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CONTENTS July 2013

05 EDITOR’S LETTER 06 WHAT’S ON

Local

09 HOT LIST

Don’t miss this month

12 SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING

17 WITNESS THE FITNESS How to get the best out of your yoga practise

37 LET’S GET PHYSICAL A holistic health overhaul

Helen Baron meets local icon, Leona Lewis

41 TOP TO TOE

Borough Market’s new food hall

Interiors

53 VOGUE TRADERS

Fashion

Absolutely’s favourite Shine Holistic therapies

22 SWINGING LONDON

55 THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

29 MY STYLE

56 SHOREDITCH CHIC

Channel a sixties siren

Cleo B’s sartorial inspirations

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EDITOR’S LETTER JULY 2013

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e’re focused on fitness this month. For those of us who have finally gotten round to booking that much-needed holiday (after covering ourselves up like Michael Jackson for what seems an eternity) the big reveal of one’s pasty self can seem... well, downright daunting. Now is the time to get primped and preened, but fear not. We’ve put together a guide to holistic health, perfect for your summer body overhaul, and included yoga tips from Good Vibes founder and director, Nahid de Belgeonne. The bikini body countdown is sorted. More health and beauty inspo comes in the form of our ultimate Spa Guide, a round-up of Absolutely’s top European destinations for rest and rejuvenation. From wine-based treatments in Bordeaux to Spartan stays in Lombardy, there’s something for everyone, whether you want to detox or beautify, cleanse or simply kick back. Nowadays, it’s all about enlisting on a boutique bootcamp (adding soul to your body workout) to get your rear in gear and you well on your way to becoming a golden girl (by which I mean athletic and glowing rather than skinny); with that in mind, we feature the Feng Sushi summer diet, which shows you how to shed pounds without doing much at all... seriously. Speaking of golden girls, this issue we managed to bag an interview with international superstar (and native East Ender, natch) Leona Lewis. Not only does she have a killer body (and of course, a killer voice), she’s summer’s very own poster girl, looking incredible as she finishes her UK tour at Kew the Music festival this month. She was as lovely as can be, and still lives in Hackney. Enjoy the issue and the sunshine (we live in hope).

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A note on... HACKNEY COHOUSING PROJECT The rapid gentrification of parts of Hackney has proven to be both a blessing and a curse for long-time residents, who have seen property prices rocket even as other elements of local life have improved. It’ll be interesting to see how local government preserves the diversity of the borough; in the meantime, one bunch of savvy Hackneyites have come up with their own solution: a cohousing project that will see them collectively build and own 12-15 homes. The aim is to create affordable private dwellings within a community founded on cooperation and sustainability. hackneycohousingproject.co.uk

ON THE COVERS City & Angel: Lickerish Borough & Docklands: Ian Harrison East: Tiffany Mumford

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East End Film Festival Various Venues Until 10 July

Catch the remainder of this annual multi-platform festival of international premieres, industry masterclasses and live cross-act events. Some of the biggest names in the world of cinema including Keanu Reeves, Alan Cumming and Greta Gerwig are involved in this year’s programme which includes screenings of over 80 features and 100 shorts. Check programme details at eastendfilmfestival.com

What’s On July VII STOLEN SPACE GALLERY

4-28 July

A recurring motif throughout history, the number ‘7’ conjures up the seven wonders of the world, seven deadly sins, seven days of creation or even just the seven-day week – and now a new exhibition (accompanied by tasty refreshments from Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen) is set to explore the mystical, magical and more mundane qualities of the digit in greater depth. 17 Osborne Street, E1; stolenspace.com

BASTONNADE: EXHIBITION LAUNCH THE BOOK CLUB

From 11 July

After touring the world, graphic art specialists Frechfourch bring this exhibition of 50 unique posters to Shoreditch. Featuring a treasure trove of surreal and delicate imagery from artists Ugo Gattoni and McBess, this edgy little exhibition is the perfect place for those who like their art a little more edgy and a little less mainstream. 100 Leonard Street, EC2; wearetbc.com

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CULTURE Shoreditch Festival 13-14 July

The annual Shoreditch Festival looks set to deliver a veritable mountain of cultural delights, as bustling street markets vie with a variety of local arts groups to entertain residents and visitors alike. Headlined by the dynamic Shangaan Electro, the festival offers a profusion of theatrical, literary, arts and music events, all crammed into one toe-tapping weekend. Hoxton Street, N1; shoreditchtrust.org.uk/Shoreditch-Festival

I Believe in Unicorns PLEASANCE THEATRE 24 July

Michael Morpurgo’s novel I Believe in Unicorns comes to the stage in a charming new production. Follow in the footsteps of eight-year-old Tomas, who is forced to spend time in the public library - much to his dismay. In spite of his reservations, Tomas is soon transformed into an ardent book-lover, inspired by the magical Unicorn Lady. A thoroughly entertaining evening that may even (fingers crossed!) inspire your child to open a book this summer... Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, N7; pleasance.co.uk/islington

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BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE 19-31 July

Groundbreaking and controversial, Wadjda was the first motion picture to be entirely filmed in Saudi Arabia by a female director. Haifaa al-Mansour’s masterpieces tells the story of feisty Wadjda, an 11-yearold girl who dreams of buying herself a bicycle, despite the ban on bikes only recently being lifted in her country. The filmmaker has said of her intentions, ‘I tried to make a film about hope, embracing change and moving ahead.’ BFI South Bank, Belvedere Road, SE1; bfi.org.uk

THE ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE HAYWARD GALLERY

Throughout July

Following the phenomenal success of the Light Show, the Hayward Gallery brings together another eclectic collection of inquisitive items. Triumph over what-youthink-you-know in a stimulatingly curious exhibition of photographs, films, art and design which all question conventional human perception. South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1; southbankcentre.co.uk 7

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THEATRE Sweet Bird of Youth

FILM The Bling Ring (Dir. Sophia Coppola)

The Old Vic Throughout July

Modern culture is celebrity-obsessed. Whether following a celeb on Twitter or stalking T-Swift’s every move via blogs, news outlets and social networks, almost all of us are guilty of the new, technologicallyenhanced approach to fandom - and director Sofia Coppola’s new movie sets out to explore our infatuation with fame. A hit at Cannes, the film tells the true story of the so-called ‘Bling Ring’, a gang of Los Angeles teenagers who burgled the Hollywood homes of the celebs and socialites they adored. Starring Emma Watson, the movie passes stinging judgment on society’s obsession with elites. From 5 July, Vue, 36 Parkfield Street, N1; myvue.com

EVENT Open East Arts Festival

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford 27 – 28 July

To mark the first anniversary of the 2012 games, enjoy a wealth of cultural delights including a travelling art circus, an eco design fair and an art car boot fair where local artists will be signing and selling their works, then grab a bite at the Real Food Festival and some beer from the best breweries in East London while listening to the likes of the legendary Toots & The Maytals. Olympic Park, E20; noordinarypark.co.uk

HOT LIST This month’s highlights

Tennessee Williams’ brilliant play comes storming onto the London stage under the direction of Olivier Awardwinner Marianne Elliott. Starring Sex and the City alum Kim Cattrall and War Horse veteran Seth Numrich, the haunting tale follows ageing actress Alexandra Del Lago, whose failed attempt at a career comeback sends her scurrying back into drug abuse, alcoholism and the arms of a much younger man. A perfect example of Williams’ unerring grasp of human flaws and small-town foibles, this production promises to be searing, shocking and profound. 103 The Cut, London, SE1; oldvictheatre.co.uk

MUSIC Edward Sharpe &

The Magnetic Zeros From 23 July

If summer means daisy chains, bare feet and hippie chic, this quirky new album by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros looks set to be its soundtrack. Following the success of their previous LPs Up and Below and Here, this self-titled record is described by frontman Alex Ebert as ‘the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we’ve done’. Released 23 July on Rough Trade Records

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HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS: THE MIXOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO CLASSIC DRINKS FOR MORNING, NOON & NIGHT BY MOLLY WELLMANN

Stylish and tasteful, Wellmann’s new mixology guide brings together handcrafted cocktail recipes for morning, noon and night. Using fresh and unique ingredients, learn to shake up your own syrups, bitters, liqueurs and cordials. Read the remarkable history of vintage pre-Prohibition cocktails such as the sweet Sherry Cobbler and experiment with new tipples such as Bees in Kilts. With over one hundred recipes to choose from, who says cocktails are just for Friday nights? £17.20; overstock.co.uk

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Last month saw over 50 dealers in fine vintage apparel and authentic designer pieces come together for the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair – which was a roaring revival success. An alterations expert was on hand to ensure garments were the right fit while a vintage hair salon dished out styling tips. Live acts entertained the crowds and the tea room served up lip-smacking refreshments. Meanwhile on Upper Street, the fabulous House of Wolf transformed into the House of Style for a unique shopping event showcasing 12 British brands brought together by teastained Lil and Natalie Teare Jewellery.

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House of Hackney’s flagship Shoreditch store launched with a party sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, who created a bespoke G&T inspired by the brand’s new Palmeral tropical print. The fashion elite were in attendance, with fashion designers Henry Holland and Hermione de Paula dropping by to sip and be snapped. PICS: ASH KNOTEK

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A culture clash with a culinary twist, Eso Soup saw musical magpies spin weird and wonderful tunes at the snazzy South Place Hotel, while guests enjoyed a fabulously boozy brunch.

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was excited to speak to Leona Lewis – if you weren’t already aware, she’s a pretty big deal. Seven years have passed since she won the third series of X Factor, and Simon Cowell’s protégé remains the best example of what can happen when reality shows go right. In fact, Lewis is the poster girl for every wannabe who hangs his or her hopes of stardom on the public’s ferocious appetite for talent show veterans. It’s surprising to be reminded just how steep Lewis’s ascent has been, especially in comparison to other winners of the show. Where are Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward and Joe McElderry now? Alexandra Burke and Matt Cardle have had hits but neither have crossed over like Lewis. Only fellow X Factor alumni One Direction have reached similar levels of success, and the differentiating factor is clear: Lewis and 1D cracked America. Indeed, Lewis became the first British female in over two decades to top the American charts with her single, Bleeding Love (while at the same time holding the number one position in the UK): not bad for a girl from east London. Though chart positions are taken a little less seriously these days, for a talent show winner turned pop princess with considerable TV exposure, the figures still reign supreme and Leona Lewis can boast some pretty impressive figures. Following the success of Bleeding Love (released on Simon Cowell’s own label, Syco), Lewis’s debut album, Spirit, became the fastest-selling album in the UK and,

incredibly, the fourth fastest-selling album of all time. It topped the charts in seven other countries, including – most momentously – the USA. A special edition of Spirit was later released that included extra songs Forgive Me, Misses Glass and her smash hit cover of Snow Patrol’s Run. The result? You guessed it: it topped the UK charts. To date, Lewis’ debut LP has sold over 6.5 million copies. With a start like that, the future was never in doubt, and Lewis has continued to chart well with subsequent albums; she’s currently touring her fourth, Glass Heart. Between hit singles and world tours, she even found time to record the theme for James Cameron’s

hoping to dish some dirt on Simon Cowell, asking what impact she thinks the media mogul has had on the industry. He’s clearly served up big pop acts during his prolific career and arguably has a stranglehold on the charts, but Leona has nothing but praise for her mentor. ‘Simon’s had a huge impact. He brought talent shows to the forefront and they’ve taken off globally.’ This leads to my next question: whether it is easier or harder for emerging artists to break through in the current climate of music industry uncertainty and wider economic downturn. ‘I feel like in a way it’s easier because of social media; artists have more control over their output because you don’t have to be on a record label.’ Still, the fact remains that Lewis is on a record label, and a supportive one at that - stateside, she reputedly earned a fivealbum deal worth $5 million. To what does she attribute her global success? ‘Knowing what I want and sticking to my vision,’ she says, without a moment’s hesitation – although we both know that doesn’t work out for everyone. I decide to probe: anything else? ‘My music has mass appeal,’ she says ‘my audience spans all ages.’ For my part, I tell her I think it comes back to her singularly powerful voice and vocal range (she is often compared to singers of the stature of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston). Ever her humble self, she will only say that she has ‘amazing songwriters’, citing producer Ryan Tedder, who has worked on all her albums, as having helped her to find her voice. Another inspired move saw Lewis work with indie writers and material, including

‘Simon’s had a huge impact. He brought talent shows to the forefront and they’ve taken off globally’ Avatar – the song was later nominated for a Golden Globe. In a very short space of time, Leona Lewis has experienced truly mind-boggling success, so I start by asking her what she learned from her X Factor experience. Her reply is surprisingly levelheaded. ‘I won in 2006 but in reality I’ve been in the industry much longer. I came out of the BRIT School, I had a production deal and had been in studios. I was always striving to get a big record deal, so it came through doing the show. I’ve learned so much from being a signed artist.’ In retrospect, this makes sense. Leona has been quietly carving out a reputation for herself as a ‘discreet’ superstar. I dig deeper,

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Craigie Dodds (Rizzle Kicks) and Matt Hales (Aqualung). Certainly, the Snow Patrol cover won her a legion of new fans. A child of the iPod generation, Lewis has managed to span genres and show that big songs – especially the ballads for which she is best known – can transcend cultural boundaries. Perhaps another key to Lewis’ success is that her voice speaks for itself: it’s big enough that she has no need for a big, public personality. That’s not to suggest that she’s boring: quite the opposite. In fact, it’s far more boring to watch successful female artists become stereotypical divas, monstrous corporate machines continually splashed across the papers and causing drama after drama (almost certainly believing their own hype). Leona Lewis is most likely to be found speaking about her charity work. An almost lifelong vegetarian, she’s a supporter of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Humane Society, and she’s also newly inaugurated as a brand ambassador for The Body Shop, her earnings from which will be donated to Hopefields

Animal Sanctuary. I wonder at the reasons behind her altruistic sensibility, but it seems it just comes naturally. ‘I feel like I’m in a position to speak out against things I believe to be wrong,’ she says. ‘I just can’t turn a blind eye to it. I get flak about not supporting human issues but there are

the Music festival (alongside the legendary Blondie, no less) and she admits that she’s excited for the gig. ‘I’ll keep things similar to the show I’m touring at the moment because people are responding really well to it... but I’ll throw in a few surprises too. I think the audience will love it. I’m so, so excited.’ She talks me through her preperformance rituals, telling me that, ‘Singing songs every night is very tiring, but my voice gets stronger and improves on the road; I love to run on the same day, to get my lungs going. I never used to, but now I’m conscientious not to over-sing or talk too much. And I always drink manuka honey and lemon.’ Reassessing celebrities as ‘down to earth’ is more than a little cliché – and often altogether misleading. But there’s no doubt about it in this instance: Leona Lewis has her feet firmly on the ground. It seems that the girl with the sensational voice is loved and respected for all the right reasons – and that’s as real as it gets.

‘I’m in a position to speak out against things I believe to be wrong... I can’t turn a blind eye to it’ so many things to support and I’ve chosen to speak out for animals. It doesn’t mean I don’t think there are many other issues to speak out about but one person can’t give voice to all of them.’ An insightful and touching comment and one that leads me to appreciate Leona as a star in her own right – not someone willing to simply do what’s expected of her. We finish up by talking about her upcoming headline show at the annual Kew

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Lewis’ 2006 debut single, A Moment Like This, was originally recorded by Kelly Clarkson. Lewis’s version broke the world record for download volume, being downloaded 50,000 times in under 30 minutes.

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Bleeding Love was the first single to be taken from Lewis’ second album, Spirit. It became the first single by a British female artist to top the US Billboard Top 100 in over twenty years.

DOUBLE TROUBLE Leona’s first two albums (released in 2007 and 2009) have collectively sold over 10 million copies worldwide and remained at the top of the charts in places as far removed as New Zealand and Austria for weeks on end.

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Nahid de Belgeonne gives expert advice on how to get the most out of yoga How many times a week should you do yoga to reap the full benefit of practice? Like most things in life, what you put in exponentially increases what you get out. An hour of yoga practice daily would have remarkable effects on your health and wellbeing but for most of us finding that time and space can be a real challenge. A regular weekly class is the place to start; once you’ve committed to that and it’s become part of your weekly routine, add an extra class. You’ll find that two classes a week start to make a big difference to how you feel in body and mind. Your flexibility and breathing will have improved. Depending on the kind of yoga you’ve taken up, you may also see gains in your strength and muscle tone. Most importantly, you’ll have begun to connect better with your relaxation response, encouraging more activity within the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which will help to counteract the detrimental effects of daily low level stress. Once you’ve made that commitment to your two classes a week, begin to practise at home when you can in between classes. All you need in a clear space, your mat and that good intention!

Is it important to combine cardio exercise with yoga? You’ve done a dynamic and incredibly challenging yoga class, Bikram or Ashtanga, and you’re pretty convinced that you’ve done all the cardio you need; yoga’s the full package, right? Studies have shown that yoga is not the best way to improve the health of the cardiovascular system, so it’s very important to combine your yoga practice with traditional cardio – running and cycling come out on top in the cardio sweepstakes. Here’s the stats: heart rate during a strong Ashtanga practice increases by over 30 beats from the resting heart rate, (which can vary from 60-100 beats per minute) whereas in a very gentle yoga class heart rate is only increased by around 15 beats per minute. Compare that to the increase in heart rate that occurs during a running session, which is around 152-166 bpm! It’s really important to let your yoga class nourish you. Find a class that you can move, flow and breathe well in, and most importantly learn to relax deeply, considered by many to be yoga’s greatest gift, which in turn lowers the heart rate; the key to a balanced nervous system.

Nahid’s summer tip Don’t just invest in your exterior image this summer, feeling truly good about yourself comes from within. Practise yoga or meditation to tune your mind AND body. Nahid is the owner of Good Vibes Fitness, 14-16 Betterton Street, WC2;goodvibesfitness.co.uk

5 WAYS TO GET BACK ON TRACK 1 Commit to short sessions to ease you back in. Little and often is a great way to get fit. Just five minutes a day over one week would be a great place to start. 2 Grab a friend. People who work out together are much more likely to stay on track with their fitness goals. Running with a friend motivates you. It’s much harder to flake out when you know that they’re counting on your company. 3 Make it fun! Put some music on and dance. Dancing is great cardio and perfect for those who shy away from competitive sports. Dancing not your bag? Grab a skipping rope and jump! You’ll be amazed by how quickly your heart rate goes up. 4 Love gizmos? Invest in a monitoring bracelet that works out if your daily needs are being met. They’re amazingly accurate and really helps you to see that running up that flight of stairs makes a difference! We like Up by Jawbone. 5 Always wanted to try a climbing wall, aerial yoga or a half marathon? Grab the challenge with both hands, giving yourself a reachable target in a realistic time frame.

10 MINUTE TONER This Pilates move is simple, can be made progressively challenging and requires no warm-up. Begin on all fours, wrists under elbows, long biceps, index fingers pointing forwards and weight even between the hands, knees under hips, knees inner hip distance apart. Become aware of the natural curves of your spine, maintain length at the neck and the abdominals. On an exhale, float the right arm forwards, keeping the shoulder moving back and down and integrated in the upper back. Repeat on the left. Make more challenging by lifting the opposite leg, maintaining symmetry through the hips. Continue alternating in this way eight times then lift and hold for five breaths with good form and tone through the abs, breathing steadily. For an extra challenge, make pulsing movements with the legs for another five breaths before you change sides and repeat. 17

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We know just what’s needed for a bit of hot-stepping around town (and beach): a tidy pair of espadrilles for seriously laidback cool. Soludos undoubtedly offer the largest collection, which come in all sorts of delectable prints, shades and styles. The trouble is choosing which ones you like the most. soludos.com

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HOT AND IN STOCK The mighty bomber is back... it never really went away. As the weather warms, try it in alternative fabrics: we spied this rather eye-catching orchid print in old reliable store, Whistles. A ‘light jacket’ with attitude if ever there was one, you get two bang-on trends for your buck. £155, 135-136 Upper Street, N1; whistles.co.uk

CLUTCH CONTROL

We experienced a flutter of ‘80s nostalgia when we clapped our eyes on this brash trash, Dynasty-style clutch from Mawi’s Glitter Bug collection. Architectural jewels and perspex spikes adorn metallic fabrics of gold, fuschia and neon green. Definitely worth streamlining your essentials for. Shine on. £485, 11 Calvert Avenue, E2; mawi.co.uk

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Invest in some sorbet-coloured jeans. The slightly subtler shades of the MIH Jeans summer collection exude a ‘beachy’ – washed-out from sea and sun – take on the trend for bold, block colour. In sum, all the fun of dye with a grown-up approach. mih-jeans.com

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The new Christian Louboutin store at Harrods is the handiwork of renowned East End interior designer, Lee Broom. With pride of place in the eveningwear department, an intricate white fanned archway gives way to white street lamps around the shop floor, while tiled walls of the London underground display Louboutin’s latest collections. The space features signature pieces from Broom’s collections including the Salon range, re-worked in patterned materials and new colours of deep purples, greys and dusky pinks, while his crystal bulbs are dotted throughout. leebroom.com 19

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Cleo B will unveil her AW13 collection at Andaz Liverpool Street this month; she shares her inspirations Favourite holiday destination

It has to be Barbados. There are amazing resorts and restaurants and you can jump in a Jeep, explore the island, eat at local cafes and bathe on any beach you choose.

Favourite designer House of Holland (left) and Holly Fulton are two of my absolute favourites.

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Most treasured possession Most inspiring experience

In 2008 I spent two weeks touring India with interior designer Nina Campbell. I spent time in her embroiderer’s factory, visited her suppliers and rode elephants.

Favourite shoe of your own design

My gold Sucker MCs cassette tape heels which come in a rainbow of bright coloured suedes (above). I also love Tribeca, which is a classic Cleo B wedge shoe boot from Spring Summer 2010 (right). It has intricate criss-cross detailing down the front, which I took from the facade of an Art Deco building in New York.

Honey B – my miniature wire-haired dachshund. She is a star and constant companion. She is also the face of our new dog collar collaboration with accessories brand Beauchamps, launching in March.

I don’t have a particular style icon. I love colour and I have a bold sense of style, so I find it’s influenced by anyone and anything. However, if I was allowed to steal anyone’s wardrobe, it would be Rihanna’s.

Favourite piece of art

My favourite painting is Egret by James Aldridge (left). I received it as a 21st birthday present from my parents. At the time, his work was typically dark, creepy even, often involving skulls, black crows and dark woods, but this piece was an anomaly and I fell in love with it straight away. cleob.com

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Tommy Hilfiger teams up with the Muppets in this collection of fun kids’ tees and sweatshirts in delicious ice-cream shades. Choose a favourite character from Kermit, Beaker, Animal, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear – and bag a free Muppets cap with each purchase. Westfield Stratford City, E20; uk.tommy.com

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Little Duckling

This Danish brand produces stylish clothes for children that are neither fussy nor garish. Designer Rosa Wiland’s pieces are full of character and detail while remaining ever-practical and durable – so they’re easy on the adult eye and appreciated by children, too. Absolutely readers can claim 25% off online orders with code ANH13, valid throughout July. little-duckling.co.uk

Child’s Play

The Conran Shop on Marylebone Road has now been refurbished and boasts a darling kids section full of gifts, toys, books, furniture and decorations that little ones will love. You might also get a head start in sculpting their taste in interiors – we bet the treehouse bed will be a firm favourite. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1; conranshop.co.uk

Little mermaid

This beach-print bathing suit from Boden is made oh-so-cute by cherry blossom detailing and we love the addition of the yellow sunglasses. Aspiring mermaids will be pleased. Now, where are the bucket and spade? £16; boden.co.uk

SEW FUN

A great way of saving fabric from landfill is to recycle old clothing. This course aims to teach kids of all ages some fantastic ways of up-cycling textiles, including making bags from denim jeans, fun creatures from socks, beautiful brooches and crafty cards from colourful scraps and a summer dress from a sari. The course is particularly suitable for beginners and is led by pattern design specialist Jaime Greenly. Every Wednesday 4-5.30pm and 5.30-7pm during term time, 67 Belsize Lane, NW3; littlehandsdesign.com 31

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range of statement necklaces. Heading back to the office? Take time to sit down with one of Itsu’s ‘go.go pots’. Keeping the kids entertained is a breeze at the N1 Centre this summer with face painting fun and giveaways. Mr Pretzels ‘Nutella Pretzel’ is the perfect option for a quick snack on the lawn with the kids. Plus, N1 Centre’s Vue Cinema is showcasing the latest children’s blockbusters. Catch up with Mike, Sulley and the

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Plus don’t forget you can quench your thirst with JD Wetherspoon’s scrumptious cider festival running from 10th - 28th July at Glassworks, N1 Centre. Centre Manager, Lynne Glover, says: “We’re really excited about creating a summer garden. Come along, pull up a deckchair and watch the world go by. We guarantee you’ll feel relaxed, we just can’t guarantee that you’ll get a tan!”

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We all want to look good poolside and Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick range, as part of the Avant-Premiere Collection, is just the ticket. The Rouge Coco formula is sumptuously hydrating, with a satin, luxurious finish that’ll leave your pout looking luscious and kissable. Whether it’s Rouge Coco or Rouge Coco Shine for you, both come in a number of shades, so you’re guaranteed to find the colour that suits you – and your swimsuit. chanel.com

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Calling all bee lovers! To raise awareness for Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause Campaign, Melvita have introduced limited edition Wild Flower Beautiful Bee Totes. Each containing Apicosma Skin Softening Body Milk, a Bee Cause Tea Towel and Notepad plus a Hexagonal Mini Soap, 10% of profits will go towards the Bee Cause. Never has there been better reason to buzz off shopping. £35, available from uk.melvita.com / foe.co.uk/bees

HOLD UP

If you’re guilty of carrying your entire beauty regime in your handbag (you are not alone), hear us now. The rather fetching Flamingo-designed make-up bag from Lulu Guinness, will help those who insist on lugging all their products around declutter, with room for important essentials. No more eye-liners with missing tops or shattered compacts. Ideal. Lulu Guinness, 23 Royal Exchange, EC3; luluguinness.com 33

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A trendy, friendly and professional salon at the heart of Bermondsey Street, SE1 Hair is housed in a Grade II listed building, lending it a wonderfully antiquated feel. Original 17th century stud framework serves as a stylish centrepiece, yet for all the old-fashioned flavour of the surroundings, the cuts and styles on offer are completely contemporary/ This is thanks to five very experienced senior stylists, who have each been awarded a five-star rating in the Salon Guide. Carrying a full range of KMS, Paul Mitchell, and Moroccanoil products, SE1 Hair also offers complimentary refreshments to clients - including coffee, tea, soft drinks, wines and beer. 72 Bermondsey Street, SE1; 020 7378 9422

Feel-good beauty tips for the summer

Bloom Perfumery

Introducing the new, summerinspired Phaedon collection. Featuring perfumes such as Pure Azure, Pluie de Soleil and Verveine Figuier, the range offers a variety of green, floral and spicy scents that are instantly reminiscent of Mediterranean coastlines and fragrant landscapes. Find a fresh citrus scent for those hot sunny days or something sweet and warm for breezy nights!’ 4 Hanbury Street, E1; bloomperfume.co.uk

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The Stress Exchange

The Stress Exchange is a hair and beauty salon and treatment clinic that has played an important part in the gentrification of the area around London Bridge. Now celebrating 12 years of service to local residents and businesses, the contemporary, Avedaaffiliated salon offers everything from classic Aveda services to clinic specialties such as IPL laser hair removal, the CACI non-surgical face-lift and osteopathic and podiatric treatments. Relax and enjoy any of over 200 different pick-me-ups that are sure to leave you feeling renewed and revitalised. 130-132 Tooley Street, SE1; 020 7357 7006; stressexchange.co.uk

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Moose X-Training is all about fitness where you want it, when you want it. There are no membership fees, no crowded changing rooms and no sweaty studios; likewise, with specialties like ‘personal training @ home’ and ‘personal training @ the park’, there’s no time wasted slogging to and from a gym: the Moose comes to you! By making fitness convenient yet still affordable, the MOOSE achieves results. themoose.uk.com

5 The Salon Group

The Salon Group is a newly established unisex salon in leafy Muswell Hill with a fresh approach to hairdressing. Put together by Nina and Anthony, themselves and their team of stylists have extensive knowledge and expertise which led them to merge their skills and experience into The Salon Group. Since opening in early 2011, the salon has developed a strong reputation for high quality, creative hairdressing with a contemporary style. Take advantage of our summer colour promotion and get 15% off all colour services with this code TSG10. www.thesalongrouplondon.com, 020 8442 1865, The Salon Group, Alexandra Park Road, Muswell Hill, N10 2DP

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he Spring Summer catwalks were brightened by swatches of vibrant neon make-up. What better way to step from winter into spring than with a splash of fluoro flair? Don’t be fooled: this isn’t ‘80s throwback neon, rather something cool, modern, clean and graphic. Your canvas is key here, and beautifully exfoliated, glowing skin allows you to get away with a shock of bright colour. Try Astalift’s new Intense Replumping Moisture Mask to give your skin a youthful boost and allow it to recharge. Although, that said, bright colour is also brilliant for drawing attention from unwanted blemishes and imperfections. If you have a slash of pink neon on your lips, that’s all people will be looking at. Trust us. MAC Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth advises using matte lip colours ‘that can be built up from a subtle stain to an intensely bright lip,’ pressing a matte neon pigment like MAC Bright Fuchsia on top for added intensity. If you simply want to dip a tentative toe in the trend, then a neon nail (these OPI polishes are spot on) will add a pop of colour that gives you an instant wardrobe update. But why stop there? Charlotte Stockdale’s latest offering for Jo Malone is a neon-dipped Red Roses cologne bottle – perfect for embracing the look. Now go on – turn on those neon lights.

Fluoro faces GILES DEACON SS13

RAINBOW BRIGHT Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne Dipped Bottle, £120, exclusively at Selfridges NARS eyeshadow in Persia, £18; narscosmetics.co.uk MAC Lip Pencil in Magenta, £11.50; maccosmetics.co.uk Topshop Lip Crayon in On the Cards; £7, topshop.com MAC lipstick in Girl About Town, £14; maccosmetics.co.uk Astalift Intense Replumping Moisture Mask, £10, available at Fenwick OPI Outrageous Neons, £19.45; opi.com

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PURE SPORTS INJURY CLINIC THE LOW-DOWN Osteopaths work from the principle that wellbeing depends upon the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Sessions seek to restore the body to a state of balance, replacing the use of drugs or surgery (where possible) with physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase mobility and relieve muscle tension. THE RESULTS An initial consultation at Pure reveals that I have a slight curve in my upper back (rather than my lower back, as thought), which is causing me to lean more to the right and hunch in the shoulders. As I am not currently experiencing pain, Daniel Cohen advises I continue my regular yoga sessions and work on strengthening my core. This will address the misalignment in my spine, supporting the upper back and shoulders. For prices call 08447 700 800, 2 Cabot Square, E14; puresportsmed.com

ACUPUNCTURE THE HERBAL INN

THE LOW-DOWN Acupuncture is said to serve as both a treatment and a preventative therapy. It is meant to stimulate blood flow, improving overall health and helping to treat a number of ailments including hypertension, headache, sciatica and morning sickness – as well as those which more acute pain. The Herbal Inn specialises in acupuncture and cupping – a healing therapy that’s become a firm favourite with celebs (Jennifer Aniston recently turned up to a premiere with the tell-tale circular marks on her back). THE RESULTS After an initial consultation, we agree to work on my digestion and circulation. By understanding the key tenets of qi, Dr Peng looks to restore the natural harmonic state of mind, body and soul. Penetrating my skin with needles in specific points of the body, the flow of qi is opened up; the results are noticeable after one session – however, ongoing treatment to align the balance and detox the body is recommended. 47 Upper Street, N1; herbal-inn.com

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

THE HEALTHY LIVING CLINIC THE LOW-DOWN A massage that stimulates the lymphatic system (the body’s secondary circulatory system), improving metabolism and the elimination of toxins while boosting the immune system. It’s an ideal treatment for those suffering from any swelling and can help with healing after surgery, but is equally good for relaxation, improving circulation, problem skin, cellulite, dysfunctional respiratory systems and low energy levels.

REFLEXOLOGY LIZ GARNER

THE LOW-DOWN Reflexology refers to the application of pressure to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques; the ‘reflex points’ touched are mapped to corresponding parts of the body and various associated tensions and maladies. A ‘healing art’, reflexology is relaxing but should not be mistaken for a foot massage: it employs far gentler micro-movements to create a response within the body.

THE RESULTS This gentle massage really revives the body. Working the lymphatic fluid towards the drainage ducts, (rather than focusing on the muscular or skeletal aspects of the body), it is recommended for those with metabolism concerns and is often used in conjunction with a detoxing programme.

THE RESULTS My therapist, Liz Garner, talks through any issues we can work on. Reflexology is commonly used to help with numerous symptoms specific to women (PMS, menopause, infertility, pregnancy and traumatic birth experience being just a few of them), and Liz identifies a lot of activity in the pituitary gland, indicative of hormonal imbalance, though more sessions are needed to address the problem fully.

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Fast-track your child’s healthcare When it comes to making children better, The Portland Hospital has the highest levels of paediatric expertise and the most advanced technology in the UK. Discover how your child can benefit from the country’s leading experts in children’s health today. Story by Stacey Jackson

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ommon sense tells you that, if your child gets ill, the best person to treat them is a leading paediatric consultant experienced in their condition.

Our dedicated children’s unit is home to the largest group of private paediatricians in the UK, covering over 50 different clinical specialties. They are among the best in the world at diagnosing and treating both common and complex childhood conditions from birth to age 18. Using the very latest technologies, they treat over 40,000 children each year, ranging from routine check-ups to extremely rare and complex cases. Many of our consultants hold senior posts at leading NHS trust hospitals such as Great Ormond Street and St Mary’s Hospital. They’re supported by a team of experienced children’s health professionals, including specialist children’s nurses and play specialists.

We don’t treat any adult patients in our children’s unit, so your child’s hospital experience will be completely tailored to their needs. We find that this can relieve your child’s anxiety about visiting hospital and help them to make a speedy recovery.

Rapid appointments Don’t wait. For same day and next day appointments, including evenings and Saturdays, call 020 7390 8203.

When you’re thinking about private healthcare for your child, safety will of course be an important consideration. Do bear in mind that some private hospitals don’t offer any on-site critical care facilities. Our children’s unit is fully equipped with the latest medical technology and facilities. Should the need arise, we have a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit staffed by a dedicated team of critical care experts. You’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need to join a queue for this exceptional service. Our convenient and rapid appointments give your child the care they need at a time that suits your family and your lifestyle, including during the summer holidays so none of the new school term will be missed.

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touch, a trained therapist ‘tunes into’ the patient’s body, searching for the inherent motions of muscles, organs and cranial bones, focusing on manipulating ‘primary respiration’ and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. It may sound complicated, but this therapy – which developed out of osteopathy – feels like simplicity itself. The therapist’s aim is to pick up on rhythms of contraction and expansion in the body, identifying patterns of distress and smoothing out the flow of energy. The idea is that areas of pain are redistributed or ‘released’, thereby restoring a healthy balance and helping the body to heal. The treatment can be deeply relaxing and is believed by some to stimulate the body’s own stress and pain management resources. RESULTS Those who find it hard to relax may find that several sessions are required to address the stress patterns and discomfort in the nervous system. Others feel rejuvenated and replenished straight away. From £60 for 60 minutes

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in Japan from the principles of Chinese medicine (shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese) and the practice is similar to acupuncture – the therapist analyses the body’s energy channels (known as meridians) and massages accordingly, helping to restore inner wellbeing.

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Despite its history and popularity, Chinese medicine often meets with scepticism, so I’m immediately taken aback when, soon after we begin, my therapist applies pressure to the stomach and asks if I suffer from headaches – I have done, since childhood. The treatment follows a set format, but is semi-tailored to each client and their particular ailments. It makes use of gentle, methodical pressure and stretches. RESULTS Shiatsu is designed to support your body’s natural healing ability, providing profound relief from numerous conditions and amounts to a highly relaxing (and all too fleeting) hour. From £60 for 60 minutes

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ASK FOR Myofascial Release (MFR) THE LOWDOWN For those unfamiliar

with the practice, myofascial release aims to straighten out and release tension held in the web of connective tissue that runs throughout the body, linking all our

internal structures. This web is called the fascia and it actually contains 90% of our nerve endings, meaning that any physical trauma we suffer is registered there. It also means that pain we think is located in our muscles is very often actually due to a restriction of our fascia. The massage administered by Helen Brown, which aims to work out these tensions, can be intense – even painful – but the subsequent sense of release is something I have rarely experienced with traditional massage. Sitting at a desk all day means I have a tendency to hunch, but Helen’s deft manoeuvres open up the back. The momentary discomfort soon gives way to a deep relief. RESULTS Energising rather than relaxing, this is the perfect mid-week pick-me-up, particularly recommended for anyone suffering from localised, specific tensions. £60 for 60 minutes 52 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 20 Newington Green, N16; shineholistic.co.uk 41

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The Highbury Barn unveils its new-look restaurant, bar area and coffee shop this July.... offering diners a new destination point for eating out, yet still maintaining the unique, iconic feel that makes the pub so well-loved. With a theatre-style kitchen, summer a la carte menu and a whole new interior decor, the Highbury Barn makes good food worth going out for. Fine ales, great beers and quality wines – you can still expect nothing less from Highbury’s favourite pub and restaurant.

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This year, the London Capital Club celebrates its centenary with a gourmet extravaganza – Star Grazing. Each month until November, the club will host a different Michelin-starred chef from outside London, who will create (and oversee the first two days’ service of) a special menu. July sees Hywel Jones (of leading country house hotel and spa Lucknam Park) bringing his culinary expertise to the capital. Head to the website for more details on forthcoming residencies. 15 Abchurch Lane, EC4; londoncapitalclub.com

Little Fishy

Who doesn’t love fish and chips? The solid, golden dish so beloved of Brits dates back to the 17th century and is little short of a national treasure; now Des McDonald, former CEO of Caprice Holdings, is getting in on the act. McDonald has launched his own take on the classic chippy, serving up sustainable fish fresh from British waters and approved by the Marine Conservation Society. A selection of line-and-hook caught cod, plaice, haddock and pollock arrive daily from Brixham to be grilled or fried in the Fish & Chip Shop’s own-recipe batter, made with local Camden beer. Kids will love the fish finger butties, too. 189 Upper Street‚ N1;

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PITT AND CUE

The Almeida

Martin Nisbet has joined the Almeida restaurant from West London’s Angelus. The culinary maestro brings new and contemporary flourishes to the menu, including ballotine of smoked ham hock with pistachio and pickled pear and vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb jelly, poached rhubarb and arctic roll. Some traditional elements will remain, of course, and every week will see a rotisserie Tuesday, when diners can enjoy a whole chicken and carafe of wine between two. All of which makes the restaurant our hot pick for pre-theatre dinner this month! Almeida Street; N1; almeida-restaurant.co.uk

In 2011, Jamie Berger launched Pitt Cue Co, slogging his guts out in an American BBQ food van with business partner Tom Adams. His successful startup got bigger and bigger until they had to move from their parking spot to join the big guns via a bricks-and-mortar establishment in Soho. To coincide with the launch of their first ever cookbook (recipes include signature dishes like pulled pork, crispy pickled shiitake and sticky bourbon and cola pudding), the boys will be holding a ‘How to Launch a Food Startup’ Guardian masterclass in King’s Cross next month. 11 August, 10am5pm, The Guardian, 90 York Way, N1; pittcue.co.uk

The Grill on the Market

Herb garden cocktails will be springing up at the Grill on the Market throughout July and August. Using herbs to enhance flavours is a trick as old as time, but herb-based cocktails makes for double the dining experience. The bar’s master mixologist has dug up some harmonious, herbaceous concoctions to tantalise taste buds. 2-3 West Smithfield, EC1; blackhouse.uk.com 43

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RESTAURANTS YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 3183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751 OISHII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488

Reserved A bite-sized guide to this month’s foodie destinations

TOM’S KITCHEN

33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5; geronimo-inns.co.uk/thelordpalmerston

Why should you go? With considerable expansion recently leading to their first international opening in Istanbul, Tom’s Kitchen are also launching in Canary Wharf this month. The restaurant works with British suppliers and is committed to fresh, ethically sourced ingredients. When should you go? Early birds catch much more than the worm at Tom’s Kitchen. Choose from dinerstyle booths or sit down at the communal tables in the deli. Made famous at the Chelsea and Somerset House establishments, the cult menu will include brunch classics such as eggs Benedict and brioche French toast with caramelised apples and cinnamon.

DOLLAR GRILLS & MARTINIS 2 Exmouth Market EC1R 4PX 020 7278 0077 DANIEL DEFOE 102 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 020 7254 2906 BUNDU KHAN 43 Commercial Street E1 6BD 020 7375 2595

COMO 3 11-13 Theberton Street N1 0QY 020 7354 2341

LIKYA 68 -70 Golders Green Road NW11 8LN 020 8455 7171

MEAT PEOPLE 4-6 Essex Road N1 8LN 020 7359 5361

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MEM & LAZ 8 Therberton Street N1 8LN 020 7704 9089

THE FOLLY

41 Gracechurch Street, EC3; the follybar.co.uk Billed the City’s ‘secret garden,’ this botanical-themed canteen restaurant is perfect for those on a health-kick. The tape-measure symbols denote meals under 500 calories and high-energy ingredients populate the menu. Order your burgers carb-free or sup on a skinny cocktail. Their use of yummy vegetables is unmatched in the area.

NATURAL KITCHEN

7 Pepys Street, EC3; thenaturalkitchen.com This place is all about eating well on the go. Seasonal wherever possible, everything is fresh (no preservatives or nasties) and there’s an impressive menu of fruit and veg juices. For those who aren’t watching their weight, the selection of cakes and sweet treats include goodies such as eggy bread French toast and chocolate fudge sundae.

VANILLA BLACK

17 Took’s Court, EC4; vanillablack.co.uk Veggie cuisine goes haute at this fine-dining restaurant in the City. The menu might be meat-free but food comes foraged, seared and salted. The desserts, too, sound out of this world: liquid doughnut with warm espresso gel or smoked paprika fudge, malt loaf and builder’s tea... not to mention the dried chocolate, fig and port ice-cream.

SU SAZZAGONI 136 Lauriston Road E9 7LH 020 8985 8448

DALYAN 462 Muswell Hill Broadway N10 1BS 020 8442 2662

LA COLLINA 17 Princess Road NW1 8JR 020 7483 0192

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XOXO 74 Upper Street N1 0NY 020 7226 6799

FIFTY FIVE BAR & LOUNGE 31 Jamestown Road NW1 7DB 020 7424 9054 PROUD CAMDEN The Horse Hospital NW1 8AH 020 7482 3867

Top Tables The tippler’s guide to this month’s buzzing bars

THE CROWN AND SHUTTLE

226 Shoreditch High Street, E1; crownandshuttle.co.uk

What’s the deal? A hotly anticipated relaunch of the Crown and Shuttle has seen the historic pub benefit from a new look. Having served two queens and a king, survived the Blitz and even served time as a notorious strip club, it last closed its doors twelve years ago. Now the exotic dancers are gone and the pub has reopened to the public. Why should you go? The renovation breathes a new lease of life into what could have been ‘just another pub’. A massive plus is the huge garden complete with Shuttle Bus kitchen and wood-burning oven, from which spring forth amazing wheat beer and poppy-seed flat-breads for use in the pub’s own sandwiches.

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SPREAD EAGLE 141 Albert Street NW1 7NB 020 7267 1410

THE WELLS 30 Well Walk NW3 1BX 020 7794 3785

THE YARD Queens Yard Hackney Wick E9 5EN

OFF BROADWAY 63-65 Broadway Market E8 4PH 020 7241 2786

Well and Bucket

143 Bethnal Green Road, E2; wellandbucket.com The Well and Bucket finally makes good on its chequered history as not only a pub but a Chinese restaurant and leather wholesaler. Though not as indie as it might appear (it’s an outpost of sizeable chain Barworks), the bar fills a hole on Bethnal Green Road, where there was previously little for well-heeled drinkers. Extra points for the 5CC Cocktail Club, which resides downstairs.

The Gilbert Scott Bar

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1; thegilbertscott.co.uk Two years from opening and the Gilbert Scott has become a mustvisit culinary destination for those touching down in King’s Cross. The bar is exemplary of how far London’s cocktail scene has come, now headed up by renowned mixologist Dav Eames. Served up in stylish, eagle-shaped, Art Deco glass decanters, that and the dramatic setting will transport you to a bygone age.

Worship Street Whistling Shop

63 Worship Street, EC2; whistlingshop.com A semi-secret location, Dickensian trappings and fun interpretations of classic British drinks are what bring the locals to this antiquated speakeasy. Most exciting is the windowed laboratory where the concoctions are cooked up, brewed and distilled in a throwback to a Victorian apothecary. Not quite a gin palace but expect a gustatory experience. 45

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DOLLAR GRILLS AND MARTINIS An American themed restaurant and cocktail bar renowned for serving the best burgers and steaks in London. We’re obsessed with the quality of our burgers, with The Forest Grande, White Truffled Mushrooms and Dorstone Goats Cheese being just some examples. We believe that our USDA beef from Nebraska gives you more flavour and texture and beats any steak anywhere.

2 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, EC1R 4PX www.dollargrills.com / 020 7278 0077

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the secret comedians at Paper Dress Vintage

Boutique comedy nights in the East End of London. Organised and compered by comedian Elf Lyons.

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How does a Danish woman become one of London’s major sushi players? Absolutely meets Feng Sushi’s Silla Bjerrum to discuss sustainable fishing and healthy eating

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n 2008, Silla Bjerrum was the first woman to be invited to the prestigious Seven Samurai Sushi Competition. That’s no mean feat, especially since she’s not even Japanese. The Danish-born sushi expert has also served as a judge for the competition twice, teaches regularly at Leith’s cookery school, Divertimenti and Billingsgate and is a leading voice on issues surrounding sushi and sustainability. She’s also a serious businesswoman, having launched the Feng Sushi chain that now has eight branches (the latest in West Hampstead), and is a founding member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, recently winning a Sustainable City Award and another from the Sustainable Restaurant Association for Innovation. Hers is a company with some highly ethical credentials and a dedication to both healthy eating and healthy fishing. Bjerrum is a busy woman. Recently appearing on Japanese TV talking about the crisis of endangered Blue fin tuna, she’s passionate about her causes and about sushi, which she first discovered in London almost 20 years ago. ‘I went for an interview at Nippon Tuk, owned by Jeremy Rose, in 1994. I fell in to sushi, but soon

discovered I had a flair for it.’ She saw immediate parallels between Danish and Japanese food, and soon abandoned her plans for an academic career for a life in sushi. ‘Japanese food is clean, simple flavours with a real focus on ingredients – not dissimilar to Nordic cuisine – and it has been so interesting to see the growth of Japanese food in the UK.’ Feng Sushi first opened on Fulham Road in 1999. ‘My then business partner Jeremy Rose and I wanted to do a good quality delivery sushi concept, while offering casual eat-in too. Over the years we have expanded organically. In 2010 the original shareholder group departed and Luke Johnson came on board as serious investor. Since then we have enhanced the business, in particular online delivery, and opened up to new projects: a delivery hub in Billingsgate Market and a gorgeous restaurant on West Hampstead’s West End Lane offering eat-in, takeaway and delivery. Our latest venture is a new design focusing on keeping the eat-in experience undisturbed by the delivery service.’ Running a business is very demanding, as everybody knows, so how does she manage any sort of work/life balance?

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FOOD FENG SUSHI’S SUMMER DIET Ordered individually or purchase all 3 days for £95 DAY 1

Breakfast: porridge. Snack: Four brown rice salmon and chive maki. Lunch: x-ray salad with baby spinach, seaweed and low-sugar dressing, yellow tail sashimi. Snack: edamame and ‘rescue’ veg sticks with tofu, wakame and coriander dip. Dinner: rainbow trout broth with soba (100% buckwheat) noodles. £41.50

DAY 2

Breakfast: porridge. Snack: salmon temaki with brown rice. Lunch: Japanese bean salad with baby spinach and seaweed, scallop sashimi. Snack: detox broth, ‘rescue’ veg sticks with tofu, wakame and coriander dip. Dinner: spicy cuttlefish soba soup, and salmon and ikura tartar on cucumber. £48.75

‘I would lie if I said this is easy, but I love my family and I love my job, so it is all about ensuring one does not exclude the other,’ says Bjerrum. ‘I think it can be useful for children to see that a parent has an important role outside the home which they enjoy, but in return it is important to switch off at home and be there for the kids and do things with them they like to do regularly. I do not always get it right, but parenthood is a wonderful challenge in life.’ Silla actively supports the Marine Stewardship Council and has become an authority on sustainable fishing. ‘All our fish is sustainably sourced, it is our ethos, conscience, our insurance for future deliveries and our knowledge that well-sourced sustainable fish simply tastes better.’ And health-wise, sushi is one of the best things for you. ‘It is a well-balanced meal of good carbs, right protein, the good fats, veg and omega 3 and omega 6. Sushi is also very good for portion control, leaving you satisfied but not bloated.’ For summer, Silla has devised a special three-day diet, which promises to kick start a healthy season by helping to get rid of cravings. She says: ‘It consists of complex crab, seaweed and protein, but not wheat, sugar or preservatives and is approximately 1,500 calories a day, so you will not starve, but be inspired to keep up with good eating habits.’

RECIPE SPICY SQUID SOUP

(SERVES 1, CAN BE MULTIPLIED BY 4)

DAY 3

Breakfast: porridge. Snack:Four brown rice yellowtail and chive maki. Lunch: soba noodle salad with baby spinach and seaweed, salmon sashimi. Snack: seaweed and scallop salad, ‘rescue’ veg sticks with tofu, wakame and coriander dip. Dinner: Loch Duart heavenly salmon on brown rice donburi. £46.25

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100 grams 100% buckwheat soba noodles 80 grams baby squid or cuttlefish – cleaned Teaspoon chilli jam or tablespoon kimchee chilli 1 teaspoon grape seed oil 2 shiitake mushroom ¼ red pepper 1 teaspoon Japanese dashe 2 tablespoon tamari 400 ml boiling water Coriander to taste

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We’ve been open for nigh on three months now and would like to extend a very warm thank you for making our launch a very exciting and fulfilling experience: you have come in your droves and on the whole seem to be loving what we are doing. You never know whether anyone will come when you open a restaurant and that we have served over 8000 of you since opening the doors gives us some reason to dispel those fears ! We are also still being judged by the great and the great and the good in the critical community ( thank you you Giles you may come again, Dineen if I see you watch those oysters yeah ?) and we are continuing to try and be the local restaurant of choice for Islington, Shoreditch, Dalston and beyond.

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Food fans rejoice: Southeast London’s most iconic market just got a shiny new addition...

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n elegant glass structure adjoining the venerable Green Market and opening out onto Borough High Street, the hall is billed as ‘a classroom, kitchen, orchard, function room, reception area, information hub and dining hall’. What that translates to is a beautiful city garden perfect for meeting friends and enjoying some of the market’s world-famous wares. But there’s more... The new space is not just an aesthetic triumph; it’s a living environment filled with herbs, hops, fruits and flowers that will be used in education programmes, workshops and tasting sessions. Over the last decade, Borough Market has pioneered ideas like sustainability, community involvement and the importance of local, ethical produce, and the Market Hall is proof that SE1’s finest foodie destination is as forward-thinking as ever. Borough Market opens Monday- Wednesday, 11am-2pm, Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 8am-5pm. 8 Southwark Street, SE1; boroughmarket.org.uk

DON’T MISS With its emphasis on quality and provenance, Borough paved the way for London’s foodie revolution. Here are three traders (among many) worth seeking out: Rubies in the Rubble Lipsmacking jams and chutneys made from perfectly delicious fruit and veg otherwise destined for the dump. Established by former hedge fund employee Jenny Dawson, the company fights unnecessary waste and employs people struggling to get into work.

Chegworth Valley Granddaddies of the artisan produce movement, Chegworth Valley produces incredible (and incredibly English) juices from fruit plucked from the orchards on the family farm in Kent.

Bread Ahead Homely, hearty, healthy breads and sublime cakes baked and prepared at Bermondsey’s own Biscuit Factory complex, by the mastermind behind Hoxton’s own, organic Flour Power City Bakery.

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Furness fish & game

Based in Flookburgh, Cumbria, Furness Fish & Game sells seasonal fish and game and stuffed poultry, supplying fine restaurants throughout the country as well as foodie visitors to Borough Market. Fish deliveries arrive at Borough every Friday and Saturday morning, so the product is super fresh; the game, including pheasant, partridge, rabbit, hare and venison, is sourced mainly from Cumbrian estates such as Graythwaite Hall and Levens Hall. Specialties include Cornish day boat fish, diver-caught lobsters, Crab & King scallops, Morecambe Bay potted shrimps and West Highland venison and wild boar - not to mention wild netted rabbit. www.morecambebayshrimps.com +44 (0)15395 59544

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Mini Magoos

Mini Magoos loyal clientele have been enjoying their mouthwatering array of allergen-free breakfast options for over ten years now. If you are looking for a new, life-changing start to your day that is not only highly health beneficial but also tastes simply out of this world then this is definitely something that you will need to experience. The Bakery - 13 Westgate Centre 10 Elizabeth Trading Estate, Juno Way, London, SE14 5RW, 0208 691 3331, minimagoo.com

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Oliveology

Oliveology was created to share the culinary treasures and gastronomic traditions of Greece. Sourcing only artisan products from carefully selected, independent producers in Greece, their range includes organic, coldpressed olive oils, organic unpasteurised Kalamata olives, olive leaf tea and raw honey and wild herbs. Visit them for the most unique, natural and raw products from the unspoiled mountains of Sparta and the Peloponnese. You can find Oliveology at Borough Market every week or explore their wares online. oliveology.co.uk

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By Arabella Preston

itting high above the shores of Lake Geneva in the French spa town of Evian, the serene Hotel Ermitage seems to float upon a cloud of well-being and tranquillity. From the moment I stepped into my room and opened the French doors to the clear lake air, I understood why the resort has been a Mecca for rest and recuperation for over 100 years. Taking the lift from my floor directly down to the hotel’s Spa Quatre Terres, I was transported to Bali via India and China through the dark wood decor and the healing hands of expert therapists. There’s a holistic focus – my massage therapist incorporated the use of healing crystals while giving me one of the best deep-tissue massages of my life. After recuperating on a soft bed with a glass of Evian – naturellement – I then spent the afternoon lazing in the spa’s Jacuzzi and steam room. The next morning the hotel’s dashing chauffeur took me down the hill to the lake and into the heart of the resort. I came, as others have been for centuries, to Les Thermes D’Evian to ‘take the waters’. This involved being pummelled by hydro jets (seriously enlivening) and being ‘rained on’ by heated Evian water while a therapist gave me an allover body massage. Evian cannot be rivalled for its blend of tranquillity, excellent food and winning service. Next time I’ll be returning with my family in tow to take advantage of the superlative Kids’ Resort with its own pool, tennis lessons, cooking workshops and much more.... Rive Sud du Lac de Geneve, 74500 Evian-LesBains, France; evianresort.com

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The Mandarin’s signature therapies, including pampering foot treatments and revitalizing body scrubs are a popular choice, but the jewel in its crown is undoubtedly the Oriental Orchid, which delivers a soothing massage and a radiance facial, courtesy of classic beauty brand Guerlain. Eastern minimalism combined with chic touches, such as a subtle butterfly motif and a soothing star-studded sky in every spa suite, is the order of the day here. Perfect for all social butterflies in need of rejuvenation. From £916 per night on a B&B basis; mandarinoriental.com/paris. Eurostar return fares from £69; eurostar.com

team of doctor, osteopath and nutritionist, so that a personalised schedule can be created for each guest. Among the many luxurious treatments to be enjoyed are a full body massage and the heavenly La Prairie Caviar Firming Facial, both of which leave you feeling utterly pampered and serene. There is also a heated indoor pool, saunas, hammams, personal gym training and daily activities including yoga and Pilates to keep you entertained between treatments. The spa’s Café Lauren complements their benefits with healthy food made from seasonal Mediterranean ingredients – the only fat used is olive oil and there are

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no refined sugars. Satisfying and flavoursome dishes such as roasted chicken breast with ceps and organic red rice followed by poached pear with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce belie their low fat and calorie content to deliver a truly delicious meal. The Four Day Better Aging programme at La Réserve Geneva costs from CHF 5500 (approx. £3620) and includes accommodation, all consultations and treatments and three meals a day at Café Lauren; lareserve.ch

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E S PA AT GLENEAGLES, SCOTLAND This 850 acre resort may be better known for its golf than its spa, but the two go hand in hand – the massages are the perfect way to relieve tired backs after a day on the green. Doubles cost from £335 a night. gleneagles.com

T H E S PA AT LA RESIDENCIA, MALLORCA One of the Leading Hotels of the World, we love La Residencia’s open-air terrace treatments, overlooking the majestic Tramuntana mountains and olive groves in which the hotel lies. From £285 per night for a classic double room. hotel-laresidencia.com

T H E S PA AT GRAND HOTEL, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN A real urban retreat, this Nordicinspired spa is slick and modern, with saunas galore and a beautiful, outdoor warm pool to relax in. Rooms start at SEK 2700 per night. grandhotel.se

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typical day at Ti Sana starts with power walking at 8.30am along the Adda River, juice for breakfast – think courgette, apple, carrot and ginger – and an hourlong fitness session. Lunch is served at the ‘Food Lab’ from 12.30 and consists of a large bowl of salad and dehydrated flax seed crackers, followed by (yes, thanks be to the detox gods, there’s a second course) a faux carb dish like courgette ‘spaghetti’ in a cashew nut sauce (no added spaghetti, of course, just cleverly cut vegetables). Five meals a day doesn’t sound too bad – breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner – but when three of these ‘meals’ are juices, and one day a week is liquid only, things become a little more Spartan. Minimal food and gentle exercise are combined with a medical assessment, blood tests, a doctor’s appointment and a colonic – this is the only spa in Italy with the ‘Angel of Water’ machine which you operate yourself, keeping your dignity intact. The spa is well equipped, stocked with organic products (like the Anika range) and kitted out with

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et amidst the vineyards of the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte estate in Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie is a rural retreat with a twist. Inspired by the concept of the ‘French Paradox’, whereby the diet and lifestyle of Southwest France is seen as conducive to good health, the hotel has taken the concept to heart, playing host the original and now world-famous Vinothérapie spa. Here, treatments are wine-centric, incorporating the benefits of the grapes from the Graves Grand Cru Classé vines which the spa overlooks. During my visit, I sampled the 100% Grape Cure, which involves three oenophilic treatments a day, including the signature Crushed Cabernet Scrub, the merlot wrap, the Fleur de Vigne wrap and the red vine bath. I loved the Wine Maker’s Massage, which involved a smooth, wooden stick usually used for crushing grapes being rolled over my back to relieve the tension. However, Les Sources de Caudalie is not for dieters – the food is too good. Choose from Michelin-starred fine dining at La Grand’Vigne, Chef Nicolas Masse’s restaurant overlooking the lake, or bistro-style food in La Table du Lavoir, in a 19thcentury wash house formerly used by winegrower’s wives – both too delicious for words. The 3 day Grape Cure costs EUR 525. Stays from EUR 250 per room per night; sources-caudalie.com

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very day, without fail, I find myself in need of a sugary, three o’clock pick-me-up. It doesn’t matter whether it’s biscuits, chocolate or a sugary drink, these little daily indulgences are my weapon of in the battle against the dreaded afternoon slump. I know, of course, that it’s not the healthiest of choices, but my sugar cravings are too strong to be ignored. I needed a solution, and when I finally found one, it just so happened to be in the ambient micro-climate of southern Spain. Lucky me. Nestled on a hillside in the Sierra Helada Natural Park is the SHA Wellness Clinic, a sprawling expanse of whitewashed buildings boasting stunning views. Providing an oasis for those seeking a detox or relief from more

serious health conditions, the foundations of SHA are rooted firmly in the science of macrobiotics; the term derives from the Greek macro, meaning long or great, and biosis, meaning life. Leading the quest for this ‘longlife’ is SHA founder Alfredo Bataller Parietti, whom I meet upon arrival. I have to admit that I was nervous about the imposed diet; I am not good at being told what to eat. My day could include three balanced meals; on the other hand, it might just be dinner and snacks – it’s anything but balanced. I voiced these concerns to Alfredo, yet he assured me that the diet would be ideal for a vegetarian like myself. The plan regulates energy levels by balancing the nutrients that the body receives, rather than feeding it what it craves.

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What impressed me the most at this wellness haven was the level to which you could tailor your experience to match your particular dietary, medical and aesthetic needs. I was assigned to the ‘Biolight’ diet during my stay, a healthy middle-road menu for those who want a detox, but who aren’t necessarily looking to shift pounds. There is also the Kushi diet, a stripped-back extra-light menu of salads and soups, and the gastronomic SHA diet – many an evening was spent eyeing-up the pungent steam-filled cloches as they passed our table in the Shamadi dining room on their way to SHA menu devotees. Lunch was the first meal that I tucked into at the clinic. I had a cucumber, dill and yoghurt cream soup, which was perfectly fresh and zingy. This was followed by a modest portion of spelt tagliatelle in a creamy pesto sauce, garnished with crispy basil chips and toasted pine nuts. Happily for me, meal times on the Biolight and SHA menus are always split into a starter, main and a dessert, tricking my stomach into believing it was consuming more food. This fact – coupled with the macrobiotic teaching that digestion starts in the mouth and food must be chewed properly – meant that mealtimes were generally a more pleasurable affair and I felt satisfied for longer. The food at SHA was a welcome surprise – head chef Pablo Montoro served inventive and delicious

alternatives to desserts, sweetened with barley malt or rice syrup. I even had a spelt bread pizza one joyous evening and I must not forget the most mouth-wateringly succulent grilled scorpion fish with beetroot foam, grated tonka beans and black fennel tempura. Once you are alive and kicking, the fun really starts; SHA offers macrobiotic cookery classes, healthy eating seminars and a wide variety of fitness classes, both inside the state-of-the-art gym and outside on the sundrenched terrace. I chose to spend much of my time in the spa, where the gentle sound of trickling water follows you everywhere as you float about in a fluffy white robe. The lymphatic drainage massage is highly recommended to aid the detox, coaxing any lingering toxins from your body. The spa has one of the most impressive menus I’ve ever seen, and guests can

enjoy all manner of traditional treatments, as well as some of the most technologically advanced aesthetic procedures in the world (it’s definitely worth booking a Thermage Comfort Pulse Technology consultation, as the before and after results images are seriously impressive). After days spent swimming, exercising, and spa-ing, I collapsed in my humongous bed to watch the twinkling lights of houses down on the hillside as my final day drew to a close. I definitely left SHA Wellness Clinic feeling happier and healthier, with the cravings that had been troubling me completely eradicated. I’m happy to report that I’ve stuck to my diet since arriving home, encouraged by the threat of relapsing back to sluggish energy levels. If this is how I feel after a three-day stint, I can only imagine how guests enjoying a two-week programme must feel. Sublime, I’d imagine. Essential Escapes offers a seven night Detox Holiday at SHA Wellness Clinic from £2989 per person based on two sharing including transfers, accommodation in a Deluxe Suite, full board, a general medical check-up, plus detox treatments and massages (020 7284 3344; essentialescapes.com). For more information on SHA Wellness Clinic please visit shawellnessclinic.com

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Having previously worked in other sales related jobs I started working in property nine years ago and took to the fast paced nature of lettings immediately. I wanted to move into the London market and worked in Shad Thames for three and a half years before starting at Stirling Ackroyd’s Bankside office four years ago. I am passionate about the SE1 area and have been Lettings Manager here for just over a year- I can’t imagine working anywhere else. For a start I love shopping, so the boutiques along Bermondsey Street are heaven. It’s a great place to find handy little knick-knacks and it’s always so hard to drag my eyes away from the lovely window displays as I’m walking past on my way to a valuation. Food is where the area really excels though, whether it is in the brilliant Borough market stalls or the Farmer’s Market in Bermondsey Square. My favourite is the wealth of cheese shops, especially Neal’s Yard in Borough Market (if you’re a fan of stinky cheese like me then try the Strathdon Blue!). Coffee shops and bars are on every street around our office, which is always tempting. The Monmouth Coffee Shop is known across London and it’s no surprise that people travel to try it, it really is the best coffee in the capital. In terms of restaurants we are spoilt for choice, but my favourite for a business lunch is always the award winning ‘Zucca’, just make sure you book as it is always packed. Chef Jose Pizarro has two restaurants on Bermondsey Street; the first ‘Jose’ is a champagne bar with a small taster menu of the main restaurant down the road. Unsurprisingly named ‘Pizarro’, the

main restaurant has a selection of fabulous tapas. My favourite dish here is the croquettes and I always drag my friends along to try them. The development of office space in More London has seen new companies attracted to the area, and The Shard represents on a large scale the development that has been happening across SE1 over the last five years. This has been supported by residential developments such as Neo Bankside, Bermondsey Square and Bermondsey Central. It has been fantastic news for the property market here, especially for our office as we were instructed on Bermondsey Central and Bermondsey Square for both sales and lettings and, on top of that, we received great business from within the New Bankside development. Another bonus that has come from the influx of developments is the expansion of cultural highlights in SE1. This has included the extension of the Tate Modern, the development of the White Cube Gallery and the introduction of new markets such as the Maltby Street market, which is a mini version of the world famous Borough market. I love seeing the growing number of affluent professionals moving in and around the London Bridge area. They want an easy commute into Canary Wharf and the City and it’s fantastic that they are able to move into great Zone 1 properties instead of paying more to live in Central or West locations. It’s been a joy to see the development of the area over the years and I am convinced it is the best place to live in London. 020 7940 3888; stirlingackroyd.com

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LOCAL COMMENT HEART OF THE CITY Alex Neil was founded when Docklands was little more than a derelict wasteland in 1984. Over the past 28 years we have seen the Docklands grow into the most exciting and dynamic part of London, and are proud to have been one of the first estate agents involved here since the early 1980’s. During this time we have played a key role in the selling, renting and managing of many local landmark developments including: Vogans Mill, Canada Wharf, The Anchorage and

New Caledonian Wharf. Because we have been in the area so long we can offer a wealth of experience and local knowledge, together with an exceptional track record in both sales and lettings. Our success has been built as a result of repeat business, recommendations from satisfied customers and a team of staff that are second to none in their depth of knowledge and experience of the area. The Docklands office has always been located at the top of Westferry Road.

However, we have always kept with the times and made sure that, even though we are one of the oldest Estate Agents in Docklands, we still hold traditional values of honesty and integrity. We have always strived to combine this with the latest technological advances in order to provide our customers with the finest personal service.

a Chartered Auctioneer, and Mr Reeves, an artist. Since those humble beginnings, we have grown steadily and now have 10 offices across London, the latest of which opened in Ealing last year, and our fifth international office in Malaysia which opened in February this year.” “I joined the company in 1976 and today I also have working with me a close-knit team of directors, all professionally qualified, comprising a lawyer, an accountant and a banker. We all take an active role in the management of the business and between us have over 75 years’ lettings industry experience,” continues

Anita. “I’m also proud to have been a driving force in the company becoming a founder member of ARLA back in 1981. This long-standing commitment to professional standards is, perhaps, one of the most important factors in being shortlisted for such an influential award. It’s also a testament to the dedication of all our staff, who work so hard to ensure clients receive the very best customer service.” The Awards, now in their fourth year, are the culmination of a rigorous judging process by a panel of 19 industry experts, overseen by The Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer. brlets.co.uk

Alex Neil, Canary Wharf & Docklands 020 7537 9859; alexneil.com

BENHAM AND REEVES RESIDENTIAL LETTINGS SHORTLISTED IN SUNDAY TIMES LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2013 Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings has been shortlisted in The Sunday Times Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2013. With 10 London offices across prime central London and five overseas offices – in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and India – the company was shortlisted in the Medium Agency category. “We are delighted to be shortlisted in these prestigious Awards. With nearly 5,000 offices represented in the competition, this is a tremendous achievement for us,” comments Managing Director Anita Mehra. “We have a long history, dating back to 1956 when the company was founded in Hampstead by Mr Benham, 84

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PROPERTY ROUND-UP THE CUT, SE1

A stunning top floor lavishly refurbished two bedroom apartment boasting a designer interior, a sought after location and excellent access to local shops, amenities and transport. The property boasts high ceilings, beautiful wood flooring and 143 years on the lease. ÂŁ650,000 Leasehold KFH, London Bridge 020 3465 9230; kfh.co.uk 90

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PUMP HOUSE CLOSE, SE16

Boasting a quiet, secure location close to transport links, this superb two bedroomed split-level apartment features, as its centrepiece, a huge reception room with high ceilings and an elegant skylight. The property, which featured in luxury lifestyle magazine “The Hub”, benefits from gated off-street parking and direct access to a communal patio, also comprises modern open-plan kitchen, substantial study with fitted storage units, fabulous lower ground floor media room with bar, master bedroom with en suite shower room, good sized second bedroom, elegant main bathroom and utility room. £1,100,000 Foxtons, London Bridge 020 7386 6500; foxtons.co.uk

PRIORESS STREET, SE1

This is a spectacular property in a Grade II listed converted Victorian school built ca. 1876. It occupies the two top floors of this beautiful building, which is surrounded by secluded and impeccably presented communal gardens and it offers a secure off-street allocated parking spacing as well as a share of the freehold. £1,570,000 Share Of Freehold Williams Lynch 020 7940 9940; williamslynch.co.uk

NARROW STREET, E14 Lourdes are proud to be marketing this stunning two bedroom apartment within the Phoenix Wharf development, situated in the highly sought-after Narrow Street, Limehouse, E14. The property features a large open plan lounge with fully integrated kitchen, wooden flooring and a private waterfront balcony offering fantastic views of the river Thames and Canary Wharf. The property further benefits from a master bedroom with walk in wardrobe leading to ensuite shower room, a further double bedroom, a contemporary family bathroom and secure allocated parking. £690 Per Week Lourdes Estates 020 7538 9250; lourdes-estates.com 91

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WESSEX HOUSE Prices start from £850,000

Berkeley Homes are pleased to announce the eagerly awaited release of Wessex House at One Tower Bridge. One of London’s landmark prime developments, One Tower Bridge is located on the River Thames, at the foot of iconic Tower Bridge and directly opposite the Tower of London. Wessex House is a collection of 82 one, two and three-bedroom apartments including three penthouses situated in the heart of the development. Designed by internationally respected architects Squire and Partners, the 1.6 hectare site will provide 353 private apartments and penthouses, all of which have private balconies, terraces or roof gardens. The interiors have been designed by Darling Associates, who have worked on some of the most prestigious central London developments. Residents at One Tower Bridge will have access to five star facilities including a boutique hotel, a 24 hour concierge managed by Harrods Estates, a gymnasium, a private health club with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and vitality pool, a virtual golf facility and a residents-only business centre. Please contact the marketing suite on 0207 871 0011, visit: onetowerbridge. co.uk, email: onetowerbridge@ berkeleygroup.co.uk, or contact Knight Frank on 0207 861 5499 or visit: knightfrank.com

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AVANT-GARDE LIVING IN SHOREDITCH Prices start from £600,000 for a two bedroom apartment Located in the heart of fashionable and artistic Shoreditch, Telford Homes present the Avant-garde development. The apartments boast city skyline views across London, stylish and neutrally decorated interiors, and Zodiaq quartz stone

worktops with integrated Siemens appliances and a built-in wine cabinet in the kitchen. The building itself offers a 24 hour concierge service, private lounge and gymnasium and a landscaped Free Spirit Garden. Telford Homes 020 3538 3398; telfordhomes.plc.uk/avantgardetower

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THE NOT SO SQUARE MILE Final elegant apartments in the heart of The City now released In one of the best locations in London, this collection of apartments and penthouses provides city-fringe living with a wealth of in-house amenities including residents only gymnasium, roof terrace with spectacular City vistas and concierge service. This is Cityscape - a development that offers exceptional value and quality.

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DEVELOPMENT WICK LANE WHARF Prices from £299,950

Wick Lane Wharf, Keatons New Homes department’s development in Hackney Wick, offers spacious twobedroom, two-bathroom apartments ranging from 900 to over 1,100 sq ft. The larger than average two bedroom apartment in the area come with open-plan kitchen/reception areas, wide hallways and large double bedrooms. The apartments are modern and stylish with attractive floor-toceiling windows offering views of the Olympic Stadium on one side and the City and Canary Wharf on the other. Most apartments have at least one balcony. Keatons New Homes 0208 981 7788; bow@keatons.com

HOMES AT TELFORD HOMES’ ABODE3 IN BOW Prices start from around £285,000 for a one-bedroom apartment ABODE3, Telford Homes’ latest collection of new apartments is launching in the heart of popular Bow, an area which has seen extraordinary levels of demand. The 14 one and two-bedroom apartments at Abode3 offer high quality interiors with sleek, fully fitted kitchens

and bathrooms enabling residents to move straight in. Residents have access to a private terrace, balcony or winter garden as well as a communal landscaped courtyard with secured bicycle stores. Built with the environment in mind, the development features photovoltaic panels on the roofs and water butts to collect and store rainwater. Apartments at higher level also benefit from views towards the Limehouse Cut, Bartlett Park and Canary Wharf. For more information and prices please contact Selling Agent Bridge on 020 3538 9633 or register at telfordhomes.plc.uk/abode3

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Bow Office 397-399 Mile End Road, Bow, London E3 4PB T 020 8981 7788 E bow@keatons.com

Wick Lane Wharf, E3 A fine selection of very spacious two bedroom apartments in this exciting new development, overlooking the Olympic Park and the River Lea. Prices from £299,950. Just 30 apartments available, ranging from 936-1150 sq ft and located in this fast changing quarter of the East End. • 250 year leases • Communal gardens

• Olympic Park and Canary Wharf views (not to all apartments)

• Balconies (not to all apartments)

• Two bathrooms

• Private parking available to purchase

• Floor to ceiling windows

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NOW ON SALE READY FOR OCCUPATION AUTUMN 2013 Just fourteen 1 & 2 bedroom apartments ideally placed for The City, Canary Wharf and The Docklands.

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Our doors are always open... to landlords and tenants alike Benham and Reeves Lettings, London’s independent lettings-only specialist, have been serving both landlords and tenants since 1956. With 10 well placed London offices which include our City and Canary Wharf branches, we are able to give tenants a wide choice of locations and properties. For landlords... we offer a full lettings and property management service, furnishing packages, refurbishment and home staging service,

making us your one-stop rental property partner.

Call us now on 0800 092 9656 or email info@brlets.co.uk or visit www.brlets.co.uk

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Stirling Ackroyd All around the City SE1

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£725,000

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BANKSIDE SALES An impressive 3 bedroom , 3 bathroom apartment situated in the popular Bermondsey Square development. EPC - B

BANKSIDE SALES A 2 bedroom school conversion arranged over 3 floors, with 2 large receptions & a private garden. EPC – D

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£975,000

£1,050,000

BANKSIDE SALES 3 bedroom penthouse apartment with period features, located in a secure gated development just off Borough High Street. EPC – C

BANKSIDE SALES A 2 bedroom penthouse apartment measuring over 1,100 sq ft with a roof terrace offering 360° views of London’s skyline. EPC - C

BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888

SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838

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£550 pw

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BANKSIDE LETTINGS A modern 2 bed apartment finished to a high standard throughout, with views overlooking the River Thames. EPC – D

BANKSIDE LETTINGS A 2 bed split level apartment in the heart of Shad Thames with a delightful balcony overlooking the Tower Bridge. EPC – E

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BANKSIDE LETTINGS A stunning 1 bed apartment in the iconic NEO Bankside development offered in excellent decorative order. EPC – C

BANKSIDE LETTINGS A 3 bed, 3 bath apartment located within the grounds of the Jam Factory development off Tower Bridge Road. EPC -E

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