apartment in this popular street, moments from St Pauls Cathedral and the Thames. Benefits from high ceilings. Available furnished.

This superb two bedroom penthouse corner unit enjoys an abundance of natural light, private terrace and far reaching views across London. Available furnished

Martin Lane EC4 £1000 per week

Lamb Street E1 £435 per week

A stunning two bedroom apartment with wood flooring throughout presented in a contemporary style with great entertaining space. Available furnished

A well presented one bedroom apartment in this popular Spitalfields development. Benefits from 24 hour concierge. Available furnished.

Whites Row E1 £395 per week

St. John Street EC1 £495 per week

An attractive one bedroom apartment in the heart of Spitalfields. The apartment benefits from wood floors and a small balcony. Available furnished

A stunning third floor apartment in a small development on a popular Clerkenwell street with floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony. Available unfurnished.

The Hamptons International team always go further to meet your personal property needs, whatever they may be. Over 97% of our clients say they would use us again or recommend us to others. Let us show you why.


Hamptons Tower Bridge Office Lettings. 020 7717 5491

Glasdstone Street,SE1 £675 per week

Walcot Square SE1 £900 per week

A large recently refurbished four bedroom house arranged over four floors boasting two reception rooms, two modern bathrooms and private garden.

Attractive two bedroom mid-terrace home. The spacious home includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two receptions and kitchen, with patio. garden.

Butlers and Colonial Wharf, SE1 £600 per week

Java Wharf, SE1 £425 per week

A modern two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of Shad Thames; boasting two bathrooms, open plan kitchen/reception and parking.

A beautiful one bedroom apartment offered in immaculate order, on the top floor of a portered development with balcony, parking and communal terrace.

Southall Place, SE1 £390 per week

Millennium Square, SE1 £510 per week

A spacious one bedroom apartment with open-plan kitchen/reception, situated in the Empire Square development moments from London Bridge.

This well-presented two bedroom apartment boasts spacious living accommodation, an attractive reception room and access to a private balcony.

Renting a property is no reason to accept anything less than the perfect home. It’s still your personal oasis. Albeit for a shorter timeframe. That said nearly all our tenants renew their contracts. Proof that we know how to make people feel right at home.

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expert comment SALES:


Starting on a high

The impact of economic uncertainty







The traditional trends of a quiet December were not adhered to in the sales market at the end of 2011; lots of new applicants registered, properties received good volumes of viewings, and competitive offers were received on many apartments. As a result, January exploded into life with the shortage of properties available resulting in competition being rife between applicants. The first quarter of the year is always a busy time in an agency and this year is set up to be no different, particularly as later in the year the world’s focus is set to fall on East London due to the Olympics. We are anticipating record numbers of applicants looking to buy in the area as the realisation that affordable housing is still available in a prime London location occurs. Residents will also be in a great position to benefit from the amenities initially developed for the Games. During January and February we also see bonuses hit the streets, and as a result we expect an increase of applicants looking for a trophy home or solid investment as the stock market continues to fluctuate. Looking at 2012 as a whole, the sales market should perform well with growth expected in all the key areas of the E14 market, in particular those developments on the Canary Wharf Estate, Westferry Road and Limehouse which are always the most sought after locations for both investors and owner occupiers. The additional impact of the Crossrail link being a year closer to completion should also assist market performance as improved transport links increase the numbers of potential commuters.

For two years, from mid-2009, the prime London lettings market delivered very strong rental growth for landlords. Not only did rents recover all of the losses incurred during the 2008 financial crisis, but by early 2011 they hit all-time highs. This growth was underpinned by the recovery of the central London economy, which was gathering pace at least up until the middle of last year. Recently, economic prospects have weakened, leading to slower rental growth and the recent period of declines. It seems likely however, that the current demand and supply balance will limit rental falls. Although the volume of new tenancies fell by two per cent in the three months to December, compared to the same period in 2010, evidence from our other market measures confirms a more positive outlook. Demand, in the form of new tenant registrations, has risen by 20 per cent over the past year, whereas new rental instructions are only higher by six per cent. The relative position of demand and supply is best illustrated by the ratio of new applicants to new rental instructions, which has risen from 2.94 in the three months to December 2010, to 3.44 in the same period in 2011. We expect to see rental growth in central London for 2012 to equate to around four per cent or five per cent. While positive, this rate would represent the lowest level of growth since 2009. However, it would also represent a shift to a more sustainable trajectory for the market after two years of sharp increases.

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Property Showcase Award-winning Style

A beautiful apartment has become available within a prestigious development in the Docklands area. The accommodation consists of a charming open-plan living/ dining area, high-spec kitchen, three double bedrooms and two bathrooms arranged over a spectacular 1,700 sq ft. Residents will also benefit from a balcony with river views and private parking as well as access to a communal swimming pool and roof terrace. The stunning conversion of a former 19th century grain warehouse, New Concordia Wharf has a rich literary and filmic history having been used as the location for Fagin’s den in Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The development has also won many accolades for its striking and historically-sensitive finish which has gifted the apartment with unique and opulent interior features such as exposed brickwork, wooden beams, iron columns and warehouse windows.

New Concordia Wharf, SE1 £1.7M share of Freehold Anderson Rose

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LOGS HILL, CHISLEHURST, KENT BR7 Undoubtedly a striking property from whichever angle you view. Clever use of full height glazing and feature windows give a distinctive contemporary style and a fully glazed dining/family room at the back of the house offers panoramic views of the gardens and pool complex. Originally built in the mid 1800’s, this superbly remodelled five bedroom home now offers approximately 6000 square feet of unique living accommodation.

£2,250,000 Freehold

HAWKWOOD LANE, CHISLEHURST, KENT BR7 Built by Shanley homes this beautifully presented five bedroom detached family home is one of just six houses in this exclusive close overlooking Chislehurst Common. Offering an impressive specification that includes master bedroom with ensuite dressing room and bathroom, guest suite and three spacious reception rooms to compliment the bespoke kitchen/ breakfast room and orangery. Part exchange considered.

£1,300,000 Freehold

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Dundee Court, E1W

Lothbury, Bank, EC2R

Park East Bow Quarter, E3

Warehouse converted 1 double bedroom apartment situated within this sought after development. Within easy access to the City and Docklands.

A unique opportunity to rent this 3rd Floor, 1 double bedroom luxury apartment, situated opposite the Bank of England.

1 bedroom apartment within the sought after historic Bow Quarter development. Benefiting from 24 hour security, an on site convenience store.

Rental Price: £355 per week

Rental Price: £650 Per Week

Rental Price: £250 Per Week

East Smithfield, E1W

Tradewinds, Wapping, E1W

Situated very close to Tower Hill and Tower Gateway, this 1 double bedroom duplex apartment offers good living accommodation throughout.

Modern large spacious 1 double bedroom apartment with large reception room. Situated in West Wapping within very popular secure development with parking.

Artemis Court, Docklands E14 Modern 1 Double Bedroom 3rd Floor Apartment within this Riverside Development. River Views. Secure Parking. Use of residents Swimming Pool and Gym.

Rental Price: £300 Per Week

Rental Price: £365 Per Week

Rental Price: £350 Per Week

£1,250,000 ea2 Estate Agency Heritage Court | 8-10 Sampson Street | Wapping | London E1W 1NA t: 020 7702 3456 | f: 020 7702 9168 |

Waterman Way, E1W

Norway Place, Limehouse E14

Waterman Way, E1W

Modern studio apartment within this popular canalside development. Within easy access to Tower Hill and Tower Gateway. Approx. 15 mins to Liverpool Street.

Situated within easy access to Canary Wharf & the City. This 2 double bedroom, 1st floor apartment has been refurbished to a good standard.

Recently Re-furbished 2 bedroom modern canal side apartment. Reception. Fully fitted kitchen. Bathroom. Within easy access to the City and Docklands.

Price: £199,900 Leasehold

Price: £299,995 Leasehold

Price: £349,995 Leasehold

Creek House Narrow Street,E14

Lockhart Street, Bow E3

Fenner House,Wapping E1W

River views from this two bedroom apartment in modern development. Porterage. Situated near to the amenities of the popular Narrow Street area!

Forming part of this popular conservation area very close to Mile End tube station, is this Victorian period terraced house which has excellent room sizes.

2 Bedroom 1 st Floor Ex-Local Authority Flat within this popular Mansion Block development. Fully Fitted Kitchen Diner.

Price: £474,990 Leasehold

Price: £449,950 Freehold

Price: £315,000 Leasehold

ea2 Estate Agency Heritage Court | 8-10 Sampson Street | Wapping | London E1W 1NA t: 020 7702 3456 | f: 020 7702 9168 |

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DEVELOPMENT FOCUS New Beginnings Eco-friendly living in a great location is now available at Atrium Greenwich Creekside, says Lana Jordan


rom the Meridian Line to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich has a rich and illustrious history. And, this year, of course the area will generate a brand new legacy as the equestrian events of the London Olympics come to town. In the spirit of all things new and contemporary, Telford Homes has unveiled the latest phase of its hugely popular Greenwich Creekside scheme. Atrium is a distinctive development of 49 one, two and three bedroom apartments, appearing on the landscape as an eight-storey, shimmering glass prism. Adding interest to the design of the building, is an indoor communal garden, bathed in sunlight which filters through the triangular glazed roof. The

area has also been conceptualised to allow air to circulate, contributing to the sense of spaciousness which is created throughout, and the garden can be admired from the open-deck style landings which lead to each apartment. Inside, each property has its own floor-to-ceiling windows which serve to provide beautiful views of the capital. The dÊcor is simple and minimalist, allowing residents to put their own stamp on their surroundings and, as standard, there’s wooden laminate flooring and kitchens designed by renowned company Urban Myth with integrated Smeg appliances. The living space is very flexible and while some might choose big, comfortable sofas and high-tech entertainment systems, others will find


the open-plan layout perfect for a dining suite – and some fabulous dinner parties. In the bathrooms, there are Roca bathroom ranges and the bedrooms continue the neutral design scheme. However, premium apartments on the seventh floor are even more high-specification for those seeking something special. Those who would prefer to invest in an environmentally-sensitive development are wellcatered for here. Water attenuation systems are in place throughout, which not only ensure wastage is reduced but also provide drainage for the roof which make it the ideal habitat for Black Redstart birds, known to be active in the local area. The development will also incorporate a biomass boiler which utilises organic matter over fossil fuels to minimise pollution. In terms of lifestyle, moving to Greenwich Creekside could also be fantastic for one’s social activities. The complex is incredibly well-connected with Cutty Sark and Greenwich DLR stations five minutes away and Greenwich mainline station nearby. However, residents also benefit from the heritage and nature of the borough. Special features of the development include a theatre space and jazz venue which will soon be accompanied by a gymnasium. There are also further shops, cafes and restaurants integrated into the development, making it both a convenient and friendly base. n

Walking around the apartments of the Atrium, one feels they have city living epitomised. Room sizes in the premium apartments especially are generous, a factor enhanced by the amount of natural light pervading the space. Fantastic views out towards London Bridge and across Greenwich will make eager explorers of us all, while there’s all the home comforts you could desire after a long day; have a glass of wine at the breakfast bar, pop out on the balcony for some fresh air and have friends to stay in one of the cosy double bedrooms. Touches like quirky light fittings and luxury carpets show that care has been taken in the design and there’s the immaculate tiling, stainless steel and chrome elements which make everything feel modern and stylish. Prices start from £247,500 for a one bedroom apartment. Telephone 020 8694 8186




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London City Airport 29 Mins

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With only a short walk to Lewisham Station and a 17 minutes DLR journey to Canary Wharf, Central Park is ideally located for getting into the city. The development offers a range of high spec 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, within a modern urban park with secure parking and concierge facilities available.

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Welcome back to Wapping.

London’s magical riverside neighbourhood is back on the map

21 Wapping Lane is the first substantial new development in Wapping for a decade. It will also be the tallest, with fabulous views. Providing a range of beautiful suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments; as well as gym, spa, hydrotherapy pool, cinema, concierge and underground parking. Just a few minutes from the City to the west and Canary Wharf to the east, 21 Wapping Lane presents a unique opportunity to live and invest in this wonderful neighbourhood.

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Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th March Suites from 1 beds from 2 beds from 3 beds from £260,000 £320,000 £459,000 £895,000 Call the marketing suite or visit our website for more information

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With unique and distinguished architecture from renowned architects’ Squires & Partners, The Atrium allows natural light to flood into the striking apartment building through a fully glazed roof: bringing the outdoors, indoors!

• NHBC Supreme Award Winner in the ‘Multistorey’ category • Bright, open, airy ‘Atrium’ to the core of the building with extensive natural light and fresh air circulating • 1, 2 & 3 bedroom homes with a high internal specification and optional parking* • Close to the heart of maritime Greenwich • Cutty Sark DLR station 10 minutes walk away, access to Canary Wharf just 9 minutes

Prices from £247,500†


0800 883 8983 or (out-of-hours) 0800 032 0077

Selling Agents:

020 8104 1111

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The City Magazine February 2012  

Welcome to the February edition of The City magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles an...

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