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THE BOTANIST’S NEW BRANCH We visits the City’s newest dining hub



THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING Henry Hopwood-Phillips speaks to Ivan Massow about why he’s ready to get serious and succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London


BEST IN SHOW Richard Brown reports from Baselworld 2015, the world’s greatest watch fair


CUSTOM CRAZY The City Magazine’s motorcycle enthusiast, Hugh Francis Anderson, explains how custom motorcycles became a global phenomenon


A TASTE OF HENNESSY Dave Waddell comes to understand cognac as a very good, very strict prep school that keeps getting all the top marks


THE PRINCE OF PORT Richard Brown speaks to Paul Symington, senior managing director of Symington Family Estates, a company now responsible for more than a third of the world’s premium Port production

100 wine fraud

J ames Lawrence shares an expert’s advice that will help you identify a disguised drop of plonk




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

23 NEWS: BON VIVEUR Our man about town, Nick Savage, considers London’s best gyms 40




COLLECTION: JEWEL TIME Olivia Sharpe presents the jewels that dazzled most at Baselworld 2015 FASHION: THE NEW STATESMAN As the country goes to the polls, we offer some sartorial suggestions for the Prime Minister-in-waiting


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


motoring: A MOTORING ICON The City Magazine salutes the seductive curves of a timeless classic, the Jaguar D-type


art & interiors: ANXIETY AND PERFECTION Mark Westall introduces us to yet another artist on the cusp of greatness, Masaya Chiba


HOMES & PROPERTY: SAVILLS MEETS SHOREDITCH Savills takes East London in its stride with a new office on Great Eastern Street, which promises to deliver a growing portfolio of unique warehouse conversions

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E d i t o r - in-Chi ef Lesley Ellwood

M a n a g i n g Editor Emma Johnson (maternity leave)

a ct i n g Editor Richard Brown

a s s i s ta nt Editor tiffany eastland

M o t o r i n g Editor Matthew Carter

C o l l ect i on Editor Annabel Harrison

S ta f f Writer




Dave is a freelance writer,

Dominic has shot a wealth

A self-confessed wine obsessive,

copyeditor and journalist. His

of fashion, advertising and

James is passionate about

work has appeared in the likes

celebrities – Anthony Hopkins

discovering the lesser-known

of The Whisky Magazine, The

and Rod Stewart to name drop a

wines and wine regions of the

Spectator and Joshua’s Magazine.

few… In our May fashion shoot

world. James shares expert

For The City Magazine, Dave

on page 50, Dominic captures

advice on page 98, which will

comes to understand cognac as a

sartorial excellence to inspire

help you identify a disguised

very good, very strict prep school

the Prime Minister-in-waiting as

drop, in an age when wine fraud

that gets all the top marks (p.84).

we head to the polls.

is a booming business.

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E d i t o r i al int ern Hugh FRANCIS-ANDERSON

Sen i o r Design er Grace Linn

B RAND C ONSIST EN CY Laddawan Juhong

Ge ne r a l Manag er Fiona Fenwick

P r o d uc tion Alex Powell Hugo Wheatley Oscar Viney Alice Ford

P r ope r t y D irec to r Samantha Ratcliffe

E x ecu t i ve D irecto r Sophie Roberts Fine de Cognac, £34.95 (for gift-boxed bottled), Hennessy,

Deaux Jours, £2,340, Berluti,

Chardonnay 2011 (case of six bottles), £343.07, Monteverro,

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he last Conservative leader to win an outright majority was John Major. He did so in 1992, winning more than 14 million votes, the most in British electoral history. Presiding over the Gulf War, Black Wednesday and an economy in recession, it’s no surprise that Major would seek relief and isolation during Parliamentary recess.

In the summers of 1993 and ’94, it was to the Douro Valley, home to the Port industry, that Major turned. You can discover why on page 88, where, as part of our Drink Well

“Understand cognac

supplement, we meet Paul Symington, head of Symington Family Estates,

as a very good, very strict prep school.

owner of Graham’s Port and the man who put a roof over the PM’s head.

It ’s bewildering, and

If you yourself are one for well-lubricated trips to sunnier climes, then

seemingly ridiculously archaic, but it keeps

a pilgrimage to the home of a different type of fermented grape may be

getting top marks in every thing.”

appealing. It may have a reputation for rich, red wines and dark, enigmatic

dave waddell, p. 84

architecture, but Bordeaux has been producing white wines for more than

1,000 years. The area received a dramatic clean up recently, just one of the reasons Sandra Lawrence was able to rediscover how the Blonde City got its nickname (p. 98). Indulging our epicurean readers further still, we discuss award-winning vintages, global vineyards and champion racehorses with Barbara Banke, CEO of Jackson Family Wines, America’s largest premium wine producer (p. 92); discover how glass-maker Claus Riedel, and his eponymous company, revolutionised the way we drink our plonk (p. 94); and, should your drinks cabinet be bereft of a bottle of cognac, beseech you to go out and procure one immediately (p. 84). Salut, salute, saúde, salud!

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andwiched between the Spanish and Canadian races, is this month’s Monaco Grand Prix. And while searching for somewhere to stay, The City Magazine stumbled across this non-terra-firma-based alternative. Aptly adorned in Gulf oil racing colours, and built in homage to sports car heritage, Aurelia was named after the very first Gran Turismo – the Lancia Aurelia GT – and features Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin-themed cabins. The 37-metre sportster is the creation of Heesen Yachts, a Dutch-based boat

builder specialising in aluminiumhulled cruisers. Aurelia’s unique features include a garage that has been fully converted into a beach club, an extensive list of water sports toys and a nine metre, custom-built, high-performance tender capable of taking 12 people up to 50 knots. Watch the race from the water and be ashore in time for the winners’ ceremony. Aurelia accommodates 12 people and is yours to charter from Fraser Yachts Monaco from £120k a week. +377 93 100 490 /





The Nike Air Max trainer has been the sneaker of choice for a variety of subcultures since its inception in 1987. A mash-up of soft suede, mesh and smooth leather, its latest incarnation retains both street credibility and all-American good looks. This summer, sport this blue and red pair with the Burberry Brit t-shirt above.

Longines scored some serious style points when it unveiled the Heritage Diver 1967 this spring. It’s deep, Bordeaux-red bezel pops magnificently against a silver steel strap and black opaline dial. Visit the Longines museum in Saint-Imier to see an original ‘67 Diver.

Air Max 1, £95, Nike,

LONDON CALLING Burberry Brit is the relaxed range from the iconic London fashion house, interpreting, as it does, the brand’s heritage in a more casual way. This cornflower-blue, crewneck t-shirt is woven with soft jersey and linen to achieve a material that’s as smooth as silk. Comfort clothing never looked so good.

Heritage Diver 1967, £2,060, Longines,

Slub jersey crewneck t-shirt, £125, Burberry Brit,

HUMBLE HUBBLE Investigating everything from black holes to exoplanets, the Hubble telescope has not only changed our understanding of planets, but of our comprehension of astronomy altogether. On the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch, TASCHEN celebrates its most breathtaking deep-space images as both scientific feats and photographic masterpieces. Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope, £44.99, TASCHEN,




MAKING TRACKS If you’re looking for a statement bike, have a gander at the E-Tracker from Vintage Electric. Entirely handmade in the company’s Californian workshop, it draws inspiration from the 1915 broad-tracker racing bike. It also features the fastest electric-cycle engine on the market, capable of 36mph. E-Tracker, £3,348, Vintage Electric,


GONE WITH THE WIND If April was anything to go by, we’re in for a summer of sticky nights. Luckily, Swiss homeware brand Stadler Form is able to provide some respite. Its Otto fan has a powerful three-speed controller that can range from a light breeze to a full-on gale. Encased in an ecologically-sustainable bamboo frame and fitted with heightadjustable feet, it’s ergonomic and decidely mannish, too. Otto Fan, £133, Stadler Form,

Talisker Skye is the newest release from Talisker’s Isle of Skye distillery. Crafted to reflect the rugged, wild beauty of the Isle of Skye, the new whisky pays homage to the island’s majestic landscape and coastline with both sweet and smoky notes to tease the palate. Talisker Skye, £33, Talisker,

WASHED UP London company Hard Graft has been developing luxury gentlemen’s products since 2007. From laptop cases to weekend bags, Hard Graft has mastered the balance between traditional artisan design and future aesthetics. The semi-vegetable Tuscan leather of the Private Dopp Kit ensures a rugged appearance that will only get better with age, making this a wash bag for life. Private Dopp Kit, £186, Hard Graft,



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The Botanist’s

New Branch Words: melissa emerson


esponsible for some of the finest pubs and restaurants in London, including gastropub and restaurant The Jugged Hare in the City and Canary Wharf ’s elegant One Canada Square, ETM Group has now added another string to its bow with its 15th venue, The Botanist Broadgate Circle. The move follows the success of The Botanist’s Sloane Square location, and is sure to be welcomed by City revellers with open arms. It is part of a new dining hub in the City close to Liverpool Street Station, Broadgate Circle. The area has recently undergone a £20 million investment and re-development to add new cafés and restaurants to a four-tiered circular space. The Botanist was one of the first to open its doors in the development last month, with a ground floor bar and restaurant, and a basement drinking den named Soda Room, all spread over almost 8,000sq ft of space. Soda Room is a late-night venue with live DJs scheduled and a dancefloor, open until 2am from Wednesday through to Saturday, or is available for private

hire on Mondays and Tuesdays. Its cocktails will change frequently, to keep innovation at the heart of its menu. In the restaurant itself, open seven days a week, you can expect to spend around £35-£50 per person for a three-course meal with wine – a good trade for the variety of hearty dishes on offer, such as Iberico pork shoulder, tuna tartare and confit duck burger with blue cheese. There’s no shortage of choice on the wine front with a large international selection on offer, including many available by the glass via the state-of-the-art Enomatic wine dispenser. Designed by Russell Stage Studio, the interiors live up to the restaurant’s name, inspired by botany with the centrepiece bar hosting flora and fauna-themed artwork and an array of taxidermy. A suspended crocodile takes centre stage, lording over the well-stocked bar. Furniture has a hint of gentlemens’ club with brass-edged tables, leather armchairs and a palette of gold, bronze and green leather, but for now, we’ll be staking out a spot on the al fresco terrace space.

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brunch brothers Dining Destination Playing host to cuisines from across the world, Broadgate Circle is London’s newest food and drink hub. Last month saw Aubaine, Beany, Comptoir Libanais, Franco Manca, Jose Pizarro, Shoryu Ramen and The Botanist open their doors, alongside Street Kitchen’s vintage airstream truck and a changing line up of street food from StreetDots. Opening in May, is Yauatcha’s second restaurant, Yauatcha City, and brand new concept, Yauatcha Patisserie, while Crab Tavern, which is new to the UK, follows in June. Many of the restaurants offer al fresco dining – look out for special events.

Wright Brothers opened last year in Old Spitalfields Market, and has been building up a tempting menu under head chef Richard Kirkwood, formerly of J Sheekey and The Ivy. It has now launched its brunch offering, where dishes such as crispy duck’s egg kedgeree and crab

omelette, shellfish bisque and classic eggs benedict feature alongside the restaurant’s classic seafood selection. If you can’t make it in time for brunch, try the afternoon speciality of pound a pop oysters, from 3pm until 6pm. 8-9 Lamb Street, E1,

wild game Clerkenwell’s Workshop Coffee Co. is now hosting Struie Road, a series of once-a-month dining events from Andy Waugh’s Wild Game Co. The eight-course menu includes Highland-sourced meats from haggis with horseradish to braised spring pigeon and venison, alongside foraged nettle and berry cocktails. £49 per person, 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M,

the green room The National Theatre recently opened The Green Room restaurant, taking advantage of the land behind the theatre before it gets re-developed in five years’ time. With the National Theatre production of Everyman now open, starring Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor, it’s a perfect spot for pre- or post-theatre drinks and nibbles from the ‘pick it up’ menu, while heartier options include classics from grilled calamari to baby back pork ribs. Even if you’re not seeing a show, the relaxed, wooden interiors provide a backdrop of props from past productions. 101 Upper Ground, SE1,



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

London’s Best Gyms


he University of Cambridge recently produced a study suggesting that lack of exercise can be responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity. Whilst London is a great walking city, the best way to ensure that you remain in shape and alive is to set up a direct debit with a gym near your office or home.

The CityPoint Club

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The City The CityPoint Club, situated in Moorgate, has the finest equipment in the Square Mile, including an Ozone swimming pool that naturally breaks down contaminants without any wafting chlorine odours; Virtual Active Cardio Machines by Matrix, which mimic natural environments whilst you run; and XCube functional training – essentially a jungle gym for adults that offers exceptional workouts. EC2,

Canary Wharf Boxing is an incredible exercise for transforming your body and toughening up your mentality, and the Limehouse Marina Elite will be catering for both Canary Wharfers who would like to stay in shape as well as aspiring white-collar boxers. Alongside best-in-class technology including Matrix Equipment, LMH offers a professional boxing facility open exclusively to VIP guests and boxers signed to Michael Helliet Management. The ring has been outfitted with 360-degree camera recording to ensure that you’re packing the right type of punch.

The Third Space


The Third Space

Soho The Third Space is a futurist’s vision of a gym. DJs often play live music during classes, there’s a hypoxic altitude chamber, an indoor climbing wall, a boxing ring, martial arts dojo and retro gym, not to mention all the other bells and whistles that you’d expect from a venue of this calibre. However, what really separates The Third Space from its competitors is the clientele. They’ve capped the membership to ensure that it’s never overly busy.

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Dolphin Square The Langham’s Chuan Spa

South London Dolphin Square, the hotel/residence in Pimlico, set the bar for fitness centres in the 1970s and remains one of the better options in the area. Where it really excels is the staff it employs. Trainers such as Joshua Gyampoh will walk you through the fundamentals, ensuring that each exercise is done precisely, so that you get the most out of every session. SW1,

Marylebone A gym is a great place to let off steam, but can often come up short in the relaxation department. Not so at The Langham’s Chuan Spa, which boasts top-of-the-line Technogym Kinesis equipment, some of London’s top personal trainers and a beautiful 16m, blue-tiled swimming pool. The gym area is uncannily quiet. It’s perfect for achieving your personal goals without having to contend with other sweaty, grunting office workers, and the postworkout amenities are generously appointed, to say the least. W1,








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


harlie Smith London was launched in 2009 on Old Street and its gallery director Zavier Ellis has run galleries and curated exhibitions for more than 17 years. Working with artists under a “collaborative ethic” he focuses on sharing ideas and ambitions based around the big human themes: beauty, horror, death, sex, mythology and religion. How did you arrive at Charlie Smith London? I opened my first gallery when I was 24 in 1998. I also co-launched the curatorial project THE FUTURE CAN WAIT with film director Simon Rumley in 2007, which is now in partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations.

Zavier Ellis

Director, Charlie Smith London ‘WM Nims’ by 2014 Goua Tom Butler, che on Al bumen print 16.5 x11cm

How much of the gallery is a reflection of you as director? Very much – it is a vehicle fuelled by my evolving interests in contemporary art, as well as broader intellectual interests, but it also reflects the explorations of the represented and exhibited artists. Which of your artists excites you most for 2015? Tom Butler is very much on my mind right now as we have a solo at the gallery and I’ve just presented him at Volta New York, where he had great success. He will also be the cover star of the upcoming F22 magazine. His work is beautiful, and unsettling, and his prices are very achievable so he is building a huge international collector base. Emma Bennett is selling everything and has just been featured in Thames & Hudson’s ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ and ‘Nature Morte’.

Favourite City: Barcelona Coffee house: Cafe Boheme, Old Compton Street, W1

Brand: Penguin Books Place for breakfast: Franklins, Lordship Lane, SE22

Artist: Pablo Picasso Artwork: Self Portrait, 1901 Pablo Picasso Designer: Vivienne Westwood Film: La Belle Noiseuse, Jacques Rivette Book: Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse on 2014 Gouache Tom Butler, ‘Ellsworth’ by nt 18.5x12.5cm Albumen pri

Who inspires you? Historically, Picasso – for his genius and massive capability for renewal and progression. Churchill for his willpower and guile. Personally, my four-month-old daughter for teaching me true meaning; my wife for her intelligence and insight; my father for his bloody-minded work ethic. What’s commonly underrated but an amazing investment? Education. Why invest in art over wine or other collectables? For the constant enjoyment of living with the object and the dialogues that arise between collector, gallerist, artist, wider audience and object. What would you advise readers to steer clear of when buying art? Overhype and absolute guarantees on the unknown. What would you offer as Mayor of London? Free art schools and university education. Can you share some interesting art-based trivia? Paul Gauguin’s When Will You Marry? (1882) recently became the most expensive artwork ever, reaching $300m. It was originally shown in 1893 at 1,500 francs and remained unsold. What do you love about London? Its energy, diversity and ambition. I see London as a progressive republic within a traditional country where pretty much anything goes. Tom Butler’s work is permanently in stock at Charlie Smith London. Emma Bennett will have a solo exhibition at the gallery 26 June – 25 July 2015.




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


ack in 2012, Gary Langton was completing the last renovations to his South of France B&B after leaving behind a career in the City. Today, he’s happily settled in his second highly successful “dream” career alongside his wife Jane, with the memory of banking sector stress far behind him. What inspired your move from the City? Opportunity – the chance to assist the bank’s succession planning and at the same time realise my dreams. What was the original vision for your secondary career? Living in France was a joint vision, but running a luxury chamber d’hôte/ boutique hotel was my wife’s dream and I was happy to buy into that. We’ve stuck with this concept and, based on our Trip Advisor reviews, seem to be doing it right!

Gary Langton

Manager of Mas d’Augustine B&B, South of France Age: 61 Previous employer: Global Head of Loan

Syndication and Country Head, UK, at UniCredit

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since moving to France? Be patient – everything takes time, and formal applications for licences, etc., need at least three forms and two committees before the process is completed. It’s also important to be on the same page [as your business partner]. You need to rely upon each other completely if you want a business to succeed. How hard is it to start a business on the continent? One has to communicate in French to get into and through the official system. Unlike the UK, where we provide forms in many languages for foreigners, there are no forms, letters or communication with the local authorities in any language other than French. Entering the social care system in France has to be completed in French or you get nothing! What do you miss about London? Mainly my family and (some) friends; when we return to London I love the noise, buzz and (relative) madness of the place, but I’m also very happy to come home and leave the Underground behind. If you had your time again, would you have left the City sooner? I really enjoyed my time in the City and would do it all again for the same length – but I wouldn’t work there now as, post-crisis, it appears that regulatory changes have persuaded senior bank management to restrain business in case something bad happens. Although my experience of compliance isn’t current, I note significant increases in these teams and, rather unfortunately, very often this seems to be a face-saving boxticking exercise rather than a proper investigation of business processes and new products. What are the advantages of running a husband-wife business? The advantages are that we see more of each other and, fortunately, that’s one of the things we wanted when we came here – to get a better work/life balance. We haven’t found any downsides yet and, because we both have the business and our outside interests, I believe that will continue. What has been the highlight of your secondary career so far? The time when our first client stayed with us and then booked to return. Also the day that our “Excellent” client ratings on Trip Advisor exceeded 100.



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The Man

who would

be King Having led a life more colourful than the most implausible soap star, Ivan Massow talks to Henry Hopwood-Phillips about why he’s ready to get serious and succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London


ondon mayoral candidate Ivan Massow seems like a real guy; not the most sexy of descriptions, admittedly, but in the age of the Spock-lite politician it’s a powerful card. He also looks real. Though he’s wearing the ubiquitous open-necked shirt, he comes across less like the sandblasted goblin of the Blairite and Cameronian yesteryear than a wizened salt-and-pepper-haired pin-up. The post has relatively limited formal powers but its appeal has, perhaps paradoxically, up until now, been restricted to the megalomania of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. So having a candidate who appears so regular feels slightly anticlimactic, even incongruous… But of course Ivan isn’t terribly normal. The menagerie, from dogs at knee-height up to parrots above (singing a medley of welcomes and threats as I bound through his Bloomsbury door) hints at this. Raised near Brighton, he admits to being an “instinctive” Tory “despite a politically tribal narrative that might insist my ‘natural’ position is on the left” due to an early “street urchin” existence that included dyslexia, adoption, and homosexuality. “I cannot remember what qualifications I left Brighton with”, his eyes glint, “because I’ve had to fib so much about that period in the past – but I think I left school with one O-level.” Clearly his life trajectory wasn’t a conventional one, but Ivan was a man with an idea. “I found a niche







in the market by making sure gays weren’t financially penalised in the financial products they were offered.” Millions of pounds soon flowed into his coffers. “I was so happy proving to teachers, parents and friends that I was worth something, that I wasn’t a dead-end,” he beams. That particular high, however, closed when he lost a lawsuit to a firm he had accused of failing to uphold its ethics. A period of alcoholism followed and spanned a time of self-exile in Barcelona, a sad hiatus that nevertheless ended with a fairy-tale rescue by none other than Joan Collins – “who, by the way, insists on being named the godmother of my child.” The controversy didn’t end with the alcohol intake though. Never shirking the right to hold real opinions, he recollects being “forced to resign as chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) after observing that much of conceptual art was ‘craftless tat’”. Looking to pick himself up, Ivan jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire, throwing his hat into the mayoral ring at the end of last year. The first shot across the bows came from Mark Wallace at Conservative Home, describing Ivan as an “unconvincing candidate”, a man who seemed destined to be little more than a careerist and “loose cannon”. “I understand why he said that,” Ivan comments humbly, “so I set things straight by inviting his editor to interview me.” The follow-up* makes for interesting reading and captures Ivan’s tone well. It’s a mischievous tenor that flirts with



One cannot fail to be impressed by the energy the silver fox is applying to his candidature

gravity and comedy simultaneously – it is apparent that he is sensitive to both the lightness and heaviness of life and the task he has set himself. Another accusation is that what Ivan sells as “blue-sky thinking” amounts to little more than headline chasing. Policies aimed at housing the homeless in City Hall and naming a prison after himself on “Boris Island” seem to add noise rather than solutions to a city that proffers itself as one of the few ‘world capitals’. “That’s not fair,” he protests, giving the example of a volunteer transport brigade that would potentially stop London coming to a halt on strike days. “I set out a poll on a website that attracted large numbers of voters. In the end more than 40 per cent said they would participate if such a scheme materialised, which I thought was rather impressive.” Other statistics don’t look so rosy. YouGov published a poll at the end of 2014, claiming that Ivan’s recognition in London hovers around the nine per cent mark. It’s a superior presence to other Conservative hopefuls but also undoubtedly worse than the Labour big guns such as Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan. This has caused consternation within the party; some have voiced concerns that they need a bigger name – Zac Goldsmith is often touted – a person Boris has made no secret of supporting as a possible heir apparent. The lack of acclaim has perhaps kicked Ivan into making sure his vision is not lacking. He is able, for instance, despite platitudes on his website about “embracing modernity”, to articulate the planks of policy in detail. Most of this centres on devolution. He certainly begrudges the fact that “the [London] economy generates 22 per cent of the UK’s total wealth yet has less control over its money than either Scotland or Wales”, believing part of tackling this problem should involve setting a London budget and creating a tourism tax. Housing is a bugbear too: “I hate how prices are so high that sites become the monopoly of huge developers. These create buildings few want and often result in the death of local communities.” Ivan wants first to be able to subsidise small developers; second, to strip away unnecessary regulation; and third, to inject a bout of local democracy into the planning process. Not that he’s in favour of nimbyism; instead he insists it is crazy to build outwards on to greenbelt land when we could built upwards on our own patches. “Whatever we do, the current model where our latest builds are usually less valuable and less popular houses than our older ones is unsustainable and ridiculous.” A Conservative for 33 years, a Londoner for 25, one cannot fail to be impressed by the energy the silver fox is applying to his candidature. One gets the impression that some in the public realm believe his campaign to be more about energy than sense; a political example of a man on a collision course with a brick wall. Looking back at Ivan’s life, though, it seems the walls have sustained far more damage than he has. *Search Ivan Massow interview at

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

Still Waters Run Deep In a striking move away from the androgynous, pale beauty of Tilda Swinton, Italian jewellery brand Pomellato has instead called upon exotic, dark-eyed Mexican actress Salma Hayek to front its latest campaign. Shot by renowned fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, each and every image, all of which were unveiled during Milan Fashion Week, showcases why Hayek was the perfect choice as the brand’s new ambassador; she poses looking irresistibly sultry against an open-sky, swimming pool backdrop while sporting pieces from the brand’s iconic collections. The classic Capri range, pictured here in the form of a turquoise and rose gold necklace with matching earrings and a turquoise and ruby ring, shines ever more brightly on the glamorous Hollywood star. Capri collection, POA,



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WATCHes Words: Richard Brown

IWC’s Portugieser Party

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

Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer, £18,750 (red gold), £7,500 (stainless steel),

A Question of Sport Every watch brand has a creation that defines it; a pre-eminent collection that shapes the association between company and consumer. In Audemars Piguet’s case, that’s the Royal Oak, and its sportier sister the Royal Oak Offshore, whose latest incarnation is the Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph. Driven by a peripheral oscillating weight made from satin-brushed 950 platinum, the watch contains AP’s latest Calibre 2897 automatic movement. It comprises 335 parts and a tourbillon carriage that takes a watchmaker three days to assemble. Water-resistant to 100 metres and protected by a forged-carbon case, screwlocked crown and titanium pushpiece guards, it’s a watch that’s meant to be worn, whatever the terrain. Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph, £201,200,

For the Chinese, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. For IWC, it’s the Year of the Portugieser. Celebrating its 75th birthday, the watchmaker’s most prestigious range of timepieces has been modernised with a host of design and technical modifications. Most recently updated is the Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer. With a 24-hour dial, the Worldtimer offers 13 time zones, including the current Universal Time Coordinated (UTC), with each location named on the outer ring.

Carrera Twin Time, £2,200, TAG Heuer Fraser Hart, Westfield Stratford, 020 8555 3568 @fraserhartuk

“For the jet-setting city-goer, the Carrera Twin Time houses the rugged Calibre 7 movement, affording a second time zone to the wearer, to keep them up to speed with the changing pace of modern life. This piece oozes a classic heritage appeal, and incorporates the additional complications with elegance and ease.”

Paint it Blue Following the success of last year’s two Classic Fusion limited edition models, The Watch Gallery and Hublot have again joined forces to create a unique watch. The Classic Fusion Chronograph Aerofusion is equipped with the brand’s HUB1155 movement and is limited to 25 pieces. It follows collaborations with Bell & Ross, Zenith and Bremont. For this model, The Watch Gallery’s customary blue appears via the counter rings on the Aerofusion’s dial. Classic Fusion Aerofusion, £12,500, available in Selfridges and The Watch Gallery



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BEST IN SHOW Each Spring, Basel becomes a hive of watch aficionados as buyers, journos and collectors amass for the world’s largest watch fair. Amid the classic and the contemporary, the refined and the sublime, these were the watches that most caught our eye Words: Richard Brown


he biggest news from Baselworld 2015 was that TAG Heuer will be partnering with Google and Intel to produce a smart watch. Interesting not for the product itself – we still have yet to see it – but for what the collaboration reveals about the Swiss mechanical watch industry. Which is that it’s nervous. It won’t tell you so, but in the wake of the Apple Watch, it is. With the quartz crisis still fresh in the minds of the industry’s leading stalwarts, brands are seeking to protect themselves against the greatest threat they’ve faced for 30 years. And while Swatch, Breitling, Montblanc and Frederique Constant have all, in some way, embraced the digital, it is TAG that’s spearheading the Apple counter-attack face-on. “We don’t know for the moment if the [digital]



market exists,” TAG’s general director Guy Sémon admitted to Wired magazine. And yet, revealing the collaboration with Google, LVMH watch chief Jean-Claude Biver hailed it as the “biggest announcement” of his 40 year career – quite a sound-bite from the mouth of a man who, having sat at the helm of Blancpain, Omega and Hublot, is widely considered as the grandfather of the modern watch industry. ‘Innovation’ is the word touted most among watch manufacturers. The next two years will be the time for brands to prove it’s more than a frivolous buzzword. In the meantime, here’s what mesmerised from the world of the mechanical.






cartographers. The dial of the New World (pictured) blends tones of blue and pink aventurine, calcite and Canadian nephrite and takes around 95 hours to create.


6. PanoReserve


£15,800, Glashütte Original One of the best-looking watches at this year’s Baselworld was Glashütte Original’s PanoReserve. A head-turner by anyone’s standards, the watch is now available cased in red gold with a matte-black dial or in stainless steel with a deep-blue dial. The black version wins it by a whisker.

1. Patravi ScubaTec £16,500, Carl F. Bucherer Equipped with a helium valve, luminescent hands, an ultra-precise, automatic movement and rugged rubber strap, the Patravi ScubaTec is well-spec’d for life underwater. Looks pretty special on dry land too.

2. Classic Fusion Enamel Britto £41,000 (Platinum), Hublot After partnering to produce last year’s multicoloured World Cup football, Hublot has again joined forces with Brazilian cubist artist Romero Britto. The result is a beguiling, brightly-coloured piece of pop art.

3. Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time

Yes, that does say Patek Philippe on the dial. A pilot’s watch is perhaps not what you’d expect from the brand, which is half of the appeal

£85,800, H. Moser & Cie. Moser’s Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time takes us back to the convex shapes that were popular in the 1960s. Its hands and dial are curved at the edges to follow the curvature of the rounded sapphire crystal that sits above.

4 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time £31,120, Patek Philippe Yes, that does say Patek Philippe on the dial. A pilot’s watch is perhaps not what you’d expect from the brand, which is half of the appeal. The other half is its bold, 42mm size and classically masculine design.

5. Chamber of Wonders new world £31,300, Girard-Perregaux The trio of watches comprising GirardPerregaux’s Chamber of Wonders collection immortalise the worlds imagined by ancient

7. Lux Sable £12,400, Nomos Glashütte Any lady looking to avoid the usual suspects when choosing a wristwatch might like to consider Nomos Glashütte. The Lux Sable comes with a manualwinding movement, art-deco-inspired case and in lesser-spotted aubergine.

8. Pontos S Regatta £5,800, Maurice Lacroix Implausibly light thanks to its forgedcarbon case, the Pontos S Regatta features a 10-minute countdown indication at 12 o’clock, allowing sailors to keep track of time in the minutes they spend jostling for position before a race. A 45mm diameter and luminescent-coated hands add extra visibility.

9. El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition £8,100, Zenith Should you ever need to time something to a fifth-of-a-second, the 300 measurement divisions on Zenith’s Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition will allow you to do so. Alternatively, simply sit back and drink in its sporty styling.

10. Aquis Depth Gauge £2,300 Oris This patented diver’s watch measures depth using a unique gauge built into the sapphire crystal that allows water to enter the watch, the first timepiece in history to do so (intentionally, anyway). It comes with both a stainless steel and a rubber strap. Choose the rubber.




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A Jeweller’s View Watch and jewellery specialist Fraser Hart has been trading in luxury timepieces since 1936. Following Baselworld, its team of experts present their own ‘best in show’ guide

11. Day Date 40 £41,700, Rolex

Chris Haynes, watch specialist at Brent Cross: “Rolex’s Day-Date 40 returns to the timeless proportions of the original. Inside is Rolex’s nextgeneration movement, a phenomenally wellengineered mechanism that promises timekeeping that is twice as good as the current movement, 15 per cent more efficient and will keep going for 70 hours off the wrist. A new benchmark has been set and this will filter through the rest of the range in the coming years.” 12. Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy £4,630, Omega

George Komodromou, merchandise planning manager: “This was my favourite watch of Baselworld 2015 because it’s not only a cool-looking watch but it also has a great story behind it being a tribute to the 45th anniversary of the legendary Apollo 13 mission. The enamel (Snoopy) case back is a great finish too.” 13. Pelagos £3,020, Tudor

Jason Evans, Swansea store manager: “We saw lots of titanium at Baselworld this year but there was just something special about the Tudor Pelagos. Not only is it a superb-looking watch and comfortable at the deepest depths, but it has an urban coolness combined with a vintage feel. I can see this watch becoming a timeless classic and as soon as I was able to get this watch on my wrist I knew I was sold.”


Dolcevita. I love how the curved rectangular face sits comfortably on my wrist while the delicate dial and polished bracelet mean I can take it from day to night. With timeless elegance, this would definitely be my personal choice.” 15. Elite 6150 £5,600, Zenith

Brian Bailey, Kingston store manager: “Since its launch in 1994, the Zenith Elite has retained its reputation as a high-end, classical timepiece. The new Elite 6150 goes that little bit further with a slightly larger 42mm case housing a self-winding movement that has an incredible 100-hour power reserve - a first for the Elite range. I adore the simplicity and elegance of this watch as well as its ultra-thin design. The cambered dial is punctuated by sleek, graceful hands which will appeal to all watch enthusiasts looking for that understated, elegant look.” 16. The Maestro Frank Sinatra Limited Edition £975, Raymond Weil

Jim Sharples, regional manager: “For me, Raymond Weil has stolen the show. Its continued link with music is reinforced with its new association with Gibson guitars and the Gibson watch; its support of the Sinatra 100th birthday this December and its limited Sinatra watch (limited to 1,212 pieces) and the extension to the Tocatta range with the new watch supported by Nicola Benedetti. If this isn’t enough, it has also launched a stunning Piper pilot watch. Well done to all at RW. Exciting times ahead.”

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17. Navitimer 01 limited Edition

£2,130, Longines

£7,190, Breitling

Susan Knights, head of ecommerce:

Adam Obernik, junior watch buyer:

“My favourite watch would have to be the Longines

“My standout Basel watch is the Breitling Navitimer 01




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20 Blue edition with a diameter of 43mm because it’s so slick! This is an exclusive version of the legendary Navitimer with a black dial featuring blue counters and an inner bezel. The movement is a Breitling in-house manufacture Calibre 01 visible through a transparent case back. With only 1,000 pieces being produced worldwide this makes it a highly-sought-after limited-edition Breitling for this year and we will be lucky enough to have these at Fraser Hart.” 18. B55 £TBa, Breitling

Dan Bailes, Solihull store manager: “It’s so exciting that real watchmakers are now stepping into the smart watch/phone era. Bearing this in mind, my Basel watch choice has to be the new Breitling B55. Using a Breitling app on your smartphone and a Bluetooth link to your phone, this piece allows you to not only manage alarm and time zones from your watch via the app, but also to record flight times. It perfectly links Breitling’s history of aviation to a smart watch.” 19. SeaMaster Aqua Terra £4,630, Omega

Stephen Douglas, logistics manager: “Having always been a fan of Omega and after spending my childhood playing the part of a secret agent, the logical watch for me is the new Omega Bond watch. With the move away from the traditional Seamaster and Planet Ocean, this watch is a little more discreet than the limited-edition pieces of previous years. The contrast between the blue and yellow on

the dial give a modern twist on a classic design. This all combined with the reliability of Omega makes this my watch of choice this year.” 20. Carrera Cara Delevingne Edition £3,150, TAG Heuer

Myalee Sofield, head of buying: “The TAG Heuer Carrera Cara Delevingne Edition is based on the 41mm steel Lady Carrera but has a titanium-carbide coating and anthracite dial with rose gold-plated indices and hands, making it light and versatile to wear no matter what the occasion. There are two models – one with a diamond-studded bezel and one without diamonds. I love the strap version which has padded calfskin with the diamondshaped chequerboard stitching. Each strap also carries Cara’s signature on the reverse side and the case back features her trademark Lion tattoo.” For your local Fraser Hart store, please visit




After a year of working tirelessly, Baselworld is the time when the pinnacle figures of the high jewellery industry come together to reveal their latest creations. From show-stopping timepieces to one-of-a-kind suites and never-before-seen stones, Olivia Sharpe presents the jewels which dazzled us most this year

18-karat white gold necklace with diamonds and a graduation of South Sea and Tahitian pearls, Yoko London




The Transformers When spending an astronomical amount of money on a piece of fine jewellery, there is some comfort in knowing ( for the buyer, at least) that it can be worn in more ways than one. Along with its Fascination watch, Graff Diamonds also brought out a sapphire and diamond double brooch with a secret watch, which can be worn in three different ways: as a single piece, as individual brooches or as a single brooch with a tassel. During Chanel’s S/S14 fashion show, Cara Delevingne sported the Première rock timepiece in black but, never one to be conventional, the supermodel wore the watch as a belt (there was more than one attached together, before you start panicking, ladies). This year, the house has released its latest version of this model in pastel blue. Messika has always succeeded in combining the traditions of high jewellery with contemporary designs; its skinny bracelets utilise an innovative technique which was patented by the house in 2007. This system of invisible nano-springs provide elasticity to the diamond strands, thereby giving the pieces flexibility. Founder of Jacob & Co, Jacob Arabo is well-known for his bold and daring creations and this year he unveiled two standout collections: Cerastes and Rare Touch. The latter includes a diamond mesh cuff that was worn by Madonna on her MDNA tour, and a bolero jacket made from gold and diamonds. Whatever will they think of next?

Super Natural

clockwise from top left/ Snake skinny bracelets, Messika Joaillerie; Rare Touch gold mesh bolero jacket, Jacob & Co; Première Rock timepiece in pastel blue leather and steel triple-row chain, Chanel; Fiori in Fiore necklace, Pasquale Bruni; Jeux du Contraire ring, Sicis Jewels; Garden necklace in satin yellow gold with white diamonds, blue topaz, tsavorite and orange sapphires, Roberto Coin; Summers in Provence high jewellery timepiece, Fabergé; Pensée de Diamants bracelet, Boucheron; Héra the peacock ring, from the Animaux de Collection, Boucheron; Frog ring, from the Animalier collection, Roberto Coin; Etruscan design necklace in yellow and black gold with brown diamonds and danburite, from the Tanaquilla collection, Roberto Coin

It is no secret that flowers and nature have long been a source of inspiration for jewellers, and the Basel halls were once again bursting with pretty perennials, heralding the arrival of spring. Carla Amorim looked to her native Brazil for her Botanic fine jewellery collection, while Fabergé was drawn to summers in Provence for its new high jewellery watch; limited to just five pieces, the self-winding 37mm model includes a diamond-encrusted dial decorated with precious gemstones, mother-of-pearl flowers and turquoise leaves. At Roberto Coin, the jeweller refreshed his Garden collection to include an enchanting pendant featuring a beautiful blue topaz surrounded by tsavorites, white diamonds and orange sapphires. However, for us, the winner for the prettiest piece had to go to Pasquale Bruni; its new collection, Prato Fiorito, includes a stunning Fiori in Fiore necklace encompassing pink sapphires and diamonds, with a pavé flower and a drop of multifaceted morganite.



The Rarer, the Better Rare is a word that gets bandied around a lot in the Basel halls, as every year sees the most precious diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls displayed in all their glory. As part of its tenth anniversary collection launched this year, Parisian jeweller Valérie Messika created a ten-piece collection of unique high jewellery sets, which not only showcases the founder’s design talent but also the spectacular diamond, a stone that has always been very close to her heart (her father, Andre, is a key player in the diamond trade). The stunning Manchette Swan cuff design, which uses the graceful lines of marquise-cut stones to replicate the bird’s plumage, truly allows the diamonds to speak for themselves. Along with a number of emerald suites, Indian jeweller Amrapali paid tribute to its iconic lotus motif with an 18-karat yellow gold, ruby and diamond necklace. Every year, Japanese jeweller Mikimoto presents one-of-a-kind high jewellery pieces and this year, the Pearl Drape necklace was one of the most talked-about. Then again, its Legend necklace, featuring a captivating water opal and spectacular 24mm Baroque South Sea pearl, certainly lived up to its name. Yoko London showcased its impressive collection of pearls in all shapes, sizes and colour varieties, bringing out natural pink Freshwater pearls and dark grey Tahitian pearls in new, contemporary designs.



Blue Steel

Clockwise from top left/ Ruby necklace, Amrapali; Manchette Swan bracelet, Messika Joaillerie; Haute Joaillerie Temptations earrings, Chopard; Turquoise necklace, Sutra Jewels; Octopus pendant, Lydia Courteille; Gold Struck finger ring, Stephen Webster; Pearl drape necklace with Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds, Mikimoto; 18-karat white gold, diamonds and South Sea and natural colour Freshwater pearl ring, and 18-karat white gold, diamonds and natural colour pink Freshwater pearl earrings, both Yoko London

We journalists have a habit of pulling trends out of thin air, but when it came to this year’s Basel, there was undisputedly a recurring theme: and this was the colour blue. As well as being the bezel colour of choice for several new watch models, blue gemstones also played a key role in this year’s jewellery collections, ranging from sapphires and topazes to Paraiba tourmalines and lapis lazuli. Well-known for her playful designs, French jeweller Lydia Courteille unleashed an octopus pendant but what made this underwater creature truly captivating was its array of sapphires in deep shades of blue, green and violet, plus a dazzling opal. Sutra Jewels has never been one to shy away from colour, and the brand certainly demonstrated it this year with its new turquoise necklace (predicted to be the next ‘in’ stone), a piece that has since been listed as one of the show’s favourites. Chopard revisited its iconic Happy Hearts collection by bringing out new pieces featuring the openwork hearts motif also in turquoise, and for its high jewellery range, it unveiled the 41.57-carat oval Paraiba tourmaline ring. In order not to detract attention away from this exceptional stone, the simple design features a slender lacework ribbon of diamonds. Finally, Stephen Webster lived up to his reputation for being a rocks god with his new Gold Struck collection; inspired by the Cheapside Hoard (the world’s largest cache of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery discovered in London more than 100 years ago), it includes the electrifying finger ring set with turquoise, amethyst, tanzanite and blue topaz.


Legends of the Hall

Time is Precious

At this year’s Baselworld there was a definite feeling of nostalgia in the air. Rather than brands showing off with one-of-a-kind pieces in order to make headlines, many were instead paying tribute to their heritage. British jeweller Garrard commemorated its 280th anniversary with two new collections: the Regal Waterfall collection reinterprets two historic symbols relating to the brand (the Regal and Waterfall motifs), while the second collection, Bow, presents a modern interpretation of three diamond brooches Garrard designed for Queen Victoria in 1858. Spanish jeweller Carrera y Carrera similarly delved into the past in order to mark its 130th birthday, launching the Universo collection. This has been inspired by an old travel diary owned by an adventurer who was fascinated by a 2,600 year-old sculpture discovered in Spain in 1897; the Lady of Elche. Rather than launching an entirely new collection, Marco Bicego instead updated those that have won the jeweller a loyal fanbase over the years, including his oldest, Paradise (launched 12 years ago), which has been slightly adapted to include larger coloured stone pieces. The jeweller’s Marrakech collection did see an entirely new piece unveiled this year – a woven white gold bracelet – but even this turned out to be a subtle homage to the brand’s history, with each of the 15 strands representing a year since the company was first founded.

While jewellery and watches are typically divided into separate camps, what happens when the worlds of haute joaillerie and horologie come together? While we were relieved to see that watchmakers are finally realising that women no longer just value a watch for its number of diamonds, this doesn’t mean to say that we can’t all appreciate a bit of bling. And who better to do this than the king of diamonds himself, Laurence Graff ? The jeweller followed his £33 million headline-making Hallucination watch, launched last year, with the Fascination model; worth $40 million, it features an astounding 38.13-carat D Flawless pear-shape diamond at its centre that can be removed and converted into a bracelet or ring. Both Harry Winston and Boucheron captured our imaginations with their own interpretations of the secret watch, the former having created the aptly-named The Jeweller’s Secret; inside what appears to be a make-up compact (an exquisite mother-of-pearl, pink sapphire and diamond case) is a delicate pocket watch. Boucheron nearly stole the limelight with its Lierre de Lumière timepiece. This true work of art took about 650 hours to make and has a total of 1,223 stones. With such beauty and artistry on show, both jewellers and watchmakers have truly surpassed themselves. this year.

Clockwise from top left/ Garza sculpture, Carrera y Carrera; Regal Waterfall earrings, Garrard; magnipheasant necklace, stephen webster; Billionaire Watch, jacob & co; VIII Grand Bal Cancan watch in pink gold, white ceramic, feathers and diamonds, Dior; Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel timepiece in 18-karat beige sculpted gold, Chanel; Limitededition gold Fox watch, from Sicis O’Clock, SICIS Jewels; The Jeweller’s Secret, Harry Winston; Marrakech white gold and diamond bracelet, Marco Bicego; Bow necklace with South Sea and Ashoka pearls, and white diamonds, Garrard




The leading ladies and latest looks guiding style this season

IN BLOOM this Season This month, we look across the pond for inspiration, teaming our favourite looks from New York Fashion Week with a few standout stars from the continent

Roses in bloom necklace, £2,407, Lara Bohinc,

Antonia elaphe sandals, £470, Alexander Wang,


his season’s approach to eveningwear is very much ethereal, with both BCBG Maxazria and Dennis Basso opting for delicate fabrics to achieve stunning movement. Think Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief or Charles Walters’ 1956 musical High Society, as featured in Kate Young’s coffee table book Dressing for the Dark. Meanwhile, back at home, London-based Sophia Kokosalaki worked with crepe-jersey to give her gowns a stunning drape effect, inspired by her native Greece. Many designers turned to the season itself as florals made a welcome return. A rich red floral print featured in Noon by Noor’s show at NYFW, while home-grown Beulah London paired deep florals with a predominantly blush SS15 collection. Blossoms also had a presence in Lara Bohinc’s accessories line with an impressive limited-edition necklace carved from sterling silver. Finally, texture played its part throughout, with Aspinal of London’s latest collaboration certainly worth a mention. ‘It Girl’ Olivia Palermo teamed up with the British luxury leather goods favourite to launch the Limited Edition Olivia Palermo Marylebone tote. Featuring brown mock-croc leather, brown-hair calf and a gorgeous dusty pink suede lining, we’re inspired. With a limited production of just 30 bags, you’re going to have to get to a store fast.



“Banish the black, burn the blue and bury the beige. From now on, girls, think pink!” maggie prescott, funny face (1957) Draped wrap-effect gown, £1,365, Sophia Kokosalaki,

HIGH SOCIETY (1956) Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra in the musical comedy by Charles Walters. Extracted from Kate Young’s, Dressing for the Dark, £30, Assouline, TO CATCH A THIEF (1955) Grace Kelly wearing one of Edith Head’s iconic creations in Alfred Hitchcock‘s romantic thriller. Image courtesy of The Neal Peters Collection


Palace earrings, £200, Lizzie Fortunato,


BCBG Maxazria

Dennis Basso

Noon by Noor

SS15 collection, scarves from £85, Beulah London,

Limited Edition Olivia Palermo Marylebone tote, £995, Aspinal of London,




step into the spotlight the latest beauty buys and services worth spoiling yourself with

all made up Harrods now has another way that you can spoil yourself thanks to Urban Retreat’s make-up salon, and its expert artists work with top brands including NARS and Hourglass. You can pop in for a simple touch-up or take advantage of the signature Red Carpet Ready service to have a full team of make-up artists, nail technicians and hairstylists on hand. Services from £35,

a burberry kiss Burberry has worked with its expert artistic consultant Wendy Rowe to launch the Burberry Kisses lipstick range. The 28 colours, which range from pale nudes to brights, are gel-based and the combination of pigments, tea, lavender and rose hip have a smooth and longlasting hydrating effect. £25 each, Burberry,

complex recipe 001 Skincare has redeveloped one of its most popular products, the Active Marine Power Concentrate serum. Just one drop of the light, cool gel massaged into skin acts to stimulate collagen and brighten the complexion, thanks to a complex mix of antioxidants, raspberry and green tea. Active Marine Power Concentrate 30ml, £59,


bring the salon to you Gina Conway operates four Aveda salons and spas, but was inspired by her own hectic lifestyle to bring the bespoke experience into people’s homes and offices, encompassing custom rituals and all the luxuries, from robes to scented candles. Bookings can be made via the Privé by Gina Conway app. Services from £85,



charity candle Candle queen Jo Malone has released its latest edition and the floral theme goes beyond the White Lilac and Rhubarb scent. The full proceeds from each candle sold will be donated to charity gardens across the UK, supporting their work to bring those suffering from mental illness, poverty and disability out of isolation. £42, Jo Malone,

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3kg Scented Candle From The Emperor Collection


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What else is

in store?

sticks ‘n’ sushi Just one of the new restaurants opening in May, Sticks‘n’Sushi serves a unique combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill. If you love the tastes of Japan but aren’t a fish fan, there’s grilled meat skewers on the menu too.

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ating out just became more interesting – and more fun, with the launch of Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Place. How do you choose? Start with your favourite style of cuisine. If it’s steak you’re after, Sports Bar & Grill offers comfort food while screening all the top sports matches. If you fancy a little more spice, strive for a reservation at Chai Ki – the only modern Indian restaurant in London with a Toddy Shop Bar. Or why not try The Breakfast Club? It’s great for brunch and dining any time of day (and rumour has it there is a secret bar…) Those just passing through will congregate at Poncho 8, which puts a healthy twist on Mexican food, at CPRESS for freshly squeezed juices and organic meals; or at Notes Coffee Roasters & Wine Bar, which – like the

in house bar at Everyman Canary Wharf – caters for two of our favourite vices. If you like fashionable, Asian-inspired dishes, Sticks‘n’Sushi’s menu has more than a few things to tempt you or, alternatively, Ippudo Canary Wharf, opening at the end of June, specialises in ramen noodles and dumplings. If it’s an informal, buzzing atmosphere you’re after, try Big Easy, which pairs cocktails with everything from burgers to lobsters and opens at the end of summer. Thankfully, with a Psycle spin studio, NatWest bank and Bupa, as well as various other notable brands and services, Crossrail Place will become an everyday destination for those who live and work around Canary Wharf – allowing for plenty of opportunity to enjoy its vibrant bar, cafe and restaurant scene.



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The new statesman As the country goes to the polls, we offer some sartorial assistance to the Prime Minister-in-waiting Photographer: Dominic Nicholls Stylist: David Hawkins @ Frank Agency

Navy pinstripe suit, £700, Striped shirt, £95, Tie, £100, all by Hackett,

Opposite page: Grey suit, £600, Green shirt, £85, Tie, £90, all by Hackett, as before; No. 25 portfolio case in Cedar, £985, Passavant and Lee, This Page: Navy double-breasted suit, £1,895, Navy linen military shirt, £145, Navy cotton knitted tie, £85, all by Gieves & Hawkes,

THIS PAGE: Grey suit, £445, DKNY,; Shirt, £195, Tie, £85 both by Richard James, Opposite page: Navy pinstripe slim fit evening jacket, £1,030, White jacquard slim fit evening shirt, £200, both by Paul Smith London,; Bronze textured tie, £85, Paul Smith, as before

Opposite page: Wool tuxedo, £2,495, Cotton shirt, £360, both by Berluti,; White-striped tie, £80, Paul Smith, as before This Page: Blue textured 100 per cent wool suit, £825, Fitted shirt, £195, Tie, £85, all by Richard James, as before

stylist: David Hawkins @ Frank Agency | Grooming: Ben Hards | MUA: Sarah O’Keeffe | model: Andrew Bruton @Select Model Management | Photographer’s Assistant: Inna Kostukovsky Shot on location at ‘Upstairs’ at L’Escargot 48 Greek Street, London, W1D, Range Rover Autobiography 3.0 Litre SDV6 Hybrid Diesel, kindly loaned by Jaguar Land Rover,


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

Steve McQueen ™ Licensed by Chadwick McQueen and The Terry McQueen Testamentary Trust, Represented by GreenLight. Photography courtesy of Getty Images.

Vin wax jacket, £299

McQueen crewneck sweater, £74.95

MOTORCYCLES, MOVIES, MCQUEEN Steve pocket tee, £39.95

Steve McQueen ™ Licensed by Chadwick McQueen and The Terry McQueen Testamentary Trust, Represented by GreenLight. Photography courtesy of Globe Photos, Inc.

Steve McQueen, aka ‘The King of Cool,’ was always a Barbour ambassador. With his rich and vivid history in the motorcycle world, McQueen sported a Barbour at many international races. The new SS15 collection ignites the rugged, hardwearing and durable strength of Barbour throughout its range and, as it has done for the past four years, continues to take inspiration from the great man himself. Steve McQueen collection, from £34.95, Barbour International,

“Racing is life.

Anything before or after is just waiting” – Steve McQueen



THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN British-made cravat specialists Cravat Club has released a new range of cravats for the discerning sartorial gentleman. The daycravat is a statement piece, lending an air of antiquarian, cultivated style that emanates a sense of individualism. All the cravats are 100 per cent silk, with design prints ranging from skulls to vibrant paisley, making them ideal wardrobe accessories. Cravats, from £60, Cravat Club,


CIRCUS SPECS Cutler and Gross, the visionary British luxury eyewear brand, has revealed its SS15 The Circus Collection. With hand-finished frames that resonate the era’s vibrancy and nostalgia of the 1940s, it draws upon the prolific circus performers, hailed for their distinctive acts, to produce both classic and contemporary eyewear. The Circus Collection, from £295, Cutler and Gross,


Cotton slip-ons, £50, Rivieras,

Gommino driving shoes, £285, Tod’s,

SPLASH OF COLOUR The new SS15 collection from SuitSupply is, as always, a bold statement. This season’s inspiration comes from its Biella-based Italian fabric suppliers and the rich colours of the spice trail. By collaborating with numerous exclusive weavers, SuitSupply has reinterpreted and updated classic weaves to achieve both contemporary and classic design zeal. Woven espadrilles, £300, Dolce & Gabbana,

SS15 Collection, suits from £299, SuitSupply,




hands-free the best backpacks for taking on The City playground this summer

hidden agenda buy bespoke Made and finished by hand in the London workshop, this vegetable-tanned leather is surprisingly sturdy.

A classic, checked lining hides behind supple leather Buckled strap leather backpack, £850, Burberry,

Alfie One backpack, £400, Alfie Douglas,

crowd pleaser

For those who want to stand out from the suitclad crowd

pure and simple

A MrPorter exclusive, this navy number is a discreet alternative to black. Full-grain leather backpack, £445, Marc by Marc Jacobs,

FORWARD FUNCTION Clever craftsmanship unites function and style in a winning design. Leather backpack, £1,395, Alexander McQueen,

Campus backpack, £475, Coach,

buckle up

A structured option like this would never be out of place, even in the boardroom. The Carnaby, £300, Fleming London,

a WILD CARD An exotic feel for officeto-gym action. Aliosha backpack, £1,165, Christian Louboutin,





Shaving can be an overlooked male grooming routine. Whether hurriedly done with a cheap disposable, or whizzed over with an electric shaver, the art and enjoyment of shaving appears to be dwindling. Here at The City Magazine we think it’s high time to invest in quality products and classic methods to make shaving a luxury, rather than a necessity.






The pre-shave stage is vital to achieving a close, smooth and razor-rash-free shave. As part of the classic D.R. Harris Arlington range, which is mildly scented with citrus and fern, this pre-shave lotion will help soften facial hair and prepare skin, whether used on a wet or dry face.

A real badger-hair shaving brush is the ultimate in men’s grooming luxury. The structure of the hair makes it ideal for stimulating facial follicles, elevating stubble and fully preparing the skin. The Loxly Horn shaving brush from Edwin Jagger uses the highest-quality silver-tip badger hair, nestled in a real-horn casing, making it not only highly functional, but also beautiful.

Once the pre-shave has been applied, it’s time to apply the shaving cream. Penhaligons Sartorial Shaving Soap is made from the finest ingredients to enhance hair softening and conditioning before a shave. Once worked into a creamy lather with the badger-hair brush, use circular motions to apply for best coverage.

After the shaving cream has been applied, use a double-edged safety razor for the closest possible shave. The Loxly Horn razor lends an air to classic shaving methods; with just a single blade, the shaving process becomes a meticulous and mastered technique for the closest ever shaving experience.

When the stubble is gone, there is only one thing left to do; apply aftershave. Nourishing and moisturising the face with alcohol-free creams is the best way to finish a shave. The Floris London Elite Aftershave Balm combines fragrances of grapefruit, fir and leather to soothingly complete the daily routine.

Edwin Jagger Loxly Horn Shaving Brush (Silver Tip), £67,

Penhaligons Sartorial Shaving Soap, £36,

D.R. Harris Arlington Pre-Shave Lotion, £26.95,



Edwin Jagger Loxly Horn Razor, £46,

Floris London Elite Aftershave Balm, £55,





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

Vyper Roll Keeping fit and getting your nutrition right are the two most important things to maintaining a healthy body. But it is in its recovery mode that your body makes the greatest gains, which is where the revolutionary Vyper Roll comes in. By integrating a traditional foam muscle roller with a high-powered lithium ion device that offers a range of muscletargeting frequencies, focus is shifted to flexibility and tissue wellbeing. Already used by numerous All-Star NFL players, the Vyper Roll is proving to be a musthave post-training tool among professionals. Vyper Roll, £139.99, Hyperice,

Heuz Cycle Wear

Golfing Around Nike Golf ’s TW ’15 shoe is the first to feature innovative ‘flyweave’ and ‘free-inspired outsole technology’. “I noticed I can push off the ground better and finish my swing with power,” said Tiger Woods. “Nike keeps answering the bell every time I want to push the envelope.” TW ’15, £160, Nike,

The relaxed ethos of Heuz is what makes it so appealing in the contemporary market: “We deliver performance and style for the competitive road racer, everyday cyclist and for all you people who just like to have fun on your bikes.” With delicate attention to detail, from its signature zigzag stitching to integrated night-time visibility, the new collection is designed to be uncompromising on performance and longevity. From £45,




The Body Coach Tips and advice from Joe Wicks, online nutritionist and creator of the 90-Day SSS Plan


ith almost 150,000 Instagram followers, Joe’s #Leanin15 Instagram sensation has spread across the globe. Offering personal nutrition and 90-day Shift, Shape & Sustain fitness plans, tailored to time-strapped individuals, the Body Coach has become the newest online fitness guru.

Jawbone UPMOVE With the ever-evolving world of fitness apps, accessories and programs, the UPMOVE is a simple device that tracks your physical activities and sleep patterns, with the added help of the Smart Coach to deliver nutritional advice. The UPMOVE wirelessly syncs with the Up fitness app on either iOS or Android so progress is automatically recorded, making it a very effective fitnessboosting tool. UPMOVE, £39.99, Jawbone,

What is your one piece of advice for getting lean when working in the City? If you work in the City you probably do crazy long hours. But you can take what you put into your work and apply it to getting lean; if you’re a boss in the City, then go and be a boss in the kitchen and the gym too! This means prepping your meals like you’d set aside time to get ready for a meeting or a new pitch. Can you still get fit if you’re short on training time? I get all my clients doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) because it means you don’t have to spend hours in the gym. HIIT training means you repeat short bursts of high-intensity exercise with timed rests. It depends on how fit you are and what you are wanting to achieve, but if you make HIIT training part of your routine you can get pretty lean very quickly. What was your inspiration behind #Leanin15? I wanted to show people that getting lean doesn’t have to mean long complicated meals. I created an online place that made it easy for people to be healthy, to eat right and realise the body they want is achievable. I started using the #Leanin15 on Instagram to post 15-second videos showing how to make healthy meals that take just 15 minutes to cook and the response I’ve had has blown me away! To find out more about The Body Coach and the 90-Day SSS plan, visit

IAMRUNBOX Time is a precious commodity, as is health, so it can be hard to find a manageable solution to keeping fit whilst working in the City. The new IAMRUNBOX© was developed as an efficient, comfortable and cleverly designed backpack for those who wish to run or cycle to work whilst being able to easily carry their suit, wrinkle-free. IAMRUNBOX© is the brainchild of Kirill Noscov, an athlete fanatic and businessman, whose philosophy is simple: “Work hard, train intense and travel when you have time.” IAMRUNBOX, £25,




Essential apparatus for keeping ahead of the curve

WATCH THIS SPACE Send emails, listen to music, call friends and still be able to read the time with the most advanced smartwatches on the market


one are the days of single function wrist-wear. As technology continues to develop at an incredible rate, with more applications being squeezed into smaller spaces, the age of the multifunctional smartwatch is skyrocketing. The new Apple Watch combines pioneering technology with economic usability to create an industry-defining product that is storming ahead as the newest tech-fashion wearable.

Notification alert using linear actuator pulses

checking out the competition

HUAWEI Huawei Watch PRICE: From £300 USP: Highest resolution screen BEST FEATURE: Health and fitness tracker


Whopping 8GB of storage Fully appcompatible interface

Moto 360 PRICE: From £199 USP: Classical design BEST FEATURE: Voice control

APPLE LG Watch Urbane Price: £299 USP: Full plastic OLED display BEST FEATURE: Dust and water-resistant



Apple Watch Price From £299 USP Superior interface Best feature 8GB memory

Heart rate and accelerometer sensors


BEAM me up, or down

“The best way to predict the

future is to

invent it” Alan Kay, Viewpoints Research Institute President

Astell & Kern, AK500N Astell & Kern, with the expertise of Korean speaker designer Yu Kuk-il, has meticulously crafted the brand’s first desktop music system. With a striking milled aluminium body, the AK500N was inspired by the pyramidal peak of Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain. Internally, the advanced technology effortlessly combines digital technology with analog sound to produce the clearest background-noise-free desktop sound system on the market. AK500N, £8,999, Astell & Kern,

Artiphon Instrument 1

The ingenious new creation from Beam Labs is paving the way for contemporary home and office digital interaction. The stylish body of the Beam is designed to screw into any standard light bulb socket and is supplied with a portable power cord, meaning any flat surface can become a screen. With its state-of-the-art patentpending technology, you can play games, watch movies or share content from your smartphone or tablet with ease.

Kickstarter’s newest smash-hit gadget, the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, is a revolutionary new product that combines patented multiinstrument technology to allow you to play numerous instruments from one device. Its ergonomic, portable and beautiful design makes it a highly desirable product for all music lovers. INSTRUMENT 1, from £270, Artiphon,

Beam, £270, Beam Labs Inc.



THE INTERIOR The cabin combines traditional Bentley craftsmanship such as quilted leather and sleek wood with modern technologies, including a highly intuitive and futuristic 12-inch touch screen and ‘exquisite’ curved driver controls.

THE LIFESTYLE The two-seater concept does include space for a bespoke four-piece Bentley luggage set, which suggests that the production version could be marketed as a GT

Bentley’s bad boy In a move that has thrilled Bentley fans everywhere, the brand has launched the new EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, which many believe was developed to challenge rival Aston Martin’s Vantage. Despite its adherence to classic luxury, the model packs some seriously contemporary punches Words: JENNIFER MASON




THE DESIGN Both the exterior and interior are highlighted with striking copper elements, accents that highlight the hybrid potential of the concept’s advanced power system.

THE POWER The EXP 10 Speed 6 concept is equipped with a hybrid powertrain. Although Bentley has yet to release the details, it’s likely that the production version would instead boast something similar to the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that you’ll find in the Continental GT and Flying Spur. THE INNOVATION New production techniques, such as 3D metal printing, have been used in areas such as the grille mesh, exhausts, door handles and side vents, making this Bentley a truly modern concept. The headlight glass, for example, is textured to imitate the look of the quilted leather inside the car.


THE BODYWORK Muscular, athletic bodywork echoes the inspiration drawn from sleek, aerodynamic aircraft forms – the sharp lines and flowing surfaces have been deliberately sculpted to imply speed. The short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear are designed to convey its performance potential.



After debuting at the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Jaguar D-type recorded three back-to-back Le Mans victories. The City Magazine salutes the seductive curves of a timeless classic Words: Charis Whitcombe







hen it burst onto the international scene in 1954, the Jaguar D-type was at the cutting-edge of race engineering. The ‘D’ represented a huge step forward from the C-type, which – although highly successful and hugely desirable – was nevertheless a racing car adapted from the XK120 road car. The D-type, on the other hand, was a fully fledged racer from the start, with a design brief that essentially demanded functional efficiency at all costs. While form came second to function in terms of the brief, the result was extraordinarily beautiful – with one of the best-loved silhouettes in the whole of motoring history. That characteristic fin, however, wasn’t present on the earliest D-types, but was a later product of windtunnel testing, an aerodynamic approach then in its infancy. More importantly, the D-type was an instant success on the track, winning Le Mans outright in 1955, 1956 and 1957 – first as a works entry, and then in the hands of the renowned privateers at Ecurie Ecosse. At the very heart of the D-type was an alloy, semi-monocoque chassis, riveted and welded to produce a lightweight – but extremely stiff – structure, its development relying heavily on WWII aircraft technology. Jaguar (with Dunlop) had pioneered the use of disc brakes, which had already proved their worth on the later C-types. It was only natural, then, that Jaguar should apply similar technology, with servo assistance, to the far more technically advanced D-type. Any one of the 54 examples of the D-type produced for privateer customers is a rare gem, but the 1955 car pictured – chassis XKD530 – has a particularly intriguing history. Its classic Jaguar 3781cc straight-six engine, with three twin-choke Weber carburettors, was retro-fitted by the Jaguar factory in December 1959 (and is now estimated to produce around 300bhp), by which time its original 3.4-litre engine had proved effective enough to ensure multiple first-place finishes... many of them on ice. The car’s early ice-racing history is thanks to its first owner, Curt Lincoln of Helsinki, a tennis player on Finland’s Davis Cup team. He took delivery of the British Racing Green car in April 1956 but, in the hope of avoiding excessive import duty, he asked the Coventry factory to make the car appear ‘used’. It was therefore delivered with intentionally scuffed pedals, a second-hand steering wheel and an odometer clocked… forwards. The car continued to live a colourful life, with only space to mention a few highlights here. There are its many races in the hands of Timo Mäkinen (one



It was once the subject of controversy as to its real identity. As so often happens, there appeared to be two cars claiming chassis number XKD530 of the original ‘Flying Finns’ of motor rallying); and the fact that it’s believed to be the only D-type to have raced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Or the fact that – as the current owner is more than happy to attest – it was once the subject of controversy as to its real identity: a controversy that was settled with such certainty that it’s enough to make potential owners smile. As so often happens, there appeared to be two cars claiming chassis number XKD530, a situation summarised by one expert as follows: “It seems difficult to rectify the situation, unless some benevolent person should decide to purchase both cars and exchange the front sub-frames and the legal documents, resulting in only one single car claiming to be XKD 530.” Which, believe it or not, is exactly what happened. Both cars were bought and sent to renowned restoration expert Chris Keith-Lucas (of CKL Developments

Photos: Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


in East Sussex), who took them apart and reassembled the genuine XKD530 with the correct original parts. That is the car you see here – a car that went on to run in the Mille Miglia retrospective ( four times) and at the Goodwood Revival, to name but two events. This highly original and authentic D-type was sold at RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island, USA, in March. It fetched more than £2million – £2,482,370 to be precise. This article first appeared on as part of its ‘Timeless Classics’ feature series, presented and supported by RM Sotheby’s. Since 1998, Classic Driver has been the essential website for affluent drivers from all over the world covering topics from high-end classic cars to luxury homes.




CRAZY The custom motorcycle scene has experienced enormous growth over the past few years. The City Magazine’s motorcycle enthusiast Hugh Francis Anderson explains how it became a global phenomenon with thousands of fans





s technology and motoring advance into the world of ultra-high performance, masses of bikers are turning their backs on the new and investing tens of thousands into the customised rebirth of vintage motorcycles. With custom shops sprouting up from Tokyo to Poland and Australia to France, the movement is showing no signs of slowing. In London, the scene has grown from a handful of humble garage builders to numerous new-age custom workshops. Although the popularity of custom bikes has skyrocketed, it remains an artisan’s game. Whatever the style – from rigidframed, extended rake choppers to single seat, dropped clip-on café-racers – there are no limits to design possibilities; the only pursuit is originality. There has long been a pseudorivalry between bikers triggered by countercultural discrepancies and youthlike frustrations. What was once a social taboo, often associated with violence and the rough mumblings of a ‘degenerate’ class, has sprouted, organically, into the middle-class mainstream, with a fearful commercial following.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, ©Amy Shore



There is now an entire cultural movement based on the renewal of wornout, broken motorcycles, jovially re-cycled, which has gripped social media and spread to encompass fashion, grooming and design. Yes we’ve sold out, but we’ve sold out for sweet rides and whole lotta fun. As a devoted patron of the custom bike scene, I’ve revelled in this boom, I’ve followed the handful of modest guys with a passion for bikes bloom into internationally renowned builders, sought after by the likes of BMW, Yamaha and Ducati for design inspiration; and it’s all great. Adam Kay, Founder of London’s own Untitled Motorcycles, began working on his first bike in a small Camden garage five years ago, and now he’s fully booked with back-to-back commissions. “When I started in 2010, the industry was nonexistent. There were a couple of places, but in central London we’re one of the only people doing what we do. Now it’s 2015 and it’s gone crazy.” Untitled Motorcycles specialises in the rebirth of vintage BMW boxer-twins. “We make bikes that work, that are rideable,” says Kay. “Everything is bespoke.” It is, in fact, this bespoke individuality that people seek above all else; why people spend upwards of £15,000 on a build, even though a brand-new bike can be bought for under £10,000. “They’re completely bored, they don’t want to buy off the shelf. Everybody wants something for themselves, which is a good thing for us, but when you all become individual, maybe you’re not individual any more; you become part of the same thing.” I agree. The scene continues to move all too gratingly in the mainstream, but again it stumps me with another saving grace; the joy of practical creation to relieve boredom and stress, another reason Kay attributes to the on-going inner-city growth. “One of our customers just looked at a computer screen all day; there’s no joy in that. He would come in on Saturdays and do welding and grinding, he really wanted to get involved. Getting your hands dirty, chopping metal, making sparks fly, the smell of petrol and oil, it’s a real heman-type thing; getting back to basics.” With Facebook, Instagram and throngs of blogs dedicated to the scene, everyone wants to showcase their bikes and subsequent self-perpetuated underground white-collar-style. “Without the internet we wouldn’t have a successful business,” says Kay. “The internet has changed everything.” And it truly has; fashion has boarded the custom bike bandwagon by redefining style to suit, from perfectly sculpted beards and Grease-like hairstyles to bespoke tweed suits and rugged footwear, biking has become an extension of personality, which harks



© Balint Koch

Untitled Motorcycles’ Nugget


The Bike Shed Show, ©Amy Shore

The Bike Shed Show, ©Amy Shore The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, ©Amy Shore

A by-product of all cultural movements is the mass gathering of its participants. The London scene is dominated by two meetings: The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and The Bike Shed Show The City Magazine’s Hugh Francis Anderson

back to the Marlon Brando, James Dean and Steve McQueen manliness of the 50s and 60s, albeit tainted with superficiality. Nevertheless, brands such a Barbour, Edwin, Levi’s, Belstaff, Deus ex Machina, Iron & Resin, etc etc, all define the 21stcentury biker. Belstaff, for example, is modelled by David Beckham, whose open affiliation to the custom scene and its fashion following has become a powerful marketing tool. His recent BBC documentary Into the Unknown, showcases biking’s most desirable quality, freedom, and all on customised Triumph Scramblers (think Steve McQueen in The Great Escape). Could there be a better escape after a manic week in the City? It’s hard to imagine. A by-product of all cultural movements is the mass gathering of its participants. The London scene is dominated by two such meetings: The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a ride around the streets of London on custom bikes, dressed like gentlemen; and The Bike Shed Show, an art-gallery-type event to admire the best in custom bikes and contemporary style. What they achieve is an answer to the inner-city zeitgeist. They propel the scene’s popularity into newer avenues, encompassing the entire creative industry; from photographers to graphic designers, these gatherings give lost creatives a place to belong. What started as a minute following has boomed in such record quick time that it’s impossible to predict future developments. Nevertheless, what we’ll always be left with is a movement that purveys the resurrection of vintage motorcycles, and there’s little more that’s as enthralling as that. The Bike Shed Show, Tobacco Dock, Friday 22 May 7:00pm - Sunday 24 May 2015 6:00pm,, Tickets, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, 27 September,



Anxiety and Perfection Husband and wife Mark and Hannah Hayes-Westall have been working in, and writing about, contemporary art on and off for almost 20 years. Each month, they introduce an artist on the cusp of greatness

This month: MASAYA CHIBA





hat’s so interesting? Leo Tolstoy famously wrote that ‘happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’ as a way of explaining that discontentment is more interesting than contentment and the work of young Japanese artist Masaya Chiba seems to bear witness to the truth of this. This is work full of emotion that reflects the complexity of being alive in confusing, often uncomfortable, occasionally unpleasant times. Compelling art often arises during periods of great uncertainty and change, and Chiba, born in 1980, is one of a generation of Japanese artists who have grown up in the shadow of deflation, stalked by zombie banks, beset by catastrophic natural disasters and the rapid disappearance of the certainties that marked the lives of their parents. His work is complex and unsettling, a reflection of the times in which it is produced, and plays with allegory in a way that is deeply satisfying to unpack. Masaya Chiba’s most well known work is an ongoing piece begun, perhaps significantly, in 2008. Crying Face… is a series of paintings produced using an unusual technique; before painting, the artist first makes a structural model of the work featuring the titular crying face made out of white plasticine, with water or food coming from its eyes or mouth, set against a temporary landscape made out of a collage that invariably features photographs of beautiful mountains that the artist has never visited. The blank white face radiates anxiety, while the never viewed mountains contain a kind of natural perfection and serenity. The idea of the potentially dangerous perfection of unseen places is well known in Japanese culture, indeed it’s considered by psychologists to be at the root of ‘Paris Syndrome’. This serious mental health event affects up to 20 Japanese tourists each year as the realities of the French capital meet and overwhelm the airbrushed perfection of the images they have absorbed from Japanese media. The contrast of anxiety and perfection is hardly the only contrast present in Chiba’s work. Moving between three dimensional structures and flat paintings, the artist also sets up the idea that what you see is not all that’s in the painting, explaining his belief that he is depicting dimensions in time alongside the dimensions in space. This level of conceptual development has rapidly gained favour with major international institutions. Despite only graduating from Tama Art University in 2005, Masaya Chiba’s work has already been featured in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul, and has been the subject of solo shows in both Tokyo and Seoul. His work can now be found at London gallery White Rainbow, which specialises in the work of Japanese artists, as part of the new group show ‘By the Mountain Path’ (29 April–20 June 2015) which brings together a diverse group of contemporary Japanese artists working today.

THIS PAGE: FROM TOP Turtle’s life #3, 2013, oil on canvas, 160 x 185.5cm Peaceful Village, 2006, oil on canvas, 126.5 x 188.2cm Crying face #2​, ​2011​, ​oil on canvas​, ​70x83cm​

OPPOSITE PAGE: Crying face #9​, ​2011​, ​oil on canvas​, ​70x62cm​ All images copyright the artist, courtesy of ShugoArts

Find the work White Rainbow 47 Mortimer Street, London, W1W



AFRICAN BIRDS FIRE SCREEN Ayre & Co, the dealers in antique taxidermy, have a varied range of wild and exotic pieces to suit all interior needs. From eagles to foxes, the exquisite world of fine taxidermy brings a regal, traditional touch to any room. The early Victorian wild African bird screen includes a wide selection of exotic birds, encased in a solid walnut and glass screen to be placed in front of the empty fireplace during summer months, or simply admired from afar. £3,250,

AMERICAS CUP COLUMBIA 1901 Every home library needs a centrepiece, and what better than Authentic Models’ large, lobby-sized model of the 1901 America’s Cupwinning boat Columbia. Authentic Models are renowned for their signature interior pieces, appearing in boutique windows across the globe. This completely handmade yacht is sure to bring a touch of antiquity to any space. £266,

LIBRARY LIFE For the reading room of your dreams, think international-inspired pieces and turn-of-the-century antiquity Words: HUGH FRANCIS ANDERSON

EICHHOLTZ GYMNASIUM At nearly three metres long, the handmade Gymnasium by Eichholtz is fundamental to the home-library. Large enough to relax on with friends, or take a nap after a gentle read, the nature of Eichholtz’s philosophy means that no two products are ever identical. The traditional Chesterfield style, aged tobacco leather and bronze stud detailing give the Gymnasium an antiqued, well-loved appearance. £5,249,




THE GALILEO Globe Bellerby & Co Globemakers are London’s creators of high quality, beautifully handmade globes. By combining traditional techniques with pioneering design, timeless terrestrial and celestial globes are born. The Galileo is a large, 80cm globe that is cradled in an exquisite oak base and aged brass meridian. Sophistication for any home.

EICHHOLTZ SHIPPER FLOOR LAMP To accentuate and create atmosphere, every room needs the addition of floor lighting, nowhere more is this necessary than the home library, where mood is everything. With nautical detailing, heavy timber legs and a full metal lighting case, the Shipper Floor Lamp has a weathered, historical air to it, making it the perfect companion to any reading room. £748,


VERDIGRIS INDUSTRIAL SHADE The Factorylux large copper lightshade pays homage to the rich history of industrial Britain. Not only are they handmade in England, but the patina is achieved by accelerating the natural weathering process of the copper, making each shade entirely individual. Strung up in succession, the Verdigris will not only create a striking image for the eyes, but also aid in the creation of an inspired space. £253.20,

MISSONI HOME PRUDENCE THROW The Missoni Home Prudence Throw combines the brand’s iconic zigzag motif with a tribal colour palette, adding an accent of travel to the home space. Large enough to wrap yourself in and relax with a book, this throw is a fantastic library companion. £922,



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


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


Meng Ni Beh  Canada Walk


One Canada Square plays host to sculptor Tim Harrisson’s first solo exhibition in London since 1993, which is showcasing some of the largest pieces he has made to date. The restraint of his stone carving mark him out as one of the most controlled minimalist sculptors working in this genre. Landscape is the abiding source for his sculpture and drawings, both of which feature in this exhibition. The primary stones Harrisson uses here are Carrara marble and British limestone and sandstone, often named for the places where they occur: Chicksgrove, Purbeck, Cumbria, Wiltshire, ‘St Bees’, Ham. His sculptures are rhythmic and he employs counterpoint and tempo as a composer might, combining these abstract themes with acute hand and eye coordination, for sculptures that are made with artistic rigour and the care of a craftsman.

Meng Ni Beh’s latest series of works is inspired by David Hockney’s digital paintings. Using an iPad, the artist explores new ways of creating work in both two and three dimensions, which evolves through a series of processes from acrylic painting on paper, into 3-D objects and back into 2-D.


Window Gallery: Jo Lovell and Sarah King  Jubilee Walk Jo Lovell produces small run of exquisite hand-made bags inspired by life in London, from its city centre to the villages which make up the whole. Showing alongside is Sarah’s sculptural jewellery, which combines sensual form and playfulness, and is made in silver, gold and bio-resin (an eco-material made from sunflower seed oil).;

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

Transportation: Pritchard’s Road Day Centre Art Group  14 May – 8 July

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


Get ready for a high-octane May in Canary Wharf – watch professional sport, push your physical limits for charity and save the dates for Motorexpo


NEED FOR SPEED Monday 8 – Sunday 14 June All Day Canary Wharf FREE

Round 8 of this world-class cycling competition comes to Canary Wharf on Thursday 4 June with some of Britain’s top cyclist’s battling it out to be crowned the best team in the UK. The brand new Team WIGGINS, formed by 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and the ONE Pro Cycling team of England cricketer Matt Prior, join the teams headlining with defending champions JLT Condor presented by Mavic hoping to become the first squad to defend their title.

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


This exciting and unique new inter-company team cycling challenge based on Team Pursuit format sees corporate teams made up of eight riders competing against the clock on a 1km closed-road circuit in the heart of Canary Wharf. Cheer on our fellow colleagues and friends as they compete to be crowned winners at this inaugural event on Thursday 14 May.



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Take the plunge and experience Canary Wharf from 230ft! Sign up now in aid of SSAFA, a charity which provides lifelong support for our Forces and their families. Join fundraisers as they take on this exclusive challenge to scale down Canary Wharf’s 50 Bank Street. The abseil experience 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 from you is the want for adventure and a commitment to raise a minimum of £150 sponsorship for SSAFA. BOOKING: Due to high demand from participants there is an initial £30 registration fee to secure your place so book early to avoid disappointment via or

The London Triathlon is the world’s largest triathlon attracting more than 13,000 participants from elite athletes to complete novices. On Sunday 9 August a new bike route takes all triathletes including the elite field through Canary Wharf. There are five public distances (Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic, Olympic Plus and Team Relay) so whether you want to compete in your first triathlon, smash a personal best or compete with colleagues in the team relay, you’re guaranteed an amazing time. Want to take part? Individual and team entries are on sale via so secure your place or register your team now.

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Rows of casks with the producer’s family names on. ©photo Todd Selby




A Taste of Hennessy

Bewildered by something so seemingly archaic, Dave Waddell comes to understand cognac as a very good, very strict prep school that keeps getting all the top marks




f you smoke, don’t quit.” Renaud de Gironde is joking. All the same, delivered deadpan, it’s a joke that catches me out, though just back from a top-speed tour of only a fraction of Hennessy’s enormous operation – from visiting one of its model vineyards and distilleries, learning how it repairs and chooses its oak casks, experiencing the joys of its cellars and, in particular, it’s ‘paradis’, the so-called Founder’s Cellar, and now sat ready to taste a selection of the cognac house’s wares – I may be forgiven a slight slowness in getting off the mark. That said, it’s also a joke that means something. One of a select handful of Hennessy’s tasting panel, de Gironde is charged with the task of tasting the distilled ‘wines’ or eau de vies (water of life) from up to 1,700 independent producers, a job that requires he meet with his colleagues every day at precisely the same time, having followed from the moment he awakes a routine that has hardly changed in all the years he has been a member of the panel. “Same time, same people, same glass.” If you smoke, don’t quit. All of which smacks of the clinically obsessive, but only to those of us not familiar with the ways of cognac, a spirit that Robert Delamain, author of the seminal Histoire du Cognac, calls “a prodigy, an accident, a miracle.” Simply put, cognac is a double-distilled or ‘burnt’ wine that is then aged ( for at least two years) in Limousin or Tronçais oak casks. It’s a type of brandy, but is called cognac because it is made from grapes grown in the region surrounding Cognac. Less simply, Cognac (the region), which consists of the so-called departments of Charente-Maritime, most of Charente and parts of Deux-Sèvres and the Dordogne, is further divided into six graded growing zones or crus. They are, in descending order: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires. Each cru has a measurably different terroir, its climate, soil and topography giving the wine a particular clutch of flavours. Thus, for example, cognac from Grande Champagne is said to be floral in taste, rich and elegant – as is that from Petite Champagne, though possessing a shorter finish – while the cognac from Borderies is a fast-ageing brandy, soft and characteristically nutty in flavour. Note: the word champagne in this sense is devolved from the ‘champs’ ( fields) historically cleared in and around Cognac. Drilling down, it would be a mistake to assume that the very finest of cognacs to be a single batch eau de vie sourced in cru Grande Champagne and aged for 50-plus years in Limousin oak. For, if it’s true to say that such a thing as a vintage cognac does



Reading Age Age in cognac is specified by three basic and qualitative statements: VS, VO / VSOP and XO. Owing to the fact that, historically, the English have had much to do with Cognac and the surrounding environs, and consequently quaffed lake-loads of the stuff, cognac producers and their distributors saw it as prudent that they play to their main market. Hence: VS stands for Very Superior or ***, the youngest eau de vie in a VS blend having been aged for a minimum of two years (compte 2). VO or VSOP stand for Very Old and Very Superior Old Pale respectively, the youngest eau de vie in the mix being at least four years old (compte 4). Lastly, XO stands for Extra Old, which means that its youngest spirit is six years old (compte 6). There are others, but we’re plumb out of time.

Yann Fillioux, Hennessy Master Blender

Bending staves for the casks

It would be a mistake to assume that the very finest of cognacs to be a single batch eau de vie sourced in cru Grand Champagne and aged for 50-plus years in Limousin oak


Ugni Blanc vineyard ©Antoine Bagot

exist, it is much more the norm for it to consist of a blend of mixed-age eau de vies, sourced from either one or more crus. If it is from a cru, then the rules with regards to the mix of grape varieties are as stringently prescriptive as they are in every other area of production, with at least 90 per cent of the bottled blend having to consist of either Ugni blanc, Folle blanche and Colombard varietals, the remaining 10 per cent from half a dozen others, the names of which I know you will be keen to look up for yourself. Two final points: one, as in a blended whisky, the age of a cognac is taken from the youngest of its eau de vies. Two, to be called Fine, the cognac needs to be a cognac taken from a single cru – the only exception being one that constitutes a mix of the Grand and Petite Champagne vineyards, of which 50 per cent plus must be Grande, and which is then called Fine Champagne. Them’s the rules. There are plenty more, but best understand cognac as a very good, very strict prep school. It’s

bewildering, and seemingly ridiculously archaic, but it keeps getting top marks in everything, and everyone’s happy, so something’s going very right. It also, to return to the current joys of a tasting with Renaud de Gironde, explains the Hennessy tasting panel’s insistence on its decadesold routines. As de Gironde acknowledges (I’m afraid I ruined the joke), nobody’s telling anyone not to stop smoking, but everybody understands the enormous responsibility of their respective jobs. A house such as is Hennessy, which together with competitors Courvoisier, Martell or Rémy Martin, sources, ages and blends the bulk of the world’s cognac, stands or falls on the consistency – that is, the recognisable quality of its character and flavour – of its product. A cognac made by Hennessy must taste like a Hennessy cognac. New frontiers will be explored, and are, but gently, and over much time. Meaning, as the amusing, amused and infinitely patient de Gironde explains, having laid out prior to our arrival six

glasses, one containing a clear and therefore un-aged eau de vie, the others liquids of varying degrees of amber, the task of making a ready-to-bottle cognac only begins with selecting the right eau de vie. Once chosen, the raw spirit, in the panel and in Hennessey master blender Yann Fillioux’s obsessively capable hands, is nurtured, aged, matured – blended with, in the end, perhaps, like our sixth and final cognac of the day, no fewer than another 100 fellow eau de vies, each playing its part in creating (possibly, who knows) something truly great, a cognac revered. So, to end: if I may, and before heading off for dinner at the marvellous though slightly overwhelming Château de Bagnolet, a small and closing piece of advice. If you smoke, quit. And if your drinks cabinet is bereft of a bottle of cognac, buy one. Two decisions you will never live to regret. Je ne plaisante pas. Dave Waddell’s trip to Cognac was organised and hosted by Hennessy.



THE PRINCE OF PORT When textile brothers William and John Graham accepted twenty-seven barrels of Port as payment of a debt in 1820, little did they know that their name would be forever associated with the fortified wine. Five generations later, there’s a new family in charge Words: RICHARD BROWN



Graham’s master cooper Sr. Emílio Oliveira



here is an unspoken understanding that you are effectively a trustee and that you should pass on the business in better shape than you found it,” says Paul Symington, senior managing director of Symington Family Estates, the family that has owned Graham’s Port since 1970, and the company now responsible for more than a third of the world’s premium Port production. Since it’s embryonic development in Portugal’s remote Douro Valley in the 17thcentury, to its burgeoning popularity on British shores in the century that followed, Port had always been a family affair. Beginning as a cottage industry within the walls of the Abbot of Lamego monastery – where Liverpudlian merchants discovered monks preserving the sweetness of their wine by adding brandy early in the fermentation process – it was under British patronage that Port flourished. Our continued commitment to the trade can be seen in the names of the producers, or ‘shippers’, who came to dominate the market: Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Gould, Osborne, Offley, Sandeman, Taylor, Warre, and, of course, Graham’s, to name but a few. And yet, of the 83 registered Port shippers in existence at the end of WWII, only a handful remain in existence today. As a result of mergers, takeovers and market collapses, nearly all have been declared bankrupt or swallowed up under the umbrella of multinational organisations. Today, besides Symington’s other marques, Graham’s survives as a rare example of an independently-owned Port producer. “A huge amount has changed in recent decades,” explains Symington, who shares responsibility for every aspect of the company with cousins Johnny, Charles and Rupert, and younger brother Dominic. “Over 80 per cent of Port companies have changed hands, been bought out or have shut down.



We are seen as the most traditional part of the entire wine trade globally, yet the reality is that the pace of change has been very fast indeed. Only Port companies with real vision and courage have been able to adapt to the challenges.” Having weathered the 20th-century storm of World Wars, over production and slumping sales that led to so many companies slipping through the fingers of their controlling families, the Symingtons have thrived to become the world’s strongest Port producer – now owning more top-quality vineyards than any other shipper, with 26 quintas covering 4,883 acres and more than 2,486 acres of vines. The company owns Warre’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s and Smith Woodhouse, but it is Graham’s that remains Symington’s flagship brand. It’s also the marque it claims the closest affinity with, for it was through Graham’s that Paul’s great-greatGrandfather Andrew James Symington first arrived in the Port trade, joining the company’s textile division aged 18 in 1882, before he left to become a port merchant in his own right. The Symington story came full circle nearly 100 years later when it acquired Graham’s for itself. By this time, a century-and-a-half of premium Port production had earned the shipper a reputation unrivalled within the industry. Today, the success of Symington



ABOVE The Symington family (Paul Symington third from right); Vinum Restaurant & Wine Bar at Graham’s Port Lodge, Porto RIGHT Quinta dos Malvedos, Douro Valley; Graham’s coopers at work; Graham’s Port Lodge, Porto

Family Estates owes much to its ability to innovate and modernise – a formal family rule states that all members retire from active responsibilities at the age of 65, no matter how useful they are to the company – yet the crux of what the company does, and even aspects of how it does it, follows a formula that’s remained unchained for hundreds of years. “We still tread some of our grapes in exactly the same way as wine was made 2,000 years ago by the Romans,” says Paul. “You can see drawings of wine ‘lagares’ [traditional granite stone treading tanks] on the walls of villas at Pompeii. There is nothing as wonderful as dancing in a lagar with grape must up to your knees to the sound of a traditional accordion in some remote Alto Douro Quinta.” Of course, the majority of grapes Graham’s crushes are done so by automated machines, not by foot. The grapes come from the five best quintas in the upper Douro Valley (an area that was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001): Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta das Lages (in the Rio Torto) and two others, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas, both privately owned by a Symington family member. Owning its personal vineyards, as well as its factory operations, the Symington Family Estate is afforded a level of vertical integration that keeps it ahead of the competition. Paul also credits the fact that the estate remains a family business as a reason for its modern-day market dominance. “We are able to make long-term investment decisions without having to explain anything to anybody or having to ask anybody for permission. We don’t have to worry about things like our share price.” When the Symingtons gained ownership of Graham’s 45 years ago, it’s first harvest proved extremely auspicious, with Graham’s 1970 Vintage Port winning widespread acclaim among those who have been fortunate enough to have tried it since. Indeed, the 1970 is thought by many to be one of the greatest wines of the entire last century. Pressed to pick his own favourite, though, Paul opts for the Dow’s 1896. “It was the Port that my grandfather drank in the trenches in France in 1916 on the eve of the Battle of the Somme to mark his 21st birthday,” he says. “The fact that he was lucky enough to come back alive is why we are here. We still have a few bottles left here in the cellar. I have tasted this wine three times and it is has been quite simply amazing, even after a century in the bottle. Nothing ages as beautifully as a great Vintage Port.” Nor so well, it would seem, as a familyrun Port producer.


Port Matching at Hawksmoor To discover Graham’s range of Port for yourself, including the shipper’s lesser-spotted Fine White variety, pay a visit to Hawksmoor Guildhall. The awardwinning steak specialist has a permanent in-house sommelier that can advise you which Port to pair with each course. The City Magazine spent an evening on the sweet stuff and vigorously recommends it.



Queen of Wine Country With a burgeoning portfolio of award-winning vintages and global vineyards, Jackson Family Wines is a tour de force in premium wine production. The City Magazine talks global expansion, sustainable practices and critical acclaim with family head and CEO Barbara Banke Words: Amy Welch

Verite vineyard, Healdsburg, California



| DRINK WELL | Barbara Banke

cellar master's collection


f you know wine, then you will know Jackson Family Wines. The largest premium wine producers in the US, JFW enjoys critical acclaim for its progressive sustainable farming principles, champion US racehorses and some of the best vineyards in the world. Unsurprisingly, CEO Barbara Banke is a trailblazer. Now sole proprietor of the empire she built with late husband and wine icon Jess Jackson, Banke’s instinct for the business is palpable. Ahead of another promising vintage, The City Magazine met one of the wine industry’s 2001 Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, most innovative leaders. £577.60, Lokoya, Over the past two years, Banke has overseen the most dramatic expansion of holdings in the family’s history. With a multitude of vineyards spanning continents, is further global expansion on the cards? “Yes, it’s possible,” says Barbara. “We are in Italy, France and Chile, as well as South Africa now. We’re new in Oregon and have doubled our investment in Australia.” JFW has been progressive advocates of land conservation within the wine 2013 Sonoma Coast industry and has long been sustainable Pinot Noir, £13, across 100 per cent of its wineries. Is the La Crema, wine industry as a whole taking more responsibility towards land stewardship? “Yes definitely. I think we were more of an outlier maybe 10 years ago, but now it’s more accepted. The initial impetus was to get ahead of the regulators and to educate them on what we thought the best practices were. We have a much more co-operative effort now, with the regulators and our growers to make ourselves greener.” Currently, the flagship Kendell-Jackson 2012 Santa Maria winery produces the most popular wine Valley Pinot Noir, since 1991. Of all the estates, which is the £20.95, Byron, most successful to date? “Probably the Verité and the Lokoya. Those have been very rewarding and we take quite a bit of care with those wines.” These are just two of eight Jackson vintages to be classed with a perfect 100-point score from esteemed American wine critic Robert Parker. “We have some of the best vineyards in California. Some of the wines that 2007 Sonoma County have received 100 points are in Sonoma County, not really known for Cabernet (case of six bottles), £1,650, Vérité La Muse, Sauvignon, or for Bordeaux varieties. Lokoya has received a couple of 100 point scores from Robert Parker, in the Napa Mountains. One of the wines is from Mount Veeder; [known as the monster] we have a really nice vineyard there! Cardinal, a blend from Napa, also received 100 points. Ha, it’s great! We like those! If we could get 101 points it would be even better…” The Jackson family doesn’t do anything by halves, which transcends into a passion 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, for racehorses. Banke’s star stud Curlin £24.16, Freemark Abbey, became the highest money-making thoroughbred in US history.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, California

“In 2003 I said to my husband ‘you’re driving everyone crazy, you need to get a hobby’. In 2007 we bought this horse in partnership with some others. Curlin became the champion US racehorse. He won the Breeder’s Cup, came third in the Kentucky Derby and won the Preakness. From that point I was hooked. Now we are the leading breeder in terms of revenues in Kentucky. I have Curlin’s offspring in training at the moment, so it’s going to be fun.” Fun and games aside, success hasn’t come without challenge. From a global wine shortage in 2013 to Californian droughts, the past few years have been some of the most challenging in recent memory. “Mother Nature is always something you have to deal with. Last year, we were faced with a situation where if it didn’t rain soon, we were going to have to radically cut back our crop level. That would have maybe cut by half the amount of wine we could have produced…. We do a lot of rain dances! Fortunately, there were late rains. If it doesn’t rain this year, then we’re facing the same situation. Nature is always the biggest challenge.” Looking five years down the line, Banke hopes for continued growth and perfect critiques. But what is her philosophy for success? “I think we always strive to do better. There’s a lot of care and attention. It’s a very detailed business. You can’t say ‘oh, I’m going to make a great wine, just pick the grapes and do it’. It takes a lot of thought and preparation. “I am hoping to get more 100-point scores and develop some spectacular wines from Oregon and South Africa… and I’m always hoping for another Curlin.” We wouldn’t bet against it.



The Riedel Rationale

For years it has been both argued and refuted that a Riedel glass can improve the taste of wine. It wasn’t until recently, however, that Riedel’s design was so widely imitated, begging the question, is there proof in the spoof? Words: JOSH SIMS





hen Claus Riedel offered his new kind of wine glass to the market, it was more out of self-belief than because he knew there was a demand for it. For one, its design was, for 1973, simplistic to the point of basic at a time when the fashion for wine glasses was dictating ornate, heavy-cut glass and crystal. Secondly, the Austrian glassmaker was facing a market then dominated by French and British companies who, as today’s corporate head and son of Claus, Georg Riedel puts it, “were making glasses more for the consumer who was keen to have his income displayed on the table”.

And on top of this, wine had yet to become a common beverage outside of Mediterranean countries – a situation that remained the case until wine prices dropped, wine quality improved, New World wines came onto the market and something of an education in wine became a marker of membership to the middle-classes, all in the early-1990s. So far, so risky then. But more striking was the seemingly fantastical claim that Claus Riedel was making for his glasses: that drinking from them would improve the taste of the wine. “The design gave a




more intense aroma, and brought about a change of flavour patterns,” explains Georg Riedel, who has seen the glass design become part of the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art and more progressive restaurants adopt it. “But let’s say it was at first a very hard sell,” he adds. “Still, visionaries have a stubborn belief that their time will come.” Small wonder that the company did not, initially, make any money on the glasses – but his father insisted that they remained part of the company’s collection regardless. The design philosophy of the glasses is deceptively simple but requires great precision. They are about enhancing a wine’s aroma – with smell and taste intimately and intricately linked to create flavour. A certain shape and thickness of glass delivers the wine to a specific part of the palate where its constituents are best appreciated. The more narrow the rim diameter of a glass, for example, the more the head has to be rolled backwards to get the glass’s contents into your mouth and the more the wine is likely to be delivered to the centre or back palate (which is sensitive to bitter tastes) where it may not be best appreciated. A more open wine glass, in contrast, sends the wine to the front palate (sensitive to sweet). There is also a tactile, perceptive element: more standard wine glass shapes flood the palate with the tannins in the wine, washing away saliva and with it an appreciation of the wine’s textural qualities, while with the right shape the tannins are better integrated into each sip. Look through wine glass history and the egg-shaped bowl that characterises Riedel’s glasses is conspicuous by its absence. “It’s one of the most natural shapes in nature – decapitate the egg and you have the fundamental shape of the Riedel glass,” says Riedel, who has also recently experimented with radical shapes for decanters. “Glassmakers had always had aesthetics [rather than flavour] in mind, so they appeared, as it were, like flowers on the table. We have designed the shape to follow the best aroma.” Indeed, technically the same product design approach could be applied to design not only a glass specific to a grape variety, or to enhance the flavour delivery for different oakages of spirits – all of which Riedel has done – but even to a cup to improve the flavour of a specific leaf of tea or type of coffee bean. “The best glass for Pinot noir is, for example, the worst glass for Cabernet sauvignon and that’s just down to shape,” says Riedel. “You could, for example, create a glass that would make people say, ‘wow, I’ve never tasted Coca-Cola this way’.” Certainly Riedel’s most convincing pitch is something akin to the Pepsi Challenge: try the same wine from a standard glass and from the right Riedel glass and the difference is said to be striking. Compare a cognac from a standard open globe of a cognac glass with Riedel’s small, compact option, which better contains the slowly evaporating contents, and that is the case too. “Are people still sceptical of the idea? Absolutely, although you can predict with 100 per cent accuracy how the glass will affect the taste of the wine when it hits your palate,” says Riedel. “And it is still a hard sell



today. Look at most restaurants and they tend to opt for the less expensive glasses that do nothing for their customers’ enjoyment of expensive bottles of wine.” Perhaps the strongest proof that there is something in Riedel’s designs is the fact that, in recent years, they have become widely copied – a glass shape unfortunately not being copyrightable. That has left the £100m-plus brand investing heavily in marketing. This is because it faces the same challenges of convincing the sceptics with each new market it opens – with the US and EU being Riedel’s biggest markets, both China and India are now on its radar – and because the wine glass market is generally becoming increasingly brand-conscious, albeit leaving the at-home market still to trade up to glasses that cost up to £80 each. But anyone serious about wine will want the right equipment to best enjoy it. “There has long been this assumption that the shape of a wine glass doesn’t make any difference to the experience of the wine. But that’s changing,” says Riedel. “Until today there was really a very small number of aficionados who understood that it could. But, as more and more people enjoy fine wines and spirits, that appreciation is growing.”

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Rediscovering Bordeaux Like a mysterious, older brother, the region so familiar to us from both holidays and supermarket shelves leads an unexpected other life. Sandra Lawrence investigates


hen we consider Bordeaux, we tend to think about its rich, red wines. Yet the region has been producing whites for more than 1,000 years. Bordeaux itself has a reputation for dark, enigmatic architecture but after a dramatic clean-up it’s suddenly become clear how the Blonde City got its nickname, its bright, white limestone fresh and inviting once again. Even Bordeaux vintages aren’t always what they seem. The wine press wroteoff 2013 as an unmitigated disaster, but longer reflection reveals much to be enjoyed. Weather conditions saw yields tumble, but the wines themselves, while not pretending to reach the heady heights of 2000 or even 2010, are still good – if you can find them. Sweet whites are actually very good, as the weather that caused havoc for regular grapes helped to swell the ‘noble rot’ essential to enrich the wines of Sauternes and Barsac. There’s something satisfying about entering a town bearing the name of a wine you’ve been drinking for years, and one of the best ways to get to know the different appellations within this vast region is to take a short break in the area. Whether a river cruise up la Garonne, cycling the ancient slopes of St-Émilion or driving between châteaux, it’s worth visiting the vineyards themselves. Many are open to the public, either by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Some are enormous, luxury piles surrounded by acres of neat green rows, perhaps owned by an insurance giant or, increasingly, Chinese companies. They are flashy, gorgeous, sumptuous. Others remain family enterprises, just a couple of hectares in size. Anything they may lack in size, however, is more than made up for in passion and charm. Linking them all is the desire to create the best possible wine



for that particular terroir. What sets French wines apart from many of the New World giants is the concept of blending. Blending has occasionally been portrayed as somehow ‘substandard’ in comparison to the 100 per cent grape varieties of the massive Californian, Chilean or New Zealand estates, but makes complete sense given French, and especially Bordeaux, geography. Unlike the vast areas of the same soil type found in, say, Australia or South Africa, the terrain in France changes almost by the row, from gravel to clay, sand to chalk. Over millennia farmers have worked out which grapes work best for every inch of their soil and grow varieties accordingly. Once harvested, careful blending will help create the best possible wine for each particular soil. It’s an arcane and deeply personal business; every Château has its own unique taste. Both reds and whites are blended in Bordeaux. White grapes are typically

ABOVE Château Pichon Longueville Baron CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Pont de Pierre bridge, Bordeaux; La Porte Cailhau, Bordeaux; a traditional farmhouse; dawn breaks across Bordeaux's vineyards


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Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. Fruity dry whites are excellent with fish, poultry and summer salads, look for EntreDeux-Mers, Bordeaux Blanc and Côtes de Bordeaux appellations. The well-structured, more floral whites of Graves and PessacLéognan can take stronger flavours such as Asian cuisine, smoked fish and goats’ cheese and have more potential for ageing. The best way to understand blends is to create your own, and it’s possible to do that with the B-Winemaker experience at the Château Haut-Sarpe. The equipment may be straight out of a school chemistry class, but the results from all those test tubes and pipettes are distinctly grownup: your own personal wine, blended, bottled, corked, sealed and labelled by yourself to be enjoyed with the smug satisfaction of a true viticulturist. Individual château openings can be found at; B-Winemaker Blending Course,



Wine Fraud A booming business Before you bid on that bottle, protect yourself against fraudsters with expert advice that will help you identify a disguised drop Words: James Lawrence




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n March 2012, counterfeit expert Rudy Kurniawan was arrested in the US for allegedly selling fake wine at auction, most notably top Bordeaux and Burgundy wines that were fetching thousands of pounds a bottle. It was estimated that he fraudulently produced and sold more than $20m (£11.8m) worth of counterfeit top vintages, successfully duping major auctioneers and buyers for years. After an intense trial, he was found guilty on 18 December 2013 and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, with prosecutors continuing to push for a 14-year minimum term. The trial sent shockwaves around the wine world, not least because it was the first major criminal prosecution and conviction for wine counterfeiting in the US. Suddenly, collector panic set in and many were left wondering how widespread this global fraud could be, and just how many of their prized bottles were actually cheap plonk disguised as Lafite. The auctioneers themselves had also taken a slice of the action. In July 2014, California prosecutors charged online auction house WineGavel founder Joshua Krummenoehl with 12 counts of grand theft by embezzlement, amounting to more than £360,000. The accused was allegedly simply offering to sell fine wines, and then keeping the proceeds for himself. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in January 2015. Of course, wine fraud is scarcely a new phenomenon. Since the days of ancient Rome, unscrupulous sellers have been adulterating wine, usually with the addition of grape juice or sweeteners; there was the Austrian wine scandal of 1985, when customers discovered that some companies were adulterating their wine with diethylene glycol. But in recent times, a much more insidious and highly lucrative form of wine fraud has become the




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The wealthy elite’s burgeoning interest in fine wine has led to a ravenous demand for the most prestigious vintages, of which there simply aren’t enough left in circulation



paradigm, which is essentially the substitution of labels. As Kurniawan demonstrated, it is relatively straightforward to produce counterfeit labels, and some experts even believe that five per cent of the wine sold on the global secondary market is fake. However, although the subject of wine fraud is clearly a global issue, China has come under particular scrutiny in recent years. The wealthy elite’s burgeoning interest in fine wine has led to a ravenous demand for the most prestigious vintages, of which there simply aren’t enough left in circulation. So the friendly neighbourhood fraudster has been happily stepping in to meet demand; in 2012, Chinese police shut down a major operation in Shanghai, which held over 400 cases of fake Château Margaux and Lafite at a value of over £1 million. Indeed, arrests of wine fraudsters are becoming an annual occurrence; last year, police arrested suspects charged with holding more than £21.5m worth of fake fine wines. The problem has captured the attention of senior politicians; in July 2013, representatives from the EU met with Chinese officials to try and forge a strategy to deal with the ongoing problem. In September 2014, Italian police arrested a group of fraudsters, including a wine expert, who were faking labels and documents to pass off Italian table wine as premium Brunello di Montalcino. This lauded wine can sell for £100 plus, so it’s no wonder they were enticed into counterfeiting 160,000 litres of plonk, with potential gains of over £4 million. This is not to suggest, however, that the legitimate wine producers have not been fighting back. Last year, authorities in northern Italy employed local winemakers to combat the rising problem of ‘fake’ Prosecco being sold in the Veneto region. The venues were subject to fines of up to €20,000 (£17,000) each. At the top end, Bordeaux estates have been attempting to solve the problem of fake bottles and damaged reputations with modern technology. Château Palmer secure all its bottles with Prooftag seals. This authentication technology allows consumers to check the origin of each bottle either online or via their mobiles. Collectors have also taken matters into their own hands. Billionaire wine collector Bill Koch, another Kurniawan victim, has pursued claims against UK auction house Christie’s (which fell through) and individuals such as internet tycoon Eric Greenberg. He sued Greenberg for passing on bottles to New York auction house Zachy’s that were known to be fake. Koch won the trial last year and was awarded significant damages. But most importantly, what can the consumer do to avoid an expensive disappointment? Simon Field MW, a wine buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd, offers this advice: “Make sure you read the fine print in the catalogue regarding warranties and your rights before investing in fine vintages.” He adds, “Also, try and examine the bottle(s) beforehand; your alarm bells should ring if it looks like all aspects of the bottle, cork, capsule, label and glass were not aged together.” Another thing to remember is that with age, certainly over 20 years, there should be some oxidation of the label and capsule. But the only foolproof solution is to buy directly from the producer, which is increasingly common in the US where top cult wines have waiting lists. Older vintages, especially the famous names, are always going to carry a risk of being counterfeit. Perhaps for the world’s collectors, taking such an expensive gamble is secretly part of the fun.



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beaten track Since Machu Picchu was first ‘discovered’ by American academic and politician Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the Inca Trail has had more tourist footfall than most other parts of Peru. Yet in the ‘Land of Abundance’, there’s a lot more to recommend the country Words: Nick Savage


week spent travelling through Lima, the southern coastline and the Peruvian Amazon is just enough to sharpen the appetite. I was loath to leave a nation with such a wide strata of landscapes, cuisine and history.

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Lima Unless you are flying directly to Cuzco, a traveller’s first port of call is often Lima. Like the rest of Peru, Lima is a patchwork of diversity and contrast. More than nine million people reside in the metropolis in 43 separate districts, ranging from the affluence and modernity of neighbourhoods like San Isidro and Miraflores to the shanty towns of Chorrillos and Pachacamac. Like many visitors to Lima, after arriving on a KLM flight via Amsterdam, I stayed in the tourist district of Miraflores at the Belmond Miraflores Park, a luxury hotel ideally located as a staging area for forays into the city. A short walk to the south and you’ll reach Barranco, a sleepy beachside borough that brings to mind the more bohemian sectors of New Orleans. Thick with bars, art galleries and museums, the area is also home to artists and writers like Mario Testino and Mario Vargas Llosa. San Isidro is a great place to brush up on pre-Columbian history. Nestled amongst the golf courses, manicured lawns and olive groves of the financial district is Huaca Pucllana, a Lima Culture pyramid dating back to 200 AD. The ancient edifice’s ochre-coloured clay bricks rise 70 feet into the air and cover 18 acres. In the evening, I ingested a week’s worth of vitamin C in the form of sea bass ceviche and pisco sours



whilst dining on a wide pavilion next to the cinematically-lit Huaca, a Quechua word for ‘revered place’. Nearby, the Larco Museum is situated in a repurposed mansion built atop another pyramid. The private museum is filled with artefacts from the Moche, Nazca, Paracas and Incan peoples, collected by Rafael Larco Hoyle between 1933 and 1941. Any notion of academic tedium will be quickly dispelled with a visit to the erotic art gallery, which is literally packed to the rafters with titillating clay pottery depicting scenes of sexual depravity that would give American Psycho a run for its money. Post-Columbian history abounds in the Historic Centre near the Rímac River. It was here that the conquistador Francisco

ABOVE A Quechua Indian performs in Cusco CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Paracas National Park; Miraflores, Lima; Machu Picchu; Sea Lions in Paracas National Park


Pizarro founded the city after deceiving, capturing and executing the Incan emperor Atahualpa. It now boasts excellent examples of colonial architecture. Plaza Mayor is hemmed in by stunning buildings like the Cathedral of Lima, Municipal Palace and Government Palace, which has been rebuilt four times since Pizarro was assassinated there in 1541. It’s a bit more unbuttoned than the districts to the south, the air redolent of anticuchos and other grilled meats. Whilst it’s renowned for its street food, Lima is perhaps best known as a capital of haute cuisine. Many of its restaurants have been touted as the best in the world. Astrid y Gastón, Malabar and Central offer trailblazing gastronomy, utilising ingredients that are unique to the region. For a more relaxed ambience, Chez Wong and Popular are strong options. However, one of the best meals I had was at the Belmond Miraflores Park’s flagship eatery Tragaluz, where I had the opportunity to dine on American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman’s favourite dish: sea urchin ceviche.



Paracas Paracas lies about 160 miles south of Lima as the crow flies. The city translates from Quechua as ‘sand rain’ and, having been exfoliated by airborne sand whilst riding a dune buggy, I can attest that it lives up to its name. The resort town has some industry, specifically fishmeal factories from the bountiful bonito, anchovy and silverside fisheries, but thrives more as a port for travellers who’d like to investigate the Islas Ballestas. So-named for their rock formations that resemble crossbows, the Islas have also earned the informal moniker ‘Little Galapagos’ for their immense biodiversity and waters teeming with marine wildlife. The islands can be found approximately 25 kilometres to the north-west of Bahía de Paracas, past the Paracas Candelabra. In the caramel-coloured clay, sand and gypsum pitching steeply towards the water’s edge, a curiously shaped 595-foot geoglyph has been dug out of the slope. As with many things in Peru, there’s no overwhelming consensus on who built it or for what purpose, but its longevity can be chalked down to the fact that the southern Atacama Desert receives such minimal rainfall throughout the year. Even prior to arriving at the islands, a pod of bottlenose dolphins had corkscrewed underneath the boat and we’d encountered Inca terns, snowy egrets, red- footed boobies, red-legged cormorants

and large flocks of Peruvian pelicans. The occasional sea lion would bob up out of the ocean and stare with canine eyes at the boat, appearing nonplussed. As we motored closer to the islands, the reek of guano (bird and bat poo) suffused the air along with the cacophony of a sea lion colony that numbered well into the thousands, as dense and complex as one of Pieter Bruegel’s peasant scenes. Avian wildlife was equally profuse. Humboldt penguins hopped along the rocks in between huge flocks of cormorants. A lone peregrine falcon perched in the middle of a 200-foot precipice. I later envied its speed as we snaked our way back up to Lima from where we would fly to Iquitos. Iquitos Quite a contrast from the arid Atacama, during the rainy season Iquitos’ rivers and streams rise 23 feet. It’s also the most populous, land-locked city in the world (460,000), reachable by airplane, which takes around 90 minutes from Lima. Renowned for its faded wealth as capital of the rubber trade in the early 20th century, large mansions populate the area around the central Plaza de Armas, including the Iron House, a structure designed by Gustave Eiffel, which feels a bit incongruous in this frontier town. In present times, Iquitos is a very colourful city. Its Moorish colonial buildings

The Islas have also earned the informal moniker ‘Little Galapagos’ for their immense biodiversity and waters teeming with marine wildlife Ksenia Ragozina /

RIGHT - CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Plaza de armas, Lima; Lima main square; a lady sells fruits on a street of Iquitos; a bird’s eye view of Lima LEFT - CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM A house on the Amazon river, Iquitos; tourists at the ‘Paracas Candelabra’, Paracas; Monkey Ladder tree, Amazon




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have been painted and repainted in bright and garish hues. Its concrete streets are spiderwebbed with fissures from the moisture and heat. Auto rickshaws, the transport of choice, weave in and out of pedestrians, chickens and dogs at high speeds. The town has recently received a lot of press and an attendant influx of tourism for its ayahuasca shamanism. Psychonauts and soul-searchers from all corners of the globe come to Iquitos to take the powerful jungle hallucinogen with Peruvian healers. With its location along the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers, Iquitos is perfectly situated for exploring the outlying jungle.

A 90-minute speedboat ride will deliver you at the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, a rustic complex of stilted boardwalks and thatched-roof cabins in the heart of the rainforest. Behind the lodge there’s a network of trails leading through the Yanamono Reserve, where intrepid walkers can trek amongst monolithic ceiba trees and crimson heliconia flowers, encountering titi monkeys, squirrel monkeys, three-toed sloths, toucans, blackfronted nunbirds and, very occasionally, jaguars, ocelots and anacondas. Whilst exploring the Amazon by boat we watched pink river dolphins playing in the rapids and fished for red-bellied piranhas in the shaded areas underneath palm trees. Later, our catch was deep-fried with yucca, served with palm heart and tart Peruvian lime. Caveat emptor, piranhas retain the same painful characteristic in death as in life – their fishbones are like talons in the mouth. Though the climate, especially during the afternoons, became almost uncomfortably humid and occasionally engendered a retreat to a hammock or swimming pool, the Amazon has a haunting, compelling quality and easily made for one of the highlights of the trip. It felt strange being so remote yet knowing that I would be in London in less than a day. There’s a stretch of road from the Belmond to Jorge Chávez International Airport that runs along the shoreline past red beaches, transient amusement parks, high-end eateries and disused art deco pleasure piers. I nursed a beer as we drove north and watched the swells come in off the Pacific, concentrate and unfurl in tight white ribbons, all of it backlit by a roseate sky and a tiny carmine pinprick of sun teetering above the horizon. As with a good novel, when an enjoyable journey is coming to an end you feel as if you’ve mislaid something along the way. The best books deserve to be revisited, and so does Peru. Eight days is not long enough to get underneath its skin, but it’s enough to get out of your own.

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SALES NICK MOORE, associate at Knight Frank Islington, comments on the trends in the residential sales market

In May, British voters will once again head to the polls to vote in the general election. Whilst the outcome is, at this stage, far too close to call, one thing is for certain; whatever the result, it will impact the property market, either with a surge of activity or a slowdown in certain sectors. Should the Labour party win, Ed Miliband promises he will implement his controversial mansion tax, levied on all properties valued at £2 million or more. With the Conservatives opposing it, the introduction of a Mansion Tax is only likely to take place if Labour wins an outright majority, or if they or the Liberal Democrats form part of a coalition government following the election. Under Labour’s plans, anyone owning a property valued at more than £2 million would be required to pay the tax and the party has discussed a mechanism to allow those on “modest incomes” to defer paying the tax until they sell their property. In terms of the cost, the only detail that we have from the Labour Party is that properties valued at between £2 million and £3 million will be charged a rate of £3,000 annually. The Liberal Democrats, who are currently working up their own plans for the tax, have previously suggested that that they would introduce a new banded levy on £2 million plus properties, which will be in addition to and separate from council tax. As the election approaches, there is no doubt that the market above £2 million has weakened compared to the rest of the market. However, there are bubbles, especially in central London, where the market has been largely unaffected. In Islington, for example, correctly priced properties at the upper end of the market have continued to sell extremely well. What remains though is uncertainty and with weeks of political posturing to come, anyone with an interest in the property market will be keen for the election to be over and done with so that future property plans can be made. Knight Frank Islington 020 36577340



Did you know? The greatest average saving on stamp duty is to be found in the South East, with the East and South West not far behind, leading to a forecasted price growth of up to 3 per cent over the coming year. Only in London, where we have seen increases in the amount of stamp duty payable, are we likely to see average zero growth. – Savills, Residential Sales Research


Written in the stars

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London-based property consultancy Strawberry Star has launched with a global industry first, which allows its clients to choose how much of the commission fee they pay, based on their experience of the service. This contracted agreement applies to everything from pre-sale interaction to post sale management of all owner/investor/ occupier needs, be it performance based or service led. CEO, Dorian Beresford, says Strawberry Star places an overriding level of attention on the relationship value behind the sale or purchase of a property, as opposed to purely the transactional value it holds. Global operations are driven from a Central London head office, but the opening of a Singapore office in March confirms its global expansion. A further 25 UK offices are currently in the pipeline, while the firm commissions research to ensure an in-depth understanding of the consumers they stand to serve.

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LETTINGS NICOLA WILLIAMS, lettings manager at Knight Frank Islington, comments on the trends in the residential lettings market With another successful year under our belt in Islington, we are looking forward to another busy 12 months as we enter spring, the market is certainly looking this way. I will, however, be cautious to predict monthly success from patterns over the last few years, as 2014 did not fit a trend and months that had historically been successful, struggled. A lack of stock was the main difficulty last year, due to the sales market flying, now the sales market has balanced and with the election looming, stock levels are healthy and rental valuations are increasing. On top of this, a number of large developments are coming to completion along City Road, such as Canaletto, and in Kings Cross, including Tapestry and Plimsoll, of which Knight Frank is the main estate agent. These will bolster the market place with new, quality, modern apartments. Of the properties we rented last month, 50 per cent saw the owners become a landlord accidently, either being relocated out of London with work, inheriting a property or moving due to an expanding family. These properties rented for 98 per cent of the asking price, mainly due to the quality of the property, the fact that they weren’t initially designed as a rental, and the expectations our tenants have when paying top rents. With so many renters now coming from foreign shores, there is now a certain level of quality expected. So, my advice to landlords is to invest in your property, whether it be furnishings or general aesthetics. It has always been the case that quality properties will always rent quickly, and with the average void period across London having increased slightly, it is more important than ever to minimise your risk of void periods. Knight Frank Islington 020 36577340

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The Heron, City EC2Y Capacious two bedroom flat with stunning views A sumptuous thirty first floor flat situated in the heart of the City. Master bedroom with en suite and walk in wardrobe, second bedroom with en suite shower room, guest cloakroom, reception room, open plan kitchen, 2 generous balconies, 2 parking spaces, 24 hour concierge and use of comprehensive communal leisure facilities. Approximately 195.2 sq m (2,102 sq ft). 020 7480 6848 020 7493 6935

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Knight Frank Tower Bridge opening April 2015


We are delighted to be opening the doors to our new Tower Bridge office this April. As our 25th office in London, and with over 335 offices around the world, we can display your property to the widest possible audience, from Tower Bridge to Thailand. And as one of the first truly international estate agents operating in the area, our knowledge and expertise mean we are best placed to help with all your property requirements.

So whatever you would like your view to be, Knight Frank can help. If you’re thinking of renting or letting a property in SE1, please call us now for a free market appraisal. T +44 20 3837 1520 Unit 8.2, 189 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

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Capital Wharf, Wapping E1W Contemporary and bright flat with south facing balcony. 2 bedrooms (both en suite), guest WC, kitchen, reception room, communal gym and underground parking space. EPC: C. Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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Telfords Yard, Wapping E1W A stylish and modern warehouse style apartment. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen, reception/dining room and porter. Approximately 132 sq m (1,416sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366


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Capital Wharf, Wapping E1W Bright and spacious flat to rent with river views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, reception/dining room, private balcony, 24 hour porter and parking space. EPC: C. Approximately 93 sq m (1,003 sq ft). Available furnished. Office: 020 8166 5366

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Savills Meets Shoreditch Combining its local agents’ knowledge on the ground with the power of a global brand, Savills is taking East London in its stride with a new office on Great Eastern Street and a growing portfolio of interesting warehouse conversions Words: Melissa Emerson


aving previously covered the area through its Wapping and Islington offices, Savills has just established its first permanent base in central Shoreditch, in order to be able to cover the region’s thriving property market more comprehensively. The new office will cover an area from London Fields and Bethnal Green to Whitechapel, and stretch across Clerkenwell and into the City, including Moorgate and St Paul’s. Running the office are Ben Rodgers, who is head of residential lettings and Nicole Efthymiou, head of residential sales. “There’s always been a need for us to have an office here. We’ve had quite a lot of clients in this area in the



past so we wanted a bit more presence on the ground,” says Ben. “We’re not looking to come in and just attract attention,” adds Nicole, explaining that the main focus is on giving a high level of service. There won’t be any special offers running in the opening period for precisely this reason. “We will always be flexible where we can be, but we wouldn’t do something that would potentially compromise on how we’re able to deliver. We’re very focused on the level of service we provide and everything that we do is completely transparent,” Nicole emphasises. Through its New Homes division, the office is operating as the sole agent for the Eagle development


on Old Street and also the Lexicon, located closer to Angel, as well as the comprehensive warehouse conversion of the old St Barts Hospital site. These developents are bringing much needed new property stock into the area and the mix of new builds with characterful conversions makes it one of the most “interesting and vibrant” areas to look for a home, says Ben, his enthusiasm coming as both an agent and a local resident. The warehouse properties in particular are something the team are looking forward to working with. “There is that sort of core of warehouse property in this area that is attractive to people. The flip side to that is that when people buy them, or rent them, at the right price they tend to hold onto them, so there’s a low turnover of stock in that market,” says Ben. Competition in the East London market as a whole is fierce. Figures from the Land Registry show annual price growth in Hackney considerably outperformed all other London boroughs, with a five year price increase of 80.5 per cent up to November 2014, compared to only 46.5 per cent for Greater London as a whole. Savills’ level of inside knowledge is one way of navigating such a challenging market, but Ben’s main advice to people looking to buy or let in the area is to be open-minded and consider all options, depending on their budget and specific requirements. “We’re looking at covering quite a large area so we can start to tailor something by looking at particular areas, before maybe introducing them to areas they’d not thought about previously. We’re all very passionate about this area and that comes across. It’s about helping people move, rather than just trying to sell or let.” Like Ben and a number of other staff members, Nicole also has a local’s perspective and familiarity with the area. “I think it helps, particularly with an area like Shoreditch where you’ve got more and more people moving into the area from other parts of London or indeed other countries.” Ensuring that its staff is not only rigorously trained but fully knowledgeable is something Savills prides itself on. “There won’t always be as many people on the ground but the knowledge that you get from each individual is very different to speaking to someone who was just employed a few months ago,” says Ben, who explains that Savills’ staff retention levels are particularly high compared with industry standards. The company also ensures that all of its letting agents are regulated by the ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). For those looking to sell, Savills operates more than 600 offices worldwide, and thus pairs its local perspective with the audience that a global brand commands. Further expansion may also be on the horizon. “There’ll be more London offices opening this year but we want it to be the right office, with the right staff, and at the right time,” says Nicole, summarising the precision and professionalism of Savills’ service.

“We’re all very passionate about this area and that comes across. It’s about helping people move, rather than just trying to sell or let.”

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

Open plan reception room/kitchen ø dining area ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø 120 sq m (1,286 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £775,000 Leasehold

Guide £945,000 Leasehold

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800



Reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø vaulted ceilings ø underground parking ø 251 sq m (2,704 sq ft) ø EPC=D

2 reception rooms ø study ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 6 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms ø 3 terraces ø garage ø 375 sq m (4,036 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £3.25 million Leasehold

Guide £4.5 million Leasehold

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800

Savills Wapping 020 7456 6800

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2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø juliet balcony ø porterage ø allocated parking ø EPC=C

2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø balcony with views of the River Thames ø allocated parking ø caretaker ø EPC=D

Furnished £775 per week

Furnished £550 per week

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2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø balcony ø concierge ø EPC=C

2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø balcony ø EPC=C

Furnished £515 per week

Furnished £420 per week

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

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

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

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Sirius House, SE16 £850,000 Leasehold A beautifully decorated three bedroom apartment that benefits from far reaching City views from the bedrooms. EPC: B

St. Saviours House, SE16 £850,000 Share of Freehold An 1,116 sq. ft. two bedroom, two bathroom well presented apartment benefitting from a terrace. EPC: C

Butlers Wharf Building, SE1 £2,500,000 Leasehold A fantastic 1636 sq. ft. apartment in the famous Butlers Wharf. The apartment benefits from two en suite bedrooms both with river views. EPC: C

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

Beyond your expectations

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

Bishops Square, E1 £725 per week (charges apply*) A two double bedroom apartment in this landmark development in the heart of Spitalfields. EPC: C

Tudor Street, EC4 £675 per week (charges apply*) Modern two bedroom apartment ideally located between Fleet Street and the River Thames. EPC: C

Banner Street, EC1 £500 per week (charges apply*) A well proportioned one bedroom apartment offering high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. EPC: D

Portsoken Street, E1 £410 per week (charges apply*) Newly refurbished one bedroom apartment of this portered development on the edge of the City of London. EPC: B

Monument Street, EC3 £425 per week (charges apply*) A bright and spacious one bedroom apartment in this portered development. EPC: C

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

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Eagle Wharf Court, SE1 £400 per week (charges apply*) Central one bedroom apartment with warehouse features, boasting exposed brick work and balcony, looking onto Shad Thames. EPC: D

Maltby Street, SE1 £450 per week (charges apply*) Contemporary and light apartment with spacious open plan kitchen/ reception, bedroom with storage, luxury bathroom and terrace. EPC: D

Tennis Court, SE1 £495 per week (charges apply*) Fantastic one bedroom apartment offered in excellent order and situated in an enviable location moments from amenities and transport links. EPC: D

Providence Square, SE1 £692 per week (charges apply*) Stunning two bedroom property on the top floor with private roof terrace, newly renovated bathroom/shower and 24 hour concierge facility. EPC: C

Springalls Wharf Apartments, SE16 £765 per week (charges apply*) River facing property offering over 1,200 sq. ft. of space, two bedrooms, separate kitchen and 24 hour concierge/gym. EPC: C

Providence Tower, SE16 £925 per week (charges apply*) Superb river facing apartment, over 1,400 sq. ft. of space, boasting private terrace area and access to stunning communal gardens. EPC: C

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

Beyond your expectations

Roseleigh Road, N5 Positioned on a residential road in the heart of Highbury Barn is this truly stunning apartment spanning across the upper floors of this Victorian terrace. The property has been meticulously cared for with all rooms offering spacious accommodation and a mixture of contemporary and historic features. The property starts with a welcoming ground floor lobby and stairs up to the first floor. To the front is a beautiful reception room which has the full width of the terrace. EPC: C

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

£1,175,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

Stunning period conversion Three double bedrooms Eat-in kitchen Front facing reception room Period features Direct access to communal garden

Huntingdon Street, N1 A wonderful five storey period property with a charming rear garden. This spacious home offers flexible living accommodation. Accommodation comprises two good size bedrooms on the top floor, master bedroom with ensuite and a family bathroom on the second floor, drawing room and a further reception room on the first floor. The raised ground floor has a large kitchen diner which leads out onto a decked area with stairs down to the rear garden. EPC: E

£1,900,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Arranged over 5 floors Period features 2 reception rooms Large kitchen/diner 5 bedrooms Secluded rear garden

Book House, EC1V • 1 Bedroom • 3rd Floor apartment • Balcony with canal view

• Investment purchase • 24 Hour concierge • Gym and spa

“A luxury 1 bedroom apartment in the new and exclusive Lexicon development”

Guide £637,000 Leasehold For more information, call 020 3733 1467 or email

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Commercial Street E1 ÂŁ865,000 A fantastic two-bedroom split level apartment located moments from Spitalfields Market and a short walk to the City boasting exposed brickwork and large warehouse windows. Leasehold. EPC=B

Woodseer Street E1 ÂŁ825,000 A quintessential Shoreditch one-bedroom apartment found within a secure gated warehouse conversion, located a short walk of the ever popular Brick Lane. Share of Freehold. EPC=D

Shoreditch: 020 7613 2746

Fowey Close, West Wapping E1W ea2 are pleased to Terrace,Wapping offer for sale this modern builtE1W 4 bedroom 3 storey townhouse within this popular canal side location in West Wapping. The property comprises of fitted Wellington £695,000 kitchen diner, lounge with views of ornamental canal. Family bathroom and en-suite shower room to master bedroom. Garden with views of ornamental canal. Laminate 2 double bedroom, 2 storey house set within this gated CCTV development. The property has been fully modernised to include wood floors. Storage garage. Parking space to front. Close to St Katharine’s Dock and Tower Hill station.

double glazing, replacement ceilings, wood floors, , alarm, central heating system operated via remote control, smart phone or £1,000,000 internet. Lounge. Fully fitted kitchen. Double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes. Garden. Secure Underground parking space. Potential to extend into the loft subject to planning permission. Close to Wapping station and local amenities.

Cork Square, West Wapping E1W Tudor House,Tower Bridge, SE1 £1,595,000 ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this modern built 2 bedroom ground and first floor duplex apartment set within this popular canal side development. The apartment 6th floor luxury 2 Double Bathrooms, Open Planornamental Receptioncanal Room, balcony. Master bedroom with en-suite benefits from fully fitted kitchenBedrooms, with granite 2 work surfaces, views of the from large lounge, kitchen and bedrooms. 3 Piece bathroom suite. Engineered wooden and walk in wardrobe. Modern Kitchen, 24Hill Hour Porter by Harrods Estates, Residents Gymnasium, Swimming floors. Allocated parking space. CloseIntegrated to St Katharine’ s DockBalcony, and Tower station. Pool, Lifts to all floors. Close to Local Shopping Facilities, Walking Distance to London Bridge. £550,000

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St Katharine’s Way, West Wapping E1W ea2 are pleased to offerWapping to rent this 1980’ s built 3 bedroom 2nd and 3rd floor duplex apartment. The apartment benefits from lounge, fitted kitchen, bathroom with week Roding Mews, E1W £1,300 per separate Wc and patio garden. Garage. Close to St Katharine’s Dock and Tower Hill stations.

ea2 are pleased to be able to show you this 6 bedroom 4 bathroom house for rental with a garden. This property is a very unique property and has views over the canal. Would suit 6 professional people. Close to Tower Hill and Wapping Rental Price: per week Overground and£575 close to Waitrose.

Spirit Quay, West Wapping E1W Cascades E14 2 double bedroom modern built house within this very popular canal side development of West £500 perOffering week ea2 are pleased Tower, to offer to Docklands let this recently re-furbished Wapping. double bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment this secure modernwith development. Comprising a reception a2fitted kitchen with breakfast area, first11th floorfloor reception & dining within area, ground floor cloakroom 2nd floor bathroom. Garden. Within easy access to the City. Near to room with water/ City views, fitted kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe & en suite bathroom, additional Waitrose supermarket. Must be viewed. shower room. Balcony. Swimming pool, Gymnasium & Tennis court. Concierge. Rental Price: £575 per week

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Penhurst Place, Waterloo, SE1 Stunning, state of the art 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house nestled in the heart of Waterloo within a gated development featuring private garden. This property has been refurbished from top to bottom and has been re-insulated in every section and will keep you warm in the winter months and cool throughout the summer. No expense has been spared with the fixtures and fittings, giving the resident the luxury of modern easy living‌.boasting attention to details such as voice activated Wi-Fi thermostat, electronically activated skylight and under floor heating throughout. Other benefits include floor to ceiling windows on the ground floor, designer integrated appliances, range cooker, bespoke fitted wardrobes, exposed brickwork.


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Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, W1W

Mulberry Court, Stepney, E1

A beautifully finished two double bedroom luxury apartment in central London. Eastcastle Street is located moments from Oxford Street within the fashionable district of Fitzrovia. This complex offers 7 beautifully designed newly refurbished apartments fitted to the highest standard.

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

















Satin House, Goodmans Field, Aldgate E1

Cornell Building, Aldgate, E1

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

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





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Breton House, Barbican EC2 £470,000 Leasehold This Large style studio apartment (Type F2A) measures close to 420 sq. ft., has an original Barbican Kitchen, re-fitted shower room. A short walk to either Moorgate or Barbican Underground stations and is close to Liverpool Street and the site of the presently under construction Crossrail station. The Barbican Arts Centre with its many bars, restaurants, cinema, theatre, gallery and library are within very easy walking distance along the covered podium.

Priory House, St Pauls, EC4 £525,000 Leasehold This ONE BEDROOM apartment is located in a traffic-free conservation area between St. Paul’s Cathedral and Blackfriars Station. The building was originally a print house. The flat offers one bedroom, bathroom, open plan kitchen and reception room and is situated on the lower ground floor of the building. This area off LUDGATE HILL offers many bars, pubs and restaurants and is within easy walking distance of the RIVER and the Millennium Bridge. Covent Garden to the west is also easily accessible.

Fetter Lane, EC4 £290 Per Week

West Smithfield, EC1 £350 Per Week

This furnished STUDIO apartment offers a good size studio room, small re-fitted kitchen and re-fitted bathroom. Other key features include 24 hour concierge, close to FLEET STREET and a short walk to Chancery Lane Underground Station and Covent Garden. AVAILABLE NOW.

This brilliantly located spacious STUDIO apartment offers a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher & washer-dryer. The flat is finished with very high quality fixtures & fittings, and also benefits from a lime stone wet room and is AVAILABLE NOW.

Bartholomew Close, EC1 £355 Per Week

Temple, EC4 £650 Per Week

This ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT has been fantastically furnished throughout which gives a very homely feel. The kitchen is a fully fitted with mod cons that include a full sized fridge / freezer, washer / dryer and dishwasher. The building also boasts DAY CONCIERGE and is AVAILABLE NOW.

This TWO BEDROOM apartment is FULLY FURNISHED to a very high contemporary standard. The fully fitted kitchen has a very warm modern feel and other key features include lift access to all floors and a DAY CONCIERGE and SECURE UNDERGROUND PARKING. AVAILABLE NOW.

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Bickley Road, Bickley BR1

£1,350,000 F/H

A beautifully constructed five bedroom home offering some 3,800 sq ft over three levels. Impressive specification and interior design throughout. Conveniently located with excellent links into London and Bromley town centre.

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Keston Park BR2

£1,699,000 F/H

Substantial five bedroom house. Originally built in the 1970s, the property was designed to emulate architecture of the Georgian era. • Five bedrooms • South east facing plot • Double aspect reception room • Energy Efficiency Rating C

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Orpington BR6

£1,650,000 F/H

Stunning five bedroom, four reception room detached property situated on a private gated development in Chelsfield. • •

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now available to view by appointment Now complete and ready to move in, IDC Develop are proud to present Cuxton House & Connaught House. Traditionally built, these two detached luxury family homes are arranged over three levels offering spacious and well planned living accommodation. Each home comprises five double bedrooms and four bathrooms. Finished to a high specification, both enjoy a private landscaped garden and integral garage.

Connaught House - Price £1,350,000 Cuxton House - Now Reserved

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INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO THE TALK OF THE TOWN As an increased number of people become disillusioned with pensions, more and more individuals are looking to the property market for investment opportunities. However, purchasing an investment property can be rather daunting, so to put you at ease, we’ve shortlisted three new London developments worth your attention.

wapping riverside Galliard Homes’ new Wapping development holds a privileged position among the Grade II listed buildings of the Wapping Wall Conservation Area. Close to original riverside inns and within walking distance of St Katharine Docks’ yachting marina with its restaurants, bars and boutique shops. The adjacent Wapping station also means the rest of London is easily accessible with average journey times of 11 minutes to Canary Wharf or 12 minutes to Bank. The warehouse building itself consists of 37 brand new and exclusive one, two and three bedroom apartments. Technological detail is key in the spacious loft style rooms, with SMEG kitchen appliances, wall-mounted iPod docking stations and stereo ceiling speakers. The riverside views can be taken advantage of with either a private balcony or terrace, while communal spaces include a private lobby with concierge, cycle storage and landscaped roof garden.

Prices from £1,450,000 for a two bedroom apartment, £1.7 million for a two bedroom premier apartment and £2.125 million for a three bedroom apartment 136-140 Wapping High Street, E1 020 7620 1500




st mary at hill Located in the City of London’s insurance quarter, Galliard Home’s prestigious new development has seen the conversion of a historic Maritime Insurance building into a boutique residential scheme, comprising of 10 one and two bedroom apartments. Built during the prosperous late Victorian era, this five-storey building features an elegant stone and terracotta façade, with ornate frieze and pediment. Each of the residences have been meticulously designed by one of London’s leading interior design specialists and benefit from state-of-the art specifications, while preserving architectural detail and historic features.

Prices from £850,000 St Mary at Hill, EC3 020 3770 6274

curtain place Hatton Real Estate’s new Curtain Place development has all the advantages of a buzzing central Shoreditch location, combined with a boutique feel and the privacy and security of being set back in a secure courtyard. The nine apartments spread across the third, fourth and fifth floors range from one to three bedrooms and have either a private terrace or balcony. Local firm Waugh Thistleton Architects are in charge of the quality interiors, favouring natural walnut doors and white oak flooring, while the fifth floor has exposed timber ceilings.

Prices from £725,000

Curtain Place, Shoreditch, EC2 020 7101 2020




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THE CENTRAL LONDON DEVELOPMENT MARKET UPDATE Diana Alam, Head of Residential Development Sales, JLL

How have the Stamp Duty reforms impacted the Central London residential sales market? Since January 2015 we have seen increased demand for properties under the £1m threshold as a lack of supply, plus the additional benefit of a reduction in Stamp Duty for properties at this price point, continues to influence market activity. On the other hand, properties in Prime Central London and those priced above the £1.5m mark find themselves in a slower market due to the upcoming election and Stamp Duty changes affecting higher value properties adversely. In my opinion, the real impact of the changes on Stamp Duty on the property market will be realised post-election in May. The latest Central London Development Market Update concludes that it’s the Outer Core markets that are experiencing higher demand and price growth at present. What is your explanation for this? Demand has shifted down the value curve in light of the stamp duty reforms and the threat of mansion tax. So the outer core locations, where properties largely fall in the sub £1m market have benefited. In addition, buyers are increasingly looking for value and a growth story when looking to purchase, and outer core locations are more likely to meet these criteria creating demand. Developers have already responded to these changing trends. Our latest London development report reveals that of the 26,500 units in Central London currently under construction, 16,100 units are in Outer Core markets, whereas there are only 10,300 underway in Core markets. Furthermore, the number under construction in Core markets only increased by nine per cent during 2014 while the number underway in Outer Core markets soared by 73 per cent. That said, with less development

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relatively in the Core markets, there will be less choice for buyers and less competition between developers. This market could also re-ignite if Labour do not get to power following the general election. What opportunities exist in East London and how can purchasers take advantage of them? East London is still an extremely attractive option for buyers and East London locations are at present offering the best value for money as well as strong growth stories. For example, Hackney and Dalston areas are still pretty central but values are around the £700-750 psf range. We also think these will benefit from Crossrail as commuters can travel into Liverpool Street and will then have a much easier and quicker journey on to Canary Wharf or the

West End. We therefore predict these areas will become more attractive to a wider group of working Londoners. Westfield Stratford is proving a roaring success while The International Quarter has recently confirmed anchor tenants for its commercial space. For future investors, I would suggest looking at any location that is easily accessible to Central London, whether it is Zone 2 or Zone 6 will be dependant on their budget. It is still a great time to buy as the market is less active than 2014 and there are certainly more deals out there. To view the full report please visit jll. JLL 020 7337 4004

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