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17 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
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DESPITE THE LIKES of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen making the early s the o ficial eroic e o ntarctic loration, o er a centur on it seems, our fascination for the remote, the dangerous, the challenging and the une lored re ains e er resent oda , ore intre id e lorers than e er are tre in out into the wilderness o the rctic and ntarctica, in turn rea in and a in new records, o erco in considera le ersonal ad ersit and raisin ast su s o cash or charit erha s one endea our that enca sulates this er ectl is Wal in With he Wounded his charit or anises e editions or injured ser ice en and wo en to re ote and challen in arts o the world, in art raisin one to hel the reha ilitation o ellow co rades, ut also, cruciall , celebrating their courage and determination and reminding them, and others, that the still ha e a uture he challen e is their ost a itious et, in ol in si ilar charities in ustralia, anada and erica and a race to the South Pole; Elle Blakeman talks to founder Ed Parker a out the challen es acin the tea s on a e Wal in With he Wounded was the ins iration ehind another i ressi e olar id this ear, when a rou o an ers ro the it , alon with olar e erts and a olar hoto ra her, tre ed the last two de rees to the ole a distance o around iles to raise one or the charit ore used to ro erin deals than rea in throu h snow dri ts, their incredi le journe , alon with the stunnin i a es ro the tri , are chronicled on a e nderta in an e edition o such hardshi and endurance is un elie a l tou h, e en i ou are a olar e lorer, ar e cellence, as en aunders tells us on ut or an eo le, whate er their journe , as hard and as rau ht with dan er as it ost li el is, it is what the learn a out the sel es on this e erience, and what it teaches the a out their a ilit to o erco e uni a ina le hardshi s, that dri es the on ead the words o wisdo ro so e o the ost intre id e lorers o recent ears on a e nd or those o us with so ewhat o an ad enturous wanderlust, ut a or id ear o the cold, ca in or ein ore than ten iles ro so ewhere ou can et a chilled eer , it s ood to now it doesn t all ha e to e itin wind, ree in rain and iser nter the new reed o lu ur ad enture tri s which ush ou to see the world di erentl , ut allow ou to deli ht in the est o e er thin while ou do atthew o ertson, ounder o o entu d enture, tal s a out ta in tea s to the aja , fishin in ancou er and in across olcanoes on ho e our ad enture issue ins ires so e o ou to ta e that old lea o aith into a world un nown
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ARRY’S ARCTIC HEROES, was a documentary aired on BBC One in late August 2011, which followed Prince Harry and four amputee servicemen as they set out on a trek to the North Pole, an initiative from service charity, Walking With The Wounded. A memorable programme for those who tuned in, it documented the intense training, the anguish of coming out of service as an amputee and the huge feat itself, the trek to the North Pole. One man particularly humbled by this 90-minute ro ra e was i on ile , o financial ad isors RJL IFA. So much so in fact, that he was inspired to plan an expedition of his own, in aid of the charity and the work they do for injured service personnel. Before long, and surprisingly with little to no convincing required, Kiley had a team of colleagues behind him, and City Endeavour was born. Following 12 months of training, the City Endeavour team set off in April of this year. To ensure the expedition didn’t go undocumented, the team took with them experienced expedition photographer, Scott Gilmour, who has been working in outdoor and adventure photography since 2009. From remote areas of Yuko, to the North Pole, Gilmour has gone to reat e tre es to roduce i a er and fil or e ent organisers and expedition groups. Gilmour’s recent expedition to the geographic North Pole with City Endeavour presented an opportunity to take the most incredible series of photographs. His striking images (showcased on these pages) capture both the majestic beauty of the landscape, while getting to the heart of the challenges and dangers faced by the team. The expedition involved trekking the last two degrees of latitude (about 120 nautical miles) to the North Pole, a distance and journey known to be extremely challenging with an estimated journey time of around 20 days. Staggeringly, the team managed to reach the pole in just eight days, six hours and two minutes, rea in the uno ficial s eed record We had ne er intended to be the fastest, but it was certainly a nice reward for our efforts,” says Gilmour. The geographic North Pole is lauded as the holy grail of polar exploration, but Gilmour says any expedition to the rctic should e ta en seriousl a ine a point somewhere between roughing it and survival, and you’d be close to the mark.” Team training took place in February in Finse, Norway, a place renowned as a la round or eo le trainin or either oles , sa s
FROM FINANCE TO THE BIG FREEZE Swapping the warmth of their offices for the extremes of the Arctic, a group of banking colleagues exchanged comfort for hardship earlier this year, successfully completing a trek to the North Pole to raise money for charity WORDS: TIFFANY EASTLAND
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FOUNDER, CITY ENDEAVOUR Gilmour. Extremely cold, good quality snow and even glaciers to play on provide the perfect place to acclimatise, and it was here that the team learnt the routines and technqiues which would keep them safe and ensure they were able to provide themselves with shelter. Two months later, it was time for the real thing. After being dropped off via helicopter from the Russian Ice Base Barneo, the team faced the daunting challenge of making it safely to the North Geo. “We were early in the season on the ice for that distance from the pole, and thankfully it was cold; very cold,” says Gilmour. “I say ‘thankfully’ as areas that could have been open water were either frozen or froze extremely quickly, which made travelling more of a micro-navigation exercise through the rubble/ boulders, than trying to avoid open water.” Despite Gilmour’s previous experience in extremely cold environments, he says standing on a frozen sea will always be a little disconcerting, especially when you see it break and move in front of you. “The most unnerving part of the trip was when we skied along a large area that looked like a river. We skied this for some 20 hours; it was neverending.” The team averaged 10-12 hours per day at a steady pace, but were facing extreme cold throughout. “Thankfully, the winds weren’t too stiff,” says Gilmour. “Some days the wind could cut straight through you if you stopped moving; so we didn’t, until we were resting.” Each day the team took turns cooking, all playing their part to maintain good morale, a vital part of polar travel. “Cooking can be quite unnerving at times, as you can ha e a es two eet hi h s it out o the sto es, lau hs Gilmour. “Having a shovel to hand or being handy with a pan lid can save the tent. Burning the tent down, when you only have one, is not a good idea…” What ade the tea es eciall e ficient was how their training ensured they were able to get the shelter up and down quickly. “We saved a huge amount of time on the administrative side of the day by clearing the tent e ficientl , rushin it down and ac in it correctl to be used again later.” Aside from the ‘admin’ side of things, the journey was not without its perils. At one point the team came to an ice sheet which it needed to cross, only to see it start to break up in front of them. “It looked like three sheets colliding and pushing against each other,” recalls Gilmour. “This is how pressure ridges and the rubble are or ed sto ed to fil so e o this, as this is the first active indication of the moving sea ice we had seen, and I will always remember the polystyrene squeak of the ice as it bulldozed its way slowly towards me.”
Q. WHAT LED YOU TO SUPPORT WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED AND MISSION MOTORSPORT? SK: I looked at the programme and thought about what we could do in response, and in respect, to what they did. Walking With The Wounded then introduced me to Mission Motorsport, which helps wounded service personnel by getting them into the motor industry. They help them to train and become mechanics, get involved in administration and drive cars in races, such as the 24 hour Le Mans race. It’s about taking people away from the experience they had in the services and introducing them back into the workplace. I thought that was brilliant.
Q. DO YOU THINK YOUR JOBS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR PREPARED YOU IN ANY WAY? SK: I don’t think it necessarily gave us an edge, but we are all very determined and very little got in our way. We had to raise a serious a ount o one too, and we definitel enefitted ro ha in those wor contacts We ended u with ten s onsors who were all e ecti el in the financial services sector.
Q. AS A TEAM, WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES AND DANGERS FACED? SK: The North Pole is nothing but the Arctic Ocean, so there’s no ground, it is pure ice. That ice moves minute-byminute so we had to prepare for pressure ridges. You can then have what’s called open water, where again, maybe for a mile you’ve got an open stretch of water. You either have to wait for it to freeze, go around it, or simply go through it. There are a variety of things that could happen at any time, so we were lucky to have such a good run.
Q. WHAT WAS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF THIS EXPERIENCE? SK: I could have sat down and watched that programme and thought, what a fantastic thing these lads have done, and then given money to charity. What we’ve done instead is raised money and motivated others to donate. I wanted to do so ethin o si nificance, and were oin to ee doing it.
Q. WHAT’S NEXT FOR CITY ENDEAVOUR? SK: Next year is the 70th anniversary of D Day. So we’re looking to do a 70 mile row to mark the 70 years. We plan to leave from several points in Reading, on or around 6 June (the actual anniversary) dependant on tides at the time, and row down to Putney Bridge. ✤ City Endeavour are looking for teams of four rowers to take part in the 70-mile row. For more information, visit cityendeavour.org
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Fresh from organising Gwyneth Paltrowâ€™s family holiday on a boat around the Galapagos, serial adventurer, tour-guide to the stars and founder of Momentum Adventure, Matthew Robertson, talks about the inspiration behind creating once in a lifetime trips that are very much out of the ordinary WORDS: EMMA JOHNSON
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ATTHEW ROBERTSON CAN’T keep still. He keeps bouncing around on the sofa and standing up. “This one,” he says, pointing at a picture of seven men careering across an ice cap in skidoos. “Well it…was just…amazing…I mean you can’t begin to….incredible….and the guys… they were like….just so cool….totally awesome. Awesome,” he concludes leaning back contentedly, smiling a rather too-charming smile for someone who considers scaling sheer rock faces and jumping off cliffs “a good time”. he unfinished sentences and h er ole continue for a good half an hour as he tells e a out fishin tri s on ancou er sland, weekend polar explorations, stag dos at the Baja 300 and honeymoons in Indonesia. Robertson started Momentum Adventure in 2005, after somewhat of an epiphany on the top of a mountain in Nepal. “I was sitting on top of a mountain looking out over the landscape in the Himalayas, thinking this is the best feeling in the world. And I thought to myself, if I can bottle this feeling, I can deliver dreams.” And so Momentum Adventure was born. A luxury, bespoke travel company, creating unique travel experiences in some of the most dramatic places on
earth, from rainforests and desert plains to the great mountain ranges and the extremes of the poles. The company works with anyone from hedge fund clients and captains of industry to Hollywood A-listers, planning holidays, honeymoons, adventures and challenges. They run just 14-20 trips a year, due to the amount of work that goes in to making each trip bespoke, and work with so e o the ost ualified and ins irational uides, explorers and specialists in the world. When they organised Gwyneth Paltrow’s trip earlier this year, which involved sailing around the archipelago on a boat designed after traditional Indonesian trade boats that sailed along the historical Spice Routes, they created for her and rock star husband Chris Martin and their two children such an incredible experience that Paltrow was so inspired she shared her holiday snaps with the world on her blog. “Never did I imagine that we would run our hands through the dark ocean at night and watch it light up with phosphorous, see a Komodo dragon in the wild, swim over a massive sea turtle, or be taught to make native dishes in situ,” she says on her blog, Goop.
I thought to myself, if I can bottle this feeling, I can deliver dreams
MONSTER TRUCKS Baja California is one of the most compelling destinations in Mexico, boasting desert landscapes, lush oases and rich marine life. The Baja 1000 is an off-road race that makes the most of this incredible location, and with everything from motorbikes to trucks racing against each other amidst this epic landscape â€“ truly the best way to see it. To echo the thrill of Baja 1000, Momentum can provide groups with a state-of-the-art Baja 1000 race buggy to travel in, taking you through mountain ranges, deserts and remote eaches, as well as fittin in dee sea fishin , lunch at the in a ous otel ali ornia and acific surfin
THE ISLAND LIFE The Vancouver Island mountain ranges run most of the length of the island, dividing it into a wet and rugged west side acin the acific and a drier, ore rollin east side loo in back to Vancouver. Known the world over for its coastal beauty, with everything from remote, glaciate peaks to wild beaches on the o en acific, the eo ra hic di ersit ound on ancou er Island is extraordinary. Get a unique perspective by arriving on a ri ate oat lane into ancou er sland, fishin or world class steelhead and trout in Megin River, heli-skiing on Rugged Mountain, ski-touring across glaciers, trekking through the rain orest on oot a sland and surfin with a hael ruhwiler, one of Canadaâ€™s top pro-surfers.
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DUSK TO DAWN The Arctic is mysterious and captivating, a place of peace and unbelievable natural beauty. Taking a long weekend, leaving on Friday and returning to London on Monday morning having visited this incredible place is a pretty outlandish claim, but Momentum can actually make this happen. Their Arctic weekend trip includes dog-sledding, seeing the Northern i hts, a snow o ile sa ari, ice fishin and ordic s iin , as well as accommodation in luxury log cabins along the way.
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MATTHEW ROBERTSON Q. DO YOU REMEMBER THE MOMENT YOU CAUGHT THE ‘ADRENALIN BUG’? MR: Like it was yesterday. My uncle took me climbing when I was eight in Chester. He took me up a rock face called he hi ne , was terrified, ut loved it in equal measure. From then on it became my passion.
Q. WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY THAT ENJOYS ADVENTURE? MR: As a child I read My side of the Mountain, a book about a kid that runs away, lives in the mountains and makes friends with the wildlife–something about that appealed to me. You are never judged by nature, the silence and eace find just han in out in the wilderness makes me a better person. I truly believe the simplest pleasures bring the biggest joys.
Q. WHO ARE YOUR ADVENTURE AND ENDURANCE IDOLS? MR: Edmond Hillary, Shackleton, Ranulph Fiennes, and all of our guides they are truly inspirational.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ADVENTURE TRAVEL? MR: We spend our lives conforming. I love the mystery of a new adventure, the not knowing, the excitement, the nerves. The adventure begins the moment you decide to just do it, it makes me feel alive. Adventure is food for the soul.
POSSIBLE FOR THESE TWO WORLDS TO WORK TOGETHER? MR: Luxury means different things to different people. To some it’s a Rolls Royce, in Momentum’s world it’s the very best guides, logistics and experience, globally. We offer our clients authenticity, honesty and exclusivity and o course a fi e star hotel alon the way. This combination is genuine luxury.
Q. IS SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL TRAVEL SOMETHING THAT CONCERNS YOU? MR: Absolutely! We are members of Carbon Neutral and Leave No Trace. We’re passionate about the wild, it’s our moral duty to look after it.
Q. HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF ADVENTURE? MR: In one word - busy. The global population is ever growing, the world is becoming smaller, cheaper and easier to access. The wilderness will soon become a precious commodity we all crave for.
Q. BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER DONE? MR: That’s an impossible question – they are all so different. However, I am spellbound by Canada’s interior, I have been there many times, I just love it. It’s a place of outstanding natural beauty and the silence is deafening.
Q. WORST TRIP YOU’VE EVER DONE? MR: Beach holidays, I go out of my mind...
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WORLD? MR: Canada, Arctic, Baja California, Himalayas, Scotland
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IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS Ahead of his most extreme challenge yet, to retrace the steps of Scott’s infamous Terra Nova expedition, serial adventurer and polar explorer Ben Saunders talks about preparing for this epic journey – by eating cake and running up hills
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HE DAYS ARE getting shorter, the mercury is plummeting and pretty soon winter will be upon us once again. But Ben Saunders won’t be here to share the gloom. This month he will leave his Battersea home to go summering in the Antarctic, where he will enjoy light nights, sunny panoramas and temperatures of, ahem, -50C. “Err, yeah,” he laughs. “Technically, it will be summer down there, but that’s a somewhat misleading term because the average temperature will be about -20C. On the coldest days it might get down to -50C and that’s before you’ve even factored in wind chill – it gets silly cold if it’s windy.” Assuming all goes well, at the end of the month, Saunders will be dropped off on the edge of Antarctica with his friend and fellow explorer, Tarka L’Herpiniere. In the biting cold they will wave goodbye to their pilot before embarking on an epic 1,800 mile trek to the South Pole and back. The pair will be following in the footsteps of the great Victorian explorer, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, who led an exploration to the South Pole in 1910 known as the erra o a t was er uch a scientific e edition obviously their objective was to reach the South Pole
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and e the first eo le there ut the were also doin a lot o research in ter s o weather, eolo ical sa les and that ind o thin , sa s aunders, o there was a lot ore to it than just clai in the outh ole owe er, un e nownst to cott, a snea orwe ian crew, led oald undsen, le t at the sa e ti e in an audacious id to eat the rits and clai the uch co eted ra in ri hts to reachin the outh ole first here was no science to that tri , the just wanted to a the ole or orwa and to eat cott, sa s aunders, al ost disa ro in l undsen was usin do sleds the started with do s and finished with he were shootin do s en route and eedin do s to other do s it was rett rutal, rett sin le inded he succeeded, howe er, and when a tain cott arri ed at the outh ole in anuar , he ound a orwe ian a utterin , oc in l , in the ree e s ou can i a ine the were rett de oralised so the turned around and started wal in ac to the coast, e lains aunders adl , ein a u ed the orwe ians was the least o their worries; on the return le o their e edition, attlin a ainst the ost rutal weather on the lanet, cott and his tea o our en were tra icall de eated ntarctica ne one, the ielded to the ele ents and the last ones to erish colla sed just iles ro the coast he had co ered nearl , iles and no one has co e close to that since, so in an res ects e en thou h the didn t a e it ac it was still an e traordinar achie e ent and no one has e er sur assed it, sa s aunders, who ho es to chan e all o that er soon nli e a tain cott, aunders and er iniere will ha e odern lu uries such as satellite na i ation and o ile hones to assist the he will e en carr solar owered la to s, which the ll use to u date their lo and watch fil s otentiall , i the weather is ad and we re stuc in the tent or a da , we can watch the occasional o ie, lau hs aunders not sure what a tain cott would ha e to sa a out that ut i ou thin ein a le to chuc le alon to Alpha Papa in the iddle o ntarctica a es this so e ind o holida , then thin a ain; o er da s the air will tre , ruellin iles dra in o ear t s a er weird thin to train or, ecause on the one hand it s an ultra endurance e ent nearl arathons, ac to ac on one o the tou hest laces on the lanet ut we re also dra in each so it s a sort o stron an e ent too, sa s aunders
In order to survive, they must consume a whopping 6,000 calories per day and, even then, they will shed up to a kilo of weight per week. Consequently, they are tr in to atten u , and when s ea to en he is ua fin confectionery like a fat kid at a cake factory. “I’m in the process of trying to put on 10 kg, which isn’t as much fun as it sounds,” he says. “I have permanent indigestion ecause stu fin ace with coo ies, ca es, acon sandwiches or whatever I can get my hands on.” side ro or in on calorific oods, how does Saunders prepare for an expedition like this? Well, when he isn’t being pushed to his limits by personal trainer, Andy McKenzie, he packs his walking boots, bike and dog into the back of his Land Rover and heads for the hills. Of course, the expedition will be as much a psychological battle as a physical one and Saunders is experienced enough to cope with the demands of such a challenge. “For me this will be the eleventh big polar expedition I have done,” he says, nonchalantly. “I skied solo to the North Pole in 2004 and that took me ten weeks.” From a young age Saunders, who grew up in Axminster, Devon, had been captivated by the exploits of great explorers like Captain Scott. However, the seeds for his own escapades were sewn after reading Mind over Matter, the brilliant account by Ranulph Fiennes about his journey across Antarctica with Mike Stroud in 1992. “I wrote to him as a teenager – not really expecting to get a response – and he very decently wrote a letter
back to me with lots of advice,” he says. “I have got to know him now; he has become a friend.” Saunders is modest about his achievements – which include being the third in history to ski solo to the North Pole and holding the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. It seems in many ways that he can’t quite believe his luck in becoming an adventurer for a living. Yet behind the modesty is an unwavering deter ination to redefine what is h sicall ossi le and cement himself as one of the epoch’s great explorers. It is perhaps this growing reputation which has seen his role diversify, with recent brand ambassorships for luxury British watch brand Bremont, as well as Land Rover and Intel. I ask Ben what he plans to do when he returns from Antarctica – are there plans for another expedition? “The next expedition will be the beach, that’s for sure,” he laughs. “I will have 110 nights in a tent to think about other challenges, but after this there are no poles left – I don’t know how to top it without going to Mars or something.” If things progress as planned, in February next year, Ben and L’Herpiniere will walk into the record books and complete an epic journey which was started, but never finished, a tain cott and his en o er a centur ago. Let’s just hope those sneaky Norwegians don’t beat him to it.
“This is a journey that is at the very limits of what is possible in terms of human potential”
✤ To follow the progress of Ben and Tarka’s expedition visit scottexpedition.com. Ben was speaking to us as part of his role as brand ambassador for Bremont watches, bremont.com
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From Captain Scott to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, human intrigue has always led us to seek out the most dangerous, unexplored corners of the world. But what drives people to make these journeys? And what do they discover about themselves when they succeed? Renowned adventurers and serial survivors explore what drives them on when facing the harshest and most extreme cases of adversity in the wild WORDS: EMMA JOHNSON & RICHARD BROWN
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BENEDICT ALLEN Adventurer
Benedict Allen is the author of The Faber Book of Exploration. For the past 25 years he has conducted solo expeditions through the Amazon jungle, along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert without the use of GPS, satellite phone or other means of outside support. He has narrowly escaped death six times, and is an expert at living isolated in remote environments. He is renowned for his television shows – occasionally made with the hel o a fil crew, ut ore t icall without – and has paved the way for the current generation of TV adventurers. His book Into the Abyss charts his experience in 2003 when he took a pack of ‘ice-dogs’ into the harshest Siberian winter in living e or , findin uni ue ins iration ro the greatest explorers in history – Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen – to survive this freezing hell, and understand the psychology of survival. ✤ benedictallen.com
Adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls is renowned as an expert on survival and outdoor adventure. A childhood on the Isle of Wight saw him learning to climb and sail from his father, as well as training in martial arts, before joining the army, where he spent three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces. Following a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the su it o ount erest is su se uent Emmy-nominated Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor TV series have become some of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. Off-screen, Bear has lead record-breaking expeditions from Antarctica to the Arctic, raising over $2.5 million for charity. He is the youngest ever Chief Scout to 28 million scouts worldwide, was awarded an honorary commission as a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy, and has authored ten books, including the bestseller: Mud Sweat & Tears. This October he launches a 24-hour survival course as part of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, offering wilderness survival training in the Scottish Highlands. ✤ beargrylls.com
Belief: that our existence is justified, that thin s will et better, that God will intervene. With all hope gone, it came down to our sense of self-worth. Alone, facing death on a mountainside, we wonder if our lives are valid. Together, sheltering in a huddle in a lifeboat, we look to a leader who will reassure us. ‘Don’t’ we count?’ we ask ourselves. Living things are fragile and transient, so we reach up to God or philosophy, or any other stable platform to hel us out with this uestion What does the world care about? Are we just the same as sheep, ending up as a morsel on the end of a fork? This is the challenge. Sitting on Annapurna or standing here in the Berning Strait is no time for modesty. We have to believe the world needs us to remain around a while longer.”
This extract from Into the Abyss (Faber and Faber, 2006) is reprinted by kind permission of the publisher
People’s longing for adventure hasn’t changed, it’s only that opportunities are harder to find owada s the whole world is accessi le to us if we have the will and resources to explore. No other generation has ever had that e ore ur i al is not a out ein fearless; it’s about making a decision, getting on and doing it, because I want to see my kids again. It’s all about ‘what if’. What if I had to use these skills for real? I’ve met so many survivors, from plane crashes in jungles to car break-downs in deserts, and every single one looks me in the eye and says: ‘I never would have thou ht this would ha en to e find s di in reall hard ro e my back while skydiving when I was in the military and for 18 months all my nightmares were about falling. Climbing Everest gave me huge drive to get strong again and in many ways I wonder whether without the accident I would have found the drive and determination to make that dream a reality. Sometimes it takes a knock to make us realise what we are reall all a out
Bear Grylls speaking exclusively to The Mayfair Magazine, August 2013
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the sort o erson that, when readin a out the e loits o others, is distracted curiosit to now i would e a le to do the sa e ow would ha e reacted in that situation Would e the hero leadin the wa and hel in others, or the one aral sed hel less anic, or the one dri en terror to a e selfish decisions t is this curiosit that oti ates e to e lore where ersonal ca a ilities and li its lie, and which draws e to e er ore challen in e editions want to now who a ot that a dri en to ro e sel a hero t is in act the e act o osite a dri en the ear that will find sel lac in , and this ear ushes e to search or reassurance t was this desire or sel understandin that had led e to ad entures in ntarctica as a raduate, ut it was the sus icion o what such sel understandin i ht re eal that had lured e ac to ntarctica alone hrou h the ris o that alone ness ho ed to esta lish once and or all i ears were ounded, the ear that at core was not u to it
In 2012, Felicity Aston became the first wo an in the world to s i across ntarctica alone he has also raced a ile endurance race across the anadian rctic, led a tea o wo en across the inland ice o reenland, searched or eteorite craters in ue ec, s ied alon a ro en ri er in i eria and s ent three ears li in and wor in in the ntarctic writer, s ea er and ad enturer, she deli hts in see in out challen es and ca ti atin stories in the lanet s wildest and ost e traordinar laces er oo , Alone in Antarctica, charts her incredi le solo journe across ntarctica with reathta in honest ✤ felicityaston.co.uk
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RAY MEARS a ears has tra elled the world stud in and teachin the art o sur i al, and was honoured in the o al eo ra hical ociet or the o ularisation o eo ra h is nu erous ro ra es ha e included Wild Britain and Ray Mears goes Walkabout, and he is the author o nu erous oo s, includin Essential Bushcraft, Wild Food and Northern Wilderness is new oo My Outdoor Life is a first li se into a er ri ate an, chartin his childhood ascination with woodland ani als and learnin trac in s ills in the near orest to the startin o his co an Woodlore, throu h which he has een teachin ushcra t techni ues or o er ears, as well as the tra ic death o his first wi e n , he too wan ac re or to the rain orest in onduras as art o a ro ra e called Trips Money Can’t Buy, where the encountered continual onsoon rains and nu erous dan erous sna es
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JASON LEWIS Adventurer
Jason Lewis is an award-winning adventurer. n , he eca e the first erson to circumnavigate the earth without using motors or sails wal in , c clin and inline s atin across fi e continents, and a a in , swi in , rowin and edallin a oat across ri ers, seas, and oceans a in ears to co lete, the , ile journe was hailed the last reat first or circu na i ation by The Sunday Times. During his incredible journey, he broke both his le s while roller ladin in erica when he was hit and le t or dead a drun dri er; sur i ed a crocodile attac while a a in o the coast o ustralia; endured heat o o er de rees while i in across the udan; contracted alaria twice and was nearl attac ed irates in the Atlantic. His incredible journey is chronicled in his book Dark Waters.
I glanced behind. Two lidless eyes and a snub nose, gliding ehind a a ear ri ed e instantl the ri al, unda entall hard wired horror o ein hunted t eet lon , the wa the thin ored throu h the slashin sur rese led a iant atterin ra With unswer in intent, the re tile swa ered towards a a ar ed at the waters ed e u e ot so uch the len th as the width, a ood our eet at the idri reached o er with addle and rodded its snout he re tile res onded o enin its outh, re ealin rows o ra ed teeth set orcelain white a ainst a ca ernous ac dro t e elled a low hiss, tail raised, outh ajar and lun ed towards e t the sa e ti e sta ed aws sna ed o er the addle lade tu o war ensued n des eration, thrust awa ro e, into its throat he lade ca e ree hen swun it as hard as could shar s linterin o wood, and ound sel holdin the ractured end the croc turned and sli ed ac into dee er water t was dar the ti e ho led with the last o ear u the stee , narrow ath to the to o the headland slu ed in the windswe t rass, utterl s ent ut had no intention o slee in ar elow, lowin oran e in the ea o headla , a air o slee less e es atrolled ac and orth reached or ocean rin t was sa e, on le t rin fin er re e ered the da first ut it on outside the olden ate rid e, and the led e d ade to the sea ro now on, we are one ad it wor ed erha s he acific, a ter all, had finall let e ass
This abridged extract is taken ro The Expedition, Dark Waters ill fish oo s co o schedule ason ewis or s ea in en a e ents contact Tammie Stevens at tstevens@ ill fish oo s co
LAURA DEKKER Sailor
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nl nautical iles le t to o and toda saw the first o an s all islands ll e sailin uadelou e is still hidin o er the hori on, ut e ect that it will soon e in si ht actl da s a o was sailin on the o osite side o uadelou e headin west, with a whole unch o old fishin uo s and nets in tow ince then a li eti e o e eriences has one t eels li e it was just yesterday, but at the same time it seems like it was an eternity ago. Back then I had no idea I would be back now with a li e load o new e eriences and , nautical iles under u s eel ut here a , ha in almost circumnavigated the whole world. Yes, that idea is slowl sin in in ut don t reall elie e it nd then here oes u , all sails u rushin to i son a with ore and ore oats co in on side n one o the oats can see ather and other, and I have to look twice to recognise my sister who turned u with ri ht red hair With the oat otilla in tow slowl anoeu re u under the rid e this a es it the second ti e headin or a hu e crowd o eo le waitin just or e t is o erwhel in , too antastic and ost o the ti e don t elie e it is reall ha enin hen it is a il hu s, so e inter iews and uch action, and it is o er e ore can ta e it all in ut a ter a ood ni hts slee , it all slowl sin s in ll, ut or eelin that what did is totall nor al
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SERVICEMEN ON A MISSION Walking With The Wounded’s 2013 Challenge will be its biggest yet. Here, co-founder Ed Parker, whose simple idea to help his injured nephew turned into a major charity with Prince Harry as its patron, talks about the challenges conquered, and those still to come WORDS: ELLE BLAKEMAN & RICHARD BROWN
S MID-LIFE CRISES go, it was a good one. Two years ago, former military man Ed Parker was in the middle of planning an ‘old fart’s’ trip to the North Pole when his nephew, Harry, 26, was badly injured in Afghanistan. “I saw Harry in hospital and it had rather more of an effect on me than I expected,” he says. “As our planning for the pole continued, I said to my chum, ‘Why don’t we take the wounded?’ It was a slightly throwaway line but it grew from that.” Parker, along with friend, Simon Daglish, also a former military man, decided to go ahead with their trip, taking four wounded servicemen along with them, with injuries ranging from missing and paralysed limbs to – staggeringly – a broken back. “We thought because of my nephew we would open it up to include the wounded to raise awareness and raise money.” Parker is quick to point out that the raising money part was secondary. “It was more that we wanted to raise awareness of the courage and
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determination of these young people and the fact that they do still have a future.” Harry lost both of his legs and injured his hand, but being ex-army himself, Parker has a very stoic view of injury in warfare. “It’s what happens; you can’t say ‘God this is awful’ because it’s just what happens when one is a soldier. A lot of people dwell on the past and how awful it is but, to be blunt, it’s happened. And so what you’ve got to try and do is focus on what the future may hold. The fact that you are physically or mentally less able than you were beforehand doesn’t mean that you are closing all the doors to life.” This inspirational message is not new, but doing a ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ by taking four wounded soldiers across one of the toughest terrains in existence adds the touch of testosterone and frankly sheer bloody- mindedness that soldiers and civilians alike can identify with. “These guys don’t want pity or sorrow because it’s ne ati e he lon ter enefits or those our are er si nificant or the it was a ersonal journe that
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set them on a completely different road to where they were before. And that to me is a great by-product. The message to others is the key. It was to show others – both military and civilian – that if you are in a bad place physically or mentally, why stop?” Their plans went into military-level overdrive when Parker approached Prince Harry to ask him to be a patron of the charity. Apparently the idea of HRH joining the group wasn’t even mentioned until Prince Harry turned around at the press launch and said, “I’m coming along, you know that don’t you?” Harry’s involvement took the entire operation into a new direction. “It all changed then” says Parker. “We thought the North Pole was just going to be a little one-off and we’d crawl back under our stones and get on with life but it didn’t quite happen like that. When we got back Harry said to me ‘You can’t stop. You’ve got to keep going’. And, well, you have to do as you’re told!” he says, as I think most Englishmen would do when given a direct instruction from the third-in-line. Away from the cameras, the Prince was simply ‘Harry’, and by all accounts was no different to any of his teammates. “He is a soldier,” says Parker, affectionately. “He’s one of the boys and he is just like any young
o ficer e is er ro essional and isn t treated in an wa di erentl to his ran e identifies with these u s very, very closely. He considers himself one of them.” The work funded by Walking With The Wounded has to-date raised an incredible £1.4 million. Parker is keen to stress that none of the money raised goes towards the actual trips, these are funded by corporate donations. Instead, all the money raised for the charity goes towards schemes, often run in conjunction with other military charities such as Help for Heroes, to retrain the wounded, injured and sick to return to civilian life. “It’s not enough to just rehabilitate these guys back to health, because if you don’t have a job, then you don’t have security. You can make these guys as physically wonderful as you want, but if you don’t give them that holistic strength through a job, then the results have already been seen – drug and alcohol abuse, a huge number in prison or homeless.” This year, the charity turns its attention south, as far south as is possible in fact. Having trekked across the north o the lo e in its first e edition, it would see onl fittin that the charit s ne t endea our would see it pit its wits against the severity of the South Pole. And
Apparently the idea of HRH joining the group wasn’t even mentioned until Prince Harry turned around at the press launch and said: “I’m coming along, you know that don’t you?”
Prince Harry at the launch of The South Pole Allied Challenge 2013
this time it’s not just ex-service men from the UK who will be taking part. Under the patronage of Prince Harry once again, the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 will comprise three teams: a British contingent, a team from the United States and a team from the Commonwealth (comprising Australian and Canadian e ser ice en and while, o ficiall , the challen e is not a race, you can be sure that the teams involved will be headin south fired u with co etiti e s irit “The Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge will demonstrate the close bond between the UK forces and our allies both on and o the attlefield, sa s ar er here is no dou t that the young men and women who take part in our expeditions are an inspiration; they prove what is ossi le ost injur i en the ri ht su ort Raising funds for military charities from the constituent nations – Soldier On from Canada, Soldiers to Summits from the United States and Soldier On from Australia – the teams will trek across 335 km of the Antarctic over a four week period beginning in November. “The debt [that this country owes its servicemen] extends beyond immediate medical care and short-term reha ilitation, sa s rince arr hese en and wo en ha e i en so uch We ust reco nise their sacrifice, e than ul, so ar as we can e er re a the or it ✤ walkingwiththewounded.org.uk
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A UNIQUE INSIGHT London-based fashion photographer Enzo Barracco is showcasing his striking images of Antarctica at a private viewing at the Lloydâ€™s building in the City WORDS: STELLA SAUNDERS
NSPIRED BY THE polar adventures of Ernest Shackleton, Enzo Barracco’s haunting images of the beautiful world of Antarctica are a glimpse into an unknown world from a unique viewpoint. Usually more at home in the fashion world, where he has shot for the likes of Vogue and worked with Vivienne Westwood, Barracco’s images of Antarctica speak to a daunting and striking landscape. The photographs are available to see at a private viewing in October (for more information see below), and will be available to purchase on the night, with fi e er cent o rofits on all sales ade at the viewing going to London-based charity, The Children’s Hospital Trust Fund.
“Our body is like Antarctica - if it’s not healthy then we cannot live fulfilled lives” Barracco said: “If there is a problem with Antarctica it affects the world, if there is a problem with a person’s health it affects their world. Our body is like Antarctica – if it’s not healthy then we cannot li e ulfilled li es n est ent in a child s health will ha e enefits or ears to co e a honoured that through my work I will be able to support the charity.” The Children’s Hospital Trust Fund was set up by a team of doctors to buy urgently-needed equipment for babies and children at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The charity still decides what to purchase based on the advice of the doctors and nurses at the hospital who are up-to-date on the latest advances in medical and surgical equipment and understand the needs of the patients and their families. ✤ For more information visit chtrustfund.org.uk; for the private viewing please contact: email@example.com
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TRADE IN & TRADE UP Premium travel brand, TUMI has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for the second consecutive year to raise vital funds. During the month of October, customers have the opportunity to participate in TUMI’s ‘Trade in & Trade up’ programme, an initiative that encourages us to donate old briefcases in exchange for a 20 per cent discount on the briefcases in their new Alpha Range. All donations will be redistributed to BHF shops where they will be resold or recycled in aid of the worthy cause. The money raised will support essential research, which aims to create a better future for those affected by heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. ✤ tumi.com
A SHOE-IN Seven of London’s most fashionable and in uential ents, tal loa ers, ro ues and on stra s in li er weene s W ca ai n he ritish ootwear e traordinaire un eiled a new ca ai n to coincide with the launch o their or al talian ran e he ca ai n eatures he artorial , a enswear st le collecti e ade u o ounder err ono an ashion , hil reen o an ersonal st list ana er , lfie ee arcus o an ersonal st list , i el uwende contri utor and st list, ndi idualis co u , hris enns st list and rand consultant, rchi ald tics , a ondon radio resenter, hreads and onathan aniel r ce ashion hoto ra her ✤ oliversweeney.com
This season’s most wearable trends for the stylish man about town
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KENT & CUR CURWEN his onth, elite entle an s outfitter, ent urwen, o e into o a ile ow, a in this iconic street address the ho e o their new ondon a shi store he new o enin ollows the rand s release o a lo al ad ertisin ca ai n eaturin n land s ric et ca tain, listair oo and n lish ats an, ic o ton he W collection itsel lends the est o the rands s ortin herita e, with its n lish sensi ilit , and as result o ers the odern an the er ect wardro e u dates ✤ kentandcurwen.co.uk
den ar sta s true to its herita e this season, o erin a collection o wardro e sta les that cle erl co ine the rand s ru ori ins with the er latest trends in enswear ncor oratin a rich autu nal colour alette o indi o, oli e, claret, charcoal and ustard, the utu n collection also o ers an i ressi e line o accessories, includin ; owties, soc s and ootwear ro their chun ca le nits to that er ect autu n la er, all den ar o erin s carr the distincti e in owtie lo o, a s ol o s ortin e cellence ✤ uk.eden-park.com
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Brown leather workman gloves, £120, Hackett London, Hackett.com Maverick Shiny Gold Panama Tortoise sunglasses, £115, TOMS, toms.co.uk
Bates Wool Down Jacket, £999, Kent & Curwen, kentandcurwen.co.uk
DRSPOCK Backpack, £99, Ted Baker, tedbaker.com
Six ix stylish pieces for the adventurous at heart
Tiffany 1837 ™ Compass set in Sterling Silver, £275, Tiffany & Co., tiffany.co.uk
Everest Vincens Black Boots, £795, Bally, bally.com
AT LAND’S END American clothing brand Land’s End is this month celebrating a landmark 50 years. The label, which originated in Chicago and is now available in the UK both online and through catalogues since 1991, has marked its half century by producing an A/W 13 collection bursting with the high quality products for which this label is fast becoming known. This season the collection includes, everything ro woollen, oral coats or wo en, to durable yet ever-chic plain white shirts for men. ✤ landsend.co.uk
GO TO FOR: GROOMING Gentleman’s Tonic, the luxury male grooming establishment has a new addition; an Express branch within the iconic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Offering a number of treatments and services including haircuts, colours and shaves, Gentleman’s onic ress ro ises a uic , e ficient and quality service. So if you’re just home from that outdoor adventure, what better time to drop by for their signature wet shave – the ultimate shaving experience. ✤ Gentlemen’s Tonic, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, 020 7841 3540, gentlemenstonic.com
LUXE LUGGAGE Troubadour is an exciting new London-based ondon-based men’s luggage and accessories brand, offering superior handcrafted leather goods that marry function and style. Founded by two ex-bankers, who had spent years in pursuit of a well-designed overnight bag, Troubadour roubadour is the result of extensive market observation, and three years of perfecting ideals. A brand for men, that’s conceived by men, the collection consists of classic and un-branded briefcases and bags that they promise will last a lifetime. ✤ troubadourgoods.com
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SARACENS STYLE The rugby season has kicked off in style for the Saracens squad, thanks to Apsley of Pall Mall. Dressing the team was a major feat for the tailors Apsley. In fact, managing director, Sunil Chopra says:“Dressing Saracens was one of the biggest challenges we have ever faced in bespoke tailoring. To make suits for someone who is 20-stone, as well as someone with a neck measuring over 51 inches – well, let’s just say, we used an awful lot of cloth!” How much? For the entire squad…264 metres. ✤ apsleytailors.com
BRIT RHYTHM ur err recentl launched their first in house menswear fragrance, Brit Rhythm, a daring and contemporary new fragrance that encapsulates the raw energy of music. Opening with fresh basil verveina, spicy cardamom, and a shot of juniper berries, your senses are immediately woken by the raw, fresh, liveliness of the top note. At the heart of the fragrance is black leather, heady patchouli and styrax resin, evoking a very distinct signature scent, that will no doubt be long associated with the brand. While the dry-down of the fragrance brings a sensual facet with cedar wood, incense and warm tonka bean form the base. ✤ Brit Rhythm EDT 90ml, £57, Burberry, uk.burberry.com
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK They may be a fairly new player in the world of menswear, but that hasn’t stopped Rake from claiming one of the coveted shop fronts of Mayfair’s prestigious Duke Street. Over the past four years, the brand has gone through a dra atic rowth eriod, and now the o en their first store at No. 77. Setup like a next generation studio store, 77 Duke Street will be a working environment, featuring mood-boards on the wall and fabric swatches at easy reach. Browse the full S/S14 ready-to-wear collection on the round oor, ut i ou ean usiness, ou ll find oursel one oor down where the sta will cater to our made-to-measure and bespoke needs. ✤ RAKE, rakestyle.com
BALLY ‘INJECTION MOULDED LUG SOLE’ Swiss luxury leather house, Bally, has revealed a new collection of Injection Moulded Lug Sole shoes, based on the on li ri first atented all in he collection is refined and luxurious, yet functional and contemporary, adopting advanced techniques to deliver a versatile, hard-wearing city shoe. Perfect for business or off-duty wear, the collection consists of an Oxford shoe and an ankle boot, crafted from leather and handfinished in this season s rich colour alette of ‘Marrone’, ‘Rosso’ and ‘Petrolio’. ✤ Injection Moulded Lug Sole Collection, Bally, bally.com
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WARDROBE REFRESH Burberry Prorsum
GREEN WITH ENVY Stay tay ahead of the fashion pack with an A/W 13 wardrobe that’s as green as grass. Be it mint, olive or even lime, green is the hottest new hue tipped to dominate. Paul Smith, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci and Ermenegildo Zegna have jumped on board with a green theme, offering coats, trousers, shirts and knits in this season’s stand-out shade.
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EDGE Weekends away, long walks and crisp autumn days call for the return of chunky knits, washed denim and rustic tones
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PHOTOGRAPHER GLEN BURROWS
Cashmere & Merino Turtle Neck, £2,150, Wool Flannel Trousers, £680, both Tom Ford, tomford.com
Yellow Cable Rollneck, £230, Check Peacoat £495, Navy Peacoat, £395, Jeans £140, all Hackett, hackett.com: Boots £405, Moncler, store.moncler.com
Cashmere & Merino Turtle Neck, £2,150, Tom Ford, as before; Tan Waterproof Jacket, from a selection, £POA, Burberry Brit, uk.burberry.com
Brown Padded Brown & Fur Collar Gilet, £875, Brown Sheepskin Jacket, £2215, all Moncle, as before; Jeans £110, Polo Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.co.uk
Check Shirt, £165, Orange Jumper, £240, Orange Gilet, £215, Khaki Pocket Coat, £515, Jeans, £110, all Polo Ralph Lauren, as before
Danielle Ogilvie at Tiger Creative using Chanel Le Weekend S/S2013
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HAIR CARE This month, a few of our favourite brands have launched initiatives to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among them, is haircare brand ghd, who launched a li ited edition in styler to help raise vital funds for the worthy cause. A £10 donation from the proceeds of each sale will be made to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the orce at the ore ront o findin new treatments and promoting early detection. Since 2004, ghd has helped raised almost £7 million to fund Breakthrough’s pioneering work, a massive feat that’s not possible without the support of the City’s most stylish women.
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✤ Delfina Voyage Collection, bally.com
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FALL MAKE-UP MUST HAVES “Mystic Metallics” is the stunnin new autu n a e u collection from Christian Dior; a beautiful colour palette of mysterious and magnetic re ections ns ired Christian Dior, a man who was wildly superstitious and held a strong belief in omens and fate, the fall colour story promises to takes us on a voyage from the Earth to the Moon. The stars of the collection, two 5 Couleurs palettes of eyeshadow, offer endless opportunities for the iridescent, evening eyes.
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✤ Russian Doll Collection, playfulpromises.com
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LET THERE BE LIGHT The 120-year-old House of Boucheron sheds light on its birthplace at 26 Place Vendôme in Paris with its new high jewellery collection. Frédéric Boucheron was a true visionary and in 1893 his was the first jeweller aison to o en on this site, chosen for one reason only; the sun’s rays would shine on the boutique from morning until night. The Hôtel de la Lumière collection is centred on the art of light in dedication to the founder’s fascination with this particular source. The show-stopper piece is the Soleil Radiant diamond necklace which applauds the military victories of the French ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. ✤ boucheron.com
33 OF A KIND Every two years some of the biggest names in watchmaking – Breguet and Patek Philippe included – embark on a mission to create one-off, other-worldly timepieces for auction at Only Watch, a charity initiative that raises money for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Hoping to achieve more than the £3.4 million raised in 2011, the 33 watches produced for auction in Monaco this autumn range from Corum’s Asclepius-inspired Ti-Bridge 3-Day Power Reserve to Chronoswiss’ monkey-adorned Three Apes. Also notable this year is the pronounced presence of feminine timepieces. Our favourites are Jaquet Droz’s the Loving utter and an lee r els ne ourn e onaco, a watch ade es erisin moving silhouettes of a mother and daughter walking through the city. ✤ onlywatch.com
A JAEGER-GIRL’S BEST FRIEND For a brand that does elegance and artistry li e no other, sa e, erha s acheron onstantin, this ears enice nternational Film Festival provided Jaeger-LeCoultre with a fittin lace to un eil its e erso ordonnet uetto he newest creation ro the o ficial sponsors of the festival made its debut on the red carpet on the wrist of British actress Sophie Kennedy Clark. As is the case with all Reverso watches (hence the name), the timepiece displays two distinct dials. The front is entirely set with diamonds (the watch boasts more than 1,250 in all), while the back dial is marked by the deep blue colour of lapis lazuli. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they certainly don’t come cheap. The Reverso Cordonnet Duetto will part you from £192,000. ✤ jaeger-lecoultre.com
✤ Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date (Ref. 5200)
In keeping with all things pure and design-related, let us introduce you to a new collection of timepieces from French jewellery house Boucheron. As its name would suggest, the Épure collection is a lesson in cleanness and subtle styling. Available in white and rose gold, set with and without diamonds, and housing Girard-Perregaux-produced movements, the watches carry cabochon sapphires, a stone which Frederic Boucheron believed held talismanic properties. The pieces (which start from £13,900) also all hold a Latin inscription on the back, Horas non numero nisi serenas, which translates into ‘I count only the joyful hours’. A most affable approach to timekeeping, in our opinion.
£39,960, Patek Philippe, patek.com
For treasured timepieces, horological heirlooms and modern masterpieces, watch this space...
ONE TO WATCH Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s most exciting creations
Blue was the colour at Baselworld 2013 and of the navy-sporting timepieces on display it was Patek Philippe’s Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date (Ref. 5200) that impressed many the most; an extraordinary example of Art Deco design and mechanical watchmaking
INTERVENTION Eccentric accessories from out of this world
✤ 1 La Ferrari watch, £250,000, Hublot, Marcus Watches, 170 New Bond Street ✤ 2 White diamond skull cufflinks, £8,855, Deakin & Francis, deakinandfrancis.com ✤ 3 The Music Machine, £8,500, MB&F, mbandf.com ✤ 4 McLaren perforated cufflinks, £170, Links of London, 24 Lime Street ✤ 5 Signature Pure Black phone, £11,500,
Vertu, vertu.com ✤ 6 Caran d’Ache Caelograph pen, £3,500, William and Son, williamandson.com ✤ 7 EMC watch, £94,000, Urwerk, Marcus Watches, as before ✤ 8 Bespoke sapphire money clip, POA GTO London, gtolondon.com ✤ 9 Engraved metal skull cufflinks, £90, Paul Smith, paulsmith.co.uk ✤ 10 Ocean Tourbillon GMT, POA, Harry Winston, harrywinston.com ✤ 11 Day bag, £1,095, Troubadour Goods, troubadourgoods.com
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Cheapside as it was in the 1890s
BURIED TREASURES A new exhibition at the Museum of London this October lifts the lid on one of the most incredible discoveries of the last century: a veritable treasure chest of gems and jewels found by chance underneath an old property in Cheapside in 1912 WORDS: JACK WATKINS
N THE EARLY years of the last century, GF ‘Stony Jack’ Lawrence–collector and dealer in antiquaries–was a man on a quiet mission. Recognising that much of historical, archaeological, or mere curiosity, value was being destroyed as new roads and building developments mushroomed across London, he had come to an arrangement with City workmen. “I thought, what a lot of stuff was being lost because of the navies [who] did not know what to look for,” he recalled for a Daily Herald reporter in 1937. “I decided to try to teach them….that every scrap of metal, pottery, glass or leather that has been lying under London may have a story to tell the archaeologists, and is worth saving.” The system–developed over half a pint in his neighbourhood pub–certainly yielded results, for Lawrence said that never a weekend passed when someone didn’t bring him something, and that over period of 15 years, he got over 15,000 objects out of the soil for the London Museum (precursor of the modern Museum of London), where he also worked as an assistant. But nothing equalled the summer day in 1912 when a rou o hea side la ourers shu ed into his sho in Wandsworth and, emptying a sacksful of large clods o earth o er the oor, e clai ed We e struc a to shop, I think guv’nor!” The men had been working on the demolition of the property at 30-32 Cheapside, which had stood since the seventeenth century. One o the had een rea in u the cellar oor with a ic a e when he struc what turned out to e an old wooden casket, full of delicate items caked in mud. Stony Jack quickly realised that in fact they had dug up a huge hoard of jewels – including emeralds, rubies, pearls and gems – from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It amounted to what Hazel Forsyth, curator at the Museum of London, describes as “one of the most i ortant finds e er reco ered ro the soil o ondon Consisting of nearly 500 glittering items, she says it is the single most important source of knowledge of early modern jewellery worldwide. When it was put on display shortly after its discovery in 1912 it caused a edia ren he new e hi ition is the first ti e the entire hoard has been brought together for a show and, alon side sheer eaut o the e hi its, it s also a reminder of the former importance of the area in which the find was located Cheapside might seem a relatively unremarkable sort of road today, distinguished only by the spire of Sir Christopher Wren’s St Mary-Le-Bow – of Cockney Bow Bells fame – but in the medieval period, as one
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of London’s prime thoroughfares, it was the centre of a thriving market, and was lined with luxury shops, like a City equivalent of present day Bond Street. “The Goldsmiths shops upon the bridges at Florence and Paris have perhaps sometimes been as richly or better furnished,” wrote the travel writer Fynes Moryson in 1617. “But I may lawfully say…..that I never did see any such daily shew any so sumptuous in any place in the world as in London.” By the end of the seventeenth century, there were several hundred goldsmiths operating at the west end of Cheapside, serving the City and Westminster elites. Not every goldsmith operating in the area was reputable, and many were immigrant craftsmen who ca e and went, ut, while no fir evidence has emerged about the owner or depositer of the hoard found at No: 30-32, the cosmopolitan nature of its contents suggests a practitioner operating at the high end of the market. Some of the items in the collection are of such rarity and value, says Forsyth, that they would have made acceptable royal gifts. The hoard is also a superb time capsule of the jewellers’ trade in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, since it consists o finished and unfinished aterial, most of it in excellent condition. And what adds to its fascination is that it is not simply a connoisseur’s collection, con or in to a hi hl s ecific and refined taste, but that of a working goldsmith, trying to cater for a range of potential customers. Additionall , it re ects ondon s status as one of the mercantile capitals of the world, trading round the globe, as evidenced by merchant inventories surviving from the time, heavy with details of fashionable, expensive jewels. The hoard includes emeralds from Columbia, moonstones from Sri Lanka, rubies, diamonds and garnets from India, malachite and azurite from Russia, pearls from Scotland, and opals and onyx from continental Europe. While the majority of the jewels were carved in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, some are of much greater age, dating back to Egyptian and Byzantine periods, or to Classical antiquity. A sardonyx cameo of a Ptolemaic queen – possibly Cleopatra – may have emerged from an Alexandrian workshop in the second or third centuries BC. n inta lio, ossi l ro the first centur ,
is car ed with fi ures ro ree mythology, and a Byzantine amethyst cameo of the tenth century has full-length depictions of the Early Christian saints George and Demetrios. An uncut onyx cameo of Elizabeth I and a spectacular gold watch set in a large Columbian emerald had, until recently, been used to date the collection to between 1590 and 1620. But recently a previously overlooked intaglio emblazoned with the heraldic badge of William Howard, the first and onl iscount ta ord , has provided new evidence for the time of the hoard’s deposition in the cellar. With Stafford granted his peerage in 1640, and recent excavations at the site showing clear evidence of the destruction wrought by the Great Fire of London, it has enabled the Museum of London to date the deposition between 1640 and 1666. Yet mystery still clouds much of the hoard’s story, and efforts to explain how it came to be stashed away and why its owner never returned to collect it remain merely speculative. The idea that it was a burgler’s swag has some appeal, since many a back street operator in the area was involved in pilfering, larceny and embezzlement of plate and jewels. Yet it seems highly unlikely that a criminal would choose to deposit their haul in a street specialising in goldsmith shops. Was it, then, a result of the English Civil War, in which an jewellers went o to fi ht, while others ed a road, ne er to return We a ne er now, though Forsyth hopes the exhibition she has curated – and a new book she has written on the subject to coincide with its opening – will provoke scholars from around the world to carry out deeper research. In any case, she is delighted to be bringing the jewels ac to their ori inal location he useu is just a fi e minute walk from where the hoard was found, and there are not many collections on display you can say that about. We are also recreating a goldsmith’s shop from the sixteenth century, and exhibiting portraits of people wearing expensive jewellery of the time. But everything in the hoard is rare. There really is nothing else quite like it in the world.”
Top: Cameo - Cleopatra; Right: Emerald Carved Parrott
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From top to bottom: Bloodstone Carved Strawberry Leaf; Byzantine Amethyst Cameo - St George and St Demetrios; Emerald Watch; Signed Gilt Watch; Gold and Enamel pendant cross
✤ The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels is at the Museum of London from 11 Oct – 27 April 2014
All images, courtesy of Cheapside Hoard exhibition, Museum of London
It is the single most important source of knowledge of early modern jewellery worldwide
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Despite its roots in design and craftsmanship, jewellery has never been given equal merit in the art world and yet there are several contemporary brands keen to stress the strong link between jewellery and art. At the forefront of these enthuasiasts is Russian jeweller Maxim Voznesensky who has just opened his a shi store on ld ond treet o create his pieces, Voznesensky draws upon painting, architecture, sculpture and theatre and because of this some of his innovative designs are currently being showcased in Moscow’s Kremlin Museum at the Diamonds of Russia exhibition. The artist hi sel studied at the oscow chool o Arts and Crafts and the Moscow Institute of Architecture before going on to launch his eponymous label. His trademark patented design feature is he eel, a er ectl alanced at ed e on the underside of his rings which allow them to stand alone as miniature sculptures.
This autumn sees the launch of Harrods’ new luxury jewellery room, offering independent designers and established brands their own exclusive platform within the department store or the first ti e he outi ue will de ut onica inaders first shop-in-shop retail space alongside the li es o eor ensen, te hen We ster and Annoushka. Amongst the roster of new designers launching with the luxury room in 2013 are Rosantica, Bee Goddess, atchstic and h dne an (exclusive to Harrods). ✤ harrods.com
✤ MV Jewellery Theatre, 44 Old Bond Street, W1S 4GB maximvoznesensky.com
JEWELLERY Jewels, gems, pearls and diamonds; the essential components of any lady’s jewellery collection
CUTTING EDGE Carolina Bucci jewellery stands out in the industry thanks to exceptional craftsmanship and contemporary design. The designer’s latest collection, entitled Gitane, remains true to form.
Above from top/ Earrings, owl pendant; Right cross the fin er rin set with tsavorites, opals and diamonds All part of the Gitane Collection
Taking its name from the French word for gypsy, Gitane has been inspired by old world folklore and 1950s starlets. The owl is the central character and takes after the flamboyant designs of renowned Italian jewellery artist Fulco di Verdura, whose pieces are heavily influenced by animals. The other strong motif is the smile, originating from the smiles of iconic 20th century women such as Sophia Loren ✤ carolinabucci.com
A FAMILIAR RING Fabergé is extending its best-selling collection over the past three years, which comprises the Emotion rings, to include new additions which will be arriving in boutiques this autumn. The new designs feature more than 300 precious gemstones in an array of rich autumnal colours and, with each stone set by hand in a random pavé setting, no two rings are the same. Having created exquisite jewels and objects since 1842, the House of Fabergé has become revered for its craftsmanship, innovation and artistry of colour. ✤ faberge.com
Leading contemporary jewellery designers find inspiration in art and architecture
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✤ 1 Opium gold-plated onyx necklace, £1,575, Saint Laurent, net-a-porter.com ✤ 2 Duality double ring, POA, Melanie Georgacopoulos, melaniegeorgacopoulos.com ✤ 3 Lunaria ring, POA, Eternamé, etername.com ✤ 4 Gold-plated horn necklace, £1,125, Maiyet, net-a-porter.com ✤ 5 L’Exceptionnelle Emeraude ring, POA, Ornella Iannuzzi,
ornellaiannuzzi.com ✤ 6 Dedale pendant necklace, £2,171, Lanvin, farfetch.com ✤ 7 Opening Castle 18-karat yellow gold, black diamond and diamond ring, £35,000 Theo Fennell, 4 The Courtyard, Royal Exchange ✤ 8 Gold bangle, POA, Chloé A/W13 collection, chloe.com ✤ 9 Gold-tone crystal and resin ring, £325, Emilio Pucci, net-a-porter.com ✤ 10 Gold ring, POA, Chloé A/W13 collection, chloe.com ✤ 11 Boxed gold ring, £150, Hannah Warner, hannahwarner.com ✤ 12 D’Arling double gold ring, £98, Maria Black, kabiri.co.uk ✤ 13 Whitby Jet ring, POA, Jacqueline Cullen, jacquelinecullen.com ✤ 14 De Con gold-plated ring, £170, Maria Black, net-a-porter.com ✤ 15 Rose gold sabre earrings, POA, Shaun Leane, harrods.com
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PIECE BY PIECE As the global economy continues to shake down and attempt to right itself, what is the outlook for the world of mergers and acquisitions? WORDS: SUSAN MCKENZIE
FEATURE | WORK
OTHING SYMBOLISED THE recklessness of the pre-credit crisis merger boom more than the $98 billion hostile acquisition of ABN Amro by an RBS-led consortium in October 2007. Despite warning si nals that financial disaster was looming, including a run on British bank Northern Rock, bankers, lawyers and shareholders pushed the deal over the line and ultimately pushed RBS to the brink. The UK witnessed over $442 billion worth of mergers in 2007 and bankers continued to paint a rosy picture at the end of the year. In 2012, UK deal values sank 67 per cent to $145 billion as the merger ania too a assi e hit ro the financial crisis and the vanishing of credit lines, forcing companies to hoard cash he final low ca e in o e er when miner BHP Billiton pulled its $66 billion offer for Rio Tinto, blaming deteriorating market conditions, a collapse in commodity prices and the credit market squeeze. he drou ht has lasted or fi e ears and after a few false dawns the market is feeling the warmth of optimism as UK and European economies emerge gingerly from hibernation. In June, Vodafone announced a $10 billion bid for German cable operator Kabel Deutschland. This was followed in July with UK engineering giant Invensys submitting to a $5.2 billion bid from France’s Schneider Electric. A $35 billion advertising mega merger between America’s Omnicom and France’s Publicis and a $9.6 billion approach for Dutch telecoms group KPN from Carlos Slim’s America Movil have capped a promising few summer months. In a recent report into UK M&A, consulting group eloitte ar ued that i ro in consu er confidence, a recovery in corporate risk appetite, record cash holdings and the availability of debt have combined to create highly favourable conditions for an upturn in M&A activity”. Deloitte’s head of transaction services Angus Knowlesutler, e lains that the confidence is artl dri en acquisition activity that is trickling down to the UK and European level and is also helped by the large cash piles accumulated by corporates in the downturn. “Companies across Europe have near record cash reserves”, notes Knowles-Cutler. Recent media reports have estimated that UK corporates have around £700 billion of cash on their balance sheets. Knowles-Cutler says consumer business, TMT and
manufacturing sectors are ripe for the picking, while professional services should also remain promising for the rest of the year. Some market commentators are voicing caution as the recovery remains at an early stage and is vulnerable to geopolitical and economic shocks, but the future does seem brighter. One merger arbitrage trader at a London-based event-driven brokerage commented that he expects the increase in M&A activity to pick up after the summer. “CEOs must put cash on their balance sheets to work or risk losing out to the competition as economic growth continues to pick up pace.” Nancy Havens, founder and president of Havens Advisors, a hedge fund based in New York, says she is seeing a pick-up in activity but still remains cautious. “There are a lot of deals, but not huge ones and that is the general trend we are seeing now. No one is willing to put a lot of money down in these uncertain times”. The nature of deal-making has also changed, notes Havens, pointing out that corporates are more attracted to infill roduct additions, rather than transformational deals. Havens highlights that the attractiveness of the targets in both valuation and strategy means there has been aggressive bidding wars in several situations. “There are more bidding wars than I can remember in a very long time”, comments Havens. Ed Vinales, news editor at Dealreporter Europe, agrees: “There is not the activism of past years but shareholders are still demanding the creation of value as opposed to letting managers pursue ambitious strategies in the hope for growth”. Knowles-Cutler says there is another difference in the market since the crisis. “Banks and their advisers are uttin ore e hasis on ows o transactions ro BRIC buyers of UK/European assets and outgoing deals from UK to BRIC economies,” he explains. This may be the longer term play, but Knowles-Cutler thinks much of the business in the next quarter will come from North America, UK and Europe. erha s the ost si nificant ositi e si n or the M&A market is that the major investment banks are halting their cull on banking jobs. Recent media reports noted that recruiters are at their busiest since 2010 as banks move to hire dealmakers and traders to capitalise on the budding economic recovery. A promising sign the green shoots of 2013 may blossom into a surge of takeover activity.
“Shareholders are still demanding the creation of value as opposed to letting managers pursue ambitious strategies in the hope for growth”
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INTERVIEW | WORK
CALM SEAS Steering three ships at once is a tricky task, especially when those vessels form an integral and diverse part of the BBC fleet. The fact that controller Bob Shennan manages to maintain a steady course relies not only on his role as, arguably, the most powerful man in radio, but the fact he’s a passionate personal devotee of the medium WORDS: CHRIS RITCHIE
t’s an impressive reality – in the face of increasing competition from iPods, smart phones, tablets and other recorded music and video devices, radio has remained current and forward-thinking, continuing to command impressive audiences. The world’s longest-serving entertainment technology medium is a constant, a fabric of life. But as Radio 2, 6Music and Asian network controller Bob Shennan admits, it has only survived by concentrating on one operative word – ‘relevance’. “We always come back to relevance. We have to,” he begins. “It’s the same for radio as it is for any other platform... any other product or service. The task is to keep adapting and changing in the way greater society does. If you fail to do that, you’re gone.” That relevance, through a diversity and breadth of content that connects and leads in equal measure, remains the challenge facing Shennan. It comes packaged with an intense scrutiny that only the BBC can provide, but it’s a challenge the 51-year-old thrives on, with consummate calm. Radio 2, in particular, is the UK’s favourite station, helped no doubt by its specialist programming that includes weekday shows focused on genres as diverse as jazz, blues, folk, electronic and reggae, combined with a middle-of-the-road appeal managing to attract audiences young and old. “As long as you keep your eye on things, you’ll be okay in radio,” Shennan says. “Radio 2 is certainly helped by a variety of music mixed with a fantastic cross-section of presenters. It’s proof, if ever it was needed, that music doesn’t have to be confined to narrow demographic stereotypes,” he says. “We target people who want to be entertained and who love a wide range of music – and that’s what we deliver. “6Music delivers a similar product, albeit for people who want music over conversation, and who maybe take their listening more seriously. There’s a kind of alternative spirit of pop music rather than the
mainstream elements that are served much more by Radio 2 and Radio 1. For 6Music, the range and variety is a really important ingredient because the audience loves that range, that variety, and the serendipity of music. They appreciate too how presenters craft and curate the programmes themselves, although that’s something that 6Music and Radio 2 do in equal measure.” Having taken over from predecessor Lesley Douglas, who resigned in 2008 over the Russell Brand/Jonathan Ross fallout, Shennan’s approach is one that accepts he cannot be across all of the content all of the time. He relies on having an experienced and attentive team, empowering them to flourish in an environment where he sets the targets and supports his people in delivering them. “I try to encourage a creative programme-making environment and I have a great team of people to lead it on a day-today basis,” he says. “That rule applies to 2, 6 and Asian Network. They’re all very different but the same approach I think is capable of success irrespective of the editorial range.” Wirral-born Shennan, who has also led BBC Radio 5Live and the short-lived Channel 4 Radio project, carries with him an assuredness. It layers over his passion, even against a backdrop of live broadcasting that can, at the pressing of a button, bring about serious challenges. “The presenters offer us a tremendous double-edged sword. These are highly-talented individuals. That means they’re also very creative and strong-minded. And they don’t necessarily do everything you ask of them,” he muses, with a wry smile. “I think the scrutiny is a challenge. This is the BBC and these are national radio services. The public pays for the output, so you constantly feel that what you’re doing is under the microscope, and rightly so. You can’t make changes without those changes being noticed, and that sort of accountability is very demanding – quite proper but very demanding.”
“The task is to keep adapting and changing in the way greater society does. If you fail to do that, you’re gone”
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“You get lots of opinion, from a variety of sources, and for everything you do, good or bad. You’ve got to have a bit of self-belief”
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Furthermore, with corporate targets and expectations to be met, there is little time to relax, even when the suggestion from listeners is that the product is right. “You need to be quite resilient because this business evolves all the time,” Shennan continues. “You get lots of opinion, from a variety of sources, and for everything you do, good or bad. You’ve got to have a bit of self-belief. But equally the rewards of delivering such successful and popular services are really enormous, as long as you keep moving it forward.” Certainly for the future, explains Shennan, the challenges are all too common for the BBC. Technology will play a key part when it comes to access and choice, but, just as before, the key focus for the BBC is to ensure they remain distinctive from the more cookie-cutter commercial sector offerings, while, at the same time, being distinctive from one another in-house too. “The idea that we can afford any overlap in people’s minds around the purpose of the services, or that we could do things that are clearly replicable in the commercial world, are things we want to keep away from. Obviously the commercial world plays a lot of music and they play music we do, but I believe that our approach to editorial content and presentation is distinct, original and very different from commercial radio, and that’s where it needs to stay.”
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Ice rinks, ski slopes, curling and tubing, Earls Court will become a winter wonderland from 30 October-3 November, as the Ski and Snowboard Show hits London, bigger and better than ever. Guests will be able to peruse over 250 stands, and enjoy alpine food and wine tasting at a number of après ski style bars. Don’t miss your opportunity to get travel trips and ideas from experts around the world at the UK’s largest winter sports show.
his onth will ar the th ri inal ountain arathon (OMM), set to take place in the Brecon Beacons. The UK’s bravest mountaineers will push their limits in what is still, internationally, the largest and most prestigious mountain marathon event. On the last weekend this month, OMM competitors will be tested on teamwork, self-reliance, endurance and outdoor navigational skills, in an attempt to take the title.
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a in lace ro the o e er, the ndian cle hallen e is an international fundraising event organised by Acorns. In order to raise money for children’s hospices around the UK, artici ants will c cle throu h ajasthan, with the aj Mahal mausoleum as their impressive end goal. There is also the opportunity to extend the stay and take part in a community project, which helps to improve the lives of the local population.
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This month London will play host to an impressive line-up of directors, cast and crew for the 57th BFI Film Festival. The Festival will run ro cto er, durin which ti e a total o fiction and documentary features will be screened, including 22 world premieres, 16 international premieres, and 29 European premieres. And you certainly don’t have to be of A-list status to take part; there are a host of events organised to appeal to all ages and interests.
In response to the UK’s growing American football fan base, the o fice has this ear scheduled two re ular season a es at Wembley Stadium – this will come as a huge relief to those that were de astated when the issed the first a e last onth supporters can now catch the second game, when Jacksonville Jaquars host the San Francisco 49ers on 27 October. If you would like to share in the excitement, don’t delay – tickets are selling fast.
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Some of the world’s most acclaimed street and outsider artists will present innovative works as part of Lyes & Jones latest exhibition, Go Hard or Go Home. From 29 October–4 November, The Rag Factory, just off Brick Lane, will host works from Pure Evil, Cyclops, Beejoir, Mambo and many more. Despite their healthy disregard for the rules, the works from these artists, have gone onto become ‘must-haves’ in prestigious collections across the globe, therefore making this exhibition a must-see for contemporary art collectors.
his onth, et in on the World u ualifier action, as England takes on Montenegro and Poland at Wembley Stadium. n land will la ontene ro first on cto er, which is ti ed to be a close match–the two teams have only met three times, and on each of these occasions, the result has been a draw. On 15 October, England will then come up against Poland whom they’ve played 18 times, of which ten have resulted in wins, seven in a draw and one in a defeat.
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CURVE BALL The staggering new Jaguar XFR-S strikes out from Seattle’s city centre and onto the open winding road beyond WORDS: NEIL BRISCOE
HE SUN STROBING through the trees is a good start. It’s a warm, soft, golden light and the trees seem impossibly tall on both sides. Through the small gaps, we can see tall mountains, still snowy-capped even at the beginning of a warm August. They look, to someone born and raised in a country with little enough in the way of true elevation changes, like a photoreel special effect. The road rises and falls, curves and straightens rhythmically in what would be a perfect impression of a race track, were it not for the double yellow lines up the middle and signs regularly warning us that the upcoming corner should only be taken at a sedate 10 mph. Not in one of these, buddy. We’re in the Jaguar XFR-S – not the retina-threatening bright blue one that’s proved so popular with the photographers, but in a more subtle crisp white. Behind, looking suitably menacing in the mirrors, is a dark red version keeping a respectful watching distance on
the huge boot spoiler. It’s a rather outré addition for a normally conservative Jaguar, looking for all the world as if a WW1 Sopwith Camel has made an emergency landing on the bootlid. Taxi for Mr Biggles. That spoiler somewhat taints your initial impression o the and it s an i ression rein orced our first introduction to the car being on a race track. The Ridge Park Motorsports track is a tight, fast, technical little circuit about a two-hour drive from the centre of Seattle, where Jaguar has chosen to launch this pair of higher or ance achines air h es, ecause or the first time in four years, since the launch of the current Jaguar XJ, there is a range–topping XJR model, which shares the same 550 hp supercharged V8 as the XFR-S. Pulling out of the pits and onto the track, your first i ressions is, then, one o hooli an n attention-garnering, track-day special designed to be headline-bait for Jaguar as it seeks to build on its recent successes (global sales are up by a third, year to date). The track time just hammers that thought home. For a four-door saloon weighing nigh-on two tonnes,
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litre su erchar ed , hp @ 6,500 rpm, 680 Nm @ 2,500 rpm PERFORMANCE: 0-62 mph in 4.6 secs FUEL ECONOMY: Claimed 24 mpg EMISSIONS: 270 g/km PRICE: From €79,995
the XFR-S sticks its bespoke 20” Pirelli tyres deep into the Ridge Park tarmac and resolutely refuses to miss an apex. Tail-out silliness is there for the taking, but if you drive it right, it is as responsive and precise as no four-door has a right to be. Even through the secondlast corner – a 10 metre drop of a left-to-right homage to Laguna Seca’s infamous corkscrew that feels as if you’re falling off the side of a tall building – the XFR-S is planted. On the winding, tumbling roads north of Seattle, then, heading into the hills and crossing over rivers and streams it seems every 30 seconds, the XFR-S should be a hard-riding nightmare, a personal hell of bruised spine and tortured fillin s nd et, it s not t s uid and su le fir , without dou t, ut ne er allin into raceless bashing over bumps. True, American tarmac tends to be smoother than ours, but even on broken Irish blacktop, I reckon the S will be every bit as capable. With that 550 hp (and 680 Nm of torque) it’s animal fast too. 0-62 mph is done in a BMW M5-matching 4.6 secs and the top speed as a ludicrously lofty 186 mph. hose fi ures would not ha e dis raced a id en ined supercar not long ago. But, unlike the M5, you don’t drive every second in fear of both your life and your licence.
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The M5 feels beserk, savage. The XFR-S feels progressive, wieldy. Yes, the Munich Menace can deploy higher levels of power, technology and better consumption and emissions, but on a twisting, unfamiliar road, I’d rather have the XFR-S. Except I wouldn’t. I’d have the XJR instead. More expensive (it costs £92,325 compared to the XFR-S’ £79,995) the XJR is one of those magical cars that seems to be worth more than the sum of its parts. It’s bigger than the XFR-S, but lighter (by about 150 kg depending on the equipment) and uses the same engine to the same effect. Same 0-62 mph time. Same 24 mpg fuel consumption. Same Co2 emissions of 270 g/km. Only the top speed is different, with the XJR being limited to 174 mph. Hardly a deal-breaker? It’s not as aggressive in its steering or its turn in as the XFR-S either, but the counterbalance of that is that it’s also slightly more languid and more relaxed when you don’t want to drive as if it’s the closing seconds of qualifying. Like the XFR-S, if feels less savage, more progressive in its power delivery than the AMG or M opposition, but is barely any slower, if at all, when pressing on. Also, like its smaller brother, the sound ualit is antastic refined ut still ani alistic crac le and snarl no la , woo in , this What Jaguar has accomplished here is nothing ground-breaking or Earth-shattering. Neither of these cars massively advances the cause of the automobile, nor do they outpace or outdo their key German opposition in technological terms. Both, though, are more satisfying and enjoyable to drive by far. The XFR-S has rarity and truly bespoke chassis tuning on its side, but it is the smooth devastation of the XJR’s performance that wins the day for me.
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AKE OF THIS what you will. In the ee was the first ro er o an where ehicle he first past, every launch drive of a new Jeep Land Rover appeared only in 1948 and was, shall we say, included plenty of off-road driving. in uenced the old warti e hero And I mean serious off-road stuff, with For the following six or seven decades, the Jeep name deep, glutinous mud, axle-twisting remained synonymous with mud-plugging 4x4s. But in undulations, steep climbs and slippery drops. recent times Jeep has been more in the mire than the mud. In launching the new Grand Cherokee, however, the Wooed, married and then divorced by Mercedes-Benz, only time we went off-road was when turning into there ollowed a di ficult atch which included a s ell a pub car park for a of voluntary bankruptcy. coffee stop. The rest Thankfully, things are of the time was spent better now as Jeep has snarled u in cit tra fic become part of the or bounding along Fiat family. the open road in the But while Fiat has Manchester countryside. been working out what This means one to do with its newest of two things. Either adopted child, the other Jeep is concerned that After a few years on the ropes, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is kids on the block have the new GC can’t cut grown up. back and ready to kick sand in the face of its rivals it on the rough stuff Land Rover has WORDS: MATTHEW CARTER anymore or it’s a tacit always been a rival, of acknowledgement that course, but today the today’s 4x4 spends more time on the tarmac than it Grand Cherokee has to tackle not just LR but SUVs from does in the rough, meaning that on-road testing is more Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Lexus and umpteen others. And important than ever. that’s not to overlook cars still on the secret list from the Hopefully it’s the latter… though as the latest model likes of Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and the rest. In other words, to bear the famous Jeep name has more bling–not to the customer has a real choice and the Jeep needs to be mention less ground clearance and longer overhangs better than good if it is to succeed. ront and rear than the first rand hero ees there s a And the previous generation Grand Cherokee wasn’t. good chance it won’t be quite so accomplished off-road. he first roduced under the iat u rella, it was Still, if Jeep want it driven on road, that’s what we’ll do. based on a previous generation Mercedes ML and was First, a little history. Back in the beginning, Jeep was lu ered with so so loo s, a clun fi e s eed ear o the beginning. Born out of adversity (World War II) the and iffy build quality.
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This new one, however, is much providing smooth gearshifts and better. It’s still broadly the same MLsharper kickdown acceleration when based machine, but there are many, needed. Given the size, weight and many improvements. There are new brick-like aerodynamics of the Grand looks with up-to-the-minute LED Cherokee, the top speed of 126 mph headlamps and lashings of extra is impressive… but the engine is noisy chrome. There’s also a new interior, when ressed odifications to the an excellent eight-speed auto and unit ha e ade it ore uel e ficient more equipment. than before and it produces fewer There’s a vast range of models emissions: now under 200 g/km, with three engine choices and rin in the enefit o lower road ta CAR: Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit fi e tri o tions t the to o the Nor is the handling up with the PRICE: £49,495 tree is the barking mad SRT8, powered by a best of them. Despite the air suspension there’s ENGINE: 2,987cc, V6 turbo diesel 6.4-litre V8 Hemi capable of a 160 mph top a tendency for the car to pitch and roll when POWER: 247 hp speed… but such is its thirst you’ll need your pressing on, and when going quickly it feels far PERFORMANCE: 126 mph max, own petrol tanker following closely behind from sure-footed. Anyone used to, say, a BMW 0-62 mph in 8.2 secs on longer journeys. X5 will be seriously unimpressed with the softer DRIVE: Four-wheel drive, eightIn the real world, the engine to go for is the Jeep as it wallows and wobbles its way around. speed automatic 246hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel (the other diesel, also On the plus side, the new interior is a much a 3.0-litre V6, makes just 188 hp). And when better place to be, while the boot is Range it comes to trim levels, it’s best to go as high Rover big, so it’s a truly practical proposition, as possible. The test car was a top of the range Summit though Jeep is perhaps missing out by not offering a third that comes as standard with air suspension and a more row of seats. And the quality has improved, though there sophisticated four-wheel drive system. are still too many hard plastics on show for it to be a true It’s worth paying the extra: lesser models have match for rivals from BMW or Land Rover. conventional steel springing and a resulting But then the big, handsome Jeep is much cheaper unresolved almost old-school ride. The Summit also than an X5 or RR Sport. And that, perhaps, is it biggest has a full armoury of equipment including leather clad attraction. It might not be as good to drive on road or and heated electric seats, rear-view camera, Sat Nav even as capable off-road (who knows?), but it does offer and a hugely powerful sound system, as well as a full a reat deal o an or our uc ee is fi htin ac , complement of safety equipment including collision and while there’s still someway to go before it’s back at warning, crash mitigation and automatic braking. the top of the tree, progress is being made. Welcome back, The new gearbox works well with the lusty diesel, old-timer.
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REBIRTH A plug-in hybrid concept marks the return of iconic Sport Quattro name WORDS: MATTHEW CARTER
UDI HAS FIRED up the quattro again. One of the stars of the Frankfurt motor show – and there were many – was the four-seat Sport Quattro concept, a car that it is said to be almost production ready. The concept is slightly shorter, wider and taller than the existing RS5 Coupé and, if it does go into production, will sit at the top of the Audi range… above, even, the iconic mid-engine R8. The reason is its powertrain which is about as advanced as it gets: a 690 hp petrol-electric plug-in hybrid based around a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 developing 552 hp. Drive is taken to all four wheels (it’s a quattro remember) via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s said to have a top speed of almost 200 mph and to take under four seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest. ut erha s the ost i ortant fi ures are the e ected and e issions t will tra el u to 31 miles on electric power alone while the petrol engine incorporates cylinder deactivation, which shuts down half the engine at times when it’s not needed. The name and some of the styling cues are a nod to the ori inal ort uattro, which first a eared e actl ears ago at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was created mainly for motor sport – at the time Audi’s domination of the world rally championship was coming under threat and something radical was needed. The resulting Sport Quattro was shorter, more powerful and despite being trickier to drive on the limit than the original quattro, was a hugely effective competition car.
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LIFE IS SWEET In 2012, Chocolate Week saw 350 events, including tastings, demonstrations and discussions, take place across the UK. But this year, the seven-day celebration of all things cocoa is set to be even sweeter than ever, as it will culminate with Salon du Chocolat, the world’s biggest chocolate show, at London Olympia. Now celebrating its ninth consecutive year, Chocolate Week, which runs from 14 to 20 October, aims to promote the work of a multitude of relatively unknown artisan producers and chocolatiers throughout the world, and show there is more to chocolate
than the various bars on sale at your nearest newsagent. One of those super-talented individuals is Paul A. Young, an award-winning chocolatier and innovator renowned for his bold and experimental flavour combinations. Throughout the year, Paul runs a series of tastings and masterclasses at his Soho, Islington and Royal Exchange stores, but in aid of October’s Chocolate Week, a project he has always supported, he has decided to oﬀer something a bit diﬀerent. On Wednesday 16 October, a lucky few will have the chance to learn the intricacies of truﬄe-rolling with the chocolatier himself, when he will be
Great designs Tiﬀany & Co. has launched its iconic Atlas collection with a modern twist for the new season. The line has been a staple of the brand since it was first introduced in 1995, infusing the bold lines of Roman numerals with a modern American twist. The new range sees this aesthetic translated into
eye-catching pieces with cut-out numerals and an interplay of polished and matte textures. The collection includes striking band rings and bracelets, pendants, earrings and an open medallion in sterling silver, with smatterings of sparkling diamonds across the collection. Tiﬀany & Co. Atlas Collection, from £105
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hosting classes in the courtyard of The Royal Exchange. Classes will run every hour from 11am to 2pm and last for around 30 minutes. If you want to get better acquainted with good chocolate, the classes will provide you with the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get a bit messy. There are, of course, limited spaces on each session, so be sure to pay a visit to The Royal Exchange store to book your place. There are lots of events taking place across London over the course of Chocolate Week, so head to chocolateweek.co.uk to find out how you can get involved.
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Finding a good pair of Oxfords or wing-tip brogues is a straightforward business, but when it comes to casual footwear for men, it’s much more treacherous territory. Thankfully, the ever-reliable Harrys of London has an excellent solution: a fresh twist on the classic loafer, the Basel matches supreme comfort with carefully thought-out design details. Basel loafer, £295
Choosing between Rolexes can be a bewildering task, but with its subtle stainless-steel bezel and clean dial, the Explorer II is the model for those who want both an elegant timepiece but one that retains a decidedly sporty feel. This rare example, from Watchfinder, dates back to the Eighties, and features a cream dial with GMT function. Rolex Explorer II, POA
Guarantee peace of mind on the go with Sage Brown’s The Masters briefcase. One of the leather specialist’s larger models, it is constructed from high-quality calf hide with a luxurious contrasting suede lining and features a series of useful compartments. The case is securely finished with a silver Swiss-made Amiet double-combination lock. The Masters briefcase, £295
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While many things are described as being ‘travel essential’, only one truly is: your passport. Protect it with an eye-catching passport cover from Sage Brown. Made of fine calf leather with a smooth or crocodile-skin texture and patent finish, it comes in over a dozen classic and contemporary colours and has a handy mesh window to easily display your details. Luxury passport cover, £45
Messenger bags never go out of style, so it is worth investing in a piece that will last a lifetime. With 125 years of luxury manufacturing under its artisan-stitched belt, Smythson is more than a safe bet. This pared-down model made from natural goatskin with contrasting brass components and a soft navy lining is elegant enough to take from boardroom to bar. Gresham large messenger bag, £995
For a show-stopping handbag, there is no better place to look than British designer Lulu Guinness. For her latest limited-edition clutch collection she collaborated with cutting-edge artist Joseph Steele, known for firing paint at his canvases. Each bag is adorned with a unique paint splatter, creating a rather special piece of portable artwork. Hug and Hold clutch, £295
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RETAIL REVOLUTION THIS NOVEMBER WELCOMES THE OPENING OF THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUBILEE MALL EXTENSION IN CANARY WHARF. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE STORES SET TO TRANSFORM YOUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
With a history spanning more than 60 years, Wolford has developed from a business focusing solely on leg and body wear to an international premium brand with an extensive range of products. Having made the move from tights to bodies in 1992, Wolford has now established five product groups – legwear, ready-to-wear, lingerie, swimwear and accessories – providing all the essentials for your wardrobe, from timeless shapes with subtle references to the latest trends that stylise the female silhouette. This season, the brand’s latest creations keep femininity under wraps in unexpected ways. Inspired by the irreverent take on fashion exemplified by Carine Roitfeld, designer and former chief editor of French Vogue, the collection is extremely feminine, full of sexy promise and elegance. The colour hues are inspired by the allure of ‘Smokey Eyes’ and are mainly dark and shadowy with surprising, bright accents. Metallic silver features strongly too.
Its shoes are worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, Elle MacPherson and Claudia Schiffer. Now, having opened stores on New York’s Lexington Avenue and Mayfair’s Brook Street, Pretty Ballerinas are coming to Canary Wharf. Launched in 2005, the brand’s range of ballerinas and flat shoes have been made in the same village on the Mediterranean island of Menorca by the same family since 1918. Each shoe shape is named after a female screen or music icon to help customers remember which shape suits them best.
Banana Republic is an apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering contemporary and covetable style for men and women. Founded in California in 1978, the brand gathered a loyal following due to its hit safarithemed collections and eccentric catalogues. Nowadays, even its everyday pieces, such as t-shirts and jumpers, are made from luxurious fabrics including supple silks and rich cashmeres. With a design team dedicated to creating pieces that are both professional and individual, whole outfits can be instantly updated with any number of vibrant accessories, whether it be a supple leather handbag or statement jewellery to create looks that carry from desk to dinner.
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Orlebar Brown’s collection consists of simple but stylish men’s jackets, polos and sweats. The brand is best known for its signature swim and beach shorts. Made using French fabrics and Italian zips, all of Orlebar Brown’s tailored swim shorts are made in either the UK or Portugal. Quick drying, versatile and available in a range of styles, lengths and colours, these swim shorts are ‘bridge items’, meaning they can be worn both on and off the beach, but deserve to be worn on both.
Emmett London are adding another store to their portfolio of three shops which includes one on Jermyn Street. Emmett London’s shirts combine British heritage tailoring with fresh European elegance and just a hint of eccentricity.
COS, Collection of Style, is a line for those who desire fashion that is both sophisticated and accessible. Designed in London by an in-house team, each collection stays true to the brand’s ethos of favouring timeless style over passing trends. An embracing of modern technology ensures each piece feels at once classic and modern. Stock up on staples from cotton t-shirts, silk shirts and jersey jumpers, while keeping a look out for unique must-haves, such as a shift dresses with a bright print, or a men’s canvas backpack. In store, knowledgeable customer service, streamlined interiors and beautiful packaging finish the luxurious COS experience.
FASHIONISTAS SET TO FLOCK TO CANARY ROCKS...
To celebrate the extension of Jubilee Place Mall and the introduction of 21 new stores to the area’s already exciting and diverse range of shops, Canary Wharf will be hosting a free shopping event, larger than it has ever hosted before, from Friday 1 until Sunday 3 November. From premium fashion to independent designers, Canary Rocks will see the largest number of fashion retailers participating to date. Fashion shows in Canada Place and Jubilee Place provide the perfect occasion to plan your festive party outfits, and with discounts of up to 20 per cent, it is a fantastic time to buy. Join Canary Wharf to celebrate the arrival of Banana Republic, COS , Godiva, Michael Kors, Monica Vinader, Oliver Bonas, Orlebar Brown, Schuh, Tiger of Sweden, The White Company and many more with entertainment, exclusive in-store events and giveaways. In addition to a host of other festivities, celebrated pianist Tokio Myers will return throughout the three days too. Save the dates in your diary now! Schuh Canary Rocks, Friday 1 – Sunday 3 November Throughout the Shopping Malls Fashion shows FREE to attend
TIGER OF SWEDEN
Tiger of Sweden was established in 1903 in Uddevalla, a small town on the Swedish West Coast. The company’s foundation is based on a strong ready-to-wear suiting collection, drawing on solid tailoring skills, that has been refined for over 100 years. In 1993, the brand was repositioned with a clear vision – to take the suit out of the bank and onto the street. Its well-tailored Scandinavian style and trademark fit offers 24/7 fashion for 24/7 people. Tiger of Sweden’s Jubilee Place store will showcase the international design brand’s men’s, women’s and jeans collections, in addition to a wide range of shoes and accessories.
Born out of her love for colourful gemstones, jewellery and design, Monica Vinader set up her eponymous jewellery brand in 2002 – a luxurious yet effortless range, designed to be worn every day. Now leading the way in affordable fine jewellery, Monica Vinader is renowned for its simple yet striking designs. Visitors to the Canary Wharf store will see luxury collections that bridge the gap between costume and high-end jewellery. The Jubilee Place store will showcase the entire Monica Vinader collection and offer same day, complimentary engraving.
Cadenzza is a new kind of jewellery store from Swarovski that supports the attitude that fashion jewellery isn’t just for special occasions, it’s for making every occasion special. The Canary Wharf store follows the Austrian launch of the brand earlier this year, and will stock jewellery and accessories from more than 50 designer brands including Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Mawi, with pieces made using Swarovski crystals and pearls.
With a heritage dating back to 1926, Godiva has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence with a presence in over 70 countries. Inspired by the values of Lady Godiva, her passion, generosity, boldness and pioneering spirit, Godiva creates the ultimate chocolate experience. Perfectly combining its craftsmanship and heritage, Godiva’s chocolates have become synonymous with luxury and innovation in the Belgian tradition, bringing the best of Belgium to the world, and now to Canary Wharf.
Thanks to Sweaty Betty, working out has never looked so good. The pioneering company aims to make a lasting contribution by challenging conventional wisdom, mixing together style and performance, femininity and sport, Sweaty and Betty. The company believes in inspiring its customers to lead active lives. Everything it creates must pass three tests: is it beautiful? Will it help people perform better? Will others covet it? See Sweaty Betty’s Jubilee Store for the results.
Schuh is obsessed with yep, you guessed it, shoes. The company is a fan of the classic but they’re also fickle and love a trend – it changes its shoes like most people change their socks. Whether you’re a dedicated Vans, Converse or Nike wearer, a lover of six-inch heels, or all about Dr. Martens, schuh has it covered. Plus, you’ll now find schuh kids in the Canary Wharf store: it’s schuh but for smaller feet.
SHOPPING THE WHITE COMPANY
Set to occupy one of the largest stores within the Jubilee Place Mall extension, The White Company store will house the brand’s homeware, fashion and children’s lines. Each article of clothing is carefully designed and crafted to uphold The White Company’s signature elegance. A true lifestyle brand, The White Company creates beautifully stylish pieces for your home, your wardrobe and your children. Each piece in their numerous collections is designed around a calming colour palette of pure whites, warm beiges and soft greys. The White Company is particularly celebrated for its homeware, which ranges from subtle storage to pretty pieces for entertaining.
ASICS’s Canary Wharf store will offer its customers the ultimate running experience. The Jubilee Place store is the sixth ASICS store to open in Europe and will provide professional advice for runners and an extensive collection of footwear and apparel. The store will also be fitted with a high-tech Foot ID scanning system, which takes a 3D scan of your feet. The Dynamic Foot ID uses special test shoes, software and cameras to analyse your ‘gait cycle’ as you run on a treadmill. This data generates a personalised Foot ID to reveal which shoes best suit your running style. In addition, the team at ASICS will offer friendly running clinics open to runners of all abilities and offer advice on scenic running routes throughout the capital.
When Cath Kidston set up in a small shop in Holland Park in 1993, little did she know what sort of journey her company was about to take her on. 13 years later, having collaborated with names as big as Sky and Nokia, Cath Kidston opened its first store in Tokyo, where people queued around the block. The brand now produces full lifestyle collections, including accessories, homeware, womenswear and childrenswear. This year the brand celebrates its 20th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than by opening a store in Canary Wharf.
bareMinerals’s awardwinning mineral-based makeup illuminates and evens complexions while being kind and gentle on skin. With expert skincare products and full eye and lip assortments to browse through in store, experience the transformative power of minerals.
Founded in 2000, Rituals is the first brand in the world to pioneer a combination of luxury home and body cosmetics. Rituals’ daily indulgences from bath oil to scented candles are made with the belief that with the right products any beauty routine can be upgraded into a ritual.
SAVE THE DATE Tuesday 17 December – 6:30pm (doors 5.45pm) East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 Tickets on sale soon – visit canarywharf.com for updates
BRONZE SCULPTURES FROM THE INGRAM COLLECTION This is the first time that a private collector has entrusted on loan significant modern sculpture by British artists as part of the Sculpture at Work exhibition programme in One Canada Square. Chris Ingram is a successful businessman, working in media communications and marketing, regarded as the inventor of the modern media agency. He began to collect art in 2001 and has amassed over 400 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints with a focus on modern British art largely of the 20th century. He is now beginning to look at the younger generation who are making a mark at the beginning of the 21st century. This exhibition concentrates on the work of
sculptors who established a firm base for the growth of British sculpture in the postwar period, exemplifying their break from academia and tradition in their search for new forms of expression and new materials. This selection for Canary Wharf focuses on figurative and figure related sculptures by a wide range of artists: Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage RA, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick RA, Geoffrey Clarke RA, Robert Clatworthy RA, Sir Jacob Epstein, Dame Elisabeth Frink RA, Bernard Meadows, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA, William Turnbull and Leon Underwood. ✤ Until 15 November Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf FREE to see / ingramenterprise.com
Bernard Meadows Cock (Fountain Figure) 1959 ✤ Attend the FREE exhibition tour with curator Ann Elliott and sculptor Sean Henry on Tuesday 15 October 6.30-7.15pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place
CHRISTMAS ROCKS AT CANARY WHARF
Celebrate the holiday season and ignite your festive spirit with a spectacular showcase of Christmas music and dance. Sing along to the best-loved songs of the season with professional singers and a very special choir of volunteers, enjoy the flair of modern dance ensembles and experience a unique take on much-loved classics from “maverick” classical pianist Tokio Myers. Accompanied by the live big band sounds of the Trinity Laban Band.
DO YOU LIKE TO SING?
If you have a passion for singing and would like to join this concert’s choir of amateur singers led by musical director Jason Rowland and accompanied by a live band of Trinity Laban musicians, please get in touch. No previous experience is required but enthusiasm is essential! Weekly rehearsals take place at Canary Wharf – a full schedule and rehearsal location to be confirmed soon. Please contact email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
ARTS&EVENTS ICE RINK CANARY WHARF
With twinkling lights, festive atmosphere, amongst stunning architecture, the Ice Rink Canary Wharf returns for an extended season, making it bigger and better than ever before. Weave around the innovative skate path and in between the trees to add an extra element of fun to your skating experience. Boisdale returns to Canada Square Park with a retro-themed bar and restaurant offering the perfect place to enjoy drinks and food pre or post skating or as you watch your friends and family skate by. With viewing decks right next to the rink and bar, there is every opportunity to encourage the novices and marvel at the advanced skaters. It’s the perfect outing for all the family or a friend’s get together as the rink is open seven days a week for over four months. With skate aids and private lessons available – children, adults, solo skaters, office parties and more can enjoy the thrill of ice skating at the Ice Rink Canary Wharf. It’s also the perfect location for that first date! Visit the website, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for daily skating session times and details of special themed events and offers.
26 October – 16 February 2014 Open Daily (closed 25 Dec) Times vary, please see website for session times Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 BOOKINGS: icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk* / 0207 536 8400* On site box office from 26 October
Family: £37.50 (2 adults + 2 children / 1 adult + 3 children) Group bookings: Buy 10 get 1 free Party bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org Skate aids: £5 (available from the box office 30 minutes prior to skate session)
Adult: £13.50 Children (U13): £9.00*** Concession: £11.00**
* A £2.50 booking fee applies for online and telephone booking ** Only available at the box office with photo ID *** Children under13 must be accompanied by an adult
AFTER HOURS WITH… INCOGNITO WITH SPECIAL GUEST NIAMH MCNALLY
Tuesday 15 October 7.45pm (doors 7pm) East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 Tickets £20* *maximum 6 tickets per person Visit seetickets.co.uk or call 0844 847 2268 (booking fee applies). Tickets available on the door subject to availability. Standing only. Full bar and cloakroom. Only items purchased on the premises may be consumed
On 15 October, the East Wintergarden plays host the mighty Incognito, a band that has survived the decades and still going strong, releasing many successful albums with their latest last year, Surreal which reached No. 6 in the US Jazz Charts. An unmissable live show featuring their sucessful 80’s and 90’s hits such as Always There, Still a Friend of Mind, Don’t You Worry About a Thing and their more recent hits such as Happy People and Show Me Love. Celebrating over 30 years in the music industry, this everlasting British acid jazz band will continue to share its love of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk at Canary Wharf, so don’t miss out.
THE STARLIGHT 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FUN RUN
Starlight is looking for 200 festive runners to walk or run 1.2 miles on 12 December around Canary Wharf at 12:12pm, to help bring Christmas magic to sick children in hospitals. ✤ For further information and how to sign up, visit starlight.org.uk
FESTIVE FOODIES As the holiday season fast approaches, indulge in some Yuletide culinary offerings at this year’s Taste of Christmas
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A FEAST FOR FOODIES From Michelin-starred restaurants to neighbourhood bistros, London’s most talented chefs are preparing to li t the lid on the cit s finest coo in he annual London Restaurant Festival (LRF), a citywide cele ration o eatin out, will ta e lace ro October, with many of the capital’s top restaurants ser in a ja ac ed schedule his ear s o ficial champagne sponsor, Laurent-Perrier, is offering Londoners three incredibly indulgent Gourmet Odyssey experiences, including a gastronomic journey o new hei hts at he hard, where uton and ua hard will treat uests to the ulti ate three course dinin e erience in one destination enue ✤ londonrestaurantfestival.com
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COOKING CLASSES AT L’ANIMA
PONT DE LA TOUR WINE TASTING
19 October 2013 City hotspot L’Anima will offer diners the chance to cook like award-winning head chef Francesco Mazzei, with a full day cooking master-class this month. After breakfast, participants will move into the kitchen where Mazzei and his team will share considerable skills and techniques with the group.
29 October 2013 Renowned for its extensive wine list, Pont De La Tour near Tower Bridge is giving all its would-be sommeliers a unique opportunity to test their palates this month. This informal affair, hosted by Caire Thevenot, will see diners tasting a selection of wines from the Rhone Valley.
7-13 October 2013 Later this month, London Bierfest will bring Munich’s Oktoberfest to our capital, with celebrations taking place at Old Billingsgate Market. This huge celebration of German culture will see seven varieties of German beer on offer, not to mention a delicious feast of traditional German fare.
Vivo is the latest offering from brothers Will and Ben Thompson, offering up a modern twist on rural Italian cuisine. Designed to re ect its na e the talian word or i rant or li el i o will consist o colourful decoration combined with hearty Italian fare. The focal point of this statement interior will be a 14-metre granite counter. ✤ Vivo, Upper Street, vivotaste.com
This September, Diciannove opened its doors on New Bridge Street in Blackfriars. The restaurant’s kitchen is now open for both lunch and dinner, offers city diners seasonal Italian fare within a contemporary and stylishly appointed space, all overseen by talented head-chef Alessandro Bay.
Opening inside Ian Schrager’s new Soho hotel The London Edition, Berners Tavern is the brain-child of Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. The restaurant will serve a selection of traditional English dishes, such as the classic Sunday roast, made from carefully sourced British produce, all within a modern yet elegantly styled dining area.
✤ Diciannove, New Bridge St, diciannove19.com
✤ Berners Tavern, Berner St, editionhotels.com
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NORTHBANK WINNER Northbank restaurant, situated opposite the Tate Modern, underneath the Millennium Bridge, has this month taken home the award for Best Local Restaurant at the Best Thames Local Awards. The accolades are nominated by the public before being decided by an esteemed judging panel, and are designed to acknowledge excellence in hospitality, from those establishments upon and surrounding the Thames.
A BIRD IN THE HAND With a fab location opposite Smithfield Market, Bird of Smithfield makes for a great local hotspot, says STELLA SAUNDERS
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IN A WORLD where ‘locally-sourced’ is becoming an essential aspect for any self-respecting restaurant, there can be little better location than opposite the most famous meat and poultry ar et in ondon ithfield has een on the sa e site or over 800 years and remains a key icon of the Square Mile, its impressive bricked arches running along the length of West ithfield ettin u sho just o osite, ird o ithfield has capitalised on the great location with a menu that takes its roots from classic British cooking, with a luxurious comfort food angle, and plenty of meat to go around. oused in a ictorian townhouse, e er oor re eals another cosy space for dining. Starting at the top, the roof terrace is a great summer spot with views across the surrounding area; further down there are some cool, individual private dining roo s, then the restaurant and finall on the round oor, a lounge bar, decked out in warm woods and leather. The restaurant is a cosy space too —cosy being the operative word, as tables are small and close together, which should make things uncomfortable, but overall adds to the buzzy atmosphere. The menu has been put together by owner Alan Bird, whose CV boasts experience of over 15 years heading the kitchen at The Ivy, and this iconic destination’s focus on classic dishes has definitel ound its wa here too hin s li e orset cra , steak tartare and English asparagus form the simple options for starters, while mains come in the form of rib-eye steak with béarnaise, Blythburgh pork belly, duck and sweet potato and shepherd’s pie. However, there’s also a modern vibe. The steak tartare co es deconstructed on the late, allowin each a our to hold its own, while hand-dived scallops teamed with spiced onion and carrot are sweet and fresh. A main course of sea trout with ti er rawns and shellfish is ue ta es its ins iration ro France, and is excellently presented, while the pork belly with turnips brings us right back to British country cooking with a satisfying bump. Local coffee from Caravan in Exmouth market finishes our eal o er ectl
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✤ Northbank, Millenium Bridge, northbankrestaurant.com
STATE OF EUPHORIUM Bespoke bakery, Euphorium has recently opened a new branch on Threadneedle Street. Playing host to a new range of hot carvery sandwiches, and a gourmet coffee bar on its mezzanine level, this will add to a franchise with branches in Islington and Hampstead. The establishment will continue to provide the fresh fare and tailored sandwich collection already available in their other locations. ✤ Euphorium, Threadneedle St, euphoriumbakery.com
RAISE YOUR GLASS Prestigious whisky brand Royal Salute has this season released their most luxurious whisky to date. Tribute to Honour, is a 45-year old blend designed to re-establish the pinnacle of the distillery craft. With just 21 decanters produced, equalling less than 15 litres in total, this diamond encrusted drink is attached to a £150,000 price tag, and is sure to impress at your next dinner party.
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The Emperor of Wine Wine critic Robert Parker’s influence in the wine industry has been immeasurable. We profile the man that everyone, from chateau owners to sommeliers, is talking about WORDS: NICK MARTIN
ODERN WINE INVESTMENT has its roots in the 1982 Bordeaux vintage, a landmark year that coincided with the beginning of Robert Parker ‘s career and made his reputation. He is now recognised as the ost in uential wine critic o the last ears Though tasting preference is somewhat subjective, Parker’s rigorous approach and easy to read, vivid, descriptions in his newsletter The Wine Advocate gave consumers an ‘analyst’s view’ they craved, and a points s ste that si lified decisions or u ers interested enough to do the research before purchasing. s ar er eca e ore and ore in uential, his i act on the fine wine ar et eca e increasin l si nificant Wines scorin ore than oints out er or ed wines with lesser scores With ti e ca e accusations o oints in ation, so that these da s onl the very highest scores denoting perfect or near perfect wines tend to substantially move markets. Not above criticism, Parker has had his fair share of detractors who point to Chateaux employing consultants
to make wines in a style that he is likely to score more generously, spawning ‘Parkerised’ wines made in a bolder, riper, and more extracted form. Unsurprisingly, this has led to accusations of greater homogeneity and loss of identity. Where er the alance o truth lies, there is no dou t that classed-growth Bordeaux has seen a massive ualitati e sur e o er the last ears, and ar er s role as the re e inent fine wine critic has een hi hl in uential a in recentl sold a su stantial sta e in his wine information business to a Singaporean investor group, Parker is retiring as editor and plans are thought to be afoot to extend the scope of the eponymous brand. Although Parker himself intends to continue reviewing the wines of Bordeaux, the announcement inevitably raises the questions of ‘for how long’ and ‘what next’? In the short-to-medium term the answer is, probably, not a lot. If anything, his stated intention to re-taste more, older vintages, implies scope for re-ratings and associated price movement. However, in an age where transparency is a feature of an online, connected world, and where access to information is easier than ever before, will a single wine critic ever again enjoy the hegemony that Parker’s palate has exerted over the world s sin le lar est roduction area o fine wine Can consumer crowd-sourcing of reviews–where enthusiasts and collectors post their tasting notes online–prove a more compelling aggregate data set than the views of the few? Or is consistency of taste, integrity and style of communication overwhelmingly important in a market where it is so hard to convey smell, taste, texture, ‘class’ and future potential of the product? In which case there are ew candidates su ficientl i ted o alate and pen to rise to the challenge. Could the singular success of Alan Meadows in reviewing Burgundy, a region where Parker famously failed to have an impact, suggest that consumers will ore er loo to a trusted authorit to deli er a definiti e, independent truth? ✤ Nick Martin is the founder and executive director of wineowners.com
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Californication The best of Californian wine can often outclass the Old-World favourites – we pick our top-flight American alternatives to Bordeaux reds WORDS: JAMES LAWRENCE
HIRTY- SEVEN YEARS ago, an event took has been devised to rank the various estates; rather place in Paris that challenged the longthe market simply decides, in addition to those all established notion that the top Cabernet important Parker points. However, if Napa does have Sauvignon-based red wines solely emanated an uno ficial irst rowth then it is undou tedl from the Bordeaux region. During the month Harlan Estate in the sub-region of Oakville. Founded of May 1976, the renowned wine critic Stephen Spurrier by visionary H. William Harlan in 1984, this small organised a competition whereby a selection of top 17 hectare estate – only 1,800 cases per annum–is Californian reds were tasted blind (without anyone dedicated solely to super-premium Bordeaux style present knowing what they were drinking) against the reds. Harlan set out to craft a wine that would equal equivalent left bank Bordeaux wines. Nine French wine ordeau s finest, and it ust e said that this is one experts gathered to try the various wines and were o ali ornia s reat reds Wine a er o e is one astonished by their conclusions – they agreed that the o a a s esta lished stars and continues to roduce Californian wines were better. In fact, quite a lot better – incredibly opulent, fruit-driven reds which age for riper, richer, and considerably more attractive to drink. decades. A bottle can easily cost $700 in a top vintage. But, you may ask; are the top Californian reds better Colgin Cellars, which entered the market as recently alue or one he answer is ost definitel no a as as , is another stron contender or a a s finest leading estates have become infamous the world over winemaker. The estate produces three super-premium for the price and scarcity of their wines. As amazing as it bottlings; two varietal Cabernet-based wines and an sounds, these days the top Bordeaux reds can seem relative e uisitel refined ordeau lend ll are e tre el bargains in comparison to some of their Napa counterparts. expensive and total production is barely 1,000 cases Napa Valley, which is where the vast majority of annually. They are held in high esteem by wine collectors, the great Californian Cabernets are to be found, is an and with just cause - all the wines offer considerable expansive region stretching from the northern end of weight, depth and rich textures. Their Bordeaux imitation San Francisco Bay toward the town of Napa red is one o the world s reatest wines and and beyond. The Mediterranean climate, should be tried by everyone at least once. THREE TOP NAPA WINES which is oderated cool acific ariti e final choice or a trio o er ection 2009 Harlan Estate Napa Red breezes and coastal fog, is very conducive to would be the highly sought-after wines RRP £4,400 per case ✤ www.bbr.com high-quality grape growing, in contrast to from the boutique Bryant Family property the marginal climate of the Medoc region founded in the late 1980s. Only 1,000 2009 Colgin Cellars IX Estate Red in ordeau he first co ercial ine ard cases of the Bryant Cabernet are produced RRP £298 per bottle ✤ www.bbr.com was established in 1858 and today over 450 annually; delectable wines that quickly sell wineries vie for market dominance. out on release. Their wines have unrivalled 2009 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon RRP £4,114 per case Which raises the key question: which finesse, de th and ower e ect the to ✤ www.frw.co.uk wines are worthy of your attention? Unlike age gracefully and expect to pay a lot for ordeau , no o ficial classification s ste the pleasure.
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BGC CHARITY DAY BGC PARTNERS & CANTOR FITZGERALD 11 September
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LEADING GLOBAL BROKERAGE company, BGC Partners, have again teamed up with Cantor Fitzgerald, on their annual Charity Day. Established to commemorate the 658 Cantor employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the event has since expanded to assist charitable causes worldwide. Donating 100 per cent of the global revenues they raise on the day, this year proved another huge success for BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald, reaching around the $12 million mark. The London event boasted an impressive line-up of celebrity guests, including HRH Prince Harry and HRH Prince William, Sheridan Smith, Ronnie Wood and Sir Jackie Stewart.
EVENT | FOOD&DRINK The Cordon Rouge Club
CORDON ROUGE CLUB MEETING CHAMPAGNE G.H. MUMM CORDON ROUGE CLUB 19 September MEMBERS OF THE Champagne G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Club attended The French Ambassador’s Residence, Kensington Palace Gardens, for their 6th annual meeting this September. Established to recognise outstanding individuals in the realms of exploration, sailing, adventure and discovery, the Club welcomed two new members at the meeting, Cecilie Skog and Mick Fowler. cclai ed che illes uillot re ared a fi e course dinner, thoughtfully paired with G.H. Mumm Champagne, and this year’s Honorary Chairman, Ben Fogle, marked the occasion with Champagne G.H. Mumm rituals, including sabrage, removing the cork from the bottle with the swipe of a sword.
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The new terrace at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant in Knightsbridge is the ideal destination for summer. A secluded and sophisticated venue for morning coffee or light meals, the terrace becomes a cigaristâ€™s paradise in the evening with an extensive choice of whisky, cocktails and wine complementing a new cigar menu. For more information visit theribroom.co.uk or call 020 7858 7250 Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY
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SEASIDE SOJOURN Arguably the best hotel in Montenegro, Aman Sveti Stefan has given travellers yet another reason to visit the island oasis. Amanresort group recently completed a si nificant e tension to its uest acilities includin a new restaurant, bar, main swimming pool and new upper terraces. Guests can now indulge in the incredible Montenegrin cuisine, or vast international menu thatâ€™s on offer at the new Aman restaurant, while enjoying an absolutely breathtaking outlook. The large dining room is complemented by a bar serving refreshments all day and two terraces where guests can continue to take in the superb views of the Adriatic and island itself. âœ¤ amanresorts.com
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COME UP FOR AIR The Berkeley has brought a little English countryside to the heart of the city with its new Bamford Haybarn Spa. The original Haybarn, a wellness retreat in the Cotswolds, was masterminded by Daylesford Organic’s Lady Bamford, following the success of her clothing line. Now busy Londoners can recharge in this tranquil Mayfair setting, and indulge in the therapeutic treatments on offer, including the 85-minute Bamford Body Signature Treatment. o inin shiatsu, eridian and wedish assa e, re e olo and o ic reathin , this treatment is a must.
The Asia Gardens Hotel and Spa on the southern Spanish coast is offering a brief interlude from the unenviable British weather this autumn, with their new three-day getaway package. lients o this e clusi e esta lish ent can e erience three ni hts in delu e accommodation, as well as a daily buffet and Thai massage with unlimited use of a state-of-the-art gymnasium, all while enjoying the picturesque, oriental setting a little bit closer to home. ✤ barcelo.com
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Set within the elegant wine valley of semi-rural Constantia, just 20 minutes from South Africa’s a e own, the l hen outi ue otel has recentl reo ened as a fi e star resort lread a o ular dinin s ot or a uent locals, the fi e roo restaurant and ose ar o erloo in the landscaped garden and pool, is accompanied by an elegantly designed interior.
The W Hotel in Leicester Square will offer a taste of Switzerland this month ahead of W Verbier, set to open in December this year. Transforming the centre of Soho into the Swiss Alps from 25 October - 9 November, this high altitude event will include an Alpine fashion pop-up store, dail screenin s o ountain, s orts fil s in the 39-seater screening room, and W Verbier-inspired cocktails created by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola.
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GRANADA AIMEE LATIMER travels to Granada where cultures collide, old world comforts prevail and the tapas keeps on coming WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Hospes Palacio de Los Patos Granada The Hotel Hospes Palacio de Los Patos Granada is set within a nineteenth century palace with a modern new extension. The interiors are decorated with minimalist materials such as stone, glass and metal to compliment the palace’s alabaster-white walls and drench its spaces with light. There are 42 beautifully decorated rooms to choose from, however, none compare with the Presidential Suite. Located in the oldest art o the uildin , it has a slo in ceilin , an ori inal oor and a balcony with views of the garden’s Arabian-style fountains. ✤ Presidential suite from £886 per night, hospes.com
WHERE TO EAT: Los Santanderinos
For foodies, Granada is a haven of tapas bars and traditional restaurants. Be sure to pay a visit to Los Santanderinos. Despite its unassuming exterior, within the restaurant is a formal dining room and a casual tapas bar. Small, relaxed and lively, Los Santanderinos serves Andalucian cuisine, rich food inspired by the region of southern Spain, which centres on fried fish, cured ha s and a acho ✤ lossantanderinos.com
WHAT TO DO: Hammam Al Andalus After late nights enjoying tapas in the vibrant Calle Navas, a street quaintly cluttered with overspilling traditional cafes (that also serve cocktails), it may be time for a little reinvigoration. At the foot of Granada’s a ous lha ra, the a a l ndalus u lic aths were the first Arab baths to be reopened following their widespread closure in the sixteenth century. Visitors can drift between the Arabic arches of the baths, ethereally lit with soft lights to accentuate the ochre walls. Don’t leave before reawakening your body and mind with a purifying glove massage based on an age old Andalusian techniques.
From top to bottom: Hillside view of Alhambra and city rooftops; Alhambra courtyard; Alhambra gardens; Arab baths; Spanish tapas
DON’T MISS: The Alhambra Alhambra was once a fortress, then a royal palace and now is the crowning glory of Granada. The ancient site may be dense with tourists mid-summer, but during October the crowds disperse and you can stroll within the breath-taking architecture with leisure. A truly unforgettable site, the lha ra ro ides insi ht into the oorish in uences that sculpted the history of southern Spain. ✤ alhambra-patronato.es
British Airways operates the only direct link between the to ranada with u to fi e i hts er wee ro London City Airport. Flights operate all year round and can be booked at ba.com. Passengers travelling from London City enefit ro a ast trac chec in to aircra t e erience
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TOUR DE PROVENCE The intoxicating magic of the French countryside in Provence is given a new lease of life when Tour de France free wheels through each year WORDS: ZAIN HIRANI
FEATURE | TRAVEL
NE OF MY favourite feel-good fil s is A Good Year. Max Skinner, a hardened city trader played by ussell rowe, lac in heart and conscience, inherits a ch teau and a ine ard, alls in lo e with the eauti ul ann henal la ed arion otillard and finds ha iness and ulfil ent in ro ence aced with the oral dile a o sellin e er thin his uncle wor ed hard to uild and returnin to his li e in ondon, a sa s to ann his lace does not suit li e, to which she res onds in her seducti e rench accent o a , it is our li e that does not suit this lace he e chan e aints an id llic icture o ro ence, a world a art ro the suits and s scra ers of the Square Mile. When wo e u on a aturda ornin in rillon le Brave, having arrived after dark the night before, I ulled o en the curtains and elt as i had wal ed onto the A Good Year fil set ll around e were ine ards and oli e ro es, the s a lue can as with er ectl ositioned, er ectl u clouds, and in the distance the or ida le ont entou , a erita le erest or c clin enthusiasts rillon le ra e is a s all hill to town with a lon histor datin ac to o an ti es, when it went the na e rilloniu e ra e was ta en ro the le endar du e ouis des al es de erton de rillon, otherwise nown as e ra e rillon, who was one o enri s ost aliant enerals durin the rench Wars o eli ion t has one road runnin throu h the iddle and contains little ore than a ca , a restaurant, a church, a school and a hotel, which ta es its na e ro the town o naturall does the hotel lend into its surroundin s that ou could easil dri e alon the solitar road and iss it co letel uilt on one side o the hill, otel rillon le ra e oasts s ectacular iews with ser ice to atch, o erin e er thin ou need to relax and recharge. t s een ears since a rench an won the our de rance, ut the countr s enthusias or c clin has not di inished clists rench and orei n oc to ro ence to a ho a e to the li es o inault and n uetil on roads ridden le ends ictures ue c cle routes cater or all a ilities; recreational c clists can orrow one o the an ic cles e t at the hotel to e lore the surroundin ine ards and illa es or isit local ar ets ore ad enturous c clists can tr to e ulate hris roo e s a nificent cli o ont entou in this ear s our de rance and to the hotel s leader oard he cli is one o the ost
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famous in cycling, and, with an average gradient of eight per cent, it’s not to be taken lightly. It attracts professionals and amateurs alike and infamously claimed the li e o ritish c clist o i son, the first Briton to wear the yellow jersey, during the 1967 Tour. There is plenty to do for those not keen on cycling though. A visit to l’Isle sur la Sorgue or Aix-en-Provence could uncover hidden treasures in the antique markets or why not try wine tasting at the local vineyards? With famous wines such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise nearby, the choice is wide-ranging. Alternatively, you could simply turn-off your Blackberry, kick off your shoes and just unwind at the hotel. The rooms are immaculate and elegantly luxurious, the décor simple and tasteful exuding the rustic charm one associates with Provence. Around the hotel, seek out quiet corners in the sun to settle down with a glass of Ventoux rosé or Bardouin pastis, a good book and remain undisturbed for hours. And when it all becomes too much, treat yourself to a facial or healing olive body massage at the mini-spa. he ualit o dinin is e uall e e lar he first thing I noticed (and appreciated most of all) was that breakfast is served until 11.30am, affording me that much deserved lie-in after a busy week. Alternatively you can
beat the heat and go for an early morning cycle with breakfast waiting on your return. Guests have dinner options in the main restaurant, Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet, or Bistrot 40k, where all the food and wine is locally sourced within 40km of the hotel. Dinner is usually served on the terrace (weather-permitting) from which there is a postcard-perfect panoramic view of the Provencal landscape, or in the vaulted dining room. Jérôme and his team create dishes typical of the region, in used with su tle a ours o outhern rance he roast ee fillet a oured with su er tru e and an saut ed chanterelle deserves special mention; if I wasn’t trying to save space for a beautifully-presented and equally delicious dessert, I might have asked for seconds! Hotel Crillon le Brave is an ideal getaway for couples, families or friends, notably because of its location which is beautiful and convenient in equal measure; only 25 miles from Avignon and an hour’s drive from Marseille, oth a inute i ht ro ondon, it is easil accessi le for a long weekend–though I guarantee you’ll want to stay longer. It is worlds apart from life in the City, yet it exudes luxury and exclusivity, making it one of my top three European hideaways.
Picturesque cycle routes cater for all abilities
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MANOR BORNE Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds is the perfect country escape
WORDS: ELIZA BAMBRIDGE
ife in London can be busy and chaotic, and that’s exactly why we love it–not for me the quiet solitude of the country, no. But for all its verve and zest, sometimes you do need to take the pace down a few notches, and et so e ti e awa to re ect and enjoy a slower pace of life. And so, as we approach Calcot Manor down a winding, tree-lined road, I feel my tense shoulders dropping slightly. It’s a warm, summery evening, the light is slowly adin and the snarled, an r tra fic o the s rida night London-exodus feels miles behind us; which, to be fair, it is. But helpfully, it’s not too many miles. In fact, after a relatively smooth two-hour cruise down the motorway, we’re in another world. Walking into the main manor house, we are greeted by the sweet, s o s ell o an o en lo fire, while wellington boots, umbrellas, old luggage trun s and lo iles fill the orch and the calm tones of beige and sage hint at a soothing few days ahead. Our room is gorgeous and split across two oors and its not e en a suite Approached through a private Cotswoldstone walled garden, a big entrance hall opens into a vast bathroom, with an envy-inducing bath tub at the centre of the room. Aromatherapy Associates products – including a luxurious bath soak – are lined up on the marble sinks, while a rain-shower holds the promise of washing the cares of the City away. Upstairs, the cosy, spacious bedroom is decorated in beige and white, the king-size bed sinks invitingly when sat on and the window seat with its plump cushions makes for a perfect spot to relax with a coffee in the morning. a in arri ed a little late that first e enin , we o t or a casual dinner in the The Gumstool Inn, Calcot’s very own village pub, popular with guests and locals alike. At 9pm the at os here is u in , and we ta e a seat in the a stoned bar and order comfort food from the menu, coupled
with a glass of local ale. Sausages and mash is locallysourced and rich in a our with a wonder ul ra , while lamb rump with chorizo and bean stew is heart-warmingly wholesome. Later, we head back to our room through the pretty gardens, ready to fall into the soft bed and sleep away the trials of the past week. The next day, inspired by the bright sunlight, we head to Weston irt r oretu , just inutes dri e ro alcot The best time of year to visit Westonbirt is undoubtedly autumn, when the leaves on the trees reach that rich burnished red and gold we so associate with this season, but summer can be equally rewarding too. Dappled sunli ht filters throu h the trees and the warm day allows for a pleasant walk amid the most impressive collection of diverse botanical wonders. Calcot Manor also does the food at Westonbirt’s cafe, so we grab a healthy lunch of quiche and a salad, sitting out on the decking in the sun, before heading back to the hotel for some more relaxation. A massage that afternoon highlights how much the stress of the city shows on your body, as my rock solid shoulders are gently, ut fir l , teased and toned into so t, supple muscles that move with ease for what eels li e the first ti e in onths Reclining later in the outdoor hot tub heated the near lo fire and si in a glass of Champagne, we feel as far away from London as it’s possible to be. Before dinner that evening we order cocktails and grab a seat in the two large wooden armchairs on the lawn outside the restaurant, with sweeping views of the country e ond he eace and uiet that we find so stran e normally–has started to seep into our consciousness, and sitting there, enjoying the view in the still early evening air is very atmospheric. Dinner tonight is in The Conservatory; a lovely, light and airy space, whose recent refurb has modernised the space, giving it a more casual feel. The menu is impressively large, with everything from gorgeous bar snacks and ‘beginnings’ of green pea soup,
Walking into the main manor house, we are greeted by the sweet, smokey smell of an open log fire, while wellington boots, umbrellas, old luggage trunks and log piles fill the porch
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roasted mackerel and smoked duck, to mains of Dover sole, Moroccan cous cous and wood pigeon. Despite being nearly o erwhel ed choice its rare to find a enu that you want every single thing on – we manage to narrow it down to sea trout tartare with lobster bisque and diver scallops with bacon jam to start, followed by halibut with smoked popcorn cream and pork belly with soft shell crab and black cabbage for our main courses. The diversity and ingenuity of the menu is carried through to the food with aplomb, and matched with an excellent bottle of Bordeaux, recommended by the brilliant sommelier, we feel well fed and watered. A port in the cosy bar before bed is just the sort of leisurely country activity we’ve started to warm to, and it ends the evening perfectly. The next morning, the smell of sweet lavender and fresh, crisp air is intoxicating. We have a leisurely breakfast, complete with local bacon and big mugs of coffee, before heading back to our room to pack. Getting reluctantly into the car to drive home, I note that those tense shoulders o ine are er definitel uch lower than they were two days ago. I guess the country air does indeed agree with me after all. ✤ calcotmanor.co.uk
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N1 Since opening our doors in 2012 weâ€™ve been delighted to help over 300 local residents find the perfect home. With over 50 property agents in Islington to choose from, you need to know who is going to make your search for a buyer, tenant, or new home the easiest and most efficient. Our Islington office covers property for sale and to rent in N1, N1C, N5, N7, WC1 and EC1. Visit our office at 353 Upper Street to find out more or call 020 3641 7353
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Wenlock Building, Angel N1
A fabulous penthouse apartment with views across London Featuring a high level of specification and finish, this wonderful apartment has extremely bright accommodation over two levels with numerous sky lights and balconies. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, dining room, terrace, balcony. EPC rating B. Approximately 146.04 sq m (1,570 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ1,585,000 (ISL130158)
KnightFrank.co.uk/islington firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3641 6138
KnightFrank.co.uk Sugar House, Aldgate E1
Beautifully presented A stylish apartment to rent in this smart portered development on Leman Street, a short walk from Tower Hill. Accommodation comprises 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a spacious open plan kitchen reception room, high ceilings, parking and wooden floors. EPC rating C. Approximately 65 sq m ﴾702 sq ft﴿ Available furnished Guide price: £595 per week
Wapping Lettings KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings email@example.com 020 8166 5366 ﴾WAQ179953﴿
Bezier Apartments, Old Street EC1Y Luxury apartment
Amazing 10th floor apartment located in Tower 2 of this outstanding development. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen and reception room furnished to a high standard with an interior design furniture pack, porcelain flooring and a private balcony. The block also benefits from two communal terraces and a gym, sauna, steam room and 24 hour porter. EPC rating B. Approximately 63 sq m ﴾678 sq ft﴿. Available furnished Guide price: £625 per week
Wapping Lettings KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8166 5366 ﴾WAQ171509﴿
City mag Oct 13 sugar bezier - 16 September 2013 - 42101
KnightFrank.co.uk NEO Bankside, Southbank SE1
Eighth floor apartment A contemporary apartment to rent in the award winning NEO Bankside development on the Southbank. Accommodation comprises 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, an open plan kitchen and reception room with floor to ceiling windows, comfort cooling system throughout and underfloor heating. NEO Bankside benefits from an excellent 24 hour concierge service, on site bike club, business centre and future plans for a residents gym. EPC rating C. Guide price: £625 per week
Wapping Lettings KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings email@example.com 020 8166 5366 ﴾RIQ165065﴿
Towerside, Wapping E1W River views
Smart riverside apartment set in this purpose built block in central Wapping. This bright apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a lovely open plan kitchen reception room, hard wooden floors, underground parking, a private balcony and contemporary furnishings. EPC rating C. Available furnished Guide price: £410 per week
Wapping Lettings KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8166 5366 ﴾WAQ91095﴿
City mag Oct 13 rhp New Crane Dundee - 17 September 2013 - 42144
KnightFrank.co.uk Times Square, City of London E1 Outstanding penthouse
A super sleek penthouse with far reaching south facing views and a fantastic wraparound terrace ideal for entertaining. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a spacious reception room with dining area off the kitchen.The flat is within a smart portered development set around a pretty watergarden, and is being sold with a parking space for 2 cars. EPC rating D. Approximately 88 sq m ﴾947 sq ft﴿. Leasehold Guide price: £875,000
Wapping Sales KnightFrank.co.uk/wapping email@example.com 020 8166 5366 ﴾WAP130102﴿
Victoria Wharf, Limehouse E14 Spectacular river views
On the eighth floor of a purpose built block directly on the river bank at a central point in Limehouse, an incredibly light and bright flat with 180° views. 2‐3 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms and WC, large open plan kitchen and reception room, and utility room. The flat also benefits from plenty of outside space with four balconies. EPC rating D. Approximately 165 sq m ﴾1776 sq ft﴿ Share of freehold Guide price: £1,750,000
Wapping Sales KnightFrank.co.uk/wapping firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8166 5366 ﴾WAP130110﴿
City Mag Oct 13 Times Victoria - 18 September 2013 - 42230
West India Quay, Hertsmere Road E14 Two bedroom apartment
Beautifully presented two bedroom apartment located on the 16th floor of a prestigious landmark building. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, open plan kitchen, concierge, parking. EPC rating D. Approximately 126 sq m ﴾1,360 sq ft﴿
KnightFrank.co.uk/Canary‐Wharf email@example.com 020 7512 9966
Leasehold Guide price: £925,000
The City Mag-October-Sales - 10 September 2013 - 41820
Morella Road, Wandsworth SW12
Between the Commons
A superbly presented Victorian house located on a quiet road close to Wandsworth Common Station. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining/family room, downstairs cloakroom, study, utility, wine store, garden. EPC rating D. Approximately 266 sq m (2,863 sq ft) Freehold Asking price ÂŁ2,595,000 (WND1130118)
KnightFrank.co.uk/wandsworth firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7768 0993
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EXPERT COMMENT LETTINGS:
Mixed fortunes for the lettings market
Be prepared or prepare to fail.
TOM PEEL, ASSOCIATE AT KNIGHT FRANK IN
ANDREW GROOCOCK, HEAD OF SALES AT KNIGHT
CANARY WHARF, COMMENTS ON THE TRENDS IN THE
FRANK IN CANARY WHARF, COMMENTS ON THE TRENDS
RESIDENTIAL LETTINGS MARKET
IN THE RESIDENTIAL SALES MARKER
Rental activity across London’s prime areas has varied for the last few months. Average rents across the UK remained unchanged in June. On an annual basis, rents are up 2.6 per cent, below the current 2.9 per cent rate of inflation. While rental activity is still strong in general, the re-ignition of the sales market, especially for first-time buyers, has put downward pressure on some rents: Prime central London rents slipped again in July, falling by 0.4 per cent and they are now down 2.7 per cent, year-on-year. However, Prime central London rents are still more than 21 per cent above the low point they reached in June 2009 and while rents are down compared to the beginning of the year in St John’s Wood, Mayfair and Notting Hill, rents are still rising in Kensington, Belgravia and Marylebone. Our view is that it will be 2014 before we see more widespread and robust rental growth; however this will necessitate a further improvement in job creation in London’s financial sector. n
With the quietest month of August now firmly behind us, the autumn sales market in Docklands has got into full swing and we are seeing activity at unprecedented levels across all tiers of the market — from studios at £250,000 up to the larger three bedroom properties at £2m. Potential buyers are coming from all corners of the world; Knight Frank’s Canary Wharf office has completed sales to English, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and Cantonese buyers within the last month, to name but a few. These buyers are looking for both investment properties to rent out over the coming years and properties to take up residence in whilst working in the area. As a result, there is a shortage of stock coming on to the market. The best advice that I can give to any buyer looking to secure a property in the area is to be prepared. Make sure that you know your figures, what deposit you have, how much you are borrowing, and — most importantly — make sure you have a mortgage agreement in principal that you can show to the agent so that you can be considered as a serious buyer. Those who are entering the market in an unprepared manner are missing out time and again on properties as they will not be taken seriously as a buyer and the agents will have difficulty recommending them. As a buyer, you need to portray yourself as the very best candidate and you can do this by having a solicitor ready to instruct, a mortgage agreement in principal and a clear idea of your timeline and how quickly you would like to be in the property. n
Knight Frank Canary Wharf 020 7512 9966 www.knightfrank.co.uk/canary-wharf
Knight Frank Canary Wharf 020 7512 9966 www.knightfrank.co.uk/canary-wharf
1 A TRULY UNIQUE GRADE II* LISTED VILLA WITH A HEATED SWIMMING POOL lyford road, sw18 Drawing room ø sitting room ø study ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom suite ø 5 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø gym ø heated pool ø 147 ft south west-facing garden ø off-street parking ø 374 sq m (4,025 sq ft) ø EPC=E
Guide £4.8 million Freehold
Savills Wandsworth Emma Seaton email@example.com
020 8877 1222
CENTRALLY LOCATED PERIOD PROPERTY WITH PLANNING TO EXTEND colebrooke row, n1 Reception room ø first floor reception room/bedroom 3 ø kitchen ø 2 double bedrooms ø family bathroom ø garden ø 128 sq m (1,385 sq ft) ø EPC=E Guide £1.45 million Freehold
Jo-Anne Neighbour firstname.lastname@example.org
020 7226 1313
MAGNIFICENT GRADE II LISTED HOUSE WITH A MEWS HOUSE OVERLOOKING THE FIELDS highbury terrace, n5 Drawing room and study ø kitchen/living room ø 6 bedrooms and dressing room ø 3 bathrooms ø 110' garden ø mews house:- reception ø open plan kitchen/reception room ø 2 bedrooms ø bathroom & sep w.c. ø garden & garage ø 273 sq m (2,944 sq ft ) main house ø 92 sq m (985 sq ft) mews house ø Mews: EPC=E Guide £4.75 million Freehold
Savills Islington Paul Williams email@example.com
020 7226 1313
CINNABAR WHARF, e1w
WINCHESTER WHARF, se1
Reception room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø 24 hour concierge ø terrace ø 153 sq m (1,651 sq ft) ø EPC=C
Reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 double bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø balcony ø 101 sq m (1,088 sq ft) ø EPC=C
Offers in excess of £2 million Leasehold
Guide £1.399 million Leasehold
Savills Docklands firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7456 6800
Savills Docklands email@example.com 020 7456 6800
THE JAM FACTORY, se1
OLIVER'S WHARF, e1w
Reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø terrace ø concierge ø parking ø 146 sq m (1,578 sq ft) ø EPC=C
Reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø river views ø porterage ø 110 sq m (1,185 sq ft) ø EPC=C
Guide £1.299 million Leasehold
Guide £950,000 Leasehold
Savills Docklands firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7456 6800
Savills Docklands email@example.com 020 7456 6800
1 A FABULOUS LIGHT AND AIRY UPPER MAISONETTE IN CENTRAL CANONBURY st mary's grove, n1 2 bedrooms ø 1 reception room ø 1 bathroom ø eat-in kitchen ø share of garden ø 873 sq ft (81 m sq) ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=D ø EPC=F
Savills Islington Fitore Vula firstname.lastname@example.org
020 7226 1313 £650 per week Unfurnished
NEO BANKSIDE, se1
DUNBAR WHARF, e14
3 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø further bathroom ø 24hr porterage ø communal gardens ø access to leisure facilities ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C
3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø further bathroom ø reception room ø balcony with river views ø allocated parking ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=B
£1,650 per week Furnished
£900 per week Part Furnished
Savills Docklands email@example.com 020 7456 6810
Savills Canary Wharf firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7531 2522
THE HERON, ec2y
ONATRIO TOWER, e14
Studios, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments ø located in the heart of the city ø private balconies ø 24hr concierge ø residents' gym ø administration charges apply
Double bedroom ø bathroom ø reception room ø residents' gym and swimming pool ø 24hr porterage ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=D ø EPC=D
£525 - £1200 per week Furnished
£425 per week Furnished
Savills Docklands email@example.com 020 7456 6800
Savills Canary Wharf firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7531 2522
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Black Bull Court, EC1N £550,000 Leasehold A larger than average one bedroom flat in Clerkenwell with a spacious terrace. EPC: D
Coltash Court, EC1Y £360,000 Leasehold One bed flat with a balcony and stunning views of The City. EPC: D
Exide House, WC2H £1,499,500 Leasehold Three bedroom penthouse with a balcony. Located for easy access to the West End. EPC: B
Senrab Street, E1 £1,000,000 Freehold An immaculately refurbished four bedroom house at City’s edge. EPC: F
Werna House, EC3R Leasehold £487,500 A well presented City apartment in an extremely popular building, near the Monument. EPC: B
The Heron, EC2Y £625,000 Leasehold A stunning off-plan Galley Suite flat in The Heron with a parking space.
Hamptons City Office Sales. 020 7717 5435 | Lettings. 020 7717 5437
Wheat Wharf Apartments, SE1 £775,000 Leasehold A two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in this popular warehouse conversion located in Shad Thames. EPC: E
Cinnamon Wharf, SE1 £1,250,000 Leasehold A three bedroom, 1,464 sq ft sixth floor apartment benefiting from secure underground parking and 24 hour concierge services. EPC: C
Wheat Wharf Apartments, £2,000,000 Share of Freehold A rare opportunity to acquire a two bedroom penthouse apartment in excess of 2000 sq ft in the heart of Shad Thames. EPC: D
Benbow House, SE1 £10,500,000 Leasehold A stunning, four bedroom penthouse apartment in arguably the most desirable block on the South bank. EPC: C
Cinnabar Wharf, E1W £2,000,000 Leasehold A 1,597 sq ft three bedroom, three bathroom apartment in this popular river fronting development. EPC: C
Tea Trade Wharf, SE1 £1,950,000 Leasehold A third floor, two bedroom 1,378 sq ft river front apartment with five balconies. EPC: D
Hamptons Tower Bridge Office Sales. 020 7717 5489 | Lettings. 020 7717 5491
Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk
Featherstone Street, EC1 £325 per week A bright studio apartment benefitting from floor to ceiling windows, separate kitchen and a large private terrace.EPC: C
Barbican, EC2 £395 per week Stunning Studio apartment in the Barbican complex, newly refurbished throughout to a modern, contemporary standard. EPC: E
Leman Street, E1 £795 per week Two bedroom duplex penthouse apartment in a fantastic development. Benefits from a stunning finish and private terraces. EPC: C
Ludgate Square, EC4 £1,100 per week A beautiful three bedroom penthouse apartment with a substantial private roof terrace facing St Paul’s Cathedral. EPC: D
Folgate Street, E1 £495 per week Stunning two bedroom apartment conveniently located moments from Spitalfields Market. EPC: C
Bartholomew Close, E1 £620 per week Two bedroom apartment in this superb quiet location near to St Pauls, Barbican and Farringdon benefitting from daytime concierge. EPC: C
Hamptons City Office Lettings. 020 7717 5437 | Sales. 020 7717 5435
Tea Trade Wharf, SE1 £1,300 per week Exceptionally spacious two bedroom apartment set within a prestigious development boasting five balconies and river views. EPC: C
Leathermarket Street, SE1 £875 per week Fabulous two bedroom Penthouse apartment boasting three terraces, mezzanine living room and superb open plan kitchen. EPC: D
Butlers Wharf, SE1 £650 per week Set on the fourth floor of prestigious development Butlers Wharf, with wood flooring, guest cloakroom and direct river view. EPC: C
St Saviours House, SE16 £550 per week Stylish two bedroom conversion apartment situated within close proximity to Shad Thames and the many riverside bars and restaurants. EPC: D
Axis Court, SE16 £500 per week Fantastic two bedroom apartment situated in a modern development in Shad Thames with open plan integrated kitchen. EPC: C
The Penthouse, SE1 £825 per week Outstanding studio apartment which has recently been refurbished throughout to a high standard boasting a huge terrace. EPC: F
Hamptons Tower Bridge Office Lettings. 020 7717 5491 | Sales. 020 7717 5489
Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk
Noel Road, N1 A fabulous three bedroom period terraced house in one of Islington’s most sought after roads moments away from Angel. This family home features a subtle and balanced blend of contemporary finishes with period detailing. On the lower ground floor there is a very light and spacious kitchen with concertina doors leading onto a walled patio garden. In addition there is an open plan reception room and dining area. The patio garden to the rear is fully decked. EPC: E
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Hamptons Islington Office Sales. 020 7717 5453 | Lettings. 020 7717 5335
Superb family home Open plan kitchen/dining room Three reception rooms Three bedrooms Family bathroom Decked patio garden
Gibson Square, N1 A beautifully presented four storey, mid terrace Grade II listed Georgian town house on this extremely sought after square in Islington. This attractive period property, which still retains many of its original features has three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a double reception room on the raised ground floor and a well proportioned kitchen with separate dining room on the lower ground floor with direct access into a secluded west facing garden. GRADE II LISTED
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St Dunstanâ€™s Court, EC4 - Launching 2nd October 2013 - Prices from ÂŁ790,000 This beautifully designed bespoke Central London development is set within stunning and serene private gardens and bordered by the famous Grade II listed Maughan Library. Comprising of 52 one bedroom and 24 two bedroom apartments, all of which have been carefully considered to the smallest detail to ensure you benefit from the very pinnacle of luxury, modern living. Clear open spaces flooded with natural light and the very finest fittings and finishes combine to create an enviable home you would be proud to own. To the rear of St Dunstanâ€™s Court, you will also benefit from private access to secluded, landscaped gardens, a perfect haven to retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. Please contact Diana Alam to register your interest and attend the launch.
16-17 Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LL
020 7337 4000 joneslanglasalle.co.uk
Sterling Mansions, E1 - £550 Per Week
The Heron, EC2 - From £485 Per Week
A brand new 1 bedroom apartment offering approxi mately 6 3 0 sq ft of living space, featuring a spacious double bedroom with large fitted wardrobes, bathroom with separate shower cubicle and bathtub, reception area, contemporary open plan kitchen and solid wooden flooring. This dual aspect apartment has stunning courtyard views and benefits from large arched windows and high ceilings. ully furnished and available immediately.
As the developer’ s preferred agent, we have stunning selection of suites, , bedroomed apartments in this sought after development, in the heart of The City. The eron boasts an outstanding specification complete with smart home technology, comfort cooling, on- site gym, concierge and ex clusive resident’ s club. vailable immediately.
Worcester Point, EC1 - £450 Per Week
NEO Bankside, SE1 - £550 Per Week
brand new bedroom apartment in this stylish new development. The property offers approximately s . ft. of living space and boasts a spacious bedroom with fitted wardrobes, open plan living area with fully fitted itchen, balcony and solid wood flooring. ith hour concierge, the development is within wal ing distance of oorfields ye ospital, ngel and ld Street. vailable immediately.
A brand new 1 bedroom apartment located a short walk from the illennium ridge. The property is situated on the third floor, offered fully furnished and boasts a bright reception, contemporary fitted itchen, double bedroom with large fitted wardrobes and luxury bathroom. ther benefits include comfort cooling, hour concierge, leisure facilities and resident’s use of the onsite wine cellar.
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INSIDER KNOWLEDGE OCTOBER 2013 RICHARD PINE-COFFIN, DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL AT JONES LANG LASALLE, SHARES HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET
Can you tell me a bit about the most desirable locations for those purchasing within the Prime residential market at the moment? There are a number of considerations to take into account when referencing the Prime London residential market. Firstly is the definition of Prime. The most common definition considers the established central locations of Mayfair, Chelsea and alike as Prime central London. However as with all locations the boundaries tend to ‘bleed’ into other neighbourhoods and the central Prime area is often open to interpretation. A further consideration is the need of the resident – built up high rise living close to employment, bars and amenities is less likely to appeal to families where open space and schools are likely to be desired. Yet for young professionals these types of criteria are considered important. Principally, infrastructure investment is a key ingredient in driving interest to a location, as recently witnessed through the East London Line extension and forthcoming Cross Rail link. Private and government development investment in the South Bank, Old Street and Kings Cross have turned these locations into areas of choice, as opposed to a necessity, with an associated improvement in the local environment through the provision of services such as restaurants and shops. Battersea is another excellent example of inward investment leading to a desire to become part of the prime region. Significant inward investment from developers and national and international Richard Pine-Coffin Jones Lang LaSalle 020 7087 5282 www.joneslanglasalle.co.uk
governments is creating new employment and transport links in a once overlooked location. Changes in planning policy and lifestyle also affect demand and the perception of a location — an excellent example of this is the Mid-Town area around Holborn and Covent Garden. Principally considered the home of our theatres and legal businesses, a small but significant number of residential developments have demonstrated the attraction of the location as a convenient and desirable place to live. In summary, employment nodes, transport links and inward investment are the principle drivers for a locations’ desirability. Is the international interest in the London property market still as strong as in recent months? International interest in the London residential market has always proved to be strong and remains so. London is a renowned international City in the centre of the global time lines and provides excellent access from most parts of the world. A number of purchasers obtain financial advantages through the exchange rate and, unlike a number of competitive international cities, London delivers a reasonable rental return on the capital investment ensuring through occupation a long-term, relatively low risk investment. Domestic interest has also increased significantly due to a number of factors. These include general market and employment confidence and a number of government initiatives such as Funding for Lending and Help and to Buy that over the past 12 months have begun to find traction, and the Bank of England’s guarded surety regarding the immediate future of interest rates. n