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T BECAME MY daily life; there was no escaping it.” Joe

Dempsie is not talking about trolling or addiction, fame or fan theory, but rather memes – and one in particular. In a throwaway tweet, as the credits rolled on season four of Game of Thrones, Dempsie joked, “Still rowin’… #GoT”. It referenced his final scene in season three, where we saw him rowing off toward King’s Landing. While Dempsie patiently waited for his return to the world’s biggest TV show – a wait that lasted four years – he was barraged on social media by the ‘still rowin…’ meme. (One of my personal favourites is “Ed Fucking Sheeran made it into the new season – and I’m still rowing”.) Finally, in season seven, the bastard blacksmith Gendry returned. His tweet had become so popular by this point that even the show’s writers gave it a shout-out: when Ser Davos finally sees Gendry again, he quips “I thought you might still be rowing…” For GoT nerds (guilty, my lord), the return of the sole-surviving Baratheon descendent is kind of a big deal. Going into the final season, he is the wildcard. For starters, everyone loves an underdog. Especially Game of Thrones: take Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister – they were all outsiders; now look at them. The showrunners also love revenge plots – and there’s plenty of bad blood to wind up this particular half-blood. There has also been more than enough foreshadowing to suggest that Gendry’s going to become a more significant player. As the Red Woman tells him, “There’s a power inside you you can’t even begin to understand”. And then there’s his relationship with Arya Stark… now wouldn’t they make a worthy King and Queen of the Andals? Anyway, that’s more than enough geeking out over GoT for now. He’ll probably get killed in episode one after all that. Enjoy our exclusive interview with Dempsie on p48 where you won’t learn a great deal more about Gendry – his lips are sealed – but you will get to know Joe a lot better. ■

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▷ OK, technically this isn’t new. However, despite a decades-old legacy, the location and much of its membership is. Much to the disgust of the old guard, anyone not deemed not ‘cool enough’ was dropped when the club relaunched. Despite the move, Annabel’s remains a genuine institution. The new digs in Berkeley Square now offer an all-day and all-night experience for the first time. Its four floors hold many delights, a collection of restaurants and bars, private dining rooms, a cigar salon, and workspace. Here’s to the next half century – may it prove as successful and glamorous as the last. For more information, see


Always carry a stack of papers. Massage your temples on the hour. Dress well and keep a neat barnet. This suggests professionalism and also busyness. 5. Conversely undo your top button at the end of the day. Such a move denotes that you’re ‘worn out’ and thus ‘busy’. 6. Look frustrated and groan loudly when reading your emails. 7. Conversely, scream YES!!!! at your computer screen at least once a day. 8. Ask HR for tips on how not to burn out. 9. Schedule emails to superiors for 3am.

and Bloomberg in your spare time. 11. During quiet periods lift your phone, press to ear and repeatedly say ‘yep’. 12. Alternatively pocket dial your landline. 13. Take 45 minutes for lunch, return to your desk, ensure you’re seen, then take another 45. The audacity of the double-lunch is almost inconceivable to most employers. 14. Remember to sit upright. Straight sitters have a reputation for diligence. 15. If leaving your desk, remember to have something that looks important on your screen. 16. Walk fast and with purpose even when heading to the bathroom to check Bumble. 17. Ensure your workstation is scattered with documentation and post-it notes. 18. Drink lots of coffee. Coffee drinkers must be busy – they need the caffeine to keep up their frenetic work pace. 19. If all this feels like too much hard work you could always try, um, working? ■


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▷ A club fit for royalty, Albert’s is named after Prince Albert of Victoria and Albert fame (the museum is just up the road). The sleek yet classic décor is peppered with eccentric British twists, complete with a mahogany whisky and martini bar. Within this bar you will find a rich assortment of spirits, including a whisky from both the year of Albert’s birth and death (1819; 1861). Accents include a Balmoral tartan staircase, vivacious wallpapers by Colefax & Fowler, and Prince Albert’s original love letters to Queen Victoria, a reminder of the romance and heritage Albert’s keeps at its core. For more information, see



▷ Situated at 9 Kingly Street, which previously housed the Bag O’Nails – a legendary club where Jimi Hendrix played his first UK gig – The Court already has an impressive heritage. Says owner Harry Mead: “I wanted The Court to feel like something out of a novel. Somewhere that almost doesn’t exist anymore; a bit of Gatsby, a bit of Rick’s from Casablanca. Something that’s a bit out of time. You come down here and it feels like an elegant venue in the 1930s – like that Owen Wilson film Midnight In Paris, when the clock strikes midnight and you’re transported back in time.” For more information, see ■





▽ ALTHOUGH I enjoy designing travel goods, I’m no longer a frequent flyer myself, but it was very different in the late 1990s when I worked for Standard Chartered Bank developing the first internet banking offerings. My patch stretched from Ghana to Bangladesh, and I was flying constantly. After several mishaps travelling in my suit, I started thinking about a garment bag small enough to pack into hand luggage – what was to become our signature product, the Pliqo compact garment bag. It would make travelling in a suit a thing of the past I began work on it in 2014. My financial background was helpful for business planning, but not for product development. My retraining included going back to college to learn bag making. After several years of prototyping, the Pliqo bag finally launched with a crowdfunding campaign in mid-2017. Then, as now, around 85% of our products sell overseas, making the bag a minor export success story. I miss the travelling of my banking days, and many friendships made around the world, but there’s nothing like having your own project – I couldn’t see myself returning to corporate life any time soon. ■


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THE NASTY POET SOPHIE LESEBERG SMITH – aka The Nasty Poet – talks lyricism, creativity, and how tech is breaking down barriers

POETRY ISN’T THE preserve of the classroom: all across London, young poets are reinvigorating and reinventing the format for 21th-century consumption. Sophie Leseberg Smith – aka The Nasty Poet – is one of the young wordsmiths shaking up the capital’s poetry scene. She’s released an audiobook, curates the Lyricism Show on Foundation FM, and has worked with brands such as Schuh and New Balance. We’re a long way from Chaucer… How did you get into poetry? I started performing about four years ago. A friend of mine used to run an open-mic night in Peckham, I got on stage and got a real kick out of it. I started performing more, then getting booked more, releasing more content, getting more commissioned work, and it went from there. Did you have a background in poetry? Not at all. I don’t really remember knowing much about poetry at school apart from

deserves to be called poetry. Even my audiobook has been produced by a grime producer. Music is the foundation for the way that I write – or speak. Will modern technology change how we consume poetry? Definitely. It’s the perfect time for poets to come forward. Without tech, without things like Instagram, SoundCloud, I don’t


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the rhyming children’s stuff. I don’t have any formal education. In some ways I wish I had, but it’s also served me quite well – because I was so naive about the art of poetry, I think I was led to push a little bit harder with my work.

think I’d have been able to do the work I wanted to do, and reach the audience I want to. If you make a cool 40-second video with your poetry on it, you’re going to get someone’s attention far quicker than putting out a link for a book.

Is it fair to say you’re as much a performer as ‘traditional’ poet? Definitely. I associate it with spoken word, but I don’t think what I do is spoken word, either. I call it poetry, because I think it

Why The Nasty Poet? I was asked to perform at this exhibition called Nasty Women. I decided to write some new poems and talk about the definition of ‘nasty’ – and it just kinda

worked. It’s about subverting what the term ‘nasty’ means as a way of cussing women, basically. How do you write – what’s the process? Writing comes quite naturally to me; I’m very fast at doing it. I never force it, unless I have commissionned work, which is quite good at getting me back into the swing if I haven’t written for a while. Now I’m honing it for an audience, rather than writing just for me. You have to develop your skill if you want to improve. Do you mine your personal life? I think the way I write is very personal, but it’s also very accessible. I would never speak for someone else, but it’s accessible in the things that I talk about; people can relate to having a crappy relationship or finding it tough to get out of bed. People can see poetry as inaccessible… Social media is a very good way of making poetry more accessible to young people. There are more established institutions that are getting wider recognition: the Barbican Young Poets, or the Young Poet Laureate. There’s still more to be done, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction in terms of opening it up. ■ For more information, see




THE FINAL CURTAIN Executive chairman of the Cicero Group IAIN ANDERSON looks back at Theresa May’s troubled tenure at Number Ten – and the legacy that could have been…

I HAVE SEEN many governments up close and personal throughout my career. The May government has been no exception. It’s a privilege to do what I do. I never forget that. Despite the torture of the last few weeks, it is always very clear to me that those who hold the highest office in the land don’t wear that responsibly lightly. It is simply impossible to do that. Theresa May has been no exception. She is often compared to Gordon Brown. Perhaps rightly. Both are daughters and sons of the church; both sought high office; both found themselves in Number 10 during the toughest of times. While history may well be kinder to Gordon Brown, what will it make of Theresa May? The woman who called out her party in the mid 2000s as the ‘nasty party’ had a point. She embraced David Cameron’s modernising agenda but as his Home Secretary established a personal political brand that was all about controlling immigration. While she backed ‘remain’ in the EU

Minister on the steps of 10 Downing Street would not be surpassed. Her clarion call to address the ‘burning injustices’ in society had many Labour MPs applauding. But subsequent use of the Downing Street lectern – calling an early general election or castigating MPs for not voting for her Brexit deal – turned out calamitous. For those first 100 days as premier she was unassailable. The new ‘Maggie’ they cheered. But the doubts set in. Over that summer, the press started digging out the back catalogue of blogs from her then chief of staff Nick Timothy as a way of finding out just what the Prime Minister thought. When Timothy was sent packing after the disastrous 2017 general election, it became clear his ideas had indeed been her guiding principle. On Brexit in that election she had continually uttered ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ – the very words he had crafted. But did she actually believe them. What did she think herself? She would keep everyone guessing until almost the last moment. The ‘zigzag’



she needed to keep the show on the road between the Brexiteers and the remainers boxed May in all the way. In the late summer of 2016, I asked one of her key advisers what she was aiming for. He told me she wanted to see the softest Brexit possible but that markets and business would hear some pretty tough rhetoric in the weeks and months ahead. He was not wrong. Accused of being ‘citizens of nowhere’ just a few weeks later, some in Wall Street began to

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referendum she did with such a sotto voce demeanour that no one really heard. It was an approach pitch perfect to take the leadership and become Prime Minister as all her opponents bit the dust. May has a likeliness to Obama, too. Such promise undelivered. The former President’s political peak was the night of his election. His soaring rhetoric the night he won was never to be equalled. Similarly, 13 July 2016, the day Theresa May delivered her first speech as Prime

vote with their feet and move more than one trillion pounds out of the Square Mile. But the deal Theresa May did negotiate was the softest possible arrangement with the EU. Most business in the City could back it, albeit it had little to commend it for the services sector. Most captains of finance just wanted the security of a deal. But the hardliners in the ERG ‘party within’ the Tory party would just not let go. May’s attempt to square the EU with the factions across the Tory benches who had been fighting themselves for more than 50 years was always going to blow politics apart. It was amazing to watch her triangulate our politics for so long. The can was well and truly kicked down the road. But the wider problem we now have is that the trust between business and our politicians has reached the lowest point I can remember, and it’s going to take something remarkable to build it back. Europe has consumed every Tory leader in my lifetime – Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, David Cameron, Theresa May. It shows no signs of stopping. Catharsis appears impossible to deliver. All the promise of July 2016 evaporated. Some have called Theresa May the ‘Brexit Prime Minister’ – it’s a fair call. Government and our politicians have had no oxygen for anything else the past three years. What a tragedy for the country. Maybe it’s true all political careers end in failure. But I think it’s better to have tried. ■

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STYLE BIBLE CHRIS ELVIDGE says it’s time to embrace your wild side and choose something outside of your usual look. This season, branch out and think pink


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stepping outside of our comfort zones. Of course, the majority of us never do. We might feel the occasional urge to do something wild but we suppress it, afraid of what people might think, that it might seem out of character. Just look at the way most men dress. With every colour of the rainbow at our disposal we largely rely on neutrals: a sombre palette of black, white, navy and grey, punctuated by the occasional sashay into camel or olive. Anything beyond that can feel a bit transgressive, as if we’re trying too hard to be different – to stand out from the crowd. But few trends come without an element of transgression. Fashion designers live to overstep boundaries, and so anything regarded as off-limits has a pretty good chance of becoming the next big thing – or, at the very least, a version thereof. Take pink, for instance. Its current popularity in menswear speaks not just to the fact that it’s both attractive and versatile, but also that, because it’s often considered a more feminine colour, there’s something slightly anarchic and fun about the wearing it with confidence. From salmon to flamingo, cherry blossom to blush – there’s a hue for you. Need proof? Look no further than this outfit from Mr Porter’s in-house label, Mr P., which releases its latest collection this month. The trick to subtle and tasteful application of colour is to use softer hues for larger areas of fabric and more vibrant ones to add an accent: notice how the dusty pastel pink of this suede biker jacket is softened by the more intense flashes of pink on the camp-collar shirt. Adventurous without being audacious, it’s the sort of thing that stands out from the crowd without screaming for attention. ■

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want something that stands out for the right reasons: too conservative, and it will be forgettable; too out there, and it threatens to make a mockery of the big day. Blue is safe: you know where you are with blue. But navy is perhaps too predictable – it’s nice to have something with a little more zing. A single-breasted, two-button suit is Officewear 101, so that’s out. And although a three-piece is popular, it can be a bit stuffy. So how about double-breasted? It’s traditional enough to show you’re serious, yet stylish enough to be an upgrade from the everyday. In a lighter hue of blue – such as BOSS’s Open Blue [pictured left] – it makes a thoroughly attractive proposition, not to mention a striking counterpoint to bridal white. Enter BOSS Menswear. This two-piece suit from BOSS is constructed in midweight stretch fabric for ease of movement – lightweight enough to help you keep your cool, and flexible enough for the all-important first dance.

It’s lightweight enough to keep you cool, and flexible enough for the important first dance


The cleanly styled ensemble is cut for a streamlined fit, with flat-fronted trousers and a double-breasted jacket. Finished with smooth lining, a contrast undercollar and kissing buttons at the cuffs, it exudes expert craftsmanship – the kind of quality you want to display at such a life-defining event. Most importantly of all, this suit is versatile. To wear your wedding suit for just one day would be such a waste. We chose this BOSS suit because you’d be able to rock it in a variety of scenarios long after its first outing. Look 1 [left] is an unapologetically fashionforward look. The trousers are worn short with no socks, a clean pair of white plimsolls happily playing supporting role to the suit’s lead. Wearing a polo shirt under a blazer is a perfect way to look dapper but still relaxed. The unstructured nature of a polo shirt’s collar immediately makes your look more easygoing. If you want to unwind further, swap the suit trousers for straight-leg jeans in iconic selvedge denim as in Look 2 [below left]. With stretch for easy movement, these regularrise jeans from BOSS have been treated with brushing and scraping to deliver an authentic finish. Dressed with the jacket, the look is still casual but with a metropolitan feel. The darkblue hue is far enough away from the jacket’s lighter blue to complement rather than clash. Look 3 [below centre] embraces the timeless sophistication of Riviera chic. The suit jacket is metamorphosed by teaming it up with a sharp pair of slim-fit white chinos. Complete


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the look with a pair of Italian-made moccasins in calf suede. The BOSS moccasins feature a rubberised penny trim with contrast edges. An injected rubber sole and cognac-leather lining add the finishing touches to this modern pair. Finally, Look 4 [below right] is the one for your big day. You can’t go wrong with a classic white shirt and a pair of black double monks. Whatever you choose, wear it with confidence – and make sure you’re not late. ■ See more online at






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From cufflinks to cameras, small but perfectly formed is what we’re focussing on with this month’s Royal Exchange shopping edit MAKING THE LINK: Crafted from antique silver with black and white mother-of-pearl detailing, these sun and moon contrasting cufflinks cost £425.

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DUSK TILL DAWN Inspired by the balance between day and night, Tateossian’s sun and moon cufflinks will take you from morning to evening in style. Designed to represent the waning moon and the rising sun, the mismatched pair are a typically playful design from a brand that’s renowned for making contemporary men’s jewellery with class. Tateossian, 1/4 Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL

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HE’S ONLY HUMAN DINO FETSCHER cut his teeth on Russell T Davies’ award-winning Channel 4 dramas Cucumber and Banana before becoming a synth in Humans. This spring, he has two new BBC dramas coming out…


INO FETSCHER MADE his screen debut in Russell T Davies’ critically lauded Channel 4 drama Cucumber and sister series Banana. In 2016, he starred as the lead in the ITV/Netflix thriller Paranoid – and most recently he starred in acclaimed sci-fi series Humans in the role of new synth ‘Stanley’. This Spring, he returns to your screens in two new BBC/HBO dramas – Years and Years alongside Emma Thompson and Gentleman Jack with Suranne Jones.

What’s been your favourite role so far? It’s a tie between Aiden in Banana and Stanley in Humans. I loved playing Aiden as he has that alpha cockiness that isn’t innate in me. I’m a bit of a geek really (and proud) so I enjoyed that dichotomy between us. Getting into him was immensely fun; inhabiting that level of arrogance was pretty exhilarating – it actually taught me to be more ballsy in real life. I often have really profound chats with fans about Aiden; people are quick to slate him for being aggressively tactless and while I agree, he wasn’t that simple – there was so much more to him than just an archetypal prick. Playing Stanley in Humans was an utter dream of a role, too. I was already a fan of previous series so you can imagine my level of excitement when I got the call from my agent. I love to work physically so exploring and inhabiting the way a synth moves and ‘breathes’ was such a wonderful challenge, and my story line in the series was unreal: playing a sleeper agent robot with Matrix-level fight skills? OK then! I literally screamed as the plot twist was revealed to me in my trailer. With all that said, I’ve been lucky enough to have had a very eclectic career thus far.

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If you could play anyone who would it be? I’m reading Mythos by Stephen Fry at the moment and I would love to play one of the gods or demigods like Hercules or Ares in an epic Marvel movie. They’re such fascinating characters. So grandiose and almighty but also so human in their flaws and desires. I think that would be a monumental role to play. What was the film that made you want to become an actor and why? Although it wasn’t necessarily a specific film that inspired me to become an actor (I fell into the Sherman Youth Theatre in Cardiff age 7, because I was an unbearably energetic child) I definitely had films I would watch over and over again, on repeat, and can probably still recite word-for-word today: Hocus Pocus, The Witches, Jumanji, Matilda and Dirty Dancing. I adore Roald Dahl – it’s one of my dreams to be in a movie adaptation of one of his books. Who’s been the best actor to work with? My last job – working on Years and Years – was with a particularly fun bunch. I got to work with my mate Russell Tovey; we had a hoot. Everyone was a joy. Anne Reid is indescribable, I am in love with her, the stuff she comes out with on a daily basis is frameable. Rory Kinnear is one of the most genuinely funny people I have ever met in my life. Gentleman Jack – another cracking job – was fantastic. Working with Suranne Jones was amazing, she’s so thoroughly lovely. Katherine Parkinson on Humans was also so wonderful to work with and taught me so much. We had some pretty violent scenes in Humans – I had to drag her up the stairs by her hair at one point – and she would always tell me to ‘Just got for it! I’m fine, I love this stuff!’ She’s hysterically funny. But I have to say I had a particularly magical bond with Indira Varma when we played lovers in crime conspiracy thriller Paranoid for ITV and Netflix. We just had the biggest laugh for six months while filming in Manchester. In between takes we would fervently play Bananagrams on a little table by a gas heater, me always losing because she’s next-level accomplished at that game.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve had to do? Acting backwards. When I was filming for Humans – there’s a scene in episode two where these onlookers hurl a glass bottle at Laura (Katherine Parkinson), and I catch it with impressive robot accuracy. Now, obviously doing that for real holds some serious health and safety risks (not to mention I can’t catch it to save my life) so that whole sequence is actually filmed in reverse. The bottle is on a special string. Katherine was so paranoid her backwards acting was crap – I teased her about it for months. What are your feelings about AI? Did you know they think that in the next ten years or so they’ll actually be able to install consciousness into robots? So they’ll be able to think outside of their original programming in order to ‘complete tasks’ – and take over the world and wipe out the human race – more efficiently? We need to accept that it has become an integral part of our societal fabric but be careful with how the power is wielded. Do you have any on-set superstitions? I mediate before I go on set, to ground myself and get focussed. I try to stay off my phone (sometimes it’s hard when everyone is on their phones and don’t want to play with me). I always hang up all of my costumes and leave my trailer immaculate because the costume department and trailer guys deserve the best. Which of your talents would surprise us? I competed as a trampolinist for many years and although I’m no longer at national level I’m still pretty impressive on a trampoline. I also know how to spin fire poi! I learnt from one of the bar staff in the pub I grew up in. If you weren’t an actor, what would you do? I’d have been a dancer or joined the circus. I love acrobatics – I’ve always been drawn to them and I love learning choreography and expressing myself through movement. Definitely something very physically creative and away from a restricted nine-to-five routine. ■ Dino Fetscher stars in Gentleman Jack and Years and Years both coming soon to BBC One.


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A NEW DIMENSION Traditional tailoring offers the finest suiting and service you’ll find anywhere, but it doesn’t necessarily fit the pace of modern life. BEN WINSTANLEY discovers a fresh alternative in Belgravia’s Tailor Made

SITTING PRETTY: Tailor Made offers a number of different fabric options from British and Italian mills, including this Loro Piana check weave in an unusual teal colour.


F YOU’VE EVER read the thoughts of great

fashion designers or style icons, you’ll know that many refer to fashion as an expression of self. Gianni Versace reminds us that “you decide what you are – what you want to express – by the way you dress and the way you live”; Alexander McQueen believes “fashion should be a form of escapism, not a form of imprisonment”; and Ralph Lauren shirks labels and brands in favour of “something else that comes from within you”. But there’s a catch that these towering names


seem to have overlooked. Style may well tell the story of our personalities without the need for words, but the message is easily lost in translation if your clothes simply don’t fit – especially if your outfit of choice is a suit. It’s universally accepted that the complex construction of a suit requires the assistance of a tailor. It doesn’t matter how much you pay for an off-the-shelf version, to do so is to miss out on the intrinsic relationship between client, cutter and tailor – in other words, it’s the difference between a garment that feels like an

extension of you, and something that may as well belong to someone else. There’s always an element of ‘trying on Dad’s suit’ about picking up a two-piece from the hanger of any old retailer, but at the same time the Savile Row tailoring experience doesn’t quite chime with the rhythm and style of modern life; certainly not if you work in the City. So where is the middle ground? Eccleston Yard in Belgravia is a good place to start. Set among the techy start-up companies, artisan baristas and nouveau fashion labels


Tailor Made suits are contemporary, flexible and far from the sea of monochrome in the City that make up this new London development is Tailor Made – a fresh clothing brand looking to step away from traditional tailoring services to offer something a little more 2019. Enter the shop and you’ll find no mahogany-bracketed walls or dusty fabric swatches filling creaky cabinets: the minimalist space, all light wood and neutral tones, feels bright and breezy. It’s modern, for sure, but it doesn’t shout about it. That’s when you notice the cubicle on the right-hand side of the store – a 3D body scanner, the only one of its kind in the UK, that forms a vital part of Tailor Made’s tailoring step change: “The tape measure can only take a tailor so far,” Dav Sehra, head tailor at Tailor Made, explains. “We can only read a certain amount of measurements in an appointment, and we can’t make any allowances for posture. Using the body scanner means the speed and number of precise angles we can take during the fitting process is much more refined. Technology and society is moving in the direction of efficiency – fashion has to head that way, too.” So here I am, stripped down to my boxers, being scanned by a machine. No more than ten seconds pass and I’m already staring at a digital rendering of my body (first thought: I need to get back in the gym…), but even my untrained eye can spot some problem areas for a tailor. One of my shoulders sits higher than the other, and they’re slightly rounded from the hours spent behind a desk, while my legs are long and my waist high and slim – it’s a recipe for a baggy suit, or at the very least one that doesn’t hang particularly well in the jacket. Out of the scanner and into a sample suit, Sehra begins bringing together his vision for a slim-fit two piece that wears well with or without a collared shirt – relaxed tailoring is a focal point to Tailor Made’s ethos. “A suit should be more than just a uniform. We want the jacket to be something you can mix and match with jeans at the weekend or wear with white sneakers if the mood strikes.” The final adjustments for my suit include a piece of tailoring wizardry that draws in the back of the trouser closer to my thigh for

a more streamlined fit, before we move onto fabric selection: the fun part of the fitting. Tailor Made works exclusively with the finest British and Italian weavers, including Dugdales, Holland & Cherry and Zegna. I opt for a luxurious teal-coloured check weave from Loro Piana, with matching silk lining and pearly buttons. It’s contemporary, flexible and far from the sea of monochrome that washes through the City on the morning commute. Best of all? By the time I’ve finished my coffee and walked back into the rush of London on a Thursday, no more than an hour has passed. No standing on a stool, no fussing, no overly intrusive inside thigh measurements – and by the time I return to Tailor Made six weeks later I’m greeted by a suit that more than lives up to its name. Sehra has worked in old-school tailors, so I ask him if the future really is Tailor Made: “To me, the body-scanning tech we use here is

a great tool. It’s not a gimmick or a PR stunt; it’s a way of delivering the full tailor experience more efficiently,” he replies. “There’s a magic and artistry in the Savile Row approach, but we can at least match the finish here.” He’s got a point. The reflex response to fast fashion has been a return to the artisanal practices that created our love of clothing in the first place, but who has time these days to spend hours getting their suit just right? Tailor Made finds a happy medium by giving the expertise of a tailor, while saving time and money by modernising its practices. There’s no hand cutting, here – fabric is laser cut to avoid wastage, while appointments are shorter thanks to the scanner. Repeat customers also have their body data stored for future fittings. A modern, value alternative to bespoke tailoring? That suits me just fine. ■ Tailor Made bespoke suits start from £945. For more information, see




THE TUDOR DYNASTY For the last few years, Tudor’s Baselworld launches have been some of the most eagerly anticipated of any watch manufacturer at the exhibition. BEN WINSTANLEY takes a closer look at the 2019 collection


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it (wrongly) as Rolex’s lesser sibling, or just can’t get on with its quality tool watches, it’s hard to believe what the Swiss manufacturer has achieved in the last decade. It was in 2010 that the brand seemed to leap back into the pages of every watch and lifestyle magazine (including this one) with the launch of the Heritage Chronograph – a watch inspired by a 1970s Tudor chronograph – and in doing so shepherded in the era of vintagelooking timepieces we still inhabit today. Two years later, Tudor followed up with two watches that would form the foundation upon which its recent success has been built: the Heritage Black Bay and the Pelagos. The former, a modernised vintage tool watch with a big screwdown crown and eyecatching snowflake hands, was an overnight phenomenon – and remains as such to this day. That’s why when Baselworld comes to town once a year, Tudor is one of our first appointments on the call sheet. So what does the brand have in store for us in 2019? The answer, blissfully, is much more of the same trend-setting pieces. The wildly successful Black Bay Bronze from 2016 receives a facelift in the form of a new graduated slate-grey dial and bezel in place of the chestnut brown of the previous model, while 2017’s Black Bay Chrono gets the S&G (steel and gold) treatment in a striking bi-metal case paired with champagne-coloured subdials. Tudor’s big launch is an unusual diver’s watch that is set to divide fans. Inspired by a 1960s prototype, the piece features a unique locking bezel mechanism. You can read all about it in our Baselworld round-up in May’s issue. ■

OPEN THE BAY DOORS: [Clockwise from main] Tudor’s 2019 updates include a steel and gold Black Bay Chrono, an unusual 1960s-inspired diver’s watch, and a new colour to its hugely successful Black Bay Bronze model.

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#WATCHWEWANT Glashütte Original has launched a new fiery orange addition to its iconic Sixties collection. The dégradé dial is as radiant as the eventful decade that inspired it THE PAST IS BRIGHT… The Spezimatic by VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe might not be the prettiest of names, but it was one of the most beautiful watches of the 1960s. Glashütte Original, as the manufacturer is now known, has been creating spiritual successors to this watch since the launch of its Sixties Iconic Collection in 2015. Its latest iteration is this year’s Sixties – in a particularly striking sunburnt orange.

DIAL IT UP Glashütte has its own dial manufactory in Pforzheim where its craftsman have mastered the dégradé effect. After a galvanic bath gives the dial its golden yellow hue, the dialmakers carefully apply a series of layers in red and black lacquer. The result of this filigreed craftsmanship is an individual colour gradient that renders each dial unique. ■

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Introducing Crockett & Jones’s Summer Line, a brand-new collection combining classic footwear design with new levels of casual comfort

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These unlined double monks from Crockett & Jones’s new Summer Line collection aren’t just a good-looking summer style update – they’re possibly the most comfortable shoes you’ll put on this season. Why? Well, it’s thanks to the introduction of a natural crepe rubber sole, which adds casual comfort to the high-quality footwear for which this this British heritage brand is renowned.

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Actor Joe Dempsie never intended to step into the full glare of the fame spotlight – he just happened to land a role in one of the biggest TV series in the world. Ever. With the final season of Game of Thrones upon us, MAX WILLIAMS meets a very humble heir to the Iron Throne

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OOKING BACK, IT was inevitable that addiction would come for Joe Dempsie. Here, after all, was an actor who made his name as Chris in the epocal teen drama Skins, playing the hedonist’s hedonist, the party boy who made other party boys quiver and reach for the yoga mat and herbal tea. He followed this quite literally overnight success – one morning he could walk to the shops unnoticed; the next morning he couldn’t – by signing up to what would become the biggest TV show of all time, a cultural event of such seismic… oh, it’s Game of Thrones, you know Game of Thrones even if you’re one of


those irritating people who loudly disclaim that you’ve never watched an episode because ‘dragons are for kids’ or however you justify your detachment from the zeitgeist, the fact is you still know Game of Thrones – sex and battles and, yes, dragons – even if you mightn’t know that Dempsie plays the blacksmith Gendry, bastard son of King Robert Baratheon and one of the few plausible (and surviving) claimants to the Iron Throne. All this in his twenties – the lad’s only 31… Who could blame him for seeking an escape from the maelstrom? Surrendering to the urges that had gripped him since adolescence, and entering a spiral of wanton self-gratification from which he has still not emerged. Frequent the right shop or website and you might even spot him, searching for the next buzz – be it Nottingham Forest’s home kit of 1958/59; or perhaps England’s 1990 third strip (immortalised in the ‘World in Motion’ video); or even – be still, trembling hands – Barcelona’s 1995/96 turquoise away number with the original Ronaldo on the back! “My name’s Joe Dempsie and I collect football shirts”mightn’t be the most chilling

of confessions but nonetheless it comes from the soul. “I’ve got a problem: I’m addicted to buying and looking at old football shirts.” The craze dates back to 15, when a friend began wearing “these gorgeous mid-1980s Liverpool shirts.” He directed Dempsie to the website, and the actor’s collection has been growing ever since. Sartorially, his tastes proved prescient: in recent years, football shirts have been elevated into legitimate street style. “They’ve got more expensive,” Dempsie sighs, “and I’m still buying them.” Additional pieces of random Dempsie trivia: – He’s a long-time Frank Ocean fan, discovering the musician in Coachella, 2011 – a year before the release of Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange. “There was something almost religious about watching him perform, and I think everyone at that gig felt the same way.” His older sister got him into UK garage, playing tunes such as Indo’s ‘R U Sleeping’ and Tina Moore’s ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’. “DJ Spooney decided to partner with the Ignition Orchestra, and put a night on at the Barbican of orchestral renditions of garage classics, and it was the best night of my life.” His favourite film is Shane Meadows’ A Room For Romeo Brass. He first watched it as a teenager. “It was the best film I'd ever seen, and it had people that I knew in it.” The two leads, Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall, were local boys, even attended the same Nottingham drama workshop as Dempsie. Suddenly, being an actor went from abstract concept to tangible career: if people who lived round the corner could do it, why couldn’t he?

Dempsie ranks high on the list of Interviewees You’d Like To Be Mates With, for no other reason that he seems a really sound guy: open, witty, self-deprecating, great taste in music, film and football shirts. A man who not only buys his round – admittedly we’re on softies, but still – but returns from the bar with a bowl of nuts. When fellow cast members gush about how much they love Joe, it’s because they really do love Joe. Gendry, the character he plays in Game of Thrones, will end the show having slain the Night King, wrestled all three dragons into submission, and ruling over the Seven Kingdoms with his consort Jon Snow. OK, the last one is a lie (you’d imagine…). Only a few thousand people in the world know how the biggest show in TV history will ultimately go down, and although one of those people happens to be sitting opposite me in the pub, I’m not going to ask what happens, and he wouldn’t tell me if I did. (As mentioned, we’re on the softies.) When the cast received the scripts for the final seven episodes, “it was like a grenade went off on the WhatsApp groups. ‘They’re here, they’re here! No spoilers!’” No spoilers indeed – although this does somewhat limit our season eight discussion. “It’s the tricky thing whenever this time of year rolls around,”says Dempsie cheerfully. “I can never quite get my head around how any interviewer or journalist does their job. “As an actor in the show, you get quite adept at essentially giving an answer which doesn’t give any answers whatsoever. You’re able to talk around the subject.” A career in politics awaits. “Especially in the current climate. Before you know it, Brexit will be being negotiated by Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage – and I'd much rather they were doing it than Theresa May.” (Based on recent months, Hodor would do a better job than Theresa May. Ideally you'd want Tyrion sat opposite Jean-Claude Juncker, although Lyanna Mormont would be fun.) What’s unique about Dempsie’s GoT experience is that he essentially signed up twice: at the beginning, in 2011, when nobody knew whether a show pitched as ‘The Sopranos meets Middle-earth’ would find an audience beyond hardcore book devotees; and again in season seven, after a four-year absence in which the “tits and dragons” formula had produced a bonafide cultural event, the biggest thing to ever happen to the small screen. “I was made more aware of how profoundly the show had changed a lot of the cast’s lives, in a way that it hadn’t for me and some of the more peripheral characters. For a lot of the

guys whose faces you see a hell of a lot in the show – like Kit, like Emilia, like Peter – it really is quite significant, and going about day-today business becomes a lot harder. Going out in a big bunch of us anywhere now is tricky, because people spot those guys immediately.” He speaks without the slightest trace of envy. His time on Skins offered a brief taste of what it would be like to be really, properly famous – Harry Styles famous, Kit Harington famous – and he didn’t like it very much, to the extent that many of his post-Skins career choices were informed by a desire to avoid projects that might raise his profile too high. The actor wanted to act; not be papped outside nightclubs, or linked with Taylor Swift. Robbie Williams once said of Take That, and the numbing effect of unimaginable fame: “Once you’re on that treadmill of promotion tour and all of the above, there is no ‘what does it feel like?’. Feels like France. Feels like this dressing room. After a while that weighs down on you; it weighs down on anybody.“ I mention the quote to Dempsie. Leaving the tour, so to speak, allowed him to appreciate the scale of the band. He doesn’t know if this is true of those who have remained onstage throughout. “If my experience of Skins is anything to go by, sometimes it’s really hard when you’re in the midst of it to take step back and appreciate what you’re involved in.“

SO LET US step back from GoT, for a moment – OK, for most of the remaining feature. Didn’t you hear the man? He can’t say anything about it! Let us leave Westeros and head to late 1990s-Nottingham, where an adolescent Joe Dempsie is about to embark on an acting career that “kind of happened by accident.” His younger sister, Lauren, has cerebral palsy. “Whenever a severely disabled member of the family comes along, on purely practical terms, life has to revolve around them. There’s so much stuff that needs to be organised and planned for, equipment that needs to come into play – spontaneity goes out of the window ➤

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After the first episode of Skins you couldn’t walk down the road without people stopping you ➤ As a result, my parents were really keen to ensure that I never felt left out, and I never did.” Mother overheard son tell a family friend how much he enjoys drama at school – “which was really bizarre to her, because I’d never been a particularly outgoing kid. Also, I was really sporty.” She encouraged Joe to audition for the Central Junior Television Workshop – a local drama school of some prestige. (Fellow Skins alumni Jack O’Connell also attended.) “On the day of the audition, my mates were doing something that you could do on any day of the holiday – bowling or something. And I wanted to do that instead. “My mum said, very gently, ‘look, I know you want to go bowling with your mates. But there’s a door open here, and if there’s an open door go through it and see what’s on the other side – and if you don’t like it you can go back.’ I went along and had the most fun that I’d had in ages – it was essentially just dicking about for two hours, trying to make people laugh.” He passed the first round, fell at the second; but the spark was lit, and the following year he got in. “I was 13, 14 by this point. It was such

being a teenager was hard, but it was also fun, possibly the most fun you would ever have. Crucially, the first incarnation of the show (the cast was replaced every two seasons) remained anchored in an adolescence its audience could recognise. These people were cooler, better-looking, more debauched versions of your friends, but nonetheless you might just about be friends with them. (Later storylines became increasingly implausible: one of the main characters being beaten to death by his girlfriend’s stalker is hardly a “I feel just like…”moment. At least, I hope not.) Dempsie’s sweet-natured party boy Chris was arguably the standout member of an ensemble that included Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Daniel Kaluuya. (Skins rivalled RADA as a breeding ground for British talent. Quips Dempsie, “pretty soon you’ll need an Oscar nomination to attend the Christmas party.”) However, none of the young actors quite expected the fame sprung upon them. An inspired marketing campaign, founded upon a trailer showing a house party straight out of a parental nightmare, ensured 1.5m of the nation’s youth watched the first episode air (a then-record for E4). Dempsie’s life was forever changed. “It sounds like an exaggeration, but the next day you couldn’t walk down the street without people saying something or stopping you. For three years after that, life was pretty intense. Nights out with friends would turn into threehour photoshoots in bars with drunk people. “At the time, the only tools I had to cope with that was to get as drunk as the drunk people who wanted photos with me. Also, playing the character that I did, Chris being the number-one hedonist of the group, I had this thing in my mind: they want Chris, give them Chris. I used to get really trashed, I guess as a way of coping with that.” He didn’t really know who he was, exactly – a rare condition exclusive to pretty much everybody in their early twenties, except most people don’t have a ready-made alter-ego waiting to be inhabited. Later, I ask what advice he’d give to young actors thrust into the spotlight. “Don’t feel under pressure to perform for anyone,” he says. “Unless you’re being paid for it and you’re on a film set. “It can be easy to feel obligated to please the fans. A lot of us are people pleasers, particularly when we’re younger, and it’s something we get better at avoiding as we get older and older. Don’t try and please anyone; just try and please yourself.”A beat later: “That sounds weird – like I’m encouraging people to masturbate!” Despite the oft-documented pitfalls of youthful fame, none of the Skins cast ➤

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a unique place, this – a lot of kids auditioned, only a handful got in every year, but once you were in it was fully subsidised, it was free to go. So you had kids from all over the region, all kinds of different backgrounds, all kinds of different families. It led to this really special atmosphere and alchemy.” Several happy years passed. He honed his craft, even appeared “in the odd episode of a TV show, usually with zero street cred like Peak Practice, Doctors”– although there was also a film appearance alongside Michael Sheen. Then the classic Young Actor’s Dilemma presented itself. “Do I go to uni like all my friends, and enjoy that experience, that broadening of horizons, or do I stay in Nottingham, keep going to the workshop, keep learning, and hope that something comes up?” He chose the latter. Something came up. If you weren’t of the ’Skins Generation’, it’s difficult to convey the show’s cultural ubiquity for the teenagers and young adults of 2007. Everyone you knew watched it, everyone had a favourite character, everyone would be talking about last night’s episode the following day – and you could guarantee, if a group of you were stumbling home from a house party in the early hours, somebody would announce, “I feel just like the kids from Skins.” Skins revolved around a group of Bristol sixth formers, focusing on a different character each week. Its themes included drug addiction, bulimia, homosexuality, religion, and unrequited love – all presented with a lightness of touch that prevented the heavy stuff from weighing it down completely. Skins knew that

GET THE LOOK: Suit by BOSS,; shirt by Turnbull & Asser,; silk tie by Connolly, connollyengland. com; shoes by Christian Louboutin, OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: [opposite] Dempsie, far left, as Chris in Skins, the series that made him and his co-stars (including Nicholas Hoult, far right) into household names.




There’s a part of you that wonders, did I really deserve this? Do I have the tools required?

hullabaloo there had been with Skins. “In both instances, I really didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. Both times. There’s a certain naivety that you go into it with, which when you look back you’re really glad that you had – it’s better to not know that you’re opening Pandora’s Box with this thing.“

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➤ experienced the type of public meltdown so beloved of former child actors and boyband members. (Perhaps this is more notable due to the show’s lurid content: is anyone surprised the Inbetweeners all turned out fine?) “We were actually quite innocent as a group – initially, anyway…” There was a real desire, says Dempsie, not only to work but to do good work, step up rather than cash out – and this mentality became infectious. “In any walk of life, your close friends and immediate colleagues are the ones that inspire you, and make you want to push on.” Skins informed his career in two crucial ways. It made his name, offering opportunities that a young actor could only dream of; it also offered “a little slice of what it must be like to be Harry Styles”– exist as an object of desire and fascination for a certain type of teenager. “It was a very specific age group,” says Dempsie of the superfans. “The age group most likely to come up to you in the street, scream in your face, and run away.“ Fortunately that age group must grow up as well. After two seasons, his time on Skins came to an end and life began to calm. He kept busy, even fulfilling his earliest acting ambition by working with Shane Meadows on This is England ’86, but there was no desire to follow Hoult et al to Hollywood. He’d recall the Skins years and think, “That was a teen drama for E4 – imagine what it would be like to be properly famous. And that wasn’t something I really wanted. A long time afterwards, it really informed the choices that I made, work-wise. And then Game of Thrones came along.” He grins, fully aware that trying to keep a low profile by starring in Game of Thrones is a bit like trying to stay on the straight and narrow by robbing a bank. Although of course he never expected Game of Thrones to become GAME OF THRONES; “I just thought: HBO, great! Obviously I want to work for HBO. A friend of mine loved the books, said they were fantastic. For him more than anything, I was like, ‘I really want to be involved in this thing’.” While his public profile spiked, there wasn’t the same ‘aaaand now you’re famous’

to Clapham Common for our photoshoot, hordes of screaming teenagers do not appear from behind the trees, scream in his face and run away. His mood is relaxed, cheerful – none of the edginess sometimes shown by public figures in public places. It’s a bitterly cold winter’s afternoon – ‘so Joe, we want you in a T-shirt and boxers’. He chuckles. “Showing where I’ll be in the future, now Game of Thrones has finished. Wandering around the common in my pants.” That seems unlikely. His celebrity may depend a little on Gendry’s prominence in the final season (please don’t die in the first episode, please don’t die in the first episode), but the phone should keep ringing for a while yet. Whose call to take? Dempsie has no immediate designs on Hollywood, although he concedes it would be “fucking cool” to emulate certain friends with an Oscar nomination. However, a role in the next Marvel blockbuster is the last thing on his mind. “It seems like in recent years,

for a young actor who’s given an amazing performance in something, the reward is, ‘well done, that was great, here’s your big superhero part’. I’m so bored of it.” Would he turn down Marvel or DC? He’d like to think so, but can’t pretend the giant ton of money wouldn’t be a factor. “As a viewer my sensibility is towards human stories, told in an interesting and original way – but if you see me in a superhero outfit in ten years, so be it.” He yearns to return to the “nourishment”of the stage, the rhythms of a working life that he hasn’t experienced since graduating from the workshop more than a decade ago. He speaks of having experienced “a slight imposter syndrome”: at his lack of a drama-school education, and the speed with which his career took off. “There’s part of you that wonders, did I really deserve this? Do I have the tools required? I’m still running on instinct, and how far that will take me is anyone’s guess.” He seems a man at peace: with life, his career, and the possibilities that lie ahead. “I just want to keep being involved in interesting stuff. It doesn’t really matter to me whether it’s television, film, theatre; the medium is not my concern. I just want to work with great writers and keep finding interesting stories to tell.” Iron Throne or no Iron Throne, he certainly won’t lack an audience for them. ■ The final season of Game of Thrones airs exclusively in the UK on Sky Atlantic and Now TV from Monday 15 April. Dempsie also stars in Deep State; the second season is coming this spring on FOX.

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WORLD Having built a huge online entertainment platform alongside an acting career, Joivan Wade is fulfilling his goals one by one. He tells MAX WILLIAMS why real success will be helping others do the same Photography by LELUND DUROND THOMPSON

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Wade. He’s only half joking. The young actor and entrepreneur has already built a vast online platform, as the trailblazing Wall Of Comedy spawned the Wall Of Music and the Wall Of Talent. (Wade’s love for walls is matched only by Donald Trump, only his are virtual, and actually get built.) There’s a burgeoning film career – most notably a major role in 2018’s The First Purge – and now a move into TV, DC TV no less: Wade will play Cyborg in the forthcoming Doom Patrol adaptation. How does he find the time? He doesn’t, which is why he turned down Doom Patrol when first approached. A four-month stint on Eastenders had played havoc with his business interests, and filming Doom Patrol would take even longer. So he said thanks, but no thanks. Only then The First Purge came out. The Monday after its opening weekend, his agent called. Executive producer Greg Berlanti had watched the film and seen his Cyborg in it, wouldn’t take no for an answer. One meeting. “It’s too long a time. You haven’t done anything like this before. Let’s keep going with the company and when the time’s right…” Nonetheless, Wade assented – how often do you get to sit down with a legend? “Greg is a juggernaut,” he says of the man who recently signed the most expensive producer deal ever with Warner Bros. (North of $300m.) “He’s one of the most successful TV producers. I want to learn. I want to understand how you do that.” He got a taster: Berlanti duly sold Wade on the project. “I did the test shoot, and a week later I was in LA doing the fittings for Cyborg.” Well, they don’t pay him $300m for nothing…


Berlanti must have been surprised by the initial rejection, I say. Wade nods. “Yes. I think that also gave the respect, you know? It allowed them to see that I don’t just want to do anything. Everything has to be calculated and thought out. It has to be in line with the journey, really. Yes, they respected that.” Naturally, this change of heart – wait, make that ‘change of mind’: everything has to be thought out – didn’t stem solely from the project’s artistic merits. Doom Patrol will run on DC’s new streaming platform, DC Universe – the company’s version of Netflix et al. “I obviously understood how big the DC fanbase is,” says Wade matter-of-factly. “Off the back of that, it was like, ‘Cool. Yes, this makes sense. Yes, we should go for it.’ I spoke to the team. Everyone agreed and we went for it.”

JOIVAN WADE HAS been going for it since the Brit School. He was a talented teenage footballer, trialling with Charlton and Crystal Palace, but the love was never quite there. So he asked himself: “If you could do anything that would make you happy, and money wasn’t an option, what would you do?” The answer: “I would act.” He acted. Drama began to supplant football, the stage superseding the pitch. He told a friend, “I think I’m going to throw in the boots – I want to act.” In that case, said his friend, you had better go to the Brit School. “What’s the Brit School?” said Wade. He went home, researched, discovered applications were closing in three days, applied. “My dad drove me down there on the last day to hand it in personally, so I could make the deadline. Then, from there, the rest is history.” At the Brit School he met his best friend, collaborator and business partner Percelle Ascott. Theirs was a natural affinity. They began developing ideas, concepts; each encouraging the other’s creativity, and seeing it reflected in himself. One time the pair were invited to perform in a variety show by Glen Murphy, one half of the comedy act and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Twist and Pulse. Neither Wade or Ascott had ever done comedy before, but why pass up the opportunity? They wrote a sketch the night before: Ascott wants to talk to a girl who Wade’s already seeing. It went down a storm. “Off the back of that it was like, ‘Maybe this comedy thing is something that we could build out.’” Although the sketch had no direct relation with [their breakthrough comedy series] Mandem on the Wall, both spoke the same language. “It was urban. It was youth culture. It was street.” Watching from the audience was a young comedian, Dee Kaate. The trio exchanged ideas, as well as numbers. A week

I don’t just want to do anything. Everything has to be thought out and in line with the journey later they were filming what would become the first episode of Mandem. The concept was simple: three youths, sitting on a wall in South London, chatting shit and trying to pick up girls. “It was just a bunch of friends and a couple of cameras and some passion,” says Joivan. And talent, of course: eight years on, that first episode remains a remarkably polished piece of work: one that comes with the added thrill of watching creativity be unleashed, destinies harnessed. The British film and TV industry isn’t the most hospitable place for young black actors and writers. Mandem was a means to build their own platform, speak directly to whatever audience might be out there for them. Wade describes the mindset as: “If I’m not able to get another opportunity from a casting director, or my agent doesn’t put me up for certain roles, am I never going to make it to where I want to get to? That can’t happen.” Today, Wade admits, the businessman in him would be wrestling with the creative. “What if this show doesn’t do well? We’ll be the three guys that tried that urban show which was really, really poor. “At the time, I wasn’t thinking that. It was just, ‘We want to create stuff. Let’s create stuff.’ We created stuff and then it got released. Then it was, ‘Wow. There’s a response.’ That’s the best way to go about it. You don’t want to be sitting there thinking. You just want to do.” Mandem quickly built up a sizeable online following. TV networks took note: Wade appeared in BBC1 sitcom Big School, had a two-episode stint in Doctor Who, and starred in E4 comedy-drama Youngers alongside Ascott. There was talk of a TV show of their own, but that never materialised. They returned to their roots, staging a Mandem on the Wall sketch show at the Hackney Empire. The response was great, but the boys were restless. Mandem was dying down, nothing had turned up. So now what? Same as last time: if you can’t find a platform, build your own. But a bigger one – big enough to showcase not just the core trio but other young creators and performers whose talent hadn’t yet yielded the exposure ➤

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EYES ON THE PRIZE: [this image] He’s built a huge online entertainment platform and a successful acting career is underway, but Joivan Wade is just getting started; [left] Wade in The First Purge with Lex Scott Davis. His performance in the 2018 horror movie led to his role in upcoming DC TV series, Doom Patrol.



➤ it deserved. Mandem was a show; this would be a network, a production company, a management agency rolled into one. “We’re going to start this, essentially, as a Facebook page. We’re just going to be all about comedy. On Facebook you have walls. Everyone writes on your wall. We said, “this is going to be a Facebook wall of comedy.” So we named it the Wall of Comedy.” For an idea of the Wall’s breadth, consider the six most popular videos on its YouTube channel. Number six, with 1.1m views, we have the Shepherd’s Bush iteration of Asking Awkward Questions, a series in which the charismatic comedian good-naturedly interacts with members of the public, and asks the odd awkward question. (“Spell ‘mortgage’”.) Next is How to go From Posh to Roadman (1.4m), a sharp subversion of the ‘baiting out’ videos commonly viewed as a form of cyberbullying. (“Bait out the biggest sket you know!”) Number four brings Hollywood star power with The Roast of Kevin Hart and The Rock (1.6m); Wade and Kaate adding some funk to the standard junket interview. Third is the first episode of Mandem, the cradle of the whole enterprise now seen by more than two million people. Silver medal goes to When Girls Want Sexy Pictures!!, an Axel Blake sketch that manages to incorporate a twist ending into its 30 seconds, and 2.7m views in the process. And number one? Number one is Leopard Prank in Camden Town, 90 seconds of an anthropomorphic leopard growling at surprised pedestrians. The video was a collaboration with National Geographic for Big Cat Week, and has racked up 55m views.

ALL-ROUND HERO: Wade in character as Cyborg in Doom Patrol. As well as making a cracking superhero, the South Londoner has set up a foundation to help young people to follow their dreams like he has.


I was always told by my parents that I can do it. That was a big reason I am the way I am As Joivan observes: “They say the biggest videos on the internet are cat videos.”

OUR INTERVIEW TOOK place at The Blues Kitchen in Camden – right around the corner from the leopard stunt. Nowadays, Wade is more entrepreneur than internet prankster: he speaks in unbroken paragraphs of prose – ‘likes’ and ‘ums’ minimal – and will occasionally unleash a megawatt smile that could power Lewisham, and possibly Bromley as well. He owes a lot to his parents, who sound like remarkable people in their own right. His mum works in personal development and training. She instilled confidence, the belief that his life could be whatever he wanted to make of it. “When I said, ‘I want to play football,’ it was like, ‘OK, cool. Let’s get you into a team.’ When I wanted to act, it was like, OK, cool. Let’s get you in a school and let’s get you acting.’ It was never, ‘But how are you going to make a career out of this?’ That’s what really helped me. I didn’t have that initial, ‘Oh, it can’t be done.’ I was always told that I can do it. That was a big reason as to why I am the way I am.” If you haven’t yet appreciated the scale of

Joivan Wade’s self-belief: in a recent interview he claimed to be five years behind – the aim had been a Hollywood film by the age of 20. “I always set high standards for myself,” he smiles when I bring this up. “You aim for the moon and you land on the stars. Being in Hollywood at 20 was the moon and being in Hollywood at 24 was the stars.” Ever the positive thinker, he notes the past five years offered opportunity to hone his talents as producer and entrepreneur. “Had I been in Hollywood at that time, I would have just been focusing on my acting. Now I have both strings to my bow and I’m able to grow both of them at the same time.” His late father was a fellow entrepreneur, and one-time manager of Mandem. He also believed in community responsibility and helping others, running an initiative called The Polishing Project – the idea being that even the most delinquent of kids was a rough diamond waiting for someone to take the time to polish them. He inspired Joivan to create his own foundation, Wade’s World, to help young people follow their dreams. “Whatever it is you love doing, you can make money out of that. You can make a career out of anything. You just have to find that passion and work out how you can make it into a business or a career. That’s my aim – to try and help young people to do so, and follow in the footsteps of my dad and really build out a community.” I tell him it sounds like a brilliant cause. “Thank you,” he says. Of course, he’s already built a community, indeed a family, through Mandem and The Wall Of Comedy. The day after our interview, I accompany Wade and his team to the Newport Beach Film Festival Awards held at the Langham Hotel rather than southern California – a fact much lamented by every speaker that evening. Wade has been nominated as one of Ten Brits To Watch in 2019 (and beyond, presumably). The Langham foyer is crowded with actors of various renown – Rob Brydon is probably the most familiar face, although Lily Cole runs him close – the standard posse of photographers, and roving waiters brandishing trays of champagne. Wade, very much cutting a dash in a velvet green tuxedo, greets me with a hug and a “hey mate!” (On my departure, I get another hug and a namecheck – which means either he remembered from the interview, or took the trouble to ask the PR. The latter, I suspect, but it’s a classy gesture.) The Wade Gang isn’t small. Fellow Mandem Dee Kaate and Percelle Ascott are also present, along with various performers from the Wall Of Comedy, and Joivan’s mum. “I bring them

everywhere,” says Wade. “The clan. The posse. If I do something, they’re coming with me. If P’s doing something, we’re going with him.” P – aka Percelle Ascott – doesn’t disagree. “It’s overwhelming,” he says, “and just nice to share the experiences with Joivan. It’s both our moments, if that makes sense. “His mum is my mum, his cousins are here – they’re like my family as well. I’ve known him for 15-plus years. That’s my brother, basically.” From a wall in Lewisham to awards night at the Langham – did Ascott imagine that the journey would lead them here? The resulting “no” is followed by laughter: “Not at all! It’s nice, not only to have the recognition, but have the opportunity to perform in projects that we’ve always dreamt of.” Opportunity. It was a lack of opportunity that pushed the trio to create Mandem for themselves, and then The Wall Of Comedy for others. It’s the word that came up at the end of the interview when, as a parting question, I asked what changes he would make should his ambitions of world domination be fulfilled. “What I would change is equal opportunity,” said Wade without a moment’s hesitation. “I think everyone should be able to have a chance to be able to have the same opportunity as everyone else, no matter how you are brought into the world. I feel like everyone should start on a level playing field. I would create opportunities for everyone to be able to do just that. I feel like hard work and merit is what everything should be valued on, as opposed to circumstance and situation.” As with so many black actors, Wade had to cross the Atlantic to find the space in which to express himself. He wants to get “black, Asian, ethnic minorities creating and telling our stories more. I feel like we don’t get an opportunity to do that. The big reason we always go to America is because the characters that we want to portray and create are characters which are not written.” The Good Doctor star Antonia Thomas made the same point in our recent interview, almost word-for-word. It’s an alarming indictment of the British film and TV industry…

I think everyone should have the chance to have the same opportunities as everybody else

“It is.” Especially when we like to think of ourselves as a largely progressive culture… “Exactly.” He hopes the success of Black Panther will lead to Hollywood loosening the purse strings for predominantly BAME productions. “When you go to a producer and you say, ‘I want to make a film. It’s a black film,’ straightaway that budget is no more than £25m. That’s horrible… We should be able to create films and stories for the story’s sake, not based on who’s in it or what colour someone is or what background that story is from.” He will tackle this imbalance across his many guises: offering inspiration as an actor, a platform as a producer, financial backing and new projects as an entrepreneur. “One day, we’ll be able to sit down and have this

conversation and say, ‘‘Look. That’s not the problem any more. What’s the new problem?’” He’s relentless: both in his pursuit of personal success, and his determination to ensure that success is used to help the cause of others. He’s expanding into property, wants to own restaurants, hotels, ships. He wants it all; and he wants everyone to have a piece. “Everything that we do we see as an inspiration. I want to be able to have the next young guy, girl look at us and say, ‘OK, this is possible. These guys from South London were just kicking a ball. They ended up going to a school and acting; now they’ve done X, Y and Z. I can do that too.’” Forget X, Y, Z. By the time Joivan Wade is through, we’ll need the whole alphabet. ■ Doom Patrol will be available from




Making Connections When Nush Cope decided to become a presenter, her first port of call was the internet – from contacting established TV personalities on Instagram to building her own digital following, she explains how she forged her future online Photography by SAMMI SWAR | Interview by MAX WILLIAMS


HE INTERNET HAS revolutionised much of the working world, and presenting is no exception. Whereas once the only opportunities were on TV, the modern presenter has a near-infinite number of platforms on which to showcase their talents. Take Nush Cope. The Londoner found success on the YouTube channel Wall Of Comedy [see our interview with its co-founder Joivan Wade on p56], and her shows have been seen by millions of people online. She talks us through her journey, from producing Stormzy videos to interviewing The Rock…

EARLY DAYS I had a very stable upbringing, good education, but I didn’t really fit in anywhere in school. I was creative, but I was also academic – I never really knew what I loved to do. When I was little, I never wanted to be a presenter, I just wanted to do something that made me happy. Reggie Yates made me want to be a presenter. I love him! I watched his documentaries on BBC3, sat in my office job, and I thought, ‘why can’t I do that?’ I’ve never been that confident in front of the camera but I love to talk to people. I had no idea how to ➤



➤ get there, but I just thought, ‘let me quit the job and see where the road takes me.’ I reached out to Reggie on Instagram when I first realised I wanted to be a presenter, and he replied to me. “Use the internet to your advantage, create your own content, build a following and the jobs will come to you.” It worked. We started seeing each other at some of the same events, exchanged numbers, and now we meet up here and there. He’s become a friend, which is absolutely mad.

STARTING OUT I met a producer called Jasmine Dotiwala who worked for MTV. She went into production as a runner, built her way up, and then was discovered as a presenter. There’s no single route into presenting. People usually get seen on something or picked up, but it’s hard to know what to do. I went into production, started off as a runner – my first job was a night shift, 36 hours straight – then I got picked up as a production manager. I produced music videos for a year – it was a sick job, I got to travel, but it was so hardcore. It’s such a 24/7 job, I had no time to focus on presenting, so a year later I quit. The last music video I produced was Stormzy’s ‘Big For Your Boots’. Whenever people ask for advice on getting into presenting, I always say get into production first: if you know what’s going on behind the camera it makes your job so much easier. When I was working at my office job, I put ‘presenter’ in my Twitter bio – just to see if

When I was working in an office, I put ‘presenter’ in my Twitter bio just to see if anything came up anything came up. Some random guy got in touch, saying he was looking for a host for his open-mic night, so I started hosting these little open-mic nights in front of ten, 20 people. I was so nervous I’d have two or three glasses of wine before I went on stage.

THE WALL OF COMEDY When I went freelance, my friend suggested that I reach out to the Wall Of Comedy guys. They said they were looking for a presenter and were starting a management company, would I be interested in signing with them? I was quick to say yes. They gave me my own show on the Wall Of Comedy called Who’s Got Game?, which accumulated something like 2.2m views on Facebook. I went out on the streets and got guys to try and pick up women. Everything just grew from there. Generally a lot of young guys act like they’ve got game, but often they don’t. Sometimes they’ll just stand there in the street as you’re trying to film them. One guy chatted up a girl who turned out to be his friend’s ex

– the friend was with him, came up after and was like, “Bro, what are you doing?” When it comes to approaching women, you want to come in on a friend vibe. If she finds you attractive, she finds you attractive. Engage in conversation rather than just asking for her number straight off. And be funny – always be funny. No pressure…

INTERVIEWING THE BIG NAMES I’ve never had a bad experience with any of the actors I’ve interviewed. They’ve all been really funny. I asked Gerard Butler for his best chatup lines. He said, “Be really interested in them, ask them questions about their life.” As soon as the interview was over, he came up to me and was like, “Where are you from? Tell me about yourself!” I asked for a selfie, and he asked if he could get one, too. Dwayne Johnson was really fun. I was worried about him because before my interview he was doing this really serious interview with this mental health publication, and I wasn’t sure how I’d turn it round for a comedy interview. I explained about the channel and he completely turned it on. I checked beforehand and found out he likes donuts, so I brought him donuts. Interview tip number one: find out what their favourite sweet thing is and you’re in there!

INTERNET VS TV The internet is where it’s at. As a presenter, TV is always the goal, but everything is moving online. All the opportunities are online nowadays, but you’re still only really rated and credible as a presenter if you have a TV show. The internet gives you more freedom, and is a great platform for young people, but you don’t really get paid for internet jobs. People think you’re huge if you’re on a big channel but it’s still just that opportunity for exposure. A lot of people ask why I don’t go down the YouTube route – I just feel that presenters and YouTubers are different. Brands that have hired YouTubers to present are starting to realise that it’s a different skill base. I was never interested in talking about me – I don’t like talking about my own shit, I have to talk about my own shit on a daily basis. I like finding out about other people.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD PRESENTER? A good presenter is someone who doesn’t make it about them, but makes it about their subject. You’ve got to be really, genuinely interested in what your subject is talking about – you can always tell when the presenter isn’t. You also need to be relatable, and connect to a lot of different people. ➤


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The end goal is to start up my own production company and to create my own content ➤ It’s not good to want to be like anyone else because you are your own person. Of course you’re going to have influences, people who’ve inspired you. I guess what I’m going for is Oprah meets Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen brings the comedy and entertainment, Oprah is incredibly intelligent and influential.

FUTURE AMBITIONS Recently I did my first documentary, for American Airlines. In this job it’s so competitive – you have to do everything under the sun to make it happen. You can’t pick and choose. It’s only recently that I’ve started to be able to be a bit more choosy with what I want to do. The documentary’s about all the best under-the-radar things to do London. It’s going to be on all inbound flights into London, and coming out in a couple weeks. The end goal is to start my own production company and create my own content. The only thing I don’t like about presenting is that I have to say other people’s words. I’d like to be able to narrate my own story in my own words. Saying that, I’ve realised career isn’t the be-all and end-all – I’d like to be able to start my own family. I think it’s selfish to have kids until you’ve accomplished what you’ve wanted to, so there’s still a lot of shit to do.

DREAM INTERVIEWS Oprah for one. Jada Pinkett Smith – I feel like she’s struck the balance between work, life, family, everything going on. I’m reading this book called British by a journalist called Afua Hirsch, which I’m finding really interesting. There are a few underlying questions about race and culture and identity which I’d love to know about from her point of view. From the past, it would be Amelia Earhart. She was sick. I struggle a bit with identity. My mum is Portuguese but she’s from Angola. My dad is English, and grew up in London. When you grow up in London your identity gets blended because there’s so much going on around you. I’m kind of on this trail of trying to find out who I am and what I’m about and where I come from – I know it’s clichéd but it’s the personal journey I’m on at the moment. ■


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KING DAVID Celebrating the launch of ‘David Bailey’, a new tome from Taschen, FRANCIS HODGSON explains how one of the world’s greatest photographers grew from 1960s tastemaker to timeless artist


ORTRAITURE IS THE core of David Bailey,

and his excitement has always really been about people. People make him tick. He may not agree with what they say; often doesn’t. He is confrontational, challenging. But the contact is real, the engagement perfectly sincere. Bailey weighs people up like a novelist. A Bailey portrait is a map of a relationship, however brief. It’s a testimony to how well two people got on for a moment. It’s also quite overtly a creation. It doesn’t matter who you are when you come to be photographed by Bailey. You’re going to have to act out your part under his direction. Part of his manner is a legacy from surrealism. At its simplest, that gives his portraits a lovely clear, legible wit. When his son Sascha posed in front of a shutter daubed with the single word ‘LOOK’ and a large arrow to the right, Bailey made sure that the boy’s eyes moved sharply the other way. When Marianne Faithfull posed for him in 1999, he put her in the bra and pants of endless thoughtless pictures of women – only together they had the brains and the courage to turn


the laugh back on us; she looks confident, energetic, fully active – defying sexism and ageism in the same single picture. Astonishment is a good start. If the sitter is not astonished, sometimes it’s good if the viewer can be. There’s that wonderful portrait of Mick Jagger after a performance: hair soaked in sweat, stage costume half off, eyes dark with fatigue, in a spartan dressing room lit by a single unshaded bulb. He looks more like a fighter than a musician; what Bailey wanted to show us was effort. He assumed we knew the excitement, the ‘glamour’. Sometimes a view of someone sweating alone in a dressing room is more astonishing than what happened on stage.

ANYONE WHO HAS seen Bailey make a portrait knows that it’s a very physical business; he stalks around, prodding here and there, telling jokes, pulling clothing or limbs this way and that. What he’s doing is trying to allow character to come out. Any kind of interference is good; it can be sexual teasing or flirting, storytelling, gloriously provocative ➤

MODEL MAKER: Londonborn David Bailey is widely acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of contemporary photography, having shot some of the most iconic portraits of the last five decades. Bailey’s early work helped both define and capture 1960s London, when he made stars of a new generation of models.

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ANDY WARHOL: “You couldn’t photograph him. It was like photographing smoke. Suddenly he wasn’t there. I knew Andy quite well. He wasn’t there, really. He really liked watching, he didn’t like being.” THE QUEEN: “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I’ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman.”

➤ conversation – anything to nudge a person out of stage fright or smugness. If you have any personality at all, he will find it and it won’t take long. The plain background is a graphic device but it’s also a boxing ring. When you go to Bailey’s studio, you get into the ring with him and he’ll search out what you’ve got. He doesn’t waste film. It has become conventional to associate David Bailey with the British photographers Brian Duffy and Terence Donovan. The connection was made explicit in a long, admiring article in the colour section of the Sunday Times: in a piece called The Modelmakers by Francis Wyndham in May 1964. Bailey certainly acknowledges that as a young man he was one part of what Norman Parkinson, seeing their leather jackets, had labelled the “black trinity”. It was flattering, yet true enough. Empowered, energetic and to a greater or lesser extent socially radical (Duffy probably more than the other two), those three young photographers from modest backgrounds tore into the stilted world of British fashion photography and had themselves a ball in the early 1960s, buying Rolls-Royces and boasting about their earnings. “Before 1960,” Duffy said, “a fashion photographer was tall, middle class and a bit camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual. We were great mates but also great competitors… If you wanted it you could

It’s from artists that he gets his best responses – they collaborate, rather than merely sit for him have it. We would not be told what to do.” But it’s not enough just to say Bailey was one of a group of like-minded photographers. Bailey was more famous than his models. There is almost nobody he has photographed who was more famous than him. He has been famous since his early twenties. That’s common now, but had rarely happened before him. With great skill, he rode the wave of youth culture. He was famous before Mick Jagger; indeed, he quite specifically helped Jagger to some of his early renown. The questions of celebrity and how we use it and what it does are never far away from Bailey’s portraits. For 50 years or more the very fact of being photographed by Bailey has conferred a certain status.

BAILEY WAS A Londoner through and through, and his London was the new creative place to be. London presented a great melting pot in which new industries – particularly in the media: pop music, advertising, a number of different design specialities, theatre, journalism, television – fed voraciously on each other. It wasn’t so much an ‘art’ capital, as it was truly a ‘creative’ capital. It’s from artists that Bailey gets his best responses. They collaborate with Bailey, rather than merely sit for him. Often, that’s made explicit and he’s in the pictures too – with Warhol, with Dalí, with many others, the portrait is a double one, and with complete equality. These people are his familiars, they populate his inner world. Double portraits, by the way, have long been one of Bailey’s particular favourite formats. He gets more than two individuals by putting two together. Sometimes they are a real team: Lennon piled on top of McCartney, whose paired solid architecture is given such breezy top notes by the delicate pattern of little pale patches: cuffs, hands, and the spaces where their arms curl out of the mass. He put the sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac on opposite backgrounds; one dark, one light. He developed double portraits of the same sitter, too, as the sculptural view of Terence Stamp twisting into the light. ➤



➤ BAILEY DOESN’T NEED props, and rarely uses them. You don’t have to drag your guitar into the studio to prove you’re a musician. He learnt early, in the East End, that charm and humour could defuse any situation, and it’s easier to charm people if you get along with them. He worked for a while in the late 1950s as assistant to John French, fashion photographer for the Daily Express. French had worked out that printing on newsprint vastly limited the tonal range available to him and that a blocky contrasty manner would suit his medium. Some of that became the bedrock of Bailey’s way, too. It was simple, and Bailey, like the musician he once wanted to be, has always liked to have simplicity at the core. In speech, he will sum up a complicated situation or position in a phrase. In photographs, notably in portraits, he has always found that less is more. Still today, he can make a portrait so obviously ‘right’ that viewers mistake what they see in it for what they think they knew of the sitter before. Lesser portraitists confirm their sitters; on his best form, Bailey makes them. ■ 072

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LENNON & McCARTNEY: Double portraits have long been one of Bailey’s particular favourite formats. Here, Lennon is piled on top of McCartney, yet the solid architecture is given such breezy top notes by the delicate pattern of little pale patches: cuffs, hands, and the spaces where their arms curl out of the mass. MICK JAGGER: “I knew Mick before he was in the Stones. He was just a bloke I met because he was going out with my girlfriend’s sister [Chrissie Shrimpton].”

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It’s not just supercars that were grabbing the headlines at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: Ducati also launched its new Diavel 1260 motorbike. The second-generation Diavel embodies all the spirit of its forbearer but has been upgraded with a new 159hp Testastretta DVT engine. The result is breathtaking acceleration combined with smooth low-rev power delivery, making it ideal for everyday riding or longer road trips. Oh, and it looks cool. Really damn cool.




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Period drama The GOODWOOD REVIVAL offers unparalleled access to classic car racing from the golden age of motoring, with more than 150,000 guests attending in vintage dress


ACH SEPTEMBER, more than 150,000 fashion and motorsport fans descend on a leafy corner of West Sussex to experience the world’s only classic car racing event to be held entirely in period dress, the Goodwood Revival – this year from 13-15 September. From the moment the gates open, the roar of the most beautiful and valuable grids of racing machines on the famous track fills your ears, while vintage aeroplanes soar overhead and you can feast your eyes on the detailed set-dressing and vintage outfits. The event began more than 21 years ago when the current Duke of Richmond wanted to revive the Goodwood Motor Circuit, returning it to the golden days of racing he remembered


enjoying as a boy. The entire event, from the cars, to the planes, the set dressing and the outfits, is set between 1948 and 1966, when the Goodwood Motor Circuit was the spiritual home of British motor racing. All the top drivers of the day raced here, including world

champions Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Graham Hill. The spectators are as much a part of the show as the exhibits and vintage fashion is celebrated just as much as the motorsport, with a thriving vintage fashion market and a competition to award the best dressed.

•• The roar of the most beautiful racing machines fills your ears, while vintage aeroplanes soar overhead

HOSPITALITY Hospitality at the Revival is unparalleled. From the food to the set-dressing, music and dancing, fun and atmosphere abound. There are plenty of options to suit every need too, from having a ball with friends and family to hosting your favourite clients, nowhere does it as well as the Revival.


•• The Revival attracts the finest in historic motor racing talent including a host of famous faces

Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Freddie March, the Duke of Richmond’s grandfather, has a fascinating history mostly revolving around the worlds of motor racing and aviation. The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation seeks to celebrate his connection with flight, while also giving a nod towards Goodwood Motor Circuit’s period as RAF Westhampnett during the Second World War.

The Goodwood Mess The Mess [pictured below, right], is the most fun and convivial of all the hospitality options and it’s right on the track on the start line with views up to Madgwick and overlooking the assembly area so you won’t miss a moment of the action. This year’s set-dressing theme will be the National Service Examinations, so actors will be bringing to life the eye tests and weight measurements of the past. The Mess allows paddock access, and long tables draped with bunting overhead set the scene for a bustling atmosphere. With a variety of lunch, afternoon tea and champagne reception options depending on the day you visit, it’s a wonderful experience.

Dressing up at its finest The event is defined by its period dress code (tweeds and trilbies for men, furs and frocks for the ladies), and by its refusal to allow modern cars within the circuit on race days. Each day, a panel of fashion experts pick out guests with the finest outfits, with a shortlist invited to take part in the daily Best Dressed competition presented by Mastercard.

Revival Fashion presented by Mastercard Fashion lovers will love the Revival too, with a variety of ‘Swinging Sixties’ celebrations taking place across the Motor Circuit, including beautifully curated fashion shows. Earl’s Court Motor Show The Earl’s Court Motor Show is the only part of the Revival event to nod to the modern day as it allows the finest vehicle brands to display their vision of the future, as it would have been. Car manufacturers juxtapose their classic models with the latest in their production line, as if displaying the concept cars of the future. The central display this year is bound to capture the imagination, being a particularly well-loved theme. It all comes together to be a must-see area at a must-visit event. ■ For more information, see

PHOTOGRAPHS (lead) by Jayson Fong; (mess) by Dominic James; (spectators) by Stephanie O’Callaghan; (E-Type) by Christopher Ison

Officers’ Club Named in homage to the styling of war time officer’s clubs, this pavilion is smart yet relaxed, a place where guests can be ‘at ease’ and enjoy the camaraderie of the racing. The Officers’ Club allows for private tables and has raised trackside viewing of the start/ finish straight up to Madgwick corner. It gives paddock access, a four-course plated lunch, champagne reception and afternoon tea. WHAT NOT TO MISS Competitive Racing Wheel-to-wheel racing action is at the heart of the Goodwood Revival. Hundreds of rare and priceless cars, driven by champions past and present, compete for the most coveted trophies in historic motorsport, including the St Mary’s Trophy and the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, the most prestigious race on the historic racing calendar. Over the Road The fun doesn’t stop when the chequered flag drops. Over the Road will see a fairground, cinema shows and much more entertainment is all on offer into the evening. Motorsport Stars The Revival attracts the finest in historic motor racing talent including a host of famous faces from the motorsport world and beyond, including Formula 1 stars past and present.




Geneva is renowned as a key occasion in the motor show calendar, and the 89th edition was no different. Graham Courtney selects the most remarkable releases at this year’s event 086



HE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW is one of the

smallest of the leading car shows, but there’s no doubting that it’s seen as the most important within the car manufacturing business. Frankfurt, Detroit, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai are great but Geneva is always the place for the car firms to launch new models or tease us with some stunning concepts. Here’s the pick of this year’s shiny new metal from the 89th Geneva show.

PININFARINA BATTISTA Battista Farina was an Italian car designer – and his nickname was Pinin. In 1930, he founded Pininfarina, which became one of the world’s finest car design and coachbuilding companies. His work with Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia and Alfa Romeo is renowned, but the company has never build its own car. Until now. The Pininfarina Battista is not only its first car, it’s one of the fastest road-legal cars ever produced. And it’s all-electric. Power peaks at 1,900bhp. Yes, 1,900. Zero-60mph in

THE PININFARINA BATTISTA IS ONE OF THE FASTEST ROAD-LEGAL CARS EVER PRODUCED – THE STAR OF GENEVA reportedly less than two seconds; and 186mph in less than 12 seconds. Top speed? 250mph. Range: 280 miles (not at 250mph, obvs.). Price is around £2m. Pollutants – zero. This car was arguably the star of Geneva 2019.


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WHEELS OF FORTUNE: The Pininfarina Battista is an all-electric hypercar knocking out 1,900bhp and 2,300Nm of torque. All that electric grunt will set you back around £2m.

Who’d have thought it? A car built in Leeds is trying to rival the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Well, Ginetta is plainly onto something. It’s hoping to build 20 Akula models, and two thirds are already sold. Its 6.0-litre V8 engine develops 600bhp, which all goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential paddle-shift. The bodywork might be light, but the car generates a mass of downforce, which you’ll need because although there’s no zero-60mph time yet, this Ginetta will crack 200mph. Price? £340,000. Will it be really be that good? Judging by the brand’s success in motor racing, we’d say yes. Oh, and Akula is Russian for ‘shark’. Not that you’ll find many of them in West Yorkshire. ➤


➤ BMW X3 BMW is steadily trickling pure electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) into its range. The latest to break cover in Geneva is the BMW X3 PHEV. BMW call this its SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle. The PHEV model will arrive in the autumn followed early next year by the EV. BMW say that the PHEV will hit 60mph in 6.5 seconds with the four-cylinder petrol engine developing 240bhp and the electric motor adding 40bhp when needed. There’ll be a switch so that you can run in EV mode alone with a predicted range of 31 miles on battery power. Fuel consumption will crack 100mpg.



We love estate cars in the UK so this will be a big seller for Merc. The car arrives in September and is aimed at introducing new buyers to the Mercedes brand. It’s a load-carrying version of the A-Class and looks really smart. If you want to know what the interior will look like and what sort of mechanical options there’ll be, look at the A-Class as they’re identical. Don’t expect to haul a wardrobe in the back; this CLA is more of a lifestyle statement than a load lugger. Strap a bike rack on the rear or a surfboard on the roof. Prices will kick off in the low £30ks.



This is Ferrari’s latest car and effectively replaces the 488 GTB. The prodigious 3.9-litre V8 engine throws out 700bhp which is around 50bhp up on the outgoing model and makes it the most powerful V8 in Ferrari’s history for a non-special series car. Compared to the 488GTB it is 40kg lighter and creates 15% more downforce. In other words, the F8 Tributo offers the highest levels of performance of any car in the current Ferrari range. What does that mean in terms of oomph? Zero-60mph takes 2.7 seconds; 0-120mph is around 7.8 seconds. If you’re into the Ferrari thing, this is the one for you. Expect pricing in the region of £200,000.

One of the biggest announcements is traditionally made on the day before the Geneva show starts: the European Car of the Year award. Your winner? The allelectric Jaguar I-Pace. It was a tight-run thing between the Jag and the Alpine A110, but the I-Pace just sneaked it. Jaguar, along with Land Rover, Ford, Volvo, Hyundai and Vauxhall, skipped Geneva because it would rather unveil new models at a time when they’re likely to get more exposure. This plan worked well for Jaguar because its new XE has been warmly received. It promises more tech, more goodies and better value with a starting price of £33,915.

The new Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV, pipping the Lamborghini Urus by just 0.5mph. (No coincidence, that – those cheeky chaps at Crewe have a head for numbers.) It has a top speed of 190mph and even though it has the dimensions of a small house, it will reach 60mph in 3.9 secs thanks to a thunderous 6.0-litre W12 which develops 626bhp. Pricing won’t be far away from £190,000 but you can guarantee that most buyers will dip into the extensive extras catalogue. The suspension has been tweaked and, if you hit the Sport mode, you’ll be able to hurtle around corners with even more bravado. There’s some subtle extra body styling, too, making the Bentayga even more of a beefcake – if you like that kind of thing.




WITH THE CLOUT OF VOLVO BEHIND IT, THE ALL-ELECTRIC POLESTAR 2 COULD BE A GAME CHANGER POLESTAR 2 Polestar is the performance brand offshoot from Volvo. This is a car that will frighten the life out of Tesla – it is an all-electric rival to the brand’s Model 3. Power comes via two electric motors developing a total of 402bhp which gives you a zero-60mph time of under five seconds, and Polestar reckons it has a range of at least 300 miles. All-wheel drive comes as standard, and the infotainment system is powered by Android and brings Google services to a car for the first time, including Google Maps. Cars are due to arrive either at the end of this year or early 2020, and you can pre-order one for around £35,000. With the clout of Volvo behind them, this Polestar could be a game changer.

RENAULT CLIO One of the most important cars to break cover at Geneva is the Renault Clio. It’s a massive seller across Europe. This is the fifth generation Clio and is the first to have a mildhybrid option which comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. There’ll be no all-electric Clio – get the Zoe instead. It boasts two 1.0-litre three-cylinder units (one turbocharged) and a four-cylinder 1.3-litre engine – all petrol. Most will have an auto option. There’s a 1.5-litre diesel, too. No idea of prices, but expect a small increase on current models, which means £14,250 for the entry-level Clio. Cars arrive in the UK late this summer. PHOTOGRAPHS by (Bentley) James Lipman; (Audi) Audi AG; (Polestar) Stefan Isaksson

AUDI Q4 E-TRON Audi called this a concept car. It isn’t. It’ll be the new Audi Q4 e-tron, which will be the smaller stablemate to the chunky, full-fat Audi e-tron which finally arrives in the UK in the next few weeks. The car in the photo is a fourdoor compact SUV, but the car that arrives next year will have a rear hatch. Audi has already confirmed that it will have an expected range of 274 miles – and zero-60mph takes a shade over six seconds. Top speed is limited to 111mph. The huge battery takes up most of the underfloor space between the two axles so, with all that weight placed low down, this car should handle really well. ■

FOUR BY PHWOAR: [Clockwise from here] The all-electric Polestar 2; Audi’s Q4 e-tron; the Bentley Bentayga Speed, aka the world’s fastest production SUV; Jaguar’s new face-lifted XE. [Opposite] The Ferrari F8 Tributo is home to the most powerful V8 in Ferarri’s history for a non-special series car, meaning it can take you from zero-60mph in 2.7 seconds. McLaren 720S, game on.



Tarantulas aren’t the only spiders in the Arizona desert. We sent Jeremy Taylor to the US to test out McLaren’s new convertible 720S – and found it’s not as scary as it looks






ISTOL-PACKING BOB MUNDEN would have coveted the McLaren 720S Spider. Billed by the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘fastest man with a gun who ever lived’, Bob was quick on the draw and loved a crowdstopping performance. A multiple world record holder, the cowboy showman once drew and shot two balloons with a single-action Colt in less than a tenth of a second. It’s the kind of stats they love in the cactus-infested town of Payson, Arizona, the launch location for McLaren’s latest convertible. The 720S Spider is not only the Surrey company’s quickest open-top car, it is also equipped with the fastest roof-folding mechanism in the west. Powered by a series of electric motors, sun-seekers can now lower the lid in just 11 pistol-spinning seconds and bring a high street to a standstill. That may not seem important in the desert scrublands of the mid-west where temperatures regularly top 40°C and the sun ‘always’ shines – except McLaren has chosen a week of Biblical rainfall to reveal their 200mph+ supercar. The weather would have been better in Woking. Dodging the rain showers, there’s plenty of opportunity to try out the system, operational at speeds of up to 31mph. The whole performance is a full six seconds faster than the one fitted in the outgoing McLaren 650S Spider and doesn’t make a sound either. That’s because fitting electric motors instead of more conventional hydraulics means that the carbon fibre roof disappears smartish with just a whisper-quiet hum. Has there ever been a more roofless car? Glass rear buttresses aid over-the-shoulder manoeuvring and an optional glass roof instead of the carbon fibre lid adds extra airiness. The electrochromic system may cost an extra £7,500 but the ‘trick’ glass darkens at the touch of a button, helping to keep prying eyes at bay and reducing bright sunlight. Further technical wizardry means there has been no need to add structural reinforcement to the upper windscreen either. Lighter, rollover protection has been built into McLaren’s much-hyped one-piece cabin tub, adding rigidity and safety to the cockpit. And if you think all McLarens look the same, it’s good to know that underneath all that composite bodywork the engineers have been hard at work. The techies have chipped away at the weight to make the 720S the lightest convertible in class – a Ferrari 488 Spider by comparison is almost 90kg bulkier. McLaren has only been building road cars for less than ten years and is still best known for its racetrack achievements. Founded

by New Zealander Bruce McLaren in 1963, it is the second most successful team in Formula One history. It made superstars of James Hunt, Ayrton Senna and later Lewis Hamilton, claiming 12 drivers’ championships and eight constructors’ titles. Road-going McLaren Cars was founded in the mid-1980s by the company’s former CEO and owner Ron Dennis, but after building the supersonic F1 in 1992, the company instead focussed on Formula One until 2010, when the current McLaren Automotive was born. McLaren’s launch schedule of road cars has been pretty hectic ever since. There are a dozen different versions on the Surrey production line at present and a further 18 models scheduled by 2025, including hybrids and probably pure electric hypercars, too. The momentum shows no sign of slowing, and McLaren is expanding in all directions. Currently the company has more than 700 job vacancies across all of its departments. The business has expanded so rapidly that visitors expect a massive traffic jam every time the shift changes at the futuristic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. Building supercars for the PlayStation generation, McLaren Automotive strangely chooses to play down its Formula One heritage. It hasn’t won a drivers’ championship since Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and looks fairly tame on the Formula One starting grid in 2019, too. At least McLaren road cars are outperforming expectations – perhaps because they are so simple to drive. The 720S Spider really is a supercar for beginners, as easy to park at Waitrose as it is to hurtle around Silverstone on a track day. And you can’t say that about a Lamborghini. First, however, you have to find the door handle. Actually, there isn’t one, just a button set inside a sculpted recess. The lightweight winged doors then pop up in a flash to a near vertical position. Low sills make for easier access, while the cabin itself is very roomy. Inside, even with the roof in place, ➤



➤ all-round visibility is superb. The party piece is an electrically operated instrument binnacle that rotates 90 degrees at the press of a button. It flips from a standard dial display to a thin strip, showing a rev counter, gear shift lights and other track-focussed information. I’d be lying if I said the infotainment system was state-of-the-art because it’s actually frustratingly sluggish. A VW Golf has a better unit. The electric seat adjustment buttons are also hidden in an awkward position and too sensitive to the touch. There are no door bins to stop your shades and smartphone flying around either. Instead, McLaren has made space for a discreet armrest cubbyhole and a small tray that sits beneath the central console. The leather bucket seats, however, are a lovely place to sit. Press the start button and a V8 twin-turbocharged engine directly behind the cockpit fires to life. It’s not a guttural, earthy sound but a more mid-range bark that gives little clue as to the performance potential on tap. The Spider will manage 202mph with the roof down and 212mph with the roof up. A tiny rear screen lowers automatically to allow more of the engine drama into the cockpit if you don’t want the fully open roof effect. In rain-soaked Arizona, this was definitely the preferred option. There is so much torque when overtaking that picking off straddlers becomes second nature in the 720S. It doesn’t matter which of the seven gears are engaged, the McLaren is constantly primed for take-off. Play with the flappy gear change paddles or just leave it in drive – the G-force kicks in just the same. The steering is light and precise, the gear changes seamless, and the surge of power continuous as that V8 sings a crackle and pop tune from out the back. Along a string of twisting, fast bends, the 720S develops a rhythmic, balletic dance through the corners. A retro dial on the dashboard adjusts the dampers through Comfort, Sport or Track, while another does the same for the engine and gearbox.


Even disregarding the adjustable drivetrain and dampers, the Spider is thrilling. Few cars inspire this much confidence – fewer still look this good and come with such a pedigree. Of course, at £237,000 plus a raft of expensive but tempting extras, the 720S Spider isn’t exactly cheap. Each lightweight wheel costs more than £3,000 to replace and some fancy Belize Blue paintwork is another £4,330. You may consider a holiday home in the sun or a superyacht more rewarding but there’s just something about the name ‘McLaren’ that sets pulses racing.

downforce compared to its predecessor. The performance figures are almost identical to the McLaren’s – and that’s no coincidence.


Bentley Continental GTC

Ferrari F8 Tributo

The new open-top Bentley is just coming onto the market. Based on the sublime coupé model, it’s sure to be a huge success. More a grand tourer than the other models mentioned here, the GTC features a folding soft-top roof and is a genuine four-seater. It’s good for 207mph and sprints to 62mph in 3.7 seconds. Luxury personified, there isn’t a better way to roar across the continent in comfort. ■

Ferrari’s new F8 Tributo packs 710hp in total – 50hp more than the 488 GTB, the car it replaces. It houses the most powerful V8 in Ferrari’s history for a non-special series car. The F8 has also been on a diet – losing 40g compared to the 488. The front of the car has the now recognisable S-Duct – which has been honed to contribute a 15% increase in

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder The Huracan is stunning and boasts a sonorous exhaust that has been tuned by the devil. It may be heavier and less forgiving than the McLaren but the Lambo’s naturally aspirated V10 is old school; it’s a hairy-chested supercar good for 601bhp, zero-62mph in 2.9 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 200mph. Prices start at just under £200,000.

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ALONG CAME A SPIDER: McLaren’s 720S hits the open road in Arizona with its top down. You can retract the roof in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, so if a sudden downpour threatens to dampen your cruise, you’ll have it covered.

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There are car events, and then there’s the London Concours, a showcase of the world’s rarest and most exotic automotive icons. Don’t leave the show without tracking down these ten absolute stunners…


HE LONDON CONCOURS – London’s finest

classic and performance car event – will be returning to the City of London from 5-6 June 2019. Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company, nearly 100 of the world’s rarest and most exotic automotive icons will be on display. Visitors will also be treated to champagne from Veuve Clicquot, displays from Princess Yachts and a pop-up boutique from Breguet. Tickets are available now from square mile readers can get two tickets for the price of one by using the code SQUAREMILEVIP.


TOP 10 CARS TO SEE AT LONDON CONCOURS 1. Lamborghini Miura S Described by some as the world’s first supercar, the Lamborghini Miura debuted in 1966 with the aim of relegating Ferrari to the sidelines. The Miura became the fastest car in the world at the time, with a top speed of 170mph, and as many as ten examples will gather at the London Concours.

2. McLaren F1 The F1 was the fastest car in the world for 13 years, from 1992 to 2005, setting a record

of 240.1mph. It implemented a number of firsts for a road car, including a chassis made completely of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. The F1 seats three people, with the driver sitting centrally, and also features an engine bay lined with gold leaf for heat management.

3. Lancia Aurelia B20 GT ‘Outlaw’ A bespoke creation by specialists Thornley Kelham Ltd, this 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT ‘Outlaw’ is the result of more than 5,000 hours of restoration and customisation, including a lowered roofline and 2.6-litre fuel-injected V6.


HOT WHEELS: [clockwise from here] don’t miss the Porsche 356 ‘Outlaw’; the show takes place in the Honourable Artillery Company, right in the heart of the City; 2018’s Best in Show, the Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’; the irresistible and recordbreaking McLaren F1.

4. Bugatti Veyron One of the most technologically advanced cars ever built, the Bugatti Veyron became the fastest car in the world for a number of years when it was introduced in 2005. The Super Sport World Record Edition on display at London Concours achieved a top speed of 267.8mph during 2010, thanks to a 1,200PS 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine.

5. Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’

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Greeting visitors to this year’s London Concours will be a very special display of the 2018 ‘Best in Show’, the 28.5-litre Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’. Hosted on an elegant rotating stage from Spin-It automotive turntables, guests will be able to experience the sheer size of this land speed record car, which reportedly hit 135mph almost 110 years ago.

6. Ferrari F40 An era-defining supercar, the F40 was a biturbo behemoth which demanded respect – and prime bedroom-walls real estate for many a child of the 1980s. Heralded in automotive

folklore for its aggressive looks, carbon fibre-kevlar-aluminum body construction and astonishing engine note, the F40 is for many the ultimate iteration of the Ferrari F-car.

7. Ferrari LaFerrari With a limited production of just 499 cars, Ferrari’s technological tour de force was first introduced in 2013. Powered by a 950bhp hybrid V12, the LaFerrari has a top speed of more than 217mph and can travel from 0-62mph in under three seconds.


8. Jaguar XJR-15 The Jaguar XJR-15 is one of the most focussed road cars ever produced, having been directly derived from the Jaguar XJR-9 that won at Le Mans in 1988. The carbon-fibre tub and hightech racing suspension both came directly from the Le Mans racer, with a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 450hp.

9. Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 This collaboration between Mercedes and McLaren produced one of the most dramatic sports cars of the early 2000s. Its lightweight carbon-fibre body and 650PS hand-built V8 engine allowed for acceleration from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds.

10. Porsche 356 ‘Outlaw’ This Porsche 356 is part of the ‘Outlaw’ restoration scene, taking rare and valuable cars and modifying them to personal tastes. In this case, the removal of the bumper and bonnet chrome help create a smooth exterior look, complemented by a stylish red and black leather-trimmed interior. ■


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RAYMOND WEIL ◀ Freelancer Chronograph Raymond Weil conflates dressy and sporty watch aesthetics in its Freelancer Chronograph to create an all-purpose timepiece ready for every outfit change. Side step the chronograph function at 12-6-9 and the handy daydate function at three o’clock for a moment, and delve into the details: the brushed satin central dial and concentric grain on the outer chapter ring are pleasant flourishes on this adaptable timepiece. £2,295.



The news that Bremont had become the sole watch partner for the Ministry of Defence brought a smile to our face in early 2019 – it makes perfect sense to see its military-inspired watches on the wrists of our service men and women. To celebrate the partnership, the brand has introduced a trio of watches including this, the Broadsword. Designed with the Army in mind, this utilitarian timepiece features a chronometer-rated BE-952AV movement with a date complication and a 38-hour power reserve. The sailcloth fabric strap adds another layer of toughness to this rugged daily beater. £2,595.

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GT Tour

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Reservoir draws its inspiration from the vintage measuring and counting instruments like a diver’s air tank gauge or pilot’s fuel indicator, but the watch that is largely responsible for its popularity is the tachometer-like GT Tour. It features an unusual dial configuration in the form of a retrograde minute hand with a jumping hour window at six o’clock. An aperture between five and seven o’clock, similar to a fuel gauge, displays the power reserve. This is the perfect petrolhead watch, without any of the needless branding that comes with timepieces attributed to a particular car manufacturer. £3,678.


LONGINES Hydroconquest Dive

Swiss watch manufacturing, a sturdy dive case with a ceramic bezel, and a movement boasting 64-hour power reserve – all for just a shade over a grand. This is the Longines we know and love. The Hyrdroconquest delivers a great value dive watch that’s perfect for everyday wear. We’d plump for the sunburst grey colourway for an added touch of toned-down elegance. £1,160.


Pelagos Whether in water or on dry land, dive watches are undeniably cool – and that’s largely thanks to the likes of the Tudor Pelagos. The Swiss watch manufacturer has equipped its robust sea-faring model with the in-house calibre MT5612, which boasts a 70-hour power reserve and a COSC chronometer certification. Taking it in the water? You can head down as far as 500m. Or just wear it with a cable-knit jumper for suitable nautical inspiration. £3,160.




Engineer Hydrocarbon Moon Navigator The moonphase is a fanfavourite complication for its elegant depiction of the cycles of the moon, but it is rarely twinned with a tidal indicator. Ball Watch’s new limitededition piece puts this right with a striking design that marks the conditions of the tide depending on the moon’s position. Elsewhere, the watch features the brand’s patented crown protection system and micro gas tubes filled with tritium – a radioactive form of hydrogen that glows super bright in the dark. £2,120.

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ROLEX Sky Dweller

The Sky Dweller is in many ways the most non-Rolex Rolex you are likely to encounter – which depending on your opinion on the giant of Geneva, will either make or break your opinion on the watch. For one, it is perhaps the most complicated of the manufacturer’s in-house timepieces. It was first launched in 2012 (60 years after the likes of the Submariner was created) and until recently was only available in precious metal. But Rolex’s black sheep has attracted its own legion of fans to its elder siblings, especially since the launch of a stainless steel, and steel and yellow gold [pictured] variants in 2017. Its striking dual-time display and annual calendar complication is as practical as it is attractive. £13,200.


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IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition ‘Mojave Desert’

Pilots watches have been an integral part of IWC’s DNA since 1936, but that hasn’t stopped the Swiss manufacturer from continuing to innovate right up to the present day. Take the striking sand-coloured case of the new Top Gun ‘Mojave Desert’: it’s made from ceramic for a lightweight-yet-solid feel on the wrist. Under the hood, you’ll find the excellent in-house 69380 chronograph, with an automatically wound movement ticking at 4Hz (high beat = better accuracy), while the sapphire crystal atop the dial is secured against sudden drops in pressure. The perfect watch should you feel the need for speed. £8,290.



Khaki Field ‘Murph’ Auto Hamilton has quietly starred in a number of big movies through the years but it’s the presence of a custom-made timepiece in Interstellar that got us excited – especially when Hamilton announced it would be making a limited run available to the public. This watch wasn’t just any old movie prop, it was an integral plot device in the film’s climax, but more than that it’s a great looking 42mm pilot’s watch with vintage style. If you look very closely at the second hand, you’ll also see a series of lacquer dots and dashes running down its length. In a nod to the film, this is Morse Code for “Eureka!”. £835.

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RIVIERA STYLE Lightweight, sophisticated and ever-so chic – look to the endlessly elegant French Riviera to inform your summer style choices

NEW & LINGWOOD Cowdray suit jacket, £595 and trousers, £350

For class and comfort fit for a sun-soaked French sojourn (or, indeed, any bright and breezy summer affair), New & Lingwood has it nailed with its Cowdray suit. Cut from luxurious cream Italian linen twill, the single-breasted jacket with patch pockets exudes classic laid-back charm, while two-inch turn-ups add a frivolous old-school air to the high rise, twin-pleat trousers. Take it right back to the Riviera’s heady heyday and pair with a pale blue pyjama shirt (£275, part of set), classic leather braces (£145), and a glass of Pastis (strictly optional). Bon voyage!


STENSTRÖMS White shirt, £139

There isn’t much that’s more effortlessly elegant than a crisp, pure-white shirt, but while it’s among the simplest of pieces in a man’s wardrobe, getting it right can be tricker than it should be. Lucky, then, that Swedish shirting expert Stenstöms has taken all the hard work on for you. Each one of its 100% washed-linen shirts consists of 23 components, undergoes 60 different operations, and is checked at five critical inspection stations during manufacture. It’s a meticulous process resulting in a classic piece that requires little more from you than the nous to pair it with something equally chic (read: ditch those ancient shorts and get yourself some decent summer slacks, stat).



S T DUPONT Whether you’re signing your bar bill at Hotel du CapEden-Roc or lighting a cigar along the promenade in Cannes, you’re going to want to do so with the Seven Seas set from French heritage brand S T Dupont. Created as a tribute to explorers and their ships, the fountain pen, roller bloc, stand and lighter are the perfect companions to your own adventures. All presented in a veneered oak wood box. £9,470;

BEATNIK Deep-sapphire frames and mid-brown lenses make new Swedish eyewear brand Beatnik’s Acid Blue sun specs a fresh choice for those seeking shades with a touch of fun. There’s more than a little touch of Scandi cool here, thanks to understated design, minimalist circular shape and a colour palette that elegantly reflects summer at the seaside. All of this at a price that would shame most eyewear brands. £69;

VOCIER Avant carry-on, £495

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Is there another form of footwear that adds Rivierainspired finesse to an outfit quite like the deck shoe? Keep it ultra marine with these deep-sea blue suede Compass II boat shoes from British shoewear company Chatham, renowned for its nautical history. They come complete with non-marking rubber soles, meaning you can wear them on board your superyacht (or when you’re looking at other people’s superyachts). £120;

There’s absolutely nothing chic about struggling to juggle your suitcase, laptop bag and holdall through an airport. However much time you’ve put into nailing the perfect outfit, losing your cool in transit will result in you, well, losing your cool, too. That’s where Vocier’s modular luggage system comes in – it’s designed to be used with minimum effort, with a four-wheel carry-on suitcase that you can attach accessories such as a briefcase to seamlessly. It’s also the lightest carry-on available, so you should be able to glide through arrivals in calm and collected style.





TUMI Taking its cues from automotive design, Tumi’s Arrivé collection uses high-polish chrome details, elegant curves and sleek magnetic zippers to put users in the fashion fast lane. The Hannover slim briefcase is great for those on the move, with a helpful quickaccess pocket for your phone, as well as an open centre compartment and handy carry strap. £895;

HAWES & CURTIS Suit, £228, shirt, £55, loafers, £139 PHOTOGRAPHS (Hawes) by Jimmy La/; (Gran Sasso) by Gaetano Mansi

GRAN SASSO Casual but with no compromise is the design ethos that runs throughout Gran Sasso’s SS19 collection, and this zip-up jacket is the embodiment of the look. A cotton and nylon mix means it’s comfortable and practical – whether you wear it as an extra layer on summer evenings or take it on short flight to Nice, it’ll look fresh and remain crease-free. £300;

Hawes and Curtis’ ‘Whatever Your Journey’ collection is inspired by the spirit of travel. What this translates to is a pared-down edit of practical pieces that can be worn wherever your adventures take you. Our pick is this versatile slim-fit linen suit in soft, stylish grey – the dapper jacket has a fitted waist and the trouser legs are tapered for a look that’s neat and modern. Make the most of the suit’s subtle colourway by adding a monochrome paisley slim-fit shirt and black tassel loafers with a leather lining that makes socks superfluous – this is summer after all, and the usual formalities simply don’t apply.


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Jahid Fazal-Karim has grown Jetcraft into the largest international buyer, seller and trader of business aircraft. The high-flying owner gives us the low-down…


HE CHAIRMAN AND owner of Jetcraft, Jahid Fazal-Karim, has come a long way since his family was forced to leave Madagascar as a result of its civil war. Despite an upbringing strained by constant upheaval, he got an engineering degree in aeronautics and a master’s in air transport management. After posts at Bombardier Business Aircraft and Airbus, he now heads up Jetcraft… Can you give us Jetcraft’s elevator pitch? Jetcraft is the largest international buyer, seller and trader of business aircraft. Through our 55-year history, we have amassed a global presence, with more than 20 offices worldwide. Our sales directors know the local market, speak the local language and have facilitated numerous aircraft transactions in each locale. This unique global structure means we are positioned to provide regional on-the-ground expertise and ‘up-to-theminute’ insight within any region, and there is always a Jetcraft representative within a few hours from any one of our customers. How does the company stand apart? It’s our global reach that allows us to connect buyers and sellers across the world, helping them find the best value and structure a seamless transaction to meet their needs. It’s simple in principle, but only feasible to do quickly and effectively if you have a solid network of offices and expertise in place. Our financial strength has allowed us to create a unique position in the industry, situated between a traditional broker and a manufacturer. We have one of the world’s largest inventories of new and pre-owned aircraft and we’re one of few companies with the resources to invest in owned aircraft, allowing us the ability take in trades and offer our customers a seamless transaction.

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How big is the company now? When I joined Jetcraft just over a decade ago, there were 12 employees. Today, there are more than 60. Jetcraft has grown from a primarily US-based organisation to an expanding international corporation.  It has completed more than 650

transactions worth in excess of $12bn in value over the last ten years. The past 12 months were the best in our company’s history and I’m proud of the fact that in 2018 we facilitated more than 100 transactions in a single year. What question are you asked most? Often, if it is a customer venturing into aircraft ownership for the first time, the question is ‘where do I start?’. The world of business aviation can be overwhelming when you first try to purchase a jet. This is why we always recommend finding a consultant that can guide you through each stage and find an aircraft to suit you – whether you need one for short trips between European cities, or one to take to you to meetings in the US or Middle East. What’s the most common misconception about owning a private jet? That it’s about the ego. In fact, with most of our customers, it is time that they are really


buying. By owning a jet, you can remove many of the restrictions imposed by commercial flying. For example, if your meeting overruns, your aircraft can wait on the tarmac for you. Time spent in the air is also more productive as you can hold meetings or calls in a secure and private environment. One of our customers, a prominent Australian businessperson, recently told us that his private jet had given him back a month of his time each year, which previously was spent waiting in airport terminals, boarding commercial flights or standing in line at passport control. In this way, a private jet truly is a time machine.  What’s been the most impressive jet that you’ve sold – and why? We see a whole host of exciting aircraft entering the market every year, both fresh out of production and those new to the pre-owned market. The latest aircraft on the market, such as the Gulfstream G500/600, Bombardier Global 6500/7500 and Dassault 8X are becoming increasingly popular, and in return, their predecessors, such as the Bombardier Global 6000 [pictured below], are now becoming available in the pre-owned market. Jetcraft has recently been involved in several transactions involving converted commercial airliners. The sheer size of these aircraft, and their configuration to feel just like a home in the sky, is incredibly impressive. What are some of the most extravagant requests you’ve had? I remember a Swiss buyer who wanted his aircraft to have the feel of his mountain home, and another who insisted on teak flooring to match his yacht. The great thing about ownership is that you can customise the aircraft to your exact preferences. What feature would you most like to add to a jet that you haven’t seen yet? I anticipate the next big thing for private aviation will be supersonic flying. Private aviation is all about buying people time and the more time we can save, the better. ■ For more info, see



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Geneva may be known as the world’s private banking capital, but MAX WILLIAMS discovers there’s more to the city than money


RSON WELLES HAS a lot to answer for. His monologue in The Third Man may be a contender for the greatest in cinema but it dealt Switzerland a vicious slap across the cultural chops, one that still resonates in popular imagination. I’ll save you the Google: “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” Two points. Firstly, this is untrue. Off the top of my head, Switzerland has produced Lindor, Roger Federer, and an awful lot of watch brands. To those who argue horology should count as a single category: send a Patek Phillipe to the square mile office and I’ll be happy to mail a cuckoo clock the other way. 114

Secondly, when choosing the next holiday destination, do you go to the land of brotherly love or opt for warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed? It’s a no-brainer really: warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed are not enjoyable experiences. Trust me on this – I’ve done a lads’ trip to Kavos. (Bonus third point: Switzerland didn’t even invent the cuckoo clock. It originated in Germany’s Black Forest. Of course, this

Of all the Swiss cities, Geneva is probably the most attractive to the casual traveller

arguably reinforces Welles’s point, but then the poor chap never got to see a Federer forehand – far more swoonsome than Mona Lisa’s smile.) Of all the Swiss cities, Geneva is probably most attractive to the casual traveller. It isn’t the largest (that’s Zurich), nor is it the capital (Berne, weirdly), or the one with the massive watch festival (Basel), but it’s the most beautiful, the most refined – like a classier version of Monaco. Sail Lake Geneva on a summer’s evening. Sunlight gleaming on the water. Alpine peaks looming against the purple sky. The billboards of every premium watch brand in existence decorating the shoreline. Your waiter arriving with the amuse bouche. Yeah, the gourmet cruise is where the Genevan good times are at. It takes place on this beautiful belle époque steamboat called Savoie and runs you around the lake,


The Eaux-Vives neighbourhood is packed with cocktail bars and drinking dens

TEST THE WATER: [clockwise from here] Lake Geneva. All 580sq km of it; take it easy at the Bain-Bleu hammam and spa; see the city from a new perspective with a cruise on the lake.

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departing in the early evening and returning in darkness. On the banks of the lake you’ll see all these incredible houses and chateaux, the retirement homes of the rich and happy, as picture-perfect as a Wes Anderson set. Brotherly love never looked so aspirational. (Sorry, Orson.) (Alternatively, if you prefer your water sans boat, the Baths of Pâquis is a section of lake open for public swimming. Manfully stick to your breaststroke as Swiss eight-year-olds do backflips off the diving board overhead.) However if you want Geneva at its most postcard, you need to visit the district of Carouge. Known as Geneva’s Little Italy, the Mediterranean architecture is a legacy of the King of Sardinia, who built the then-city in the mid-18th century. (Not single-handedly, one assumes.) In 1816, Carouge was assimilated into Geneva, but it retains a relaxed, bohemian

aesthetic almost surreally detached from the rest of the city – you feel as though you’ve crossed a border rather than taken a tram. There are outdoor cafés and shady terraces and gardens and a market and a church and basically everything you ever wanted for a leisurely Saturday abroad. Shoutout to my guide through Carouge, Mrs Gianna Loredan. Your appreciation of an area is improved immeasurably if you source local expertise, and Carouge is certainly an area worth appreciating. My travelling companions skipped the tour to rise at dawn and hike up a nearby mountain. My travelling companions are idiots. (No offence, guys.) Of course it would be remiss not to explore the beautiful alpine countryside that surrounds the city. The only issue with alpine countryside is the topography tends to be a tad hilly – cycle if you wish to cycle, but maybe pack a defibrillator in the rucksack. Alternatively, hire an electric bike and glide up the most unforgiving of ascents with the ease of Bradley Wiggins off his face on triamcinolone. Spared from huffing and puffing (that damn asthma) you’ll be better able to appreciate the rolling hills and golden wheat fields spread across the landscape. (Theresa, is that you?) Combine your journey with a spot of wine tasting at Domaine Les Perrières. Located in the village of Peissy, this family-owned estate has been making wines since 1794. Stroll through the ridiculously picturesque farmyards and then retire for a tasting indoors. On departure, you’ll once again be grateful the electric bike does most of the peddling for you. Want to relax? Pay a visit to Bain-Bleu Hammam & Spa. This shadowy haven of tranquillity boasts Jacuzzis, massage treatments, and swimming pools both subterranean and rooftop. A full Hamman experience unfolds over 90 minutes: you pass through six different stages, and lie down in lots of very dark rooms. The spa is situated opposite the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives – which, as those who did GCSE French will note, is a restaurant in a park. On top of a hill in a park, to be exact, ensuring fantastic views over the lake while you recover from all that hard spa-ing.

One final takeaway about Geneva: it has a weirdly great nightlife. The Eaux-Vives neighbourhood is packed with cocktail bars and quirky drinking dens. Every venue has outdoor seating, so it feels like you’re walking through the middle of a street party – a cool street party, rather than your weird neighbours awkwardly making small talk while clutching plastic cups of Pimm’s. Here you will find the likes of Little Barrel (cocktail bar, specialises in rum); Yvette de Marseille (very hip, used to be a garage); Bottle Brothers (sounds like a wine bar, actually serves cocktails); and L’Atelier Cocktail Club (take a wild guess). All of these places exist within a five-minute walk of one another, and your appreciation of this will grow with every drink. In terms of hotel, you can’t go wrong with the Mandarin Oriental – five-star luxury on the River Rhone. It’s bang in the middle of town so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to peruse the watch boutiques and chocolate shops that everyone makes such a fuss over. You may even find a cuckoo clock or two. ■ For more information, see


Open your mind Take time to breathe in the stunning surroundings of the Austrian mountains – and hit the reset button on your mind, body, and soul

STRIKE A POSE: [This photo] A wellness trip to Austria includes unique opportunities for outdoor yoga. [Opposite] Lake Zell and the surrounding landscape provide the perfect location for bracing Alpine walks, relaxing water sports, and plenty of yoga.


HE SPIRITUAL MASTER Dr Amit Ray said, “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” And there are few places better to embrace this than in the mountains of Austria. Breathing in the air, you immediately notice the contrast to the City: it’s fresh, clean, and Alpine – just about the opposite to London. High-altitude air is proven to be better for you: because it’s thinner, your body has to work harder to transport oxygen through the blood. This in turn creates lots of new red blood


cells. The result is a decreased susceptibility to stroke, heart disease, and many other common ailments. Centuries ago the air was already appreciated for its healing powers – even if they didn’t understand how or why. As London’s pollution levels continue to rise, Austria’s mountain air – free from pollutants and allergens – is just what your body needs. But of course, the escape here is not just physical, it’s mental. When it comes to letting go of anxiety, there are few holidays that can beat a trip to the Austrian mountains.

THE WALK OF LIFE The idea of mindfulness is still a relatively new phenomenon. And it’s only something that is really talked about to any significant degree in cities. In the Arlberg, for example, the idea of a meditation app or a smartphone fitness tracker is risible. Holistic wellbeing just happens here naturally – with an emphasis on nature. There’s no need for a fitness tracker to clock your roundtrips to the office water cooler. Instead, locals can take a walk through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe,


•• When it comes to letting go of anxiety, there are few holidays that can beat a trip to the Austrian mountains and if they want a drink of water, there’s plenty of fresh glacier water in the nearby lakes. Formarinsee lake – west of Lech Zürs am Arlberg in Vorarlberg – is a great example. Voted Austria’s most beautiful place in 2015, it fills with crystal-clear melt water in Spring. The area is also famous for its traditional mountain huts, always located in pristine surroundings. The Sennhütte hut near St Anton am Arlberg is a typical Alpine establishment – with views that will warm your soul and food that will fill your belly. To walk off your lunch, there are a number of gentle walking trails including one that takes you to the world’s largest Edelweiss flower arrangement, made up of more than 100,000 blossoms. As well as stretching your legs, you can also stretch your mind at Lech Zürs’ Cultural Summer. This is a programme of festivals spread across the season from July to September. It kicks off with the Lech Medicincium, dedicated to providing scientifically based advice on living a healthy lifestyle – and ends with the internationally renowned Lech Philosophicum, dealing with the urgent issues of our time. In between there’s a heady combination of classical music, jazz, art installations and literature.

ideal location for practising yoga: a serene breeze, undulating waves, and warming sunshine are sure to get you into the zone. Lake Plettsaukopf Lake Plettsaukopf is well set for country walks, with plenty of benches along the way for sitting back and enjoying the view. For a yoga session, head up the mountain early to avoid the crowds. You can either hike up there, or if you haven’t woken up quite yet, grab the gondola. The area’s natural tranquillity will ease you into both the day and a refreshing yoga session. Klammsee reservoir The picturesque Klammsee reservoir in Kaprun is a popular stop after a walk through the magnificent Siegmund Thun Gorge. Filled by the meltwater of the glacier, the reservoir ripples with azure shades – a beautiful complement to the emerald forests at its side and the cobalt blue sky beyond. There are many tranquil sites surrounding the reservoir for your asanas – and the views alone are enough to calm your spirit.

SUP board on Lake Zell Want to take your yoga to the next level? Head to the SUP Center just south of Zell am See, and hire yourself a SUP board. This is a unique way to take yoga to a new plain – literally. Opt for a wide and bulky board to help with your stability. And make sure you’re wearing your swimmers – especially if you’re going to attempt a stretched headstand. Mitterberg in Thumersbach Halfway up to the Mitterberg in Thumersbach, only a few metres away from the mountain road, you’ll find dream-like places for yoga. You’ll be accompanied by magnificent views to the glacier of the Kitzsteinhorn with Lake Zell glistening quietly below. THE MEANING OF LIFE Soul Trader author Rasheed Ogunlaru suggests four simple tips for life: “Feet on the ground; head to the skies; heart open; quiet mind.” Head to the mountains of Austria and you’ll find all four – and then some. ■ For more info, see

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SELF REFLECTION Sometimes you have to go outdoors to find inner peace. When a yoga teacher asks you to ‘reach down to the earth’ or ‘look up to the sky’, it makes a real difference if you can actually do those things. Of course, many yoga poses take their names from the plant or animal kingdom – for example, you’ll never feel so grounded doing the vrksasana (tree pose) as when you’re among real-life trees. Yoga in the amazing mountain region of Zell am See-Kaprun is difficult to beat, connecting you with the landscape in both a physical and spiritual way: Lake Zell YachtClub Swimming Beach On the northern shore of Lake Zell, a manicured lawn attracts plenty of bathers – of both sun and water. A floating platform juts into the water providing a perfect escape – the



TOTALLY TROPICAL MIKE GIBSON shrugs off his preconceptions, and gives into the undeniable appeal of the all-inclusive Caribbean holiday


HERE’S ALWAYS A moment when the penny

drops. For me, it was looking up from a sun lounger on a Grenadian beach, barely afternoon, the shock of white sand drenched in sunlight dappled through the leaves of palm trees, and a man greeting me with a warm smile, asking if I’d like a cocktail. I gladly accepted, and he brought me my order – a lip-smacking piña colada, sweet and sour pineapple and coconut run through a slushy machine and served with a hearty glug of Appleton rum. There was no tip-toeing over sand as hot as lava, no waiting in a queue, no frantically making sense of US dollar and cent combinations taken out of a worn travel wallet. That was when I realised: all-inclusive – proper all-inclusive – is a really nice way to holiday. Had I been around the aquamarine pool, watching Americans play volleyball, I could have done the same. In fact, even if I were in the pool, I could have swum up and ordered the cocktail. That’s because I was at a Sandals resort, and Sandals simply does all-inclusive (or Luxury Included, as it brands it) as well as it’s possible to do it. The Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa is small in comparison to many of the group’s other sites, built around the gorgeous Pink Gin Beach. But regardless of the size, it packs a hell of a lot into the space (without anything feeling hemmed-in). There are 12 diverse restaurants, three bars, two pools (one with the aforementioned swim-up bar, the other next to the strip of the Pink Gin beach), a spa, and more besides across its villagey areas. And there’s plenty of staff, although that, too, is meticulously judged: enough that you’re never left waiting for a drink or an arrangement, not so many as to be

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intrusive. The resort is, in fact, the island’s second-largest employer, behind its national university in the capital of St George’s. That means service is characteristically Caribbean: incredibly warm, often chatty, and always fun. There are three classes of room and stay here: Luxury (the entry level, still totally allinclusive), Club, and Butler. We eschewed a private butler (a great setup for some, I’m sure, but not necessary for us) and stayed in a sumptuous Club suite. That meant the room reached out beyond the bed to a floorspace consisting of long sofa with extra TV, including a sideboard bar stocked with sparkling and still wines, cold beers and spirits and mixers, too, before opening out to a roomy balcony with a huge bath that looked out to the rest of the resort. We were on the second of a multistory apartment-style building in the area known as Italian Village, but there are plenty of different villages. I took a tour, in fact, to get a feel for the diversity of options available. The Lover’s Lagoon is a bit more of a hideaway, built around a serene pond, iguanas dozing on the buildings’ low roofs; Pink Gin Village is, as you’d expect, right on Pink Gin Beach; while the South Seas Village snakes its way behind the main pool. I got a glimpse at the super high life there, in a Rondoval suite: a circular exterior with a totally private pool gives way to an interior that’s all marble bathtubs and rain showers, with a big lounge, garden, expansive kitchen and more. When it comes to activities, there are plenty, too – although you’d be forgiven for limiting them to swimming, sunbathing, eating and drinking. But there are more than enough things to do if a bit of wanderlust starts creeping in on the third or fourth day, almost all of which (minus the spa) are, of course, included. We took a snorkelling trip on a couple of neighbouring rocky outcrops, spotting barracuda and manta rays in glassclear water. Another boat trip offered a more holistic glimpse of this tiny jewelled island, going right from the Pink Gin Beach to the iconic Grand Anse Beach, a longer white shoreline that’s become iconic to Grenadians and holidayers alike. ➤


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POOLING RESOURCES: The Sandals Grenada resort has two pools inluding one with a swim-up bar. Some of the suites also have private pools, if you want to take your lap of luxury to the next level.

➤ Past Grand Anse there are holiday villas that stretch their way up little mountain passes (Oprah Winfrey’s reportedly among them), before the capital of St George’s yawns into view. We were treated not just to the sight of an enormous cruise liner imposing itself on the harbour’s pretty houses and shops, but also to an enormous rainbow that looked painted-on, perfectly framing the town underneath it in glorious, blazing colour. There are other ways to see the island – as with all Sandals properties, sister company Island Routes offers tours aimed to inject some exploration and local culture into proceedings, from inner tubing and rainforest walks to dune buggies and tours up to local plantations. Grenada is known as the Spice Isle, and for good reason: as well as a thriving chocolate scene, it’s famous for the growing, refining and trading of aromatic spices, none more so than nutmeg, which is so much the beating heart of the Grenadian economy that it’s on the country’s flag. A tour across a few of the different provinces offers not just a look at the vibrance of the local spice, fishing and trading scenes, but also a sobering and necessary reminder at some of the country’s uncomfortable political history, having suffered through gubernatorial assassinations and even occupation by the USA in the last few


decades. It’s necessary because this backdrop makes the Grenadians’ universal good cheer and accommodation – inside and outside the resort – even more impressive. You’ll find that good cheer at the restaurants and bars that surround the pools and beaches, too. As with many Sandals resorts, there are eateries influenced by everything from pan-Mediterranean right on the beach at Neptune’s to teppanyaki – theatrical, interactive Japanese-style grilling – at Kimono’s. There’s also a taste of home for the US crowd with great steaks and salads at Butch’s steakhouse, and Italian fare at Cucina Romana (my personal favourite), to name but a few of the 15 or so eating and drinking options available. House wine by US winemaker Rober Mondavi is available and included by the glass or bottle, as are beers and cocktails, with a list of finer wines available at an extra cost. For even more relaxation, book in a treatment at the serene Red Lane Spa – we enjoyed an hour-long couple’s massage with a choice of scents and a choice of rigour, too, and left walking on air, skin flushed and even my sunburn (I’m British, after all) a little soothed. Massage or not, relaxation is the name of the game here. And whether you find it face down during a massage, facing the sun in a lounger by a turquoise pool, in a plate of

pasta or a rib-eye at one of the restaurants, in a dune buggy racing over Grenadian turf, in a waterfall in a rainforest, in a bath on your balcony, or anywhere in between, you’ll find it somewhere here. As for me, the defining memory is that beach and that cocktail – if you’re going to do all-inclusive, do it like this. ■

TRAVEL DETAILS A seven-night stay for two at Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa in a South Seas Waterfall River Pool Junior Suite with Balcony Tranquillity Soaking Tub starts from £1,799 per person. Price includes Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) accommodation, return economy flights with either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick and resort transfers. Price is valid for travel between 30 August-27 September 2019. Price subject to availability at the time of booking and may change. For more information on Sandals Resorts visit, call 0800 597 0002 or pop down to the Sandals Luxury Travel Store at 135 Fulham Road, London.




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If you happened to read our ‘Masters contenders’ feature in last month’s issue, you might have seen a rather glaring omission from our rundown of this year’s likely winners. Now, we hold nothing against Rory McIlroy, but there comes a point where even his greatest fans have to wonder if the Green Jacket is Rory’s white whale. We left him out. We’re sorry. As if sensing this slight wobble in support, the Northern Irishman has recently pieced together the most impressive run of form of any player on the planet, which culminated at the back end of March in him winning none other than The Players Championship – ‘the fifth Major’ – in thrilling fashion. Navigating TPC Sawgrass’s various challenges best of all, he held off a late surge from local Florida resident Jim Furyk to post a final round two-under-par 70 to take the victory by a single shot. Tackling the terrifying island green 17th and the wicked watery 18th during the final round is no snip, but to close out his first victory in more than a year on this course of all places is even more impressive. The victory also takes him past another milestone. He is now one of only three players to have won 15 times on the PGA Tour and claimed four Majors before the age of 30. The other two: Nicklaus and Woods. So, is Rory a live Masters contender? You better believe it. For starters, his form reads T4, T5, T4, 2, T6, WIN in his last six appearances. Consistency: a vital characteristic needed for Augusta National. Next, there’s his Tour-leading tee-to-green stats. A humongous 2.415 average strokes gained from off the tee through to shots around the green. Ball striking of that quality has lead directly to Butler Cabin before. Oh, you think Rory isn’t a good enough putter? Well, his current average of 28.59 putts per round reads better than Tiger Woods’ 28.76 putts at his pomp in 2000. And, last but not least, Rory has finished inside the top ten at The Masters for the last five consecutive years. It’s all stacking up: his form book is bulletproof, the stats are astonishing, and he’s brimming with confidence after his win. Spoken by the words of a true Liverpool fan: “This could be the year…” ■


PARK LIFE: Set on Old Deer Park, JH Taylor’s Royal Mid-Surrey is a gorgeous parkland course just a ten-minute walk from Richmond Tube station.





Bored of playing the same old golf courses? BEN WINSTANLEY has scoured the UK to find the best hidden gems off the beaten track



week in April always signifies the start of the UK golf season – a perfect storm of have-a-go Harrys re-energised by the gorgeous sight of Augusta National, and the upturn in the weather to include blue sky and sun in the forecast for the first time in months. Whether you’re looking to escape the office and play one of London’s best kept secrets or stretch out into Britain’s outer reaches to play somewhere off the beaten track, this is our guide to the UK’s best golfing gems.

ROYAL MID-SURREY Richmond, Surrey There aren’t many great golf courses accessible by Tube, but just an eight-minute walk from Richmond station you’ll find yourself at the historic Royal Mid-Surrey golf club – an institution that dates all the way back to 1892. You’ll find two 18-hole courses spread out across the club’s position on Old Deer Park, with the JH Taylor layout largely considered the main attraction to visitors. Measuring 6,402 yards on the scorecard, it would be easy to assume this track plays quite short by modern standards, but with a par of just 69 and only two par fives to contend with, it’s anything but. The golf architect namesake, JH Taylor, built this excellent layout through mature trees and wispy hollows that guard the edges of the fairway, creating a parkland oasis. There are some interesting quirks to this west London layout, including an opening par three that measures a wince-inducing 225 yards on the scorecard. Its small green and numerous bunkers (recently refurbished by the brilliant Mackenzie & Ebert golf design team) make for as severe a first hole as you are likely to PHOTOGRAPH by Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club

The sight of the 18th, with the Pagoda at Kew Gardens in the distance, is a lasting image

experience anywhere around the capital. You won’t find much let off elsewhere on the course, with some par fours measuring as long as 458 yards, but the sight of the 18th, a straight-away par four with the Pagoda at Kew Gardens rising in the distance, is a lasting image to take away with you from this superb London layout. For more information,

TOOT HILL Essex Much unlike Richmond’s Surrey catchment, Essex is not a golfing have, but look closer and you’ll find a host of viable value alternatives to the esteemed courses out west. Chief among these is Toot Hill Golf Club, a little-known course outside of the county, where rounds can cost as little as £25 for 18 holes. We know what you’re thinking: value comes with its own costs in the quality of the layout and conditioning, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn this course offers a rich variation of golf holes alongside manicured putting surfaces worthy of a much higher green fee. No, this isn’t Sunningdale by any means, but for those who find the eye-watering costs of playing one of the many great courses in the Home Counties once a week, this is an excellent alternative. Set within sweeping countryside, Toot Hill is best considered a strategic parkland course where every club in the bag may come in handy. At 6,254 yards, it’s certainly short by modern standards, but smart bunker placement, testing green complexes and the daunting presence of water requires players to keep their mind sharp at all times. The island-green par-three 12th is the most memorable hole on the course – for better or worse. It offers all the fun of the iconic 17th at TPC Sawgrass, with a slightly larger green surface area to slightly reduce heart palpitations. Pull a wedge, strike it well and soak up the adulation from the course’s family of ducks. At the root of great golf is the idea that it can be both enjoyable and accessible to all – and in that sense we’d consider Toot Hill a raving success. For more info, ➤


A QUALITY GOLF EXPERIENCE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in Richmond offers 36 holes of challenging golf, just a short journey from the heart of London. With a modern clubhouse, extensive practice facilities and superb catering, it’s the perfect venue for corporate golf days and events. Tailored packages are available from £125 per person for golf and a 3-course meal. Individual visitor green fees are also available on weekdays.



GREEN & PLEASANT: [Clockwise from this image] Toot Hill Golf Club in Essex; The Machrie in Islay; Portstewart in Northern Ireland.

upon which the Atlantic laps or thrashes depending on its mood, and the wind curls its tendrils around all but the best struck shots. It’s a gripping landscape painting – ready for you to add your own brush strokes, if you’re ready. The first three holes are worth the green fee alone as you plunge headfirst into the dunescape. The 2nd hole, perhaps the best on the course, is a par-four that requires a straight drive through two office-block size dunes and an approach that runs straight uphill to a tapered green sinking into the land. For more info,

PENNARD GOLF CLUB Southgate, Wales

THE MACHRIE Islay, Scotland

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Why would we drag you all the way to the Inner Hebrides when there’s so much great golf to be had in mainland Scotland? When you first lay eyes on The Machrie you’ll understand. This is wild links terrain, ducking and diving through sweeping duneland, with the shimmering Laggan Bay no more than a soft 7-iron away in the distance. Golf was meant for conditions like these: the kind of undulating fairways that beg you to chase a low drive out into their clutches, natural green sites that appear mirage-like from their surrounds, and none of those pesky pot bunkers that pepper (sometimes to their detriment) so many great links courses in this country. This is purist golf, the kind of which we see all too rarely. The old Machrie design was crafted by William Campbell back in 1891. However, that course isn’t the one you see today. Financial difficulties brought the course to its knees in 2011, but new ownership and a new vision for the future has seen it come roaring back – and onto the lists of the best courses in Scotland. A luxurious new 48-room hotel now surveys the golf course before it, while the excellent DJ Russell redesign and renovations have breathed fresh life into this special land. There’s a touch of modern now to go along with the quirk and intrigue of old Campbell’s

blueprint. This is a course without what you might call a signature hole, but its many nuisances add up to a total golf experience. From the blind tee shot of the drivable parfour 7th to the split fairway of the dogleg 12th, there is much to get your teeth stuck into. Sitting back in the elegant hotel, the memory that is likely to abide may well be on the 11th tee box, where surrounded by peat moorland and mountains looming large in the background you enjoy nothing but splendid isolation for one brief moment – before it’s time to tee it up and find another fairway.

Wales isn’t your typical golfing destination, but upon encountering the joys of Royal Porthcawl and the lesser-known beauty that is Pennard Golf Club, you’ll be glad you took the punt. The rugged Gower Peninsula upon which Pennard rests – or perches, more accurately – boasts clifftop views of Three Cliffs Bay and beyond, as well as a golf course that is as true a links test as you’re likely to find. James Braid is the architect behind this design, which makes thrilling use of the sandy promontory it calls home. It’s an up-and-down course that uses changes of elevation as well as humps, hollows, lumps and bumps wherever your ball lands as its defence against par. The best hole in this smorgasbord of links is the 7th. ‘Castle’ draws its inspiration from the ruins of the 12th-century Pennard Castle that stands watch a quick walk from the fairway. It’s a short par, but it requires a drive over a dangerous-looking chasm to rolling fairway before a testing blind approach shot must avoid the surrounding duneland. It’s a riot. ■ For more information,

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PORTSTEWART Portstewart, Northern Ireland Despite hosting the Irish Open in 2017, Portstewart flies under the radar by contrast to its Open-hosting neighbour Royal Portrush, but it’s high on our list of the most undervalued layouts in the UK. There are 54 holes worth of golf under the club’s banner, including The Old Course east of Portstewart Town established in 1894, but it’s the marquee Strand course that remains something altogether special. Standing on the first tee is to experience one of those moments where nature makes you feel small: hulking dunes rise from the turf like prehistoric creatures guarding the fairways winding at their feet, to your right is the beach

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worked on the Tower of London, which can be seen from the penthouse terrace. The penthouse features interiors by renowned designers, Goddard Littlefair, offering buyers the ultimate in impressive, open-plan luxury living and chic penthouse style. Aimed at a professional demographic, it features a textured and tactile design scheme, which both takes advantage of and also offsets the incredible light-filled interiors – a result of the building’s predominantly glass façade. Ultra-high specification features include individually designed handleless kitchens with stone worktops, a marble island and Gaggenau appliances, comfort cooling, underfloor heating, rain showers and freestanding polished marble bath tubs. There’s also a bespoke floating statement staircase, which creates a striking focal point. In addition to the excellent location and high-specification apartments, residents also benefit from access to private wellness

facilities including a 20m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness suite and treatment rooms, as well as a 24-hour concierge service. Home buyers can take advantage of a business suite and residents’ only lounge, with access to a television room which is available to book out for film screenings. Landmark Place is ideally located for those working in the City – walking to the office is one of the greatest luxuries you can have in London. There are also three Underground stations close by, as well as National Rail, DLR and River Bus connections, putting any part of the capital within easy reach. Such a location offers the perfect combination of riverside and city living, eliminating the stress caused by a time-consuming and overcrowded commute. ■ Prices at the development start from £1,499,995 for a two-bedroom apartment. The duplex penthouse showhome is available to view every day at Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6DU. For more information, visit or call 0330 127 8528.

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A room with a river view Apartments at ROYAL ARSENAL RIVERSIDE offer fantastic river views, but the benefits of living in this smart development don’t end there – from a health club to the new Creative District, there’s lots to enjoy


ROM THE LIGHTS of Canary Wharf to the architectural elegance of the Thames Barrier, Royal Arsenal Riverside’s Waterfront premium apartments offer buyers unspoilt views across the River Thames. Expansive balconies make the most of the apartments’ stunning vistas and are the ideal spot for entertaining family and guests on a summer’s day. On those crisp winter days, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows flood the

chic living areas with light – meaning that buyers can bask in the stunning riverfront views all year round. Premium apartment residents will also enjoy the blissful delights of the Waterside Club. This five-star facility boasts a 20m swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam rooms, massage treatment rooms and a high-spec gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Whether you’re looking to tone up or chill

out, the Waterside Club has been designed with luxury and comfort in mind. But there’s more to Royal Arsenal Riverside. A former munitions factory with buildings dating back to the 17th century, this vibrant riverfront destination offers buyers the chance to become part of a burgeoning community. The development’s new Creative District – which is set to rival the South Bank – will provide friends and family the chance to be awed by world-class theatre, dance companies and orchestras. Along with Protein Dance and Chineke! (which counts Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason as one of its number), immersive theatre company Punchdrunk has now joined the list of artistic talent set to make the Creative District their new home. For riverfront living with an edge, choose Royal Arsenal Riverside. ■ Premium apartments in Royal Arsenal Riverside’s Waterfront homes start at £995,000. For more information visit or contact the sales team on 020 8108 7155.


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Get to know cognac better via a selection of £6 cocktails available in 25 participating bars all over town. Cognac Cocktail Weekend is one of DrinkUp.London’s new mini festivals and is aimed at educating us in the ways of the prestigious spirit. Download your free digital pass and start broadening your horizons – and palate.

Based around a potentially disruptive takeover bid by charmingly named central character ‘Larry the Liquidator’, this late1980s play was hailed by the New York Times as having “a heart of iron which beats about the cannibalistic nature of big business.” Put it on your must-see list. Tickets cost £22.

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Dellasposa Gallery W2/Until 3 May

Saatchi Gallery SW3/Until 5 May

This group exhibition is an inspirational showcase of multidisciplinary artworks by 21st-century female artists. Featuring pieces by Alicia Paz, Tahnee Lonsdale, Gail Olding and Ehryn Torrell [pictured, above], expect to see a diverse array of work portraying expressions of femaleness in this special show.

The ninth edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Arctic and climate change. Laureates Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen covered the entire Arctic territory and present a fascinating insight into the region, including the image of cadets in Murmansk by van Lohuizen, above.

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ASAKI IS RENOWNED as one of the finest

jewellers in Japan, specialising in the production of akoya pearls. The brand has launched its first London boutique on New Bond Street, and to celebrate, creative director Prabal Gurung has designed eight unique high jewellery creations for the opening. The ‘Brilliant Grace’ collection takes inspiration from the ocean as a point of reference, which has been at the heart of the brand since it was founded in 1954. The Japanese Maison operates its own specialist pearl farm, resulting in unrivalled expertise in the captivating art of crafting cultured pearls into treasured jewels.

Tasaki, 170 New Bond Street, W1S 4RB. For more information, see


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square  mile Photo Prize 2019 NOW ENTERING ITS fourth year, the square mile


or around the City of London or Canary Wharf. Secondly, each person is allowed a maximum of 20 entries. Thirdly, try to surprise the judges. All submissions need to be made by the end of September. Pictured above is one of the highly commended shots from last year’s prize,

shot by Dmitrijs and Far Foster. We thought we’d seen just about every possible angle of the Gherkin, but this one was definitely a new one for us. Good luck and happy snapping! ■ To enter, send your high res jpegs to photo@ with subject header ‘Photo Prize’.

PHOTOGRAPH by Dmitrijs + Far Foster

Photo Prize is back, and this year we’re going to have a bigger range of categories – including ‘best amateur’, ‘best professional’ and ‘best mobile phone shot’. As with previous years, the parameters are simple. First, all photographs must be taken in


In the boating world, there is no more desirable classic than a vintage Riva. Ariston, Tritone, Aquarama, these are names to stir the nautical soul. The last ever Aquarama, built in 1998, went under the hammer in 2011 for $975,000, three times its original price. One American enthusiast has been buying classic Rivas since he was 19. “I have never lost money on a Riva,” he says. Add to that the fact that driving a Riva is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and owning one makes perfect sense.


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Square Mile - 142 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue  

Square Mile Magazine - Issue 142 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue

Square Mile - 142 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue  

Square Mile Magazine - Issue 142 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue