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contents Sept e mbe r 2016

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WHAT’S ON

Diary dates for September

10 SHOW TALK Deborah Spencer, founder of Design Junction,

talks about urban redevelopment and dyslexia

fa s h i o n

16 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL This month’s hottest trends and products

18 THE SHOOT Fall into line this autumn

25 IN BLACK AND WHITE The monochrome trend is back for autumn 27 IN THE BAG Behind handbag brand Seveda London

36 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

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39 FOOD REVIEW We dine at Coin Laundry and the Elmore Jam

56 INTERIOR CONFIDENTIAL The news and trends you need to update

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

30 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL The month's best beauty buys

33 HEAVEN SCENT

The freshest floral fragrances for summer

Food & Drink Tasty happenings from the local area

k i d s & E d u c at i o n

45 KIDS CONFIDENTIAL

The latest news, trends and products

C o ve r s : L A M AN I A AW 16 COL L ECTI ON l a m a n i a .e u

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60 GONE TO POT The Geffrey Museum opens its doors to fifty of the

UK’s best potters for Ceramics in the City

PROPERTY

50 INTO THE WILD Become the king of the jungle in Kenya

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78 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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EDITOR’S letter

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everal years have passed since I turned up to school, eager and ready for a new term – and yet September still feels like a fresh start. Summer is over and it’s time to get to grips with a new year. This feeling is helped along, in London at least, by the advent of fashion week. Eyes are out on stalks for new trends and hot, young designers; equally, eyes turn towards the design world to wow us with innovative ideas. Luckily, we have been granted an insight into one of the of the world’s most prestigious interiors events, designjunction. Discover what we found out from the founder about this year’s showcase on page 10. In terms of fashion, we caught up with handbag designer Sevda; born

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in Turkey and living in England, her ‘Designed in London, made in Italy’ philosophy and chic bags embody the best elements of Fashion Week. Not content with all London has to offer in this most busy of months? Not to worry, our travel feature will transport you to a place of adventure and discovery in Kenya, all whilst maintaining a fabulous sheen of luxury on page 50. All the latest property news and listings for the local area begin on page 69, so if you’re seeking a change of place, look no further. I hope you enjoy the issue. Ciao! u

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6 - 1 0 Se p t e m b e r Ne w D i o ra m a T he a tre en doesn’t even like Anna that much; B she doesn’t take life seriously enough. With a relationship founded upon sex, a couple of years pass by before Anna wishes things could be different. Condensing their relationship down into one hour we watch it from start to finish. u 15 - 16 Triton Street, NW1; newdiorama.com

BEDLAM T h ro u gh o u t Se p t e m b e r Well c o m e C o ll e c ti o n ental asylums don’t exist anymore but M they were once seen to be a place of refuge, sanctuary and care. This exhibition juxtaposes historical material and records with individual testimonies and works by artists such as David Beales, who reimagines the institution as a physical and virtual space. u 183 Euston Road, NW1; wellcomecollection.org

Pop Up Park Throughout September L ondon D ock

This temporary pop up park is designed to give you a taste of what’s to come over the next few years at London Dock. The new housing development will include a 250-storey residential tower, three public squares, market gardens, a quayside pedestrian street and an art & text trail reflecting local history. Whether or not you want to move here, this is a great place to relax for the day. London Dock, E1; londondock.co.uk

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LONDON FASHION WEEKEND 2 2 - 2 5 Se p t e m b e r S a a tc hi G a ll e r y ant the inside track on the fashion W industry? This weekend of exclusive shopping, designer fashion shows and industry insider talks will give you just that. Grab a gorgeous tote bag from this season’s designer and take in all that London Fashion Weekend has to offer. u King’s Road, SW3; londonfashionweekend.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / TALKING TOPICS

HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST

Fro m 6 Se p t e m b e r Arc o l a T he a tre ate is the stereotypical woman. K She loves lipstick, cupcakes and, most of all, Cathy’s Heathcliff. Looking for someone tall, dark and handsome, she likes her men bad. That is, until she meets Steve. Steve is a feminist. Can they get over themselves in order to make their relationship great? Attempting to reinvent romance for the 21st Century, this is a hilarious play to trys to discover whether opposites not only attract but work. u 24 Ashwin Street, E8; arcolatheatre.com

BRIDES THE SHOW

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What if everything you’ve ever known was thrown into question? And everyone you ever trusted was subject to doubt? When Karen Ruiz’s husband is accused of being a terrorist, she endeavors to clear his name. Can she maintain her faith in her husband, her marriage and her government? Or will she find that the only person she can believe in is herself?

From 30 Se pte mb er Business D esig n C e n t re lanning a wedding is one of P the most stressful things anyone ever has to do. Making it ten times easier, Brides the Show bring together all the luxurious things you could want – from invites to cakes. Here, you can learn how to execute a flawless wedding with guidance from those who have been in your shoes, see exquisite bridal gowns on the catwalk and finish the day with a glass of bubbles at the Prezola Bar. u 52 Upper Street, N1;

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EVENT OF THE MONTH

NEW SCIENTIST LIVE 2 2 - 2 5 S eptem b er Ex Ce l L o n do n et out of this world at New Scientist Live – the show where the leading science magazine brings world-class speakers, demonstrations and exhibitors together. While there are four complete zones – brain & body, technology, earth and the cosmos

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– those who dream about outer space can discover what it’s really like to live and work as an ESA astronaut from Tim Peake who will be talking about his extraordinary life.  Royal Victoria Dock, E16; newscientistlive.com

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SHOW TALK

Absolutely meets Deborah Spencer, founder of designjunction, to discuss moving to King’s Cross, Scandinavian style and dyslexia Interview Pendle Harte

Q: designjunction is now six years old. How has it evolved over the years? A: From our very humble beginning back in

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2011 - when we presented just 30 brands in a basement venue in Central London - the show has grown to more than 200 worldrenowned contemporary design brands. This year, the show is going to be even bigger and better at our new location in King’s Cross. Over the course of six years we have built up a reputation for occupying some of the most challenging and ambitious spaces in central London from a 40,000 sqm disused sorting office to a derelict design school last year. Now we are taking over an entire site, with public realm outdoor spaces making it even more accessible. King’s Cross has undergone one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the UK and is now one of the coolest and most connected destinations in London. It’s the ideal setting to take the show to the next level. If designjunction is at the cutting-edge of design, King’s Cross is at the cutting-edge of the future, encapsulating our core brand values and personality. For the first time, we will be building temporary outdoor structures at King’s Cross as well occupying existing indoor spaces. One of the most impressive sites is on Lewis Cubitt Square, where we plan

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ARTS & CULTURE / DESIGN SCANDINAVIAN

design has an

UNDERSTATED

aesthetic. It’s also AFFORDABLE and FUNCTIONAL

celebrating their 50th anniversary alongside lightjunction, which presents the best in contemporary decorative lighting. There will also be a secret garden champagne bar out the back to relax. designjunction also forms part of the King’s Cross Creative Quarter which brings together all the cultural institutions within the area alongside some of the finest eateries in London – Grain Store, The Lighterman, Vinoteca to name but a few.

North Limited Berg Tables and Keilir Candlesticks

to build a two-storey pavilion and have commissioned Satellite Architects to design a monumental façade in front of the structure. The façade will be 70m long by 7m high made up of 4,000 individual GRID cubes with reflective mirrored surfaces. Last year we occupied two sites in central London that allowed us to have a dedicated retail venue and a dedicated venue for trade. This year, designjunction will occupy four locations, creating a mini city with different social quarters for eating and drinking, entertainment, exhibitions, business and pleasure. There is also plenty of shopping from more than 60 boutique pop-up shops, not normally found on the high street.

Q: What are the highlights of this year’s event for you? A: One of the biggest highlights is the move to our new home. Rather than taking over an existing venue we will be occupying an entire site. Key highlights include the customdesigned red monopoly-style houses we are building on Granary Square. Ten of these houses will be filled with immersive design concepts. Under the Canopy area, visitors can experience some of the best shopping from fashion and jewellery to glassware, ceramics and books. One We Made Earlier will be

about art and design. My mind worked in a creative way due to my dyslexia. It allowed me to think more laterally. I loved anything to do with art. At school I would spend lunch time in the art workshop painting, making or drawing things. Weekends were spent going to art galleries. I then did a year at art school and a degree in history of art. I was also inspired by grandfather, who worked in both fashion and retail. The combination of commerce and design felt like a natural fit.

Q: What designers and styles do you admire? A: Scandinavian design is the style I

Deborah Spencer

presenting their latest jewellery collection with custom-made options available. Tom Pigeon will be selling some of his graphic prints alongside stylish tech accessories from Native Union and leather bags from Holdall & Co. At Cubitt House, you will find some of the world’s leading design brands from Icons of Denmark, String, Design House Stockholm to Modus and Deadgood – all presenting new product launches. Independent designer Christopher Jenner will present a two-year collaboration with Sheffield-based heritage silverware brand Elkington & Co. The collection is really stunning. LSA International will be

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Q: Where does your own interest in design come from? A: Growing up I was always passionate

gravitate towards the most. Great designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Han J Wegner, Verner Panton and brands such as Carl Hansen, String and Hay producing beautiful pieces for the home. Scandinavian design has an understated aesthetic. It’s also affordable, functional and made using natural materials and traditional craftsmanship. I am also a huge admirer of Jasper Morrison, it’s the simplicity of his work that I love. Very minimal.

Q: There’s a new focus this year on dyslexia in design. How did that arise and what is it? A: This is a subject matter very close to my heart. I grew up with dyslexia. At the time, I couldn’t understand why people at my school were miles ahead of me academically. I naturally gravitate towards the arts. It was a subject matter I was good at without any

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ARTS & CULTURE / DESIGN Ethnicraft Teak Apron Dining Table Knot cushion by Design House Stockholm

designjunction is a MINI CITY with different social quarters for EATING and DRINKING,

ENTERTAINMENT and EXHIBITIONS

restrictions on my creative ability. Dyslexia led me down the path of art and design. In some respects it has defined me as a person. When I was approached by Jim Rokos to host an exhibition on Dyslexic Design I immediately said yes. The exhibition, curated, organised and driven by Jim, aims to explore the connection between dyslexia and the creative industries. Looking at the positive effects as well as the challenges that people face working with a learning difference. The exhibition’s main goal is to remove the stigma of dyslexia and reveal it as a gift. It will look at how dyslexia affects a person’s lateral and visual thinking. Dyslexic Design will showcase the work of many designers and illustrators such as Sebastian Bergne and Kristjana S Williams who say dyslexia has enhanced rather than limited their creativity.

Q: You arranged a designer sample sale last year. Will that happen again? A: The event was the first multi brand product sample sale in London. It presented an opportunity for many of the brands who exhibit with us to sell off old stock, exdisplay items and discontinued lines. Yes we will definitely do it again. The plan is to host this event bi annually to allow brands to build up their stock again…..

Ceramics by Elsa Beskow, Design House Stockholm

Q: And finally - where do you live and is your house full of pieces from designjunction? A: I live in West London, Kensal Green.

Ommo designs

Q: How much work goes into organising designjunction? A: Honestly - a lot. This is partly because we take over ambitious venues in London. As you can imagine these spaces present all sorts of challenges. We have occupied a disused Tramshed, old sorting office, school and now an entire site. I can’t complain because it makes the show so exciting and interesting to work on each year. We never stand still. Each year has to be bigger and better than the previous year. I wish we had more than 12 months to work on it. I have an incredible team around me.

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My home is like a showroom advert for designjunction. This is the problem when you work on a show like this, you want to buy everything for your home. My kitchen/lounge area is filled with Scandinavian brands from Carl Hansen dining chairs and lounge seating to String shelving. I’ve even got birch trees installed to give a wood-like aesthetic. Pendant lighting across the space is from brands such as Artemide, Nyta and Innermost. Furniture from Modus, Kartell and Moroso. Objects from Moooi, Utopia & Utility, Tom Dixon the list goes on…. 

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IN THE BAG

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THE NEW BOHEMIANS To mark the second Roberto Cavalli collection under Peter Dundas' creative direction, Tim Walker shot the dreamy AW16 campaign which captures the brand's bohemian spirit. 20-22 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NE robertocavalli.com

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st y l e C e n t r a l

Ladylike handbags, metallic boots and red pieces are must-buys this month Wo r d s c h a r l o t t e a d s e t t

Prints for print lovers – with a dose of humour Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

CHRISTOPHER KANE AT SELFRIDGES

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ersonally, I have always loved a print with people in it. Figures of any kind on a summer dress are an immediate sell for me, though unfortunately they're quite rare. Flower prints, paisley, even birds, are everywhere. But it's not often that you find a blouse embellished with tiny surfers, ballerinas, tennis players or girls in bikinis. And this is neither a children's collection (as proven by the karma sutra print) nor is it too cute. French label G.Kero is sold internationally with a cult following and its cotton shirts and blouses, bomber jackets and sweatshirts come in prints that are unlike any others

It’s not often

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we've seen. There's the Bowie tribute Spaceman shirt (look closely and it's covered in tiny Aladdin Sane figures) and the Michael Jackson one – but this is a world away from the low-rent fan shirt. These are grown-up pieces in sharp cuts and quality fabrics, with an extra dose of fun. We are fans, as are Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. ◆ G.Kero is stocked at violalondon.com and at gkero.fr

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Future Fashion S el f r i d ges’ D es i g n e r S t u d i o

Selfridges has unveiled its 20,000 sq ft Designer Studio as part of a £300 million regeneration project set to “future proof the in-store shopping experience”. The new space houses over 60 international contemporary and luxury ready-to-wear labels and over 20 new generation brands such as Jacquemus, Walk of Shame and Le Kilt. Separate shopin-shops have been created for Vetements, JW Anderson, Marni, Joseph and Christopher Kane (above). Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1U 1AB

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7 of the best

HERO HANDBAGS Roksanda

RED ALERT

Our go-to dress designer Roksanda Ilincic has launched her first handbag collection that includes clutches, satchels and doctors styles. Combining sculptural silhouettes and modern colour palletes such as lilac and burgundy, we predict Roksanda’s bags will be a hit. ‘Lady’ leather bag £1,495; selfridges.com

Make a bold statement this season 01

ROCK ON Hades

New knitwear brand to know Hades has re-stocked its sellout debut collection that boasts the names of rock groups such as The Smiths, The Slits and Sonic Youth. The colourful lambswool jumpers are made in Scotland and are available exclusively at Liberty. Lambswool jumper £160; liberty.co.uk

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SIXTIES STYLE Orla Kiely

The ‘Orla La’ by Orla Kiely readyto-wear AW16 collection continues the label’s ode to the 1960s, and this season references cult British films such as ‘A Kind of Loving’ and ‘Georgy Girl’. The pussy-bow blouses, gold Mary-Jane pumps and wool berets are all on our wish list. orlakiely.com

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editor’s

PICK

HAPPY FEET Camilla Elphick

Camilla Elphick launched her eponymous shoe brand in 2014 and we’ve since watched her rise to become one of the hottest names in the footwear industry. These metallic Sci-Fi ankle boots, already a fashion pack favourite, are guaranteed to brighten up Autumnal days. ‘Silver Lining’ lambskin leather boots £625; camillaelphick.com

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01. SAINT LAURENT ‘Candy 80’ velvet platforms £460; mytheresa.com 02. VICTORIA BECKHAM Wool-blend crexpe flared trousers £465; net-a-porter.com 03. MAJE Wool-blend coat £480; net-a-porter.com 04. GREY ANT Acetate sunglasses £200; greyant.com 05. ROLAND MOURET ‘Agard’ Alpaca knitted top £495; rolandmouret.com 06. GUCCI Pleated leather skirt £2,620; mytheresa.com 07. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM 'Alix' mini leather bag £695; selfridges.com

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Planning your Autumn wardrobe takes military precision. Steal a march with over-the-knee boots, sweeping great coats and uniform detailing Photography SIMON CRANE Fashion Stylist VICTORIA GAIGER

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Acetate sunglasses £325; brownsfashion.com

NATHALIE TRAD

‘Victor’ mother of pearl clutch £1,095; selfridges.com

ADIDAS

‘Gazelle’ suede trainers £74.99; selfridges.com VICTORIA BECKHAM AW16

TOM FORD

‘D’Orsay’ leather pumps £650; net-a-porter.com

LANVIN

‘Nela’ leather tote £880; mytheresa.com

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In The Bag We catch up with the woman behind handbag brand Sevda London I n t e r v i e w A B S O L U T E LY

ABSOLUTELY: What inspired you to start designing handbags? SEVDA LONDON: My defining career moment was realising my desire to make a high quality, as well as an ethically produced, handbag fulfilling every possible fantasy a women had in a bag. I only had one purpose in mind: to create an object that is rare, desirable, durable and everlasting.

ABS: Where in the world inspires you?? SL: I couldn’t pick just one place! I am very much familiar with eastern culture as well as the west and women’s needs regarding their individual preferences and the way they express themselves. I feel more global than just belonging to one culture. It is reflected in my designs and makes it appealing to all women around the world, east and west.

ABS: Where did you study? SL: I was encourged by my mother to pursue my dreams of becoming a designer so I studied fashion design at the Mimar Sinan Faculty of Fine Arts Textile and Fashion Design in Istanbul. I relocated to London to hone my craft and completed a variety of courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

ABS: Why did you choose Canary Wharf as a base? SL: Both Mayfair and Canary Wharf are our base. While we have our sales meetings with high end buyers at the Mayfair office, we mostly welcome our private customers in Canary Wharf. Lots of our customers come from the city and we work with lots of people on private orders, so this has been an ideal base for us. We also really enjoy being in the buzz of Canary Wharf, the shopping and the wide open spaces. It is also a great place for style inspiration! ◆

ABS: What is your design process? SL: I use my sketchbook! I am old-fashioned in my approach. Then it’s all about the

I had only ONE PURPOSE IN MIND: to create something RARE , DESIRABLE and DURABLE materials – I spend a lot of time handpicking and analysing each material. And of course London, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, stays at the heart of my creative ability and inspires me all the time.

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ABS: How would you define your style? SL: SEVDA LONDON Handbags are ethical, timelessly classic, modern and chic. Our motto is: ‘Designed in London; Made in Italy.’ Sevda London specialises in identifying quality leather and ensuring a well-finished handbag that makes a woman stand out. I want each woman to feel as if each handbag was made just for her. ABS: Who else do you admire? SL: For me there is only one lady who epitomises style, longevity and elegance, all the things that Sevda London aspires to encompass, and that is Coco Chanel.

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COLOUR POP Never ones to shy away from intense colourways and clashing combos, Illamasqua have done it again with their new Hypnotica collection. Think neon brights, long fake lashes and marbled lipsticks - because who ever said autumn had to be beige? illamasqua.com

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Ayurvedic skincare, creative colour collections and concealers to banish bags W o r d s C AT H E R I N E H A L E S

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MUSTAFA ARSLAN of STUDIO M.A

Tell us about STUDIO M.A? STUDIO M.A offers a cutting edge hair and beauty salon based off Fleet Street in the heart of the City. We have a variety range of treatments from a glamorous blow dry to our custom made colouring services, beauty treatments and laser and Botox.  What is your background? I was born in Turkey and I started my hairdressing career in Istanbul when I was 14 years old. I moved to London in 2005 to further my career and began working for an established hair salon in Mayfair. Over the years I have worked on various photo shoots and accumulated industry awards with one vision ahead of developing my own brand.  Why open in the City? There’s nowhere quite like the hustle and bustle of the City. Not only is it the oldest and most historic part of London, it is also the world’s leading international financial and business centre. Everyday and every client is interesting. What has been your proudest moment? There have been many proud moments in my life but one of the most special was when I became a dad to my amazing son Kai in 2010; needless to say he changed my world for the better. However my most recent achievement career wise was working with Dior at Cannes Film festival. It was a privilege to do the hair of many respected A-listers; an incredible moment that will never be forgotten. ◆ ● STUDIO M.A 34 Bouverie Street, EC4Y, 020 7936 4005; studio-ma.co.uk

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Flawless Finish Estée Lauder

Finding the right shade of foundation is only half the battle; even a perfect match has to last all day or its just not worth it. Enter Estée Lauder’s new Double Wear Nude collection, a liquid foundation with cushion stick applicator that comes in 22 shades and boasts eight hour wear. Problem solved. £28; esteelauder.co.uk

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EASTERN PROMISE Aveda

For their latest launch, Aveda have sought inspiration from the Eastern practice of Ayurveda. The range, entitled Tulasara, is focused around the Radiant Facial Dry Brush and the Radiant Oleation. aveda.co.uk

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C a u d a l i e x Ja s o n Wu

Caudalie has teamed up with designer Jason Wu to produce a limited edition iteration of the brand’s cult favourite Beauty Elixir. Part mist, part toner, the iconic spray is based on a recipe found in a 16th Century spell book found on the banks of the Seine. £32; caudalie.com

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STORY TIME Pe n h a l i g o n’s

Everyone wants a perfume with personality and Penhaligon’s have just taken things a step further. Their Portraits collection is made up of four different scents, each with distinct characters – and this is only Chapter 1… £178; penhaligons.com

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OH, LA LA NARS

Channel the glamour of the Riviera with this limited edition colour collection from NARS. Featuring high intensity glosses in shining Desert Rose, shimmering shadows in Teal-Green and dual intensity blushes in Sandy Peach. Delectable. From £21; narscosmetics.co.uk

01. RODIAL AIRBRUSH CONCEALER, £32; rodial.co.uk 02. CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER CONCEALER, £25; charlottetilbury.com 03. ILLAMASQUA SKIN BASE LIFT CONCEALER, £18; illamasqua.com 04. CHANTECAILLE TOTAL CONCEALER, £32; chantecaille.co.uk 05. SISLEY PARIS PHYTO-CERNES ECLAT, £60; sisley-paris.com 06. NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER, £25.50; narscosmetics.co.uk 07. BURBERRY CASHMERE CONCEALER, £25; burberry.com 08. BENEFIT BOI-ING ON THE DOUBLE, £17.50; benefitcosmetics.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / PRODUCTS

LE LABO

Rose 31, £150; liberty.co.uk

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Heliotropia, £135; liberty.co.uk

THE DIFFERENT COMPANY

Tokyo Bloom, £95; thedifferentcompany.com

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Orchid Soleil,£76; selfridges.com

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Wild Bluebell Cologne, £85; jomalone.co.uk

Waterlily Sun, £88; selfridges.com

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bis, £170; liberty.co.uk

THAMEEN

Green Peel, £115; selfridges.com

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Eau de magnolia, £150; fredericmalle.com

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Fez Perfume Oil, £67; beingcontent.com

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Venus, £118; roullierwhite.com

RAMON MONEGAL

Lovely Day, £130; harrods.com

ACQUA DI PARMA

Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro Di Sardegna, £87; spacenk.com

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BOTTOMS UP Oskar Kinberg, Dabbous and Oskar’s Bar co-founder, has launched his first book entitled the Cocktail Cookbook. This soonto-be bartender’s bible will contain 75 cocktail recipes to suit all moods and levels of expertise, with each chapter focusing on a single ingredient. £18, Quarto Publishing Group UK; quartoknows.com

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What to drink

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CONFIDENTIAL Local food news and delicious things to see you through the month Wo r d s R O S E N O E L

A GREAT MATCH Wine and food pairings for the month ahead B y J a n e Pa r k i n s o n

OYSTERS

ry Muscat from the Loire Valley has a bit of retro cool cachet attached to it these days but make no mistake it’s an absolute winner with salty oysters, and especially this one, which has more grassy freshness and apple fruitiness than than your average bottle. ● F&M Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2014, £9.90 Fortnum & Mason

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rohibition Wines It’s tempting to choose red here but with the roast potatoes, crackling and apple sauce too then a tangy white actually works best. This is a delicious and great value South African option with lemon zestiness to cut through the richness but enough toasty depth to match the big flavours on the plate. ● The Tea Leaf Chenin Blanc 2014 £12.70

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he caramel is just as – if not more – important than the apple when it comes to pairing this dessert with wine, and this Australian classic sweet wine has all the perfect attributes to make the tart sing, thanks to its luscious caramelised nut flavours, which glides so smoothly across the palate. ● Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat £12.49 Waitrose

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On the Shore Chai Ki

Excellent Indian restaurant Chai Ki have recently unveiled their new Waterside Terrace overlooking West India Quay. Guests can now enjoy the eatery’s famous Miso Butter Chicken, Coconut Prawns and Chicken Pear Chaat with a cocktail in hand and watch the sun set over a uniquely tranquil part of Canary Wharf. 1 Crossrail Place, E14; chai-ki.com

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FOOD & DRINK / NOTES

MEAT MISSION Ginger Pig

Ginger Pig have a new London outpost in Wanstead. The prestigious butchers boasts a vast bespoke display window, Victorian inspired floor tiles, copper pendant lights and copper surrounds on the meat and deli counters, making it the most stylish place to pick up the joint for Sunday roast. 3 Clock House Parade, High Street, E11 thegingerpig.co.uk

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EASTERN PROMISE 100 Islington

The successor to the muchcelebrated 100 Hoxton, 100 Islington is a Pan-Asian, design-led bar and restaurant. The emphasis is on small sharing plates with influences from Asian and Middle-Eastern flavours, spices and ingredients and the cocktail list is to die for. 270 Upper Street, N1; 100restaurants.co.uk

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CHOCOLATE BOX Pierre Marcolini

Maison Pierre Marcolini has become know for its incredible collaborations over the years; this one, however, really steals the show. Marcolini has teamed up with AMI - Alexandre Mattiussi to produce an old fashioned television, crammed with chocolates, depicting a Parisian scene. £45; marcolini.com

Take a large wine goblet (glass) and fill ¾ full with ice cubes. Then squeeze the 75ml of blood orange juice into the glass. Stir slightly then top with prosecco and garnish with a slice of the blood orange peel. osterialondon.co.uk

FIZZ of the Month

t’s hard not to rave about Bruno Paillard. Those familiar with the house know it for its wonderful combination of elegance and complexity. The premiere cuvee is no exception with notes of grapefruit and pear allaying a subtle brioche taste. Sublime. ◆

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Make the most of London’s notoriously treacherous (and brief) summertime by grabbing some cocktails on Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch’s brand new Sky Terrace. Offering views of Canary Wharf, The Shard, Heron Tower and Crystal Palace to name but a few, there are few better places to grab an after work drink this September. 335-337 Old Street, EC1V shoreditch.courthouse-hotel.com

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FOOD & DRINK / REVIEWS

COIN LAUNDRY Seventies-inspired food tucked away in Exmouth Market Wo r d s r o s e n o e l

t’s not often that a restaurant can claim that one of their biggest draws is a superbly executed chicken kiev. Coin Laundry’s menu reads like a list of dishes you never knew you craved until you saw them and over the summer they launched their brand new All-Day menu which adds to this trip down memory lane . Once my friend and I are settled with some delicious cocktails (try the ’Flipper’) we choose two small plates and a salad to start. The steak tartare packs a punch and is served ingeniously with crunchy breadsticks to scoop it up while the fried marrow and mint is a revelation. The pea and ham hock salad is comfort food at its very best, warm and filling and perfect to share between two. For mains, the lure of the chicken kiev is too strong for me and I in no way regret my choice. On first stab garlic butter spurts out in a satisfying gush revealing the perfect combination of butter, tender chicken and crispy breadcrumbs. It even comes with a stick of gum to stave off any breath disasters. My companion chooses the lamb chops and wolfs down the perfectly cooked meat, offset by braised leeks and cottage cheese. With eyes far bigger than our stomachs we also attempt the spaghetti hoop primavera (who wouldn’t?) and are eventually defeated. Fortunately, skipping pudding gives us the perfect excuse to come back again. 

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ondon supper clubs are nothing new but finding a really great one is a rarity. The venue, theme, food and entertainment all have to be spot on to allay the trepidation diners feel at being slung together at a communal table. Luckily, the Elmore Jam excels in all areas. Walking down the quiet residential street just off Essex Road, the strains of a far off trumpet are the only hint of anything out of the ordinary. The supper club is located in the basement, accessible from the street. There are already people clutching cocktails sitting around a table outside and milling around the band when we arrive. The Elmore Jam specialises in teaming dynamic and innovative chefs with next level live music; we had come on a New Oreans themed night entitled The Big Easy where the four piece band were already in full swing. In the kitchen we can spy the Dinner Ladies, an energetic duo made up of Daisy Cecil and Lily Cai whose

boundless enthusiasm is dwarfed only by the enormous pot they have simmering on the hob. As we sip our whisky cocktails we take in the decor. Vibrant artwork adorns the walls and a large trestle table stands at the back of the room, strewn with newspapers announcing the headlines in New Orleans. Scrumptious crispy fried pork boudin balls with a creamy creole remoulade are passed around before we take our seats. As the band take a break we are handed a list of songs available on the jukebox – all of them classics. The food throughout the night is exceptional; a crawfish boil is served, Louisiana-style, poured down the table with everyone tucking in. This is followed by a sinfully good pecan pie and a shot of bourbon. What makes the night unforgettable, however, is our host Nick, whose warmth and energy has everyone laughing and at their ease. Top notch.  E L M O R E JA M 2a Elmore Street, N1 grubclub.com

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LET’S GO OUTSIDE Cool, classic and considered, we love this new girlswear label, especially the way fun details are used to enliven more subtle pieces – like a metallic Peter Pan collar on a Breton top. outside-the-lines.co.uk

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BRAND FOCUS

BABYZEN YOYO+

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London-based brand ABC123Me makes just about the hippest kids’ clothes we’ve seen this summer. The looks are low on branding and high on street style – which puts them at the top of our list. abacus-kids.co.uk abc123me.com @abc123meclothes

SMALL TALK Street style, craft kits and the niftiest folding buggy we've seen

IN THE CLUB

M o l l y a n d t h e Wo l f  These clever cats just launched a new craft club, whereby mamas subscribe for their littles to receive a new craft kit in the post every month. You can choose your kit or have it be a surprise. Count us IN...

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he BabyZen YoYo+ weighs just 6.2kg and folds down so small it can qualify as hand luggage; if you’ve ever waited for ages at an airport baggage carousel for your buggy to be wheeled off the plane, you’ll understand what a benefit that can be. It's also a cinch to manoeuvre (it’s easy on the wrists), has a decent recline and a good-sized basket to hold all your little essentials. French-designed, it’s high on style and available in a range of chic colours (as well as with an optional newborn pack) – and while it takes a little more assembly than some buggies, once you’ve put it together it feels sturdy and is so, so easy to use. It also fits into the smallest car boot space (or even a footwell), making it a great daily buggy for active parents who are sick and tired of lugging gigantic travel systems around town. All in all, it’s our number one holiday essential for 2016.

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Speak up

Debating has long been seen as the preserve of public schools, but a charity founded by Sam and Holly Branson and Princess Beatrice is hoping to change that Wo r d s A m a n d a C o n s ta n c e

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hen Magdalen College School, Oxford, triumphed over Hutton Church of England Grammar School in the Debating Matters National Final at the end of last term, the standard of oratory was very high. Sixth-form students Tom Gould and Joel Stanley beat the former champions from Hutton Church at the events held at the Museum of London, arguing that there should not be limits to free speech on social media. Their teacher, head of politics at Magdalen College, Dr James Panton said: “My kids went further than I’d imagined they could and are obviously delighted. But more than that - the whole weekend is a testament to what we can do with smart young kids when we’re willing to push them to take themselves seriously. They’ve learnt more this weekend than in the preceding 12 months. And they loved it” Of course, ‘Top Public School Wins Debating Cup’ is not a surprising headline. The teaching of oratory skills has long been seen as the preserve of public schools, but a charity co-founded by a princess has been working with an inspirational east London school in an attempt to change this status quo. School 21 in Newham is a free school founded by Tony Blair’s former speechwriter Peter Hyman. Hyman has been very public in his belief that speaking skills should be at the heart of the school timetable, denouncing moves by Ofqual a couple of years ago when it decided that teenagers would no longer be awarded marks for speaking and listening in GCSE English. He said: “Speaking eloquently is a moral issue because to find your voice

THE SKILL of oracy is at the HEART of SOCIAL mobility both literally and metaphorically and be able to communicate your ideas and your passions is crucial to how they are going to be a success in the world. If you can speak and articulate yourself properly that will happen. But it’s also the number one issue that employers put in all their surveys: they want good oral communication.” Pupils at School 21, which is in a very underprivileged area of London, are now learning to find their voices with the help of Big Change, a charity that supports young people with skills outside

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a traditional academic curriculum. The charity was co-founded by Princess Beatrice and Sam and Holly Branson, scions of Richard. Princess Beatrice told a workshop of 11 and 12 year olds that she initially found school a “nightmare” where she “struggled” because of dyslexia. It was only when she went on to secondary school and joined the public speaking team that she felt more confident. Also taking part in the project was Karl Lokko, who as a teenager had been a south London gang leader. He said the day before he had taken his GCSEs, one of his friends had been killed. "He was murdered by my side," he said. But even being able to "denounce gangsterism" had meant having to learn a vocabulary and way of communicating he had never acquired growing up. Lokko, who read one of his poems to the pupils, said he had deliberately set about learning 10 new words a day underlining words he had not understood in books or articles and then looking up their meaning in a dictionary. Peter Hyman said speaking skills represented a major barrier to disadvantaged young people. Hyman warned of a "speaking deficit", adding the skills of "oracy" were at "the heart of social mobility". Too often poorer youngsters and their families lacked the confidence to speak up for themselves, he said. Hyman said schools should focus much more attention on helping young people express themselves verbally, not least in terms of improving their job chances. He also said speaking skills were linked to children’s sense of wellbeing. Princess Beatrice said: "We live in a world where everything is moving at such a fast pace. "You have to find an identity that's true to yourself. You really have to find your own voice." u

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OUT OF AFRICA Romy van den Broeke travels from the grasslands of northern Kenya to the plains of the Masai Mara, all in inimitable style.

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hen I was five years old, I remember my Dad returning from one of his long haul trips to Los Angeles. Usually, he’d bring back edible presents – Lifesaver sweets and Hershey’s Kisses – but this one particular time he brought us back something else. Out of his small cabin bag came a rectangular box, a VHS, and on the front was a cartoon lion, surrounded by a pack of other wild animals – a wildebeest, a meercat and a mandrill – all standing proud on a large rock. It wasn’t long before the video was thrust into the player and my brother and I were hooked on The Lion King. Ever since that morning, when we delved into Disney’s representation of the African wild, we have both dreamt of going there ourselves to experience the natural world at, well, its most natural. Our mutual desire to visit the land of lions has never ceased. So after 12 years of discussing, and one and a half years of planning, we were on our way to Nairobi for the trip of a lifetime. The flight with Kenya Airways was a breeze, and before we knew it we were ushered out of Nairobi Airport and packed onto a single engine Safarilink plane and on our way to our first port of call in northern Kenya.

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ur first stop was Segera Retreat, just north of the equator, on the Laikipia Plateau. This part of Kenya is an important migratory corridor within the Ewaso ecosystem – to put it simply, it is buzzing with life. The resort, which sits in the shadow of Mount Kenya, is a lush nirvana in the middle of wild grassland. Made up of a ring of luxurious stilt villas and an oasis-style private pool, each villa runs on solar energy and has a private balcony facing the bush and an al fresco Jacuzzi, which is ideal for a postsafari soak. While you’re there, you will also catch a glimpse of some of the park’s wildlife drinking at one of the watering holes nearby. If you’re feeling particularly brave, the team at Segera will happily set you up a bed outside, so you can star-gaze until you drift off. Before the land was acquired by Jochn Zeitz in 2005 it was overrun with

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A pool at the luscious Segera Retreat

poachers. But an eight-year conservation project transformed it into a reserve committed to protecting and cultivating the land and its animals. Alongside this, Zeitz invested time and money on initiatives to help preserve the wildlife and improve the lives of indigenous people. Safari is a bit of a tourist trap. Finding oneself alone with a lion or a rhino is, unfortunately, unlikely. In fact, people warned us to expect a flurry of 4x4s jumping dunes to get a glimpse of anything moving on the savanna. But clearly these people didn’t visit Segera. Our experience here was one of solitude and discovery. The resort has only eight villas, which means it is never overrun. Secondly, it’s the only resort in the 50,000 acres of wilderness, which means a fleet of noisy Jeeps just isn’t a concern. Our game drives tended to be in the evening – a 5.30pm departure, when the temperature dropped – with the hope of us spotting something during three-hour trips. We saw plenty: lions (only a few, mind), elephants, giraffe, zebra, antelope, buffalo and even a hippo bathing at the watering hole by my room. While the wildlife is certainly the draw here, there’s plenty more to enjoy. The food, for example. The staff at Segera will do everything in their power to ensure you are happy and well-fed, and are more than happy to take requests. If

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Segera lays on a surprise Out of Africa style picnic in the bush

TRAVEL / WANDERLUST plenty of other safari dwellers, so it’s less intimate than the Segera safari. But the wildlife is abundant: male lions laze under the shade of a tree, lionesses sit in packs across the savanna, the distinctive Masai giraffes run alongside your car, elephants wander across the bush in their hordes, and Black rhino can be found. This prehistoric beast has inhabited the world for some 60 million years and, after years of poaching, is now an endangered species. It is believed there are only 2,500 left in pockets of Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania. And it

The breathtaking view from Angama Mara's deck overlooking the Masai Mara

you’re craving pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast, you can have them. Or is chicken curry and daal your favourite? Just ask. Most evenings we left it up to the kitchen to surprise us, but on request we persuaded the chef to cook us up an authentic Kenyan feast including staple dishes such as ugali (a starchy porridgelike substance), meat stews, sukuma wiki (collard greens cooked with onions and tomatoes), chapattis and a coconut kidney bean soup better known as maharagwe. One day we were whisked off to a prime ‘lion viewing’ spot in the bush, where we were surprised by an al fresco picnic that could’ve been plucked right out of the set of Out of Africa. Everything about Segera is on point; they combine luxury with rustic charm, provide a 24-hour concierge service, unlimited game drives, your own driver and allocated waiter, and a type of hospitality you’d expect to find at a friend’s home. To top our stay at Segera off, as we were leaving the resort, our driver David suddenly stopped the car, pointed quietly, and whispered, “Chui”. We glanced in the direction of his finger, and to our amazement there was a Chui (Swahili for leopard) standing by a fence, looking at us. Within seconds it turned away and raced off. But that didn’t matter, we had seen it, and it was wonderful.

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etting from northern to southern Kenya, we saw an extraordinary change in landscape and animals. From the seared grasslands in Laikipia Plateau to the verdant planes of the Masai Mara, we were onto the next chapter of our African adventure. As the plane glided into land, we spotted a clan of hyenas near the runway, countless

harems of zebra, towers of giraffes and herds of elephant grazing nearby amidst the trees. Life was everywhere. Which meant we were in for a lot of lion sightings. Wilson, our friendly, talkative driver, picked us up and whisked us off to the camp. Comprised of 30 luxury tents, split in half across two camps and overlooking the vast Masai Mara, the camp is on the Oloololo escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley. The main restaurant/ reception is an open wooden decked space, adorned with Moschino-style rocking chairs and an unrivalled vista that redefines the phrase ‘beautiful view’. The food is good, but the best dinner was had under a canopy of trees, lit with lanterns, where they cooked up a feast of meat and delicious salads. Unlike Segera, Angama is more about a shared experience. There are communal dining areas where you can socialise with other guests or chat over a bonfire and a cocktail. The drives are different too – there are park fees, and

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was the final animal, the one to complete our sighting of the Big Five, and the one we thought least likely to see. But as if by magic, to complete the trip of a lifetime, as we were on our final game drive, there it was, a black rhino with her baby plodding across the bush. And to top it off, not one 4x4 (other than ours) in sight. It was the most spectacular end to the most incredible trip, and has given me my very own story to treasure for the rest of my life. u  Economy return flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi with Kenya Airways (www.kenya-airways.com / 020 8283 1818) start from £722.45 including taxes. Domestic flights with Safarilink, Kenya’s premier safari airline, fly from Wilson Airport, Nairobi (www. arptravelgroup.com; alpha@alphauk. co.uk). Rates for Segera Retreat, part of Wilderness Safaris, start from USD 1070 per person per night in their Villas www.segera. com. Angama Mara’s rates start from $825 per person per night www.angama.com

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Barker and Stonehouse To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Barker and Stonehouse have partnered with Ercol to design a limited edition Windsor chair. With only 25 made, the solid ash is dip-dyed in platinum and extremely cool and collectable. £389; barkerandstonehouse.co.uk

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Another Country Next month, Zeitraum will pop-up in Clerkenwell, London. The respected German design manufacturer looks at new ways of city living and working, where space is a premium and style is obligatory. Clever storage is key. anothercountry.com

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ooking for your next pottery purchase? Then look no further than Ceramics in the City. Held at the beautiful Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, this annual ceramics celebration brings together the works of an astonishing 50 potters from around the UK for a selling fair like no other. Exhibitors will include leading potters like Karen Bunting and Ben Davies but will also be introducing the rising talents of Myer Halliday, Kenyon-Wade and many more.

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Contrast and variety will be highlighted throughout. Delicate porcelain will be shown alongside earthy stoneware and cool white glazes will oppose the colourfully painted vases and pots. The objects themselves will vary in price and purpose with smaller pieces and classic home-ware starting from £10 and larger, one-off ornamental pieces selling for several hundred. As well as the exhibits, which attract potters, collectors and design enthusiasts from across the country, there will be a selection of free demonstrations over the three days. Moyra Stewart, Yuta Segawa and Carlo Briscoe will each have 45 minutes

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to demonstrate how they go about producing some of their wonderful designs. To entertain the younger visitors, Ceramics in the City will be holding free ceramics-inspired creative workshops for children that will take place over the weekend. These will involve taking inspiration from the exhibits to deisgn their own cermaic hanging ornaments and badges. Visitors will also get the chance to explore the wonders of the Geffrye Museum itself, which explores how people lived at home from the 1600s to the present day. Their 18th-century restored almshouses are full of evocative displays of home-life through the centuries, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste. The main fair will run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September but will launch with a special open evening on the Thursday. Open to all, the launch evening will give visitors a chance to preview the event and get a head start on their wish-lists.  geffrye-museum.org.uk

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BURKE HOUSE E8

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Theberton Street, Islington N1 A Grade II listed family house in need of complete renovation Located in central Islington moments from Upper Street the property has been held in the same ownership for more than forty years. Set over 4 floors and in need of comprehensive refurbishment the house retains many period features and offers lovely proportioned rooms. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, bathroom, kitchen, guest WC and garden. Approximately 154 sq m (1,655 sq ft).    Freehold

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The Plimsoll Building, King's Cross N1C Spacious three bedroom  apartment situated on the 6th floor featuring a large open plan living area, fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, a further bedroom/study, three bathrooms and balcony. Other benefits include the use of a 24 hour concierge and fitness suite. EPC: B. Available furnished. kingscrosslettings@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3589 2840

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Gray's Inn Road, Holborn WC1 Recently renovated and nicely furnished one bedroom apartment within a close proximity to the City of London. The apartment features an open plan living area, fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and modern bathroom. EPC: C. Available furnished. kingscrosslettings@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3589 2840

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A LIFESTYLE TO SHARE When it comes to an address, King’s Cross has it all – right at the heart of London. Unbeatable connections, an historic, canalside setting, beautiful parks, gardens and squares, education, shopping, eating, culture, and now its very own Everyman Cinema. Two and three bedroom apartments in the Plimsoll Building from £995,000. Visit the show apartment and marketing suite Monday to Friday by appointment, contact us on 020 7205 4268

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PROPERTY / PARK LIFE NIGEL LEWIS

PARKS in LONDON Best parks to live near in London

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or decades our city has been hailed as one of the greenest in the world. And that’s not surprising; it’s got eight million trees, 30,000 allotments, three million gardens and 3,000 parks and commons covering 47% of its surface area. And if Joanna Lumley gets her way, a garden bridge too. But green spaces have a monetary value for homeowners as well as a pleasing look. Research has shown that apartments near to parks are 8% more valuable than those that aren’t. And as London’s overcrowding problems have increased, we’ve all come to treasure our local parks. Here are some of the best.

RAVENSCOURT PARK, HAMMERSMITH, W12

CRANE PARK, RICHMOND, TW2

Average property prices nearby: £362,300 for a flat, £617,700 for a house. his 75-acre park is one of London’s less predictable. It’s between T Twickenham and Feltham and is a thin, long green space running alongside the River Crane. From the mid-18th century until 1927 gunpowder was made on the site, which was then sold to the local council and turned into a wildlife park. This is now home to a thriving colony of marsh frogs and a rare kind of water vole as well as a Shot Tower, which is thought to have been used to spot the fires that gunpowder production often started. Also, the River Crane is said to be one of London’s few remaining natural water courses.

"Green spaces have a monetary value for homeowners" BEAVERSFIELD PARK, HOUNSLOW WEST, TW4

Average property prices nearby: £245,000 for a flat, £450,000 for a house. eaversfield Park is unusual because it’s one of the few parks to B be purpose-built since the Victorian era. It was opened in 1935 to give the residents of west London’s burgeoning suburbs somewhere to relax and exercise. The park became a ‘no-go zone’ at one point but in 2004 it was refurbished and has gone on to win Green Flag awards in 2008, 2010 and 2015. It has a cricket pitch, football pitches and tennis courts.

WATERLOW PARK, HIGHGATE, N6

Average property prices nearby: £811,726 for a flat, £2m for a house. aterlow Park is next to Highgate W Cemetery and is an achingly beautiful public park overlooked by a grand mansion which is now a café, education centre and events venue. Bequeathed to the public in 1889 by Sir Sidney Waterlow as a ‘garden for the gardenless’, today it includes several tennis courts, a nature area, playground, pounds and a kitchen garden. What hasn’t changed are the panoramic views. 

Average property prices nearby: £533,700 for a flat, £1.17m for a house. 20.5-acre park that’s the flagship green space of Hammersmith & A Fulham and dates back to 1883. It’s famous for cedar and plane trees as well as its lake, and has won a Green Flag several times. It has a paddling pool, kids’ beach in the summer, garden centre, café, basketball and tennis courts, AstroTurf football pitch, bowling green, netball courts and five playgrounds. Two bedroom maisonette overlooking Waterlow Park, £850,000 with KFH (020 3792 1808)

Four bedroom semi overlooking Ravenscourt Park, £3.4m with Foxtons (020 8996 6000)

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A spacious first floor loft set in one of Clerkenwell’s original and highly regarded developments. Featuring a large open living space which leads onto a west facing balcony.

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Warner Street is situated on the western outskirts of Clerkenwell, an ideal location for Farringdon station and the Elizabeth Line which is expected to open in 2019. The amenities and various bus routes that the area has to offer are also close by.

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Priory Gardens, Highgate, N6 £1,650,000

A delightful four bedroom family house which is finished in a contemporary style and extended to provide a large, L-shaped kitchen/diner with two connecting reception rooms.

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Priory Gardens is a sought after cul de sac which borders Queens Wood. Highgate underground station is at the end of the road and this property is also convenient for Highgate Village and several local schools.

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South Grove, Highgate, N6 £2,300 pcm Set within a prestigious and popular development in Highgate Village is this newly decorated ground floor flat, offering dark oak flooring, double reception/diner and fully integrated kitchen. There are two large double bedrooms, one with built in storage and one with en suite jacuzzi bath. Hot water is also included in the rent. The development provides allocated off street parking and landscaped communal gardens. Situated near Hampstead Heath, this property is well located for the village and amenities, local schools and transport. Part furnished. EPC rating C. Highgate 020 8342 7030 highgate.lettings@kfh.co.uk

Halliford Street, Islington, N1 £2,383 pcm A beautiful two bedroom maisonette with a private rear garden situated on the lower ground and raised ground floors of an attractive period building in De Beauvoir. Halliford Street is a desirable road close to the amenities of Upper Street and De Beauvoir town. It is within easy walking distance of Essex Road station and has numerous bus services nearby connecting to the City and all over London. Unfurnished. Islington 020 7359 3636 islington.lettings@kfh.co.uk

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newly built terrace of six houses featuring the best of contemporary materials and celebrating traditional details with generous space and versatile layouts. The unique scheme provides modern living within period surroundings and includes a meticulously recreated façade which fits seamlessly into this highly desirable treelined street. N5 is a highly sought after location with a unique individual character and atmosphere, offering excellent local schools, transport links and amenities. Canning Road is within

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e had several interested applicants for this property, ranging from post-graduate students to professional and corporate clients. The property was eventually let to an individual with impeccable references. With several recent instructions on the same street, competition remains fierce in the area and understanding the prevailing market remains

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THE UNIQUE SCHEME PROVIDES MODERN LIVING WITHIN PERIOD SURROUNDINGS AND INCLUDES A METICULOUSLY RECREATED FACADE

easy reach of Highbury Fields with over 30 acres of open parkland and Highbury Barn with its wonderful selection of independent specialist local shops including La Fromagerie, and Frank Godfrey’s. Transport links to both the City and the West End are easily accessible at Arsenal, Drayton Park, Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington. u

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key to successfully letting a property. Exceeding our landlords expectations, maximising achievable yet realistic prices and offering an unrivalled service to both our applicant and landlord base remains our number one goal. u DAVID MANNING Lettings Director Chestertons, Islington
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PROPERTY / NEWS

PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE

E X P E R T A DV I C E

KNIGHT FRANK • KINGS CROSS •

KATE BENTLEY Lettings Manager KFH, Clerkenwell

Mark Batty

F E AT U R E P R O P E R T Y

BEST SCHOOL:

In Clerkenwell, there are predominantly primary schools. Moreland Primary School is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, as is Prior Western. WHAT TO DO ON A RAINY DAY:

Dash across the road to J & A Café, which serves traditional Irish food, the perfect spot for a slice of cake and a coffee.

It serves delicious food from the south west of France and has a great five course tasting menu BEST RESTAURANT:

Just off the Meat Market, is the Michelin starred restaurant Club Gascon. It serves delicious food from the south west of France and has a great five course tasting menu. SPORTS AND RECREATION:

Take an AntiGravity Yoga class at the London Dance Academy on Central Street. u

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GLASSHOUSE YARD

Associate, Lettings Manager

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£749,950 spacious, modern apartment set in a quiet location, which incorporates the feel of a traditional loft, boasting extensive open living space with direct access to a large decked terrace. Glasshouse Yard is a small turning off Aldersgate Street in the very heart of Clerkenwell. The

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enants are increasingly happy to take apartments mainly in new build developments without physically viewing the apartment. Typically, they are based overseas and are willing to secure properties based on pictures or via FaceTime viewings as they appreciate how quickly the new build market moves in King’s Cross. We are seeing prices increase across the board, from studios to three beds. This price increase is being driven by the busy summer market which arrived early this year with high

UNDER OFFER

HIGHBURY STADIUM SQUARE

Tenants are looking for modern apartments

£775,000

volumes of professionals and students registering to secure properties before August and September; traditionally the busiest months of the year for lettings. New build developments such as the Plimsoll Building in King’s Cross are proving to be the most popular with tenants and we are achieving good rental yields. Tenants are looking for modern apartments with the latest gadgets, 24hour concierge and gyms, so any of the new developments coming up over the next few years in King’s Cross would be a good investment. u

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et in the former Northbank of Highbury Football Stadium, this beautifully presented two bedroom apartment is available for sale. A spacious entrance hall with plenty of storage leads onto an impressive open plan living room with large floor to ceiling windows which open up to reveal a balcony. Upper Street is just a short bus ride

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away or indeed a pleasant walk through Highbury Fields; and there are good transport links with the Piccadilly Line at Arsenal Station and also Drayton Park Overground Station. This apartment also comes with a secure underground parking space. u

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Knight F rank

Highbury, 020 7288 9440; portico.com

Kings Cross 020 3764 8911; knightfrank.co.uk

SPOTLIGHT ON CITY & ANGEL AVERAGE DISCOUNT BY PRICE BAND BY REGION

AVERAGE % OF ASKING PRICE ACHIEVED

3.3% 4.5% 5.4% 3.7% 1-500K

500K-1M

1-2M

96.7% 95.5% 94.6% 96.3%

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Well, isn’t that a pleasant surprise

As an independent estate agency we are passionate about providing a personal service tailored to your unique requirements, whether you’re selling, buying, letting or renting. What a pleasant surprise. Offices in the City, Canary Wharf, Hackney, Kennington and Balham.

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BlakeStanley

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BALLS POND ROAD

Thomas Tower, E8

020 7241 7000

£665,000 Enfield Road, N1

A two bedroom apartment on the 6th floor in this sought after Dalston Square development. The property boasts an amazing west facing balcony that runs the length of the reception room, which offers unrivalled views of the city and the urban sprawl of London.

£515,000

New to the market is this one bedroom split-level apartment set within an old school conversion on Enfield Road. The property itself is located on the top floor and comprises of a bright and airy reception room with double height ceiling, separate kitchen, one double bedroom, family bathroom, separate W.C, large sash windows and wood flooring.

Leasehold

Leasehold

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Marley House, E8

£450,000 Greenfield Road, N15

Located on the 4th floor of a popular modern development is this well presented one bedroom apartment with balcony. The property itself offers open plan living, one double bedroom, family bathroom and a private balcony accessed via the living space and bedroom.

Leasehold

£550 PW*

BlakeStanley are pleased to introduce this totally refurbished three double bedroom house located just a short walk from Seven Sisters tube (Victoria line). The house located in a quiet cul-de-sac has been refurbished to a luxurious standard and boasts spacious living.

Furnished or Unfurnished

*Additional fees payable at the start of the tenancy - £120 inc vat admin fee per property and £60 inc vat reference fee per person. A check out fee is payable at the end of the tenancy, price varies on property size.

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GET THE PENTHOUSE FOR FREE

WHEN YOU RENT A STUDIO HERE FROM £375 PER WEEK Vantage Point is a unique selection of 118 rental apartments comprising spacious studio suites from £375pw, one bedroom from £450pw and two bedrooms which are ideal for sharing from £650pw. The exceptional social spaces including the penthouse floors and terraces are free for our residents to use and enjoy what is probably the best view of London. Apartments are available to reserve now. Welcome to the future of renting.

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IN THEIR OWN

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Wayne Lewis LET TINGS MANAG ER Portico, Bloomsbury

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ince leaving school and qualifying as a chef, I was working for restaurants doing sixty hour weeks, working every weekend and all bank holidays. I loved the job but the hours were long and something was missing for me. I moved to London at 20 and carried on working for some of London’s busiest American themed restaurants. I got into estate agency purely by chance. I was in my twenties and I was buying a flat from a very wellknown chain in Rotherhithe and on the day of exchange, it fell through. As much as it wasn’t the fault of the agent, the service I received was totally not acceptable and it was then I decide that I could do a much better job and so a month later I started my career in property. Twelve years on, I absolutely love my job. It keeps me on my toes with every day being different. The lettings market is where my skills lie; it is continuously changing with new legislation being updated, and so it’s important that I am able to guide the landlords through the process. Being an owner of my own portfolio of properties all over the

We have seen sharp rises in property prices in lettings UK, I’m well positioned to advise landlords on the best practice to maximise their rental income. We have seen sharp rises in property prices in lettings over the last few years and now with the aftermath of Brexit, it’s even more important that they speak to an expert. I have been in Bloomsbury for many years now and have seen some fantastic highs and some lows in my time here. Over the last few months we have seen a decline in the number of people buying buy-to-lets in the area, this has been caused by the increase 3% stamp duty that has been applied to second homes. Bloomsbury is a fantastic area to work in with the museums, picturesque squares and period buildings that have been many backdrops to some of London’s most famous films. We are also extremely lucky that we have some

of London’s finest universities in the area. Portico have introduced some useful packages for lettings, including the concierge package. It takes all the worry out of letting your property, offering the same service as our management package with added benefits that we can help with such as doing your annual tax returns, free inspections and we can also give your property an MOT in between tenancies. I’m extremely proud of Portico’s property management team, it is a very easy thing to sell to landlords as we have expert plumbers, electricians and handy men that make sure they look after the properties as if they were their own. We are in the middle of our busiest season and the students are out in full force as well as London’s professionals all looking to rent properties in Zone 1. We have done 60% more business in the last four months than the same period last year, and I see a record year for the Bloomsbury office as if people can’t afford to buy they will rent. I’m proud to work in a company that is changing people's opinions on estate agents. 

BLOOMSBURY / 020 7291 0650 / portico.com

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Rheidol Terrace

Islington N1

ÂŁ1,850,000 freehold

A charming & delightful 3/4 bedroom Georgian mid terraced house set within the Duncan Terrace/ Colebrooke Row conservation area, right in the very heart of Islington. EPC rating E

Islington

020 7359 9777

sales.islington@chestertons.com

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Canonbury Road

Islington N1

ÂŁ1,850,000 freehold

An exceptional 5 double bedroom Grade II listed Georgian end of terrace house set within the Canonbury conservation area, close to Essex Road Station (London Overground). EPC exempt

Islington

020 7359 9777

sales.islington@chestertons.com

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Melody Lane

Highbury N5

ÂŁ1,999,950 freehold

A stunning, modern & contemporary 4 double bedroom, end of terrace town house, set moments from the community focal point of Highbury Barn. EPC rating D

Islington

020 7359 9777

sales.islington@chestertons.com

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SPRING SALE NOW ON £10k FIXED FEE (+VAT) FOR £1m+ PROPERTIES *

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SCAL A STREE T, FITZROVIA , W1T £765 PW

KE Y FE AT URES Large Duplex Apartment Two Bedrooms Two Bathrooms Luxury Designer Kitchen Furnished To High Standard Close To Transport Links

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Acton 020 8993 6767 Battersea 020 7738 1538 Bloomsbury 020 7291 0650 Camden 020 7482 1060 Clapham 020 7501 0454 Dulwich 020 8299 6066 Fulham 020 7731 7788 Hammersmith 020 8748 3630 Highbury 020 7288 9440 Islington 020 7354 3283 West Hampstead 020 7794 1000

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CENTRAL STREE T, CLERKENWELL, EC1V £599,950

KE Y FE AT URES Fourth Floor Spacious One Bedroom Flat Wooden Flooring Throughout Private Balcony Daytime Concierge Walking distance from Old Street and The Barbican

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407-409 Holloway Road, London N7 6HP

020 7607 5001 drivers.co.uk

SALES

Statham Court, Manor Gardens, Holloway, N7 | ÂŁ525,000 Attractive 2 bed, 2 bath ground floor flat.The accommodation comprises an unusual shaped but spacious 'corner' reception room with dual aspect windows, fitted kitchen, good size main double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en suite, a second double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, modern 'family' bathroom. Ground floor apartment | 2 Double Bedrooms | Communal park style gardens | Secure Gated Development | Chain Free | EPC Rating: Band C

Tavistock Terrace, London, N19 | ÂŁ1,750,000 Sought after location! This is one of only a handful of larger, four-storey, end-terraced period houses in this delightful backwater street.The house is in need of modernisation/refurbishment and offers up numerous possibilities to either retain as a single dwelling or convert into multiple units. Sought After End Terrace House | 4/5 Bed Freehold Period Property | Arranged over 4 Floors | South Facing Rear Garden | EPC Rating Band: G

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Archway Road, Highgate, N6 | ÂŁ425.00 per week This beautiful brand newly refurbished two double bedroom split level garden apartment in the heart of Highgate. Benefits include: private rear paved garden, two double sized bedrooms, separate modern fitted kitchen, spacious reception room, one fully tiled shower room, one fully tiled bathroom, gas central heating & double glazing. Two Double Bedroom | Newly Refurbished | Modern Fitted Kitchen | Wood Flooring | EPC Rating: Band TBC

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Penn Road, Hillmarton Conservation Area, N7 | ÂŁ925.00 per week Drivers & Norris are delighted to offer an outstanding duplex three bedroom apartment set on this quiet residential street.The property offers an abundance of natural light and space and is made up of a spacious open plan reception room with state of the art kitchen to include wine cooler and integral coffee maker. Three Double Bedroom | Three Bathroom | Newly Fitted Kitchen | EPC Rating: Band TBC

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PROPERTY / CYCLE CITY NIGEL LEWIS

CYCLE LANES London’s new homes move up a gear

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f you drive to work in London then you are part of a disappearing breed, according to Transport for London (TfL), which says that by 2018 the number of Londoners cycling to work will outnumber those in cars. But if you are a London commuter, are you surprised? Anyone who travels to work by public transport will rant with barely-veiled anger about the high costs and the sardine-like experience you get in return. Cycling has downsides too, including the dangers of being among traffic. Recent figures from the Department of Transport reveal you’re 17 times more likely to be killed on a bike. But cycling is getting safer. A network of Cycle Superhighways is now in place, many of which separate cyclists from cars. Nine have been finished, with more on the plans. “As well as building new routes we’ve been going back and improving others, which in some cases involves adding segregation,” says TfL spokesperson Matthew Sparkes.

Even the home of football is twowheeled. Properties for sale and rent at Wembley Park Apartments have secure bike storage in the basements (020 3151 8601).

A network of Cycle Superhighways is now in place

in the popularity of cycling on board,” says Guy Meacock, of London buying agency Prime Purchase. A recent example is 250 City Road, designed by Norman Foster and being built by Berkeley Homes. When completed the twin-towered development will feature 1,486 bike parking spaces for its 930 apartments - but feature just 200 car parking spaces. Pedal powered residents will also get to use a bike lift between ground level and the basement, where there will be a cycle workshop too. Quebec Quarter in Canada Water is due for completion this Autumn, and has taken

SPACE FOR BIKES

The switch from cars to bikes is having an influence on the capital’s housing. It is now rare to find developments that offer a car parking space, and builders are attempting to attract two-wheeled buyers instead. “Developers in London are taking this rise 250 City Road near Old Street which is one of London’s most bike-friendly developments (020 3642 5486).

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Agnes Place, which is being built next to Kennington Park, is right on one of the new cycle superhighways (03330 033660).

So perhaps London looks set to become a cycling city

A view of the site of Quebec Quarter, which offers safe cycle storage with every apartment (03330 033 663).

a different tack. It’s developer, L&Q, has realised more serious cyclists want secure storage for their high-value road bikes. Consequently, its apartments come with storage cupboards specifically designed to hold a bike. “Potential buyers have commented they rarely see cycle storage in a new-build home as generous at those at Quebec Quarter,” says Mo Clarke of L&Q.

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NEAR A SUPERHIGHWAY

We make it simple.

The network of cycle superhighways means that other public transport options are no longer the ‘must have’. A good example of this is St Agnes Place, a development overlooking Kennington Park. It might be near two Northern Line stations, but rush-hour carriages on that line are often ram-jammed. Instead, the development is next to Cycle Superhighway Seven which runs from Colliers Wood to near Bank station.

CHAIN REACTION

Contact our Property Management teams now to find out how:

But what happens when you get to work with your bike? Many cyclists say it is hard to find parking spaces inside or outside their offices, and that too often they return to find them gone; last year some 70,000 bikes were stolen in the capital, according to The London Cycling Campaign. To try and tackle this, the number of bike spaces required for a new office was doubled last year. So perhaps London looks set to become a cycling city. 

Block Management 020 7231 3545 Residential & Commercial Management

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LET

Exmouth Market, EC1R

LET

£700 per week* Exmouth Market, EC1R

Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Furnished | Top floor

£450 per week*

One bedroom | Refurbished | Vibrant location | Close to tube

LET

Clerkenwell Road, EC1M

LET

£595 per week* City Road, EC1Y

£640 per week*

Two bedrooms | Furnished | Communal roof terrace | Prime location

Two double bedrooms | Furnished | First floor | Concierge

LET

Worship Street, EC2A

£545 per week* Chronicle Tower, EC1V

One bedroom | First foor | Terrace | Furnished

*Tenancy fees apply. For more information visit www.currell.com/info/fees

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LET

£575 per week*

One bedroom | 27th floor | Smart home system | Furnished

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River Street, EC1R

£1,150,000 Share of Freehold

Two storey townhouse | Two bedrooms | Open plan living space | Private terrace | Epc D

Aylesbury Street, EC1R

£700,000 Leasehold

One bedroom loft | Third floor | Boutique development | Luxury interiors | Epc: B Clerkenwell 020 7253 2533 clerkenwell@currell.com

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Our local expertise and global network mean that we can find a reliable tenant for your property; and with an average tenancy of nearly two years, Knight Frank Islington not only helps you find them – but keep them as well. Knight Frank Islington 353 Upper Street London N1 0PD 020 3657 7360 @islington_N1 islingtonlettings@knightfrank.com

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