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100 Things to do After the City #13 oPEn a REstaURant Admit it: other than a weekend with a pair of liberal-minded twins, owning a restaurant is the ultimate dream. Lurking in an expensive jacket, purveying all that is yours, sipping a late Martini, telling the polite lady on the phone that you are sorry but Mr de Niro should have booked in advance like all the other patrons... If only it were that simple. Take my friend Negative Graham. Negative Graham used to work in the City. Fairly successful he was too, in a negative kind of way. Then one day he declared he was leaving to open a restaurant. “I’m leaving to open a restaurant!” he declared (just in case you didn’t believe me). He spent a month at home coming up with a name (“Negative Graham’s Bistro”), three months considering a location (Putney), a further two months securing premises (down a cul-de-sac), then ten minutes deciding on a culinary theme (“cheese! It’s cheese!”). What Negative Graham didn’t appreciate was the hard work required to carry it off. “Frankly,” he said to me the other week when I visited him in hospital, “I thought I’d have my own TV show within the year. Instead, I’ve had to settle for an ulcer and a drink problem. Could you rub my feet please?” It was a review in the Evening Standard that pushed him over the edge. It started reasonably enough (“having never been to a cheese restaurant before I entered with an open mind…”) but fairly soon they let him have it (“one of the waiters farted in my ear…”) culminating in a damning indictment of the place (“there is, undoubtedly, a cloak of negativity enveloping this establishment…”) and a nail in the coffin (“I’d rather eat my own leg than return”). Now that he’s in hospital Negative Graham has asked me to take the reins. I’ve renamed the place “Saul’s Upbeat Diner”, doubled the prices and taken up with his wife, Positive Sue. I tell yah, the restaurant game – it’s a cutthroat business. ■ saulwordsworth.com

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Getting out of London on a hot summer evening conjures up images of sitting in traffic queues till the sun has all but disappeared from the sky or being squeezed into a train carriage, normally against some portly gentleman who has forgotten to use his deodorant. Thankfully, Kensington Roof Gardens can provide another alternative for a summer’s eve. From May to September the exclusive club is running a series of rooftop barbecues designed to provide a summery retreat from sweltering City life. Dine out on the barbecue and shellfish menu throughout summer, or host your own special lunch and hire out the garden for £60 per person which includes Pimm’s on arrival as well as barbecue and wine. And if you’re more of a night

owl, Fridays and Saturdays see a series of regular barbecues where guests can take tables from ten to 150 guests, or for a more intimate evening, try the three-course bespoke barbecue deal. roofgardens.virgin.com

win johnniE walKER this fathER’s day Harvey Nichols is celebrating Father’s Day by offering a unique gift package whereby customers can provide their loved ones with a unique Father’s Day experience. With every bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label purchased in store, customers will receive an invitation to a one-onone complimentary tasting experience in store, to take place either on 4 or 18 July, hosted by a Johnnie Walker ambassador. Visit Harvey Nichols in-store for more information. harveynichols.com

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In the current economic climate, flying private to New York is not something that the company accountant will look too favourably on. Thankfully, British Airways is launching its new business service from London City to JFK whereby passengers will be able to bypass customs and immigrations in the US and speed straight through the airport without lengthy queues. The new aircraft will offer a onecabin layout with 32 flat-bed seats and customers will be able to arrive at the airport up to 15 minutes before departure, meaning many New York bound passengers will be able to go from desk to aircraft in approximately 30 minutes. Now that’s quick… ba.com

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Now in its eighth year, the Microsoft UK Challenge gives companies a chance to compete alongside more than 100 UKbased teams in a multi-sport, adrenaline-fuelled adventure, with the primary aim of creating high-performance teams for business and raising money for the NSPCC. It all takes place in the stunning surrounds of the Cambrian Mountains in Wales, from 10-14 June. Since 2000, Microsoft UK Challenge teams have managed to raise in excess of £2.7m for the NSPCC, with participants in 2008 raising a record amount of over £600k. ukchallenge.co.uk

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So dreary and monotonous are the colours and walls that you could walk from one conference facility to another, in any city in the world and still have no idea whether you were in Bahrain,

Budapest or Bognor. The conference centre at London Zoo means that you can add an exotic twist to your next event, transporting your guests from Africa to Iceland and back to London, all between courses and speeches. For more information and booking enquiries visit zsl.org.uk

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The posThumous populAriTy and fortune of Elvis Presley continues unabated – demonstrated perfectly by this new lighter from Alfred Dunhill. Apparently a man of rather fine tastes prior to his sequin-suited Vegas malaise, Elvis was a passionate collector of British luxury goods, including several Rolls Royces and Dunhill lighters. To commemorate the king’s legacy, and attempt to safeguard the company through the recession, Dunhill has brought out an elegant 18-carat yellow gold Apex lighter based on one of Presley’s favourite pieces. The limited edition run of only 50 lighters will set you back $13,000 (£8,840) each, but then with the obsessive following Elvis still commands, it may prove to be a shrewd investment in the long run. dunhill.com

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Join us once again at the Buddha Bar as two legendary sportsmen look ahead to the summer’s main sporting occasions, the Lions tour of South Africa and the much anticipated battle for the Ashes. Former Ireland captain and British Lion, Keith Wood, and England’s leading run scorer and former captain, graham gooch oBE, will be sharing their knowledge and insiders’ eyes.

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Held at a leading London venue, this is the first time Wimbledon has been brought to the City – via the help of a huge cinema screen. Readers will be able to enjoy a picnic and a glass of Pimm’s whilst watching Wimbledon’s finest without the hassle of queuing up at SW19. Dates: 22 June-5 July 2009

squarE MilE WinE cluB Square Mile’s Wine Club – a group of wine lovers from our readership – joins together at events hosted by renowned wine companies. This provides a chance for our readers to meet the finest makers, retailers, and investment groups from the world of wine. Dates: Monthly

squarE MilE poKEr cluB Texas hold ‘em has never been as popular, so we’ll be bringing together the best players in the City to find out who has got the luck, the skill and the face to be crowned Square Mile poker champion. £250 entry. Dates: 29 May; 21 August; 27 November

squarE MilE cluB sports lunchEons A quarterly series of lunches held at exclusive London venues and in the company of some of the world’s greatest sporting icons. The inaugural lunch took place in March at Buddha Bar with rugby legends Jason Leonard and Jonathan Davies. See box-out, left, for more information on the Lions to Ashes sporting luncheon later in June. Dates: June, September and December

squarE MilE invEstMEnt propErty cluB The Investment Property Club connects our readers with investors and developers. Hosted in a private members’ club in the City, the Investment Property Club combines the valuable buying opportunities currently available with those looking for investments. Dates: April, May, September, October

squarE MilE suMMEr party Simply the biggest party the City has ever seen. Square Mile is taking over Devonshire Square and all its surrounding establishments to provide our readers with the ultimate summer party. Date: July

squarE MilE undErground party Secretly held in the underground carpark of one of London’s five-star luxury hotels this will be a party like no other. The world’s best luxury cars will be parked around the perimeter and, within, world-famous DJs will supply the music, the drinks will flow and people will party into the night. Date: August

squarE MilE BEEr FEstival A beer festival with a difference. Visit the various beer stations and sample drinks from around the world while being entertained by sultry dancers, world class football freestylers and live music to drink beer to. Date: September

city art Expo In the run up to Frieze Art Fair, we bring together the best artists and galleries to exhibit their wares to you – or at least the art-lovers among you. Date: September

squarE MilE golF charity cup Teams of golfers from our readership battle it out to see who can be crowned champions. Date: TBC To register interest in any of these events, please email clareb@squareupmedia.com May 19


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How to break this to you, Square Milers, guys and gals of the City? I don’t know if you might have noticed a slight change in attitudes towards you since last autumn? A standoffishness, a froideur, a coldness even? Have you by any chance felt the chill? Maybe the social invitations have started to dry up? Perhaps people seem a little less pleased to see you than they once were? Mum stopped returning your calls? Girlfriend disappeared? Dog moved out to spend more time with someone else’s family? Let me be gentle with this revelation: you’re not exactly in the nation’s good books. And there’s a fairly good reason for this. It’s nothing personal, you understand. Just the small matter of the economic Armageddon you have visited upon us all. Frankly, you’ve been bad. You’ve been very, very bad. And not to put too fine a point on it, but we’re all a little bit annoyed with you. Once upon a time, not so long ago in fact, you squaremileclub.com

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Now, as they say on Wall Street, not so much. On the popularity ladder, you’re one rung under ambulancechasing lawyers, two beneath paparazzi photographers, three below venal politicians. Hell, even useless freeloading magazine types like me look down upon you – with exasperated disapproval – from the dizzy heights of our spotless, designer media eyries. In other words, something needs to be done. Something big. And since clearly solving the problem and getting our money back is not really an option at this precise moment in time, you’re going to have to think of something else. Something superficial and distracting. Something distractingly superficial and superficially distracting. Something PR-able, as we like to say in the biz. Something impactful. What is called for, in my view, is nothing less than Extreme Makeover: Bankers Edition. In other words, you ▶ May 21


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▶ PENGUIN-SPOTTING AT THE POLE What: The Antarctic remains the

ultimate wilderness, accessible only to ships specially strengthened against the ice. Your journey starts with flights to the tip of Argentina, where you embark on a ten-day long cruise down to the Antarctic circle. There’s no time to get bored when you’re walking among penguins and seals, and you definitely won’t be thinking about your annual appraisal when 30 tons of humpback whale pops on your starboard side to get a closer look. Our tip: Bring a serious camera. You’ll want to remember these views. hOW lOng: 15 days COst: From £4,590 including return flights COntaCt: Exodus Holidays 0845 863 9600; exodus.co.uk

▲ REMOTE SIBERIA BY RAIL What: Of all the trans-Siberian train

routes, the one between Moscow and Beijing is the most interesting – and the easiest to do. The train leaves the Russian capital weekly and the 4,735 mile trip itself takes six days, although most passengers opt to take it more slowly and spend a few nights in a nomadic settlement on the way. The train passes through icy Siberia and the grassy steppes of Mongolia, taking in the Gobi desert and Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, before following the Great Wall of China into Beijing. Our tip: You’ll need Russian and Chinese visas before you go hOW lOng: Six days upwards COst: from £1,130 excluding flights COntaCt: Trans-Siberian Experience, 020 8566 8846; trans-siberian.co.uk

IMAGINE thE scENE – you’re lying on a pristine sandy beach, a margarita in your hand, waves lapping at your feet. There are no distractions and nothing to do for two weeks except top up your tan and watch the world go by. Ugh. Sounds like torture, doesn’t it? The average City worker is no more suited to ‘getting away from it all’ than Russell Brand is to life in a monastery. Luckily, a growing number of luxury holiday companies are realising that high-flyers don’t take kindly to enforced leisure. Instead, they’re offering trips where you can forget the 9-to-5 (or 5-to-9) grind by learning a new skill, experiencing a new culture or putting your body through its paces. According to analysts Mintel, the market for adventure holidays has grown by a fifth since 2003, as we wise up to the fact that they can help us ‘escape from both the pressure cooker of work and domestic responsibilities’. Take the polar expeditions run by Exodus Holidays, for example. The trip’s leader, experienced nature photographer Paul Goldstein, describes the journey as ‘the opposite of a ghastly sanitised cruise’. You’ll be expected to live in pretty basic conditions on a former Russian research vessel, with the payoff being a

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truly unforgettable Antarctic experience. Venturing out in a small Zodiac boat two or three times a day and walking among some of the most spectacular scenery in the world certainly beats trying to remember the Spanish for ‘Oh dear, I think I’ve got sunstroke’. What’s more, Goldstein says that the departure in November this year will be a very special one. “It will be, I think, the last chance to see Emperor penguins in the wild. We have the only vessel that can get that far down into the ice and with the recent rise in fuel costs, I doubt it will be possible next year.” However, you don’t have to go to the other side of the world to find some excitement on your annual break. Here, square mile profiles five holidays where you’re guaranteed never to think, “I’ll just quickly check the BlackBerry…” ■

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Square Mile Golf Club Johnnie Walker Blue laBel announced as TiTle sponsor of square Mile Golf cluB

square Mile golf club is delighted to confirm Johnnie Walker Blue Label as its inaugural title sponsor. The Square Mile Golf Club provides London’s discerning corporate golfers with an exclusive network, dedicated to bringing the best of golf directly to them. Membership of the virtual community includes monthly special offers and benefits from a range of leading venues, equipment manufacturers and associated partners. Basic membership is free to join; although the more serious golfer may choose to sign up to the fee-paying Blue Label Membership, which will offer a variety of very special extra benefits. “We are delighted to be the title sponsor of the Square Mile Golf Club in its launch year,” said Hugh Pile, Senior Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch whisky. “We have a long-standing relationship with the great game of golf and the new Club will create a tremendous network for the City’s golf enthusiasts.” Square Mile Golf Club members will have the chance to enter the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Square Mile Charity Cup and take part in a pairs Texas Scramble competition at one of four qualifying events, with the best of the bunch going through to the final. The tournament will take place in September and October of this year. So keep an eye on your inbox as we will be emailing details of the launch party – and how to sign up to the Club, of course – very soon. In the meantime, happy golfing. squaremileclub.com

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square mile’s golf events and hospitality partner Jenahura has teamed up with worldrenowned player Robert Allenby to offer exclusively square mile readers a golf and deep-sea fishing experience that promises to be the trip of a lifetime (without exaggeration). Accommodation will be in a villa in Allenby’s luxurious home estate in Palm Beach, Florida. You’ll be able to play golf at Jack Nicklaus’s exclusive resort The Bear’s Club, where you’ll have one-on-one sessions with Allenby and international coach Sandy Jamieson. You’ll also be taken out on Allenby’s yacht C’mon Aussie to experience the exhilaration of deep-sea fishing. Your captain for the day will be Chris Hunter, who has more than 24 years fishing experience in the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic. Price is £4,995 per person (based on eight golfers

travelling) for a four-day trip. It includes all transfers, accommodation, catering and beverages, golf, fishing, and equipment hire. Flights not included. Price may vary owing to fluctuating currency exchange rates. Contact: markt@squareupmedia.com

coachinG: chippinG There is nothing more frustrating than hitting a great drive and reasonable approach shot next to the green, only to fluff the chip shot. Do it a few times and suddenly that is the only result you can see yourself achieving every time you are faced with a chip shot. To compound this, much of the standard advice given to try and help you chip better just makes things tougher and your bad shots become worse. The advice I am talking about is “open your stance, put your weight on your front foot, keep your legs and body still,

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parallel to my target – why make the game harder than it should be? A square stance promotes a strike without side spin so offering greater control of the ball when it hits the green. If you want to be a good chipper, you better move your whole body rather than trying to stay still. If you swing your arms, your whole body has to move to counter-balance the weight of your arms and the club. If you look at the pictures of my backswing and followthrough, you will notice my chest, hips and even my legs have rotated. And my right heel is even off the ground as I watch the ball go toward the target. I have hit the shot with my body – not my arms and hands. This is far easier and more consistent way to chip. Sandy Jamieson coaches Robert Allenby who has consistently been ranked in the World’s Top 30 golfers for more than ten years. 07807 599 648; jamogolf@aol.com

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have your hands well ahead of the ball at address and impact.” As far as I am concerned, all this information achieves is a steep choppy swing that delofts the club, causing the leading edge to dig in and our hands to do all the work, because if our body is still our arms can’t swing. The result is the ball a few feet in front of us or over the green. My advice, on the other hand, when faced with a good lie is to place the ball in the centre of your stance with your weight evenly balanced with the club shaft lining up with your left arm (if you’re a righthanded golfer). This promotes a shallow swing where the clubhead can slide on the ground, rather than dig in so that slightly mis-hit shots still end up as good shots. Looking at the pictures above, you will notice the letter Y formed by my arms and the club – your aim will be to keep the Y for the whole swing. You will also notice my stance is

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A charming early 19th century restored stone farmhouse with 22 acres located in the foothills of the Tuscan Emilian Appenines. Stunning views from hill top position. An Englishman’s holiday home is his castello. We’ve found the ultimate

holiday bolthole for you – a classic Italian home with charm in plenty Nestled iN the rolling hills

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Main house features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, large eat-in kitchen withpool, logand stove and woodfired pizza cosyansitting swimming numerous spots For theoven, shopaholics, Italian room, Main ho for al dining,or thisentertainment is the perfect experience wouldn’t be complete 1200 sqfresco ft family room with fireplace and large kitchen w property for entertaining gatherings without indulging in some luxury labels. arched windows overlooking the valley, covered terrace for of friends and family, yet cosy enough Nearby shopping mecca of Fidenza 1200 sq outside dining. Fully fitted professional kitchen, 12Prada, en-suite guest to enjoy a romantic dinner for two of Villagio is home to Furla, and a A charming early 19th century freshly made33ft pizzapool, straightstables. from the whole host of the usual suspects. archedre bedrooms,

of Emilia Romagna, this stunning property is located in one of Italy’s most picturesque and unspoilt landscapes. Located on the northern slopes of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and with easy access from stone wood-fired pizza oven. Twisting roads wind through vineMilan and Parma airports, this 22-acre A food lover’s dream, this area is covered valleys, leading to medieval Excellent investment as this afterwhich region estate boasts the charm of Tuscany best known for its ‘trattorias’ (foodsoughtcastles dateoffers back to unspoilt the age of without the tourists or the price tag. natural producers) that make parmesan,castles, picturesque the dukes of Parma and Piacenza. It’s beauty, medieval villages, wonderful Perched on a hilltop 500 metres coppa, pancetta, parma ham, and some the ultimate romantic backdrop to an food & wine experiences, no massexclusive tourism, proximity to major above sea level, the 200-year-old of the best pasta in the country. Add Italian lifestyle opportunity. ■ access Parma (Ryanair), Judith Bloom Boveri,Airport +39 333 281 7049 or +39 completely renovated farmhouse looks airports this to allowing the region’s easy burgeoning wine - 35 mins 0523 898289, judith@judithbloomboveri.com out onto lush rolling hills and charming75 industry and you’ll start to realise what mins Milan Llnate Airport. For more info, email judithbloomboveri.com hillside villages. With 12 guest-rooms, a haven for the senses the region is.

22 acres located in the foothills outside Stunning views from hill top posit bedroom

Main house features 4 bedroom Excellen kitchen with log stove andnatural woodfb 1200 sq ft family or entertainmen food & w A charming early 19th century restored stone farmhouse with Private sale Euro 2,500,000. Current owner, (English speakingoverlooking and airports arched windows the quality22 chef), available for estate Property currently acres located in themanagement. foothills of the Tuscan Emilian Appen outside dining. Fully fitted75 profess mins run asStunning a successful farm stay. views from hill top position. bedrooms, 33ft pool, stables. Private s JUDITH BLOOM BOVERI Main house features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, eat-in Excellent investment large as this soug quality c Tel +39 333 2817049 +39 0523 898289 - Fax +39 0523 898198 kitchen with log stove and woodfired pizza oven, cosyrun sitting ro natural beauty, medieval castles Web: http://www.judithbloomboveri.com - Email: Judith@judithbloomboveri.com as a 1200 sq ft family or entertainment fireplace no andma la food &room wine with experiences, arched windows overlookingairports the valley, covered allowing easyterrace accessfor - JU 3 outside dining. Fully fitted professional kitchen, en-suite gu 75 mins Milan Airport. TelLlnate +3912 333 2817049

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Quilon For those who are still attempting to get their heads around the fact that there is such a thing as a posh Indian restaurant, the fact that last year Quilon become one of only five Indian restaurants in the capital to possess a Michelin star should dispel any doubt quicker than you can say: “Would you like poppadoms with that, sir?” The award recognised executive chef Sriram Aylur’s passion for contemporary southern Indian coastal cuisine, his dedication to the freshest ingredients, and his commitment to blending traditional home cooking with modern dishes. Among a new generation of Indian restaurants specialising in lighter sauces and more progressive offerings, Quilon is the sister restaurant of the more famous Bombay Brasserie. The night we went, the curry leaf and lentil-crusted fish with ginger and tamarind chutney was a winning starter – the leaf providing just enough warmth without over-powering the delicate flavour of the fish. And of the main courses, we were particularly impressed by the black cod: an old favourite whose inside was exactly the right consistency – looking almost like sashimi, yet well baked. A thirst for innovation was sated by the guinea fowl masala – an underrated bird given a new twist. The wine list alone means that it is indeed a long way from Brick Lane to Buckingam Gate. ■ – Kimberley Pett 41 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1; 020 7821 1899; thequilonrestaurant.com

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Pullman coach, that is. Lou Cooper says Bob Bob Ricard in Soho evokes the golden age of the diner

RestauRants There is someThing wonderfully decadent about train travel. (The oldfashioned, Orient Express sort obviously, not the would-be-late-for-its-own-funeral British Rail kind). Plush, velvet armchairs facing starched white tablecloths and cut crystal glasses, coupled with an enforced proximity to the fairer sex and a steady stream of bubbly stuff make for the top-notch dining experience we all hope for on our monthly business trip to Edinburgh/ journey to Totnes to visit grandma Doris. Soho newcomer Bob Bob Ricard certainly has the air of a first-class carriage, with its smart leather booths and retro lighting, brass and marble fixtures and waistcoat-sporting waiters, but with a jovial, American-diner style twist that unashamedly throws into the mix the colours salmon pink and aquamarine, a full English you can have for dinner, and a booth-side buzzer labelled ‘press for champagne’. We began with champagne cocktails, one pear, one peach – the pear was tastier than the peach – to go with a generous helping of smoked salmon with buttered brown bread and a posh prawn

cocktail, before quickly moving on to a full-bodied Cote du Rhone, Domaine de l’Espigouette 2006 to accompany our 28-day aged Aberdeenshire beef cutlet to share. This came just as we asked for it – if a little behind schedule – accompanied by some wonderfully juicy, over-sized mushrooms, an orange-and-white carrot combo, smothered in buttery herbs and bubble-and-squeak patties that were nothing short of a textured delight. When the last meaty slices defeated us, our efficient waitress whipped them away, only to produce a welcome doggy bag – in the shape of a handbag no less – some minutes later. A quirky choice of puddings – think jellies served with cream and shortbread, 30s-style Knickerbocker Glories and a flaming baked Alaska for four – left us spoilt for choice and a soothing rice pudding and fluffy chocolate soufflé – spoon-popped in the middle and filled with dark chocolate sauce – didn’t disappoint. And all that for less than a ticket to Totnes. ■ Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1; open, breakfast to dinner; £60pp; 020 3145 1000; bobbobricard.com

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Style in the city A rare opportunity to purchase close to London’s Square Mile. City Quarter offers a stunning collection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2 and 3 bedroom penthouses. • Superb location – within a 15 minute walk of Bank and Liverpool Street Stations • Excellent connections – choice of underground, DLR and rail. Close to City Airport

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Go and see how a terrace balcony can be transformed into your own personal Eden at Bishops Park, on The Bishops Avenue, one of London’s most prestigious residential locations. Along with sipping something chilled on one of the sun-soaked terraces, square mile visitors will also have the chance to tour the fabulous Octagon-built mansion-style apartments, which are set in their own private grounds. Bishops Park offers the best of both worlds: relaxed living in spacious, easily-maintained three-bedroom apartments, all with private terraces or balconies, without the needless worry of gardens to personally maintain. Each of the apartments has a reserved parking space in the underground garage, and enjoys 24 hour security. Other added local benefits include two private golf courses and first class schools. PRICE: £1.75m-£2.5m Minimum three-bed and two en suite, CONTACT: Glentree Estates T: 020 8444 4749 W: octagon.co.uk • bishops-park.com

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