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Emilia’s Crafted Pasta New Garden Quarter Landmark Pinnacle Thames Clippers The Painted Hall Munich (via LCY) The Conductor Youth Charter The Vurger Co Leadbelly’s Sudoku myPOS

following the arrival of Barry’s Bootcamp on the Wharf, we head down to Crossrail Place to see what the fuss is about

in putting the boot

celebrating the best of Canary Wharf, Docklands and the new east London people - events - treasure - property - nonsense

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fortnightly find

this issue’s Tiger Treasure

14 days later

plan your life from Mar 28-Apr 11 where? Museum Of London Docklands WIQ

KIDS | The Railway Children Join the museum’s storyteller to hear the classic tale of three children who moved from London to a village in Yorkshire and prevent a tragedy. Apr 9, 19, various times, free, museumoflondon.org.uk where? Boisdale Of Canary Wharf Cabot Square

GIG | Flo Collective This trio of female singers backed by a “punchy band” are all set to deliver a tribute to the music of Nile Rogers and 1970s sensation Chic. Mar 29, 9.45pm, from £15, boisdale.co.uk where? East Wintergarden Canary Wharf

EVENT | Made London Ideal for Mother’s Day (yes, it’s not far off ) the pop-up shopping event returns to the Wharf with a wide range of designer-maker products. Mar 28-31, 11am-6pm, free to attend, canarywharf.com

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Desks. Dull aren’t they? If only the thrill of the bowling alley were possible without leaving the comfort of your office chair. The squeak of the varnished wood underfoot, the scent of the special sanitising spray in the slippery shoes, the thud of the balls as they fly towards the pins. Then STRIKE. This product delivers it all in miniature (own shoes and aerosol of disinfectant must be supplied). Finger Bowling, £3 Go to uk.flyingtiger.com



and listen to Sheen Charlie Sheen is set to return to Canary Wharf. The notorious star will be the central attraction at Boisdale Of Canary Wharf’s Vina Carmen Gala Dinner on April 11. Guests, will start with a Champagne and Martini reception before sitting down to three courses accompanied by live jazz from The Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band. Then comes the presentation of the Irish Post Lifetime Achievement Diaspora Award 2019, before guest of honour Charlie participates in a question and answer session with journalist William Sitwell. Sheen appeared in Canary Wharf in 2016 for the Boisdale Cigar Smoker Of The Year Awards, losing out to Kelsey Grammer. His gracious acceptance of the runner-up prize featuring a lengthy discourse on the merits of owner Ranald Macdonald’s name has since passed into Boisdale legend. Those attending can expect tips on “winning at life” and a barrage of unfettered opinion. Unconfirmed reports suggest the questions are likely to focus on Charlie’s vegan diet and its impact on his health, given the identity of the interviewer. The evening starts at 6.30pm. Tickets range from £145 to £295. Tables of up to 20 are available Go to boisdale.co.uk for more information


Charlie Sheen will appear at Boisdale Of Canary Wharf for a Q&A with journalist William Sitwell

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listen to live piano across the estate

Is this the future of payment machines? myPOS’ latest device

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We tuck into a vegan burger and find delight in its rich, thick juices

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Canary Wharf’s Play Me I’m Yours pianos are getting an upgrade and in celebration, from March 25-29, a series of live performances will be held on them between noon and 2pm featuring the likes of Ben Harker, Mister Meredith and Joshua Kam. Find the new Joannas in Crossrail Place, Canada Place and Jubilee Place. Go to canarywharf.com for full details Wander over the green bridge to the Museum Of London Docklands’ Sugar And Slavery gallery for its latest display highlighting the connection to slavery of Britain’s cultural organisations. Until Sept 12 museumoflondon.org.uk


A zip line, yes, a zip line from the top of One Canada Square

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on the radar

looking to the future Popping up in the Wharf’s malls from April 4 will be a collection of Short Story Stations, spitting out tales of varying lengths on eco paper at the touch of a button. Simply select the length of story you want, grab, read. We love print-based things canarywharf.com

15 Heads up – Canary Wharf will be covered with 195 giant photo prints by Jeroen Swolfs from his Streets Of The World project. The exhibition will run from May 2-24 and will cover the whole estate. Set a date in your diary to stroll round them all streetsoftheworld.com

The price you’ll pay for steak and eggs from Farmer J


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At first glance, the dull browns of this cardboard tray don’t promise much. But look closer. There’s healthy pink in the meat and a delicious wobble from the yolk in this steak and eggs breakfast from recent Wharf arrival Farmer J in Canada Place. Slip the contents of its compartments between your lips and you’ll find a moist collection of balanced dishes at an unbeatable price. Ideal for those on their way back from stretching themselves at The Yard, newly launched at Third Space, it’s one for those seeking potent protein. A hit. Go to farmerj.com

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legal matters by Philip Wild


Do I need to register my copyright after I’ve created original work in the fields of, say, literature, music or art?




Are you marking your copyright clearly?


No, you don’t. Copyright arises automatically by operation of law in original works that you create. These can include literary works, artistic works and musical works. Computer software is protected as a literary work. Unlike trade marks or patents, copyright is not registered in the United Kingdom. You do need to take care that you actually own the copyright to the work you create, however as this isn’t always obvious. Copyright belongs to the author. When the author is an employee who creates the work in the course of his or her employment, the copyright belongs to When the author is an the employer. employee who creates But if the work was created for you work in the course of by a self-employed consultant or an his or her employment outside contractor, the copyright belongs you will need a written assignment to you of to the employer the copyright signed Philip Wild, Kidd Rapinet Solicitors by the author, as otherwise the law will probably only imply a licence for you to use it. If someone infringes your copyright, you will need to prove that you own it. One way of doing this is to mark copies with a copyright notice in the internationally-recognised form, for example: “©Philip Wild, 2019”. This is not necessary in order to be able to enforce your rights, but is a good way of showing that you claim copyright in the work and advisable for the sake of clarity.

Philip Wild is a partner at Kidd Rapinet LLP based at Harbour Exchange specialising in commercial, employment and intellectual property law Go to kiddrapinet.co.uk or follow @KiddRapinetLLP on Twitter or @kiddrapinet on Instagram

ZipLondon is offering people the chance to jump off the 50th floor of One Canada Square attached to a zipline to raise cash for charity

charity dare News has reached us of a stunt like no other. How much would you pay or raise to descend from the top of One Canada Square to Westferry Circus on a zipline? ZipLondon is asking participants to pay or raise £50,000 to take one of the 40 places available on June 30. It is hoped the event will generate £2million, to be

would you pay £50k to zipline off the very top of One Canada Square? split between Evelina London Children’s Hospital and The Fire Fighters Charity. Both will use it to expand their existing facilities. Participants will be launched from the tower – 210m above the ground – and ride the wire for 600m before riding in a fire

engine back to the tower. Rigged by experts from the London Fire Brigade’s Urban Search And Rescue Team, the organisers promise a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”. Go to ziplondon.org Jon Massey

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need to know

doing the deals

hit the Wharf’s malls and restaurants for less


Sorted your Mother’s Day gifts yet? If not Coach in Cabot Place is offering 25% off on selected lines all the way up until March 31. Say it with flowers coach.com


Greenwich’s Painted Hall reopens as we get the story behind the work


Take a little sake for thy stomach’s sake. It’s Saturday night fever at Ippudo in Crossrail Place where bottles and carafes are 20% off and tasting sets are £15 ippudo.co.uk

Giles Revell’s works take colours from flowers and present them in their pure forms

prepare for a selection of abstract blooms as exhibition heralds the arrival of spring artistic exhibits Looking ahead, blocking out a lunch hour between April 19 and May 27 may be necessary to take in photographic art by Giles Revell. A series of images reinterpreting the colours of common

At Capeesh we do things differently. We are one of the finest restaurants in Canary Wharf and we serve fresh and authentic Italian food. The freshest ingredients go into every dish in our Italian restaurant to compliment the exquisite setting in which our establishment is situated. Unwind in our adjoining Lounge in absolute luxury with friends and family; the perfect spot for drinks to finish the working day. If all that wasn’t enough, Capeesh boasts a unique Sky Bar in Canary Wharf (one of the highest bars in London) to take you amongst the dizzying heights of Canary Wharf’s towering skyscrapers with panoramic views of London. This is 21st century Italian dining done right in incomparable and inimitable style in

flowers – abstracting them to eliminate the forms of their petals and stems to graphic representations of their hues – is set to go on display on the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. The works, which were first printed in Cartographic Colour published by Concentric

Editions have been chosen for the space’s spring slot and will sit amid its extensive collection of flora to reflect the traditional season of new flowers as winter recedes and gardens come alive. Go to concentriceditions.com or canarywharf.com for more information



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river rolling on the

how Venus will help cater to the millions of river passengers that use the Thames By Jon Massey


or anyone who’s yet to try getting around the capital on the MBNA Thames Clippers, the arrival of the river bus service’s latest craft might provide the necessary excuse. Venus Clipper has completed her maiden voyage from the Isle Of Wight where she was built to become the 19th vessel catering to London’s aquatic passengers. With a capacity of 222, she is the largest boat in the Clippers’ fleet and represents an investment of £4million by the company in expanding its river bus service. MBNA Clippers CEO Sean Collins said: “The company has been on an incredible journey over the last two decades and has come such a long way since we transported our first passengers back in 1999. “We are now in our 20th anniversary year and have grown to carry more than 4million passengers annually – an amazing feat and proof London should make more of the Thames in its transport strategy.

“Venus Clipper is our largest capacity vessel and offers 50 more seats than the last two craft that joined our fast-growing fleet in 2017. “We are confident it will be a welcome, and even greater customer experience, addition to the capital’s growing river network.” Following construction at Wight Shipyard Co, Venus sailed 200 nautical miles to London where she will be expected to help transport an anticipated 300,000 commuters and visitors every year across the Clippers’ 25km river network, stretching from Putney in the west to Woolwich in the east with a large number of piers in central London and a key stop at Canary Wharf. The introduction of the new boat, which offers more than 70 seats with access to a table, is also aimed at boosting the company’s charter offering with the new layout deemed “more adaptable”

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Canary Wharf While the routes Venus will cover have yet to be announced, she arrived in the capital displaying RB5 Woolwich as a destination so she may well be stopping at Canary Wharf

Left and above, Venus Clipper arrives in the capital after her 200 nautical mile-journey

Venus Clipper is our largest capacity vessel and offers 50 more seats than the last two craft that joined our fastgrowing fleet in 2017 Sean Collins, MBNA Thames Clippers

for commuters and specialist voyages. While the routes Venus will serve are yet to be announced, the publicity pictures of her clearly show the RB5 route to Woolwich on her display board. Thames Clippers said more Londoners were choosing to travel by river every year and the decision to add Venus Clipper to the fleet was “part of a wider strategy to enhance the passenger experience”. Other plans in the pipeline include a new pier at Ballymore and Oxley’s Royal Wharf development, serving the multitude of new residents expected to move in south of Royal Docks. It’s also hoped the new stop will provide those travelling to London City Airport with a fresh connection – essential given the east London hub’s extensive expansion project, designed to quadruple the size of its terminal. The Clippers serve destinations including Westminster, London Eye (for Waterloo), Blackfriars, Embankment, London Bridge, Tower (for the Tower Of London) and Battersea Power Station. Travellers can choose to tap contactless cards or Oyster for single trips or pay for weekly, monthly or annual season ticket options with prices starting at £25.95 for a West Zone only pass. The company says commuters can spend as little as £1.44 per journey with its annual option. Go to mbnathamesclippers.com

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Vessels that have joined the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet since 2017 Seats with access to a table on board Venus Clipper, the newest arrival Kilometres covered by the company’s river bus network on the Thames

a few facts

MBNA Thames Clippers Founded in 1999 by Sean Collins and Alan Woods, the company began with a single boat serving 80 passengers from Greenland to Savoy piers. In 2006, AEG, which owns and operates The O2 bought a majority stake in the firm. In 2019, its fleet comprises 19 vessels with services running at 20-minute intervals between key piers. There are 22 stops on the network used by 4.2million people.


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Canary Wharf - finding fitness


Minutes in a typical Barry’s Bootcamp fitness class. The focus, instructor and pumping beats vary depending on booking

Treadmill, floor, weights and red lights – the Crossrail Place studio has the feel of a nightclub, even in the morning


we throw caution to the wind and find out what recent estate-arrival Barry’s Bootcamp has to offer Canary Wharf

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how attending an exercise class turned into a fitness career for Barry’s instructor and dancer Izy George talking training

With Barry’s Bootcamp


t’s tough to imagine a better spokesperson for Barry’s Bootcamp. Instructor Izy George has nothing of the slickly drilled PR about her. The 27-year-old simply speaks honestly about her passion for the brand and perhaps that’s because before she took up the mic to lead people through the classes, she was a client herself. “I trained professionally as a dancer,” said the Clapham resident who works across four of Barry’s five London studios. “I went through the whole London dance college scene, came out the other side and realised after a couple of years the industry wasn’t really for me as it’s extremely competitive. “The whole way through, though, I was always really

interested in my fitness, I was always a bit of a gym bunny. “I remember when Barry’s first came to London and a friend said: ‘You’ve got to come and try out this mental place – I’ve never seen anything like it’. “This was before boutique fitness was really a thing. So I did my first one and was like: ‘What on earth was that? I’ve no idea what just happened, but I absolutely loved it and I’m going to come back again’.” She began working for Barry’s while still dancing and then leapt at the opportunity to be trained as an instructor and has been running classes for two years. “People should come to Barry’s because what it stands for is building people mentally and physically,” she said. “Not only are you coming to build your fitness, it’s that sense of community. You come in a class and by the end everyone is cheering and

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whooping. It’s one of those feelings you’re not going to get going to a gym on your own. The programming is all done for you, everything is set up, the atmosphere is there. “You just need to turn up and do what’s being asked of you. Every trainer has a different flavour. I have a massive thing about wanting to make people feel strong and capable. “Whatever you’re dealing with that day physically or mentally, you just do whatever your body allows you to. You come in, give what you can and leave in a better place. “My job is to encourage people to get the best out of that hour that they can.” As part of that Izy selects the sounds for her classes – “music is my life” – to ensure the atmosphere reflects what she’s asking participants to do. She

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I have a massive thing about wanting to make people feel strong and capable Izy George, Barry’s Bootcamp

insists the programmes, while tough, aren’t just for a fit elite. “Even some of my friends have never been to my class because they think you need to get fit to come,” she said. “That’s not true. We have a wide variety of clients – marathon runners, triathletes and people who haven’t exercised for years. There are options. “You may need to work slightly below beginner level until you get up to it and that’s absolutely fine. Everyone is capable of being in that room.” Classes cost £22 an hour. Rates drop when packages are bought (50 for £16.50) and 50-minute lunch classes are available with a free protein shake. Go to barrysbootcamp.com

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Review – Barry’s 8.20am chest & abs class


arry’s changed me and it only took a single 60-minute session. Before the class I attended, I’d never knowingly initiated a fist-pump with another human without that lubrication of a fair smear of sarcasm. But as I left, I found myself bumping knuckles with a man I didn’t know, smiling and – worse still – saying “awesome job” with complete honesty. It was as though my frontal lobes had been possessed by some dreadful, upbeat lifestyle guru, the kind who’d say “no challenge” when they mean “no problem”. What’s more, as my new friend reciprocated, I found I enjoyed being this sickeningly enthusiastic version of myself. I felt great. What had happened? I believe the answer lies in the sheer bamboozlement of being in a Barry’s class. The lights are red, the music is nightclub loud and the pace – at least for someone who’d never attended a formal exercise class before – was intense and relentless. I pounded the treadmill at the very lowest level suggested, pumped a barely

The studio and, left, facilities at Barry’s ferrous amount of iron and jack-knifed until I forgot to feel my abs. There was always more, more, more. Izy’s voice soared above the music, constantly coaxing extra reps, higher speeds. Promises of the final push were false summits as she egged us on to greater feats of exertion. There was constant encouragement from her and other class-goers. We were all involved in

each other’s efforts. Bound together in a red room of sweat and grunt. The result of this heady cocktail for the senses was twofold. An immense sense of relief and achievement when the end finally came (I made it out, I didn’t die) and a rush of endorphins so great it washed over my reason and left me babbling positive nonsense at strangers. Now, after the brutal delayed onset muscle soreness has abated, I just want more. I’m hooked. Jon Massey


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Canary Wharf


Number of food businesses trading at Wharf Kitchen, namely Rainbo, Paleo Supply, Ahi Poke, The Athenian, Mama’s Jerk and Bird as well as The Vurger Co


is off the menu

The Auburger (£8.45) contains red onion, aubergine, chickpea and Tabasco chipotle Vurger’s 50-50 fries feature crispy chips of sweet and standard potato

we taste the best The Vurger Co has to offer at its Wharf Kitchen outlet

By Mary Tadpole


often choose the vegetarian option in restaurants. Of the many plantbased options on offer, it’s safe to say meat-free burgers are the biggest disappointment of all. Whether it’s a lump of something brown straight from the supermarket freezer or a boiled chunk of butternut squash, it’s almost as though cooks have given up hope of ever creating something to equal the taste of ground flesh in a bun. The Vurger Co in Jubilee Place’s

Wharf Kitchen is different, however. Take its Auburger – a pattie made from aubergine, chickpea, red onion and Tabasco chipotle at £8.45 – for example. It arrives as a tall, photogenic stack, imposing enough to make even those with the widest mouths doubt their capacity to take it on. Add in the 50-50 Fries (a mixture of skin-on taters and sweet potato chips for £3.75) and you have a visually potent combination. This most luxurious of vegan burgers is an indulgent explosion of different tastes and textures.

The Auberger arrives as a tall, photogenic stack, imposing enough to make even those with the widest mouths doubt their capacity to take it on

Mary Tadpole, Wharf Life

Better still, it comes with the smug satisfaction of practically having consumed all of your five-a-day in one hit of fast food. Just be prepared to grab a fistful of napkins. In order to go back to the office to brag about “eating clean” you’ll need protection for that new top as the burger is so generously stuffed, its juices are likely to end up everywhere. The Vurger Co might be expensive, but it’s worth treating yourself once in a while. Go to thevurgerco.com for more information

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virtual viewpoint by Chris Ezekiel

how Canary Wharf-based myPOS wants to put it all together for the merchants

more where cashless is

Will social media evolve into something better?


nce upon a time, we looked into the mirror and immediately knew who we were. Social media changed that forever. Nowadays, self-identity is often defined by Facebook likes and Instagram shares. No doubt social media has benefits – staying in touch with family and friends abroad and at home is certainly one of them. But one of the worst things about Facebook has to be the banal status updates – “Just had scrambled eggs” (even worse when there’s a photo) or “checking in at <insert some fancy hotel or restaurant>”. Then there’s the much more concerning ones, such as – “Just arrived at the hospital” (without any further details). Something funny I saw recently online – “In the 1980s I was riding my bike and fell off and hurt my knee. I’m telling you this now because we didn’t have social media then”. We have seen the very serious consequences too. There’s been cyber bullying and a spate of I can remember suicides due to unfawhat self-identity vourable social media comments. meant before social Nasty people certainly existed before media and I look these apps – the big forward to the difference is that they now have a global rebalance platform. Chris Ezekiel, Creative Virtual It’s much easier to write horrible comments than it is to say them to somebody’s face. The younger generation don’t know life without social media and, of course, there’s no turning back. But I’m optimistic and believe we will see a rebellion – with better ways to restrict the nasty people and the “just had a cheese sandwich for lunch” brigade. We’ll all be more appreciative of the good things that social media can bring and able to once again look in the mirror and understand what defines us. Thanks to my dad for the idea for this column. Like him, I consider myself fortunate to live at a time when I can remember what self-identity meant before social media, and I look forward to the rebalance.

Chris Ezekiel is founder and CEO of customer engagement solutions specialist Creative Virtual based at Cannon Workshops on West India Quay Go to creativevirtual.com or follow @creativevirtual and @chrisezekiel on Twitter

By Jon Massey


utting my car through its MOT this year came with complications. Aside from the usual litany of minor niggles, a warning light had come on and my ageing Renault was forced to take a trip to a small automotive electrical business. I arranged to pop in the following day to make payment. The owner wanted cash. I mention this because that £75, extracted from an ATM in the usual way, was the first and so far only time in 2019 that I’ve used hard currency. I can feel the PIN number for my debit card slowly receding into the dark storage unit at the back of my brain, kept for information I don’t use very often. Just before writing this I walked past volunteers collecting for charity with buckets in Canary Wharf Tube station. They were all carrying card machines and there wasn’t a rattle to be heard. “People are moving away from cash,” said myPOS sales manager Stefan Stankov. “The ability to take card payments is becoming a necessity for any business. “It’s not just cards, it’s smartphones. Personally I mainly use my phone to make payments because it’s one thing less to carry. If your business is not prepared to deal with cashless transactions, you’re already behind. “Competition is so vicious nowadays, those things are unforgivable.” The firm he

Stefan Stankov says the ability for businesses to take card payments is becoming a necessity with firms that lack the functionality already falling behind

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This machine gives you convenience and productivity. It helps you control your business much better Stefan Stankov, myPOS

The myPOS Smart N5 is a card machine, fully functional Android device and a printer all in one package works for operates across Europe and has offices in Canary Wharf, selling card machines that offer instant access to funds received. Its flagship product is squarely aimed at small or medium-sized companies, promising to do more than simple PIN readers. “It’s very simple, it’s about putting all of these tools that a business needs into the same device,” said Stefan. “The Smart N5 facilitates everything a company needs but is not limited to that. “Here’s an example for a restaurant. If you’re a waiter, you would normally have a handheld device that lets you take the orders. “Then you would also have a card machine to take the payment. In some cases you’ll also see them having a printer on their belt. “So you have three devices, which makes their life complicated. It’s not very handy. “Instead, what we want to do is put all of that into the Smart N5. You can take payment, you can place orders and print receipts, should the client require it. “If you’re a small retailer, you might have all your products listed on our device. You can then use it to scan their barcodes.”


n addition to providing the crucial ability to take card payments, the device also offers access to an app marketplace with a range of Android software solutions so merchants can take care of business. “It’s all about convenience and productivity – putting as much functionality as possible into one piece of equipment,” said Stefan. “We integrate with different software solutions that are already on the market, while some are developed specifically for us. “Many of the former are popular – people are using them already. We’re just mixing things up – we’re putting things together. “We’re targeting small-to-medium-sized businesses in different industries. “We’re selling to retailers, the food and beverage industries – pubs, clubs, coffee shops, bakeries and taxi drivers too. “That’s something really interesting for us – you know how Uber changed the game when they came in. “They introduced their app so the driver had the app and the map on their smartphone so they see where to arrange the pickup and the destination and the payment, which is predetermined. “But what’s the limitation here? If I’m the client I need to be registered with Uber.

“I can’t just hail one. So you could have something quite similar installed on your card machine. “If someone hails you on the street, you can pick the client up and this software calculates the rate based on the distance. “Imagine Google Maps calculating the fare based on the mileage. Then the client pays on the same device. No registration complications – no limitations at all.” Beyond the basic physical attributes of the machine, myPOS also offers merchants the opportunity to get at their cash immediately meaning there’s no lag in cash flow. Transaction charges are around 1.75%. “The myPOS account is an e-money account that’s pretty much like a bank account and it’s free,” said Stefan. “You register for it, connect your device to it and as soon as someone makes a payment on your device you receive the money instantly. You no longer have to wait for it. “We’re giving full control to the business owner over their funds. If you’re frightened you’re taking card payments on a Saturday because you won’t get the money until Monday, are you truly in control? “From my perspective you’re not. If you’re a small business, this is crucial. You need to be in control of your cash flow and that’s what we’re giving the company owners. “It’s been going really, really well since we launched, there’s been a lot of interest. “The more software we introduce to the device, the bigger that interest gets. Many small merchants weren’t really used to the thought that this would be a device that could take card payments and also host software. “It’s going to help you run your business more smoothly, more efficiently. Nowadays there are so many products out there on the market. We’re actually giving them the next generation. “Previously many small businesses wouldn’t even use point of sale software but now they start using it because this machine gives you that convenience. It helps you control your business much better.” Go to mypos.eu for more details


Current retail price of the Smart N5 device, which is powered by Android


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2 plan your life from Mar 28-Apr 11 where? Troxy Limehouse

COMEDY | Help Me I’m Dying Subtitled An Evening With: Katya Zamolodchikova, this show features the icon of RuPaul’s Drag Race indulging in “fresh, fierce stand-up”, apparently. Apr 9-10, 7pm, from £40.50, troxy.co.uk where? Wilton’s Music Hall Wapping

where? Half Moon Theatre Limehouse (0-18 months)

BABIES | Glisten This interactive performance for babies and their parents promises 20 minutes of gentle and immersive time spent exploring reflective materials. Apr -6, 7, various times, £7, halfmoon.org.uk

to do before Mar 28

Head to Jamboree on March 16 and hear the sounds of Tiger Moth who promise a wild mix of world gypsy folk punk, ranging from Balkan, Middle Eastern and Hispanic to swing. Expect dizzying speed for £8 at 7pm jamboreevenue.co.uk

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meet Andrew Macleod - the man who’s keen to put the world’s most popular carbohydrate centre-stage

By Jon Massey

MUSIC | Camille O’Sullivan – Cave Join this Irish-French singer as she explores the dark and light of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ music. Expect violence and beauty. Apr 9-13, 7.45pm, from £10.50, wiltons.org.uk

If you can’t make the show above, find time for the Mahogany Bar at Wilton’s wiltons.org.uk

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Years since Emilia’s Crafted Pasta opened its first branch at St Katherine Docks in Wapping


he 27-year-old man opposite me with the sharp eyes and easy laugh is a frustrating interviewee. Not because he’s evasive with his answers, but because I know when I come to type up our conversation, there’s going to be so much good material I have to leave out. There just isn’t room on the page. Andrew Macleod is undoubtedly one to watch. The founder and managing director of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta cut his entrepreneurial teeth early. Half Scot, half Russian, he grew up across the road from Grenfell Tower – a Londoner. At age 17 he created his first business, Poker Dealers London, running private, corporate and high stakes games across the capital while studying at college and university. Having studied maths at Bath and with a contract all set to take him to New York and a job at JP Morgan, the future seemed clear. So why is he running pasta restaurants in St Katherine Docks and now Aldgate? “I wasn’t really content with the traditional path that most people go down,” said Andrew. “I was always looking at things I was really interested in and that I loved doing. I pulled out of New York a couple of weeks before to work on a few business ideas, one of which was Emilia’s Pasta. “I just thought it was so underrated on so many restaurant menus. If you go to even a good Italian restaurant it’s considered a side dish. “There wasn’t any place I’d go where I’d see it centre stage as the hero. I’m not even going to

Emilia’s serves its pesto with a healthy blanket of Parmesan and casarecce pasta for £11

I set out with a dream and a vision to make pasta something people care about in restaurants and to make it fresh at an accessible price point

Andrew Macleod, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

talk about the chains like Zizzi or Prezzo. I just got increasingly frustrated. “Something my mum told me as I was opening the second site in Aldgate resonated. When I was little I was apparently very picky about what pasta shape I would have with which sauce. “There was an Italian restaurant near where we lived and when we’d go there I’d request special orders – a particular sauce with a specific pasta. “The other thing I used to say was to ask why there was always a burger place and a pizza place but not a pasta place? “It’s the biggest carbohydrate by consumption in the world so I wondered: ‘How is there no restaurant that does this properly? That

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Andrew demonstrates a forkful of pappardelle’s ability to keep its Bolognese sauce close even as it’s raised to the mouth

Emilia’s Pasta is named for the

respects the age-old traditions of how pasta is made and the pairing of sauces with shapes’.” While the obsession may have been there since childhood, it was poker that was the path for Andrew to pursue his pasta dream. “Through the high stakes games you come into contact and talk with a lot of people,” he said. “I ended up meeting my mentor who was a regular client. “He decided to help me out with my idea and that’s what led to St Katherine Docks. We got quite lucky with the spot. It’s beautiful and it has a romantic feel to it. “It almost felt like fate because one of the regular poker games that I was hosting was for a group of property professionals. They used to give me hints and tips and I heard Blackstone had bought the docks and would invest in it.” He followed the tip and secured the unit before it even hit the market, opening Emilia’s in 2016 to serve a selection of fresh pasta in shapes less familiar to the UK but designed to hold the sauces they were paired with. Its success has since allowed him to expand with a larger unit in Aldgate, opening at the start of 2019 without the need for finance. “The main thing is that people are not used to eating pasta in a restaurant,” said Andrew. “You have to make sure the menu is such that people can’t make the dishes at home. “It’s tough to make fresh pasta and you can’t cook a four-hour bechamel Bolognese in your house unless you’re going to spend the whole day doing it and you’re happy to practise lots and lots of times. That’s what our menu was built on – unusual shapes you don’t find elsewhere.” With his star in the ascendant – fuelled by his focus on Italian cuisine’s “simplicity and freshness” – what’s next for Emilia’s as a brand? “I set out with a dream and a vision to make pasta something people cared about in restaurants and to make it fresh at an accessible price point for everyone,” said Andrew. “That naturally entails spreading the word as much as possible. It’s a new category and we need more businesses to come and to grow it. It would be nice for people to say: ‘Let’s go for a pasta’. We’re trying to be the leaders in that.” Watch this space. Go to emiliaspasta.com

taste test

Review - Emilia’s Aldgate

Nearly everything comes pimped with mounds of fresh Parmesan


ondon’s Italian food scene is enjoying something of a renaissance with the likes of Franoc Manca and Pizza Pilgrims delivering more authentically Neapolitan pizza to the city’s hungry mouths. Dining at the recently opened branch of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta in Aldgate, there’s every reason to suppose Andrew’s desire to champion the great carb will succeed, just as they have. While the view from our table is a frantic boxercise class rather than luxurious yachts bobbing about in St Katherine Docks, the space is sound and well located for the local boom in flats and office space. It’s industrial, but softened with quirk – emergency boxes of pasta in the toilets with silly sacrificial glass and rules on the walls stating, for example, that long strands must be twirled rather than cut. The food is seriously good however, which is why St Kats has flown and this will do likewise. The pasta is rich and toothsome and the sauces, as promised, coat the shapes liberally. My Bolognese with pappardelle delivers comfort. Better still, at around £20 a head for a starter and a main, it’s temptingly priced and the ideal size to catch the crowd looking for a decent feed. Maybe the boxers will use it to carbo-load. Jon Massey

Emilia-Romagna region of Italy where gastronomic staples such as balsamic vinegar, Bolognese sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano were created

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hour – the length of the ovation Eliasberg’s performance of the Leningrad Symphony received on August 9, 1942

hope the power of

the director of The Conductor, which comes to The Space on March 26th, talks envy, music and words

London on another piece and Danny was finishing his time at Trinity Laban Conservaut of the darktoire Of Music And Dance and ness, light. Or so he wrote to me and said he director of The had to do this piece and he’d Conductor, Jared chosen to do it on the music McNeill would of Shostakovich. like us to believe “He and his father had read after watching his latest this book – The Conductor, production. by Sarah Quigley – and Mark Described as a concert had loved the story behind play, the work tells the story this music. They’d written of Dimitry Shostakovich's this 15-minute adaptation, a Leningrad Symphony, written monologue at this point, and while the city was besieged he just wanted me to come by the German army during in and set it to the music the Second World War and to hear how it could work. its remarkable perfor“We did a few weeks of mance amid the just meeting every fighting. once in a while Combining its and putting it full score on together. piano with an At the end adaptation of of that presSarah Quigentation a lot ley's novel of people in of the same the audience name, Jared were coming said the work up and saying was intended to they wished Director of The Conductor they could have appeal to both classical music heard the full Jared McNeill lovers and those who tale. Our response simply enjoy a moving story. was that there was more – a “The pianist in the show whole story.” Daniel Wallington, his father And so the trio decided to is a writer who has published work together on a produca few books,” said Jared, tion, taking that tale to the who was born in Hartford, stage. Connecticut. “Some years “On the face of it, it’s about ago I worked with Danny on a Shostakovich – a very celepiece called The Suit – he was brated Russian composer and playing music and I was on the darling of the Leningrad stage and assisting with the music scene, leading into direction. the Second World War,” said “A lot of that was just about Jared, who is currently living how to work with music – how in Perugia, Italy. it can be put to words and it “In 1941, the siege of Leninall can come together. grad begins. The Germans “A little later, I was in are approaching the borders

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of the city. Bombs start to fall from the sky. Air raids are taking place every other day. People are starved to death. “Many of the more celebrated individuals are evacuated, but Shostakovich decides to stay. He makes the decision that he can’t leave the people of the city behind. “He volunteers as a fireman, so he gets his hands dirty that way, but the other thing he does is to continue to work on this symphony. “No-one understands why, as word goes around, as the bombs are falling from the sky he’s working day and night to complete it as a symbol for the people of the city. It’s an act against the war and against the violence he believed the people had suffered even before the war came. “To give people hope he composes this symphony. Eventually he does get evacuated but at the same time there’s this peer of his. This is the part that makes The Conductor a little bit different to the story people may have heard. “The story of the concert that was put on during the siege is pretty fascinating. “It involves a man called Karl Eliasberg who was a contemporary of Shostakovich but much less successful. “He didn’t even get his papers to be evacuated and was told to stand in the breadline, to volunteer to go

and fight like anyone else. He’s always had this envy – he’s the runt of the litter when it comes to music. “But when it comes to it, he’s the only one left behind in Leningrad capable of putting on a concert. “Shostakovich has finished his symphony and he wants it to be performed so he’s sent it back to the city. “The only one left who can do that is Karl Eliasberg. At this point most of the musicians have gone off to fight, so they’re on the front lines. “He’s given the task of pulling together an orchestra and putting on this performance. So he finds these musicians. Some have lost limbs, some are starving to death but at the same time they’re sitting in rehearsals, passing out from not having enough air to breathe into their instruments. “The story I like is the actual performance – people did come and it was sent out to the front lines with speakers pushed out to where the armies were. There’s an apocryphal tale that a high ranking German officer heard it and that was the moment he knew the city would not fall. After all the beating it had taken there was still this act of defiance and hope. “There’s a nice photo of the

Our production is told through the eyes of this conductor – a very human character, not this godlike figure Jared McNeill, The Conductor

concert – you see Eliasberg standing in front of this frail orchestra and he’s conducting with his hand on the lectern to hold himself up. “So our production is actually this story told through the eyes of this conductor. He’s a very human character, not this godlike figure or hero who did this great thing. He’s a figure filled with envy and a thirst for fame and success. “But you needed someone as stubborn as he was to pull it all together. Even those darker elements might find the light.” Jared said the piece was a “concert play” intended to make classical music more accessible, uniting it with theatre on stage. “I hope people that see it take away a sense of hope,” he said. The Conductor will be performed on various dates at The Space between March 26 and April 13 with tickets starting at £9.50. Go to space.org.uk for more information

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plan your life from Mar 28-Apr 11 where? Jazzgir Isle Of Dogs

GIG | Dani Milano The singer blends swing, blues and sentimental love songs to take diners at this waterside venue back to the heady days of Vaudeville. Mar 30, 7.30pm, free, jazzgir.co.uk where? Poplar Union Poplar

Stroll across the South Quay bridge to Capeesh and check out the venue's new regular Wednesday live music slots. Taking place from 8pm in the venue's sky bar hear Reuben James Richard's smooth stylings capeesh.co.uk

spot check worth a visit CELEBRATION | Bengali Independence Day Join students from Gouri Choudhury’s Suraloy classes for instrumental music, dance and patriotic songs to “celebrate the sound of freedom's ring“. Mar 30, 6.30pm, £2, poplarunion.com

Pianist Daniel Wallington will perform music from the full score of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony arranged for piano as part of The Conductor at The Space

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luncheon finding

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plan your life from Mar 28-Apr 11 where? Canada Water Theatre Canada Water

KIDS | The Boy And The Mermaid Based on an original story by Alex Kanefsky, the show for ages 5+ features original songs from Darren Clark fused with traditional sea shanties. Mar 30, 1pm, 3pm, £7, thealbany.org.uk where? The Albany Deptford

STAGE | The Kids Are Alright This “surreal and confronting” new work promises to combine dance and new writing, participation and performance and children with adults. Apr 11-13, 7.30pm, £14, thealbany.org.uk


ravel a single stop on the Jubilee line from Canary Wharf, duck into an unpromising commercial unit in Canada Water and feel refreshed. Leadbelly’s Bar And Kitchen, located within five minutes’ walk of the Tube station, delivers an unexpected burst of atmosphere to all those who walk through its doors. Who might guess that every nook and secluded corner of this cavernous, concrete box would be festooned with cheese plants, second-hand books and classic prints, framed for the delight of its guests? And how likely is it that such a combination would make a viable business? But Rotherhithe is mid-renaissance and Leadbelly’s is just what it needs. When my companion and I visit, it’s catering to a healthy crop of local workers, united in their desire to escape the office for the lubrication of their commercial muscles on a Friday afternoon. Creep through to the restaurant and it’s populated largely by babies and their respective carers supping tea or red wine as the subject of their discourse dictates. For my part, the big windows and abundance of light call for brunch, so I order something called a shakshuka. This is a

where? Printworks Rotherhithe

Above, the shakshuka with its inadequate portion of flatbread

By Jon Massey

Left, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and a side of avocado

CLUB | Printworks & Unleash Present Solomun Boss of the renowned Diynamic label, Solomun makes his Printworks debut with a three-hour set, plus special guests Moscoman and Madjo. Apr 5, 7pm, from £42.50, printworkslondon.co.uk

to do before Mar 28

This restaurant offers efficient service and well-priced grub. Plan your trip soon Jon Massey, Wharf Life

simple dish of baked eggs, but well executed for £11.95. Heartily spiced, it becomes luxurious when the molten yolks are split into the blend of tomatoes, green peppers, and feta cheese. My only criticism? A lack in quantity of flatbread. The iron pot of riches needed more than

a single heavily seeded counterpart and an extension at £1.50 was an unwelcome necessity. My companion, whose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (£9.50) was a decadent, well-buttered mound, lamented the pureed nature of the avocado she ordered on the side but found the overall experience to be pleasant enough. In short this restaurant offers efficient service (essential for lunch), well-priced grub and more quality than one might normally find in a concrete shell beneath a housing development. Plan your trip soon, ideally for breakfast or brunch with the light streaming in. Go to leadbellysbar.co.uk

Head to the Brunel Museum for Down The Shaft Film Club on March 21. The evening blends cinema, cocktails and underwater swimming in the Thames Tunnel entrance from 6.30pm for £15 themidnightapothecary.co.uk

spot check worth a visit If you’re going to the above why not stop in at the museum itself. It’s a joy brunel-museum.org.uk want more? @wharflifelive


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plan your life from Mar 28-Apr 11 where? The O2 Arena Peninsula

GIG | Panic! At The Disco Following the release of their studio album Pray For The Wicked, front man Brendon Urie and co hit the tent for a gig of epic proportions. Mar 28-29, 6.30pm, from £46.45, theo2.co.uk where? Greenwich Theatre Greenwich

STAGE | The Trials Of Oscar Wilde This dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of the great writer, written by his grandson Merlin Holland brings his grandfather's tragic tale to life. Apr 2-6, various times, £18.50, greenwichtheatre.org.uk where? The O2 Arena Peninsula

GIG | Drake The platinum-selling chart powerhouse brings his Assassination Vacation Tour to the tent. Let's hope no-one takes him at his word over the seven dates. Apr 1-11, 6pm, from £54, theo2.co.uk

to do before Mar 28

Lazarus Theatre Company bring William Golding's The Lord Of The Flies back to Greenwich Theatre from March 20-30 following its sell-out run in 2018. Tickets start at £10. greenwichtheatre.org.uk

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Greenwich’s Painted Hall gets ready to welcome visitors following two-and-a-half years of work

By Jon Massey



Annual cost of looking after the historic buildings of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

icon conserving an

looking up

The Painted Hall

t's an over-used phrase – once Dubbed “The UK’s Sistine Chapel” in a lifetime – but in this case the Painted Hall’s most potent it's actually true,” said William attraction is the artwork on its Palin, conservation director at walls and ceilings. the Old Royal Naval College “We’re looking at 20 years of (ORNC). I’m fortunate to painting undertaken from about join him for a quick tour of one 1708 by an artist called Sir James of Greenwich’s blockbuster Thornhill,” said William. attractions, set to reopen to the “He won the commission partly public for the first time since because he’d worked for some of October 2016 on March 23. the hospital commissioners but During the Painted Hall’s also because he was English and closure, the vast murals by Sir he was Protestant. The only alterJames Thornhill that decorate its native would have been a Catholic walls and ceilings have been extenartist from Europe. They were the sively cleaned and conserved, so only ones who could have done visitors can enjoy them for another anything like this. 300 years. The project followed on “Thornhill rose to the challenge. from a test exercise to conserve the The masterpiece really is the lower building’s west wall in 2012. hall ceiling entitled The Triumph Of The £8.5million scheme, partPeace And Liberty Over Tyranny. funded by the Heritage Lottery “It shows William III and Mary Fund, has also seen new lighting II at its centre enthroned under and protective filters on the a canopy of state. Apollo on his windows installed as well as a new chariot above is driving away the heating system. morning dew, bringing light onto The building’s undercroft has this glorious occasion. also been renovated to create a “The King is taking an olive new entrance to the attraction with a cafe, gift shop and the chance to learn more about the paintings before walking up the grand stairs into the hall itself. Inside, moveable mirror tables combine with vintage oak benches (and sensitively commissioned replicas and day beds) to offer visitors multiple ways of viewing Thornhill’s paintings. Audio and printed guides will be available in addition to regular tours, with props from the murals stored in chests at ground level for a bit of immersion. William conveys a deep passion for his charges – the various historic buildings between Romney Road and the Thames. As we stroll through the undercroft and up into the hall a sense of the thrill plays around his lips. William hopes visitors “It’s an amazing feeling to see it because it’s been an epic project will use the day and it’s involved hundreds of people – every single person in the beds to lie on and organisation and many outside it,” listen to actor Tara he said. “We’ve been on a long Fitzgerald’s voice on journey and some of it has been the audio guide as challenging. To reach this point

she talks them

through the painting

branch from a figure representing peace and presenting a cap of liberty to a kneeling figure representing Europe. He is trampling on a ghostly figure representing arbitrary power and tyranny, which is Louis XIV of France. There’s a whole mass of characters elsewhere representing actual, mythological or historical figures. “The hall was built as a grand ceremonial dining space but its function early on in the hospital project was to showcase the great idea here. “When Sir Christopher Wren did his masterplan to build a hospital for wounded naval veterans, the hall was one of the first parts to be completed. The idea was people could come in, visit, look at this splendid interior and leave some money for completion of the project, which took another 50 years. “It was a sort of showroom – the grandest marketing suite in the world. “In its size and the extent of its decorative scheme it’s unique in Britain. There are also very few examples like it in Europe as paint is applied directly to the plaster.”

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To reach this point makes me feel very proud. We’re able to bring people in and watch their jaws drop in amazement William Palin, Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College conservation director says the transformation of the Painted Hall fills him with wonder

– where everything is looking so spectacular and we’re able to bring people in and watch their jaws drop in amazement – makes me feel very proud and very lucky to have been involved. “The cleaning of the paintings, the colour and the general sense of transformation is the big overall feeling of wonder for me. The kind of details and all the things that are tangible and you can get hold of are very important. “I’m especially proud of the undercroft and the detailing there that our architects and designers have had to get right. We have restored it to its original shape and size – it’s a magnificent baroque structure – one of the great lost museum spaces in museums and galleries of London, which we’ve brought back into use. “You’re dealing with a scheduled ancient monument here, a Grade I listed building of international significance, so everything you do has to be absolutely perfect. “The vaulting is all original. We’ve only redecorated it so it’s in good condition but those are the columns Sir Christopher Wren and his clerk of works Nicholas Hawksmoor put in place. “We also dug up a piece of Greenwich Palace, demolished in the 17th century, which we’ve been able to put on display. It was where Henry VIII was born and it was his favourite residence during his reign. “I think the remains just served a practical purpose – Wren was able to plonk his columns on top of these buildings and reuse the foundations rather than dig new ones. We’re showing those off to visitors as they come in – it’s a perfectly preserved part of the palace’s basement and a floor of lead-glazed tiles. They’re sensational discoveries because there isn’t any of Greenwich Palace on display anywhere else.” The ORNC is putting the visitor at the heart of its new model for The Painted Hall’s undercroft the Painted Hall with public opening has been renovated and will form taking precedence the entrance to the attraction over other uses. Entry will be £12, which allows access for a year and there will be “people’s Wednesdays” once a month where visitors can pay what they want. Demand is likely to be high even with the many attractions locally. “We got the public in during the conservation work,”

The west wall of the hall was conserved and cleaned in 2012 said William who worked as a journalist before going on to study architectural history and forging a career in the sector that led him to his present position in Greenwich five years’ ago. “There was a big public engagement project that was really exciting. It came out of the lottery-funded component of the project – they were very keen to engage people with buildings and heritage and we were keen to keep the project alive during the closure. “We were embarking on a journey and we thought the public would be interested in coming with us. And so it turned out, because 86,000 people paid to go up the scaffolding to see the work. “The response we got from visitors was really positive and it helped to inform and build our interpretation going forward now the hall is complete. “We were able to understand a bit more about what our visitors were interested in and the story of the Painted Hall that we needed to tell. “Added to that is now the conservation work itself and that will form part of the information that visitors will receive in the undercroft gallery. “You’ve got the painting conservation, all the technologies, the lighting, the interventions to help stabilise the environment in here, which was a major aim of the project. “We didn’t want to have to start conserving the paintings again in another 100 years.” William is already looking to the future and the ORNC’s next task. “We have the chapel adjacent to the Painted Hall,” he said. “It is an extraordinary space as well with a neo-classical interior. It needs attention and some conservation work. “That could become a whole separate project in itself. That’s where our next focus lies.” For more information or to book Painted Hall tickets or to investigate hiring the venue for private events after 5pm, go to ornc.org


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By James Drury

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plan your life from Mar 28-Apr 11 where? Excel Royal Docks

EVENT | Triathlon Show / London Bike Show Co-located, your ticket for one will get you access to the other whether you're a cyclist tempted by a tri or an athlete branching out on two wheels. Mar 29-31, 10am daily, £16, excel.london where? RA Fold Canning Town

CLUB | Six Years of Northern Electronics Listen to the bold techno of Anthony Linell, Varg, Korridor and Jin Mustafa as they craft sophisticated electronic music before your very ears. Apr 5, 10pm, from £15, residentadvisor.net where? Excel Royal Docks

EVENT | Walker Stalker Con 2019 Unlikely, perhaps, but The Walking Dead fandom has its own convention. Expect 300,000 zombie fans eager to meet actors and each other. Mar 30-31, various times, from £37.50, excel.london

to do before Mar 28

Is your child thinking of university or a gap year? Then the Ucas London Higher Education Exhibition could well be for you. Held at Excel from March 25-26, from 10am it’s the place to find some guidance ucas.com

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Artworks donated to the state of Bavaria 10 years ago to be shown at the Museum Brandhorst. The collection has since grown to 1,200


unich. That’s where you go for Oktoberfest, right? In fact, there are plenty of other things to discover there beyond litre steins, lederhosen and life-questioning hangovers. Located within easy striking distance of the Alpine slopes and the stunning castles of Bavaria, Germany’s third largest city is a haven for art and architecture that will satisfy even the thirstiest culture vulture. There’s some mystery about how it got its name, but it’s believed to be related to the munichen – an old German word for monks, referring to the Benedictine brothers who lived in a monastery here. This is still a very Catholic city. The twinspires of its cathedral dominate the skyline and there is a mass of ornately-decorated churches, proving you don’t need to go to Italy for Baroque architecture. The Asam Church’s ornate ceiling paintings are eye-popping and the impressive marble interior of the Theatine Church is only hinted at by its extravagant exterior. the arts of the possible A short tram ride from our Maritim Hotel base near the central train station (connections every 10 minutes from the airport) is the Kunstareal – Munich’s arts quarter. This is home to three Pinakothek galleries – Alte Pinakothek (go here for the Old Masters), Neue Pinakothek (18th and 19th century works) and Pinakothek Der Moderne (modern art). There’s also the Roman and Greek antiquity-oriented Glyptothek and Staatliche Antikensammlungen, and several other galleries. With such a large concentration of creativity, you could spend more than a day exploring some of Europe’s greatest collections of art and artefacts. Just around the corner from the Pinakothek Der Moderne, look out for the distinctive coloured stripes of the Museum Brandhorst (entry €7). This brightly-coloured building, covered in 36,000 vertically-arranged ceramic rods in 23 colours, houses the contemporary art collection formerly belonging to collectors Udo and Annette Brandhorst. With more than 700 pieces amassed since the 1970s, it was donated to the state of Bavaria 10 years ago and the team has acquired further works by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst to increase the collection to over 1,200 pieces. The Brandhorsts were avid fans of classical avant-garde artists such as Pablo Picasso, and post-war European Modernists, but their gaze increasingly drifted across the Atlantic to American artists like Andy Warhol. As a result, the museum is home to more than 100 pieces by the pop art pioneer, making it the largest European collection of his work. It also houses the world’s largest agglomerations of work by Cy Twombly, including his monumental 12 canvas Lepanto. This depiction of the famous naval battle of 1571

is housed in its own specially-designed curved room on the upper floor, and is an all-encompassing experience. A short walk from the Kunstareal is the Altstadt (Old Town). Despite heavy bombing during the Second World War, which saw around 90% of buildings in this historic area damaged, this remains an excellent area to mooch around. Pour yourself a big helping of architectural styles from across the centuries, including the neo-gothic New Town Hall with its elaborate Glockenspiel cuckoo clock, the National Theatre (rebuilt in 1963 as an almost carbon copy of the neo-Grec previous incarnation), and 14th century St Peter’s Church. If you’re feeling brave, you can climb the 229-step 56m bell tower for stunning views over the city to the Alps (on a good day). München munch One of the largest delicatessens in Europe, Alois Dallmayr – or Dallmayr for short – has been a Munich institution for over 300 years. Wandering through the various deli counters, the beautifully-stacked and displayed produce is a treat. Hand-made chocolates line up in the glass cabinets like miniature works of art, while the

The Brandhorst Museum is coated with 36,000 brightly coloured ceramic rods arranged vertically

cultural checklist A few things you need to know ahead of your trip ● Museums in Munich are all closed on Mondays. ● Entry to the Pinakothek museums is between €7-10. ● You can buy a day pass for the Pinakothek museums, Museum Brandhorst, Sammlung Schack for €12, or a five-day pass for €29. ● Neue Pinakothek is closed for renovation until summer 2019.

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smoked salmon comes highly recommended. As you meander through the department store-style space, your nose will lead you to a smell of coffee. Roasting in excess of 53,000tonnes of beans a year, Dallmayr is famous across Germany for this other vital part of the city’s drinking heritage. Behind the counter sits a collection of old sweetshop-style large ceramic jars filled with beans. You can buy them by the 100g, or just pick up a tin of the ground stuff. If the sights and smells have whetted your appetite, there are a number of eateries in the deli, including the ground floor Bar and Grill, where the focus is on fish and seafood, wine and Champagne. Set among the bustling market-hall atmosphere, it’s a popular spot for a pick-me-up and a bite to eat – the fish barbecued on a Japanese robata and fresh oysters are highlights. A huge porcelain parrot welcomes visitors to the entrance of the Bistro upstairs, where the menu has light bites, pastries and – natürlich – coffee. If you’re looking for something more substantial, the fine dining Restaurant Alois is a popular local place for impressive food. For the under 30s, the restaurant offers a four-course meal including aperitif, wine, water and coffee at a special low set price.

as BA begins running three flights a day to Munich we hop aboard at LCY to find out if it’s all just Oktoberfest

top quaffing If fancy food isn’t your brau, Munich’s beer gardens are an important part of the city’s culture. As soon as it’s warm enough to sit outside, these institutions serve up steins in a suitably bustling atmosphere. Often with food stalls close at hand, you can grab a weisswurst (a white sausage made of veal and pork) and a pretzel as you sup in the sun. Very centrally located is Biergarten Viktualienmarkt, occupying a spot among the huge Viktualienmarkt – 140 stalls selling food and produce from all over the world. The beers on offer here are all from the six traditional Munich breweries – served on a rotating basis. This is the centre of the food district. Traditional Bavarian food was definitely not created for office workers. Huge hunks of meat, potato dumplings the size of cricket balls, sauerkraut and sausages are the order of the day. This is grub for replenishing your energy after a long day sightseeing, or for lining the stomach before sampling the city’s beer. Der Pschorr dishes up regional specialities such as the crispy roasted Bavarian duck, tender and crunchy Wiener schnitzel or the quintessential pork knuckle. For lighter bites, there’s err… sausages. Or char-grilled fish (the portions are still generous). Vegetarians can choose from dumplings or cheese noodles. And there’s a couple of salads that don’t have meat in. In fact, if you’re a vegetarian you might want to swerve this one and head around the corner to Eataly – a huge covered market selling Italian produce only. Over 6million visitors attend Oktoberfest each year, but amidst the drinking and oompah music, they’re missing the real effervescence of Munich. Drinking in the culture of this pretty city is a much more refreshing experience. Prost.

city to city

Munich has a brewery in its airport. Prost

where do I find the cheapest pint in Munich? There actually is such a thing as Europe’s best airport – and Munich is, apparently it, according to the 2018 Skytrax World Airport Awards. Walking through the wide walkways, you can start to see some of its appeal. But its crowning jewel is the airport brewery, Airbräu. Yes, you read that right, this is the only airport in the world that makes its own beer. With a restaurant serving local delicacies alongside the Airbräu brew, you can grab either your first beer of your trip here, or your last (just don’t miss your flight). Well-worth visiting, this is also the cheapest pint in Munich. Brewery tours, kegs to take home are also available Go to munich-airport.com

flight facts

outbound and inbound


ritish Airways’ three-flights-a-day to Munich from London City Airport put the Bavarian capital’s museums and galleries within easy striking distance. Hopping on the 8.10am from east London’s most convenient airport means a not-so-anti-social alarm call, and you’re through security and on the aircraft in time for coffee and breakfast. Looking out of the windows as you take off over the Royal Docks never fails to provide an impressive view of the capital, the topography unfolding beneath you like a slow zoom-out. With impressive legroom for a plane of its size, the flight passes in under two hours – just enough time to enjoy a bite to eat and a read of the paper before you spot the German Alps, and the rural beauty of the south German countryside below. Munich airport passport control is efficient, and – if you can stay away from the airport brewery – you’ll be on a train and into the city centre in a jiffy. Like the outbound leg, return flights are a convenient morning, lunch and evening schedule – so you’re back at home when you’ve had your fill of culture and dumplings. Go to londoncityairport.com

● BA has 18 return flights a week from London City Airport, starting at £64 each way for hand baggage only. ba.com ● James stayed at Maritim Hotel München, where rooms start at £67 per night. With a rooftop swimming pool and terrace, it makes for an excellent city centre base. maritim.com


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the story UEL staff member and student Parady Baptiste will spend two hours a week as a Youth Charter social coach the council estates, on the streets – postcode to postcode. “There’s a lack of guidance for the younger generation. There are a lot of risk factors – a lack of or no parental support, truancy, negative influences in social media, drill music and poverty, which leads to people going out and selling drugs or becoming drug mules. Those are the things that are causing the problems.”


Over the years I’ve lost several close friends owing to knife crime Parady Baptiste, UEL and Youth Charter

he believes social approaches rather than heavier policing are likely to be more effective in tackling these issues. “Getting young people to listen is about relational practice,” she said. “I’m a young person. I’ve lived their experience. I understand the challenges and the problems they face. “Someone like that can act as a positive role model to show them they don’t need to go down the wrong path. “The social coach programme is amazing. We have the principles of modern-day youth workers aiming to intervene by increasing awareness of education, career opportunities and raising people’s aspirations and improve their life chances. “Having 200 in communities would deliver more change than that number of police stopping and searching young people. “That’s a big issue. I’ve been stopped and searched many times. It’s frustrating and intimidating. “There’s a lot of tension and it increases distrust and disaffection. It’s not a nice experience, especially when you’re innocent and constantly being targeted.”

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the celebration as the Youth Charter arrives Lord Coe cuts the ribbon as Amanda Broderick, of UEL, Geoff Thompson of Youth Charter and Baroness Lawrence look on

By Jon Massey


ith knife crime and a spate of murders on the streets of London both pressing issues of the day, the recent relocation of the Youth Charter’s headquarters to Stratford is apposite. The Dame Mary Glen Haig Youth Charter Office For Sport For Development And Peace at the University Of East London was officially opened by Lord Sebastian Coe on Thursday, March 7. It was named in honour of the late Olympic fencer who became the founding chair of Youth Charter’s board of trustees. The charity’s chairman and founder Geoff Thompson, said, “We aim to tackle educational non-attainment, health inequality, anti-social behaviour and the negative effects of crime, drugs, gang related activity and racism by applying the ethics of sporting and artistic excellence. “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter. We are confident that our new social coach leadership programme will help to save lives on the streets of the capital. “There’s talk of 10,000 extra police officers needed on the streets. I am asking for 10,000

social coaches. I believe our social coaches can reduce crime a lot quicker than stop and searches by the police.” Working in partnership with UEL, the charity has already recruited more than 300 students to work as social coaches. UEL vice-chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick, said: “Our mission at UEL is to empower students to create their future – nurturing, encouraging and supporting them in an ever-changing world. “The opening of this new Youth Charter office reinforces our view that civic community will be at the heart of the university.” Lord Coe said, “I support the Youth Charter’s 26 years of work and proposals to provide young people, especially those caught up through the lack of sporting, artistic and cultural activity, in the negative lifestyle choices that lead to drugs, violence, gang-related activity and, in some cases, extremism. “The most powerful social worker is sport. We know sport organisations create an anchor in young people and offer many more opportunities. I salute UEL and the Youth Charter.” Go to uel.ac.uk or youthcharter.co.uk for more information about the charity’s work


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Crossword - Sudoku

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Party rode around living on prey (9) 8. Fit of giddiness on stage? (4) 9. Attacker makes idiot suffer sickness before worker (9) 10. Embitter the French, after 7 (6) 11. It’s there for the pulling (5) 14. She runs a peaceful branch (5) 15. A tear for the letting? (4) 16. Give spirit to graduate to dance (5) 18 & 20Ac. A rare cold marks the end of highway repairs (4,5) 21. The smallest allowed as admitted (5) 24. Lets on could be pinched (6) 25. Need a tile to draw? (9) 26. For sale in quantity? (4) 27. At home, kind but stormy (9)


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Left rats getting up on table (9) Capital sum for the college chief (9) The flower must have grown (4) Doctor has monkey put clothes on (5) Farmer takes the helm, perhaps (6) High-growing class (4) Change later (5) I’m in illuminated surroundings as far as they go (5) Rising like a revolting beast (9) Severity at the back? (9) Piercing sort of accent? (5) In lead, but got refusal (6) Vapour right out of a brook (5) Express the average (4) Stupefy some most unlikely people (4)

Quick Across 3. 8. 9. 10. 11. 14. 15. 16. 18. 20. 21. 24. 25. 26. 27.

Evening (9) Observe (4) Grasping (9) Cowardly (6) Precipitous (5) Subject (5) Trade (4) The Scales (5) Way out (4) Coach (5) Thicket (5) Defective (6) Magnificent (9) Advance payment (4) Promptitude (9)

Down 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9. 11. 12. 13. 17. 19. 22. 23.

Not injured (9) Tactical (9) Persia (4) Centre (5) Frustrated (6) Noisy (4) Ward off (5) Black (5) Malign (9) Parsons (9) Mapbook (5) Lethargic (6) Disdain (5) Trick (4)

Across: 3 Nightfall; 8 Note; 9 Rapacious; 10 Craven; 11 Steep; 14 Theme; 15 Deal; 16 Libra; 18 Exit; 20 Tutor; 21 Copse; 24 Faulty; 25 Sumptuous; 26 Ante; 27 Readiness. Down: 1 Unscathed; 2 Strategic; 4 Iran; 5 Heart; 6 Foiled; 7 Loud; 9 Repel; 11 Sable; 12 Pestilent; 13 Clergymen; 17 Atlas; 19 Torpid; 22 Spurn; 23 Ruse.


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Across: 3 Predatory; 8 Turn; 9 Assailant; 10 Rankle; 11 Lever; 14 Olive; 15 Rent; 16 Rumba; 18 Road; 20 Clear; 21 Least; 24 Stolen; 25 Delineate; 26 Lots; 27 Inclement. Down: 1 Starboard; 2 Principal; 4 Rose; 5 Drape; 6 Tiller; 7 Rank; 9 Alter; 11 Limit; 12 Rebellion; 13 Sternness; 17 Acute; 19 Denial; 22 Steam; 23 Mean; 24 Stun.

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