The City Magazine October 2015

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GUESS WHO’S BACK? We’ve been expecting you Mr Bond... The cast, cars, women, wardrobe and whisky behind the biggest film of the year

frieze week special Navigating Frieze

From Contemporary Art to Old Masters; where to find it and when

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The digital companies rewriting the rule book

The Principles of Print Why backing the next Banksy could make you a winner


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24 man of the moment

The City Magazine catches up with Daniel Craig ahead of the highly-anticipated release of Spectre



Monica Bellucci talks defying convention and becoming the oldest Bond girl to date

The City Magazine’s introduction to the key attractions at this month’s Frieze London


We meet the digital companies reinventing the rule book by taking on the conventions of the art world


Jessica Lloyd-Smith offers expert advice on investing in prints and backing the next Banksy


NEWS: THE CITY SOCIAL The Hakkasan Group can do no wrong – The City Magazine meets its newest star




Our man-about-town, Innerplace’s Nick Savage gives us the insider lowdown on London’s best chef’s tables


FASHION: if looks could kill Since the advent of Bond, there’s no mission without made-to-measure

68 lifestyle: groom for improvement

We learn the tricks of the well-groomed trade with trusty tools and credible chemicals


Omar Ali uncovers the secret behind the DB5 that was machine-gunned to death in the closing scenes of Skyfall


Angelina Villa-Clarke follows in the footsteps of Ian Fleming’s hero, visiting some utterly glamorous film locations


Mark and Hannah Hayes-Westall introduce another artist that should appear on your agenda: Alighiero Boetti




We take a look inside Telford Homes’ special collection of penthouses at its Parliament House development









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E d i tor Richard Brown

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M o t o r i n g Editor Matthew Carter

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lose a lot of phones. Six in the last decade. Two in the last 12 months. Swallowed up by taxis, trains and those nights that seem like a good idea at the time. On one particular you-couldn’t-write-it occasion, I watched a newly-purchased smartphone skip merrily across the road before literally

disappearing down the drain. What are the chances? How’s your luck? It’s my own fault. Secretly I suspect I want to be phoneless. It stems from a dogged

determination to prove that it’s not a big deal when I lose one. To pretend to myself that I’ve not grown dependent, that I haven’t become too emotionally involved. A phone is just a phone. So, with every new handset, I adopt an almost laissez-faire attitude to its whereabouts. I’ll leave it in a loo, in loose pockets, unguarded on pub tables and strewn across a pile of jumpers on the side of a football pitch. It’s no surprise that a few go walkabout. I’ve taken pride in the fact that my phone isn’t padlocked permanently between my fingers and palm. I look down on the sort of plebs who place theirs on dining tables at dinner parties; I scoff at morning commuters packed on trains who are locked to their screens, even when they’re underground. It’s futile, of course, my war of attrition. I’ve been fighting a losing battle. I, like everyone else, succumbed to the trappings of the smartphone a long time ago. My phone is my map, my laptop, my diary, my personal storage device. Navigating life without it is like being lost at sea. When did that happen?

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In ancient times, tattoos were used as amulets or talismans. Today, they’re the ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Now, Montblanc and Samsung has teamed up to combine century-old savoir faire and cutting-edge technology. The result? A limited-edition collection of handmade smartphone covers featuring tattoos made using Montblanc ink. The hard-shell and flip covers were designed by London tattoo maestro Mo Coppoletta, and require up to two hours of tattoo work. Limited to 100 pieces, the complete range celebrates the release of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note5, marking yet another successful collaboration in this brand partnership. Montblanc and Samsung teamed up over a year ago with the aim of introducing fine writing to the digital world.

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on your bike As more and more cities around the world opt for electric means of transportation, Expemotion set out to design a bike that’s not only environmentally friendly, but also a work of art. What they came up with is a fine-looking thing indeed. The E-Raw motorcycle, the brainchild of designer Martin Hulin, features a moulded wooden seat supported by a striking tubular steel frame.

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ALL ABOARD We thought the best place to be during the Rugby World Cup 2015 was in a box at one of the 13 match venues. That was until we heard about MISCHIEF, the superyacht that’s mooring in Canary Wharf during the tournament. The 52.2 metre yacht will host a number of lavish cocktail parties, Michelin-starred dining events and intimate performances from world famous live acts and DJs. On Wednesdays, MISCHIEF will host intimate private dining experiences with famous rugby legends – among the confirmed attendees are John Eales, Lawrence Dallaglio, Phil Kearns and Joel Stransky. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Guillaume Brahimi, Sat Bains, Neil Perry, Shannon Bennett and Claude Bosi will curate a six course menu with wine pairings. On match days, MISCHIEF will also be available for private hire from 30 September to 1 November. Exclusive dinners are available from £1,095+ VAT per person,

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This revolutionary liquid-metal smartphone promises to outsmart the rest and redefine phone engineering. End-to-end mobile authentication means the Turing Phone bypasses conventional third party exposure, ensuring sensitive data, credit card information and private conversations reach only the device intended.

When you step inside The Yard Milano, a prestigious familyowned boutique hotel, take care not to trip over the trunks and hat boxes that recount past arrivals, and be sure to take note of the old, everyday objects that now play the convincing part of vintage furnishings. Heavily themed, there’s something very tasteful about the way in which this hotel’s been decorated. Each suite has been carefully designed to satisfy every kind of need, with Junior Suites starting from 27 sq m and the Maisons spanning up to 50 sq m. The Doping Club or dedicated lounge bar, has been decorated with a touch of British humour, and it’s here you’ll find two skilled mixologists concocting invigorating potions for passing travellers that dare.

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TYING THE KNOT Housed in the Grade II-listed Montcalm London City hotel, formerly the Whitbread & Co brewery building, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is one of the City’s most popular events venues. Choose to seat 100 guests to dine on seasonal British fare or invite up to 200 for a standing buffet. For weddings throughout 2016, the restaurant is waiving all hire fees on new bookings – saving up to £1,000. It is also reducing minimum spend for weekend exclusive use to £5,000. Book before 31 October 2015; 56 Chiswell Street, EC1Y,

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georgian life The work of drawing master Batty Langley, who helped the Georgians design their homes by publishing handbooks, continues today at the hotel named after him in the heart of Spitalfields. Its bedrooms, each individually named after a historical person from the local area, are furnished in a traditional style with rugs, antiques and panelled walls, while desirable modern touches such as flat screen televisions blend in discreetly. The Earl of Bolingbroke suite is the hotel’s pièce de résistance; generously spread over two floors – with its own luggage lift – it boasts a large, private terrace, antique Tuscan marble bath and canopy bed. The hotel also offers rooms filled with character, and paintings, perfect for interviews, meetings and filming. Room rates from £234, Batty Langley’s, 12 Folgate Street, E1, 020 7377 4390,

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art of the well-respected Hakkasan Group of restaurants, Yauatcha Soho already boasts a Michelin star, and the City was lucky enough to be chosen as the location for its sister restaurant Yauatcha City to open this year, in the redeveloped drinking and dining hub, Broadgate Circle. Naturally, expectations were high, and a packed dining room and buzzing atmosphere by 7pm on a weekday boded well on our first visit. The iconic blue glass and white marble used in Soho makes an appearance in the City branch also, complemented by exposed brick, low pendant lighting and a fish tank, which, somehow, it pulls off. Ease into dinner by enjoying the concise but well-curated cocktail menu at one of its two bars, or out on the large terrace if you’re in denial about summer ending. Split between two kitchens, the contemporary Chinese dining at Yauatcha City is largely focused on dim sum. The generous menu covers all bases, from the steamed and grilled to the fried and baked, with hearty fillings from chicken and vegetables to prawns

and venison. Six of these dishes between two was the portion recommendation, but not wanting to miss out on the second kitchen’s offering of mains and wok dishes, we traded two dim sum for larger mains – the well-balanced Thai style chicken with onion, mango, papaya, chilli and coriander and stir-fry scallop with lotus root sounded too good to pass up. The intriguing Gold leaf seafood rice unfortunately had to remain a mystery. The quality of its desserts – I never expected to have the best Black Forest gâteau I’ve ever had in a Chinese restaurant – pays tribute to the fact that the restaurant also operates a stand-alone patisserie downstairs. A great way to sample the whole experience here, without perhaps getting quite so full as we did, is by opting for the new Supreme Saturdays lunch – a £49 per person menu for a minimum of two, which offers a round-up of dim sum, mains and pre- and post-lunch cocktails. Yauatcha City, Broadgate Circle, EC2M, 020 3817 9888,

bar wizard The Connaught Bar is hosting its final The Art of Mixology masterclasses this October and November. Enjoy a champagne and canapés welcome before swapping sides of the bar and donning a pair of white gloves. Explore flavours from cardamom to coriander and perfect your shaken-not-stirred technique in Masters of Vodka & Gin, or blend heartier spirits at Masters of Whisky. £150 per person,

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Kitchen Table This restaurant is essentially one large chef ’s table, so it’s ideally suited for couples who want to investigate without the rigmarole of corralling a group booking. The industrialstyle kitchen is circumscribed with 19 leather high-backed bar stools from which diners can watch James Knappett’s culinary prestidigitation.

Corrigan’s One of the prototypical chef ’s tables, Corrigan’s really helped to set the trend and the benchmark for the experience. Guests are introduced to the kitchen crew, brought through their workplace and lavished with an opulent meal made with the best produce in Britain.

‘Employee’s Only’ at Social Eating House The wryly named chef ’s table at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House shares DNA with Kitchen Table in that it’s really just an eight-seater counter where diners can get a chef ’s eye view of the kitchens. It’s a great place to exchange badinage with head chef Paul Hood.

Hibiscus Amongst the world’s finest kitchens (El Bulli, Noma, l’Enclume), a phenomenon has been established in which diners are invited into the test kitchen where staff members are put through their paces. Claude Bosi’s fabulous fine dining venture Hibiscus offers one such room: up to six guests can enjoy a four- or six-course meal, or sign up for a Saturday morning cookery masterclass. MARCUS The recently refurbished restaurant gives its chef ’s table pride of place, sitting on the threshold of the main dining room and the kitchens, so that it’s able to borrow the energy of both. The room has been given a dark Art Deco treatment, with chocolate wood panelling and leather chesterfields. Dinner by Heston This horseshoe shaped table sits directly across from Ashley Palmer-Watts’ fabled workspace. Guests will be invited to enjoy an eightcourse menu with chefs explaining the techniques employed to create the dishes as well as their historical origins. Think Heston’s Feasts on steroids.

Angler Chef’s View Perched atop the seventh floor of the South Place Hotel on the border of Moorgate and Shoreditch, Michelin-starred restaurant Angler boasts some of the finest seafood in London. The chef ’s table offers the best seat in the house, with views out onto Tower 42 as well as into the kitchens. City Social The

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remains as precise as ever. You’ll find Mediterranean flourishes on the menu here, with pasta and risotto dishes sitting among his signature modern British fare.

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On the brink of the release of the biggest film of his career, The City Magazine caught up with Daniel Craig amid the glitz of last month’s Venice Film Festival WORDS: KAREN ANNE OVERTON

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ay back in 2005, when Facebook was still in its infancy and Tom Cruise was jumping around on Oprah’s sofa, an actor named Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond. Devoted 007 fans were distinctly unimpressed. For starters, at 37 he was considered too young to portray the suave and experienced British spy; he was too rough around the edges, and most importantly, too blonde. His casting in the role was based mostly on his performance in Layer Cake, but aside from some naked shenanigans with a stunning Sienna Miller in that Guy Ritchie classic, there was little else to suggest that he had the requisite credentials to be an international man of mystery. Bond, for example, would not associate himself with something quite as shabby as cocaine dealing… But unfazed by the backlash, Craig never had any intention of filling the shoes of those who went before him. If he was going to play one of the greatest characters in British film history, he was going to do it his way. “It’s an honour to play him, I get such a big kick out of doing it. I had an opportunity with Casino Royale to wipe the slate clean, this was us beginning again,” says Craig. “Although I’m not saying it was a rebirth of Bond – that sounds conceited and I was a huge fan of Bond before – I always wanted to bring some different elements in. I could have just done a movie where I was going to straighten the tie

and drink a Martini, but it’s all been done before. It had to happen in the right way.” Three films in, and with the release of Spectre imminent, it is hard now to imagine anyone else playing 007. Craig’s Bond is a very different animal to the charming, sophisticated man Sean Connery created in the original films; he is darker, and utterly untameable, less a man for Queen and country and more a bloke for Bond and Bond. Throwing away the rule book appears to be the secret to success for the Bond reboot. Casino Royale was worlds away from the camp style the films had come to be known for. Taking the story back to the early days of Bond’s career allowed Craig and director Martin Campbell to explore the spy’s flawed and vulnerable side. It could have gone horribly wrong, but instead it grossed over £325m and became, until Skyfall, the highest grossing Bond film of all time. Not bad work for a boy from the Wirral. Spectre promises to be the most chilling Bond narrative yet. Our hero (or anti-hero, as Craig has always insisted) is still mourning the death of M and receives a message from his past. The film’s plot is shrouded in typical MI5 mystery, but almost certainly marks a return for Bond supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (rumoured to be Christoph Waltz’s character) who, due to recently settled copyright issues, was last officially ‘seen’ in 1971’s Diamonds are Forever, and the sinister organisation, Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – aka Spectre.

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Nearly 50, Craig is still unbelievably suave and infuriatingly handsome. He has that rugged, Steve McQueen swagger down to a T

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There is certainly a sense of returning to more traditional Fleming form in Spectre; almost a decade into the role, Craig at 47 is closer to the age Bond purists expect and his character has become far more layered than the cocky, unbreakable agent in Casino Royale. The Bond of 2015 has suffered through acute heartbreak and loss, especially following the death and betrayal of Vesper Lynd, Bond’s first and perhaps last true love. The return of Blofeld also suggests that the franchise feels secure enough to revive the concept of the traditional supervillain, although also certainly without an appearance from his infamous white cat. Craig is also keen to bring back just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humour, saying “I always wanted to bring the comedy back in, but Mike Myers really screwed us, he took the best spy gags with Ivana Humpalot! But I always maintained that with really good writing, the jokes will come.” Another twist in 007 history comes in the form of the casting of Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who, at 51, is the oldest Bond girl to date and four years older than Craig. However, given her status as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful women on earth, there is minimal risk of this age difference dampening Bond’s insatiable ardour. In one particularly sexually charged scene, Craig is seen slowly unzipping her floor-length gown as she whispers “If you go there you are crossing into a place where there is no mercy.” Try as Craig might to reveal the more human side of Bond, it is unlikely Her Majesty’s favourite spy will be giving up the beautiful women and settling down any time soon. For some time, many thought the same of Craig, who has been linked to several stunning women, including German star Heike Matsch and Hollywood producer Satsuki Mitchell, to whom he

was engaged for several years. But it was actress Rachel Weisz who finally got Craig down the aisle after a whirlwind six-month romance and whom he now lives with in leafy Primrose Hill. Nearly 50, Craig is still unbelievably suave and infuriatingly handsome. He has that rugged, Steve McQueen swagger down to a T, but the question remains: is there an age limit on a man’s capability to play 007? “As long as I’m physically able… which isn’t that long!” he laughs. “I’m contracted for one more, which seems to be a fair number but I’m not going to make predictions,” he says. When it came to finding the right director for Skyfall, Craig played a leading role. “I was at a party and Sam [Mendes] was there,” he says. “He doesn’t drink and I know I wasn’t sober, so I was picking his brains because he’s a wonderful director; I respect his ideas and the conversation went on and on. We talked about what we love about Bond movies and I offered him the job, which was not my job to do.” Unfortunately Mendes was not available right away but the delay proved vital to the development of the film and thanks to the persistence of Craig, who phoned Mendes “relentlessly, four times a day” until he eventually said yes. The combination of Craig and Mendes, whose breakthrough film was cult drama American Beauty, is what preserves the Bond formula of cool, commercially successful, and with just the right the right amount of darkness. Craig, however, has his own theory as to why the famous franchise has endured over half a century and shows no sign of slowing down: “You simply stick to the old adage that a good story goes a long way. And blow sh*t up every half an hour,” he laughs heartily. “That’s how it’s done.” Spectre is released in UK cinemas on 26 October

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Macallan Maketh The Man Bond’s whisky of choice has announced a new expression; The Macallan Rare Cask – a single malt for gentlemen of taste

The Heritage Founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed, and is now regarded as one of the best single malts in the world. The Macallan uses particularly small stills, which gives the spirit maximum contact with the copper, providing for a rich, full-bodied flavour. Just 16 per cent of the spirit collected from the stills (at 69.8 per cent alcohol) is filtered into casks and matured into The Macallan. The liquid is left to mature in a selection of oak casks, each with its own aroma, ranging from the Spanish oak sherry cask (chocolate orange, dried fruits and spices) to the American oak sherry cask (sweet citrus, light spice, vanilla, light oak). The Macallan Rare Cask

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With a rich mahogany red hue, The Macallan Rare Cask demonstrates the brand’s commitment to wood casks and natural colour. Rare Cask has been crafted from whiskies selected from 16 individually different profiles – the most ever used in a single The Macallan whisky. The result is a woody whisky, with sweet notes of apple, lemon, and orange balanced by fragrant spices, root ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Eagle-eyed Bond fans will notice that The Macallan 1962 appears several times throughout Skyfall, which Silva (Javier Bardem) declares to know is Bond’s favourite whisky. From Spectre onwards, perhaps 007 will acquire a taste for The Macallan Rare Cask instead? Charlotte Phillips.

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BUILT FOR BOND Only ten of these incredible machines will ever exist. One found its way to The City Magazine’s studios for an exclusive shoot words: omar ali Photography: Michael Drummond


n 1964 the Aston Martin DB5 made its big screen debut in Goldfinger, the third film of the now record-breaking franchise. Twenty-five films and more than 50 years later, the luxury British sports car brand remains the vehicle of choice for 007, who will be driving the car opposite, the specially built DB10 in Spectre. Led by Aston Martin chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy. While your chances of ever getting behind the wheel of the DB10 are admittedly slim, act now and you can put your name on the waiting list for The City Magazine’s cover star, the DB9 GT Bond Edition. GT badging, exclusive front fender badges and Sterling Silver Aston Martin Wings mark the model as something truly special. As does an entirely bespoke ‘Spectre Silver’ paint job. Only 150 will be made. DB9 GT Bond Edition (as seen on front cover), £165,000, Aston Martin,


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At 50, model and actress Monica Bellucci will become the oldest ever Bond girl when she stars alongside Daniel Craig in Spectre. She talks to The City Magazine about industry ageism, beauty and a lifetime spent defying convention Words: Shaun Curran


onica Bellucci is long used to being the centre of attention. In her native Italy, where her films are award-winning national treasures, she’s that much of a household name that fans have given her the deferential title ‘La Bellucci’ and she is adored as one of the definitive muses of Italian cinema, spoken about in the same revered tones as Sophia Loren. Having been in the spotlight since she was just 13 years old, the Italian beauty has sashayed down the catwalks of the international fashion capitals displaying her iconic combination of poise, sexual confidence and old-school glamour. She’s appeared in countless luxury fashion campaigns and frequently tops lists of the world’s sexiest women. Still, little prepared her for the furore that ensued when it was announced that Bellucci was to become the latest Bond girl in the forthcoming, long-awaited Spectre opus. It’s only the third time in the course of Bond history that 007’s leading lady will be played by an actress older than Bond himself (Daniel Craig is 47) and Bellucci’s casting raises the average age of Bond’s belle du jour significantly: previously his beautiful companions had a median age of 28. Of course, there’s nothing necessarily unique about diehard fans being up in arms over a casting choice. A new Bond adventure is always big news; the discussion, dissection and picking apart of cast, location, director, plot and title of the latest Bond film – often before anyone has seen so much as a speeding car or a gadget explode – is a quintessentially British hobby. Among that, the notion of the Bond girl – Bond’s love interest (in the loosest sense of the


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term) and the one who, more often than not, aides our daring hero overcome the powers of evil – has been tickling our collective loins since Ursula Andress played Honey Ryder in the first Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No. Along with the announcement that Daniel Craig would be reprising his role for his fourth, and perhaps final, time, Spectre producers have confirmed that Bellucci will portray Lucia Sciarra, the widow of an assassin killed by Bond. But it wasn’t Bellucci’s undoubted, timeless beauty, or indeed whether or not her CV stood up to scrutiny for the biggest role of her career, that people were talking about. The focus was on that fact that at 50 years old, Bellucci would become the oldest ever Bond girl in the franchise’s history, a full 11 years older than the previous holder of that record Honor Blackman, who was 39 years old when she starred alongside Sean Connery as Pussy Galore in 1964’s Goldfinger. In an industry that remains very much dominated by men both on and off screen, with films often skewed to the hotly-debated-in-the-comments-section-of-theGuardian ‘male gaze’, the decision to cast Bellucci is – archaic as it may seem – a brave one that rails against perceived wisdom. Even Bellucci herself was surprised, admitting that when she got the call from director Sam Mendes, she assumed it was regarding taking over the

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“Sensuality and sexiness does not just belong to women in their twenties or thirties” 80-year-old Judi Dench’s role as M, the head of MI6, rather than being handed the baton formerly held by Jane Seymour, Halle Berry and Eva Green. Once the situation was clarified, Bellucci grasped the opportunity with both hands. She immediately praised Mendes, stating that the two-time Bond director would be a “hero among women” for ensuring Bond finally fell for someone his own age. And even if she flinches at the label ‘Bond girl’ – “I’d much prefer to be a Bond Woman or a Bond Lady” she said earlier this year – Bellucci sees her casting in a positive light. “I think it’s a sign that women deserve to be respected and considered beautiful at any age,” Bellucci says. “Sensuality and sexiness does not just belong to women in their twenties or thirties. In the film business, there has often been this prejudice against older women, the same way that in our society older women tend to be overlooked. Women need to believe in themselves and understand that they can still project sensuality and beauty as they get older. We shouldn’t be made to feel as if we are no longer interesting or sexy at 50 as compared to when we’re 30. “Women should not only be judged by one standard of beauty and older women deserve more respect and attention for being just as interesting and sensual as younger women, maybe even more so. Society shouldn’t place stereotypes on beauty. Women don’t stop being attractive or sensual simply because they get older.” Bellucci knows what she is talking about: her life and career have been an exercise in defying convention. Even before embarking on a diverse range


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Bellucci attends the Le Meraviglie premiere during the 67th Cannes Film Festival, 2014; screening of Rhino Season at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival; premiere of Sanguepazzo, Cannes, 2008; filming Spectre in Rome, 2015; with ex-husband Vincent Cassel, Paris, 2011; with Mendes on the set of Spectre, 2015

of film roles – she starred as Mary Magdelene in Mel Gibson’s hugely contentious The Passion Of The Christ, as well as in the shockingly brutal and much criticised Irréversible – Bellucci spent her youth desperate to prove she possessed both beauty and brains. Her modelling career may have taken off while she was still a young teenager, but she continued to study law at the University of Perugia, often despite her tutors’ patronising attitudes. “When I was doing my final exams in Italy, my Greek professor was my examiner and he asked me very condescendingly: ‘When you become an adult, what are you going to do with your life – are you going to be an actress or a TV presenter?’ It was his way of trying to humiliate me by suggesting that I had no business studying because of my looks. From his way of thinking, an actress didn’t need to do study or take her education seriously. Of course, the great irony is that I did become an actress!” Tutors be damned, Bellucci signed to Elite Model Management in 1988 and quickly pushed her career onwards, never forgoing her true passion for acting. A minor role in Bram Stoker’s Dracula proved to be her big break, and Bellucci says “acting was my salvation”, as it rescued her from modelling full time. “Now, when I choose to do modelling, it is for important brands like Dolce & Gabbana and I’m very happy working with great photographers. But modelling was never my passion. You get tired of being noticed all the time. That’s why acting gave me an opportunity to do something creative.” Now a global icon, and with two daughters from her marriage to former husband Vincent Cassel, Bellucci says she has struck the perfect balance between all facets of her career and personal life as she prepares for the critical appraisal of Spectre. “This is a beautiful and rich period from a professional point of view,” she says. “As far as my private life is concerned, I’m a mother, so I don’t have much time to rest! I try to be as organised as I can and I won’t work on more than two films each year so I can be with my children as much as possible. But I feel very energised right now and I’ve gained the kind of wisdom over the years where I’m able to appreciate all the beautiful and small things that are part of everyday life.” Spectre is in cinemas from 26 October 2015

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With the latest Bond movie delving into the origins of 007, The City Magazine takes a look at the real life inspiration for Ian Fleming’s famous spy – Sir William Stephenson WORDS: Chris Allsop

eleased on 26 October, Spectre – the 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise and the second from director Sam Mendes – will see the womanising superspy tackle the eponymous criminal network for the first time since 1971 (Diamonds are Forever). For Mendes, the film presented an opportunity to continue the demystifying of Bond’s origins that he began with Skyfall. “The Bond creation myth never happened,” he recently said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I felt there was an opportunity there: What made him? And who were the people who affected him along the way? [We’re] sort of telling the story backwards of how Bond became Bond.” Whatever the film’s insights, Mendes’s screenwriters are unlikely to suggest that Bond is in fact a 5ft2 Canadian with a penchant for spotting business opportunities while in the teeth of danger. But it was a man exactly like that who provided the template for Ian Fleming’s famous creation. As the author himself once wrote, “James Bond is a highly romanticised version of a true spy. The real thing is … William Stephenson.” Stephenson’s life – which began in Winnipeg in 1896 – is in some ways even more fantastic than Bond’s. Enlisting at the outbreak of World War I, Stephenson scraped an overseas commission before the legal age of 19. An inch shy of

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official soldier height, the examining doctor wrote “passed as bugler” on his papers and the Canadian shipped out for the Western Front. While fighting in France, he was wounded in a gas attack. Stephenson capitalised on his seven-month convalescence in England to learn how to fly. By 1917, he’d become a member of the Royal Flying Corps (Stephenson later claimed that he’d faked his medical history to achieve this). Fortunately for the Allies, his deception was not uncovered and, a year later, Stephenson lifted off in his Sopwith Camel and brought down between 12 and 20 enemy aircraft (reports vary). What is certain is that he was eventually shot down behind enemy lines (by French friendly fire) and captured. Three months later, Stephenson escaped. He had brought with him a can opener and a detailed report on German prison camps. The latter brought him for the first time to the attention of British Intelligence. By the time Germany was signing the armistice, Stephenson had notched up the Military Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the rank of Captain, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for heroic derring-do. He was 22. Eight years later and Stephenson was now a married millionaire. While his American wife, Mary French Simmons (reportedly even shorter than Stephenson), just happened to be an American tobacco heiress, Stephenson was a self-made man – to an extent. He did capitalise on the genius of the German can opener he’d acquired. Discovering that it had been patented in the

Somehow he also found time to win the European Amateur Boxing Championship Central Power countries only, Stephenson improved it before obtaining patents worldwide. His more lucrative money-spinner came a few years later and involved co-inventing a system for transmitting images via wireless, with the first successful radiotransmitted newspaper photograph appearing in the London Daily Mail (of Made in Chelsea’s Nicola showing off her new slimline physique) in 1924. Now a leading industrialist in his adopted country, his business interests widened to include construction, steel, automobiles, real estate and aviation. Somehow during this period he also found time to reportedly win the European Amateur Boxing Championship (lightweight class). By 1936, under cover of his international business empire, Stephenson had begun spying for England on the burgeoning Nazi threat. Churchill used his information, detailing how the Germans had violated the Treaty of Versailles by hiding military expenditures of £800,000,000, to warn against the appeasement polices of Neville Chamberlain. Stephenson would later recall this period as his “only training in espionage.” In 1940, Prime Minister Churchill, recognising Stephenson’s talent for intelligence, his “fox terrier character” and his impressive stateside contacts, placed him as Britain’s top intelligence officer in the


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US, based out of New York. During his time as head of the British Security Coordination (BSC) – the operational and liaison arm of UK intelligence in the States – Stephenson worked tirelessly to encourage America to join the war. Bill Ross Smith, who worked under Stephenson in New York City, explained why Stephenson became known as ‘The Quiet Canadian’. “He was exactly the right man [ for the job], because he had this tremendous flair of influencing people, in an incredibly quiet way,” Smith said. “If he could walk into this room now, he could sit down in that chair and, without saying a word, dominate this room. He was no James Bond because he didn’t go around killing people with his bare hands, or even with a gun. He dealt strictly with his brain and personality.” Stephenson did, however, share Bond’s penchant for martinis. Fleming is quoted as saying that the Canadian mixed “the largest dry martinis in America”, serving them in mason jars. After the war, Stephenson, who had modestly described his crucial role as “80 per cent paperwork”, received a knighthood and a Medal for Merit (then the US’s highest civilian award). His exploits were chronicled in the biography A Man Called Intrepid, which became a mini-series starring David Niven as the fearless millionaire spy-chief, industrialist, inventor, boxer and pilot. Stephenson died in the Bahamas in 1989 aged 92. According to Reuters, in keeping with the covert nature of much his career, he asked to be buried secretly and his death not to be announced until after the service. Today, a (larger than life) statue of Stephenson, sculpted by Leo Mol, stands in Memorial Park in Winnipeg. Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in MetroGoldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/ EON Productions

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One hit wonder

As the 007 Walk of Fame opens at Switzerland’s Schilthorn Summit, Henry Hopwood-Phillips travelled to Mürren to catch up with George Lazenby, the only James Bond to boast a real life as dramatic as the spy’s...


e’re late. “What’s the collective noun for Bond girls?” hacks can be heard asking each other as they approach Murren’s Hotel Eiger for the launch of the ‘007 Walk of Fame’. I’ve missed the press conference for the stars of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, filmed mostly on the mountain above us, which sounds bad – but to put it in context, I almost got on the wrong plane out here. Inside, several characters are still holding court. I take a seat by Terence Mountain who played Raphael – one of the first people to attack Bond in the film. But before I can ask what he’s drinking, a hand the size of a dinner plate rests itself on my shoulder and asks what I think of the kids being swiped in and out of view on a phone. It’s George Lazenby and the kids are his. Forty-six years on from the film he’s now 76. And he looks it. Every gorgeous person has features that irk symmetry but now symmetry, it seems, has had its vengeance. He’s bullish too, in a wounded giant sort of way. “Yeah, the lack of privacy did get to me. I mean, it was fun the first time, but then I didn’t like it one bit; this is different though,” he says, answering my prod that ours was a funny start given that this is a man who famously dislikes intrusion. The film has gained notoriety among fans for having almost no gadgets, containing the first ‘new’ 007 (after the original Sean


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Connery left) and its youngest one (at 29). It also features the only Bond from beyond the British Isles (Lazenby is Australian) and is the sole film in which the spy gets married. Lazenby’s own rise to the role was even more unlikely than the film’s particularities. Lazenby was originally a car mechanic in the Antipodes before he pursued a girl to London and earned his keep via a modelling career that peaked when he bagged a position as Europe’s ‘Marlboro man’ in the late 1960s.

“I was aware they had gone through 300 guys instead of the usual 10” “I knew an agent who was a friend of the two directors,” Lazenby recalls. “So I was aware they had gone through 300 guys instead of the usual 10.” He had nothing to lose “so I pinched a suit [Sean] Connery had failed to pick up from Savile Row, had my haircut at his barbers, put on a Rolex and acted all bolshy at auditions.” Invited back, gorgeous George proceeded to (accidentally) knock out a Russian wrestler. “At this point, one of the directors grabbed me by the arm and said ‘we’re going with you’”. The promise was kept, even when they found out their new Bond had invented his CV.

One of the directors, Hunt, refused to talk to Lazenby, believing the silence kept the actor moody and intense; an approach reinforced by a one-scene-one-take approach. The main female actress, Diana Rigg, also felt alienated by the Australian’s amateur ways, apparent womanising and tendency to hang out with the film’s crew instead of the cast. This funny turn of events led to an even more awkward denouement when Lazenby decided he wouldn’t sign a new contract. In his cowboy drawl he digs up old memories of a “rogue called Rahilly who convinced me that because Clint Eastwood was earning $500,000 for spaghetti westerns”, and that long hair, open shirts and peace were on their way in – meaning that short hair, suits and war were out – the $1million contract was better rejected. Not that there are any sour grapes about the decision. In fact, talking about the latest licensed killer, Lazenby says: “Initially I didn’t think Daniel Craig looked the part but he’s convinced me.” Though he can’t help adding “He seems a little cold-blooded – I like to think I gave [Bond] some heart”. Flights from London City Airport to Bern start from £115 one way with SkyWorks Airlines, For rail transfers within Switzerland, visit swisstravelsystem. For more on the ‘007 Walk of Fame’ (seen below), see page 71

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to talk?”

- “No, I expect you to leverage your

skillset!” Words: Tim Dhoul, QS Top MBA


an a threeletter degree turn you into a three-digit force capable of toppling the nefarious schemes devised by the world’s most villainous characters? Well, cohorts of MBA students have – since the demise of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing fallout and general air of despondency around issues of corporate transparency – increasingly taken it upon themselves to utilise the postgraduate qualification to make a positive difference in the business world. Many have gone to business school keen to turn a growing enthusiasm for entrepreneurship into a socially responsible start-up in areas such as education, healthcare or cleantech come graduation. So, while we might be stretching the imagination somewhat in saying an MBA can make you an all-action superhuman – male or female, for that matter – you shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that obtaining the degree merely offers you a bump up the career ladder. What it offers, in fact, is a new lease of life.


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Character development Away from its core teachings in, say, finance, data analytics or marketing, much of the MBA’s benefits stem from enhancing a person’s nontechnical, or character, skillsets. This means leadership, interpersonal and communication skills – the sort of soft skills employers cry out for and bemoan the absence of (a skillset in which Mr Bond has rarely been found lacking…). At the start of this year, for instance, a campaign backed by Barclays and Dragons’ Den stalwart James Caan was launched in an attempt to raise our appreciation for soft skills on the back of research that valued their worth to UK business at £88 billion. The demand is there then, clearly. So, too, is the student hopeful’s desire to improve themselves – learning new skills continues to be the second most cited reason for undertaking an MBA, according to annual QS research into MBA applicants, behind only the goal of improving career prospects and some distance ahead of ambitions to earn a boost in salary. But, how, exactly, can an MBA set you apart in this sense? Much of the learning at leading business schools is team-based and driven by collaborative projects, for one. In this, participants learn from each other as much as from their professors. Indeed, the combined experiences and background of a top MBA class can be truly a sight to behold. This is even more the case on executive MBA programmes – designed for more senior personnel and taken while remaining in employment. Engineers, investment bankers and research scientists (think of it as a business branch of MI6) are all thrown together in an environment that is designed to be nurturing and receptive to new ideas. This setting also provides the perfect platform for workshops in which students can reflect on differing approaches to management and leadership styles through which they can get a sense of where they’d like to fit into this spectrum, and the reality of where they lie now.

Skills derived from ‘action learning’ Plus, the coursework involved on an MBA is far from simply theoretical – experiential learning, otherwise known by the slightly more swashbuckling name of ‘action learning’, is pretty much a guaranteed emphasis on reputable programmes. This often entails putting teams of participants to work on a real challenge that a company is facing, in the form of a consulting project. Once business plans and strategies are presented, there’s a fair chance they’ll be implemented by the company in question and there’s even the possibility that they will seek your services full time once you graduate. Similarly, MBA programmes will often encompass study-abroad courses. These provide more onthe-ground experience, especially when further consultancy project work is involved. But, even when time doesn’t allow for this, international travel and tours of local companies can really help students gain a sense of the climate of doing business in a context far removed from their own. Like a certain spy’s work, modern business, as often as not, will involve crossing some borders.

The main takeaway from both actionlearning projects and overseas experience is the skills you develop along the way – qualities such as adaptability, decision-making and cultural sensibility. Overall, the programme should imbue you with added confidence and this is where an MBA can put a swagger in your step or a disarming twinkle in your eye, in a manner akin to the characteristics personified by Ian Fleming’s charismatic creation. The argument in favour of the MBA, therefore, rests its case on helping students reach the next level – not just the next level in the professional chain of management, but the next level of you.

Adding substance to career aspirations But, of course, career and personal development are inexorably linked. Through the provision of networking events, guest speakers and career services – further staples of the business school experience – students often discover new paths to professional fulfilment open up before them. With an added confidence in your abilities, these avenues may no longer seem like pipe dreams but things that can be actively pursued. Always wanted to start your own company? Start-up competitions and events at business school can give you the belief that your idea is viable and, more importantly, provide you with ready access to, and credibility among, potential investors. You might even find yourself a Q-like business partner whose technical genius you can help reach a wider stage. Or perhaps you are the Q-like figure – one who understands how wizardry with gadgets will get you nowhere without first learning how to work effectively with others and how to conduct yourself in the company of stakeholders and interested parties. Either way, as much as an MBA programme can enhance a participant’s personal skillset, this is not something intended to set you apart in the lone wolf sense. Indeed, as entertaining and virtuous as many of the qualities possessed by James Bond are, he is – as he has repeatedly demonstrated – a managerial nightmare. Therefore, MBA students won’t be aspiring to draw parallels with his skillset; they’ll be looking to improve upon it.

Find the Business School for You QS is the world’s leading information specialist in the higher education sector. For more tips and advice on how to choose the right business school, the QS World MBA Tour is in London’s Lancaster London Hotel on 10 October. At the event, you will not only have the opportunity to meet admissions directors from over 70 of the world’s top business schools face-to-face, but also apply for exclusive QS scholarships worth £1.1 million. / 020 7284 7254

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

STROKE OF GENIUS You might be more than a little surprised to learn that timepieces and eroticism have often gone hand in hand in watchmaking history. Designers in the past would sometimes play with the theme of libertinism by mechanically recreating suggestive scenes. Richard Mille’s new RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon recalls these controversial timepieces, not just through its evocative name, but through a series of passionate declarations written proudly across the models’ faces. In order for these to be seen clearly at all times, a mechanism has been developed that makes the hands disappear at 8 o’clock, when the push-piece is activated. Designed in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi, the movement features 505 components and 41 jewels. Its 69-hour power reserve is displayed in a new aperture at 4 o’clock. RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon, £591,500, available in Richard Mille boutiques,

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Max Milligan, store manager at Fraser Hart in Westfield Stratford, selects his watch of the month:

Only a year after the brand began remaking its own movements, Oris presents its second in-house calibre. The Calibre 111 is a hand-wound movement that offers an industry-leading, 10-day power reserve and a patented, non-linear power reserve indicator (designed to look like an airplane’s fuel gauge). Introducing it to the Big Crown ProPilot collection, Oris has added a date function and small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, to create a trio of complications that have not been seen in a watch before. Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111, from £3,430, Oris,

Time Travel

Taking us back to a time before computers, timepiece start-up Klokers has introduced the Klok-01 wristwatch. Inspired by slide rules – rings of numbered disks that slide between each other to solve equations – the Klok-01 tells the time via three circular discs that rotate at different speeds. The 44mm stainless steel watch is available with a range of straps that can be interchanged thanks to a patented clipon-clip-off system. It was launched on Kickstarter last month. Klok-01, £250, Klokers,

Oyster Perpetual, from £3,350 for ladies and £3,600 for gents, Rolex Fraser Hart, Westfield Stratford, 020 8555 3568 @fraserhartuk

“The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a throwback to its first watch, and gives a great new entry point for the world’s most famous watch brand. They have overhauled the existing sizes and added a 39mm, along with a plethora of new coloured dials, making it a perfect first Swiss watch”

RETRO-GRADE The world’s most celebrated calibre lends both its name and its high-frequency performance to Zenith’s supremely sophisticated El Primero Chronograph Classic. It debuted earlier this year but has only recently arrived in UK stores. Anyone with a penchant for classic watch design will appreciate the piece’s clean lines and understated elegance. It features a case that’s completely new for Zenith, is 42mm in diameter and less than 12mm thick – the perfect companion to any black tie occasion. El Primero Chronograph Classic, £6,100 in stainless steel, £14,700 in rose gold, Zenith,

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INSPIRED BY THE SILVER SCREEN This month, IWC is headline sponsor of the British Film Institute’s fundraising gala, Luminous; a celebration of British film talent that raises vital funds for the BFI National Archive. In celebration of this, the brand has unveiled a limited-edition timepiece with The Watch Gallery

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THE CAUSE The BFI National Archive is the UK’s national collection of film and TV and one of the greatest heritage collections in the world. Works in the BFI National Archive include those by all-time great British directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Emeric Pressburger, by modern masters including Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears, Lynne Ramsay and Steve McQueen, and the earliest examples of silent film and documentary-making in Britain. Keeping the archive alive, which the BFI has done for more than 80 years, relies on a time-consuming, expensive and expert-led process of film preservation and digitisation. Dedicated to the cause is Luminous; its fundraising strategy hopes to ensure the UK’s rich heritage of film and television is protected and made available for the enjoyment of audiences everywhere.

THE EVENT On Tuesday 6 October, some of Britain’s top film stars and industry elite will be raising vital funds at the Luminous gala in partnership with IWC Schaffhausen. Taking place in the gothic splendour of the City’s Guildhall, the evening will be hosted by Jonathan Ross, with the live auction led by renowned auctioneer Lord Dalmeny. This year, the auction will be opened up online in advance of the night from 21 September, offering bidders the opportunity to secure a once-in-alifetime film experience or extraordinary movie artefact, donated by the BFI’s many supporters and filmmakers. To place a bid for yourself, visit

THE WATCHES Last month, IWC unveiled the Portugieser HandWound Eight Days Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’. It is limited to 59 pieces in stainless steel and features an engraved nod to the festival on its case back. The timepiece will be available at The Watch Gallery, IWC’s sole retail partner for the launch. The Swiss watchmaker is also donating a unique ‘1/1’ timepiece for auction at the Luminous gala: the platinum Portugieser Annual Calendar Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’. IWC Schaffhausen is the Official Time Partner for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express, which runs 7-18 October

Where to buy

The Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ is available at The Watch Gallery stores (Chelsea, Selfridges, Westfield London) and online at, for £8,250.

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Fine Feather Winged, bejewelled creatures set the scene in Lalique’s AW15 fine jewellery collection, which has been influenced by the Art Nouveau period and its preoccupation with natural motifs. The menagerie-inspired line includes the Perroquet collection; inspired by founder René Lalique’s love of parrots, it captures the exotic bird in a number of brightly coloured forms, including a pendant made of yellow gold, blue, orange and pink sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines and emeralds, matching earrings and a ring.

Trade Secret New collection Secrets by Harry Winston pays tribute to the company’s enigmatic founder who, due to an unusual clause in his insurance policy, was forbidden to show his face to the public and was therefore often pictured as a silhouette. Each piece subsequently has its own secret element, such as the Winston Cluster bracelet, which features an emerald discreetly hidden behind the house’s iconic motif. Many of the 29 pieces have also been cleverly designed to be worn in more ways than one. The Secret Wonder revolving medallion necklace, for instance, has been set with round and pear-shaped diamonds on one side but when spun round, it reveals sapphires, aquamarines and diamonds. Secrets by Harry Winston, POA, Harry Winston, 171 New Bond Street, W1S;

cutting edge Mayfair jeweller Glenn Spiro has spread his wings with his latest collection of unique butterfly pieces, created exclusively for his boutique in Harrods:

“I wanted to create a jewel quite unlike what has been done before… something light and animated that reflects the true spirit of butterflies. We developed a mechanism that makes the butterfly wings flutter while being worn – creating something truly playful and surprising” – Glenn Spiro

Butterfly natural Burma ruby ring mounted in titanium with 431 brilliant cut Burma rubies and 253 brilliant-cut white diamonds; Butterfly ring made in titanium and white gold, and set with 332 sapphires and 334 diamonds, POA, exclusive to Harrods;

A New Leaf This month, jewellery designer Aurélie Bidermann has created an exclusive capsule collection for luxury fashion e-tailer Matches Fashion. Encompassing just seven pieces, the familiar designs take their cues from the jeweller’s Ginkgo collection, but have been updated in rose gold and navy blue enamel. Aurélie Bidermann explains: “I wanted to play with the DNA of the brand. Nature has always been a great source of inspiration for me, especially the ginkgo leaves…The navy blue enamel was the perfect combination and always suggests travels and serenity to me.” Available from 1 October, prices from £165,

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1. Magnipheasant necklace, £2,750, Stephen Webster, 2. Thorn earrings, £3,850, Stephen Webster, as before 3. Le Bouquet ring, £4,621, Gaelle Khouri, 4. Pigne gold-tone quartz earrings, £150, Rosantica, 5. Bianca gold-plated onyx necklace, £485, Aurélie Bidermann, 6. Twig gold-plated necklace, £88, Diane von Furstenberg, 7. Dagger Rosary silver necklace, £155, Pamela Love, 8. Lock-up pendant, £1,862, Gaelle Khouri, as before 9. Diamond, agate and rose gold ring, £4,250, Monique Péan, 10. Lucia gold-tone, onyx and volcanic lava necklace, £505, Rosantica, as before 11. Owl ring, £2,759, Gaelle Khouri, as before 12. Diamond, agate, spectrolite and gold earrings, £7,438, Monique Péan, 13. Spider’s Web ring, POA, Buccellati, 14. White diamond bar ring, £918.09, Diane Kordas, available at Dover Street Market, W1S 15. Fly by Night ring, £2,550, Stephen Webster, as before 16. Diamond feather earrings, £5,275, Rosa de la Cruz, 17. Eclipse diamond and moonstone ring, £7,250, Noor Fares, 18. Vanitas ring, £3,400, Solange Azagury-Partridge,


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The leading ladies and latest looks guiding style this season

Gold sequin scoop neck dress, £1,590, Nicole Coste,

Flap cover BVLGARI BVLGARI, POA, Bulgari,

Studded Skull clutch, £1,395, Alexander McQueen,

Fiocco Box With Love, £1,995, Christian Louboutin,

Being a Bond girls isn’t about making a discreet entrance – if it’s not the bling, it’s the ratio of skin-to-cloth turning heads

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Leather Origami Bow pump, £615, Nicholas Kirkwood,

Gwalior pump in suede, £525, Christian Louboutin,

Elie Saab Haute Couture

007 heaven Balmain

Inspired by the wardrobes of sultry villains and ‘Bond bed warmers’, we compile the ultimate closet of show-stopping gowns, sky-scraping stilettos and a little risqué negligée

Draped dress, £3,106, Balmain,



Atelier Versace

s the excitement builds for the release of the latest film in the Bond franchise, we anticipate the style of Spectre’s leading ladies, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra and Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. From Honey Ryder to Holly Goodhead, if history’s anything to go by, we’d say there will be plenty of form-fitting numbers, and at least a few jawdropping gowns. Bond girls have never been shy of a bit of bling, so this season we turn our magpie eyes to dazzling creations from the likes of Elie Saab, Balmain, Christian Louboutin and Nicole Coste. If the spotlight of a head-to-toe sequinned ensemble is simply too much to handle, perhaps opt for a touch of glitz on the feet, or a spattering of sparkle in the hand. But let’s be honest, being a Bond girl isn’t about making a discreet entrance – if it’s not the bling, it’s the ratio of skin-tocloth turning heads. For those that boast the body of a Bond girl, we say get those legs out, and everything else for that matter in this barely there ensemble by Atelier Versace. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, right? If you’d rather leave a little to the imagination (or simple don’t ‘have it’, in my case), cover up in Balmain’s draped dress. While modest, don’t be fooled, this number certainly oozes sex appeal. But for me, there’s one dress that stands out. Reminiscent of my favourite Bond gown worn by Eva Green as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, this Maria Lucia Hohan evening dress is a fiery red version of the elegant black number she so elegantly carries. Form-fitting and floaty, as far as I’m concerned, the Lara evening dress ticks all the Bond boxes and then some. TE Vargo 100 sandal, £575, Jimmy Choo,

Lara evening dress, £1,228, Maria Lucia Hohan,

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spoilt for choice it’s time to start pampering in preparation for the winter party season

WASH POSH Forget the five-minute mad dash, and make showering a lengthy luxury with these fragranced goodies

Neroli Portofino soap, £26, Tom Ford,

Dressing Table Decoration As festive mania creeps up on us all once again, Jo Malone is already getting into the stylish spirit with a limited-edition release of its popular Pomegranate Noir cologne. The classic scent is winterperfect – touches of pink pepper and exotic guaiac wood impart spicy, smoky notes to the rich and fruity plum, raspberry and pomegranate juices – and the bottle is now as equally festive, adorned with mistletoe green stripes and a velvet ribbon. £89,

the night shift

To illuminate winter skin, Clinique’s new Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturiser does all the hard work for you while you sleep. In three oil-free formulas for different skin types, it tackles radiance, repair, uneven skin tones and hydration, with proteins to firm and bind moisture to skin, and ingredients derived from tropical trees to give a luminous glow. £48,


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mani makeover

Chanel’s iconic nail care kit has been given its very own glossy makeover. The argan oil-rich nail polish remover, smoothing, colour-correcting base coat and high-shine, rapid-dry top coat are joined by the limited-edition Le Top Coat Velvet. Use for a matte effect, without making your chosen nail polish shade look dull. Le Manicure de Chanel, from £14, 020 7493 3836

Body cleanser, £20, Grown Alchemist,

Un Jardin en Méditerranée shower gel, £34, Hermès,

Eau de Magnolia shower gel, £35, Frédéric Malle,

Party Feet Italian bodycare brand Guam’s new 45-minute treatment launches this month exclusively at Urban Retreat, Harrods, and focuses on giving legs a new lease of life. An initial and thorough exfoliation gives a silky-smooth surface for the therapist to apply Guam Algae, draining skin and leaving it less puffy, before cooling bandages are applied to boost micro-circulation. A leg massage with Guam’s seaweed-rich antifatigue gel is the final step to smoother, more toned legs. Duo Tired Legs Treatment, £75,

It’s never too late...


Black Tuxedo jacket, £745, Tuxedo trousers, £385, both Paul Smith London,; Bow tie, £95, Silk scarf, £170, Cummerbund, £115, all Drake’s,; Dress shirt, £295, Kilgour,

if looks could kill Since the advent of Bond, there’s no mission without made-to-measure, no temptress or target without a tailored tux and certainly no success without style Photographer: Dominic Nicholls Stylist: Hannah Macleod @ Frank Agency


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OPPOSITE PAGE: Grey check suit, £1,500, Shirt, £395, Kilgour, as before; Pocket square, £75, Ozwald Boateng,; THIS PAGE: Polo jumper, £799, Tom Ford,; Trousers, £POA, Caruso,; Belt, £75, Club Monaco,; Boots, £460, Crockett & Jones, as before

OPPOSITE PAGE: Navy coat, £1,075, Belstaff,; Shirt, £250, Kilgour, as before; Watch, £4,360, Omega Edition Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m, Harrods, as before THIS PAGE: Navy double-breasted suit, £1,495, Huntsman at Mr Porter, as before; Tie, £105, Drake’s, as before; Shirt, £165, Richard James,; Leather bag, £645, Cherchbi,

THIS PAGE: Green three-piece suit, £765, Richard James, as before; Tie, £105, Drake’s, as before; Shirt, £250, Kilgour, as before; Scarf, £135, Drake’s, as before OPPOSITE PAGE: Grey Prince of Wales checked suit, £975, Richard James, as before; Tie, £175, John Varvatos,; Shirt, £275, Kilgour, as before

Grooming: Freya Danson Hatcher @ S:Management using Clinique and Paul Mitchell Photographer’s Assistant: Alessia Chinazzo Model: Alfie @ Elite Model Management Shot on location at Q-Park Croydon, Charles St, Croydon, CR0 1TR


Vuarnet The ever-adventurous Bond inevitably finds himself in the mountains on occasion, and Spectre sees him kitted out in the latest high-tech alpine eyewear from Vuarnet. Born from a partnership between an optician and an alpine skier, the brand specialises in the use of mineral lenses – the same as NASA uses in its telescopes – made in Paris. Bond sports the Glacier frame, a sporty aviator style made from lightweight metal and topclass Italian Mazzucchelli acetate, out in three new colours this season. Glacier sunglasses, from £443, Vuarnet,

STYLE HIM bond special

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

Crockett & Jones It’s good to see Bond getting behind another classic British brand. Back once again to serve the spy, Crockett & Jones is responsible for providing Bond’s Spectre shoe wardrobe. The six styles featured include the plain black Radnor boot, its heavy-duty commando rubber sole suitable for Bond in action mode, and the more elegant Norwich and Alex shoes in black calf leather. Camberley in black calf, £460, Crockett & Jones,


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Tom Ford

Responsible for the mainstay of the Bond wardrobe in Spectre, Tom Ford also provides gentlemanly accessories, from pocket squares and bow ties to its Hugh sunglasses, to complement the range of outfits seen in the film. From an evening look which sees Bond back in white, sporting the Windsor ivory single-breasted dinner jacket, to a quilted cardigan jacket with ribbed knitted sleeves, paired with gabardine ski pants, Tom Ford has ensured Bond tackles every situation impeccably dressed. MR PORTER launched a timely selection of pieces from the brand on its site in September. Black slim-fit mohair and wool-blend tuxedo, £3,280, White slim-fit collar-bar shirt, £330, Tom Ford,

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Since niche British cashmere brand N.Peal dressed Bond in an unassuming green sweater in Skyfall in 2012, the brand’s male audience has significantly increased. When Daniel Craig was identified wearing the lightweight 70 per cent cashmere and 30 per cent silk blend turtle neck in a poster for the latest film, it too caused a stir and swiftly became unavailable on the website. Balancing traditional dyeing and yarn-spinning techniques with modern-day computerised knitting methods ensures luxurious fabrics with a modern fit. Mock turtle neck, £199, N.Peal,

Omega Limited to just 7,007 pieces, each edition of the OMEGA Seamaster 300 is engraved with a unique serial number and the Spectre logo. The Seamaster has been Bond’s watch of choice since GoldenEye but this is the first time the watch on sale for fans is identical to the one seen in the film. Its top spy-worthy quality is the LiquidMetal® 12-hour scale which allows you to keep up with time anywhere in the world. OMEGA Seamaster 300, £4,785, Omega,

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Burnell jacket, £1,495, Belstaff

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ou’d have to be pretty out of the loop to have missed the short teaser of David Beckham in his most recent ad campaign, sweeping social media these last few weeks. Sporting a rugged greying beard (oh my), leathers and mounted atop a beautiful vintage motorbike, it’s been kind of hard to miss. Reminiscent of motoring legend Steve McQueen, Beckham appears as ‘The Stranger’; he is “on the road,

the brand’s new East London store in Old Spitalfields Market, where bold, exposed brickwork and a painted resin floor (by designer William Sofield) alludes to the gritty edge of the AW15 collections. “Moto heritage is very much a part of the Belstaff DNA and we like to communicate this in all stores. We are very proud of our 91 years of history,” Frederik Dyhr, vice president of men’s design, tells

“One of the things that makes motorcycling so great is because it never fails to give you a feeling of freedom and adventure” – Steve McQueen

and alone […] he knows that the toughest journeys are the most rewarding. He’s a man who is used to relying on nothing more than his own wits and his motorcycle.” That’s advertising speak for hot guy in his forties riding a bike. Created for moto-heritage brand Belstaff – and entitled Outlaws – the picture brings Belstaff ’s spirit of adventure on from the iconic McQueen era, right into 2015 – smartly coinciding with the opening of


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The City Magazine. “But we have adapted this to suit the atmosphere of the neighbourhood. We have a more contemporary offering in the new store showcasing more of our casualwear category. “With Spitalfields, we wanted a point of difference, so we brought in a 1958 custom Triumph Tiger 100 hardtail bobber and two special archive jackets to be displayed. One of which is the Trialmaster worn by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape.

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Elspeth jacket, £1,550, Belstaff

Showcasing the best of Belstaff’s trademark heritage pieces and motorcycle accessories, alongside a specially curated vintage selection, we get the lowdown on Spitalfields’ newest luxury boutique Words: Josephine O’Donoghue

“This is a great historical piece: legend has it that McQueen cancelled a date with his then girlfriend, actress Ali MacGraw, so he could stay home and wax it.” These days, McQueen wouldn’t have had an excuse to skip out on his girlfriend as the Spitalfields branch boasts an in-store customisation workshop. Any Belstaff leather can be customised while you wait, alongside a re-waxing service for older jackets in need of repair. “We know people love their vintage Belstaff,” says Frederik, “and we want to offer longevity to our customers. We can also reserve parking spaces for your bike if you ring ahead.” Naturally, where there’s an exciting new men’s collection, it’s only right that there’s one for adventurous Belstaff women too, and the AW15 offering is certainly something special. Delphine Ninous, recently appointed vice president for women’s design, explains: “With this being my first collection for Belstaff, I delved into the brand’s extensive archives and took inspiration from the pioneering women we dressed, such as the 1930s aviatrixes Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson.” In true Belstaff style, adventurous spirit meets style and substance. It’s a “dynamic interpretation of the danger and excitement of the natural world […]

in an ever-changing environment,” says Delphine. “The collection explores the concept of a woman taking off into a natural realm with no frontiers or limitations.” From the men’s collection, Frederik’s favourite piece is the Outlaw jacket. “It is a limited edition piece, which was designed specifically for the film,” he says. “Having worked with David on his own ‘Beckham for Belstaff ’ collections I knew what kind of moto style jacket would be perfect for him. We treated the leather to give it a more worn-in vintage look and kept it lightweight with moto shoulder detailing.” With four men’s collections to choose from, and two for women, both the thrill-seekers and fashionconscious of London are well-advised to visit Belstaff this autumn, where personal, in-store shoppers will be able to advise clients on the perfect leather investment to carry them through many seasons to come – whatever the weather, whatever the adventure. Clients will be able to enjoy late night shopping every Thursday evening from September until Christmas. Belstaff, 16 Lamb Street, Spitalfields, E1, 020 7247 2204

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groom for improvement What are the tricks of the well-groomed trade? A combination of trusty tools, credible chemicals and a ritualistic approach goes a long way…




Aramis Black is a combination of freshness and intense masculinity. It captures the elegance and charm of the modern man, exuding dark notes of vetiver and tonka bean which contrast with subtle tones of grapefruit, leather and cognac. Aramis Black, £46, Aramis,

Experience the feel of a professional shave in the comfort of your home with this luxurious, bay-scented shaving cream, whose rich texture will caress your skin, leaving you feeling invigorated and refreshed. Shaving Cream, £24, Pankhurst London,

This intensely rich aftershave balm, which gives off an oriental, sensual fragrance, works wonders at hydrating dry or freshly shaven skin, leaving it feeling smooth and comfortable. The name’s Ford. Tom Ford. Noir Aftershave Balm, £32, Tom Ford,

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Revitalise your razor blade routine with this durable shaving brush, crafted in Germany from 100 per cent natural badger hair and designed to generate a creamy, lush lather. Some consider this tool obsolete, while the rest of us appreciate an experience steeped in history, elegance and luxury. Best Badger Shave Brush, £50, Baxter of California,

Now, here is a razor that exemplifies the class and elegance of contemporary British design. Manufactured in the UK from British stainless steel, the Apsley razor is hand-polished to a gleaming mirror finish and comes packaged in a premium luxury gift box. The Apsley, £130, Wilde & Harte,

It’s not just the ladies who can revel in the delights of a pampering manicure. Fellas, it’s 2015 and time to get with the programme. This handy kit is equipped with an array of refining instruments, including slanted tweezers, premium grade files and good old-fashioned nail scissors. Manicure Set, £348, Czech & Speake,


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007 walk of fame Switzerland’s Schilthorn Summit pays homage to the famous franchise The world‘s first ‘007 Walk of Fame’ has opened beneath the Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant that featured as Blofeld’s Hideout in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Walk completes the Schilthorn’s interactive 007 Bond World attraction (entry is free, and includes photos, signatures and steel handprints of cast and crew. Complete the experience by staying in the 2-room Bond suite at Hotel Eiger – a charming Alpine residence available from £360 per night – before adding a night in Bern’s 150-year-old Hotel Schweizerhof (rooms from £227). Used in the film as Blofeld’s Lawyers’ offices, the luxury hotel is now a charming mountain escape with a particularly impressive cigar lounge. Plan the journey at; for more accommodation options, visit; Fly London City direct to Bern at

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Increasing physical endurance and losing weight has never been easier thanks to a fitness craze which has swept the nation. On your bike, mate Words: OMAR ALI




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he spinning industry has enjoyed ongoing success for some years now, indoor cycling having established itself as one of the most exciting ways of getting in shape. With classes focussing on endurance and strength, countless happy customers have sworn by the activity for its astonishingly quick results. But be warned: a spinning class will knacker you senseless. Yet the great thing about them is that by the end of the hour you won’t even realise how hard you’ve been worked – not when you’re surrounded by a congregation of fellow spinners, all puffing and panting just as fervidly as you. Therein lies the appeal of spinning; the sense of team-spirit and camaraderie present at the classes creates an atmosphere conducive to self-motivated hard work. Innovative new classes have led spinning mania to sweep the City. The injection of pulsating rhythms into otherwise monotone workouts have proved highly popular. Spinning classes have become mini raves, without the alcohol and debauchery. Leading the trend for MC-led workouts, who rap at you while your cycling, is REBEL Fitness Centre in Broadgate. Though many other classes are following suit. Forty minutes on the bike, they say, will burn 400500 calories, as well as strengthening your core, hips and lower body. If you’re keen to take it even further, HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts burn more calories in less time and are very popular among the more experienced athletes. Fitness buffs love a good HIIT sesh, for no workout is more efficient at shedding calories and improving cardio. There is, however, a catch. You’ll most likely be reduced to a crawling, whimpering mess by the end of one. That’s if you do it properly.

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LONDON’S GREATEST SPIN-OFF Spinning classes aren’t hard to find, with hundreds popping up all over the City. Here’s our pick of the best… CYCLEBEAT


USP: CycleBeat’s latest technological embrace is the application Beatboard, which displays your performance in class and lets you race your friends. Not only will it push you to work harder, but every performance is emailed to you and saved to your account, so you can track your fitness improvements.

USP: GrooveCycle sessions combine fitness and dance to create an exhilarating fullbody workout. Routines are specifically choreographed to the selected tracks, with this synchronisation alongside dimmed mood lighting helping to take you deeper into the vibe.

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Reebok Sports Club, 16 - 19 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14



USP: Some people say you should live your life on the edge. Not the good people at Edge Cycle. They’d rather you lived your life on an indoor bike, with a bona fide Bootcamp class there to help you achieve this. Cycle Yoga and Cycle Fight Club are further Edge Cycle innovations; both classes are designed to give you an all-over workout, each with a nuanced focus.

USP: With spacious changing facilities fully stocked with top-end grooming and skincare products, sports-luxe retail fashion zones and a post-workout fuelling station courtesy of Roots & Bulbs’ cold-pressed juice bar, REBEL fitness are making some noise in the city. Their live MCs and bespoke playlists are probably chipping in too.

2 Leather Lane, London, EC1N

63 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8LE Broadgate Circle, EC2M

Approximately 35 million people in more than 100 countries break sweat on a Technogym machine every day, be it at the local gym or at home. So next time you’re clocking up the miles on a treadmill, chances are it’ll be emblazoned with the company’s ubiquitous logo. At the forefront of an array of reputable machines is the Recline Personal exercise bike. Far from your ordinary exercise bike, the Recline Personal combines biomechanics from professional gym equipment with an advanced, personalised entertainment console from UNITE – making it a superb addition to any in-home gym. Recline Personal, £7,230, Technogym

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Essential apparatus for keeping ahead of the curve

WINNING SNOOZE Alarming though it may seem, we think that the old-school digital alarm clocks of a pre-smartphone era deserve a little more credit. Here’s why…


or many people, alarm clocks are now a thing of the past. Broken, chucked or perhaps hoarded (only to be relegated to some storage box), the alarm clock once served a purpose, and an essential one at that. Overcoming the dreaded ring of death used to constitute a morning ritual, one which symbolised the AM struggle. But like so many other forgotten relics, people just don’t seem to bother anymore, not when they are in the possession of a faithful, all-encompassing companion which does the job just as well. Champions of anything with a nostalgic charm, The City Magazine went in search of the best alarm clocks left on the market...





Evoke F4

Stream 93i

FM Projection Clock


PRICE: £179.99 why buy? The Evoke F4 lets you tune into all your favourite local and national radio stations, as well as more than 20,000 stations from around the world. Users can also access 200,000 pre-recorded podcasts and radio shows for a virtually ceaseless supply of bedtime entertainment. The Evoke F4, which is compatible with mobile devices running iOS 5 (and above) and Android 2.3 (and above), accommodates a 2GB USB memory stick for the recording of up to 15 hours of digital radio.


PRICE: £59.99 WHY BUY? The Stream 93i opens up the world of Internet radio and also connects to Spotify, allowing you to control and enjoy millions of songs from your smartphone. With such an array of music available, the Stream 93i appropriately comes with an advanced speaker system featuring an in-built subwoofer housed in an acoustically tuned wooden cabinet. Stunning sound quality results.

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PRICE: £150 USP: The FM Projecton Clock, as the name suggests, will project the time and outdoor temperature on your ceiling whilst you listen to your favourite radio station. And for those of you that have partners who wake up at different times, the Projection Clock allows you to set two different alarms on the same day.

Price: £125 why buy? Zest can be used as a wake-up light for a natural start to the day. Waking up with a gradual sunrise is a signal for your body to ease production of sleep hormones (e.g. melatonin) and increase those that help you get up and go (e.g. cortisol). Wakeup lights help to keep your sleep cycle on track, boosting your mood, energy and productivity levels all day.

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XPERIENCE The latest in Sony’s impressive fleet of Xperia Smartphones is the Z5, which features the Hybrid Autofocus camera, the finest yet to be integrated into a Sony smartphone. Responding to the common plea for improvement, Sony has furthermore fitted the Z5 with a battery of unparalleled longevity, which allows for up to two days of power from just a single charge, so you can now listen to more music, talk for days, and stay out longer without a worry in the world. A Quick Charge function additionally exists to get you a full day of power in just 45 minutes when an emergency top-up is required. Xperia Z5 Premium, £629.00, Sony,

This next generation music system, one of the latest products to come out of the Ruark lab, has been engineered from the ground up. It features an enhanced multi-format CD player, aptX Bluetooth receiver, USB playback port, DAB/DAB+/FM tuners, auxiliary inputs and a powerful 2.1 audio grade speaker. On top of all this, and perhaps most importantly, it looks fantastic. R4 Mk3, £649.99, Ruark Audio,

shake it The Polaroids of old were popular not because they were great photographic tools, but because they were fun. The Polaroid Snap Instant Camera offers a similar feeling of casual spontaneity, updated for modern times. Each time you snap a photo, you can use the integrated ZINK printer to spit out a 2inch by 3inch print that you can instantly share with your friends. Of course, being a digital camera, it also stores the 10 megapixel shots on a Micro SD card, and gives you several different shooting modes, including colour, black and white, a vintage Polaroid filter and ‘photo booth’, which snaps six quick images in ten seconds. Polaroid Instant Snap Camera, £65, Polaroid,

Play it by ear Behold the world’s first in-ear headphones to feature Beyerdynamic Tesla technology, which uses completely redesigned ‘transducers’, distinguished by their very strong magnetic drive and super-clear sound. The earphones are built by hand at Beyerdynamic’s facility in Germany, and come with premium accessories including a leather case, detachable, Kevlar-reinforced cables and eight choices of ear-tip. AK Ti8e earphones, £799, Astell&Kern,

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Dates for the diary The Name’s Bond from 7 October to end of November, 10am-11pm daily, free Spectre is released 26 October; pre-book tickets at

Spectre at Everyman

Canary Wharf’s resident independent cinema Everyman is preparing for a very special James Bond night this month, marking London’s world premiere of Spectre, the 24th and latest Bond movie


he name’s Bond… Spectre will have its world premiere in

alongside Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and new

the film will open on the same night in cinemas across the

cast members, Monica Bellucci and Christopher Waltz. The previous

UK, including here at Canary Wharf’s Everyman Cinema.

Bond flick, Skyfall, delivered the best performance in the series,

Priding itself on delivering a very authentic cinema experience,

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Directed by Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig returns as 007 once again

London on Monday 26 October. For the first time ever,

Everyman Canary Wharf is hosting a special event to mark the

taking £100million in ticket sales. Canary Wharf cinema goers will be among the first audiences in

high profile launch night, complete with champagne reception,

the world to see the new movie, but those who can’t make its first

Spectre-inspired cocktails and live music. A selection of Everyman’s

preview can enjoy the promotion until the end of November.

high-quality food will also be served to ensure it remains a night to

Tickets are now available at

remember for James Bond enthusiasts.

D Everyman Canary Wharf, Crossrail Place, 0871 906 9060

exclusive exhibition To celebrate the release of Spectre, Everyman Cinema has partnered with the Getty Images Gallery to curate an exclusive James Bond photography exhibition. Arriving at Everyman Canary Wharf on 7 October, The Name’s Bond will feature a collection of never before seen film stills that will give fans a behind the scenes peek at life on set of the world-renowned film series. Displayed in Crossrail Place and at the cinema, the collection of photographs offers movie goers a pre-film experience to remember before they settle down for the latest instalment.


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Fully committed to a design conceived by Lotus more than 50 years ago, Caterham Cars continues to back the iconic Seven, a car you can opt to assemble yourself. George Chapman dons his flat cap and waterproofs to sample the latest edition, the Seven 270


electing a weekend sports car on which to spend your hard-earned, is very often decided by an impromptu Top Trump-inspired fact check, comparing power output, top speed or acceleration stats. While a good indication of the performance on offer, what is trickier to measure and arguably even more important than any bragging rights or badge is how a car makes you feel. Some car magazines are devoted to it entirely. The amount of driving pleasure and allimportant feedback a car can deliver is a trait that needs to be analysed first-hand, from behind the wheel. Said to deliver one of the purest, most enjoyable and affordable driving experiences available, the Caterham Seven range offers performance through very low weight. Continually developed and improved, the highly effective design was penned by Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars, launching as the Lotus Seven in 1957. Available fully built or in home assembly ‘kit’ form (‘kit’ is a naughty word


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at Caterham due to the poor reputation of below-par, homemade replicas or kit cars), it embodied the Lotus brand’s famous ‘added lightness’ philosophy, more than any other model. If you absolutely must brag about the Seven’s statistics, impress your friends with the fact that one slightly modified example was entered in a nonchampionship Grand Prix race in 1962 at Kyalami, South Africa, finishing a highly credible tenth ahead of several bona fide Grand Prix cars – kit car or not! In 1973, Chapman sold the rights to the Seven to Caterham Cars, the then leading Lotus dealer, opting to focus on limited series racing cars and outright Formula One glory. Today, more than 50 years since Chapman’s original design was launched, Caterham offers the latest development of the iconic Seven in six road-going versions, each named after its own respective bhp per tonne output. Top of the shop is the astonishingly energetic Seven 620 R, but let’s save that for another day...


Still available either factory-built or in home-assembly form, the 270 is positioned immediately above the ultra-basic Seven 160 and supersedes last year’s popular Roadsport 125. Powered by a new 1.6-litre Ford Sigma unit producing a healthy 135bhp, it weighs just 540kg (about the same as a fully grown horse). Capable of 0-60mph in 5.0 seconds, according to Caterham, top speed is rated at 122mph – figures that won’t win you a great deal, but that’s missing the point, priced from £19,995, the 270 seems like the ideal entry point to Seven ownership. Sampled in ‘S’ spec – which brings leather seats and other such ‘comforts’ including a useful 12V socket and full wet weather canvas hood and doors, the 270, like the rest of the range, is also available in two chassis formats. Our test model’s wider SV chassis allows for more cabin space without affecting the Seven’s compact dimensions or race-car-for-theroad driving experience. You soon connect with the new 270,

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once out on the road, which isn’t that surprising given the proximity of your backside to the tarmac. The complete lack of driver aids and power steering ensures that the driving experience remains as pure as ever, even on the UK’s rather poorly surfaced roads. As your confidence with the optional six-speed manual gearbox and delicate controls increases, perfecting gear changes and selecting millimetre-perfect cornering lines become the order of the day. The experience evokes a similar feeling to the first time you played Scalextric;


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the level of control at your fingertips is intoxicating. It’s an unthreatening sight on the road too, in fact, most onlookers seem quite taken by it. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the cute, classic styling, however; in the right hands a Caterham is a mightily quick car, capable of embarrassing much more powerful and expensive machinery. So proud is Caterham of the Seven’s track credentials, it operates no fewer than six racing championships, one for each of the different models. Supporters and

A Caterham offers driving fans a breath of fresh air and huge amounts of fun

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participants of the novice-only, entry level championship The Caterham Academy, include men’s style bible Perhaps this isn’t just a toy for car-geeks after all... Talking to one of Caterham’s friendly staff, the brand’s family ethos is clearly alive and well; Chief Commercial Officer, David Ridley told The City Magazine, “The best thing about owning a Caterham is what we call the ‘Caterham Spirit’. It’s a feeling that is hard to replicate with any other car. It can be felt when driving a Seven, whilst making new friends at

club meetings, or when chatting with experienced owners who have assembled several cars. In a world of very sanitised machinery, a Caterham offers driving fans a breath of fresh air and huge amounts of fun.” Despite not being blessed with many of the conventional luxuries of its competition, even in practical ‘S’ and ‘SV’ form, the Seven 270 is an approachable sports car with genuine pedigree – Caterham was a fully operational Formula One team from 2012 to 2014. Delivering

high performance at a truly affordable price, as it has always done, it’s the ownership experience that elevates this iconic funster firmly onto your wish list. As you complete each drive in the Seven 270, grinning wildly, you find yourself soon planning your next, which is rare for such a driver-focused car described by many as little more than a Meccano set. If you take your driving seriously, who needs doors and a roof anyway? Seven 270, from £19,995, Caterham,

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ond’s love affair with Aston Martin was born in the 1959 novel Goldfinger, in which author Ian Fleming introduces a DB III that 007 borrows from the M16 carpool. Fleming’s portrayal of the car as a supremely decked-out gadget inspired the producers of the inaugural 1963 film, Dr No, to coax Aston Martin into lending them their brand new DB5, a car widely considered at the time to be the pinnacle of automotive engineering. In 2012, Skyfall reignited the DB5’s cinematic flame. The filmmakers agreed that Bond’s return to his ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands called for the incorporation of a more traditional James Bond aesthetic. When it came to deciding which set of wheels would take to the road, the choice was an easy one to make. Now, thanks to model-making specialists Propshop, fans of the franchise can own their very own piece of cinematic history. The company has teamed up with Aston Martin and EON Productions to manufacture 100 1:3-scale models of the iconic DB5 – the same model that met its demise at the end of Skyfall. Creation of the miniature DB5s entails a


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combination of traditional model-making, digital design and cutting-edge 3D printing technology. Once printed, parts are assembled on a steel chassis to ensure that every part is fitted as designed. Models are then disassembled so that a number of individual parts, such as the steering column, can be sculpted,

Thanks to model-making specialists Propshop, fans of the franchise can own their very own piece of cinematic history lathed and milled. The smaller, more delicate pieces are precision-cast, fettled and chrome-plated, while larger parts are cast in resin before being plated with copper and chrome. The cost of owning the world’s coolest desktop accessory? £28,000 + VAT

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SPOILER ALERT: The DB5 machine-gunned to death in the closing scenes of Skyfall was a fake. It was a 1:3 scale model. The good news is that now you can own one too Words: Omar Ali

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The world is nearly enough

As well as thrilling car chases and hair-raising stunts, James Bond movies are also famous for their utterly glamorous locations. From Europe’s finest cities to postcard-perfect tropical beaches, Ian Fleming’s hero finds himself in some of the world’s most dramatic destinations. Why not follow in his footsteps? Words: Angelina Villa-Clarke


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OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA With its twinkling aquamarine sea and impossibly white sands, Ian Fleming’s beloved Jamaica is arguably the most important destination in the world when it comes to the subject of James Bond. The writer loved the Caribbean isle so much that in 1946 he built a home on the north coast of the island. The result was GoldenEye estate, in Oracabessa Bay ten miles east of Ocho Rios, and it was here that Fleming invented perhaps the most famous action hero of all time. He wrote all of the Bond books in his study, starting with 1953’s Casino Royale and churning one out each year afterwards, until his death in 1964. “I wrote every one of the Bond thrillers with the jalousies [windows] closed around me so that I would not be distracted by the birds and the flowers and the sunshine outside...” Fleming said. “Would these books have been born if I had not been living in the vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it.” ( The exotic landscape of Jamaica also gave Fleming inspiration for many of the far-flung places where the Bond books are set, as well as being the location for Dr. No, the first 007 film, filmed on the island in 1962. The movie features one of the most iconic Bond moments of all time. Shot on Laughing Waters beach near Ocho Rios, Ursula Andress – as Honey Rider – emerges out of the sea wearing a white bikini and holding a conch shell and sets the trend for the essential, drop-dead gorgeous Bond girl. As well as being the ultimate writer’s retreat, GoldenEye was a hotspot for Fleming’s glamorous friends, including Truman Capote, Cecil Beaton, and Noël Coward, who all visited him at the address. These days, the party continues thanks to Chris Blackwell, founder of

The exotic landscape of Jamaica also gave Fleming inspiration for many of the farflung places where the Bond books are set

LEFT Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India ABOVE GoldenEye estate, Oracabessa Bay, ten miles east of Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Island Records. He has turned the writer’s original house into the ultimate holiday home – renaming it Fleming Villa. At the heart of the GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, it is now the flagship of Blackwell’s Island Outpost properties. Stretching over 52 lush acres, this is barefoot luxury at its best. A choice of villas and cottages offer outdoor showers, straight-to-sand access, simple and elegant decor (think expansive, all-white rooms with teak furniture and a splash of creole colour). The resort is also home to secret coves, powder-white private beaches, verdant forests, and a seawater lagoon. Factor in the spa and two restaurants – and you have the perfect Caribbean hideaway. 
 True Bond aficionados will no doubt check in for the ‘Following in the Footsteps of Fleming’ package, which offers the ultimate 007 experience. Curated activities include a guided snorkelling tour of Fleming’s beloved reef (the inspiration for Octopussy) to dinner in Fleming’s favourite spot – the Sunken Garden – overlooking the ocean. Martinis are a must. GoldenEye’s ‘The Footsteps of Fleming’ package starts from £5,685 in a one-bedroom villa, +1 876 6229 007,

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buildings, as well as the impressive City Palace, also feature in Octopussy and are well worth a visit. For the true regal experience, the hotel’s fleet of vintage cars and royal butlers are also available. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, a Luxury Palace Room (Double Bed Garden Non Lake View) with breakfast is £180 + taxes per night, + 91 294 242 8800,

UDAIPUR, INDIA The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is one of the most decadent destinations to be made famous in a Bond film. The all-white marble palace, with its ornate turrets and scalloped arches, is built on a four-acre island called Jag Niwas – one of four on Lake Pichola – and looks as if it is hovering on the surface of the water. The Floating Palace, as it is also known, was bought to life on screen as the home of Octopussy – Bond’s nemesis – in the 1983 film of the same name. Despite 007, played by Roger Moore, arriving disguised as a crocodile (not the most suave of his entrances, it has to be said) the majesty of the place takes the spotlight. Bond, of course, soon returns to form when he discovers the amount of attractive women living under Octopussy’s elaborate roof. The Taj Lake Palace was originally built in 1743 as a royal summer palace for Maharana Jagat Singh II but was taken over by Taj Hotels in 1971. These days you arrive by boat at one of the hotels by being showered with a cascade of rose petals. One of the most wellknown and romantic hotels in India, its grandeur is legendary. Rich silks, carved wood furniture and opulent murals give a nod to its history. Individually designed suites include The Chandra Prakash Suite, which has decorative gilt mouldings, sculpted marble columns, and beautiful fretwork screens. The surroundings are even more heavenly: guests can dine on a floating, candle-lit pontoon or at the rooftop restaurant with views over the misty lake, dive into the swimming pool with the Aravalli Mountains as a backdrop and wander around the courtyard gardens complete with fountains, walkways and bamboo trees. Best of all, the hotel’s scenic location is the perfect oasis from the buzzy city that is Udaipur, on the shores of the lake. The winding cobbled streets and white


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ABOVE Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort, Thailand

The Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice’s 60-year-old grande dame, needs no introduction but it got the ultimate seal of approval when it appeared in Casino Royale in 2006, confirming its position as possibly the most glamorous hotel in the world. Travel connoisseurs no doubt give a nod of recognition when the hotel makes its cameo appearance on celluloid, when Daniel Craig moors his yacht at the hotel’s private pier. Cipriani’s renowned restaurant Cip’s and its terrace over the water were also used to shoot scenes for the movie. Just like Bond, guests arrive at the hotel (albeit a little slower) by boat and disembark on the jetty. Its location on the island of Giudecca, across the lagoon from St Mark’s Square, sets it aside from the other luxury hotels – and there are many – found in Venice. Set apart from central Venice, Giudecca is often referred to as ‘downtown’ by locals. It also means that the hotel is in the unique position to have enough space for gardens, a glam swimming pool and large rooms – all regarded as extravagant in this city. Palazzo Vendramin – where actor Daniel Craig stayed during filming – is a highlight. The sprawling, 15th-century private villa, connected to the hotel, has its own suites and stunning views across Venice.

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Much of the unique city is shown in the film – including scenes of Bond on the famous canals and in St Mark’s Square. His love interest with Vesper Lynd (played by Eva Green) literally goes down the drain when the historic Palazzo Pisani appears to collapse into the water. In reality, the real 15th-century palace ( on the Canal Grande remains safely intact. Shaken but not stirred. Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Double Garden View Rooms start from £490 per night, including breakfast and taxes, 0845 077 2222, /hotelcipriani

PHANG NGA BAY, THAILAND The otherworldly seascape that is Phang Nga Bay in Thailand has become so synonymous with its part in The Man with the Golden Gun that it has resulted in one of the islands, Ko Tapu, being renamed James Bond Island. The spectacular emerald-green waters with nearly 100 dramatic limestone rocky outposts and islands are found off the coast of Phuket. Ko Tapu was made famous in the 1974 film as the hideaway of the movie’s baddie Scaramanga. Bond, played by Roger Moore, flies over Phang Nga Bay – giving viewers a breathtaking view of the area – to try to find where he is hiding and ends up being challenged to a duel on the beach. Because of its precarious nature – it is very wide at the top and thin at the bottom – the island is now protected under the National Park although there are many boat tours that sail nearby. To avoid the tourist hordes, however, the ‘Kayaking by Starlight Tour’ (

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice; The Chandraprakash Suite, Taj Lake Palace; The Belmond Hotel Cipriani, as before; Royal Horizon Pool Villa, Naka Island, Thailand

takes travellers to the more undiscovered islands, known as ‘hongs’. Many of these have hidden beaches full of wildlife and secret lagoons in their centres and travellers can disembark from their main sailboat and enter the hidden sea caves on a kayak. The tour lasts until sun down at which time you enter by candlelight when the sky around you is lit by fireflies, an experience straight out of the movies. Nearby is Naka Yai island, known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ and home to Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort. Once a refuge for fishermen, the villa-based retreat (all with their own private pool) offers idyllic ocean views and a standout spa. You can indulge with signature indigenous botanical treatments or channel the adventurous spirit of Bond by opting for bamboo rafting excursions, elephant trekking on Phuket or exploring the nearby Phi Phi Islands, including James Bond Island, by long-tail boat. Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort, from £224 for a Tropical Pool Villa per room per night, +66 76 371 400,

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The art fair that put London back on the international art map is bigger than ever. Find your way around with this quick introduction to the key attractions Words: Mark & Hannah hayes-Westall

Within Frieze London itself there is a raft of fascinating initiatives that will satisfy even the hungriest culture vulture


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n just 13 short years, the annual Frieze Art Fair in London has become not only an essential visit for art lovers and a key part of the new social calendar, but so influential that a whole host of satellite fairs and events now take place during what’s widely known as ‘Frieze Week’. Within Frieze London itself there is a raft of fascinating initiatives that will satisfy even the hungriest culture vulture, from Contemporary Art to Old Masters, performance art to sculpture.

Frieze Art Fair is the mother ship. The large tent at the southern end of Regent’s Park is where it all began and continues to be one of the most exciting places to discover contemporary art from around the world. This year, there are 160 of the world’s most influential galleries, with established and new galleries making special presentations of mostly new art. If that sounds daunting, then it’s easy to join a tour, either as part

of a larger group, or if you’re serious about your collecting, commission a bespoke tour created and curated around your interests and led by an art world professional. Details are on the Frieze website. Within the main fair, Frieze Focus is the area dedicated to young galleries and emerging artists. It’s well known as a place to spot future stars, so expect to rub shoulders with some of the savviest collectors around. The seven galleries chosen for inclusion sit alongside presentations by individual emerging artists, making for an exciting scene. If you’ve always wondered about the weird and wonderful world of performance art, it’s worth looking out for the Frieze Live programme. A relatively new addition to the fair, Frieze Live presents a range of performance and participatory pieces with this year’s programme promising

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a procession piece by Brazilian artist Tunga, featuring two teenage twins parading the fair with their ankle-length hair intertwined by a mutual braid, and an ‘intimate encounter’ with Instagram-based artist Amalia Ulman.

Frieze Projects is a body that commissions

new work from artists, which is then shown at the fair, and this year’s theme takes inspiration from Frieze London’s temporary structure in the Regent’s Park and explores propositions for mobile architecture and alternative realities. Look out especially for Asad Raza’s evolving exhibition inspired by caves of worship of the Greek god Pan which you’ll find hidden through a door at the back of the fair bookshop. Hidden jewels are something of a Frieze trademark – previous fairs have included hidden darkrooms and once an entire Icelandic pub.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Esther Schipper; Stuart Shave/Modern Art; Galería Juana de Aizpuru; False Gods; all images from Frieze London 2014, photographs by Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

covetable collectibles. This year there’s a new initiative, Collections, a series of eight presentations of objects by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the former Exhibitions Secretary of the Royal Academy, designed to spark new ideas about the way objects can be brought together for exhibitions. Between the two fairs is the Frieze Sculpture Park, located in the English Gardens in Regent’s Park. Selected by Clare Lilley and featuring new and historical works from both Frieze London and Frieze Masters galleries this is always a treat, and one that can be enjoyed without a ticket to either fair. Frieze is an incredibly popular event, busy across all four days, so while there are good restaurants and cafés throughout the space, it’s seems likely that you’ll need to make a reservation if you want a table at the Petersham Nurseries pop-up restaurant.

Frieze Masters is now in its fourth edition, sited in its own tented structure at the northern end of Regent’s Park and housing 131 of the world’s leading modern and historical galleries offering carefully vetted antiquities, Asian art, ethnographic art, illuminated manuscripts, Medieval, modern and post-war art, Old Masters and 19th-century art, photography and sculpture. It’s a more sedate experience than Frieze Art Fair but hugely rewarding, offering a chance to get up close and personal to museum-quality works and THE CITY MAGAZINE | October 2015


q&a Q&A with Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and Frieze New York

How do the Frieze’s partners help support the event? Frieze has a sophisticated, highly engaged following, which means we not only offer a valuable audience to companies like the FT, our media partner, but also have the scope to play with existing partnership formats. Deutsche Bank, our main sponsor since 2004, shares our commitment to emerging talent. The Frieze Education programme in New York, which Deutsche Bank supports, has blazed a trail this year in connecting disadvantaged young people with internationally acclaimed artists like Urs Fischer and Julie Mehretu. Similarly, BMW not only provides the VIP car service at all three fairs, but within those cars streams Frieze Sounds – new sound art commissions which they sponsor. Gucci is Associate Sponsor of Frieze Masters since 2012 and also sponsors the Frieze Masters Talks programme. We are thrilled that Maja Hoffman’s LUMA Foundation, an organisation committed to reaching audiences in innovative ways, now sponsors Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award. The success of Frieze London has resulted in many new art fairs launching. What sets Frieze apart? The fair has its roots in an art magazine, and it has always kept an editorial edge. Today, we employ expert (and ever-changing) selection committees for each fair who ensure only the best galleries and the most


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innovative, relevant proposals are represented at the fairs. This is matched by the fair’s strong curatorial focus: the curators working across Frieze London and Frieze Masters this year come from some of the world’s leading art institutions, from Zurich’s Migros museum to the ICA in London. Frieze New York launched a few years ago. Will Frieze launch in other cities? For the moment my focus is very much on London and New York. Frieze is really part of the fabric of these cities’ cultural life, and my priority is ensuring that the fairs remain an essential annual event for galleries, collectors and curators from all over the world. Having said that, we are always looking into new opportunities. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the art market in 2015? I see an opportunity to encourage new collectors, especially in a city like London where there are so many people with the means to collect art. Given the quality, breadth and range of work available across the two fairs, Frieze is a very appealing place to start. At the same time, it’s clear that museums and non-profits face the potential challenge of decreases in public funding. But this too is an opportunity to develop innovative models for revenue, and stimulate a more philanthropic culture in the UK. As people are increasingly aware, especially in the US, giving to museums and non-profits is a great way to become engaged with the art world. There is scope even at a micro-level: this year Frieze London will again give a stand to Allied Editions, who offer collectible editions by the likes of Christopher Wool, Wolfgang Tillmans and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, with the proceeds going to London’s leading non-profit institutions. It’s a great way to support the arts and a good way to start collecting. Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters take place 14-17 October 2015 in Regent’s Park Tickets should be bought in advance to avoid queues,

Image Credits: L-R: Taka Ishii Gallery; Thomas Dane Gallery; both images by Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

What are your main goals for the 2015-16 Frieze editions? This year, Frieze London and Frieze Masters open at the same time: we are embracing the fact that the two fairs together are a joint experience, and we are encouraging everyone to visit both. With nine renowned curators working across Frieze London and Frieze Masters, we set the standard for curated content at art fairs. We continue to attract new exhibitors from among the top tier of the world’s galleries: in 2015, for example, Günther Rare Books and Richard Nagy make their Frieze Masters debut, while Kamel Mennour and Cheim & Reid join Frieze London.

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Meet the tech companies taking on the art world Words: Mark & HANNAH hayes-Westall


n an age where every other business pitch starts with the line ‘It’s going to be the Uber of….’ it’s no surprise to find disruption at the top of the agenda for most industries. Art might seem like a surprising area in which to find large-scale disruption but with the global art market worth an estimated £37bn (FT, May 2015), there are many who have looked at the old-school practices and opaque behaviours that typify the business of art and considered that they are ripe for change. The City Magazine set out to meet just a few of them…

The Major Player:

Artsy In just five short years, Artsy has become a major player in the art world. From its base in New York City, the site sets out to achieve the dual goals of educating the world about art and facilitating art collecting by connecting galleries with collectors.


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ABOVE Thomas Hirschhorn’s Apocalyptic Office Space at South London Gallery

The educational focus of the site can’t be underplayed; Artsy provides free access via its website and apps to 300,000 images of art and architecture by 40,000 artists, which includes the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. With 3,000 leading galleries, 500 museums and institutions and 40 international art fairs, Artsy’s encyclopedic database encompasses historical works and modern and contemporary artists, and is powered by the Art Genome Project, a classification system that maps the connections between artists and artworks across time. Founder and CEO Carter Cleveland, a computer science engineer from Princeton University and president and COO Sebastian Cwilich, a former executive at Christie’s, are supported by a stellar cast of investors and advisors including Rich Barton, founder of Expedia; Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter; Larry Gagosian, owner of Gagosian Gallery; Joshua Kushner, managing partner of Thrive Capital; Wendi Murdoch, of the Rockefeller family; and Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal.


The Cross-Disciplinarian:

Art @ A perhaps unexpected entrant to the art tech world is Yoox Group, the online fashion retail and logistics group that made headlines earlier this year for engineering a proposed £1bn-valued merger with Richemont-owned e-tailer Net-A-Porter. Art @ launched in 2012 as a strategic move, leveraging the lifestyle offering of the brand to introduce partnerships with prominent artists, galleries, and institutions. Launched during Frieze Week 2012 with exclusive collaborations with Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst, in 2014 newly appointed curator Francesco Bonami debuted a handsigned multiple by Takashi Murakami. Art @ has also taken lessons from its successful clothing business (it powers all online sales for Kering group brands) and also includes pop-up stores dedicated to Tate, Magnum Photos and MOCA.

CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT Muhammad Ali in the streets with a group of children in Southside Chicago, £1,680, Thomas Hoepker, Magnum Photos, photography print; Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, £2,400, Paolo Pellegrin, Magnum Photos, photography; Muhammad Ali showing off his right fist, £3,780, Thomas Hoepker, Magnum Photos, photography print

“Art at has also taken lessons from its successful clothing business”

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The Social Media First Mover:

Art Stack Founded by art-world insiders in 2011, in just four years art-focused social media platform Art Stack has exhibited remarkable growth. Designed to make it easy to discover, collect and share art you like, the website and apps also provide a live exhibition listings in thousands of cities around the world. The mechanism, whereby users upload images has also catapulted Art Stack into position as the largest online archive of art, featuring 800,000 artworks from antiquity to today. The platform recently collaborated with Christie’s on the first-ever crowd-sourced auction and has been featured by Apple in the App Store as ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Best New App’. The background of founders Ezra Konvitz and James Lindon has undoubtedly been instrumental in the success of the platform. Konvitz is ex strategy lead at the Serpentine Gallery and focused on media and technology clients as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, while Lindon was previously international director of The Pace Gallery, New York, and head of sales and special projects at Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

ABOVE RIGHT A Rude Girl Arse Glistens Like Silicone. Cluck, Cluck, Cluck 2, Helen Benigson, 2015, Courtesy the artist and Daata Editions; Exitscape 1, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, 2015, courtesy the artists and Daata Editions BELOW Ada Project, Detail of spline forcholly herdon, Conrad Shawcross,

The Digital Art Specialist:

Daata Editions As a generation born as the internet comes of age, it’s not a surprise that artists are embracing digital tools as never before, but finding their work can be a hit and miss affair, and displaying it even more of a head scratcher.

In just four years art-focused social media platform Art Stack has exhibited remarkable growth 94

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Launched by Art Basel Miami’s curator for film, David Gryn with major collector Anita Zabludowicz, Daata Editions surfaces some of this work, providing a first stop for collectors looking to engage with the medium. The online platform commissions artworks by artists whose works are best seen on screen, and includes work by many exciting, groundbreaking and emerging artists working in ways that challenge traditional modes of exhibition. During Frieze London Daata Editions will launch its third artwork release and will have a physical presence at Chalk Farm’s Zabludowicz Collection.

The Data Curator:

Planet Art by UBS The art media is both notoriously opinionated and at first sight, full of impenetrable art speak, making establishing the consensus around a piece of art news or a new show laborious at best, daunting at worst. With a substantial corporate art collection, UBS is no stranger to the contemporary art world, and its Planet Art app takes a financier’s approach to sifting opinion. Currently working with around 60 major art news sources ranging from the Financial Times to the Art Newspaper and ArtAsiaPacific, Planet Art objectively collates and distills the most valuable information about contemporary art in the news each day. The

The ‘intelligent’ app uses a unique algorithm to read, index and objectively rank the articles ‘intelligent’ app uses a unique algorithm to read, index and objectively rank the articles, which can then be customised in a dedicated section called ‘my stream’ so users can follow news and features on specific artists, institutions, cities, events and more.

The New Authenticators:


ABOVE A White Cloud in the Sky, Liu Weijian, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 140 x 180 cm © Liu Weijian. Courtesy the artist and ShanghART UBS Art Collection LEFT Cave, Ofir Dor, 2006 Oil on canvas, 190 x 257 cm © Ofir Dor. Courtesy of the artist and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv UBS Art Collection

Trust is important in art, but provenance is even more important. A big industry is focused around establishing the provenance of each work and while a painting, sculpture or analogue photograph or film can have its provenance traced, digital art is giving artists, galleries and collectors an entirely new sort of headache. Launched at the end of September, Los Angeles start-up Verisart provides new ways for artists and galleries to record provenance data and manage certificates of authenticity in the digital age. By combining the benefits of a decentralised permanent ledger and secure cryptography, artists ensure they remain central to the records of ownership and data surrounding their works. The people behind Versiart are serial art-tech entrepreneur Robert Norton ( formerly of Saatchi Art and Sedition Art), CTO Daniel Riley and Israeli fund Rhodium investments. Legendary bitcoin figure Peter Todd is also aboard as a board advisor.

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THE PRINCIPLES OF PRINTS We all know that fine art is a fine investment, but perhaps you’ve not considered that backing the next Banksy could be just as lucrative. Jessica Lloyd-Smith identifies the potential in a simple guide to purchasing prints


often hear people look at a print and declare “it’s not an original, it’s a print”, so let’s start by saying that there is such a thing as an original print. It’s true to say that high quality copies of a painting or photograph (posters, if you like) are not originals, but where an artist


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has created a work of art on a surface, with the sole intention of printing it using hand-crafted techniques, that is classed as an original print. Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Banksy and perhaps most famous of all, Andy Warhol are all known for having created original prints.


THE FINE PRINT Prints give art lovers the opportunity to own original yet affordable works of art and avoid paying the premium on an original painting. They allow new buyers the opportunity to dip their toes into the world of art collecting. And while often considered more accessible and perhaps less prestigious than a painting from an artist of the same repute, prints can actually be highly sought One in ten contemporary after with many galleries and collectors artworks sold today is a print. specialising in the medium.



While prices for prints tend to be considerably lower than those for paintings, the print sector turnover is seven times larger than it was ten years ago.

Under the banner of prints sit a huge number of printing methods. Some of the most popular are screenprints where the artist uses layers of silkscreen stencils and ink to create their image, etching is where artists use etched metal plates to print, and linocuts or woodcuts are where the image is carved from a solid block. Artists working with these methods will usually print a limited edition – that means a finite number of prints made from those particular plates or screens. Once the limited edition is printed, the screens and plates should be destroyed to retain the integrity of the edition. The artist will clearly mark the edition size in pencil at the bottom of the print, alongside the specific number of that exact print. The lower the edition size the rarer the print, which could have a positive impact on the value. Giclée and litho prints are also commonly available nowadays, though these processes tend to be used for poster production or higher print runs, and are not usually adopted or endorsed by fine artists specialising in original printmaking.

PICK AND CHOOSE So, what should you look for when buying prints? Firstly, as always, buy artwork that you love and that you are drawn to. There are some very adventurous and talented printmakers working at the moment,

so there should be no shortage of artworks for you to browse. Look for a striking image – something that captures your imagination and is well balanced, whatever the subject. Also look for craftsmanship. A level of technical skill demonstrates the printmaker’s commitment to their art and hopefully a good career ahead of them. Talk to the print dealer or the artist to find out more about them. Ask after the artist’s reputation, their creative inspiration and whether they print their own editions.

CARE FACTOR Finally, a couple of points on caring for your prints – until framing, try to keep prints flat, always keep them away from damp or humid areas and as with all artworks try to avoid hanging them in direct sunlight. A good frame will bring the print to life and complement the piece, so chat with your framer about the options available or buy a good quality, ready-made frame. Whether you are new to buying art or an established collector, good quality original prints make an excellent addition to any art lover’s collection. And who knows, you may be investing in a Warhol of the future.

CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT Cock and (Sussex) Bull (limited edition of 100), (56cm x 76cm), £145, Patrick Thomas,; Blast First/ fractureRefract (limited edition of 12), (78cm x 100cm), £2,950, Chuck Elliott, modernartbuyer. com; Scarlett (limited edition of 50), (64cm x 89cm), £320, Maria Rivans, modernartbuyer. com; Flowers, 1964, Andy Warhol, © AWF; Shot Heart/ Target #03 (limited edition of 100), (55cm x 52cm), £120, Patrick Thomas,

Jessica Lloyd-Smith is the director of the Modern ArtBuyer, a curated online art gallery and art consultancy.

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What’s That Picture Doing On Your Office Wall? Corporate art collections are a well-established phenomenon, but who makes the decisions about what goes where? And how is it all managed? And can anyone else ever get to see it? Words: Mark & HANNAH HAYES-Westall

LEFT Untitled, 2011, Mitsuhiro Ikeda, oil on canvas, 194 x 130.3cm, © Mitsuhiro Ikeda

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Rounded Cars, 2013, Christine Ay Tjoe, oil on canvas, 170 x 200cm, © Christine Ay Tjoe


here are some big corporate art collections out there and UBS is one of the biggest. The City Magazine caught up with Stephen McCoubrey, London-based director and regional curator for Europe and Asia Pacific of the UBS Art Collection to ask the hard questions. UBS has something like 30,000 pieces of contemporary art in its art collection. Where do you keep it all? We try to keep as much of it on view as

Anthurium in all glory, 2007, Eric Chan, oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm, © Eric Chan


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possible, mainly on our own walls but also on the walls of museums around the world through loans and exhibitions. However, in such a widely dispersed business, with offices in more than 50 countries, we are always moving buildings or setting up exhibitions in various locations around the world. One of the key places where the public can currently view part of the collection is at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan, where we have a major exhibition on view until 4 October. The exhibition, called Don’t Shoot the Painter, features work by more than 90 artists ranging from brand new work by artists in their twenties through to masterpieces from the first years of Pop Art in the early 1960s. The way that the collection is displayed is very interesting. How do you choose where to place different pieces? Do they stay where they are or move around a lot? We curate specific displays for each UBS location, with a thought to each local culture and the type of business we do there. For example, sometimes a presentation may feature mainly art from that location or region to demonstrate our

local credentials, or it might be a display of international works if that better fits the profile of the location. We have a number of programmes to change the art displays in the office, especially in our larger locations, but there is a lot of natural movement from museum loans, refurbishment of rooms, and other outside influences that keep the art changing. I have just taken down and replaced a large display of works by Lucian Freud in our London office, as they are about to become part of a focused exhibition of the artist’s prints next month at the wonderful Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. UBS is a long-established corporate collector, so it might seem like a strange question, but what’s the thinking behind building a collection of art for a bank? Most banks actually get by with relatively undirected art collections. The thinking behind having such a major collection as UBS’s is threefold. Firstly, for most of UBS’s history, we have been located in the kind of buildings that need some sort of artwork on the wall, so if you are to hang art, arguably it should be done well


Self Portrait, 1984, Francesco Clemente, oil and silver leaf on canvas, 177.8 x 210.18cm, © Francesco Clemente. Courtesy the artist UBS Art Collection

Untitled, 2011, Mitsuhiro Ikeda, oil on canvas, 62.5 x 100cm, © Mitsuhiro Ikeda

and thoughtfully. Secondly, collecting art is a passion that we share with many of our clients, and a point on which we can engage with and in some cases assist our clients. Lastly, our collection is something that over the many years, has helped to positively define UBS’s culture and working environment with many constituents – such as our employees; our clients, prospects and guests; the visitors to our many museum engagements around the world; and here locally, the pupils we sponsor at the Academy school in Hackney. How do UBS employees interact with the collection, aside from it being on the walls around them? We offer guided tours for staff in major locations, host opening events for new displays and sometimes even plan interactive events that put our staff on the spot to introduce individual works themselves, in order to encourage confidence in discussing art with clients.

Melting Memories - Rereading Landscape, Mooi Indies #8, 2014, Jumaldi Alfi, acrylic on canvas, 175 x 250cm, © 2015 OFCA International

We include descriptive wall labels with a great deal of the collection, even in working areas. We also encourage not only our employees but the general public to engage with the rest of the art world with our new Apple App, ‘Planet Art’, which gives a constantly updated overview of the most read articles from art publications around the world.

What makes a piece of art right for the UBS collection? And are you still building the collection or is 30,000 just about enough? We are indeed still building the collection, as there are always new generations and new geographies to discover. We add emerging and mid-career artists to the collection continuously, especially from parts of the world that are still less well represented in our holdings, but where we have a big presence, such as Asia and Latin America. We only buy new from the artist or their chosen gallery, not from auctions or secondary sources so that the artist benefits and we support their future practice.

Who makes the decisions about where the works sit within the estate? Are you a big team? What kind of backgrounds do you come from? We are a team of eight globally, which given that we must have one of the most widely dispersed and largest corporate What’s your favourite piece in the collections of contemporary art in the current collection? world, is fairly small, so we all have some I have a roving eye in this regard, but at the input into the placement of artwork. We moment it is The Prodigy (2007) by Michaël currently have two curators, Borremans. of which I am one, Don’t ‘Don’t Shoot The Painter. Paintings who make strategic work at from the UBS Art Collection’ is at decisions. UBS but want to see Milan’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna the work? di Milano from 17 June until ‘Lucian Freud – A Closer Look’ 4 October, 2015 during Expo featuring mostly works from Milano 2015. the UBS Art Collection is at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art from 3 September to 29 November 2015.

The Prodigy, 2007, Michaël Borremans, oil on canvas, 117 x 110cm, © Michael Borremans

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ART FOR YOUR OFFICE Working with hundreds of emerging and established artists, art consultancy Mall Galleries helps companies commission truly original and personalised concepts for their workplace Words: tiffany eastland artists, each dedicated to a particular species, which would involve closely studying penguin shape and form on a trip to the penguin enclosure at London Zoo. Annabel Elton, head of commissions at Mall Galleries says: “The result was not only a mixture of beautifully and technically rendered work featuring the penguin but conceptual explorations into the history of their discovery, their geography, the architecture of their captivity and their genealogy.” Bromwich says, for a company commissioning one or two artworks you’ll be looking at anywhere from one week to a few months, but for a large project like PIC’s, it can take up to a year to organise. In this instance, the client remained very much involved at every stage of the process – with each discussion the project became increasingly personalised, and even resulted in organised artist demonstrations, live mural painting and the publication of a beautiful book showcasing the commissioned art. Bromwich says she would love to facilitate a commission that involves the artists leaving the office and studio borders, be that in the form of a residency on a container ship, a historic house, or even a research trip painting wildlife somewhere exotic. She adds: “What that might be depends on the business and their interests – there are a lot of exciting projects out there waiting to happen.”


tudies show that we spend just seconds looking at pieces of artwork when we see them in a museum, yet when office artwork is revisited daily, it can contribute to an employee’s well-being, and as a result, increase the productivity of a workplace. Anna Bromwich, commissions consultant at Mall Galleries, says: “Done properly, office art can reinforce company values, and identify and profess commitment to an industry. For the visiting clients, a well-presented office makes an immediate impression. If you are thinking consciously about your collection, you can build one that reflects who you are and what you do.” Mall Galleries art consultancy specialises in this, commissioning portraiture and fine art for both private and corporate clients. With more than 700 emerging and established artists on its books, Mall Galleries, with the Federation of British Artists, guarantees a truly original and personalised concept for any workplace in any industry – and they really do vary. While working on a rather unique project for the Pension Insurance Corporation, Mall Galleries and the Federation of British Art discovered that for some, a commission can even be a form of corporate social responsibility. When PIC’s CEO, John Coomber, a climate trustee and environmental advocate, approached Mall Galleries, he was looking to commission artwork for 11 meeting rooms and two public spaces within its Cornhill offices. Given the penguin is an important part of its identity and its logo, each meeting room bears the name of a different species. “We like to think we share characteristics with these tenacious animals: adaptability, agility, resilience and determination,” explained Coomber at the time of commission. He also expressed a strong desire to support emerging artists through his commission, and remains committed to this cause with an artist’s bursary in the pipeline. PIC’s executives decided to commit 13 different


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TOP TO BOTTOM Between Folds / Oceans, 19th- and 20th-century maps & nautical charts by Francisca Prieto; Bruce Pearson sketching at London Zoo; Unveiling event at PIC; Bruce Pearson with King penguins © Bruce Pearson; Gemma Anderson sketching; Loyalty, colour pencil by Adam Binder OPPOSITE PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP King Penguins Coming Ashore, oil on panel by Bruce Pearson; Between Folds / Oceans, 19th- and 20th-century maps & nautical charts by Francisca Prieto; Macaronis Nesting, preparatory work by Chris Rose; Captivating, oil on canvas by Eleanor Watson


“DONE PROPERLY office art can


company values and


and profess commitment to an industry” anna bromwich, commissions consultant, mall galleries

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sam gilliam Found ed in 2 0 1 2 , Fri ez e Ma st ers i s an ar t fair th at giv e s a uni qu e and c ont emp orar y p ersp e ctiv e on ar t of al l a ge s. It c o in c i d e s w ith and i s w ithin w al kin g di st an c e of Fri ez e L ondon , on e of th e w orl d ’s l ea din g c ont emp orar y ar t fairs . Th e f our th edit ion of th e fair w i l l sh ow ca se se v eral th ou s an d years of ar t from 1 3 1 of th e w orl d ’s l ea din g m o d er n and hi stori cal gal l eri e s. Here are j u st si x hi g hli g ht s of thi s year ’s fair.

Gilliam was born in 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi, and is associated with the Washington Color School, and described as belonging to Abstract Expressionism and Lyrical Abstraction. Crystal, 1973, acrylic on canvas, installation dimensions variable, approximate installation dimensions: 243.8 x 86.4cm. Image courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery

bartolomé esteban murillo Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter in the 17th century best known for his religious work. He began his art studies under Juan de Castillo in Seville, but was subject to influences from other regions due to Seville’s great commercial importance at the time. The Infant Christ and the Infant St John the Baptist in the Wilderness, c.1655–1660, oil on canvas, 58.8 x 48 x 2cm. Image courtesy of Galeria Caylus

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UNKNOWN Immerse yourself in the world of great tribal sculpture, with Bernard de Grunne, who, together with his father has built one of the finest collections of tribal art in Europe from 1968 to 1995. Late Classic Dayak Ancestral Post, Borneo, 1474–1635, Wood, 86cm in height. Image courtesy of Bernard de Grunne


Cycladic art Before arriving at Frieze Masters, this head of a stylised anthropomorphic statuette was on show at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, for Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty. Head of a Cycladic Idol. White Marble. Early Bronze Age, Cycladic II, Keros-Syros Culture - ca. 2500 BC, 8.6 x 5.2 x 1.6 cm. Ex Swiss private collection, Geneva 1965

melvin edwards Born in 1937 in Houston, Edwards is a pioneer in the history of contemporary African-American art and sculpture. Using methods of welding, Edwards transforms industrial objects into new forms, provoking thoughts of violence, humour and hope. Untitled (Wall Hanging), 1982, Welded steel, 40.6 x 28.7 x 5.8cm. Image courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery

boris mikhailov Mikhailov’s photographs document human casualties in post-communist Eastern Europe after the demise of the Soviet Union. Born in Ukraine in 1938, Mikhailov has produced an uncompromising yet ironically humorous portrait of his surroundings. Plate 48, from the series “yesterday’s sandwich”, late ’60s – late ’70s, 41 x 55cm. Image courtesy of Sprovieri

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ORDER AND DISORDER Mark & Hannah Hayes-Westall have been working in, and writing about, contemporary art for almost 20 years. Each month, they introduce an artist that should appear on your agenda

This month: ALIGHIERO BOETTI WHAT’S SO INTERESTING? Every now and then a thinker comes along and turns their attention to something we had given scant attention to, and suddenly the paradigm is changed and all subsequent thinking must take the new approach into account. Rousseau, Marx, Freud, Keynes, Friedan – while thinking about their own subjects they inadvertently changed the context for everyone else’s ideas. In art, Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) was just such a thinker, and his impact was just as far-reaching. In looking into questions about why artists work, what defines an art work, and what defines the artist as the maker of the work, Boetti opened up discussions


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BELOW Senza titolo, 1965, India, 69.8 x 100cm

that influenced many major artists, and continue to be explored today. His thinking about authorship, homogenisation and systems – the lines between order and disorder – can be seen in everything from the open-source code movement to Uber, and if that sounds a bit heavy, the way he presented his ideas wasn’t at all. Boetti’s work frequently contains a warm, sometimes mischievous sense of humour that, coupled with his challenging thinking, set him at odds with prevailing art world ideas. Untrained in art (he left the business school of the University of Turin to work as an artist) Boetti was quickly identified with the Arte Povera group of artists,


who celebrated art made with very simple, or poor quality, materials against the modernist style then dominant. A work from this time, looking at the way that time is used as a system, is the famous Lampada Annuale (Annual Light), 1967, a light which lights up for only 11 seconds a year. The hype surrounding the movement soon grated, and his thinking around the perception of the artist as both showman and shaman lead to him rechristening himself Alighiero e Boetti (Alighiero and Boetti), a dual identity he continued to explore for the rest of his life. Throughout his career, Boetti used the materials that surrounded him. At the start these were industrial materials associated with Turin’s booming economy – concrete, desk lamps, grid paper, biros, blocks of wood, but as his awareness of the geopolitical situation of his time grew, he determined to see for himself the areas mapped out in bright colours on the front of Italian newspapers and this soon became part of his work. His travels took him to places such as Guatemala, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, where in 1971 he set up a hotel, The One Hotel, as an art project, which operated until the Soviet invasion of 1979. His work from this time includes stamp works like Lavoro Postale (Postal Work), 1973, where the artist uses postage stamps as materials, exploring numeric organisational systems which are then added to by the franks of postmen around the world as the stamps perform their function. Determined to cede authorship further, he commissioned the embroidery workshops of Kabul to create world maps featuring the flags of each country, edged in written text. The focus on art made of many distinct voices remained central to his work, as did his belief that art should not be invented, but should be made of what surrounds you. ‘Mettere al mondo il mondo’,

SEE the SHOW Alighiero Boetti: A Private Collection Luxembourg & Dayan 13 October - 12 December 2015 2 Savile Row, London, W1

or ‘Putting the world into the world’ was his snappy summation of the idea. When the Soviet occupation made returning to Kabul impossible, he continued the Mappa works with expatriate Afghan women in Pakistan, and works from this time sometimes feature mujahedeen writings in the borders. While Boetti’s works can be found in major museums, institutions and collections around the world, there has not been a solo show of his work in London since Tate Modern’s 2012 retrospective. In October, a new London exhibition will provide a rare mini-retrospective of Boetti’s work, with one collector’s meticulously crafted collection going on display; an opportunity to view a collection that touches on all of Alighiero Boetti’s key thoughts.

ABOVE Mappa, 1983-84, Embroidery, 114.3 x 170.2cm RIGHT Untitled (Venticinque per venticinque), 1989, Embroidery on fabric, 105.4 x 109.2 x 2.9cm

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

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

21 September – 13 November 2015 Lobby, One Canada Square and Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf Open daily / FREE

The Multiple Store @ Canary Wharf

Mike Curry Canada Walk A commercial photographer for more than 30 years, for the last decade Mike has concentrated on his landscape and illustrative work, as well as bespoke pieces of art for commercial clients. His portfolio showcases his creation of beauty from unremarkable objects.

Twenty-six of the top contemporary British artists are showing work in this special exhibition celebrating The Multiple Store, being held in the lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park at Canary Wharf. It represents the largest display of The Multiple Store’s commissions since 1998, the year it was established as a not-for-profit organisation in order to encourage and foster a culture of collecting by commissioning new editions by artists and offering them at accessible prices. Thanks to this founding principle, people across the globe are able to purchase high quality editioned works by major contemporary artists. Working closely with the artists The Multiple Store encourages them to experiment with materials and processes, and among the exhibits are works made from a wealth of media including oak, cast plastic, brass, blown glass, pulped paper and neon light. One Canada Square is home to a host of these small sculptural works, also known as ‘multiples’. One of the multiples is displayed in nearby Jubilee Park, together with four other large-scale sculptures, all by artists with a multiple in One Canada Square, including Kenny Hunter’s monumental ‘Black Swan,’ which proudly makes its London debut near the park’s water feature. These works brought together under The Multiple Store’s visionary umbrella reflect the vitality, innovation and diversity in the practice of British artists over this important period in contemporary art. All editions are for sale. Please visit or contact Nicholas Sharp at / 07760 666518.

EVENING EVENTS The following evening events will be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm during the exhibition, with curator Ann Elliott and Multiple Store co-founder Nicholas Sharp in conversation with participating artists: Tuesday 6 October: Corinne Felgate, Simon Periton Tuesday 13 October: Ackroyd & Harvey, Graham Fagen, Sigune Hamann Tuesday 20 October: Grenville Davey, Kenny Hunter, Liliane Lijn Tuesday 27 October: Langlands & Bell, Yinka Shonibare MBE The events are free but please contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office at to reserve a place

Youjin Nam Jubilee Walk Youjin continuously experiments with materials and develops her own technique, her designs drawn from hand crafts. Working with mirror, stones, acrylic and metals, she explores the possibilities of creating jewellery through reflection, using 2-D and 3-D.

David Shrigley - Brass Tooth, 2009

Grenville Davey - Little Emperor, 1998-2001


Enjoy Canary Wharf’s packed schedule of events and entertainment this October

Play Me, I’m Yours Explore your musical creativity through the original ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ initiative. 15 pianos dotted throughout Canary Wharf ’s open spaces, parks and malls act as a musical canvas for spontaneous creativity. Inspirationally decorated by local and national artists, the pianos, as the title suggests, are there to be played. At the end of the project a number of the pianos will be donated to local charities and community groups. Visit www. to share your films, photos and stories about the Canary Wharf pianos. From 1 October, Throughout Canary Wharf, Daily, FREE

In Concert with Skye & Ross Skye Edwards, Morcheeba’s singer, and Ross Godfrey, Morcheeba’s guitarist / multiinstrumentalist, present a special one off acoustic show at the fabulous East Wintergarden. Skye & Ross will be supported by Bea Munro. Friday 2 October, East Wintergarden, 7.45pm (doors 7pm), £20** – TICKETS SELLING FAST

Canary Wharf Comedy Club Brighten up your Monday with some laughs and chuckles with Canary Wharf ’s very own Comedy Club. We welcome to stage baby-faced Brennan Reece, one half of the Gentlemen of Leisure Nish Kumar, Nathan Caton who is one of the best young comics in the UK, Nathan Caton, veteran comedian Mike Wilmot and top headline act Andrew Bird. Unreserved cabaret style seating with full bar, food and cloakroom available. Monday 5 October, East Wintergarden, 7.15pm (doors 6.30pm), £12* For all the latest Canary Wharf news, promotions and events follow us on twitter @yourcanarywharf Getting to Canary Wharf is so easy - travel on public transport via Jubilee Line, DLR Canary Wharf or Heron Quays or the Thames Clippers river bus or there are four underground public car parks at Canary Wharf. At weekends and Bank Holidays you can enjoy 3 hours’ free parking in any of our public car parks when you spend £10 at any of Canary Wharf’s shops, cafés, bars or restaurants. Or spend £10 in Waitrose Fashion, Food & Home Monday to Friday and enjoy 2 hours’ free parking. Details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change

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In Concert with Huey Morgan An evening of music, humour and tales Ahead of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals 20th anniversary tour next year, lead singer and guitarist of the legendary band, Huey Morgan, hosts an exclusive one off concert with special guests at Canary Wharf. Huey will be playing songs from the FLC and his solo career, talking about his colourful career too and performing with special guests such as Pete Levin, from The Gregg Allman Band. Unreserved cabaret style seating with full bar and cloakroom available. Monday 9 November, East Wintergarden, 7pm (doors 6.30pm), £20**

RSC Live – Henry V Captured live from the RSC Stratford-upon-Avon Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, Hal strives to gain the respect of his nobility and his people. Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country. Unreserved cabaret style seating and full bar available. Tuesday 10 November, East Wintergarden, 7pm (doors 6.30pm), £10*

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STEP INTO THE WARMTH Describing itself as a “firecracker of energy and warmth to liven up those dreary months with sparkle and sensuousness”, Timothy Oulton’s AW15 collection is packed full of beautiful pieces that will both make a design statement, and be used every day in a familiar and functional way. We love the rugged yet warm style of the Aviator Dogfight chair, finished in new Leather Spitfire, which is inspired by military aircraft, with aerodynamic curves handcrafted in hand-distressed ‘Warrior’ leather. “The new collections have a very distinctive energy that sort of radiates from within,” says Timothy. “The shapes and materials we’ve used are bold and dynamic, but they’re also cosy and inviting at the same time.”

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Structured, clean-cut geometric patterns sit gloriously alongside free-formed, textured shapes, topped with crowns of velvet and rich prints in colour inspiration taken from the spice trail – this is the latest lighting collection from Porta Romana. Where elements meet the elements, the designers have created pieces of nature to take away with you – a piece of honeycomb, burnt wood, precious stones, a spider’s web, crystals and even water are incorporated in the creation of a stunning light feature designed as a centrepiece in the modern home.

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Ex-council tenants of a London flat have sold their home for a staggering £1.2million. They bought the three-bedroom property in Covent Garden for £130,000 in 1990, under the right-to-buy scheme but, after six weeks on the market, it has sold for just £150,000 under its £1.35million asking price, making the vendors an 800 per cent profit (The Telegraph) one stop shop In an effort to make the experience of buying a home as simple as possible, well-known property company, RFR, is launching the Property Private Office, which will take care of a range of residential affairs from the initial search to interior design, asset management and investment. Founded by husband and wife team Richard and Sophie Rogerson, RFR is currently the hottest property search agency in London (according to Tatler). The new Property Private Office will officially cover: Property Search, Interior Design, Investment, Property Advisory and Property Management, therefore filling a gap in the market covering “the entire life of each client’s investment, from agreeing a strategy through sourcing the best opportunities, structuring, acquisition, refurbishment and value creation, asset management and, ultimately, realisation of the investment.”

LETTINGS CHRISTOPHER PAXTON, head of lettings at Knight Frank Canary Wharf, comments on the trends in the residential lettings market As autumn approaches, tenants can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Over the last few years the market has been very much a landlord’s market with stock levels being low and demand high. Over the last three months, I have seen this beginning to change. Stock levels have increased in the area, however, applicant levels have stayed the same and at some rental rates have decreased. Core market properties are still moving well – one bedroom units between £350 and £400 per week are being agreed the fastest, whilst two bedroom offerings between £400 and £475 per week, are being snapped up within just seven days of hitting the market. The prime market is still very much as it was earlier this year and activity is very quiet compared to this time last year. We have seen a number of landlords increase their asking prices between five per cent and ten per cent above what was achieved 12 months ago, and these units lay empty, gathering dust on the market. It is a harsh lesson, but landlords must remember that applicants will only pay the amount of rent that the properties are actually worth. When meeting a landlord for the first time, my main advice is still the two Ps, price and presentation. If your property isn’t priced correctly and presented well, then you will struggle to fight off the competition and appeal of those similar properties in the area. Landlords need to make sure their properties are eye-catching and appealing on the internet and just that little bit different to stand out from the crowd. Although the rental market is looking a little tougher than usual, we still think 2015 will be promising. It is still so very important that landlords instruct the right agency who can give the right advice to secure a corporate tenant at the correct rental price quickly. We have all seen great apartments sitting idle on property portals with no activity as the price was too high. Landlords must be realistic with their pricing and must look at the facts. Rents over the last three months have increased in E14 by 0.2 per cent, not 20 per cent. Knight Frank remains the agent of choice for corporate tenants and investor landlords in the Docklands area. Knight Frank Canary Wharf 020 7512 9966

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New Atlas Wharf, Isle of Dogs E14 A penthouse flat with river views for sale A bright and well presented duplex penthouse apartment offering a plethora of natural light with stunning views across the River Thames and the City skyline. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 reception room, kitchen, roof terrace, parking. EPC: C. Approximately 140.3 sq m (1,510 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 108 years remaining.

Guide price: £1,225,000 020 3641 6112


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Patten Road, Wandsworth SW18 Located on the Toast Rack Stunning detached double fronted house in immaculate order with off street parking for several cars. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en suite), kitchen/dining/family room, drawing room, playroom, gym, studio flat (double bedroom with en suite), downstairs kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, coat room, utility room, wine room, plant room, garden, off street parking. EPC: D. Approximately 527 sq m (5672 sq ft). Freehold

Guide price: £4,900,000 020 8682 7777


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Peninsula Heights, Albert Embankment SE1 Three bedroom flat for sale in Peninsula Heights A stunning three bedroom property located in one of the river's most eminent developments. 3 bedrooms (2 en suite), bathroom, reception room, kitchen, balcony, underground parking, concierge. EPC: C. Approximately 149 sq m (1,602 sq ft). Share of freehold

Guide price: £3,000,000 020 3597 7670


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Cashmere House, Leman Street, London E1 A brand new two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with private terrace This apartment comes with access to the onsite gymnasium, swimming pool and spa, plus 24 hour concierge and private cinema room. The flat has engineered wooden flooring throughout the halls and lounge, two double bedrooms; master with ensuite, and walk in wardrobe space, high spec fully fitted open plan kitchen with dishwasher, induction cooker and wine cooler. Goodman’s Fields is the City’s newest premium development and is located moments from London’s financial district and the social and entertainment hubs of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Old Street. The development is located within short walking distance of numerous major transport options with Aldgate East, Aldgate and Tower Gateway all within five minutes’ walk. Designed by the awardwinning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and with two acres of landscaped plazas and squares Goodman’s Fields offers an unparalleled living experience in one of London’s most desirable locations. Guide price: £825 per week +44 20 3823 9930


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Guide price: £750 per week

Hermitage Court, Wapping E1W


Stylish flat with large south facing balcony in central Wapping. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, daytime porter and access to the communal courtyard. EPC: C. Approximately 121 sq m (1,299 sq ft). Available unfurnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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


Guide price: £775 per week

Merganser Court, St Katherine Docks E1W Contemporary two bedroom flat over looking St Katherine Docks and very close to the City. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, private balcony and parking space. EPC: C. Approximately 97 sq m (1,052 sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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

Guide price: £690 per week

The Heron, City EC2Y


Stunning one bedroom flat on the twenty-second floor in the luxuriously modern development. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, reception/dining room, private balcony, access to the roof garden, private club and porterage. EPC: C. Approximately 51 sq m (546 sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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


Guide price: £1,250 per week

New Crane Wharf, Wapping E1W Outstanding penthouse apartment, set in this popular warehouse developement overlooking the river. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, private balcony and 34 hour conceirge. EPC: D. Approximately 184 sq m (1,974 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 5366

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Guide price: £765,000

Shearwater Court, Wapping E1W A one bedroom flat with a good sized terrace and delightful views of St Katherine Docks. Reception room and bedroom opening on to the terrace, kitchen, shower room, parking and 24 hour porterage. EPC: C. Leasehold: approximately 997 years remaining. Approximately 47 sq m (510 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 5372


Guide price: £965,000

Bezier Apartments, Old Street EC1Y A stylish two bedroom apartment with a balcony running the width of the flat. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, reception room, communal roof terrace, gym, lift and 24 hour porterage. EPC: B. Leasehold: approximately 119 years remaining. Approximately 81 sq m (872 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 5372

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1 A MAGNIFICENT NEWLY BUILT HOME OF GRAND PROPORTIONS felsted, essex 5 bedroom newly built home offering a generous plot size with stunning countryside views ø substantial master bedroom suite ø Stoneham kitchen ø gated entrance ø double garage ø landscaped gardens ø ready for immediate occupation ø 1.04 miles from leading independent Felsted School ø GIA 413.97 sq m (4,456 sq ft) approx ø EPC=B

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your new neighbourhood. where the waterside meets the city. A contemporary collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom waterfront apartments Prices from ÂŁ335,000 Situated close to Gallions Reach DLR, within 20 minutes of Canary Wharf, these outstanding apartments benefit from a superb waterside location

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Open plan reception room/kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø 24 hour concierge ø residents leisure facilities ø 82.7 sq m (890 sq ft) ø EPC=B

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Reception room ø bedroom ø bathroom ø 24 hour security ø on-site gym ø 52 sq m (560 sq ft) ø EPC=C

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1, 2 & 3 bed luxury apartments with views of the city Prices from ÂŁ470,000

Beyond your expectations

Hosier Lane EC1 £460 per week (charges apply)* Fantastic one bedroom apartment in this popular development. EPC:D

Folgate Street E1 £695 per week (charges apply)* Newly refurbished two double bedroom apartment with a private balcony. EPC: C

Strype Street E1 £500 per week (charges apply)* Smartly presented two bedroom apartment in the heart of Spitalfields.

Gowers Walk E1 £725 per week (charges apply)* Fantastic two bedroom top floor apartment with large terrace. EPC: C


Bartholomew Close EC1 £640 per week (charges apply)* Recently refurbished two bedroom apartment with balcony in this superb quiet location near to St Pauls. EPC: C

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

Villiers Street WC2 £1,385 per week (charges apply)* A superb three bedroom apartment offering glorious views over the Victoria Embankment Gardens and towards the River Thames. EPC: C

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

The Heron, Moor Lane EC2 £850,000 Leasehold An outstanding one bedroom on the 15th floor of the Heron. EPC: C

Great Tower Street, EC3 £750,000 Leasehold A wonderfully bright two bedroom City flat. EPC: D

Botolph Alley, EC3 £550,000 Leasehold A newly converted two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. EPC: B

Alie Street, E1 £885,000 Leasehold A two bed, two bath apartment in a boutique development. EPC: C

Sovereign House, EC4 £975,000 Leasehold A beautiful two double bedroom apartment in Poppins Court. EPC: D

Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 £3,750,000 Leasehold A beautiful penthouse apartment on Shaftesbury Avenue. EPC: C

Beyond your expectations

Winchester Wharf, SE1 £1,600 per week (charges apply)* Rare river facing warehouse style property, boasting original features throughout along with contemporary fixtures/fittings. EPC:B

Dolben Street, SE1 £1,095 per week (charges apply)* Fantastic three bedroom penthouse with two en-suites, superb open plan kitchen living room and stunning roof terrace. EPC: C

Spice Quay Heights, SE1 £850 per week (charges apply)* Fabulous apartment with stunning views to Tower Bridge, two balconies along with modern amenities and on site concierge. EPC:B

Tower Wharf, SE1 £575 per week (charges apply)* Well presented two bedroom apartment boasting modern furnishings, balcony and off street parking. EPC: C

Canada Wharf, SE16 £550 per week (charges apply)* Beautifully presented warehouse conversion with views of Canary Wharf, whilst boasting original features with modern fittings throughout. EPC: C

The Circle, SE1 £395 per week (charges apply)* Studio apartment in a popular development with concierge facility, private balcony, separate kitchen and full bathroom with modern amenities. EPC: C

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

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

Butlers Wharf , SE1 £2,750,000 Leasehold A fantastic 1,636 sq. ft. apartment in the famous Butlers Wharf. The apartment benefits from two en suite bedrooms. EPC: C

Tea Trade Wharf, SE1 £2,000,000 Leasehold A bright split level three bedroom apartment in the popular Tea Trade Wharf development on Shad Thames. EPC: C

Spice Quay Heights, SE1 £1,950,000 Leasehold A two bedroom 1,399 sq. ft. river fronting apartment in this popular Shad Thames development. EPC: C

Unity Wharf, SE1 £1,550,000 Share of freehold A superbly refurbished two bedroom character warehouse apartment, with views of St. Saviours Dock. EPC: D

The Triangle, SE1 £875,000 Leasehold This third floor apartment is accessible by lift and has been tastefully refurbished by the vendor. EPC: B

Canada Wharf, SE16 £675,000 Share of Freehold Well presented two bedroom, two bathroom apartment within a desirable warehouse conversion on the River Thames. EPC: C

Beyond your expectations

Shillingford Street, N1 A stunning new build house set on a prime road in the heart of Islington. Considerable thought has gone into creating a stylish and comfortable contemporary home which has all the high quality finishes one would expect to see in a property of this standard. The accommodation offers 2196 sq. ft. internally which is equally spread over just three floors. This lateral layout means that there is much more usable space than your conventional character Islington home. EPC: D

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

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New build house Contemporary design Four bedrooms Four en-suites Open plan living Three terraces

Hemingford Road, N1 An impressive Grade II listed family house on this sought after road in the heart of Barnsbury. This very bright house is set over four floors with two reception rooms on the raised ground floor. There is a kitchen and dining room on the lower ground floor with doors leading to a secluded west facing garden. On the upper floors there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Hemingford Road is situated in the heart of the Barnsbury Conservation area. EPC: Grade II Listed

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Four storey period house, Two reception rooms Three bedrooms Three bathrooms Open plan kitchen/family room West facing rear garden


2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Approx. 750 sq ft (69.7 sq m) Private balcony

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24 Hour concierge Residents' gym Shoreditch High Street station EPC: current (B) potential (B)

Guide price £865,000 Leasehold For more information, call Bernard Cully 020 7715 9708 or email

16-17 Royal Exchange London EC3V 3LL


1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Approx. 501 sq ft (46.5 sq m) Private balcony

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Kitchen with Siemens appliances On site leisure facilities Shoreditch High Street station EPC: current (B) potential (B)

£545 per week Furnished For more information, call Neil Short 020 7337 4005 or email

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

16-17 Royal Exchange London EC3V 3LL


2 Double bedrooms Bathroom (en suite) Shower room (en suite) Reception room / kitchen

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Bedroom 3 / study Porter and lift Comfort cooling Approx. 1,337 sq ft (124 sq m)

Guide price £3,350,000 Leasehold with 124 years remaining For more information, call Simon Godson 020 7306 1610 or email

174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


3 Double bedrooms 1 Bathroom 2 Shower rooms (en suite) Reception room

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Open plan kitchen Concierge Approx. 1,362 sq ft (126 sq m) EPC: current (B) potential (B)

£1,500 per week Furnished For more information, call Karen Carpmael 020 7306 1630 or email

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

174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP

Derby Street W1 ÂŁ5,650,000 A stunning and recently refurbished three-bedroom, five story townhouse set on a popular mews street and situated close to the amenities of central Mayfair. Freehold. EPC=D

Marylebone: 020 7935 1775

Clifton Gardens W9 ÂŁ2,795,000 A stunning three-bedroom lateral apartment spanning two stucco fronted houses and backing onto an award winning communal garden in Little Venice. Share of Freehold. EPC=D

Little Venice: 020 7993 3050

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Cliffords Inn, Fetter Lane, EC4 £420,000 Leasehold Situated on the fifth floor of CLIFFORDS INN on Fetter Lane is this studio apartment. The property offers entrance hall, studio room, small kitchen and bathroom with shower. Other key features of this property include 24 hour concierge, close to FLEET STREET and a short walk to Chancery Lane Underground Station and Covent Garden. This property is well placed for COVENT GARDEN and KINGS CROSS and is within easy walking distance of Farringdon where the new CROSSRAIL station is presently under construction.

High Holborn, WC1 £1,750,000 leasehold SEVEN HIGH HOLBORN is located only a minutes’ walk away from Holborn Viaduct and Hatton Garden. This spectacular THREE-BEDROOM apartment has SOLID WOOD FLOORING laid throughout, with the exceptions of the new carpeted bedrooms and tiled bathrooms. The kitchen is FULLY FITTED with modern appliances including washer/dryer, full sized fridge freezer, dishwasher and high quality GRANITE WORK SURFACES. The property also features a fantastic South and East facing Balcony, DAY CONCIERGE and secure underground PARKING. CHANCERY LANE TUBE station is next door.

Little Britain EC1 £385 Per Week

Priory House, EC4 £475 Per Week

Situated down a quiet residential street called Little Britain is this fantastic one bedroom property located on a building called Wesley House, which is opposite Postman’s Park. The apartment is on the first floor with lift access available and is positioned on the northern side of the block which is a quiet aspect.

Situated behind St Paul’s in the area of Carter Lane is this TWO bedroom apartment in a building called Priory House. Due to being on the top floor of the development the apartment has a unique light and airy loft feel with sloping walls, large Velux windows and wooden beams.

Pemberton House, EC4 £435 Per Week

Hosier Lane, EC1 £410 Per Week

Situated just off FLEET STREET in a building called PEMBERTON HOUSE is this excellent size ONE bedroom apartment with re-fitted bathroom, this room now boasts limestone tiled flooring with under floor heating, heated towel rail and storage cupboards. Easy walk to Covent Garden. Available September 2015.

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATLY - This brilliantly located ONE BEDROOM apartment is situated just off the Holborn Viaduct in a newly completed development called 10, Hosier Lane. The property offers a FULLY FITTED KITCHEN with full size fridge freezer, dishwasher & washer dryer.





Noble House Proper ties are proud to present their latest offering ‘Stable Place’. A boutique mews development, comprising just nine contemporary homes, all with outside space and set in a private gated mews with landscaped gardens. Featuring both houses and apar tments, Stable Place will appeal to both families and professionals.


ABOUT Less than five minutes’ walk away is Finsbury Park itself, with boating lake, children’s play areas, exhibition space and a café. Finsbury Park and Stroud Green have an eclectic mix of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants amongst the quiet streets of Victorian houses as well as cultural amenities such as the newly formed Park Theatre. The area is home to one of London’s largest regeneration projects which began in 2012 and is due to be completed in 2017. The neighbourhood is rapidly transforming itself into a vibrant ‘go to’ destination whilst maintaining the diversity and ‘buzz’ of the area.

T R AV E L The Victoria and Piccadilly lines are just a five minute walk away; commuters can be in The City or West End in twenty minutes or jump on British Rail to travel out to Her tfordshire and beyond. If you work from home, Finsbury Park has so much to offer and is well wor th a look!


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Wellington Terrace, Wapping E1W


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

Lime Close, West Wapping E1W ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this delightful extremely well kept modern built house situated within this west Wapping quiet residential location. the property comprises of 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining area and kitchen. Front and rear gardens. Allocated parking space. Close to St Katharine’s Dock and Tower Hill stations.

Tudor House,Tower Bridge, SE1

6th floor luxury 2 Double Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Open Plan Reception Room, large balcony. Master bedroom with en-suite and walk in wardrobe. Modern Integrated Kitchen, Balcony, 24 Hour Porter by Harrods Estates, Residents Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Lifts to all floors. Close to Local Shopping Facilities, Walking Distance to London Bridge.



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Halcyon Wharf, West Wapping E1W

The Tower, Wapping E1W

Rental Price: £590.00 Per Week

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ea2 are pleased to offer for rent this 2 double bedroom modern built 4th floor apartment within this sought after west Wapping development. Balcony with views of the City of London. Secure underground parking space. 24 Hour Concierge. Close to St Katharine’s Dock and Tower Hill station.

ea2 Are pleased to offer this executive Studio apartment to rent within a luxurious landmark development. Residents of Wapping Lane have the benefit of 24hr concierge facilities, exclusive residents health club, gym and enjoy close proximity to DLR and underground stations.

Roding Mews, Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to be able to show you this 6 bedroom 4 bathroom house for rental with a garden. This property is a very unique property and has views over the canal. Would suit 6 professional people. Close to Tower Hill and Wapping Overground and close to Waitrose.

St Johns Court, Wapping E1W

£1,300 per week

Royal Tower Lodge, Tower Hill E1

ea2 are delighted to offer for rent this exceptional modern 2 double bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. Situated in the heart of Wapping opposite St John’s Church Yard. Close to all amenities and on one of the prettiest streets in Wapping.

ea2 are pleased to offer to let this raised ground floor modern built 1 bedroom apartment. Laminate wood floors. Secure parking space. Close to Tower Hill stations and St Katharine’s Dock.

Rental Price: £530 Per Week

Rental Price: £380 Per Week

Hermitage Court, West Wapping E1W

Tamarind Yard, West Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to have the opportunity to rent this delightful 2 double bedroom duplex ea2 are pleased to offer to rent this 2/3 bedroom modern built apartment in Cascades Tower, Docklands E14 £500 per week apartment within this gated development. Within easy access to the City & Canary Wharf. Hermitage Court, West Wapping. Secure underground parking space. Porter. Close 2 double bedroom, 2 bathroom 11th floor apartment within this secure modern development. Comprising a reception The historic St Katharine’s Docks is nearby. ‘Waitrose’ supermarket is close. to St Katherine’s Dock and Tower Hill stations.

room with water/ City views, fitted kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe & en suite bathroom, additional shower room. Balcony. Swimming pool, Gymnasium & Tennis court. Concierge. Rental Price: £450 Per Week Rental Price: £595 Per Week

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To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we will be offering new clients a

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• National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS) • The Property Ombudsman (TPO)

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Naylor Building East, Adler Street, E1

The Listed Building, The Highway, E1W

A stunning three bedroom duplex apartment with park views in the popular Aldgate Triangle. This contemporary property offers a large lounge and dining area with direct access to a private patio, a separate modern fitted kitchen, a family bathroom suite and en-suite shower room to the master, a guest cloak room and a secure underground car parking space

This stunning four bedroom apartment is located in the Grade II The Listed Building situated in the Wapping Wall conservation area. Such apartments with a wealth of space are rarely available on the open market. This apartment has breath-taking views across the river Thames and towards the iconic Canary Wharf skyline.





Altitude Point, Alie Street, E1

Chimney Court, Brewhouse Lane, E1W

LOURDES present to market this state of the art two double bedroom, two bathroom apartment located on the 22nd floor of the popular Altitude Point development. The apartment features new fixtures and fittings throughout, comfort cooling/air-con and top of the range appliances.

LOURDES present to market this stunning, newly refurbished one double bedroom warehouse conversion. The apartment offers fantastic living space, great storage, stunning features including exposed brickwork, a mezzanine level, brand new state of the art slate bathroom, newly refurbished kitchen, triple height ceilings and huge windows allowing masses of light throughout the day.



£692 Per week

£425 Per week

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RAISING THE BAR JOHNS&CO may be the new kid on the block, but with the number of properties under its management set to double each year, it seems John Morley, managing director and founder, has perfected a winning formula


hen John Morley established JOHNS&CO in 2013, his vision was very clear; he would establish a lettings and management company that would go above and beyond, not just for the landlords that pay the bills, but for tenants too: “Tenants are more likely to stay in a home with such a fantastic range of additional benefits, thus keeping investments occupied, affording landlords peace of mind,” he explains. Morley says, often the first time you’ll have any form of interaction with the property manager is when something breaks or goes wrong. This isn’t the case at JOHNS&CO: “Our property managers meet with every tenant moving into every apartment to build a rapport immediately.” He adds, “Our property managers aren’t


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“Tenants are more likely to stay in a home with such a fantastic range of additional benefits, thus keeping investments occupied, affording landlords peace of mind”

remote, they’re on the ground – that way we can address any issues or problems immediately. There’s a property manager literally an elevator away.” And a highly qualified one too. At JOHNS&CO, the team is comprised of expert consultants that are experienced in multiple markets – everything from sales and rentals to property management. Morley says it’s about ensuring both the landlords and tenants experience the very highest quality of service possible. Judging by JOHNS&CO’s success thus far, it seems clients are responding well to the services offered. Morley and his team take the approach of talking to tenants, six, seven months before completion: “We give potential tenants the time to sort out their current accommodation and get

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ready for a move in the future.” Morley adds: “Embassy Gardens is completing and we’re having phenomenal success with our team that’s letting those.” In fact, in just two short months, the team based there has achieved occupancy of between 40 and 50 apartments. This level of success is set to continue. Morley says the number of properties under management is set to double next year – a fantastic forecast for a company that’s still very much in its infancy. While JOHNS&CO is still a new kid on the block, Morley brings years of experience to the business. Before founding JOHNS&CO, Morley worked at The Ballymore Group as head of international sales, where he gained an innate understanding of the expectations of customers throughout the world. This has filtered through all aspects of his business where there’s clearly a strong emphasis on bespoke, high-quality service with unwavering standards. Even when he speaks about future expansion, these standards clearly remain at the forefront of his mind: “If we open a new office, there will be a new team. There will be a property manager, a lettings manager, a lettings team and a sales team; it wouldn’t ever be reliant on stretched resources.” If the last couple of years is anything to go by, we’d say JOHNS&CO will be looking to employ many more resources in the coming years. JOHNS&CO. Level 33, 25 Canada Square, E14, 020 7118 0200,

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A striking new development offering spacious, quality two bedroom apartments with the choice of long term tenancies. With the community vibe only steps away and transport connections, shopping and entertainment close by, these homes are ideally placed to fit all lifestyles. - 4 minutes walk to Abbey Road DLR station - 15 minutes walk to Stratford’s transport hub - Professional management services - All apartments with private outdoor space*


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A substantial five bedroom detached house, extensively remodelled and offering well proportioned living accommodation over three levels. This property benefits from a lovely rear garden of approximately 150 ft and is located equidistant from both Petts Wood and Chislehurst mainline train stations.

Contact Chislehurst 020 8295 4900

Beckenham BR3

£985,000 F/H

An imposing Edwardian home set on a sought after road in central Beckenham. Offered to the market with no forward chain. • Five bedrooms • Semi-detached house

• Sash windows • Energy Efficiency Rating D

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Offered chain free and set within one of Bromley’s most prestigious roads is this 1930s double-fronted family home. • Five double bedrooms • Chain free

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Prime Penthouses


eptember saw the launch of a special collection of penthouses in London. The two residences in question, The Lateral Penthouse and The Triplex Penthouse, were launched by Telford Homes at its Parliament House development, and are located just off the Albert Embankment between Vauxhall and Waterloo stations, both offering reliable transport links. The London Heliport and London City Airport are also in close range. Bespoke Cheville Parquet flooring greets residents as soon as they enter either property, with a similarly high standard of design and attention to detail carried throughout. Interiors specialist Honky, which both designed and furnished both of the apartments, has included a high-tech custom audio visual Crestron system for controlling blinds, lighting, audio and visual; as well as designer kitchens with Gaggenau and Miele integrated appliances; and decadent bathroom suites. The Triplex Penthouse, spread over three floors, is topped off by a generous private terrace, one of two in the property, which is prepped for entertainment with an outdoor barbecue area and a luxury Riviera cedar wood hot tub. Its second outdoor space is accessed via an automated glass roof light, found at the top of a helical wooden staircase by TinTab, whose creative


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The Triplex Penthouse is topped off by a generous private terrace, one of two in the property

engineers design and install bespoke pieces such as this using specialist techniques. Floor to ceiling glazing offers a wealth of natural light and allows residents to take advantage of the spectacular views of the skyline even from inside the property, where panoramic views over the Thames stretch both towards the Houses of Parliament and Battersea. Fob access to both of the penthouses is required for additional security while residents are free to access the rest of the building’s top-class amenities, such as a concierge service and gymnasium. Additional factors such as these which the development offers only enhance the penthouses’ desirability, and David Campbell, group sales and marketing director at Telford Homes, added that “Parliament House has been one of our most successful developments to date, and we are expecting high levels of interest from a global audience.” With the level of luxury living offered in the penthouses, the attention is certainly warranted.

The Lateral Penthouse, £3m, The Triplex Penthouse, £6m

Parliament House, SE1 01992 809 800







For your personal invitation please contact Jessica Munday on 020 3538 3156

or email

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLACE The steps beside the Regent’s Canal with Granary Square and the University of the Arts beyond.

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Insider Knowledge

CENTRAL LONDON DEVELOPMENT REPORT Diana Alam, Head of Residential Development Sales, JLL

1. What does the Central London Development report reveal about the state of the sales market at this time? And have we seen any movement in pricing across London? The stamp duty reforms from last December are now playing a key role in the Central London development market. The reforms broadly mean that purchases below £1m attract lower stamp duty than before, while anything above this price point incurs an increasingly burdensome tax hit. As a result, the market in Outer Core submarkets and for smaller units in Core submarkets is still highly active as prices are below the £1m price point. The real step change is for larger units in locations where prices are north of £1,500 psf. The first half of 2015 has witnessed a notable drop in the number of scheme launches, especially in Outer Core submarkets. The uncertainty surrounding the general election in May was undoubtedly a contributory factor, but later in Q2 and into Q3 there have been several more and high profile launches. Across the whole of Central London there were 6,700 new unit launches during H1 2015, a 12 per cent decline from the 7,600 in H2 2014. But in Outer Core markets the 6,100 unit launches in H2 2014 fell to just 4,300 units during the first half of this year, a 29 per cent decline. Fewer launches have inevitably led to fewer sales, but activity has held up quite

well despite the interruption of the general election. There were just under 2,500 sales during Q1 but a far stronger and more typical 3,500 sales during Q2. In excess of 6,000 unit sales occurred during H1 2015. This is more than 25 per cent higher than the half-yearly average over the preceding four years, but is slightly below the preceding two half-yearly totals.

6,000 - The number of new units sold in Central London in H1 2015 Price growth has eased down as a result of the price sensitivity issues, but has remained positive and now stands at 1.4 per cent pa having been 13.7 per cent pa a year earlier.

1.4% Average price increase in year to H1 2015 Lower value properties and areas have seen stronger price growth over the past 6-12 months and there is a fair range of growth rates across Central London (see map). Smaller units in Outer Core markets have witnessed average price growth of 2.8 per cent pa while at the other end of the scale, larger units in Core markets have seen prices fall by 1.5 per cent pa on average over the past 12 months. 2. What does the report reveal about construction this quarter? Has there been an increase in supply and are we

getting anywhere near meeting the demand or addressing the London housing crisis? Central London developers have upped their rate of development even further during the first half of 2015. New unit starts in H1 2015 increased to 8,300 – a rise of nine per cent compared with H2 2014. The escalation in development activity over the past three years has been even more staggering. In H1 2012, only 2,900 units were started. In a change from recent times, there was a greater jump in the number of starts in Core markets. 2,350 units were started in Core locations during H1 2015, up from 1,300 in H2 2014. The City (which includes the City fringe) had the most starts at 800 units. There were also in excess of 700 unit starts in Central South. The number of starts in Outer Core submarkets slowed from 7,600 units in H2 2014 to 6,000 in the first half of this year. The total number of units under construction in Central London has now risen to 30,700, up 18 per cent from H2 2014. It is now three times greater than four years ago and a post-crisis high. 19,000 units are underway in Outer Core markets, 62 per cent of the Central London total. There remains a significant volume of construction activity in Core markets despite the slightly weaker market conditions for prime product. More than 13,000 of the 30,700 units currently under construction in Central London, a staggering 43 per cent, are to the east of London. More than 8,000 units are underway in our East region with a further 5,000+ units on site in the South East.

206% Increase in units under construction in past 4 years The market remains cautiously positive although the near-term outlook has become more uncertain in recent weeks following China’s currency devaluation and stock market woes which have unsurprisingly caused concerning worries across the world. However, the UK economy remains not only robust but strong, at least for now, with London particularly buoyant. London’s safe haven status will undoubtedly stand it in good stead too.


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THE RIVER GARDENS London & Regional Properties (L&R) launched the Wyndham Apartments at the end of September, and there has already been significant interest and sales in the development. Potential buyers are therefore advised to contact the marketing suite as soon as possible. To view the new show apartment, call 020 3747 6111 or email The Wyndham Apartments is the third and latest phase of The River Gardens development which stretches some 1,000 feet along the banks of the Thames and offers contemporary and luxury waterside living, set within a beautifully landscaped 12-acre site. Providing excellent private leisure facilities for residents, The River Gardens offers a private gym, tennis / games court and swimming pool, a dedicated concierge, on-site business centre and crèche, cafes, bars and restaurants. The development also provides extensive secure underground car parking for residents. The one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments boast cutting-edge design by Squire & Partners, and have been finished to the highest specification with Italian custom-designed kitchens, large ensuite bathrooms with underfloor heating, a video entrysystem and pre-wired satellite TV connections. This meticulously planned development has created apartments of exceptional scale, maximising the sensational river views with floor to ceiling windows and generous balconies, providing a tranquil yet inspiring environment within one of the capital’s most


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desirable addresses. Leonard Sebastian, group managing director of London & Regional says: “The waterside apartments, set within beautifully serene gardens, will possess the largest living spaces of any recent residential project in Greenwich”. Estate agents Jones Lang LaSalle believe that the Wyndham Apartments will make an excellent investment, and provide great homes for those looking for a village environment, and proximity to London’s attractions, amenities and commercial centre. Prices from £392,500 ( for a one-bedroom apartment) £525,000 ( for a two-bedroom apartment) £758,000 ( for a three-bedroom apartment) The River Gardens, SE10 020 3747 6111


SOUTH BANK TOWER Located in the centre of London’s vibrant South Bank, South Bank Tower is an iconic new development rising 41 storeys above the Thames with breathtaking panoramic views across the London skyline. South Bank Tower, a development by independent real estate firm CIT, is one of South Bank’s highest landmarks and includes 193 stylish residences created by leading interior designers. Alongside these beautifully designed homes, residents will benefit from luxurious five-star facilities, including a 24-hour lifestyle concierge, 20-metre natural stone pool with sauna and steam room, state-of-the-art gymnasium and private cinema as well as access to one of the capital’s largest private roof gardens with views of the London Eye and beyond. Ideally placed for the City as well as the capital’s finest dining and cultural attractions including Tate Modern and the newly opened Mondrian London at Sea Containers, the world is at your feet at South Bank Tower. Prices from £2,625,000 Upper Ground, SE1 0203 267 1048

LAUREL GROVE Just eight miles from London’s West End, on the tranquil and leafy Coombe Hill Estate, sits Laurel Grove, a stunning Q Developments six-bedroom property. Spanning 12,000 sq ft, this beautiful new home features a bespoke David Linley kitchen, swimming pool, sauna, gym, cinema room, wine cellar and a separate one-bedroom staff apartment. Benefiting from quality finishes throughout, including a state-of-the-art A/V system, Italian marble bathrooms, handcrafted oak flooring and bespoke joinery, Laurel Grove is a fine example of Q Developments’ award-winning attention to detail. Boasting unparalleled views towards Richmond Park, 0.6 acres of landscaped gardens and direct access to the exclusive Coombe Hill Golf Course, this location is London’s hidden gem and enjoys privacy, prestige and security in spacious surroundings. £10.5m Coombe Hill Road, KT2 020 7223 1200

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