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SUMMER IN THE CITY Our man about town Nick Savage looks at London’s best roof-top bars and restaurants for those looking for a little luxury during the glorious summertime evenings


THE RIVIERA ROUNDUP As the Fashion and Textiles Museum celebrates Riviera style with an exhibition showcasing swimsuits, bikinis, boat necks and burkinis, Tiffany Eastland looks at the resort wear suitable for a seaside sojourn


THE UTLIMATE ITALIAN JOB Lee Brooks gets behind the wheel of a Fiat Abarth 595 and a Ferrari California to explore the beautiful scenery and rich motorsport heritage of Italy


ELECTRIC DREAM Jeremy Taylor travels to Miami to find out whether all-electric racing cars are the future of motor racing


TOP OF THE RANGE The ultimate golf resort is a precious luxury. From the west coast of Scotland to the shadows of the Atlas Mountains, Rowena Carr-Allinson explores the retreats where five-star comforts are par for the course







NEWS: THE CITY EDIT The commodities and consumables topping our wish list this month


LIFESTYLE: LIFE AFTER THE CITY After 8 years working in the City, Robert Tateossian talks to The City Magazine about his move into luxury men’s jewellery


COLLECTION: history in the making Annabel Harrison takes a closer look at the Watch Art Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London, taking place from 27 May until 7 June at the Saatchi Gallery


FASHION: FAST TRACK As  the sun shines brighter, we look at the season’s cutting edge men’s design wear, for those who live life in the fast lane


MOTORING HIGHLIGHT: LOUNGE LIZARD The City Magazine looks at Volvo’s revolutionary new lounge concept, shedding light on the futuristic world of automotive interiors


LIFESTYLE: TECH TALK This month we weigh up the most advanced smartphones to hit the market


ART & INTERIORS: WHAT LIES BENEATH Mark Westall introduces us to yet another artist on the cusp of greatness, Judy Chicago


HOMES & PROPERTY: INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO The results of the general election appear to have had a stabilising effect on the prime London property market. As such, we’ve selected the three most prestigious new developments to look at

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ow that social media has turned our lives into a continual game of self-comparison and one-upmanship, pictures of us living the high life have become sought-after commodities. Get a snap of yourself sipping something like a ‘Peruvian Swizzle’ while you’re several hundred feet above London, backlit by the city’s skyline, and you’ve hit jackpot.

Last month, a birthday, a leaving party and a couple of ‘work’ engagements meant that I was lucky

enough to live the ‘high life’, quite literally, at four of London’s loftiest restaurants in the space of three weeks. It takes the tally of elevated eateries I’ve visited in the capital to eight – only Oxo Tower remains, “Sometimes the sun penetrates through the cloud and Londoners experience a manic cocktail of serotonin and vitamin D - Which is when to make for the capital’s best rooftop bars”

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and, from what I’ve heard, I’ve not missed much there. What all these restaurants rely on, of course, are the views. Trouble is, as soon as you’ve seen the capital from the clouds once, the quirk quickly becomes a fad. After the wow factor wears off, you’re simply paying a premium for the scenery. The reason Sushisamba trumps its rivals is because it offers more. Stunning interiors, the highest outdoor terraces in Europe, and a spicy

mix of culture, cuisine and music means it outperforms its competition at every turn. Expensive? Preposterously so. The cheapest bottle of sparkling plonk is £75; there are only two bottles of red below £45; and 1kg of Kobe beef will cost you £1,000. But beyond the panoramos they offer, the other skyscraper restaurants are forgettable, monotonous, boring. Sushisamba reigns supreme. It even serves Peruvian Swizzles. Now, if only I were one for Instagram.

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bar, mini nightclub and basement event space. Sophie’s is the hotel’s glasshouse restaurant where the weather is the wallpaper so that you are provided with 360-degree views of Dublin; while huge comfy sofas, a 70-inch Samsung Smart TV, a bar, a kitchen and a turntable complete the Games Room, which can be hired with or without a bedroom. The hotel is located in the centre of town, a stone’s throw from some of Dublin’s most well-known restaurants and bars. Perfect, then, for a romantic weekend away, or not-so-salubrious stag do. Rooms from £85 per night,




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Wheeler’s Return Words: matthew slaney


t’s the oldest fish brand in the world and it’s back in the City after a 20-year hiatus. Wheeler’s, founded in 1856, first arrived in London on Old Compton Street, arriving by way of Whitstable, Kent. Counting, amongst others, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Walt Disney as its regular punters, the London outpost was passed between a bevy of parent companies before closing down last century. The much-lauded Whitstable restaurant has always remained, and now, once again, boasts a sister branch in the City – this time headed up by original bad-boy chef Marco Pierre White. Previously Bonds Bar & Restaurant, Wheeler’s opens as part of Threadneedles Hotel, that underthe-radar gem that sits a stone’s throw from Bank station. The restaurant’s namesake has stamped his mark as

much on the menu as on the restaurant itself, emblazoning the walls with giant portraits of his younger-day self. Wheeler’s fish pie is one of several classic dishes to appear on the menu, alongside a collection of what we’re told are Marco’s favourite plates, including grilled Dover sole a la Salamandre and quails eggs Maintenon. No longer a destination solely for fish lovers, however, a variety of meat-based starters and high-grade steaks make up the rest of the offering. From a menu designed to offer an average spend of £25-£35 per person, The City Magazine was seduced by black pig balls to start – which, sadly, sounded far more inspiring than they turned out to be – and would advise you opt for the half dozen oysters over the prawn cocktail, which wasn’t much cop. The grilled seam

bream and ribeye steak for mains, in comparison, were bona fide winners. The best way to experience Wheeler’s is by booking yourself into the adjoining hotel. Threadneedles became part of the Marriott Autograph Collection a couple of years ago and has lost none of its Victorian charm since. The marble floor, walnut walls and stained-glass ceiling of the lobby belie the contemporary settings of the rooms upstairs. Book the penthouse suite for its private outdoor terrace and superb views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room, 5 Threadneedle Street, EC2,



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If you can have too much of a good thing, it doesn’t apply to truffle. Harrods’ new offering, Tartufi & Friends, brings a careful menu edit from its successful flagship stores in Milan and Rome, to London. Many dishes such as the duck club sandwich would suit a hearty lunch, while the artistically-presented truffle-coated cocktails were a welcome Friday-night diversion on our visit. Respecting the seasonality of its prime ingredient, the type of truffle will rotate – we enjoyed black truffle, best cooked for longer to release the flavour (you can’t beat it on the Rossini Beef Fillet with foie gras), while white truffle, which should make an appearance in September, is ideal shaved straight onto pasta. Tartufi & Friends, Lower Ground Floor, Harrods, SW1X,

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Weekly lunches and monthly members drinks facilitate networking, while cabaret and exhibitions of new artists add cultural character on Thursdays. Food is an allday affair with breakfast from 8am and cocktails served right up until 1am. The brasserie-style and inevitably French dishes include snail burger and lobster salad. £450 membership plus joining fee of £250,

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Our man-about-town, Innerplace’s Nick Savage, gives you the insider lowdown on London’s most luxurious haunts

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t seldom happens, but occasionally the sun penetrates through the cloud cover and smog, and Londoners experience a manic cocktail of serotonin and vitamin D. The parks and pub pavements fill up with drinkers, and later in the day you’re bound to see someone stripped down and red-skinned, three sheets to the wind. Don’t be that person. Head to a terrace bar instead.


Radio Rooftop Bar On the top of Covent Garden’s ME Hotel, you can pretend you’re in Ibiza, reclining on beach sofas and eating Mediterranean small plates. But Ibiza doesn’t have unrivalled views of Somerset House, the Thames, Big Ben and pretty much every other important landmark.


Sushisamba A decade ago there were so few skyscrapers in London that all one had to do was peddle a few bottles of bubbles atop of one to have the busiest bar in town. Not only does the City’s Heron Tower have two extremely popular restaurants at its zenith, it also has two 38th-floor drinking terraces shaking cocktails.

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Boundary The seminal east London rooftop bar. Many has been the sunny afternoon that I’ve walked past the ground floor of the hotel to witness a queue snaking around the block. There’s a horticultural vibe up top, with pergolas, grape-producing vines and herb gardens. There’s also a cigar humidor and outdoor parrilla grill. Aqua Regent Street Aqua set a high watermark for the modern rooftop bar when it opened last decade, and it has the acumen to know how difficult it can be to remain on top. Following the popularity of Hutong and Aqua Shard, Spanish restaurant Aqua Nueva has just upped its already strong game with a complete refurbishment. Madison It’s tempting to get bogged down with explanations of the vistas when describing terrace bars, but one would be remiss not to touch on Madison’s. It has, in short, the best view of St Paul’s in London, which hoves into view like a cruise liner coming in to port. The Mondrian Perched on the clogged tourist artery of the Southbank is The Mondrian. Ascend to the top floor to the Rumpus Room, an Art Deco/disco cocktail bar designed by Tom Dixon. One of its most valuable assets is its terrace, which faces north onto the Thames. Sky Garden The Sky Pod Bar is situated on the 35th floor of the Walkie Talkie, and boasts a vertiginous, south-facing open terrace. Food and drink aren’t allowed outside, so acrophobic guests will need to ply themselves with stiff drinks to steel their nerves before venturing outside. 12 Hay Hill Business clubs are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional office environments. One of 12 Hay Hill’s key USPs is its terrace, hovering above Berkeley Square. Expect little productivity on sunny days.








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Life IN Fifteen minutes with the Square Mile stalwarts of which every City sybarite should be aware…


fter working as a fitter in the menswear trade for many years with brands including Aquascutum and Burberry, the next step for Jasper was Savile Row. Here, he enhanced his knowledge of tailoring at Gieves & Hawkes and, following that, at Kilgour. Whilst working for Kilgour, Littman decided to form his own company. That was 13 years ago, and now he’s a popular choice in the City.

Jasper Littman

Savile Row visiting tailor

Why do you love your job? I love the challenge of getting the measurements right when clients are an unusual shape; I enjoy forming new relationships. I love the history and traditions of Savile Row – and I love designing new cuts. Who is your favourite kind of client? The people who know their stuff are usually grateful that they’ve finally found a tailor they can trust, so they tend to make more referrals. At the same time it’s always fun introducing Savile Row novices to new styles and fabrics that they haven’t tried before. Are there any new styles or fabrics that you predict will be big next season? I’ve been testing a new fabric which is a combination of wool, silk and mohair. It’s extremely lightweight, so ideal for hot weather, but it also has that mohair sheen. Do most of your clients prefer to buy suits from their office? I’d say about half of my clients prefer to be visited at home or in the office than coming to Savile Row.

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Who inspires you? I always find it fascinating talking to the old cutters who have been working on Savile Row for more than 40 years. They’ve seen everything; every VIP, every possible style of suit and a multitude of construction methods. I hope to spend as long working on Savile Row as they have. What’s the best investment for your first bespoke suit? The first bespoke suit should be simple and versatile, so a plain charcoal-grey, two-button works well. Why invest in personal tailoring? At the prices we charge it no longer makes sense to buy an off-the-peg suit. Our semi-bespoke suits don’t cost much more than a ready-towear but they last twice as long. Selling off-the-peg suits is about shifting units rather than building long-term relationships. What would you advise men to avoid when buying suits? The worst value for money is often seen in designer labels. I’m oldfashioned in the sense that I believe that the price should reflect the quality of the fabric and construction. I have seen famous designers ripping off their customers by charging the same amount for a poorly constructed off-the-peg suit as we would charge for a fully bespoke suit. What would you do as Mayor of London? I spend a lot of time driving around London in a vehicle that is 100 per cent electric, so the first thing I would do is install more charging points as demand is already outstripping supply.




Life AFTER The Square Mile alumni making waves away from the fickle waters of finance


ailed the “King of Cufflinks”, Robert Tateossian left his City job as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch to establish the luxury jewellery and accessory company Tateossian in 1990 with only £5,000 cash and no investors. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Tateossian has boomed into a global franchise with an impressive list of clients from Kuwait to Siberia. Keeping his former City life close, Robert creates a range of imaginative and unique styles for discerning businessmen. From watches to money clips, rings and necklaces, the Tateossian trademark use of innovative and striking materials is perfect for both the contemporary and classic international male. What inspired your move from banking to jewellery? I had always had ambitions to be in the field of fashion and it had been a desire of mine to create beautiful jewellery and be my own boss. I knew that I wanted to move into the fashion world so I started importing fabrics and designing waistcoats. It was a successful venture, but the waistcoats were taking up too much room in my tiny office. So, I began to think about cufflinks, a niche market that was not yet developed, and a product that one can easily travel with. My first collection was an “animal-themed collection” of cufflinks which I first sold to Harrods.

Robert Tateossian Founder, Tateossian

Age: 52 Previous employer:

Merrill Lynch

How important has your international background been to Tateossian? Speaking seven languages has been very valuable in all my travels. My knowledge of different cultural habits has also been important for understanding clients; reacting and designing collections accordingly. What is the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome? Managing staff is probably one of the largest hurdles, especially as the company has grown. Celebrating Tateossian’s 25th anniversary this year, what has been the greatest success? Establishing a network of sales in 71 countries and working with the most prestigious retailers. Where do you get most of your inspiration? I travel 70 per cent of the time – and being exposed to street fashion, architecture, museum exhibitions, and furniture is all very inspiring… I am constantly adding ideas and thoughts to the notes section in my iPhone. What are your favourite fashion brands? Neil Barrett & Etro – diametrically opposite in terms of style but both classic with a twist. Where is the next store location for Tateossian going to be? Depends on where the next real-estate opportunity we are presented with happens to be but I would love it to be NY, Tokyo or Dubai. How do you switch off outside of work? Cooking and entertaining friends are a good antidote to stress at work. Where is the next country that you want to travel to? I am booked to go to Borabudur in central Java – an enchanting, mystical location that I have wanted to visit for many years.



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As he prepares to bid farewell to The Daily Show, and having recently made his directorial debut with Iranian terror saga Rosewater, The City Magazine meets Jon Stewart, the man behind one of comedy’s most familiar faces Words: Stephen Milton


rom what I understand, to run for political office requires extensive background checks,” remarks Jon Stewart with a smirk-faced retort. “I don’t think it would be a good idea.” He runs a hand through his silver thatch and scratches the back of his neck. The question of ‘What next...’ must be vastly wearing thin – though Stewart shows only a vague sign of fatigue towards the subject. As of 6 August 2015, the former stand-up comedian turned liberal commentator will exit left from The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s satirical news programme that he has fronted for an astonishing 16 years. For many, an imminent period of mourning awaits. Jon became the unmatched face and voice of American liberalism, considered the preferred news disseminator of choice over his closest contenders, the New York Times and CNN. Hollywood stars mingled with celebrities of Capitol Hill on his couch. Donald Rumsfeld darkened his set; Tony Blair and his military involvements in Iraq were quantifiably eviscerated. So respected is Stewart that he welcomed, and then utterly dissected Obama in an interview during his first term in the White House, forcing the flailing incumbent to admit his campaign slogan should be have been ‘Yes We Can, But...’ Beyond all this, surely his own political designs should be a natural next step? “It’s one thing to sit and criticise from an armchair



but quite another out in the field itself. I mean, I could try to ruin the country in a different way. I’ve been trying to ruin it through television, why not try to do the same through the political process as well?” After 16 years, what prompted Jon’s decision? He puffs out his cheeks and creases the lines round those thoughtful, hooded blues. “Life,” says the host, “time to move on. It’s been a long time and it’s considered normal for someone to look to move on after that time. “It really has something to do with all of us, especially in television, having a certain shelf life. I’ve set up a framework there that would be difficult for me to mutate in a large enough way that it would make sense to me. The changes I’ve made [at The Daily Show] are incremental and I think or I know that, I’m at a point where I don’t know how to advance this any more. It has nothing to do with a greener grass somewhere.” Though fresh pastures may be exactly what Stewart desires. Unusually casual in a grey crumpled sweater and loose-fitting dark trousers, I meet the father of Nathan (11) and Maggie (9) with his wife of 15 years, Tracey, on the terrace of London’s Mayfair Hotel to discuss his new film Rosewater, his directorial debut. While hardly a novice in the movie industry – he’s previously flexed watchable acting chops in largely unwatchable fare including Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy and saccharine rom-flop Playing By Heart – Jon moves behind the camera for this harrowing yet humorous take on the incarceration and brutal interrogation of IranianCanadian Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari in Tehran. Imprisoned and tortured for 118 days during a stint in the capital covering the 2009 election protests – where a victory by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disputed by supporters of the opposition candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Medhi Karroubbi – Stewart and The Daily Show were also inadvertently responsible for his demise. Making the project all the more personal. “George Bush had called Iran the Axis of Evil and so, at the show, that was a relatively irresistible moniker and we thought, ‘We must go to this place. To see evil with our eyes.’ But we couldn’t get in.” The Daily Show approached Maziar, played by Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. They wanted a connected journalist to offer an on-the-ground perspective of the supposed ‘Axis of Evil’, with a signature tongue-in-cheek slant. A farce interview was arranged. Maziar would grill comedian Jason Jones, who’d admit his secret identity as an American spy whilst wearing sunglasses and a conspicuous kafiya in an open-air cafe in Tehran. Pure biting Daily Show folly. But the stunt was used as evidence for espionage charges against Bahari. Did Stewart feel guilty about his involvement? “The problem of responsibility,” he says, stretching his arms over his head. “What we did was nothing. What Maziar did was nothing. He wasn’t a spy. Our interview with him meant nothing to that. When a country weaponises the banal or idiocy or the innocuous, you ask yourself what could we have done differently – and you say nothing because whatever pretence they were using was false.” As of now, Stewart’s follow-up feature is yet to be scheduled. His focus is steely, concentrated on the remaining months on The Daily Show, delivering wily rhetoric on the upcoming 2016 US elections. A



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP On-set on Rosewater; Gael García Bernal as Maziar Bahari and Dimitri Leonidas as Davood; Bahari being interrogated; Stewart receiving the 2008 USOMetro Merit Award


“So much of news media is incentivised towards extremity and conflict. Those kinds of apparatus are built for 9/11, for catastrophe, for earthquake”

liberal beacon of reason in glaring contrast to the scaremongering devices employed by Fox, though he’s equally disdainful of the leftist press. He painted CNN as “mediocre and too attached to pointless computer graphics” in a recent interview. Will he miss being known as the ‘Most Trusted Man on TV’ – as quoted by the New York Times? He scoffs and shifts awkwardly in his seat. “Look, I don’t know about that. All I know is our show was always incentivised in maybe a different way than others and I’m proud of that. So much of news media is incentivised towards extremity and conflict. Those kinds of apparatus are built for 9/11, for catastrophe, for earthquake. “So in the absence of that, they’re not going to say, ‘Don’t watch us, but we’ll be here when it’s necessary.’” Guiding and counselling a befuddled US audience through four presidential elections, his departure will fuel a massive void in the run-up to 2016. “I’ve been through it many, many times. It’s the same to me. And there are only so many ways one can skin a cat. Nothing is going to be wildly different.” With the race currently heating up, Stewart can at least round off his days lampooning and berating candidates including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton. In his wisdom of wisdoms, what result does he predict? “I’m going to take a complete left turn and say...” He takes a deep inhale and pauses. “Out of the current potentials, a white person will win. Put money on it because that is my tailored guess right there...” Rosewater is in cinemas now



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The name’s Elba He’s won critical acclaim as a drug dealer, a detective and Nelson Mandela. As he prepares for his latest roles for Disney, Idris Elba talks DJ-ing, LA-living and why he wants to launch a musical Words: Georgina Langford


he unassailably cool Idris Elba is a man of many talents. The actor, musician, DJ and father has come from humble beginnings in Hackney to star in one of the best-loved US dramas of modern times, The Wire, while making his mark on British television playing DCI John Luther in the wildly successful, dark and gritty Londonset BBC series. All this in between being hand-picked by such esteemed directors as Ridley Scott and Guillermo del Toro for roles in commercial juggernauts Prometheus and Pacific Rim, bringing the great Nelson Mandela to the screen and collaborating with Jay-Z on his 2007 album American Gangster, it is little wonder the 42 year old is being touted as a potential candidate to take the reins from Daniel Craig as the world’s favourite superspy. For a man in such high demand, finding a place to call home is a tricky business. “Home is whatever hotel I happen to be staying in,” Elba laughs. Since making the move from the East End to Hollywood in the late-90s in search of acting work, Elba’s vocation has taken him around the world, but it is an opportunity the actor has relished. “I’ve been living in L.A. a lot but I’m

always travelling for work,” he continues. “I kind of enjoy that. I think getting to know different cities and different kinds of people gives you a different perspective as an actor.” He credits his somewhat nomadic existence with sharpening his acting chops. “I’ve also lived in places like Brooklyn, N.Y.C., Miami and east London. Your imagination gets stimulated and all that winds up, informing the characters you play.” Elba also owns a home in Atlanta, where his daughter Isan resides with family. But life wasn’t always quite so sweet: he believes a youth spent in London at a time when racial tensions were prevalent have helped shape his ‘tough guy’ image on screen, just as much as his portrayal of the no-nonsense Stringer Bell and Luther. “You learn to defend yourself and not be pushed around. When my family moved from Hackney to Canning Town I stood out because I was black and tall, and I was immediately picked on by the best fighter in the school,” he recalls. “It wasn’t easy for me and I learnt from those tough times. I used to get into fights




“I never looked for trouble, but you can’t back down from it either” all the time with white kids and I got something of a reputation.” If it were not for a positive influence at school, Elba may never have tried his hand at acting at all. “I never looked for trouble, but you can’t back down from it either. But I was fortunate that my teacher, Miss McPhee, thought that I had talent and she pushed me towards acting.” London provided the backdrop to Elba’s iconic portrayal of DCI Luther; a character close to his heart. “It’s always been a huge thing for an English actor to be the lead in a BBC series,” he says. “I love the character and even though some people on my management team thought I might be making a mistake by returning to the role I always took pride in it. I also won a Golden Globe and got an Emmy nomination for it, so that told me that it was something I should carry on with.” Despite establishing himself as a good hand in films such as Obsessed, Takers and This Christmas, Elba believes Luther took him to another level in terms of being able to market himself on a larger scale. “With Luther, I brought American sensibilities to an English character,” Elba explains. “Luther was way bigger in his manner than an English cop would ever be. He was very American-esque in that way.”



ABOVE Idris Elba in BBC2’s King of Speed. Idris got his first taste of cars when he left school at 14 to become a tyre fitter. © Shine TV 2014

Attempting to pinpoint the success of the show, Elba expands: “I think part of the TV show’s popularity in England was that it’s sort of ridiculous to see an Englishman play that ‘big’ in a lot of those scenes. But it actually worked because of how grandiose some of the crimes were.” He compares the role to his seminal performance as Bell in The Wire, and believes both characters have enabled him to showcase his acting prowess, yielding interest from some of Hollywood’s biggest directors. “Both characters have been big. Playing Stringer Bell brought me lots of attention but the same thing happened with Luther, which was also shown in the States” he explains. “Luther gave me an opportunity to show that I love to act. I’m a character actor in my heart of hearts. Luther gave me confidence; it changed the kind of people that were calling.” None other than Ridley Scott, who was so impressed with Luther, he requested to work with Elba, as did del Toro, on Pacific Rim after becoming a fan of the show. In 2014, Elba graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s 20th annual Hollywood edition, alongside Julia Roberts and George Clooney; an indication of how esteemed he had become in such a short time, as an actor as well as something of a style icon. His 2007 collaboration with Jay Z highlighted a musical streak, which Elba says has been present since childhood. “DJ-ing is my secret hobby and it’s been a big part of my life. I supported myself working as a DJ while I was struggling to make it as a young actor, and when I went to the States I was able to make good money to pay the bills until I started getting enough work in TV,” he recalls. “Then when I did my album, people saw me as an actor making music and they’d be like ‘what do you think you’re doing, stick to what you know.’ I think a few people were surprised when they enjoyed it.” He began DJ-ing at a young age, playing Calypso and African music with his uncle at weddings, and has continued his hobby under the pseudonym Big Driis. Recently, Big Driis took to London’s Love & Liquor on Kilburn High Road for a seven-week residency. “I’ve had an amazing year – an amazing seven years, really – and I wanted to celebrate,” he explains. “I wanted to DJ at home, in London, and the truthful, honest way to celebrate is to get on the turntables and have a party.” Idris, whose business savvy is impressive to say the least, aims to parlay his two strengths into a new direction in the near future. “I just want to build it up slowly. I’m not in it to be a superstar DJ, I just want to do what I love,” he grins. “What I really want is to converge my film and music work. I want to write the tracks for my films. And I want to make a musical. I’m hanging about with the people who Baz Luhrmann goes to, I’m getting some great inspiration – it’s something I’m taking very seriously. I already have some projects in mind.” This year, Elba plans to spend more time with his daughter. “I love my daughter,” he smiles. “I love being a dad. I love the connection of family. It’s been tough, because I don’t live with her. It’s been a tough run that way but it’s also the best thing that ever happened to me,” he admits. She will no doubt be thrilled that this year will see her father star in two Disney-associated projects; the highly anticipated sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, while he will put his velvet voice to use as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book remake.

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The Iron Duke Soldier, statesman and one of the most significant Britons to have ever lived, Arthur Wellesley’s reputation remained unsurpassed until the materialisation of Sir Winston Churchill. Two hundred years after the battle that defined him, The City Magazine considers the man who won Waterloo WORDS: Jack Watkins


rthur Wellesley, third surviving son of a wealthy Anglo-Irish aristocrat and the man we remember as the Duke of Wellington, was born in May 1769. Three months later, Napoleon Bonaparte, of minor Italian noble stock, followed his nemesis into the world. The former, who later adopted the old family name Wellesley (instead of Wesley), grew up to be firm of jaw, aquiline of nose, regal and reserved, the latter to be short, round, fat and emotional. But both men became giants in their respective lands, as revered in the 21st century as they were in their pomp. In January, Britons were reminded of how magnificently the death of a more recent hero, Winston Churchill, was marked by a lavish state funeral. Luckily, in 1965 motion cameras were there to record the occasion for posterity. No such footage exists for the similar state tribute accorded to the Duke of Wellington on his death in 1852, of course, but an enormous panorama by Henry Alken and George Augustus Sala, 20.6m (67ft) in length, on display for



the first time at the National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition on the Duke, reveals how spectacular an occasion it was. The procession to St Paul’s Cathedral that November was watched by an estimated crowd of 1.5 million people. It included uniformed soldiers from every regiment in the British army, regimental bands, horse-drawn carriages for members of royalty, aristocracy and politicians, and 83 Chelsea Pensioners, one for every year of Wellington’s age. The doubleheight carriage, specially made of metal guns captured at Waterloo, was 17 feet high, so that, with the added height of the bier and the coffin, it could only just pass under Temple Bar, the old gateway into the City at the junction of the Strand and Fleet Street. This moving spectacle was rendered more so as following the carriage was the Duke’s own horse, with his master’s boots poignantly hanging down from his saddle. Wellington was not a ‘personality’ in the manner of the explosive, unpredictable and often erratic


Portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of

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Napoleon. He was abstemious, direct of speech, suspicious of praise, his rudeness only partially disguising his shyness. Still, he continued to turn heads into old age. Just a year before his death, when he was a frequent visitor to the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, it was noted that when he entered “all other objects of interest sank into insignificance.” Exceptionally fit as a young man, he was a fine horseman, once riding 300 miles in a day through tricky terrain on a reconnaissance mission. Though it would be unfair to paint Napoleon in a contrastingly unfavourable light – he was not much of a horseman, but he was extremely brave – Wellington more obviously bore the stamp of a hero. And not for nothing did the men under his generalship refer to him as “The Beau”. He liked fine clothes, wore trousers at a time when knee breeches were still the convention, and became something of a model for the rakes and dandies of the age. It should be remembered, though, that the stylish leather boots he ordered his shoemaker, Hoby, in Mayfair’s St James’s Street, to make him, and which have carried his name ever since, came about as a result of the Duke’s practical observations. Wellington had noticed how mounted cavalrymen often sustained injuries just below the knee from gunshot. He thus proposed having the boot cut so that the material extended upwards to cover the vulnerable area. But the boots were comfortable and stylish enough to become part of evening wear, nonetheless, and soon caught on in fashionable London circles. Wellington had not always been one of the bright lights, however. In his youth, he had seemed aloof and aggressive, good at music and maths, but not predisposed to study. His mother remarked that her “ugly boy Arthur” would be best off entering the army, but it was through his elder brother Richard, Lord Mornington, that he purchased the rank of lieutenant-colonel, thus gaining his first command of a regiment. Only in the late-1790s, when approaching 30, did he abandon card-playing and decide to take his military career seriously. Distinguishing himself in India, where he was made a major-general in 1802, it was in the Peninsula War, in which Britain joined forces with Spain and Portugal against France, where he achieved one of his greatest victories over Napoleon, at Salamanca in 1812, proving that his reputation as a master of the defensive situation told only half the story, and that he was also capable of going on the offensive. Entering Madrid, he became the generalissimo of the Spanish armies, and had his portrait painted by Francisco de Goya. Two years later, Napoleon abdicated, and was forced into exile on the isle of Elba, while Wellington received a hero’s welcome on returning to London and was rewarded with a peerage. When Napoleon returned to the scene in 1815, Wellington, appointed commander of the Anglo-Netherland and Hanoverian forces, returned to the continental mainland and led the rout of Napoleon’s army amidst the sleepy setting of small roads, orchards and farms at Waterloo, in modernday Belgium, on 18 June 1815. Back in London, Wellington bought Apsley House,

He liked fine clothes, wore trousers at a time when knee breeches were still the convention, and became something of a model for the rakes and dandies of the age

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Duke of Wellington statue, Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh; The Lion’s Mound overlooking the site of the battle of Waterloo, Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium; The Storming of La Haye Sainte, date unknown, by Richard Knötel; Scotland Forever!, 1881, by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson; Waterloo, date unknown, by Denis Dighton; inside Apsley House; The Battle of Waterloo,1815, by William Sadler II; Arthur Wellesley aged 75, 1844 by Antoine Claudet

on the edge of Hyde Park, from his brother in 1817. It rejoiced – as it still does – in the prestigious address, no. 1, London. Here, throughout the 1820s, the Waterloo Banquets were held, and it was at this time, amidst Louis XIV or Versailles-style ornamental splendour, the Duke commissioned his architect Benjamin Dean Wyatt to embellish Robert Adam’s original design. But if the glamourous set queued for an invite, Wellington’s personal habits remained simple. He still slept in his army camp bed and kept to a plain diet, though he liked wine. In politics, where he was something of a reluctant prime minister, he was a social conservative. His reactionary opposition to an extension of the voting rights led to the windows of Apsley House being smashed by a riotous mob in 1831. Wellington left them unrepaired and put up iron shutters, which remained in place for years afterwards – though it seems unlikely that was the cause of his nickname, the Iron Duke. In any case, he was too much of a national hero to remain personally unpopular for long. If, unlike with Churchill, the absence of what we’d call ‘the media’ in his time makes it seem almost impossible to comprehend a man like Wellington today, there are fragmentary connections. Amongst the idealizing portraits at the National Portrait Gallery show is a photographic daguerreotype of Wellington as a slightly wistful, but still dignified and handsome old man of 75, dating from 1844. And then there is Apsley House itself, its sandy-coloured stonework and its Robert Adam frontage still standing proud at Hyde Park Corner, as simple, yet fine-looking and strong as the Duke himself must have looked. The house remains the home of his descendants today. Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions is at the National Portrait Gallery until 7 June. Admission free. Apsley House is marking the 200th anniversary of Waterloo with a series of events throughout the year, including a recreation of the Waterloo Banquet.



Aubaine Aubaine brings simple yet elegant Parisian luxury to the City, offering flexible allday dining from breakfast to dinner.

Comptoir Libanais This vibrant restaurant serves healthy and affordable Lebanese food, perfect for enjoying al fresco.

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at Broadgate Circle With 11 restaurants at Broadgate Circle newly opened this spring, it’s an exciting time to visit the City. Next to Liverpool Street Station, this bustling dining hub is the perfect summer spot for al fresco drinking and dining. With Summer Live – a season of live sport, film and performance – launching

in June, there’ll be plenty going on to keep you entertained. Pick up a gourmet picnic from one of Broadgate Circle’s recently opened restaurants as you settle in to watch an open-air foodie film screening in nearby Exchange Square, or enjoy productions of Wind in the Willows and Twelfth Night in August in Broadgate Circle itself. Broadgate hosts an exciting year-round events programme – see what’s on at

Crab Tavern New for June, this surf ‘n’ turf tavern serves American classics from burgers to crab doughnuts.




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José Pizarro Serving fresh, seasonal twists on Spanish classics, alongside a sensational selection of wines, beers and cavas.

This popular Neapolitan pizzeria serves traditional sourdough pizza, baked on-site in a wood burning, brick oven.

The Botanist

Shoryu Ramen

Sister-site to the Sloane Square favourite, this late-night restaurant and bar serves classic British and European dishes.

Specialising in authentic Kyushuan cuisine, this critically-acclaimed restaurant is renowned for its traditional ramen and hirata buns.


Street Kitchen

Sourcing the very best of London’s street food trucks, this spot will see different vendors each day - variety is the spice of life after all.

Offering artisan coffee, breakfast brioches, healthy salad boxes and more, Street Kitchen serves its produce from a vintage airstream truck, complete with its first sandwich shop.

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Sister-site to Soho’s Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum tea house is Yauatcha City. Below the main restaurant you’ll find a stand-alone Patisserie with macarons, petits gateaux and chocolates.

Channelling Bondi in the City, this independent Australian coffee shop serves brunch, bold healthy salads, wraps and more - all available to eat-in or take away.



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WATCHES & JEWELLERY Celebrating the delightful and the divine from the world of fine jewellery and haute horology

TURNING POINT In a unique collaboration between British jeweller Boodles and the Royal Opera House, the essence of dance has been translated into a fine jewellery collection. Head designer Rebecca Hawkins has been fascinated by ballet since childhood and has indulged her passion by exploring the physicality of this art form, working with The Royal Ballet’s associate director Jeanetta Laurence. The inclusion of kite-shaped diamonds, sourced by Boodles’ head of precious gemstones Jody Wainwright, evoke the geometric forms of dancers in a pas de deux, along with pairs of Ashoka diamonds which have been designed to balance on a single fine point (echoing the balletic movement). Photographer Charlie Dailey went behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House to capture the ballet dancers in action. Pas de deux collection, inspired by The Royal Ballet, available from June, Boodles,

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Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 with Honorary 44 THE CITY MAGAZINE President Mr Philippe Stern and President Mr Thierry Stern

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As the globally-venerated, masterpiece-maker that is Patek Philippe celebrates its 175th anniversary, Annabel Harrison takes a closer look at the Watch Art Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London, taking place from 27 May until 7 June at the Saatchi Gallery


hen I held that watch, I felt its power reverberate through my entire soul… It was like holding a living heart… something organic, something that’s alive.” Ahead of Sotheby’s sale of Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication pocket watch in Geneva, which took place in November 2014, Daryn Schnipper, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Watch Division, recalled her first encounter with this world-renowned watch and its sale at Sotheby’s in 1999. “We valued it at $3-$5 million. As we got closer to the sale, the excitement started to build... [On the day] there were six bidders up to $6 million and all of sudden there were two new bidders.” It went for $11 million. “A ‘Supercomplication’ is more than a horological work; it’s beyond a watch. It is a masterpiece.” It was sold again just 15 years later, for a remarkable $24.4 million. Schnipper’s passionate words encapsulate what many watch enthusiasts feel, that their precious timepiece is so much more than an inanimate object exchanged for equally inanimate cash; purchases are often far more subjective and emotional than horological philistines might imagine. This is what came into play at both the 1999 and 2014 auctions.

Smart, informative catalogues showcased the wares on offer, in particular this renowned Supercomplication, and objective price estimates were given. Despite the most careful, calculated planning and thorough, expert research, there is always a chance of an estimate being thoroughly trumped because, once emotion comes into it, everything can change. This Patek Philippe timepiece aroused such emotions. In addition to being able to lay claim to having created the world’s most expensive, and therefore valuable,

The first Swiss wristwatch, 1868

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175

Tableclock in the shape of a cage with five singingbirds and music, c.1830



timepiece, the company has one of the most emotive, and familiar, advertising straplines in the watch industry: “You never actually own a Patek. You merely look after it for the next generation.” In black and white images of happy family units, the people take centre stage, and the watch plays second fiddle. Because a Patek isn’t just a watch. It’s a family heirloom, made up of as many memories and feelings as parts and pieces. In purchasing one, you consider generations past, present and future. In fact, I find summing up neatly the worldwide appeal of, and reverence for, Patek Philippe almost as difficult as I would assembling the 900 parts of this Supercomplication from scratch. As Nick Foulkes, author of an authorised biography about the brand’s history, says, “Patek is almost a religion for some people and there are as many ideas of what Patek Philippe is really about as there are collectors of its watches”. This, it seems, is exactly what the brand aims to explore in its upcoming exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, which will metamorphose into an impressive, entirely bespoke Patek Philippe space in which to showcase more than 400 historical timepieces, decades and centuries old. The Watch Art Grand Exhibition will bring to a close the expansive Patek Philippe 175th anniversary celebrations, which started on 1 May last year. As such, it will incorporate commemorative timepieces that “celebrate Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing [by giving] an insight into the company’s 175-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of haute horlogerie”. Mark Hearn, the Managing Director for Patek Philippe UK, adds that “visitors will be able to learn about horology generally, the history of watchmaking and also find out interesting information about this fascinating industry, which is not only composed of watchmaking but also rare handcraft techniques”. Visitors will be able to see for the first time in London iconic and historical timepieces such as the first Swiss wristwatch, made by Patek Philippe in 1868 ( from yellow gold, enamel and diamonds) and sold to a Countess of Hungary. The exquisite Duc de Regla Grand Complication pocket watch from 1910 will also be on show; it has a Grande and a Petite Sonnerie that plays the Westminster melody as well as a minute repeater. Mark Hearn explains that the exhibition’s objective is to “inspire and help visitors to understand and appreciate watchmaking”; we suggest you visit and do so yourself.




Historical Film Theatre Room The Patek Philippe historical movie will be shown here.

Watch Art Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London 2015 27 May – 7 June Saatchi Gallery, SW3 The exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge, 9am-7pm (weekdays and Saturdays) and 10am-6pm (Sundays). No bookings or tickets are required. Guided tours will be available on a daily basis and in different languages.


Movement Room

The Museum Room

Showcasing the entire current movement collection from the Patek Philippe manufacture, this gallery will allow you to experience a 360° view of some of the most intricate Patek watch movements ever created.

Very much like the brand’s Museum in Geneva, this room will be divided into two sections. In the first, there will be some of the greatest historical timepieces spanning the last five centuries, including the earliest watches ever made. In the second section, historical Patek Philippe timepieces dating back to the 1830s, including some of the earliest Patek Philippe watches, will be on display.

Immersion Room This room has been created to inspire and immerse visitors in the world of Patek Philippe. A short introductory film will be shown on a 10-minute loop.

Napoleon Room Be transported to the magical Patek Philippe Salon on the Rue du Rhône in Geneva.

The Grand Complications Room This gallery is dedicated to the rarest and most complicated timepieces created. Minute repeaters, Sky Moon Tourbillons and Chronographs will be on display. The Current Collection Room This gallery showcasing the current collection is designed to replicate the Patek Philippe Historical Salon on the Rue du Rhône in Geneva.




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WATCH Jack Eldridge, store manager at Fraser Hart in Westfield Stratford, selects his watch of the month:

Photography: Ben Moore

Deviating from its customary square-cased creations, Bell & Ross presents this, the Vintage WW1 Edición Limitada. Handsome to the hilt, the timepiece is intended to honour the craft, colour and celebrity of Cuban cigars. Thanks to a double barrel power reserve, the 42mm watch will run for five days before it needs winding. It comes housed in a case of Makassar ebony, and rare and precious kaya wood, which can be transformed into a humidor for 50 cigars complete with humidifier and hygrometer. Vintage WW1 Edición Limitada, £15,000, Bell & Ross,

Black Bay, £2,330 (metal), £2,120 (leather), Tudor Fraser Hart, Westfield Stratford, 020 8555 3568 @fraserhartuk

Watches Fit for Rock Royalty Brought to you by Rick De La Croix (President of Hublot Latin America – though there’s no affiliation between the two brands), Bomberg is unlike anything else you’ll find within Swiss mechanical watchmaking. Bold, busy and supported by a series of suggestive advertising campaigns, the watches have already found favour among rock music’s hall of fame, seen on the wrists of members of Kiss, Def Leppard, Motley Crew and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Bomberg’s flagship model, the 1968 Quartz Chronograph, measures 44mm and features a bullhead configuration, meaning that the crown and pushers are positioned at 12 o’clock, rather than 3. The timepiece is stocked exclusively at Wolf & Badger. 1968 Chronograph, £770, Bomberg



“This re-imagining of the 1954 Tudor Submariner is a perfect example of the Tudor mission statement: a premium watch for a customer with sophisticated tastes and very high expectations. Perfect for those who want a vintage look, the watch comes with a metal bracelet or an aged-leather strap”

Harrods Honours Horological Indies Harrods has become a supplier of MeisterSinger, alongside Speake-Marin, for which it acts as exclusive UK stockist. The former is a German brand, known for being the only watch company to make exclusively single-handed watches. The latter is the eponymous creation of English watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin. A special green dial version of MeisterSinger’s Salthora Meta has been made exclusive to Harrods. For £2,375, you’ll get an attractive jumping hour watch with an automatic movement and sapphire case back. The elegant, Edwardianinspired Speake-Marin collection comprises perpetual calendars, tourbillons and minute repeaters.

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Live for the Moment Fine jewellery should no longer be worn just for special occasions but should be part of your everyday uniform. This is the message being given by Buccellati in its new campaign shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh, who has used his renowned lens to capture the magic of everyday moments. The series of black-and-white images, starring actress Elisa Sednaoui, speak to the Italian jeweller’s rich heritage, having been shot where the maison was founded in Milan in 1919. Pictured here sporting pieces from the Hawaii collection – characterised by gold wheels, crafted by artisans who twist the gold thread into circular shapes by hand – the campaign also presents Macri and Iconi, as well as the brand’s coveted, one-of-a-kind cocktail rings.

Gone with the Wind This month marks an exciting moment for Dior; having been consistently updating existing fine jewellery collections, Victoire de Castellane has now released her first complete range in almost three years. Wanting to “capture the history of the house”, it has been based around an iconic symbol relating to the brand’s founder; the Rose des Vents is an eight-branch star motif which Dior discovered in his childhood summer home in Granville. This has been reinterpreted into a series of bracelets and necklaces featuring a medallion-style pendant with a reverso concept; one side has a precious gemstone (choose from turquoise, mother of pearl, pink opal or lapis lazuli), while the other features the diamond star pattern. With prices starting from £1,050, why not treat yourself to a shimmering holiday accessory.

Round the Bend



The iconic quilted pattern, also known as ‘matelassé’, on Chanel’s legendary handbags was first created in February 1955. Said to have been inspired by a number of different sources, from a jockey’s riding coat to cushions in Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment, it has this year resulted in the birth of a new fine jewellery range, Coco Crush, encompassing rings and a cuff-bracelet. Coco Crush, from £1,400

In its simplicity, the radical and resolutely contemporary spirit of the Coco Crush collection expresses all the values of modernity and refinement that have distinguished Chanel fine jewellery since its origins 50


So used are we to seeing bright colours emanating from De Grisogono’s fine jewellery collections that we were quite taken aback at its latest offering. In a dramatic turn around, the Vortice collection comprises rose-gold pieces whereby the focus is solely on the intricate, intertwining design; each of the volutes making up the earrings and rings is composed of spring-shaped coils that wrap around the wearer’s skin to create a dynamic, freeflowing movement. But, of course, it wouldn’t quite be De Grisogono if there wasn’t a smattering of diamonds to finish it off. Vortice collection, from £4,700 (non-set rose-gold ring) to £43,300 ( full diamond-set earrings in white or rose gold)

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all sewn up Engineer turned entrepreneur Patrick Grant has risen through the ranks of Savile Row to revive a dying tailoring house. He explains why throwing caution to the wind could be the best business decision you’ll ever make Words: Melissa Emerson


didn’t have a plan. I just saw it and fell in love with it. Once I decided to take it over, I made a plan,” says Grant, as we discuss his takeover of the then failing bespoke tailors Norton & Sons in 2005. Spotting an advertisement in the paper led to his spontaneous purchase, and the initial heart-over-head decision fortunately proved to be a good one, with the historical legacy of Norton & Sons, which now incorporates ready-to-wear menswear line E.Tautz, preserved for future generations. The legacy was certainly one worth saving;



E Tautz Catwalk AW15

E Tautz Catwalk SS15




He points out that many fellow male designers didn’t come from a fashion background either, citing Raf Simons and Tom Ford, who studied furniture design and architecture respectively

the company has acted as tailor to many a distinguished gentleman, from royal households to US Presidents, and cultural icons from Cary Grant to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who was dressed in a Norton & Sons suit when he officially opened Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1923. Initially, Patrick wasn’t fazed by the prospect of carrying its illustrious history into the 21st century. “Overanalysis can kill a good idea so I think sometimes you have to go with your gut and see where that takes you,” he claims confidently, before admitting that “in hindsight it was a bit of a risk buying a bankrupt tailors, but it felt right”. An instinctive love for tailoring and suits seem to be something that runs in Patrick’s blood – nowadays he’s a regular on the bestdressed lists and has been Esquire’s pick for World’s Most Stylish Man. “I’ve been wearing suits for the last 15-20 years, even though in the 90s people were dressing down; it just didn’t work for me so I didn’t bother with that,” he says. “I don’t ever remember not being interested in clothes. My dad is a very smart dresser and always wore beautifully cut, tailored clothes, so maybe I just inherited it by osmosis.” For those perhaps not so lucky to have inherited an innate sense of style, Patrick’s advice on where to look for style inspiration is “watch all films and work out the ones you think look cool”. Although interested in style from a young age, Patrick’s path to a career in the fashion industry wasn’t an obvious one. He had studied material science and engineering at university, an area of expertise he now thinks sets Norton & Sons apart. “It helps me to make products that are genuinely good. A lot of clothing businesses don’t really design with an engineering brain; they design clothes with an aesthetic brain,” and as such, he suggests, they lack quality. He points out that many fellow male designers didn’t come directly from a fashion background either, citing Raf Simons and Tom Ford, who studied furniture design and architecture respectively. His brand may not quite be on the same global scale as the latter, but keeping things low-key is a conscious decision of Patrick’s. The brand is proud to have no licences outside its one Savile Row shop, and is a member of the Savile Row Bespoke Association. “I don’t want 10,000 suits a year with Norton & Sons’ label on them. I’m quite happy with 250 and I think that’s why people come to us,” he says, going on to explain his belief that selective production numbers are key to protecting the future of Savile Row. “If in 10 or 20 years’ time there are a million suits produced every year with a ‘Savile Row’ label on them, it can’t help but devalue the name. Savile Row only remains special because it’s small, unique and values its heritage and the craft of tailoring.”

Nowadays, Hong Kong’s billionaire Fung brothers own some of the street’s biggest names, including Gieves & Hawkes, Kilgour, Hardy Amies and Kent & Curwen. The smaller numbers of suits produced by independent businesses like Norton & Sons means exclusivity, which Patrick admits comes with a pretty lofty price tag. “We’re not expensive because we spend all our money on advertising and give free suits away to celebrities. We’re expensive because our tailors take four or five years to be trained and when they are, we pay them very well.” The suits at Norton & Sons take upwards of 50 hours to make, depending on how many fittings they need. At the other end of the spectrum, Patrick has also collaborated on a range for Debenhams, named Hammond & Co, which includes formal tailored suits, casual wear and accessories. The more expensive suits in the range are around £300, and are made from British fabrics, something Patrick is keen to do at E. Tautz and Norton & Sons, within reason. “We would like to buy more fabrics from the UK because it’s easier, but I also think we have a duty to try and rebuild some of our manufacturing sector,” he says. It’s something he hopes BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee, a show on which he is a judge, will foster. Its recent third season aired to an average three million viewers per episode. “I thought it would help bring sewing skills back into the UK when they were definitely in danger of disappearing.” The show has been credited for increasing sewing machine sales. “It makes people think about the craft of making clothes in a different way. We’re slowly beginning to appreciate craftspeople in a way that we didn’t for a long time.” Norton & Sons’ ready-to-wear line E. Tautz has most of its products made in British factories and is increasing its output following the introduction of its first womenswear collection for spring 2015. When he’s not calling to arms British manufacturers, Patrick is a keen explorer and likes “to get out into the big, empty bits of Britain, into the middle of nowhere.” Even then, he’s rarely at rest, having found time last year to write Original Man: The Tautz Compendium of Less Ordinary Gentlemen, which showcases more than 80 stylish men alongside short biographies. It’s Patrick’s edit of characters past and present, which, thanks to technology, men have access to. “200 years ago there would probably have been Beau Brummell and that was it – you either wear what he wears or stick to the potato sack – whereas now there must be 10,000 men in the public eye that you could choose to take style cues from.”;; access to Patrick Grant was courtesy of HP




Look the part, feel the part, from Breakfast to boardroom to bar

From £360, Tateossian,

£2,550, Zilli,

With the polo, regatta and riviera season fully upon us, the men’s summer-style calendar is well under way. The City Magazine explores the interchangeable staple looks for all discerning gentlemen. Whether you’re on the water, bank or field, make sure you’re looking your sharpest this season.

£1,220, Isaia,



n Britain, the summer sporting season has a rich and varied history. As such, sartorial design has developed alongside it to create a tradition that is entirely for the spectators, with each event differing slightly in



£16, Thomas Pink,

£420, J.M. Weston,

£1,350, Mulberry,


Main st ay s of b o th th e ca su al an d f or m al si d e s of th e w ardro b e , d ef init iv e bl az er an d shir t c ombin at ion s are a summ er n e c e ssity. L i g ht c o lours are a g reat un d er ton e f or sh ar p , b o l d bl az ers , w hi ch can b e w or n up or dow n d e p en din g on th e e v ent or m o o d .

presentation, style and design. What better way to enjoy the summer than by investing in high-quality, on-trend items for SS15. Polo kicks off the season, with the Cartier Queen’s Cup running until 14 June at the


£115, Tod’s,

£160, Theory, £285, Jacob Cohen,

£65, Hackett,

£90, Hackett, £220, Saint Laurent,

Understat ed touch es of elegance h elp to complet e summ er sporting style. Luxur y cuf f links and tiewear beautifully fini sh of f th e shirt, w hil st masculin e wri st-wear enhances images of free-spirit fun . O f course, no summ er sporting style w ould b e complet e without high-quality, classically design ed sunglasses for w h en th e sun’s jovially beating down its rays.

In re c ent years , th e g row th of bri g htly c o loured chin o s an d st at em ent - lo a fers h a s se en a m arked in crea se . Thi s sea s on , li g ht p a st el c o lours are domin at in g th e trou ser sc en e , w hi l st lo a fers w or n w ith c ontra st in g s o ck s h av e v er y mu ch b e c om e th e f o cal p o int f or gentl em anly e xpre ssion .

£579, Ludwig Reiter, Boglioli

Guards Polo Club. Polo moves swiftly to tennis with the onset of one of our most prestigious events, Wimbledon, beginning on 29 June. A few days later, on 1 July, Henley Royal Regatta begins, and there’s sailing’s finest battle at Cowes Week in

August. Although they are all spectacular sporting events, they are also highly-anticipated social occasions, with people travelling from across the world to attend. With a happy medium between both smart and casual

men’s design, the mix of a few staple garments can complete the season’s parade. A well-crafted blazer, fitted shirt, smart chinos and expressive loafers are all but essential. Pair with masculine accessories, you will be sure to make a statement.



Leather biker jacket, £1,195, Belstaff,; Tampered stretch denim jeans, £119, Paul Smith,; De Ville Prestige Power Reserve Timepiece, £3,040, Omega,

Life in the Fast Lane Formula E in Battersea Park this month; the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next. Stay cool on the track by keeping it classic

Photographer: Dominic Nicholls Stylist: Dan Blake @ One Represents

Opposite page: Stamp trench coat, £850 and hatherwaye silk blend crew neck, £295, Aquascutum,; Classic navy trousers, £200, Gieves & Hawkes,; Shaftesbury hand sewn cashmere lined leather gloves , £79, Dents, This Page: Double breasted blazer, £1,340, Canali,; White cotton dress shirt, £210, Dunhill,

This Page: Leather jacket, £1,195, Belstaff, as before; Light blue checked cotton dress shirt, £210, Dunhill as before; Trousers, £290, Canali, as before; Charlton calf loader, £195, Herring,; Silk neck scarf, £65, Mulberry, Opposite page: Leather jacket, £1,095, Belstaff, as before; Tapered fit black denim trousers, £109, Paul Smith, as before; Eyewear, £170, Ray-Ban at David Clulow,

Groomer: Rebekah Lidstone @ Stella Creative Artists using Kiehls Styling assistant: Sasha Hilton Photographer’s Assistant: Inna Kostukovsky Model: Mias @ NEXT Model Management Shot on location at Silverstone Race Circuit,

Taupe perforated suede biker jacket, £625, Paul Smith, as before; Kirk cotton trouser, £175, Buster striped crew neck, £65, Aquascutum, as before


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The leading ladies and latest looks guiding style this season

Riviera Style exhibition, £8.80 for adults, £6.60 for concessions and £5.50 for students, Fashion & Textile Museum,



Michael Kors

As the Fashion & Textiles Museum celebrates riviera style with an exhibition showcasing swimsuits, bikinis, boat necks and burkinis, we turn our heads to resortwear suitable for a seaside sojourn. From coy cruise collections to radical resortwear, the Fashion & Textile Museum takes us from the English Riviera to the Côte d’Azur this summer in an exhibition that brings together more than 100 years of clothing worn in and by the sea. Guest creator and design historian Dr Christine Boydell sheds light on the relationship between swimwear, beachwear and the body, and looks at how our attitude to modesty opening times has changed over the Tuesday – Saturday: decades. Some of the 11am – 6pm highlights include Thursdays: until 8pm Edwardian bathing Sundays: 11am – 5pm dresses, knitted Last admission is 45 minutes swimsuits, barely before closing. there Lycra and a Mondays: Closed 21st-century mankini and burkini. The exhibition runs until 30 August at the Fashion & Textile Museum, which is in the heart of Bermondsey village.

Hugo Boss

Riviera Style



Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

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1 White and navy stripe dress, £320, CH Carolina Herrera, 2 Sunny grosgrain-trimmed toyo sunhat, £320, Eugenia Kim,

3 The Letterbox Saddle Bag, £350, Aspinal of London, 4 Calvi sunglasses, £255, Prism, 5 Pale blue shirt dress, £395, CH Carolina Herrera, as before

6 Maiolica espadrilles, £POA, Dolce & Gabbana, 7 Leather sandals, £580, Birman by Boss, 8 Prado beach towel, £117, Abyss & Habidecor,

9 Large Manray rattan satchel, £3,750, Mark Cross, 10 Belair wide-leg trousers, £99.95, AQ/AQ, 11 Riri two-tone swimsuit, £350, Lisa Marie Fernandez,




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beach w ardrob e. Han nah Le looks at the fi mon ner details of manufacturin g to make su re we get the most out of our bikinis


Karla Colletto Swim At Your Own Risk; Photography by: Dean Alexander



nless you are an Olympic swimmer, I doubt that you have spent much time thinking about the material of your swimsuit. The rules and regulations of the professional sport are constantly advancing and changing so as to give people a more streamline form. Speedo once led the way with innovative technology to make costumes as efficient as possible. With the help of NASA, the company designed its full-body Fastskin LZR Racer, which mimicked the efficiency of shark skin and reportedly took 20 minutes to squeeze into. Some competitors protested that it would give those that could afford the gear an unfair advantage; Speedo claimed it increased swimming speed by three to seven per cent. Whether you believe the rumours or not, 40 world records were broken by people wearing the suits in 2008. So, in 2010, all non-textile suits were banned. But with the loss of investment in new technologies are we missing the benefits of new manufacturing techniques? Is it possible that these can benefit the average person on the beach in a bikini? Marie Su, founder of bespoke swimwear boutique Sumarie, thinks so. “There are many brands that experiment with technology in ready-to-wear and

sportswear but really not so many in swimwear,” she says. “Probably because this has been viewed as glamorous leisure wear, however, I believe that a beautiful swimsuit should always be functional.” She uses her boutique and workshop as a laboratory for experimentation. Starting with in-depth research, followed by a few trial-and-error samples with materials sourced from Italy and France, she turns ideas into fully-formed designs. She then sends these off to the manufacturers to make it a reality. The Sumarie collections offer classically-tailored costumes to suit the customer and include stylish bikinis as well as more sophisticated seaside evening outfits, each with materials and techniques used to heighten the consumer’s comfort and the material’s durability. “To create something truly innovative, I wanted to use texture and that was what really inspired me to develop 3D-cubed Lycra that is now a best seller,” she explains. “The technique is fairly complicated. To simplify: imagine a waffle maker. There are two layers of textile and a spongy middle part that creates the height; the waffle machine presses it together to make one piece of material with an interesting shape.” This adds a unique texture to waistbands and


Karla Colletto Hologram Photography by: Dean Alexander



embellishments, adding extra support as well as being at the forefront of design. Not only are new technologies benefitting consumers, they are also profiting the environment, as Vitamin A has proven. Founder of the luxury swimwear label Amahlia Stevens says, “Early in my career I worked closely with Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia [the ethical outdoor clothing company] and a pioneer in the green movement. The work he did with textiles in the outdoor market inspired me to investigate how similar technologies could be applied to swimwear.” The result is the EcoLux™ bikini, which is made from a superfine matte jersey swim fabric that combines sustainability with cutting-edge technology, resulting in a fabric that erases flaws and fits like a second skin. “We blend recycled nylon fibre with Lyrca Xtra Life® fibre, for superior stretch and resilience against chlorine and oxidation. The recycled fibre in EcoLux keeps nylon waste out of landfills and conserves natural resources, while Lyrca Xtra Life fibre extends the life of each swimsuit far beyond that of traditional Spandex products. EcoLux fabric is designed and produced locally in California, exclusively for Vitamin A. This cuts down

on the waste caused by transportation of raw materials since it’s made locally.” The designs are classic and simple, aiming to last and last “because timeless style and quality are part of sustainability, too”. The pieces have rapidly gained a celebrity following from the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz and Heidi Klum. Kara Colletto has a similar psychology regarding her eponymous brand. “I enjoy working with Eurojersey Sensitive® microfibre. The technical properties of this fabric offer chlorine resistance, UV protection, extra comfort, and quick-drying fibres all while being committed to ecosustainability and the environment. It’s super versatile, drapes beautifully and offers great wearability and shape. Each garment is engineered with unique patterns and construction techniques.” Experimenting with material is vital to the creation of figure-flattering bikinis. “I push the boundaries when experimenting with fabric. I pull, stretch, drape and slice fabrics to discover unique textures and patterns. Combining fabrics and components in an out-of-the-box way creates the unique garments found in my collections.” These include bonded microfibre, laser-cut details, and NoSo®

from left Sumarie Chrysler Swimsuit, £329; Sumarie Empire Swimsuit £249; Mara Hoffman Jacquard Bikini, £211,, Photography by: Olivia Malone; Vitamin A Rothko White Bikini, £189,




Mara Hoffman Horizon Surf Suit, £258; Photography by: Olivia Malone

Sumarie Chrysler Swimsuit, £329

technologies, which use heat welding and bonding techniques to create invisible seams. This doesn’t mean that the designs have to be boring though, the innovative materials are mixed with a plethora of arty inspiration such as modernist paintings, old movies, classic architecture and the elements of nature. A bright and beautiful aesthetic is very much a part of Mara Hoffman’s manufacturing process as well. When she started in the early 2000s, Mara’s line consisted of one-of-a-kind pieces that she hand-dyed and batiked in her own apartment. Her latest collection of neon Aztec patterns combined with attractive lattice work makes it seem as though the sun has come out even before you have reached the beach. “We are always experimenting with new silhouettes, embellishment techniques, and fabrications. Each season, we try to bring something new to the table.” From design to conceptualisation, the focus is on making women feel great and extensive thought and attention goes into this. “All of our beading and some of our embroidery work is crafted by hand so you know you’re wearing something really special,” says Hoffman. The future of swimwear and innovative technology looks to be in safe hands and set for an interesting journey. Marie Su even has plans to experiment and develop swimwear that doesn’t leave tanning marks. Maybe they’ll allow that for self-conscious swimmers at the next Olympics.

MORE INFORMATION Sumarie, Unit 12, Portobello Green Arcade, 281 Portobello Road, W10 5TZ

Mara Hoffman Horizon Wrap Bikini, £232

Karla Colletto is available at Heidi Klein, 174 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RW,; Vitamin A and Mara Hoffman are both available at Beach Cafe, 123 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ Karla Colletto Strappy Photography by: Dean Alexander



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sun, sea and scent protect and perfect with summer skincare and vibrant finishing touches

City ’s spf champions fend off skin’s enemies with the SPF products worth covering up for

A dual-action defence SPF 50 shields, while active ingredients help regenerate skin. Easy to apply make-up on top. Sublimage La Protection UV, £80, Chanel,

Utilising new technologies, this packs in almost every vitamin in the alphabet to help hydrate, firm and repair, with SPF 30. Oil-Free Macroantioxidant Sun Protection, £47, Natura Bissé,

american dream Having made its UK debut at Liberty, Jan Ahlgren’s niche New York fragrance house Vilhelm Parfumerie was inspired by the practice of glove makers imbuing leather with scent. Dear Polly is a personal favourite, but with two new scents out this month, that title’s up for grabs. Bottled in Paris, Room Service is a floral arrangement with mandarin top notes, while Black Citrus packs a zesty bergamot and cardamom punch.

Don’t be fooled by its soothing, lightweight feel – this is still a powerful protector against discolouration. Use daily. SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid, £65, Crème de la Mer,

Eau de Parfum 100ml, £145, Vilhelm Parfumerie,

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Lumière d’Été, £40.50,

It wasn't hard to fall completely Le Vernis Nail for Chanel’s new Riviera-inspired Colours, £18, summer collection. From blues and olive-green to violet and powder-pink, the intensity of turquoise waters and rocky shorelines are brought to life for the lips, eyes, complexion and nails. The Stylo eyeshadow comes in an innovative pen form, easy for travelling – just apply with precision, while the high water content gives a creamy texture with a satin finish. Lipsticks are semi-sheer, while the exclusive complexion palette will add a glow to rival any golden tan.















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HEALTH & FITNESS The tips, tricks and training kit you need to stay at the top of your game

ON YOUR BIKE In recent years, the propulsion of luxury home fitness equipment has seen a marked increase. At the forefront is Italian-based company Lamiflex Group, which has been making waves in the industry ever since the introduction of the Ciclotte. This radically futuristic spin bike was inspired by the 19th-century monocycle, and is designed to work as a high-performance training tool, whilst also featuring as a piece of art. With a lightweight carbon-fibre, glass and steel construction, and a radical Epicycloid transmission and touch-screen interface, Ciclotte has been winning design awards left, right and centre. Recent partnerships with Lamborghini and Swarovski have seen the brand branch out within the luxury market, and they have even produced a marine version, specifically designed for the sea salt climate on-board yachts. CICOLITTE CARBON FIBRE, approx ÂŁ6,000 Lamiflex Group,



HEALTH & FITNESS MORE SWING THIS SUMMER With hopes resting on Murray to reproduce his 2013 winning performance, The City Magazine takes a look at the rackets of the top SEEDED players


Light-weight for enhanced manoeuvrability; suits the quick, more agile player Novak Djokovic, Head Graphene XT Speed Pro, from £185,

Heavyweight with larger head for greater control; suits the tactical player Roger Federer, Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph, £190,

Heavy-weight racket for improved power; for those smashing serves Andy Murray, Head Graphene Radical Pro, £184.00,

Lightweight for speed and precision; suits the aggressive baseliner

All images: Neale Cousland /

Rafael Nadal, Babalot PLAY AeroPro Drive, £299.99,

Lightweight for enhance feel and manoeuvrability; suits the powerful baseliner Kei Nishikori, Wilson Burn 100, £149.99,

Wimbledon 2015 For two weeks each year, Britain goes tennis mad. People flock to watch the world’s best battle for the most prestigious title on the ATP World Tour 29 June - 12 July,



Getting fit whilst working in the City can be hard, but with a little professional help, a dose of willpower and some wholesome foods, it’s never been easier


he CityPoint Club is a luxury independent health club in the heart of the City. With a dedicated focus on every aspect of wellbeing, from personal trainers, highly-equipped gyms and fitness classes, to spas, male grooming services and physiotherapists, The CityPoint Club has it covered. Hugh Francis Anderson speaks to Director of Fitness and Corporate Wellbeing, Liz Fowler, about getting fit in the City. What is the best way to improve health and fitness when working long hours? “In the City in particular, stress management is an additional factor for many and so we advise how higher cardiovascular fitness levels may directly impact on the cardiovascular and endocrine mechanisms of stress response (reduced hormone secretion and lower BP). Enhancing your recovery from stress, means maintaining a health and fitness programme which will likely have additional benefits on psychological wellbeing. Physical fitness and health can underpin motivation. Make sure that physical activity is


Blueberries, Kiwis and Grapefruits are all proven i m m u n i t y- b o o s t i n g antioxidants. When eaten first thing in the morning, the vitamin rich super-fruits can help increase energy and concentration levels throughout t h e d ay.

part of a healthy lifestyle, together with a balanced, nutritional diet. The best way to find out what is best for you and to determine what are the priorities in terms of health and fitness is to talk to a qualified fitness professional.” How important is nutrition in helping to achieve physical goals? “It’s essential. Asking the body to make certain physiological changes to achieve a physical goal, such as weight loss, hypertrophy, increased speed or endurance without the correct nutrition is like expecting a car to continue to work without fuel and regular mechanical servicing, regardless of road conditions and the distance travelled. Also, fuelling the body correctly after any training session is vital to promote recovery and allow you to continue to train at the level you need and want to achieve your goals.” How does training help to boost mental capacity and make people more productive throughout the day? “Regular exercise (5 times per week) leads to better psychological coping skills, emotional stability and better immune function. In other words, the nervous system is conditioned to respond quicker to stress, and then return to base level once the stressor is removed.” The benefits of physical activity include: 1. Improved mental performance, selfconfidence and sleep patterns 2. Improved immune system function 3. Improved posture, flexibility and strength 4. Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes and obesity related disorders 5. Positive wellbeing and sense of control. The CityPoint Club, 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y,

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Did you know? Creatine is one of the most studied fitness supplements on the market, and its effective results have caused a gym-time frenzy. As such, the quest for the highestquality, most physique-improving product has become the focus of much research. Taken pre or post workout, creatine will help develop serious muscle gains.

SEX, LIBIDO, TESTOSTERONE & TRAINING; WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? It is common knowledge that many elite athletes abstain from sexual activity before large events, however, their reason for doing so may be a little unfounded. A host of scientific papers expound the positive effects of sex on overall conditioning due to the excretion of zinc, oxytocin and testosterone. In short, there are no disadvantages to having regular sex whilst trying to physically perform. So let’s take a look at some of the advantages that will keep the other half humming like a well-oiled race car: 1. Cardiovascular fitness means prolonged endurance in the bedroom. This will not only burn more calories, but also boost all-round satisfaction and lead to greater experimentation. 2. Weights-training has been shown to reduce almost all major risk factors for erectile dysfunction, whilst also improving testosterone levels and overall strength. 3. A combination of both cardio and weights will help keep fat at bay, which is not only good for your body, endurance and confidence, but will also improve blood flow to your manhood, keeping you standing to attention for longer. 4. Regular exercise and regular sex will drastically improve your quality of life. A healthy combination is proven to improve sleep, reduce stress, boost libido and reduce the risk of heart attacks and prostate cancer; a win-win situation for all involved. For muscle gains, more confidence and a huge improvement to your overall health, start hitting the gym, and then the sack. HFA



© 2015 Stuart Gibson





pparently you don’t have to be Iron Man-fit to become a big-wave surfer (with a ‘big’ wave being one that’s a minimum of 25 feet high). Over the phone from Richard Nixon’s favourite sun-kissed beach city, San Clemente, bigwave surfer and journalist Rusty Long is listing off a fitness regimen that sounds fairly standard for any fit Californian: “… runs on the beach, yoga, pull-ups, surfing.” What about being able to hold your breath for four minutes? The claim is a feature of the based-on-a-truestory Chasing Mavericks, in which the movie’s hero, Jay Moriarty, does a sort of bathtub Rocky until he achieves the necessary lung capacity to survive Mavericks, a big-wave break located south of San Francisco. “Hollywood exaggeration,” Rusty answers in his measured tones. “Longest I ever saw someone held under was my brother Greg for about 45 seconds to a minute – that was a very extreme two wave hold down. He almost drowned.” That was at Cortes Bank, another famed break about 100 miles west of San Diego where a seamount peels off huge slabs of the Pacific into thunderous wave sets. Rusty has surfed Cortes Bank. Rusty has surfed Mavericks. In fact, Rusty has, during his 15-year career, in which he’s competed at the highest level, surfed what can only be described as the world’s most terrifying waves. “High-risk yields high reward,” he writes

The Endless Winter For the past 15 years, big-wave surfer Rusty Long and his friends have been chasing the perfect wave Words: Chris Allsop



© 2015 Tó Mané © 2015 Rusty Long, excerpted from The Finest Line



© 2015 Stuart Gibson excerpted from The Finest Line


© 2015 Todd Glaser, excerpted from The Finest Line

“It’s a sense of weightlessness, like you’re floating, flying... You’re feeling that sense of speed and movement... There’s nothing quite like the sensation after you’ve finished a big ride”

LEFT – CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM Mikey Brennan, Shipstern Bluff (Tasmania); Greg Long prepping for the 2008 Cortes Bank mission between the storms – that day still holds court as the biggest documented at the Bank; Garrett McNamara and the wave at Portugal’s Nazaré that went around the world, stoking interest in both the big-wave surfing community as well as the mainstream media RIGHT – LEFT TO RIGHT Rusty Long, Jamie Mitchell and Mark Healy, en route to Cortes Bank; Mickey Smith, Fergal Smith, and Tom Lowe – Fergal and Tom have played an essential roll in pioneering big-wave locations throughout Ireland, and photographer Mickey Smith in documenting their endeavours

in the introduction of The Finest Line, a gorgeous, insightful chronicle of this fringe sport’s pivotal decade. “And once you are accustomed to this elevated sensation of life it is hard to look back. It gets in the blood.” The book charts how the internet age and innovations such as the jet-ski tow-in (where a surfer is pulled into position on a wave by a jet ski) have combined to propel the sport from its sepia-tinted 1950s roots in Hawaii’s Waimea Bay to Garrett McNamara’s “gone viral” record-breaking 78-foot ride off Nazaré in Portugal. Assisting this progression has been the development of better safety measures. Essential kit for anyone surfing higher than 25 feet – beside your nine-foot by six-inch fibreglass “gun”, as the specialist big-wave boards are named – now includes a flotation wetsuit. Pull a cord, and a CO2 cartridge instantly inflates bladders that haul you up from the briny deep. According to Rusty, this extra safety element has prompted more people to give the sport a try. “You have to be a pretty confident surfer,” he adds, “but the level of risk – while still very high – has gone down.” That must be a relief for Rusty and Greg’s mother. “She worries a little,” admits Rusty. What probably helps her to sleep at night – besides Rusty sounding more Bodhi than Warchild ( from surfing drama movie Point Break) – is the team element of the sport: the brothers Long are part of a tightknit group that tackles these waves with experience and respect – safety is paramount. A bare minimum for big-wave riding involves a fiveman crew: four surfers on the wave in teams of two – one towing in, one driving the jet ski – and the boat captain. These disparate teams of surfers, who can be found anywhere that there is skyscraper surf, aggregate together into an extended international family who travel together, put each other up and swap notes on techniques and fresh discoveries. It’s this network that has allowed Rusty and his crew to chase the best conditions for an entire decade (essentially living in perpetual winter – the season for larger swell) and ensured that he’s been present for those “historic sessions” that he details in dynamic prose. But it’s not just one voice telling the

© 2015 Rusty Long, excerpted from The Finest Line

story. Rusty pieces together the sport’s recent history through interviews with his friends and fellow surfers, their neardeath experiences at places like Hawaii’s Jaws, Tahiti’s Teahupo’o and Tasmania’s Shipsterns – the latter as popular with great whites as it is with surfers – recounted in their own words. The images of Shipsterns, a kind of malformed Frankenwave on the island’s south-eastern coast, are particularly arresting. “Shipsterns is terrifying,” Rusty agrees. “Most of us aren’t really looking for an unpredictable big wave. We’re searching for big and perfect, one that will provide us with a high possibility of making the ride.” And what does “making the ride” – hurtling down the wave face at 35 miles an hour – feel like? Rusty pauses. “It’s a sense of weightlessness,” he begins. “Like you’re floating, flying. You definitely have G forces, you’re feeling that sense of speed and movement, but at the same time it’s such an intense level of focus – making sure you’ve got the right body mechanics, that your subtle movements adjusting for the wave are correct. There’s nothing quite like the sensation after you’ve finished a big ride, especially a crucial one.” As places like Mavericks and Nazaré become more crowded, the grizzled hardcore are pushing further out to sea, “researching the outer fringes of the world”, looking for the next bigger thing. “Then you wait manically,” he says. “As there are maybe only three good days in a decade at these breaks. It’s a lot of work.” As the interview winds down, Rusty mentions a planned surf trip to Baja. “There’ll be fun 10-foot barrels,” he says, adding, “I’m not too much of an extreme sports guy.” Incredulous, I ask: who is? “Those dudes jumping off cliffs in bat suits,” says Rusty. “They’re crazy.”

The Finest Line: The Global Pursuit of Big-Wave Surfing, £35, Insight Editions,



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Volvo takes interior design to a new level with its futuristic new Lounge Console concept Words: Jennifer Mason

lock up There is also a lockable storage box included in the new concept for added security

stretch out The Lounge Console replaces the front passenger seat, offering a more spacious rear configuration





f you’ve ever been squished into a backseat and wished it were more like a plane, wish no longer; Volvo has trumped the chauffeurdriven greats and reinterpreted automotive interior design for the modern traveller. The pleasure of sinking into a business class seat for a long-haul flight has nothing on the Lounge Concept; think leg room and then some, as well as a range of technological opportunities to stay in touch with the world

while you recline in comfort. With the company’s Swedish roots, we’re not surprised that it’s Volvo that’s been the first to come up with this Ikea-esque mix-andmatch solution to the problem of backseat legroom. We’re excited to see what might become possible when AI chauffeurs take over and the spacial redesign can really begin.

multi-purpose A large work table opens to reveal an illuminated vanity mirror, including a storage tray for personal accessories

showtime The table rotates 90 degrees and powers a 17-inch screen for a full in-car theatre experience

PLAY FOOTSIE Additional space for shoes exists below the cushioned leg rest



The Ultimate Italian job What better way to explore Italy and its motorsport heritage than with an Abarth 595 and a Ferrari California? Lee Brooks takes the wheel





CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Imola circuit; Old Cypress valley near Pienza, Val d’Orcia; Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena; Ferrari California

ruising through the leafy Parco di Monza on a balmy morning, I feel a million miles from the high-octane world of Formula 1. But I couldn’t be closer. Around the next corner lies one of the most thrilling racing challenges on the planet – the Autodromo Nazionale Monza – home of the Italian Grand Prix. It’s the first stop on a road trip through Italy, kicking off in Milan and ending 500km south in Imola, home to the Enzo

and Dino Ferrari International race circuit where racing legend and three-time Ayrton Senna tragically lost his life in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Known as La Pista Magica (the magic track), Monza is located in the picturesque Lombardy region, and she’s a stunner. It may lack the glamour of Monaco or the challenge of Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps but the circuit makes up for it in speed, with a series of straights punctured by chicanes and a daunting right-hander, known as the Parabolica. While hitting 230mph top speeds of F1 drivers is unlikely for you or I, the venue opens its doors on selected dates during the year so you can take your road car for a spin, charging just €45 for the privilege. Believe me, it’s worth it. I head back to Milan, a mere half hour’s drive south of the circuit, and drop my bags at the Starhotels E.c.ho. before cruising into town. The narrow streets have narrow lanes which drivers drift across without signalling. But my vehicle of choice, Fiat’s Abarth 595 Turismo, is a nippy little Italian number perfect for negotiating what I come to understand as organised chaos. First stop is the Duomo di Milano, a stunning Gothic cathedral that took nearly



six centuries to complete. When you see the detail, it’s not hard to see why. By now, I’m getting peckish, so I enjoy a plate of gnocchi al gorgonzola pasta, before strolling west towards the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to the Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th century mural painting the Last Supper. The Duomo is calling once more with II Bar, located on the seventh floor, providing the cocktails and stunning views of the cathedral during sunsets. Well rested, I head north as I’ve got a date with a lake. Lake Como is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Milan. It’s a two-hour drive, but it doesn’t feel like it as I cruise into the hills, passing through unspoilt villages that straddle the lake. I pull up a pew at a lakeside cafe, sip a cappuccino and watch the world go by. Bliss. I head back south dodging the motorway and instead plump for the SS498 that weaves its way through lush countryside. Make time to stop at the town Cremona for lunch – a ciabatta with your choice of an array of salted meats – before getting back on the open road bound for Modena – home of Lamborghini, Maserati and, of course, Ferrari. I drop my bags at Canalgrande Hotel, located in the heart of the old town, before heading out onto the cobbled streets in search the Museo Enzo Ferrari. Here you’ll find an awesome collection of the cars bearing his name in a modern aircrafthangar-type building which couldn’t be more different to the modest 19th century brick building sitting adjacent where the company’s founder Enzo was born. Next stop is a visit to Garuti farm, one of the oldest vineyards in the area. This family-run business produces the area’s most famous wine – Lambrusco – using the Sorbara grapevine on its 30 hectares of land. Sample the dry, flavourful Rosa alongside a bowl of Cacciucco fish soup. The following day, it’s time to head to Maranello, picking up a Ferrari California – which uses the gearbox from the 2005 Ferrari Formula 1 car – to nip around in. A number of companies, including Push Start, give you the opportunity. Armed with a sat-nav, I head up into the hills of Serramazzoni overlooking Maranello and completing a sweeping one-hour long loop that takes in the roads that Gilles Villeneuve used to tackle when testing new Ferrari road cars. Pulling into Ristorante Cavallino, opposite the front gate of Ferrari HQ, I order the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, as it’s what double world champion Fernando Alonso orders when he’s over in Italy, while browsing the memorabilia covering the walls. An afternoon at the Museo Ferrari is well worth it, the place is packed with Ferraris old and new. Definitely try out one



their semi-professional simulators where you can imagine driving a Ferrari F1 car round Monza – and get some sore muscles to prove it. Onwards to Imola, an hour’s drive south where I check in to the Hotel Donatello Imola, which used to host the drivers when the San Marino Grand Prix was held and then I sit down for dinner at Ristorante Opera Dulcis on the main square of the quaint town centre – try the octopus Tagliatelle. The next day, it’s a five-minute drive to Imola as I seek out the Ayrton Senna memorial statue and am touched by the tributes from around the globe that line the fences in the heart of the Parco Acque Minerali alongside Tamburello corner. Senna is fondly remembered 20 years on. A lap around the 4.909km track is something really special, the undulating circuit continuing to prove it still represents a daunting racing challenge. I spend the afternoon sipping a glass of red at the park’s cafe while imagining how the sound of a V10 Formula 1 engine would have pierced this silence as the world’s best drivers got on with their day job. British Airways operate 10 flights a day from London Heathrow to Milan’s Malpensa or Linate airports.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Lake Como, Italy; flags where Senna died; the Senna Memorial; Fiat Abarth 595; the Italian Alps



Major new attractions at the Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena It’s been said that you buy a Ferrari for its engine – the rest of the car comes for free. So a new Museum of Ferrari engines, within the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, should be a huge draw to enthusiasts. The new engine area has been divided into sections that cover experimental engines, small-capacity units (2- to 6-cylinder engines), 8-cylinders, the classic 12-cylinders, turbocharged engines and finally, the F1 engines.

I head to the hills of Serramazzoni, which Gilles Villeneuve used to tackle when testing new Ferrari road cars

The exhibition is open until February 2016



Electric Dream? Are all-electric racing cars the future of motorsport? Ahead of this month’s London ePrix, Jeremy Taylor travels to Miami to find out…





t looks like a single-seat Grand Prix racer and is equally as exciting to drive but there’s one crucial difference about Formula E – all the cars are powered by electricity. British motorsport fans will get a glimpse of an emission-free future when the world’s first fully electric racing competition reaches its climax in London on June 27. The 10-race season has already wowed huge crowds in countries like China, the US and Brazil. Drivers include the nephew of Ayrton Senna and the two sons of former Formula One champions Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet. The London ePrix will take place on a circuit around Battersea Park and includes teams backed by Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson, as well as Hollywood superstar

Leonardo DiCaprio. Formula E machines race to 60mph in just three seconds, with a top speed in excess of 140mph. They can’t compete with petrolpowered F1 cars for sheer performance – so will electric racing cars create enough buzz to succeed? I travelled to Miami in March to find out what it was like to watch an ePrix and experience the thrill of being only the third journalist in the world to drive a Formula E racing car… Even diehard petrolheads would be excited to sit behind the wheel of a Formula E car – but first they have to squeeze into it. The cockpit is just as tight as F1 and, as I soon discover, equally uncomfortable. I was once lucky enough to drive Damon



| MOTORING | Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault), Scott Speed (Andretti Autosport) and Daniel Abt finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Miami ePrix

Hill’s Arrows F1 car. My memories of that experience were the noise, stalling three times on the start line and the battle to keep my head still as wind battered my helmet. As the pit crew strap me tightly into the Formula E machine, I’m lying so low that I can barely see the front wheels. Inside my fireproof underclothes and racing suit the temperature is already starting to soar. I feel trickles of sweat dripping off my nose. A HANS device has already been attached to my crash helmet and rests on my shoulders. The head and neck support device is designed to reduce the effects of an impact but just adds to my feeling of claustrophobia. Finally, the detachable steering wheel is slotted into place and one of the pit crew explains the complicated set of buttons and dials. There are four paddles – two to change gear, one for battery regeneration and another to operate FanBoost. FAN BOOST FanBoost is unique to Formula E and gives motorsport fans a chance to directly influence the result of a race, by voting in an online poll. There are 20 drivers in each ePrix and the three who receives the most FanB votes gets an extra five-second boost of power to aid overtaking. Fanboost may sound like a gimmick but it boosts power by 40bhp to 268bhp – a crucial advantage in narrow track-road racing, where overtaking opportunities can be few and far between. The cockpit is cramped but at least there’s no heat from a combustion engine to add to my anxieties. The enormous 320kg battery pack (equivalent to 10,000 AA batteries) is an integral part of the car’s structure and situated directly behind me. And unlike F1, I can’t stall the car! I press a button and the car is ‘live’. It’s a



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strange sensation pulling onto the track – even the Miami safety marshalls are watching bemused. My electric car may lack the whiff of high octane but as I flick through the gears it becomes more and more exhilarating. The 18-inch tyres provide fantastic grip and all I have to cope with through the corners is a slight hint of understeer. A line of red LEDs on the steering wheel tells me when I’m approaching the 14,000rpm rev limit, but the power surge at high speeds of up to 140mph is remarkable. There’s noise too, a combination of sounds from the drivetrain and spoilers makes the car slightly noisier than a standard road saloon. High-speed circuits can quickly sap the car’s battery power, so Formula E drivers come into the pits at the 20-lap halfway stage – not to fill up but to swap into an identical car. Like it or not, electric car racing will be the future. Hybrid technology is already used in F1 and at Le Mans, it’s a natural progression. So as technology advances to give lighter, increasingly powerful battery systems, we can expect to see competitions like Formula E coming more and more to the fore. Later, I discover that even in the fuel-rich state of Florida, none of the fans watching seem that bothered about what drives a race car, as long as the action is exciting. And because ePrixs are held on narrow street circuits, that’s virtually guaranteed. All Formula E cars are currently built by one company, which also makes for close racing. Formula E is racing for a new generation – I for one can’t wait. For information on the London ePrix, visit

All Formula E teams are supplied with one set of Michelin tyres per race, plus two spares. F1 drivers can get through 12 sets of tyres in just one weekend. The 200kw lithium-ion battery fitted in a Formula E car was designed by the Williams F1 team based in Oxfordshire. More than 40 cities have applied for the rights to host an ePrix in future seasons.  BMW has provided an i8 petrol-electric hybrid as the safety car – the only emissions-emitting vehicle seen on a Formula E circuit. The first ePrix held in Beijing last September attracted a global television audience of 40 million. A survey on the impact of Formula E claims that it will help sell an additional 77 million electric cars worldwide over the next 25 years.

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PUSHED TO THE EDGE From wireless charging and HD video recording to waterproof constructions and surround sound, this month we look at the greatest smartphones on the market

GALAXY S6 Edge Price From £760 USP Wireless charging system Best feature 64-bit octa core processor


martphones continue to smash new boundaries in the tech world. In the 20 years since mobile phones hit the mainstream, they have evolved from house bricks to hyper-intelligent organisms. Samsung has long been the expounder of ultra-high performance mobile devices, so it’s little wonder that the new Galaxy S6 Edge is causing quite the storm within the techcommunity. With a whopping 64GB storage as standard, a 16 mega-pixel camera and a HD-Super-AMOLED display, the S6 Edge is firmly at the forefront of smartphone design.

Seamless curved display

Super-tough ‘Gorilla Glass’ screen

checking out the competition APPLE iPhone 6 Plus PRICE: From £619 USP: Retina HD display BEST FEATURE: 1080HD video recording





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Xperia Z3

PRICE: From £579.99 USP: 4 mega-pixel, front-facing camera BEST FEATURE: Surround sound created by BoomSound™

PRICE: From £499 USP: Waterproof to 1.5 meters BEST FEATURE: 20.7 megapixel main camera


PACK YOUR BAGS With a recent 192 per-cent funding on Indigogo, the AMPL SmartBackpack is the world’s most advanced portable charging system, all integrated neatly into a backpack, making it a revolutionary travel accessory. Six USB ports can power 3 smartphones, one tablet and two laptops simultaneously. The bag is not only shock absorbent and waterproof, it will also communicate with your phone to let you monitor device charging, adjust power flows and even alert you if you forget it. SMARTBACKPACK, from £156, AMPL,

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complement deeply-engineered, high-performance technology.” Frank Nuovo, Founder, Design Studio Nuovo

READ ON At just 7.6mm thin and weighing less than 180 grams, the new Kindle Voyage has the brightest, highest resolution display to date. The new Paperwhite display delivers 300 pixels per inch, boasting laser-quality text and images. Perhaps the greatest addition is the optional, inbuilt 3G, which means books can be downloaded from any travel destination. KINDLE VOYAGE, from £169, Amazon,

SPACED OUT AROUND THE WORLD Denon has released new wireless, noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser. They are specifically engineered to filter unwanted ambient noise. Included is a host of supportive cable adapters, for the home or studio, and even an airplane adapter for the frequent flyer.

The radical Spaced360 by Spaced Audio is at the forefront of the high-quality, high-performance portable speaker industry. Introducing the patented airSOUND technology, it creates an immersive 360 degree sound experience that is powerful enough for a party, yet small enough to fit in a bag. The durable, 3D-formed metal grills, vibrant rubber protection sleeves and straightforward interface make the Spaced360 an ideal, take-anywhere gadget. SPACED360, £250, Spaced Audio,

AH-GC20 GLOBE CRUISER, £249, Denon,



A day for

This Father’s Day on the 21 June, come to Canary Wharf and give him something he really wants – a day at one of London’s top restaurants




Experience something new at ROKA and try the weekend brunch menu with a Japanese twist. For £42 a head, diners are treated to a three course banquet with a cocktail and wine included. On arrival, enjoy a bellini, bloody mary or a green tea and passion fruit iced tea as you taste a choice of starters from ROKA’s central counter. Next is the main event: the option of a main from the robata grill or main kitchen, with beautifully presented dishes including the likes of tiger prawn tempura and glazed baby back ribs with cashew nuts. Finish with a dessert platter for the table, which has a mix of moreish sweet dishes, from exotic fruit to gooey chocolate sponge. Forget eggs on toast – this is the new way to do brunch. The Park Pavilion, 020 7636 5228

Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill To celebrate dads and all they do, on Sunday 21 June Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill are supplying free-flowing bubbles when you order three courses for £40 from the Father’s Day lunch menu. And if Prosecco on tap wasn’t cause enough to celebrate, from 12pm to 6pm there’ll be live music playing too. So book a table and enjoy views across Canada Square Park as you dine. Canada Place, 0207 715 7100

Where else to take him in canary wharf

1 The Breakfast Club

Chai Ki

Great dining in a fun and quirky setting


One of the newest restaurants in Crossrail Place, Chai Ki is already making its mark with locals and visitors to the area alike. Inspired by the coastal drinking dens of India, the Toddy Shop menu offers modern Indian sharing plates, buns and kari (curry). Chai Ki is ideal for any father who likes his food spicy, vibrant and accompanied with a cold beer. D Crossrail Place, 020 7408 7630

Bespoke Cycling

From fittings to parts, it’s a haven for cyclists


Sports Bar & Grill

Catch all the big games on one of 45 flatscreens


Everyman Canary Wharf

Sticks‘n’Sushi Sticks‘n’Sushi brings to the table a unique combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill. There are two menus: the first of à la carte dishes and a second of sharing plates and set menus. The latter is ideal for trying a little taste of everything – and for anyone who can never make their mind up. Crossrail Place, 020 3141 8230

A boutique cinema playing all the best films in style

5 Boisdale of Canary Wharf

On the 21 June enjoy a special menu and live music


The Art and Design Window GALLERies: Galleries showcase up-and-coming artists, designers and craftspeople and are located in Canada Place. Showing this month are:


VISUAL ARTS Take a break to explore and enjoy Canary Wharf’s temporary exhibitions and permanent art collection around the estate

Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Permanent Collection Ariane Prin  Canada Walk In her collection, In rust I trust, Londonbased artist Ariane Prin takes the metal dust left over from key-cutting and other metalworking to mix with plaster and Jesmonite, which she uses to create her collection of trays, pots and vases. Their surfaces slowly oxidise over time to give way to unique, unpredictable patterns.

A new fully illustrated book documenting Canary Wharf Group’s collection of more than 65 permanent works of art located throughout the estate is available now. Acquired by the company from the late 1980s onwards, the art works encompass a wide range of media, including bronze, light, free-standing sculpture and artist-designed functional objects. Along with the temporary exhibitions and events programme, these permanent works of art aim to enrich the public’s experience of the estate. Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Permanent Collection is a companion volume to Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions, published in 2011.


Stripping the Willow: Sculpture by Julian Wild 29 June – 15 August Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf FREE

For further information regarding the books or art on the estate, please contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office on


Kate Nolan  Jubilee Walk Kate Nolan produces stark, modern embroideries for the 21st-century. Forget the handkerchiefs that your nan embroidered, and the current trend for ‘vintage’: there is nothing dainty or conventional about her work. She uses industrial materials to bridge the gap between traditional embroidery and the modern world, creating decorative hangings that are intriguingly fragile but also utilitarian. Silk embroidery is deliberately obscured by structural PVC and, at the same time, is exposed by virtue of the fact that both sides of the fabric are intended to be viewed: there is no reverse side to hide any knots or imperfections; every vulnerability is exposed to view.

Window Gallery:

The Community Window Gallery in Canada Place is devoted to exhibiting work by local arts projects.

Transportation: Pritchard’s Road Day Centre Art Group Until 7 July

This exhibition displays the work of the Art Group at Pritchard’s Road Day Centre, a multi-cultural day centre based in Bethnal Green for adults experiencing mental health issues. The Art Group chose the subject of transport because all the members liked drawing pictures of modes of transport. When the exhibition was coming together they realised that in a city like London there are three different levels of transport which could be happening at any one time – underground, overground and up in the air. The members felt it was important to show more than one level to reflect how this challenges common preconceptions that they are often judged by their mental health needs and not by their artistic talents.

EVENTS al fresco

Monday 29 June – Tuesday 18 August Canada Square Park, Daily FREE

SUMMER SCREENS Watch sporting action or revel in a spot of culture as the Summer Screens season starts in Canada Square Park. For the full timetable, which includes Wimbledon and live opera, email arts+events@ or visit

The sun is out and so should you be to enjoy Canary Wharf’s packed summer schedule of free-to-attend events and entertainment


Cycle challenge

Fast-paced, action-packed cycling returns to Canary Thursday 4 June Canary Wharf Wharf. Britain’s top cyclists will take part in the From 6pm fastest event on The Pearl Izumi Tour Series calendar, FREE around Canary Wharf ’s iconic 1.1 kilometre circuit. The brand new Team WIGGINS, formed by 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and the ONE Pro Cycling team of England cricketer Matt Prior, join the list of teams headlining with defending champions JLT Condor hoping to become the first squad to defend their title.

CANARY WHARF JOG in aid of the British Heart Foundation GET SPONSORED

Wednesday 17 June Throughout Canary Wharf, starting from Canada Square Park From 6pm FREE to spectate

There’s still time to register for the Canary Wharf Jog. This fun run is the perfect opportunity to get fit and have fun so why not run in fancy dress or add a different twist? No matter how you take part in this fun run, you are helping to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation. Please call 0845 130 8663 or visit to register.

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF… On Sunday 9 August, a new bike route will take the competitors in the London Triathlon through Canary Wharf. Want to take part? Visit thelondontriathlon. to secure your place or register your team now.


Monday 29 June Eight Songs by Gandini Cabot Square These choreographed juggling vignettes are set to eight classic rock and roll songs, including Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. Tuesday 30 June Hold On by Stefano di Renzo Cubitt Steps A new solo performance from Stefano di Renzo who inventively uses slack rope skills where Stefano holds on and balances himself. Wednesday 1 July Bar Story by Etta Ermini Dance Company Wren Landing High-energy dance and acrobatics combine with insightful observation, humour and wit in this entertaining take on social behaviour.

Monday 8 – Sunday 14 June Canary Wharf Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm Sunday 11am – 5pm FREE


The 2015 Motorexpo arrives at Canary Wharf for a full week with the latest vehicles positioned throughout the estate for all to enjoy. This FREE-to-visit event will again offer the opportunity to test drive a number of vehicles. The unique driveme scheme is made possible by manufacturers who not only exhibit numerous vehicles but allow some models to be driven on the roads in Canary Wharf.

Due to adverse weather conditions, some activities may be cancelled or moved.

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Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July Around Canary Wharf 1pm and 6pm FREE


What lies Beneath Mark and Hannah Hayes-Westall have been working in, and writing about, contemporary art on and off for almost 20 years. Each month they introduce an artist who should appear on your agenda

This month: JUDY CHICAGO

Into The Darkness, 2008, lithograph


hat’s so interesting? Art is often at its most interesting in times of great social change as artists make the most of their outsider role to challenge received wisdom and surface new ideas. From Georges Seurat repositioning the social status of the worker in newly industrialised France in The Bathers at Asnière to Warhol’s dystopian vision of a post-industrial branded consumerism, change has frequently generated politicised work. In the case of Judy Chicago, it was the effect on the world of equal rights legislation in the late 1960s that tripped the switch that moved her from an adherent of unemotional modernism to become one of the most visible artists of what was called ‘feminist art’. Hailed today as a huge influence on both art and cultural thinking, and with an upcoming retrospective at Tate Modern, Chicago, who takes her name from her hometown, was faced with an uncomfortable social environment in early 1970s America. The early, practical goals of feminism had been accomplished, with the legal requirements for equality – the right to equal pay, the right to contraception,



Small Early Painting, 1961 Acrylic on canvas Image courtesy of the artist and Nye + Brown, Los Angeles. © Donald Woodman

Small Early Painting, ca. 1962, Acrylic on canvas, 18.5” x 20” Photo © Donald Woodman

the right to own a credit card in your own name etc. – achieved. But with little available information about women’s successes, traditional attitudes about women’s abilities remained, and Chicago set out to change this. Her initial work fused her abstract modernist aesthetic with general reflections on the experience of being a woman. However, she quickly became absorbed in the stories of women whose influence on Western society had been profound, but who were rarely, if ever, mentioned in the history books. This focus led to the creation of her most famous work, The Dinner Party, a monumental piece that uses a huge range of ceramic, needlepoint, and fibre techniques to profile women of significance in Western history. The Dinner Party was exhibited in 16 venues in six countries on three continents to a viewing audience of more than one million people and has been the subject of countless books and articles. It is now permanently housed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum where it draws thousands of visitors from all over

the globe and is the subject of a schools education programme. Continuing to explore themes of identity and power, Chicago has also worked on subjects including the holocaust (her Holocaust Project travelled for 10 years and continues to be exhibited in parts), Jewish identity, and physicality, most notably in her glass cast series Chicago in Glass. Her early performance works have also begun to be restaged, with an early firework performance re-worked as A Butterfly For Brooklyn and staged in New York’s Prospect Park last year. Now in her seventies, Chicago shows no signs of slowing down, nor of a lessening of interest in connecting the viewer to the universality of the human condition. Her most recent work Heads Up uses transparent glass casts of heads engaged in repressing or suppressing their reactions to look for what lies beneath the surface of the face we show to the world. The next Judy Chicago exhibition at Riflemaker runs 21 September until 14 November. Riflemaker Gallery, 79 Beak Street, W1F,, 020 7439 0000


The Dinner Party, 1979 Mixed Media Collection of the Brooklyn Museum

A Butterfly for Pomona, 2012, Merritt Field, Pomona College, Photo: Donald Woodman

Judy Chicago The World Goes Pop is on at Tate Modern between 17 September 2015 and 24 January 2016.



Rectangular sunbrella Maximise the time you can spend outdoors with this stylish parasol from Manutti. Providing the maximum shade all summer long, this rectangular canvas Sunbrella in taupe is an elegant rather than obstructive addition to your garden or terrace. £1,405,

MÖJA CANDLE LANTERN Invite someone special to dinner and enjoy a candle-lit dinner under the stars with the Möja Candle Lantern from Skargaarden. Featuring smoky grey glass for the perfect mood lighting, this candle hurricane is the perfect al freco centrepiece. Approx. £159,


OUTDOORS Soak up the sun with an outdoor setting that exudes as much charm as an English garden

FALSTERBO 3-SEATER SOFA Appreciate your charming English garden from the comfort of Skargaarden’s classic Falsterbo 3-seat sofa. Crafted from stunning teak wood, which is only enhanced with plush upholstery, the Falsterbo is both supportive and effortlessly sophisticated. £3,789,

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MORION MOUTH BLOWN GLASS VASE Bring the focus back to the garden and allow a stunning floral arrangement to take centre stage. We suggest filling a tall vase with fresh flowers, perhaps hand-picked from your very own garden. If you’re entertaining over lunch or dinner, prepare your summer salad in a complementary bowl – it may be a simple touch, but it won’t go unnoticed. £49 and £59,

ALTEA NEST SUSPENDED SEVEN GAUGE STUDIOS TRAD BLANKET As the sun sets and the temperature drops, cosy up on your outdoor sofa with this 100 per cent lambswool blanket from Seven Gauge Studios. £225,

This summer, enjoy lazing about in what can only be described as a suspended egg nest. This unconventional seat takes centre stage in Varaschin’s handwoven Altea collection, and will no doubt steal the spotlight in a quaint English garden. Approx. £1018.75,



Top of the Range You’re a short-haul flight from some of the world’s greatest golf havens. From the west coast of Scotland to the shadows of the Atlas Mountains, these are the retreats where five-star comforts are par for the course

Words: Rowena Carr-Allinson

For a family vacation... Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, Tourrettes, France



This luxurious hideaway in Provence is the perfect family golfing escape. Sprawling over 300 hectares, it has got two glorious courses designed by Dave Thomas, its own golf school starting from age five and all the high-end tech and gear a pro can dream of. The two 18-hole courses, Le Château (named after the Château Bouge which you can glimpse from the green) and Le Riou (named after the river that runs through it) are set in some of France’s most beautiful countryside. Le Château runs over 6,616 metres with bunkers and greens worthy of a championship course. Each September it hosts the French Riviera Masters, otherwise known as the European Seniors Tour.

Geared to golfers with a handicap under 35, Le Château is ranked 14th in continental Europe by Golf World magazine. Le Riou offers panoramic village views with steep fairways and elaborate greens. The training centre, a European Tour Performance Institute, features 64 tees on two levels, an indoor putting green, two outdoor putting greens, two chipping greens and a grassy driving range with a bunker area. Families will appreciate spacious suites and villas, as well as a huge spa, hightech fitness room, an amazing Kids’ Club, a choice of four heated pools and four gourmet restaurants. Room service also happens to serve the finest hand-made


For an exotic break Domaine Royal Palm, Marrakech, Morocco

chicken nuggets known to man. Getting there Golf Package for two from €495 per night including a stay in a luxury suite or villa, American breakfast, green fees including an electric golf-cart with GPS, tees and storage, access to the Albatros Golf Performance Centre with unlimited driving-range balls and training areas, spa access and complimentary accommodation for two children up to 12 years old, sharing a parents’ Suite (breakfast excluded) and complimentary access to the Kids’ Club (until November 1 2015., +33 (0) 4 94 39 90 00,

Located 12 kilometres south of Marrakech, along the banks of Ghord’s wadi, the Royal Palm Golf & Country Club within the grounds of the Domaine Royal Palm hotel is a pristine oasis, dotted with age-old olive trees. Nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, this unique 18-hole course pioneers luxury and sustainable development in Morocco. Designed by Cabell B. Robinson (who designates the top 100 courses worldwide on behalf of Golf magazine and is the sole independent member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in Europe), the Par 72 course stretches over 6,608 metres and 75 hectares. Completing proceedings are two putting greens, a chipping green, advanced equipment for technical analysis and a junior golf academy. The hotel boasts a Clarins Spa, gym and a choice of restaurants ranging from the Moroccan Al Ain to the gourmet La Caravane. The Domaine Royal Palm is a suite-only hotel, so your room won’t leave you wanting where space is concerned. Getting there Three nights in a Junior Suite on a bed and breakfast basis, including Economy return with British Airways (outbound on a Thursday returning on a Sunday evening), private transfers and two rounds of golf per person from £838 per person sharing. Call Beachcomber Tours UK on 01483 445 610,



To swing like a celeb Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Como, Italy

Although this glorious Art Nouveau hotel, which dates back to 1910, doesn’t have a golf course on site, it’s a 10-minute drive to get to the Menaggio & Cadenebbia Golf Club. What’s more, this is where George Clooney (who apparently plays to a 25 handicap) likes to practise his swing when he’s ‘at home’ in Lake Como. The 100-year-old Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club was set up by Brits, in stunning mountain scenery with narrow fairways and steep inclines, keeping it off the International Opens’ radar, and therefore utterly discreet. Prefer to play further afield? The hotel is

also within easy reach of seven of Italy’s top 18-hole courses, including the Circolo Golf Villa d’Este, the Golf Club Monticello and the Lanzo Golf Club. In terms of accommodation, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers the ultimate in fivestar luxury, with astounding lake views against the stunning Grigne mountains backdrop. Check into an 8th-floor suite for the full experience, including butler service, impressive cedarstone bathrooms (with more jaw-dropping views) and your own rooftop Jacuzzi overlooking the lake. Other perks include two outdoor pools, one right on the water (with its own beach bar), two restaurants, an indoor heated pool at the spa, a clay tennis court and a plush billiards room. All that in an authentic Belle Époque

palace set in a 20,000 sq m park with rare magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. No wonder Greta Garbo described Tremezzo as her “happy, sunny place”. Sadly, the story doesn’t tell whether she played golf there… Getting there Golf Time package, minimum three nights, from €1,740 in a Park Superior Room (VAT and city tax excluded) including daily buffet breakfast at La Terrazza, one à la carte dinner for two (beverage excluded), two daily green fees for two guests at disposal for the first two days of your stay, two daily transfers for two guests from/to Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club for the first two days. +39 0344 42491,

To bend it like Bond Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire

A classic quick weekend escape from London, Stoke Park is set just 15 minutes from Windsor. A magnificent mansion house set amidst 350 acres of beautiful parklands landscaped by Capability Brown, Stoke Park might look familiar thanks to its many forays onto the silver screen. A close relationship with Pinewood Studios has seen it featured in James Bond films, including the epic duel between Bond and Goldfinger. To swing like Bond, hit the 27-hole championship golf course designed in 1908 by Harry Colt. There are also perfect practice facilities, with a putting green, driving range and short game area as well as a state-of-the-art indoor Swing studio




For sun and sea views The Algarve, Portugal

Check into the swanky Conrad Algarve, set in southern Portugal, where the sun shines 300 days a year. Just a stone’s throw from Quinta do Lago, the official winter training base of England Golf for the next four years, it’s a golfer’s paradise with several first-class championship courses. Its South Course is a favourite with European Tour professionals and regularly features in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’. The par-72 layout was named ‘Best Course in Portugal’ at the 2014 World Golf Awards and has hosted the Portuguese Open eight times. Try Laranjal for its picturesque surroundings and perfect Bermuda-grass fairways. The Royal golf course in Vale de Lobo, based on a design by Sir Henry Cotton, is best-known for its dramatic cliff edge location, while the new North Course was redeveloped by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling with 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Quinta do Lago also boasts Europe’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy and a TaylorMade Performance Centre. The Conrad Algarve even has a golf concierge with PGA golfing pro Ricardo Santos on hand for professional coaching. Off the fairway, the Spa and Health Club provides welcome pampering, while foodies will be spoilt with five restaurants.

Getting there The Platinum Experience offers four nights accommodation, including one round at Laranjal, one round at Monte Rei, one extra round at either Quinta do Lago South, Old Course, Victoria or San Lourenço and one set of clubs, three balls per day and golf tees, two dinners per stay, including one glass of Champagne in Louro and one dinner, including one glass of Champagne in Gusto. Valid until 31 December 2015. From £290 per room per night based on two sharing a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis. +351 289 350 762,

for interactive lessons and club fitting. The rooms offer a mix of the traditional and the contemporary. Each is individually designed, with authentic sports antiques and paintings aplenty. In addition to the golf, you’ll also find 13 tennis courts, which welcome international players for the annual pre-Wimbledon tennis tournament. Enough exercise? The spa with its pool and marble steam room is just the place to kick back and relax before dinner at Humphry’s with its 3 AA rosettes. Getting there Double rooms from £243 per night based on two sharing. 0800 949 774,




For whisky lovers The Trump Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, UK

This course has been graced by royals, dignitaries and legends like Bill Clinton, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Rod Stewart and Jack Nicholson



Formerly the Station Hotel, back in 1906, this 800-acre resort became part of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection portfolio in the new millennium and was purchased by flamboyant businessman Donald Trump in 2014. The is Edwardian hotel, set on the Ayrshire coast, had dramatic renovations in 2008 under interior designer Mary Fox Linton and is currently getting another facelift. The most luxurious resort on the west coast of Scotland, it will re-launch on 1 June 2016 with a redesigned Open Championship golf course (The Ailsa), as well as refurbished bedrooms, upgraded conference facilities and a new 18-hole pitch and putt designed by Martin Ebert. The restaurant and spa will also be getting a revamp, including a new whisky bar featuring more than 250 whiskies in

the Grand Tea Lounge. The clubhouse has also undergone a £5m refurbishment as it will host the RICOH Women’s British Open this summer. It’s also worth noting that this course has been graced by royals, dignitaries and legends such as Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Rod Stewart and Jack Nicholson. Getting there The Great Experience includes a twonight stay, daily Scottish breakfast, dinner in the signature restaurant, one round of golf per person on both the Championship Ailsa and Kintyre courses and full spa use. Room rates from £305 ( from May), including bed and breakfast. 01655 333 991,,


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PROPERTY Covering THE CITY, Wapping, Shad Thames, Shoreditch & Islington


Review desirable developments as the post-election market swings into action

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Keep tabs on the market, whether you are living or investing in the capital

SALES SARAH SHELLEY, partner and office head at Knight Frank Wapping, comments on the trends in the residential sales market Now that the election has produced a clear cut outcome with no need for negotiation between the parties to form a government, the period of uncertainty should have ended and an increase in demand has been coming through. However, activity in the London market has dampened in recent months as buyers and sellers factor in political risks, and also as they digest measures like the increase in stamp duty. The market is still in the final stages of absorbing these changes, meaning some buyers may still delay before acting. Furthermore, some prospective buyers will have signed rental contracts as they hedged their bets on the outcome of the election, meaning they are unable to act for several more months. All of which suggests a short delay before a supply/demand equilibrium returns to the market. As a result, there is likely to be an ‘expectation gap’ between asking prices and prices that new and newly-active buyers are prepared to pay. Expectations that prices will jump as a direct result of the general election may be unrealistic. Knight Frank Wapping 020 7480 6848

Overseas property

The Bulgari residences in Dubai Bulgari, together with Dubai-based holding company Meraas recently launched the Bulgari Residences in Dubai as part of the 1.7 million sq ft Bulgari Resort and Residences. Currently taking shape on Jumeira Bay island, the residences are due to open in 2017 and will comprise 165 apartments, eight penthouses and 15 mansions. Residents will also have access to common areas such as private landscaped gardens, swimming pools and gymnasiums, a number of dining and sporting options, a Marina and a Bulgari Yacht club. This project is a first of its kind master development in both scale and magnitude.

Defining luxury Residential developer Northacre is renowned for its landmark properties, the latest project being Number 1 Palace Street, a prestigious address overlooking Buckingham Palace. Reflecting its dedication to luxury craftsmanship, Northacre is lead sponsor of the current V&A and Crafts Council exhibition, What is Luxury? Showcasing both objects and conceptual design, it questions what makes something luxurious and how this might change in the future. Northacre’s CEO, Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, says “it is this utmost respect for luxury, and what it embodies, that Northacre shares with the exhibition.” until 27 September,;




According to Savills’ Beyond the election: What next for planning? report, without sufficient action, the UK could face a planning shortfall of 180,000 homes over the next parliament – Savills, Residential Research

Through the lense The work of interiors mastermind and the international style editor of Architectural Digest, Carlos Mota, has been collated into a stunning new coffee table tome from Assouline. Following his start in life working with theatrical sets, he has since photographed and styled the interiors of some of the world’s most prestigious homes, with work, including advertising campaigns and bespoke feature stories, featuring in publications from Vanity Fair and Elle Decor to T - The New York Times Magazine. Claiming to know every bloom on the market, one of his signatures is the use of flower arrangements to lift the colour of a room. A Touch of Style by Carlos Mota, £50, available at ASSOULINE boutiques worldwide and

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LETTINGS JON REYNOLDS, lettings manager at Knight Frank Tower Bridge, comments on the trends in the residential lettings market As the sun sets on another General Election, it’s time to reflect on how the seemingly long run-in has impacted the prime central London lettings market, but more importantly, look at what we can expect to see in the near future. For the past 12 months, political uncertainty and the threat of a mansion tax has boosted the lettings market as vendors held off selling and would-be buyers either extended their current rental contracts or turned to lettings for the first time. Combined with a strengthening UK economy, this pushed rental values up by 0.5 per cent in April, which was the 14th consecutive rise and the biggest in six months. Annual growth now stands at 4.1 per cent, which is its highest level for more than three years. Furthermore, rental growth has just outstripped capital growth for the first time in almost four years. The strength of the lettings market was further reflected in an 18 per cent increase in the number of tenancies agreed in the year to March 2015. Post-election, we expect to see minimal change for the lettings market in the short term: to begin with, we anticipate an increase in the amount of available properties for sale, which is likely to exceed any immediate increase in demand. A lot of would-be buyers will be tied into rental contracts and so it’s likely we’ll see a gradual increase in the number of buyers coming to the market. That will produce an expectation gap between asking prices and the price that active buyers or would-be buyers are prepared to pay. This may in turn encourage some vendors and buyers back to the lettings market. However, as we progress through summer, we are likely to see a shift in balance of supply and demand that favours landlords due to a seasonal uplift in the student and corporate markets. My advice to landlords, therefore, is not to expect a sharp increase in rents post-election, but equally, I would remain bullish about what lies ahead. Knight Frank Tower Bridge 020 8022 6013



WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? To find out how we can help you or to arrange your complimentary market appraisal please contact us: 020 3641 6112    

Guide price: £565,000

Garland Court, Westferry Road E14 A two bedroom top floor apartment situated within Premiere Place with a large terrace offering views to Canary Wharf. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, porter, parking. EPC: D. Approximately 73.77 sq m (794 sq ft). Share of freehold. Office: 020 3641 6112


Guide price: £650,000

Dundee Wharf, Limehouse E14 A ground floor two bedroom flat with large reception and private balcony looking over the Limehouse Cut. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, parking, concierge, gym. EPC: E. Approximately 78.4 sq m (844 sq ft). Share of freehold. Office: 020 3641 6112

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Albion Riverside, Battersea SW11 Two bedroom flat for sale in Albion Riverside A very desirable layout in one of the river's most exlusive buildings. In excellent condition and on a high floor affording bright interior rooms and stunning views of the Thames and London towards Chelsea. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/reception room, balcony, 24 hour concierge, leisure facilities. EPC: B. Approximately 125 sq m (1,346 sq ft).   Leasehold: approximately  987 years remaining

Guide price: £2,100,000 020 3597 7670    


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Lyford Road, Wandsworth SW18 Overlooking Wandsworth Common A magnificent double fronted detached family house with a superb carriage driveway, 72ft south west facing garden directly overlooking Wandsworth Common. 6/7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dressing room/bedroom 7, study, utility room, downstairs cloakroom, cellar, 72ft south west facing garden, summerhouse, carriage driveway with off street parking. EPC: E. Approximately 419.3 sq m (4,514 sq ft) Freehold     Guide price: £5,200,000 020 8682 7777  


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WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? To find out how we can help you or to arrange a complimentary market appraisal please contact us: 020 8166 5372  

Guide price: £600,000

Newlands Quay, Wapping E1W Light and bright flat facing south over the Shadwell basin. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan reception/dining room, kitchen, balcony and parking space. EPC: C. Approximately 73 sq m (789 sq ft). Share of freehold. Office: 020 8166 5372


Guide price: £989,000

Capstan Court, Wapping E1W Spacious and contemporary warehouse conversion. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, part open plan kitchen, terrace, porter and parking space. Approximately 126 sq m (1,281 sq ft). Share of freehold. Office: 020 8166 5372 

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WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? To find out how we can help you or to arrange your no obligation market appraisal please contact us: 020 8166 5366  

Guide price: £650 per week

Sterling Mansions, Aldgate E1


A stylish forth floor apartment in a luxury development. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen, reception/dining room and porter. EPC: C. Approximately 132 sq m (1,416sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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Guide price: £950 per week

Pelican Wharf, Wapping E1W Substantil sub penthouse to rent with south facing river views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, reception/dining room and parking space. EPC: C. Approximately 93 sq m (1,003 sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? To find out how we can help you or to arrange your no obligation market appraisal please contact us: 020 8166 5366  

Guide price: £525 per week

Free Trade Wharf, Wapping E1W


Spacious south facing riverside apartment to rent. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, terrace, parking space, 24 hour conceirge, communal gym, swimming pool and sauna. EPC: C. Approximately 93 sq m (1,010 sq ft). Available furnished. 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


Guide price: £625 per week

Ivory House, St Katherine Docks Stunning flat in a characterful warehouse conversion with views over St Katherine Docks. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, reception room, kitchen, parking space and poterage. EPC: D. Approximately 67 sq m (718 sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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Reception room ø kitchen ø bedroom ø bathroom ø concierge ø 40.8 sq m (439 sq ft) ø EPC=B

Reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø guest w.c. ø terrace ø 111 sq m (1,196 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £550,000 Leasehold

Guide £720,000 Leasehold

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800



Reception room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø balcony ø protected parking ø 103 sq m (1,108 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Reception room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø wrap around balcony ø concierge ø underground parking ø 113 sq m (1,211 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £1.4 million Leasehold

Guide £1.75 million Share of Freehold

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800

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2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø balcony ø allocated parking ø communal garden ø 24 hour porter ø Council Tax= H ø EPC=C

Bedroom ø reception room ø kitchen ø bathroom ø balcony ø 24 hour porter ø leisure facilities ø business lounge ø urban golf range ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=B

Furnished £692 per week

Furnished £650 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Canary Wharf 020 7531 2523

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Wapping 020 7456 6824



2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø allocated parking ø porter ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=G

2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø terrace ø 2 allocated parking spaces ø daytime porter ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £550 per week

Furnished £519 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Wapping 020 7456 6817

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Canary Wharf 020 7531 2522

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*£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit

Beyond your expectations

Londinium Tower, E1 £549,950 Leasehold A one bedroom penthouse apartment with wrap around roof terrace.

Cheshire Street, E2 £695,000 Leasehold A beautiful top floor one bedroom flat with outside space. EPC: D


High Timber Street, EC4 £625,000 Leasehold Large one bedroom apartment in Sir John Lyon House. EPC: C

Altitude Point, E1 £1,040,000 Leasehold An incredible 3 bedroom corner apartment on the 11th floor. EPC: B

The Heron, Moor Lane, EC2 £1,800,000 Leasehold A stunning 2/3 bedroom apartment with allocated parking. EPC: D

Sterling Mansions, E1 £1,150,000 Leasehold A bright two bedroom apartment with parking. EPC: C

Hamptons City Office Sales. 020 7717 5435 | Lettings. 020 7717 5437

Raven Wharf Apartments, SE1 £1,190,000 Leasehold A two bedroom apartment in this popular Shad Thames development. The apartment benefits from a balcony and secure parking space. EPC: C

Eagle Wharf Court, SE1 £1,395,000 Leasehold A bright split level three double bedroom apartment in a Central Shad Thames development with a large private roof terrace. EPC: F

Dockhead Wharf, SE1 £949,000 Leasehold A two bed, two bathroom apartment in a popular Shad Thames warehouse conversion. The apartment benefits from Dock views. EPC: C

Dockhead Wharf, SE1 £650,000 Leasehold A one bedroom apartment with an abundance of warehouse features facing St. Saviours dock benefitting from a parking space. EPC: C

Thames Heights, SE1 £750,000 Leasehold A two bedroom apartment located in central Shad Thames, which benefits from a secure underground parking space and a balcony. EPC: D

Anchor Brewhouse, SE1 £2,500,000 Leasehold A two bed, two bath river fronting apartment located in one of Shad Thames’ most prestigious developments. EPC: D

Hamptons Tower Bridge Office Sales. 020 7717 5489 | Lettings. 020 7717 5491

Beyond your expectations

Leman Street, E1 £425 per week (charges apply*) Modern one bedroom apartment in this popular corporate style development. EPC: C

Folgate Street, E1 £575 per week (charges apply*) A well presented two bedroom apartment in this popular Spitalfields development. EPC: C

Featherstone Street, EC1 £600 per week (charges apply*) Two double bedroom, two bathroom apartment with private terrace overlooking Bunhill fields. EPC: D

Avantgarde Place, E1 £525 per week (charges apply*) Modern one bedroom apartment in the sought after Avant Garde development in the heart of Shoreditch. EPC: B

St. Cross Street, EC1 £850 per week (charges apply*) Three double bedroom duplex apartment located in between Farringdon and Hatton Garden. EPC: G

High Timber Street, EC4 £450 per week (charges apply*) Modern one bedroom apartment located in this riverside development.

Hamptons City Office Lettings. 020 7717 5437 | Sales. 020 7717 5435


*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

Providence Square, SE1 £425 per week (charges apply*) Ideal for corporate lets, this well proportioned and well located one bedroom apartment offers modern amenities throughout. EPC: C

Tamarind Court, SE1 £440 per week (charges apply*) Spacious one bedroom apartment in the heart of Shad Thames, with modern fixtures/fittings and feature reception (over 5m x 5m). EPC: C

Neo Bankside, SE1 £650 per week (charges apply*) This fantastic one bedroom, one bathroom apartment is situated in the sought after Neo Bankside development, well located for transport. EPC: C

Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 £725 per week (charges apply*) Recently updated house benefiting from a small private garden and three double bedrooms, whilst being a short walk from the City. EPC: D

Leathermarket Street, SE1 £900 per week (charges apply*) Beautifully presented penthouse with versatile living space, boasting three terraces, mezzanine living room and superb open plan kitchen. EPC: D

St. Saviours Wharf, SE1 £995 per week (charges apply*) SHORT LET. A charming a contemporary apartment with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, luxury fixtures and day concierge, close to transport. EPC: C

Hamptons Tower Bridge Office Lettings. 020 7717 5491 | Sales. 020 7717 5489

Beyond your expectations

Claremont Square, N1 An absolutely stunning and spacious Grade II listed three bedroom maisonette with a roof terrace spread over the upper three floors of this handsome Georgian terrace house. Once welcomed through the front of the property, which there is sole access, the accommodation includes a large reception to the front, a spacious eat-in kitchen and a wonderful roof terrace which has skyline views towards the City. There are also three generous bedrooms and a family size modern bathroom. EPC: D

Hamptons Islington Office Sales. 020 7717 5453 | Lettings. 020 7717 5335

£1,200,000 Share of Freehold • • • • • •

Period conversion Reception room Separate kitchen Three bedrooms Roof terrace Character features

Ripplevale Grove, N1 A charming period house with three bedrooms located in the heart of Barnsbury on one of Islington’s most sought after streets. On the raised ground floor there is a light and airy double reception room with wooden flooring and fireplace, it also boasts wonderful garden views. On the lower ground floor there is a modern eat-in kitchen diner and a spacious double bedroom. The first floor is full of natural light and has two double bedrooms and a bathroom. EPC: E

£1,625,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Period Double reception room Kitchen-diner Three double bedrooms Rear garden Family bathroom

Lovat Lane, City of London EC3 ● ● ● ●

2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Approx. 807 sq ft (75 sq m) Balcony

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Ensuite to master bedroom Comfort cooling Bank undergound station EPC rating C

Guide price £1,350,000 Leasehold For more information, call Bernard Cully 020 7337 4000 or email

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

16-17 Royal Exchange London EC3V 3LL

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2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Approx. 853 sq ft (79.2 sq m) Balcony

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24 Hour concierge High specification Aldgate underground station EPC rating B

Price £645 per week Furnished For more information, call Neil Short 020 7337 4005 or email

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

16-17 Royal Exchange London EC3V 3LL


• 6 Double bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms (3 en suite) Doublebedrooms bedrooms • •6 6Double • 6••Double bedrooms Guest cloakroom Bathrooms(3(3en ensuite) suite) • 4 4Bathrooms • 4••Bathrooms (3rooms en suite) 3Guest Reception cloakroom • Guest cloakroom • Guest cloakroom • 3 Reception rooms • 3 Reception rooms • 3 Reception rooms

• Kitchen/breakfast room • Terrace & garden room Kitchen/breakfast • Kitchen/breakfast room ••Kitchen/breakfast Approx. 3,803 sq ftroom / 354 sq m Terrace & garden • Terrace & garden ••Terrace & garden EPC rating: current (D) potential (D) Approx. 3,803 sq ft ft // 354 354 sq • Approx. 3,803 sq sq m m • •Approx. 3,803 sq ft / 354 sq m EPC rating: current (D) potential (D) • EPC rating: current (D) potential (D) • EPC rating: current (D) potential (D)


W.A.Ellis UNFURNISHED PRICE £5,850 PER WEEK 174 Brompton Road PRICE £5,850 PER WEEK W.A.Ellis UNFURNISHED PRICE £5,850 PER WEEK W.A.Ellis London SW3 1HP UNFURNISHED 174 Brompton Road W.A.Ellis 174 Brompton Road For more information, call Kerry Morley UNFURNISHED London SW3 1HP 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP 020 or emailcall WAELLIS.COM For 7306 more 1630 information, Kerry Morley For more information, call Kerry Morley London SW3 020 7306 1630 or email WAELLIS.COM1HP For more information, Kerry Morley 020 7306 1630 or email WAELLIS.COM will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be 020W.A.Ellis 7306 1630 or email WAELLIS.COM required as deposit for all properties. For further details of our services and charges please visit W.A.Ellis will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be W.A.Ellis make an one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240and per charges tenancyplease plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be requiredwill as deposit forinitial all properties. For further details of our services visit requiredwill as deposit forinitial all properties. For further details charge of our services visitreferencing W.A.Ellis make an one-off tenancy agreement of £240and per charges tenancyplease plus £60 charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be

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BEAUCHAMP PLACE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW3 • Bedroom • Bathroom • Guest cloakroom • Reception room • Kitchen

• Lift • Caretaker • Approx. 555 sq ft (51 sq m) • EPC rating: current (D) potential (D)

GUIDE PRICE £1,050,000 LEASEHOLD WITH 113 YEARS REMAINING For more information, call James Burridge 020 7306 1610 or email

174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


Albert Street NW1 ÂŁ1,350,000 A wonderful two-bedroom split level maisonette set within an impressive early Victorian building bursting with charm and character with a beautiful south facing garden. EPC=D

Camden: 020 7244 2200

Maresfield Gardens NW3 ÂŁ1,250,000 A beautifully finished two-bedroom period apartment full of character and charm with access to a lovely communal garden. The property is set on a quiet leafy street close to Hampstead Village. EPC=C

Camden: 020 7244 2200

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Frobisher Crescent, Barbican EC2 ÂŁ595,000 Leasehold FROBISHER CRESCENT in the BARBICAN is this large style STUDIO APARTMENT. This lovely apartment has ample built in storage and a fully fitted white Corian kitchen, spacious entrance hall and a high quality fitted and tiled shower room. The studio room has a built in pull down bed, built in storage and Full width and height glass sliding doors/windows leading to a balcony. Close to the Barbican Arts Centre.

Andrewes House, Barbican, EC2 ÂŁ935,000 Leasehold Situated on the fifth floor of ANDREWES HOUSE in the BARBICAN is this two bedroom (type 21) flat featuring a south facing balcony to the front and to the rear a north aspect overlooking the Barbican gardens and lakes.The property has been greatly improved by the present owners to include a re-fitted kitchen, superb re-fitted shower room and recently redecorated throughout.

West Smithfield, EC1 £350 Per Week

St. Pauls, EC4 £410 Per Week

AVAILABLE JUNE - This large style 480 sq. ft. studio apartment offers a Modern fully fitted kitchen, and is finished to a very high Standard. Other key features include 24 hour concierge and the short walk to either Barbican, St Paul’s or Farringdon tube stations.

AVAILABLE JULY - This fantastic ONE BEDROOM apartment situated on the raised ground floor, this property benefits from not just high ceilings but also tall windows. Located down a traditional London, quite road, this flat has a fully fitted kitchen, and a large walk-in wardrobe.

Barbican, EC2 £495 Per Week

Temple, EC4 £550 Per Week

Available April 2015 FOR SHORT LET, INCLUSIVE OF ALL BILLS - This stunning DUPLEX ONE BEDROOM apartment in Bunyan Court boasts a LARGE DOUBLE BEDROOM with a sizeable living space and fully fitted kitchen. Another key feature is the larger style balcony.

AVAILABLE JULY - This TWO BEDROOM property is offered FULLY FURNISHED, with its fully fitted kitchen finished superbly with black granite work surfaces. Other key features include lift access to all floors and a DAY CONCIERGE.

Wellington Terrace, Wapping E1W

2 double bedroom, 2 storey house set within this gated CCTV development. The property has been fully modernised to include double glazing, replacement ceilings, wood floors, , alarm, central heating system operated via remote control, smart phone or internet. Lounge. Fully fitted kitchen. Double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes. Garden. Secure Underground parking space. Potential to extend into the loft subject to planning permission. Close to Wapping station and local amenities.


Corronade House, Wapping E1W ea2 areHouse, pleased to offer for saleBridge, this exceptional modern built 1st floor 2 double bedroom triplex apartment. The apartment has been renovated to a high standard and Tudor Tower SE1 £1,595,000 of a fully fitted kitchen, separate 2 dining room and galleried lounge. Solid woodRoom, flooring.large Electric blinds. Glass banister to galleried lounge. Secure underground parking 6thcomprises floor luxury 2 Double Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Open Plan Reception balcony. Master bedroom with en-suite located close to Wapping station, local bus routes and amenities. andspace. walkIdeally in wardrobe. Modern Integrated Kitchen, Balcony, 24 Hour Porter by Harrods Estates, Residents Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Lifts to all floors. Close to Local Shopping Facilities, Walking Distance to London Bridge. £875,000

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Spirit Quay, West Wapping E1W

Prusoms Island, Wapping E1W

Rental Price: Per Week Overground and£550 close to Waitrose.

Rental Price: £600 Per Week

Hermitage Court, West Wapping E1W ea2 are pleased to offer to letDocklands this 1 bedroom 3rd floor modern built apartment. The Cascades Tower, E14

Park Vista, Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer to let this recently re-furbished 2 double bedroom modern ea2 are pleased to offer to let this spacious 1st floor, characterful 2 bedroom, 2 built house within this very popular canal E1W side development of West Wapping. Offering bathroom warehouse conversion. The property benefits from a spaciousper lounge,week fully Roding Mews, Wapping £1,300 aea2 fitted kitchen with to breakfast area, flooryou reception dining area,4ground floor house for fitted kitchen, laminate wood This Secure underground parking. Caretaker. Close to are pleased be able tofirst show this 6&bedroom bathroom rental with a garden. is a cloakroom withproperty 2nd floor bathroom. Garden.over Within accessWould to the City. Wapping station andto local bus routes. very unique and has views theeasy canal. suit 6 professional people. Close Tower Hill and Wapping

ea2 are pleased to show you this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment withper 3 balconies £500 week in the most sought after development Park Vista Tower. The apartment is finished with apartment benefits from separate kitchen, 3 piece bathroom suite, lounge leading to 2 double bedroom, 2 bathroom 11th floor apartment within this secure modern development. Comprising a reception high quality throughout. Use of residents Gym, Sauna Steam Room and Plunge pool. balcony with views of the City of London. Day porterage. use of residents communal room with water/ views, and fitted kitchen,s master & en suite bathroom, Separate personal training room. Useadditional of residents cinema. 24 hour concierge. courtyard. Close TowerCity Hill stations St Katharine’ Dock. bedroom with walk-in wardrobe

shower room. Balcony. Swimming pool, Gymnasium & Tennis court. Concierge. Rental Price: £1,250 Per Week Rental Price: £410.00 Per Week

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New Road, Whitechapel, E1 LOURDES present to market this high-spec, brand new, stunning apartment. This grade II listed refurbishment is yet to be lived in, having now just come to completion. The property boasts over 80 sq m of space with double bedrooms un-paralleled in size and a finish featuring marble and hard wood flooring, high spec range cookers and a bathroom tiled throughout. The flat features a private roof terrace the same size as the apartment. Located ideally next to The Royal London Hospital and next to all amenities, two minute walk from Aldgate East tube station and a stone’s throw from Whitechapel overground this property offers fantastic connection.


Docklands office: 96 Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8AP I 020 7538 9250

ÂŁ485 per week

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Satin House, Goodmans Field, Aldgate E1

Mulberry Court, Stepney, E1

Lourdes are excited to offer this luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment featuring 899sqft of living space, based on the Third floor giving views into the communal garden from your private 96sqft balcony. Your luxury apartment at Satin House is the ideal environment to relax and enjoy city living.

Lourdes are proud to offer this spacious 1,200 square foot, split level, two double bedroom apartment in Mulberry Court. A charming recently restored school building within walking distance of the City which has been converted into 34 boutique apartments.









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Wellstead House, Cannon Street Road, E1

Cornell Building, Aldgate, E1

Top floor, ex local authority flat with lift access, boasting 2 large bedrooms, large living room with private balcony to appreciate lovely park views, separate kitchen, good sized bathroom and a separate WC. Located near local amenities and Shadwell DLR station, providing links to the City, Docklands and with the City within walking distance.

Well-presented one bedroom 1st floor apartment located in this private modern development within a few minutes of the City. This superb flat benefits from 24 hour concierge, gym complex, further leisure facilities and a large communal roof terrace. Aldgate East Tube Station is within walking distance.





City office: 20 White Church Lane, Aldgate, London, E1 7QR I 020 7377 5788

Beckenham 020 8663 4433 Bromley 020 8315 5544

Hazel Grove, Farnborough Park BR6

Chislehurst 020 8295 4900 Locksbottom 01689 882 988

£2,600,000 F/H

Beautiful detached home with five en-suite bedrooms and four reception rooms located in the heart of one of Kent’s most desirable private estates ‘Farnborough Park’. This unique property is set behind automated wrought iron gates providing absolute privacy and seclusion.

Contact Locksbottom 01689 882 988

Shortlands BR2

£1,195,000 F/H

An attractive 1920s family home occupying a secluded plot of over 1/3 acre. Boasting five bedrooms with two en-suites and an additional family bathroom. • Five bedrooms • Cellar

• Heated swimming pool • Energy Efficiency Rating D

Contact Beckenham 020 8663 4433

Orpington 01689 661 400 West Wickham 020 8432 7373

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Five double bedrooms Self contained annexe Two loft rooms Energy Efficiency Rating C

Keston BR2

£1,175,000 F/H

This spacious detached home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a gym and separate triple garage. • Self contained annexe • Two acres of gardens

• Outdoor heated pool • Energy Efficiency Rating C

Contact West Wickham 020 8432 7373 A member of

The Acorn Group, incorporating:

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London’s brand new Manhattan style 41 level ‘vertical village’ will deliver an exceptional choice of highly specified studio and 1, 2 & 3 bed apartment styles designed amid a fusion of art deco elegance and opulence. • Interior design by Nicola Fontanella of Argent. • Exclusive leisure and lifestyle facilities. • Breathtaking panoramic views. • Little over 5 minutes walk from the heart of Canary Wharf and forthcoming Crossrail. • Prices from £350,000.

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INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO prime time in london The results of the General Election appear to have had a stabilising effect on the prime London property market, with increased activity and more international investors reportedly set to flood the market. If you find yourself looking for an opportunity to secure an investment and beat increasing competition, we’ve selected three prestigious new developments with prime potential.

THE ATLAS BUILDING Launching from the marketing suite in September, The Atlas Building on City Road is in close proximity to Old Street’s so-called Silicon Roundabout, an area which has seen much redevelopment and investment thanks to its cluster of technology companies. The building sits on the axis of four diverse neighbourhoods in total, which include Shoreditch, the City, Islington and Clerkenwell, offering easy access to a variety of entertainment, bars and restaurants. As the tallest building in the area, its striking, slim, tapered design by award-winning MAKE Architects is set to be a signature architectural landmark and with space to accommodate 302 apartments in the 40-storey residential tower, cityscape views from the balconies and terraces are an added luxury. High specifications, aspirational interior design and attention to detail continue from the studios, one, two or three bedroom apartments and penthouses to the building’s hotelstyle amenities, which will include a gym, pool, 24-hour security and a residents’ lounge.

From £550,000

The Atlas Building, EC1V 020 7205 4284




ROMAN HOUSE The City of London connects the capital’s past with its present, bringing together centuries of old architecture with contemporary landmarks that are now shaping the skyline. Reminders of its history are being incorporated into its present day success, with remains of the archaic Roman Wall inspiring the latest phase of regeneration in London’s financial district. Situated in the centre of this revival is Roman House, an exclusive City development that exemplifies this evolution. The scheme comprises 90 stylish apartments, including the highly anticipated Augustus Penthouse; the jewel in the crown for Roman House. The impressive three-bedroom residence provides over 2,500 sq ft of living space and wrap-around private terrace, and features contemporary interior design that cements its status as the ultimate turnkey property. Roman House offers a rare chance to live in this unique location and with demand continuing to grow, experts anticipate that the City market will outperform that of prime central London. This new wave of development is already benefitting from the ‘Crossrail effect’ and the growing supply of new offices and extensive public realm are also catalysts for transforming this inner-city quarter into one of the most vibrant and dynamic places to live and work.

The Augustus Penthouse is priced at £3,950,000 Roman House, EC2 020 7871 0011

REGENT APARTMENTS A collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses launches in the Wenlock Basin this month. Its quieter, canal-side location in Zone 1 offers tranquil cycle routes and waterway walks, whilst also being within walking distance of the City. With a short, swift journey to King’s Cross St. Pancras by tube, it means Paris is just over two hours away. High specification interiors feature sleek handleless kitchens with top class integrated appliances and underfloor heating. Some apartments also offer internal sliding pocket doors to allow residents to create a personalised and flexible space, while the central lobby’s professional concierge service offers both convenience and security.

From £550,000

Regent Apartments,N1 0844 809 9159



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Luxurious 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments in fashionable N1 Coming 18th June 2015

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or register at Where Style &Luxury Combine Perfectly positioned in a tranquil canalside location, within the creative and financial district and only 10 minutes walk to Old Street or Angel stations.* Prices from ÂŁ550,000

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It’s All About The Place LIVE IN AMAZING KING’S CROSS You have schools, restaurants, parks and fountains; you have shops, squares and the joys of a canal; you have the best national and international connections in London and an extraordinary choice of some of the capital’s most fabulous homes. Come and visit.

Please contact us at: or call +44 (0)20 7205 4246. Marketing suite: 14–15 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB

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Eastern promise As East London’s property market continues to exceed expectations, we take a look at Knight Frank’s spectacular one-bedroom loft apartment property on Great Eastern Street. Situated on the top floor, it has a gross internal area of just over 2,000 square feet, with a separate street entrance and lift to the commercial operations below. The building was first restored in 2006/7, its original structure dating to the 1880s, and its current configuration retains much of the building’s character with a large, open living space, original wooden floors, working fireplaces and exposed roof timbers, while a spacious terrace adjoins the bedroom on the upper level. It is in a conservations area and well-connected thanks to nearby stations Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street, giving access to the London Overground.


Great Eastern Street, EC2A 020 7480 6848














Tel: +44 (0)20 3538 7818

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Insider Knowledge

THE OUTCOME: 2015 GENERAL ELECTION Diana Alam, Head of Residential Development Sales, JLL

What does the Conservatives victory mean for the London property market? The results of a Tory majority provide an even stronger Conservative mandate than under the previous parliament. This is good news for the housing market, particularly in London. We expect an immediate boost to the capital, where Labour policy ideas were acting as a drag on activity. Price growth this year should hold at circa five to six per cent. The real job that begins now is to set out a clear plan to boost new home supply. A stronger housebuilding sector is the only way to solve the UK’s housing crisis, while also adding construction jobs. Continuity of housing policy will strengthen the chances that the UK will make strides to solve the housing crisis. We expect a strong bounce back in activity in the Prime residential markets. More than any other part of the market, Prime London activity has been affected by election in particular tax uncertainty. A decisive result with policy transparency is the best outcome London could have hoped for. Who will benefit most from the continuity of housing policy? This election result is a win for struggling renters, aspirant first-time buyers and even the bank of mum and dad. The benefit of the continuity in housing policy will be widespread as certainty returns to the market and both buyers and sellers begin to



act in the wake of the Tory victory, leading to an uplift in activity. A clearer mandate to lead the country will also mean continuity for housing policy and with that, more clarity for developers and investors than over the last Parliament. The past five years have been full of tactical policies that have achieved some fantastic results (we are closing in on 50,000 new homes sold under Help to Buy, for example) but we now need to create the housing policy foundations for the long-term. The summary of the key housing pledges from the Conservative manifesto: • 2 00,000 homes for first-time-buyers aged under 40 by 2020 • New Help to Buy ISAs for first-time-buyers to support the raising of a deposit for a purchase • 1.3 million families offered Right to Buy housing association homes • Extend the Help to Buy equity loan scheme until 2020 • Financial incentives for councils that release land for self-build housing projects to kickstart the small scale end of the market • Further Garden City project to follow up on the Ebbsfleet Valley scheme stamped during the last Parliament JLL 020 7337 4004






Let a Legacy As well as the sporting legacy from London’s 2012 Olympic Games, the land next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which housed the Athletes’ Village has been transformed into a residential development. East Village, a complex of nearly 3,000 properties, of which the 1,439 private rental homes are managed by Get Living London, aims to improve the prospect of renting a home by ensuring there are no fees or hidden costs, allowing tenants to secure longer commitments, which also come with more benefits, and offering a direct relationship with the team who work weekends to ensure tenants’ requests and enquiries are swiftly met. Thanks to a partnership with Wayne Hemingway MBE, homes come with designer furniture, installed in advance along with free fibre broadband. On the outside, local sporting facilities are, without exaggeration, world-class, with the Olympics’ Velodrome and Aquatics Centre open to the public, while parklands and meadows offer valuable open space.

From £395pw for one-bedroom apartments, prices change subject to availability East Village, E20 020 3714 8083



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AS GOOD AS IT GETS As the City’s premium urban quarter in the heart of Aldgate, Goodman’s Fields by Berkeley Homes is the residential destination of choice. Arranged across seven acres, the landmark luxury development comprises 980 city-chic studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, each equipped with a balcony or winter garden. Alongside two acres of parks and open spaces, Goodman’s Fields also provides three new urban squares, a central piazza with high-end shops, restaurants, bars and cafés, not to mention a 250 bed hotel. Residents have exclusive access to a private screening room, business lounge and five-star health club, which boasts a heated indoor swimming pool and spa, a state-of-the-art gym overlooking the landscaped boulevard below, as well as a 24-hour concierge. Surrounded by the capital’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, notably Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Old Street and Hoxton, residents live amongst London’s finest cultural, dining and shopping opportunities. Located in Zone 1 and within walking distance of the City, the area around Goodman’s Fields is also home to some of the world’s leading multi-national, financial institutions, world-class schools and leading universities.

PRICES FROM £697,500 ( for a studio apartment)

Aldgate, E1 020 3217 1000



Kingwood Gardens at Goodman’s Fields 2 acres of stunning landscaped gardens • A place of luxury and unique history • Leisure facilities to include a swimming pool, spa, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym • Spectacular views towards The City & Canary Wharf • Private screening room and business lounge Studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses available. Prices from £697,500.

Call 020 3773 5736 or email Sales & Marketing Suite open 7 days a week 10am – 6pm (Open until 8pm on Wednesdays and 4pm on Sundays) 39 Leman Street, London, E1 8EY Prices and details correct at time of going to press and subject to availability. Computer Generated Image of Goodman’s Fields is indicative only. Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies



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The City Magazine June 2015  

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

The City Magazine June 2015  

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