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HOUSE OF HACKNEY

THE MAKING OF AN INTERIORS EMPIRE

WAYNE'S WORLD HEMINGWAY'S LIFE IN DESIGN

SET SAIL ALL ABOARD WITH PETIT BATEAU

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CONTENTS 05 EDITOR’S LETTER 07 WHAT’S ON

LOCAL 10 WAYNE’S WORLD Wayne Hemingway’s interior life 16 SET SAIL The Kitsuné founders on steering Petit Bateau in a new direction

FASHION 19 GYM CLASS HEROES The sports luxe trend makes a vigorous comeback 20 BABES IN THE WOOD A floral fashion fi xation 27 FUTURE FASHION Absolutely eyes up the designers to watch out for in 2014

FOOD 47 PLUM JOB Mark Sargeant spills the beans on a career in cooking 51 FOOD REVIEWS Michael Nadra and Hixter

INTERIORS 55 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS Tripping the light fantastic with nine of the best quirky lights 58 HACKNEY EMPIRE The making of uber coool brand House of Hackney

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EDITOR’S letter arch is an important month in the fashion calendar, as the new Spring/Summer collections start to pour in. And just as art and culture make much of an impression on the fashion world, so developments in fashion dictate many of the trends we see trickle down to interiors. As far as the catwalk is concerned, we seem to be seeing a preference for evolution over revolution – previous years’ obsessions with muted shades and bold, athletic shapes return, pastel palettes predominate and the sports luxe trend gathers pace. Of course, this neck of the woods leads the way in the style stakes, as highlighted by our piece on the designers to watch in 2014. Naturally, alumni of both Central St Martins and Fashion East make up the majority, proving that our corner of London is the most exciting place in fashion right now: the creative hub of a city widely recognised as the style capital of the world. That’s not to say we have a monopoly on all that’s cool, though, as the rise of French ‘affordable luxury’ labels shows. One Gallic brand bridging the divide between high street and high end is Petit Bateau, which recently made the leap from children’s clothing to adult fashion and hired Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc (of cult record label-cum-fashion house Maison Kitsuné) as Creative Directors. It seems Kenzo (which gave similar roles to Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon) has started a trend; we talk to Kuroki and Loaëc about their vision for Petit Bateau. Back on British turf, another familiar pattern – glocalisation – is exemplified in the career trajectory of local interiors gurus House of Hackney. The company name tells you all you need to know about their M.O., which is to win over the wider world with a product range defined by a distinctly Londonist (or Hackneyist) style and sense of humour. Fiercely independent and utterly unique, we chat to the founders about their latest venture – a clothing line.

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WHAT’S ON Tabac Rouge 25-29 MARCH: SADLER’S WELLS

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Circus performer turned master of theatrical spectacle James Thierrée brings his formidable vision to London for the first time in four years in his latest production, Tabac Rouge. Plunging the audience into a distorted, dreamlike world of dance and movement, the show has already opened to acclaim in France, with Le Figaro newspaper applauding its ‘real power and dark beauty’. Now it’s our turn to enjoy. Rosebery Avenue, EC1; sadlerswells.com

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MARCH Prince Igor 1 MARCH: VUE ISLINGTON Composed by Alexander Borodin and subsequently finished by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov, the epic Russian Opera will be tackled by the New York Metropolitan Opera and streamed live to Curzon theatres throughout the country. Don’t miss the chance to see Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production, described as ‘a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop’. myvue.com

Rome, Open City 7-20 MARCH: BFI SOUTHBANK Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist masterpiece gets an extended run thanks to the film buffs at the BFI, who have been busy restoring the original print to its full glory. Set during the Nazi occupation of Rome, the movie tells the story of the ordinary people forced to endure privation and intimidation while supposedly free to go about their lives. A mesmerising and emotionally charged piece of cinema, and one that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1; bfi.org.uk

Joyce Pensato FROM 26 MARCH: LISSON GALLERY Joyce Pensato’s paintings show your favourite cartoon characters as you’ve never seen them before. Using a seemingly frenzied technique (that is in fact deliberate and highly methodical) Pensato builds ‘successive layers of bold linear gestures, rapid spatterings and frequent erasures’, and produces work that veers wildly between the humourous and the sinister. Visitors may recognise Batman, the Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat and Elmo from Sesame Street, all in a range of different, distorted forms... 52-54 Bell Street, NW1; lissongallery.com

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review BOOK BURIAL RITES

by HANNAH KENT his brilliant debut historical thriller is based on a true crime in an isolated part of Iceland in 1828, which led to the country’s last execution. A fire at an isolated farmhouse kills two people and leads to Agnes being charged with murder. Whilst the investigation and trial is taking place she is kept with District Officer Jónsson and his family in their home. Kent focuses on the time Agnes spends with Jónsson while awaiting her verdict, as well as studying the impact the impact of her stay on the local people. A book which oozes emotion, it’s sure to test your beliefs.

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IN CINEMAS FROM 7 MARCH Fans of the original 300 film, featuring the rippling biceps of Gerard Butler, will not be disappointed with Noam Murro’s followup effort. After the crushing defeat of the Spartans at Thermopylae, the Persians - their attempt to conquer Greece. Rise of An Empire chronicles the events of the Battle of Artemisium, which saw a confederacy of Greek city-states take on the Persian forces in an epic sea battle. Entering the fray are newcomers to the franchise, Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton; Green plays Artemisia, a general in the Persian forces set on dealing death and destruction to her Greek foes. There to oppose her is Themistokles

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(Stapleton), the man responsible for bringing Greece’s armies together. They are joined by 300 alumni Rodrigo Santoro and Lena Headey, returning as King Xerxes of Persia and Queen Gorgo of Sparta respectively. Heartbroken over the defeat and death of her husband, Sparta’s king, Gorgo is initially reluctant to offer Themistokles her support. But gradually her desire for vengeance overcomes her grief, leading her to join the final stand against the Persian invaders. Breathtaking battle scenes and dramatic confrontations await in this highly stylised and gritty Greek epic, which looks set to satisfy all your action cravings.  Odeon Cinema Holloway

THIS BOY

by ALAN JOHNSON lan Johnson was Home Secretary during the Labour government and while he does focus on that period of his life, it is his honesty and matter of fact approach that is refreshing. This book is not just about the author, but also two amazing women – his mother and his sister, both of whom were a major influence on him. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots and school on the King’s Road in the Swinging Sixties, to the rock ‘n’ roll years when he made a record in Denmark Street and became a husband and father whilst still in his teens. A great read not only because of Johnson’s engaging style but also for its portrayal of London.

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by NICKOLAS BUTLER fell in love with the title of this book, then fell even deeper in love with it from page one. It’s quiet, achingly sweet and melancholy, and breaks your heart to finish it. It’s the story of four friends whose lives have taken them so far apart that their friendships, in many ways, no longer make sense, but are still utterly essential to their sense of self and the lives they choose. The farmer, the country music star, the financial whiz and the injured rodeo cowboy; the book is full of the creeping Wisconsin cold and the bitterness and warmth of old friendships and secrets.

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WAYNE’S THE FOUNDER OF HEMINGWAY DESIGN ON A CAREER THAT’S BECOME ONE OF LONDON’S BEST-KNOWN CREATIVE SUCCESS STORIES

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he stereotype of the self-made success usually involves humble beginnings, big ideas and a healthy clutch of piein-the-sky dreams. In this sense, Wayne Hemingway is no different from many others, before or since. And yet, when you look a little closer at the style supremo’s unorthodox rise to the top of the design heap, you can’t help but appreciate just how unlikely a route he has taken, and continues to take - even beside the boldest and best of his peers. Hemingway’s journey began in the early Eighties, when he journeyed south from his native Morecambe and settled in a Camden rather more rough and bedraggled than it is today. He was twenty at the time. ‘Gerardine [Hemingway’s future wife] and I had just moved down to London,’ he tells me, ‘and I remember it being a really exciting time. Camden was representative of the positive attitude that young people 10

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had begun adopting after years of serious downturn. It was scruffy but cool… there was a revolution in optimism. Young people with ideas were starting ventures, and Camden seemed to be the place to be.’ It wasn’t long before the entrepreneurial couple were seeking ways to capitalise on their creativity and sense of style. ‘We heard about some space opening up on Camden Market,’ Hemingway says, ‘so we emptied our wardrobes, took the clothes we didn’t need, and added in a number Gerardine had made. And it just took off from the first day. Suddenly, second-hand clothes became something that everybody wanted to wear, and Camden became the centre of that movement. That meant we were at the centre of it as well, and soon we were making money we couldn’t have imagined.’ Sixteen stalls later and what would become the fashion label Red or Dead was born, with the pair shipping in huge amounts of second-hand clothes from abroad as well as creating their own. Hemingway says he ‘broke the rules’ by making and selling stock to the big businesses (including Dr Martens in London and Macy’s in New York). The move worked; by the time he and Gerardine sold Red or Dead in the late Nineties, they were the latest in a long line of artistic Camden’s self-made millionaires. Hemingway certainly hasn’t rested on his laurels since then, becoming as renowned for the eclecticism of his work as for its quality. He formed Hemingway Design in 1999, a company that specialises in every facet of design from homes and gardens to high street

fashion and graphic design. You name it, it seems Hemingway can do it - but what, you have to wonder, is key to his prodigious imagination? ‘We see a lot of things that don’t matter,’ he says. ‘We see a lot of things that do, but we also see a lot of things that are lazy... lazy graphics, lazy marketing and packaging, especially in supermarkets… and they’re not that important; they don’t engage. There’s laziness all around us, and when you come to housing and things like that, and public buildings, and public space, that’s when it rankles. So we try to be different.’ The move from second-hand clothing to high street fashion may seem natural enough, but the move from jeans and jumpers to urban regeneration is rather more unexpected. With the Staiths South Bank project, which involved Hemingway

designing an 800-property mass-market housing project on Tyneside, the designer showed the world he could turn his talents to rather more socially sensitive concerns. ‘I suppose it made it easy that we didn’t really plan to start in fashion or design,’ he says today, ‘because we never had a plan. So when you’re young and you’ve never thought what you want to be or what you want to do, you end up doing something that you find out is bloody good fun; something you’re alright at. And that leaves you very free, because if you’ve never trained to be a certain thing, you’ve never felt like you were stepping out of what you were supposed to be doing. As far as we were concerned, we were never supposed to be fashion designers who had a big company and won awards and became famous. So once we’d done that, I think it gave us the belief and the freedom to think “we can do anything really” - and that’s a great way to be.’ The awards of which he speaks run the gamut from fashion (three consecutive British Fashion Council ‘Streetstyle Designer of the Year’ gongs) to interiors (‘Best Large Project’ at the Housing Design Awards). Are those specialisms as diverse as they appear on the surface? ‘There are certain shared principles, certainly – you have to make people happy as the end result,’ Wayne smiles. ‘Users have to feel comfortable and must enjoy using whatever it is you’ve created. But if you make a mistake with clothing, it doesn’t fit properly or something goes wrong, it matters much less. At the top line, fashion can’t come into housing, 11

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and three decades into what he admits is still a fascinating journey, Hemingway evidently cares about his work - and the people it impacts - as much as ever. In that vein, he promises to continue putting the product before profit. ‘There’s a certain level of design that we won’t do, no matter how much it pays. You’ve got to believe in it and there has to be an element of social justice, regeneration – something that makes people’s lives better rather than an individual’s life richer. We won’t work on just anything, it has to be something we believe in. We’re still doing that, after 30 years. Camden is still doing that, and I believe it always will.’

and housing can’t have anything to do with fashion. One has got to last over 100 years, needs to mature and get better. The other has an in-built and predictably short lifespan, and there is room for error.’ Such clear-sightedness is evident in the work itself, from the coolly contemporary interiors Hemingway’s team designed for the East Village housing development in Stratford (on the site of the 2012 Athletes’ Village) to their 2013 entry for the Chelsea Flower Show - an inspired re-imagining of the classic English garden shed, complete with printed tulip facade and quirky, Fifties-referencing interior. Now 52

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A contemporary take on G Plan’s mid century heritage

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G Plan Vintage

n collaboration with Hemingway Design, G Plan has now created G Plan Vintage, a stunning range of furniture inspired by the brand’s classic sofas and chairs of the 50s and 60s. It’s a collection that embraces the quality and craftsmanship of G Plan, along with Hemingway’s fresh and vibrant approach to vintage projects. With an outstanding design pedigree and as experts in all things vintage, Hemingway’s unique take on G Plan’s stylish designs has created a range of furniture that draws admiring glances.

HEMINGWAY SET UP SHACKUP IN 2005, BRINGING MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BUT CREATIVE THINKING TO OUR BACKYARDS.

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‘A contemporary take on G Plan’s mid-century heritage.’ – Wayne Hemingway MBE

In collaboration with Hemingway Design, we married the iconic styling of our 50s and 60s furniture, with our renowned comfort and craftsmanship. Original inspiration.Timeless quality. To find your nearest G Plan Vintage stockist visit gplanvintage.co.uk or call 01225

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Image shows The Fifty Nine in Tonic Charcoal with Flying Saucer Orange scatter cushion.

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PAUL SMITH

The godfather of British menswear nailed the trend for contemporary retro with his superb SS14 catwalk collection. Lounge lizard prints and sheer fabrics called to mind laidback Hollywood glamour, while jet-black shoes and geometric blocking provided a sleekly modern edge. The Courtyard at Royal Exchange, 7 Tower Royal, EC3; paulsmith.co.uk

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New kids on the block they may be, but eyewear specialists Sheriff & Cherry have come up trumps with a range of sunglasses that hark back to the golden age of statement shades. Stripes, block colours and jungle prints abound – and every pair is lovingly handmade. £105, available from matches.com

BAILEY’S STARDUST

Gents with an eye for effortless style will appreciate the latest tome from pop culture’s artist-in-residence. Bailey is the East End photographer whose snaps of young hopefuls like the Rolling Stones helped turn them into icons, and this incredible book (released to tie in with the National Portrait Gallery’s new retrospective) surveys some of the best work of his career. Not every face here is famous, but every picture is a lesson in aesthetic craft and that most indefinable of qualities: cool. Watch and learn. £45, available at Waterstones, 11 Islington Green, N1; waterstones.com

These handsome hot-steppers are a highlight of French label Ami’s new collection. Crepe rubber soles lend a swinging, old-school informality to a handsome blue leather upper. Lace up and let loose. £270, available from mrporter.com

PETIT BATEAU

The cult French brand shows it can do menswear just as well as the kiddie clothes with which it made its name – thanks in no small part to the vision of new Creative Directors (and founders of luxe label Maison Kitsuné) Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc. Rolled hems, breezy shirts and lightweight knits make for perfect day-to-eveningwear – especially if you’re a screen star living la dolce vita somewhere hip and hot. Check out the Shoreditch pop-up, open for one month only. 64 Charlotte Road, EC2A; petitbateau.com

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ICONIC FRENCH CLOTHING COMPANY PETIT BATEAU HAS HIRED TWO OF FRANCE’S MOST ADMIRED CREATIVES TO REVITALISE THE BRAND. GILDAS LOAËC AND MASAYA KUROKI ARE THE FOUNDERS OF CULT PARISIAN RECORD LABEL TURNED FASHION HOUSE MAISON KITSUNÉ – AND THEY HAVE BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE. Tell us the Kitsuné story; how and why did you found the record label? At what point did you decide to expand into clothing? Did you have any previous experience in fashion? We started out as a Paris-based record label, with artists including Mark Ronson, Digitalism and Two Door Cinema Club, and it just felt like a natural progression to branch out into fashion. The emotion and dynamic of the Kitsuné music label provides a strong tempo for our clothing lines. Maison Kitsuné has a very strong aesthetic – how would you describe or define it? Do you have a philosophy with regard to style and clothing? We tend to describe the Maison Kitsuné aesthetic as everyday chic with a fresh street influence. We have an outspoken sense of style and we’re not afraid to make a statement. How did the new working relationship with Petit Bateau come about? Petit Bateau selected us as creative heads in 2013 because our style is extremely compatible. The brand

new design signature. It is key for us that the collection looks up to date and on trend. What can we expect from the new Petit Bateau SS14 collection? We have played with vibrant primary colours, tropical prints, playsuits and stylish sweats to create a collection that is infused with fun. There are still many Petit Bateau staples, but these are brought up to date with new colourways, styles and silhouettes. The new collection has a sports luxe feel to it, but stays true to its preppy heritage. Why a pop-up in Shoreditch? Are there plans to go permanent? Petit Bateau currently has nine shops across London, so by opening our first pop-up shop in East London we’re reaching a new audience who, we hope, will like the collaboration between Petit Bateau and Maison Kitsuné.

was also looking to communicate with a younger adult shopper and given that we create street fashion, it seemed like the perfect match. The collaboration marks a major new chapter for Maison Kitsuné.

Petit Bateau pop-up shop will be open until mid-March 2014; 64 Charlotte Street, EC2; petit-bateau.co.uk

Were you fans of the brand before you came on board (no pun intended) as Creative Directors? Everyone loves Petit Bateau! In France it is the nation’s favourite brand, known for tradition, quality and style. Petit Bateau is an incredibly enduring and much-loved label – do you intend to take it in a new direction? One of our roles is to push the manufacturing process that little bit further to create collections that play to a younger market. We are using our knowledge of street fashion to give the Petit Bateau adult collection a fresh

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1 RYAN LO FROM THE NEWLY EMERGING TO THE WELL ESTABLISHED, TEN YOUNG DESIGNERS WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE

WHO? Born in Hong Kong, Ryan Lo came to London to study fashion, where exposure to the likes of Charles Anastase allowed him to indulge his creative flair. Debuting at Fashion East, Lo’s bold artistry instantly captured the hearts and minds of London’s fashion elite. His accolades include a Dreamy Award from the Serpentine Gallery and a nomination for the Dazed and Confused x G-Shock Award.

WHO? The creation of two Aussie designers, Georgina Edmunds and Fiona Ransom, this London-based atelier boasts experience in some of the world’s finest fashion houses – from Marc Jacobs to Yohji Yamamoto. They favour understated luxury and an intelligent but sensual aesthetic.

‘These are pieces for a woman that maintains an allegiance to her own self-defined beauty. She is strong and willing to take risks; at once seductively austere and wittily opulent.’ WHAT? Pavane’s SS14 collection features sharp cuts tempered by soft drapes, creating voluminous geometric shapes that play with the body’s own form. Determinedly modern with just a hint of the ancient, their pieces exude confidence and elegance.

WHAT? Never much of a one for convention, Lo’s maximalist tendencies and DIY approach see him exploit any and every fabric, from tulle to tinsel, in his unique, handcrafted creations. His SS14 collection is true to form; playful, with a tongue-in-cheek, girly femininity, it features an explosion of colours and fabrics… not to mention a healthy dose of animal ears and tails! ryanlo.co.uk

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WHO? Serbian-born Roksanda Ilincic has been super hot for the last year. Now in her eighth year of wowing the style pack with her London Fashion Week shows, her career began when the Victoria & Albert Museum invited her to exhibit at their prestigious Fashion in Motion show. She never looked back.

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WHO? Graduating Central Saint Martin’s in 2010, Dublinborn Simone Rocha was quick to make her mark on the London scene, debuting at London Fashion Week the same year. A darling of the global media, in 2013 Rocha scooped the Emerging Talent Award for Womenswear at the British Fashion Awards. WHAT? Progeny of the world-famous John, Simone Rocha has firmly established herself in her own right. Famed for her minimalist style, her SS14 collection is bold and provocative. A rich mix of fabrics – clear PVC, matted silk, sheer nude veils and loose leathers – builds an aesthetic that is at once both classic and contemporary, elegantly feminine and yet fiercely assertive. simonerocha.com

WHAT? Ilincic’s designs have become a vital part of many A-listers’ wardrobes, with clients like Rooney Mara, Chloe Sevigny and Lady Gaga queuing up to sport her stuff. Her SS14 collection is an angular yet fluid and beautifully feminine mix of bright citrus colours and darker shades. In a word, gorgeous. roksandailincic.com

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ANNA BYERS

WHO? Widely considered one of the UK’s top emerging jewellery designers, Anna Byers discovered a love for the ‘sacred geometry’ of religious art and architecture while studying in Jerusalem in 2010. Duly inspired, she returned to London and established her own brand at the tail end of 2012, specialising in ‘luxurious statement pieces’ that reference the symmetry and intricacy of the works that had fascinated her during her time abroad.

‘I love being a jewellery designer because it allows me to make little works of art that people can wear and interact with daily.’

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WHO? Highgate-born Sarah Straussberg puts her background in sculpture to good use creating stunning jewellery. After an Art and Design foundation course at Central St Martin’s, she headed south to study Materials Practice at Brighton University. Now back in London, her jewellery business looks set to soar. WHAT? Straussberg’s jewellery is inspired by nature and she names each collection after her closest friends. Her jewellery is far from ostentatious – the designs are simple yet complex, subtle yet eye-catching, making them the perfect accessory for any occasion. sarahstraussberg.com

WHAT? Of her ‘Interactive’ collection, Anna says, ‘It continues [my] exploration of geometric forms, featuring multilayered pieces that can be rotated and re-arranged into virtually endless combinations, inviting the wearer to create their own unique compositions.’ Byers is also fascinated by Optical Art, and her ‘Hex’ collection plays with perceptions of depth and dimension. annabyers.com

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WHO? One of modern fashion’s great success stories, Scottishborn Christopher Kane launched his label in 2006 in collaboration with his sister, Tammy. A slew of acclaimed collections followed, and in 2013 Kane was named Womenswear Designer of the Year at the annual British Fashion Awards. Around the same time, his brand received the financial backing it needed to make the jump to the big leagues. 2014 looks set to be a milestone year. WHAT? Kane’s SS14 collection blends sheer fabrics and cartoonish botanical prints in typically unfettered style. Colours are vivid, lines sharp and references skilfully interwoven – a confident display from one of the world’s young leading lights.

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WHO? Barely a couple of years into her career and Royal College of Art graduate Sophia Webster is already popping up on fashion wishlists around the world. A former assistant

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WHO? Another graduate of Central St Martin’s world-famous Womenswear course, Ward has a flair for both womenswear and jewellery design, which often fuse into one in her designs. She honed her chops working for Italy’s Alberta Ferretti for eighteen months after university, before returning to these shores to launch her own label in 2011. WHAT? Ward’s woman is a thing of power, and her creations reflect this in bold lines and heavy embellishments. Ward’s feeling for form is often approvingly noted by the fashion press, as is the distinctive and striking nature of her aesthetic.

to shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood, she debuted her own first footwear collection in SS13 and immediately set tongues wagging with her effervescent, attention-grabbing (and always feminine) creations. A winner of the British Fashion Council’s prestigious NewGen award three years running, SS14 looks set to push her firmly into the frontline of UK women’s fashion. WHAT? Classic silhouettes get plenty of modern sparkle in Webster’s designs, with everything from high heels to flats getting a dash of party dazzle. The keyword is fun, and for her ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ SS14 collection, Webster lays it on in spades. Insect emblems, botanical shapes and riotous summer colour make for a range poised in some odd, electric place somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Nicki Minaj. We love. sophiawebster.co.uk

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ASHLEY WILLIAMS

WHO? University of Westminster graduate Ashley Williams is forward-thinking London’s designer of choice, whose shows are as much renowned for their grab-bag of esoteric ideas as they are for their on-trend front rows (Nick Grimshaw and Harry Styles are regulars). Already stocked in legendary Paris store Colette, it seems that for Williams, the only way is up. WHAT? Her SS14 collection was leading edge in the best possible way: a fun, frenzied range of ‘80s-inspired printed swimwear, muted grey knits and a handbag shaped like a cute little hammerhead shark. Yes, a bag shaped like a shark. Trust us, fish bags will be on everyone’s wishlist a few months from now.

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PAUL DAY EXHIBITION 26TH MARCH – 19TH APRIL, 2014 PLUS ONE GALLERY, 89-91 PIMLICO ROAD

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lus One Gallery artist Paul Day has spent over twenty years developing a highly personal approach to figurative sculpture with a particular interest in representing the figure in architectural space using high-relief, an art form that combines drawn composition and fully rounded sculpture. Over the years he has developed a form of art singularly difficult to categorise in terms of contemporary artistic idioms. His high relief sculptures in terracotta, resin and bronze have been exhibited widely in Europe and are appreciated not least for their peculiarly

personal approach to perspective, as seen in Brussels, an urban comedy, a 25 metre long terracotta frieze in the Royal Galleries of SaintHubert in Brussels. His exhibitions attract considerable interest from both the public and media alike This appeal of an artist who is unquestionably of his time but whose world links up with a longstanding tradition is rare. Day has the themes of urbanity and the City at the heart of his artistic practice and, in order to represent them, has elaborated a perspective of subjectivity. Since his first solo show in Paris in 1995, Paul Day has undertaken many commissions and exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Canada. It was in 2001 that Paul Day was chosen to create a monument to the Battle of Britain, the completed work which sits on the Victoria Embankment. This was the first public monument to be sited in his home country. Since then other monuments in London have followed, notably The Meeting Place in St Pancras International Station (a 9 meter tall sculpture) and The Queen Mother Memorial on the Mall. Day’s pieces can be found in various important collections, including but not limited to Buckingham Palace, The Palace of Westminster, the Fine Art Museum of Houston, USA,

Arizona State University Museum, USA, The Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, Toronto, Brussels Regional Parliament and Mannheimer Versicherung, Germany. There is a permanent Paul Day exhibition in Musee des Beaux Arts, Beaune, France. Paul Day lives and works in France and is represented by Plus One Gallery. The exhibition runs from 26th March-19th April. Plus One Gallery | 89-91 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH Tel: +44 (0)20 7730 7656 Fax: +44 (0)20 7730 7664 info@plusonegallery.com plusonegallery.com facebook.com/plusonegallery Clockwise from above: I-people (woman), 63 x 50 x 28 cm, White coloured bronze, POA; Station Lovers, 51 x 110 x 28 cm, Bronze, POA; I-people (man), 63 x 50 x 28 cm, White coloured bronze, POA; The Viaduct, 55 x 105 x 30 cm, Bronze, POA.

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Creative kidswear label Boys & Girls have teamed up with East London street artist Malarky to create a limited edition range of sweat tops and tees for SS14. Bright, bold and summery to the max, the ‘urban beach’ collection is made from certified organic cotton and eco-friendly prints. boysandgirlsshop.com

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Get training in early with this delightful Bistro Kitchen from the Great Little Trading Company. It’s neat, petite and sweet, allowing budding chefs to whip up a dish, bake a cake and then do the necessary washing-up. They can even do the laundry while they’re at it. All that’s left is to say bon appétit. £125; gltc.co.uk

NIGHTY NIGHT

Islington-based Atticus & Gilda make bedtimes magical with a range of children’s nightwear that seems to have leapt straight from classic storybooks. We’re talking dinky Chinese-style pyjamas and Peter Pan & Wendy nightdresses – add a sleepy tot or two for maximum cuteness. atticusandgilda.co.uk

PACK YOUR TRUNK Folding clothes will never be boring again with Anaiza’s Jacinto storage trunk. The brainchild of a Kensington mum, each item from this range of handcrafted wooden nursery furniture takes inspiration from a different African animal. £950; anaiza.co.uk

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Why struggle to get your child into an oversubscribed school when you can pay someone to do it for you? Amanda Constance investigates the dark arts of the School Placement Service o you’ve got deep pockets and sharp elbows, but are they enough to get your child into the school you want? In the now hyper-competitive world of our most elite independent schools, the answer, probably, is no. In the race for a place, high-octane parents are using a Schools Placement Service. For a sizeable fee, super-tutor agencies such as Holland Park Education and Bonas MacFarlane will not only identify the appropriate school for your child, they will assess and tutor the child for the examination and interview process, fill in any applications, provide personal references to the chosen schools and even arrange private visits to them. It is hand-holding of the highest order, with both agencies boasting they will look after your loved one’s every educational need ‘from cradle to career’.

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And it doesn’t come cheap. Holland Park Education charges £5,000 for the service. But as William Stadlen, the Savile Row-suited founder and managing director of HPE attests, this is ‘investment insurance’. Many of HPE’s clients will be spending ‘500k per child over 10 years’ and ‘we get that investment right for a fraction of the cost’. Holland Park Education’s clients are mostly bankers and the global super-rich. And they start early. Stadlen admits to meeting ‘a bizarre amount of pregnant women’; he recounts having to reassure the mildly hysterical parents of an 18 month-old girl that it was not ‘too late to get her into Cambridge’. Holland Park Education doesn’t carry out assessments on children under the age of five, but it does have an early years consultant who can place your baby in the nursery of

your dreams, part one of a ‘road map’, an educational strategy designed for your child that should see the apple of your eye waltzing into Oxbridge 15 years later. The process starts with an initial consultation with Stadlen where he ascertains the family’s situation and what ambitions they have for their children. There follows an assessment; a quantitative analysis using a sophisticated computer program and a qualitative assessment with one of HPE’s specialist consultants, each of whom has more than 1,000 hours of preparing children for exams under their belt. HPE create a longlist and then whittle this down to a shortlist of the most suitable schools based upon the family’s specific wishes, the child’s academic potential and extra-curricular concerns such as music or sport etc. The assessments will also highlight any areas where your child might need extra help to achieve the sky-high academic standard these schools require. If so, the agency has a battery of young Oxbridgey tutors who can make sure your child is ready for their entrance exams at 7+, 11+ or 13+. Once a shortlist of schools has been decided, HPE will send on the assessor’s reports plus the agency’s own reference to the chosen schools. And this is really what you are paying for. Stadlen has spent the last decade or more building relationships with the registrars and heads in all of the best schools. His recommendation opens doors. As he explains: ‘There is currency to our word because we have successfully placed children before.’ The schools want the best pupils and know that HPE can deliver them. As Stadlen wryly adds, when it comes to the quid pro quo relationships between schools and agencies, ‘we’re not ahead of the curve, I think we created the curve’. HPE refute the notion that 'there is one perfect school – this often only serves to increase the pressure on a child', says Stadlen. But how do you tell a Russian oligarch that his Evgeny isn’t a suitable candidate for Harrow? ‘It’s all about expectation management,’ says Stadlen smoothly. ‘In the cases where a family have their heart set on one or two particular schools, then our close relationships with these schools means we may be able open certain doors. If we want to get a child into Eton or St Paul’s, then we get that child into Eton or St Paul’s'. Sounds like good value for money. hollandparkeducation.com bonasmacfarlane.co.uk

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Designers Makers and Old Spitalfields Market bring you their top gift picks for Mother’s Day, Sunday 30th March.

ANNA WISCOMBE Mother and Baby Wallbirds £20 a set, annawiscombe.com

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Swarovski Pearl Choker, £75, etsy.com/uk/shop/TheJewelleryFactory

Rose Thorn Hoops £65, reojewels.co.uk

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Lavender Butterfly screen-printed by hand, filled with Yorkshire lavender. £10, rosaandclaradesigns.co.uk

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here are some beautiful seasonal fruits and vegetables around at this time of year, with a couple of my favourites being British kale and beetroot. Kale seems to be having a real moment with everyone right now, and you can’t beat it cooked and buttered on the side of some roast pork or a rib of beef. Beetroot doesn’t seem to have the same universal appeal, but when you pair its sweet earthiness with a tangy, salty cheese like Wensleydale or with the strong gamey-ness of venison, trust me, it’s heavenly. I live in Spitalfields and it’s not far to travel to Leila’s Shop on Calvert Avenue to pick up some of the best produce. It’s a real local treasure, all set out gorgeously, and it serves daily specials in the café part – sometimes just a stunning bowl of peas! Leila’s is just over from Rochelle Canteen, which is another place I regularly go to eat the best of the seasons. There are beautiful pies and stews from a daily changing menu by Margot Henderson – constantly proving that simple dishes can be the tastiest. I share this philosophy of simplicity and quality ingredients and that’s what influences my cooking at Merchants Tavern. In March we’ll be considering spring vegetable salads, such as fennel with a ceviche of sea bream and apple, and I’m looking forward to the first of the asparagus arriving in the next month or so. That said, there’re some great dishes in East London that I seek out all year round – Eccles cakes at St.John, charcuterie at Brawn... and I go to Androuet for some good British and French cheeses and the opportunity to practise my French with the employees. A bit further south, in Bermondsey, there’s the Ham and Cheese Company, where I while away weekends tasting the new charcuterie and chatting with the owner, Elliot – he is a true foodie and his shop is a peaceful haven amid the London madness. I’m really into honey and the whole process of how it’s made and all the regional diversity, so while in the area I’ll drop in to the London Honey Company too. I always think it’s funny when people talk about Britain’s negative culinary stereotype. In and around my little corner at least, there’s a real foodie treasure trove. 36 Charlotte Road, EC2; merchantstavern.co.uk

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ROAST HARISSA SALMON WITH LEMONY GIANT COUSCOUS Salmon is an oily fish that is packed with flavour, which makes it a great choice for partnering the chilli kick of harissa. Rose harissa has a more fragrant flavour than regular harissa but either would work well here. The beads of giant couscous absorb their lemony dressing, making them little flavour bombs with an amazingly vibrant colour. INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed 1 x 600g piece sustainable salmon fillet (skin on) a good drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil a large handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped a small handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped a small handful of fresh coriander, chopped

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long before opening and then there’s a couple of soft openings. It must be nerve-racking as you approach opening night…

Well I’ve been involved with restaurant openings for my whole career, moving from restaurant to restaurant – the biggest move perhaps being from Aubergine to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road [Sargeant joined as sous-chef and earned a Michelin star within a year]. Obviously it wasn’t my name on the door but we were all on tenterhooks for that one. I opened Claridges, which was my own first opening back in 2001… so when it came to opening Rocksalt, although it was outside of London, I went through the motions again. Would you say you’ve got opening restaurants down pat?

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You can never tell! You’re always working with new people, in a new area and demographic. In London, from Chelsea to Shoreditch, your customer base is completely different. It’s never black and white. Plus, you have to account for freak accidents. Our extractor fan broke down on the opening night of Royal Hospital Road, which was in August.

How have things been going at Plum + Spilt Milk?

I came to the party late last year, after the restaurant had already opened, but luckily got everything installed in time for a decent runup to Christmas – so it’s been very busy so far. The service was pretty slick before I arrived, the Head Chef is great... we’re not trying to do anything too clever with the food. It’s been so well-received...

Yes… but you know, you’re only as good as your last meal! How much planning goes into launching a new restaurant?

You have to come up with the concept, employ and train the staff. You work relentlessly on sourcing producers and suppliers and then on the dishes. There’s a lot of menu-tasting going on

In June 2011 you opened two restaurants [Rocksalt and The Smokehouse] around the same time; was that stressful?

Well, we opened Rocksalt first because essentially The Smokehouse just does good-quality fish and chips, so its nowhere near the same scale. Plum + Spilt Milk has played its part in the wider Kings Cross regeneration project. Do you remember the area before it began to gentrify? What do you think about its new lease on life?

Oh god, yeah. I used to spend my weekends there raving back in the old days. It was horrible. Although it’s surprising it took so long. I’m just glad it didn’t happen in the Nineties – can you imagine how awful it would have been? Some stupid developer would have gone in there and ruined it. Actually, Folkestone is a prime example of that. There’s a lot of

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Edwardian architecture here because it used to be a holiday hotspot, so you see a string of lovely buildings alongside these disgusting post-war apartment blocks. I get the high-speed link into King’s Cross and it’s abuzz now – there’s Caravan, Grain Store, D&D are opening in the [German] Gymnasium... Google headquarters have pitched up; it’s just a great hub of restaurants, especially for out-oftowners. What’s your favourite dish on the Plum + Spilt Milk menu?

We’ll do an amazing piece of fish or meat with a couple of garnishes; it’s not ‘Michelin’ dishes – I don’t go in for cooking those anymore. I wanted to design a timeless menu of food that I want to eat. There are several British classics. We’ve got a fantastic range of steaks on the menu – my favourite is the Porterhouse T-bone, which is for sharing. We’ve also got these amazing onion rings made with gluten-free flour, which makes them extra crispy. So would you say you enjoy British cooking the most? Do you do the cooking at home? Do your kids like your food?

Well, what’s British cooking? We’ve got a prawn and butternut squash curry on the menu, which is a hybrid

my profession, I want my girls to grow up being aware of good food. I cook a roast every week and they love it. What was it really like working with Gordon Ramsay?

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of Indian and Thai, but what we prefer to push is British provenance. Squid, for example, is thought of as a Mediterranean dish, but the English Channel is full of amazing fresh squid. Home is where I cook now – I no longer cook in restaurants. I’ve cooked professionally for over 20 years and been in kitchens since I was 13; for 13 years I worked with Gordon, which in dog years is about 100, doing 106-hour weeks, so when I opened my restaurants, I was adamant I wasn’t going to cook apart from at the soft openings. But it allows you to do a lot more in the time. I do a lot of consultancy work and am quite involved in the education sector. I’ve got a young family and this way of working allows me to be at home and cook for my daughters, Ivy and Pearl, every day. And while I’ll by no means necessarily encourage them to go into

My answer to this is always, ‘If it was that bad, I wouldn’t have stayed 13 years.’ I learned a hell of a lot and I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today without that experience and I have no negative feelings about it. He was a massive influence and we were together almost every single day. We’re no longer in touch; we cut the apron strings. In a way it was like having an overbearing father; you have to break away at some point and make your own decisions. But then the ‘90s were a bit overbearing. Things are calmer now and it’s not all about Michelin stars. Where have you lived in London?

I lived in Chiswick for a time. We lived on Devonshire Road, just a short stroll from the High Road. I used to drive from Chiswick to Claridge’s and it would take me an hour and a half – I can get to London quicker from Folkestone now. I’ve lived in Neasden, Wandsworth, Battersea, Clerkenwell, Greenwich – from where I started Rocksalt – then Sevenoaks and Folkestone. So I eased myself out of London slowly. What are your plans for 2014?

I’m looking to possibly do Rocksalt London and potentially an Oxwell & Co – which is the restaurant I own in Singapore. I’m consulting for a new spa in Sevenoaks called Reynold’s Retreat and continuing my work with ISS [the International Schools Service]. I’ll be launching the Mark Sargeant Academy at East Kent College – Gary Rhodes is an old alumnus. Starting out is the hardest part of being a chef, so the education and employment side of things is very important to me. I don’t believe in keeping everything I’ve learned along the way to myself! Plum + Spilt Milk, The Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, N1C; plumandspiltmilk.com

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ARCHITECTURAL FORUM Architectural Forum offers an eclectic mix of reclaimed flooring, furniture and pub fittings as well as stylish antique cast iron radiators and period chimney pieces. Antique Victorian sash windows have been converted into mirrors providing the elusion of light and space – they’re eco-friendly and look exceptionally sophisticated too. 312 Essex Road, N1 3AX, 020 7704 0982; thearchitecturalforum.com

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THE HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM BEHIND ‘ACCIDENTAL INTERIORS’ BRAND HOUSE OF HACKNEY TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR HIP HOMEWARES Tell us about the birth of the brand – where were you based before you opened the flagship Shoreditch store? In April, we’ll have been going for three years. For the launch we did a three-day pop-up in an amazing Dalston townhouse. My husband Javvy and I felt that there was a gap in the market for stylish, upmarket interiors which were neither cheap nor super expensive. We could never find furnishings we ourselves would want to buy; the aesthetic we had was for traditional pieces with a twist, with an emphasis on colour, texture and quality. A month into opening we were approached to do a clothing line for Opening Ceremony. The reaction to it was great and we realised the potential of our prints.

Hackney. When we launched we did a short pop-up with Wild at Heart florists and now we have an in-house garden room.

Was it always your intention to open a store? Yes. To really showcase the quality of the product, it is important. The store is an experience and a magical world of House of

Do you feel that the brand embodies a typical Hackney resident? Is this who you design for? We’ve very inspired by the local area

What drew you to designing home furnishings in the first place? Do you come from artistic backgrounds? I was a buyer at Topshop, very much growing the design side of things. I come from a design family; there’s quite a few designers and architects among us. My husband Javvy did an MA in Fashion Studies and Product Design. We’ve always been interested in interiors and you get such a wide range of customers; with the advent of blogs, more and more people are getting into interiors and getting creative with the way they furnish their homes.

whether it be Dalston street-style or the colours of Ridley Road Market. Our first collection was influenced by Victorian-era Hackney, our Palmeral print is inspired by the largest old palm house in Britain that used to be on Mare Street and supplied Kew Gardens. There’s a Domino’s Pizza on that site now! We very much design for ourselves. We live for the brand! We furnish our home in the prints – some of our first press shots were taken at home. Is it important to you that your products are manufactured in Britain? Absolutely; we are 95% made in England – our t-shirts are the only things that aren’t, as they’re made from Italian silk. Was it always the plan to apply your print expertise to fashion? Are there more collaborations in the pipeline following the success of the lovely capsule collection for ASOS? It was just based on customer demand. The fashion for us is very simple. We have got some

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‘aspirational’. I think people have welcomed the fact that we try to keep our prices as low as we can and that we manufacture beautifully-made items on home soil. What do you see as being the future of the company? Mainly expanding our product areas to include kitchenware, more bed-linen, stationery... and in fact we’re already working on our Christmas decorations for our very own Christmas shop! 131 Shoreditch High Street, E1; houseofhackney.com

really cool collaborations with Puma, Terry de Havilland and Globe-Trotter luggage [in the pipeline]. You’ve just opened a concession in Liberty, too. Exciting? Liberty has been an amazing supporter of the brand all along, the store was our first stockist. The brands sit very nicely alongside each other. Why do you think the brand has been so well-received? For a few different reasons I would say. The aesthetic feels fresh in the face of a lot of dull, generic interiors options. I think there is a backlash against mass-production, highstreet goods and poor quality – and on the flip-side, what we’re offering is affordable luxury, rather than 59

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GARDENING NOTES Make like a tree

Celebrating the simple beauty of the most obvious but smallest part of a tree, Overleaf is a collection of 74 detailed paintings of leaves. Accompanying sister-inlaw Susan’s sweetly simple illustrations, Richard Ogilvy writes a concise portrait of each tree and explains how it relates to its environment. £18 (Kew Publishing); amazon.co.uk

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Bringing Peter Rabbit’s cabbage patch to life, this book tells of how Beatrix Potter’s most famous tale arose from a series of letters to her former governess’s son. Old photos, seasonal studies of Hill Top’s garden and Potter’s own plant portraits only serve to make this book even more delightful. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, £16.99 (Timber Press), available from Waterstones, 11 Islington Green, N1; waterstones.co.uk

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You don’t need anything extravagant to make the most of pretty blooms; these sweet and simple hanging glass vases from Oscar & Eve will perk up any room. £4.95 each; oscarandeve.co.uk

KATE GOULD’S Plant of the month mphalodes cappadocica is an absolutely lovely low-growing perennial that flowers in March and April with really intense blue starry blooms and contrasting with the bright green, heart-shaped leaves. This is such a great ground cover plant that grows rapidly in shady conditions where the soil is not too fertile or damp. It can outgrow

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and will happily provide an understorey to larger shrubs such as Hydrangea and Euonymus. Kate Gould is an award-winning garden designer with more than a decade’s hands-on experience transforming gardens of all sizes. She’s also a regular exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where she has been awarded three gold medals; kategouldgardens.com

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As a British colony, Hong Kong was an enduring reminder of former imperial grandeur. Yet today is a very different story. 20 years since her last visit, Broadcaster Sue Lawley returns to discover a city charging headlong into the future‌

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ong Kong has no room for the past. Its history lies buried beneath the crowd of skyscrapers that smother every inch of its surface, a constantly replenished jungle of stone, steel and glass. For a hundred and fifty years Hong Kong was a British colony. Extracted from the mainland of imperial China at the end of the Opium Wars in 1842, it survived invasion and occupation by the Japanese in the Second World War and the upheavals of the Chinese Communist Revolution until we returned it to China in 1997. A stroll round Hong Kong today, however, reveals none of this. Only the Peak Tram, a dainty piece of Victorian engineering that trundles tourists by the wagonload from the centre of the city to its highest point, reminds you of its colonial past. I hadn’t visited Hong Kong for more than twenty years – long before the handover to China. It may now be part of the People’s Republic of China but it has special status: it is still run on a capitalist system. And it’s growing at a colossal rate. However, residents can’t be certain what the future holds. ‘We have to be patient,’ I was told by a district judge. ‘We don’t know what will happen – but if you go to cities such as Shanghai, they are every bit as commercial as here. They don’t seem "communist" at all.’ Other residents are more sceptical. A distinguished British-born Chinese man told me that the unseen but controlling hand of the People’s Republic now infected all the major decisions about the government of Hong Kong. Armed with these political thoughts, I set out to explore the world’s most vertical city. In the best areas, land is at a premium – apartments sell for about £3,000 per square foot, as much, if not more, than the swishest Knightsbridge properties – but beyond the city lie miles of untouched countryside, too steep and unforgiving to be developed. I was taken by boat around some of the hundreds of uninhabited islands and their beautiful beaches off the coast of the New Territories and shown nature trails that lead through miles of forest. Hiking, sailing and golf are now important Hong Kong activities: an essential escape from the suffocating crowds at its heart. My own escape from the bustle lay in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the first luxury hotel to be opened in Hong Kong, which is this year celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Here you can imagine what life in colonial days might have been like. The place is immaculate: you feel like the governor (or the governor’s wife) as soon as you walk in. Doors are opened, lifts

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summoned, bags carried and tables booked by an army of staff, each one of whom treats you as if you were the only person who mattered. It’s very addictive. The only thing that’s changed about this hotel is its location. It’s still in the same spot – but whereas it once stood almost on the waterfront near where the Star Ferry crosses from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, it’s now five hundred yards back from the water. Land has been reclaimed from the harbour to allow more building. That’s Hong Kong for you. Although none of this appears to have affected the hotel’s views, and its restaurants, bars and rooms still offer a magnificent panorama of Victoria Harbour – one of the great maritime sights of the world. The Mandarin Oriental is still the epitome of Asian luxury. Such service does not come cheap, of course, but if you want a refuge from the enervating world of Hong Kong, it’s the place to be. Since passing into Chinese hands, Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial activity has only increased. But something else seems to be happening too. The city has a more international feel – perhaps the result of the flood of Chinese who now visit from across the border. Kowloon, the home of Chinese night markets and tailors’ shops, is now also full of global shopping brands which jostle for space between the myriad of stalls and shops selling goods from all over the

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KITCHENS t Concept Kitchens Islington, it’s all about Y-line from Pronorm – the name that set standards. The sleek handleless range takes kitchen architecture to a new dimension with its purist design as well as being ergonomic and versatile in planning. The Y-line is recognised for its quality, is extremely popular with architects and designers and is fast becoming the brand of choice for Islington homes. Y-line’s materials, trendy colour shades, form, function and design combine successfully to create innovative designs for the most discerning kitchen and living areas. Concept Kitchens stands for reliability in quality and service, as well as for visionary design ideas. The creation of a heavenly sanctuary is paramount. With a strong team of personable, talented designers who focus on exceptional design experiences, the finest fittings and most innovative products, the end user is provided with a design illustrated by CAD software and a unique but practical kitchen space. The minimalistic design and carefully crafted workplace is planned to perfection by Concept Kitchens, and tailored to meet the needs and of the individual customer. Finished to perfection and taking in every last detail, the Y-line is an aspirational kitchen that is made-to-measure and stunning in design. Concept kitchens will maximise potential with ingenious interior fittings that make full use of space.

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world. On Hong Kong Island, a stroll along Hollywood Road – on what are called the Mid-Levels – reveals an endless parade of trendy art galleries and designer boutiques. In the old days you would never have thought of Hong Kong as an ‘arty’ place. That’s all changing now. But the essence of Hong Kong remains: its flood of trade is like the estuary of a great river fed by tributaries from many different places. This new dynamism affects two of the things for which Hong Kong has always been famous – food and architecture. You can still eat a sumptuous meal at any one of the hundreds of local restaurants, often choosing your seafood from a tank in the window (hairy crab, abalone – sea snails – and squid), but in recent years the international foodie army has arrived on Hong Kong’s shores, sprinkling stars and its little red forks on restaurants of all descriptions. Eating in Hong Kong has always been an adventure into a culinary jungle, but these days they give you a map. Making a decision about where to eat proved one of the most taxing parts of my visit. And the buildings just get taller. The new International Commerce Centre which stands at the western end of Victoria Harbour is – at over 1,500 feet –

Language is just about the only element of Hong Kong's colonial past that's still in existence

now the tallest building in the city. They wanted to make it even taller, but that would have meant it was higher than Hong Kong’s highest natural point, The Peak, so the building was scaled back. Nevertheless, it’s a towering reminder of the energy and power that Asia, and particularly China, is now unleashing. Under the Basic Law that was enacted as part of the handover to China, English remains, with Chinese, one of the city’s two official languages – a status it will retain for the next thirty-four years at least. But language is just about the only element of Hong Kong’s colonial past that’s still in existence. Everything else has gone, obliterated by the city’s relentless march into the future, a metropolis stretching ever upwards in its search for commercial heaven. It is a twenty-first century phenomenon: a place where the world is changing fast. It’s this that makes Hong Kong a place that has to be seen.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL Five nights at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong from £1,595 per person including breakfast, flights and transfers booked with Audley Travel who offer tailormade itineraries throughout Southeast Asia (www.audleytravel.com/01993 838 100). For further information on Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong please call +852 2522 0111 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong

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THE SUITE A first floor suite boasts a master bedroom, a luxurious en-suite bathroom, fullyequipped kitchen and a comfortable seating and dining area. The somewhat gigantic bed has the most cloud-like mattress on the market, ensuring slumber comes easy after a day on the beach. A secluded balcony overlooking the crashing waves lies just outside the bedroom and, once you get the knack of them, French windows allow access to it. Whilst it’s ideal for a couple on a romantic minibreak, children under 14 can be accommodated on z-beds, so it’s great for small families too.

St. Moritz

On site since the 1930s, the ‘new’ rebuilt St. Moritz hotel nestles snugly above the village of Trebetherick, near the notorious Rock. Art Deco-inspired, a £15million investment saw the hotel transform into a Miami-esque structure, reminiscent of an ocean liner from the outside. Meanwhile inside, it’s all Jamie Oliver-approved interiors by Absolute Design of Falmouth. Made up of 48 hotel bedrooms and 16 suites, each with jawdropping seaside views, St. Moritz is a gem of an escape for both the weekender and the holidaymaker.

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THE RESTAURANT With an impressive breakfast buffet and dinner menu, new head chef (and Rick Stein protégé) Jamie Porter delivers on quality, freshness and locality of ingredients. The cornish crab salad is crustacean heaven, whilst the whole plaice with brown shrimps and capers is rather good too. For a change of scenery, spring and summer lunches can be enjoyed by the pool (with a sea view) at ‘Sea Side at St Moritz’ – an adorable outhouse serving light bites such as crunchy, crispy squid and oriental mussels.

Enveloped within the cosy confines of the hotel is the Cornish Cowshed, part of the much-loved family of Cowshed spas. Available to guests and non-residents alike, the spa is home to a comprehensive gym, lap and fun pools, a sauna and a Hammam-style steam room. A number of beauty treatments are on offer, but we highly recommend the Cowshed 60-minute facial. Using Cowshed’s signature therapeutic products, it includes exfoliation, cleansing, a relaxing massage and a bespoke facial mask, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean, free from any sand, salt or stress.

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A ground floor suite from £210 per night including breakfast, first floor sea view suite from £345 per night. Average lunch is £17.50 for two courses, and dinner, £30 for three courses. The Cowshed 60-minute facial treatment is £60. Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SD, 01208 862242; stmoritzhotel.co.uk

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Eleanor Road, E8 Recently refurbished to an excellent standard is this four bedroom Victorian terraced house. The property is arranged over four floors and offers over 1600 sq ft of flexible living space. Further features include a decked roof terrace, landscaped garden and a feature staircase with glass balustrade visible throughout the house.

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£315,000 Leasehold Mare Street, E8  • One Bedroom • First Floor • Well Presented • Popular Location • EPC Rating D

£845,000 Freehold Middleton Road, E8  • Three Bedrooms • South Facing Garden • Popular Location • EPC Rating D

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£1,950,000 Freehold  Richmond Road, E8  • Semi Detached Period House • Five/Seven Bedrooms • 80› South Facing Garden • Views Over London Fields • EPC Rating D

£1,100,000 Freehold  Brownlow Road, E8 • Close to London Fields • Semi-Detached House • Three Double Bedrooms • Studio Space in the Garden • EPC Rating E

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£475 per week Skipworth Road, E9 • Two bedrooms • Close to Victoria Park • Garden • Off Street Parking

£560 per week Royal Gate Apartments E9 • Two double bedrooms • Over 1000 sq/ft • School conversion • Lauriston catchment area

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£390,000 Leasehold Old Ford Road, E3 • One bedroom • Period conversion • Large south facing garden • Overlooking Victoria Park • EPC Rating D

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GEE STREET, EC1 £650 Per Week A spectacular warehouse conversion with over 1,200 sq ft of accommodation. On the ground floor are two large double bedrooms, both with en-suites and a large balcony that runs the width of the property. The kitchen is fully fitted and has an industrial feel with stainless steel and black granite, the living room has access to another balcony, with large windows looking out towards the Shard. Daveys of Spitalfields

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ABSOLUTELY Property FLETCHING ROAD, E5 £850,000 Freehold A beautifully appointed period family home with generous living accommodation and a host of features to include sash windows, original exposed floorboards and fireplaces. Comprising; three double bedrooms, a large through lounge, superb kitchen/ breakfast room with access to part patio/lawn rear garden, cellar, first floor bathroom with freestanding ball and claw bathtub and good size loft space with potential to convert (STPP).

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£799,995 Long Leasehold A brand new three bedroom apartment in the most eagerly anticipated development in Shoreditch. Located on the fourth floor and offering over 900 sq ft; including a balcony, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and open plan lounge and kitchen. The development will offer residents cutting edge design with 24 hour porter, gymnasium and communal gardens. Located close to Shoreditch High Street Station and within walking distance of Liverpool Street.

£350,000 An immaculately presented, spacious one bedroom second floor flat set within a modern purpose built block. The property comprises of lounge/open plan fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom/wc. The property is situated within walking distance of Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Dalston Kingsland/Junction stations. In addition, the area is served by local amenities and numerous bus routes that provide easy access to the City, Central, North and East London.

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A rare opportunity to rent this stunning two bedroom apartment within this characterful warehouse conversion. The property is on the 1st floor and consists of a well-designed lounge and kitchen, with solid wood flooring, huge original windows and a newly fitted kitchen, there are two double bedrooms, and a bathroom with shower over bath. This quiet property benefits from being minutes from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland Stations, and the ever changing Kingsland Road/Stoke Newington High Street, with its abundance of trendy cafes, bars and shops. Available now. Private parking available on separate negotiation.

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Set on the top floor of a purpose built development located close to Dalston, is this two bedroom apartment. The property offers a bright open-plan reception with dual aspect windows, modern kitchen, two double bedrooms and a three piece bathroom suite. Ideally situated close to local transport links and the numerous bars & restaurants of Kingsland Road. Offered with no onward chain.

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Located on the ever popular Broadway Market is this 900sqft, split level, top floor apartment. Situated within a secure gated development the property, accessed via a courtyard patio garden, comprises a spacious lounge with separate kitchen / diner on the ground floor. Two generous double bedrooms, three piece bathroom suite and additional balcony on the upper floors. The property is presented in good decorative order and offers a wealth of natural light through its numerous sash windows. With the cafés, bars and restaurants of Broadway Market on your doorstep. Leasehold

£435pw

A fantastic opportunity to rent this new two bedroom flat on Broadway Market. The property has solid wood flooring throughout, under floor heating and is very high spec. The property consists of a large open plane lounge and fully fitted kitchen, one double bedroom and one single, bathroom with shower over bath. Available 8th March.

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Broadway Market, E8

Carysfort Road, N16

£950pw

A fantastic opportunity to rent this stunning four bedroom Victorian house. The property is well laid out with a lounge to the front, a gorgeous modern kitchen leading onto a huge open living space with glass doors leading to a lovely garden. Perfectly located for Church Street, Stoke Newington High Street and is in the catchment area for Stoke Newington Secondary School. Available 5th March Part Furnished

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Q. I am about to sell my flat, which comes with a share in the freehold. I would like the sale to go through as quickly as possible. Is there any documentation I could collate now to speed up the process?

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ever make, and getting the best deal on your mortgage is a must. A mortgage broker can help you to both find and arrange a deal on your mortgage that you may not find on the high street. There are various classes of mortgage brokers regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and each differs on the range of deals they are able to access and, consequently, the scope of advice they are able to offer. A ‘whole of market’ mortgage broker has access to every mortgage product on the market, which means they can provide you with lots of different options, without being restricted to certain products or lenders. This allows you to compare rates and costs across the board, which should result in you saving money in the long term on your mortgage.

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Lettings Manager at Stirling Ackroyd, Clerkenwell � 020 7549 0606; stirlingackroyd.com

A. You don’t mention if the freehold is owned by individuals or by a company. If the freehold is owned by individuals, each individual will need to execute a document called a Transfer. This is usually prepared by either your solicitor or the buyer’s solicitors. The execution of this document should be undertaken at an early stage of the conveyancing process to avoid delays in obtaining the relevant signatures. In such cases it is highly advisable to have this document executed and placed on your solicitor’s file before exchange takes place. If the freehold is owned by a company, the documentation required will vary depending on the type of company it is. If the company is limited by guarantee, your solicitor will want to have a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company and a copy of your Certificate of Membership although it is not essential to have such a Certificate so you shouldn’t worry if you don’t have one. If the company is limited by shares then your solicitor will need to have a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the original Share Certificate you have in the company. It will also be useful to know who the current company secretary is so when the property is sold, the buyer’s solicitors can contact that person in order to arrange for a new Certificate to be issued in your buyer’s favour.

FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED? Optimising your property for prospective tenants is one of the best ways for Landlords to find good quality long term tenants, and quickly! The difficulty can be that tenant requirements differ, and choosing to furnish it can be a significant and potentially expensive decision. A good agent will always be able to advise you on what applicants are asking for; our office sees the majority of applicants in the City Fringes are looking for furnished. Given the quality of the properties here, we would also make sure that Landlords consider a better grade of furnishings as they tend to last longer, and complement the property which can be so important for viewings. It is worth remembering the options of furniture storage or rental furniture packages, which for the right tenant might work out cheaper than a costly void period.

ASK THE EXPERTS Contact property partner Andrew Flint with no obligation on (0)20 7354 3000 or email andrew.flint@colmancoyle.com  www.colmancoyle.com 80 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU

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moved house seven times as a child, and strangely enough I loved having a new room, living in a new street and exploring new areas. I am originally from London (born in Dulwich) and at school I loved English, as well as Art, and went on to study Graphic Design and Typography. However, I always had a burning desire to sell property. I started out as an estate agent in 2004 in a South London agency. I was on a mission to buy a property and luckily it took me 18 months to achieve my goal. The first role I had was as a lettings negotiator in Oval and Kennington. I soon learned that lettings wasn’t for me and moved into sales in East Dulwich, just before that area became the sought after location it is now. I then went on to open a new office in Lewisham. Following that, I left that company to work for a central London agent, and during the credit crunch years, post-2007, when the market had died down, I decided to use that time to add another string to my bow and moved into the world of media. I began working for News International on the property titles at The Times and The Sunday Times. I worked as an Account Manager for four years, managing the accounts of advertising agencies and their clients’ exposure in our print, online and iPad offerings. After a while I grew bored of London and decided to do a bit of travelling, as I hadn’t taken the usual gap year after studying. I saved some cash, rented out my flat, sold my car, quit my job and went to South East Asia. It was a great experience and extremely liberating for me. When I came back, I learned about the role of Sales Manager at Atkinson Mcleod in Hackney where I currently work. I had always missed selling property and being an agent. It’s my passion and part of who I am. I went along for the interview and

here I am! We opened the doors of our new office in October last year. Since then, we have been extremely busy which is great and so positive for a brand new office. The locals have really welcomed us to the area. After returning from my travels I decided that if I was going to continue living in this city, I really needed to fall back in love with London, and it has been Hackney that has helped me do that. I love that each section of the area has its own totally different vibe and character. From London Fields and the Broadway market, to the open spaces and village feel of Victoria Park, the ever increasingly popular Chatsworth Road, and the stunning streets of De Beauvoir. Our offices are located right next to the Hackney Empire which is a reminder of the history in Hackney, and I love the grade II listed properties in the area. We’re also really close to Hackney Picture House, it’s great to be able to pop in to catch a film on a weeknight. I really appreciate the independent coffee shops here like Hackney Bureau further along Mare Street and L’eau à la Bouche on Broadway Market. I feel Hackney and its surroundings will continue to develop and grow in the future. Areas neighbouring the hot spots are benefitting from the ripple effect and growth that has impacted upon particular pockets of this part of East London. The “Fashion Hub” is also an exciting project that will further develop the area, and I cant wait to see it all unfold, knowing I’ve been a part of it. I feel blessed to work in such an evolving part of London that I feel so enthusiastic about.

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Property Development MERANTI HOUSE: THE LATEST COLLECTION OF LUXURY HOMES TO LAUNCH AT GOODMAN’S FIELDS, ALDGATE Goodman’s Fields, Berkeley’s landmark development in Aldgate, has launched its eagerly awaited next collection of apartments, Meranti House. Goodman’s Fields will provide over 920 homes, three new urban squares, a central piazza with new high-end shops, restaurants, bars and cafés and a new hotel with access to over two acres of parks and open spaces. Meranti House is a 20 storey tower comprising 107 studios, one, two and threebedroom apartments and one duplex penthouse with views overlooking the City and towards Canary Wharf. Prices at Meranti House at Goodman’s Fields start from £675,000. First completions are scheduled for 2017. 020 3217 1000; goodmansfields.co.uk

RIVERWALK: LUXURY RIVERSIDE APARTMENTS IN WESTMINSTER Due for completion in 2015, Riverwalk will be a collection of 116 highly specified one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and penthouses, with prices starting from £1.8m. Ronson Capital Partners LLP, the real estate investment company, announced the launch of Riverwalk, a prime waterfront development on the north bank of the Thames in Westminster. Spread across two organically shaped buildings of six and seventeen floors respectively, the apartments will be ideally located in an enviable riverside position at the heart of Westminster, an exclusive residential area in prime central London.

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Stirling Ackroyd All around East London E8

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HACKNEY SALES - SLEDGE TOWER An immaculately finished 2 bedroom apartment set within one of Hackney’s most sought after developments. EPC - C

HACKNEY SALES – STRAND BUILDING Forming part of this highly sought after 1920s Art Deco building is this beautifully presented 1st floor 1 bedroom apartment. EPC - C

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SHOREDITCH SALES - CYPRUS STREET A beautiful 4 bedroom, 2/3 storey Victorian house, located between the wide open spaces of Victoria Park and Bethnal Green underground. EPC – F

SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838

CLERKENWELL 020 7549 0606

HACKNEY 020 7749 3807

WEST END 020 7256 3244

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SHOREDITCH SALES - SUNLIGHT SQUARE A very well presented loft style, 2 double bedroom apartment situated in this popular development near Bethnal Green underground station. EPC - C

BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888

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HACKNEY LETTINGS- GILLETT PLACE A superior architecturally designed 3 bedroom property forming part of a desirable modern gated development in the heart of Dalston Hackney

HACKNEY LETTINGS - SANDRINGHAM ROAD An imposing 4 bedroom newly renovated 4 bedroom, 3 storey Victorian house, moments from Dalston Junction & London Fields.

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SHOREDITCH LETTINGS - WILKES STREET Situated in the heart of Spitalfields is this is a stunning 4 bedroom Grade II listed French Huguenot period House. EPC-F

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS - FOLGATE STREET A superb 2 double bedroom modern apartment situated within a popular residential block in the heart of Spitalfields E1. EPC - C

LETTINGS PRICES EXCLUDE ADDITIONAL FEES. PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

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