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RICHARD E. GRANT’S CAREER CHANGE

HIPPY CHIC

BOHO THREADS BRING THE HEAT

ONE OF A KIND

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ART & CULTURE

8 WHAT’S ON

Diary dates for Auxgust

10 GRANT & I Richard E. Grant charms us with his

British humour and refreshing honesty

24 WARDROBE MASTER British Esquire’s Senior Style Editor, Teo van

den Broeke, on the trainers shoe trend

HE ALTH & BE AUT Y

28 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL August’s best beauty buys and reviews

FASHION

31 FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL

This month’s hottest trends and products

BOOM Cycle’s Bangs, superfood-filled Oppo Ice Cream and Every Second Counts’ new line

FOOD & DRINK

hottest openings and products for August

16 STYLE CONFIDENTIAL

18 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Charlotte Adsett explores hippie-luxe with

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clashing exotic prints and 70s silhouettes

35 TABLE TALK Jane Parkinson’s wine pairings and the 39 FOOD REVIEW Not just for corporates: Stephanie King tests

COVERS

All clothing by ESCADA, 194-195 SLOANE STREET, SW1X 7XL

e s c a d a .c o m P h o t o g r a p h e r D a n i e l J ac k s o n

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56 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS The best contemporary classic pieces and Jessica

out the City’s newly refurb’d The Sterling

43 SMALL TALK Helen Baron finds the best clothing and

60 ONE OF A KIND We speak with the inimitable Camilla Kelly,

KIDS & EDUCATION

accessories for little ones this summer

TRAVEL

48 CHILL AND THRILL

Catherine Hales travels to Mauritius and uncovers its playful and peaceful sides

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Klingelfuss’ latest limited edition discovery

founder of vintage furniture site The Mint List

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72 PROPERTY NEWS Nigel Lewis shares his property insights, and

recent news and views on the area

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ugust in London makes it feel like everyone is on holiday – except, of course, for you. Children dominate the tube, every bus is crammed with pushchairs and a day in the park is only possible if you arrive at the crack of dawn and fight off the au pairs with a stick. Bearing this in mind, in this issue we attempt to offer you a little escapism, whether you’re stuck in the office or cooped up at home with the kids. Our travel feature this month has us jetting off to the island of Mauritius. Balancing the indulgence of a beach holiday with the excitement of an adventure-packed break, Mauritius has all bases covered. See page 48 to find out how your editor fared when attempting ziplining for the first time (spoiler alert: I panicked). If you can’t actually jump on a plane and jet off to paradise, you can at least dress the part with our fashion shoot on page 18. Styled by our brilliant

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fashion editor, Charlotte Adsett, the vivid prints and patterns summon up visions of Moroccan markets and sunset over the riads. Our lead interview this month is Richard E. Grant, an expert in the field of escapism, having spent a career creating characters worlds away from his quiet, charming self. Find out why he’s taken a break from acting to dabble in the perfume industry on page 10. Those working in the City who are merely seeking a small escape from their offices should take note of our review of The Sterling on page 39. A little bubble of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle, their comfort grub is just what the doctor ordered. Perhaps not the cardiologist, but still. I hope you enjoy the issue. Tchuss! u

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OF ALL THE THEATRES Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman. One of pop culture’s most iconic films, Casablanca (1942), will be brought to life this August at the Royal Opera House when the on-screen drama is amplified by Cinematic Sinfonia’s accompanying performance. Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. roh.org.uk

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8 -9 Au g u s t Ex C e L L o ndo n his is the world’s largest triathlon and, T with distances to suit all abilities, a must do for all athletes. Over 13,000 entrants will swim, cycle and run around the Docklands, cheered on by thousands of spectators. Very well organised and good fun. u Royal Victoria Dock, E16; thelondontriathlon.com

PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 6 -16 Au g u s t T he B r i c k L a ne G a ll e r y howing local and international S photographers, who explore and reveal different themes and emotions, this show includes the work of Takahiro Yamamoto who captures natural beauty using geometric structures. u 93-95 Sclater Street, E1; thebricklanegallery.com

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Belgian artist Carsten Höller has an advanced degree in science and often draws upon the laws of physics for his artwork. His latest interactive exhibition explores perception and decision-making by culminating in his ‘Isomeric Slides’ that fall from the gallery’s roof. This promises to be an educational experience like no other. Belvedere Road, SE1;

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THE CRAYFISH FESTIVAL Un ti l 16 Au g u s t Fi k a L o ndo n elebrate the Nordic summertime C festival and stuff yourself on all-you-can-eat crayfish, herring and gravadlax. Customary accessories include comical paper hats and bibs so don’t take yourself seriously, let loose and have some fun. u 161 Brick Lane, E1; fikalondon.com

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1 9 Au g u s t JW 3 o celebrate the return of the world-famous JMI T music summer school, Klezfest, JW3 are putting on an evening of Jewish music. With some of the most significant players in the klezmer revival coming to perform, including the renowned clarinetist, Joel Rubin, this will be a fun, passionate and energetic evening of traditional Eastern Jewish music. u 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3; jmi.org.uk

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To mark their third year at Somerset House, Film4 Summer Screen has commissioned screen-prining studio, Print Club London, to curate a series of illustrations inspired by their original posters. Featuring established designers Rose Blake and street artist RYCA alongside emerging talent such as Cassandra Yap, this is an eclectic and inspirational collection of work.

Unti l 2 August Kings Head T h e a t re he tragic and the ridiculous crash into T each other in this rare revival of Peter Barnes’ 1969 anarchic black comedy. Following two hermits as they try to survive in the Egyptian desert, this is a witty and rude play that explores zealotry and extreme violence performed in the name of God – themes that are all too familiar in today’s world. u 115 Upper Street, N1; kingsheadtheatre.com

West Wing Galleries, WC2; somersethouse.org.uk

PLAY OF THE MONTH

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riginally performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2007, Matthew Bourne’s internationally acclaimed award-winning dance thriller, The Car Man, is back with it’s instantly recognisable score. Loosely based on Bizet’s opera Carmen, the 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy 1960’s American diner. Here the dreams and desires of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome

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stranger. Full of betrayal and revenge, Bourne combines sexual jealousy and crime passionnel with the absurdity of forties film noir classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice, to create a dangerous and uncompromising vision of the US. The Car Man is a modern day classic so be sure to see it.◆  Rosebery Avenue, EC1R; sadlerswells.com

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GRANT & I Following the launch of his second fragrance, Covent Garden, we speak to Londoner Richard E. Grant about scent and the Spice Girls I n t e r v i e w r o m y va n d e n b r o e k e

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met Richard E. Grant on a sunny day in April at The Corner Restaurant and Champagne bar in Selfridges. One of Britain's most eminent acting talents, loved as much for his slurring turn in Withnail & I as for his humourless first footman in Gosford Park, I found myself a little intimidated. But when I arrived at the event, Grant got up and meandered over to introduce himself. “Hello, I’m Richard. You must be Romy,” he took my hand and shook it firmly, before making a joke - one I can’t remember because of a mild case of being struck by stardom - and warning me, with a wry smile, to eat all of my breakfast because he had forked out for it himself. Immaculately dressed in a slim cut navy blazer and with a leonine head of perfectly coiffed hair, Grant is every bit the veteran British thespian - but his self-effacing demeanor, raucous sense of humour and effortless British charm put me instantly at ease. Grant’s formidable acting career hasn’t slowed with age (he turned 58 in May).

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deals with failure and that is SOMETHING MORE PEOPLE might be able to EMPATHISE with than success His recent cameo in acclaimed American television series Girls is evidence of Grant’s ability to remain relevant. Lena Dunham, the writer, director and star of the series, wrote Grant into the role of Jasper, an onand-off-the-wagon cocaine addict indulging in an affair with a girl half his age. As a self-confessed fan of Withnail & I, it’s easy to see where Dunham’s inspiration for the character came from. There’s a mutual admiration between the two, palpable in the way Grant speaks about her. “[She] write[s] with such extraordinary insight and honesty,” he continues, describing her as an “uber multi-hyphenate phenomenon”.

Any good actor has a couple of stinkers on their resumé, and Grant is not exempt. 2014's Dom Hemmingway is definitely up there, and let's not forget Spice Girls: The Movie. But in general, Grant’s managed to avoid any major flops. From his recent role as Lord Michael Heseltine in 2011 The Iron Lady, to the voice of Percy in Disney’s Pocahontas, Grant’s repertoire is extensive to say the least - he starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s acclaimed Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992, The Age of Innocence in 1993, the aforementioned Gosford Park in 2001 and Bright Young Things in 2003. More recently, Grant played Simon Bricker, an art historian, in Downton Abbey and is currently filming forthcoming ITV drama Jekyll and Hyde. Even with a plethora of box office hits in the bag, the one film most people associate with Grant is Bruce Robinson’s 1987 cult classic, Withnail & I, in which Grant plays an alcoholic Nihlist with a penchant for drinking lighter fluid. Grant attributes the film’s cult success to the fact that it “deals with failure and that is something more people might be able to empathise with than success.”

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He continues, “[Withnail & I] has no plot nor any of the things every other successful movie relies on. The script is also scabrously witty and infused with profound loss and nostalgia. In other words, it’s truly romantic. “It opened every career door for me. In the three decades since it was made, it still gets quoted at me by total strangers on a daily basis.” With such success so early on his career, has anything else lived up to it? “Writing and directing my autobiographical film WAH-WAH was a real highlight too, as I was able to re-visit my incredibly dysfunctional family life from the safety of middle age.” Born of English, Dutch and German ancestry, Grant’s upbringing was a colourful one. His father, Henrik Esterhuysen, was head of education for the British government administration in the former British Protectorate of Swaziland. When he was ten, Grant witnessed his mother sleeping with his father’s best friend in the back of his car - a cataclysmic event which led to the subsequent divorce of his parents. Writing and producing the film WAHWAH, the autobiographical take on this traumatic period of his life, in 2005 was, for Grant, “very intense and cathartic, while directing it was entirely liberating as we filmed in most of the locations where the key events in the story took place.” Surprisingly, Grant's mother gave the film her blessing, something he describes as “both generous and much appreciated.” A former sufferer of depression, Grant now speaks openly about mental health and attributes his recovery to 18-months of rigorous psychoanalysis, claiming that it saved his life. He also believes that acting has helped him to cope with painful memories from his past. “Acting is a great way of dealing with and confronting difficult issues, as you are always examining behavior and what motivates people to do the things they do.” With this in mind, I ask, is there anything he’d like to tell his younger self? “Rest easy. You will live beyond 52” – the age his father died – “You will fall in love. You will have a child. You

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moon in 1969, when I was 12 years old, have I wanted to go into outer space.” He may not have made it out of the atmosphere just yet, but Grant has recently branched into a surprising new industry. Last year he launched his first fragrance, Jack. Far from the Beyonces and Britneys of the fragrance world, Grant saw Jack as an opportunity to explore his obsession with scent. “I have been led by my nose all my life and compulsively sniffed everything in sight,” he admits. As a boy, his concerned parents asked why he felt the need to smell everything, to which he responded: “All animals smell everything, why not us?” At the age of 12 Grant, taken with a local girl, decided to create a perfume for RICHARD E GRANT’S LATEST FRAGRANCE COVENT GARDEN her by boiling gardenia and rose petals in sugar water, sealing them in jars and burying them in the garden. It didn’t work, but ignited a genuine interest in the art of fragrance making. Forty years later and, with the encouragement of his close friend fashion designer Anya Hindmarch, Grant took the plunge. Sleeved in a Union Jack-adorned canvas bag, the fragrance contains notes of lime, marijuana and mandarin, with heart notes of nutmeg and clove, and base notes of vetiver and musk. Grant attributes the inclusion of cannabis to his upbringing in Swaziland, a place also will live in London. And you will go to known as The Gold Mine of Marijuana. Hollywood.” Grant’s latest scent, Covent Garden, Though Grant’s father wanted him to is now available, having launched in become a barrister, “I was so talkative June. Imbued with notes of rose, orange and argumentative, but law was never and carrot, the fragrance is inspired by a serious consideration,” the actor Covent Garden Market as featured in My originally wanted to tread the surface of Fair Lady - a nod to his theatrical roots. the moon rather than the boards. “Ever Despite travelling the world for work, since Neil Armstrong set foot on the Grant is a determined Londoner. “I love London for the variety of theatre, music, museums, galleries and history. They’re unbeatable. And, if a city could be deemed to have a sense of humour, London most definitely has that.” His favourite gallery is the National Portrait Gallery, while his theatre of choice is the National, and if you’re lucky you might spot him wandering the streets, probably en route to grab a bite at Spring, Skye Gyngell's new eatery in Somerset GRANT IN HIS SEMINAL ROLE IN WITHNAIL & I House. u

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NEW GENERATION Shot by Mario Testino, on the streets of Mayfair, the new Burberry campaign for AW15 features a cast of 12 young British actors, musicians and models including Clara Paget, Ella Richards and Tom Odell. burberry.com

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Snakeskin, culottes and statement sandals are at the top of our must-buy list this August Wo r d s c h a r l o t t e a d s e t t

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loggers fawn over it; celebrities to wear it; and us, we B clamour just simply want to get our hands on it. Self-portrait, the luxury womenswear label founded in 2013 by Han Chong, is technically an emerging brand; but with such a refined aesthetic and such a clearly defined vision, self-portrait appears as established as the Valentinos and Elie Saabs of this world. The Central Saint Martins alumnus enrobes names such as Reese Witherspoon, Miranda Kerr and Rachel McAdams; yet its figure-flattering cuts are for every shape. Chong uses guipere lace, embroidery and layered textiles to celebrate the female form, where each piece is a veritable head-turner. It is for this very reason that every occasion simply demands a self-portrait ensemble. So with all of our diaries brimming with spring/summer weddings, consider selfportrait’s Pre-Fall ’15 collection your go-to brand. Pick from an array of semi sheer midi dresses, with underlays highlighting gingham and leaf patterns; culottes and co-ord tops with exaggerated box pleat peplums; and a colour palette of black, bordeaux, white and steel blue. With a self-portrait wedding wardrobe, you’ll look so good it will make the relatively miniscule price you pay (for a designer brand, that is) even sweeter. u ● SELF-PORTRAIT From, £140; self-portrait-studio.com

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Making Waves Melissa Odabash

If you are still looking for that dream swimsuit, bikini or kaftan for your summer holiday, then look no further than swimwear designer to the stars, Melissa Odabash. Melissa’s striking brights and trademark animal prints are a hit with the A-list including Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Moss. melissaodabash.com

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BAGS OF STYLE Liberty Bags

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Liberty London have updated their much loved ‘Iphis’ print handbag and accessories with a new embossed leather range. From classic totes and backpacks, through to wallets and iPad cases – all available in a rainbow of colours – this is a seriously covetable collection. ‘Marlborough’ Large Leather Tote, £595; liberty.co.uk

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Paula Cademartori S hoes

One of our favourite handbag designers Paula Cademartori has recently launched her much anticipated shoe line, and we couldn’t be more in lust. The ‘Lotus’ sandal combines intricate Italian craftsmanship and celebrates the namesake flower with laser cut detailing and lace up straps. From £740; paulacademartori.com

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The Fash Pack have been wearing them for a while – the early adopters that they are – now wide leg culottes suddenly seem super wearable and the thing we most want to buy. Find the right length for your height and team with high sandals for the most flattering silhouette. Roksanda, £775; net-a-porter.com

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The current fashion hit of Instagram is cult label Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin, whose bohemian bell sleeve embroidered dresses have caused mega waiting lists around the world. The dresses aren’t currently stocked in the UK, but we have been assured that Matches and Net-a-Porter will be stocking for early August. Phew. Prices from £1,100; coming soon at matchesfashion.com + net-a-porter.com

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01. SAINT LAURENT Sandals, £710; farfetch.com 02. MARNI Handbag, £1,930; net-a-porter.com 03. BARBARA BUI Vest, £102; yoox.com 04. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Skirt, £240; farfetch.com 05. MELISSA ODABASH Bikini, £81; theoutnet.com 06. ZIMMERMANN, Dress, £195 net-a-porter.com 07. ANCIENT GREEK Sandals, £200; ancient-greek-sandals.com

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Leopard print silk jumpsuit, £210; Rosamosario at theoutnet.com Headpiece, £425; Eugenia Kim at Liberty Earrings, £120 and bangles, £45 each; Pebble London Ring on first finger, £190; Maria Francesca Pepe and on third finger, £108; Maria Black Rug and cushions from a selection; rajtentclub.com

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Mix clashing prints, suede and billowing chiffons for a modern hippie-luxe P h o t o g r a p h y S q u i z H a m i lt o n Styling charlotte adsett

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Leopard print bikini, £140; Rosamosario at theoutnet.com Chiffon kaftan, £825; Matthew Williamson Bangle, £45; Pebble London Silk turban, £180; Etro at Liberty Suede tasselled boots, £975; Paul Andrew at avenue32.com Ring on first finger, £190; Maria Francesca Pepe and on third finger, £108; Maria Black

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Silk scarf worn as top, £375; Liberty London at Liberty Felt hat, £375; The Season Hats Chiffon wide-leg trousers, £495; Anna Sui at net-a-porter.com Sandals, £395; Jimmy Choo Earrings, £375 and rings, from £196; Vicki Sarge

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Suede embroidered kimono jacket, £3,975, and trousers, £2,595; Matthew Williamson Headpiece, £222; Joubi London Earrings £398; Vicky Sarge Ring on right hand £218; Vicki Sarge, ring on left hand, £180; Maria Francesca Pepe

PHOTOGRAPHY Squiz Hamilton FASHION EDITOR Charlotte Adsett MODEL Thayna Brito at Next MAKE-UP Hilla Karmand using Cosmetics a la Carte HAIR Roger Cho using Lauren’s Way FASHION ASSISTANT Rachel Doyle WITH THANKS TO: The Fulham Palace and the use of their gardens which are available for weddings and private event hire; fulhampalace.org Rugs and cushions used throughout available from rajtentclub.com STOCKISTS avenue32.com jimmychoo.com joubi.co.uk liberty.co.uk maria-black.com matthewwilliamson.com mfpepe.com net-a-porter.com pebblelondon.com rajtentclub.com robertocavalli.com theoutnet.com theseasonhats.com vickisarge.com

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FASHION / MEN’S STYLE

Wo r d s T e o va n d e n B r o e k e Senior style editor of British Esquire

The Classic

Adidas, Adidas by Raf Simons x Stan Smith Sneakers, £460; farfetch.com

Complete the look with these three essential separates

The Smarter Option

Ralph Lauren, Tan ‘Severn’ Calfskin Sneaker, £410; ralphlauren.com

The Runner

Nike free 5.0 in black/anthasyte, £100; nike.com

The Fashion Sneaker

Dior White Leather Emroidered Sneaker, £780; dior.com

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The Slip On

Lanvin, Calf Hair and Suede Slip-on Sneaker, £512; neimanmarcus.com

The T-Shirt

Wardrobe Master

Kilgour, Black Silk T-Shirt; No.5 Saville Row

Why the only shoes you should be wearing right now is a pair of solid, sporty sneakers

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he current mood in menswear is one inspired by the increasing prevalence of sportswear both on and off the runways. Season after season the designers are moving further and further away from the trussedup three piece suit and tie look, which was championed in the hit TV series Mad Men, favouring instead a softer approach. In the place of super slim cut trousers now come baggy double and triple pleated slacks cut from fabrics more commonly associated with sporting pursuits, such as Jersey and pique. Tailored jackets are deconstructed and soft in the shoulder, closer resembling cardigans. In place of shirts and ties, T-shirts and

grandad collared shirts in seersucker and silk are being worn. What’s surprising is the brands which are spearheading this move toward softness. Italian tailoring heavyweights Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna and Brunello Cucinelli are all championing a slouchier, more comfort-focused approach. The most obvious example of this shift is the menswear industry’s wholehearted embrace of the sneaker. There’s not one brand who, this season or last, didn’t send out a suit or separates combo teamed with a souped-up running trainer, a tennis shoe or a slip on skate shoe. From Raf Simons’ minimalist take on Adidas’ iconic Stan Smith, to Lanvin’s effortlessly chic slip ons, right now it’s all about sneakers. Here’s my pick of the best. u

The Trousers

Emporio Armani, Trousers in Wool and Seersucker Blend in Dark Blue, £168; armani.com

The Jacket

Berluti, Cashmere-felt Blazer, £2,800; mrporter.com

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MELLOW YELLOW It’s never too early to start thinking about the beauty trends you’re going to channel in autumn, we suggest taking inspiration from Peter Pilotto’s AW15 show and roughly line your eyes with mustard yellow. maccosmetics.com

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B E AU T Y R e v i e w

Let your true self shine through this August, with no make up and shades of beige W o r d s R o m y va n d e n B r o e k e

VANIDAY

The brand new beauty, fitness and wellbeing app Wo r d s c at h e r i n e h a l e s

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n this day and age, convenience is everything. Our shortened attention spans and lengthened workdays mean we expect instant solutions. Having the city at your fingertips has been made possible with restaurant apps and conceirge platforms so it’s unsurprising that a beauty and wellness offering wasn’t far behind. Vaniday have a carefully curated catalogue of salons, nail bars and yoga studios arranged according to your location. Their specialised service will also link you to experts in a range of fields including personal trainers, yoga instructors and masage therapists among many others. As I find it next to impossible to squeeze in the time to organise hair and nail apointments (let alone yoga!), Vaniday proved to be a

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brilliantly painless way to find a nearby salon and book within a matter of minutes. I chose to get my nails done at Soho nail bar Cucumba, where I had some white gels applied expertly by an incredibly friendly nail technician whilst taking a break from my hectic day. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to make a serious change by hiring a trainer or just want a way to book beauty appointments on the fly, Vaniday is an essential addition to your smartphone homepage. ◆

● VA N I D AY Throughout central London; Download for free in the App Store

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Being Beige Chanel

Still searching for the perfect summer make up? Look no further, Chanel have nailed it with their Les Beiges 2015 collection. Modelled here by the original bronze goddess, Gisele Bündchen, choose from muted peaches, soft tawny and pastel pinks. chanel.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES editor’s

PICK

8 of the best

HAIR REMOVERS NO MAKE UP Perricone MD

The biggest beauty trend of 2015 is one of the hardest trends to pull off: the no make up look. Luckily Perricone MD have just released a collection of skincare make up which subtly covers and keeps your skin healthy. Our hero product is the No Foundation Foundation, which works to minimise wrinkles and correct undertones. perrriconemd.co.uk

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BUY

OVER THE RAINBOW Maria Nila

If you’ve missed the pastel hair trend this summer you must have been living under a rock – or at least somewhere without Instagram. Our favourite temporary pastel look comes from Maria Nila; her Azure Colour Refresh will make you hair mermaid-tastic. marianila.com

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Paint a peach hue onto your pout this summer with either subtle apricot or bright coral. Expert tip: make sure you set them off against bronzed skin. Try one of these MAC’s lipsticks – one of which has just launched in collaboration with Giambattista Valli – for the perfect summer accessory. maccosmetics.co.uk

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SUNNY SIDE UP Bobbi Brown

Still the face of Bobbi Brown, Kate Upton models the brand’s Sandy Nudes collection with ease. The collection has been updated for summer 2015 with a delicious body oil, summer bronzers and a gorgeous set of nail varnishes in a creamy pale pink and pale mushroom shades. bobbibrown.co.uk

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1. BRAUN SILK-EPIL 9, £149.99; boots.com 2. PEARL POLISH, DUAL ACTION BODY OIL, £28; thegroomingclinic.com 3. BLISS, FUZZ OFF FOAM, £26.00; blissworld.co.uk 4. VEET, EASY GRIP READY-TO-USE WAX STRIPS, £7.29; ocado.com 5. MONU, PRO SKINCARE DEPIL LOTION, £14.95; monushop.co.uk 6. NO!NO!, PRO GOLD LIMITED EDITION, £210; harrods.com 7. VICHY, DERMABLEND TOTAL BODY FOUNDATION, £29.50; boots.com 8. ACQUA DI PARMA, COLLEZIONE BARBIERE RAZOR & STAND, £240.00; acquadiparma.co.uk

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Q&A

HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES PLAY BALL

This tennis season, make sure you play in RolandGarros’ collection at Lacoste. Afterall, “without style, playing and winning are not enough”. lacoste.com

A DAY IN THE LIFE of a BOOM cycle instructor B y B a n g s C A R E Y- C A M B E L L

Talk me through your typical day I’ve always been an early riser. I’ll get up around 5:30AM and will either go for a run or take some quiet meditation time. After I shower, I have breakfast, which is the same everyday (oatmeal with blueberries and a cup of Earl Grey), then I’ll walk my dog. Once I’m back at the house, my work day formally begins. I run two websites, write for some others, do some social media for other brands, some consultancy and am generally working towards total global domination on any given day, so my ideal afternoons are the ones where I get to just write. ◆

Fitness

CONFIDENTIAL Get in shape with the top fitness trends, tips and gear Wo r d s e l i z a b e t h h u t t o n

Do you teach BOOM Cycle every day? I teach five days a week. It doesn’t take much for me to get pumped for class ‘cause I genuinely love it. I’m a very energetic person so by the time my class rolls around, I’m happy for the chance to burn off some of that energy and it’s just a nice change of pace from all the sitting at a computer that I do. ◆

I SCREAM! Oppo

rying to be good but fancy a bowl of ice cream? Us too. Why not opt for the healthy alternative from Oppo. Packed with superfoods, natural ingredients and no refined sugar, we could certainly get used to this. oppoicecream.co.uk T

How do you feel after a class? Absolutely PUMPED! There is nothing better than an endorphin high. I love seeing people sweaty and smiling. ◆

What do you do besides BOOM? I run my websites, bangsandabun.com and spikesandheels.com. I have a podcast you can find on my website, I write and read a lot, run a lot (training for London Marathon), spend time with my dog and catch up with friends. ◆

What do you like to do in the evening? I try to stop working on whatever it is I’m doing on that day by around 8pm and wind down. This year I’m trying to get into reading more literature so that’s taking up a lot of my evening time right now and I find it’s the perfect way to relax after a long day. ◆

Boy’s Club

With sleek lines and seamless technology, activewear brand, Every Second Counts, is one of our favourites. To launch their new range for men, ESC called upon Esquire’s fitness man of the moment, Harry Jameson, to model the gear. So guys, get involved, you’ll never look so good. everysecondcounts.com

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CROCKER’S FOLLY

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. 24 Aberdeen Place, St Johns Wood, London NW8 8JR. Nearest tube stations: Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale, St John’s Wood To make a reservation, please call +44 (0) 207 289 9898 or email reservations@crockersfolly.com

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CHERRY ON THE CAKE Cherries are in season, so make the most of these tasty treats and whip them up into a cherry and almond tarte รก la Natalie Coleman, the winner of 2013 Masterchef. nataliecolemanchef.co.uk

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What to drink

FOOD & DRINK / NOTES

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

Peach, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Salad

eaches reign supreme this month, but let’s not confine them the puddings alone. The sweet juiciness of ripe peach works so well with the Pinot Gris grape, and especially those from New Zealand which usually deliver richer fruit. This one tastes of ripe pears drizzled with honey but it’s still dry and perky, and matches perfectly with the dish, even without the prosciutto. ◆

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TABLE TALK

Frozen treats, signature cocktails and wine pairings by Jane Parkinson are all on the menu this month

Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2014

FRO-YO DIET

£10.99 Waitrose; waitrose.com

T h e S l o a n e B r o s F r o z e n Yo g h u r t C o . Indulgent, innovative and independently owned: the three ‘Is’ we love to use to describe our food. This newly opened dessert bar serves up fat-free (yes, you read that correctly) frozen yoghurt made and decorated exclusively with ingredients by British suppliers. We’ll have five, please. ◆ l 214 Brick Lane, E1; sloanebrothers.co.uk

Roast Grouse with Blackcurrant Sauce

he grouse season hints that autumn isn’t too far away, and with this bird’s trademark delicate but gamey flavour a lighter, earthy red is the best bet. That could mean Pinot Noir, but a more interesting alternative would be the new trendy Italian red, Etna Rosso from Sicily, which is mostly made from a local grape called Nerello Mascalese. This smells like dried flowers but it’s fruity enough on the palate to match this sauce but finishes savoury. ◆

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Nicosia Etna Rosso 2012 £9.99 Marks & Spencer; marksandspencer.com

Fresh Cherries

ometimes simplicity is best, and when it comes to freshly-picked S cherries surely there can be no better pudding to serve? Except that everything can be enhanced by a wine, of course! This Californian wine is a rare little treat, a sweet red that’s bursting with fruit flavour, everything from blackberries to a zingy twist of orange. ◆

Andrew Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2012 £10.99 Wine Rack (37.5cl); majestic.co.uk

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ALL THAT JAZZ Ka n s a s S m i t ty’s roadway Market’s latest opening, Kansas B Smitty’s is all about atmosphere. Termed a ‘Jazz and Juleps’ bar, Kansas Smitty’s seeks to bring a taste of the Deep South to the capital with its signature cocktail menu and offering of live music every week. l 63 Broadway Market, E8; kansassmittys.com

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

In addition to their Champagne ice lollies, POPS have introduced a Bellini POP as well as two non-alcoholic POPS in Strawberry & Mint and Apple & Elderflower. l Available at The Parlour, E14; theparlourbar.co.uk

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FEELING FRUITY Maison Pierre Marcolini Master chocolatier and modern day Willy Wonka, Pierre Marcolini has released a new collection entitled ‘Pastel’. Designed to be eaten straight out of the fridge, these beauties contain real lime, passion fruit, mango and yuzu encased in delicious white, milk and dark chocolate. ◆ l £11.90 - £35; marcolini.com

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CROCKER’S FOLLY The reopening of Crocker’s Folly has given London the chance to reacquaint itself with one of its most glorious edifices. This beautiful Grade II* listed former Victorian gin palace, complete with 50 kinds of marble, Romanesque columns and glass chandeliers, has been painstakingly restored by the renowned Maroush Group. The stylish restaurant and bar serves modern European food – complemented by a selection of wine and signature cocktails. 24 Aberdeen Place, NW8, 020 7289 9898 crockersfolly.com

Taste of

SUMMER Tickle your taste buds during these sunny months as Absolutely recommends some of its favourite summer restaurants, treats and local culinary delights

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OKSI’S At Oksi’s, they combine the flavours of your favourite cocktail with a cake to create the ultimate dessert. Their brilliant range of cocktail cakes include Bellini, Irish Coffee and Mojito sponges. Forget artificial icing and heavy buttercream cakes, at Oksi’s the treats are all about texture and taste. Catering for any big or small occasion, go online to find out about their signature and classic collections. 074 9435 0770; oksis.co.uk

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BOHO MEXICA Boho Mexica is a strong contender for the crown of best Mexican restaurant in East London. Free from the usual Mexican cliches (sombreros, droopy moustaches), it is rich in imaginative culinary ideas. A low-key, low-lit ambiance is the backdrop to authentic and interesting Mexican dishes while the cocktails (of which there are many) are on another level. 151-153 Commercial Street, E1, 020 7377 8418, bohomexica.co.uk

PAXTON CHOCOLATE

‘SMITHS,’ SPITALFIELDS

Experience a complete sensory shopping experience at this chocolate shop located just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch. Choose from 14 irresistible flavours to create your own personalised box, or select from the Signature, Dark and other ranges. Bespoke orders are welcome, and you can order online for direct postage to loved ones further afield. 38 Cheshire Street, E2; 020 8127 8807; paxtonchocolate.com

All-day dining doesn’t come much more iconic than Smiths, Spitalfields. Housed in a fourstorey industrial edifice with a café, dining room and bar serving amazing £6 cocktails (and bottles of Prosecco for £15), the eatery caters for local residents, workers and visitors – and has the lively vibe and cool decor to suit pretty much any occasion. 109 Commercial Street, E1; thisissmiths.com/spitalfields

MICHAEL NADRA This 2 AA Rosette restaurant, bar and garden serves haute cusine in the heart of Primrose Hill, on the Regents Canal. The Grade II listed building provides the perfect dining setting while the restaurant’s philosophy reflects that of Nadra’s talents. Expect incredible food, served in a relaxed and vibrant environment with great Alfresco dining and lunch time deals this summer. 42 Gloucester Avenue, NW1, 020 7722 2800; restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk/primrose

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FOOD & DRINK / RESTAURANT REVIEW The Sterling’s

RECENT OVERHAUL

rouses visions of cool MANHATTAN bars

Power Munch

Your choice of culinary options in the City just got even better, as The Sterling proves it’s not only for the corporate crowd Wo r d s s t e p h a n i e k i n g

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one are the antiquated days of the power lunch, in which highflying executives treat themselves to a threehour imbibing session masquerading as a “business meeting.” No, today it’s all about the power munch, where colleagues-turned-friends bounce ideas off of one another over cocktails and finger food. But which eatery is responsible for driving this dining phenomenon? Liverpool Street’s The Sterling, of course. And why wouldn’t it be? Situated in the City’s epicentre, on the ground floor of

one of London’s most iconic structures, the Gherkin, The Sterling has positioned itself figuratively and literally smack-bang in the middle of Corporate Territory. Its recent overhaul rouses visions of cool Manhattan bars, the Financial District-esque mahogany and steel finishes adding to its sophisticated feel. While the upstairs champagne bar and fine dining restaurant provide wonderful views through ceiling-length windows, downstairs is really where the action’s at. And so this is where my dinner date and I started off proceedings, selecting The Sterling champagne cocktail and Bramble from its extensive, appropriately named “Drinks Compendium.” Our

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respective beverages were zingy accompaniments to the incredibly succulent Peanut Butter, Coconut, Lemongrass & Green Chilli Chicken Skewers served with a moreish lime and yoghurt dressing. For mains we did our part to sample The Sterling’s best offerings: an 8oz British Beef Burger, and Roasted Mushroom & Caramelised Onion and Prosciutto San Daniele & Halkidiki Olive Hand-Pulled Pizzettas. The burger’s classic combination of little gem lettuce, red onion and tomato on a toasted brioche bun was, unsurprisingly, a great partner to its patty made even juicier with the house’s special romesco sauce. Naturally we thought it best to amplify the authentic Italian flavours of our pizzettas with Ginchello cocktails comprising Beefeater gin, limoncello, homemade red currant syrup, lychee puree and Prosecco. Finishing off the meal we halved The Sterling’s Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream. The slab-sized portion was ideal for sharing, and its crunchy exterior and fudge-y inside was too addictive to leave uneaten. All in all? Sure, The Sterling’s key audience is likely to remain the local workers, but its food, and cocktails especially, are two things certainly worth braving the City streets for. u

● ●The Sterling 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8BF thesterlingbar.co.uk

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> SMALL TALK: TOP BUYS FOR KIDS THIS AUGUST

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MOTHER TONGUE

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PETIT BATEAU Jetting off to a holiday resort? This collaboration between French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Petit Bateau should be your first port of call. Think poncho raincoats, marinieres in bright canvas fabric and nautical tees with a cheeky twist. Launching in October; petit-bateau.co.uk

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Lancing College

CHARTERHOUSE

CANFORD

SANCTON WOOD SCHOOL

The

Falcons

Meet the big names of British education

At the Independent Schools Show, 200 of the leading schools gather for a weekend in Battersea Park to meet prospective pupils. This is the UK’s biggest school open day. There is no better place to choose a school that is exactly right for your child’s needs. Meet the Heads and talk to the Admissions teams. Find out about entrance requirements, scholarships & bursaries. Register. Unquestionably this will be the most productive time your family will ever spend in a park.

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KIDS & EDUCATION / NOTES FANCIFUL Fa n c y K i d s

Fancy Kids is a new online shopping destination stocking clothes, toys and lifestyle accessories for style-conscious parents. You’ll find established designers such as Marie-Chantal and Hucklebones – and better still, every piece has been cherry-picked for its ethical credentials.

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BT VIDEO BABY MONITOR 7000 Wo r d s H E L E N B A R O N

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SMALL TALK Super soft sandals, a giant pink flamingo and the best in kids’ summer fashion

CHILD’S PLAY B on Tot

Our current cyber-crush is this curated collection of design-led kid’s clothing and toys, sourced from independent brands around the world. Prepare to covet the hand-knitted jumpers, Liberty print bloomers and organic baby grows. bon-tot.com

n the early days of parenthood, mother and baby are often inseparable, but as little ones grow and (hopefully) learn to rest independently, you’ll probably want some way to stay connected while you get on with all the things you’ve put aside for the last weeks and months. Step forward the BT Video Baby Monitor 7000 – which is so much more than a glorified walkie-talkie. With HD video and sound, you can hear and see your baby clearly - even the tiniest breath comes through loud and clear – and a handy thermometer alerts you if the temperature falls or rises beyond predefined levels. The unit can also play a string of soothing lullabies or nature sounds and project a pretty light-show onto walls or ceilings, so baby has something to distract her if she awakes wondering, ‘Where’s Mum?’ The bad side? No more excuses for not doing the washing-up… ◆

£149; shop.bt.com

HAPPY FEET

BLOW UP

¢ Riding the popularity of their handmade mini moccasins, independent label Monkey & Mole has expanded its repertoire to include summery sandals. Super soft for babies’ delicate (and fast-growing) feet – and simply adorbs. £36; monkeyandmole.com

¢ No splash in the pool is complete without a supersize inflatable. The world is your oyster – or, indeed, flamingo – with this impressive and very pink friend, which is big enough to accommodate adults as well as kids. £49; cissywears.co.uk

Monkey & Mole

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GIFTS

CLOTHING

CARDS

Sublime is a fashion and lifestyle boutique, a haven of delectable delights and everywhere you look there are gorgeous treats and gifts. We source our products from all around the world and because we’re finding new things all the time, with each visit you never know what you might find.

www.sublimeshop.co.uk 225 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD 020 8986 7243 & 126 St. John Street, London EC1V 4JS 020 7253 1112

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KIDS & EDUCATION / SCHOOL TALK

ASK THE EXPERT

Mother Tongue

Amanda Constance reports on the UK’s first English-Mandarin bilingual nursery Wo r d s A M a n d a C o n s ta n c e

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STATE Versus PRIVATE he argument of state versus private education is T unending and inconclusive. It is perhaps simplest just to apply the idea that, ‘one size does not fit all’. Finances are often the driver in the decision of whether to place your child in a state or independent school. To privately educate a child from nursery through to university costs an average of £150,000. This exorbitant figure means it is an option available to few. As such, mixing and matching between state and private schools during the formative years, can provide a valuable balance. Supporting a child at state school with private tuition can also be a successful way of ensuring they have access to one-to-one teaching. In spite of much controversy, independent schools do have a higher success rate of pupils going on to higher education than the state sector. As such, if only an option for sixth form, going private at this stage could be hugely beneficial for your child. ◆

Private education

is INCREASINGLY becoming a LUXURY and INVESTMENT

W

hen a friend bought Mandarin flash cards for her nanny to brandish in front of her dribbling toddler, I thought she was mad. But go onto the internet and you will see she is not alone; Mandarin flash cards, printable pdfs, downloadable apps – they are all there at the click of a button, every tool needed to turn your pre-school child into a world-beating Sinologue before their fifth birthday. The government announced last year that it’s putting Mandarin on the national curriculum and training 1,200 more teachers in the language by the end of the decade. Independent schools are ahead of the state sector, with many now including Mandarin either within the curriculum or offered as an extra-curricular activity. But Mandarin for toddlers? Do parents really want their infants mastering what is now the world’s most spoken language before they are out of nappies? The people behind the UK’s first bilingual Mandarin-English day nursery certainly think so. Hatching Dragons, housed in a church hall round the corner from the Barbican, opened in May. It is much like any other nursery except the staff are predominantly Chinese and they employ a 50:50 split between English and Mandarin when speaking to the children. Hatching Dragons is the brainchild of educational consultant Cennydd John. He had the idea for the nursery when he was looking for childcare for his young son. “I started thinking about what I would value in a nursery environment. I’d been to China, studied at a Chinese university but then I’d struggled with the language since. And so it dawned on me that having an immersion experience between the ages of nought and five would be a way for my son to pick up Mandarin immediately and naturally.”

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Mandarin is not ‘taught’ at Hatching Dragons, there is no hot-housing or formal lessons, the idea is that the toddlers will simply pick it up through exposure at such a young age. This is nothing new, many nurseries in London offer the same experience with French or German. And well-heeled families have long hired nannies who speak a foreign language for their young families. Charles Bonas, founder of blue-chip educational consultancy Bonas MacFarlane says they are placing more and more Mandarin speaking nannies with families, particularly in Singapore and Hong Kong where the family’s mother tongue is English or Cantonese. The most obvious reason for Mandarin to be in vogue is that as Chinese reaches economic superpower status parents want to give their children the edge in a competitive world. Nearly 17% of the planet’s population are native Mandarin speakers, English speakers come in at 5%. Native French speakers? They barely scrape in at 1%. In many ways, the UK is behind the curve on offering English-Mandarin bilingual nurseries, there are already more than 180 in the US. ◆ hatching-dragons.com

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ABSOLUTELY / PROMOTION

Customers praise LAUNDRAPP for being FLEXIBLE to their BUSY LIFESTYLES

CLEAN MACHINE London’s most popular laundry app gives you more free time this summer!

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id you know that the average family spends five hours on laundry every week? That’s over 23,000 hours of your life spent sorting, washing, folding and ironing when you could be doing something fun instead! That’s why Laundrapp was created: a new on-demand laundry and dry cleaning app that takes care of your washing in just 30 seconds, not five hours. How it works is simple: just download the app or place an order online. A friendly Laundrapp driver will collect your clothes at a time you choose, take them to be professionally cleaned at Laundrapp’s local facilities, then bring them back at a time and place that suits you. It’s the first laundry and dry cleaning service for modern Londoners and it’s available seven days a week.

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Collection and delivery – anytime, anywhere Building London’s most popular dry cleaning and laundry app hasn’t been easy, but by remaining flexible and easy to use, Laundrapp has achieved exactly that – all without costing more than a regular dry cleaners. “Laundrapp offers a professional service but we remain very affordable,” says Laundrapp CEO Edward Relf. “We clean and press shirts from just £2.50 each and we offer professional, delivered dry cleaning from as little as £1.50 too.”  More important than the price is the level of convenience Laundrapp offers though, says Relf. Many customers praise Laundrapp for being flexible to their busy lifestyles and the team is always on standby to go the extra mile. One customer even arranged to have his laundry delivered to his local pub so he wouldn’t miss his pub quiz, says Relf “Life in London is always hectic and

everyone in the city is different. Some people cycle to work and want freshly pressed shirts delivered to the office, for example. Others are new parents who don’t want to hang clothes around the flat or listen to a noisy washing machine full of baby clothes every night. Either way, Laundrapp can help.” A modern day dry cleaning service on your phone One of the biggest frustrations Laundrapp solves is the hassle of finding and carrying your clothes to a local dry cleaner. Dry cleaners in the UK have shrunk drastically over recent decades but Relf believes the time is ripe for a resurgence. Laundrapp’s free collection and delivery service is key to this as expecting customers to bring dirty clothes to a bricks and mortar shop isn’t realistic anymore. There’s simply too much to do in London! By offering a more convenient way to do dry cleaning and by working exclusively with the very best local partners, Laundrapp is supporting local businesses at the same time as offering great benefits to Londoners. u

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> CHILL AND THRILL: DISCOVER BOTH SIDES OF THE MAURITIUS EXPERIENCE

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ADVENTURE TIME Mauritius: come for the white sands, crystal sea and azure skies, stay for the charming towns, vibrant markets and thrilling exploits in the mountains. Catherine Hales discovers all Mauritius has to offer, read on for more...

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he thoughts that go through your mind while standing on a swaying bridge over a ravine, staring at your feet to judge your next step, are many and varied. ‘Why am I doing this?’, ‘If I fall will the safety wire hold?’ And, finally, ‘Did I leave my hair straighteners on?’ That last one I attribute to hysteria and the willingness to worry about anything other than plunging downwards into the river below. I was in Casela Nature Park, a reserve in the western part of Mauritius, home to a profusion of wildlife that offers several different activities, including quad biking, canyon swinging and ziplining. My driving skills aren’t up to much and, frankly, canyon swinging sounds petrifying, so ziplining it was. That was how I found myself, dressed incredibly impractically in a dress and leggings, midbridge and practically mid-panic attack. For many, Mauritius represents the epitome of beach holiday relaxation.

Miles of white coastline, crystal waters and blazing sun make it a tourist magnet, renowned for its luxury hotels. One such hotel is the Royal Palm Mauritius, located in the North near the town of Grand Baie, where I stayed for five days. Living up to it’s name, scores of swaying palm trees populate the charming and tranquil resort, whose stunning suites look out over the beach. My room was an Ocean Suite that came with a postcardperfect view of said palms and the sea beyond. The generous terrace (complete with table and chairs) was ideal for enormous room-service breakfasts and snoozing in the shade in the afternoons. Equipped with three restaurants, each serving a different type of cuisine, the temptation to stay in the resort is huge. Those seeking ultimate relaxation could easily wander down from their rooms, straight onto the beach and stretch out one of the loungers reserved for Royal Palm guests. If a thirst hits mid-morning, they could order a fresh coconut water,

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TRAVEL / ISLAND LIFE ADVENTURE wasn’t A WORD I HAD previously ASSOCIATED with the ISLAND served in an enormous hollowed out coconut then for lunch, stroll down the beach to the discreetly positioned Le Bar Plage. This beautifully appointed restaurant’s menu comprises fish so fresh it’s practically wriggling, in addition to Western classics like steak tartare and Caesar salad. The afternoon can be spent in the Clarins spa, an oasis nestled in the secluded garden behind the hotel, trying out treatments (I recommend the full body massage) and being generally pampered. A host of watersports is also on offer for those after a more active afternoon; waterskiing and sailing are

particularly popular and the ocean is so warm that falling in is all part of the fun. Balmy evenings can be whiled away at the open-air bar on the main terrace, listening to the live band, before heading down to La Brezza, the hotel’s superb Italian restaurant, run by esteemed chef Alessandro Morino. My only advice? Eat a light lunch because Alessandro serves up a feast and you won’t want to leave a bite. As I mentioned before, Mauritius has luxury and leisure in spades. But what about adventure? It wasn’t a word I had previously associated with the island but, as I hung, hundreds of metres up, suspended from a wire, I decided I should rethink this. Ziplining aside, Mauritius has a vibrancy and vitality that it owes in part to its rich cultural heritage and diverse history. Originally colonised by the Dutch, it was then taken over by France who renamed it Isle de France before it was invaded by the British in 1810, who promptly changed the name back. It wasn’t until 1968 that Mauritius gained independence, although the French influence has remained strong. Locals, many of whose forbears came to the island from both Africa and Asia tend to speak French and English but generally converse in Mauritian Creole. Walking through both the small town of Grand Baie and the capital, Port Louis, there is much to see and, without generalising too much, an incredibly friendly populace to guide you through. On my day trip to Port Louis, I spent time roaming through the market, soaking up the sights

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and smells and doing a little souvenir shopping – I was sorely tempted to purchase a rather fetching puffer fish lamp but resisted the urge. Though less fraught than the bazaar in Istanbul, the market is similarly home to some real treasures and, if properly investigated, could easily yield interior design gold (puffer fish lamps notwithstanding). It was, however in the smaller Grand Baie that I hit shopping paydirt with several shops selling bargain cashmere clothes and other textiles. In terms of food, fresh fish and seafood occupy every menu. For a casual lunch in Grand Baie, I would recommend the Beach House for its devilishly good battered shrimp and atmospheric live music, as well as its breezy beachside location. My experiences, both flying through the air in Casela Park and trawling through the markets in Port Louis, as well as soaking up the sun and sailing on the sea, ticked every box on the holiday agenda, with more still to be experienced. The terrain and climate of the island mean that the mountains are covered lush greenery, and are perfect for hiking and trekking. Those with a penchant for bathing in waterfalls can visit the Tamarind or Black River Falls or perhaps the brilliantly named Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. If you fancy a day trip off the island, catamarans go from Grand Baie to the small islands located north of the mainland. Whether you’re looking for adventure or a break from reality, Mauritius has it all. ◆ u Suite prices for September 2015. Prices are based on booking at least 30 days prior to travel. Nightly rates: Junior Suite – Bed & breakfast, cost per suite £395; Tropical Suite – BB, cost per suite £528; Ocean Suite – BB, cost per suite £579; Palm Suite – BB, cost per suite £773. Call Beachcomber on 01483 445 685 or visit beachcombertours.co.uk

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CATHERINE HALES: How did the Mint List start? What was the inspiration? CAMILLA KELLY: The Mint List started when I was working in advertising. I’ve grown up in the antiques industry, and I just thought it was a shame that there wasn’t a one place to go where everything has been curated, an assemblage of pieces that have been gathered from interesting places by lots of interesting buyers. And when I went off to have my daughter it gave me, for the first time in my life, a few months time to think and I just couldn’t stop thinking about the idea of launching this business. CH: Were you always interested in antiques and vintage furniture? CK: Yes, from a very small age I was, because my parents had antique shops around London. They would buy in France or they’d buy in the markets, and they actually had a shop in Greenwich called Pennies Antiques, a kind of emporium, they had loads of storeholders in one big three floor building. CH: That sounds amazing! CK: It was really good fun as a kid - there were just so many different characters, lots of different storeholders, doing lots of different bits and bobs. And it was only recently that I realised “God, that’s what I’m

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doing, but online!” I didn’t really make the connection. So, from when I was four and my sister was six we were constantly running around those sort of places, auction houses and antique markets – I grew up in that world. CH: Do you think interior design was a logical next step? CK: I suppose in advertising I honed my marketing, and because I worked at BSkyB for five or six years, I learned the various steps of working for a big corporation, and then I went to work for quite a small production company that was doing really well in Soho, but quite a small outfit so I learned how small businesses operate too. So, it felt like everything came together at the right time. I could use all of those skills and then apply it to my passions. CH: So how did the Chick'n'Sours job come about? It’s in Dalston, isn’t it? CK: Yes, it’s in Dalston. Carl [Clarke, the owner] is a friend of mine and at first I thought they would do their interiors themselves. It started off well, but there was just so much to do and he picked up the phone and asked will you step in? I really like working with him, he gives you a completely open reach. He’s from Birmingham and he’s just like, “Make it look cool,” you know? And he’s really up for anything, he’s a star, a really open-minded, creative person.

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CH: Do you have a particular place that you source things from? CK: All over the shop. When it comes to antiques and vintage, I’ve got suppliers in this country, regionally as well as London antique shops, salvage yards, private sellers, people with warehouses, prop sellers, and then we’ve got a whole list of contacts abroad as well. We buy a lot of furniture from Berlin and we've got suppliers in Norway, Denmark and France. We’ve got a good address book.

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£400 per week* Roding Road, E5

A spacious two double bedroom apartment with a balcony to rent on the second floor of this modern development. The property benefits from being situated right next to the canal with good bike and bus routes into the City. Available mid-September.

Part furnished

£410,000

£600 per week*

A beautiful three bedroom, Victorian property to rent on this tree lined street minutes from the buzzing Chatsworth Road. The property boasts many original period features such as solid wood flooring and fireplaces. Available early August.

Part Furnished

*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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BRITTON STREET, EC1M: £3,200,000

Definitely my first ever sale. It was a very rundown, un-modernised probate sale in central Angel. It was lovely to sell it again for the buyer six years later!

quite so quickly. My first ever apartment was on Columbia Road and, as a student fresh from Lincolnshire, it was a big change from open fields, farms and tractors! Apartments there now sell like hot cakes.

MOST INTERESTING PROPERTY

FINEST PROPERTY SHOWCASE

JO-ANNE NEIGHBOUR

It’s always interesting dealing with celebrities wanting to buy, keeping their identities secret whilst trying to negotiate and complete a sale.

We have a beautiful late Victorian terraced house on Britton Street, with fantastic period features and huge windows. It’s a fabulous house. 

I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE

Savills, Islington

Hackney’s popularity go through the roof

Savills Islington, 020 7226 1313; savills.com

HOUSE HUNTING

MOST SATISFYING TRANSACTION I’VE HAD

new property comes to fruition, it will represent exactly the heavy-duty response needed to start filling the housing hole. Our analysis shows London needs to build an average of 57,000 new homes a year just to cope with expected population growth over the next decade. That means astronomical improvements in approvals and building starts need to be sustained, and even improved upon, for

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LONDON NEEDS TO BUILD AN AVERAGE OF 57,000 NEW HOMES A YEAR TO COPE WITH POPULATION GROWTH

the next three quarters to meet what’s needed this year. Londoners should hope this is more than a brief alignment of the stars, and any complacency now would be a mistake. But the good news is beyond doubt – things are finally going in the right direction. 

Andrew Bridges Managing Director Stirling Ackroyd

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DIARY

THE HERON

FAMILY LIFE IN

 EC2

£4,500,000 his stunning two bedroom apartment boasts panoramic views across London. This apartment is situated on the thirtysecond floor and comprises over 2000 sq ft of living space. Styled to an impeccable degree, this apartment has been immaculately designed with stunning furniture

HACKNEY

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MAKING THE WHOLE OF LONDON VISIBLE & ACCESSIBLE

and features an impressive open-plan reception with a modern and sleek kitchen, two spacious bedrooms and luxurious bathrooms. The property benefits from having large proportions, lavish décor including white marble finishes in both the bathroom and kitchen area.

This beautiful apartment is located on Silk Street, next to Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations, making the whole of London visible and accessible in minutes.  My London Home City & Docklands 020 7227 0044; mylondonhome.com

LUX LET

LENTHALL ROAD

I’M NOW TAKING TIME TO EXPLORE THE FAMILY CHOICES IN THE BOROUGH

 E8

£1,000

Per Week

stunning architecturally designed, double fronted house, available to rent from 28th August. This fantastic property consists of a large open plan bespoke kitchen, dining and lounge area

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with double height ceiling. This bright living room leads onto a beautiful south facing, walled garden. Also on this floor are a large separate lounge, an office, utility area and wet room. Upstairs leads to three good sized bedrooms, a family bathroom with shower and bath, there is also quirky hammock area overlooking the living room. This fabulous

property is completely unique, with bespoke, specially sourced finishes throughout. It has been lovingly refurbished to a very high standard. Well located for the buzz of Broadway Market, London Fields and close to Dalston Junction Overland Station.  BlakeStanley, Broadway Market,

£839,891

E1

Hackney is also fab for boutique shops. If you fancy a treat for your little ones, there is a great range of kid’s shops around, from Buggies and Bikes on Broadway Market, E8 to Hop and Molly Meg on Chatsworth Road, E5. Or if you’ve just moved into a new home and need to be inspired on how to fill it, then you will be excited by the plethora of furniture shops, try out Furnish, everything but the dog for retro furniture or The Hackney Draper for a new pair of feature curtains to spruce up your home. To all the parents and parentsto-be out there… enjoy Hackney! 

020 7254 7554; blakestanley.co.uk

POPPY JARRETT

SPOTLIGHT ON [ AVERAGE ASKING PRICE ]

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o now I’m in my fifth month of pregnancy and my bump is starting to look more like a baby than a big lunch. As I’m settling into this new stage in life, I’m loving seeing Hackney in a whole new light. Whilst the area is great for the many bars and restaurants around, I’m now taking time to explore the family choices in the borough.  There is so much around for families in Hackney. Walking and swimming are great exercise whether you’re pregnant or with youngsters so what better than a breeze through London Fields, up to the lido or a stroll along the canal through Victoria Park and up to the Olympic site where you can swim at the Aquatics centre for around £4.

Lettings Manager [ AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE ]

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BlakeStanley 020 8986 2743; blakestanley.co.uk

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D AV E Y S OF SPITALFIELDS

ANDREW FLINT Property Partner

From Colman Coyle gives his expert advice on all your legal property questions ARTILLERY LANE, E1 > SPITALFIELDS 2 BED £925,000

Q&A I LIVE IN A HOUSE CONVERTED INTO THREE FLATS. WE ARE THINKING OF BUYING THE FREEHOLD BUT WE ARE NOT SURE HOW THE FREEHOLD INTEREST SHOULD BE OWNED. COULD YOU PLEASE ADVISE US.

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ou can own the freehold interest in one or two ways. Firstly you and the other two leaseholders could own the freehold as individuals. Secondly, you could buy an off the shelf company to acquire the freehold interest. If you go down the latter route, then you will need to decide whether the company should be limited by shares or guarantees. The disadvantage of owning the freehold on an individual basis is that each time a flat changes hands all the freeholders will have to sign a document called a Transfer. This may be easy to arrange if all three freeholders live in the property but there can be logistical difficulties if a freeholder lives abroad, for example. Whenever I encounter this type of freehold structure I always prepare the Transfer document at an early

ALBANY WORKS, E3 > 2 BED WAREHOUSE £400 PW

CHARLOTTE RD, EC2A > STUNNING PERIOD 2 BED £825 PW

A dynamic and vibrant agency, working for you... Don’t miss this opportunity, fees from 5% for letting, from 0.5% sales and no VAT! CALL US QUOTING CODE: ABSOLUTELY DAVEYS

020 7871 9599 info@daveys.co

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Contact property partner Andrew Flint with no obligation on 020 7354 3000 or email andrew.flint@colmancoyle.com.

65 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL *Subject to terms and conditions

80 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU colmancoyle.com

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stage and arrange for it to be executed and held on file before exchange takes place to avoid delays at a later stage. The advantage of a company owning the freehold is that each time a flat changes hands all the seller needs to do is sign a Stock Transfer Form transferring the share in the company to the buyer on completion. If the company is limited by guarantee then the seller doesn’t need to sign anything. The disadvantage of having a company own the freehold is that there are initial set up costs and the company books will need to be kept up to date as well as complying with Companies House filing requirements. There can only ever be a maximum of four individuals registered as freeholders so the default position for large blocks is always going to be a company. For a block such as yours, you will need to decide what suits you best. ◆

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£525k

£5.995m

HOME TO A FAMOUS HOUSE HISTORIAN

or anyone with architectural leanings, discovering your house is ‘in Pevsner’ – a definitive series of books about England’s historic buildings – is the next best thing to a blue plaque. The Buildings of England, a 46-volume set that lists important houses county-bycounty, is seen as the most authoritative source on the subject. The author was Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, a writer, art historian and fan of Victorian architecture, who founded The Victorian Society and lived in this red-bricked terrace in Wildwood Terrace, London. Pevsner moved here in 1936 and loved the Victorian three-bedroomed house so much he stayed until his death in 1983. Now on the market for £2.8m. u Savills 020 7472 5036; savills.co.uk

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FAMOUS PLACES There is hardly a square mile of London that doesn’t hide a plethora of celebrity homes or historic addresses and every month a clutch of them come up for sale. Here are the more recent ones on the market that can claim famous connections. Words NI G EL L EW I S

GOODBYE PINNER HILL ROAD

ir Elton might be known S for his many glamorous pads dotted around the globe but his childhood home was far from that. Until the age of 11 he lived in this north London semi on Pinner Hill Road in Middlesex. Then known as Reg Dwight he hammered away at the ivories in his family’s three-bedroom home which is now on the market for £525,000. Some of the décor appears to be original including the kitchen and 1970s style carpets, so there’s a fair amount of updating to do. Current owner Bill Purcell said at one stage he would pocket up to £2,000 a year from film crews eager to capture images of Sir Elton’s former home. He is now selling up after 40 years, which means one of these

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£2.8m

A PIECE OF GREECE IN MAYFAIR?

fans has the chance to sleep in the same box room as their hero. Agent Gibbs Gillespie describes it as perfect for a growing family seeking a home to put their own stamp on, located just a short walk from local schools, shopping and transport facilities. u Gibbs-Gillespie 020 8866 2777; gibbs-gillespie.co.uk

PEVSNER FOUNDED THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY AND LIVED HERE UNTIL 1983

eiress Christina Onassis H was notorious for her lavish lifestyle, turbulent personal life and the fact that her father - billionaire Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis married former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. From an early age Onassis had an international lifestyle and went to school in London. When her father died in 1975, leaving her more than $200m, she was 24, and owned this swanky three-bedroom flat on Reeves Mews in Mayfair. Now up for sale for £5.995m, it was built in 1720 and features a sizeable south-facing roof terrace. u Jackson-Stops 020 7664 6644; jackson-stops.co.uk

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IN THEIR OWN

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FREDDIE DANIELS Sales Negotiator at Currell, Hackney Photography

R E B ECCA N O O N A N

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grew up in a small, fairly quiet town in Cambridgeshire along with my three younger siblings. We were lucky enough to go to a great school that boasted fantastic sports facilities, including vast amounts of land, where myself and my closest friends would play football for as long as our lunch breaks would allow us. I knew, from about the age of seven, all I wanted to do was play football. That desire expanded over the years to wanting to be part of the general sporting world, specifically to sit on the Sky sports sofa talking about football all day, and to this day I sometimes question why I didn’t pursue a sports related degree. When I was 18, I felt I was rushed into making a decision on what to study, without being able to consider it thoroughly and carefully. I ended up journeying to York to study Media, where I would later meet my best friend whose wedding I have just recovered from, as the best man. When I look back over the last 10 years or so, I still can’t

I HAVE DEALT WITH SOME FAMOUS CLIENTS & SEEN SOME ASTOUNDING VICTORIAN PROPERTY

quite understand how I ended up at the stage I’m at, but I do believe that certain aspects in life are just out of your control. My working career began in retail, starting out as a delivery boy for my mum’s place of work, organising stock packages. My mum has an extremely disciplined work ethic and I have always felt like a carbon copy of her for most of my life. From that point, like so many others in the retail sector, I fell into a full time job working for the British Heritage retail brand, Jack Wills, during my time at university. During eight years of loyal service, I was lucky enough to work in various areas of the UK including London, Edinburgh and Dublin, where I enjoyed a real party lifestyle, promoting the brand at various student events. In this time I met some of

the greatest friends I could ever wish to meet, as well my beautiful girlfriend. Ultimately, once the parties were over and I was staring the big 30 in the face, I felt I needed to make that big career decision. After navigating various LinkedIn profiles, I came across Currell. I am one for judging companies by their online profile and after browsing their website, I felt assured that this was a company that takes every little detail into account and is extremely professional. Approximately four weeks later, I found myself in the Hackney office on Kingsland Road, where I have been working as a sales negotiator for nearly a year now. In that time I have dealt with some famous clients, seen some astounding Victorian property and been very fortunate to work alongside an absolutely fantastic team. For me, looking back, I can say with some certainty that I most definitely made the correct decision to move and I am really looking forward to a highly successful career with Currell. u

C U R R E L L / 020 7241 4111 / currell.com

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PROPERTY / PRICE COMPARISON NIGEL LEWIS

LONDON’S AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE IS EXPECTED TO GO OVER £500,000 SOON

MILLION

PRICE BANDS Where can you buy a house for £1m?

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not always one to believe everything estate agents tells me, I set out to do my own research. One thing is for sure; London has seen aggressive price rises recently, and even the usually cautious Land Registry puts them at 10.9% this year. Also, the capital’s average house price, it says, is expected to go over the half a million pound mark soon. So, to the research. There are currently 491 homes for sale at between £1m and £1.25 million in London and they’re distribution across the capital makes for interesting reading. While anyone outside London might think up to £1.25m would buy

Greenwich

HAMPTONS 020 3151 7294

SO WHERE CAN YOU BUY A FOUR-BEDROOM HOUSE FOR BETWEEN £1M AND £1.25M?

£1 FOUR BEDROOM HOUSE Dulwich

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you a palace anywhere in the UK, much of London is too expensive to include properties in this band. Central London is a no-go zone that includes Chelsea plus many streets in Fulham and much of Shepherd’s Bush. Also, don’t bother in Paddington, Notting Hill, swathes of North London (the first one is to be found in Golders Green), Chalk Farm, Camden and even Wapping. u

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MILLION

n estate agent recently told me that if you’re after a four-bedroom house not too far from central London on a smart street and with a garden then you’ll need a budget of £1m to £1.25m these days. After a substantial pause to digest this information I asked her which patch of London she covered and, perhaps more surprisingly, the answer was South West London – surely not? Several phone calls to other agents across London confirmed her statement to be correct. But, as I’m

£1.05

£

The answer is, anywhere outside the triangle of central London. This runs south of the river from Greenwich to East Sheen before running north across the river up to Hampstead and then back down through Islington before returning to Greenwich. Anywhere inside this triangle is pretty much bereft of four-bedroom houses at this price – unless you count the occasional ex-council house that pops up. And if you’re looking for the greatest choice then you might want to talk to my agent in SW London – because 176 of the homes in this price band are in this part of London, or 35% of the total – so it won’t be long before south of the river catches up with its northern neighbour. u

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E14

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SHOREDITCH SALES - COMMERCIAL ROAD A bright & spacious newly built penthouse apartment that spans just under 1,000 sq ft on the fringe of the City's financial district. EPC pending

SHOREDITCH SALES - COLMANS WHARF A truly stunning 2 bedroom warehouse conversion set within the hugely popular Victorian former "Spratt's Dog Biscuit Factory". EPC - E

E8

E5

£665,000

£825,000

HACKNEY SALES - MARTELLO STREET Rare to the market & positioned within one of Hackneys most sought after locations is this larger than average 2 bedroom apartment. EPC - D

CHATSWORTH ROAD SALES - KINNOUL MANSIONS A stunning larger than average 3 bedroom apartment measuring almost 1,000 sq ft & occupying the top floor of an imposing Edwardian mansion block. EPC - E

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CHATSWORTH ROAD 020 7549 0611

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N1

£925 pw

£550 pw

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS - PAUL STREET A spectacular 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom loft apartment spanning approx. 1,150 sq. ft. & situated close to Old Street & Liverpool Street stations. EPC - D

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS - EAST ROAD A stunning 1 bedroom apartment situated on the 6th floor of a striking modern development near Old Street. EPC - B

N5

E5

£795 pw

£425 pw

HACKNEY LETTINGS - LECONFIELD ROAD A truly stunning 3 bedroom family home situated on a much sought after residential road, moments from Canonbury Station. EPC - E

CHATSWORTH ROAD LETTINGS - DUNLACE ROAD A very well presented duplex apartment occupying the 1st floor & part of the 2nd floor of a 4 storey Victorian house. EPC - D

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HURRY, THEY ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT LAST REMAINING APARTMENTS

90% SOLD The final superb collection of three bedroom apartments located around a central courtyard in one of the capital's most bohemian and vibrant cultural centres. Homes that are as stylish and exciting as they are well-connected.

PRICES FROM £567,500 * Sales & Marketing Suite Open Daily HACKNEY SQUARE // FRAMPTON PARK // LONDON // E9 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm • Sunday 11am - 5pm

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Zest Media London publish local luxury lifestyle magazines that target the wealthiest residents in London. Each of our titles captivate its...

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