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MMM, I SEE you’ve spotted the photo of me above. Yes, you’re right to snigger. That monstrosity on my upper lip does look awful. Why did I ever think that Mexican drug dealer crossed with a faintly predatory Biggles would be a good look? Well, at least it was for a good cause. The square mile Financial Challenge raised more than £652,000 for Movember. Around 2,200 of our readers were growing moustaches for men’s health causes and as a group, we were the number one fundraisers in the UK. Throughout the month, we battled it out with the US Financial Services Challenge in the world ranking. In the end, we were victorious – the seventh largest fundraisers in the world to their 11th place. I realise it’s a bit late to be talking about Movember in January, but we hope the cash the City has raised will positively affect the lives of people for years to come. If there is one man who can pull off a moustache – as he proved in The Aviator – it’s Leonardo DiCaprio. The first time I saw him in a movie, it was in Titanic. Although the movie was epic in scale and budget, I couldn’t help but think his performance was a bit wet. Especially at the end. I assumed he would go on to play in a couple of rom-coms before fading into cultural obscurity along with the likes of 98 Degrees and Pop Tarts. But clearly I underestimated the man. He’s turned into one of the greatest actors of his generation – with no small thanks to his partnership with director Martin Scorsese. The Wolf of Wall Street is the fifth movie the pair have made together and it has already been tipped for Oscar success. In our exclusive interview on p80, DiCaprio offers up his insights into the banking industry – and, for once, it’s not all bad news. Imagine if he knew about our Movember efforts…

One of the UK’s leading personal trainers and bestselling fitness authors, Matt Roberts presides over a multifaceted fitness and nutrition empire. This issue, he shares a wealth of fitness tips and meets James Haskell. [p54]

HANNAH WHITE Hannah White is one of the UK’s most talented and successful single-handed offshore sailors. She works regularly with the BBC and ITV as a commentator. This issue, we send her to Greece for a holiday with a difference. [p102]

DANIEL FRIEBE Daniel Friebe is one of Britain’s leading cycling journalists, having covered 12 editions of the Tour de France and all the major races on the international calendar. In this issue, he explains the appeal of the climb. [p70]

JON MILLER Jon Miller is a partner of the Brunswick Group, and has worked with Coca-Cola, American Express and various NGOs including Greenpeace. In his first column, he explains why bankers won’t be social pariahs for ever. [p24]


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80 GREED CREED COVER FEATURE In an exclusive interview with square mile, Leonardo DiCaprio speaks about his new role playing infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort, and how although greed affects human nature not all bankers are bad.












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▽ YOU. YES YOU. Step away from the bread. I said AWAY. Now empty your pockets. Come on, come on. That’s right, and the Bounty bar. Looks like we’re finally making some progress. Here, have a carrot. We are what we eat, which makes most of us a combination of Frosties, crisps, Pret A Manger, crisps and chicken kebab (extra chilli sauce, please). That life is a constant round of feeding is nothing but good news for your new chosen career as a nutritionist. Where there’s feasting there’s fault. I sense you’ll make a decent fist of nutrition, better certainly than this banking nonsense you’re mixed up in. Stick to the rules and you can’t go wrong. Rule number one: lose the surplus. No one wants food advice from a fatty. Requests such as, “Why not reduce those trans fats and eat five portions of fruit a day?” will fall on deaf ears if you wobble while you verbalise. If you’re peckish between patients, eat bird seed. Rule number two: tell your clients they’re wheat intolerant. It’s an excellent lie nutritionists constantly trot out and will act to reassure. “I KNEW there was something not right!” they will exclaim, patting their tum, along with “I HAVE been feeling bloated,” and “no WONDER I get sleepy in the afternoon!” Play along. People love to pin their problems on a French stick. Rule number three: educate people in the slow art of chewing. Emphasise the importance of the “up-chomp”, insist that lettuce be nommed 37 times and explain the saliva-to-tongue ratio as devised by Tonto Fredericks in 1926. Blind them with made-up science. People love science, almost as much as they love Krispy Kreme doughnuts. So that’s it. Best of luck, not that you’ll need it. People will always eat – unless they’ve just finished pudding, in which case come back in an hour or so. ■


The Bank of England chief came over all Dickensian in a speech he gave before Christmas, warning us not to forget the ‘ghosts of Christmas past’. We hope he’s just borrowing Scrooge’s words, and he actually let his employees go home for Christmas.


Snoop Dogg is the latest to embrace Bitcoin – he tweeted that he would accept the digital currency for his next single. We can already imagine the track: Drop (Bitcoin) Like It’s Hot? (OK, he also said it would be delivered by drone, so there’s a chance it’s a joke – boo.)


Otherwise known as the crystal methodist, former Co-operative Bank chairman Paul Flowers was bailed after being grilled by police over drug allegations. Unsurprisingly, the bank’s ‘ethical’ reputation has taken a bit of a hit – but at least it’s a legal one, eh?


For some, eight minutes on the trading floor is too many. So, spare a thought for Alfred Feld, the veteran banker who passed away at the grand old age of 98. He spent EIGHTY YEARS working for Goldman Sachs – imagine how many Christmas parties he’s been to!


This month we’re, er, outraged for the former Morgan Stanley trader, who complained about his salary of £518,000 and then found himself redundant. He’s now claiming almost £1m for unfair dismissal and breach of contract. Our heart goes out to you, Ben.

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Guess who’s back, back again? None other than former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, who returned to the London market as he raised $325m through a cash shell called Atlas Mara to invest in African banking assets. Guess you can’t keep a good man down.


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▽ NEW, OR ‘ENDOGENOUS’, growth theory emerged from a dissatisfaction with neoclassical explanations. The neoclassical model attributed economic growth to the accumulation of capital, a growing labour force, and an externally-driven process of technological change. But economists began to ask where technological change comes from. New ideas don’t simply drop from heaven; they are the result of hard work and investment. Researchers invest their time trying to understand how the world works, major companies work constantly to improve their products, and entrepreneurs tinker in their garages to build better widgets. Such investment in innovation is a key factor that explains how growth rates differ across countries. Innovation often produces benefits that go beyond a single

firm or entrepreneur. For example, a hightechnology manufacturer will bring new ideas to an area in which they invest. Public investment in education, infrastructure, and research and development then support the dissemination of these within the economy. Resulting innovations will, in turn, enhance the technology and skills base of the economy. Endogenous (which means developing from within) growth theory recognises that these originate from economic agents within an economy – hence the term ‘endogenous growth’. Capital and labour are nice, but economic growth is all about innovation. ■ For more theories, see 30-Second Economics, edited by Donald Marron, out now (Icon Books; £12.99) © Ivy Press Ltd.

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▽ I WAS AT Clifford Chance for four years, and then I went on to join the in-house legal team at Goldman Sachs. It was during my time at Goldmans that I knew I had to change; it just wasn’t for me – it’s like being on the legal help desk, and you’re essentially the barrier between the ambitious bankers and the big deal that they want to do. There was a group of us who used to talk about these escape plans that we had. So it was quite a fertile ground for business ideas, because we were always searching for that lifeline. HelloFresh started a while after my time in the City. I’ve loved food since I was a kid, I’d spent a ski season cooking at a chalet and I’d done some moonlighting with a couple of top chefs. I set up a YouTube channel and my first video got about 30,000 views, which made me think ‘there’s something in this’. I was introduced to a couple of guys who were looking to launch a food concept, and we started HelloFresh – our chefs create recipes, our customers choose ones they like and we deliver them with the ingredients. Two weeks after that we sent the first set of orders. Rather than spending three months perfecting the product, we thought we’d develop it as we went along. It’s about building momentum. ■ For more information, visit




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What do you do if a silver-plated Harley Davidson Wide Glide is a little too refined and understated for your tastest? You order a Gold Lauge Jensen, that’s what. As the name suggests, it is hand-finished in 24-carat gold and, if that’s still not enough for your rarefied predilection, it’s also adorned with 250 diamonds worth more than £100,000 and has a seat upholstered in cognac-coloured crocodile skin. The Danish motorbike manufacturer says nothing it has ever made has had as many man hours lavished on it as this, and it “probably won’t be repeated in a hurry”.

Just one example of the attention to detail that has gone into every part of a real dream machine is the fact that its black-painted parts also incorporate little specks of gold, creating a shimmering effect under certain lights. But the gold-leafed exhausts won’t, alas, last long – the leaf will melt once the bike has been fired up, and so a set of standard silencers has also been supplied. So there you have it – a glittering showstopper of the highest order, with a look that puts even Liberace's rhinestoneencrusted limousines in the shade. ■ For further information, see

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This, surely, is the ultimate morning after the night before. Swimming pool glinting serenely behind her, pot of tea and an Oscar on the table, Faye Dunaway – a winner for her role in Network – is waking up to the fact that she has just become a global megastar. It’s the Beverly Hills Hotel in March 1977, and Terry O’Neill, who had befriended the actress and would later marry her, caught the moment. “I wanted,” the photographer explains, “to capture that state of shock that Oscar winners enter.” You can see the picture in an exhibition of the 71-yearold’s work that proves that although there may be lights and action, it’s the camera that matters most. ■ The Best of Terry O’Neill  is on from 14 January– 1 March 2014, The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, SW10 0AJ

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ago, you were expected to have no impact. And now we are working towards having a positive impact.” The leading mining companies have embraced a new reality – making a positive contribution to society is non-negotiable if you want to keep your licence to operate. For them, and for the many similar stories we tell, it has been a transformation. These are encouraging stories because they show that businesses really can adapt: they start by demonstrating that they ‘get it’, set out a clear direction of travel and go about remoulding their businesses models and re-setting their corporate cultures. Transformation takes time, of course, and the stories in Everybody’s Business have been years in the making – decades, in some cases. For the banks, these are still early days. If Carney’s dream of a supersized sector is to become a reality, people will want to see evidence of a similar transformation taking root. So the big question for the sector today is whether there are really signs of that beginning. Some bank leaders are starting to sound as though they ‘get it’. They’re speaking the language of transformation – at Barclays,

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sector to face public ire – and plenty of industries have transformed their relationship with society for example, Antony Jenkins has promised that “there will be no going back to the old way of doing things”. HSBC’s chairman Douglas Flint has acknowledged that responsibility for transformation lies with the banks themselves, saying: “Confidence can only be earned by demonstrating both that lessons have been learned and that social contribution trumps self-interest.” Social contribution in place of selfinterest is what the world is looking for from the banks. Paul Volcker, ex-chairman of the US Federal Reserve, is famous for saying that there has been no socially useful innovation in banking since the invention of the ATM. Indeed, some might argue that the most useful financial services innovations in recent years have come not from the banks but from the mobile phone companies. It’s interesting to imagine what new markets could be created if the intellectual firepower and ingenuity of the banking sector was directed towards more socially useful ends. “If organised properly, a vibrant financial sector brings substantial benefits,” Carney said in November. And there’s the rub – that’s a big ‘if’. People’s anxiety about the banks isn’t only that they’re too big to fail but also that they’re too clever by half. Nobody doubts that the banking sector plays a crucial role in society and has an enormous positive contribution to make, but it has yet to provide the public with any real reason to think it is serious about change. The space is wide open for any of the big banks to step out into a leadership role. ■ Everybody’s Business, by Jon Miller and Lucy Parker, published by Biteback Publishing in hardback, is out now, priced at £20.


air after Bank of England governor Mark Carney signalled in November that he wants to see the sector grow to huge proportions over the coming decades. “Some would react to this prospect with horror,” he admitted. “They would prefer that the UK financial services industry be slimmed down, if not shut down.” There may be a new, warmer tone coming from the Bank of England, but the climate of public opinion is as icy as ever for the sector. It is more than five years since the bailout of British banks, and the prevailing mood remains that they need to be kept on a tight leash. “In the aftermath of the crisis, such sentiments have gone largely unchallenged,” Carney said. Banking isn’t the first sector to face sustained public ire – and plenty of oncevilified industries and businesses have transformed their relationship with society. In our book, Everybody’s Business, we tell the stories of companies that have felt the full force of social censure in sectors as diverse as mining, apparel and pharmaceuticals. We show how some of them – yesterday’s pariahs – have since become role models for how to make a positive contribution to society. Take mining, a sector that was, for many years, associated with terrible environmental damage and human rights abuses. Today, some of the major mining companies are examples of how to do business in a way that brings broader social benefits: developing skills in the supply chain, improving the health of workers, raising standards of business conduct. Many people are surprised to learn that, in Transparency International’s 2012 index of corporate transparency, six of the top ten slots went to extraction businesses. A senior executive from a major mining company described the journey the sector has been on like this: “You could say that 50 years ago, as a mining business, you didn’t have to worry about your impact. Twenty years ago, you had to minimise impact. Ten years


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HOW TO PULL —By Johnny Cassell —


OHNNY CASSELL IS a self-styled pick-up

artist and dating coach who specialises in working with professionals who are cash rich but confidence poor. He even offers services as a “weekend wingman”, promising to treble your chance with women. Here are his 11 best pulling tips…

her on the topics she is bringing up – not only will this demonstrate to her that you are listening, it will also make her access her thoughts while responding, as opposed to drifting off and switching onto autopilot.



Being social is like a muscle – if you’re not using it, don’t expect it to be there when you really need it. Talk to people, asking them for directions, complimenting them on their dress sense, asking them for the time. Small, low investment interactions will build up your social state. And that means, when you see that woman you like, you will already have warmed up your social muscle.

If you’re struggling to find something to hook on, try saying: ‘’I’m going to tell you three random things about me, and you tell me three random things about you.’’ Then come up with three topics that will elicit conversation, for example, “I’ve never been to Paris…” The idea is to lead so she’s not going to turn around and say: “My favourite colour is blue, I like to go out with the girls and I live in SW3.” If you lead, she knows where to project her three questions – meaning that you’ll have much more powerful conversational topics to go on.

2. IF YOU’RE STUCK WITH HOW TO OPEN, JUST ASK: “HOW ARE YOU?” Trust me, it works. There is nothing worse than watching that moment slip away from you. Do not overthink the opening line when a simple “how are you?” will work. The impact is not made in the opener, but in the response you give to her reply.

3. GET BORED OF YOURSELF Three questions that pop up in every conversation: What do you do? Where are you from? How old are you? As soon as women hear this, they go into autopilot – and then how are you supposed to connect? Get bored and break the expected pattern. If she asks what you do, don’t just tell her what you actually do because that’s no fun. Tell her you wash cars at the traffic lights by Dartford Tunnel, perhaps, or inform her that you are a fluffer in the porn industry.

4. DON’T JUST NOD AND SMILE, CHALLENGE HER ON WHAT SHE SAYS TO YOU Most people you see in conversation are simply not listening – they nod their heads like the Churchill insurance dog. To make sure you are genuinely engaging, challenge

6. USE ASSUMPTIONS, FROM THE ACCURATE TO THE RIDICULOUS Make an assumption to get an explanation. You: How long have you been a dancer for? Her: I’m not, but I do a lot of running. Assumptions deliver you responses, and if you get a response you have some ground to play with. Always look to use assumptions over questions; questions often bring your interaction to a halt by eliciting a straightforward yes or a no response.

8. ALWAYS BE THE ONE LEADING Women want a guy who is a decisionmaker, so fill this role now. Be the one to suggest where you go next; be the one to tell her to put her number in your phone; be the one who is moving the process forward.

9. ABC – ALWAYS BE CLOSING If you had a great interaction – or even if you didn’t, or haven’t spoken to her at all – still get her number, and make it habitual. If you see someone you like, take action. Because if you don’t, someone else will.

10. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT KISSING HER, JUST DO IT Don’t sit on the fence with this one. Again, keep the high risk/high reward mentality. Slow the conversation down, stop what you are saying and just pull her in gently. If you feel it’s right, it is right. Don’t question it.

11. GET THE BEST RETURN ON YOUR TIME 7. SHOW YOUR INTENT Although it may seem quite a jump, you need to think in terms of high risk and high reward. There is only so far you can go by playing it safe. If you do not show your intent, she will never see you as a potential partner. Use detailed compliments and steer away from the word ‘nice’. Instead, go for: “The way you wear your make-up really draws my attention towards your eyes,” or “Your hair frames your beauty effortlessly.”

Analyse your environments and be honest with yourself. Is the woman of your dreams going to frequent these places, or are you kidding yourself that maybe, one day, your perfect girl will walk in? Break it down – which bars you go to, where you spend your breaks, which gym you’re a member of. Think of it holistically rather than seeing dating as a Thursday night thing. ■ Tweet your dating tips to @squaremile_com. For more information, see


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I was in Geneva for a big awards do, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the other day. It’s one of those affairs people tend to talk of as the Oscars of its world – ‘the watchmaking Oscars’, therefore. As with most such ceremonies, it seemed the intrigue surrounding the winners was most keenly felt by the nominees, but it was a glitzy enough occasion. There were prizes for big people and little people, nice watches and damned ugly watches, and an über-gong for the winningest watch of them all, which (gasp!) turned out to be GirardPerregaux’s jolly clever (but not very good-looking) Constant Escapement LM. One award properly grabbed my attention – the Revival Prize, an award for a watch that has succeeded in putting a brand back on the map. This was scooped by Tudor for its Heritage Black Bay. This was interesting for a number of reasons. It’s a great watch. It’s beautifully made, water-resistant to 200 metres and comes on a worn leather strap that has a sort of Hugh Jackman, battered leather jacket man-ness about it. But that information is all but useless to you, because you can’t actually buy it here in the UK. I know: who would write a consumer advice column in a magazine about a product you can’t even buy? Some background is required. Tudor came into being in 1946, born of the same father as Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. Wilsdorf’s watches had become a bit pricey, so he decided to launch a sister brand that sold similar high-quality products, just for a bit less money. But the brand waned and, by the mid-noughties, had started to disappear from jewellers all over the world. Then, in 2009, it was given an almighty kick up the backside and relaunched with a far more independent-looking collection. Some corking creations followed, including the Heritage Chronograph – and, of course, the Heritage Black Bay. Since then, watch aficionados in places like the US and the UK have been clamouring for Rolex to bring Tudor back to their manor. Last year, the Yanks got their way when Tudor was reintroduced into the States. And I’ve heard rumours that, this year, it will return to the UK. So although you may not be able to buy it now, hold your breath and your patience will (probably) be rewarded. ■

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Sheppard, loves her Cartier watch but misses her old walking boots ON MY WRIST


A Cartier Tank Americaine in yellow gold [2], which was a gift from my parents when I was accepted to business school. Of course I didn’t even take it to business school with me but, 13 years later, it is still getting a lot of use.

Tickets to Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse in February. The last play that I really enjoyed was This House at the National, which was also a new play on an unexpected subject.


Studio Nicholson is a favourite of mine [4]. My sister bought pieces from their first collection as she shares my love of menswear tailored for women. The cloths and other materials are well researched, and the prices are very tempting. We love the larger knitwear pieces.


Petrol blue Belle Vivier velvet ballerinas [3] – they are surprisingly resilient to the rain and were designed by Bruno Frisoni, who is someone I have admired for a long time.



My ST Dupont Fidelio ink pen with a wide nib. It writes in dark blue ink and allows me to conceal my bad handwriting because it flows so smoothly. I really enjoy writing, and have had to change the nib several times owing to heavy use. I bought it in Paris to sign a contract that meant a lot to me.  

I always have with me a necklace of charms I have been given and have collected. It reminds me of the people and the places that I love, and having it with me allows me to add to it when I am travelling. The last thing strung onto the chain is a tiny gold replica of my mother’s pug, called Siaou Looung, that my sister gave me.

IN MY DREAMS Game Of Thrones, series four. I gather they have just finished filming it.

The Imperial War Museum in Duxford. I am planning to take my four-year-old son to see the Spitfire there, but I might have to wait until next September so that we can also enjoy the air show where he can view it in action.


A necklace of charms that I have been given and have collected reminds me of the people and places I love

IN MY PAST A pair of 15-year-old walking boots that I bought in Zermatt and that finally sprang a leak last spring. I miss them every weekend, and it will take me years to wear the latest pair in and to bond with them in the same way.



LOOK SHARP: [1] The diving at the Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica is some of the best in the world; [2] the Cartier Tank Americaine watch (from around £7,000); [3] a pair of petrol blue Belle Vivier velvet ballerinas (£425,; [4] outfit by Studio Nicholson: “My sister shares my love of menswear tailored for women.”

Diving at the Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica. I understand that this one is only for seriously fit divers but you can still take a small submarine and get to keep the oxygen tank when you’re down there [1]. ■ For more information:

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FIT FOR PURPOSE An ambitious new collaboration from Nike attempts to bridge the eternally distant and difficult exercise-gearversus-wearable-fashion divide, says JEREMY LANGMEAD from Mr Porter

THE OUTFIT Uncomfortable clothes can ruin your exercise through poor fit, non-breathable fabrics and chafing collars. So it’s well worth investing in training kit that makes you feel good, and look good in the process. The Nike x Undercover collaboration is designed by founder of cult Japanese fashion label Undercover, Jun Takahashi. It mixes innovation and functionality with high-end design to create a collection of the most covetable running gear around. This is the very highest-of-tech exercise kit that works with – not against – a body in movement. And the best part is that it looks really great, of course. Small but effective details – like sweat fabric on the cuff of the arm so sweat can be easily wiped off, pockets for coins and keys, and detachable sleeves – make for a smoother run and a pleasant experience. Underarm slits and laser-cut ventilation mean body temperature can be adjusted, and clever drawstrings, elastic binding and thumbhole detailing make it all fit perfectly. Team it with a technical watch and a trusty sports bag filled with your grooming essentials for a very stylish, but extremely practical, take on sports kit.






These shorts have been crafted with stretch Dri-Fit fabric for a technological approach to running. Concealed pockets, perforated panels, reflective prints and an elasticated internal drawstring waist make these the ultimate shorts for a run around town, or on the treadmill.

NIKE X UNDERCOVER GYAKUSOU RUNNING T-SHIRT This expertly constructed long-sleeved piece is crafted from lightweight stretch mesh with ventilating panels to ensure you stay comfortable throughout your run.


△ LUMINOX 3000 SERIES WATCH Supplier to the Navy Seals, Luminox’s highperformance watches make for extremely dependable timepieces. With a rubber strap and white face, this understated black style has a sporty aesthetic that will work with all your gym ensembles.



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It might sound French, but it’s not – and new British luxury lingerie maker Belle-et-BonBon isn’t interested in asking just anyone to be the face of its hand-crafted products, either. Instead, it wants someone who embodies confident style and independence – and it’s found just the person to fit that particular bill in Camilla Hansson. The 25-year-old former Miss Sweden, whose career has encompassed business success stories as well as fashion and modelling, was chosen from an eventual shortlist of 50 hopefuls and praised for her “beauty, attitude, strength, intellect, drive and ambition”. And she’s clear about the message both she and what she’s wearing are sending, saying: “Beauty isn’t skin deep, and it’s so important for young women to understand that. Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman and Victoria Beckham prove that being smart is sexy, and I hope to follow in the footsteps of every woman who passionately believes that there is nothing more beautiful than a successful woman.” ■





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▷ MONTBLANC LEONARDO 3000 £2,355 A limited-edition aluminium pen inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Its details play on the inventor’s lifelong fascination with the concept of human flight. Montblanc, 10-11 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL; 020 7929 4200




Simple, beautiful cufflinks in 18ct yellow gold and mother-of-pearl. Theo Fennell, 4 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7623 4380

A beautiful watch built with genuine Bletchley Park artefacts from WW2. Bremont, 12 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7220 7134

This fine leather card holder in calf leather or bridle hide is a smart alternative for the light traveller. Sage Brown, 31 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LP; 020 7283 2444



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Earrings whose precious stones represent the four seasons. Boodles, 2-3 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 0207 283 7284

Taking its signature curved cane handle to the City, this bag is made of leather, pony skin and python. Gucci, 9 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL; 020 7623 3626

Elegant pink-gold earrings studded with beautiful pavé diamonds. Bulgari, 15 The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ; 020 7283 4580

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SEIKO SPORTURA SNAF25P1, £379 Sapphire-crystal face and water-resistance down to 100m means this chronograph from the Japanese time juggernaut Seiko is ready for pretty much anything. The Sportura SNAF25P1 comes in an ion-plated case, with luminous hands and markers, a discreet date window and a trusty silicone strap.

JAWBONE UP24, £100 How did you sleep last night? The Jawbone UP24 wristband could tell you – it tirelessly collects your biometric data, 24 hours a day. It tracks your sleep, intake and movements, wakes you up gently, and makes a disagreeable noise if you’re too idle. It’s basically like living with your mum.

CICLOTTE EXERCISE BIKE, £6,185 Most exercise bikes last about a month before they’re demoted from the living room to the garage. But this steel model from Ciclotte looks good enough to reside in an art gallery let alone in front of your telly. Comes with 12 resistance levels.








Eat a breakfast fit for a king to set you up for the day. Add some protein from an egg or from bacon to avoid mid-morning snacking.

Your body is craving energy because it is overloaded with sugar from breakfast. A bigger and more nutritious breakfast would prevent this. There is nothing wrong with well-planned snacking, but ideally it’s proteinbased – nuts, seeds, or low-fat high protein.

LUNCH This lunch is high in salt and sugar/carbohydrate and needs to be higher in good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Aim to have a good oily protein source, a variety of coloured vegetables and low-glycemic carbs like lentils, quinoa, buckwheat or wild rice.

DINNER Try fresh fish with sweet potato chips and fresh vegetables. If it’s not a special occasion, cut out the alcohol – it is empty calories.






Aim for a good balance of healthy fats – omega 3, 6 and 9 – from meat, fish, dairy, nuts, seeds, eggs and avocados. For our bodies to work optimally, we should consume no more than 65g of fat per day, with at least 50g from good fats in the correct ratios. Be aware that the western diet heavily favours omega 6, which is significantly hindering our ability to absorb the right nutrients from our food.

The western diet contains vast quantities of refined sugar. For example, breakfasts of cereals or overdoses of fruit and yoghurt are laced with it. While sugar gives the body a quick hit of energy, it has to counteract that by releasing insulin. Firstly, it delivers glucose to our cells, then to the liver – where it is converted into stored energy – and finally to our muscles, where it sits as fat.

Each meal should ideally contain protein to help keep us strong and in great shape. We should aim for 1-1.2g per kg of body weight each day, and more if exercising hard. This regular intake keeps the protein at a constant and easily digestible level in the bloodstream to help emergency high-calorie snacking. What does that mean in reality? 100g of chicken breast contains 21g of protein.

Westerners don’t consume enough dietary fibre – that’s a fact. At present, the average intake is less that 10g per day, and our bodies requires a least 22g to function correctly. Steer clear of white bread, rice and pasta, and instead opt for more vegetables with skin for your fibre. Aim to support good fats, proteins and fibre with a selection of brightly-coloured vegetables and pulses.

The wrong types of carbohydrate (white bread, potatoes, rice) have historically been favoured over more brightly-coloured foods that offer a broader spectrum of nutrients. In reality, if they are not earned through exercise the body will store them as a fat! A certain level of carbs (30% on average) are required to live, but should come from low GI vegetables, pulses and whole grains.



How do you explain what you do? I am an entrepreneur with a special interest and drive in health and fitness. The desire and ability to grow the business stems from my roots and passion for personal training.

first gym in the country to launch DNA testing for exercise and diet and are working with international athletes to use the testing to help them. It is going down a storm, and even James Haskell was keen to get in on it.

How did you get into personal training? My life has always been influenced by sport. My dad played football for Arsenal and I pursued a professional career as a sprinter, training with the likes of Darren Campbell, so I grew up around fitness – but my real passion lay in personal training. I had the idea for personal training studios from an early age, when they didn’t exist yet. Having studied in the US, and having seen the trend for oneto-one training emerging there, I decided I wanted to develop the model in the UK.

Your brand has been around for two decades – how do you keep it fresh? I’m often asked that. Firstly, it is about innovation and staying one step ahead. People need to think the brand is fresh so they want to keep coming back – it’s common sense, really. At the same time, it is also about delivering a consistent service that is timeless. I have instilled the ideology in my team, the company and everyone within it.

Why do you think you’ve been so successful? When I started, gyms were real pits. There were no luxury, premium spaces for clients to work out in. So I combined training with a five-star environment and fantastic service. It found a real niche gap in the market, and things have just grown from there. Is it only personal training you offer? No, that is the tip of the iceberg. Exercise, diet and rehabilitation all work hand-in-hand, and luckily I have a really great team behind me who offer all these services to help our clients. We’ve also branched into other commercial areas and recently ventured into the new technology and testing market – we are the


What’s been the highlight of your career? Opening the Albemarle Street site in Mayfair. There I was, a 22-year-old lad from a small village, with the keys to my own gym. For six months I had lived off rice, beans and chicken because the banks thought that type of business “hadn’t been done before”, to which I replied: “That’s the point – it’s called innovation!” I bartered with suppliers and used some quickly developed business skills to get the place open. It was a proud moment. Within three months, we were full. You have trained big names, including film stars. What is it like training them? They are just normal people with a specific goal in mind. Whether it is a red carpet event or a new film, they all mostly want to tone up

and lose weight. The only difference is that we never have very long to achieve it, so we do have to blast them – safely, of course. How do you help those people who come to you and say they’ve tried everything but nothing has worked? I tell them three things. Firstly, set yourself a realistic goal. Don’t try to run a marathon in four months if you have never put on a pair of running shoes in your life. Secondly, find your motivation – and it helps having someone to train with because you can bounce off each other. Thirdly, and most importantly, know your own body. Many people don’t even know simple statistics like their weight, blood pressure, BMI. Having the data allows you to measure your success accurately. What’s the question you’re asked most? ‘Do you still train people?’ Yes, about 1520 clients per week. I really enjoy it, and a number of those clients have been with me since the very start of it all. What is your top tip for staying motivated to train when it is cold and wet outside? Stop bloody moaning, put on some gear and get out there! It is not always easy to be motivated to exercise, but the truth is that you have to bite the bullet, focus and get on with it. If you actually want to feel and look better, you must make a plan, commit to it and move forwards. That’s the only way to do it. ■ For more info, see


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Matt Roberts: Rugby players have not always been renowned for their supreme fitness levels – and a lot of them are big drinkers. Do you enjoy a drink? James Haskell: I don’t drink when I’m training – even one glass of wine and I’ll feel the difference the next morning. But some guys I know have gone in hungover and performed their best. I appreciate nice wine and I like whisky, but I’ll go weeks without a drink. There’s no point taking my diet as seriously as I do and then ruining that by drinking on top of it. When you’re in season and when you’re performing, it’s just not worth it. Rugby has become such a brutal, powerbased game. The attitude toward fitness has changed to reflect this. Where did it start? Clive Woodward was a great facilitator. The RFU gave him a budget and allowed him to do what he had to do. He put everything in place to maximise performance. One of the things I most appreciated was him bringing in sports nutritionist Matt Lovell. I was actively interested in how my diet could affect performance – and Matt was key in helping me with this. My career has always been about leaving no stone unturned. I do yoga, I wrestle, I see a sports nutritionist – anything that helps me achieve the best performance possible.

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Is rugby now one of the most intense sports from a fitness perspective? Yes – because it’s about full-body conditioning. The ability to work at a high level, get on and off the floor, wrestle, lift, power, sprint, and have the endurance base to do all of that and last for 80 minutes. The game is becoming more and more demanding. Guys are getting bigger, faster and more powerful. Are Union players getting too stacked? During the last tour I went on with England, in South Africa, the under-20s team had their World Cup. I looked at the stats on the programme sheet – they were all bigger than us, all more than 120kg. Rugby will have to change, it will have to plateau. Otherwise it

will become too much like American football. We musn’t forget that some of the best players in the world are also some of the smallest. How do you stack up against your peers – are you one of the fittest out there? It’s always difficult to talk yourself up. But in terms of England and Wasps, I am at the top of the tree – along with one or two others. If we did an England fitness test, there might be a smaller, back-row player that might go a little bit faster. But I am 118kg… Which training do you dread most? I love training – no side of it holds any fear. The thing I struggle with more is getting up early. Recently, I’ve had to wake up at 5am to train with strength coach Phil Learney. I prefer to wake up and train on my own terms. How varied is your regime? I do weights training and rugby training, but also boxing, jiu-jitsu, swimming, yoga… I fill my day up with training. I try to add more and more – but the game is too demanding to take on too much during the week. I’m learning now, at 28 years old, what I can and can’t do and what fitness levels I can reach. Four to five hours training a day is right for me. What’s your view of rugby in schools? Do you think they should play by weight category rather than age category? I think it’s a great concept. They do that in New Zealand. If big guys are playing big guys, you’ll learn to adapt and gain skills. ➤


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•• I LOVE THE GAME – BUT NOT ENOUGH JUST TO PLAY IT FOR FUN. I WANT TO BE AT THE TOP LEVEL ➤ It’s about getting people to play for the love of the game – to reach for the ball first – and not go straight into the gym. You shouldn’t be too obsessed with size and weight; that will come as you develop over time. What you want to focus on is core skills. Just because you’re smaller than others, it doesn’t mean you can’t be the nastiest tackler, carry the ball really hard or beat people with footwork. What are your guilty pleasures? One thing I enjoy about my life – and one of the reasons I’ve been as successful as I have – is that I don’t mind sacrifice. I like the thought of turning stuff down because it’s the right decision to make. But as a by-product of that, at any moment you’re ready to snap, go mad and eat a whole box of Krispy Kreme donuts! But when I get to 50, I want to be the guy at the gym with a really nice tan and in unbelievable shape. Hopefully, I’ll have a family, be running a few businesses – and hopefully I’ll never let myself go. What supplements are you taking? Everyone in life wants results – and, as humans, we always look for the quickest route to them. There’s a feeling out there that protein shakes can offer miracles. When I visit schools, parents ask me whether their children should be taking them. My first reaction is no. It’s important to get the diet right first – it’s the foundation of everything you do. But supplements do have their place. In the last few years, I’ve taken my personal intake back to very simple stuff: water, glutamine and fish oils in the morning; a spoonful of coconut oil in my coffee, offering an energy boost and helping with immunity. If I have a big training session, I’ll take my pre-trainer, Hades – a protein shake – after my first weight training of the day and, finally, casein and glutamine before I go to bed. You had surgery last summer. Are you OK? Tendonitis is your body’s way of telling you that, biomechanically, you’ve done too much of something. This is the first big surgery

I’ve had. I went into it with every confidence that the surgeon was going to fix it. It’s not just a case of going in, coming out and being better. There’s a huge process behind recovery. The World Cup is looming in 2015 – will you be ready for that challenge? Yes, 100%. It’s a big challenge to get back into the England side. I wondered, when I came back from the surgery, whether I was going to get fit just to be a journeyman. And the answer to that is no. I love the game – but not enough just to play it for fun. I want to be playing rugby at the top level. What would make me, if I were the England coach, chose you over the other flankers? I bring physicality, professionalism, experience and dedication to what I do. I’ll tackle anyone,

I’ll get you turnovers. I’m still eager to learn, even though I have won 50 caps for England. I take the game very seriously, and I’m always the last one out there on the training field. I speak to the coaches and pick their brains so I can get new ideas about how to continue to develop and become a better player. When you look back at your career, what will you tell your grandkids about? In 2007, I made my England debut against Wales. I’ve won a Heineken Cup with London Wasps – we’ve won the Premiership, too, and both those experiences were amazing. But getting my 50th cap was a weight off my shoulders. No one can take it away from me. Now I can relax and enjoy what I do because, whatever happens now, I’ve reached a benchmark that I’m happy with. ➤



➤ Who’s been your biggest inspiration? When I started, it was Lawrence Dallaglio: his success, his persona, the way that people looked at and admired him and the way he conducted himself. Later on in life, it has been Richie McCaw, the New Zealand captain – the way he plays the game is outstanding. Who is the most exciting player? There’s not been anyone like Jonah Lomu since, and I don’t think there will be again. You have to look at the New Zealand guys, though. Kieran Read, the number eight – and Ma’a Nonu are very exciting, too. What do you think of League? I’ve always wanted to play League and NRL. I have a lot of respect for League players but I’d be more inclined to play NRL, for the Sydney Roosters, for example. Talk us through BodyFire? I want to build a company that makes training and fitness accessible to people, to educate without it being rocket science – something where people can find methods to help with whatever discipline they’re interested in. I want to create a business where I can share what has worked for me in the last ten years and impart that knowledge in a simple, easy and accessible way. It includes online training for people who can’t afford a membership, training camps and supplements concentrating on high-quality, natural products. If you hadn’t become a rugby player, what do you think you would have done? I was obsessed with the army when I was younger. My great uncle was a commando. As a kid, I would spend all my time building army bases, dressed in army gear and planning missions. I wanted to be in the SAS. I never wanted to be a rugby player until I was 15 years old. When I missed out on the England Under-16s team, it was the first real moment of disappointment in my life. How have you dealt with the crushing lows that can happen in professional sport? After every England international, there’s a low – you don’t know whether that will be your last game for your country. The last one I played, we lost against Wales. Highs and lows are usually personal battles, but now I share them with 80,000 people on Twitter, who can give their opinion to you straight off the bat. This can certainly magnify the lows. I need constructive input – how to fix things and how to work on them. Modern coaching is a lot to do with how to interact with an


•• EVERY TIME YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, ALWAYS EMBRACE IT. MAXIMISE IT. IF YOU DO, YOU’LL BE SUCCESSFUL individual. What makes a good player does not necessarily make a good coach; what works for them doesn’t work for everyone. You come across as one of the betterdressed rugby players. Is style important? The boys at Wasps give me stick sometimes as I turn up in fairly fruity ensembles. The other day, I wore tracksuit bottoms, grey T-shirt and a leather jacket – I looked like a numpty. The boys gave me stick about being the worst-dressed player. But I am interested in style. I like Gieves & Hawkes, and today I’m wearing Dunhill. I’m also a watch person. I have a Cartier, which I got for my 21st, and I have a Tag Heuer. Next, I’m after either an Audemars Piguet or a Hublot. What do you drive? I have a Range Rover Sport. Of all the best things I could ever have, that is my favourite – I spend so much time with it. If it weren’t so comfortable to drive, I’d probably be in some sort of spinal unit by now. It’s smart, it’s cool and I love listening to music in it. Where do you escape to? I go to Vegas with friends every year. I only gamble about $100 while I’m there – it’s more about eating well, pool parties, beautiful people and letting my hair down. For relaxing by the beach, I’m desperate to go to Bali. What’s your motivation? I want to enjoy my life, maintain my integrity and earn some money along the way. If I can change mindsets and educate people, then that’s great. I want to help people. I want to enjoy what I do, and I want to be successful. I have a motto that I live my life by – it’s on my website – and I have it tattooed on me, bizarrely. I was drunk in Las Vegas and it seemed like a good idea at the time. It says: ‘Embrace + Maximise = Domination.’ Every time you have an opportunity, always embrace it, always maximise it. If you do, you’ll be successful. And that’s what I try to do. ■;

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UST CHALLENGE HIM to a race,” said a little voice inside my head. “You were the third-fastest kid in the school in Year 4.” The voice was right – those were heady days. Unfortunately, the him in this situation was Yohan Blake, currently the second-fastest man in the world and, perhaps one day, the fastest. Not only that, my form had been all over the place since that fateful sports day in Year 6. Had we met back in primary school years, I might have stood a chance. Blake didn’t start out on the track – he originally played cricket and only made the switch to running after the headmaster of his school saw him sprinting towards the wicket one day and had an idea. After making that change, Blake didn’t have the lofty goals he has now. “When I took up running, I didn’t really know much,” he explains. “I just knew I was going to run at sports day, get girls and all of that.” It wasn’t

until quite late, at the age of 16, that Blake started to take running seriously. “From then,” he says, “I changed into the person I am.” Naturally, in a conversation about Jamaican sprinters, it doesn’t take long for the subject of Usain Bolt to come up. Rather than being a touchy subject, it is one that Blake has a philosophical approach to. “In life, you have to wait your turn. It’s Bolt’s turn now, and he has to do what he has to do,” he explains, without any hint of resignation. “When it’s my turn, I don’t think anyone will stop me.” However, Bolt isn’t just someone Blake has to answer questions about. The two are good friends off the track, and Blake relishes training with his biggest rival. “It’s great! We have a wonderful chemistry; we run jokes with each other. We support each other,” he says, grinning as he recalls something from a previous training session. “But when we’re on

the track, it’s totally different – it’s all business. He does his thing, and I do my thing. But we get along really well, and we have fun.” It’s on the track that the suitability of Blake’s nickname, ‘The Beast’, becomes apparent. He claims it comes from his work ethic in training but, when you look at his short and powerful frame, it becomes even more fitting. ➤




➤ Currently the holder of the record for the second-fastest 200 metre sprint and the joint second-fastest 100 metre sprint, Blake is rapidly becoming a star in his own right. His success has brought several highprofile endorsement deals, including one with Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Richard Mille. At the 2012 London Olympics, he wore a prototype Richard Mille in Jamaica’s colours. A year later, the RM 59-01 Yohan Blake tourbillon is in production – and its popularity is something he is evidently pleased about: “Trust me, it feels good – everybody wants it,” he says. “Everywhere I go, people ask: ‘Where is that watch? Where is that watch?’” Whereas Bolt only wore his sponsored watch on the podium, Blake says running while wearing his wasn’t a problem. “I use a running watch to practise in training so I can catch my time – I’m used to wearing one,” he explains. “It [the RM 59-01] is light and flexible.


It fits perfectly, and I’m not even conscious that it’s there because I’m focusing on running.” Away from the track, Blake has a fondness for hi-tech toys. “I like gadgets,” he says, before correcting himself. “I love gadgets.” He explains that he tries to make them a part of whatever he’s doing, saying: “I’ve got a GoPro camera which I have on my forehead when I go hunting back home. You can see everything that you’re doing.” He adds: “I’m a very good shot,” which is useful to know. Blake’s international schedule means he spends a fair amount of time in London. “We spend two and a half months competing and, because we can’t travel from Jamaica to Monaco or Paris all the time, we stay in England and travel an hour away,” he says, explaining that he’s in the capital long enough to think of it as a home away from home. “When I’m in London, I’m always at Nando’s,” he says. “If you want to find me,

come to Nando’s.” It turns out that Blake really likes eating at Nando’s – and he brings the conversation back to the subject after a minute or two. In case you were wondering, his order consists of 20 chicken wings (medium spicy, natch) and 16 pieces of garlic bread. That’s probably an indication that you should head down there and see whether you can manage to eat the same amount. And then run home. When his running career eventually comes to an end, Blake wants to use his experience to coach people around the world. He explains that a good coach can make a huge difference, recalling that his own start in running was helped enormously by the suggestion of a small tweak to his approach. “It was so simple when the coach said: ‘All you’ve got to do is push off with your lead foot a bit further forward.’ When I did that, I vastly improved, and I said: ‘Wow – that’s what happened?’” But his ambitions aren’t only confined to coaching athletics. “I would love to coach cricket for England, because I just want to have fun,” he says. “I’ve spent all my life beating myself into the ground, so I want to have a moment with my family, to relax and enjoy myself and go around helping people.” Blake carries himself with surprising maturity for someone who is only just 24 years old. As I get up to leave, I turn and find myself asking: “Hey, Yohan, do you fancy a race?” ■ For more information on the 59-01 Yohan Blake tourbillon watch, visit

HIS TIME IS COMING: The Richard Mille 59-01 Yohan Blake tourbillon watch, available for a cool £438,000, is based on a prototype that was worn by Blake at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The face incorporates a claw design in a nod to his ‘Beast’ nickname.

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YOU KNOW THE CORE A strong core is vital to staying stable and in control on the surfboard. Focus on the abdomen, back and lower body when you’re working out.


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Stamina and power are both vital, but so are flexibility and balance. Include gym ball exercises to mirror the feeling of water instability and assist in improving balance. Foam rollers are also key to reducing muscle tightness and improving flexibility.

SURF & TURF You’ll burn at least 200 calories in an average surfing session, so don’t forget to eat both pre and post-surf for energy release throughout and muscle recovery thereafter. For more info on getting fit for a particular sport:

LIGHT WAVES Trust Red Bull to make the world’s coolest sport look even cooler by attaching LEDs to surfer Pedro ‘Scooby’ Viana’s board. But what you can’t see makes this shot doubly impressive – it was filmed in the desert, at the UAE’s Wadi Adventure wave park. ■












SUMMIT MEETING: The long ride up to Grosse Scheidegg in the Swiss Alps offers the chance to take a rest in the Berghotel at the top, from which the impressive backdrop of the Eiger and the Mönch beyond can be appreciated in all its spectacular glory

OR AS LONG as men have been climbing

mountains, they have typically answered the question of why with summary disdain. The most famous three words in mountaineering – George Mallory declaring that he wanted to climb Everest “because it’s there” – are therefore some of the most telling. The allure of the mountains, the argument is generally held, is either too self-evident or too impenetrable to merit further explanation. Yet a few have tried. Robert Macfarlane’s Mountains of the Mind is a brilliant musing on the same conundrum. “Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the west,” Macfarlane wrote. “By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” The same sense of awe prompted Tour de France founding director Henri Desgrange to unleash his race upon France’s great ranges – that’s if it wasn’t the other way around. Riders called Desgrange and his cohorts “murderers” for sending the Tour over the 2,115-metre Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees in 1910, and “bandits” the following year for sending it over the 2,645-metre Col du Galibier in the Alps. But for decades before the inaugural 1903 Tour, a few intrepid and hardy souls had already been hitting the heights aboard rudimentary two-wheeled machines. In 1900, an Englishman, Charles Freeston, had even written a comprehensive guide, Cycling in the Alps. Freeston wrote of “rapturous sensations that I have derived from my journeyings awheel”. In the mountains, on bikes, he wrote, the more adventurous cyclist could breathe “the ampler ether and diviner air”. Desgrange took a while to overcome his reservations, admitting in 1907 that he felt “a real kind of remorse” after watched the Tour riders struggle up the Col de Porte in the Chartreuse massif, but soon he began to relish the masochism. It wouldn’t be long before he was scouring France for ever higher, ever harder ascents. As the French journalist and ➤




Tour riders still brave these same slopes: the mountains now inspire respect rather than fear – at least for the pros ➤ scriptwriter Henri Decoin would later put it: “The Tour de France is a high-jump contest. Desgrange sets the bar where he sees fit.” Tour riders still brave these same slopes, only now it’s on pristine tarmac and 7kg carbon-fibre bikes. Consequently, the mountains now tend to inspire respect rather than fear – at least for the professionals. Road-building, and with it that high-jump competition to which Ducoin likened the Tour, also pretty much hit its ceiling in Europe in the 1960s. The Tour de France has never climbed higher than the Col de la Bonette, 2,802 metres above sea level, which it first visited in 1962. Bereft of loftier peaks, race organisers now try to outdo each other on a different front: steepness or difficulty. The appalling Mortirolo first appeared in Italy’s national tour, the Giro d’Italia, in 1990, and soon spawned a new breed of überclimb. The Galibier and the Tourmalet retain their legendary status, but it is to heinously angled roads like the Mortirolo and Monte Zoncolan in Italy, the Planche des Belles Filles in France and the Alto de l’Angliru and Bola del Mundo in Spain that professional cycling now turns to for the wow factor. There is a danger, of course, that it can all start to seem gratuitous, a charge long levelled

VITUS STATISTICS: Sean Kelly, legendary Irish hard man of the ‘80s and ‘90s, reckons around 80% of his victories – and there were plenty – came aboard a Vitus, and now the French brand is back. The £2,999 Vitesse Team has a sub-1kg frame, Shimano Dura Ace components and the same paint job as the An-Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly racing team’s bikes.


at a certain brand of mountaineer. In the late 19th century, writer John Ruskin accused the illustrious peak-baggers of his generation of “making racecourses of the cathedrals of the Earth” and looking upon “the Alps themselves, which your own poets used to love so reverently… as soaped poles in a bear-garden, which you set yourselves to climb, and slide down again, with shrieks of delight.” Were he alive today and following current trends in cycling, Ruskin would no doubt also malign the popularity of sportives and gran fondos – mass-participation events for amateurs, usually with major climbs as their focal points. Dozens take place across Europe every summer weekend, with the most popular, like the Maratona dles Dolomites and Nove Colli in Italy, and La Marmotte in France, attracting close to 10,000 entrants. Purists find the Strava phenomenon even more jarring. This online GPS logging system allows cyclists to register and compare their times with those of thousands of other cyclists on almost any stretch of uphill road. Launched four years ago, Strava now boasts over one million users. The notion of mountains as racetracks, the backdrop to some life-size, hyper-reality video game, certainly seems to contradict Robert Macfarlane’s romantic vision of solitude and humility. Possibly the greatest mountaincycling exponent to have lived, the late Marco Pantani, was a man after Macfarlane’s heart in this sense. In the 1990s, at a time when it was fashionable for pro riders to carefully calibrate their training using pulse-rate monitors, Pantani refused to even time himself, as though that would somehow violate his symbiotic, almost mystical connection to the terrain. “I like to listen to what my body and the mountain are telling me, nothing else,” the waiflike Italian once said. In races, Pantani treated the presence of other riders as a kind of intrusion on a private audience with the land. In his mind, only when he finished alone, at the top of a mountain, did a victory really “count”. Pantani’s dislike for compromise extended to other areas of his life, and may eventually have killed him. He became hooked on cocaine and died of an overdose in 2004. Some said he was addicted to the natural high of cycling fast in the mountains, and that only among the snow-capped peaks of the Alps and Dolomites, in the “ampler ether and diviner air” did his life have meaning. Cocaine became a woefully inadequate and, in the end, deadly substitute. Like many, he was never able to fully articulate why the mountains were so magnetic. It was personal, as it is for all of us. For a round-up of five mountain climbs you should cycle before you die, see overleaf. ➤

WATER FEATURE: The crystal-clear Lago Agnel sits 2,500 metres above sea level alongside the Colle del Nivolet pass in Gran Paradiso National Park, northern Italy. The 40km road from Locana rises 2km into the Alps and ends abruptly in one of the prettier cul-de-sacs you’re ever likely to see

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NORWEGIAN – WOULD: The awe-inspiring Stalheimskleiva sits high above the Nordic fjords. It is notable for its steepness and brevity – at 30% gradient in parts but only 2km long, its 13 hairpins present a daunting challenge. The road is only open from May to September

MONTE CROSTIS (FROM COMEGLIANS) Italy | 1,982m | 14km | Av gradient: 10.1% Controversially pulled from the 2011 Giro d’Italia route hours before what would have been its world premiere, Monte Crostis might be the greatest climb never to feature in a major pro race. In 2011, Giro riders’ issue was with the six kilometres of gravel road on the west side of the summit. Yes, that stretch is narrow, a little hairy, but it’s also perfectly passable and jaw-droppingly spectacular.

GRÜNTENHÜTTE (FROM KRANZEGG) Germany | 1,477m | 4.3km | Av gradient: 14.6% This is a climb so severe that it takes us into the realm of ciclalpinismo – the newly-minted Italian name for a brand of cycling more akin to rock climbing. Not terribly high and not terribly familiar to cycling fans, Bavaria’s Allgäu Alps are an unlikely mecca for this sort of thing. The Bavarian lagers sold at the top of Grüntenhütte bring you ice-cold comfort.

SVETI JURE (FROM MAKARSKA) Croatia | 1,743m | 29.2km | Av gradient: 5.8% The climb to Sveti Jure tiptoes thrillingly on the cliffs above the turquoise Adriatic, which is dotted with Dalmatian islands. Depending on the day, the main challenge can come from the climb’s daunting length, the lack of shelter from the blistering sun or the ferocious Bora wind. In any conditions, though, this is one of Europe’s most spectacular mountain roads.

PICO DE VELETA (FROM MONACHIL) Spain | 3,384m | 46km | Av gradient: 5.7% This sinuous, gravelly ribbon of tarmac, fizzling out under the Pico de Veleta in southern Spain’s Sierra Nevada range, is the highest paved climb in mainland Europe. The national tour, the Vuelta a España, has never ventured beyond the military barracks at 2,550 metres, but there’s nothing to stop the intrepid amateur besides the slope, oxygen debt and stifling heat in the summer months.


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Scotland | 626m | 9.5km | Av gradient: 6.5% This is a British climb that bears comparison to the Alpine behemoths of the Tour de France in beauty and, if the wind gusts, difficulty. The old drover’s road is best attacked from the tranquil shores of Loch Kishorn in the east; it then begins its march into the guts of a deep corrie and natural wind tunnel that present a vicious ordeal. ■ Mountain Higher by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding is out now (£25; Quercus).









ULTIVATING A UNIQUE sartorial style is an art form. It requires, first and foremost, an understanding of the tailoring rules, then the playful confidence to break a few, and finally the elegance to carry off the result. One man who has mastered this art form – with considerable panache – is Luca Rubinacci, a third generation tailoring expert from the esteemed Neapolitan house of Rubinacci. The family’s business, which began back in 1932, is credited with pioneering the Neapolitan style – a loose silhouette with a ruched sleeve head, unlined sleeves and expansive lapels. For years, this distinctive look has been popular with the older Italian generation, with its price points in keeping with that clientele. But times are changing. In recent years, Rubinacci has given the brand a renaissance, showing the new generation how they can style traditional tailoring to look fresh and introducing a more affordable ready-to-wear range. He has become something of a digital-age dandy, being photographed for style websites ➤

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THE LIGHTWEIGHT FANTASTIC: Rubinacci wears a striped light blue wool suit made from a very lightweight kind of wool. Creating a distinctive personal look that takes in a mixture of styles and colours is something for which he has become renowned



FASHION’S BLAZER GLORY: Luca Rubinacci wears a blue hopsack blazer with cobalt blue cotton trousers, offset by a vibrant red tie and dark green shoes. “Wearing colours doesn’t just mean going out in a bright red jacket,” he says, advocating a lessis-more approach


➤ such as The Sartorialist in electric blue, double-breasted suits teamed with emerald green loafers (minus socks, of course). Fashion blogs have captured him on the streets of Europe and New York wearing generouslyproportioned Rubinacci suits, accessorised with long silk scarves in contrasting patterns, bright yellow braces worn with purple trousers or a formal suit teamed with a fur aviator hat or woolly, fingerless gloves. So it’s clear that creating a distinctive personal style is something that he does particularly well. But how, exactly, does he manage to put these looks together without ending up looking like a bit of a clown? We’ll start with the Rubinacci jacket, the staple of his wardrobe and a simple way to inject some Neapolitan personality into yours. Rubinacci has a range of ready-to-wear handcrafted jackets starting from £1,300. They feature the distinctive Mappina sleeve, a large sleeve hand-sewn into a small armhole to create a gentle pleating at the shoulder. Rather than padding this soft shoulder, a fine piece of fabric is added to create structure. Chiara Rubinacci, who runs the London Rubinacci store, says there is a common misconception that a large armhole will give you greater comfort. “This is not the case as, every time you move, the jacket moves with you,” he explains. “A tight armhole means the jacket is attached to the body, so it allows you to move while the jacket follows you.” The Rubinacci jacket also features the Barchetta pocket, which curves upwards towards the armhole and follows the contours of the chest. The rolled top button offers a look of relaxed elegance, while the winter jackets are lined with silk and the lighter jackets are left unlined. An unlined jacket allows the skin to breathe and also enables the tailors

to display their craftsmanship – mistakes cannot be hidden, meaning the seams must be finished to perfection. The Neapolitan jacket is also a little roomier at the front, as it is born out of a culture that enjoys many of the finer things in life; food, drink and a warm climate. This jacket can be teamed with a pair of bright, super fine corduroy trousers (£180) and a round neck cashmere sweater (£190) for an informal weekend look, or you can add a splash of colour with a Rubinacci linen shirt in blue or earthy orange (£130). Rubinacci advises that starting with a ‘less is more’ approach when introducing colour into your look is the way to go. “Wearing colours doesn’t just mean going out in a bright red jacket,” he says. “You should start with the small coloured details, such as a bracelet, a colourful pair of socks or handkerchief, and – step by step – add more.” To help you experiment with colour and pattern, he has a collection of accessories including cashmere scarves, printed with classical Italian paintings, and a range of moccasins and loafer shoes in soft velvet, tweed and – for the truly daring – either white suede or metallic leather. If you are a standard-sized man looking to invest in a two-piece suit, a well-made, readyto-wear option should provide a pleasing

Start with the small coloured details, such as a bracelet or socks, and – step by step – add more

fit. If you have a different body shape, either from working out at the gym or spending time down at the pub, it might be worth considering a made-to-measure or bespoke option. The former involves the tailor working from a pattern that most closely corresponds to your measurements and making a series of alternations on the cloth so it is tailored to your frame, while the bespoke suit is crafted from a pattern made from scratch to offer a more precise fit. Rubinacci offers both these services, with suits being made in workshops in Naples and Milan. Although the firm employs 65 tailors, only two master tailors are allowed the privilege of cutting the patterns, meaning the quality is carefully monitored. However, that also means only 1,500 bespoke suits can be created each year, so customers often have to join a waiting list. But if you are looking to take your style to the next level, a bespoke suit will offer greater creative freedom, enabling you to collaborate with the tailor on both fabrics and shape. Finally, it is important to consider the context in which your unique tailoring style will be displayed. Very few people, after all, have a profession that means dressing as a dandy for the office is appropriate. Rubinacci, therefore, does not recommend that his customers embrace his look in its entirety, but instead take elements for inspiration. “I consider myself a bespoke stylist, a man who tries to help others build their identity and their passion for the hand-made,” he explains. Consider the climate, the office culture and how you spend your leisure time. Above all, he recommends that, to wear your clothes with charisma, you should “always feel comfortable, be yourself and don’t push your individual style just to follow a fashion”. ■ For more info, see






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IRST WE HAD Gordon Gekko – now it’s time for the real thing. If the generational, iconic flick Wall Street was a fictional take on the culture of 1980s American capitalism, its 2014 cousin, The Wolf of Wall Street, is set to tell that story like it really is. Whereas Gekko’s character, though based on a collection of real Wall Street traders, was a caricature of the archetypical 1980s banker, The Wolf of Wall Street has an altogether different agenda. For a start, it’s a true story, based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, the infamous New York stockbroker sentenced to 22 months in prison in 1998 for stock market manipulation and penny-stock boiler room scams. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role (the fifth such collaboration between the two). Although Belfort now makes a living by rather more licit means – he is an author and motivational speaker in Los Angeles – the story of how an avaricious man was allowed to thrive in a system that afforded him the chance to commit securities fraud and moneylaundering for so long is one that is likely to engage even those who perhaps have only a passing interest in the world of trading. Belfort is now 51 and the picture of serenity – but in his pomp he was the epitome of City

power. His rock’n’roll lifestyle of drink and drugs went hand-in-hand with the success of his firm Stratton Oakmont – which issued stocks of more than $1bn and employed more than 1,000 brokers – before excess, not to mention the law, caught up with him. That led to his imprisonment and to the repayment of more than $110m to swindled shareholders. For DiCaprio, playing a man of such greed was never less than a fascinating proposition. The 39-year-old, who was propelled to stardom by his role in 1998 blockbuster Titanic, is no stranger to demanding and controversial reallife roles – his stellar portfolio of work includes portraying FBI director J Edgar Hoover (in J Edgar), infamous conman Frank Abagnale (in Catch Me If You Can) and eccentric magnate

Greed happened before civilisation. I’m not judging – it’s an inherent characteristic of society A WOLF IN CHIC CLOTHING: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, the flamboyant stockbroker whose lavish rock’n’roll lifestyle was the epitome of Wall Street power before he was sentenced to 22 months for stock market manipulation and penny stock boiler room scams


Howard Hughes (in The Aviator). But, as a known philanthropist, his view of the world jars with those of many people in the City. Right as Titanic was bringing audiences flocking to cinemas around the world, Belfort was being imprisoned – and DiCaprio believes the excesses that ended up putting the broker behind bars are nothing new. “Well, let’s be clear, it’s a movie that explores greed and indulgence and the insatiable ability to consume without regard for anything else but your own lust,” he says. “It’s interesting subject matter for me, and very pertinent to something I am fascinated by – human nature. I keep talking about greed all the time, but the more I talk about it the more I realise that there’s an inherent survival characteristic for everything on Earth to consume and survive. “What is so fascinating about this is that we’re supposed to be an evolved species that is at least attempting to live harmoniously together and make the world a better place. But greed is incredibly prevalent, and just as rampant as it always was.” So he wouldn’t say greed was a modern issue? “No. It happened before civilisation,” he laughs. “I’m not judging it – and please don’t think I am – but it’s an inherent characteristic of society. “I did an environmental documentary called The Eleventh Hour, in which we interviewed a prominent scientist. He turned the whole thing round, and I was like, ‘Wow, I never thought that greed and opportunism are some of the key characteristics to life and survival.’ Ultimately, there’s no organism that wouldn’t wipe out another just to be able to survive.” As ever, DiCaprio prepared for the role with meticulous detail. That portrayal of real life and, with it, an intricate intensity of characterisation, has become something of a trademark for the California-born star. “It wasn’t really until I looked back at the last three movies I’d done that I saw a really prevalent theme there,” he says. “I don’t ever question why I gravitate towards things, but obviously it was something that was percolating around me. Through those three characters, I realised: ‘Wow, I am playing incredibly powerful men that have a lust for wealth at different eras in American history.’ “It didn’t really occur to me, because I just sort of say, ‘I want to play this character, I have to do this,’ and I never questioned it. So when it came to Gatsby [DiCaprio starred in the title role in the gaudy Baz Luhrmann adaptation of iconic F Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby in 2013], this was a guy who did it for love and created a fortune in the underworld. Now compare that to Belfort – this is a guy

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who, in the modern era, is doing the same thing and it’s all thematically linked with greed, so it’s prevalent in my mind.” To build a greater understanding of both his subject and the financial district itself, DiCaprio went straight to Wall Street to get a handle on its culture and practices. “I spent a long time on Wall Street and met a lot of these guys. What was funny, and so ironic, was that we were making a movie about the debauchery of Wall Street but 80% of the guys I talked to said the reason they got into the world of finance was to try to be like Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. And I was like: ‘Well, wasn’t that a cautionary tale of what not to do? I don’t understand that,’” he laughs. “And they said: ‘No man, we wanted to be like

Most guys I talked to said the reason that they got into finance was to try to be like Gordon Gekko him; we wanted that life.’ And so did Jordan Belfort. For some of these people, it seems to be like an addiction, like a drug. For a lot of these guys, it was like their cocaine – and they would never stop.”

But what of the film itself? There are many ways in which its subject matter could be broached, so how does DiCaprio assess it? “I’d describe it as a dark comedy. It definitely has comedic elements but, when Martin Scorsese directs a movie, it’s not just one thing. I asked him about Goodfellas, which I think is one of everyone’s favourite movies, and he said: ‘I meant that to be a comedy.’ I said: ‘Really?’ And he said: ‘Yeah, I was surrounded by that my whole life, and it’s hilarious to me.’ As far as this movie goes, I keep describing it as a modern-day Caligula but full of unregulated debauchery and American history, although it could be global banking history. “It’s a movie about the systematic shutdown of our economy as a result of Jordan Belfort.” ➤



➤ One problem DiCaprio couldn’t escape was the City gent preconception – the swirl of negative public opinion that surrounds bankers, brokers and any members of the financial sector. Since the economic crash, trust in those who run institutions in the City has hit rock bottom, and every subsequent scandal – from the rigging of Libor rates to the latest catastrophe engulfing the Co-op Bank and its former chairman Paul Flowers – moves the industry further away from any position of public trust. It is a problem the actor acknowledges, although he doesn’t believe the subject matter will have a negative effect on the film’s success. In fact, he sees the jaded perception of the financial world as a positive. “We are going to see if it will resonate,” he says. “I don’t know if it will, but I think curiosity pays. The public wants to reinforce


or destroy its own suspicions, and this is the opportunity. Like I said, Wall Street is very tough subject matter to put in the title; people have a distaste for those in the world of finance and it’s not like you hear the words ‘Wall Street’ and will want to go rushing to the theatres. But ultimately, to me, it’s not necessarily about Wall Street – it’s about this corrupted version of the American dream, the global dream. It’s about the corruption of people who have these influences and who ultimately, at any cost, want to live that dream. And it’s the underworld to me. This is less about the world of finance and Wall Street, and it’s more about the underworld.” Does DiCaprio sympathise with the man in the street, who sees the banking system as corrupt and out of control?

The Wolf of Wall Street is out in cinemas on 17 January. To see the trailer, download the square mile iPad app.

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Wall Street is a tough subject to put in the title – people have a distaste for those in finance

GOODFELLAS, BADFELLAS: Director Martin Scorsese has teamed up with DiCaprio for the fifth time to tell the story of Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort. ‘It definitely has comedic elements but, when Martin Scorsese directs a movie, it’s not just one thing,’ the actor explains

“I think I do, ultimately,” he admits. “Look at what has happened to our economy – everyone has the right and should speak about it openly, and this is what happens when, like I said before – this is a microcosm of a much bigger story. There are people out there, even now, who are pulling off much bigger heists and manipulations of our economy, and are getting away with a lot more. Belfort, ultimately, is a minnow. There are whales out there who have decimated our economy for billions and billions of dollars. “It’s an unregulated society and structure where people aren’t watched over, and don’t need to pay the price for their actions. And this is a cycle that I feel keeps repeating in this country and in others – you have to reinvent, so to speak, our entire financial institutions because there is one loophole and then everything gets funnelled into that, and people go overboard. It happened in the 1930s… it happened back then and it just happened recently. There needs to be a reset button in a system where there are no rules.” It seems DiCaprio’s mind is made up, but then he offers a closing gambit that reveals his now more nuanced perspective. He says he enjoyed the company of Jordan Belfort when he met him while conducting his research, and that he thus became rather engaged with an industry that he wanted to dislike. Belfort has told of the unreality of his life on Wall Street in the years before he went to prison – the drugs, the customised James Bond-style car (its legion of gadgets apparently drained the battery to such an extent that it couldn’t really be driven any distance), the making and spending of millions of dollars in a single afternoon. He has recalled how he bought a yacht that had belonged to Coco Chanel, only to sink it while high on drugs, and flew his helicopter low and fast in the middle of the night while under the influence of a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and high-strength prescription drugs. “I actually liked spending time in his world and with him, because he’s so candid,” DiCaprio explains. “Is he apologetic about his crimes? He’s apologetic in the sense that I think he regrets what he did, for sure. He took advantage of a lot of people, and he’s sorry for the way he treated those he loved in his life, but I commend him for trying to do something positive with it now. And it’s easy to see how he ended up embracing the madness of the industry. I could smell the passion, the excitement and the thrill in my research. And it was addictive. I did respect that.” ■


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Cap Ferrat, near Nice, to the grand-daddy of big-money towns, Monaco – numbers two and one respectively on the list of the world’s most expensive residential locations, obviously. It’s Monaco, though, to which Ferrari will forever be inextricably linked through the city-state’s status as motor racing’s most glitzy home. The Formula One World Championship was established in 1950, and though Ferrari missed the opening round in Silverstone the team made its F1 debut at the second race, on the streets of Monaco, a week later. The red

Even on the Riviera, the Spider doesn’t so much draw looks as wrench heads off shoulders

cars – as anyone with even a passing interest in motorsport knows – haven’t looked back. So it stands to reason that driving through the principality in a scarlet 458 Spider is a pretty special experience. Not in driving terms – slow, narrow and congested, the roads are about as appropriate for a supercar as a farm track – but it has a unique appeal for a nostalgic petrolhead in the right car. We had travelled there en route from our base a short drive west along the coast. Three coastal roads run between Nice and Monaco – the Basse, Moyenne and Grande Corniches – each higher than the next, and halfway between Monaco and Cap Ferrat on the Basse Corniche you’ll find the turn-off for Cap Estel. Once you’ve been waved through the gates, you wind your way down a narrow road to the reception area. For a hotel with a reputation as one of the finest on the Cote d’Azur it is, perhaps surprisingly, low-key – pristine and luxurious with effortlessly efficient service, certainly, but there’s little grandeur and glitz. ➤



➤ Instead, staying at Cap Estel is more like being a guest at the pied-a-terre of someone extraordinarily wealthy with incredibly good taste, which isn’t surprising when you learn it was built in the late 19th century and used by Irish journalist and novelist Frank Harris to host wealthy visitors before it passed through the hands of several other owners. It isn’t hard to see what drew (and still draws) the rich and famous to Cap Estel – its position on a rocky outcrop jutting out into the Mediterranean offers both spectacular views of the coastline and out-of-the-way privacy. And these days, there’s a spa outbuilding built practically into the rocks, immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the main mansion and Michelin-starred La Table de Patrick Raingeard, where intricately and meticulously-prepared food is served in the most serene of surroundings. Our room is no less tranquil, a vision in white with genuinely breathtaking views east towards Cap d’Ail and Monaco. We can just make out the Basse Corniche as it traces the line of the ocean across the cliffs above. Back in Monaco, we pick our way through narrow streets and wind our way out of the principality and onto La Provençale autoroute, which runs along the south-east of France


from near Aix-en-Provence to the Italian border. The homeland of Ferrari is exactly where we’re heading – to the medieval hilltop town of Triora, which is a short way from the French border but a spectacular, twisting drive north if you’re willing to stick with the autoroute for 20 miles or so into Italy. It’s not entirely unrewarding – outside peak season, at least, the A10 (as La Provençale becomes once you enter Italy) is fast and direct, and the tunnels that pierce through the hills and mountains are a gift to anyone who happens to be driving a howling, 562bhp convertible supercar. The noise from the Maranello-built V8 is utterly primal – maximum power comes at a screaming 9,000rpm, and the sound rips through tunnels with such brutality that you almost expect the mountains to crumble each time you exit.

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Which isn’t to say we aren’t relieved to turn off the A10 and onto the strada statale (an Italian A-road), which works its way through the town of Badalucco until it reaches Triora. If the Riviera is where the Spider wins out with its good looks and breeding, roads like this are the sort of locations that enable you to really discover its true character. Put simply, the Spider is a corner junkie. The steering rack is fast and direct and, even on autumn mountain roads dotted with damp, shaded patches, it slices through turns with outrageous pace and poise, kicking up piles of orange leaves. Between the bends, you can punch through the rapid-fire seven-speed ‘box with the V8 hammering away behind until you find that you’ve run out of road. The nearer we get to Triora, the narrower the roads become, and as I squeeze the Spider through the claustrophobic streets of a small town, a group of grown men leap from their chairs outside a sleepy cafe and punch the air at the sight of the Ferrari. The 458 Spider has that effect, particularly if you’re lucky enough to be the person behind the wheel. And just in case you’re wondering – no, I didn’t have to use the horn. ■ Hotel Cap Estel, 1312 Avenue Raymond-Poincaré, Éze-Bord-de-Mer,;


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Time drifts idyllically by in the sparkling Maldives and mountainous Muscat. CHRIS BORG samples the joys of their serene pace of life


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Looking out of the plane window, the Maldives suddenly drifts into view – an other-worldly double chain of atolls stretching into a shimmering distance. The blue-green of the coral, the lush vegetation and the glowing beaches made it hard not to hear the Desert Island Discs theme music playing in your head. “There’s a lot of blue about,” a friend who was there a few years ago said. She wasn’t wrong. The desert island feel (I really should have chosen my eight records) was heightened by the journey from the Maldivian capital Malé to our base island, Villingili. On a rattling, propeller-driven plane to Gan, the attendant made his way down the aisle to let us know we’d just switched hemispheres – this part of Addu Atoll lies south of the equator. And after a short speedboat trip from Gan, drinks (served in a hollowed coconut) in hand, we arrived at our oasis of peace and relaxation. Before Shangri-La opened its Villingili Resort and Spa a few years back this was one of many uninhabited Maldivian islands, having briefly served as home only to a handful of sun-kissed soldiers when used as an allied lookout post during the second world war. And once you’re happily ensconced it’s easy to feel you’ve somehow ended up having the place to yourself – the Tree House villa I stayed in (one of seven accommodation types available), complete with beautiful Indian Ocean views and private swimming pool, was accessed through its own double gates and splendidly isolated from its neighbours. All you could hear was the sound of the sea and the odd rustle of wildlife – the most soothing of backing tracks to which to fall asleep. Each villa is provided with bikes for getting around the island, whose meandering paths lead you through rich greenery to the main beach, where the sand seems whiter and the sea bluer than in even the most souped-up of brochure photographs. At the island’s tip you’ll find the only golf course in the Maldives, a nine-hole extravaganza that was far too nice for our dazzling assortment of clueless swipes and ludicrous mishits. In the midst of

the course is Mount Villingili, the highest point in the Maldives at a towering 510m. I climbed that mountain – and, what’s more, I have a certificate to prove it. Who said luxurious destinations have to mean lazy behaviour? Somewhere closer to the middle is the chef’s garden, which provides fresh produce such as lemongrass and mint for use in the resort’s restaurants (farms on neighbouring islands do the bulk of the growing). In the small private dining area, we enjoyed a delicious lunch featuring fresh herbs and salads – a good kind of meal for a humid afternoon – but there are plenty of heartier options available. Dr Ali’s, for example, offers beautifully-cooked dishes from three regions (Indian Ocean, South China Sea and Arabian Gulf), along with one of the most rapid responses to a rainy season interlude you could imagine. As an evening shower began with our party in full outdoor eating and drinking swing, the table was picked up and whisked to shelter by a pair of speedy waiters. Neither a morsel nor a drop was spilled. The occasionally unpredictable weather, which can see sunshine giving way to downpour almost at the flick of a switch, provided a dramatic backdrop to what had been intended as a sunset cruise on the resort’s yacht Horizon but instead offered exciting views of a brooding sea and angry skies – although it behaved impeccably during a sweltering cycling tour of the neighbouring island of Meedhoo. There’s no luxury life here, just a sleepy town built around two main streets, with friendly people and historic landmarks including the oldest cemetery and one of the oldest houses in the Maldives. ➤

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IT’S ALL GOING SWIMMINGLY: Dusk settles over Al Waha, one of three hotels at the Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat. The name translates as ‘the oasis’, and the design of the hotel’s swimming pools, which are surrounded by date palm trees, is intended to evoke an oasis-like feel

➤ But if the conditions – either hot or rainy – drive you indoors, there are worse things to do than treat yourself to one of the resort’s spa massages. Try the hour-long Kandu Boli Special, inspired by the ocean, and feel your cares about pretty much everything slipping into the distance – although, to be fair, that tends to happen on Villingili anyway. All too soon it was time to clamber back on the boat and, via a quick stop on Malé (one of the most densely-populated islands in the world and well worth a look – but beware, it’s easy to get lost), make our way to Muscat, the capital of Oman. Here, in a landscape that could hardly be more different to the Maldives, is Shangri-La’s three-hotel (you can leap into a rubber ring and ride a ‘lazy river’ that links them all) Barr Al Jissah resort, overlooking the Sea of Oman and hemmed in by mountains. Like much architecture in Muscat, a city that only really began to develop some 40 years ago, our base at the Al Husn hotel draws heavily on inspiration from the past, with influences coming from worlds as diverse as fort architecture and Moorish palace interiors.

Sipping a gin in this setting, it’s tough not to feel you’re a character in a Noel Coward play

A courtyard archway frames views over the swimming pool to the private beach and sea beyond and, sipping an evening gin or two in this setting, it’s tough not to feel you’ve turned into a character from a Noel Coward play. If you can tear yourself away from these surroundings, Muscat is an interesting city to explore – its awe-inspiring Grand Mosque, which can hold 20,000 worshippers, is an incredible showcase of brilliant craftsmanship; you can haggle (or at least give it a whirl) in the rambling Muttrah Souk down by the harbour, while the Opera House, another fine building, offers varied cultural options. But if you’re in the mood for exploring the coast, Barr Al Jissah is the perfect base from which to do so. Like Villangili this is an area of huge possibilities for divers, snorkellers and swimmers, and some of its beaches are hatching grounds for turtles (both resorts have rangers who can let you know when the turtles can be seen – at any hour of the day or night). A boat trip along the coast, stopping for an off-boat swim at Banda Khiran on our way to watch the sun setting over Muscat, was one of the highlights of our visit. The genial captain poured glasses of champagne to accompany the sunset scene and, once it was time to head back, took us via waterside forts built by the Portuguese in the 1580s. The sound of an evening call to prayer echoed from somewhere high up in the hills, and life could hardly have seemed slower. But then the skipper put his foot to the floor (or whatever the nautical equivalent of that is) and suddenly we were

off, positively racing home, speedboat-style, along the darkening coast – exhilarating. As well as being guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, that sort of day is sure to work up an appetite and, as lobster is a speciality around here, it would have been churlish not to eat it at least once during an outstanding dinner at the resort’s Bait Al Bahr restaurant. The lobster bisque and seafood grill (starring a generous amount of lobster) were both amazing, but the dessert – lobster ice-cream – topped the lot. That might sound like a bit of an unlikely idea, but it works. Barr Al Jissah may be a bigger and busier resort than Villangili, but it has the same air of effortless relaxation – and you might encounter the occasional well-known face enjoying its hospitality (actor Christopher Biggins was there during our visit). “Good morning,” smiled the thoroughly affable Biggins when we were introduced at breakfast. “Welcome to another day in paradise.” And do you know what? He wasn’t really exaggerating. ■ Oman Air offers regular flights from London Heathrow to the Maldives via Muscat, with return economy tickets from £608 and business class from £2,002, including taxes. For more information and to book, visit A Pool villa at Villingili Resort and Spa starts from £420 and a Tree House villa from £660 per night, including breakfast, service and tax. A double room in the Al Husn hotel at Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa starts from £287 per night, including breakfast, service and tax. For more information and to book, visit




HANNAH WHITE finds tranquillity, activity and fine food – and has some preconceptions overturned – on a trip to Greece’s Ionian coast


S A SAILOR, many might have assumed that Greece and the Ionian Sea would be familiar territory to me – but I am ashamed to say that, until recently, my knowledge of these waters was very limited. When I thought of Greece, I though of Mediterranean food, long lunches eaten while sitting outside tavernas, and rotund men playing chess in the late afternoon sun over countless coffees. Unfortunately, I also thought of budget summer holidays, cheap booze, lots of sunburn and too many British tourists. But I’m happy to report that any negative perceptions I held have been well and truly quashed thanks to a visit to Costa Navarino – the prime sustainable destination resort in Greece’s south-west Peloponnese. My dreams of delicious food and long, lazy lunches, on the other hand, were joyously upheld. After a scenic drive from Athens, Navarino Dunes welcomes you: a smart, sophisticated and elegant expanse that has more in common with a small town than it does with a holiday destination. The infrastructure took many years to complete, and the result fits in remarkably well with the natural surroundings – it is as though it were meant to be there. I’m not good at sitting on a beach or by a pool for days on end. An hour is about the limit before I am fidgety and restless. I need a holiday that combines comfort and relaxation with a healthy dose of action and activity. On the first day, I was desperate to explore the surrounding area – both on land and on the water. With the area and its people being shaped by 4,500 years of history, there is a lot to see. The first stop was Navarino Outdoors, a hiking and mountain bike centre where state-

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of-the-art bikes (which, for a bike junkie like me, was a real treat) are available to suit every biking level and style. You can set off for a full day in the mountains on a road bike or explore the coastline, winding your way through the olive groves on a mountain bike. Many opt for a self-guided GPS tour, but I wanted some local knowledge, and set off with a guide. The dusty tracks and rocky climbs made for some challenging riding, but the prize was worth it. The summit was marked by the minute chapel of Prophet Elias, with breathtaking views of the coast and the beach at Voidokilia. You can also see the Gialova lagoon – home to more than 271 species of birds – and Palaiokastro, a rocky promontory with the ruins of a fortress dating back to the 13th century. The breeze at the top gave welcome respite from the blazing morning sun, and I found a shady spot to take in the magnificent view, which was just a taster for the rest of the tour. I was amazed by how much there was to see and learn so close to the resort. After a couple of hours we returned to base for some relaxation, ready for adventure number two the following day. Costa Navarino is the perfect playground for a watersports fanatic like me. A steady onshore breeze and flat water make it fun for the more experienced but still approachable for beginners. Normally, I would have jumped on a dinghy and headed out into the bay, but in Greece it was time for something different – and a new sport for me, kitesufing. Under the warmth of the Messinian sun and with the help of an expert instructor, my kite and I took our first flight. I pride myself on my knowledge of the wind and all its intricacies, but this was an exhilaration I had never felt before. Harnessing the power of the wind with a piece of cloth at the end of some string gets you as close to the wind as you will ever be – and I loved it. A couple of moments of distraction meant I found my kite hurtling towards the ground, but some calm and clear instruction from the team put me back in control. Now it was time to put my new-found skills to the ultimate test. ➤


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➤ It was time to get into the water. The expertise of the instructors was illustrated by my rise through the ranks from total beginner to vaguely competent. Their skills meant I never felt vulnerable or out of control – the reasons many give up extreme sports early on. Before I knew it, I was at the end of a kite in the Ionian Sea, adrenaline pumping through my body. All too soon, my lesson was over and it was time for a well-earned meal at the Barbouni beach bar and restaurant. Fresh calamari and sardines from the grill, accompanied by traditional Greek salad, provided reward for a day of activity. Along with a range of products

chilled glass of wine and then moor the boat for you. It would be easy to get used to this. The Bay of Navarino is protected by the elongated island of Sfaktiria, which provides some light relief from the prevailing winds that are frequent in this area. The deep water means you can sail close to shore, and the warm temperatures make a mid-sail dip seem compulsory. Returning to the resort just before dusk, having watched the sun setting over the horizon, I felt that life couldn’t get much better. For our farewell dinner, we opted for Inbi, a Japanese fusion restaurant. Cool and contemporary, it provided an exclusive yet relaxed feel as we dined under the stars, feasting on fabulous sushi and cocktails. My only complaint? With golf, yoga, gym, paddleboarding, spa treatments, and kayaking, to name but a few, all still to do, how on Earth were we expected to fit it all in? I should have come for two weeks, really – and I should have brought the whole family with me. ■ Aegean Airlines offers daily flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to Athens, as well as flights from Athens to Kalamata. For more information, visit The airline offers golfers free-ofcharge carriage of golf bags and equipment. Prices at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino start from around £205 per night on a bed-and-breakfast basis. For more information, and to book, visit and

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JON HAWKINS is sceptical about the Square Mile’s claims to be a

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be told how fashionable it has become to tout the place as a foodie mecca – no longer a bleak outpost with a few ancient institutions serving up bowls full of nostalgia for overgrown public schoolboys, it is now apparently a hub of culinary invention. But is it? Really? A quick look at the 2014 Michelin guide will tell you there are only two stars within the official City boundaries – Club Gascon in Smithfields and newcomer Angler at the South Place hotel. Though Michelin stars may not be the be-all and end-all, this hardly looks like an indication of the stirrings of a culinary revolution in the Square Mile. But in Angler, it may have a genuine food hero in the making. Earning its first Michelin star barely a year after it opened, chef Tony Fleming’s top-floor seafood restaurant has

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brought refinement and flair to the City’s dining scene. Refreshingly, it’s not packed out, glitzy and loud – it leaves that to the groundfloor bar, where we start the night. Instead, big windows and a narrow but uncluttered space lend an ambience to the dining room that’s at once relaxed and sophisticated. It looks and feels like the sort of place that should serve brilliant, unpretentious food – and it does. We start with a heaving plate of Mersea and Colchester oysters (the only way is Essex when it comes to the aphrodisiac bivalves), with a couple of cherrystone clams for good measure, and I follow it with a fillet of slowroast turbot. Sitting on a rich and sweet squid ragu and a fennel purée, this piece of fish is as good as any I’ve eaten, nuances of its flavour teased out by the dark red ragu. My companion’s steamed sea bass, stretched out on a trail of crushed potatoes and crab, is – he claims – just as good, but it’s hard to believe. As we shovel down the last crumbs of dessert (chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream – as good as it sounds – and hazelnut cake), we strain to pick out the rumblings of a revolution from the City. We hear nothing, but Angler is making all the right noises. ■

Writing a restaurant review more than two weeks after the meal is never easy. All the food turns into “a treat”, the wine list is “expansive” and the lighting always “tasteful”. Before you know it, the review could describe the All Bar One on Finsbury Pavement every bit as much as it does some new and flashy City destination restaurant. Well, I went to Tom’s Kitchen in Canary Wharf – the latest outpost from talented chef Tom Aiken – in August, and still can’t stop thinking about the truffle mac’n’cheese. I can still remember the whiff of the truffle as it was set down in front of me, the strings of cheese that hung down from my mouth and the feeling of bitter disappointment when it was all done and dusted and only spongy bits remained to pick off the side. Mac’n’cheese has made a comeback at Tom’s Kitchen – welcome to comfort food at its finest.

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which are painted mural-style by respected tattoo artists from London to Ibiza. Secondly, for a joint that places a huge emphasis on the music it plays and the drinks it serves, INK saves enough gusto to provide a food menu to rival a top restaurant, let alone a club. Dusk-til-dawn snacking isn’t a new trend, but it has only recently taken off this side of the Atlantic, and although there are plenty of 24-hour cafes and restaurants lining backstreets across central London, combining partying and fine dining in the same space is still something of a novelty. But why opt for fast food on the way home when you could eat really quite well just metres from the bar? With snacks like the Posh Dog – with truffle mayo on a brioche bun – and dinner options such as salmon cured in Hoxton Gin, and handmade tortellini, it’s easy to see why INK is already setting the pace for late-night snacking in London’s vibrant club scene. And even if you’re not big on eating while drinking, it’s still a fantastic place to spend an evening. ■

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Despite finishing the season with something resembling a flourish, questions are being asked as to whether Rory McIIroy has the temperament to regain his once dominant position among golf’s elite. To say 2013 has been a difficult year is something of an understatement. Without a tournament win to his name, just two Top 5 finishes, and a poor run in the majors, it was an annus horribilis by his usually high standards. Failure to qualify for the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup added insult to injury for the boy wonder who carried virtually all before him in the prior two seasons, while a lowly 35th place in the European Tour’s money list also tells a story of a loss of form on a global scale. After being deposed from the no.1 spot by nemesis and now Nike stablemate Tiger Woods, McIlroy has slipped down to sixth place. After a poor showing at July’s Irish Open, in front of an expectant home crowd, McIlroy spoke of “feeling lost” on the course, unsure of whether the ball was going to go left or right off the tee. He failed to get to grips – often quite literally – with his new Nike clubs, while legal battles with his former management company and a previous sponsor provided yet more distractions. Add in the tabloid frenzy regarding his on/off relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and Rory has all the excuses needed for not having his eye totally on the golf ball. The comment earlier this year that he has a “good life” speaks of a man, who, at 24, already has more money than he could possibly need – with two majors in the bank, he’s taken his foot off the pedal and realised it’s good fun being young, rich and famous, and hitting a ball down a field isn’t a matter of life and death. Perspective is an important trait, no matter your line of work, and whether McIlroy goes on to win another ten majors or none, he’s already achieved more than 99% of professional golfers can ever dream about – of that there is no doubt.

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FTER VISITING MAURITIUS in 1896, American writer Mark Twain is said to have described this magical tropical island in the Indian Ocean as “God’s blueprint for heaven” – and that was before Bernhard Langer had built the stunning golf course at Le Touessrok [pictured]. Twain was ahead of his time in many ways, and he was certainly ahead of the game when it came to planning his holidays. It’s only in the last 25 years or so that this enchanting place, 500 miles east of Madagascar, has become a serious destination. Golfers have had to be even more patient as – with the glorious exception of the Gymkhana Golf Club, which dates back to 1844 – there had been nothing worth travelling half way around the world to play until the opening of Belle Mare Plage’s Legend course in 1994. Since then, though, the golfing floodgates have opened, and players can now pick from seven 18-hole championship layouts as well as several excellent nine-hole courses. Add that to the island’s reputation for luxury facilities and friendly service, and it’s no surprise that it

is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for many of today’s discerning golf tourists. With verdant mountains, white sandy beaches and emerald lagoons as a backdrop, the island’s courses are as spectacular as they are varied. Much of the land on which they are built has been reclaimed from sugar plantations, so it’s not unusual for a wayward drive to end up hidden among tall, swaying canes. Once such course is Golf du Chateau at Le Telfair (, carved out of the sugar cane fields of the Domaine de Bel Ombre estate, while the hillside plantations along the island’s east coast were the inspiration for Ernie Els’ course at the Four Seasons Anahita, which opened in 2008. The unquestionable godfather of Mauritian golf is Belle Mare Plage (, which offers two championship courses – the aforementioned Legend and the Peter Alliss-designed Links, which opened in 2002. The latter, which offers generous fairways and has an open feel to it, is a less daunting prospect for the holiday golfer

than the Legend, which has narrow, forestlined fairways and a scary number of water hazards. Host venue for the Mauritius Open since 1994, and for last month’s MCB Tour Championship on the European Senior Tour, the Legend is one of the most popular stops on the professional circuit, providing pros and their families with the chance to wind down after a long season. While Belle Mare Plage is where the pros play, for sheer unadulterated holiday golf, there a few courses on the planet to touch the spectacular Le Touessrok. Only accessible by helicopter or boat, this James Bond-style ➤

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➤ course occupies its own private island, Ile aux Cerfs – named after the deer that once roamed its forests – and provides an unforgettable experience for every golfer who is lucky enough to set foot on its pristine fairways and glorious greens. The Langer-designed 7,000-yard layout twists and turns its way through an exotic volcanic setting, featuring mangrove swamps and dense tropical vegetation, before arriving at a series of stunning holes that lie alongside white sandy beaches and rocky outcrops. It’s truly breathtaking stuff and will leave you wanting to start all over again as soon as you come off the 18th – provided, that is, that you haven’t already run out of balls on what is an ultra-demanding layout. After enjoying a round, golfers can hop back on the boat to the five-star One&Only resort, which boasts a number of elegant suites overlooking the eastern coast back towards the golf course. The choice of accommodation is no less impressive than the array of courses, with many visitors choosing to book themselves into resorts that offer the best all-inclusive golf packages. Resorts with their own courses often allow guests to play for free, while others also offer reduced rates at nearby clubs – so it’s worth checking out which courses fall into that category when you’re arranging and booking your holiday. For instance, premium guests at the Heritage Le Telfair receive unlimited free golf at Golf du Chateau [pictured above], while those at Belle Mare

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Plage and the Prince Maurice are offered free rounds on both the Legend and Links courses. Guests staying the stunning Four Seasons Resort at Anahita can take their pick from an impressive array of 136 villas and suites, offering between two and five bedrooms and all featuring private pools and beach views. The resort also boasts a spa and four restaurants, while golfers will drool over Els’ magnificent 7,372-yard course, which is free to play for guests and occupies a 64-acre site on the vast, sprawling 530-acre property. With six of its 18 holes right by the sea, and the remainder threading their way through a former sugar plantation, the 2012 Open champion has done a superb job in creating a stunning variety of holes whose interest is held not only by the spectacular views but also by the tactical nous that players require to negotiate their way around a layout that incorporates dry stone walls and a links-style stream, not to mention sea and sand. The Big Easy’s course is the newest on the island, with the oldest to be found at Paradis Golf Club on the south-west tip, where an impressive 18-hole layout occupies a scenic spot in the shadow of the majestic Le Morne mountain. Opened in 1990, the 6,425-yard course is a shade easier than those that have followed in its footsteps and is real pleasure to play, especially the four holes on the back nine that run adjacent to the Indian Ocean. Although blessed with a wonderful yearround tropical climate, with the temperature rarely rising above 33 degrees or falling below 17, the equatorial location of Mauritius means the sun always sets around 6pm, so there is pressure on tee times during peak winter months – and that makes pre-booking essential. But, whichever combination of courses you end up choosing to play, it’s a certainty that you won’t be disappointed. If you can drag yourself away from the golf courses, the sun loungers and the all-inclusive buffets, the island offers a number of excellent

excuses for venturing out. The capital, Port Louis, features a bustling central market and the historic Citadel-Fort Adelaide, which was built by the British and sits on top of a hill overlooking both city and harbour, while the Caudan Waterfront is great for shopping for local crafts. And if you like a flutter on the horses, Champ De Mars, the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere, hosts racing every weekend from May to November. For the more intrepid explorer, a trip to the island’s wild interior – much of which is protected by nature reserves – is a must. Get close to the wildlife on a 4x4 safari-style tour in Casela Nature Park or Yemen Nature Reserve in the west, where zebra, antelope and wild pig roam free. For a family-friendly nature experience, the Domaine les Pailles Park, at the foot of the Moka Mountains, offers tours in a horse and carriage, while birdwatchers should not miss the opportunity to take a boat trip out to Ile aux Aigrettes, an uninhabited conservation site off the east coast that is home to several near-extinct species. For watersports fans, the Blue Bay marine park is bursting with coral and brilliantly-coloured butterfly fish, while the Shandrani resort boasts a dive centre on a wild beach with a vast lagoon. The One&Only Le Saint Géran (lesaintgeran., which also has a superb nine-hole course, includes a kite surfing centre among its amenities, while at Tamarina Golf, Spa and Beach Club ( – another venue with an 18hole course – guests can swim with dolphins. It’s not known whether Mark Twain had much of an interest in golf but, if he was able to revisit Mauritius today, he would have been hard pushed not to have given it a try. ■ Air Mauritius flies direct from London Heathrow four times a week, with return flights starting from £750.

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HOME FOR TEE Ever thought you'd like a round of golf but felt the course was a bit far away? Now it needn't be. CHRIS BORG looks at three well-placed houses



clubs and, a short stroll from your front door, play your first shot of the round. And then, even if you’ve hacked and stumbled your way through 18 holes from hell, you can rapidly be ensconced in your lounge again, fuming quietly over a glass of something decent. Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t – and here are three ways to make sure you’re never a fair way from the fairway in London's green and pleasant suburbs.

GOLF CLUB DRIVE, KINGSTON UPON THAMES This address, a no through road within the Coombe Estate, is possibly one of the biggest ‘the clue’s in the name’ locations you could wish to find anywhere – anywhere in this case being leafy Surrey, where Coombe Hill Golf Club will be your local, and both Kingston and Wimbledon town centres are nearby. A golfer’s nirvana, this new-build family home, called Amberwood Court, sits in grounds that sprawl over more than an acre and has a guide price of £7.4m. Among a lavish array of amenities, it boasts a vast, en-

suite master bedroom, eight further bedrooms, a swimming pool, a gym, a cinema room, a bar and – should you like the idea of the occasional change from the golf – a games room. Huge windows offer sweeping views over the landscaped gardens, there is a terrace and you can bask in your own sauna and spa feeling safe and serene in the knowledge that the whole place is designed to be as energyefficient as possible: 100% of heating and hot water is provided by renewable sources, and a heat-recovery ventilation system is installed. And even when it's raining, that's not all bad – rainwater is collected for use in the irrigation system that keeps the grounds verdant.

The first balls were struck at Coombe Hill Golf Club on a sunny day at the end of May 1911, and the local Surrey Comet was certainly impressed, reporting: "The eye was met by scenes of sylvan beauty on every hand… The rhododendrons, so much a feature of the woods, are everywhere ablaze with colour. "And the golf will test the best. There is nothing of the drawing room order about it. It should be a punishing course for the loose player and the man who is off his game. But that is only to say that it is such a course as will delight the clever golfer." Winston Churchill must have shared that view – he was an early member of the club before his life became a touch busier. Savills Wimbledon; +44 (0) 20 8971 8120


Coombe Hill Golf Club will be your local, and both Kingston and Wimbledon town centres are nearby

WINNINGTON CLOSE, HAMPSTEAD Meanwhile, on the other side of town, golfers who like the idea of having the closest golf course to the centre of London right on their doorstep should take a look at a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion in Winnington Close which has a £9.45m guide price. ➤



➤ Guess what the address of Hampstead Golf Club, which was founded in 1893 has a nine-hole parkland course laid out by prolific designer Tom Dunn, is? That’s right – Winnington Road, at the end of the close. The house [pictured right] features an elegant reception hall that leads to a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, study and family room, while there’s a gym for something a little more strenuous than golf. Head upstairs and a galleried first floor landing gives access to a master bedroom suite complete with dressing rooms and bathrooms (yes, plural). The three further bedrooms on this floor all have en-suite bathrooms. And, as a crowning touch, there's a 121ft south-west facing garden in which to relax after taking on the Hampstead course, which includes some elevated tees and greens, provides challenges for players of all levels and is seen by many aficionados as one of the most interesting nine-hole courses in London. Savills Hampstead; +44 (0) 20 7472 5000

KYLEMORE HOUSE, KINGSTON UPON THAMES Our third and final golf-friendly property is another new-build near Coombe Hill Golf Club – this time in Warren Cutting, another no through road on the Coombe Estate. Combining classical and contemporary influences to eye-catching effect, Kylemore House – on the market with a guide price of £8.5m – has five large reception rooms, seven

IT'S PICTURE PERFECT: One of the five spacious reception rooms at Kylemore House, a new-build Kingston upon Thames home within a stone's throw of Coombe Hill Golf Club. The energy-efficient seven-bedroom house is on the market with an £8.5m guide price



The house is 100 metres from the gates to the golf club. Just how convenient do you want life to be?

double bedrooms and a swimming pool. And listen to this, golfers – it’s only around 100 metres from the gates to the club. Just how convenient do you want life to be? Like its contemporary at Golf Club Drive, Kylemore House is also close to the sprawling open spaces of both Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, both of which are ideal locations for those who enjoy walking, horse-riding or cycling as well as the idea of taking on the challenges of the rhododendronspangled 18-hole course at Coombe Hill. The house has been constructed to the highest energy efficiency standards, receiving an A-grade EPC rating only achieved by 0.1% of houses – an unusual accolade for such a large detached home. Among the reasons for that is a solar panel system that has the capacity to generate 7.4kw and could benefit from an annual grant of around £1,000 per year, plus 50% of the value of the unused power that has been generated by the panels. Not only that, the lighting throughout the building is designed to be about as energy efficient as it could conceivably be, while Kylemore also has a rainwater harvesting system that provides the water to irrigate the gardens. Those gardens, by the way, include a large, lush lawn surrounded by flowerbeds at the back of the house, while a sweeping driveway provides plenty of space for guests – and, of course, the home's lucky owner – to leave their cars outside the impressive, Georgian-inspired frontage. ■ Savills Wimbledon; +44 (0) 20 8971 8120


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JANUARY: (clockwise from top left) Take it in at the London Art Fair; get suited up at E. Marinella; get your skates on at Broadgate Ice Rink, and warm your cockles at Fish Market



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21 January and 22 January, 10am-6pm

London Art Fair is a five-day celebration of British art and design, and takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Showcasing work from more than 120 galleries, it puts British work at the forefront of the London art scene with the aim of bringing together innovative artists and passionate investors and collectors.

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Fish Market has enlisted some help to warm your cockles this winter (quite literally). 2009 Masterchef winner Mat Follas will team up with resident head chef Barry Macmillan to serve three-course suppers feautring the best of Dorset’s local seafood, along with some “extra surprises”.

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This rigorous bodyweight exercise class uses animal-influenced exercise to increase flexibility and movement. Not one for the faint hearted.

WHAT’S ON IN THE CITY… The events on this page are just a small taste of what’s going on in the City and beyond; we’ve got a lot more on our website Scan the QR code to be taken to our events page, and get stuck in.



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MADDOX CLUB Technically we’d already had our office Christmas party but it was sadly lacking Square Up Media’s friends and clients, so the chance for a good old fashioned Christmas knees up was too good to turn down. Mayfair’s exclusive Maddox club proved the perfect location.


Wine was provided by Graffigna to complement the skilled bartenders’ cocktails, and the lavishly decked-out VIP room proved a sanctuary as the evening wore on and the drinks continued to flow. Next stop, New Year’s Eve.

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Luxury luggage maker Tumi opened the doors of its Piccadilly store for a private shopping event with square mile readers. Guests enjoyed champagne, canapĂŠs and Ketel One cocktails alongside exclusive discounts. For more info, see



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stores in The Royal Exchange. The evening kicked off with the lighting of the Tiffany & Co. Christmas tree. Inside, the City still managed to show its competitive side with roulette and a heated tournament on the giant Scalextric track. EVENTS GALLERIES

For more photos from this event – and all square mile events – then head to our new-look website by scanning in the QR code.

PHOTOGRAPHS by James McCauley

Christmas may now feel like a distant, gluttonous memory – but it all began in the City with the square mile Christmas shopping event at The Royal Exchange. Our readers enjoyed champagne receptions, festive fare and exclusive discounts at many of the


Steam & Rye Launch |


The festive season in the City saw several new launches including Nick House’s latest bar, Steam & Rye. House has partnered with Kelly Brook for the new venture – and it certainly led to some fresh faces on the Square Mile scene – guests included James Middleton, Keith Lemon and Amber Le Bon.

PHOTOGRAPHS by (Steam & Rye); (Movember) Steve Ryan

This year the square mile Financial Challenge surpassed itself – more than doubling last year’s efforts to make more than £652k for Movember. Around 2,200 readers grew their mos bushy and proud to beat the likes of the US Financial Challenge, Seattle and Washington DC in the global ranking.

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Go the extra mile |


MILES AHEAD: (anti-clockwise from main) Jacky Head is planning to summit Everest in 2016; Ankit Gupta at the Itsukushima shrine in Japan; Bianca Stewart outside the Colosseum in Rome; James Van Graan in an Underground pipe subway where there is low oxygen levels


Hopefully you know the deal by now. You take a copy of your favourite mag (that’s square mile, by the way) to somewhere weird or wonderful; email the photo to us and we might publish it here. The winning photo will land its snapper a Jorg Gray watch, and the respect of the City, of course.


This issue, square mile has made it to Everest; to the Itsukushima Shrine near Hiroshima; to the Colosseum in Rome; and even to – wait for it – the Underground. ■ Send us your Go The Extra Mile photos to, or tweet us on @square_mile #extramile. The best photo will win you a Jorg Gray

We want to reward you for your endeavours. So each month, the winner will take home a Jorg Gray 5200. This impressive timepiece has a solid stainless steel case featuring an applied index dial, high precision Miyota three-hand movement and a natural leather strap. Email us your photographs – please send the highest resolution ones you have – to

Honestly, it's not as expensive as it looks (we’ll even come up with the excuses)

Frameset £3,799.00. Full custom builds available.

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Square Mile Issue 86 – The Fitness Issue  

Square Mile Issue 86 – The Fitness Issue