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018 | Elizabeth Hurley: a close-up The enigmatic appeal and many talents of the model, actress and charity ambassador

010 | Contributors 012 | Editor’s letter 014 | The agenda

034 | Sole man After 44 years in business, shoe-obsessed Manolo Blahnik is making no plans to retire just yet. In fact, he’s as inspiring as ever

031 | The new Alexa The British style icon becomes M&S’ latest recruit and launches a new 31-piece collection

056 | Are you feeling anxious? Whether mild or severe, anxiety can have a profound impact on quality of living, and it’s on the rise. Spot the signs and discover a little-known treatment

038 | Out from the crowd Phillip Waterman captures bold colours and even bolder accessories in this spring fashion shoot

066 | Ready, steady, cook School is in session: we review four top cookery schools, including those with luxury hotel accommodation – so go ahead and learn a new skill for the new season 6 | CANARY WHARF

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COLLECTION 023 | Two worlds collide Jaeger-LeCoultre partners with Christian Louboutin 024 | Watch and jewellery news

TRAVEL 073 | Join the club Leave work and arrive in time for a 12-course Michelin-star dinner at The Club Hotel & Spa in Jersey 074 | Travel news

026 | Work like a charm The founder of De Grisogono balances a busy lifestyle with shrewd business acumen


076 | Life as a castaway Lush tropical gardens, a Caribbean breakfast cooked in your private villa, and massages on the beach in Nevis

081 | Business digest 082 | Corporate cool Companies are looking for holistic approaches to keep employees happy and engaged




094 | Going off track Move over Range Rover – Bentley aims for the top of the luxury SUV market with its new Bentley Bentayga

100 | Property news Expert comments, an event with CALA Homes and beautiful blankets with a cause

FOOD & DRINK 063 | Spring cleanse CPRESS’ new detox programme eases the body in gently with a combination of juices, nut milks and solid food 064 | Food and drink news Chai Ki spices up its brunch menu, Mindful Chef introduces vegan delivery boxes and Roka impresses with show-stopping platters

105 | Q1 in the City and east Investors put their faith in east London property 114 | The changing face of developments with CBRE Market diversification and new sales strategies 123 | State of the market The experts’ views 136 | Sundridge Park Commute from Kent 152 | Regenerating a profit Areas on the up

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On the cover Actress and beauty ambassador Elizabeth Hurley is a brand unto herself. As we move into spring, she shares her insights on everything from well-being and fitness to business. The cover image was photographed by leading female photographer Daniela Federici, whose work can be seen at A website. A mindset. A lifestyle.

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“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn” – Hal Borland


purred on by the Canary Wharf Spring Fashion Weekend (1-3 April), in this issue we were pleased to gain insight into the worlds of style and beauty from two established names. On page 34 shoe designer Manolo Blahnik tells us that at the age of 73, he detests platforms, avoids trends like the plague and still flies to Italy to oversee the manufacturing of prototypes personally. We also probed the discerning tastes of Elizabeth Hurley for our cover interview on page 18. The model, actress and charity ambassador proves herself to be selfdeprecating (but no less glamorous than we expected) when discussing her swimwear business, lifestyle choices and three decades spent in front of the media lens. I defy you not to like her – and be inspired to pop into Jo Malone London, after reading. If you are looking to refresh your skills and do something for yourself this season, consider enrolling in a cookery class. From relaxing retreats around the country to simple beer and tapas workshops at Ibérica, we’ve picked the best on page 66. We’ve also sought out four alternative corporate training programmes – including amateur dramatics at The Old Vic – for those hoping to transform their teams (p.82). Of course, at some point you may need to make bigger changes to your lifestyle. According to our report on page 56, London professionals are in the grip of an anxiety epidemic: one in ten Brits will suffer from disabling symptoms in their lifetime including trembling, sleepless nights and stomach cramps. With the arrival of BUPA at Crossrail Place, and a range of relaxation treatments available across Canary Wharf, there are various options for ensuring you look and feel like the best version of yourself. Here’s to spring.

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stage-like sound at home First revealed in Las Vegas at the 2016 CES electronics and technology tradeshow – a launch pad for innovation – Bang & Olufsen’s new all-in-one wireless music system goes on sale this month. Dubbed the BeoSound 35, its slim pentagonal body is crafted with aluminium and can be controlled via a touch interface or the free BeoMusic app. Integration with radio stations and streaming services such as Spotify provide an infinite music library while sound quality is stage-like, thanks to its one-metre wingspan and 180-degree sound range. A stand and tilting wall mounts mean you can also position it precisely how and where you like. from £1,745, Bang & Olufsen, South Colonnade


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a glass half full Coravin has launched a new version of its innovative tool that allows wine to be extracted from a bottle without removing the cork. The new Coravin™ Model Two Wine System is able to pour wine 20 per cent faster though its extraction needle, and offers both an improved grip and tighter seal. The new needle can also be bought separately and used with the original model. £279,


British actor James Norton, of recent War and Peace and Happy Valley fame, has joined actress Vanessa Kirby as a brand ambassador for Smythson this season. Chosen by Smythson for their perceived creativity, integrity and originality – qualities it too strives to uphold – they are featured with highlights from the S/S16 collection. Kirby introduces the new Albemarle bag, a bucket style in two sizes with adjustable closure in classic shades of blue, black and paper white, while Norton models the practical and minimalist backpack and Burlington messenger styles. Vanessa Kirby and James Norton shot by Paul Wetherell

in bloom Perfumer Olivier Cresp was inspired by his experience of the great British afternoon tea and its accompanying decadent floral arrangements, for his new fragrance for Penhaligon’s – Equinox Bloom. Notes of brown sugar and Chantilly meet floral infusions of violet leaves and orange blossom absolute, just in time for spring. The new box style can also be used as a display stand. from £90 for 50ml, Penhaligon’s, Cabot Place

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a personal touch Although it still offers customisable digital stationery which users can track RSVPs for via a free app, US brand Paperless Post is launching in the UK this April with a range of physical stationery. Adorned with colourful prints from the Liberty archives, over 100 pieces make up the collection and include everything from greeting cards to wedding invites. Engraving and hand-assembled envelopes are the perfect finishing touches.


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Clothes became another form of artistic expression for Frida Kahlo, whose bold and theatrical styles of dress are still reinterpreted to this day. Former director of Elle Spain Susana Martínez Vidal was inspired by Kahlo for her first fashion editorial for the magazine, and goes on in this book to show Kahlo’s wider influence on film, style, music and culture. Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being by Susana Martínez Vidal, £130, available at ASSOULINE boutiques and

This compendium features over 300 works of architecture at the smaller end of the scale, from cosy sheds and hideaway treehouses to cabins and pods. Some of the designs try to offer solutions to problems such as urban overcrowding and the difficulty of quickly erecting housing after natural disasters, while others demonstrate the successful use of sustainable materials. Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things by Rebecca Roke, £14.95, Waterstones, Cabot Place and Jubilee Place

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On a mission to prove barbecuing is not just for summer, Ben Tish has released this hearty tome. Chief director of the Salt Yard Group – where cooking over charcoal and in woodfired ovens is the norm – Tish shares recipes inspired by his travels through Spain and Italy, and surprisingly they’re not all meaty. Attempt the cod with white beans followed by a smoky bitter chocolate pudding. out 21 April, Grill Smoke BBQ by Ben Tish, £20, Waterstones, Cabot Place and Jubilee Place

After serving up around a whopping 19 million burgers, founder Tom Byng and head chef Fred Smith of burger empire Byron are willing to share their secrets to success with aspiring home cooks. From how to choose your cuts, grind the beef and craft the perfect squishy bun, to whipping up sides like chicken wings and ranch salad, you’ll never need to rely on Deliveroo again. out 7 April, Byron: The Cookbook by Tom Byng and Fred Smith, £20, Waterstones, Cabot Place and Jubilee Place


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Elizabeth Hurley: A Close-Up As brands become lifestyles and celebrities become brands, Elizabeth Hurley has mastered enigmatic and aspirational appeal. GABRIELLE LANE talks beauty and business with the model and actress


uring the course of writing up an interview with Elizabeth Hurley, two of my team ask me if her name is followed by an acronym; has she been given some sort of honours for contribution to British public life? Scoff if you wish, but I did Google it. From model and actress to charity ambassador, Hurley’s public image has changed many times over the years, but one thing that has remained consistent is her quintessentially British persona. Hurley has occupied the curious ground between recognisable and elusive for nearly three decades: whether or not you’re aware of her latest projects, you’ll be aware of her style signatures: pristine white jeans, a carefully-coiffed blow-dry and a cut-glass accent, to name but three. Indeed, I know quite a few people who would like to be a bit more ‘Hurley’ – and the appeal transcends generations. Admitting she “can’t imagine not living in London”, she knows her stereotypes, in a way that’s as likeable as it is self-assured. She tells me later in our conversation that she “can’t resist a quick fix of The White Company” and “would cry if I couldn’t sink into a bath with Jo Malone

bath oil at the end of the day.” Holidays are spent reading and sleeping at Frégate Island in the Seychelles, Mustique or the Maldives and her luxuries are Hermès cashmere blankets. Hurley is also not about to protest that her look has overshadowed her acting roles. “No – it’s helped,” she admits. “But I only look glamorous on the red carpet; in real-life when I’m off-duty and in the country, you wouldn’t recognise me in a police line-up. Part of my living has been based on representing luxury brands, so it’s important I fly the flag in public. But I wear jeans and a ponytail for the other 95 per cent of the time.” Arguably, it was Hurley’s public image that helped land her a part in The Royals, a fictional drama based on a rather colourful incarnation of the British aristocracy that will return for its second series on E! this year. “I play the Queen of England – Queen Helena – who is intelligent, brave, glamorous, manipulative and dangerous,” Hurley explains. “I wanted my queen to be sleek and stylish and look very expensive; I wear what I imagine the late Princess Diana would have worn if she were still with us today. Season two is brimming over with scandal and intrigue and, of course, my character is right in the thick of it.”


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She has, by her own admission, plugged away at forging an acting career. “I’m in an industry that specialises in rejection, especially at the beginning. For every job I got, I was turned down for dozens more. My mother used to drum into me the old saying, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ It must have sunk in as I rarely give up.” Describing her most recent project as a “baptism of fire”, she says her work leaves little time for anything else. “Apart from a series of [US TV show] Gossip Girl I had only ever done movies. It’s nigh on impossible to have any kind of social life when you’re filming as the days are brutally long and there are a lot of lines to learn.” Off set, there are personal projects on the go. One long-standing professional relationship is with Estée Lauder; she has been modelling for the beauty brand for 21 years and is the global ambassador for its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, which has seen funds raised used to support research at The Royal Marsden Hospital and The Institute of Cancer Research. “I’ve loved every minute of it. To know that through my work as the campaign’s global ambassador I can help such important research be achieved, is something that I am so proud of and has had a profound impact on me,” she explains. Keen to align herself with causes she’s passionate about, on the commercial side she keeps careful control of her own image. “It’s not a license, I own it,” she declares, when we speak of Elizabeth Hurley Beach, one of her business endeavours that has spawned a colourful collection of swimwear each season. “I’m still completely hands on in every aspect of my business but I have a great team that I can rely on. I love what I do.” I started designing beachwear as most women are paranoid about it. I try to make swimwear which fits well, and great cover ups, kaftans and sarongs,” she adds. Of course, it is Hurley herself who makes a glossy appearance in the campaign images for the range; I ask how healthy her lifestyle is. “I’m pretty active and have a lot of nervous energy. I rarely sit still for long, although I don’t do much regulated exercise. I

take my four insane dogs on long walks in the country and try to stretch a bit every day. And, I enjoy Pilates classes.” What of that famous Hurley dietary resolve? “I rarely think I’m on a diet, but sometimes when I see what some people eat I realise that to them, I’m on a permanent one. By that I mean that I very rarely eat processed foods and I don’t drink much alcohol. I always attempt to eat lots of vegetables and I only have pasta as a treat. Of course, occasionally my jeans feel like they’re straining at the seams. Then I concentrate on not picking between meals.”

“I’m pretty active and have a lot of nervous energy. I rarely sit still for long” Her own beauty icons are Elizabeth Taylor – “she had the most heartbreakingly beautiful face,” – and Isabelle Adjani (“could have launched ships”) and true to form, there are Estée Lauder products in her bathroom cabinet. “I’ve used Advanced Night Repair for 21 years and it is without doubt the best serum on the market. I also smother my body in Estée Lauder’s ReNutriv Intensive Smoothing Body Crème a couple times a week,” she says. “Living a healthy lifestyle helps you feel better both inside and out. It’s not rocket science but drinking plenty of water, staying active, getting enough sleep, eating well and using the right products on your skin definitely helps. Everything working together in harmony contributes to you feeling your best.” With a young son who “luckily adores being on film sets”, the next series of The Royals on the way, cruise 16/17 and summer 2017 swimwear ranges to oversee, life is hectic, but good. But Hurley’s last anecdote is self-deprecating in a British fashion, of course. “It’s true that I have many balls in the air but so does almost every mum I meet. Occasionally I have enough of everyone and everything and I go and camp in my shepherd’s hut without my phone to get a few hours peace.” The White Company, Jubilee Place Jo Malone London, Jubilee Place; Estée Lauder at Boots, Canada Place;



A PI LOT ’S WATCH SH O U L D EN DU R E E VERY T H I N G T H E PI LOT DO E S . The Bremont MB range is built in collaboration with British firm Martin-Baker, the pioneers of the ejection seat. At their test centre, the watches are strapped to the wrist of a crash-test dummy and shot out of the cockpit. Enduring forces of between 12G and 30G in the process. But this doesn’t mean the MB is built for endurance at the expense of performance. It’s a beautifully-engineered mechanical chronometer certified 99.998% accurate by COSC.

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o celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Reverso wristwatch, Jaeger-LeCoultre has given Christian Louboutin free reign to apply his own inventiveness to the iconic timepiece. The original Reverso was designed by Jacques-David LeCoultre in 1931 at the request of British army officers in India. They wanted a watch that could stand the trials of a polo match. LeCoultre’s answer was a flip dial watch whose face could be concealed against the wrist

during play. Louboutin’s Reverso Classic Duetto is available in two sizes: 34.2mm x 21mm and 40mm x 24.4mm. It retains the watch’s emblematic face on the front, while the back takes on a far more Christian Louboutin feel – framed, as it is, by two rows of diamonds on either side of the dial. Reverso Classic Duetto, small (pink gold) £15,200, medium (steel) £7,950, Jaeger-LeCoultre,

Strike Three Ahead of Baselword 2016, the brothers behind British brand Bremont announced the launch of three new core collection timepieces. The MBII (£3,595) is now available with a white dial and features a striking new look, with a distinctive knurled effect on the aluminium barrel; the ALT1-C Polished Black Chronograph (£4,695) adds to Bremont’s first non-limited edition polished steel range; while the ALT1ZT/51 (£4,295) is one of the brand’s most handsome timepieces to date.

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Bee Line There has evidently been a hive of activity at Theo Fennell’s Chelsea workshop because the company has just released a series of pieces in collaboration with Forevermark diamonds. “It has been wonderful to work with the best cut, most recognisable, ethically-sourced stones in the world. I believe we have done them justice,” Theo Fennell comments. Fusing the jeweller’s trademark meticulous craftsmanship with Forevermark’s diamond expertise, it is a partnership that has got the jewellery industry buzzing, with standout pieces including the Bee brooch. Featuring a 3.13-carat diamond with pavé stones and set in 18-carat gold, it also doubles up as a pendant. Bee brooch, £125,000, 169 Fulham Road, SW3,

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British Vogue has been setting trends in the world of design for a century. In light of this milestone, royal jeweller Mappin & Webb – which appeared in the very first issue published in September 1916 – has chosen to collaborate with the publication on a unique piece of jewellery. The limitededition Vogue 100 sterling silver bracelet pays tribute to the magazine’s centenary through the engraved medallion and diamond set charm, and honours Mappin & Webb as one of Britain’s leading silversmiths. This reputation was assured in 1897 when it was granted a Royal Warrant by HM Queen Victoria. Vogue 100 bracelet, £295, Old Bond Street, W1S


Gold Standard The world’s most iconic precious metal has been reintroduced to one of Audemars Piguet’s most iconic watches. Missing from collections for years, yellow gold returns to a range of the brand’s Royal Oak timepieces. Considered a purer alternative to red or rose gold, yellow gold versions of eight watches are now available, including the Royal Oak Chronograph, Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and Royal Oak Selfwinding. City boys will be thrilled.

ONE TO WATCH This month Sandy Madhvani, Showroom Manager at David M Robinson in Canary Wharf, selects his watch of the moment:

“Tudor’s Heritage Advisor is a modern version of the company’s emblematic 1957 alarm watch. The watch’s movement is equipped with a mechanical alarm clock module that delivers a perfectly uniform crisp, clear sound.”

First BLUSH To mark the beginning of spring, the Cadenzza store in Canary Wharf is awash with pink as the retailer champions the shade in its latest jewellery collections. While traditionally associated with romance and femininity, brands including Azzaro, Mari Couci and Miquella have presented this classic hue in a more contemporary light, incorporating unusual materials and textures in their retro and unique designs this season. Pieces from Cadenzza’s own beautiful Powder Pink range feature pastel-coloured crystals, pink quartz and gold-plating. Paired with a simple black dress, they will not fail to make a statement. Jubilee Place,

Heritage Advisor, £4,020, Tudor, available at David M Robinson, Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf

World Traveller Time travel is the watch world’s current buzzword du jour. Everyone from small independents to industry heavyweights is thinking up ways of keeping us on time wherever we are on the planet. While lacking second time zone or world time functions, Vacheron Constantin’s updated Overseas collection has been designed with the jetsetter in mind. The range includes five new models (12 references in total), all of which are equipped with manufacture movements and are waterresistant to a maximum of 150 metres. Available in steel or gold, the sporty timepieces can be dressed up or kept casual thanks to easily interchangeable bracelets and straps.


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Fawaz Gruosi has become a superstar on the international jewellery scene and at 63, he shows no signs of slowing down. The Geneva-based founder of De Grisogono discusses women, diamonds and the future with Olivia Sharpe


harm is an impossible thing to define, but very easy to spot. I can therefore confirm that after meeting Fawaz Gruosi, founder of De Grisogono, he has it in diamonds. And judging from the steady stream of female celebrities pictured with him over the years, I am not the first woman to think so. This year, De Grisogono opened its new London flagship and while the design project was undertaken by the David Collins studio, Gruosi played a big hand in terms of the overall look and feel. The sumptuous interior, from the emerald green and ruby red upholstery to the amethyst floors, complements the vivid gemstones on display. The space is divided into three separate areas – the Corte, Stanza del Tempo and Grand Sala – based on the idea of a traditional Italian house to tie in with the founder’s Florentine heritage. At 63, Fawaz Gruosi hasn’t let standards slip, impeccably dressed in a custom-made suit courtesy of Milanese tailor A. Caraceni and a bespoke Turnbull & Asser shirt. As he talks airily, lightly waving a cigarette around and occasionally pausing to sip his coffee, I can see how the sophisticated jeweller, with his old school Italian glamour, has won over so many female fans over the years. The quick turnaround of the store (taking just 12 months in total) shows how the jeweller has by no means settled for the slow lane in life. Gruosi founded his company in Geneva in 1993 and it currently boasts 14 stores around the world, but he insists that he wants to cap the number at 30. “My principle from the beginning was for ladies at cocktail parties not to be wearing the same jewellery pieces,” he explains. “This is what has been happening in fashion for a long time, but it has

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almost never happened with us and I want to keep it that way. This is why I’m against opening too many shops. It will mean losing the charm of the company.” The jeweller’s playboy lifestyle has been welldocumented over the years (his annual Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc parties in Cannes have become the stuff of legend), but make no mistake, he has never lost his shrewd business acumen. Having started De Grisogono on a shoestring, unable to afford “to open a chocolate shop never mind a jewellery company”, this made him more resolute than ever to steer his own path. “If you look in every major city – New York, London, Paris, Milan, Dubai – you see so much jewellery. I realised that the market needed something new, something different.” While financially hard up when starting his business, Fawaz had a wealth of experience in the industry (albeit no formal training), starting as young as 18 working for a jeweller before being taken on by two heavyweight brands: Harry Winston followed by Bulgari. As Winston’s representative in Dubai in the late ‘70s, Fawaz was given a taste of true luxury, looking after clients when the oil boom in Saudi Arabia had resulted in “money falling from the sky”. Like something out of Wall Street, he was taken out for lavish lunches and dinners and barely worked three hour days, but he confides how he soon got tired of the high life. “Life was getting too easy and I was scared, scared because I realised I was starting to develop the same mentality as them. There is nothing wrong with that if you have the money, but I didn’t. If I had stayed another three years, I don’t think I ever would have left.” Following this, he went on to work for Bulgari for eight years under the mentorship of then CEO Gianni Bulgari. A huge contrast to Dubai, after three months of being confined to Gianni’s office living off an apple and a yoghurt every day and


“If you look in every major city – New York, London, Paris, Milan, Dubai – you see so much jewellery. I realised that the market needed something new, something different.”


“nearly dying from the cigarette smoke from six in the morning until midnight” (when he no doubt picked up his habit), Gianni gave the then 33-year-old Gruosi the post of looking after VIPs worldwide. “It was probably the best time of my life”, he reminisces. “Bulgari was considered God at the time and pieces were selling like hot cakes.” However, according to the jeweller, a family disagreement resulted in the CEO walking out in 1985 and Gruosi following him. Both experiences taught Gruosi some invaluable lessons, the most important of which was that he had to offer something different from a market that had become tired and derivative. “There were a lot of rich people who bought a lot of jewellery, but they stopped buying because it had

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all become the same.” Therefore, after splitting from his two partners, he took his first (of several) major business risks when he started buying black diamonds, which at the time had no market value. After receiving a lot of criticism, he nearly decided to pack it in altogether, but then he received his big break in 1995 when two other big name jewellers starting using the stones too. Today, natural black diamonds are valued very highly, proving that his decision paid off. From then on, it seemed that everything the jeweller touched turned to gold as he next invested in milky diamonds. Up until that point, they had been widely disregarded as “defective stones”, but Gruosi rebranded them ‘icy diamonds’ and they were an overnight success. Along with mixing unusual stones and materials, the jeweller was breaking new ground when it came to design, experimenting with off-the-wall creations that were praised for their daring, playfulness and ingenuity. “I was coming out with a lot of craziness, but that craziness was quickly becoming something that was considered innovative.” A true artist, Gruosi has never sacrificed design in favour of making a profit and he therefore puts shape first, stones second. “You have to be completely crazy to cut a 15-carat ruby because it is extremely unusual and rare to find, and you lose a lot of the weight by cutting it.” Gruosi’s motto is: “It is in the freedom of details that you find pure luxury.” In 2000, De Grisogono launched its first timepiece collection. A relative stripling in comparison to other historic Swiss watchmakers, I ask Gruosi what distinguishes his contemporary designs apart. “It’s very simple.


A lot of jewellers sell classic watches that are exactly the same style as their grandfathers’. For instance, I don’t do jewellery sets because the client ends up looking like a Christmas tree. It’s like clothes. You mix colours, styles, but you have to have a bit of taste to put them together properly.”

“ I was coming out with a lot of craziness, but that craziness was quickly becoming something that was considered innovative” While acknowledging at the time that he knew nothing about the mechanics of watchmaking, what he has always known is design. Therefore, tired of seeing the same old traditional styles, Gruosi instead wanted to create more simple, pared-back pieces that emphasised function. Over the years, De Grisogono has brought the watch industry forward with pioneering innovations, such as the Meccanico dG: the first mechanical watch to power a digital-style display. Gruosi teases that the one thing his female

customers all share in common is jealousy. “When a lady comes into our shop, there is typically another woman with her saying, ‘no it doesn’t suit you’, or ‘no it’s too expensive.’ So I hate it when a few ladies come in because 90 per cent of the time we lose a sale.” However, it is clear that it is his love of women that has enabled him to tap into what kind of jewellery they want to wear. And he even goes so far to admit that one of his longest-standing clients, Sharon Stone, shares many similarities with him. “She is the one I get along with most because she’s a bit crazy like me. She’s always fun, but very difficult at the same time,” he finishes, smiling. Today, De Grisogono is a truly global force and although its founder notes that the rest of the industry is afraid of how the current political unrest will affect sales in the future, for the jeweller it is business as usual. “I’m going on like everything is perfect.” And considering Gruosi’s life experience, you can see why. 15a New Bond Street, W1S,



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lexa Chung is a marketing tool. A fabulous one. She of long-limbs, rumoured rock God romances and sultry, dishevelled hair that we can’t replicate with tongs, mousse or scissors to date, is regularly declared a ‘style icon’. Why? What she does well is British fashion, which used to mean sharp collars and tailoring, and now has ascended (or descended, depending on your take on it) into the art of dressingdown to dress-up. Think tea-dresses with Chelsea boots, supersoft washed-out fabrics and, in the case of a new 31-piece collection for M&S, pleated midiskirts, polkadot prints and ruffled shirts plucked from its archive of more than 70,000 garments and updated for 2016. Chung is M&S’s latest advisor, having turned her hand to a relaunch of vintage styles in modern colours and fabrics, that will be available under the label Archive by Alexa Chung, this month. Some of her favourite designs were showcased at an event at London Fashion Week at which M&S style director, Belinda Earl, admitted: “we’re trying to talk to all of our customers with this collection, the customers that shop with us today and new customers as well.” She described the finished products as “full of lots of positive nostalgic memories.” Chung has served as the British Fashion Council’s Young Style ambassador since 2012 and has twice been given awards for her fashion sense by the same body. Of course, so pared-back and nonchalant is the model’s look, that she arrived to the event in a chic highnecked blouse – and jeans. from £19.50, Marks & Spencer, Jubilee Place,

the new jaeger Chosen to represent the Jaeger woman because of her busy, jetsetting lifestyle, American actress Dree Hemingway, who has also modelled for the likes of Gucci and Valentino, sports Jaeger’s latest collection in a campaign shot by Boo George. The collection focuses on interchangeable separates – ideal for those who like to layer and need a flexible wardrobe for travelling – such as sleeveless collared shirts, a draped jumpsuit in two neutral shades, loose wide-leg trousers and smart blazers with flashes of colour. Jaeger, Cabot Place


Photography: Boo George

this month’s top buys


Alexander McQueen S/S16

Lavina trench, £179, Hobbs, Jubilee Place

Eyeliner Laceup Sandal, £695, Nicholas Kirkwood,

Erdem S/S16

Dolce & Gabbana S/S16

Black silk dress, £99.95, Massimo Dutti, Cabot Place

far-out florals

A long way from twee, this season’s florals – always a given for spring/ summer – are styled a little more on the dramatic side. Long, flowing and ruffle-adorned gowns made numerous appearances at Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana while 3.1 Phillip Lim guests even received seeds with their show invitations.

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Inida floral print blouse. £179, BOSS, Cabot Place

Preppy Ridge Wayfarer in Teal, £18, Oliver Bonas, Jubilee Place


bold bags Paul’s Boutique has launched a bold and tactile S/S16 collection. Sporty mesh, as seen on the Gwyneth backpack, sits alongside exclusive stingray-effect leather while the hero Cora bucket bag style comes with a practical cross-body strap. Or you can hit the beach with the neon print tote. bags from £28, Paul’s Boutique, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Place

you name it Burberry isn’t ready to end its monogram madness just yet, and if you already have your My Burberry fragrance, cashmere scarf and poncho initialled, now you can have the trench coat to match. Made in Castleford in the north of England, the traditional outerwear comes in a variety of fits and colours, and up to three initials in 15 threads – in Burberry’s own font – can be added to the inner side of the coat and previewed both online or in store before being embroidered.

sophia webster branches out Designer Sophia Webster, famed for her shoes with bright colours and quirky embellishments such as angel wings and strings of beads, has ventured further into accessory design and launched her first dedicated bag range. The retro-inspired campaign, awash with pastel colours, reveals a range of different styles from elegant minaudière clutches to more practical totes and cross-body shapes with rose gold hardware. The Vivi Lilico has been designed to match the underwater-themed Lilico sandals, with decorative flowers and pieces of coral while a pair of flamingos function as the clasp on the Mini Claudie style. from £200,

red carpet moments Jimmy Choo’s new Memento capsule collection of bags and shoes has a significant 20 pieces – in order to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Offering a mix of new designs and classics – with some added details nonetheless – honour the brand’s tradition of dressing leading ladies for the red carpet. The Cloud clutch in an appropriate shade of vermillion features a corsage design while strappy sandals are decorated with hand-sewn Swarovski crystals. from £450,


Sole Man

Manolo Blahnik and brand CEO and niece Kristina Blahnik, by Jason Bell

As Manolo Blahnik continues to put his best magenta slippered foot forward after 44 years in business, he tells Lauren Romano why he won’t be retiring anytime soon

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anolo Blahnik knows how to make an entrance. We meet at a brand event, where he emerges dressed in a double-breasted suit, the Pantone shade of which might best be described as Parma Violet purple, accessorised with round tortoiseshell glasses, polka dot bow tie, light lilac socks and loafers in shocking pink. He flicks a cashmere scarf over his shoulder with a toss of the head (Mr Blahnik has been under the weather, his PR team tells me) and begins to embrace those assembled. Rather than a roll-call of young, leggy models recruited for the occasion, the Blahnik entourage includes Vogue’s Suzy Menkes, a radiant Yasmin Le Bon in neon yellow trimmed stilettos and the eminent classicist Mary Beard.

“In spite of his flamboyant attire, Blahnik is not the septuagenarian showman you might expect” The designer and Ms Beard (Mr Blahnik has a habit of referring to people by their titles) have spent many a happy hour together collating all the Greek words for shoe (there are more than 82 apparently). Beard even contributed to Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions, an illustrated tome documenting his life’s work – so far – that was released last summer. I say so far. At the age of 73, he’s in a jovial mood as he saunters past. But, in spite of his flamboyant attire, Blahnik is not the septuagenarian showman you might expect. His eccentricity is lightly worn, and while far from being taciturn – on the contrary he is delightfully blunt and meanders off topic regularly – he is also humble, even a little bashful at all the attention. Despite being in the shoe business for more than four decades, Blahnik still does things quietly, and deliberately, the way he always has. He visits the factories in Italy regularly to make the prototypes – “it’s probably my favourite time of the year” – and always keeps a notebook at arm’s reach to sketch his

bright freehand drawings at a moment’s notice. Blahnik’s obsession with shoes (his Bath townhouse is reportedly home to 30,000 pairs, since he keeps every single one of his designs) began during childhood. He grew up in Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands where his mother’s family owned a banana plantation. “I remember being obsessed with my nanny’s espadrilles when I was a small child. I used to play with my dogs and little lizards that we had in the garden and I’d make shoes for them out of candy wrappers,” he chuckles. He reminisces that his bedtime stories consisted of Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens, and his Czech father was a Winston Churchill-loving Anglophile, so it was only a matter of time before he ended up in the British capital. Once here, a chance encounter with fashion editor Diana Vreeland persuaded him to focus on footwear instead of costume and set design, which he had studied at the École du Louvre in Paris. “I will always be grateful for Mrs Vreeland’s advice and support,” he adds, humbly. “She has done great things for this industry and changed the way fashion was perceived. She was a visionary.” Blahnik is dismissive of trends – surprising given that the industry holds him in such esteem. “I like to have the freedom to do what really inspires me.


That is the beauty of my job.” His inspiration is more likely to come from a book, his extensive film archive, or women such as (Karl Lagerfeld’s muse) Amanda Harlech and actresses Uma Thurman and Ángela Molina. “They all have something unique. They are elegant and they carry themselves in an exceptional way.” As talk turns to the past, it’s hard to ignore the brand’s most obvious moment in the spotlight. ‘Manolos’ were cemented in the public consciousness by a certain Carrie Bradshaw, who was rarely seen out of Blahnik’s stilettos in Sex and the City – something he flits away with a smile and an “of course, I’m very grateful” response. His longevity in the industry, he believes, is

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down to his universal appeal. “I am very lucky because I can still say the Manolo Blahnik woman is every woman. We have new customers that save up to buy their first pair for their wedding, or young girls that have seen their mothers wearing the shoes. And of course we still have the beautiful women who have been buying from us every season for 40 years. I like to think, no matter their age, they will find something they like.” The seventies will always be rose-tinted for Blahnik. His big break came in 1972 when fashion designer Ossie Clark asked him to design the footwear for his catwalk. He made the shoes with rubber heels without using steel to reinforce them, which meant they were precarious to walk in. Thankfully the fashion editors took the teetering models to be a deliberate move and he got away with it – just – and soon the likes of Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes and John Galliano were banging on his door. Near twisted ankles aren’t part of the equation now. “Perfect balance, perfect proportion” is essential for Blahnik. Such is his fastidiousness that I can well imagine him trying on the designs in the factory. He insists that it’s actually the comfort factor that sets his heels apart from towering stilettos nobody can walk in, or, heaven forbid, “detestable platforms.” (These are only OK if you’re wearing a long dress so you can’t see them.) “Feeling comfortable” is his personal mission too. You won’t catch

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Blahnik eyeing up the crab doughnuts at fashionable London eateries. Afternoon tea and light lunches are on his agenda over showy suppers with those that have lauded his career. But – quiet night in? He rarely gets more than five hours of sleep a night. “I never relax!” he exclaims. “I’m always working, even on the weekend. I can’t switch off. I am inspired by so many different things or situations that I will need to stop what I’m doing and sketch my ideas. Without hard work you see no results. You must believe in what you do, put all your passion into it. If you don’t believe in it, no-one else will. “Who knows what the year ahead will bring. I don’t even know myself. I am always surprised how many things happen in one year without even planning it,” he concludes, matter-of-factly. Retirement, for now at least, is clearly a dirty word, so I don’t dare broach the subject. Mr Blahnik is still the life and sole (sorry) of his empire and no doubt he’ll be striding ahead, one shocking pink loafer in front of the other, for some time to come.


OUT FROM THE CROWD Why blend in, when you can stand out? Lead the fashion pack in graphic prints, bold colours and geometric motifs. Just add strong accessories and chunky heels PHOTOGRAPHER: PHILLIP WATERMAN STYLIST: CAMILLA TURNER

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fashion Silk printed dress, £1,340, cotton skirt, £850 and shoes, £500, all Marni, Collar necklace, £80, by Moxham at Kabiri,




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LEFT: Sheer top, Mary Katrantzou, price upon request, Corset top (worn underneath), £420, Natasha Zinko, 46 Maddox Street, W1S Red culottes, £295, Milly, Suede shoes, £625, Paul Andrew,, Bracelet, £85, Vojd at Kabiri, as before RIGHT: Cotton Sateen embroidered trench coat, £2,995, Burberry,

LEFT: Silk top, £610, and skirt, £800, both by Roksanda Ilincic at Selfridges, Shoes, £595, Paul Andrew, RIGHT: Chiffon dress, from £1,000, Marco De Vincenzo at Matches, as before Jacket, £1,545, Christopher Kane, 6 Mount St, W1K; shoes, POA, Paul Andrew, Gold collar necklace, £48, by Cooee at Kabiri, as before


HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Rachel Jones at Terri Manduca, using MAC make-up and Kevin Murphy hair products, MODEL: Ineta at IMG STYLING ASSISTANT: Sadie Kohler

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city slickers Alongside the mainline S/S16 collection now in store, Massimo Dutti has launched a limited edition NYC capsule collection. Inspired by the hectic pace of the city and its high-flying executives, pieces balance comfort with style and include relaxed knits, shiny brass cufflinks with an engraved tribal symbol and braided brown leather loafers. Swap the lightweight tailored blazers for the safari suede jacket at the weekends – this hero piece in caprine goat leather has handy pockets and a cord at the waist which can be adjusted for the perfect fit. Massimo Dutti, Cabot Place;

style him Words: MELISSA EMERSON

Huxley Lola Leather Zip Wallet, £60

image courtesy of HUGO BOSS

power dressing

whistles’ four-legged friends Pared-back and practical Japanese design brand Buddy takes its inspiration and product names from dogs – even its shoes have a space to write the owner’s name – and it has now partnered with Whistles on a limited-edition accessory and footwear collection. Including suede trainers, a leather wallet and a roll-top backpack, the campaign was shot with – and named after – some of Whistles’ own four-legged friends. from £60, Whistles, Jubilee Place

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Diehard fans of dark political drama House of Cards are likely well into the new series, which began airing on Netflix in March. BOSS recently announced its collaboration with costume designer Johanna Argan for the show, with President Frank Underwood – played by Kevin Spacey – dressed head to toe in BOSS’ Made to Measure suits. With a colour palette not straying far from black, navy and grey, expect sobering storylines. BOSS, Cabot Place


louboutin’s new classics

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Photography by René Habermacher

Louboutin Homme has updated some classics – oxfords, derbies, and loafers – as part of its S/S16 collection while Cousin Charles, Cousin Dand, Cousin Greg and Cousin Tass also join the family as seasonal styles. Crafted in the Naples factory, each pair undergoes a labour-intensive hand-patinating process, resulting in a richer, shinier leather even in the most neutral shades of black and navy, with other details such as a handmade leather tassels and stitched red soles also demonstrating the quality of the craftsmanship.

Cousin Tass Flat, £725

Samurai Silk-Twill Pocket Square, £95, Rubinacci,

Orchid print trousers, £525, Valentino at Farfetch,

coach’s wild side Banded Tiger Tee, £140

Leather Roadster Jacket £1,475

Coach has just launched its second ever menswear collection and judging by the skater ramp and psychedelic printed rockets at the launch, it’s an adventurous one. Animal print featured quite heavily at the menswear S/S16 shows and among a number of Coach’s European exclusives is the Printed Shearling Canadian Parka with a tiger print hood. The large gym bag in black calf leather and brown leather jacket are, however, the more practical pieces to invest in. from £115,

Printed Cotton T-shirt, £65, Blue Blue Japan,

Astrid Andersen S/S16

match your fragrance Burberry has launched a capsule clothing collection to tie in with its new Mr Burberry fragrance. Tailored suits and trench coats – including the new Chelsea fit – come in two distinct colour palettes for day and evening wear and, thanks to their identical fit, can easily be layered. Complement them with a silk tie or checked scarf.

Dolce & Gabbana S/S16

Louis Vuitton S/S16

all about asia No longer the reserve of American sportswear, the bomber jacket had an opulent makeover this season with designers inspired by the East. The jackets – largely in silk – displayed dragons, cranes and blossom branches, some with matching trousers or shorts, while Thom Browne’s show featured a teahouse, geishas and models in traditional Geta sandals. Italian house Dolce & Gabbana mixed up pagodas with peacocks in lemon trees for a Sicily meets Shanghai effect.


Framed to

Perfection When it comes to eyewear, one size most definitely does not fit all. Glasses designer and entrepreneur Tom Davies prefers to take the guesswork out of choosing frames by going bespoke



yewear has truly become one of the most crucial style accessories of choice; glasses are, after all, the first thing people see on your face. When Tom Davies started his career in the industry,

he realised just how crucial it was to get them right. With his new store opening in Cabot Place, Canary Wharf in May, you can ensure you have eyewear that fits perfectly and can keep up with your unique lifestyle.

“What we do doesn’t exist in any other eyewear shop or optician’’

What inspired you to make bespoke glasses? When I started designing bespoke glasses, I didn’t even realise I was doing it. I was practising on family and friends and I was given shapes and sizes by the industry. I found it incredibly frustrating because no one style worked on everyone. I realised I was never happy unless I designed the glasses specifically for somebody.

What sets the Tom Davies eyewear apart from other eyewear brands? What we do doesn’t exist in any other eyewear shop or optician. Every design we have here is made bespoke to our clients and everyone gets a red carpet experience. We take photographs, take measurements of brow line, hair line, nose, ears and more. When it comes to the frame, we take into account colouring, personality and occupation. I partnered up with Zeiss to be able to offer bespoke lense prescriptions. I use their equipment in my clinics to provide the best eye tests available. Now we get hospitals referring patients to us because our machines are 100 per cent accurate and can give the correct prescription straight away. Another interesting aspect is that I don’t keep stock in stores. If you order glasses, they are made just for you in a factory

specialising in bespoke glasses. Or, if you buy a pair in store, they will be the only pair in existence.

For your eyes


Why did you decide on a Canary Wharf store? Opening a store in Canary Wharf felt like a really good step to take. This store will have the most luxurious clinic, plenty of space and the top equipment. I feel it’s important to invest about an hour when it comes to ensuring your glasses are the best they can be, but our process depends on who the client is and how much time they’ve got. We can do bespoke services in ten minutes for our busy clients in Canary Wharf. It’s totally possible to pick a frame, check what needs to be tweaked, then get it made.

What’s going to be special about this particular store? There’s going to be sports focus in Canary Wharf, featuring a 100-piece sports performance collection. Typically, a prescription isn’t made for sports; it’s made for walking around. We’ll be offering effective, bespoke prescription glasses for cyclists, runners, race car drivers, everyone we can think of. Then we can tailor the glasses to the specific sporting needs. We can make flatter, slightly curved lenses, with a sporty look and personalise the shape and colours. Tom Davies, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf

The frame colour and shape is digitally designed against a photograph of the client, using advanced, cutting-edge software. Subtle changes are made to the chosen frame to enhance natural features, modifying it to fit each customer perfectly.

Configured to fit your face

Bespoke glasses start from £495. Tom Davies can also be requested to design glasses through an exclusive service available from £5,000


Third Space Coming Soon

Formerly The Reebok Sports Club London, Third Space are London’s luxury health clubs; individual in style, bound by a common philosophy: to provide outstanding fitness spaces that members feel are their own. Lose yourself in 100,000 square feet and 3 floors of luxury training space. From Europe’s highest indoor climbing wall, to a 23m pool filled with natural light, to the most extensive fitness timetable led by some of the best instructors in the UK. There’s even a full sized basketball court, tucked away on floor 3.



the ultime nude glow Every woman knows that shimmer powders are difficult beauty ground. But, it’s worth persevering; get them right and you’ll have brighter, fresher and all-round healthier looking skin. Our recommendation? Bobbi Brown has just launched Nude Finish Illuminating Powder. Much more than a highlighter, the compact offers a sheer veil that evens and brightens the skin tone in one go, thanks to a combination of six nude shades and a subtle pearlescent finish. Consider it the antidote to the harsh lines of contouring that we’re just about done with. £33, Bobbi Brown, Cabot Place


always one step ahead If you still have self-tanning fear, invest in St. Tropez’s Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion, which launched in March. Firstly, its guide colour means you can see exactly where you’re applying it, and secondly, St Tropez has added a new fragrance complex to its formulation, so you don’t get the odour that has characterised DHA (the tanning agent) in the past. Its new scent is one of green apple, lavender, jasmine and tuberose. Gradual Tan, £15, St. Tropez, Boots, Canada Place

have you tried diamond dust shampoo? Possibly the most extravagant-sounding shampoo and conditioner to ever land on the beauty desk, is now in salon at Toni & Guy. Label.m has unveiled Diamond Dust Shampoo and Conditioner, which it assures us contains real particles from ethically-sourced diamonds. The effect is said to be one of exfoliation, to reveal cleaner and shinier hair. Shampoo, £20.25, label.m, Toni & Guy, Canada Square

lip service Embrace the stylo; a precise (and curiously feminine) way to apply Chanel’s new Rouge Coco lip colour. The formulation combines fresh colour with high shine and the comfort of a lip balm, and is the brand’s very first release of a nib-like design, intended for precise application. The stylo is being rolled out across eight shades named around the theme of writing, including the bold red colour, Histoire. The range is available from 22 April. Rouge Coco Stylo, £26 each, Chanel, Boots, Canada Place

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a new cup of tea The new cologne collection from Jo Malone London honours the ancient art of tea-making. Rare Teas includes six different scents that encompass everything from the sweetness of darjeeling, to the leathery and spicy notes of golden needle tea. The fragrances are infused directly from tea leaves (with the added magic of a Jo Malone perfumer) making them rich and distinctive. We’re hoping for matching candles. Rare Tea cologne, £240, Jo Malone London, Jubilee Place




long-haired locks from balmain Let’s quit pretending. Or start, as the case may be. If you want long, sleek hair in time for summer you might have to take a tip from the catwalk. In its spring/ summer 2016 campaign Balmain Paris Hair Couture showcases the ‘powerful’ ponytail – a simple style made sleek and show-stopping with help from the brand’s line of hairpieces and extensions. This April it will add a halfwig to its product range, for instant volume and texture without the weight. Tempted? More people are clippingin than you realise – and we can see why. for more information,

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Beauty HOTLIST Beauty goes fashion-forward and fun

Go online to see MAC’s latest launch, a quirky collaboration with fashion designer Charlotte Olympia. Known for her love of glamour and all things vintage, look out for artistic gold packaging, including the quaint bottle of Cream Colour Base and goldtoned eyelash curlers. Lip and nail colours in the range are based on Olympia’s beauty signature: red, red, red. from £11, MAC, Jubilee Place


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plump it up Burberry Make-Up’s artistic consultant Wendy Rowe promises that Full Kisses, its new lip crayon, can be applied without a mirror. The on-the-go colour has a flat edge and chunky nib for speedy application and has been designed to last for eight hours before any fading. Use this for plumping and adding a burst of colour in an instant. Inspired by shades seen on the runway, the 15 colours include coral reds, lilac pinks and oxblood red. from £24, Burberry, Image: © Mario Testino/Burberry

do the hoola (again) First, there were the rumours, then there were the queues: Benefit has taken the matte finish and natural-looking colour of its Hoola bronzer and created a complementary line of tan-enhancing heroes. The collection includes Dew the Hoola, a liquid tint for the face that provides a light glow; and Zero Tanlines, an instant tanning make-up for the body, that is transfer resistant and lasts 12 hours. There’s also a new bronzing and contouring brush that blends the original Hoola powder flawlessly. from £17.50, Benefit, Boots, Jubilee Place


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1. showered in scent Inspired by different areas of the Italian Mediterranean, the latest addition to Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo range evokes Taormina, Sicily. Citrus notes are spiced up by black pepper and the shower gel is enriched by vitamin E to protect skin from cell degeneration. Blu Mediterraneo Cedro di Taormina shower gel, £30, Acqua di Parma, Space.NK, Cabot Place

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2. into the woods


Cedar is the focus of Byredo’s new launch. Citing pencil shavings and log cabins, its Virginian cedar wood is kept clean and crisp – it’s a Scandinavian brand – by the addition of rose petals, vetiver and silk musk. Despite the cedar tree’s horizontal branches, the fragrance is vertical – where the scent acts as one rather than transitioning between notes. Super Cedar, from £90 for 50ml, Byredo,

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See exactly where you place the blade for a fast and precise shave with the translucent, lightweight formula of this limited edition gel from Chanel – one of two new products based on the aromatic and woody Bleu de Chanel scent. Follow up with the hydrating After Shave Gel to keep skin from feeling tight. Bleu de Chanel shaving cream, £38, Chanel, Boots, Cabot Place

4. classic comeback Seeking to capture the old-world glamour of Portofino on the Italian Riviera, this scent from Tom Ford’s toptier Private Blend collection amplifies the original Neroli Portofino release. Not one to wear lightly, it’s a rugged combination of leather, amber and coastal woods. Neroli Portofino Forte, from £195 for 50ml, Tom Ford,

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Named after the flawlessly white Regent Diamond, this has to be the most authentic leather-like fragrance there is. Produced in association with The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club, this is a gentleman’s choice, with the addition of cedar, vanilla and lemon notes and musky labdanum resin. Regent Leather 50ml, £195, Thameen,



The death of cellulite? Many creams claim to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but Clarins has produced one of the first that is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with exercise. Apply the lightweight gel onto those particularly stubborn areas – think thighs – before the gym, and your workout efforts are enhanced as the gel stimulates production of enzymes, thereby slowing down fat storage and the production of new fat cells. Using eight plant extracts, the Body Lift Cellulite Control is said to reduce existing dimpling and works to prevent more from forming. A gym bag essential. Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, £38, Boots, Canada Place Image: Clarins model

HEALTH & FITNESS Words: charlotte phillips

Sweet as can be

Nu era NUTRiBULLET has launched in three new colours and is now available in ice blue, plum purple and fresh green. Each set includes a power base, extractor blade and two cups, which have become renowned for their ability to blend ingredients powerfully and quickly: the NUTRiBULLET completely breaks down ingredients to make pulp-free smoothies while maintaining all natural goodness. Able to crack though stems and shred tough skins, it can also be used to produce soups, sauces and dips. £79.99,


Diabetics and dieters, you’ll want to stock up. Sweet Freedom’s fruit syrup has just 13 calories per teaspoon, and can be swirled into yoghurt and porridge instead of honey. The 95 per cent fat-free chocolate shots (we love the coconut flavour) are versatile: think hot chocolate, a pancake topping or a Nutella-alternative. Sweet Freedom range from £2.99, Holland & Barrett, Cabot Place

Gone surfing The Aureus is a 24-karat gold surfboard, inspired by the iconic single-fin designs of the early 1970s. Both a piece of art and a fully functional surfboard, the 01/01 limited edition has been hand-built using traditional techniques in a small studio on the North Devon coast. Hand-gilded with gold leaf enhancing the subtle weave of the fibreglass, its deck features a triple 24kt gold leaf pinline design, while the hull features a glassed-on gilded gold fibreglass fin. The Aureus 24-karat gold gilt surfboard, LUX Surfboards, £125,000,

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Are you feeling anxious?

More of us are stressed than ever before. At its most serious, this anxiety can be crippling. We take a look at the symptoms and causes of the condition – as well as a little-known potential treatment WORDS: charlotte phillips

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nxiety exists on a spectrum. For example, being late for Pilates last week made me the not-so-proud owner of the most middle-class ‘anxiety’ issue ever. But because ‘stress’ and ‘anxiety’ are such overused terms, the seriousness of the mental health conditions are often overlooked. “Anxiety is used to describe a variety of disorders where feelings of anxiousness and a loss of control are so severe or regular they interfere with everyday life,” says Dr. Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director of mental health at Bupa UK. “Psychological symptoms include tiredness, restlessness, irritability and detachment from yourself or your surroundings. Physical symptoms include stomach cramps, trembling or shaking, numbness and dizziness.” In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK, according to the Mental Health Foundation. More than one in ten people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life, say Anxiety UK, and its prevalence is increasing: in 2007, 15 per cent of England’s population were experiencing an anxiety-related common mental health disorder, compared to 13.3 per cent in 1993. Research suggests root causes include personal insecurities, childhood issues, genetic tendencies and chemical imbalances in the brain. In its more mild forms, our constant availability via technology, has also been cited as creating social pressure and an inability to switch off from work. Another cause is the fast-paced nature of London life, compounded by overcrowding and pollution. “The ‘work hard, play hard’ culture in the City presented some specific health issues around mental health,” says consultant Stewart Kennedy, referring to a City of London survey in 2015, in which 44 per cent of workers said there was a need for help with stress, anxiety and depression. “Stress is visible on the face,” says Canary Wharf’s Rejuvenation Clinic & Medispa founder Dr Russo.“When you’re stressed, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, which can trigger excess sebum production, causing acne.” As for the classic stress manifestation – frown lines – Russo recommends either his night serum containing retinol and antioxidants or injections of Botox. Specialist treatments exist to help with anxiety; offering respite or self-help cognitive strategies. Others centre around relaxation methods: one of the less familiar solutions is Pulsing.

Pulsing at Re:SPA No, we’d never heard of it either: that’s what was so intriguing. Although pulsing has been around since the late 1970s, it’s not widely spoken about: the word brings to mind electrodes and lights, which couldn’t be further from the reality. Sent to sample one antidote to daily stress, I lie on a massage table in a darkened room, with soothing music in the background. So far, so normal. But the treatment, informed by the Alexander Technique, is like nothing I have ever experienced. My arms are gently stretched, my elbows rotated, legs pummelled and stomach massaged. Pressure is applied as my neck is pulled, gently, from left to right and repeatedly back again. There’s a lot of rocking and cradling as my whole body is pulled or turned from side to side, creating forced movement and supposedly mimicking the safe space of the womb. Mentally, I completely switch off, and I can physically feel stress and tension leaving parts of my body, particularly in my shoulders and neck. It’s soothing and nurturing and, says my therapist Brigitte, it’s the ultimate form of relaxation; a situation where you don’t make any actions or decisions for yourself. You simply ‘be’.

“I’m unfamiliar with the rarity of giving my bodily movements over to another person entirely” It takes me a while to relax my limbs. My inclination is to pre-empt Brigitte and move parts of my body myself, perhaps because I’m tense, or just unfamiliar with the sensation of giving control of my body over to another person entirely. The treatment takes 50 minutes, but when it ends, I feel dazed, unaware of how long has passed or what I’ve been thinking about. My limbs feel elongated and my perma-clenched muscles, used to hunching over a desk, feel stretched out. Having focused on my breathing throughout the treatment, I feel relaxed to the point of drowsy. It may not work for extreme anxiety sufferers, but those with constant low-level stress should try pulsing as temporary respite. Pulsing, from £72, Re:SPA, Canada Square Bupa UK, Crossrail Place Rejuvenation Clinic & Medispa, Cabot Place Stewart Kennedy, Dr Russo skincare products, available at Space.NK, Cabot Place







Discover Yerba Maté, a fresh, stimulating aroma, inspired by the steeped leaf infusion of Argentina and South America. Evoking the wild solitude of the Pampas grasslands, Yerba Maté will sharpen your senses and free your thoughts with enlivening petitgrain, a shot of maté, guaiac wood and vetiver. This is pure energy. Yerba Maté joins Darjeeling, our original aromatic infusion, blended for positivity with zesty lemongrass, citrus and warm nutmeg, layered over a rich black tea base. Both blends are captured in candles, room diffusers, bath & shower, hand cleansers and body hydrators, infused with potent natural botanicals. These are scents to surround yourself in. Every day. Every place. From lounge to bath, work space to holiday.


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Body Beautiful As the warmer months approach and the pressure to prep for summer holidays commences, it can be a more difficult time for those lacking in body confidence. A massage or other body treatments might have the feel-good factor but for a more long-term visible effect, multi award-winning EF MEDISPA, which has just opened near Canary Wharf, offers a range of cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatments, combining technology with a holistic health and well-being focus. All sessions are preceded by a complimentary consultation to make sure you get the most appropriate course of treatment. Here are two of the most popular solutions.

Men’s Focus: Hyperhidrosis Injectables Excessive sweating is a problem for a surprising number of men and although it may be something you’d rather ignore, there is an exceptionally quick and easy treatment offered by EF MEDISPA that can help stop the disruption or embarrassment it may be causing you. The treatment takes only 30 minutes, quick enough to do it in a lunch hour, and involves a series of small injections into the underarm skin, with anaesthetic cream if required. The serum that is injected simply blocks the signals to the nerves that control sweating, thereby stopping the sweat gland’s production. The effect lasts an average of six months but may last up to nine months in some cases. from £700

Fat Burning: Reduce by Vanquish This treatment targets body fat and is ideal for those who don’t wish to go as far as surgical intervention. A high-tech machine which emits multipolar radiofrequency energy is moved over the skin at a height of 1cm – giving a warm sensation as if sunbathing – and targets fat cells directly, killing them off with precision in order not to harm other cells. For best results, try four consecutive treatments and focus on the abdomen, love handles, saddlebags, and inner and outer thighs. Taking up 30-90 minutes per session, it requires no anaesthetic or downtime. from £500

EF MEDISPA Canary Wharf, 1 Scott House, E14; 020 3468 2738

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Pretty in print

Guards and Friends small book bag, £18

Hydrangea regular cushion with piping and cushion pad, £15

In the season that’s all about prints, Cath Kidston debuts her brand new spring/summer collection in Jubliee Place


Meadow Bunch stanley mug, £6.50

Garden Fairies kids drawstring bag, £12

hen it comes to prints, Cath Kidston is the name on everyone’s lips. The British brand has expanded this season, applying fresh new designs and perennial favourites to accessories, fabrics and wallpaper. Design director Christine Hafsten explains: “The classic English country garden was our main inspiration for spring/summer 16. The collection celebrates traditional English blooms in all their glory, looking at not just the flowers but the quirky, quintessential elements you come across while exploring, such as garden gnomes, and Bumble Bees.” Moving in to spring, Hafsten has refreshed the brand’s irresistible blend of tradition and whimsy, which can be browsed in their Jubilee Place store. “We’ve put a modern-vintage spin on a classic cottage garden in full bloom with both vibrant colours and more muted dusky tones. Take the Hydrangeas print: this includes delicate, spring-like blossoms in pretty pastels. The larger bunches featured have been designed with plenty of space to breathe, making it a great choice for interiors”. Cath Kidston, Jubilee Place;

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for your home

Brighten up your home by ordering in your favourite print in wallpaper and fabric straight to the Cath Kidston store located at the lower level of Jubilee Place.

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nlike many of its competitors, juice brand CPRESS uses only organic ingredients, with the aim of reducing the presence of toxins in the body. Now, its new detox programme aims to simplify cleansing further by providing a staggered intake of nutrients. Named Detox Series, the first phase – Crunch – consists of juices, nut milks and, crucially, solid foods (think activated almonds and fresh salads) to give the digestive tract


a break. The idea is it eases, rather than shocks the body into the main cleansing stages. Each day progresses in intensity, with a reduction in fruit content and sugar intake over time. The third stage involves (very) green juices and little else, before a day back on the Crunch is recommended to ease the client into regular digestion of healthy foods – hopefully glowing, and with good intentions. CPRESS, Crossrail Place

Burn baby burn The Slow Burn Brunch menu celebrates all things spicy: think Indian-style ‘bhurji’ eggs with curry leaf, turmeric and a hint of miso, and a burger with ‘Byadgi’ chilli and ‘Kasundi’ mustard. “Spice increases metabolism and gives you an adrenaline rush. Chilli is a great hangover cure,” says founder Rohit Chugh. Try the Agni ‘Fire’ Sauce, perfectly accompanied with Chai Ki’s take on the Bloody Mary, or a strawberry Bellini with chai spices. Slow Burn Brunch Menu, from 10.30am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday, Chai Ki, Crossrail Place


Daffy’s does it

New Scottish gin Daffy’s was named World’s Best Gin at the prestigious IWSC 2015 awards; impressive given it was less than six months old at the time. Complex enough to be enjoyed in cocktails or neat over ice like a single malt whisky, Daffy’s co-founder Chris Molyneaux says, “Despite sales growing by seven-fold over the last 12 months, our distillation methods, using the world’s best ingredients to produce small, single batches will never change.” The botanicals are sourced from across the world: juniper from the Balkan States, lemon peel from Southern Spain and mint from Lebanon. Daffy’s gin, £35.99 for 70cl, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Place

Viva Italia Italian farm and winery Terre Di San Vito is in the south of the country, right by the Adriatic Sea, and the farm hand-picks and hand-makes all its products locally. Nothing is imported, so the farm produces only what the land allows it to. These traditional methods ensure the authentic taste of Puglia is transported back home. The brand’s extra virgin olive oil is made by blending three different varieties of olive, making it sweet, fruity and peppery. Terre Di San Vito extra virgin olive oil, £10 for 500ml, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Place

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A Vegan Delight Mindful Chef has launched the UK’s first ever vegan delivery box. Each box (available for one, two or four people) is delivered right to your home or desk, containing a selection of plant-based recipes, such as Vietnamese pho or Chipotle black bean burgers, with all the necessary fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare the dishes. Benefits to a vegan lifestyle include increased energy and reduced inflammation, and each meal only takes 20-30 minutes to prepare and cook. Bin those ready meals today. Mindful Chef Plant-Based Box, from £19.50 (three meals),

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East is east

With its adjoining cocktail bar, show-stopping platters and glamorous regulars, Roka is concealing a lively atmosphere and fine food behind those lift doors


word of warning: restaurant visits to Roka have the power to land you in a casino with the guests from a neighbouring table, at 3am. And while the outcome of dinner on a recent Friday night could say something about the gregarious crowd that the restaurant attracts, it is first and foremost a reflection on the food and the relaxed atmosphere, which means no-one wants to go home. From the same stable as Michelinstarred Zuma, Roka has built its name on fashionable, immaculately-presented Japanese sharing plates – from ice boats layered with pastel-pink sashimi to fillets of sirloin steak with a wasabi

from the robata grill which gives flavour to seafood and meat slowcooked over charcoal. New to Roka? First things first, don’t overlook the tempura. An anaemic-looking side elsewhere, here the rockshrimp variety is a golden art form; its batter is both crunchy and fluffy, and the fish succulent. It’s comforting and moreish, in contrast to the zesty yellowtail sashimi with yuzu truffle dressing, mizuna and pickled vegetable, which is delicate and refreshing (the latter is the dish the manager chooses to send out to impress VIPs, and it’s a must-order).

“Roka has built its name of fashionable, immaculately-presented Japanese sharing plates” ponzu sauce. There’s even a Wagyu beef gunkan with Oscietra caviar. Admittedly dining here is decadent and tables contested during bonus season, but it’s not a superficial experience. Flavours and textures are layered carefully and for the ultimate feast it’s best to try different types of dishes, including those

The Litmus test of Japanese fine dining in London seems to be black cod with miso. Order it here and the marinade is made with more yuzu (citrus fruit) and hajikami (ginger pickled in vinegar) and the overall taste is a familiar, slightly sticky sweetness that can characterise Asian cooking.

It’s a favourite, although the Canary Wharf crowd err towards the lamb cutlets with Korean spices: the meat falls off the bone and there’s a lingering smokiness from the grill. Us? We would have been content with the spicy tuna maki, slivers of octopus and thick-cut salmon paired with increasingly adventurous marinades – the fish is so fresh and light that you get full in a gradual, glorious way. Although definitely try a steak too, medium-rare for tenderness and perfectly seasoned. Rest assured that when you think you’ve had enough, the dessert platter will arrive with yet more colours and flavours. It is just as artistic as the mains and the team are deservedly proud of the crème brûlée with cherry blossom ice cream and sesame biscuit. Once you’ve been inaugarated into the polished breed of Roka diners? Make the most of the adjoining cocktail bar and order a potent espresso martini. But maybe call it a night before someone suggests the casino. Roka, Park Pavilion, Canada Square


Ready, steady,

cook Calling all foodies: school is in session. With spring bringing fresh produce, we round up our top four cookery schools WORDS: charlotte phillips, melissa emerson, david TAYLOR, jennifer mason

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons


n hearing the name of proprietory chef ‘Raymond Blanc’, expectations of the cooking school at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Le Manoir) in Oxfordshire, are understandably high – and places are in demand. The canapés at its two-Michelin starred restaurant set the standard: food is delicious, rich and meticulously presented. A 14-variety bread basket, baked fresh twice daily, is inspiration

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enough for the hotel’s specific bread-making class, while its foie gras melts on the tongue and the Wagyu beef is almost buttery. Yet the real sensory explosion is dessert: a pistachio soufflé with a scoop of frozen cocoa sorbet at its centre. It’s a technical feat and enough to pique interest in more than 20 on-site cooking classes. Le Manoir’s Let’s Cook class focuses on techniques for at-home application and over the course of three hours a chef imparts the art of soufflé (easier than you think), and knowledge of which fats to cook with (stick to the same one throughout) as well as unexpectedly versatile seasonings such as lemon juice. Groups consist of


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less than ten guests, for personalised guidance. At the end of the session, students can enjoy the attempted dishes – ours included spinach and wasabi purée, orange soufflé and chicken with morels – a highlight surpassed only by the chance of a meeting with Monsieur Blanc the next day. Le Manoir offers an immersive cooking experience, as much produce is grown on-site. An after-dinner stroll reveals a vegetable garden (planted with more than 90 varieties), herb garden (70 types) and a rather charming apple orchard. Once you’ve eaten as much as you can, there are 32 uniquely-decorated bedrooms to retire to, including the all-white Blanc de Blanc (re-painted every seven weeks, supposedly) and Provence, a traditional countryside-esque suite complete with roaring wood fire. Beds are comfortable, service impeccable and breakfast no less beautifully presented than its patronage would suggest. Le Manoir, you spoil us. Half-day courses in the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, from £185 per person Overnight stay at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, from £575 per room, including breakfast,

ucknam Park’s cookery school offers a range of half- and full-day courses covering fish knife skills to tapas, but undertaking Michelin Star Cooking at Home, is an excuse to stay over. The tree-lined milelong drive makes for a memorable arrival and the historic hotel stands proudly in 400 acres, perfect for horse riding – thanks to an on-site equestrian centre – and a Michelin-star meal at The Park restaurant. Ben Taylor, the cookery school’s head chef, recently won The National Chef of Wales award and with as much patience as he has talent, he deserves most of the credit for the rhubarb soufflés that rise on his watch. The focus of the class is on mastering flavour and texture combinations, and learning useful techniques like how to make pasta from scratch. The hand-made quail Scotch eggs – as served on our butternut squash velouté starter – would be great canapés. With everything always to hand when you need it and groups kept to ten or less, the modern kitchen is easy to work in. On our visit, the dining table was already set with wine glasses for when we sampled our dishes, which gave a relaxing and sociable aspect to the day. After a refreshing dip in the pool, I retired to my suite complete with all-marble bathroom and rain-style shower, and took advantage of the speedy room service to have a log fire lit and enjoy a glass of wine – ample reward for a full day’s work I’d say. Courses from £75 per person for a half day, rooms from £290,


“We were... pairing artisan beers with Ibérica’s tapas, created by three-Michelinstarred chef, Nacho Manzano”



rom sangria to artisan cheeses, Perelada wines to Madrileño beers, Ibérica runs monthly masterclasses to showcase the best of Spanish gastronomy and culture. At its Casimiro Mahou food pairing experience, our host began by regaling the group with stories of the Mahou family, a humble beer brewing family from Madrid. We were then introduced to the custom of pairing these artisan beers with Ibérica’s tapas, created by three-Michelinstarred chef Nacho Manzano. The first tipple we sampled was the Marcenado, a light wheat beer, accompanied by scallop with seaweed purée, hollandaise and celery. The freshness of the scallop paired perfectly with the light tones of the Marcenado, Mahou’s first ever beer. Next came the Maravillas, a strong lager with an even

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stronger aftertaste, counter-balancing the taco of quail with marinated apple that we ate for our second course: it was a sweet and bitter pairing. Our final drink was the Jacometrezo, a dark, fruity ale. The pairing tips we were given suggested game meat, and we had our fair share in the morteruelo with wild mushroom vinaigrette and pine nuts. This traditional country pâté was said to feed entire families for days, so the fruitiness of the ale was essential against the deeply rich flavours of the morteruelo. We finished the evening with a Tarta de Santiago, and were told to save some of the Jacometrezo from the previous course, but our glasses seemed to have emptied themselves. Luckily, there was plenty to spare. A fascinating and delicious dive into Spanish food and drink. from £35 per person, Ibérica, Cabot Square,




aking part in the cookery school at Thyme is like living out the The Food Network. Situated in a state-of-the art modern Bulthaup kitchen annexed to the hotel’s medieval barn, it’s a location that wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Simply Nigella, and its charms are more than superficial. Thyme’s flagship class is called The Instinctive Cook, a wide-ranging introduction to the culinary arts that begins with the ingredients rather than the recipe, in the form of a stroll through Thyme’s kitchen gardens and farm. However, I’m here on a foggy and cold weekend in early March to experience the Asian cooking class (with my mum in tow). We spend an extremely pleasant few hours discovering the mysteries of laksa and Malaysian cuisine under the expert tutelage of culinary director and head chef Daryll Taylor. Although you can opt for more intimate classes, we’re here as part of a group of nine wannabechefs, which makes for a jovial (and somewhat competitive) atmosphere. Taylor begins the class with a demonstration, where he talks us through each ingredient one by one, and explains its role in the dish. We recognise some familiar friends (shallots, garlic, lime) and make several new ones (kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar and coriander seeds, to name a few). Next we hustle to our respective stations and take up tools in preparation for an epicurean battle, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the last MasterChef final. After sneaking plenty of glances around the room to see how the others are faring, we finally plate up and emerge from the kitchen, orangefingered from the turmeric, to digest what we’ve just learned (and our laksa). If you’re not one for the hands-on approach, there’s still plenty of foodie treats to enjoy – namely dining at The Swan. You’ll earn your dinner with a short but atmospheric walk through the village (lit by your very own lantern). And, after all that good food, you’ll deserve a comfortable rest, which you’ll get in spades if you opt to stay in one of Thyme’s sumptuous guestrooms. What bliss. Cookery School from £145 per person, Rooms from £260 per night, including breakfast,


Take notes With its new Crossrail Place branch thriving, Notes is taking the London coffee scene by storm

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tarted by coffee-cart barista Robert Robinson, Brazilian coffee-farmer descendant Fabio Ferreira and former music shop proprietors Alan and Marion Goulden, the last six years have seen Notes go from strength to strength. With six branches across London – including a site in Crossrail Place that opened in May last year – the start of 2016 saw the brand open a state-of-the-art roastery, allowing them to prepare beans brought in from around the globe and bag-up close to 4.5 tonnes of coffee a month without ever leaving E14. We managed to catch up with Robert and Fabio to see how they’ve been settling in so far.

What makes Notes unique? We always thought that the coffee market was going to develop towards higher quality, and that’s definitely happened. We try and combine really high quality coffee with speedy service – after all, our customers in Canary Wharf certainly aren’t going to wait around, no matter how good the coffee is. People do really appreciate the better quality, and all our coffees are single origin (meaning we don’t mix or blend them), so you can really taste what’s coming out of the beans. We also encourage people to try our filter coffees, which are full of amazing delicate flavours thanks to the light roast we use to enhance the natural

acidity and sweetness, allowing the full flavours to come through. What brought you to Crossrail Place? We’ve always wanted to open in Canary Wharf. There are just so many people and such a market for really good coffee. Coming to Crossrail Place gives people a chance to relax and unwind. The biggest challenge here has been meetings people’s expectations for speed of service, but we were expecting that. And of course, we’re really excited about the trains arriving in the next couple of years too, because it will bring even more people to the area. Notes, Crossrail Place;

Competition Win a tour of the new Notes Roastery in E14 Come and see behind the scenes at the brand new roastery 10 minutes from Canary Wharf, complete with its new 35kg smart coffee roaster. To be in with a chance of winning, simply describe your Notes coffee – the best description of taste, texture and aroma wins. Either drop off your description in store, or tag #Notes on social media before 30th April 2016

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wine bar The brand also offers an evening menu from 5pm, where on-site chefs prepare charcuterie, cheese and salads complemented by cocktails, craft beer and an extensive wine list. “We always had it in mind to branch into wine,” Robert explains. “So we got our license and started a wine list based on the same principles as our coffee; provenance and interesting flavours. We have a number of different suppliers and have just started our own label, so our offering is really quite diverse.”



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s weekend breaks go, a destination that enables you to leave your desk at 5pm and be in your hotel room at 8pm dressing for dinner, has huge potential. The Club Hotel & Spa is situated in St Helier, Jersey, a somewhat gentrified English coastal resort (complete with ice-cream flavours such as tiramisu), and a 45-minute flight from London. However, its main draw is the fact that its been awarded its ninth consecutive Michelin star for the food at Bohemia, an in-house restaurant under the helm of chef, Steve Smith: order the Prestige menu here and you’ll find yourself still sat five hours later, devouring the best of 12 courses, surrounded by wood panelling that might just remind you of your lawyer’s offices. Artistic, delicious dishes include smoked grouse (served nestled in hay, for fun) and a gin fizz sorbet that goes down a litte too easily. Oh – and save space for after-dinner excess from the cheese

trolley – it arrives well-stocked when you think you can’t eat anything else, ever. Unsurprisingly, most people go for supper, but the hotel also offers a great afternoon tea and has a simple spa with a steam room and a salt cabin; the latter is said to help cleanse the respiratory system and aid relaxation. Massage treatments come highly recommended and our tester described the swimming pool as ‘deadly quiet’ – just how we like it after a busy week at work. When you’re ready to hit the sack, bedrooms at The Club are modestly-sized but smart and immaculate. Then again, Smith’s expertise is worth the trip alone. And you can travel here in the knowledge that if you’re desperately needed back in the Big Smoke, you can arrive home within a couple of hours, tops. Rooms start from £99 for a standard double and £245 for a suite, inclusive of breakfast, 01534 876 500,

amanemu, japan opens Think Japan and think frenetic pace and bright lights? Think again. Amanemu is a tranquil retreat in the Ise-Shima National Park, on the shores of Ago Bay, that opened last month. Geared towards relaxation and the Japanese art of hosting, each of its 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas has its own hot spring, and the spa is an impressive 2,000 sq/m with Watsu (water-massage) suites and gardens. Positioned 300km south-west of Tokyo, Amanemu is an hour from Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, (Ise Grand Shrine), and the hotel has devised hiking routes through ancient pilgrimage routes, taking in rivers, waterfalls and mountains en-route. Suite from JPY90,000 (approx. £560) per night,

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purobeach uae is here

dorset’s new members’ club

Purobeach has opened its second beach club in the UAE. Based at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, it occupies a prime spot overlooking the waters of the Arabian Gulf and has all of the bells and whistles that has made the brand successful elsewhere: infinity pools, surround-sound systems, daybeds and an emphasis on great food and drink, as well as personalised service that includes smoothies and after-sun lotion. The club will be open from 10am until sunset from Sunday-Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays – the Dubai weekend. An allowance for food is even incorporated. Beach sunbeds £70 with £53 beverage redeemable,

Applications are now open to join Dorset’s new private members’ club, 10 Castle Street. The English country manor has been styled as nine guest rooms with a restaurant and bar, billiard room and private dining room, and is set in grounds in Cranborne Chase, two hours from London. Its launch will take place in April, in partnership with the South Kensington Club, before doors are thrown open to those looking for a country escape, and opportunities to enjoy a six-course tasting menu of local produce. Ingeniously, childcare services are also available for guests. from £550 + £200 joining fee, 01725 551133;

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the tremezzo makeover is complete Pick the brains of any Lake Como traveller and you’ll find yourself with a recommendation for Grand Hotel Tremezzo. It’s been standing for a century and has uninterrupted views of the Grigne mountains. Boosted by a recent £5m renovation, in March the hotel opened for the summer season. Expect a new hammam and treatment rooms, a threestorey gym, and new-look suites including the Emilia – it has direct access to the spa. from £299 per night,

celebrate america’s national parks This year, America’s National Parks Service, entrusted with preserving more than 400 sites of natural interest, will celebrate its centenary; free admission days are being granted throughout National Park Week (16-24 April). One way to see some of the most famous rural areas is with Wexas Travel’s Rockies and Ranches Self-Drive package, a 17-day itinerary that includes a stay at Grand Teton National Park and two nights at Yellowstone. from £4,995 per person including flights,

dvf x the upper house The Upper House is a spacious hotel in Hong Kong that’s built its reputation on sleek decor, smart bars and a well-heeled clientele. From 5 April to 15 May, it has partnered with DVF to produce an exclusive Diane von Furstenberg afternoon tea, themed in line with the brand’s Spring collection, Fortuna. If you’re lucky enough to stay in one of its rooms (which number among the largest in the city, at 730sqft) and dine at Café Gray Deluxe, expect strawberry-jasmine shortcakes with a lips motif, and mousses whipped in vibrant colours. HK$130 (approx. £28) 3pm-5pm daily,


Life as a castaway You are more likely to have heard of St Kitts than its sister island Nevis. But the smaller, quieter and more exclusive part of this two-island state offers the same calibre of pristine beaches and relaxation WORDS: CLARE VOOGHT

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anding on the volcanic island of Nevis – which we accessed by eightseater charter plane from Antigua – is a sure-fire way to transition from London pace to island life in the 20-or-so seconds it takes to get from one end of its tiny runway to the other. As we descend, a rainforest-clad 985m peak, topped with fluffy white clouds, towers on one side and the sea stretches out on the other. Lesser-known that its neighbour St Kitts, the island offers not only peaceful resorts for reclining in the sun and relaxing the body, but enough natural wonders to keep the eyes and mind occupied too. Nevis has a population of just 12,000 people, but it’s home to nearly double that number of monkeys. The small vervets aren’t hard to spot, and they’re fun to watch – they’re notorious for stealing sugary rum cocktails from beachgoers. Luckily for us, the monkeys haven’t yet discovered our resort – and while we’re staying on Nevis, Paradise Beach remains blissfully free of the food and drink thieves. It does, however, provide sanctuary for hummingbirds, with ixora, firecracker and hibiscus flowers planted in the gardens to attract them. To say the gardens at Paradise Beach are lush would be an understatement – palms stretch taller than some of the villas’ rooftops, ripe avocados hang from trees over the villas’ patios, asking to be picked, and tropical flowers cloak the resort in reds, pinks and whites. The villas themselves (two-, three- and fourbedroom) all have plunge pools and are spacious and comfortable. I sit in a corner windowseat, propped up by a heap of cushions with the intention to read my book, but not even a page in, I am distracted by views of the ocean. The novelty of the outdoor shower – attached to my en-suite bathroom, well-stocked with Hermès

products and surrounded by greenery-topped walls for privacy – doesn’t quite wear off either. It beats the pool and sea hands down as a way to cool off after an early morning yoga session on the beach (fixing my eyes on the horizon where sea meets sky as I wobble into warrior pose, is a far better view than finding a spot in the mirror at my local gym). But the best thing about Paradise Beach is the food. I ask our butler Davie what national Nevitian dishes are, and the next thing I know, she tells us tomorrow’s breakfast will be a typical Caribbean breakfast of Johnny Cakes and salt fish – a mix of white fish, onions, green peppers and a hot sauce kick with deep-fried, doughy dumplings – cooked in our villa’s kitchen by our private chef. For dinner one evening we are served a locally caught mahi mahi fish with polenta, okra and squash – all are similarly fresh and full of flavour. Throughout their stay at the resort, guests can dine in their villas or on the beach, and chefs will also give private cooking tutorials on request. Davie’s willingness to tailor our experience is just right, but the butler service is unfussy: there if we want it, but hands-off enough to maintain privacy and space. And if it’s possible to have enough of drinking rum punch on the the beach, there’s plenty of Nevis to explore. It takes just a gentle 20-minute cycle along quiet roads – the island is so tiny, it has not one set of traffic lights – to reach the island’s small capital Charlestown. Among the colonial-style shops and houses decorated in turquoise and yellow, is a small supermarket, a vintage-looking library and a market selling local fruit and vegetables: it’s a brightly coloured tropical beach town with lashings of Victorian seaside charm. The old-stone Cotton Ginnery, where cotton was processed, and the Museum of Nevis History in Hamilton House, dating back to 1680 and overlooking Charleston Harbour, offer a clearer picture of its past. The latter was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, who went on to help draft the US Constitution and was an outspoken advocate of the abolition of slavery. Outside Charleston’s charming clutches, the ruins of sugar mills lie between more tidy, brightlypainted homes. In 1700 the island was responsible for 20 per cent of the British Empire’s sugar production. But it is most famous for being where British Admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson, met and fell in love with Nevis-born Fanny Nisbet; the pair


married under a silk cotton tree in the grounds of the island’s Montpelier Plantation, and as long, lazy days stretch into romantic sunsets, it’s not difficult to understand why. Active types can take snorkelling trips off the coast of Nevis – I spotted parrot fish and angel

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fish, and if you’re lucky you may encounter sea turtles. Alternatively, a walk up the peak requires a reasonable level of fitness, but will easily justify a few post-hike rum punches later. On the way up our guide, Baba, shares his botanical knowledge with us, pointing out which plants are said to cure particular ailments: used since Amerindians inhabited the island, long before Christopher Columbus first arrived in 1493, the leaves of the soursop tree are said to help babies sleep, trumpet leaves alleviate colds and flu, and guava helps digestive ailments. Baba also stops to show us the workings of a monkey trap with rather interesting advice – “if you see tree mutton on a menu in a restaurant, it’s monkey,” he says. We see the remnants of a monkey’s feast – half-eaten fruit scattered across the rainforest floor – but that and a tail dangling from a tree are the only other signs of them. We do, however, find a freshwater crayfish in a rockpool by a waterfall. Back on the beach, the knots from my hike are kneaded away in a ‘Caribbean-style massage’ – a


NEED TO KNOW regular full-body treatment, but on the beach – before we end the gorgeous Caribbean day with a horseriding session. The horses pace in a line – organised to reflect their own social hierarchy – through bush and past local houses. We make it back to the beach again just in time to catch the setting sun, and the horses trot along with water lapping at their hooves. It’s cheesy, but being under a gorgeous carmine-streaked sky, really is a bucket list moment. Nevis is one for those seeking the simple pleasures of island life.

Paradise Beach Nevis ( offers seven deluxe thatched villas, each with its own pool, cabana and grill deck. Accommodation at Paradise Beach Nevis starts from £680 per villa per night, based on four adults sharing a two-bedroom villa in November 2015. Includes transfers, room only. Fly Virgin Atlantic ( to Antigua from £525pp return), then take a private charter jet with Caribbean Helicopters ( from £180pp return to Nevis. See for more information about the island.


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All change at m&s Marc Bolland, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, officially steps down this month and Steve Rowe, who has been at M&S for the past 26 years – since he was 15-years old – takes over. Bolland has always said he planned to leave his role after six years. Rowe has spearheaded the food sector of the business, which has done well, while the fashion and home departments have sought celebrity endorsement from the likes of Twiggy (pictured). Analysts and insiders believe Rowe is a solid choice who knows the company well. Marks & Spencer, Jubilee Place Image: Twiggy for M&S

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BUSINESS DIGEST London all the way

HSBC is no longer relocating from its headquarters in London. The capital’s position as an international financial hub was cited by the board as an influential factor, alongside reasons including the UK’s experience with regulatory framework and its increasing trade and investor relations with China. The UK Treasury also declared that the decision by HSBC to keep its flagship office in Canary Wharf, symbolises confidence in the Government’s economic plan. HSBC, Canada Square

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Commute by water MBNA Thames Clippers is increasing its popular morning and evening services between Putney and Canary Wharf. Its morning capacity will double between key commuting times and the journey will take just 50 minutes. Return services to Putney from Canary Wharf and London Bridge will also see increased frequency from 7pm onwards.

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late”

Based in Docklands near Canary Wharf is the RSVP Media Response call centre, staffed by 600 out-of-work actors who work flexibly around acting commitments, with time off granted for auditions and roles. The actors answer calls for companies including MercedesBenz and Barclaycard. Most of the actors have vocal training, so the companies benefit from employees with strong communication skills while the actors can use the phone calls to practise a character role. RSVP has recently been listed on London Stock Exchange’s ‘1,000 companies to inspire Britain.’

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COOL As companies move to acknowledge the merits of happy, engaged employees, corporate training is more holistic than it used to be. We take a look at the how, what and why of the latest options for the office away-day WORDS: charlotte phillips

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he ‘new’ corporate training is a serious business. The UK spend per year on supplementary workshops is somewhere between £30billion and £50billion, and it’s different to the ‘old’ staff training of PowerPoint presentations in draughty boardrooms. Britain has changed, and the ideals of working life with it. From a nation of industry to a nation of information, through the boom and bust of the dotcom era and nineties hedonism displaced by the recession, today corporate training regimes focus on the mental as much as the physical. The aim? Happy and healthy employees. “Whereas we used to see training focused on more specific and quite narrow skills, like public speaking or sales, now there is a trend for training that goes much deeper and addresses much bigger issues,” says Sophie Paton, business director at business and communications consultancy Make Happy (

“One element of corporate training is improving culture, with the logic that happy, focused employees perform best” “Rather than providing information and practice around a specific topic, it’s about changing behaviours and giving people tools and ways of thinking that they can use in any situation.” While practical skills like presentation abilities and teamwork are still important, so too are personal attributes like mindfulness and positive mental thinking. One element of corporate training is improving culture, with the logic that motivated, focused employees perform best. “It is essential to examine our internal world of feelings, values and what is meaningful to us in order to create an experience of overall fulfilment in our career,” explains psychologist, Elaine Slater. She adds that an activity such as mindfulness “encourages focusing on the present moment rather than being consumed by the difficulties of the past, or anxiety over the future. It promotes a deep engagement and connectedness to yourself, others and your surroundings.” Companies are taking heed. Say bye-bye to stuffy conferences and monotonous speakers. Here’s our pick of the most innovative corporate training programmes out there...


THE STAGE-BASED ONE If you’re nervous about public speaking, taking to the stage may not initially seem natural, but think again: The Old Vic theatre runs corporate training days to help conquer those fears. Jennifer Fordham oversees the programme, which has been undertaken by companies including Marks & Spencer. Working with employees of all levels, from boardroom execs to social media staff, there are four main training options: personal presence and impact, building influence and rapport, creating and developing a team, and leadership. Customised packages are also available – when PwC wanted help with a strategy launch, it got it. The experience is certainly different to what you’d get in a boardroom: specialists such as BBC scriptwriters and voice dialogue experts help corporate big shots learn stage-based techniques like breathing, body language – “how you say something is as important as what you say,” Fordham explains – and voice projection.

“Scriptwriters and voice experts help corporate big shots learn breathing and body language” The skills that actors use to engage and deliver a compelling performance are equally beneficial for closing deals, but are often overlooked in an office environment. “The dynamics and relationship between an actor and the audience and the director and the production company, mirror those found in boardrooms. They’re fundamental skills.” Physically leaving the corporate environment is beneficial, too. “[Participants are] on the stage, standing where the greats have stood: Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier. It’s a beautiful period building that’s removed enough from an everyday safe place, but not too far out their comfort zone. On the stage, one can fail and that’s OK,” says Fordham. Following demands from business leaders, The Old Vic is launching specific drama-based training for women this spring. “Women still need more support for top roles, especially at board level,” she explains. “Our guest speakers will really focus on that.” The Old Vic corporate training (for existing corporate donors) from £3,000,

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THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL ONE The company One Thought’s corporate training programme focuses on bringing out the potential of employees, believing it is employees who determine the success or failure of a business. It promises enhanced relationships, reduced staff turnover and increased revenues: just ask clients SAB Miller, Zetter Group and the US Army. Forget techniques like mindfulness and meditation: co-founder Aaron Turner believes those shouldn’t be necessary. “It’s like with a detox,” he says. “If you’re not toxic, you don’t need to detox. If you always have a clear mind – which should be the default – you don’t need to meditate to create clarity.” One Thought aims for an entire recalibration of the mind, applicable to the office and everywhere else. Training takes place off-site over three to five days and the process is simple: talking, and lots of it, about how we have the power to shape our state of mind. “It changes constantly. Whether we realise it or not, our decisions are shaped by the state of our mind at that particular moment.” The ideal state of mind is one where you don’t allow yourself to be influenced by external factors, so success stories, Turner says, include employees no longer blaming bosses or colleagues for mistakes or bad moods. “State of mind is a core corporate value,” Turner says. “It enriches all experiences, so colleagues are happier and ultimately, more productive. “Often, we speak to businesses who have identified a problem and put processes in place to fix it, but they haven’t identified state of mind as an issue.” Psychologist Elaine Slater agrees that mindfulness can work. “We’re no longer fully present in the world we live in. Harvard research shows that our minds are distracted and lost in thought 47 per cent of the time,” she says. There’s no specific technique introduced by One Thought to change one’s state of mind; just an understanding that it’s wholly possible seems to unlock the ability to do so. And sceptics, take note: James Layfield is the founder and CEO of Central Working, a co-working space connecting entrepreneurs that has been trying it out. “Our team are more present,” he says. “We can achieve more with fewer people and our clients love the experience they get. Everyone is happier, including our CFO.” One Thought, from £1,000 for an introductory event, from £3,000 for an individual and from £15,000 for a group,


“It allows participants to work closely, to push each other to reach new obstacles, problem-solve and help one another face fears or overcome barriers” THE PHYSICAL ONE Just like the stories you’ve heard socially, Tough Mudder’s corporate wellness programme isn’t for the faint-hearted. It has, however, been undertaken by companies including Google, British Airways and Canary Wharf-based KMPG and Thomson Reuters. Tough Mudder aims to bring company employees together through teamwork created via physical activities such as running races, raft-building and obstacle courses in an outdoor environment. The aim is to foster solid relationships that endure back in the boardroom. It works, says Christina Epling, global corporate sales director for Tough Mudder, precisely because people are more open-minded outside of the office. “It allows participants to work closely, to push each other to reach new obstacles and face fears, problem-solve and overcome barriers,” Epling explains. “It can’t be taught in an office or by an HR executive. It allows teams to see colleagues’ personality traits, complement each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and work with people they might not typically converse with in their

normal work environment,” she adds. One attendee explains: “We are going to have ‘Arctic’ experiences in our workdays. Just having those memories is important to pull from and to laugh about and also to remember the effect that we have on each other when we work together.” A Tough Mudder challenge is not just about making friends with the accounts team, however. Epling believes that the skills learned when tackling physical obstacles are equally relevant for working on a client pitch, as “it makes teams stronger, smarter, more productive, increases positive attitude and improves problem-solving.” More than with other options, which focus on holistic personal skills applicable for oneself outside the office, Tough Mudder is about teamwork and building relationships. You may get muddy, but you’re sure to have a lot of fun, and you’ll never look at your boss in the same way again. Tough Mudder corporate wellness packages range from 15 participants to 200. Packages are entirely customised, price on application,



Monitoring emails at work Do employees have a right to privacy in the office?

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r B˘arbulescu worked in a company where there was a policy against the personal internet usage. At his employer’s request Mr B˘arbulescu created a Yahoo Messenger account for responding to clients’ enquiries, but was later told that his account had been monitored, which showed he had used it for personal purposes. Mr B˘arbulescu denied this, so the employer provided transcripts of various personal messages he had sent to family members. Mr B˘arbulescu was dismissed for breach of company policy. Mr B˘arbulescu unsuccessfully challenged his dismissal in court. He appealed to the ECtHR, claiming his privacy had breached. The ECtHR accepted Mr B˘arbulescu’s right to privacy was engaged, but found that his employer had accessed the Yahoo Messenger account assuming it contained only professional (and not personal) information, and that it was not unreasonable for an employer to want to verify that an employee is completing his professional tasks during working hours. The ECtHR decided the monitoring was limited in scope and proportionate and therefore there was no

breach of Mr Ba˘ rbulescu’s privacy. So why is this not a licence for employers to start reading all of their employees’ emails? Firstly, it should be noted the ECtHR has previously found there to be breaches of the right to privacy where employers have monitored employees’ emails. Mr B˘arbulescu’s situation was slightly unusual however. Not only was he working for a company that completely banned personal use of the internet, but he was also using Yahoo Messenger where you cannot assign “private and personal” subject headings to messages like you can in email. Had those facts been different, the ECtHR may well have found Mr B˘arbulescu to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Secondly, UK courts are not bound by judgments of the ECtHR: the Human Rights Act makes it clear that judges only have to “take into account” such judgments. There is therefore no obligation to strictly follow B˘arbulescu. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the protection of employees’ privacy goes beyond simply ECtHR decisions. Monitoring employees’ emails involves processing personal data, meaning the Data Protection

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Act (‘DPA’) applies, with the principle that personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully being particular relevant. The Information Commissioner has helpfully published the Employment Practices Code which sets out recommendations as to how meet the DPA’s legal requirements. It highlights the need to not only put in place a detailed electronic communications and monitoring policy, but also the requirement to communicate this to employees. However, it remains the case that employers can, in limited situations, monitor employees’ emails. If an employee is worried about email monitoring they would be welladvised to refrain from sending personal emails from their work account, or if that is not possible to at the very least clearly mark any such emails as personal. Jonathan Bell, Employment Solicitor, Bindmans LLP If you would like any further advice on employment law, please contact our team at or dial +44(0)207 7833 4433.

Bindmans LLP has taken all reasonable precautions to ensure that information contained in this document is accurate, but stresses that the content is not intended to be legally comprehensive. Bindmans LLP recommends that no action be taken on matters covered in this document without taking full legal advice.


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International Women’s Day Celebrations To celebrate International Women’s Day, Canary Wharf Group hosted an event for local secondary school students at Space39, One Canada Square, to discuss this year’s official theme, Pledge for Parity. A panel of business and political leaders from KPMG, Barclays, The Economist Group and the Association of Muslim Lawyers shared their aspirations for future female leaders, with Howard Dawber, director of

Canary Wharf Group volunteers as part of the GrowTH programme in Tower Hamlets Last month, Canary Wharf Group prepared a hot dinner and dessert for those staying at the night shelter at St Matthias Community Centre, as part of the GrowTH programme in Tower Hamlets. For seven months a year, local churches work together with referral agencies to help provide guests with a hot dinner, breakfast, bed for the night and other activities. To volunteer please visit:

strategy at Canary Wharf Group sharing a male perspective on the matter; Hon Baroness Pola Uddin was also in attendance at the event. With discussions based around leadership, the students took much interest in the success of the panel members, thereby learning that mentoring and networking are key to attaining a successful career.

Canary Wharf Group supports new coffee initiative to tackle homelessness in the UK Canary Wharf Group welcomed Change Please, a not-for-profit organisation, and its social enterprise scheme onto the Estate, as part of its aim to tackle homelessness in the UK. Through the Change Please barista training programme, previously homeless individuals will be selling coffee to those living, working and visiting Canary Wharf, learning vital skills in the process. In partnership with The Big Issue and Old Spike Roastery, Change Please will sell artisan coffee at Reuter’s Plaza, providing workers with invaluable employment skills, accommodation and a liveable London wage. Change Please coffee will also be working its way across London and the coffee will be available to buy nationally across the UK. for more information see


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

Quest: Sculptural Ceramics by Alexander Macdonald-Buchanan until 15 April Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf Open daily / FREE

Quest, the first collection of monumental sculptural ceramics by Alexander Macdonald-Buchanan, has its London debut in the Lobby of One Canada Square. Already known for his largescale garden ceramics, in 2011 he embarked on an ambitious project – a ‘quest’ – to create purely sculptural

Energy series (Photo: Ben Wood)

Window Galleries The Art and Design Window Galleries showcase up-andcoming artists, designers and craftspeople and are located in Canada Place

works in clay. The resulting pieces were made in three different series, reflecting his journey from conception to completion. Combining scale and subtlety, dynamism and reflection, the works on show include five tall ribbed vessels in a range of pale hues collectively titled Contemplation; Energy, four

spiralling towers of an intense matt blue; and three large spheres, titled Revelation. Energy 2, also in the form of a helix, was made especially for the exhibition and, standing at 3.89m high, is his largest sculptural piece to date. For further information see

Revelation series (Photo: Ben Wood)

Design, Jubilee Walk: 3 – 29 April

Ruth Tomlinson

Ruth Tomlinson is driven by her passion for the earth’s treasures – the magic of minutiae, tiny intricacies and small imperfections – the individual’s search for preciousness. She seeks out the unconventional beauty within, whether in the rarity of material or a curiosity in nature, and this fuels her creativity. In her view, each piece of jewellery should be unique, like each one of us, and this is how she would like her jewellery to make people feel. She hopes to evoke a sense of wonder around the work, to create a modern British classic, handcrafted and ready to be filled with its own story.

Quayola - Laocoön

25 April – 24 June Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf Quayola’s artistic practice encompasses audio-visual performance, time-based digital sculpture, drawing, photography and software programming, through which he explores the fine boundary between the real and the artificial. Special institutional commissions have allowed him rare access to the art and architecture of churches, theatres and museums in Europe, including Notre Dame and the Vatican, whose original masterpieces and collections become raw canvas in his hands. For Canary Wharf, Quayola has created a new sculptural group based on his ongoing research into classical iconography – a re-interpretation of the iconic sculpture Laocoön and His Sons in the Vatican Collection. Through computational methods, the geometry of the original sculpture is transformed into an abstract composition and the resulting sculpture loses its historical iconographic connotations while retaining the same proportions, tensions and equilibrium of the original subject. In Quayola’s hands it becomes an object of contemplation that documents harmonious collisions between old and new, and explores the hybrid space between figurative, abstract, real and artificial. The sculpture is designed using custom computer software and fabricated using large-scale 3D printing technology. Exhibited alongside the sculpture are a series of prints and video charting the process. For further information see

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

Cubitt Town’s Rain Forest Mural Until 11 May

The word ‘redevelopment’ often strikes fear in the heart of those it impacts. This was the case for many residents on the New Union Wharf Estate on the Isle of Dogs – until, that is, the children from Cubitt Town Junior School (many of whom live on the Estate) found themselves involved in designing a rainforest mural to brighten up 200ft of grey hoarding. Working in collaboration with Hills Partnership, East Thames and local artist Murude Mehmet, along with local residents and volunteers, they spent weekends, evenings and art lessons turning the design into reality. Residents now wake up to images of frogs, birds and many other beautiful creatures instead of a blank grey wall. Cyclists, runners and walkers often comment on the amazing piece of work, which has become a real talking point in the community. Why the rainforest? Although the rainforest only covers six per cent of the Earth’s surface it contains more than half of the world’s plants and species. Diverse, beautiful and ever changing, each creature and plant has a place and a reason for being, a little like red bricks in the urban environment. Johnson Controls, a business based in Canary Wharf, has financed part of the project, together with East Thames.

Art, Canada Walk: 3 – 29 April

Jimin Chae

Jimin Chae has developed his own artistic language in paintings that combine realism with hints of expressionistic brushstrokes to recreate static moments derived from his daily life. Always drawn to peaceful settings, he carefully observes these moments of calm to select scenes that have narratives of their own, which he then collages on his canvas, adding a new dimension to the composition. At first glance, viewers see saturated colour planes with a person or persons gazing on different items or into another space. But this first impression gives way to an odd sense of the surreal as we gradually realize that the images within one framework are out of place.


Canary Wharf goes all vintage this spring with BUMP Rollerdisco rolling up and vintage fairs taking root every month – so get your skates on and go get a bargain!


Monday 11 – Friday 29 July 7am-10pm Montgomery Square FREE TO WATCH

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In aid of the National autistic society Saturday 14 May 8am-5pm Bank Street, Canary Wharf Sponsorship required FREE TO WATCH Join other fundraisers on this exclusive challenge by taking the plunge and experiencing Canary Wharf at 230ft! On Saturday 14 May the Canary Wharf Charity Abseil raises funds for The National Autistic Society, the leading UK charity for autistic people and their families, providing information, support and pioneering services. Sign up now to bravely scale down Canary Wharf’s 50 Bank Street as the challenge is open to anyone over 18 years old and no previous abseiling experience is required as training is provided on the day by fully qualified instructors. The only requirement is the want for adventure and a commitment to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship and give £25 registration fee to secure your place. Visit for further information. Or, email the Events Team at

Back by popular demand, the Action For Kids Beach Volleyball arrives at Canary Wharf this July in Montgomery Square. Experience this fast-paced, fun-filled sport as two pop-up beach volley ball courts take up a three-week residency in Montgomery Square. Enter a team into the Championship Tournament taking place 22 July hosted by sports pundit Rob Walker. Anyone can enter a mixed team of between five and 12 people. You don’t need any previous experience as the rules are simple and training is included. There are other ways of getting involved throughout the three weeks: enjoy pay-to-play sessions where you simply turn up and play, watch showcase matches with some of Europe’s finest Volleyball players or simply hang out at the CNTNR Bar and enjoy the beach side atmosphere. To book court time, classes, sessions, private hire or for more information please contact the AFK Events Team on 020 8347 8111 or email beach@ or visit afkbeach. To register your tournament team simply download the Action For Kids Beach Volleyball application form from and email the completed form to


Friday 22 April – Sunday 8 May Weekday 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 11pm Saturday 11am – 11pm Sunday 11am – 7pm Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 11am – 11pm

BUMP Rollerdisco rolls into Canary Wharf for two weeks of wheelie fun! Complete with a nightclub, quality DJ booth, disco lighting and wooden flooring, where its huge range of available skates including vintage, sparkly glitter or light-up wheels, will glide across! There’s a viewing area for spectators to watch and enjoy the action and for skaters in need of a breather. Private skating lessons are available weekdays from 3pm to 5pm and after 7pm on Sundays by emailing info@ Contact for Group Bookings and corporate deals. Roller skates range from child size eight to adult size 14. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old and the minimum skating age is three. If children are below a child size eight then we would advise they are probably too young to roller skate. TICKETS: Adults £10, under 14’s £7.50 After 7pm Fridays & Saturdays, Adults £12, Under 14’s £8.50 After 9pm Daily, 15 years & over only All tickets are for a two hour session. On the door to subject to availability. @BumpRollerDisco. #bumprollerdisco

Pop Up Vintage Fairs at Canary Wharf Wednesday 11 May 10.30am – 6.30pm Cabot Square FREE TO VISIT

This summer, Pop Up Vintage Fairs London will be bringing their award-winning market to Canary Wharf with a variety of vintage goods. On the second Wednesday from May until September, head to the delightful Cabot Square and discover a range of handpicked, quality vintage goodies. Browse the stalls for ladies and menswear, jewellery, fashion accessories, haberdashery, retro furnishings and many more collectables and curiosities, all from 1920s – 1980s. With different stalls appearing each month, there’ll be new bargains and hidden gems to explore at each fair so get the Pop Up Vintage Fairs dates in your diary now. Wednesdays: 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August and 14 September.






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off track Move over Range Rover: let Bentley take over. Bentley’s new 4x4 elbows everything aside as it climbs to the top of the luxury SUV class with its very first SUV, Bentley Bentayga. WORDS: matthew carter

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’m driving a luxury 4x4 at a fair pace along some tight and twisty back roads. Progress is rapid, cornering and grip impressive while the engine is whisper quiet. The roads lead to a deserted quarry where a rotary dial on the centre console is switched from on-road to off-road mode, and off we go scrabbling over rocks, accelerating up impossibly steep dirt track climbs, inching down equally steep descents and tip-toeing tentatively over precarious looking bridges fabricated from what looks like a couple of fallen trees. It competes the course with ease. Time for another test. After a spot of high-speed motorway running, that dial is switched to offroad mode again, this time to the ‘sand’ setting and away we go bounding over desert dunes as if we were in a buggy. The fact that we almost get stuck near the peak of one dune is down to operator error (mine) rather than the car’s ability. What next? Oh yes, for something completely

different we leave the sand behind and seek out a race circuit where the car’s power and handling capabilities can be better explored. Once again, it comes out with flying colours. Any car that can handle road and track, offroad rocks and shifting sand with equal aplomb is impressive, but frankly not so unusual these days. The Range Rover can do it, as can the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. No doubt the soon to be launched Jaguar F-Pace will master such tests, too. What makes this car different is the badge nose and rump – Bentley. Yes, Bentley, maker of svelte coupés and cabrios and ultra luxury limos, has produced a four-wheel-drive Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) even though the word ‘utility’ is not in the company lexicon of terms. It’s called Bentayga and I can hear you asking ‘why’? It’s named after a mountainous area of Gran Canaria, but beyond that, I have no idea. Why did the luxury car manufacturer develop an


off-roader? That’s easier to explain. Research told Bentley’s marketing bods that a high percentage of their customers had more than one car. And nine times out of ten one of the other cars nestling up to a Continental GT or a Mulsanne in their garage was a luxury SUV. And so it came to pass. Bentley reckons Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. What about the top Range Rover, you say? Well, the recently introduced supercharged V8-powered Range Rover SV Autobiography isn’t as powerful, isn’t as fast, isn’t as luxurious and looks like a Range Rover, so is far from exclusive. But at £165,000 on the road, price wise it stops where the Bentley starts. Bentley is part of the Volkswagen Group, of course, and it has been able to plunder technology from its siblings to develop Bentayga. Under the largely aluminium body lies a platform that will underpin the new Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. The 4x4 chassis is also a group development and when the £4,520 All-Terrain Specification option box is ticked, it has four on-road and four off-road modes controlled by the centre console.

Bentayga differs technically from the Audi and Porsche in its all-new Dynamic Ride electric air suspension set-up The default setting is ‘Bentley’ which blends the refinement of Comfort and body control of the Sport settings, or you can use Custom to choose your own preferred setting. Off-road settings optimise the chassis for Snow & Grass, Dirt & Gravel, Mud & Trail or Sand Dunes. Bentayga differs technically from the Audi and Porsche in its all-new Dynamic Ride electric air suspension set-up, that counteracts lateral roll when cornering far quicker than a conventional system can manage and it really works. And it’s mightily different under the bonnet, where a new version of Bentley’s remarkable British-built W12-cylinder engine lives. This twin turbo work of art develops 600hp and a scarcely believable 900 Nm of torque. It also incorporates fuel saving measures such as Variable Displacement that shuts down half the engine under light loads, while the pair of twinscroll turbochargers mean quicker response times, as

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reflected in the 4.0 sec 0-60mph time. Top speed is 187mph – not bad for a 4x4 that weighs 2.4 tonnes. As those figures suggest, Bentayga is sports car quick yet it remains limousine-like in its refinement. The superb eight-speed automatic shifts gear unobtrusively and the sound of thunder from under the bonnet is always distant. Driver technology is at the cutting-edge with a vastly improved navigation system and driver safety systems that use sensors, cameras and radar to monitor the outside world. And finally, Bentley has engineered the gear paddles so they move with the steering wheel rather than remain obstinately static behind it. Aesthetically speaking you’ll need to tick a few options to get the most from the car. For example, the show model – finished in a rather splendid Verdant green exterior shade (one of 107 colours on the chart) with a saddle leather interior – had £54,500 worth of optional extras, taking the total bill to nearly £215,000. Bentley expects most new Bentaygas to top £200,000. Disappointments? Well, only one and that’s really a matter of personal taste. To these eyes it doesn’t look as special as, say, the Continental GT manages to do even now, some 13 years down the line. The front, with its large diamond hatch grille, and the strong rear haunches are typically bold Bentley features but the rear end is, well, a bit ordinary to be honest. Bentley has more then doubled production to 5,000 units… and each one has already been bagged. When, in due course, less expensive petrol/electric hybrid and (whisper it) diesel versions are launched, annual sales are likely to be considerably higher still. Little wonder Bentley is in the middle of a £840 million expansion programme at its home in Crewe. Range Rover, you need to be worried.

VEHICLE SPECS Car: Bentley Bentayga Price: £160,200 Engine: Front-mounted, twin-turbo, 5,950cc, W12 Power: 600HP Performance: 187mph max, 0-60mph in 4.0 secs Drive: Four-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic transmission



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he property market in Canary Wharf is in good health. While we have a couple of uncertainties on the horizon in the form of an increase in stamp duty on second homes and the EU referendum, the market is still buoyant and transactions levels are high. Clearly all vendors need to be aware of these impending issues, and as a result ensure that properties are priced correctly. The highest price quoted by an agent does not make them the best placed agent to sell your property. While we all want to sell our properties for as much as possible, it is often the case that by sensibly pricing your property you will ultimately achieve the best price. When you appoint your agent, price and fee are of course big drivers, but you should also look at what that agent can do for you. Do they have a local office network? The crossover of buyers between areas means that your property will get greater exposure to a larger buyer base. Do they have international reach? With London being considered a safe haven for property investment all around the world, why would you preclude yourself from having your property exposed worldwide? Can the agent demonstrate that they have sold similar properties? Just because an agent says they are active in an area, does not mean that they are going to have the ability to sell your property; make sure they have sold in your development before. Do they have experienced negotiators? If they only have very inexperienced staff then the chances of you getting the best price for your property are severely limited. So while it is important to consider price and fee, it is also important to consider other factors, particularly when there are uncertainties in the market. During times of uncertainties, the choice of agent becomes even more fundamental, experience in this industry really does count for a lot.

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“According to new research by Wetherell, home prices below £1m are set to become extinct in Mayfair and the wider West End, with less than five per cent of homes now sold in Mayfair priced below seven figures, none priced below £750,000 and the majority sold (49 per cent) now priced between £2m and £10m.” – 2016 research by Wetherell, with data analysis by Dataloft

MEET CALA homes Luxury developer CALA Homes is hosting an event this month in partnership with Savills. Taking place on the 14 April at Savills’ Canary Wharf office from 11am – 6.30pm, the event will introduce its new high-end Trueloves Grange development in person. Located in Ingatestone, the private gated community includes 11 detached five-, six-, and seven-bedroom family homes, and starting at 3,217 sq ft, they are each as expansive as the views of the open Essex countryside that surround them. Situated just a ten minute drive from the M25 and with Ingatestone offering direct trains to Liverpool Street Station in around 30 minutes, it is a rural haven for commuters who need easy access to London but want to enjoy more space and the charms of countryside village life. The homes’ interiors maintain very high standards and boast quartz stone work surfaces, instant hot and filtered cold water taps, a recessed television to view from the bath in the master en suite and walk-in wet room style showers. Have all your questions answered and find out more about availability on the night at Savills, based at 20 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Trueloves Grange, CM4, from £1,780,000, 01628 536 229,


NEWS HEART and SOUL Inigo Scout, a new British textile company is providing more than just beautiful blankets. With every limited edition artistdesigned blanket purchased, ten children in need of warmth are given blankets of their own, with the help of registered charity partner, Knit For Peace. Woven using the highest quality wool, in the finest mill in Scotland, each heavyweight blanket is produced in a limited edition of 60 and comes signed by the artist. The first collection consists of Selvedge, by Vietnamese artist Kimvi Nguyen, Shore, by British artist, Tim Robinson, and Microscopic by Tim Fishlock, another British artist. Each blanket retails for £1,100, and comes in its own exquisite canvas wrap with leather stud detail, and includes international delivery by the leading art packing and shipping firm, Martin Speed.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK The Berkeley Group has set out to transform one of the most economically deprived areas in South-East London, in what’s said to be one of the most ambitious regeneration schemes in Europe. Kidbrooke Village, a 30-year project in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, is a six-stage development expected to reach completion in 2030. The scheme will provide homes to nearly 5,000 people, but is also expected to create in excess of 20,000 jobs and boast 35 hectares of open space. Thus far, 1,224 homes, 229 permanent jobs and 76 apprenticeship roles have been delivered, all while The Construction Skills Centre has been set up on site to support young people entering the industry.


head of lettings at Knight Frank Canary Wharf, comments on the trends in the residential lettings market


he performance of the prime central London lettings market has historically been linked to the health of the financial services sector. It is therefore unsurprising that against the background of volatility on global financial market, rental value growth in prime central London has been declining since May 2015. The start of 2016 has been overshadowed by fears surrounding the impotence of central banks, and the prospect of negative interest rates triggered a fall in the share price of European banks and spread uncertainty in markets already digesting low oil prices and a Chinese economic slowdown. As a result of this uncertainty, rental values fell -0.1 per cent in February, which was the fifth consecutive decline and meant annual rental value growth, fell to -0.2 per cent. It was the first time annual rental value growth has been negative since June 2014. Average gross prime yields were flat at 2.92 per cent. This trend has been exacerbated by high supply levels, particularly at above £1,500 per week, as a result of more vendors deciding to let their properties due to uncertainty over taxation and price growth in the sales market. Consequently, tenants feel little urgency to agree deals and the result is that a growing number of landlords need to reduce their rental income expectations. More volatile economic conditions and a weaker financial services industry mean corporate budgets are reduced, which lowers demand for higher value rental property in particular. This effect can be seen when you juxtapose the annual rental value growth (one per cent) for properties worth less than £1,500 per week, with the -1.6 per cent decline for properties worth more than £1,500 per week. The same effect means that price growth for flats has out-performed houses in the last year. Given the supply and demand imbalance, there is also a marked difference between newly-refurbished and un-modernised properties. For example, in Marylebone, rental property in the best condition will achieve an average of £1.15 per sq ft per week, which compares to 80p per sq ft per week for properties that have not been updated. *This is an excerpt from Knight Frank’s Residential Research: Prime Central London Rental Index

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Guide price: £1,695,000

Anchorage Point, Nr Canary Wharf E14 A stunning duplex penthouse apartment with sweeping river views. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, 3 terraces, concierge, private parking. EPC: D. Approximately 172.9 sq m (1,862 sq ft). Share of Freehold Office: 020 3641 6112

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Guide price: £525 per week Modern and light third floor flat in a desirable block. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, 2 balconies, parking space and estate manager. EPC: C. Approximately 61 sq m --> China Court, Wapping E1W Guide price: £1,700,000 (663 sq ft). Available furnished. Guide price: £1,475,000 Modern and light third floor flat in a desirable block. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, 2 balconies, parking space estate manager. EPC: C. Approximately 61 sq m Pan South Quay E14and New Peninsula, Providence Wharf, Nr Canary Wharf E14 Office: 020 8166 5369 (663 sq ft). Available furnished. A beautifully presented duplex apartment with views towards Wharf, the River A beautifully presented three bedroom apartment with stunningCanary River Thames views. 3 Thames and the City3skyline. 2 bedrooms, bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, terrace, 3 bedrooms, bathrooms, reception2room, kitchen, 2 balconies, concierge, private parking. Office: 020 8166 5369 balconies, concierge, private EPC: EPC: C. Approximately 153.4 parking. sq m (1,652 sqC.ft).Approximately Leasehold. 166.36 sq m (1,791 sq ft). Office: 36416112 6112 Office: 020 020 3641

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Guide price: £550 per week Stunning contemporary flatwith withdock views of Tower Bridge.22bathrooms, bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, A bright two bedroom apartment with courtyard view. 2 bedrooms, A well presented apartment views. 2 bedrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, underground parking and daytime porter. EPC: C. reception room, kitchen, balcony, concierge, parking. EPC: C. bathroom, reception room, kitchen, balcony, concierge, parking. EPC: C. Hermitage Court, Wapping E1W Guide price: £2,500,000 Available furnished.  Approximately 64.2 sq m (691 sq ft). Leasehold Approximately 84.5 sq m (910 sq ft). Leasehold. Stunning contemporary flat with views of Tower Bridge. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Office: 020 8166room, 5369 reception/dining kitchen,Quay underground C.020 3641 6112 Pan Peninsula, South E14 parking and daytime porter. EPC: Office: Office: 020 3641 6112 Available furnished.  A grand three bedroom apartment located on the forty-fourth floor with spectacular panoramic views across London. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 terraces, 2 Office: 020 8166 5369 balconies, concierge, private parking. EPC: C. Approximately 225.57 sq m (2,428 sq ft).

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Ionian Building, Limehouse E14 A smart one bedroom apartment overlooking the Orangery within the Mosaic development. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, open plan kitchen, balcony, parking optional. EPC: B. Approximately 49 sq m (527 sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 3641 9294

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Belgrave Court, Nr Canary Wharf Pan Peninsula, South Quay E14E14 Guide price: £550 per week

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Discovery Dock Apartments, South Quay E14

A three stunning four bedroom apartment occupying the 3thirtyninth andPenthouse fourtieth floors with with dock views. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, bedroom apartmentpenthouse with fantastic river views. 3 bedrooms, apartment 360 degreereception views across London. 4 bedrooms, 5 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, room,Wapping kitchen, concierge, parking. EPC: C. reception room, kitchen, 3 balconies, concierge, 2 parking spaces. Hermitage Court, E1W privatebathrooms, Guide 7 price: £2,950 per week terraces, balconies, concierge, private parking. EPC: C. Available or unfurnished. Approximately 162.2 sq mflat (1,746 ft). Available furnished. EPC: C. Approximately 166.9 sq m (1,797 sq ft). Available furnished. Guide price: £595,000 Stunning contemporary withsqviews of Tower Bridge. 2 bedrooms,furnished 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, underground parking and daytime porter. EPC: C. Pan South Quay E14 Office: 020 3641 9294 Office:Peninsula, 020 3641 9294 Office: 020 3641 9294 Available furnished.  Cascades Tower, Westferry Road E14 A stunning four bedroom penthouse apartment occupying the thirtyninth and fourtieth floors with Fantastic apartment located on the eleventh floor with stunning views towards Canary Wharf 360 degree views Office: 020 8166 across 5369 London. 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 skyline. 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, balcony,furnished leisure facilities, parking. terraces,2 bedrooms, 7 balconies, concierge, private parking. EPC: C. Available or unfurnished. EPC: C. Approximately 66.3 sq m (713 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 96 years remaining. Canary Wharf Lettings - March 24/02/2016 15:17:23

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Phoenix Heights, Isle of Dogs E14 A superbly presented three bedroom triplex penthouse apartment offering fantastic views towards Canary Wharf. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, terrace. EPC: B. Approximately 199 sq m (1,281 sq ft). Leasehold Office: 020 3641 6112

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Guide price: £525 per week Modern and light third floor flat in a desirable block. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, 2 balconies, parking space and estate manager. EPC: C. Approximately 61 sq m --> China Court, Wapping E1W Guide price: £1,700,000 (663 sq ft). Available furnished. Guide price: £475,000 Modern and light third floor flat in a desirable block. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, 2 balconies, space Pan Peninsula, South Quay E14and estate manager. EPC: C. Approximately 61 sq m Luralda Wharf, Isle of parking Dogs E14 Office: 020 8166 5369 (663 sq ft). Available furnished. A beautifully presented duplex apartment with views towards Wharf, the River Thames A well proportioned two bedroom apartment benefiting from a Canary private balcony with River and the City skyline. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception rooms, kitchen, terrace, 3 Thames views. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception2room, kitchen, balcony, private parking. EPC: Office: 020 8166 5369 balconies, concierge, private parking. EPC: C. Approximately 166.36 sq m (1,791 sq ft). D. Approximately 67 sq m (722 sq ft). Leasehold. Office: 36416112 6112 Office: 020 020 3641

Guide £550 per week Guide price: price: £575,000

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Cascades Tower, Nr Canary Wharf E14

Guide price: £550 per week Stunning contemporary flat bedroom with views of ToweronBridge. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, A two bedroom apartment with partial river views. 2 bedrooms, 2 A well presented two double apartment the twelfth floor. reception/dining room,reception kitchen, underground parking and daytime porter. EPC: C. bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, balcony, concierge, private parking. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, room, kitchen, balcony. EPC: B. Hermitage Court, Wapping E1W Guide price: £2,500,000 Available furnished.  EPC: C. Approximately 72.5 sq m (781 sq ft). Leasehold. Approximately 72 sq m (775 sq ft). Leasehold. Stunning contemporary flat with views of Tower Bridge. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Office: 020 8166room, 5369 reception/dining kitchen,Quay underground C.020 3641 6112 Pan Peninsula, South E14 parking and daytime porter. EPC: Office: Office: 020 3641 6112 Available furnished.  A grand three bedroom apartment located on the forty-fourth floor with spectacular panoramic views across London. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 terraces, 2 Office: 020 8166 5369 balconies, concierge, private parking. EPC: C. Approximately 225.57 sq m (2,428 sq ft).

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t the start of the year, JLL predicted that 2016 would provide a sound base for home owners, buyers, renters and landlords, with anticipated house price growth of five per cent and transaction volumes rising to 1.28 million. However, while the UK economy is one of the safest and strongest in the world, the London property market may feel the effects of the unrest of overseas economies, but here in the City and east, the mainstream housing market has had a great first quarter. Whilst there is a firm eye on 1 April and the EU referendum, the off plan investment sector has seen clients from around the world continue to choose

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The growing popularity of the area is signified by the number of new developments London as a safe place to invest their money. Investors are particularly active in the £500,000-£1.5m price bracket where the three per cent additional stamp duty on buy-to-let properties coming into effect in April isn’t too onerous. The developers who have chosen the City and east to redevelop have done so with a huge amount of thought; the all-round quality of living in the area will be mind-blowing and the growing popularity of the area is signified by the

number of new developments which have launched already this year, with many more in the pipeline. Until now, what we have lacked is choice, but not only do we now have developments with high specification apartments, but also a range of on-site facilities to take the day’s stresses away, from hotel-like spas, club lounges on high floors, cinemas, 24-hour concierge services, gymnasiums, and, for some, lovely outdoor spaces. We are seeing a continued interest in these quality developments, with those offering residents an easy commute to work in Canary Wharf and the City being the most popular. 020 7337 4004,


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Beyond your expectations

Pan Peninsula, E14 An exquisite and rarely available penthouse with panoramic views from 3 separate aspects across London which are enhanced by 7 private balconies. The apartment is finished to an exceptionally high-specification throughout. Facilities for residents including: 24 hour concierge; cinema; sizeable & very well-equipped gym; a 16 metre swimming pool; Jacuzzi & sauna; & a 48th floor cocktail bar. The property is offered chain-free with 2 valet parking spaces. EPC: C

Hamptons Canary Wharf Office Sales. 020 7717 5453 | Lettings. 020 7346 5802

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Over 3000 Sq ft Penthouse 2 Reception Rooms 3 Bedrooms 7 Private Balconies 24 Hour Concierge 2 Parking spaces

Narrow Street, E14 Exquisite penthouse offering panoramic views from Canary Wharf to the City. The internal space of nearly 3000 sq.ft comprises of 3 substantial bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms and kitchen breakfast room. Additional benefits include 2 parking spaces, roof terrace, balconies and gymnasium. EPC: C

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Over 2800 Sqft Penthouse 2 Reception Rooms 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms River Views Roof Terrace

Beyond your expectations

Cumberland Mills Square, E14 £650 per week A wonderful two bedroom apartment with stunning views across the Thames towards Greenwich.

Pan Peninsula Square, E14 £625 per week A two bedroom with fantastic views on the 27th floor of one of Canary Wharf’s most popular developments.

Hamptons Canary Wharf Office Sales. 020 7717 5453 | Lettings. 020 7346 5802

East South Quay Square, E14 ÂŁ535 per week A modern two bedroom two bathroom apartment in the much sought-after Discovery Dock development.

New Village Avenue, E14 ÂŁ430 per week A top floor two bedroom two bathroom apartment with terrace and stunning river views.

Hamptons Canary Wharf Office Sales. 020 7717 5453 | Lettings. 020 7346 5802


2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Study Walk in wardrobe

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Price £410 per week Furnished For more information, call Charlotte Malone 020 3811 2225 or email

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

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AGENT FOCUS: cbre The Changing Face of Developments with CBRE As London continues to see a rapid rise in the construction of new build developments, two of CBRE’s experts comment on the diversification of the market, new sales technologies and how the consumer must always remain at the centre of its business.

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ith offices in Bond Street, Covent Garden and Canary Wharf, CBRE may not appear to have as many boots on the ground as other estate agencies, but it believes having fewer offices allows it the freedom to capitalise on London’s various burgeoning markets and new build developments. “Unlike other agents who may have a more high street presence, we aren’t bound to particular areas geographically, so tend to operate wherever our clients need us. Currently we are focusing our attention on Clerkenwell, Farringdon, the City and its surrounding areas. They were previously underrated but are now highly in demand both to live and work in,” says James Burrows, CBRE’s associate director of sales. The impending arrival of Crossrail in Farringdon is frequently cited as a factor in the increasing attention paid to this part of the city and Burrows offers statistics to back up the real-time effect on the cost of living in the area. “Since 2008, average house prices have increased by 62 per cent in these areas, which broadly compares to that of prime central London.” The rising prices seem to be prompting rising demands from buyers – whose checklist for

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amenities from cinema rooms to spa facilities can be lengthy – and the last ten years in particular have seen a big increase in new build developments that can offer all of the mod cons. “The benchmark for luxury has just been raised so high in recent years and developers are much more sympathetic to buying habits,” suggests Burrows. “It naturally creates more demand in both the sales and lettings markets and also more choice, so buyers and tenants are far pickier.” In light of this, CBRE as well as the developers has had to plan its approach carefully to secure the ever more discerning buyers’ business. “We’ve always had a more cerebral approach to our work – it’s what made us the largest commercial property advisor in the world – and it’s an approach we’re now bringing to the residential market, using insight and analysis to identify the best opportunities and get the best value for our clients, whether it’s buying a property, or selling, letting or managing a current investment for them,” adds Mike Knowles, associate director of lettings. Capitalising on the improvements in technology, such as using virtual reality headsets to give buyers of off-plan properties a vision of their future home, is one such way agents can help their clients to make a more informed decision. In one recent report, Heather Bellini of Goldman Sachs Research says she expects virtual and augmented reality to become an $80billion market by the The Charles


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year 2025, and CBRE are open to the potential of its use, as Knowles continues. “There is still a place for professional photographs but buyers and tenants can see past that and quite often this won’t show the whole property. It isn’t enough to be able to see what the property looks like from the outside anymore – you want to be able to imagine living there. We recently partnered with Virtual Walkthrough (who create 360 degree virtual tour software) so that we can show properties from a

viewer’s eye perspective.” Although such techniques may allow CBRE to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to new build properties, Knowles also believes that the market for older homes shouldn’t be neglected. “Clients expect all of the latest technology and state-of-the-art design from a new build development as well as extra amenities which don’t always come as standard in older developments, for example, a concierge, gym and swimming pools. That said however, the character of a second-hand home just cannot be beaten, so it does entirely depend on the buyer or tenants’ needs, whether that’s location, interior design, outside space, eco-characteristics or amenities. Essentially what is important and what is deemed as value for money or a good rental investment varies from person to person.” Such awareness of the complexities of the market and a solid understanding that a property purchase requires a personal approach when a client is investing significant funds, is what really makes CBRE stand out in such a competitive market. CBRE Residential, 9-12 Bow Street, WC2E, 020 7240 2255,


Orion Point, Docklands, E14 Duplex Penthouse apartment

CBRE are proud to present this stunning duplexpenthouse apartment located at the top of Orion Point, The Odyssey. The apartment has been designed to exploit the virtues of natural light and space, with part open-plan living areas, creating an apartment of great versatility with a floor-to-ceiling glass feature wall, dining area and

galleried lounge linked by a spiral staircase, two double bedrooms and two luxury bathrooms. The property also boasts secure parking, 24 hour concierge service, leisure facilities and is located within easy reach of the DLR and Canary Wharf.

ÂŁ800 per week +44(0)20 7519 5939

The Heron, City of London, EC2 Two bedroom apartment

CBRE are offering this seventeenth floor 892 square foot two bedroom corner apartment with North and East facing views available to rent in this highly anticipated development. The apartment offers generous floor space, comprising of a vast open-plan living area, two double bedrooms and two luxurious bathrooms. Floor to ceiling glass

amplifies both the light and space in the apartment as well as a large balcony that offers incredible views. The Heron also offers residents with a tranquil landscaped roof garden and includes a private residents’ restaurant and bar, state of the art gymnasium, a private screening room and conference facilities.

ÂŁ1,200 per week +44(0)20 7519 5939

Ontario Tower, Docklands, E14 Three bedroom Penthouse apartment Situated on the 24th & 25th floor is this spectacular duplex penthouse apartment in Docklands, E14. This 2,521 sq ft apartment benefits from three good sized bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large open plan kitchen/living area with floor to ceiling patio doors leading to a private balcony with views towards Greenwich.

Ontario Tower is situated only moments away from the heart of Canary Wharf financial district. The development benefits from 24 hour concierge and security, leisure facilities and parking.

ÂŁ1,950,000 +44 (0)20 7519 5900

Nova Building, Docklands, E14 Two bedroom duplex apartment

A rarely available 1,046 sq ft two bedroom duplex apartment located in Nova Building, E14. The property includes a spacious living area which leads to the private balcony offering panoramic views of the River Thames and the City. Benefiting further from a separate kitchen, two good size double bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The development offers great amenities such as a communal gym and concierge service. Located within walking distance to Mudchute DLR and Canary Wharf Jubilee underground service.

ÂŁ640,000 +44 (0)20 7519 5900

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An amazing bedroom sub-penthouse Stunning twotwo bedroom, two bathroom, 15th apartment offering unrivalled viewsviews, of floor apartment offering panoramic the river Thames and the London skyline plush furnishings, open-plan kitchen/ from the comfort of your living room. The reception, two double bedrooms and two property offers a private luxury bathrooms. Furtherwrap-around benefits include balcony, galleyair style kitchen, parking and wood flooring, conditioning and 24hr fabulous facilities. concierge.on-site Underground parking can be arranged via separate negotiation.

A beautiful, pristine, two double bedroom apartment split-level, two double offering views the London bedroomspectacular apartment with noofonward chain. skyline and the river from your Features include twoThames double bedrooms, private balcony. The property boasts two study, en suite and family bathroom, bathrooms, a separate modern kitchen, spacious open-plan reception and private a large reception and itofcomes with an balcony offering views the Thames. allocated parking space. Gated covered parking space included.

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A modern, three bedroom duplexon apartment setbasis on the ground This spacious property is offered a furnished and and first floors. Offered furnished, the property has a comprises double bedroom, fitted kitchen, main bathroom and contemporary feel with a spacious kitchen/reception a large reception with access onto aopen-plan private balcony with partial room, enviews. suite to master bedroom, additional bathroom andand a a Thames Additional features include allocated parking unique daytimeprivate – perfect for summer.

A one bedroom apartment located in one of Limehouse’s Located in a riverside warehouse conversion, this two bedroom most popular developments set on historicbrickwork, Narrow Street. property comprises high ceilings, exposed beams and The accommodation offers a modern, and large windows. With spacious receptionopen-plan room, fullykitchen fitted kitchen/ a bright reception room with private balcony and views across diner, two bathrooms and ample storage. An allocated parking the courtyard fountain. space is also included.

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This stunning is a beautiful, two double bedroom apartment two double bedroom apartment offerswhich generous has been maintained a very high standard. This bright and space throughout andto comprises a large reception, en suite to attractive property benefits from a large living room and withfully real master bedroom, shower room, large private balcony wood modernfeatures open-plan kitchen with integrated fitted flooring, kitchen. Further include an allocated parking space appliances two stylish bathrooms. and 24 hourand concierge.

A four stunning, three bedroom floortwo penthouse double bedroom townseventh house with balconies and apartment set within a primein E14 development. Furnished communal garden presented immaculate order. Includes large to a high standard, property comprises a large L-shaped reception, separatethe kitchen, en suite bathroom, family bathroom reception room, fullybedroom integrated kitchen, large private terrace and top floor master with vaulted ceiling and dressing and modern bathroom suites.parking. area.two Includes gated underground

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“ You get a good sense of community here and respect for the area, as you really are on your own island.” Anthony Creative Director

We believe in being Frank. That means straight-talking, honesty and doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Turning up on time. Phone calls promptly returned. Doing the paperwork. Being polite and friendly. It’s not fancy. It’s just Frank.

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STATE OF THE MARKET local property management perks JASON TAYLOR, sales director at Franklyn James Estate Agents, comments on the state of the residential property market


the Rush on Rentals ALASDAIR CARPENTER, managing director of Lourdes Estate Agents, comments on the state of the residential property market


hen choosing a letting agent, and especially if you are opting for a management service, one of the most important points to consider is where its property management team is located. Surprisingly, 70 per cent of estate agents do not have an in-house property management team. In these cases, it is subcontracted to companies based around the UK, or a third party will assist with this service if the agent simply doesn’t offer it. Having a dedicated, on-site department has huge advantages, offering reassurance to both landlord and tenants. Franklyn James’ property management team is located at our Narrow Street office, making it so much easier for us to understand landlords’ and tenants’ needs. Having local knowledge and being able to meet clients face-to -face is extremely beneficial, whether dealing with problems or simply to meet, greet and sign documents. Furthermore, the majority of tenants who rent through Franklyn James are busy professionals who appreciate that if problems should arise they will be handled professionally and efficiently. Gary Atkins, senior property manager at Franklyn James, also comments on the benefits. “Having experienced both in-house and external property management departments in various estate agencies, it is easy to see the benefits of having a team based directly within the office. It allows a physical point of contact, so that clients and customers can personally meet the team and complete paperwork, or obtain guidance and professional advice regarding their property or tenancy. This aspect of our service provides a really solid foundation on which lasting business and customer relations can be formed. Our location also allows for a very hands-on approach to property visits, inspections and assessments of maintenance, along with ensuring that legislation is adhered to. A simple visit to a property located a short distance from our office can often resolve minor maintenance issues and queries, ensuring that matters are dealt with promptly and without unnecessary fuss.”

espite the cool chill in the air, spring is now upon us and the London lettings market is showing signs of new life after a very quiet winter period. The residential lettings market has always been seasonal, and spring is generally the catalyst for what is the busiest part of the year. The uncertainty of the forthcoming EU referendum is causing many Londoners to put their home ownership aspirations on hold until after June. This then further fuels the demand for private rental properties across the capital and such a spike in demand will likely cause rental prices to increase as applicants compete to secure available properties. Landlords should look to capitalise on these favourable conditions. The market is awash with prospective tenants so landlords can afford to pick and choose the tenant that offers the most favourable terms. As we move into the summer months this trend is set to continue, as graduates starting work in London later in the year look to secure accommodation early to avoid the last minute rush. London is – and always has been – one of the most transient places in the world. International students and professionals alike are always looking for short- and medium-term rental accommodation. This has been further exacerbated by the modern trend of employing contractors who work on a fixed-term basis. If you are a landlord with a soon to be available property, make sure your agent is utilising the advantageous conditions in securing the very best deal, and don’t rush into accepting the first offer.

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HOMES TO VIEW JACOB STREET SE1 – SHARE OF FREEHOLD £1,800,000 – 2 bedrooms EPC rating: B | Ref: TOW160010

A striking two double bedroom warehouse conversion located in the popular area of Shad Thames.

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MANOR WAY SE3 – LEASEHOLD Starting at £445,000 – 1-3 bedrooms EPC rating: TBC | Ref: BLK160024

Penzias House is a beautifully designed, contemporary development comprising nine apartments and two penthouses.

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An exceptional modern house, presented in immaculate condition and located on a private leafy road which is moments from the heath. 020 3813 9479

TEA TRADE WHARF SE1 – LEASEHOLD - LEASEHOLD £1,950,000 – 4 bedrooms EPC rating: B | Ref: TOW160022

A beautifully presented two bedroom, two bathroom, river fronted warehouse apartment with stunning views of the City skyline via avia private balcony. a private balcony. 020 7407 3669

Lonsdale House, Docklands E14

ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this rare opportunity to market this modern built top floor 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. The apartment benefits from an open plan lounge and fitted kitchen, balcony, video entry-phone system and laminate wood floors. The apartment is conveniently located close to multiple transport links to include Langdon Park and All Saints stations providing DLR access to Canary Wharf and Tower Hill. Local bus services and amenities are within easy reach of the apartment.

Wellington Terrace, Wapping E1W

Rum Close, Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer for this rare opportunity to market this immaculate 1980’s built 2 storey 2 double bedroom freehold terraced house within this quiet cul-de-sac location. The property benefits from front and rear gardens, en-suite shower room to master bedroom, family bathroom and ground floor cloakroom. Lounge. Fully fitted kitchen diner. Double glazed throughout. Views of Wapping woods. The property is conveniently located close to multiple transport links to include Shadwell stations providing DLR access to Canary Wharf and Tower Hill. Wapping Overground line with links north and south connecting to the Jubilee Line and local bus services providing easy access to the City of London and Canary Wharf.


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. £565,000 Close to Wapping station and local amenities.

Leeward Court, West Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this 1st floor 2 double bedroom, 2 bathroom modern built apartment within this popular West Wapping gated development. The apartment comprises of a lounge with fully fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, en-suite bathroom and family bathroom. Floor to ceiling window in the lounge with Westerly facing views over residents communal gardens and the Shard. Video-entry phone system. Laminate wood flooring. Allocated parking space. On-site caretaker. Close to St Katharine’s Dock, Wapping station and Tower Hill stations.

Tudor House,Tower Bridge, SE1


Hermitage Waterside, West Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this modern built 2nd floor 2 double bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment within this popular West Wapping dockside development. The apartment benefits from a separate fully fitted kitchen, reception and a balcony accessed by double doors from the reception and master bedroom which is the full width of the apartment with outstanding views of Canary Wharf and Spirit Quay ornamental canal. The apartment boasts solid oak flooring and views from both bedrooms and the lounge of Spirit Quay ornamental canal. Secure underground parking space. On site caretaker. Close to St Katharine Docks and Tower Bridge. Tower Hill and Aldgate stations in close proximity and the City of London within walking distance. Also close to local amenities to include Waitrose and Fitness First Gymnasium.

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 £650,000 Pool, Lifts to all floors. Close to Local Shopping Facilities, Walking Distance to London Bridge.


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Matilda House, West Wapping E1W

Welland Mews, West Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer for let this modern built 2 bedroom apartment within this West Wapping development. The apartment comprises of lounge, separate kitchen, 3 piece per week bathroom suite, laminate wood floor and garage. Close to St£1,300 Katherine’s Docks. Close to ea2 are pleased to be able to show you this 6 bedroom 4 bathroom house for rental with a garden. This property is a Tower Hill Underground and Tower Gateway DLR.

ea2 are pleased to offer to let this 3rd floor 1 bedroom ex local authority flat. Lounge with views of River Thames. Fitted kitchen. 3 Piece bathrooms suite. Close to Tower Hill Roding E1W stations and StMews, Katharine’Wapping s Dock.

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. Rental Price: £340 Per Week Rental Price: £365 Per Week

Hermitage Waterside, West Wapping E1W

Vinegar Street, Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer to let this modern built 2 double bedroom, 2 storey house. ea2 are pleased to offer for rent this modern built top floor 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom The property benefits from a bright and airy lounge with an open sided staircase. Fitted apartment within this popular West Wapping development. The apartment benefits from kitchen. 3 Piece bathroom suite. A west facing garden. Quiet Location, streetweek parking aCascades separate fully fitted kitchen,Docklands reception and balcony with basin views. Secure underground Tower, E14 £500offper space. Close to WappingComprising station and local bus routes. Close to local shops. parking space. Close to Tower Hill Stations and St Katharines Dock. within this secure modern 2 double bedroom, 2 bathroom 11th floor apartment development. a reception

room with water/ City views, fitted kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe & en suite bathroom, additional Rental Price: £450 Per Week Rental Price: £650 Swimming Per Week shower room. Balcony. pool, Gymnasium & Tennis court. Concierge.

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Coral Apartments ÂŁ515,000 Royal Docks


This stylish 1 bedroom apartment within a superb modern development including a residents gym, has been renovated to a high standard, boasting a generous reception room and open plan kitchen with integrated appliances. The apartment is further extended by a private balcony with incredible dock views.

Hoola, ÂŁ426,000 Royal Docks


This 1 bed apartment benefits from 24 hour hotel style concierge, an interior designed entrance foyer and breath taking views. Due for completion 2016. We advertise through:

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Howard House, ÂŁ1516.66 PCM Royal Docks


A well presented two bedroom apartment located in a dockside development. This bright and airy apartment boasts a separate kitchen and is available NOW.

Adriatic Apartments, ÂŁ1400 PCM Royal Docks


A 1 bedroom apartment located in the sought after Adriatic development with residents gym. This courtyard facing apartment is located on the 7th floor and is equipped with a fully fitted kitchen including washer/dryer and dishwasher. Viewings are highly recommended. Follow us on:

Adagio Point, Laban Walk SE8 Fabulous top floor apartment finished to a high standard. Secure parking & south facing balcony.

Guide £675,000 F/H Three bedrooms

Two bathrooms

One reception


West Greenwich Office 020 8858 9911

Westcombe Hill, Blackheath SE3 Beautiful double fronted Victorian house with a wealth of charming period features.

£1,200,000 F/H Three bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Three receptions


Blackheath Standard Office 020 8858 6101

The Property Experts


Oakcroft Road SE13

Southbrook Road, Lee SE12

A spacious Edwardian house in excellent decorative order. Period features, and located just off the heath.

Superb extended family home with many period features. South facing garden, conservation area.

Guide £1,800,000 F/H

£1,350,000 F/H

Five bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Five bedrooms

One bathroom

One reception


Two receptions


Blackheath Village Office 020 8318 1311

Lee Office 020 8852 8633

Annandale Road, Greenwich SE10 Well presented Victorian mid terrace home backing onto The Pleasaunce Park and offered chain free.

Guide £875,000 F/H Three bedrooms

One bathroom

Two receptions


East Greenwich Office 020 3846 1414

40 yEarS in propErty

Blackheath Village Blackheath Standard Greenwich (West) Greenwich (East) Lee

020 8318 1311 020 8858 6101 020 8858 9911 020 3846 1414 020 8852 8633

Blackheath Road, West Greenwich SE10

Brand Street, West Greenwich SE10

Burnt Ash Hill, Lee SE12

Lovely split level apartment situated within this beautiful school conversion with secure parking.

Well presented Georgian terrace house arranged over three floors with 40ft ornamental garden.

Newly refurbished spacious Victorian top floor apartment, close to Lee train station, unfurnished.

£2,500 PCM

£2,400 PCM

£1,200 PCM

3 bedrooms • 2 receptions • 2 bathrooms • EER D

2 bedrooms • 1 reception • 1 bathroom • EER D

2 bedrooms • 1 reception • 1 bathroom • EER D

West Greenwich 020 8858 9911

West Greenwich 020 8858 9911

Lee Office 020 8852 8633

Tizzard Grove, Blackheath SE3

Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich SE10

Azof Street, Greenwich SE10

A stunning, high specification, 6th floor apartment with use of the facilities within the development.

Available for a 6 month let from May is this stunning period property furnished to a high standard.

Impressive Victorian family home perfectly located for great transport links and outstanding schools.

£1,725 PCM

£2,500 PCM

£2,575 PCM

2 bedrooms • 1 reception • 2 bathrooms • EER B

2 bedrooms • 2 receptions • 2 bathrooms • EER E

3 bedrooms • 2 receptions • 1 bathroom • EER E

Blackheath Village Office 020 8318 1311

East Greenwich 020 3846 1414

East Greenwich 020 3846 1414

Tormount Road, Plumstead SE18

Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath SE3

Collins Street, Blackheath SE3

Characterful house benefiting original features and has been newly refurbished throughout.

A well presented second floor, period conversion flat within walking distance to Greenwich Park.

A beautiful Victorian cottage with patio garden, in a sought after location in Blackheath Village.

£1,400 PCM

£1,250 PCM

£2,195 PCM

2 bedrooms • 1 reception • 1 bathroom • EER D

1 bedroom • 1 reception • 1 bathroom • EER D

2 bedrooms • 1 reception • 2 bathrooms • EER D

Blackheath Standard Office 020 8858 6101

Blackheath Standard Office 020 8858 6101

Blackheath Village Office 020 8318 1311

Our standard tenant fees are £120 agreement fee and £90 per person reference fee. Other fees may apply, visit for more information.

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Beckenham 020 8663 4433 Bromley 020 8315 5544

Bromley BR1

Chislehurst 020 8295 4900 Locksbottom 01689 882 988

£1,895,000 F/H

Magnificent five double bedroom detached house, newly constructed by Sterling Developments Limited. Offering approx. 5,700 sq ft of high specification accommodation, including three reception rooms, five double bedrooms plus cinema, gym and landscaped gardens.

Contact Chislehurst 020 8295 4900

Beckenham BR3

£1,500,000 F/H

This elegant 1930s family home boasts an impressive 2,463 sq ft of accommodation and occupies a generous plot on one of Beckenham’s finest roads. • Four Double Bedrooms • Detached Family Home

• Carriage Driveway • Energy Efficiency Rating E

Contact Beckenham 020 8663 4433

Orpington 01689 661 400 West Wickham 020 8432 7373

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Five Double Bedrooms Newly Built House Cinema & Gym Energy Efficiency Rating D

Orpington BR6

£800,000 F/H

This beautiful 1920s detached house boasts three floors of spacious accommodation and is situated on an enviable corner plot in Chelsfield, Orpington. • Five Bedrooms • Loft Conversion

• 1,821 sq ft • Energy Efficiency Rating E

Contact Orpington 01689 661 400 A member of

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series of brand new two- and three-bedroom apartments are now available to view at Sundridge Park, an exclusive luxury development in Kent by Millgate Homes. Its 41 townhouses, apartments and detached homes are nestled in truly unique green surroundings. Approach Sundridge Park along the half-mile secluded driveway and you enter a world of timeless elegance. The park surrounds a mansion – the inspiration of Humphry Repton and John Nash, arguably England’s greatest landscape gardener and architect, and is being lovingly restored to recreate its original Regency splendour. Millgate’s approach to the architectural design at its Sundridge Park development was to create a ‘modern yet traditional’ style. This look is not about copying the past, but developing and improving upon the classical design and marrying the traditional and timeless exteriors with all of today’s modern conveniences. The vision was to create contemporary homes in the context of a great historical house and its gardens. The discrete and secluded location gives the houses and apartments their own identity while still enjoying the benefits of the park and golf club. When

planning the development, it was essential that the homes enjoyed views of the gardens. Making the landscape an essential part of the architectural design gives Sundridge Park a true countryside feel while still being so close to London. With such strong and unique historical connections, classical architecture that would complement the existing mansion seemed a natural choice. Inside, the impressive two- and three-bedroom apartments are beautifully finished throughout, with contemporary interiors, private balconies or terraces and underground parking or garages. Cleverly designed accommodation provides fully fitted kitchens with integrated Siemens appliances and spacious living and dining areas, while generously proportioned bedrooms include stunning master suites with walk-in wardrobes and deluxe en-suite bathrooms. Millgate’s passionate desire for exclusivity, individuality and hand-built craftsmanship has ensured that each of the homes at Sundridge Park has been painstakingly designed and specified to create the finest possible living standards.

Prices from £695,000 Sundridge Park, BR1 3TP 020 8313 9163


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Here in Barbados, every day is just waiting for you to design it. From diving our wrecks and working up an appetite for the day’s catch. To sporting action on land and sea – or total inaction involving a lounger, a book and a glass. We’ve also taken the magic inside. Our architect-designed two to five bedroom residences are exquisitely finished, and located right on the shoreline.

UNNA Luxury Resorts & Residences

For holidays and home ownership visit and Then call 0800 097 0847.

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Franklin Tower, Lincoln Plaza, Canary Wharf E14 • 514 sq ft or 47.7 sq m

• Full furniture pack

• 7th floor apartment

• 22nd floor winter garden & ‘sky lounge’

• 24 hour concierge

For more information call our Canary Wharf branch on: 020 3668 1030

• Residents only health club


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1 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N • Located at the heart of London City • 830 sq ft or 77.2 sq m

• Luxury on-site concierge • Moments from Trinity Square gardens

For more information call our County Hall branch on: 020 7620 1600

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£520 pw | £2,253 pcm


Duckman Tower, Lincoln Plaza E14 • 22nd floor winter garden

• Snooker room

• Swimming pool

• Meeting rooms

• Residents gym

• 24hr concierge

For more information call our Canary Wharf branch on: 020 3668 1030


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£320 pw | £1,387 pcm


Riverdale House, 68 Molesworth Street, Lewisham SE13 • 468.23 sq ft or 43.5 sq m • 4th floor • Daytime concierge

• Communal landscaped roof gardens • Walking distance to Lewisham DLR & train station

For more information call our Lewisham branch on: 020 3846 3330

020 8896 9990 |

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WAKE UP TO THE BEST VIEWS IN LONDON THE TRIPLEX PENTHOUSE - ALBERT EMBANKMENT An exclusive penthouse set at the top of this landmark building just off Albert Embankment, with private terraces featuring sensational views of London.

Price: ÂŁ6,000,000

For your personal invitation please contact Jessica Munday on 020 3538 3156 or email Selling Agent: Price correct at time of going to press. Photography of The Triplex Apartment.

WATERFRONT II Royal Arsenal Riverside is an outstanding riverside location, with an ever expanding range of residents’ amenities, and is ideally situated for the forthcoming on-site Crossrail station. Manhattan Suites, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. Prices from £440,000. Call 020 3553 7093 to register your interest. Sales & Marketing Suite and Showhome open daily 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm). Imperial Building, No. 2 Duke of Wellington Avenue, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, London SE18 6FR *Approximate travel times for Crossrail taken from Royal Arsenal Woolwich. Source: Computer generated images are indicative only. Prices and information correct at time of going to press. Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies






“ The

sky’s the limit.


Register early for the new Hudson Collection launching 23rd April from our on-site Marketing Suite




The Madison, a breathtaking 53 storey residential landmark tower, is proud to announce the release of its new Hudson Collection from levels 30 to 51. Reaching up to the 51st floor, the apartments of the Hudson Collection will offer breathtaking views across Canary Wharf, the River Thames and the O2.



CALL +44 (0)20 7205 4415 THEMADISON.CO.UK

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Sales representative

Jubilee Line DLR Crossrail






Experience the private residents’ Highline Club on the 16th floor, with its beautifully appointed lounge bar, first-class gym, high-tech meeting area and screening room, complemented by an elegant spa and pool.


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Iconic riverfront location Your dream urban lifestyle is within reach. Set right on the Thames waterfront, opposite the O2 Arena and a short walk from Canary Wharf, this superb new development offers every modern comfort in a fantastic location.

Coming soon. Stunning one, two & three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, E14.

For more information: T: 020 3813 9366 or



LONDON LAUNCH EVENT To find out more about making a move to this rural haven, join us at Savills, 20 Canada Sq, Canary Wharf. Thursday 14th April from 11am to 6.30pm

An impressive gated development of 11 luxury 5, 6 & 7 bedroom family homes in the idyllic village of Ingatestone. 50% sold already. Don’t miss out. Prices from £1,780,000 Showhome open daily, 10am to 5pm


CALL 01277 508 781 CALA.CO.UK

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Bromley-By-Bow E3

A unique opportunity Choose one of these spacious 2 bedroom or 2 bedroom duplex apartments in the heart of Bromley-By-Bow E3

River fronted apartments with direct access to the towpath

1 & 3 bedroom apartments also available

Generous outdoor space Bathroom and en suite to all apartments Parking available* * At an additional cost

2 bedroom apartments starting from

ÂŁ510,000 Marketing Suite & Show Apartment

0344 809 9145

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 30 Hancock Road, London E3 3DA â€

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LONDON: THE ULTIMATE UNRESTRICTED VIEW Located in Canary Wharf, on the docks of the Thames, only the water stands between you and uninterrupted views of the city skyline. The building has been designed to reflect the ripples from the water below, while Brazilian-style winter gardens create natural spaces flooded with light. The property is the pinnacle of style and character, offering exclusive homes with warmth and personality unlike any others along the waterside. Dollar Bay is a unique building that truly stands apart. Prices from ÂŁ1,575,000* for a 2 bed duplex and ÂŁ1,560,000* for a 3 bed. To book an appointment call +44 (0)20 7205 4063

*Prices correct at time of going to print and CGI is indicative only.


Beachfront homes for ÂŁ485,000 Just 90 minutes from London, The Beach Houses offer a totally unique development of just 11 two bedroom, contemporary beachfront homes overlooking stunning Westbrook Bay, Margate. With uninterrupted sea views along the Kent Coast, these homes are a modern retreat and are the perfect seaside getaway to enjoy with family and friends. A development by

Come and see us +44 (0)1227 451123

All information correct at time of going to press. Furniture not included. Travel times are approximate and taken form

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Regenerating a Profit Whether it’s investment in transport links such as Crossrail or in public spaces, opting for an area that is still on the up could be the answer to securing a strong investment return. Here we choose three prime properties in areas seeing significant regeneration

King’s Cross Quarter Following a series of regeneration initiatives including plans for 20 new streets and ten new public squares, King’s Cross and its surroundings are attracting big tech businesses such as Facebook, Google and Amazon. Meanwhile, Regal Homes is setting the standard for luxury residential in the area. Its new King’s Cross Quarter development consists of 118 Manhattan Suites, one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom

penthouses. All finished to a high standard, the Germanengineered kitchen units are fitted with top quality quartz stone worktops and Bosch appliances, while bathrooms are hotel-inspired and bedrooms maximise storage with built-in storage solutions and fitted wardrobes.

from £740,000

King’s Cross Quarter, N1 020 7328 7171

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8 over 5 Launching this month as it completes, this small but by no means insignificant collection of apartments is situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, in a former warehouse building dating back to the 19th century. Developer Stanhope has retained some of the charming original features such as its Victorian sash windows, whilst a new extension to the rear adds the space and additional natural light required for comfortable, modern living. The duplex apartment is set across the original building’s fourth and fifth floors. Nearby Farringdon has good connections to the City and West End currently, and with its Crossrail station projected to open between 2018 and 2019, values are expected to remain buoyant.

from £815,000

Harvard Gardens Elephant and Castle is another area of major regeneration in London and L&Q’s Albany Place development has been selling rapidly. Now launching its third phase with a total of 71 properties for sale, it offers a wide range of one-, two-, threeand four-bedroom apartments and duplexes – beginning with properties in its Elliot Apartments building. Nearby Burgess Park – the borough’s largest – has seen £8million invested so having the convenience of living close to excellent Zone One transport links needn’t mean sacrificing enjoyment of green space, while every property also benefits from its own balcony or patio and spacious open-plan interiors. Transport links include nearby buses and the Bakerloo and Northern lines at Elephant and Castle station while all residents also have access to secure communal cycle storage.

from £450,000

8 over 5, EC1R 020 7101 2020,

Harvard Gardens, SE17 0844 406 9800


LIVE TA L L One of the tallest residential towers in Europe, South Quay Plaza has much to offer. With a unique combination of spectacular London views, eye-catching architecture and first class amenities; all built and designed with the exceptional quality that naturally comes with a Berkeley home, South Quay Plaza isn’t just about living up high. It’s about living tall.

Prices from £690,000. For more information, call 020 3811 1680. Sales and Marketing Suite open daily from 10am to 6pm. Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies

Prices and details correct at time of going to press. Computer generated images depict South Quay Plaza and are indicative only.

The Canary Wharf Magazine April 2016  

Welcome to the April edition of Canary Wharf magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles a...

The Canary Wharf Magazine April 2016  

Welcome to the April edition of Canary Wharf magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles a...