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Edi tor Richard Brown

a s s is tant Edi tor Bethan REES

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david taylor

The discovery of the Northwest Passage had occupied the minds of merchants and navies as far back as the 16th century. Yet it wasn’t until the end of the Napoleonic Wars that Britain embarked on its own age of polar exploration. Encouraged by a reward offered by Parliament, between 1818 and 1876 scores of ships headed north in the hope of navigating, for the first time, the labyrinth of land, sea and ice that lies between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, between North America and the Orient. The most famous of crews to attempt this mission belonged to Sir John Franklin, an ageing, portly and largely uncelebrated captain, who, in May 1845, set off from Stromness in the Orkney Islands with 23 officers, 105 men and one eye on writing his name into the history books. That he would. In July of that year, Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and the ominously named HMS Terror, were seen by a whaler in Baffin Bay, waiting for ice to clear so that they might begin their journey to the Bering Strait. It would be 139 years before any of the men were seen again. In 1984, a photograph appeared in newspapers across the world. In a coffin full of ice, a young man lay perfectly preserved, his teeth clenched, his eyes open. John Torrington was one of the first of Franklin’s men to die. Until Torrington’s discovery, Franklin’s final voyage was perhaps the most enduring mysteries of modern exploration. For more than a century, adventurers, archaeologists, historians – even Charles Dickens – argued over shreds of evidence, rejecting local Inuit reports that madness and cannibalism had consumed the crew. In 1859, among clothing discovered by a search mission, a handwritten note was found that suggested the ships had become stuck on ice on 12 September 1846. In 22 April 1848, the 105 officers and crew still alive finally deserted the ships and departed on foot in a hopeless bid for safety. Franklin had died on 11 June 1847. Two other crew members were found close to Torrington. An exhumation of their bodies in 1986 traced their deaths to lead poisoning, believed to be the result of tinned food, which, new at the time, had been sloppily sealed with lead. The team that discovered Torrington uncovered other human bones scarred with knife marks and found skulls without faces. The last members of Franklin’s men had, after all, resorted to cannibalism. The wreck of Erebus was eventually found by a Canadian search party in 2014, 168 years after becoming stuck. Terror was only located last year. Discover more about Franklin’s voyage by visiting Death in the Ice, an exhibition that opens at the National Maritime Museum this month. Discover more tales of derring-do in this, our Adventure Issue. Goodbye, good luck, Godspeed!

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Nick Savage Nick is editor of London concierge service Innerplace. He provides the low-down on London’s most hedonistic haunts.

Josh Sims

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Mike Horn The greatest living adventurer on what there is left to explore 54 Martin Hartley Through the lens of the world’s leading expedition photographer 60 High on life The psychology behind extreme sports 63 Colonel John Blashford-Snell Documenting the undiscovered with Blashford- Snell and the Scientific Exploration Society

city life

13 Cover On the 70th anniversary of the Roswell incident, MB&F releases a horological tribute 14 Edit A game of auto one-upmanship and a whizz around the notorious Nürburgring 21 Tech Get your hands on the explorer’s arsenal 23 FITNESS Why weight training during the off season could be the best way to a half marathon PB 25 Living The latest in interior design and homeware – because it’s what’s inside that counts

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city social

28 news COYA makes a move to the City 32 Bon Viveur London’s spice scene is hotting up

city collection

68 A space odyssey The Omega Speedmaster turns 60 70 Adventure Time Timepieces that have been tested to the limit

city style

76 Bright Chung Thing A look at Alexa Chung’s first fashion label 80 City Slickers The Teddy Boy updated 90 Turning Heads Turnbull & Asser is a peacock again

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96 Head out on the highway Bespoke two-wheeled expeditions from Legendary Motorcycle Adventures 103 Urban Explorers The rise of the city SUV 106 Into the wild Outdoor adventure in Bhutan

Jeremy Taylor Jeremy specialises in motoring and travel, and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and Sunday Times Magazine.

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvellous” – Bill Moyers, journalist and former White House press secretary

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Contributors

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Legendary Motorcycle adventures. page 96

Josh is a freelance writer contributing to, among others, the Financial Times, The Times, Wallpaper, The National and The Rake.

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CITY lIFE In 1947 an unidentified flying object crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico, sparking wild tales of alien visitations and government cover-ups. To mark the 70th anniversary, MB&F unveils the Horological Machine N°6 Alien Nation, a watch piloted by six mini, white-gold aliens with arms and necks finer than a grain of sand. $500,000 + VAT (approx £392,000 +VAT), mbandf.com

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golden wonder – porsche’s new limited Turbo S Exclusive Series

city tech (p.21)

serious boys toys for serious adrenaline junkies

city fitness (p.23)

how weight training can help your half marathon time


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Golden child Porsche has just announced the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. A rapid 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 205mph is the result of a 3.8 litre twin-turbo engine producing 607 HP – 27 more than the regular Turbo S. The trip to 124 mph takes just 9.6 seconds. Quieter colours are available, but come on. From $258,550 (approx. £203,000), porsche.com

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The commodities and consumables raising our interest rates this month

Summer Rain

the necessity

Stone Island’s Shadow Project range was launched in 2008 as a way of combining the brand’s sophisticated fabrics with quality tailoring and contemporary design. Joining the functional, fashionable collection is this sharp, dark technical raincoat. £650, stoneisland.co.uk

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Nürburgring Classic The Nürburgring, inaugurated 18 June 1927, celebrated its 90th anniversary last month. Fittingly, the Nürburgring Classic was held over the track’s anniversary weekend, during which cars from as far back as the 1920s raced the merciless Nordschleife route. A new exhibition on site documents the nine-decade history of the track that Sir Jackie Stewart called Green Hell. nuerburgring.de

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the anniversary

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the watch 1815 Chronograph Founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, A. Lange & Söhne all but disappeared after WWII. It took Lange’s great-grandson, Walter, to reinvent the brand in 1990. Today, Lange – as the brand is affectionately known among watch aficionados – spearheads Germany’s contribution to high-end horology from its headquarters in Glashütte, the country’s cradle of watchmaking. Walter sadly passed away earlier this year but his legacy lives on in the 1815 Chronograph, now available with a white gold case. £40,300, alange-soehne.com

Stopwatch function measures times to an accuracy of one fifth of a second

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Cultural wave Highsnobiety and Boom-Art have teamed up with premium European surf manufacturer UWL Surfboard to create six limited-edition surfboard sets. Each surf diptych is handmade in France. The polyester resin boards are seaworthy, but they come with hooks for display purposes – more for the wall than for the wave. Approx. £3,170 (€3,600), boom-art.com

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city tech

Essential apparatus for keeping ahead of the curve Words: david taylor

fly like an eagle What better way to observe the Salar de Uyuni salt flats (or Brighton beach) than with a paramotor? British company Parajet’s combination of a lightweight motor, single propeller and the wind beneath your glider means you can take off from flat ground to reach up to 45mph and 10,000ft. Training is widely available and typically takes a week. The Maverick, from £4,333.33, parajet.com

the explorer’s arsenal Step inside the pioneer’s toolshed

SRViper X-TX SE 141 snowmobile

One for those who enjoy going off-grid, the strong pyramid chassis and asymetric suspension are perfect for leaving the trail. £POA, yamaha-motor.eu

Mavericks base camp tent

Mavic Pro drone

A portable, powerful bit of kit from the pioneers of personal drones. It has a 7km range, 4K camera and ‘FlightAutonomy’, which automatically avoids any objects within 15m. £1,099, dji.com

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Looking like something you’d use to camp in on Mars, this tent is designed for extremes, withstanding winds of up to 180km/h. It’s pre-assembled, so one person can set it up almost instantaneously. €5,500 (approx. £4,775), heimplanet.com

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A STRONG START

‘‘Work on a circuit which pays attention to your upper body, employing the right technique and a higher number of reps’’

Why is weight training an important aspect of preparing for a half marathon? AH: It helps strengthen the muscles used when you run, improving your technique, reducing your risk of injury and building a stronger heart by lowering your resting blood pressure. Weight training can also help control sugar and cholesterol levels, and improve balance and co-ordination. Our metabolism also works more efficiently, and because of the better use and coordination of the muscles, our stride will be maximised and more efficient.

Words: David Taylor

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With the Royal Parks Half Marathon just a few months away, TruBe personal trainer and triathlete Amram Herrera gives us his tips for efficient weight training.

Why weight training is essential for a good half marathon

What would be the ideal weight workout for a half marathon? AH: Work on a circuit which pays attention to your upper body, employing the right technique and a higher number of reps. Work your core: this will protect your back and will help you to save energy in the long term. Focus on lower body exercises that activate hip flexors, glutes and hamstrings. Lateral and backwards movements should be key factors in your plan as well. Keep stretching to avoid shortened and potentially at-risk muscles. TruBe is an official event partner for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday October 8th. To secure a charity place, sign up via royalparkshalf.com/charities-list/

Training gloves, £20, Under Armour, underarmour.co.uk

Resistance bands, £27, ProSource, bodybuilding.com

Kettlebells, £329.99, Strength Shop, strengthshop.co.uk

How far in advance should you start weight training? AH: The sooner the better. I would start during the off season. If you have divided your training into different stages, start slowly and focus on gaining maximum power with shorter sets. When you start to increase the distance you are running during training, use lighter weights but hold for longer reps. Remember, we have to be able to deliver a moderate force over a long time. The right technique and controlled movements during the later stages of our training make for a better performance the day of the race.

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Standout homeware, because it’s what’s inside that counts Words: BETHAN REES

Think inside the box

cen tre stage Travel through time with these vintage-inspired chairs from Scandi retro-furniture firm, Pib. Designed to look like old theatre seats, they feature varnished wood on a metallic weathered base. Theatre double seat, £415, Pib, pib-home.co.uk

Gustav’s of London creates bespoke luxury gift sets that combine handcrafted wooden chests with a selection of gifts, such as luxury watches and ties from Drake’s. From £1,500, Gustav’s of London, gustavsoflondon.com

great dane T RI I I O COFFEE TABL E Made in Denmark, this TRIIIO coffee table in walnut makes for a perfect centrepiece. Place your favourite photography book on it, or simply stare at this modern classic beauty – the choice is yours. £640, Brdr. Krüger, brdr -kruger.com

turning tables

Sgt. Pepper turntable, £1,235

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and what better way to commemorate this than with a beautifully crafted vinyl player? henleydesigns.co.uk

magpie corner 1. Bi-plane model, £117, Joanna Wood, joannawood.com 2. Rocket cocktail shaker, £9,250, Asprey, asprey.com; 3. Circus wine cooler, £180, Alessi, alessi.com

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CITY social As part of Krug’s Into the Wild Festival, Argentine celebrity restaurateur Francis Mallmann praises restaurants with soul (p31). krugfestival.com

Nobu Shoreditch (p.28)

Nobu Group’s first european hotel opens in shoreditch

Joan Roca (p.30)

The super-chef behind one of the culinary wonders of the world

Spice up your life (p.32) London’s once tepid spice scene turns up the heat


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City social Spotlight

The City’s latest gastronomic addition is ready to use its Peruvian charm to tempt the locals from the pub. COYA Angel Court, COYA group’s second restaurant in London – and World of COYA fifth worldwide – is led Alongside Angel Court, by executive chef Sanjay jet-setting enthusiasts can get Dwivedi. The site at Angel Court was a matter of right place, their COYA fix in Mayfair, in the right time for Dwivedi: “It ticked all the boxes for us. There Middle East in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and most recently are a million people working here, and I’m sure ten per cent just off Brickell Key of them want something like this.” in Miami The venue is split into two halves. The Pisco Lounge has a considerable stock of wines and spirits and, as you’d expect, an equally comprehensive Pisco library. Signatures include the classic Pisco Sour and the Chilli Margarita. When it comes to the food, Dwivedi has kept most of the original menu: “ten to 15 per cent of items will be slightly different. If you have a brand, people come for certain things, and if they’re not available, it’s wrong.” The lauded ceviches and tiraditos are in attendance, but accompanying them are Angel Court specials, including lobster with gazpacho and aji limo, and cuttlefish with ginger, yuzu, and squid ink. The 170-cover restaurant coya and bar was designed by London-based Sagrada, part of the design team for all COYA venues. Away from the bar, a hand-crafted six seater ‘Rum Round Table’ can be booked, along with two private dining rooms, the larger of which seats up to 18 and opens out onto a private terrace. “All COYAs have a unique character, but all blend together,” says Dwivedi. “We get a lot of hand-made stuff from Peru, to give each restaurant that cosy and very opulent feeling.” coyarestaurant.com

Possibly the world’s most adventurous chef, Kiran Jethwa goes further than most to cook a good meal

City Ceviche at the new Coya

Canopy cuisine

COYA Angel Court, EC2

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Adventurous cuisine The ‘Fearless Chef ’, Kiran Jethwa, serves up a left-field recipe for when you find yourself in the jungle with time to spare Amazonian Carp, with wild Amazonian herbs and a termite garnish Serves: 4 Prep time: 35 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Fish:

Nobu Shoreditch, EC2

The first European site from the Nobu Hotels group has opened in the heart of Shoreditch. The 143 rooms and seven suites continue Nobu’s east-meets-west design philosophy, with the 240-seat Nobu Shoreditch restaurant blending Japanese and South American cuisine. Rooms from £250, nobuhotelshoreditch.com

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 ne kg fish fillet (preferably a white O delicate fish) Two Poblano chilli peppers (alternatively use any mild bell pepper) One bunch fresh coriander One bunch spring onion Drizzle of olive oil Juice of two lemon cane storks (alternatively lemons) Salt to taste Pepper to taste

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Keeping the epicure nourished with the Square Mile’s latest launches and culinary crazes Words: DAVID TAYLOR

Seaside in the Sky, EC3

Visit the British coast via the top of the Gherkin during Searcys’ “Seaside in the Sky” pop-up event. Executive chef Barry Tonks has created a series of classic British-sourced treats to celebrate the Great British Seaside, such as Scottish langoustine, gourmet fish and chips, and British charcuterie and cheeses. Complementing the food are English sparkling wines from award-winning Nyetimber, and cocktails from Plymouth gin, made in the UK’s oldest running distillery. Lunch/dinner £45/55, searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

Blacklock City, EC3

Termite garnish: (This is optional as it might be hard to find edible termites) One white onion, finely chopped Four garlic cloves, finely chopped  our tbsp live termites F Salt to taste

4 For added fragrance,add a tiny splash of lemon cane juice then season with salt and pepper. 5 Fold over a banana leaf to form a parcel, wrap, and tie firmly before placing into a steamer. 6 Steam for 15 minutes. For the termite garnish

For the fish

1 Fillet the fish and set aside. 2 On an open flame, roast two peppers until charred. Once ready, cut off the tails and de-seed the peppers before slicing into thin strips. 3 Layer the fish fillet, fresh coriander, chopped spring onions and roasted chilli strips over the banana leaf and drizzle with a little olive oil.

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1 Heat up some oil until very hot. Flash fry the chopped onions, garlic and termites until crisp. 2 Once crisp, drain the oil then season with salt and use as garnish over the fish. 3 Serve the fish directly on the banana leaf, and add the termite garnish and a good helping of the dressing. The perfect Amazonian treat! kiranjethwa.net

Craft beer for £4 a pint, cocktails for a fiver, sides from £3.50 in a steak restaurant slap bang in the middle of the Square Mile – what sort proprietor offers such benevolent prices in this day and age? How refreshing to look at a menu and not feel like you’re about to have your pants pulled down. The first Blacklock opened two years ago in a basement ex-brothel in Soho, serving beefy steaks at sensible prices. Blacklock City follows the format – though this basement space was previously a different type of meat market (a medieval trading spot) – and introduces such superb starters as pig’s head on toast and scallops with black pudding. Steaks served off the bone cost between £12 to £16, while the larger cuts are priced at £8 per 100g or under. We shared a 700g Porterhouse. It was brilliant. RB theblacklock.com

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City social

Joan Roca

Meet the Spanish super-chef behind El Celler de Can Roca – two-time winner of Restaurant Magazine’s Best Restaurant in the World

Words: James Lawrence

roasted garlic purée and tomato sofrito. “The lamb is subject to controlled temperature cooking for over 24 hours and combined with more playful elements; the meat is served as a ‘sandwich’ in between slices of bread soaked in a mixture of tomato juice, olive oil and salt. A mosaic of my region’s culinary traditions, it’s one exquisite mouthful,” says Roca. “With a healthy dose of irreverence.” Where headline dessert is concerned, though, tradition goes out of the kitchen and is replaced with pure culinary genius. ‘Anarchy’ is a potent combination of eight elements: creams, jellies, sauces, spheres, sponge cakes, crisps, ice creams and flowers, with an astonishing list of ingredients. Vanilla, green cardamom, white cardamom, milk chocolate, Sichuan pepper, pink pepper and Javanese long pepper are not even half of the total ingredients used in this beautifully orchestrated piece of chaos on a plate. “This dish was conceived one day when the three of us [Roca owns El Celler de Can Roca with his two brothers, sommelier Josep and pâtissier Jordi] were analysing how to construct a consommé of St. George’s mushroom with avocado, and we were obsessively discussing the why’s and the how’s of everything, each ingredient, each technique. And right then it just came to me: ‘Why does there have to be a reason why?’ There is no need for so much reflection,” says Roca. “We wanted to create a dish of total freedom: El Celler de Can Roca Anarchy.” But despite the incredible talent on display in this corner of Spain – not to mention the adulation thrown at Roca – what is most remarkable is how grounded he remains. “The key is to simply enjoy your craft, this is how real success is achieved. Of course, it’s an honour to be given three stars, but in the end a chef should pour his heart into his craft, not chase critical praise. That approval is a nice consequence of working hard, but it should not be an end in itself.’ You can taste the love Joan Roca puts into his food and the approach is not overly clinical. While he may favour some cutting-edge cooking wizardy, overall, his cuisine is grounded in traditional Catalan methods of food preparation. Unlike so many other overwrought Michelin venues, this is food you actually want to eat.

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n the world of Michelin-starred dining, El Celler de Can Roca has few peers. Voted the Best Restaurant in the World twice by Restaurant Magazine (2013 and 2015) it has three Michelin stars, commands almost sycophantic critical praise and boasts a growing fan club of gastronomes across the world. Yet, for all his success, Joan Roca is a disarmingly modest and softly spoken man. Taking a break from a busy lunchtime service, the Catalan superstar cites his family, and not some world-renowned celebrity chef, as his key inspiration. “My first food memory is a dish prepared by my grandmother, Angeleta. It’s a simple creation – charcoaled lamb ribs cut into small squares, placed on bread rubbed with ripe tomato and garlic. When she passed away, we made a tribute dish that has become one of El Celler de Can Roca’s classics.” A homage to Roca’s Catalan origins, ‘Lamb and Pa Amb Tomaquet’ is composed of suckling lamb, curdled lamb gravy,

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The Gaucho Chef 15 minutes with Francis Mallmann Words:: David Taylor

on in life when I started thinking about having a profession, I found that I wanted to be involved with restaurants. It’s a place to share, and that’s what I try to do a lot. Do modern restaurants retain that spirit? FM: The restaurant is a place to share beautiful moments with people you love. It shouldn’t be like a church, where you are there to tell the chef that he is important, or for him to tell you that he is important. They’re constantly interrupting you to tell you that this was cooked with something or the mushrooms were found somewhere. Go back to the kitchen, I don’t care! What’s the appeal of cooking with open fire? FM: I started with a more classical cooking career, working in France for quite a while as a young chef, and carried on with that when I went back home. When I was around 40, I realised that I wanted to find my own language of cooking, and I embraced the tools of my childhood, the south, the natives, the gauchos. Cooking with open fire was a product of that. Why collaborate with Krug? FM: I think there’s an intellectual happiness in the way Krug works. It has the most incredible 200-year history of winemaking, I especially like the spirit of happiness, of celebration, of music, and thought. It’s not only the quality – the best champagne in the world – it’s also the way they think, and a celebration of food and wine that I like very much. How often do you return to the wilds of Patagonia? FM: Very often. I love it: Patagonia, the language of the mountain, the Andes, the lakes, the forest, I was bred with that. It’s where I feel at home and at ease. I like the beauty, the silence. It grounds me. At home, there’s no phone signal or internet. If there was one place in the world you could open a restaurant tomorrow, where would it be? FM: Paris. I love Paris, it’s the most romantic city in the world. Francis Mallmann, with Krug and Mahogany Sessions, has curated Into the Wild, an immersive celebration of food, music and Champagne on 29 July at The Grange, Hampshire, £395pp, krugfestival.com

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What ignited your passion for cooking? FM: It was as a kid when we went to a restaurant and had lunch on a beautiful table. It wasn’t the cooking really, it was more the happiness and celebration of that day that stayed with me. Later

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ometimes you don’t have the time or resources to book a ticket to Tijuana and get stuck into the salsa. It used to be the case that London’s non-European restaurants would dial down the heat to please British palates, but these days it seems that the locals can handle it. Many of London’s top restaurants have turned up the spice while retaining the quality for which the capital is renown.

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Launched by the brothers behind the Innerplace esteemed tapas joint is London’s Barrafina, Sam and Eddie that transcends personal lifestyle Hart opened the taqueria borders, inspired concierge. Membership provides El Pastor in late 2016. Located in by India, Nepal, complimentary access to the finest nightclubs, the best restaurants and Borough Market, the restaurant China and top private members’ clubs. Innerplace has already earned itself a hot Tibet. There’s also offers priority bookings, updates on reputation, and that’s all thanks to a running the latest openings and hosts its own one dish: the eponymous El Pastor. theme through regular parties. A beautifully smoky amalgam of these cuisines Membership from £50 a month. bacon, pork and pineapple roasted – the presence innerplace.co.uk on a kebab spit and scooped into of sweetness and homemade tortilla made from Oaxaca sourness in the food, and corn nixtamalized in house, is the recipe in especially the searing heat derived from question. The heat enters the fray by way heaps of chilli. For those with balls made of of the hot sauce, El Pastor’s Del Vic, which brass, an order of the Hakka chilli paneer, is crafted from charred habanero and lime, the naga chilli beef puff or the Tibetan panand is not for the faint of heart. The truly fried duck momos will set you off. intrepid will spoon on a different sauce, El Diablo, which, made with Trinidadian scorpion chili, has teargassed many chefs Anyone who’s been to out of the kitchens during its preparation. Bangkok will know what spicy delights its street food affords. Himalayan cuisine Perhaps more than is not an epithet you any other country, hear very often, but Thailand brings the it’s what Harneet and heat. Restaurateur Ben Devina Baweja chose Chapman struck a chord to sink their teeth into with his first restaurant, Soho’s following the runaway Smoking Goat, but has created some success of their first beautiful harmonies with his second, Kiln. restaurant, Gunpowder If you can manage to grab a pew at his in Spitalfields. The Soho dining counter, make sure you order husband and wife team, a helping of the jungle curry with snake along with chef Nirmal beans and turbot for a dewy brow and Save, have put together inflamed palate. It’ll take you right back to a menu at Madame D that steamy shop house in Sukhumvit.

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Hutong brought Chinese cuisine to new heights when it opened in the Shard in 2013. The general rule for upmarket Asian restaurants is that the more you pay, the less spice you can expect. This is patently not the case at Hutong. Drawing inspiration from northern Chinese and Szechuan cuisine, the kitchens strike a fine balance between Chengdu heat and London lavishness. Case in point is the Red Lantern, in which a large wooden casket is hoisted to the table and the lid removed to reveal a garden of vermilion red-coloured Facing Heaven chillies. The server then puts tongs to use in extricating multiple deep fried soft shell crabs. It’s enough to distract you from one of London’s best views.

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Hanging by a thread

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Crossing flight paths

Wildlife photographer and scientist Fred Buyle captures a free diver encountering the wreck of a DC3 aircraft. The image appears within Blancpain’s Edition Fifty Fathoms 2011, an annual publication of underwater photographs promoting ocean preservation. Photo: FREDERIC BUYLE

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He has swum the Amazon, walked the Arctic Circle solo, circumnavigated the earth along the equator, and, for his next feat, is about to do the same thing vertically, via both poles – the first man in history to do so. It’s no surprise Mike Horn is considered by many to be the world’s greatest modern-day explorer

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ike Horn once chose to swim the length of the Amazon, together with its crocodiles and piranha fish. If that wasn’t crazy enough, he did it with a broken knee. “When I set my mind to something, I have very great difficultly in turning back,” is Horn’s rather casual explanation. “When I broke my knee in a car accident before the expedition, I chose to follow my original plan and leave for the adventure anyway. Accidents happen, obstacles surface – such is the course of life. One shouldn’t back off from something they’ve planned because things don’t go their way.” In a world treacherous enough to ensure there are many dead adventurers, Horn is arguably the planet’s greatest living explorer. Swimming aside, he has completed just about every great adventure on the map: he has trekked the equator – without use of any motorised transport – and, in the same manner, walked to the North Pole, during winter, in permanent darkness; he has circumnavigated the globe by sail and climbed some of its highest peaks – 8,000m-plus – without the use of porters or oxygen; he has walked solo across Siberia, and circumnavigated the Arctic Circle solo too. “Most of the expeditions I have undertaken have involved a lot of alone time, but that is also one of the reasons why I love solo exploration so much,” says the 50-year-old South African-born Swiss explorer and educationalist. “In our day-to-day lives, we too often neglect to make time for ourselves. In fact, I believe the secret to one’s wellbeing and peace of mind is by learning how to live with one’s self, to self-reflect and to self-improve. Thinking time generates creativity – every step I take, a new idea surfaces, one that usually ends up turning into an expedition.” The latest is a circumnavigating of the globe via both poles, an idea that appealed simply because he thought it would make a nice change to, as he puts it, circumnavigate the globe “vertically”. Today, Horn concedes, exploration is about doing things first, or in a quirky fashion, rather than striking new ground. “It’s certainly no longer what it used to be. Back in the day we knew so little of the world and exploration was a necessity to discover and chart unknown locations,” he says. “Exploration is no longer an essential career to the world, and the job description itself has shifted. Explorers no longer explore for the world, but they explore primarily for themselves.” His latest trip is an especially personal one. Now that he’s turned half a century – at no great change to his physical performance, he reckons, more an exchange of energy and performance for maturity and experience – the trip is something of a culmination of all of his explorations to date, and will inevitably bring together all of the skills gleaned from three decades of adventure. Taking the most direct route, he’ll have to cross Antarctica, but also climb the virgin peaks in India. “Then I’d like to cross over the Arctic via the North Pole, which is also an environment that entails a number of complex challenges. Extreme temperatures, high altitudes, and areas limited in

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natural resources are often my biggest challenges,” he says, almost chirpy about it. “All in all, I look forward to encountering these [obstacles] along my journey – it’s by overcoming challenges that I acquire experience and knowledge. After all that, I’m not much of a planner. Everything I do in life is very much spontaneous.” He’s not kidding. Horn spent a spell in the South African army, which was his first taste of adventure – of a kind he doesn’t often talk about. Finding himself in the middle of the bush wars, he experienced the kind of gruesome atrocities that “no young and naive man should be sent to witness. That experience definitely triggered my survival instincts – if one can survive war, one can survive anything. It also taught me the true values of life – what really counts, that life needs to be lived to the fullest.” It was a lesson he took to heart. Aged 24, in a steady and secure job in agriculture, he decided to give all of his possessions away and leave the country. “The stability and security of my situation is what [prompted that]. Nothing I was doing was stimulating, challenging or fulfilling,” he recalls. He arrived at the airport, ready to fly to Israel, but given the South African boycotts of the time, found he needed a visa and couldn’t get on a flight. The next plane out was going to Zurich. He got on board. “When I arrived in Switzerland, it wasn’t a question of whether I liked it or not – I’d arrived in a country I knew nothing about and had to adapt to the situation no matter what,” Horn says. A few months later, he ended up working in a ski resort – a place that no doubt triggered an interest in climbing mountains, but where he’d also meet the woman he would marry. The experience – the war, rather than the ski resort – was perhaps also the prompt for what can appear to be Horn’s misanthropic leanings. The

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5,100 The kilometres Horn covered using kites and skis in 57 days

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“The environment has never terrified me as much as the human being has” downsides of exploring, he suggests, all seem to stem from people – their red tape and bureaucracy, their need to constrain and monitor. “The most frustrating aspect of [prepping for an expedition] is most certainly having to deal with people – for insurance, visas, tickets and permits,” he says, glumly. “Rules and regulations are tighter than ever. Now permits are required for me to travel almost anywhere. This is a huge limiting factor but also one that upsets and disappoints me.” Yes, he’s keen to try to change the way all too many people think about the environment and social change – which is to say, often not at all. It’s why he has always been keen to share his experiences with the new generation – a decade ago he founded the Young Explorers Program, which for five years recruited teenagers from around the world and then took them on lifechanging expeditions aboard Pangaea, Horn’s purpose-built sailing vessel. The idea was that they would then become ambassadors for progress. But ask him what has been the most terrifying moment of his many travels and he says this: “It might seem a surprise, but over my years of exploring the animals and the environment have never terrified me as much as the human being has. During my many expeditions I’ve seen the devastating consequences of humans on the environment first hand. I have respect for animals and the environment and so can’t be disappointed or terrified by them. But the human being can

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damage not only our environment but also other humans. I’m afraid of the wrong people being in power with the wrong ideas of what is right for our planet.” It must be a particularly tricky time for Horn then. No wonder he’s keen to take off for parts of the world that can still feel prelapsarian, if rather on the chillier side. He doesn’t have much in the way of complaints about that though. Sure, he concedes, he misses some of the home comforts. “I miss my family [now a widower, he has two young daughters], but that becomes my motivation to make it back home quicker and safer. You have to turn your deprivations and downsides into your motivations and suddenly things are a lot more enjoyable and easier,” says Horn, ever the motivator, of himself as much as others – it’s no wonder he’s proven a god-send to his many brand sponsors, the likes of Mercedes, Mumm Champagne and the Greek spirit Metaxa, whose backing have allowed him to pursue his dreams without the need to find sponsors or kow-tow for governmental backing. Metaxa even built an ad campaign around him: ‘Don’t drink it, explore it!’ (“I loved that,” Horn enthuses). “In all honesty, I don’t always have the motivation to challenge myself,” says Horn. “But one thing I do have is self-discipline. To achieve anything in life, whether it is a personal or career goal, everyone can and will benefit from selfdiscipline. No job will ever offer you pleasure every single day, but it is important to find fulfillment in what you do. If you don’t work on and for yourself, for whom will you work?”

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Climbing’s new dawn

In 2015, after a nineteen-day climb, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history – Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000ft Dawn Wall Words: David Taylor

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ound on the southeast side of El Capitan mountain, Dawn Wall is taller than the world’s highest building. Caldwell and Jorgeson’s ascent was seven years in the planning. It took 19 days and 32 stages, with food and water supplies being brought up in relay runs by a support crew that included Alex Honnold, who has gone on to climb another face on El Capitan solo without any ropes or other safety gear. The journey to the top of the Dawn Wall is chronicled in The Push, a new book that documents the challenges Caldwell faced leading up to the realisation of a dream – including losing an index finger, and being held hostage by militants in Kyrgyzstan. The Push by Tommy Caldwell, published by Penguin Random House, £14.99, penguin.co.uk

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Mountain to scale Tommy Caldwell scaling Dawn Wall IMAGE: Corey Rich/Novus Select

Compare Dawn Wall to the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and you can appreciate the scale of the challange before Caldwell and Jorgeson. This wasn’t your average climbing wall.

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Mount Everest

Mount

Kilimanjaro

Mont Blanc

Location: Nepal

Location: Tanzania

Location: France

Elevation: 8,848m (29,029 ft)

Elevation: 5,895m (19,341ft) 

Elevation: 4,808m (15,774 ft)

First summiteers: Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal), May 1953

First summiteers: Hans Meyer (Germany) and Ludwig Purtscheller (Austria), October 1889

First summiteers: Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat (France), August 1786

Fact: Two Sherpas, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi, hold the joint record for the most Everest ascents. The pair have each managed to reach the summit an impressive 21 times.

Fact: Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit.

Fact: A Jacuzzi party was held on the summit of the mountain in 2007. It took 20 people to carry a portable hot tub to the summit, along with equipment able to withstand the cold.


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Matterhorn

Mount Fuji

Mount Olympus

Ben Nevis

Location: Switzerland

Location: Japan

Location: Greece

Location: Scotland

Elevation: 4,478m (14,692 ft)

Elevation: 3,776m (12,389 ft)

Elevation: 2,918m (9,573 ft)

Elevation: 1,345m (4,411ft)

First summiteers: Edward Whymper, Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, (England) and Michel Croz (France), July 1865

First summiteer: Recorded by an anonymous monk

First summiteer: Christos Kakalos (Greece), August, 1913

Fact: It was forbidden for women to climb Mount Fuji until 1868. According to legend, Mount Fuji used to be the abode of a fire goddess who would be jealous of any other woman in the vicinity.

Fact: During the Ottoman Empire, the mountain was a hiding place and base of operations for klephts – the Greek independence fighters battling against the Turkish Conquest.

First summiteer: James Robertson (Scotland), August 1771

Fact: The mountain was closed on 14 July 2015, the 150th anniversary of the first ascent, out of respect for those who have died on the peak.

Fact: In 1911, a 20 horsepower Model T Ford was driven to the top of the mountain as a publicity stunt by the Ford agents in Edinburgh. The car sank axle deep in the boggy ground and was hauled out by rope.

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Adventure against As founder of the 25zero Project, designed to save the Equator’s glaciers, environmental scientist and explorer Tim Jarvis won’t rest until the world collectively tackles climate change

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im Jarvis isn’t your regular environmental scientist. Granted, he holds Masters’ degrees in environmental science and environmental law, was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list, and has travelled the world as a speaker and motivator, extolling the benefits of renewable energy and warning of the dangers of climate change. However, he supplements this with a rather extreme passion for adventure. “The day I arrived at the South Pole having trekked from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf – the route Shackleton had intended to take on his expedition of 1914-16 – was an incredible moment for me,” Jarvis says to me from his base in Australia, having just flown in from speaking arrangements in New York. “It was the realization of a dream and something of an epiphany. It taught me about the importance of belief in your own ability and in striving to achieve big goals in life.” Jarvis has a fascination with the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration and with no one more so than that paragon of explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton. His admiration came to a peak in 2016, when Jarvis and a handpicked team of five attempted the almost mythological rescue mission Shackleton undertook during his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16. Shackleton sailed in a small, keel-less wooden life boat 720 nautical miles to the island of South Georgia, climbed three glaciers, and found help for the rest of his team alongside whom he had been trapped in pack ice for a year – a journey described

by many, including Everest climber Sir Edmund Hillary, as the greatest survival journey of all time. “To recreate it as Shackleton had done it was important, both to honour his achievement on the centenary of his original journey, and to bring us closer to what he went through,” says Jarvis, who then mentions off-handedly what this meant: six grown men huddled in a small boat, wearing non-waterproof clothes and leather boots; eating lard for sustenance and suffering sea-sickness; navigating using a compass, chronometer and sextant; and then, once on land, climbing a sub-Antarctic mountain range with a length of rope and nails pushed through the welts of their sodden shoes. When a man like Jarvis speaks, you listen. His latest project, 25zero, was inspired by his trek over South Georgia. Whereas Shackleton had to traverse three glaciers, Jarvis and his team had two to climb, with the third having melted. Wading through what was once the Koenig glacier, Jarvis realised that glaciers – and especially tropical ones – are the perfect way of showing global warming’s effect on the planet: “They are like the litmus paper if you like. The Equator is probably the last place you’d expect to find ice and snow, yet high in the mountains at zero latitude, 25 peaks still have glaciers. Warming temperatures are causing these glaciers to melt away. Within a quarter of a century, all the ice and snow will be gone. Twenty-five mountains at zero latitude + 25 years = zero ice.”

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Some of these tropical glaciers support local populations and natural habitats, such as in Ecuador, where seasonal melt provides water supplies for grassland and forest habitats, alongside cities and towns including the capital, Quito. For these glaciers, the time to act is now. By climbing each, and producing imagery at the summit, Tim hopes to send a strong visual message to world and business leaders that action is needed. Jarvis is unequivocal in his views on the glaciers, and the planet’s ecology in general: “It is vital that we act now to combat climate change. It is the biggest issue facing us, given the speed and severity of the change coming our way if we don’t act to halt it. All the science tells us climate change will cause increases to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events at both ends of the scale, namely rain and drought. “If Shackleton’s goal was to save his men from Antarctica, our goal surely now is to save Antarctica from man.” Find out more about Tim and the 25zero project at timjarvis.org and 25zero.com

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Land Rover reveals Project Hero, a drone-equipped new Discovery specifically designed to aid search and rescue missions WORDS: Bethan Rees

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Bespoke CP cases carry life saving tools

Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats

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Equipped with multiple frequency radio equipment enabling contact to be made in a variety of situations

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obbyists use them recreationally, militaries employ them for airstrikes and the Fire Brigade utilise their aerial capabilities to save lives. Now, the unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, is being used by Jaguar Land Rover. The company’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit has designed and engineered a bespoke version of the new Land Rover Discovery for use by the Austrian Red Cross. ‘Project Hero’ was presented to the world’s media for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show ealrier this year. It’s hoped the vehicle will help the Red Cross save lives by speeding up response times. With the drone airborne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’s emergency response teams, allowing them to assess emergencies faster. landrover.com

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As one of the world’s leading expedition and adventure travel photographers, Martin Hartley has garnered a global reputation for his polar photography. The City Magazine meets the man behind the camera

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t’s a mild, bright spring morning when I meet Martin Hartley. As I enter High Road House restaurant in Chiswick, I spot him immediately. There’s an air about the man, and a face furrowed by a life spent in the wild. Hartley has been at the pinnacle of adventure photography for more than 15 years, and, to date, has documented 20 unique polar assignments. His work has been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, the BBC and CBC, to name just a few media outlets. He is the current director of photography for Sidetracked magazine, and has won the Travel Photographer of the Year award, twice. So how did Hartley fall into photography? “Well, it started when I was five years old,” Hartley laughs, “but don’t worry, I’ll be brief… I got an adventure kit for Christmas, and in that was a plastic camera with a black and white roll of film. So I shot my first roll of film and I thought it was magic.”

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previous page Ann Daniels hauls her heavy sledge across unstable sea, near the North Pole in 2009 above Martin Hartley BELOW Camera Man Dan Haylock celebrates on Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia, at 800m, in 1999 ALL PHOTOGRAPY by Martin Hartley

Born and raised near the Lancashire Moors, Hartley soon gained a passion for the outdoors. “I used to pretend that I was an explorer as a child. I started with hiking, then mountaineering in the Lakes, then rock-climbing, then winter mountaineering up in Scotland, then the Alps, then the Himalayas, and so on and so on. It was a steady progression of climbing, exploring and taking pictures.” At the age of 17, Hartley was named runner-up in the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, and realised that photography could be a way of life. “My first major expedition was as part of a writing competition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme in 1993,” he explains. “It was to help Rebecca Stephens to become the first British woman to summit Everest. My writing was shit,” he chuckles, “but they wanted a photographer, and I got in.” From here, Hartley developed a thirst for adventure photography. In 1999, he embarked on his second major expedition to an unclimbed mountain range in the Eastern Pamirs, Kyrgyzstan. It was for this trip that he first secured corporate sponsorship. “We were sponsored by Motorola. They only came onboard two weeks before the trip, by which point I’d already sold everything I had to afford the expedition. That’s when I realised that there was a way of getting paid to do these sort of trips, because the first thing companies want is imagery to enhance corporate responsibility.” When I interviewed Hartley, it was only days before he set off on yet another polar expedition, this time as part of a team measuring the changing levels of sea-ice, amongst other things. “I’ll be photographing as part of a documentary for an environmental journalist based in the Netherlands. We’re going to ski the last 120 miles to the North Pole to see the state of the arctic now, and how that’s going to affect everyone,” says Hartley. “There will also be 12 CEOs on the expedition. Each one will discuss what negative impact their company might be having to the levels of sea ice in the Polar Regions, and what they’re going to do about it.” As the impact of global warming continues to rise, it is the Arctic regions that are most affected. “The weather is completely different now. The ice used to be locked into the landmasses around, but now it’s just a spinning disc. There’s a lot more water and you sometimes have to swim up to nine times a day.” So does Hartley have an active passion for scientific research himself ? “It’s almost irresponsible to go all the way to the arctic and not collect any scientific data,” he says. “Scientists are gagging for actual data, rather than theoretical models. So it’s very satisfying to be able to help get that for them.” Looking at Hartley’s work, we can only guess as to the effort that goes into capturing them. As Sir Ranulph Fiennes once said of Hartley, “I have experienced the polar world in all of its ferocity, when it is a challenge just to stay alive, let alone

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pull out a camera and take a photograph. Martin Hartley’s ability to take beautiful, powerful photographs, in the most difficult places to survive on our planet, is inspirational.” “When I first started, I didn’t have a clue how cold it [taking photographs in the high Arctic] would be. I had six cameras with me, and the first day I went out it was -430C, with a 48-knot wind, which brought the temperature down to around -710C, and at that temperature, nothing works,” Hartley says, casually. “I had to pick just one camera, stuff it under my jacket and run around for 20 minutes to warm the battery up. It was enough to capture six frames before it died again.” The trip he talks about is his 2003 expedition to capture images of Pen Hadow as he embarked on his North

much we are all physically capable of.” Hartley is testament to the statement. Having developed frostbite on three toes on the third day of a 100-day expedition, Hartley was unable to leave the ice due to bad weather and decided then to stay on, whether he lost his toes or not. “The thing is, when it goes black, you don’t know whether it’s dead or recoverable. I had three completely black toes, and luckily they all recovered.” You have to be a very particular person to seek out a lifestyle like Hartley’s, where the concept of ‘the everyday’ is so far removed from everybody else’s. “I’m off to pick up a narwhal tusk from a guy a few streets away, “ says Hartley as we leave. Need I say more? martinhartley.com; sidetracked.com

from top Pen Hadow testing his immersion suit and sledge flotation device in Resolute Bay, Cornwallis Island, in 2003; Ex-Royal Marine Charlie Paton carves his way through some decent chunks of sea ice en route to the North Pole, in 2010

“The first day I went out it was -430C, with a 48-knot wind, which brought the temperature down to around -710C – at that temperature, nothing works” Pole solo, in which he became the first person to reach the Geographical North Pole unassisted and without resupply. One of those shots recently made it onto the cover of Sidetracked magazine, the extraordinary adventure title for which Hartley serves as director of photography. “The big polar expeditions aren’t shorter than 70 days, and the longest I’ve done is 99 days, and that was certainly long enough. In total, I’ve spent almost 365 days on the ice and covered almost 2,000 miles.” What’s the hardest part of spending such long stretches in sub-zero temperatures? “It’s the cold that fucks with your head. The cold always gets in. Wherever there’s a weakness, it finds it immediately. It’s also not uncommon to spend up to 40 days living inside a glass of milk due to the profound white-outs, where all you can see is your ski-tips. But expeditions teach you that you’re far more capable than you thought. It’s amazing how

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inner of the Miwok 100k, the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler, the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler, and two-time champion of the famed Leadville 100, Anton Krupicka is as well known for his trail style as for his victories: his long locks of hair have seen him likened to Forrest Gump, and he often runs using super-lightweight trainers that his competition would deem completely inappropriate for the terrain. After breaking his leg in 2011, Krupicka started to widen his adventures, focusing on reaching remote summits and traversing huge ranges. The adventurer of the American West spoke to The City Magazine about his childhood, the mind-set needed for ultra-running, and what makes mountains so captivating.

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innate appreciation for the natural world. Each summer, my family would take a one or two week camping trip to National Parks all over the West. These were my introduction to the dramatic landscapes of the mountains and deserts. I started running as a daily practice in 1995 (initially, only one mile a day) when I was only 11 because I wanted to do well in my one mile time trial PE class. I caught the bug and never stopped.

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How did your first time making the summit of Pike’s Peak, Colarado, feel? Is it the same feeling each time you complete a run/climb? AK: My first time running up and down Pikes Peak was mid-November 2001, my first semester of college, after the XC [cross-country] season had ended. It was a pretty revelatory experience in that I was coming off a frustrating XC season and this run up and down a big mountain felt so much more natural and suited to my abilities than trying to run fast for 8k on a golf course. It opened my eyes to the fact that this form of running was what got me the most excited. Obviously, that feeling isn’t recreated every time I go running or climbing, but that deeper sense of feeling like I’m doing the right thing in the right place is definitely an ongoing motivation for continuing to make the mountains a big part of my life.

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Does running provide you with a link to the natural world? AK: Absolutely. On my family’s multigenerational farm, our lifestyle was all about self-sufficiency and developing an ethic that valued the land for its intrinsic worth and fostering a sense of place, not as a means of production. When I moved to Colorado for college, my outdoor pursuits – primarily running, initially – were the way that I stayed in touch with that ethic. What draws you to racing in the mountains, instead of traditional long distance running? AK: I’m not talented enough to experience success at more traditional long distance running. But, beyond that, I’ve always been interested in endurance and what my capabilities and limits are there. I mean, I ran a marathon when I was 12, obviously that curiosity has been there from the very beginning. Why was taking part in the Leadville 100 so important to you? AK: When I was in college, the Leadville 100 always seemed like this gigantic, somewhat impossible objective. How do humans run 100 miles? Trying it myself as soon as possible was inevitable, in that respect. However, its importance never really became defined until I’d finished it for the first time and the shift that effected in my attitude towards what I could accomplish in the mountains. After completing 100 miles for the first time, anything seemed possible. What are the major challenges when taking on an ultramarathon? Do you have a particular technique to conquer these monster tasks? AK: The major challenge in a 100-mile race is convincing yourself of your desire to continue beyond the 70 mile mark. That’s when these events really become tough. The main technique for overcoming rampant discomfort is stubbornness, and simply deciding that your discomfort doesn’t matter. Things take on whatever meaning we ascribe to them. If you can decide that your discomfort in the moment is no big deal, it becomes a lot easier to continue. However, the easy default is to stay mired

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in the first-person point of view that your discomfort is the overriding issue in the moment, so you have to fight to view something else as more important. In a race situation, that more-important thing should be getting to the finish line as quickly as possible, regardless of how much discomfort you’re in.

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After breaking your leg, why did you decide to widen your adventures? AK: Coming back from my broken fibula in 2011 I was looking for activities that didn’t have as much bodily impact as running. This opened me to scrambling the Flatirons [a rock formation in Colorado], which led me back into technical rock climbing. I quickly realized that the mountains had so much more to offer beyond simply running and that continuing to vary my activities even when I was healthy would make my life much richer. Subsequent injuries have made me further branch out into skiing and biking, and, to be honest, I’m thankful that I’ve found these new activities, as the singular focus on running now feels so limiting to me. What’s your aversion to t-shirts? AK: Personal choice. If the weather is appropriate, I find going shirtless to be the most comfortable and unencumbered.

1. Ultra Jacket, £140, Ultimate Direction, betaclimbingdesigns.com 2. UV Buff Anton, £15, Buff, buffwear.com 3. AK Mountain vest 3.0, £140, Ultimate Direction, betaclimbingdesigns.com

When Krupicka has to wear a shirt, he opts for Ultimate Direction: “Its products are all about facilitating human-powered activities, whether that be running, climbing, biking, skiing, or even commuting to your daily job. This is exactly my approach to outdoor activities as well: when possible, using your own legs, heart, and lungs to get the job done typically results in a more fulfilling experience.” ultimatedirection.com

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ast year, in a two day period in the French Alps, two climbers, a paraglider, a hang glider and a wingsuit jumper lost their lives. In May 2017, Seth Graham, a man from Utah, died while BASE jumping from a cliff near the Colorado River. Despite such tragedies, participation in extreme sports is on the up (parachuting from drones is even now a thing) and, thanks to advances in technology, if you’re an adrenaline junkie there’s no safer time to be alive. So, why are more and more people taking up extreme sports? In the latest edition of quarterly journal Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice, Professor Eric Brymer (Leeds Beckett University) and Professor Robert Schweitzer (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) set out to answer this question. Their findings debunk the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenaline junkies with a death wish. Instead, the report argues, such people push the boundaries of safety in order to experience life-affirming rushes. Brymer claims that there’s been a misunderstanding to the motive behind sports like rock climbing. “Our research has shown people who engage in extreme sports are anything but irresponsible risktakers. They are highly trained individuals with a deep knowledge of themselves, the activity they are doing and the environment in which they find themselves. These people partake in sports in order to have life-enhancing and lifechanging experiences.” Brymer goes on to discuss the experience participants feel.

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Why do people push themselves to the edge of safety? And what’s the physiological benefit of doing so? A new report sheds some light Words: BETHAN REES

“The experience is very hard to describe in the same way that love is hard to describe. It makes the participant feel very alive where all senses seem to be working better than in everyday life, as if the participant is transcending everyday ways of being and glimpsing their own potential.” The study likens the effects of extreme sports to meditation. “BASE jumpers talk about being able to see all the colours and nooks and crannies of the rock as they zoom past at 300km/h. Extreme climbers feel like they are floating and dancing with the rock. People talk about time slowing down and merging with nature.” People to whom dangerous pursuits appeal, could be those more inclined to seek positive psychological experiences. Taking yourself to the edge of safety, says Schweitzer, can instil a “sense of self that enriches everyday life”. Extreme sports can have a positive impact on mental health, too. Fear is considered a negative emotion, but Brymer describes how controlling fear can lead to “transformational” changes in one’s confidence and sense of self. According to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology, stressful encounters can assist in handling stress in everyday daily life. Often, the most dangerous of extreme sports require a special type of focus, in many instances, it’s case of life and death. In this way, BASE jumping and parkour can be seen as a kind of ‘mindful movement’, where a unifying bond is created between mind and body. It seems that what almosts kills you, only makes you stronger.

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A society dedicated to the discovery and research of the world’s wonders has its base in London – and it’s open to applications

The honourable membership of the Scientific Exploration Society

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Awardwinning Adventurers Recipients of the SES Explorer Awards 2017 include...

Dr Pramod Patil

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olonel John Blashford-Snell (or JBS for short) is the stuff of Boy’s Own dreams – 36 years in the Royal Engineers; expeditions to the darkest corners of the globe funded by emperors and aristocracy; round-the-world sailing with HRH Prince Charles. His life reads like the most fanciful of bucket lists, and at 80 years old, he’s nowhere near done: he’s just returned from the Colombian Amazonas after researching and helping the area and its 17 distinct indigenous groups. It all began almost 50 years ago, with the highly successful 1968 expedition along the Blue Nile. Invited to make the first descent of the infamously lethal tributary from its source by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, JBS took 60 highly-trained crew, mainly from his own Royal Engineers and the Ethiopian army down the river, using specially designed Avon inflatable boats. Hundreds of important scientific discoveries were made on the immense trip, from which the concept of white water rafting was born. JBS is living proof of the ideals behind the society he founded to explore and document the world: the Scientific Exploration Society (SES). “The aim was to bring together experienced servicemen and civilians on scientific and community aid expeditions worldwide and encourage leadership in that field,” says JBS. “Expeditions should have a purpose and not just be for the benefit of the participants. Sometimes it is seen that on an adventure one learns about oneself, whereas exploration is about discovering information, bringing back knowledge and helping the local people, environment and wildlife.” The concentration of explorers in the SES beggars belief – at a recent meeting, audience members were asked to raise their hand if they had completed the ‘Adventurers’ Grand Slam’ (reached the peak of the highest mountain on each continent, and both Poles). In a crowd of 50, ten people had achieved the feat, including Newall Hunter, who had mountain biked to Everest Base Camp in preparation for a Pole attempt. Sir Ranulph Fiennes is an honorary vice president, and Levison Wood recently took the SES flag on his successful traverse of the Darién Gap. The SES recently celebrated its latest pioneers at its annual awards ceremony, with winners sourced from across disciplines and country boundaries. For JBS, this is the future of both the Society and exploration in general: “Humans have always displayed curiosity and exploration is often about finding out why, where and when. SES’s future is to encourage and develop new leaders of worthwhile ventures. “Our award programme is especially aimed at this – exploration is an important part of human development.” Membership is open to anyone with the desire to explore and contribute to the world’s protection and development. The next expedition is to the lower slopes of Mount Kenya in January 2018, to help with wildlife studies and community aid. Applications are now open – details via ses-explore.org

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Dr Pramod Patil is a 31-year-old doctor of medicine who, during a previous expedition, noticed how the Indian Government’s medical provision was failing the country’s nomadic pastoral communities. He is undertaking a traditional camel ride through unexplored landscapes, to better understand the health culture of the nomadic peoples of the area, and find ways to help from a modern health perspective.

Rosie Stancer Award: Eric Hotung Medal

Rosie has undertaken multiple trips to both Poles, including her North Pole Solo expedition which had to be cut short after 86 days, just miles from the North Pole, due to concerns the fragility of the ice would be a danger to the pick-up plane she was to meet on completion. Now embarking on a 1000km trek across China’s Taklamakan Desert.

James Unwin

Award: SES Rivers Foundation Explorer

A 21-year-old zoologist and cameraman from the University of Exeter, James is embarking on an expedition to Kenya with fellow zoologist Hannah Pollock to find people who, in the face of civil unrest and poverty, have made it their mission to help conserve Kenya’s wildlife. James has built a bicycle-powered cinema to show his films across Kenya, to inspire local and national action.

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Laozi, Chinese philosopher

Accessible Adventure

Amazon River voyage

If you’ve got a marathon under your belt and you’re looking to take things to the next level, these expeditions – challenging but manageable for the usually desk-bound City worker – are the perfect next adventure

International Expeditions has been leading Amazon River cruises for 37 years, so it knows a thing or two about the river and its surroundings. The nature-focused, small group expeditions are run by expert local guides. The boat itself is luxurious, with capacity for 38 guests in various suites, a spa, and an upper deck swimming pool. The tour covers more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries, travelling deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve to search for monkeys, birds, sloths and pink dolphins. You’ll also visit the villages of the Ribereño people, calling in at schools and water treatment facilities. All year From approx. £4,177 ($5,348), ietravel.com

Sami reindeer migration expedition, Norway

This trip herding reindeer across the Arctic tundra is super-exclusive – only 12 people are allowed to do it each year. For eight days, you are welcomed into the fold of the venerable Sami people, a 4,000-year-old Arctic tribe, during their annual reindeer migration. This is a deeply immersive experience, gaining an insight into one of the oldest living tribes on the planet. Enter the ‘Land of Nothing’, where land and sky merge into one white wall. 16-23 April & 24 April – 1 May 2018

Approx. £4,628 per person excluding flights, turgleder.com, pioneerexpeditions.com

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Once the remit of the ultra-rich or the sponsored, the trek to Everest Base Camp has become much more accessible – at least, financially. The 19-day trek starts with a flight in a Twin Otter plane to Lukla mountain airstrip, from where you’ll walk through Buddhist Sherpa country, taking in stunning villages and monasteries in the Khumbu region, and the heart of Sherpa country in Namche Bazaar. As you acclimatise to the altitude, the trek ramps up with the hike from Gorak Shep along the Khumbu glacier to the final point at Everest Base Camp. Next stop, the summit… All year £1,750, themountaincompany.co.uk 64

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Salar de Uyuni salt flat, Bolivia/Chile It has to be seen to be believed. Salar de Uyuni, nestled in the Bolivian Andes, is the world’s largest salt flat: 4,000 square miles of salt stretches out like glass, home to Martian-esque flora, inquisitive alpacas and flocks of pink flamingos. Explora has led South American excursions for more than 20 years, including ‘travesías’ – nomadicstyle drives and treks cross-country. Eight or ten-day Uyuni travesías begin in either Bolivia or Chile. Not only do you trek part of the salt flat, but you spend two days in the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. You drive through the Licancabur Volcano mountain range and climb its neighbour, Tunupa, taking you 5,432 metres above sea level. You might have a car, but it’s a brave man who isn’t intimidated by the isolation of thousands of square miles of desert. All year From £5,200 single, £3,700 per person per couple, explora.com

Crossing the Sinai Worldwide sailing trips

Classic Sailing offers hundreds of excursions across the world for all abilities, beginner to sea dog. The trips vary in length, from a weekend off the British coast, to months travelling around Cape Horn or the Caribbean. You can circumnavigate the globe, if you pick the right journeys. The fleet of boats, many of which are Tall Ships, are made from wood, creating the organic man-and-boat feeling. The boats are always full, so going solo isn’t a problem as you’ll soon get shipmates – you’ll have to, as the boats can go for weeks without seeing dry land. You can learn both modern navigation methods and the way the ancient Polynesians did it. Trips contribute towards sea miles for marine qualifications. All year £99-£6,500, classic-sailing.co.uk

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If you’re yearning for some time away from the trappings of modern life, this 230km trek between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez is a good start. Taking inspiration from the Bedouin of the Sinai Peninsula, you’ll leave behind the frankly embarrassing amount of kit you’d think to take on normal expeditions, in favour of a nomadic, more minimalist travelling style. Collect firewood to roast food, help the Bedouin make fresh bread in the mornings, and immerse yourself fully in a cleaner approach to life. Adventure travel company Secret Compass say that one of the most memorable moments of the expedition is “waking before dawn to the chime of the brass coffee grinder following a night’s sleep wrapped in your Bedouin cloak”. Employing more than 40 Bedouin from five different tribes to assist the trek, you’re supported by the very best as you also climb several peaks.

16 September – 1 October 2017

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Edward H. White II becomes the first American to perform a spacewalk on 3 June 1965. An Omega Speedmaster can be seen on his left wrist © NASA

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a space Odyssey Associated with some of humankind’s greatest extraterrestrial adventures, the Omega Speedmaster has become one of the world’s most recognisable watches, 60 years after its inception

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Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42mm, £4,080 Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42mm, £3,520

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When conquering the world, you need a watch that’s been tested to the limit… Words: Richard Brown

For Deep-sea Divers

Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver’s, £10,195, Grand-Seiko

Available as of August 2017, Grand Seiko’s first mechanical diver’s watch is built to withstand pressures encountered in saturation diving down to a depth of 600 meters. Inside, a high-beat movement (36,000 vibrations per hour / 10 beats per second) was designed, milled, assembled and tested in Japan’s Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio, in which all of Grand Seiko’s mechanical watches are manufactured. The calibre, accurate to +5 / -3 seconds per day, is protected by special L-shaped seals. The bracelet has a sliding extension setting to accommodate pressure changes and to allow the watch to be worn over a wetsuit. Luminous markers every ten seconds ensure the legibility. grand-seiko.com

For Extreme Explorers

Emergency Night Mission, £16,870, Breitling

The ultimate adventurer’s watch, not only does the Breitling Emergency house a thermo-compensated ‘SuperQuartz’ calibre, thus making it ten times more precise than a standard quartz wristwatch, it is also the first timepiece to be equipped with a personal locator transmitter. Unscrew a protective cap and the Emergency – recently made available with orange or yellow accents, or a blue mother-of-pearl dial – will broadcast a distress signal to the closest search and rescue team. To date, the Emergency has helped rescue more than 20 individuals, including Richard Hammond from a mountain top in British Columbia during the last episode of the pre-Chris Evans Top Gear. breitling.com

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Breitling ambassador Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy completes a flight above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2012. His carbon-kevlar jetwing is equipped with four jet engines, each with a 22 kg thrust, propelling the Swiss aviator to speeds of 300 km/h ©Breitling

For JET Pilots

g-shock GravityMaster GPW2000, £635, Casio

The GPW2000, the latest in G-Shocks’ line of Gravitymaster watches, is engineered to withstand three types of gravitational acceleration: external shocks, centrifugal gravity and extreme vibrations. Three advanced time-correction systems – terrestrial radio wave reception, GPS satellite signal and Bluetooth transmission – make it one of the world’s most accurate watches, while eligibility is guaranteed thanks to a dial illuminated by a high-brightness LED. The GPW2000 displays latitude on an inset dial at 9 o’clock and longitude in a window at 6 o’clock. It will also present the current time in more than 300 cities. casio-watches.com

For Extreme Sportsmen

RM 27-03, £698,500, Richard Mille

For Racing Drivers

Defy El Primero 21, £9,100, Zenith

Zenith’s El Primero movement has remained the world’s most accurate series-produced stopwatch for the past 48 years. Earlier this year, the brand announced a new, 100th-ofa-second chronometer. While we’ve seen hundredth-of-a-second chronographs before, from both TAG Heuer and Montblanc, Zenith’s new Defy El Primero 21 integrates two separate escapements into one movement. The first, which tells the time, runs at 36,000 vph; the second, for the stopwatch, beats at 360,000vph. This enables a central seconds hand to speed across the dial completing one revolution per second. Press a pusher and the hand will stop at one of 100 splitsecond markers. Seconds are registered on a 60-second counter at six o’clock; minutes are marked on a 30-minute counter at three o’clock. zenith-watches.com

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Until Richard Mille proved otherwise, the thought of a mechanical timepiece surviving the 100+mph serve of a tennis ace seemed somewhat preposterous. Then the iconoclastic watchmaker created a model for Rafael Nadal who strapped it to his wrist and went on to win Roland Garros. That was in 2005 and more than a decade later the partnership continues to yield timepieces that defying common sense. The latest, the RM 27-03, is capable of withstanding 10,000 G’s of shock thanks to a ‘unibody’ baseplate that sees the removal of the case middle and the bezel and caseback assembled directly onto the baseplate —a type of racing-car construction that ensures maximum rigidity and greater resistance to impacts. richardmille.com

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silver scrEen The summer screens have returned just in time to get your tennis fix, watch Wimbledon and get involved in the atmosphere in Cabot Square and Canada Square Park

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he British summer is all about kicking back, relaxing in the sun, eating good food and watching a good bit of Wimbledon tennis. And nothing brings the crowd together quite like the healthy competition of a sports game. So why not bring those two worlds together and watch the tennis from Cabot Square or Canada Square Park this year? With big summer screens now set up, you can sit on the grass in the sun and watch the exciting matches unfold. What’s better you can even pop to The Grand Stand Bar in Canada Square Park for some drinks during the match, or get yourself a limited-edition goat’s milk ice

cream at Ace Cream, in partnership with Greedy Goat. Visit the delicious eateries close by, such as Ibérica La Terraza, Carluccio’s and Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, and pick up essential picnic items or pre-order a hamper from Tom’s Kitchen. Whether you leave the matches with a win or a loss under your belt, end your night in the best way by heading to one of the many bars and restaurants in Canary Wharf and getting yourself a drink or two and an evening meal. Shake Shack has exclusively brewed Ale and Lager and go to Parlour for some cocktails. ROKA has exceptional Japanese cuisine or head to Plateau if you fancy authentic French food.


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Dapper shorts and polo shirts are what you should be wearing this summer. Smart trainers, a good watch and some signature sunglasses will complete the look.

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Summer shorts, £80, GANT, Canada Place

Contrasting leather backpack, £229, Massimo Dutti, Cabot Place

Ja-Jo Ray Ban sunglasses, £134, David Clulow, Cabot Place and Jubilee Place

Soft leather plimsolls, £29.99, Zara, Cabot Place

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Will Andy Murray scoop up first prize again this year? Will Angelique Kerber get her chance at gold? These are the questions that tennis aficionadas up and down the country are asking in the lead up to the Wimbledon Championships. And with the BBC celebrating 90 years of broadcasting the renowned British sports game, you can guarantee that this year’s coverage will keep you at the edge of your seats, or blankets in this case. Be there to cheer on your favourite and watch all the action happen with the best seats in the house in Cabot Square and Canada Square Park.

Fedana, £30, Dune London, Cabot Place

Championship tennis dress, £125, Sweaty Betty, Cabot Place and Jubilee Place

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Dress for the occasion in stylish but comfortable apparel. Add some glamour with key accessories from around the Canary Wharf shops.

The Regent tote bag, £325, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place

Signature Sterling Silver bracelet, £150, Links of London, Jubilee Place Holly sandal, £129, Hobbs, Canada Place

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CITY STYLE On 11 June 2017, Kent & Curwen showcased its S/S18 collection, as part of London Fashion Week Men’s. The show took place in a hidden courtyard on Floral Street, Covent Garden, with creative director, Daniel Kearns and business partner, David Beckham, in attendance. kentandcurwen.com

Bright chung thing (p.76)

alexa chung debuts her first fashion line inside a london church

turning heads (p.90)

Turnbull & asser’s Dean Gomilsek-Cole is the ‘Peacock of Jermyn Street’

Preserve the beard (p.93)

endurance athlete sean conway on how to look after your facial fuzz


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er name is synonymous with setting trends. Whether that be swapping heels for loafers on the red carpet, cutesy pinafores, the festival classic Barbour jacket, Breton stripe top and ankle boot combination or cut-off denim shorts, once Alexa Chung has done it, so will the segment of the UK population aged 18-35. Having collaborated with a host of well-known brands, including M&S and AG Jeans, it makes sense that Chung has finally launched her own fashion line. She’ll be the creative director of the eponymous womenswear brand Alexachung. The first collection was unveiled at the Danish Church of Saint Katharine in Regent’s Park on 30 May. “I had been joking about marrying myself to this brand, which is where the wedding concept came from. I wanted it to feel ceremonial, to bring a sense of occasion to the unveiling of the collection,” says Chung. The inaugural summer collection ceremony was livestreamed via Chung’s website, and in the audience was Chung’s usual harem of fashionable friends – Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Jack Guinness to name but a few, alongside fellow designers Emilia Wickstead, Molly Goddard and Henry Holland. Models walked down the

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Going to the chapel and we’re gonna... get a front row seat for the first fashion label from model, TV presenter and style guru Alexa Chung

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aisle of the church to the sound of the Capital Children’s Choir, who belted out songs from Jefferson Airplane, Zombies and The Beach Boys. There was confetti cannons and a ribboned vintage Mercedes convertible sat outside – you could have easily mistaken the event for a wedding ceremony. After a decade of experience designing clothes for other brands, Chung returned to London from New York (where she was living) in 2016. She says that it was only after she had worked on a number of collaborations and creative projects with other fashion labels that she built the confidence to pursue her own business. The aim of her own brand, she says, is simply to make clothes that people want to wear. The collection starts at £75 ( for a T-shirt) and goes up (quite considerably) to £1,350 for a suede jacket. Alexa found inspiration for her first season through music. “It’s had a huge influence on my work,” she says. “I don’t think I’ll ever stop finding musical magicians compelling. Anyone who is authentic and true to themselves and original in being so bold as to follow their heart I find inspiring because it reminds me to pay attention to instinct and expression.” Now, most importantly, the clothes: Chung’s first collection is a smorgasbord of her style, present and past. In terms of the denim offering, you can buy jeans of all kinds – flares, boyfriend and dungarees, which would pair perfectly with one of the Alexachung T-shirts, such as one featuring an illustration of The Beatles’ George Harrison, sketched by none other than Chung’s father Phil. Ultimately a very wearable collection, it’s perfect for those teetering on the edge of tomboy. On one hand, you have tiered

The inaugural summer collection ceremony was livestreamed via Chung’s website, and in the audience was Chung’s usual harem of fashionable friends ruffle dresses and ditzy floral prints, and on the other, doublebreasted jackets and high-waisted suit trousers. There are original Rolling Stones member Brian Jones-inspired candy-striped flares, Marianne Faithfull-style leather minidresses and, arguably the star of the show, the ice-blue tailored suit which wouldn’t have looked out of place on David Bowie. The Alexachung brand is a see-now, buy-now operation and will work outside of fashion seasons and fashion weeks, released in four collections a year In true Chung style, the brand is prim and a little bit improper. Just like our favourite ‘it’ girl. alexachung.com

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1. Evelyne slides, £260, Moncler, moncler.com 2. Edge out slides, £298, Stuart Weitzman, stuartweitzman.com 3. Bow slides, £75, Fenty Puma by Rihanna, puma.com 4. Braided sandals, £473, Marco de Vincenzo, fardfetch.com 5. Kitty sliders, £325, Charlotte Olympia, charlotteolympia.com; 6. Rubber slides, £355, Prada, prada.com; 7. Pom pom slides, £165, Rae Feather, raefeather.com 8. Pool slides, £220, Miu Miu, miumiu.com 9. Floral flatforms, £183, Paula Cademartori x Kartell, paulacademartori.com 10. Hustle flats, £850, Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com

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1. Age Minimizing After-Sun Care, £148, Sisley Paris, sisley-paris.com 2. Butterstick Lip Treatment with SPF 25, £19.50, Kiehl’s, kiehls.co.uk 3. Salt Spray £21, Balmain harveynichols.com 4. Ginger Flight Therapy, £21, Aesop, aesop.com 5. City Skin Broad Spectrum with SPF 50, £45, Murad, murad.co.uk 6. Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, £33, ESPA, espaskincare.com 7. Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, £6.50 for 30ml, Liz Earle, uk.lizearle.com 8. In Transit No Traces face pads, £17, This Works, thisworks.com

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OLLIE WEARS Black sunglasses, £235, Saint Laurent, ysl.com; Jacket, £925, Squiggle shoes, £475, Vivienne Westwood MAN, viviennewestwood.com; Printed shirt, £155, Coach 1941, uk.coach.com; Jeans, £100, Hackett, hackett.com; Belt, £POR, Caruso, carusomenswear.com; Tiger watch, £1,430, Mr Porter x Gucci, mrporter.com; Ace of Spades ring, £200, The Great Frog, thegreatfroglondon.com; White socks, £12, Pantherella, Pantherella.com

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REECE WEARS Burgundy blazer, £POR, white shirt, £POR, Dsquared2,dsquared2.com; Striped waistcoat, £450, slim-fit striped trousers, £485, MR PORTER x GUCCI, as before; Black calfskin belt, £570, Dior Homme, dior.com; Studded loafers, £350, Coach 1941, as before; Bolo tie, £18, Rokit, rokit.co.uk; Engraved ring, £290, The Great Frog, as before; White socks, £12, Pantherella, as before

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PETER WEARS Black coat, £650, Grenfell, Grenfell.com; Black waistcoat, £115, black trousers, £195, DAKS, daks.com; Pink shirt, £120, Vivienne Westwood MAN, as before; Silk tie, £95, Richard James, richardjames.co.uk; Tie slide, £25, Simon Carter, simoncarter.net; Leather brogues in Burgundy, £550, Burberry, burberry.com; Glasses, £295 (ready to wear), £495 (bespoke), TD Tom Davies, tdtomdavies.com; Navajo ring, £380, The Great Frog, as before; White socks, £12, Pantherella, as before

Greased quiffs, tapered trousers and a whole lot of attitude, the Teddy Boys were the original rock ‘n’ roll stars

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PETER WEARS Kane, Blue coat, £980, Casely Hayford , casely-hayford.com; Waistcoat, £410, Joshua om; otland.c pringlesc , Scotland of Pringle joshuakanestore.com; White shirt, £195, es; Blue trousers, £575, Pal Zileri, palzileri.com; Navy silk tie, £69, Scalpers, scalpers. e Ferragamo, Calfskin shoes, £495, Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com; Watch, £990, Salvator ferragamo.com; Wallet chain, £570, The Great Frog, as before

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peter wears Grey coat, £1,800, Cerruti 1881, cerruti.com; Jacquard dinner waistcoat, £2,115, Billionaire, harrods.com; White shirt, £115, DAKS, as before; Navy trousers, £470, Vivienne Westwood MAN, as before; Bow tie, stylist’s own

OLLIE WEARS Check coat, £465, DAKS, as before; Green blazer, £1,185, green trousers, £395, Thom Sweeney, thomsweeney.co.uk; Purple knit polo shirt, £250, Pringle of Scotland, as before; White T-shirt, £25, COS, cosstores.com; Leather wingtip brogues, £795, Mr Porter x Gucci, as before; Silver anchor necklace, £80, Miansai, selfridges.com; Mia sunglasses, £143, Neubau, neubau-eyewear.com

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peter wears Wool coat, £970, Brooks Brothers, brooksbrothers.com; Shirt, £185, Private White V.C., privatewhitevc.com; Gold denim waistcoat, £265, A Child Of The Jago, achildofthejago.com; Black trousers, £80, AMI, amiparis.com; Burgundy knit tie, £65, pewter bird tiepin, £25, Simon Carter, as before; Shoes, £500, Vivienne Westwood by Joseph Cheaney & Sons, as before REECE WEARS Navy and black houndstooth suit, £1,550, Joshua Kane as before; Blue shirt, £235, Thom Sweeney, as before; Leopard print tie, £60, as before; Blue silk pocket square, £55, Richard James, as before; Blue loafers, £430, J.M. Weston, jmweston.com; Watch, £1,190, Salvatore Ferragamo, as before

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REECE WEARS White blazer, £299, Tiger Of Sweden, tigerofsweden.com; Red shirt, £610, Dior Homme, as before; Narrow jeans, £380, Berluti, berluti.com; Leather loafers, £485, Mr Porter x Gucci, as before; Black silicone watch, £1,250, Versace, watchshop.com; Bolo tie, £18, Rokit, as before PETER WEARS Camel coat, £1,200, Kent & Curwen, kentandcurwen.com; White shirt, £200, Cerruti 1881, as before; Cotton tailored trousers, £380, Stella McCartney, stellamccartney.com; Tartan waistcoat, £245, A Child Of The Jago, as before; Green knit tie, £105, Drake’s, drakes.com; Patent leather Oxford shoes, £335, Crockett & Jones, crockettandjones.com; Silver tie slide, £25, Simon Carter, as before

OLLIE WEARS Navy jacket, £690, Emporio Armani, armani.com; White evening shirt, £695, Burberry, as before; Burgundy trousers, £230, Vivienne Westwood MAN, as before; Grey suede creepers, £115, Underground, underground-england.co.uk; Pocket square, £60, Drake’s, as before; Bolo tie, £18, Rokit, as before luxurylondon.co.uk | THE CITY Magazine

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Reece wears Black herringbone trench, £POR, Caruso, as before; Blue jacquard suit, £725, Richard James, as before; Slim-fit cotton jacquard shirt, £345, Mr Porter x Gucci, as before ; Blue and pink silk tie, £85, DAKS, as before; Black Heinz sunglasses, £121, Neubau, as before

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reece wears Double-breasted suit, £POR, Caruso, as before; Shirt, £400, MR PORTER x GUCCI, as before; Satin tie with 18ct rose gold plated tip, £249, 18ct rose gold plated tie slide, £35, Mocaro, mocaro.co.uk; Black leather loafers, £370, Crockett & Jones, as before OLLIE WEARS Wool coat, £940, Theory, theory.com; Blazer, £545, trousers, £240, Paul Smith, paulsmith.co.uk; Orange shirt, £510, Pal Zileri, as before; Off-white T-shirt £49, Maison Labiche, as before; Leopard print shoes, £695, Christian Louboutin, as before; Portland watch, £200, Vivienne Westwood MAN, as before

PETER WEARS Tweed topcoat, £1,495, Burberry, as before; White shirt, £195, Kent & Curwen, as before; Blue waistcoat, £115, DAKS, as before; Grey trousers, £465, Versace, versace.com; Navy tie, £POR, Caruso, as before; Brown brogues, £425, Pal Zileri, as before

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reece wears Black coat, £POR, Dsquared2, as before; Black shirt, £470, black jacket, £2,700, black trousers, £820, Dior Homme, as before; Loafers in black calfskin, £650, Jimmy Choo, as before; Silk tie, £70, Vivienne Westwood MAN, as before OLLIE WEARS Orange jacket, £2,030, orange trousers, £1,420, Roberto Cavalli, robertocavalli.com; Black ruffle shirt, £690, Ermengildo Zenga Couture, zenga.com; Black and white shoes, £795, Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com; Tiger cufflinks, £690, Mr Porter x Gucci, as before; Bolo tie, £18, Rokit, as before

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ollie wears Black cotton ja cket with white stars, £1,400, Ph Short sleeve grey ilipp Plein , plein shirt, £210, Stell .com ; a McCartney, as Cream cotton te before; e, £49, Maison La bi che, maisonlabich Tiger embellish ed leather brac e.com ; elet, £400, MR PO Beard comb, £9 RTER x GUCCI, as .50, Captain Fawc before; ett’s, harveynichol s.com

stylist: Graham Cruz grooming: Brady Lea @ Stella Creative Artists, using ColorProof and Dr. Haus Models: Ollie Pearce @ Nevs, Reece Sanders @ Next Models and Peter Mynch @ AMCK Models With special thanks to: The Walpole Hotel in Margate, Kent. Built in 1914 by Louisa and John Budge, it survived World War One, and extended in 1927 to double its size. It’s open from 1 May – 30 September every year and has 84 bedrooms. For more information, visit walpolebayhotel.co.uk

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turning heads The Dean of Turnbull & Asser has opened applications for new customers

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hen looking for a head of design, brands can have a hard time. The partnership between Turnbull & Asser and Dean Gomilsek-Cole could easily be described as a match made in heaven. Turnbull & Asser, one of the old guard of London’s sartorial clout – 132 years old and still going strong – has been dubbed the ‘Peacock of Jermyn Street’ due to a level of pattern and colour experimentation rarely seen in English tailoring. Gomilsek-Cole, brought up in the Norfolk Broads, cut his teeth at brands including Gap, Henri Lloyd and Timberland. It’s fair to say that he’s no stranger to left-field dressing: one look at his Instagram page would have Joseph reaching protectively for his Technicolour Dreamcoat. Listening to the designer, among the motorbike and fashion Dean Gomilsek-Cole paraphernalia he has accrued in his office in Turnbull & Asser Towers (South Street, Mayfair) – Gomilsek-Cole is an avid biker, and takes part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride every year – it’s evident that he’s also something of a frustrated screenwriter. “Each season has a story. I’ll write the story, and then the collection is how we’d dress the characters”, says Gomilsek-Cole. “We literally design their wardrobes. So, for autumn/winter 2017 for example, we have the story of these historical characters, called Mayfair Tales, about these imaginary gangs in Mayfair: there’s the Jermyn Street Jokers, the Berkeley Square Bullyboys, and the Savile Row Stranglers.

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“We’ve created all the little secret symbols that are woven into some of the ties and pocket squares. They’ve all got their own little tie knots, colourways of things that they wear, and it’s a great little narrative.” The story idea has certainly re-energised T&A since the designer’s appointment in 2013. This year’s spring/summer collection, for instance, channelled the glamour years of 1970s Formula One, with bright pastels and hand-painted racing helmets. This strong sense of eccentric style has garnered deep loyalty from customers since the brand’s beginnings. At a Chatsworth House exhibition, House Style, curated by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, T&A was dotted throughout the history of the Devonshire family. HRH Prince of Wales is an avid customer, as are his sons. Indeed, T&A’s fanbase has helped create an incredible archive of clothing, documenting the history of the brand. For Gomilsek-Cole, this is invaluable, and testament to the quality of the creations: “This is the only brand I’ve ever worked at where people send products back not because they’re faulty, but because either they don’t fit them anymore and they want us to keep hold of them because they’re beautiful pieces, or someone’s passed away, and a relative has been instructed to send the shirts back. “I have a really nice handwritten note from a man which says ‘I’m sending my shirts back to their maker, as I’m about to meet mine’. It was beautiful. Can you imagine sending back a Prada or Tom Ford shirt to put into an archive? It just doesn’t happen.” When I ask him to describe the archetypal customer, the genuine ‘Turnbullist’, Gomilsek-Cole pauses. It’s difficult to pin the brand down, its eccentricity lending itself to a wide ambit of personalities. The brand has, however, seen a move towards a larger female following, with a substantial cohort of young female bespoke customers taking their place at the front of the queue. “It’s really anyone who’s looking for good quality and is an optimistic person,” he finally replies. “It’s not all doom and gloom – they’re not afraid to experiment with colour. Someone who’s a bit interesting, really. It could be as simple as that. We’ll find something for you.” You never know: a trip to Jermyn Street might just bring out your inner peacock.

how much pattern is too much pattern? DG-C: My thing is having about four different checks at the same time. One of the guys took a picture of me and put it on Instagram, and half of the comments were, “that looks really interesting” and half of them were, “who is this guy, he’s an absolute mentalist”. That’s the kind of brand we are, it’s a Marmite situation. If you love us, you really love us, if you hate us, you think, “what the hell is going on”. We’re a brand that really gets a strong reaction, both positive and negative, but that’s not just me, it’s been like that since the ’60s and ’70s. They used to get hand-written letters of complaint about the shop windows on Jermyn Street, and the guys would have them on the wall as a badge of honour – look at that, at least we got a reaction from someone. Then they had other people coming in and saying “saw the shirt and tie, I’ll take it as it

Opinion corner Gomilsek-Cole doesn’t hold back where his sartorial stance is concerned...

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is”. I like to keep that momentum going, with things that stop you in the street. I don’t want to be a bland brand. There’s plenty of them out there, who just want to go with the flow, and give people whatever that season’s trends are – that’s fine, that’s your bag, it’s not for us. I think having some more subtle stuff is good – there’s as much design work in the subtle designs, but it’s for someone who isn’t confident enough to do that pattern play. You can go overboard. If you have four different checks, similar scale and the colours are off, it just looks like you’ve been in an explosion in a haberdasher’s, everything has stuck to you and you’ve gone “oh, that’ll do”. I love people who experiment. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth doing. It’s just a bit of fun. It’s very English to play with those types of things; that’s something we forget.

If the suit fits... DG-C: What I dislike more than people experimenting with patterns – get it wrong, I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong – is fit. Even if you can’t afford bespoke, you can take shirts or jackets to a little local tailor, even second-hand, vintage stuff, and just have them tailored. Don’t get something that’s too big or small, try and make an effort with fit, then you can look a million dollars without spending a million dollars. That’s the thing that really gets me, when I see people wearing a really nice fabric in a suit, and it’s really too small for them, too tight, or too big. I was at my brother’s wedding last year, and we had the whole hired top hat and tails suit. They’re awful, because they try to fit everyone and they fit no-one. You have to go along with it, but I wish I could’ve taken it to my tailor and had it altered.

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ean Conway is the first and only person to cycle, swim and run the entire coast of Great Britain. Since selling his business in 2011 for £1, Sean has climbed Kilimanjaro in a penguin suit, completed the record-breaking 4,200-mile triathlon around Britain, and grown a beard potentially unrivalled in the world of adventure.

“I grew my beard back in 2013 in order to protect my face from jellyfish stings while I spent four and a half months at sea swimming the length of Britain”

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“I shampoo my beard and hair and use various beard oils. I don’t use soap (unless I have oil on me from my old Land Rover). I just use water: The things in soap aren’t good for your skin”

“Beards do stop jellyfish tentacles touching your skin but the downside is they can get caught up in your beard. I once swam through a huge patch of phosphorescence and they all stuck in my beard. I looked like a Christmas tree. It was awesome”

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“I trim it as little as possible as I believe it gives me super powers. That said, I trim the moustache to make eating less messy. I used to trim the sides too, but nowadays I’m going for an overall bigger beard rather than a styled one”

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Modern-day Samson, Sean Conway, gives us his tips for sustaining a statement mane

“The best advice I have for skin is limit UV exposure. I grew up in Africa, and have seen how bad people’s skin looks, and how poor quality it is when they get older. It really isn’t worth it to get burned, so cover up”

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“Truthfully, grooming is at the bottom of the list during a challenge. I have a cut-in-half toothbrush to save weight and occasionally will use free shampoos in hotels to wash my clothes, but that’s about it. I need to focus on racing”

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head out on the highway (p.96) full throttle on a royal enfield, from andalucia to the sahara

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Organising bespoke, two-wheeled expeditions on vintage motorbikes to some of the most spectacular places on the planet, Legendary Motorcycle Adventures does exactly what it says on the tin Words: Hugh Francis Anderson

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y tyres rumble over the boulders of a dry riverbed, the sun blisters the desolate landscape around me, and, in the distance, I can see the swaying boughs of a cedar forest beckoning me forward. The Atlas Mountains, Morocco, a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet beneath me and miles between us and the nearest town. In recent years, the concept of adventure motorcycling has grown exponentially. When Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman released their circumnavigation motorcycle documentary, Long Way Round, back in 2004, a new opportunity dawned for the everyday motorcyclist to pack their things onto a bike and hit the open road, with nothing in mind

We ride back into the hinterland, the smooth asphalt shimmering in the baking sun except excitement and escapade. Cue the creation of Legendary Motorcycle Adventures (LMA). After a life-affirming road trip into the Sahara Desert, Sam Pelly and Ed Talbot founded LMA to offer the thrill of motorcycle adventure to those who simply can’t afford to drop everything and leave for months at a time. “This is more than just a travel experience,” says Pelly. “LMA is a conversation around how to live a truer, more authentic existence.” Having joined the company in northern Africa, I couldn’t agree more. We make the final preparations to our trusty Royal Enfield’s at Talbot’s farmhouse in Andalucía, Spain, before a gentle ferry takes us from Algeciras to Tangier Med, where we are hit by the might of the Moroccan landscape. It’s dusk and the light is fading, the glow of the sun casting the desert peaks around us in enchanting hues. I’m overwhelmed by both the beauty and the enormity of it all. Our spot for the night lies 100 miles south, and as darkness falls,

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It may not be unchartered territory, but it’s unknown to us, and that’s enough to make it a voyage into the wild so too does the rain. The roads become slippery, the headlights on the little Bullet’s struggle to penetrate the black, and we’re all riding on the edge of our seats, adrenaline coursing through our veins. I know on this, our first day, that I’ll leave the trip with life-changing memories and, with luck, lifelong friends, too. Having ridden motorcycles for many years, I have often found myself explaining the thrill of riding to non-riders. Pelly and Talbot, though, have their own way of explaining the joy of motorcycling. “It’s the freedom,” says Ed, “the total involvement in the journey and the heightened sense of awareness which derives from relaxed vigilance.” Pelly goes further: “There is an immediate connection to everything around you, the wind, the road, the landscape; I find it liberating and thrilling.” Waking early on the second morning in the heart of the Rif Mountains, we load our bags into the support truck, which comes in the form of Talbot’s beautiful 94’ Range Rover Classic, and head for Chefchaouen, Morocco’s famous ‘blue’ city. For hours we wander around the souks and medina’s, inhaling the richness of Moroccan culture; it’s warmth, it’s smell, the determination of market traders to haggle the price of just about everything. Although it was not on our

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need to know Prices at LMA start at £1,800 based on a five-day adventure, which includes motorcycles, fuel, food, tents and a support crew. Prices excludes flights and motorcycle gear, legendarymotorcy cleadventures.com This article was supported by the Moroccan National Tourist Office, muchmorocco.com

(roughly) planned route, we wanted to explore this vibrant city, and the very nature of any adventure calls for the unexpected. With LMA, anything goes. You have complete sovereignty over the journey you’re making. There may be a final destination, but the journey is yours for the making, something that must be wholeheartedly applauded. We ride back into the hinterland, the smooth asphalt shimmering in the baking sun and our Bullets purring happily beneath us. We pass the Roman ruins of Volubilis and settle amid the olive groves surrounding Moulay Idriss for the night. Our swag tents are unrolled, a fire is lit, the guitar is passed around, and a bottle of whisky is shared as we laugh the night away. Another early morning, another awe-inspiring vision from our campsite. I’m longing to get back on the road, as I know we’re approaching the Atlas Mountains. We ride to Azrou, stop for coffee, get a puncture, fix the puncture, get another puncture, spend three hours on the side of the road as locals run to and fro to find new inner tubes, and finally continue on our way. True adventure comes from the unpredicted. Soon the elevation increases, and the winding road cuts a deep furrow in the woodland that has suddenly surrounded us. Macaques climb in the trees, and as we continue to climb, the air becomes crisper and crisper. We pull over, the Range Rover has overheated during the climb, and, as it cools, I take the opportunity to rest my eyes beside the road. “It may not exactly be unchartered territory,” I think to myself, “but it’s unknown to us, and that’s enough to make it a voyage into the wild.” Sometime later, we continue along the endless, lonesome dark road. Within half an hour, the scenery has changed completely. We’ve gone from the arid, sandy landscape of Meknes, through dense, monkeyfilled cedar forests, and now, some 4,000 metres above sea level, we’re in a world that looks more like Outer Mongolia than Morocco.

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t’s big, luxurious and unashamedly urban – the new Land Rover Discovery is the most desirable SUV on the forecourt after more than 20,000 were sold before the car was even launched. The latest model needs to be brilliant to compete with school run favourites like Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. It also has to beat a raft of SUVs that weren’t around when the original Disco was launched way back in 1989. Larger than the Discovery Sport, the new Discovery is priced from £43,495 and offers the practicality of seven seats and loads of luxury kit. If the outgoing Discovery traded on utility looks and box-like styling, this model is pure sophistication. There are soft curves everywhere, while the lightweight aluminium chassis means it’s an incredible half-a-ton lighter. That means added agility, sportiness and extra economy. There’s still plenty of off-road ability to cope with the muddy stuff too, but can the new Disco dance its way around the on-road competition? Here’s what it’s up against…

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small wonders suv urban runabouts

Nissan Juke Nismo RS (from £22,000) Loaded with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, this is an SUV with a staggering turn of speed. A 215bhp hot hatch city car with more space and practicality than a SuperMini. Pricy but the school run will never be quite the same again.

Jaguar F-Pace (from £35,000) Jaguar has kept out of the SUV market for years – largely because it would tread smartly on the toes of sister brand Land Rover. However, the new F-Pace is the prettiest SUV I’ve ever driven. Only the Maserati Levante can rival it for looks – and that entry-level Italian costs £53,000. For that spend, the F-Pace is offered with a supercharged V6 engine than can mix it with a Porsche Boxster. Even though it only boasts part-time fourwheel drive and no third row of seats, the Jaguar should prove more than capable –

Verdict: Urban bomb

with enough ground clearance to make it to the country cottage on the weekend. It’s not as sporty as a Porsche Macan but inside the cabin is a masterclass of modernity, with a cutting edge infotainment system flashed up on a 10-inch screen. The basic, 2.0-litre diesel version can return up to 60mpg, the boot is roomier than a BMW X3 and there are plenty of options to personalise. Verdict: style and substance

BMW 225xe Active Tourer (from £32,000) A four-wheel drive, hybrid mini people-carrier. This is a luxury five-seat SUV that works best in the city, thanks to a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a plug-in electric motor. Commute up to 20 miles on pure electric power. Managed 55mpg on the motorway. Verdict: Brilliant if pricy

Audi SQ7

(from £71,000) How fast should an SUV go? Audi seems to think rather quickly. With a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo diesel V8 pumping out 435bhp, the sumptuous SQ7 will dispatch a 0-60mph dash in under five seconds. Considering the pricy SQ7 is such large vehicle and based on the same platform as the Bentley Bentayga, that’s quite remarkable. And the big Audi certainly looks the part. I’ve always thought the Q7 had an air of menace but the S is positively sinister. Quad exhaust pipes, wide tyres and a gaping front grille are enough to frighten off a traffic warden. Inside, it’s less threatening. The Audi MMI infotainment system is pretty straightforward. You can spend a small fortune on ‘extras’ but the £1,300 head-up display is worthy of mention. Verdict: Expensive but joyously quick

Mitsubishi ASX (from £16,000) Small SUVs don’t come much prettier than the ASX, it’s also a bit of a bargain. The high driving position is great around the city. Inside, the cockpit can’t match the exterior promise. The option of two-wheel drive means the ASX can achieve over 60mpg. Verdict: the practical choice

Fiat 500x Cross Off-Road Look (from £19,000) Choose from two or four-wheel drive and a slightly bewildering line-up of models. The Off-Road Look (not to be confused with City Look), has chunky body mouldings and a beefier stance. Some versions will manage 70mpg. Verdict: A 500 for grown-ups

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Land Rover Discovery Sport (from £31,000)

Hyundai Santa Fe (from £31,000)

It’s hard not to like Hyundai’s largest SUV. For the money, it’s exceptionally good value, looks fantastic and has the option of seven seats. A step up from the Nissan X-Trail, the 2.2-ltre Santa Fe locks horns with the Discovery Sport. It may not boast the same cachet as the Land Rover badge but don’t let that put you off. The Hyundai feels more spacious inside and has an awful lot of equipment as standard. SE models feature 18-inch wheels and parking sensors – Premium versions offer panoramic sunroof and heated front and rear seats. It’s a big machine for urbanites but the Santa Fe has an excellent safety rating and one of the best warranties available. Refinement could go up a notch but otherwise what’s not to like. Verdict: Roomy family pleaser

Jeep Cherokee (from £32,000) Eye-catching looks and a legendary name on the bonnet, the Cherokee should have the edge over the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota RAV4. The problem is price. The Jeep instead finds itself up against more premium brand rivals from Germany and it lacks the refinement to be competitive. There are a range of diesel engines to

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choose from, plus a powerful V6 petrol. However, the Jeep just can’t compete with better urban offerings from Audi and BMW. Although the Cherokee has acclaimed performance off-road, interior comfort, sluggish engines and no-thrills driving appeal mean it lags behind the pack.

The Discovery Sport was a replacement for the long-serving Freelander. With no Defender model at present, the Sport is currently the entry-level Land Rover vehicle. It might lack the fashionable looks of the Range Rover Evoque but the Sport is more practical, with the option of seven seats. Just one engine is available – a 2.0-litre diesel with two power outputs. The Sport is a joy to drive in the city or countryside, even if performance doesn’t live up to the name. Pay extra for the ninespeed automatic gearbox and you have ultimate refinement. Inside, the cabin is a joyous blend of style and functionality. Even the entry-level model has Bluetooth, DAB radio, heated seats and half-leather trim. There’s little not to like about this SUV. Verdict: Class-leading refinement and practicality

Mercedes GLC (from £36,000)

Mercedes was late to the compact SUV market but the GLC has become a key rival to the BMW X3 and Audi Q3. Good to look at inside and out, it has the same premium brand feel of costlier models in the German manufacturer’s range. And it’s no pseudo SUV either. All versions feature four-wheel drive and are remarkably good off-road. Oddly, there is only one engine choice – a 2.1-litre diesel available with two power outputs and decent economy (almost 40mpg in the larger 250d). Both are adequate rather than pleasing, helped by a standard, nine-speed automatic gearbox. A little more driver focus to the handling and steering would put the Mercedes firmly on top. Verdict: Smooth looks, unexciting drive

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Into the Wild After years of obscurity, Bhutan has become the go-to spot for upscale outdoor experiences, with the remote and unspoilt country now welcoming the likes of Bill Gates. Josh Sims meets the man responsible for getting the well-heeled off their yachts and into the jungle

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Population: 743,000 Landmass: 38,394 km2 (double the size of Wales) Capital city: Thimphu Official language: Dzongkha

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o those who want to strike out into genuinely unknown territory, adventure holidays these days can seem anything but daring. “People are certainly much more conscious of health and safety and regulations,” concedes Anthony EddiesDavies, founder of Live the Adventure, the first travel company outside of Bhutan to be officially accredited by the Bhutanese Tourism Council. “I remember when we’d go into bars in Kathmandu with a slide projector and just announce to everyone there that we were leaving on an eight-day rafting trip the next day - ‘and who’s with us?’ It worked too. You don’t get so much trade on the street these days.” But Eddies-Davies is a man used to refining his sense of spontaneity. He had a timely lesson in the unforgiving nature of some environments – aged 21, the guide, educator and rescue instructor was in Nepal to climb a 6,000m peak when, on the summit day, his leader told Anthony he would be going home; the effects of altitude meant he had unknowingly just spent 45 minutes tying up his boot laces. But, all the same, the episode only encouraged Eddies-Davies to better his knowledge of the country. “Mention Bhutan to a lot of people and their first reaction is ‘where is it?’ That’s if they’ve heard of it at all. Most people give a blank look – and then confuse it with Borneo.” After six years working as a tour guide, Eddies-Davies received a call that would forever tie him to the country. "I got a call from the royal family in Bhutan,” he recalls. They wanted him to map the country's river system, which ran – unlike the solitary cross-country road – north-south, in order to provide unprecedented access to Bhutan's deep interior. It later became clear that the rivers were virgin territory: he’d be leading a team of cartographers and environmentalists where no man had gone before.

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has been key in making the Tour of the Dragon an international event. That, for those who prefer their cycling pot-hole-free, is considered the world’s toughest one-day mountain bike race, covering 268km over four 3000m ascents. “It’s like riding up and down four Alpine passes in a day,” he says. But what really makes Bhutan special, according to Eddies-Davies, is the opportunity it presents to enjoy extreme sports at a more leisurely pace. “There’s nowhere else where you can get to the top of a pass that then allows a two-hour downhill mountain bike ride without having to pedal,” he says. “And the river-rafting and paddle-boarding is amazing.” If Eddies-Davies seems particularly appreciative of the potential for water sports, it will be because the river mapper and one-time youngest canoeing instructor in the UK is also all too appreciative of water’s potential for danger: his sideline is in instructing various services, including the Metropolitan Police’s special ops teams and the Qatar Navy, in water search and rescue. “I still put myself into a fast water environment of the kind you wouldn’t normally want to be in because the only way to spot the wrong actions others might make is to know all the possible scenarios yourself,” he says. “People typically have little idea of the forces involved. Ask them to walk across a stretch of water and they see it’s shallow and assume they can. But the force of it could still move most cars. Bhutan’s rivers are so slow-moving, you can raft or paddle gently for days, and because the river system allows you to get deep into the country you can step right up into one of those amazing temples.” Eddies-Davies still has a soft spot for Nepal – “that too has the big mountains and beautiful valleys, as well as the most friendly people you’ll ever meet, with so little but happy to have so little too,” he says. “I joke that my ABOVE A Bhutan monastery THIS IMAGE A monastery in Bumthang

“You’ll rarely see other tourists here. There’s no air pollution. It still has unclimbed mountains – and a government that’s determined to make sure some of the mountains stay that way” “There were no maps to go by, so we planned as far as we could using only Google Earth,” laughs Eddies-Davies. “We knew the worst-case scenario would be to end up in a high-sided canyon with sudden rapids we couldn’t get out of. But that idea of going where nobody had been before was hugely exciting. There were a couple of tricky parts – when we had to spend a day moving all the kit 20m downstream around boulders. But on other days everyone was quiet. We were just awed by the place.” Indeed, Eddies-Davies was so taken with Bhutan that – despite it being a largely closed society ( for those unsure, it’s a landlocked Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, bordering China and India) – he believed it to be ripe for a certain type of tourism – a type that went beyond the visits to ancient temples, monasteries and fortresses that have, to date, been the focus for the few westerners to make it into the country. For those who like their nature wild, there’s the Manas, one of the largest unspoiled regions left on the planet and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But, he surmised, for those who like their action wild, the terrain – from subtropical plains to mountain ranges and, of course, plenty of rivers – Bhutan offers plenty more. It has some of the hardest trekking in the world, for example, and now has some of the longest, most spectacular zip-wires around, while Eddies-Davies

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local barber is in Kathmandu, and I still get my hair cut by him four times a year.” Back in Bhutan homegrown tourism is slowly gaining momentum. Eddies-Davies himself is training its key institutions in best practice, service standards and regulations – in part because the government is keen to develop the industry as an alternative to the potential destruction by logging of its extensive forestry. Bhutan recently gave its forestry protected status, meaning tourism will prove increasingly central to its economy. If you visit now, says Eddies-Davies, "you’ll invariably be away from people – you’ll rarely see other tourists here. There’s no air pollution. It still has unclimbed mountains – and has a government that’s determined to make sure some of the mountains stay that way. “The challenge will be keeping the balance between protection and opening up Bhutan to outsiders. You can see the change happening. Some would call that a shame, but it’s the kind of change that needs to happen. If a single track road that gets washed away every monsoon is replaced by proper, two-lane road, that's a good thing for the people who live there. That’s good to those who want to explore this wonderful place too.” Live the Adventure offers tailored trips to Bhutan, combining kayaking, white water rafting, cycling and trekking, livetheadventure.co

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breaking the ice

On 1 July 1867, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia united to create the Dominion of Canada. As the country celebrates its 150th anniversary, Hugh Francis Anderson discovers a land of jagged, ice-capped mountains and frozen alpine lakes ripe for all manner of extreme sports

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he windscreen wipers beat furiously as I desperately try to keep my eyes on the road. A fierce breeze flurries powder from a nearby snowdrift into the air. In the distance, I the headlights of a freight truck move towards me; the only reference point I have in the otherwise featureless white. I open the window to clear the condensation and a -25 degree wind blusters in. I’m on the Trans-Canada Highway, driving through Jasper National Park, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. This Rocky Mountain road trip began with a flight into Edmonton, Alberta. The first thing you realise about Canadian winters is that they’re cold, really cold. With temperatures sitting at around -20, it almost hurts to breathe. The cold here is dry, bracing, just about manageable. I have week-long list of adventures ahead. The first day, it’s straight onto fat-bikes and a cycling tour of Edmonton. The route takes us through the city centre, past the might of the Alberta Legislature Building, and out onto the cross-country skiing tracks that line the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. An active lifestyle is the norm in this part of the world, where people appear unfazed by the cold. Heading onto the river, frozen solid and capped with a foot of fresh snowfall, it’s difficult to fathom that beneath my feet millions of gallons of water is flowing. I travel on to the famed Edmonton Ice Castles; 10ft-high walls of sheer ice, roofs formed by icicles, and numerous tunnels,

There’s something quietly magical about being pulled through a powder-white fantasia by eight dogs

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slides, thrones and walkways; it’s a phenomenal place to behold. Returning the fat-bike, I head towards Jasper, deep in the Rocky Mountains. When we arrive, the snowstorm I’ve been powering through for the past two hours shows no sign of abating. Foot upon foot of snow is piled beside the road. Thanks to the surrounding Rockies, intimate Jasper is an adventureseekers paradise. The next day is spent with the Cold Fire Creek dog sledding team. When I arrive, after a wild drive through snow-covered forestry tracks, it’s to howling hounds, itching to run through the mountains. And run they do. There’s something quietly magical about being pulled through a powder-white fantasia by eight dogs, where all that can be heard is the gentle glide of the sledge. It’s like being in a Jack London novel. “They’ll run for four hours before needing a break,” says owner Amanda Sinclair. “They’re so resilient, they were made for this, they love it.” Back in Jasper, a herd of elk has nipped down from the forest to parade along the high street. It’s magnificent, and goes to show the quiet nature of this small town. Although the light is fading, my day is not yet done. After a short stroll down the main road, I meet Chris Krupski from Maligne Canyon Adventures, who will lead the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk. During the winter months, the once wild river becomes an ice-ensnared cavern, where you can walk along the frozen water, which at this time of the year is some five metres thick. Head-torches on, we’re off into the forests that surround the canyon. Although

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eerie in the frozen chill, it’s utterly spectacular. Once over the safety barrier and down the steep bank, we’re onto the frozen waterway. “This place is magical at night,” says Chris. “The ice almost feels alive.” The following morning, I rise early and drive the short distance to Marmot Basin, an intimate yet highly versatile ski resort on the outskirts of Jasper. What I’m most impressed with here is the quality of snow. After 50cm of snowfall overnight, the conditions are sublime. I have never skied in such powderperfect conditions. Deep into the afternoon, the snow remains like icing sugar. The next day, my journey continues 200 miles to Banff along the Ice Fields Parkway. One of Canada’s iconic landmarks, the spectacular road that cuts its way through the very heart of the Rocky Mountains. I’m blown away by the enormity of the white-caped, jagged mountain peaks that rise endlessly around me. This wintery nirvana, however bleak, holds unimaginable beauty.

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Forty metres above the canyon floor, I suddenly appreciate the adrenaline-inducing appeal of climbing Celebrating its 150th year this year, Canada is offering free entry into the national parks for all, My stop tonight is the Sunshine Village ski resort, 15 minutes west of Banff. Only accessible by gondola, it is one of the largest resorts in Canada, with over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. As I rise, the sun begins to set, and my accommodation for the night, Sunshine Mountain Lodge, is cast in a golden light. I have a feeling that I’m going to rest well. The seemingly endless, near-perfect pistes of the Sunshine Village basin are triumphed only by the sublime off-piste opportunities available from the resort’s highest point on Goat’s Eye Mountain. It’s clear why this is one of the most popular resorts around Banff. Unlike Jasper, Banff is a luxury destination, filled with numerous eateries and high-end brands. After travelling through the bustling centre, I find Fairmont Banff Springs on the outskirts of town. It is a vast establishment, and appears like a magisterial palace through the dense pines. Inside, it is traditional North American luxury, with no expense spared. As the sun rises on another clear morning, I drive deep into Banff National Park to Johnston Canyon. Meeting Jesse from Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, who will be my guide for a day of ice climbing, we walk into the forest and up the canyon, where walls of

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ice shoot up the gorge. “This looks good,” says Jesse. “I think you’ll get a good feel for ice-climbing here.” So I clamber over the barriers, stumble down the steep bank onto the frozen river, and watch in anticipation as Jesse free-climbs the wall of ice to insert the anchors that will take our weight, should we fall. At 6ft6 and 17 stone, I’m a little dubious. However, after an in-depth tutorial, I’m pining to start climbing. As the first pick grinds into the ice – and takes my weight – I know this is going to be an incredible experience. Once at the top, some 40 metres above the canyon floor, with nothing but sheer ice and air below my feet, I suddenly appreciate the adrenaline-inducing appeal of climbing. I pledge to try this again. The following morning, I ski another of Banff ’s nearby resorts, Mount Norquay. A much smaller offering, with just 28 runs, it is the perfect spot for a day of relaxed skiing. As I amble along the gentle runs, it dawns on me that I’m heading back to London the following day. My Rocky Mountain road trip has been a phenomenal escape into the wilderness, where breathtaking scenery merges with adventure. A place of utter wonder, where you truly feel insignificant to the immensity of the mountains, for untouched nature, the Canadian Rockies is hard to beat. Over eight days, some 1,200 miles, and an unacceptable amount of maple syrup, I leave with a profound love of the place. I wholeheartedly believe all who visit would too.

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orn in the area, lives in the area, works in the area. Graham Lawes is a familiar face around SE3 or SE10 (Blackheath and Greenwich), having been there his entire life. Lawes tells us which pubs to go to, how to negotiate a complicated market and about his formidable team. What are your main responsibilities as a director? GL: I handle the day-to-day running of operations, structuring my team’s days so they know what they are going to be up to, who they’re calling back, what appointments they’ve got and so on. You were born and bred in Blackheath. How has this helped you as an agent? GL: I love it around here. I made a very conscious decision years ago to work locally, probably born out of laziness to start with and I’m not a big fan of commuting. JLL is a big organisation but it still has its local roots. All of my team live locally, we’ve been here a long time, we’ve moved the same people three or four times. Being local definitely gives me the edge as an agent, because people around here are similar to me. Also, the fact that I still live here speaks volumes about the area itself. A lot of my pitch is formed on the back of people understanding I know this area very well. I can give them the reassurance. I do go to the local

butchers and the local florist, I get it. How does the clientele differ between the areas of Blackheath and Greenwich? GL: You get the best of both worlds with Blackheath and Greenwich. Blackheath is more an older established market, not quite as transient as Greenwich, where there’s a three- to five-year turnaround. Blackheath is more 15-25 years, if at all. We’ve got the best position in Greenwich, pole position. Next to Cutty Sark DLR… we are most people’s first port of call, everyone knows where we are. What do you like about the SE3 and SE10 areas? GL: The mixture of property from £300,000 ex-local authority flats to £3million Georgian houses overlooking Blackheath. We don’t pigeonhole ourselves into one type of property, we go across the spectrum. I find it very safe, everyone is respectful and polite. There’s a real mix of people here too. From students to investors, to people who have been here forever. It’s a micro-community and it’s a very difficult area to leave. My only criticism is that the pubs close a bit too early… How do you and your team handle the tumultuous market? GL: This is a tricky market and one where good agents will thrive. You have to display great leadership to motivate your staff if they

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haven’t been in a market like this. Vendors will need speaking to a lot more – they’re probably not getting traffic and footfall that they would get in a different market. At the minute, anyone who is looking is serious about moving and we like that, but there are fewer of them. Any forecasts for the year? GL: My prediction is that we will have a very good September and that will ease us in to a very strong end of the year. The economic climate is a disrupter. Once the Brexit negotiations have started and Theresa May has her house in order, people might start moving. It’s not all bad news. We’re doing a roaring trade on those people that need to move, for schools for example. You can’t play this market and hope for huge capital gains, but your money is better in bricks than it is in the bank. Describe the office dynamic... GL: Some very formidable characters, all very independent, all very knowledgeable. However, we don’t know everything. In this industry, you never know who’s going to come through those doors. Old heads on young shoulders in my team, all been here more than 10 years, very competent with any challenges. We’re really good at putting a deal together, and massaging it through

to completion. Our success rate for sales completion is extremely high, definitely higher than the industry average. What’s the best part of your job? GL: I love the challenge of meeting new people with new challenges. I’m not a fan of shrinking violets, I want someone to give me a bit of a hard time. That goes from a vendor, to my wife, to a mortgage broker, to a banker. Favourite pub in Blackheath and Greenwich? GL: In Blackheath, it’s got to be the Princess of Wales. It’s an obvious choice when the weather’s nice. I seem to gravitate to the pubs on Royal Hill in Greenwich. The Cutty Sark pub is where I had my first pint of beer – I won’t tell you what age I was. I loved it then, and I love it now. Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to your dream dinner party? GL: Stephen Fry and Graham Norton – after a few drinks that guy would tell you anything. I would love to have a drink with Oliver Reed. Best advice you’ve been given? GL: “Marry that woman” (about my wife).

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Breezers Court, Wapping E1W 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, reception room, kitchen. The apartment benefits from high ceilings and period features, such as exposed brickwork and warehouse style loading bay doors onto a Juliette balcony. Approximately 75.6 sq m (814 sq ft). Share of Freehold. EPC:D Office: 020 8166 5375

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Guide price: £1,275,000

St Johns Wharf, Wapping E1W 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, reception room with open plan kitchen. This beautiful dual aspect apartment offers a host of warehouse features and character throughout including exposed brickwork, high ceilings and exposed beams and joists. Approximately 126 sq m (1,356 sq ft). Share of Freehold Office: 020 8166 5375

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FOUND Your perfect tenant. Let with Knight Frank. Our local expertise and global network mean that we can find a reliable tenant for your property; and with an average tenancy of nearly two years, Knight Frank not only helps you find them – but keep them as well.   Call us today on 020 8166 5366 to arrange your free market valuation.         Guide price: £875 per week

Great Jubilee Wharf, Wapping E1W

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An exquisite example of a classic riverside warehouse conversion. Arranged over two floors, this stylish property has been finished to an excellent standard with classic and elegant fixtures and fittings. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fitted semi open plan kitchen and balocny with spectacular views across the river. Concierge. Available partially furnished or unfurnished basis. EPC: C. wappinglettings@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8166 5366

All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £276 will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit KnightFrank.co.uk/tenantcharges

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Guide price: £1,850 per week

Sandpiper Court, St Katharine Docks E1W A spacious and light 3 bedroom penthouse apartment overlooking St Katharine Docks. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, 2 large terraces and 2 private balconies with views of the dock and there is also 24 hour concierge. Available furnished. EPC: D. wappinglettings@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8166 5366

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FOUND Your perfect tenant. Let with Knight Frank. Our local expertise and global network mean that we can find a reliable tenant for your property; and with an average tenancy of nearly two years, Knight Frank not only helps you find them - but keep them as well.

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A modern two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with private terrace to rent in Cashmere House part of the luxury Goodman’s Fields development. This apartment comes with access to the onsite gymnasium, swimming pool and spa, plus 24 hour concierge and private cinema room. EPC: B

All potential tenants should be advised that as well as rent, an administration fee of £276 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit KnightFrank.co.uk/tenantcharges

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Guide price: £400 per week

Stepney City Apartments, Stepney City E1 Large 1 bedroom character apartment to rent in this portered development. This immaculate property comprises a large open plan living space, with separate studio/bedroom area,  a substantial mezzanine bedroom, fully fitted kitchen and modern bathroom. The property has numerous character features, plus lots of storage and is available immediately. EPC: D

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Newark Street, Aldgate E1 A Georgian House for sale with four bedrooms One of the best houses in E1. Built in the early 19th century and now Grade II listed, the house is sited opposite the beautiful St Augustine with St Philip’s Church. EPC: D Approximately 223.5 sq m (2,406 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £2,295,000

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EXPERT VIEWS

The Knight Frank Canary Wharf office give us its perspective on the current market and the months ahead

KIRAN SANDHU SAles team associate AT KNIGHT FRANK CANARY WHARf As we continue into the summer market with the General Election behind us, east London as a whole remains an area in high demand. Canary Wharf and the surrounding areas have seen a steady stream of demand over the past six months in light of the EU referendum and election from both owner-occupiers and investors alike. The appeal of the area has many aspects, namely a diverse and multicultural population that incorporates an excellent mix of financial and office workers attracted to the vast array of shopping amenities, bars, restaurants and arts events. Part of the appeal of Canary Wharf is the choice of property styles, from large family houses to warehouse conversions and riverside apartments, and the area offers incredible value with the most sought after properties being centrally located or having fantastic River Thames views. There are also some fantastic new apartments that are currently being built to satisfy the demand with price ranges to suit all buyers. These apartments offer the highest specifications and a plethora of in-house amenities thus offering a complete package. We expect the demand to continue, with the new Crossrail Station in Canary Wharf having an added appeal to the already impressive transport links in the area. At the same time, sellers need to be realistic with pricing as the concern from domestic buyers is in relation to the purchasing costs, with the changes made to the Stamp Duty Land Tax having an increasing effect on affordability. London remains a global powerhouse and it is imperative to have the right agent with a global marketing capacity to attract the international buyers.

CHRISTOPHER PAXTON ASSOCIATE and head of lettings AT KNIGHT FRANK CANARY WHARf It has been a while since I have taken the opportunity to write this column and this has mainly been down to the fact that I was exhausted at the thought of writing a column about the depressing and harsh market conditions. However, I am pleased to say that in my eyes the winds have changed. Yes, the market is tough but it’s working and there are deals to be had. We remain in a tenant’s market, but only just. Rent decreases have slowed down over the past couple of months and as we enter the summer months, applicant numbers will increase and we will finally be on level terms. With no further new build completions in the area until later in 2017 and the uncertainty in the sales market due to the election being a thing of the past, stock levels will begin to drop and it will be time to

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calm the market with pricing back to a steady level. Even with Article 50 being triggered, the corporate applicant levels remain strong and we have seen an increase in overseas banks now considering Canary Wharf again as the pricing is so much more reasonable than in previous years. Marketing and pricing brackets are still key for Landlords to get the right tenant, quickly. We still face the battle of dummy stock on the portals, so launching at the right price is vital and the timing has to be perfect. Landlords still need to consider higher end agents who don’t rely just on portals and who use their brand and reputation to find applicants. The summer and sunnier times are just around the corner and the uncertainty in the market behind us. For Landlords and Tenants, it is imperative that you use the right agent who will guide you through these changing markets and lead you on the right path.

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Beckenham BR3 Set within a gated development of just six houses, is this stunning five bedroom townhouse.

£1,125,000 F/H Five bedrooms

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Chislehurst BR7

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Set on 3.5 acres and overlooking Chislehurst common, is this charming four bedroom detached house.

Handsome detached residence positioned on the south side of West Wickham, with potential to extend (STPP).

£2,250,000 F/H

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Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 Guide £1,100,000 • • • •

4/5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 3/4 reception rooms Period semi-detached townhouse

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Conservation area Rear garden Approx. 1,749 sq ft (162.5 sq m) EPC: C

Braddyll Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 Guide £720,000

• 2 bedrooms • Period terrace house • Conservation area

For more information, call Graham Lawes 020 8858 9986 or email salesgreenwich@eu.jll.com

• Garden • Approx. 668 sq ft (62.0 sq m) • EPC: E

22 College Approach Greenwich SE10 9HW

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Insider Knowledge

The aftermath of the General Election raises questions regarding the future of housing market policy

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he General Election last month has given the country pause to consider the type of government it needs in the Brexit negotiations. The right leadership is, of course, crucial for the United Kingdom from a political standpoint, but will also directly impact the economic trajectory this country takes for many years to come. Under Theresa May, the country has some political continuity, but a coalition government provides the economy with less stability. The short-term impacts are uncertain and this could drag on housing market activity if clear political leadership does not emerge quickly. It is likely that we will see some ministerial shake-ups in the coming days and weeks. For the most part, big changes would be unfortunate with respect to senior housing market posts, notably the loss of housing minister Gavin Barwell. It will be crucial that the new champions of housing market policy in government can reaffirm commitments to the current policy direction, rather than create further disruption or uncertainty. Importantly for housing supply, the policy direction, as set out in the White Paper on building more homes across the

range of tenures, will be upheld. Supporting new methods of delivery such as Build to Rent and off-site construction are also emerging and exciting sectors that will expand the pace of housing delivery.

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JLL believes the housing crisis deserves greater ambition and bold action from the new government. This requires cross-party support to de-politicise solutions and to provide longer-term backing for new solutions. We call on government not to lose sight of the key domestic policy challenges. It is vital that the British government can forge a deeper commitment to housing supply solutions, recognising the common purpose of a wide range of stakeholders in the private sector. jll.co.uk; 020 7337 4004

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Boutique Parkside Living

Wake up to Parkside King’s Cross. A collection of new apartments designed with flair, set amongst manicured parks and gardens. Just a few minutes walk to the most well connected train stations in London. Prices from £1,425,000*.

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A truly exceptional six bedroom penthouse apartment located in a prestigious Chelsea development. This property has undergone extensive refurbishment and offers fantastic living/entertaining space with the additional benefit of four terraces, six bathrooms and underground parking for three cars, energy rating c. Dexters Chelsea 020 7590 9510  

Huntingdon Street, N1 £2,850,000

This six bedroom early Victorian home is located in Barnsbury and boasts nearly 3,000 sq.ft of internal living space spread over five floors. There are three reception rooms with an open plan kitchen, two bathrooms and a paved garden, energy rating d. Dexters Islington 020 7483 6373

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Northchurch Road, N1 £1,450 per week

A stucco fronted semi-detached villa perfectly located in De Beauvoir. This property has three reception rooms with an open plan kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Further benefits include a conservatory and a south facing garden, energy rating e. Dexters Islington 020 7483 6374

Three Colts Lane, E2

From £460pw to £840 pw A selection of one and two bedroom apartments in an exclusive development. With communal areas such as large roof terraces with BBQ facilities, meeting room, TV and games rooms and lounge areas. The block also benefits from a 24 hour concierge and lifts to all floors. Dexters Shoreditch 020 7483 6372

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Tenants fees apply: £180 per tenancy towards administration, £60 reference fee per tenant and £144 towards the end of tenancy check out report (all inc VAT).


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New luxury residences, ready to move into • Located opposite Borough station for the Northern Line • A mix of luxury apartments, penthouses & sought-after freehold mews houses • 24hr concierge service • Some with views of The Shard & the City • 2 year Crest Nicholson warranty & 10 year NHBC Sales Suite open daily: Mon 12 - 7pm, Tues to Fri 11am - 7pm Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm 180 Borough High Street, SE1 1LH brandonhouse@crestnicholson.com

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INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO Enjoy luxurious Zone One living with Crest Nicholson Live in style in SE1: the amenities, design and access to London can’t be beaten Each home at Brandon House has been carefully designed to reflect the needs of modern city living, providing residents with a chic central London base to call home. Properties at Brandon House have been created to maximise light and space throughout, with large, open-plan living rooms incorporated into the design. All homes have access to at least one private terrace or balcony, providing some much sought-after outdoor space within a prime city-centre location.

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rest Nicholson has two state-of-the-art developments in the heart of London’s coveted SE1 – Brandon House, Borough, and Valentine Place, Southwark. Both high-specification developments offer residents luxury living combined with excellent transport links.

If you’re looking for a quieter pace of life, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the boutique Valentine Place development in Southwark is the ideal place to call home. This popular development comprises 42 one-, two,- and three- bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplexes, and five mews houses nestled around a secluded central courtyard garden. Each home has been expertly finished to the highest standard, boasting interiors with contemporary, understated elegance throughout, as well as state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom appliances. At Valentine Place, residents will also enjoy fantastic transport links, with Waterloo station and Southwark Underground station just a five-minute walk away. Despite its proximity to the bustling South Bank and major transport hubs, Valentine Place is a surprisingly quiet sanctuary from the city, where residents can relax in the peaceful communal courtyard garden. Immersed in the rich history of the surrounding area, the building was previously a flour mill and bakery, and Crest Nicholson has worked hard to ensure that the original façade of the building reflects its heritage.

A city commuter’s dream, with dedicated concierge

Brandon House is a luxury collection of one-, two,- and threebedroom apartments, two-bedroom duplexes and two- and three-bedroom townhouses. Recently named ‘Development of the Year’ at the Property Wire Awards, the first phase of residences in this new landmark development are now ready to move into, with prices starting from £684,995. Residents at Brandon House will benefit from being situated directly opposite Borough Underground Station, providing fantastic connections to the financial district of the City. For those working in professional and financial services, Liverpool Street is just 12 minutes away, and Canary Wharf can be reached in 15 minutes, making Brandon House an ideal commuting location. Brandon House also enjoys its own dedicated concierge team, for added security and complete peace of mind. The team provides a friendly service, designed to accommodate the needs of a busy working life, and will be on hand to assist with bookings, delivery services and housekeeping. This state-of-theart development also offers 44,000 sq ft of commercial floor space.

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SE1 – A prime central London location Both luxury developments are positioned in London’s coveted SE1 neighbourhood, where the legal, financial and media industries meet. Valentine Place is an ideal location for culture vultures and art lovers alike – situated just moments from The Old Vic theatre and within easy reach of both the National Theatre and The Globe. Foodies will rejoice at Brandon House as it enjoys the world-famous Borough Market moments from its doorstep.

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The vibrant and eclectic setting of Bermondsey Street is also just a short walk away from both developments, offering an exciting mix of Michelin-star restaurants, independent cafes and boutique shops to explore at weekends. If that’s not enough, residents of both developments will also be within walking distance of the South Bank, home to several of London’s iconic landmarks, such as the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern art gallery. To find out more about Brandon House, visit brandonhouseSE1.com, or call Crest Nicholson’s sales and marketing team on 0203 437 1107. To find out more about Valentine Place, visit valentineplaceSE1.com, or call Crest Nicholson’s sales and marketing team on 020 3437 1294

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Kidbrooke village, se3 If you are looking to experience village life but still want to get into central London in just over 15 minutes, then Berkeley Homes’ Birch House at Kidbrooke Village in the Royal Borough of Greenwich could be for you. Designed by award winning architects Studio Egret West, Birch House will be the focal point of the village. Each apartment has a unique open plan design. Kitchens provide the backdrop for integrated appliances and natural lighting arrangements, while master bedrooms with mirrored sliding wardrobes and timber veneer features offer sumptuous spaces. One of Birch House’s most exciting features is the Sky Lounge, open exclusively to its residents. Offering a perfect escape from busy city life, this tranquil space is the perfect place to meet with friends and neighbours or use for an earlymorning yoga session. Residents will also have access to luxury facilities including a new gym, 24-hour concierge service and the Kidbrooke Village Zipcar share club, removing the cost of car ownership. Birch House will be situated next to a beautifully landscaped central piazza with a wealth of retail and leisure facilities including Sainsbury’s and a Young’s pub. The landscaping extends throughout the development for residents to enjoy – from Cator Park to the ponds and wetlands in Sutcliffe Park. The new homes will be in close proximity to the newly rebuilt train station, making Kidbrooke Village the ideal location for buyers looking for a tranquil space still near the city. London Bridge is accessible in only 16 minutes, Canary Wharf in 22 minutes and Victoria in 29 minutes. Christophe Egret and David West, founding partners of Studio Egret West, said: “The architectural inspiration came from the landscape of the new Cator Park. We saw tree-lined paths converging towards the location of Birch House and thought it

would be a great idea to extend the park up the building. The material palette takes inspiration from the colours in Gustav Klimt’s painting Birch Forest. “Klimt was the master of balancing colour and texture to construct depth, and the use of shades of white, tints of green, and rich golden red tones are reflected in the use of bronze and green rainscreen panels and a blend of silverwhite bricks, which we hope will create a close relationship with the landscape.” Prices start at £562,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. Threebedroom apartments start at £660,000. Kidbrooke Village’s Sales and Marketing Suite is open from 10am to 6pm (8pm on Thursdays) and is located at Wallace Court, 40 Tizzard Grove, Greenwich, SE3

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LIVE IN THE CENTRE, RUN IN THE PARK Birch House – 2 and 3 bedroom apartments A village lifestyle. A quick commute. A landscape full of greenery. A tasty cup of coffee in the morning. An easy ride into the city for an evening in the West End. Only 16 minutes to London Bridge*. Call a member of the sales team on 020 3733 7214 to arrange a viewing. Sales & Marketing Suite open daily 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm). Wallace Court, 40 Tizzard Grove, London SE3 9FD. Computer generated images of Birch House and the interior at Kidbrooke Village are indicative only. * Timing is approximate only. Source: www.tfl.co.uk. Information correct at time of sending to press.

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GREENWICH MILLEnNIUM VILLAGE, SE10 Greenwich Millennium Village, a joint venture between Countryside and Taylor Wimpey, supported by the Mayor of London, is an active, welcoming community situated one stop from Canary Wharf and just a few minutes from central London. One of the most exciting and innovative residential neighbourhoods in Europe, GMV offers everything a community needs to grow: thoughtfully designed modern homes, excellent transport links, a health centre, shops, leisure facilities, green open spaces and the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted-rated Millennium Primary School. Offering the very best in modern living, the new collection of three-bedroom überhaus homes offer views over London and each has access to multiple outdoor spaces in the form of terraces or balconies. More than just penthouse suites, the split-level überhauses are specifically designed to maximise space throughout each room and ensure that every drop of natural light floods the interior. The spacious open-plan kitchen flows into both the living and dining area, with large glass doors opening onto the first of four balconies, providing great views and offering the prime place to entertain guests outdoors. To complement the forward-thinking design, the überhauses

are built to a high specification. Kitchens are contemporary, featuring stone grey gloss units, sleek handleless doors and white stone tops. Providing generous facilities to cater for a multitude of guests, all properties feature a range of high-quality integrated appliances. Bathrooms radiate luxury, with white suites, chrome accessories and walnut finishes. On the peninsula, 50 acres of land has been developed as parkland, including the on-site four-acre ecology park, with feature ponds, where residents can relax and watch the fascinating variety of wildlife that lives in this urban oasis. Residents can also take advantage of the huge amount of green open space with landscaped courtyards and a new eco play area, a welcome addition as part of the village for children to explore safely. All of this, and yet the world-famous O2 Arena and all its leisure and entertainment attractions are just a short walk away. Despite feeling altogether somewhere else, GMV is just two minutes from Canary Wharf via the Jubilee Line, or 19 minutes from Bank station in the heart of the city via the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Thames Clippers provide frequent services from North Greenwich Pier, while the Emirates Air Line cable car connects quickly and easily to the Royal Docks on the opposite side of the Thames. The three-bedroom überhaus homes are available from £774,995. The Marketing Suite and show apartments are open daily from 10am - 5pm.

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