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CONTENTS September 2013
05 EDITOR’S LETTER 07 WHAT’S ON
12 THE BIG BAG THEORY Ally Capellino’s bags to riches tale
Chrystina Schmidt from Skandium’s style inspirations
19 LITTLE BLACK BOOK Stylish addresses you need to know
22 BACK TO NATURE
Glorious greys and perfect pleats
31 FASHION FORECAST The AW13 trend report
51 FOOD REVIEWS
The Pearson Rooms and Aqua Shard
53 THE MAKING OF AIKENS Tom Aikens takes heartbreak, horse radish and hard work
Absolutely picks 8 of the best tents
56 PERIOD PIECE
With interior designer, Joanna Berryman
66 INN FASHION Stylish stays for September
68 UNDER AFRICAN SKIES Jo Caird witnesses Johannesburg’s cultural rebirth
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lthough September heralds the end of summer and the arrival of that melancholy back-to-school feeling, I’ve decided to keep spirits up by embracing the new season in fashion. Th is time of year is when British fashion comes into its own; we Brits really know how to work a look in more temperate conditions. The current love affair with pink puts an autumnal spin on a spring colour, and Felicities Showroom in Shoreditch is on-hand to outline this and other key trends for the months ahead. Leading designers may currently be preparing to showcase their SS14 looks at London Fashion Week, but for the incoming AW13 collections expect a mish-mash of textures, tartan and plaid fabrics, plus a defi nite nod to the punk rebellion. A ‘best of British’ chord is about to be struck, and as the new academic year gets underway it’s a fi ne time for all of us to study up and strut our stuff. On that note, I was chuffed to interview Alison Lloyd, founder of East London-based accessories brand Ally Capellino, at her Calvert Street studio. For some years an established name in the fashion industry, Lloyd’s brand is equally respected among the wider design community. Th is month, Ally Capellino takes part in the 2013 London Design Festival; she revealed to me the highs and lows of a career in style and why craft ing amazing bags makes her happy. Being the proud owner of one, I can vouch for their durability as much as their coolly effortless chic. In food news, Canary Wharf welcomes the recent opening of Tom’s Kitchen, another project by fiery red-headed chef Tom Aikens. Th is East London outpost (his popular Chelsea canteen opened in 2006 with a Somerset House iteration following three years later) is surely a sign of Canary Wharf ’s ongoing evolution, from sterile City Boy workspace to thriving lifestyle Mecca. Of course, the East End has been on the up for years, but it’s good to see the Docklands getting its share of the excitement – and waving its old identity, as an impersonal labyrinth of elevators, escalators and chain stores, goodbye. Bravo, Tom, and bravo Edwina Langley, who grills the dishy chef on his reasons for crossing the river to join the Westferry circus. I do hope you enjoy the issue.
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#THINKPINK Traditionally associated with spring and summer, pink is sticking around in a big way for autumn. Reddish skies, dusky sunsets, berry hues and shades of Pink Lady apples and penny-chew gum paraded their way down the catwalks; pink coats were a hit too, whether in muted, pastel shades or of the fluffier Pink Panther variety. As such, I’m fully behind the unlikely style icon that is Thunderbirds’ Lady Penelope, and have paired this Simone Rocha suit (sassed up by a mini-skirt) with these crystal-embellished Miu Miu dolly shoes. If this outfit is a little saccharine for your taste, you could stick with darker colours while investing in a pink coat for outdoor wow factor.
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WHITECHAPEL GALLERY 13-15 September From new editions hot off the press to rare vintage literature, the London Art Book Fair showcases a plethora of publications for you to delve into this month. Also promised is a schedule jam-packed with arty workshops, seminars and publicity signings from top trending international exhibitors - not to mention family-friendly events to keep the kids entertained; always a bonus! 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; whitechapelgallery.org
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Colour-blocking, micro architecture and edgy geometric furnishings: three inspirational trends being showcased this month for the London Design Festival’s seventh year of success. A diverse East London hub of contemporary, abstract homeware creations by up-and-coming designers from twentyfive countries... and all conveniently located just off Brick Lane. Hanbury Street, E1; tentlondon.co.uk
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Theatrical carnival arts, daredevil circus acrobatics... what more could you ask for? Performance Limbo headlines London Wonderground with an impressive line-up featuring some of the best in the business. Jawdropping sword swallower Heather Holliday keeps audiences perched anxiously on the edges of their seats while a display from Paul Kieve (whose illusions were featured in blockbuster movies Harry Potter and Hugo) brings mindboggling stunts sure to provoke a multitude of hows and whys. Truly engaging entertainment - you won’t forget it! Belvedere Road, SE1; southbankcentre.co.uk
OLD SPITALFIELDS 14 September
Now a permanent fixture, this latest hotspot offers an array of mouthwatering treats: strong West country cheese, sticky homemade cakes and fresh breads from some of London’s finest bakeries. This stuff isn’t run-of-the-mill ditch the supermarket and treat yourself to a little rustic cuisine. 16 Horner Square, E1; oldspitalfieldsmarket.com
HACKNEY EMPIRE 3-6 September Puccini’s masterpiece is a must-see for any opera novices out there, a dramatic tale of misplaced love with a bitter sting in the tail. It’s globally renowned as one of the most iconic shows of its kind, thanks to poetic scripting and a powerful, tear-jerking plot. An inspired idea for date night, perhaps? 291 Mare Street, E8; hackneyempire.co.uk
COVER STORY: RADIO TIMES AT 90 MUSEUM OF LONDON Throughout September
A familiar presence in British households for almost a century, the iconic covers of the Radio Times show a rich and varied history, from Luftwaffe plans uncovering Nazi air raid targets to the latest Doctor Who adventures. This steadfast ‘bible of television’ has been part of British cultural life for longer than most of us can remember and it doesn’t look to be going anywhere soon. So what was front page news when you were born? 150 London Wall, EC2Y; museumoflondon.org.uk
FACADE: ROSIE EMERSON AND NINA FOWLER ANISE GALLERY Until 28 September
We love the unique juxtaposition of Emerson’s artwork as she draws together images of past and present female archetypes with a romantic, vintage vibe. Charming and exquisitely captured, you can see why Nina Fowler’s glamorous, desire-focused pieces are the perfect partnering exhibit. 13a Shad Thames, SE1; anisegallery.co.uk
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A talking lemon and a dog-shaped Airedale fireplace feature in this intriguing collection of unusual objects from the original 1951 exhibition. Celebrating popular art (which you can’t miss as it’s still trending), Whitechapel Gallery explores the cultural values associated with familiar everyday furnishings. Visitors can expect to see vibrant, eye-catching objects not usually witnessed within the prestigious walls of galleries or museums. An extraordinary take on what was once ordinary. 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; whitechapelgallery.org
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Designer Ally Capellino on life, leather and her long-standing career in fashion Words: Helen Baron
he last decade has seen East London become a magnet for international designers. But while fashion labels large and small have come and gone, one Shoreditch-based brand has stood the test of time, steadily amassing a faithful following among the area’s design-savvy residents while building an equally enviable global profile. I’ve been a fan since I stumbled upon the Calvert Avenue boutique a few years ago (and came away with a luxury laptop sleeve); in this backpack-loving corner of the capital, you can’t go far without spotting someone bearing an Ally Capellino creation. Even just en route to this interview - not a long journey, by any measure - I observe two such cool customers. When I arrive at the shop, label founder Ally - or Alison Lloyd, as she’s actually known - is chatting to a colleague, discussing an outfit from her long-defunct clothing line that’s currently on show at the V&A’s Club to Catwalk exhibition. ‘They wanted something ‘80s,’ she tells me. ‘They picked one of our tweed suits and one of our Moscow Olympics outfits.’ Lloyd talks enthusiastically about being involved, and it seems a fitting place for us to begin talking about her career in fashion. Lloyd has been ‘officially’ designing since 1980, though she tells me she was always ‘practical’, and would make things as a teenager. ‘I would copy designers like Katherine Hamnett and Kenzo,’ she says, before going on to explain that she originally studied art, believing that fashion was ‘not serious enough’. Eventually, however, she gave in to her instincts, and began studying fashion at Middlesex University. She started her own label as soon as she graduated. ‘I didn’t think I was employable,’ she laughs. ‘We were so naive, we didn’t think about whether it was hard to run a business.’ If the ‘80s was a more innocent time to work in fashion, perhaps it was also more innovative, a time when rebellious fashions pledged allegiance to music sub-cultures. The ushering in of so many new youth tribes and musical movements - goth, high camp, new romantic, post-punk, fetish and (later) rave - had an impact on the fashion business that can still be felt today. As we reflect, Ally remarks on how she had forgotten about the designer Willy Brown, and reminisces about the punk ethos that influenced her early efforts. ‘We were taught, above all, to be expressive.
In fact, I was probably one of the least expressive of my class, but it was a “have a go” time. Now, there’s a fashion treadmill: “14 collections a year but not doing as well as another designer so I better top myself”.’ The young Lloyd may have benefited from the more carefree, less corporate spirit of the time, but that’s not to say life was always easy: eventually her clothing line (cofounded with her ex-husband) went bust. ‘Our customer had aged and it was difficult to attract new custom – perhaps because we were trying to please both sides and were giving mixed messages. I had some good consultancy work in the interim [between the clothing line and the launch of Ally Capellino], but I got bored.’ In fact, the dissolution of Lloyd’s original company turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Bored and directionless, she tried her hand at bag-making; the craft suited her, and she soon made the leap to specialise in accessories under the name Ally Capellino (the latter word is Italian for ‘little hat’).
‘I was lucky in that, at that time, accessories were on the rise,’ she says. ‘People were spending a lot of money on bags. Now there’s a lot of competition from brands who can be quite controlling with the stores who stock them.’ The form and functionality of Ally’s bag designs has served her well. Judging by her studio and how she’s dressed (understated but cool – quite French), her products are all of a piece with her personality. The Bags for Bikes range is a good example; Lloyd is a keen cyclist and the range was a local hit. Now another collection is in development. ‘There are some geekier brands out there but we might have been one of the first fashion brands to do a cycle bag. It’s been really popular both here and in [second London store] Notting Hill.’ Diversifying via outside collaborations has proved to be an equally prescient strategy - and just as important to the brand’s growth. Since 2006, Ally Capellino has hooked up with superbrands including the Tate (on a line that includes a satchel, a pencil case and an artist’s roll, among other things) and Apple computers, which Lloyd credits with introducing her to the ‘techy’ side of things. ‘They were doing salaryman computer bags, so ours were a massive hit, appealing as they do to graphic designers, architects and creatives. Technology is changing so much, so there’s scope there for more products.’
is opposed to becoming too commercialised, referring to the business as like a family. ‘I like keeping everyone together. We’re a nice company and people stay,’ she says, though she admits that some expansion is necessary to keep the business afloat. Right now, Lloyd is keen to make a move into manufacturing, imagining a UK-based operation that supports and involves the local community. Back in 2010, the Wapping Project art space marked Ally Capellino’s 30th anniversary with a special retrospective, while this September will see the brand getting involved with the London Design Festival, adapting eight Bauhaus chairs for an exhibition. Credibility and collaborative know-how seem set to enable Ally Capellino to navigate the tricky waters of financial growth and independence. As for Ally Lloyd herself, she just wants to keep moving forward as creatively as ever. 9 Calvert Avenue, E2; allycapellino.co.uk
DON’T MISS Notting Hill was “not just Kensington” and “not Whatever the naivety of the brand’s just rough”. It’s got a whole mix going on which beginnings, it would seem that Lloyd has I find stimulating. There’s interesting stuff going developed a head for business. As a homegrown on. That’s what I like about Golborne Road – the label with a virtually global reach, where does she Portuguese side, the Moroccan shops, the vintage plan to expand next? markets. There’re a lot of people on the street. I ‘We’ve maintained a unisex style and the men’s think two or three of the Moroccan shops have range has done particularly well abroad, so I’m gone. I was lucky to get the plot there just before keen to explore the women’s range more,’ is her Pizza East opened across the road. Locally, I love answer. It’s doubtful, however, that the brand Lowri and Baker, the will deviate too much white fish shop and from its classic style. We were taught, above all, the Lali shop for a Lloyd has also been really nice mixture working on luggage, to be expressive. In fact, I of vintage furniture ‘practical bags that are was probably one of the least and housewares.’ big but lightweight’. expressive of my class, but it Now, though, I wonder aloud if she Ally considers feels up to tackling was a “have a go” time. herself a true East the humble bum-bag Ender. A Hackney resident, she cycles through and, for a moment, she doesn’t seem averse to its London Fields and Columbia Road to get to merit - though she concedes that it might not go Calvert Avenue. ‘It was very quiet when we first down so well in the Notting Hill store. Which arrived twelve years ago. There was nothing leads to my next question: as a cult East London on Redchurch Street. We’re lucky to be on this brand (stationed as it was in Wapping before road which has retained a local feel while the Shoreditch) and with the area’s historic links to rest of Shoreditch is still accessible. There’s a the design and textile industries, what inspired nice community here and the shops are small her to open a shop in Notting Hill? ‘I’ve lived in boutiques - it’s a shame that everyone is trying both neighbourhoods,’ she replies. ‘I used to live to pile in now though.’ Ah, the growing pains just off Westbourne Grove when I left college. of gentrification. Controlled growth is at the Portobello then was very much how East London core of the Ally Capellino brand, you see; Lloyd is now, although both have changed. I liked that
CLUB TO CATWALK LONDON FASHION IN THE 1980s Victoria & Albert Museum THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER Theatricality and experimentation are powerful agents, especially in the hands of a young Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, just two of the seminal designers featured in the V&A’s new exhibition. Expect deviance kinkiness and the weirdest, wildest shapes ever fitted to the human body. vam.ac.uk
FOREVER ALICE MILNER DISCOVERS THAT DIAMONDS REALLY ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND WITH DE BEERS’ BESPOKE ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGN SERVICE
egend has it that in the 1400s, the first ever diamond engagement ring was presented to Mary, Duchess of Burgandy, by her suitor the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Ever since, the diamond engagement ring has been a powerful symbol of romance and majesty. Traditional romantics believed that the vena amoris (Latin for ‘Vein of Love’) ran directly from the fourth left hand finger straight to the heart. Even today, a ring-encircled fourth finger remains a powerful representation of love and devotion between two people. A timeless treasure, the ring itself should sit proudly and comfortably on your hand. But which shape diamond is the best and how many? Should one have a white, yellow, rose gold or platinum band? And what size should it be? It’s not an easy choice to make, and a nervous proposer may find themselves swamped with options. Enter De Beers. In October this year, the exquisite jewellers are set to
launch their exceptional For You, Forever bespoke service. This expert in-store service invites a couple or just the man (if he’s feeling brave) to individually craft a De Beers engagement ring, helped by highly-trained Brand Ambassadors, on hand to help select your unique diamonds and their desired setting. Fascinated by this process, I decided to visit the De Beers store in Westfield, to observe how the special For You, Forever process works from start to finish. ‘Each story begins with a personal consultation,’ I am told. ‘During this, your requirements are established and De Beers shares with you their original drawings and inspirations for your design.’ Whether it’s a classic Round Brilliant, an elegant Emerald or a contemporary Princess Cut, you then select your diamond and setting – it’s designed so you find what is perfect for you. ‘For You, Forever pieces are a true statement of self – not only in the choice of style but also in the opportunity it affords a client to be very precise about their requirements.’
on paper yet one can have true brilliance that the other lacks. Drawing on 125 years of diamond expertise, De Beers hand-pick their diamonds to ensure they outshine all others. Their aim is to source diamonds that ‘light the heart with unmatched fire, life and brilliance.’ Next I am shown their pioneering diamond scanning technology – the De Beers Iris. This further enhances the For You, Forever experience, for the sparkling ‘fire, life and brilliance’ of each diamond can be seen through an iPad in-store tool. Slowing down what the naked eye sees in an instant, the De Beers Iris replicates different light conditions in a series of live, moving images. I can clearly see how the perfection of the diamond’s cut causes all eight facets to illuminate simultaneously and symmetrically. It’s truly mesmerising. With what I have viewed today, the De Beers promise to ‘honour the light of your love’ makes perfect sense. As I watch a kaleidoscope of sparkling shapes bounce off each diamond, it takes my breath away and I’m even tempted to propose to myself!
As I peer into the pristine display cabinets, I’m bedazzled by their stunning portfolio of designs and ask how they source their comprehensive range of diamonds. I discover that each year De Beers inspects over 25,000 diamonds in their quest to find the highest quality jewels for their clients. They qualify the rarity of the diamond through their special ‘4Cs’ criteria, which rates
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Want to dress like Rosamund Pike? Start with her leather bag, The ‘Rosamund’, designed by the actress exclusively for L.K. Bennett. From £350, 1 Royal Exchange Buildings, EC3; lkbennett.com
GET SHORTY Loath to put your denim shorts away so quickly? Channel your inner Japanese schoolgirl with some over-the-knee socks for a youthful stamp on denim-wearing. Beat the chill by dusting off your biker jacket once more et voilà! A wardrobe update that will keep you in shorts for at least another month.
TARTAN ARMY The spirit of rebellion was made plain on the AW13 catwalks, as designers everywhere matched tartan with punk embellishments – leather, PVC or latex trims, bovver boots, spikes and studs. The challenge is to work the look into your everyday wardrobe. We love this shift dress from Jigsaw: a simple, beatnik take on the trend. A wrap-over mini-skirt is one simple way of employing the look without going overboard. Wool skirt, £99; Stratford Westfield, E20; karenmillen. com
GOING GREEN This rather lurid outfit from Dalston designer Emma Cook’s autumn collection has us green with envy. If you’re confident enough to go off-piste, this tweedy, quilted number is one way to attract some stares (for the right reasons, of course). Fluoro fever... Available at Start Boutique, 42-44 Rivington Street, EC2; emmacook.co.uk
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Chrystina Schmidt of Skandium reveals her inspirations
Most inspiring experience? Every time I am given free hand to refurbish a person’s space. I am always honoured when people give me their trust and let me guide the space to bring it to it’s best potential within the given budget. Most treasured possession? That constantly changes as one is living in an ever-changing flow but right now it is a new table light designed by Andreas Engesvik, from Norway. It is unlike anything else, with a very different attitude which lifts my spirit. Favourite designer? There are so many, so whom to pick? It is more about particular pieces, every good designer has a highlight... like the light mentioned above by Andreas, or the Cité chair by Jean Prouvé. That again was a very innovative chair when it was launched and still is! There is Paul Kjaerholm, ever relevant, such understated elegance. But likewise Bruno Mathsson, so different from the others, they are each other’s opposites, yet all have created timeless, comfortable pieces.The list is endless and I love so many! Favourite holiday destination? Any place with beautiful nature but I particularly love Japan, the island in the south of the country and the Como Shamhbala hotels anywhere! Heaven, here I come! Favourite piece of furniture? Hmm... again, maybe the Cité chair by Jean Prouvé. Skandium best-seller? Moomin mugs, would you believe it but actually, our Bello chest of drawers sell remarkably well. 86 Marylebone High Street, W1; skandium.com
NATURE Revamp your autumnal wardrobe with glorious greys and perfect pleats
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The style mastery of Sir Paul Smith was on dazzling display at the catwalk show for his AW13 menswear collection. Fluid, flattering tailoring and opulent colours reigned supreme, while contrasting separates made smart suits come alive. Courtyard at Royal Exchange, 7 Change Alley, EC3; paulsmith.co.uk
How’s this for an inspired idea: TENT by Esther Porter is a range of bags crafted from tents discarded at British music festivals. Clever, weather-resistant and ecologically aware, they’re also available in various bold, block colour designs – and they’re currently on sale at Islington menswear emporium Sefton. 196 Upper Street, N1; seftonfashion.com
If the office calls and you daren’t dress too vibrantly, accessories offer another way to have fun with colour. East London’s own Marwood (makers of superior neckties) have just branched into mohair-mix socks (hooray) that are super soft. marwoodlondon.co.uk
MEN’S FASHION REAPS A RICH HARVEST THIS SEASON, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON RIPE, FRUITY HUES. JEEPERS CREEPERS
A brand beloved of billionaire oligarchs and hip-hop superstars alike, Maison Martin Margiela nails autumn’s lipsmacking colour trend with these crepe sole shoes in succulent teal blue. Wear them with black drainpipe trousers and a contrasting shirt or knit for a look that’s striking yet understated. £490, available at oki-ni.com
Made of 100% vegetable tanned leather and available in a range of delectable berry shades, the Il Bussetto coin case is a miniature masterpiece. Easier on the eye (and the thigh) than a pocket full of shrapnel. £52 from the Goodhood Store, 41 Coronet Street, N1; goodhoodstore.com 29
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Autumn term short courses at Central Saint Martins. Do something different. Advance your knowledge. Discover creative London. Let go. Be inspired.
Animation Architecture Business skills Ceramics Creative process Daytimes Digital design Drawing Evenings Fashion Film and video Fine art Graphic design Interior design Jewellery Journalism Online learning Painting Performance Photography Portfolio preparation Printmaking Product design Saturdays Sculpture Textiles Theatre design Weekends Writing
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Jessica at Felicities showroom in Shoreditch picks the key Autumn trends
Dogtooth checks, plaid and tartan, pinstripes and herringbone: the heritage look is classic and never goes out of fashion. This season saw reworkings of tailored â€˜40s shapes as well as masculine-cut coats and a mash-up of fabrics for a more textured look. Capes, drapes and oversize shapes are the name of the game.
Kimonos and imperial gold popped up at Kenzo while geisha imagery appeared at Vivienne Westwood. The fashion for flatform shoes continues with chunky-heeled boots and wedges, and accessories are far more ornate and opulent for AW13.
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It’s good to see this spring colour still reigning supreme on the AW13 catwalks. A surprise hit, it’s been reinvigorated for autumn in a soft blush at Prada, delicate nude at Acne, candy colour at Simone Rochas, Barbie pink and polka dots at Miu Miu, stained berry at Diane Von Furstenburg and purplish hues at Paul Smith. A strong look that’s still pretty, it’s girl power in an outfit.
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Pepe Jeans have got a stylish start to the new school year all sewn up with their 40th anniversary junior collections. Classic Great British colours abound (see the Modern Brit line), while the 73 collection’s retro feel is perfect for tomboys with its plaid shirts and leafy green shades. Tasteful tots will especially like the Andy Warhol print range. pepejeans.com
THE BEAR NECESSITIES
Get Autumn off to a fun start with this awesome animal hat. Cheeky chappies will enjoy being the joker of the pack with this jester-style number, complete with warming ear-flaps. £22; boden.co.uk
Primrose Hill’s own Graham and Green always come up trumps with their quirky homeware, and we can’t think of a better way to spruce up your child’s bedroom than with this brilliant ‘friendly bear’ side table. Benny side table, £125, soft rabbit’s head, £79; grahamandgreen.co.uk
Created by ShaoLan Huesh, Chineasy is a visual–led system for learning how to recognise Chinese characters. After struggling to teach her British-born children the language, ShaoLan developed her own computer software programme which broke down all the characters in the Chinese language and found the common building blocks. Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the hope is to raise funds for the development of further characters and a book. Be fluent in a flash (card). chineasy.org
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We love this brightly striped circus tent with its cute bunting and performing hoops. Perfect for clowning around – just add mice... £71.50; sistersguild.co.uk
Whole School Open Day Saturday 21st September 2013 8.30am-1.30pm Sixth Form Open Evening Monday 16th September 2013 4.30pm-8.00pm
Londonâ€™s only diamond structure school and one of the very few in the country, Forest School is located on the edge of Epping Forest in north east London. Established in 1834, our 1290 boys and girls are aged 4-18 and are taught in single-sex classes from the ages of 7-16. Our school buses cover London and Essex and new routes are added every year.
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SINGLE SEX, CO-EDUCATIONAL OR SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE?
t seems the debate about single sex and co-educational schooling has raged since time immemorial, with parents swayed by argument and counter-argument on the merits and faults of each. What is certain is that school choice should be determined by the child: what will he or she feel most comfortable with? Single sex or co-educational? Perhaps a combination of both? Forest School is London’s only diamond structure school and is one of very few in the country. This means that while both boys and girls are admitted to the school, they are taught in single sex classes at key stages of their education. HOW DOES IT WORK? From the ages of 4-7, pupils are taught in coeducational classes in the Pre-Preparatory School before moving into single sex classes from the ages of 7-11. From 11-16, our pupils are attached to either the Boys’ or Girls’ School before joining the co-educational Sixth Form at 16. What makes the diamond structure work is that boys and girls can mix outside of the classroom and on the co-
curriculum. Forest School is three schools in one: our 1290 pupils are in the Preparatory School, Girls’ School or Boys’ School. All of our pupils are taught on the same school grounds in Snaresbrook, Northeast London. THE BENEFITS We are able to maximise the benefits of single sex teaching at different stages of a child’s education. Boys and girls can grow up without the pressures that come from contact and attention from the opposite sex in the classroom. Unlike at single sex schools, pupils are able to maintain an appropriate level of social contact outside of the classroom and on the co-curriculum, in preparation for life at university. Boys and girls are taught the same curriculum and in many cases by the same teachers. Our structure gives us the flexibility to tailor teaching methods according to both the age and sex of the class. As Forest is three schools in one, we are in the privileged position of being able to take advantage of the many positive characteristics of a small school while benefiting from the infrastructure and feel of a much larger school. Forest is an ‘all-through’ school,
so families who have both boys and girls of differing ages can take advantage of the ‘single drop’ for the school run. Discover Forest School for yourself at our Open Day. Visit forest.org.uk for further information.
WHAT DOES THE HEAD THINK? Sarah Kerr-Dineen, the Warden of Forest School: ‘We believe that our combination of single sex and mixed educational opportunities gives our pupils the best of all worlds. Forest School is three schools in one - within each, the Form and House system means that pupils are looked after in small units of care. Life is not a single sex environment, however, and a child’s social development involves learning to form relationships with a wide range of people. This is where Forest’s diamond structure comes into its own. Outside the classroom, for example, boys and girls of all ages mix in a wide range of co-curricular activities; brothers and sisters share the same school in a way that single sex teaching would otherwise preclude.’
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BEAUTY COOL SHADES As we ease out of summer, the best beauty looks stay natural but with a dash of sophisticated slick. Take the Navy & Nude Collection by Bobbi Brown: featuring the Navy & Nude Eye Palette (£48) of skin colour and deep navy shadows, Limited Edition Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (£17.50), ocean-deep Navy Nail Polish (£11) and more, no make-up bag should be without it. bobbibrown.co.uk
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The nude nail will reign supreme for AW13. The shows were awash with every nude colour imaginable and it’s not just plain nude that we’ll be seeing… A more playful take on nude trend sees graphic and geometric patterns in different shades of the colour as well as nude and naked cut-out detailing with added embellishments. For the perfect ‘mannequin hand’ mani, be sure to choose a nude that complements your skin tone and finish with a super high shine from a good quality topcoat. The season will also see the return of the French manicure with a twist; neon or embellished tips, sideways French and boxed-in French... If you want to stick to the clean and classic white French, keep it modern with a very thin tip. Embellishments include leather, denim and tie-dye effects as well as sand and concrete textures. We’ll also see more water-colour, painterly effects, colour washes and bleeds, while 3D add-ons like crystals will be toned-down and more sophisticated. Sophie HarrisGreenslade 582 Kingsland Road, E8; theillustratednail.tumblr.com
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BUZZ OFF If the thought of dousing yourself in mozzy repellent is completely unwelcome, praise be to Isabella Smith, who has created a range of nostalgic, floral fragrances which act as natural insect repellents. Effective and non-toxic, the delicate scents make you untraceable to mosquitoes, ticks, wasps, bees and black flies... and the collection will look pretty on your dresser, too. £9.50; isabellasmith.co.uk
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Benefits Helen Baron heads to Gary Ingham Lifestyle Salon & Spa for the professional touch
his salon is surely a contender for best in the local area – on all fronts. It’s tastefully sleek, which is what you want when you’re gunning for a complete transformation. If you’re hoping to look a million dollars, it tallies that you want to feel it too; at the very least it’s good to know you’ve spent the afternoon somewhere that looks like it’s had a million dollars/pounds spent on it. Time is money, after all... but I digress.
In keeping with the Aveda ethos, the salon is a Zen haven, all natural decor, wood furnishings and bamboo motifs. It’s a ‘lifestyle’ salon, so expect equally beautiful treatment rooms; no gloomy cells or pop-up beds here. There’s an impressive list of services and treatments, from a Chakra Balancing Massage to a Rosemary Mint Awakening Body Wrap, so you can make a day of it and really spoil yourself. The level of professionalism is unparalleled, too, which is one reason Aveda salons are building such an envious reputation in the industry.
Gary (yes, you can book the man himself) talks through my colour options – I need to rectify a badly bleached fringe situation which is causing no end of frizz frustration, especially in the current humidity. He identifies a shade that will give me more bang for my buck (pun intended) and talks me through the process: colour rescue but with maximum gloss, as normally delivered by a toner. What’s more, all Aveda products are naturally derived from plants, even the colour washes, so they aren’t pumped full of nasties. Comfortably ensconced in a super deluxe chair/washing station (this salon means business), I’m given a Scalp Detox and Massage (your head is an ecosystem, apparently, and massage is vital to a healthy head of hair). Gary is a fountain of hair-knowledge and furnishes me with some pearls of wisdom which reveal (a) that I should never have put peroxide on my cows-licks in the first place, and (b) how to blow-dry a stubborn fringe. Wow; my hair is going to get a double-pronged attack once it’s finally recovered from being bleached to death. While I wait for the hair treatment to do its work, I grab a manicure, feeling pretty smug about killing two beauty birds with one stone (I’m guessing women even more time-poor than me could aim for the full hair, mani and pedi combo). At the end of my appointment, my hair is as sleek as the salon itself: a glossy bastion of health and vitality with every last vestige of frizz smoothed and blasted away. An absolute result. Not only do I want to try more of the heavenly-sounding beauty treatments, I now know where to come to understand and overcome my hair nightmares. 63-67 Heath Street, NW3; garyingham.com
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LIKE MAMMA USED TO MAKE There’s a real fad for Italian paesan (or countryman) cooking underway, and the capital can’t get enough of ‘cucina povera’. Now Exmouth Market has joined the fray with Paesan, a restaurant set to ‘reinvigorate our conception of Italian cooking’. A way of life as well as a way of preparing food (it’s all about sharing with friends), expect pizza and pasta far superior to what you’ve come to expect at generic Italian chain restaurants. The Old Country would be proud. 2 Exmouth Market, EC1; paesanlondon.com
Bite Sized BAKER BOYS Vivo is a new Islington bakery set to open this month, and one look at their decadent tarts has us setting aside any thoughts of dieting. The project is the first venture by brothers Will and Ben Thompson, who have drawn upon a well of travelling experience and a passion for Italian cuisine to bring the country’s love of pasticceria to Upper Street. 57-58 Upper Street, N1; vivotaste.com
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JESSICA’S RECIPE BAG TASTE OF THE MED Another September opening is Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe. Making its home in Southwark, it will offer Mediterranean fare and a daily changing menu within an urban warehouse setting (with a now almostobligatory open theatre-style kitchen). Artisan ingredients are a key feature, while the chef will of course make use of nearby Borough Market to source seasonal produce. 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, SE1; gordonramsay.com
Jessica Andersson, a chef and nutritional therapist, has designed easy-to-follow recipes for delivery to your door. Apart from a few kitchen essentials, each bag contains all the ingredients for a balanced meal, and including meat, fish, chicken and lots of fresh vegetables and herbs. Meals typically take 3545 minutes from start to finish and you can buy specifically for a couple or a family. The Family Bag (containing ingredients for four meals for four people) costs £69; the Couples Bag (three meals for two people) costs £42. Order online at jessicasrecipebag.co.uk
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489 Liverpool Road, N7; assietteanglaise.co.uk What’s the deal? This looks and feels like the neighbourhood restaurant it sets out to be. The owners also run Le Péché Mignon and have set up their new venture adjacent to the green environs of St Mary Magdalene Gardens. Residents are attracted to the noisy clatter of a buzzing corner space with an amply-sized terrace, central bar and luxe-looking leather banquettes. The vibe is that of a sleek hotel brasserie. Why should you go? Classed as ‘modern French’, this is an all-day French dining affair. On Thursday nights a BYOB policy is in operation, while the lazy weekend brunch special is the brioche French toast with maple bacon; traditional roasts are available on Sundays. A favourite with singletons and families alike, the afternoon teas go down a treat with mums in the area.
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KILIS KITCHEN 4 Therberton Street N1 0QX 020 7226 5489
SU SAZZAGONI 136 Lauriston Road E9 7LH 020 8985 8448
DALYAN 462 Muswell Hill Broadway N10 1BS 020 8442 2662
LA COLLINA 17 Princess Road NW1 8JR 020 7483 0192
FORZA WIN AND GINGER PIG
A disused pickle factory in the East End; forzawin.com CUTS is a 30-date collaboration between Forza Win and our favourite butchers, the Ginger Pig, offering guests four courses rounded off with an Italian pudding. Unusual cuts are the order of the day; we’re talking big flavours and big portions done simply but well. Popping up in an old pickle factory (sooo East London), be prepared to dine communally. Runs until 22 September.
PLUM & SPILT MILK
King’s Cross St Pancras is now home to Mark Sargeant and his new restaurant Plum & Spilt Milk (there’s also a dinky artisan sandwich shop on-site). As part of the new Great Northern Hotel, the boutique restaurant favours British flavours new and old. The restaurant itself is luxurious and decadently furnished, as befits its prize position overlooking both the station and London’s newest square.
The clever cats at Fika have started a pop-up based on the fi lms of Wes Anderson; perhaps the only thing more surreal is the master himself. Stars of the menu include the Tenenbaums Dinner, the Foxy Doughnut and the Bee-keeping Society’s Chicken. If the Life Aquatic is your favourite, the signature cocktails incorporate further ingenious nods to Anderson’s cinematic masterpiece. Food and fi lm never looked so good together.
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161 Brick Lane, E1; fikalondon.com
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102 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; thedanieldefoe.com What’s the deal? Standing proud amid the genteel clatter of Stoke Newington’s Church Street, this pub serves as one of the last remaining traditional boozers in the area. The food, however, is an up-to-date, American affair with chefs Liam and Nigel cooking up Stateside specialties such as catfish and buffalo chicken burgers. Why should you go? The only cask marque pub in the area (not to mention having one of the largest selections of fine Scotch whiskey this end of the isle), this is a reliable lunchtime bet, as the Americanstyle grub has been scoring big points with foodie bloggers and pro reviewers alike. Perfect for summer days, there’s also an ample-sized and recently refurbished beer garden out back.
BARS/PUBS BABBLE JAR 176 Stoke Newington High Street N16 7JL 020 7254 7666 69 COLEBROOKE ROW 69 Colebrooke Row N1 8AA 07540 528 593 THE NORTHGATE 113 Southgate Road N1 3JS 020 7359 7392
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THE HIGHBURY BARN 26 Highbury Park N5 2AB 020 7226 2383 JOHN SALT 131 Upper Street N1 1QP 020 7359 7501
XOXO 74 Upper Street N1 0NY 020 7226 6799
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54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2; casanegra.co.uk Latino motifs are everywhere at this little sister to Soho’s Bodega Negra – be prepared for a colour trip – but it’s sophisticated, too. Brooding dark wood contrasts with the almost-neon Sol Bar, a promised land of green and white candy stripes shimmering like a mirage in a dusty desert. Of course, there are the signature Mexican cocktails – but you can also choose from a range of international specialties.
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The Highbury Barn kicks off the season with its new-look restaurant, bar area and coffee shop.... offering diners a new destination point for eating out, yet still maintaining the unique, iconic feel that makes the pub so well-loved. With a theatre-style kitchen, summer a la carte menu and a whole new interior decor, the Highbury Barn makes good food worth going out for. Fine ales, great beers and quality wines – you can still expect nothing less from Highbury’s favourite pub and restaurant.
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Gemma Billington does sunset dinner in Canada Square
dmittedly, Canary Wharf is not my usual haunt – with its sky-high buildings and suits – but I was looking forward to my dinner reservation at the Pearson Rooms immensely, because whenever I told a friend my impending visit, I was met with a *squeal* of approval. What better recommendation is there? The lift feels very grown-up, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the atmosphere – which is positively bustling. On arrival, we’re led swiftly to the stylish bar for a refreshing hibiscus mojito recommended by our friendly waiter, Stefano, who seemed to be on a mission to make sure my friend and I were unable to walk home in a straight line. The interior is very nice indeed, with exactly the right amount of retro glamour. It’s all wooden floors, reclaimed furniture and leather seats, but subtly accomplished, with a full awareness that the stunning views of Canada Square from the floor-to-ceiling windows are the real pièce de résistance. The menu is also a pleasant surprise – comprised of a diverse mixture of salads, starters, sandwiches, pasta and mains, it blends seamlessly from brunch to dinner. To start, I choose chargrilled asparagus and poached duck egg on brioche with Hollandaise sauce and parmesan. The verdict? Just wow: a hearty and absolutely delicious dish. Upon learning that my friend is vegetarian, Stefano whisks a bowl of crispy courgette fries under our noses and, before we know it, we’re tucking into our mains; Whitstable crab tagliolini with cherry tomatoes and chilli for me; tagliatelle with peas, courgette, wild rocket pesto and toasted pine nuts for my companion. The portions show a distinct lack of pretension and the dishes are simple enough that you might imagine you could give them a go at home (I can’t vouch for the results, however). Now on a quest not only to intoxicate us but also to see us off half a stone heavier, Stefano insists we try the desserts, serving up three scoops of sorbet (mango, raspberry and coconut) and three of ice cream (chocolate, pistachio and vanilla) forthwith. The fiend. By this point we’ve died and gone to heaven and, watching the sun set behind the huge glass skyscrapers, I suddenly understand the urban beauty of this part of London. Or perhaps it’s the three massive courses, hibiscus mojito, passion fruit and chili cocktail plus glass of wine talking. Whatever the case, the Pearson Room is a superb new addition to your dining to-do list. 16-19 Canada Square, E14; the pearsonroom.co.uk
AQUA SHARD Daniel Agnew discovers panoramic dining in one of Europe’s tallest buildings
owering over London like a postmodern cathedral, aqua shard (no caps, please, it’s all very contemporary) is a restaurant where everything happens on a spectacular scale. Born out of and celebrating London’s status in the new global economy, the culinary establishment resides on level 31 of the Shard and presides over a magnificent bay of stars come nightfall. Offering 360-degree views of the capital, the skyline lights up like never before – though it’s important to note that aqua shard is a restaurant, not a tourist attraction. Designed by Jestico and Whiles, the 220-cover establishment has two wings, which take as their guiding motifs two classic English beverages, gin and tea. The service is impeccable, while the decor embraces a minimalist style that ensures the jaw-dropping view is always the star of the show. Not that the food doesn’t muster some very stiff competition. Aqua shard is the brainchild of entrepreneur David Yeo, who has worked alongside head chef Anthony Garlando to create a new and very British menu. Garlando previously worked with the legendary Pierre Gagnaire, and it was evidently not time wasted: the menu offers a new vision for the British culinary tradition. The grilled octopus and Scottish mackerel makes for a gorgeous starter, complemented by tomato sorbet, pickled shallots and aubergine dressing. A glass of Veronese 2011 Marzemino Delle
Venezie provides a delicate floral aroma to accompany mains of roasted wood pigeon and Yorkshire rib-eye, and while the prices hover around the £30 mark, the dishes prove to be exceptionally good value. Served with a blackcurrant sauce, the wood pigeon is a sensual delight, while the rib-eye’s tenderness is stirred by a melodic shallot jam. With some imaginative sides and desserts, guests may want to linger long enough to enjoy cocktails and star-gazing after dinner. As distant boats bob along the Thames, the understated glamour of the capital makes for a beautiful experience. Situated inside western Europe’s tallest building, aqua shard will almost certainly require a few weeks’ advance booking, but its thrilling panorama and top-notch cuisine make it well worth a little forward planning. Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1; aquashard.co.uk
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The Making of Aikens Michelin star chef Tom Aikens talks to Edwina Langley about heartbreak, horseradish andchef hardTom workAikens talks Michelin star
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Edwina Langley: So, tell us about your new venture. Tom Aikens: It’s in Canary Wharf and it’s very similar to Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea in terms of the menu (home cooked food) and service style. I think the difference between the two is that in the City, lunchtimes are going to be a lot busier. We’ve got a big bar and also a private dining room, which fits about 12-14 and which we’ll turn into a kiddies’ room at the weekend. We’ve got a deli right next to us as well, where we’ll serve breakfast things in the morning (granola, muesli), sandwiches and pre-made boxed salads for lunch, and cookies and cakes throughout the day. EL: Why did you choose that particular location? TA: Canary Wharf is a great place – you have a captive audience. We’re quite different to our competitors there, like Canteen and Roka, who don’t have the deli offering. It’ll be
interesting to see how it goes. We’re hoping there will be a conveyor belt of people going from one Tom’s Kitchen to another, and then another and another… EL: And then world domination! TA: And then world domination, indeed. It’s exciting. And it’s nice for us as it gives us the chance to cross-train staff and promote them from within, moving them across from restaurant to restaurant. EL: Has being a new dad changed you as a chef? TA: It’s changed my whole life. At weekends, I’d always be working and running around doing things but now she’s twenty months old, I simply play with her. It’s really nice because it de-stresses me. Though there is the lack of sleep. I never have a lie-in these days – the only downside. EL: But you must be used to early starts, being a chef and all...
TA: Yes but you do wish for at least one day where you could catch up on sleep EL: Do you help out? TA: I’m very hands-on at weekends and do a lot of the cooking, especially on Sundays. I almost always do a roast. EL: Can you describe your roasts because I’m certain they’re nothing like my roasts. TA: What do you do? EL: Umm… roast beef, potatoes. Bog standard. Nothing special. TA: Ok well, I generally do beef too. So I’ll do a rolled and tied sirloin – EL: Rolled and tied? TA: It’s just a rib of beef, cut off the bone, which you then roll and tie EL: With your hands? TA: No…with string. Give it a trim, nice and tight, so it keeps its shape. I always have people
FOOD shallots and red wine. Reduce that down so it becomes nice and sticky. And then later obviously I’ll do roast potatoes – in beef dripping. EL: You have that just lying around too I suppose? TA: Absolutely! And then vegetables – carrots, peas or broad beans – depending on what’s in season. My daughter will have a concoction of all of that, mushed up – feeding her can sometimes be quite difficult.
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EL: During those moments do you ever think to yourself ‘Some people would kill to be eating this’? TA: Yes, but she doesn’t really give a sh*t!
EL: Gosh – heartbreaking! TA: It was! I shed a tear. I did! I was only 24 and I was, like… [pulls a sad face]. I couldn’t believe it. But then I thought ‘Ok, you do your thing, I’ll do mine. See ya later’ [laughs]. I think we’re going to try to do something next year. It’d be great a PR story for us – two twins, two great chefs.
EL: So she’s your harshest critic? TA: Yes. Sometimes she cries, throws it on the floor and turns her nose up at it. Our trick is to bung in something creamy, like cottage cheese, which she loves. It’s our way of getting her to eat things. Not all the time though. For breakfast I’ll make fresh pancakes or waffles. EL: How are you not the size of a house? TA: I go to the gym every afternoon when I’m having a break, for an hour or so. EL: That’s not really a break. TA: It’s an active break – it’s a nice way to escape, to de-stress a bit. So I go to the gym or do a couple of laps of Hyde Park.
round - probably eight or nine. EL: Is there a waiting list? TA: Yes, I bump people off or up, depending [laughs]. So yes lots of people, which means I’ll take the beef out the night before so it’s relaxed by the morning. I’ll start at 10.30am and slow cook it for 2-2.5 hours. Medium rare, of course. I serve it with Yorkshire pudding, a nice red wine sauce and the usual horseradish [mimics grating]. EL: That’s not usual horseradish. Horseradish comes out of a jar. TA: We do sometimes use jars, but we’ll grate some fresh in there too. And then add a bit of extra crème fraiche. For the red wine sauce we’ll do a reduction. EL: No Bisto gravy? TA: [Laughs] Definitely not Bisto gravy. I’ll have taken some stock home from work – never a cube – and then I’ll do a reduction with thyme, bay leaves, pepper corns,
EL: You have a twin brother, Rob, who is also a chef. How did you both get into the culinary world? TA: My mother was a very good home cook and my father was in the wine business. So as kids we grew up amongst good food and wine. We lived in Norfolk and my mother was a keen gardener. From the age of six we started growing our own vegetables – carrots and rhubarb. We started cooking by the age of eight in the kitchen. Simple stuff, like cakes. Then we progressed to making a main meal by the age of 12. EL: Impressive! TA: We knew we wanted to be chefs. And we both didn’t like school. We wanted to join a catering college in Norfolk and when I found out you didn’t need qualifications, I thought, ‘Great! This is the career for me!’ I could see the horror in my parents’ faces when I told them we were going to be chefs. I think they saw us deep-frying chicken at KFC. EL: How was it starting out back then? TA: It was very difficult to begin with. Long hours, tougher working conditions, tougher bosses. But that didn’t matter. Because if you actually got a job in a Michelin-starred restaurant, you were so thrilled you worked your socks off. When I first came to London I was
EL: Then what happened? TA: Then I went to work in France and Rob went to America. My idea was that we’d go abroad separately for a bit then come back and open a restaurant. But when I was working in Paris, just before Rob went to the US, he came over and told me he didn’t want to work together.
EL: Finally, you won the starter course for this year’s Great British Menu. Tell us about it. We’ve heard you’re all hugely competitive in the kitchens. TA: We all respect each other a lot, but once you’re there, you’re in competition. It’s very tense and stressful. Even at the level we’re at, we can all crumble under the pressure. It’s also quite funny to see yourself on TV. I often think, ‘Oh my God, how could I have been like that, I’m going to bits!’ You can literally fall to bloody pieces on camera. EL: Has Pru Leith ever cooked for you? TA: Ha – no! It would be quite nice to turn the tables. But in all seriousness, it’s great fun. And I like that viewers can actually see the attention and skill we put into each dish. But when you watch it on TV, you don’t see how knackered we really are. Being on your feet all that time, with the cameras constantly stopping and starting… You’re also thinking about how you’re coming across – no one wants to be that complete tosser or the mute. You want to be seen as someone who’s fun, lively and chatty – otherwise you just look completely lost and crap. EL: What did you like about the ‘Comic Relief ’ brief in particular? TA: Bringing fun and humour to dishes. Most people think chefs are miserable gits, that we don’t have a funny side, we’ve all got chips on our shoulders and are grumpy and serious. EL: I’m sure you’re never like that. Ever. TA: No [smiles]. With the Comic Relief brief, people could see we have a sense of humour. That we can at least have a joke and a laugh – which was nice.
Tom’s Kitchen, Deli & Bar Canary Wharf, 11 Westferry Circus, E14; tomskitchen.co.uk, tomaikens.co.uk
Interior design consultancy Matrushka redefines a tired Edwardian mansion in Hampstead. Absolutely takes a tour...
INTERIORS What was the first thing you thought when confronted with the space? It was in need of some serious enlivening and spatial definition. I was impressed by its handsome proportions and the original windows in the main reception area. Do you approach period houses in the same way or is every property a different story? Every property evokes a varied response from me. I’m often inspired by the raffish splendour of a crumbling period property yet am open to working with a modernist box on a cliff. Do you have a favourite era in architecture or design? I’m having a 1970s moment right now, though I don’t profess to be loyal to any particular era or movement, I find that too limiting How do you add a personal touch – what are the owners like? Curating anglocentric pieces for them and incorporating existing objects and family heirlooms into the scheme. The overall design had to appeal to a professional, US based couple who were keen to inhabit a quintessentially British space. What would be your dream residential job? A Muscovite’s urban palace or a surf shack retreat in Costa Rica. How do you stay one step ahead of the latest interior trends? I try to teeter on the periphery of trends, drawing inspiration from art and nature. My current art obsessions are: Michael Landy’s Saint’s Alive exhibition at the National Gallery and my dear friend Alice Instone’s use of carnal blush tones. What style do you prefer for your own home? functional decadence interspersed with pockets of whimsy What area of london do you live in and why? Hampstead because of the heath, the schools, the dickensian lamp posts and a pint of prawns at the holly bush pub. What constitutes good design for you? For me it’s all about creating a durable structure and canvas allowing for brazen accents and changeable layers. Matrushka HQ, 4 Willoughby Road, NW3; matrushka.co.uk
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FITS LIKE A GLOVE Design kingpin Sir Terence Conran is still ahead of the game when it comes to contemporary interiors. Content by Conran is 10 years old in 2013; our pick of the new collection is this Scandinavian-style Glove Chair in a punchy shade of red. £2,295, available at Aria, Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, N1; contentbyconran.com
Richard Brendon is best known for his considered, refined and dynamic designs, developing specialist knowledge in British bone china. Actively championing the British ceramics industry, Brenton has now joined forces with pattern specialists Patternity and together they hope to warp perceptions of bone china. The products have been so popular that the range is being extended for a launch at Design Junction as part of the London Design Festival and Heal’s have asked for an exclusive launch of the range. £90; richardbrendon.com
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MINI MODERNS As part of the London Design Festival, Mini Moderns will be curating the Remix Project, a two-week event hosted by East London Design Store and held in their recently launched shop. The hip interiors brand has collaborated with a number of designers and artists and given them free reign over new designs incorporating the Mini Moderns Darjeeling wallpaper print. 14-22 September; minimoderns.com
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BATH PRIORY Were Beau Nash, Georgian Bath’s influential arbiter of taste, to check into the Bath Priory today, he would undoubtedly nod in approval. Sophisticated, elegant and exuding period charm, the Bath Priory hotel exemplifies all that Bath has to offer. Situated a short walk from Royal Victoria Park, Royal Crescent and the city centre’s cornucopia of attractions, this handsome mansion was originally built in 1835 on land once owned by The Priory of Bath Abbey. Behind the honey-coloured stone façade, the cosseting comfort distinguishing the library, drawing room and dining rooms is enhanced by curios, bibelots and a gallery of paintings depicting racy Edwardians, moustachioed majors and smoky-eyed beauties. Tucked away in the award winning landscaped gardens, is an outdoor swimming pool, croquet lawn and a walled kitchen garden providing fresh produce for the restaurant.
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Recently awarded his own Michelin Star, Bath Priory’s chef Sam Moody comes with pedigree. Having previously worked in the Michelin-starred kitchens of Ockenden Manor Hotel and The Bath Priory’s sister hotel Gidleigh Park, Sam is following on from former Executive Chef of The Bath Priory restaurant, two Michelin-starred Michael Caines. With the accent on fresh, seasonal produce Sam’s genius lies in creating an artistic, imaginative gourmet experience guaranteed to assault all the senses. Featuring such phenomena as Sparassis, the cauliflower mushroom served with hand dived scallops, and wild venison teamed with picked pear and fat raisins infused in jasmine tea,
THE BEDROOM Bold patterned contemporary fabrics complement traditionally styled furnishings in each of the individually designed, spacious and supremely comfortable rooms. Romantics will appreciate a four poster bed whilst garden lovers will linger on private balconies overlooking the four acres of mature grounds. For families and parties, a number of newly refurbished suites featuring exceptional interiors designed by owner Christina Brownsword, are available in an adjacent mansion. Four legged friends are also welcome in dog-friendly rooms.
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Fashion Week doesn’t have to end on the runway. Georgie LaneGodfrey picks the hottest hotels for a stylish stay this September
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THE SURREY NEW YORK BEST FOR: BEING IN THE THICK OF IT
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he place to indulge your inner Upper East Sider. Having just undergone a $60 million refurbishment by master architect and designer Lauren Rottet, The Surrey has reinvented itself to become the darling hangout of New York’s elite. And when you take into consideration that it’s just off Central Park and only a ten-second totter in clacking heels to Madison Avenue, it’s easy to see why. Walk inside this Beaux Art townhouse hotel on 76th Street and you’ll be greeted by a Chuck Close tapestry of supermodel Kate Moss in the lobby – part of the hotel’s 31-piece contemporary art collection and confirmation of The Surrey’s sartorial credentials. Upstairs, rooms are a chic
palette of grey, cream and beige and the Penthouse Suite has its own private wraparound terrace with stunning panoramic views across Central Park. Can’t stretch to the Penthouse? No matter. Head to the 17th floor and you’ll find a private roof-top garden from where you can enjoy equally spectacular views. Meanwhile, the glamorous Bar Pleiades downstairs plays homage to the hotel’s 1920’s heritage and is inspired by fashion pioneer Coco Chanel. With black and white lacquered finishes, French doors and quilted walls, it’s much like being locked inside a classic Chanel handbag – with exceptionally good cocktails to complement the food at Café Boulud next door. Here, renowned chef Daniel Boulud merges French cuisine with American ingredients to Michelin star-winning effect. There’s a reason this restaurant is such a popular pitstop for shoppers. Don’t miss out.
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FLORENCE BEST FOR: PUTTING YOUR FASHION FOOT FORWARD
t may look like just a sweet, local boulangerie from the outside but inside, in the words of Ab Fab’s Edie, ‘It’s Lacroix, sweetie! Lacroix!’ Decorated by the eccentric French designer, the interiors are pretty fruity to say the least. Each of the hotel’s 17 rooms is unique, fi lled with an eclectic mix of punchy patterns, clashing colours and opulent fabrics. Striking doesn’t quite cover it – think polka dot carpets in the corridors, baroque mirrors in the bathrooms, Flemish frescoes in the bedroom and ‘60s furniture throughout. There’s also an abundance of original sketches by Christian Lacroix himself, just in case you were in any danger of forgetting that this remarkable hotel is his creation. Only breakfast is served in the hotel’s vintage bistro (complete with its own zinc bar which becomes a guest-only watering hole at night), but when you’re situated in the very heart of Paris’s fashionable Marais district, why wouldn’t you venture outside? Jewish-quarter-come-gay-quarter, Le Marais is home to countless stylish French boutiques – think The Kooples, Sandro, Zadig & Voltaire – and ‘frip’ shops fi lled with vintage treasures. Simply put, it’s the most fashionable place to shop in Paris.
eet are an important part of the body,’ said Salvatore Ferragamo. ‘They tell a story about the character of the person to which they belong.’ But then, surely a hotel does too? Florence’s Hotel Continentale is one of three boutique hotels owned by the Ferragamos, the royal family of footwear. Set in a beautiful medieval building in the historical city centre, don’t be fooled by the hotel’s charming exterior. Inside, Hotel Continentale is all slick white interiors and pared back wood – a modern take on Italian chic – with just a sprinkling of ‘50s style in the form of black and white photographs and hot pink chairs. Climb the hotel’s stairs and you’ll find its undisputed highlight, the La Terraza rooftop bar. Sat on top of the medieval Consorti Tower, the view from here is something of an architectural tour of Florence, encompassing Brunelleschi’s dome, Giotto’s bell and the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. A stay here will get you free entry into the Salvatore Ferragamo museum, but the stylish staff can arrange priority access to all of Florence’s top attractions too. Meanwhile, closer to home, the hotel’s White Iris Beauty by Daniela Steiner spa sits in the Medieval Tower. Don’t miss the spa’s signature treatment which, in true Ferragamo style, is a Sublime Feet Pedicure, an indulgent experience which transforms tootsies into feet worthy of a fetish.
Doubles from €190, 29-31 rue de Poitou; hotelpetitmoulin.com
From £779pp for three nights, including return flights, private airport transfers and breakfast; kirkerholidays.com
BEST OF THE REST: TOP DESIGNER HOTELS
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC With interiors designed by local hero Oscar de la Renta, a Six Senses Spa and two golf courses, Tortuga Bay is the ultimate luxurious tropical getaway. Punta Cana, Higüey, Dominican Republic, +001 888 442 2262; puntacana.com
AUSTRALIA Sat overlooking the sea on Australia’s spectacular Gold Coast, this glamorous hotel is Versace through and through, from the sumptuous bedrooms to the lavish tableware in the four on-site restaurants. Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Queensland, +617 5509 8000; palazzoversace.com
DUBAI Not only does Armani’s super sleek Dubai hotel have eight restaurants and an enormous spa, but it also sits atop Burj Kalifa, the tallest building in the world. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, +971 4888 3888; dubai.armanihotels.com
UXUA CASA HOTEL
BRAZIL Designed by Wilbert Das, Creative Director of Diesel, this idyllic hotel in the quaint fishing village of Trancoso is made up of nine casas built from organic and recycled materials. Quadrado, Trancoso, Brazil, +55 73 3668 2277; uxua.com
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SKIES Jo Caird visits South Africa to investigate Johannesburg’s cultural rebirth
et’s not beat about the bush – Johannesburg has a bit of a reputation problem. When I told friends I was going, most made ‘are you sure it’s safe?’ faces, while the man next to me on my outbound journey intoned worrying crime statistics until the in-flight entertainment began. But while it’s undeniably the case that Joburg is more dangerous than, say, Padstow, crime rates have been falling for years now – and as long as you take sensible precautions (the kind you would take in any major city) you’ll be fine. Johannesburg’s unfortunate reputation, along with the fact that Cape Town is better known as a city destination, means that visitors to South Africa tend to pass through on their way elsewhere or skip the city altogether. It won’t be this way for long, though – Jozi is a city on the up. After checking in at the Peech Hotel, a boutique establishment with a gorgeous garden in one of Joburg’s well-to-do northern suburbs, I travel to Newtown to get my bearings on a walking tour of the cultural quarter. Joburg’s Central Business District (CBD) was a no-go area for a long time, but a decade of urban regeneration has borne fruit, bringing money back into the city centre and transforming it into
a vibrant, creative place. A five-minute stroll takes you past three museums, a handful of trendy bars, a theatre and a dance venue. It’s quiet in the daytime, but when I return on Saturday night the area is buzzing. It’s after 2am when I head back to the Peech that night, but there’s no sign of the fun stopping
at DJ bar Ko’spotong, and young clubbers are queuing out the door of the Bassline. When it comes to urban regeneration in the CBD, however, Braamfontein and Maboneng are the places to watch. I head to Braamfontein for
its Neighbourhoods Market, a funky collection of food stalls and local clothing and jewellery designers that sets up every Saturday in a multistorey car park. I wander around sipping a glass of South African chenin blanc and nibble on samosas, grilled halloumi, bratwurst, waffles and ice cream, buying a vintage playsuit while I’m at it. There’s a market with a similar feel at Maboneng on Sundays; it’s part of Arts on Main, a recent development that includes an airy gallery space, a couple of designer shops, a terrace bar and Canteen, a very nice brasserie whose tables spill out into a courtyard filled with olive trees. My lunch is luxuriously laid-back – a holiday from my holiday – and a post-prandial perusal of Main Street reveals several more eateries that go straight on to my ‘to try’ list - as well as The Living Room, a breezy terrace bar with great views over the urban landscape. But it’s not just the centre of Johannesburg that’s worth exploring. Not far from my hotel are two of Jozi’s most respected commercial art galleries. The Goodman and Everard Read are both open to the public and well worth a visit, whether or not you’re considering investing in the South African art market. And don’t miss Circa, the Everard Read’s newest space, an extraordinary optical illusion of a building
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that hosts changing exhibitions of world class contemporary art. On the day of my gallery visits, I stop for a bite of lunch at Tasha’s, a buzzy eatery in the local area with an enormous menu that includes everything from liver on toast to fish and chips. My salad Niçoise is delicious but so generously proportioned that I am unable to finish it – not the first or the last time I am defeated by a plate of food this week. Further north still is Liliesleaf, where Nelson Mandela and the other grandees of the African National Congress were arrested in 1963 for plotting the overthrow of the apartheid regime. This interactive museum, whose exhibits include audio accounts of those involved, as well as the room where Mandela lived in disguise as a hired man prior to his arrest, is very sensitively curated and deeply moving. I visit the Apartheid Museum the next day to try to put this important episode in the country’s troubled history in its full context. The two experiences, though not exactly pleasant, are vital for anyone hoping to understand modern South Africa. Another South African essential is barbecue – called braai in Afrikaans, it’s a national passion and features on almost every menu I come across in Joburg. It’s a speciality at Moyo, a wonderfully quirky restaurant where a make-up artist paints
delicate designs on diners’ faces as they wait for their food. My friend and I opt to share two of the braai options on offer: her boerewors – or farmers’ sausages – were rich and meaty, as different from a British sausage as you could get, while my fillet steak was one of the best I’ve ever had. Most people who come to Johannesburg also head out on safari, but for those who can’t spare the time, there are opportunities to get up close and personal with animals on a day trip from the city. At Lion Park, which is somewhere between a reserve and a zoo, I am taken on a guided drive through enclosures containing herbivores, lions, cheetahs and wild dogs. It’s not quite the savannah, but our guide is very knowledgeable and the benefit of a place like this is that you’re guaranteed animal action: out on safari proper you can go hours with only wildebeest for company. Another thrilling perk is the chance to spend time in the lion cub enclosure. I won’t soon forget the all-too-brief minutes I spent with these magnificent animals as they dozed in the shade. Not far from here is the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO site, where evidence has been found of some of the earliest human and pre-human activity. I wander, awestruck, through the Sterkfontein Caves, gazing at ancient stalactites and stalagmites and an eerie
underground lake that lies silent and still in the darkness. Back in the city the following day I take a guided cycle tour through Soweto, once one of South Africa’s most infamous townships and now essentially a suburb of Joburg. Parts of it are still very poor and there are certainly areas it would be inadvisable for tourists to visit, but much of Soweto is now comfortably middle-class and it’s fascinating to have my expectations of such a place confounded. My final evening in Joburg begins with a ‘sundowner’ cocktail at recently opened boutique hotel 54 on Bath. I’ve truly embraced South Africa’s sundowner tradition this week, sampling old school colonial style at the Polo Bar at the Westcliff Hotel and contemporary elegance at the San Deck at the Sandton Sun Hotel. All three venues have fantastic views over the city, but 54 on Bath – with its garden terrace – is my favourite. As I watch the sun set and the full moon rise over this sprawling city, it strikes just how much more of Johannesburg there is still to discover.
The Peech Hotel ; +27 11 537 9797) from £144 per room, per night (based on a bed & breakfast basis). thepeech.co.za
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Wayland Avenue, E8 Situated on a tree-lined residential street between Dalston and Hackney is this light and airy three bedroom end-of-terrace Victorian house. The property is presented to the market in good decorative order and offers a stylish family-sized kitchen/diner and reception with double doors to a south-facing garden.
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£475 Per Week King’s Wharf, E8 • Stunning loft style property • Live/work unit • Mezzanine level • Backing onto Kingsland basin
£635,000 Freehold Bethnal Green, E2 • Two bedrooms • Well presented • Good location • No chain
£475,000 Leasehold De Beauvoir, N1 • Two bedrooms • Open plan reception/kitchen • Kingsland basin • No chain
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£499,950 Freehold Eden Way, E3 • Two bed freehold house • Moments from Victoria Park • Private decked garden • Secure Parking space
£725,000 Freehold Cyprus Street, E2 • Two bed freehold terraced house • Private south facing paved garden • Immaculate condition • Close to transport links
£800 per week Derby Road, E9 • Four storey house • Victorian school conversion • Decked garden and roof terrace • Three bedrooms
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7 SHARON GARDENS, E9 £1,250,000 Freehold This substantial detached home is situated on a quiet street set off Victoria Park Road, offering over 2000 sq ft of accommodation, incorporating original features such as parquet flooring and stained windows. The property also boasts a south-facing garden, four bedrooms and a loft which extends over the entire footprint of the property with the possibility to extend up. Currell, Victoria Park 020 3222 5555; currell.com
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D DEREHAM PLACE, EC2A £675 Per Week This stunning two bedroom ex-show flat is situated in the heart of the Shoreditch triangle, where you are only ever a heartbeat away from where you need to be! With its abundance of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, exhibitions and trendy boutiques, Shoreditch truly has everything you need. Maybin & Wells 020 8983 1111; maybinandwells.co.uk
emand in Hackney remains strong as the increasingly popular area offers homes and investment property across a wide range of budgets. However, even though it is good news for vendors that the area has seen a staggering surge in prices across the last year, many buyers are now extending their search further afield as the price rises have squeezed budgets a little tight. This means that, especially for smaller one bed or two bed properties, those with bullish prices are taking slightly longer to move as cautious first time buyers are shopping around before making any firm decisions. Across the market we are therefore seeing prices escalating gently, but it won’t be as dramatically as it has been recently.
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FLORFIELD PASSAGE, E8 £380,000 Leasehold A stunning one bedroom apartment situated on the first floor of this enviably located converted warehouse located within a quiet mews just off Mare Street. The property offers contemporary living throughout and comprises of; reception room with dining area and Juliette balcony, stylish fitted kitchen, a spacious bedroom with built in wardrobes and modern bathroom. Alex Neil, Bow/East London 020 8980 7431; alexneil.com
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Broadway Market, E8
Presented to the market is this freehold grade II listed property situated on Broadway Market. The building is comprised of two A1 retail units with street frontage and a residential maisonette with garden set over three floors. Located at the London Fields end of Broadway Market the property benefits from having the park, lido and Regents Canal on its doorstep and is within walking distance to Victoria Park and the transport links of Bethnal Green tube and Haggerston station of the London Overground.
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Located on the top floor of an ex-local authority period mansion block is this one bedroom apartment. The property is offered to the market in excellent decorative order and benefits from a recently refurbished kitchen & bathroom, separate lounge and spacious double bedroom. Other features include sash windows and plenty of storage. Located on the highly sought after Columbia Road moments from the vibrant life of Shoreditch and the transport links of Old Street (Northern Line) and the London Overground (Hoxton). Leasehold
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Blake Stanley are pleased to offer to the market a two double bedroom flat occupying the top two floors of this secure 1930’s purpose built block. The property comprises reception, fitted kitchen offering space for table and chairs, plenty of storage and double glazed sash style windows. Located between Broadway Market and Columbia Road offering numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, a Saturday Market and a Sunday Flower Market.
Situated in this tree lined residential street is a fantastic two double bedroom apartment to rent on the top floor of this period conversion. Located just North of London Fields, the property offers an open-plan reception with double height ceilings, fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom and private roof terrace. Broadway Market and Hackney Central are both within easy reach. Available 4th September. Unfurnished
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A rare opportunity to rent this stunning two double 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. This quiet property benefits from being minutes from Dalston Junction and the ever changing Kingsland Road. Available 12th August. Unfurnished
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IN THEIR OWN
WORDS MAHE GEORGIO Manager: Castles, Hackney Photography: Rebecca Noonan
y first-ever job after leaving school was as a trainee Negotiator and I have always had a passion for property and architecture. However, whilst at school my talents could be found in art and design. At that point I didn’t know that I could combine my two interests so perfectly. Being creative has certainly helped me assist many developers and buyers with design and planning. However, now, twenty-five years or so later (a lady never reveals her age!), after having worked my way up the estate agency employment ladder, I have not only survived, but learnt to thrive through, not only one, but two market recessions. I thoroughly enjoy my work and am never bored of the industry; every day spent in the ever-changing and dynamic property market certainly brings new experiences. My first years were spent in Hackney and I can vividly recall wandering down Well Street Market with a bag of steaming hot chips, losing myself among the bustling crowd of shoppers and the bellows of market traders ringing in my ears! It feels slightly strange to me that I have returned to work here. Yet, one of the best things about this is the fact that it has given me the opportunity to witness first-hand the dramatic environmental and cultural evolution of the area. The Olympic Games obviously attracted attention to the area and the subsequent regeneration
programmes and improvement to transport infrastructure actively encouraged more trade for local independent retailers. It also helped to entice new, fresh and creative business opportunities. Venetia’s coffee shop on the Chatsworth Road opened its doors in 2005 and seemed to be the very start of gentrification. Shortly after, other cafes, espresso bars, crêperies and restaurants followed suit. I don’t think it would be unfair to claim that Venetia helped start the trend in supporting the local community and businesses - we were no exception as she came to support us when we eventually sold her home! Ultimately, it would seem, she was Clapton’s remedy. Due to both the community feel and the regeneration, Lower Clapton has seen property prices increase by at least 15% over the last year alone with prices set to rise further in the months ahead due to demand. I also don’t think it hurts that we are surrounded by a wonderful blend of beautiful period properties, old industrial warehouses and modern riverside developments. Our office is well-placed at the epicentre of this vibrant and up-and-coming area and it’s a great pleasure for my sales team and me to be part of the exciting new changes... Long may it continue!
020 8985 0106; castles-estateagents.co.uk
ABSOLUTELY Property Bradley Suter Sales Manager, Currell Residential, Hackney � 020 7241 4111; currell.com
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LMNT on Queensbridge Road is a really eccentric restaurant with décor you definitely won’t see anywhere else. They serve tasty food at cheap prices.
Waterhouse Restaurant is owned by the Shoreditch Trust. The restaurant looks out to Regent’s Canal, provides a relaxed environment and best of all, is cheap.
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It was one of the first properties we saw go to best and final bids. It’s known as ‘the white house’ as everything inside was… white! Lavender Grove. 2011 Price: £872,500.
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From Colman Coyle gives her expert advice on all your legal property questions
am familiar with leaseholders having options to collectively buy the freehold of their block of flats but I own a leasehold house and I was wondering if I have a right to buy the freehold of my house?
Indeed you do. Subject to meeting certain
criteria, the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (“the ’67 Act”) gives a leaseholder the right to buy the freehold or extend the lease of their house.
The main qualifying criteria are: 1. The house must reasonably be considered to be a house and meet certain requirements. For example, that it is vertically divisible from an adjoining property. 2. Your lease must be a long lease, which generally means it was originally granted for a term of more than 21 years. 3. At the time you apply for the acquisition of the freehold, you must have owned the house for the previous 2 years. In terms of the premium that is payable for the freehold, then a valuer is best placed to advise on this and the valuation process. In terms of costs, you are liable to meet certain aspects of the landlord’s reasonable legal and valuation costs.
ASK THE EXPERTS Contact property partner Hema Anand with no obligation on (0)20 7354 3000 or email email@example.com www.colmancoyle.com
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You can also consider approaching your Landlord to see if whether or not he/she is willing to negotiate and agree terms upon which you are both willing to buy and sell the freehold.
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Reighton Road, E5 • Period conversion • Arranged over two ﬂoors
Clifden Road, E5
• Immaculately presented • One bedroom
Downs Road, E5 £250,000 Leasehold
£460,000 LEASEHOLD • Three bedrooms • Own large rear garden
£325,000 LEASHOLD • Period conversion • South Facing Rear Garden Bamboo Court, E5 £209,950 Leasehold
Limehouse Lodge, E5
• Stylish modern apartment • Arranged on the 1st ﬂoor
Reighton Road, E5
• Split level conversion • Contemporary ﬁnish
£250,000 LEASEHOLD • One double bedroom • Private balcony
£315,000 LEASEHOLD • One double bedroom • Separate kitchen/ diner
Clarence Road, E5 £209,950 Leasehold
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Property Development ABODE3 PRICES STARTING FROM £340,000 ABODE3, Telford Homes’ latest collection of new apartments, is launching in the heart of popular Bow. The 14 one and two bedroom apartments at ABODE3 offer high quality interiors with sleek, fully fitted kitchens and bathrooms enabling residents to move straight in. Residents have access to a private terrace, balcony or winter garden as well as a communal landscaped courtyard with secured bicycle stores. Built with the environment in mind, the development features photovoltaic panels on the roofs and water butts to collect and store rainwater. Apartments at higher level also benefit from views towards the Limehouse Cut, Bartlett Park and Canary Wharf. Abode3 only has one two bedroom apartment remaining for sale. Telford Homes 020 3538 9633; telfordhomes.plc.uk/ abode3/
THE FIELDER APARTMENTS PRICES STARTING FROM £280,000 FOR A ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT The Fielder Apartments, located on Hamlets Way in Bow E3, are the latest phase to launch at Telford Homes’ successful residential development, Bow Trinity. Situated in the heart of East London, the Fielder Apartments is a collection of 56 stylish one, two and three bedroom apartments located close to Mile End tube station. Designed around a landscaped private courtyard, each home at the Fielder Apartments will have a private terrace or balcony as well as access to a communal roof terrace for residents only. The apartments come fully fitted with contemporary Urban Myth kitchens, fully integrated Smeg appliances, wardrobes to the master bedroom and flooring throughout. Bow offers a range of restaurants, bars and pubs from the Fat Cat Café, Bow Bells pub, Orange Room and the Morgan Arms. World-class restaurants and bars are only a short distance away at Shoreditch, Canary
Wharf and Hoxton including Roka, Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Michelin- starred Galvin La Chapelle, Shoreditch House, the Boundary, Loungelover and Hawksmoor. First completions expected in Spring/ Summer 2014.
Telford Homes 020 3538 3457; bowtrinity.co.uk
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HACKNEY SALES – GRAHAM ROAD Well presented, 1 double bed Victorian conversion boasting high ceilings, stripped wood flooring, sash windows & offered chain free. EPC - pending
HACKNEY SALES – SHARON GARDENS Substantial 4 bed detached house of approx. 2,200 sq ft, with classic features & a south facing garden with a summer house. EPC – E
SHOREDITCH SALES – CHILTON STREET Gorgeous 2 bed on a quiet street off Brick Lane, benefiting from a bright & airy kitchen & reception, & contemporary finish throughout. EPC – C
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SHOREDITCH SALES – RIVINGTON STREET Spacious 2 double bed warehouse conversion, still retaining period features, including loading doors, sash windows & exposed brickwork. EPC - C
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HACKNEY LETTINGS – SWINNERTON STREET Fantastic recently renovated 2 double bed Victorian terraced house overlooking a large 90 sq ft garden with separate patio area. EPC – E
HACKNEY LETTINGS – BRENTHOUSE ROAD High quality renovated 4 double bed Victorian house, with reclaimed wood floor, brand new kitchen/ diner & private rear patio garden. EPC – D
SHOREDITCH LETTINGS – WHITECHAPEL HIGH STREET Stunning New York style loft forming the entire 1st floor with open plan living space & a private rear courtyard terrace. EPC - pending
SHOREDITCH LETTINGS – PROVOST STREET Contemporary 2 bed/ 2 bath of approx. 900 sq ft featuring a large open plan living space, double height concrete ceilings & secure entry. EPC – C
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