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Holiday hotspots

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All That Jazz THe Rise of the speakeasy

Zandra Rhodes

Unseen designs from her archive

William Tempest

On His Nightwear Range for w hotel

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CONTENTS August 2013

05 EDITOR’S LETTER 07 WHAT’S ON

Local

09 HOT LIST

49 FOOD REVIEWS

The Lady Ottoline and Proud City

52 A CUT ABOVE

Recipes from The Ginger Pig

10 PUNK PRINCESS

Interiors

32 SCHOOL’S OUT

56 GET THE LOOK

Don’t miss this month

Helen Baron meets punk fashion legend, Zandra Rhodes

Top local picks for kids

Fashion

22 GET YOUR CHIFFON Dare to bare this summer

29 MY STYLE

Felder Felder’s sartorial inspirations

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55 LIFE’S A PICNIC Absolutely’s favourite picnic baskets With interior designer, Abigail Ahern

Travel

63 WILD AT HEART

An African horseback safari

56 PURE SHORES

An island paradise in the Maldives

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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or me, August will always be about summer holidays. As a child, left to my own devices, the days were spent outside for as long as the sun held sway. My mother’s attempts to get me doing extra-curricular studies were abandoned in favour of more enjoyable pursuits: tree-climbing, tent-making and bike-riding. Perhaps she would have had more success if she’d realised that the best way to capture kids’ imagination is through constructive learning and fun days out. Battle-hardened parents know that you need a plan of action to fend off mischief, temper tantrums or a creeping sense of inertia. To that end, this month we’ve put together a guide to the best summer holiday events and activities around. So whether your rugrats are budding artists or more on the sporty side, you can arm yourself with some great ideas as to how to keep them amused. Older kids, meanwhile, may appreciate a trip to the Fashion and Textile Museum, where the almighty Zandra Rhodes has been beavering away for the last decade. The museum’s latest exhibition explores some of the style icon’s largely unseen creations from over 30 years in the business; turn to page 12 to read more. Elsewhere, head out on safari through the magnificent Serengeti. Not your average travel destination, the Tanzanian plains provide a uniquely astonishing landscape for a riding holiday – seeing the wonders of sub-Saharan Africa from horseback must be one of those truly unforgettable, unsurpassable life experiences. Flick to page 62 to read about Michael Kallenbach’s animal adventure. And until you hit the savannah? Enjoy the golden month that is August, and have an amazing holiday.

AUGUST 2013 A note on... ESSEX ROAD STATION The Crossrail 2 project is set to reinforce Islington’s mounting popularity among residents and visitors alike, ensuring the local area is as well connected as anywhere in London. The only thing that could please Absolutely more? Seeing the local Lib Dems’ calls for an additional Essex Road station bear fruit. No longer the poor relation of buzzing Upper Street, a slew of amazing shops and cafes (like Lily Tamberi’s Food Lab, this month’s Featured Restaurant) are affording Essex Road an exciting identity of its own. A dedicated Essex Road station on the Crossrail 2 line would cement the road’s rising prominence and encourage cultural and commercial activity on a new scale. We’re all for it.

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ON THE COVERS

City & Angel: Lickerish Borough & Docklands: Lickerish East: Andrea Massari

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If you’re headed for the coast, stay crisp and cool with fresher hues of light blue. Simple shapes will suffice – you don’t want to be flapping in the wind with too much floaty fabric. Capri pants lend understated sophistication – à la Audrey Hepburn on a bicycle – and this pair by J Crew do the job nicely. A lightweight knit is essential for those chillier summer nights; I’ve chosen this Chloe bobble knit, warm but white. Finish with these K Jacques St Tropez leather sandals. The name says it all – perfect for a port-side parade.

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SCULPTURAL CERAMICS

Until 7 September

Innovation in art is frequently the consequence of unanticipated collisions, and this show at Pangolin London serves to remind us of this, offering a striking meeting between two oft-unrelated mediums. Christie Brown’s remarkable animal-human hybrid pieces introduce a revolutionary approach to ceramic art and are perfectly complemented by the vibrant, abstract shapes of Danish ceramicist Rasmussen. Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1; pangolinlondon.com

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KALEIDOSCOPE ESPACIO GALLERY

15 -20 August

An eclectic and exciting show that more than lives up to its name, visitors can enjoy a diverse array of colourful individual works that blend into one brilliant and amazingly intricate whole. Featuring pieces by artists including Ann Kopka, Trevor Banthorpe and Zelda Eady, it’s a treat for the senses you won’t want to miss. Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, E2; espaciogallery.com

PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON-SURREY 100 4 August

Building on the dramatic surge in popularity the sport experienced following Britain’s Olympic success, Prudential has organised 100 miles of cycling along a route stretching from Stratford through the centre of London and on into the winding lanes of the Surrey countryside. It’s all for a very good cause – and you don’t have to be a pro to join the fun. A great way to sightsee as you cycle. Starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20; prudentialridelondon.co.uk 8

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CULTURE HUNGARIAN DESIGN POP-UP BOXPARK Until 19 August

If you haven’t yet stumbled across their unconventional popup mall fashioned entirely from shipping containers, the good folk at Boxpark are now offering yet another reason to investigate: a showcase of Hungary’s most cutting-edge contemporary designers. Julia Kaldy’s ‘negative space’ inspired shoes are definitely on the ‘designs to watch’ list, having already raised many a discerning eyebrow at London Fashion Week. Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, E1; boxpark.co.uk

HITCHCOCK SILENTS BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE Throughout August

Despite pioneering the use of sound in British fi lm, Alfred Hitchcock made his debut with The Pleasure Garden, one of nine silent movies recently restored to greatness and screening this month in celebration of the Leytonstoneborn director’s singular genius. And while his later classics (including Rear Window and Vertigo) may be more famous, Hitchcock’s ‘silent nine’ are said to be accomplished, exhilarating pieces in themselves, shedding light on his early explorations of fi lm technique and capturing the very start of his ascension to greatness. British Film Institute, Belvedere Road, SE1; bfi.org.uk

LEANDRO ERLICH’S DALSTON HOUSE ASHWIN STREET

Until 4 August

An intriguing new installation by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, Dalston House invites visitors to participate in a grand optical illusion. An enormous mirror spectacularly poised at a 45-degree angle reflects a replica of a Victorian house, creating unusual, theatrical images of passers-by in gravity-defying poses. Commissioned by the Barbican, Dalston House is an interactive, architectural model of conceptual art – catch it quick before it’s gone. 1-7 Ashwin Street, E8; barbican.org.uk

GLOBAL BEATS FESTIVAL

WILTON’S MUSIC HALL 14-17 August

Past meets present in fascinating style as incredible musicians from all over the world gather to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the capital. What better location could there be for this four-day celebration of inspirational music than the world’s oldest music hall? With artists from Senegal, Portugal, Colombia, Ghana and Japan (among many other places), it’s sure to be an uplifting experience. Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Grace’s Alley (off Ensign Street), E1; wiltons.org.uk 9

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Jazzing Hot jazz has never been cooler, and London’s got the whole scene covered...

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az Luhrmann’s lurid take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby may have divided the critics, but our love affair with the Jazz Age continues – and many of the finest fruits of this latest wave of cultural nostalgia can be found on our doorstep. The biggest impact has been on London’s nightlife, where the last few years have ushered in a new era of cocktails and speakeasies. Spearheaded by master mixologist Tony Conigliaro and his team at Islington’s 69 Colebrooke Row (aka ‘the Bar with No Name’), cocktail bars have been springing up all over town, serving up lush, left-field concoctions to jaded Londoners in need of fresh delights. THE TOP SHELF BAND From the basement vaults of Shoreditch’s Worship Street Whistling Shop to the recently opened 5cc Fashion is having a jazz moment, too, Cocktail Club in Hackney, regular old beer with Luhrmann’s fi lm sparking a flood of and wine just don’t cut it any more - and of retro-tinted attire that pairs perfectly with course, cocktails are best served up in suitably contemporary bling. The Jazz Age obsession characterful surroundings. The Art Deco with decadence and luxury is strangely Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green achieves suited to modern mores, and offers a gleeful the effect better than most – which is why its sense of escape for a West still mired in refined and intimate bar is always buzzing. economic uncertainty.

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s the Jazz Age fi xation always comes back to the music (and while the pop charts are as dance-dominated as ever) London’s vibrant live scene offers diverse ways to experience jazz’s mercurial magic for yourself. The cabaret circuit is on fire right now, and period parties recreating the dancehall delights of scenes gone by - such as Blitz-

GYPSY JAZZ

Believed to have been founded by gypsy guitarist Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt in Paris in the 1930s, gypsy swing (or ‘hot jazz’ as it is sometimes called) is a fiery combination of American jazz and European folk music, Parisian waltzes and traditional gypsy tunes. Groups typically consist of a lead acoustic guitar, violin, two rhythm guitars and a bass, with an accordion or a clarinet sometimes making an appearance. Performers rarely read music; songs are passed down the generations. Gypsy swing, like the original gypsy music, is a living tradition. For Reinhardt, who was of Manouche Romany descent and had spent his 20s backing groups with his banjo, playing the popular styles of the time (waltz, java, mazurka, foxtrot), the combination of jazz and folk came naturally. Alongside Stéphane Grappelli, whose violin proved the perfect accompaniment to his guitar, Reinhardt’s group, Le Quintette du Hot Club, became a sensation and defined a genre. Today, Django’s legacy is undeniable. His continuing impact on 20th century era London - are sell-out affairs. But live jazz is just as easily enjoyed in one of the capital’s cocktail bars, if you know where to head. Leading the charge in our neck of the woods is Old Street’s elegantly louche underground cocktail den Nightjar, the popularity of which is such that reservations must often be made weeks in advance. Inside, exposed brickwork

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guitar has led to musicians as varied as Julian Bream, Les Paul, BB King, George Benson, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix all citing him as an influence and paying tribute to him as an innovator. Indeed, contemporary gypsy swing has an international and fiercely loyal following, with people flocking year on year to Samois-sur-Seine, a gypsy swing Mecca which plays host to the annual Django contrasts with a stunning vintage bar to conjure the spirit of a bygone age – a feeling only furthered by delicious cocktails served in smoking teapots and bone china cups. The musical accompaniment to an evening at Nightjar is always appropriately jazzy, with players travelling from far and wide to perform to a swinging clientele. One such group is the Top Shelf Band, billed as hailing ‘straight from Lucifer’s drinks cabinet’.

Reinhardt festival and the resting place of its nimble-fingered namesake. Reinhardt’s influence can be seen in a number of young and exciting bands who are flying the flag for gypsy swing today. The Top Shelf band for example, the self-proclaimed ‘enfants déspicables’ of gypsy swing who describe themselves as ‘purveyors of filthy jazz’, are helping to reinvent the genre with their fresh, cheeky appeal. The band describe themselves as ‘impish’ and ‘fi lthy’, and their self-penned music is a bizarre, brilliant blend of influences as diverse as the great man Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits and Queen. Mixing jazz’s roguish essence with wild on-stage antics, the band has previously stood in for Jools Holland, closed Glastonbury and supported the likes of Lana del Rey, Kid Creole and Paloma Faith in concert. They’re also

regulars at Nightjar, with every appearance promising musical wizardry, dazzling theatricality and a contemporary take on jazz’s unique spirit. We advise you to get your spats on and book a table now... Toshelf will next play NightJar on 30th August. 129 City Road, EC1; thetopshelfuk.com, barnightjar.com barnightjar.com 11

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Zandra Rhodes has long been recognised as a grande dame of British fashion, her flamboyant and unusual creations drawing inspiration from the worlds of art and design to rewrite the style rulebook From the late seventies onwards, Rhodes designed collection upon collection of acclaimed, groundbreaking clothing, so it was with not a little awe and excitement that Absolutely spoke to her about the retrospective of largely unseen pieces currently showing at the Fashion and Textile Museum, in celebration of the institution’s tenth anniversary. Unseen launched in July; tell us about this and what it means to you? What is the Digital Study collection all about? Unseen is to celebrate work of mine that is just that... unseen. The Digital Study collection is my work that has been photographed and is available for students to access and study. Why did you decide to open the museum in London Bridge? I found a building that I could afford in the unfashionable Bermondsey area. I then persuaded Riccardo Legorreta (the top architect in Mexico) and charmed him into designing it. The FTM is now credited with raising the [status of the] area. How involved are you in the day-to-day running of the museum and the curation of the exhibitions? I am on the board and consulted regarding exhibitions. I find that collections and my opera work make day-to-day running impossible.

Your contribution to fashion since the ‘70s has been phenomenal. As founder of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, to what degree do you think institutions such as this contribute to the public’s understanding of fashion? The main thing in life is not to give up! The UK fashion designers are not always remembered internationally and textile designers are the unsung, unknown heroes almost always unacknowledged. The aim of the museum is to rectify this. What do you love about the local area and living where you do? It’s an exciting area that I am responsible for building up. The Shard has only come because of the initial gentrification. You came to set and costume designing a little later in your career, yet it seems like the perfect decision when you take into account your edgy prints and often experimental style - why do you think that was? It came at just the right time, when I had time to concentrate on this new medium, through being in San Diego. It was also fabulous to be able to use colour and my textile designs to the full. You’ve achieved so much in your life, being made a Commander of the British Empire in

1997 in recognition of your contribution to fashion and textiles. You’re also the holder of nine honorary doctorates! How does it feel to have played such an important part in the fashion industry? Are accolades such as these important to you? I just love my work and appreciate it when I’m honoured – including being made [the first] Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts. I have to say, I would also love to be a dame. You were dubbed the ‘Princess of Punk’ in the ‘70s; why do you think that was and would you say that was a fair reflection? I consider it an honour to be acknowledged in whatever way people see fit. In 1977 I designed a black and pink jersey collection with beaded holes, chains and jewelled safety pins. Hence the nickname which went with my photos in the papers. Is it important that fashion reflects the wider cultural context? Fashion is fashion; it is only valid if it sells. Cultural context only applies sometimes. What’s the best way to go about developing in, studying or succeeding in the fashion industry? Study art in a wider sense. Research what colleges to attend. Work as hard as you can and remember it will never be wasted.

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Zandra Rhodes Unseen coincides with the launch of the Zandra Digital Study Collection which has been created for the education community through a collaborative project between the Zandra Rhodes Studio and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), with funding from Jisc. The exhibition runs until the 31st August. 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1; ftmlondon.org 13

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PYJAMA PARTY

Absolutely talks to local designer, William Tempest, about his new nightwear range How long have you been designing? When did you first decide to launch your own fashion label? I’ve always been creative. When I was younger I would be dressing up and making costumes out of anything I could find, mostly bin-bags and paper. At 15 I read the Galliano book by Colin McDowell and decided I wanted to go into the fashion industry. I started making t-shirts and customising clothes and sold them to a local boutique. After graduating, an investor approached me to launch my own label but I was also offered a design job in Paris. I took the design job to gain experience and then returned to London where I launched my label through the Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden competition.

Where is the design studio based and why?

My studio is on Bermondsey Street in SE1 (I also have a base in Dubai where I work with private clients on bespoke pieces). One of my favourite hangouts is a restaurant that does Middle Eastern food called Del’Aziz. The berber pancakes with maple syrup are the perfect Sunday brunch. I also go to a really nice farmer’s market on Bermondsey Square every Saturday and usually pick up something sweet.

How did the collaboration with W Hotel London come about?

I was in touch with W Hotels several years ago as I was interested in doing a shoot at the beautiful W Retreat in the Maldives. The shoot didn’t happen but we both wanted to work together so I met with the W London team to brainstorm ideas and the pyjama collaboration seemed like such an exciting thing to work on, highlighting luxury, British tradition and fun.

In what way have you interpreted the W Hotel brand in the design? The pyjamas were inspired by traditional

British pinstripe pyjamas, a classic and timeless look that references the days of the quintessential British gentleman. The print on one side of the PJ’s is made up of interwoven W’s, for both W London and my name William, and is my take on the pinstripe. I decided to work with cyan, magenta and grey in the print to keep the design fresh and to allow it to work well for both men and women. The idea of a reversible design came from the dual personality of the Brit, “buttoned up by day and let loose at night”, which also inspired the design of W London’s interior. You can wear the pyjamas on the grey side, but if you’re feeling more daring you can turn them inside out. The pyjamas have been made in Britain, which you can see engraved onto the buttons; it’s great to be working with British manufactures.

Describe your perfect night in...

It would involve someone special, cooking some amazing food together and eating some amazing cakes, and then lounging around listening to music, chatting, or watching a favourite movie; all very relaxed. William Tempest has teamed up with W London – Leicester Square to produce a limited edition pyjama set, available in the hotel’s E WOW and WOW Suites. For more information, go to wlondon.co.uk 15

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HOUSE OF HACKNEY

We’re massive fans of House of Hackney right now. Pushing the boundaries of pattern design with sophisticated but edgy prints that embody perfectly the brand’s East London origins, the 58-piece collection ticks all the graphic-trend boxes. 132 Shoreditch High Street E1; houseofhackney.com

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The digi-print revolution continues as show designers and cult labels alike centre their collections on digital designs. Everyone from Emma Cook and Mary Katrantzou to local designer Bitching and Junkfood is a convert, and so are we. The ideal way to add a dash of contemporary cool to your wardrobe. Peter Pilotto Skirt, £591; matchesfashion.com

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M&S RESURRECTION

Autumn looks set to be even more stylish than usual, with M&S relaunching its core clothing range and introducing a special collection for M&S Woman – a discerning edit of wardrobe essentials with a focus on better tailoring and fabrics. This oversize pink coat is officially our most lusted-for item of the month. £85, Marks and Spencer, Westfield Stratford, E20; marksandspencer.com

HOT AND IN STOCK Chunky jewellery and beachwear are a classic combination – give the look a little edge this summer with these woven ribbon and gold earrings from John and Pearl in various fluoro shades. Bang on trend and they’ll look even more fabulous with a tan. £105, stocked at Aida, 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1; aidashoreditch.co.uk

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MY STYLE Felder Felder, the Clerkenwell-based fashion label is run by twins, Annette and Dani. They share their inspirations

Most inspiring experience Travelling in India for four months right after high school when we were 19. Coming from the German countryside, it was an eye opener and it was the first time we spent such a long time away from home, so it was full of great, weird and scary experiences; a true adventure.

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Most treasured possession

Annette: A diamond heart necklace I got from my husband on our first Valentine’s Day together. Dani: My black Helmut Lang boots with fringes and an amazing wedge heel – they are completely worn out and I was told ‘give them up, they are dead,’ by one shoe repair place – but I didn’t give up and eventually found a place that managed to fix them and keeps repairing them for me regularly.

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Favourite shoe designer

Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. And our mother, who is the most glamorous person we know.

Alaia – everytime we see his shoes, we just die - if only they weren’t so expensive.

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Your favourite album at the moment

Ali Love’s Solo, and also his different projects with Hot Natured and Infinity Ink – we met him when we first moved to London; he was doing more rock music back then. We danced all of last summer to his house music tracks. We love the vocals and the beats; you can’t sit still!

Favourite designer Givenchy Riccardo Tisci

Favourite holiday destination

Ibiza in summer. It feels like home – we love the vibe, the music, the restaurants and the food, the people, the sea and the parties (the smaller private parties as opposed to the clubs). Miami in winter for the healthy food, yoga, beach, smiley people, sun and more sun....what more can you want after a summer in the rain in London? 21

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CHIFFON Dare to bare this summer with pastel shades, sheer luxe panels and metallic eveningwear Photography: Ian Harrison Styling: Lynda Bell

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FASHION THE MODERN WAY

Team GB cycling hero and everyone’s favourite noughties mod Bradley Wiggins has teamed up with the mighty Fred Perry for a range of vintage-styled tees, cycling shirts and track jackets that draw on the brand’s iconic heritage. Now you can look tip-top and tasteful even when you’re working out. 105a Commercial Street, E1; fredperry.com

FOR HIM

The Mods are coming back in a big way, so here’s our hot picks of mod-influenced attire

STYLE BIBLE

A must-read for fans of Brit culture in all its eccentric, rebellious glory, author Richard Weight’s Mod: A Very British Style tells the tale of the mod scene from its roots among working class jazz fans to its latterday place in the pantheon of eradefining (yet ever-relevant) lifestyle tribes. Published by Bodley Head, rrp £25. Available at Waterstones, 11 Islington Green, N1; waterstones.com

ORIENT EXPRESS

Fresh from the land of the rising sun, this flag-print shirt by Edifice strikes all the right notes for the stylish modern man. Made from quality seersucker cotton (meaning it should stay looking crisp), it’s both interesting and elegant – and perfect for layering under a blazer or Harrington. £135 from Present, 140 Shoreditch High Street, E1; present-london.com

SOLE MAN

The mod motto is ‘elegant living in difficult circumstances’, and these Thom Browne shoes epitomise the principle, updating the classic brogue with a lightweight (yet hard-wearing) foam sole and a suite of fresh, continental colours. £600 from oki-ni.com

THE FACES

No self-respecting modernist steps out in summer without his shades, but pick the wrong pair and it can all go horribly wrong. Avoid looking like a teen or a try-hard with these beautifully understated wooden sunglasses from Finlay & Co. Available in two styles and four sustainably-sourced hardwoods, they’re completely handmade. From £105 at Aida, 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1; finlayandco.com 28

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Saturday 21st September 2013 8.30am-1.30pm

London’s only diamond structure school and one of the very few in the country, Forest School is located on the edge of Epping Forest in north east London. Established in 1834, our 1290 boys and girls are aged 4-18 and are taught in single-sex classes from the ages of 7-16. Our school buses cover London and Essex and new routes are added every year. www.forest.org.uk || info@forest.org.uk FULL PAGE.indd 2 Absolutely (Aug).indd 1

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If you’re yet to take your summer vacation, stock up on some staples from good old Monsoon. Durable outfits are key and the Holiday Collection’s lightweight, loose-fitting and hard-wearing fabrics are made to survive energetic play. From the shark surf suit to the turtle towelling sweat, there’s plenty here that’s suitable for a rough and tumble. 21 Parkfield Street, N1; monsoon.co.uk

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In our opinion, there’s ice cream and then there’s ice cream; Jude’s is the latter. Salted Caramel, Mango Crush, Double Choc, Strawberry Tease… we’re practically drooling already. Off to the shops we go. Available at Waitrose, 21 Liverpool Road, N1; judes.co.uk

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Making a trip to the Great British seaside? Keep youngsters entertained with this quality crab-catching kit for rockpool rookies; all you need to improve your harbourside haul. £14.95; joules.com

Not only do the folks at Love Brand & Co excel at striking print design (it’s nigh-on impossible to choose a favourite), they also use a super soft absorbent fabric and give 5% of proceeds to elephant conservation charities – so you can feel good about splashing out on your little one’s swimwear. £69, lovebrand.com

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Britain’s biggest festival for kids returns to London this month with a mind-boggling array of stuff to delight little ones. This year’s Lollibop event promises appearances and special shows from family favourites including Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep and even the mighty Transformers, while a focus on interactive events and creative play will ensure kids are kept as active as they are awestruck. Tickets start at £20 per person or £78 for a family of four. 16-18 August, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20; lollibopfestival.co.uk

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HANDY CRAFTS Shoreditch’s acclaimed Geffrye Museum is offering three weeks of cool children’s activities this summer. Kids can explore the museum’s gorgeous gardens, learn about bugs and blooms, make masks, print t-shirts... in short, it’s a craft extravaganza. Activities are free and aimed at kids aged 5 to 16, though children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis half an hour before the class begins, so check the website timetable and make sure you beat the crowds! 136 Kingsland Road, E2; geffrye-museum.org.uk

SHOWBOATING

Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre runs year-round courses for adults and young people, but its charitable Summer Youth Afloat scheme deserves a special mention. Largely funded by the centre’s own trust and the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, the programme offers safe, expert instruction in a range of water-sports (including sailing and wind-surfing), with all equipment provided and RYA and BCU qualifications available for those who complete the relevant sessions. A great way to get kids aged 8 to 16 out of their bedrooms and into the open air. 235a, Westferry Road, E14; dswc.org 32

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DELICIOUS DIVERSION

There’s no time like the summer to encourage your kids to eat more fruit – and eat it they will thanks to Divertimenti’s Mexican Fiesta cookery class for growing gourmets. Head chef Martha Money will guide youngsters through recipes for tasty central American cuisine in a beautiful ‘theatre kitchen’ complete with viewing screens and all mod cons. Spicy! See the website for further details. 30 August, from £45, 33-34 Marylebone High Street, W1; divertimenti.co.uk

JAPANEASY Stoke Newington-based Takayo’s eponymous events company runs ‘kimono birthday parties’ for girls aged 5 and above. Children learn about the traditional robe while playing with fun props and accessories and creating their own photo frame using traditional Japanese Yuzen papers. The birthday girl is treated to a makeover and special kimono, and all the guests get to sample Japanese delicacies and sweets. Bring on the fun. takayo.co.uk

ANIMAL ADVENTURE

Kids and parents alike will love the new Animal Adventure experience at London Zoo, which aims to get youngsters up close and personal with the natural world. Kids can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the treetops, splash around in a miniature stream and view the world from the perspective of a mongoose (with real mongoose standing right beside them) – and when they’re done, there’s the rest of the zoo still to explore, including Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory and the latest addition, Adi the baby Tapir. Great fun for the wild at heart. Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1; zsl.org

ROCK AND ROLLER North London welcomes yet another inspired pop-up this summer in the shape of Skate King’s Cross, a family skate rink by day and roller disco by night. The rink caters for roller skaters of all ages and experience levels and features food by some of the capital’s most exciting chefs and culinary startups – not least ‘punk restaurateurs’ Disco Bistro. A groovy day out. West Handyside Canopy, Goods Way, N1C; skatekingscross.com

DOWN ON THE FARM

Belmont Children’s Farm is extending its regular Young Farmers Club this summer, with two three-hour sessions each week in which kids can get up close and personal with the animals on a real working farm. Meeting in the farm’s Waffle Cafe, youngsters will then accompany experienced farm-hands on their rounds, caring for and learning about everything from chickens and alpacas to ponies and pigs. A rare treat for the animalmad, and just £15 per session. The Ridgeway, NW7; belmontfarm.co.uk 33

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Under pressure

A leading head teacher has condemned ‘hothousing’ children. Are we asking too much of our children too soon? Amanda Constance investigates

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e all know the sort, don’t we? Those children for whom the odd ballet, piano or swimming lesson isn’t quite enough. No, little Atticus has a maths and English tutor, plus Kumon, Mandarin and extra French lessons after school; and that’s before drama, violin and flute lessons on a Saturday morning. His parents, pushy, anxious and ever-present, schedule his every waking moment in the pursuit of excellence. They started plotting how to get poor Atticus into St Paul’s the moment the umbilical cord was cut. Now Richard Harman, headmaster of the prestigious Uppingham School in Rutland, has said enough is enough. A few weeks ago, he condemned such pushy parenting saying the current approach ‘may get short-term results but risks long-term damage.’ Harman, who is taking over as leader of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference next year, condemned teachers and parents who create a ‘hothouse atmosphere’, adding that ‘the entire social life of some London parents is consumed by whether or not their children are going to get into the school of their choice. They put their children through seven, eight or nine entrance tests. There is paranoia and a pressure that is just unhealthy for parents, as well as their children.’ And the evidence seems to suggest this hothousing is starting at an increasingly

younger age. The latest edition of the Good Schools Guide made headlines this year when it revealed that some turbo-charged London parents have been hoping to get their little darlings a head start by paying for professional interview coaching for their three year-olds. Such startling news raises the questions: why do parents feel the need to do it and why on earth are pre-preps interviewing prospective pupils? The answer is simple. The best schools in the capital are

The only useful preparation is to talk to them, play with them and read them stories.’ Of course, it isn’t wrong to be academically ambitious for your child. But Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College, says all too often well-meaning parents are convinced that their offspring are brighter than they really are. This may be because of their own academic ambitions or due to a distorted vision of what their child should achieve, both of which only increase the stress for the child. Seldon’s advice is to listen to the teachers and remember to ‘love our children wisely.’ You only need to go online to see that it is anxiety as much as ambition that is causing us to hothouse our youngsters. The parental blogosphere is full of worries about competition; from a shrinking job market to an ever more crowded world to academically brilliant Chinese children. Harman agrees that difficult economic times have fuelled the panic but his answer is that, ‘instead of focusing on results, schools and parents must help children handle failure, develop different strengths and become resilient people who can make relationships with others, because that is what brings proper happiness in lifelong terms.’ Charles Milne, Eton’s tutor for admissions, concurs. He says that when looking for its brightest boys – the so-called King’s Scholars – Eton looks for ‘boys with an original and enquiring mind, with the ability to go beyond the mere regurgitation of knowledge.’

Well-meaning parents are often convinced that their offspring are brighter than they really are massively oversubscribed from pre-prep upwards, so parents are doing everything they can to squeeze that little bit ahead in the race. Yet, ironically, as any sane parent or teacher already knows, you can’t coach a three yearold for an interview. Jo Newman, head of North London Collegiate Junior School – all girls, reception to year six, and which selects 40 four yearolds from around 200 applicants each year – told the Good Schools Guide: ‘I always tell parents that if they’re paying to coach three year-olds, they might as well burn £20 notes.

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BEAUTIFUL WEIGHT LOSS It’s always the right time to try something new. New to you, but where hundreds of people just like you have bravely gone before. They’ve lost weight, got properly fit and found a balance, a way of living, that will outlive a thousand fads. We are weight loss experts. We don’t muck around. Our plans support you intelligently from start to finish and then we show you how to keep it - forever. For nearly twenty years we’ve changed the bodyshape, habits, mindset of exceptional people, just like you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed before. What matters is that you’re content with where you are. If not, set aside some time and just get the job done - once and for all. Our Optimum Weight Loss Programme coaches you personally for 12-weeks, shedding body fat and taking you back to basics. No gimmicks. We simply teach you how to eat again. We cut through any lifestyle challenges and show you how to come out on top. We can support you from our Belgravia Clinic absolutely anywhere in the world. The Intensive Programme combines our simple eating method with world class personal training. We train you for optimal fat burn and metabolic uplift. In your own home - six hours a week. Our Dietitians coach you, monitor your body composition weekly and ensure you’re highly motivated. Most women lose twenty pounds, men thirty. Such is life. We obsess about your metabolism, so you don’t have to. Simply hand yourself over and do exactly what we say. For six weeks, or twelve. We’ll be honest about what you need. All we have is our health and our bodies – whatever your age or lifestyle, we will help you be the best you can be.

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ith exercise it is most important to remember…

Consistency will win over severity. You can’t out-train a bad diet, so you must eat beautifully and train in a clever way.

The most effective exercises… Leave you burning calories long after you have finished working out. I am obsessed with ‘metabolic uplift’ – which ensures the moves you do keep your metabolism burning at a higher rate for at least 24 hours after a session.

If we don’t have time to go to the gym we should... Train at home. Set up some space to train with a professional or do a DVD. Your body is the only tool you need – I use very little equipment.

Is there such thing as the ‘wrong exercise’? Yes, relying on ‘steady state cardio’ – cycling or jogging at the same pace, for the same duration – if you’re trying to transform your body shape. Reduce the duration, but increase the intensity.

Should we be dieting? Not as such. We suggest a lifestyle diet. To lose weight we have an initial ‘transformation phase’ where metabolism is increased, body fat dropped, and a regime (or diet) is stuck to 100% of the time. Beyond that, during ‘maintenance’, portion sizes are slightly increased and that’s it. 20% of the time our clients eat out, drink wine and don’t worry about it.

On a ‘maintenance day’ we should eat… A balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate at each meal. Typically, I would eat: Breakfast: Yoghurt, berries and granola Snack: Ryvita with cashew nut butter and some fruit, such as an apple Lunch: A large salad with butternut, feta and pine nuts plus a small brown roll Snack: An orange and a handful of almonds Supper: Some fish or chicken with plenty of veggies and a green salad

The dreaded drink… Should we be drinking alcohol? In a weight loss phase, no. During maintenance, a couple of glasses of wine over a weekend is okay, but little more.

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ur programmes work. Our scientific approach is administered by a team of dieticians and personal trainers, delivering impressive and sustainable results. It’s impossible to fail.

Types of Programmes The Intensive, a Training and Eating Method 6-8 weeks Clients are trained at home for three or four 90-minute exercise session. Once a week they come into our Belgravia Clinic to see a personal dietician. The Optimum Weight Loss Programme 12 weeks Weekly visits guide you through the process; it’s a blueprint on how to eat forever. As a nutrition-only

programme, it focuses on diet. You train independently or supplement with one or two personal training sessions per week, which we will happily organise.

About you… I began personal training as a freelance trainer the day I left university. I’m pleased to say I have never looked back.

Weekly Personal Training Ongoing Two sessions per week with your own dedicated trainer.

My lifestyle is about habit; a continual balancing act. Saying that, I love food and anyone who comes over for supper certainly gets spoiled.

Results Visible in roughly three weeks. By six weeks, most people are astounded by what they have managed to achieve.

At weekends I relax, have wine, meals out, and bake cookies with my girls. Come Monday I just eat how I normally would and try not to worry about it.

The Team I am nothing without them: my wonderful husband Paul, our office, dieticians and 24 exceptional personal trainers. We believe in a slick, highly professional service.

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HOW TO Exercise our children From an early age, so they grow in confidence and enjoy it.

Exercise our teenagers (without affecting their body image) Sooner rather than later. They respond quickly to guidance and will incorporate an exercise regime so it becomes part of their routine, not simply a trend.

Exercise our 40+ husbands People categorise themselves too much by their age and limit themselves by what they think they can or cannot achieve. We train each person from the bottom up.

Eat during a pregnancy I’m pregnant at the moment (due to give birth shortly) and have eaten how I normally eat, plus or minus the odd croissant.

Exercise after a pregnancy The Intensive Programme! I’ve been documenting my progress on my blog and will share workouts and recipes after the birth; louiseparker.uk.com/blog

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You can find the Black Isle Bakery at Hoxton Street Market every Saturday morning, where artist turned baker Ruth Barry applies her eye for aesthetics to her range of innovative buns. Inspired by Russian-style pastries, the buns are named after various places around Black Isle, where Barry grew up, and offer a tasty reflection on the mythological significance of the area. Hoxton Street; blackislebakery.co.uk

CARAVAN OF LOVE

Local favourite Caravan recently launched ‘Caravan Sessions’, a monthly series of events celebrating the art of eating and drinking well. August’s event is ‘Brews and Blues’ and only 50 spots are available. Sign up now to taste the best Caravan’s chefs have to offer. At just £35 per person, it’s sure to be a boozy bargain. 11-13 Exmouth Market, EC1R; caravanonexmouth.co.uk

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CANTINA CHIC

Islington foodie scene stalwart Como 3 draws on the culinary skills of chefs from Spain and Japan to serve up an eclectic menu of tapas and pan-Asian cuisine, while the generous Sunday roast lets you order an entire suckling pig to enjoy with friends and family in the restaurant’s cool contemporary setting. 11-13 Theberton Street, N1; como3.com

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Relax and enjoy the taste of summer with one of Amanzi Tea’s refreshing brews. Originating in Zimbabwe, Amanzi Tea offers a colourful range of high quality teas of every variety, best enjoyed in the shop’s own cute cafe. 24 New Cavendish Street, W1; amanzitea.com

An oasis on the fringe of the City, Dishoom is a café and tea-house paying homage to the cuisine of traditional Mumbai street cafes. Enjoy bottomless chai tea throughout the day or while away a lazy afternoon on Dishoom Shoreditch’s new outdoor verandah. 7 Boundary Street, E2; dishoom.com 45

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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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rocks through his ninth album and throws in everyone’s old favourites for good measure. The spectacular tour climax, filmed live in Estonia, will be aired at Vue Cinema Islington on 20th August.

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56 Essex Road, N1; foodlablondon.com What’s the deal? Who knew what flavours the future would hold when an Italian pop star packed it all in and came to London in pursuit of a culinary dream? After winning a job with Jamie Oliver at Fifteen (where she helped to run his trattoria), Lily Tamberi went on to open her very own Italian deli (cum restaurant cum wine bar) in our backyard. Why should you go? Get the day off to an Italian start with a choice selection of breakfast pastries and pancakes or pop in for a truly Mediterranean lunch. Risotto, salads, pastas, bruschetta and sharing plates populate the menu alongside specials such as fresh lobster linguine, carpaccio and slow-roasted pork.

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Unit 5, Cowcross Street, EC1; lazybones.uk.com A brash-trash grease-fest and the latest addition to Farringdon’s booming all-American grill scene. Lip-smacking slow-cooked meats, wings, falafel, popcorn and hotdogs are the main attractions. Apparently, diners can use a Secret DJ app to sync with the in-house jukebox and play their favourite tunes.

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Arch 374, Helmsley Place, E8; climpsonandsons.com From the head honchos of cult burger-flippers Lucky Chip comes Licky Chop. Located at Climpson’s Arch (a clever pop-up bar and grill sited in Climpson and Sons’ very own coffee roastery), the menu includes fine steak cuts, lamb chop, bone marrow and a slew of attractive-sounding extras including Oysters.

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8-9 Hoxton Square, N1; masterandservant.co.uk Finger-lickin’ food is the order of the day: think crab-claws, seasonal charcoal grills, smoked meats and homemade charcuterie, with the ‘Greasiest Morsel’ award going to ‘back-fat with radishes’. The desserts are just as voluptuous (try the peanut butter ice cream) and the esteemed Happiness Forgets team are behind the cocktails. 47

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428 Kingsland Road, E8; thedeaddollsclub.com What’s the deal? While the name may conjure images of a late ‘70s dive bar crammed with leatherand denim-clad punk rockers, the reality is rather different: a softly understated interior enlivened by hand-drawn trompe l’oeil wall art, candles and dainty chandeliers. Why should you go? There’s a dedicated gin menu for lovers of London’s traditional spirit. As with the decor, the music is not so hardcore as the name of the place might suggest: live gypsy jazz and swing while weekends promise more eclectic, danceable sounds from resident and visiting djs.

BABBLE JAR 176 Stoke Newington High Street N16 7JL 020 7254 7666 69 COLEBROOKE ROW 69 Colebrooke Row N1 8AA 07540 528 593 THE NORTHGATE 113 Southgate Road N1 3JS 020 7359 7392 THE HIGHBURY BARN 26 Highbury Park N5 2AB 020 7226 2383 JOHN SALT 131 Upper Street N1 1QP 020 7359 7501

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

SPREAD EAGLE 141 Albert Street NW1 7NB 020 7267 1410

NETIL HOUSE

1 Westgate Street, E8; netilhouse.com There’s something so romantic about tippling among the rooftops, perhaps in part because the elevation adds a sense of ascension. The Platform Bar is sure to heighten your mood with its neat little terrace right by the railway line (how NYC) and reasonably priced cocktails while die-hard lovers of Netil House can also get membership to Netil360, the rooftop events space.

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Martello Street, E8; lardo.co.uk An outdoor bbq and bar (or ‘hothouse rooftop’, as they like to call it) by the folks behind neighbourhood favourite, Lardo. Locals have been flocking to take advantage of the brightly coloured novelty sheds and al fresco aspect, which channel the Great British picnic. The menu is decidedly Italian (spicy southern sausage, sharing plates) with granita (basically an alcoholic Slush Puppy).

SKY LOUNGE

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 7 Pepys Street, EC3; doubletree3.hilton.com We’ve had our eyes on this hotspot since it opened. Twelve floors up with 360° views of London, it’s one of the more salubrious rooftop options in the capital. The cocktail menu has classic and modern options – the Sky at Night is the bar’s signature. Soak up the vibes from the resident djs and admire the skyline.

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

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The Highbury Barn kicks off the season with its new-look restaurant, bar area and coffee shop.... 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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THE LADY OTTOLINE Jack Bowman enjoys old time elegance from a hostess with the mostest

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e make our way through the enchanting backstreets of London’s Bloomsbury to the Lady Ottoline, our dining destination and the latest offering from the team behind popular and widely acclaimed gastro-pub the Princess of Shoreditch. Her cousin may be a princess, but the Lady Ottoline has charms all her own. Named for a famous aristocrat and society hostess of the early 20th century (whose image adorns the pub’s interior walls alongside portraits of her lovers and some notable patrons of her London salon which was held at her residence in Bedford Square), the pub is located on a quiet, leafy backstreet. The main dining area, upstairs, is an intimate affair, decorated with further portraits of the Lady Ottoline and Dickensian night-lights that twinkle prettily upon the tables. We are seated next to a large sash window and to start, plump for the fishcake and poached egg with sauce béarnaise alongside a pancetta bacon, frisee lettuce and hen’s egg salad. To follow, my partner opts for the double Barnsley lamb chop with creamed mash and wild garlic pesto, while I choose roasted hake with caper butter and a side of mash. As it’s time for some serious tasting, we order a Closerie de Lys, Pinot Noir, 2011 to accompany our mains. To finish, I order a warm chocolate and walnut cake, drenched in rum syrup and accompanied by a scoop of ‘artisan’ vanilla ice cream, while my partner chooses marinated blood oranges with white chocolate mousse. Both are demolished forthwith. Bloomsbury has had many famous residents over the centuries, including this excellent gastro-pub’s noble namesake. With its focus on brilliant food and welcoming service, it’s hard to imagine that this new Lady Ottoline won’t hold court here for many years to come. 11a Northington Street, WC1; theladyottoline.com

PROUD CITY Catherine Hales solves a crime over dinner

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he heart of the City may seem like an unlikely place for cabaret to flourish, the cultivated seediness and risqué shenanigans of the usual cabaret fare being at total odds with the sleek, businessy surroundings. It is exactly there, however, that Proud Cabaret has planted its flag – and with unremitting success. This may be due in part to the fact that Proud manages to honour the spirit of cabaret by going (quite literally) underground. As my companion and I descend the deep, purple-carpeted staircase, admiring the mirrors and enormous chandelier, we are greeted by a ravishing young woman clad only in vintage lingerie. We had come for the preview of The Silencing of Miss Scarlett, a noir murder mystery set amid a flurry of burlesque and musical numbers performed by a troupe of colourful suspects. The main room was smoky without being cloying and the lavish décor was reminiscent of a bygone era. I started with the lobster, trout and crab tortellini served with fresh sorrel and a shellfish and coconut bisque, which was very tasty – but I was soon suffering extreme food envy when my friend’s braised leeks and mussels served with dill and crème fraîche arrived, juicy and cooked to perfection. Both of

us decided on the seared fillet of beef as our main, accompanied by truffle mash; the meat was tender, just the right side of bloody and utterly delicious. Between the main course and dessert came the performances, featuring the fabulously sinister Mister Meredith (as both emcee and intermittent crooner) and three beautiful burlesque performers, whose tantalising routines came to a climax with a fiery extravaganza by my personal favourite, Miss Missy Fatale. Somehow we managed dessert, which for me was a slice of passion fruit cheesecake served on an amoretti base with lime powder and a mango sorbet. It was the perfect finish to my meal – the mango sorbet was particularly sweet and zesty. My companion ordered the walnut chocolate brownie served with pistachio marshmallow and white chocolate ice cream. The entire evening was fabulous, from the scantily clad waiting staff and camp variety acts to the over-arching narrative concerning Miss Scarlett’s murder, which helped to maintain a frisson of suspense throughout the evening. So after all that, who did kill Miss Scarlett? You’ll have to go along to find out… No.1 Mark Lane, (corner of Dunster and Mark Lane), EC3; proudcabaretcity.com 51

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Glazing a Ham As a large amount of salt is needed to cure a ham, a little bit of sweetness added to the finished item is highly complementary. You can achieve this by serving the ham with something sweet yet acidic, such as Cumberland or cranberry sauce, or by baking the cooked ham with a glaze. Often the former makes a good base for the latter, and it wouldn’t be considered wrong to do both. MUSTARD AND BROWN SUGAR GLAZE 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp grain mustard 3 tbsp soft brown sugar

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BLACK TREACLE AND SPICE GLAZE 2 tbsp black treacle 1 tbsp golden syrup 3 tbsp stout ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground cinnamon APRICOT AND GINGER GLAZE 3 tbsp good-quality apricot jam 1 piece of stem ginger, finely chopped

To glaze a ham Peel off the skin (not the fat) while the ham is still hot; this is very tricky to do neatly once it cools, so wear a pair of rubber gloves to guard against the heat. If you’re a stickler for presentation, score a neat, criss-cross pattern into the fat, though a few slashes will suffice if you’re less particular. Prepare your glaze and rub it into the fat. The suggested glazes above are easy to make and are really delicious, but for a very simple alternative, brush a tangy, thick-cut marmalade or redcurrant jelly over the ham. Stud the surface with cloves, if you wish, then bake the ham in a hot-ish oven (200°C/400°F/gas mark 6) for 20–30 minutes, until the fat is wonderfully caramelised. Slice and serve hot, or allow to cool if you prefer it cold.

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hot water around it to reach halfway up the sides. Cook in the oven for 1–1½ hours, until a metal skewer inserted in the middle comes out piping hot. 5. When ready, if you’ve used a loaf tin, place a weight on top of the foil to compress the pâté, then set aside to cool. Once cold, place in the fridge overnight. 6. Serve in slices with a small leaf salad and some cornichons. The first slice is always the most difficult to remove and then it is far easier to ease out. Recipes taken from The Ginger Pig Farmhouse Cook Book (Octopus Publishing), £25, out now. The Ginger Pig, 99 Lauriston Road, E9, Borough Market, Southwark Street, SE1 thegingerpig.co.uk

GLAZING A HAM PORK AND WALNUT PÂTÉ Serves 10–12 Takes three hours, plus overnight setting. Ask your butcher to mince the belly of pork for you, or do it yourself by roughly chopping it and then blitzing in a food processor. If you’d like a strongly flavoured pâté, replace the lamb’s livers with the same weight of pig’s liver. 600g (1lb 5oz) minced belly of pork 250g (9oz) minced shoulder of pork 200g (7oz) minced lamb’s liver Freshly ground black pepper Sea salt 6 juniper berries, crushed 2 garlic cloves, crushed, peeled and diced Pinch of mace 175g (6oz) chopped walnuts 1 egg 75ml (3fl oz) Armagnac 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3 and lightly oil a 900g (2lb) terrine dish or loaf tin. 2. Place all the minced meat in a large bowl and

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bigail Ahern is the designer behind a successful Upper Street boutique and an evergrowing product range - as well as many a celeb’s dream pad. Busy, much? So where does an interiors expert like to spend her downtime? For Ahern, there’s no place like home and it’s not hard to see why. A boho haven full of striking contemporary pieces and vintage finds, Ahern’s Islington abode has so much character and cosiness it practically begs to be curled up in. But don’t take our word for it: read on, as the designer tells all...

is cheap flea market finds. The cracked 1 poodle on the shelf is a prototype, the first one made. The cleaner broke him, so I painfully glued him back together - being way too superstitious to throw him away.

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MAIN PICTURE IMAGE: My TV nook (the TV is snuck around the corner) is where we hang out at the very end of each day. I am a bit obsessed with chairs; the blue ones I found at a flea market and upholstered in Tom Dixon’s bute fabric. The red one is from George Smith, as is the sofa. The leather chair came from Paris and the rugs are from either my store or Maroc Tribal. Lighting, flowers and the wallpaper are all from my store.

TOP RIGHT IMAGE: The lacquer shelf on my lower ground floor is actually from Ikea and houses an assortment of finds from flea markets, auction houses, my store and various travels around the globe. The large blue painting was a present from my husband on returning to the UK after almost four years living in the States; the rest of the art

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There’s a wealth of design talent in Scandinavia, but Nordic interior brand Muuto cherrypick the absolute cream of the crop to represent. Their turn at Clerkenwell Design Week showcased the very best in modern, Scandinavian design and ones-to-watch. muuto.com

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INSPIRATIONS Run rabbit run Industrial designer Merve Kahraman explores all manner of texture and aesthetics in her work, from a lamp made of wax that melts and recreates its original form to a brass and mahogany bookshelf shaped like an 1870 bicycle. It’s Hybrid 2, her whimsical creamcoloured bunny-eared chair inspired by Alice in Wonderland, however, that is a real showstopper. mervekahraman.com

The Italian Job

Lazzona are pioneers in stylish, contemporary furniture, custom-made to client’s individual tastes. Our pick is the charmingly named Jolly sofa set – a sleek number in Italian leather with optional stitching colours. A seriously chic choice for the contemporary interior, the Jolly sofa features an innovative backrest which can be set at six different gradients. For added peace of mind, a comprehensive five-year warranty can be purchased with every sofa. For more info, call 020 8450 4850; lazzona.co.uk

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London-based designer Tracy Kendall is responsible for our current wallpaper obsession. Her designs have won her heaps of awards and a score of high-end clients such as Anthropologie and Soho House. Tracy’s fine art background means that she has quite a unique approach to her craft – often utilising items like lace and sequins to create quirky, textured surfaces. 156 Columbia Road, E2; tracykendall.com

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Situated in the heart of Devon, Aller Farm’s main export is milk and, as a result, the surrounding fields are full of cows whose gentle lowing, alongside the song of birds, becomes part of the background noise – a distinct improvement on city traffic. The entire place has an incredibly welcoming feel, enhanced by the warmness of our host, Emma, who takes us on a tour and shows us the larder full of milk (straight from the cow) and fresh eggs. The tents are a set away from the farmhouse in two small clusters, but are private enough that they feel peaceful.

ALLER FARM Devon THE VIBE

The most striking thing about Aller Farm is that, although it is easy to see how wonderful it is for families, there is also a definite appeal for young couples and groups of friends wanting to get back to nature. The absence of technology, the excitement of successfully lighting the stove, the romance of the paraffin lanterns, all accompanied by a glass of wine makes this the perfect escape for a city-weary clutch of friends just as much as for families. Refreshing and adventurous with the massive advantage of being entirely comfortable, ‘glamping’ truly is the answer.

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THE TENT

This is camping unlike any you have experienced before. If the thought of erecting a tent, not showering for four days and sleeping on the cold ground makes you shudder, but you are still in love with the romantic idea of a rural getaway, then ‘glamping’ might just be for you. The tents laid on at Feather Down Farms (although ‘tent’ doesn’t do them justice) are cabinlike in appearance and each contains a master bedroom, a bunk bed room and a cupboard bed (all of which can be premade if you so wish) as well as a working toilet, wood-burning stove (which warms the entire tent), a sink with running water and dining table. The decor is on the right side of twee and the rustic metal mugs and hearts carved out of the shutters are the perfect finishing flourishes.

Activities abound and include the opportunity to assist in the milking, feeding one of the young calves – the current calf is called Doris – by hand and retrieving eggs from the coup. The surrounding countryside is festooned with footpaths so there are countless walking opportunities. Closer to the tents is a small stream in which young children can build dams and adults can chill wine. A brick oven provides the perfect place for cooking pizzas and sitting around telling ghost stories before walking back to your cosy cupboard bed.

THE DAMAGE

Very reasonable, especially for a group. Prices start from £245 for a midweek stay (Monday-Friday). There are 7

tents in total (2 are frills tents) and each tent sleeps 6 (max. 5 adults); featherdown.co.uk

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WILD AT HEART Lions and elephants and giraffes, oh my! Michael Kallenbach explores the wild wilderness of the Tanzanian Serengeti on horseback

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t was our first morning riding to the Explore camp and we had been up since the crack of dawn. Here we were, now in the middle of the Serengeti plains, not far from the banks of the Grumeti River, and we had already begun to ache. By lunchtime, we needed a break; our joints, not used to the fast cantering alongside the giraffe, elephants and topi, were sore – yet the horses were fit and ready to go on all day. We dismounted and then suddenly our grooms were there to lead the horses to water and feed. We plonked ourselves in luxurious khaki chairs allowing the spring sunshine to fall on our faces. There were four riders in our group – Sophy, Eve, Lucinda and myself. I had been on several riding holidays in

Africa before so, while I thought I knew what to expect, I never imagined such luxury and comfort would come my way.

There’s also a whistle next to our bed in case a lion appears Lucinda, the weakest rider in our group, quickly decided that she wasn’t up to the fast pace of the horses. Instead, she opted to go by lorry and sat in the comfort of a Jeep as she viewed the game, while one of the back-up guides had little difficulty in leading her horse alongside his.

The mobile tents at Explore had been set up prior to our arrival, where an array of dainty tea cakes were waiting for us – similar to those exquisite creations served at Fortnum and Mason – and drinks of cranberry juice mixed with ginger ale. We were given a typically warm South African greeting by Julius Schuld, the manager of the camp, and Ian Boucher, chef extraordinaire. Originally from Cape Town, Ian is the first to admit that he is ‘dead scared’ of lions and hopes they never come near his tent at night. But despite this phobia, at mealtimes he is fearless, proudly announcing what he has prepared for dinner and always using locally grown ingredients. For instance, he explains, ‘You will get carrot soup, but not with caviar.’ It was hard to imagine anyone in our group expecting

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caviar, yet the spacious tents themselves were luxurious in every possible way – from fluffy towels and dressing gowns to hot running water and a flushing toilet. Our mobile camp even had its own electricity. There was also a whistle next to our bed in case we suddenly imagined a lion had come to snuggle up next to us in the night, but as Julius assured us soon after arrival, ‘No one has ever had use of it.’ In any event, a guard stood watch over my tent every night from dawn to dusk, so there was really nothing to fear. Of course, we were all there for the riding, not to snuggle up with lions. The horse I was allocated was called Katavi, so named after the country’s third largest national park, located along the rift escarpment in west Tanzania. A proud 17- hand ex-eventer bought from a dealer in Johannesburg, Katavi had come via a spell in Zimbabwe to join his other Swahili-named stable mates. 63

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As we cantered through the short brown grass, darting in between the fallen acacia trees, Katavi and I quickly bonded. This was his first safari, I was later to learn from one of our expert guides, the South African born Alison Mundy. Having previously worked in Botswana and Zimbabwe, there was nothing about horses she didn’t know. Ali was in charge of the stables and they were among the most immaculate and pristine I have ever seen. What’s more, the horses were execllently cared for, having their temperatures taken twice a day with several grooms on hand who could double up as farriers if and when the need should arose. In our search for game we would often canter alongside giraffe, zebra, ostrich, eland and topi, a type of antelope similar to the hartebeest. We never came across lion or leopard, but thankfully this wasn’t my first – and I hope not last – African horseback safari. After two nights at the Explore camp, we rode onto Serengeti House for the final stretch of our trip, an exclusive-use retreat. Here I was forced to say a fond farewell to Katavi, who had carried me so safely on my adventures. There were a few consolations, however – we arrived at Serengeti House just before lunch and were able to witness about 20 elephants drinking at the tiny pond about 15 feet from where we were sitting. Later that afternoon, as I packed my bags to fly back home, I was told by Gregory, one of the staff members, not to venture near my bungalow alone as

an elephant was lurking outside. Armed for all eventualities, he accompanied me to safety so that I could retrieve my possessions. Two days later, he sent me an email. ‘The elephants have never shown up again, but we did have an old buffalo – it charged one of the staff doing some maintenance work. But otherwise everything is fine and nobody was hurt.’ I smiled as I read this, but that night I dreamed that Katavi and I had cantered away from the elephants, out of trouble, back into safety and, of course, luxury.

7 nights in Tanzania from £4,660 per person based on two people sharing including Kenyan Airways economy flights, all internal flights, full board accommodation (including three nights at Serengeti House), park fees and game drives/rides. Abercrombie & Kent, 0845 485 1141; abercrombiekent. co.uk. Singita Serengeti House costs from $6800 per night for up to 4 guests. Additional guests $1300 pp per night; singita.com

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e arrived at Rangali Island, the home of the spectacular Conrad Maldives resort, in style – aboard a petite seaplane piloted by a relaxed, barefoot captain. It was an exciting yet slightly more rustic journey after the supreme comfort of a Business Class flight with Turkish Airlines, who recently launched their Maldives flight path via Istanbul. I immediately recognised the scenery below as if taken directly from the pages of a brochure; the semi-submerged islands and reefs dotted sparsely across the vast Indian Ocean. On a hot yet overcast day, the hazy sky and endless water seemed to join up as one, which we slowly and dreamily cruised through. I was swift ly brought back to earth (mentally, thankfully, and not literally) when we entered a heavy cloud and the tiny plane rattled enthusiastically. Luckily the pilot remained, like the ocean, absolutely calm. All agitated nerves were swift ly appeased with a warm welcome and a cold flannel when we arrived at the gorgeous resort – two separate islands connected by a wooden bridge.

The precarious nature of the Maldives (it’s the planet’s lowest country at just 1.5 metres above sea level) has been well documented and sits in contention with its unspoiled, honeymoon paradise cliché. Though it is a touch surreal to be essentially deserted amidst a fragile archipelago miles from anywhere in the heart of the Indian

Ocean, it’s incredibly easy to give in to its abundant natural beauty. The resort has every kind of expected luxury on-tap, but its clever design quietly understands that no mod con could begin to compare to what you’ll find outside your bedroom window. Even the most ardent City worker will soon resign their BlackBerry to the hotel room. The Conrad has plenty of activities to keep you entertained, should you tire of il dolce far niente; from a wealth of spa treatments to water sports, a kids club, excursions to your very own desert island and even a whimsical looking threeman submarine available for hire. We were informed, quite candidly, that Maldivian cuisine isn’t exactly sought after, but fortunately there are ten outstanding restaurants to choose from at the resort that cater to the varied nationalities of its guests. A fabulous champagne and lobster buffet romantically set on the beach is a highlight, but the intimate nine-course Japanese feast prepared in front of your very eyes at the Koko Grill restaurant is simply not to be missed. By far the most spectacular activity on offer, however, is the opportunity to swim with whale sharks,

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the world’s largest fish (don’t worry, they’re vegetarians) through the Maldives Whale Shark Research Project (MWSRP). The Conrad has sponsored the MWSRP for over five years and the excursion is a way of assisting their research into these vulnerable gentle giants. It’s a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you don’t fancy getting your toes wet (then you may very well be in the wrong place), the ethereal manta rays that are attracted to the lit-up bridge at night are a must-see. These enormous, ghostly creatures swim graceful figures of eight and are a joy to behold. We spent four incredible days in the Maldives – a country that, before I went, had resigned to being the sole prerogative of newlyweds. This is a country that needs to be seen to be believed. Forget what you think you know and lose yourself to its spellbinding natural beauty which will – to dip well and truly back into the book of clichés – create memories that will last a lifetime.

Daily rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from $625 (approx £388) plus taxes, based on two adults sharing a Beach Villa. To make a reservation or for more information, visit conradmaldives.com or call 00 960-668-0629. Return fares from London Heathrow to Male from £642 for economy class or £1,822 for business class, including taxes and charges. For more information, visit turkishairlines.com or call 0844 800 6666.

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St Pancras Chambers London NW1 reception room | bedroom | bathroom | kitchen/breakfast room concierge | parking I EPC rating E A spacious split-level apartment within this iconic building in fashionable Bloomsbury with views across Central London

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Mildmay Park London N1 reception room I 2 bedrooms I bathroom | kitchen | communal garden EPC rating D A delightful and immaculately presented two bedroom top floor apartment close to Newington Green and within easy reach of fashionable Dalston

Guide price ÂŁ499,950 share of freehold

James Court London N1 reception room I bedroom I bathroom | kitchen | garden EPC rating C A superb ground floor apartment with its own private garden set within a modern purpose-built block arranged around an attractive courtyard in the heart of East Canonbury

Guide price ÂŁ385,000 leasehold Islington office

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Highbury Crescent London N5 reception room | 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | kitchen/breakfast room terrace | EPC rating D A substantial apartment (approx. 1,150 sq ft) spanning the top floor of this imposing period building overlooking Highbury Fields

Unfurnished ÂŁ695 per week Islington office

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Offord Road London N1 double reception room with open-plan kitchen | 3 bedrooms I bathroom garden | EPC rating C A split-level garden apartment with high ceilings in a lovely Barnsbury location close to a wide range of amenities on Upper Street and excellent transport links nearby

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Highbury Crescent London N5 reception room I 2 bedrooms I 2 bathrooms | kitchen/breakfast room | mezzanine balcony | communal garden | EPC rating D A charming coach house in a fantastic location on Highbury Crescent with direct views across the Fields

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Myddelton Square London EC1R reception room I 2 bedrooms I bathroom | kitchen | garden square EPC rating C Spacious second floor apartment located on one of the most desirable squares in Clerkenwell conveniently situated between Amwell Street and St. John Street

Unfurnished ÂŁ575 per week

Island Apartments London N1 reception room with open-plan kitchen I 2 bedrooms I bathroom | juliette balcony lift | EPC rating D A smart two bedroom apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows set within a modern block adjacent to the Arlington Conservation Area

Furnished ÂŁ485 per week Islington office

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Bramwell Mews, Islington, N1 £2,500 pcm Beautifully presented two bedroom flat within a secure gated development in the popular Barnsbury area close to both Angel and Highbury & Islington stations. Offering a modern décor throughout, this property benefits from a private garden and secure parking. EPC rating C. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email lis@kfh.co.uk

Westbourne Road, Islington, N7 £3,120 pcm A beautiful three bedroom flat arranged over three floors of a period house finished to the highest specification with a unique and contemporary style throughout. The property is extremely spacious and benefits from a lovely private garden with a paved and decked area. Furnished. EPC rating D. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email lis@kfh.co.uk

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Absolutely EC1

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT

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Red Hook from the Rushmore Group is outstanding. They serve simple, amazing food that excels without overcomplicating. Surf & Turf is the best option on the menu.

The traditional London pubs located in and around Clerkenwell are great, specifically The Gunmakers. It is an ideal bolt-hole that offers excellent beer and pub food.

I love the Flintlock at the Zetter Townhouse. The unique taste is from the dandelion and burdock bitters, Fernet Branca and gunpowder tea tincture.

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The area has lots of galleries & furniture shops, but I do love browsing the specialist vintage watches in the Antique Watch Co.

Whitecross Street’s weekly food market has some of the best (and varied) lunch options around with amazing street food stalls.

Berry Street, EC1V - £795 Per Week A beautiful 2 bedroom apartment designed by the architect David Chipperfield.

ANDREW FLINT From Colman Coyle gives his expert advice on all your legal property questions � 020 7354 3000 / www.colmancoyle.com

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I am buying a fl at which has an extra bedroom in the loft. I have been told by the seller that he doesn’t have Building Regulation approval of this work. Should I be concerned? In

this case, yes. Building Regulations are there to ensure that structural work is carried out in accordance with the prevailing regulations. As far as loft conversions are concerned, it is absolutely vital to ensure that the works incorporate adequate fi reproofi ng and means of escape in case of fi re measures. The council’s general period within which it can take enforcement action is just one year and if

the work in question was something more minor then you might want to take a view provided your surveyor was happy with the structural integrity of the property. However, when it comes to loft conversions, the crucial thing I think is the health and safety aspect.

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If a loft is being used as a bedroom, then I think issues of enforcement are almost irrelevant because the overriding factor would be the safety of the people sleeping there. I would suggest that you ask the seller to contact the council’s Building Control Department and ask them to inspect the property and hopefully they will issue a Regularisation Certificate which will prove that the work has been done to the necessary standard.

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UNION WHARF, N1 £1,350,000 Freehold A modern mews house set within this secure boutique development, overlooking Regents Canal and Sturts Lock. This two-storey property provides good light and space with well-proportioned rooms and has a wonderful airy feel throughout. Currell, Islington 020 7226 4200; currell.com

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GOUGH HOUSE, BOLT COURT, EC4A £1,800,000 Leasehold This spectacular three bedroom apartment is situated on the top floor of Gough House in Bolt Court, just off Fleet Street. Of huge historical significance - Dr Samuel Johnson lived in Bolt Court in the 18th century - this wonderful Grade II-listed period house (formerly a print works and college) was sumptuously renovated and refurbished in 2008 and is now lift-serviced with a morning concierge and video entry. Situated on the top floor, the reception room is quite breath-taking with a doubleheight domed ceiling and windows that flood the room with natural light. The herringbone flooring, grand archways and glass staircase up to bedroom three/study all help create a feeling of light and space. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an exceptional City property for any discerning buyer.

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£875,000 Leasehold Within close proximity to the Boundary Hotel Shoreditch House, this apartment will offer a large open-plan kitchen/reception area, which boasts a high spec kitchen, new appliances and smart units. Each bedroom is a good size double with ample built-in storage and good use of space and light.

£650,000 Leasehold A stunning two bedroom apartment on the second floor of this sought-after Victorian School Conversion and secure, gated development in Islington. The property is in excess of 1000 sq ft and is presented in beautiful condition. The property is offered for sale with no onward chain.

Keatons, Shoreditch 020 3535 7788; keatons.com

Faron Sutaria, Islington 020 7354 9737; faronsutaria.co.uk

e have seen an increase in demand for new homes in Shoreditch and the City throughout the course of this year. This is partly due to the March budget unveiling a number of measures to support mortgage lending, but also because both investors and end users are looking at new build properties favourably. This can be put down to the increasing level of build quality and services, which reflect the fast paced lifestyle incorporated into the area. Now more than ever, developers are making their mark on east London, with a large number securing sites on the fringe of the City such as Aldgate, Whitechapel, Commercial Road and further East. Given the construction of Crossrail, these ever more popular pockets of East London are seeing an increase in capital growth and are incredibly popular as buy-to–let investments. However, prime Shoreditch still has a lot to give, with smaller schemes scattered around the district and the unveiling of the proposed plans for ‘Shoreditch Village’- a large mixed use scheme incorporating offices and high end retail, which will be situated behind the overground station. The trend will continue for the rest of the year, with more residential schemes in the pipeline across East London.

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PORT EAST, HERTSMERE ROAD, E14 - ÂŁ740 PER WEEK This luxury three bedroom Penthouse Duplex apartment on the 4th and 5th floors offers excellent living space with three bathrooms, all being en-suite to the bedrooms, large kitchen and dining area with a South aspect. luxury penthouse | 3 bedrooms | amazing location

LOFTING ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ925,000 FREEHOLD This beautiful three bedroom house is set right in the heart of Barnsbury. The property comprises of a large reception room, open plan kitchen with direct access to the garden. There are three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and potential to add a fourth bedroom. 3 bedrooms | garden | resident parking

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COMPTON ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ725 PER WEEK A beautiful raised ground floor conversion with two double bedrooms in the Canonbury Area. This property offers period features, huge mature garden with dining area. The property is less than a five minute walk from Highbury and Islington. 2 double bedrooms | period features | beautiful location

ESSEX ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ925,000 FREEHOLD This three bedroom neo-Georgian house has been lovingly used as a family home and offers communal front garden and secluded private rear garden. The property comprises of a double reception, separate kitchen and a large conservatory. 3 bedrooms | neo - georgian | conservatory

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CANONBURY SQUARE, N1 - £560 PER WEEK A great two bedroom lateral space flat offering modern décor and smart fixtures and fittings. The property, which is set over the top floor comprises a reception room, kitchen, two large bedroom’s, smart bathroom, ample storage and pretty communal garden. maisonette| period | garden

NEW NORTH ROAD, N1 - £535,000 A two bedroom apartment in a converted school. This generously sized apartment offers fantastic natural light and high ceilings. The apartment is well located for access to the city and is within easy reach of Old Street Tube Station. 2 bedrooms | fantastic natural light | high ceilings

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CARILLON COURT, GREATOREX STREET, E1 - ÂŁ325 PER WEEK

Superb one bedroom apartment within a gated modern development, offered in excellent condition and comprising of a large open plan reception room kitchen/ with modern integrated appliances, modern bathroom and a spacious double bedroom. 1 bedroom | large open plan reception | great location

ESPERIT COURT, BRUNE STREET, E1 - ÂŁ650,000

A two double bedroom apartment, located in the vibrant and historic Spitalfields. The property is well proportioned with double bedrooms and a good size reception room. Being located in Spitalfields you are a short stroll to Liverpool Street train station. 2 double bedrooms | great location | good decoration

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CLEVELAND ROAD, N1 A spacious duplex apartment with ample natural light situated on the upper floors of this converted period property. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, garden. £665,000 Leasehold 020 7887 2335 islington@faronsutaria.co.uk

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EDWARDS COTTAGES, N1 An attractive townhouse set in a secluded turning in Canonbury, close to the amenities of Upper Street. Energy Rating: D. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception, kitchen/dining room, garden, garage. £1,200,000 Freehold 020 7887 2335 islington@faronsutaria.co.uk

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love London and the property market here is just so diverse. Having covered the majority of London, I have come across areas that, to this day, still take my breath away and offer something new every time I go there. Even after having spent 12 years in sales, my interest in property hasn’t waned a bit and I’m grateful that as Sales Director at Edmund Cude I get the opportunity to view all that London’s property market has to offer. We recently sold an old church, which is available for flat conversion in W14, and it’s amazing to think that somebody can come home to that unique mixture of old and new on a daily basis. For me, that’s what London is about – steeped in history yet ever-changing and never boring. I recently had a mate visit from Scotland and he wanted to have a weekend’s experience of London. On one of the mornings we started with breakfast at Roast at Borough Market, one of the best breakfasts I have had had since moving to London, and I can highly recommend the tattie scone (which my mate could see the irony in!). After drifting round over 100 stalls we then walked across the street to one of the modern marvels of the 21st Century, the Shard. Centuries apart yet both iconic and amazing in their own ways. Each area in London has its own story to tell and having recently launched our new sales office on Museum Street, I am currently experiencing a new story in Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is fantastic and one of the most diverse area I have come across, made up of picturesque garden squares, fantastic amenities like the Riding House Café (pictured) and some of the most stunning Georgian architecture I have seen in this city. My clients range from people who have lived

here for most of their lives and may be selling properties in excess of £10 million to overseas investors buying purely as investment, or for their children who may one day be studying here. We then also have a large influx of students looking to rent, hardly unsurprising given the large number of educational institutions in the area. Edmund Cude is well established in the area as the go-to lettings agent but we have broadened our offering to cover sales following the acquisition of established London-based brand Bushells in July 2012. It’s fair to say that we’re an old hand when it comes to the London property market and the Bloomsbury location was a logical and obvious choice for the first of our five planned sales openings. As for the market, stock levels are low and demand is high, yet this year we have seen something new - an element of confidence from people within the market. Most importantly, this is from the buyers themselves, and this is confirmed by regular reports from our banks that mortgage transaction levels are up and at the highest since the crash. The lack of stock, however, remains the same and this, along with a strong appetite from buyers to get onto the property ladder, will mean we will continue to see house prices rise. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some areas of London achieve double digit growth in 2013 alone. London’s status as one of the best cities in the world makes the property here one of the best tradable commodities available and one of the most prized assets to own. 020 7428 5373; edmundcude.com

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his beautifully designed five bedroom house in Highbury has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout and boasts 2094 sq ft of living space, spread over four floors. The property offers two reception rooms, a 40-foot private garden and benefits from having no onward chain. It is located in a popular location moments from Highbury Barn and Clissold Park.

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7 Bedroom with En-suite Situated up in the loft, this master bedroom offers a bit of privacy and benefits from an en-suite shower room and a large windows offering fantastic views across Highbury.

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RAINY DAY BEST SCHOOL Gillespie Primary School, rated as outstanding by OFSTED, which also offers a wide range of after school clubs.

Taste cheese at La Fromagerie, have a steak at Garufa, the superb Argentinian restaurant. Or have a pint in the newly refurbished Highbury Barn pub.

FUN FOR FREE Have a picnic on Highbury Fields, or visit the Gillespie Park Nature Reserve that includes a duck pond and an ecology centre.

Highbury Fields boats tennis courts and an indoor pool and there is a really good Fitness First gym in the old Arsenal stadium. If you want to watch rather than partake in sport there is plenty of football to watch!

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n a competitive London property market, it’s tough to stand out amongst the crowd. Location and curb appeal are essential factors for real estate and this has never been more true than for estate agents online. Keatons is a forward thinking agent in terms of how they approach marketing, and during the last two years they have shifted their emphasis towards digital. Through their investments over the last year, Keatons have attracted much attention with a 120% increase in traffic on their site, proving that their innovative approach towards digital media has paid off. Naturally this has tremendously increased their business growth and presence in the city’s fast paced East London estate agency market. Adhering to the digital marketing gospel, Keatons’ emphasis on content, SEO and social media packs a punch well above their portfolio weight. Even more exciting is the fact that the newest version of the Keatons website, soon to be released, will feature advanced search features that are second to none. This will greatly enhance user experience with improved navigation and advanced search options. The website will give Keatons’ users useful information and advice across the site that will have you covered from making a plan to move, through to the type of people that live in your new neighbourhood. You will be able to search for your new home not only by traditional means, but by terms more relevant to London life including “Rental Investment Opportunities”, “Commuter Friendly Areas” or even “Family Friendly Areas”. What’s more, you can search by décor and features of the property – such as “Period Property”, “School Proximity” and you can even find out whether the property has a Jacuzzi! The site not only makes it easier to find the perfect property but keeps Keatons’ customers coming back for more. Keatons.com is filled with useful guides and information about the property process and the area your property is in. The myKeatons dashboard, which stores all of your property related buying selling renting landlords about us the keatonsmakes blog press call us paperwork, property searches, alerts area andguides documentation, managing the property process easier than ever before. Insiders in the Keatons camp tell us that this isn’t the end of the technical revolution: the next product to go live will allow you to view and secure your new home through an iPad or smart phone whilst on the move (subject to internet connection of course!). As Home a result, this is now starting to make agents sit up and listen to the home > sales > property search philosophy of this London agent, which is “Content is King”.

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Eburne Road Holloway N7 | £900,000, Freehold A completely refurbished stunning three storey mid terrace Victorian house on a quiet residential street just off Holloway Road. • Four double bedrooms • Two bathrooms and guest WC • Custom built kitchen

• Gas central heating • Hardwood floors and original features • Energy Efficiency Rating: Band C

Marriott Road London N4 | £550,000, Leasehold Marriott Road is a quiet residential street within easy reach of local shops & transport links including Finsbury Park Station. An early viewing is highly recommended. • 3 bedrooms • Kitchen/diner • Roof terrace

• Bathroom, shower room & guest WC • Gas central heating • Energy Efficiency Rating: Band D

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LETTINGS

Huddlestone Road N7 | £350PW A well presented first floor period conversion. The property comprises of 2 double bedrooms, 1 ensuite, fitted kitchen and bathroom with access to communal gardens. • Period converted house • Communal gardens • 2 bathrooms

• Close transport links (Tufnell Park) • Enery efficiency rating: Band C

Hornsey Street N7 | £310pw Hornsey Street is located moments from Holloway Road Underground Station and is close to a vast array of shops, bars, restaurants. • 2 bedrooms • Purpose built apartment • Modern bathroom

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• Balcony • Open plan lounge/diner • Energy Efficiency Rating: Band B

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STOKE NEWINGTON OFFICE OPENING 2013 76 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PA *This offer is available for a limited period only and may be pulled at any time by the agency. Contact us now while this rate is still available. All fees are subject to VAT.

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GET CLOSER FANTASTIC VALUE FOR MONEY AND ONLY 7 MINS FROM CANARY WHARF

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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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Sales success brings forward early release of new homes

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Cool city living An incredible choice of contemporary homes offering village life in the heart of Greenwich! We have a great range of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, plus superb überhaus apartments, in striking new buildings designed by leading architects Jestico + Whiles, all with a fantastic specification.

Prices from £280,000 to £750,000

www.gmv.gb.com 020 8305 2712

• Balconies, terraces or winter gardens to all apartments • Eco-friendly credentials • Acres of parkland including the fabulous Peninsula Ecology Park • Tranquil riverside setting • Great transport connections, only 1 stop from Canary Wharf! Current phase already more than 70% sold. First homes will be ready for occupation in Summer 2014.

Marketing Suite open every day 10am-5pm

Greenwich Millennium Village is a joint venture between Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey in association with the Mayor of London.

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Property Development NEW HOMES RAISE BAR IN LONDON RENTAL SCENE Renters in the city can now enjoy style, location and value with the launch of a new collection of modern full-service properties in a prime NW1 setting, just minutes from both King’s Cross and Euston stations. The Collective at King’s Cross comprises 14 high specification rooms housed in a newly converted Georgian building on bustling Chalton Street. Each bright, fresh room is finished with bespoke furniture, custom designed to provide stylish interiors with maximum space and storage. It is the latest site from The Collective, an innovative property development and management brand designed to raise the bar in London’s rented sector by offering high quality properties in desirable locations at competitive prices. As with all The Collective properties, residents at King’s Cross also benefit from a 24-hour concierge service, allinclusive rental rates and flexible lease options. It offers a choice of en-suite rooms and self-contained studios, plus some with shared bathroom facilities, priced from £200 per week. For further information and to register interest contact: 0207 183 5478 or visit shareinthecity.co.uk in available or upcoming properties,

COMMERCIAL ROAD, E1

Apartments at Folio are currently priced from £450,000 for a one bed style to £1,035,000 for a three bedroom top floor home.

An excellent opportunity to acquire offplan a one, two or three bedroom property within a brand new development on the East City fringe, located a short distance to Aldgate East tube, Whitechapel and vibrant Shoreditch. seven luxurious apartments arranged over four floors with lift access, including a top floor three bedroom penthouse offering a terrace. Each property boasts wood flooring, good quality kitchens and bathrooms with top brand appliances and stone worktops, under floor/skirting heating whilst being neutrally decorated. Given the growth within the area, they represent an excellent investment that will achieve between 5-6% annual rental yield. For more information or to register your interest please get in touch. Prices start from £305,000 for a one bedroom apartment.

For more information, contact 020 3641 5182; or visit foliolondon.com

Winkworth 020 7749 7650; winkworth.co.uk

CREATIVE MEETS THE CITY IN ECLECTIC OLD STREET DEVELOPMENT This July will see housebuilder Notting Hill London open the doors to their latest N1 development, Folio, situated close to the renowned Silicon Roundabout, between Shoreditch and Islington. Spanning up to 1,138 sq ft, each of the attractive homes feature bright and spacious interiors and are finished to an impressively high specification with an Italian-designed open plan kitchen, ceramic tiled bathroom and en-suite with luxury rainfall showers and underfloor heating throughout. Once complete, Folio will comprise a total of 108 properties in a mix of apartments and

three and four bedroom houses, which are due for release later in the year. The marketing suite launched on 6th & 7th July and will be open Thursday – Monday thereafter. It features a stunning show apartment from interior designer, Daniel Gibson.

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Offices throughout London

Dorman Way, NW8

£450,000

Endsleigh Court, WC1H

£330,000

A very well presented and spacious split level maisonette which provides excellent transport links to Baker Street station is current let with a gross yield of over 7.5% return. The property provides three double bedrooms and a private garden area along with two bathrooms. Leasehold. EPC = E

A well presented and spacious top floor studio apartment in one of Bloomsbury’s premier mansion blocks. The property benefits from being close to Euston station and Russell Square tube station. Leasehold. EPC = D

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Hillsborough Court, NW6

Russell Court, WC1H

£250,000

£295,000

Situated within easy access to local tube, rail, local shops and amenities, this two bedroom apartment provides neutral decoration throughout with great storage space, there is access to communal gardens, a lift and permit parking is available. The block also benefits from a 24 hour porter service. Leasehold. EPC = D

This apartment benefits from a long lease, modern fitted kitchen with ceramic tiled flooring and wooden flooring to living space. Full porter service and close to Russell Square underground station. Share of freehold. EPC = C

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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Argyle Walk, WC1H

£925,000

This three bedroom split level modern apartment is set on a quiet street close to Kings Cross. The flat is on the second and third floors of a new small development (only 4 flats within the building). The flat has been finished to a high standard throughout and has a security entrance with intercom. There are two bathrooms, one of which is en suite. There are two small doubles and one large double, and the upper level is a large open plan living kitchen dining area with an outside patio area. Leasehold. EPC = C Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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CurrellResidential

£825,000 Share of Freehold Cross Street, N1 • Converted Victorian factory • Spacious two bedroom apartment • Separate fitted kitchen, patio • Central location

£299,950 Leasehold Upper Street, N1 • Light and airy studio flat • Truly central location • Lateral width taking in 4 windows • Situated at rear of building

www.currell.com

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£1,695,000 Freehold Halton Road, N1 • Grade II listed Georgian house • Four storey, three/four beds • Excellent decorative order with period features • Wonderful mature rear garden

020 7226 4200

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Stirling Ackroyd All around the City E1

EC1

£700,000

£715,000

SHOREDITCH SALES – COMMERCIAL STREET Stunning 1 bed warehouse conversion set within a boutique development, featuring exposed brickwork & solid wood floors. EPC - B

CLERKENWELL SALES – ROSEBERY COURT Fantastic 2 bed within a contemporary block, with open plan kitchen, wood floors, large private balcony & communal gardens. EPC – D

SE1

WC1

£1,300,000

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BANKSIDE SALES - TRINITY STREET Newly built, gated 2 bed/2 bath, 1,281 sq ft apartment in a Georgian style with large double glazed sash windows & high ceilings. EPC – B

WEST END SALES – WREN STREET Rare 4 storey/4 bed Georgian freehold house with original features, floor to ceiling windows offering beautiful views & private patio garden. EPC - E

BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888

SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838

CLERKENWELL 020 7549 0606

HACKNEY 020 7749 3807

WEST END 020 7256 3244

IBIZA 0034 971 326 788

ISTANBUL +90 (0)212 322 7171

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EC2

EC1

£895 pw

£635 pw

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS – SHOREDITCH HIGH STREET Spectacular 2 bed/2 bath converted loft apartment, offering approx. 1,170 sq ft of modern industrial living space. EPC - D

CLERKENWELL LETTINGS – CENTRAL STREET A brand new 2 bed apartment with en suite, private balcony & large communal roof terrace, close to Farringdon & Barbican stations. EPC - D

SE1

W1

£525 pw

BANKSIDE LETTINGS – PARK STREET Truly unique penthouse studio within a contemporary block, with floor to ceiling windows & a large west facing private roof terrace. EPC - pending

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£425 pw

WEST END LETTINGS – CLEVELAND STREET Brand new 1 bed within a fully refurbished period building in the heart of Fitzrovia, with open plan kitchen, wood floor & designer furniture. EPC – D

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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.

Prices from

ÂŁ740,000

020 3538 5832 telfordhomes.plc.uk Prices correct at time of going to print. Computer generated image of Cityscape from Commercial Street and private residents’ roof terrace with the view of The City in the background.

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