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CONTENTS August 2013
07 EDITOR’S LETTER 08 ABSOLUTELY LOVES
10 THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Catherine Hales sits down to dinner with Bruno Loubet
49 FOOD REVIEWS
The Lady Ottoline and Proud City
52 A CUT ABOVE
Recipes from The Ginger Pig
12 HOT LIST
55 LIFE’S A PICNIC
14 WEBB PRESENCE
56 GET THE LOOK
Don’t miss this month
One-liners with North London’s Robert Webb
21 MY STYLE
Felder Felder’s ’s sartorial inspirations
22 GET YOUR CHIFFON Think sheer, think chic
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Absolutely’s favourite picnic baskets With interior designer, Abigail Ahern
63 WILD AT HEART
An African horseback safari
56 PURE SHORES
An island paradise in the Maldives
Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein ll Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
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or me, August will always be about summer holidays. As a child, left to my own devices, the days were spent outside for as long as the sun held sway. My mother’s attempts to get me doing extra-curricular studies were abandoned in favour of more enjoyable pursuits: tree-climbing, tent-making and bike-riding. Perhaps she would have had more success if she’d realised that the best way to capture kids’ imagination is through constructive learning and fun days out. Battle-hardened parents know that you need a plan of action to fend off mischief, temper tantrums or a creeping sense of inertia. To that end, this month we’ve put together a guide to the best summer holiday events and activities around. So whether your rugrats are budding artists or more on the sporty side, you can arm yourself with some great ideas as to how to keep them amused. Grown-ups, meanwhile, can enjoy this month’s interview with culinary mastermind Bruno Loubet, the acclaimed chef at the helm of the superb new King’s Cross restaurant, Grain Store. Loubet is a chef in the classic French style, obsessed with fresh, wholesome ingredients and able to make seemingly minor elements of a dish come alive with flavour. At Grain Store, Loubet’s mission has been to shift the spotlight away from meat and fish and onto veg, which for too long has been treated as a mere accompaniment; especially when you consider that the global demand for meat shows no sign of slowing down and may well prove unsustainable for future generations. We recommend you reserve a table at Grain Store and taste the results of his genius as soon as you can. Elsewhere, head out on safari through the magnificent Serengeti. Not your average travel destination, the Tanzanian plains provide a uniquely astonishing landscape for a riding holiday – seeing the wonders of subSaharan Africa from horseback must be one of those truly unforgettable, unsurpassable life experiences. Flick to page 62 to read about Michael Kallenbach’s animal adventure. And until you hit the savannah? Enjoy the golden month that is August, and have an amazing holiday.
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If you’re headed for the coast, stay crisp and cool with fresher hues of light blue. Simple shapes will suffice – you don’t want to be flapping in the wind with too much floaty fabric. Capri pants lend understated sophistication – à la Audrey Hepburn on a bicycle – and this pair by J Crew do the job nicely. A lightweight knit is essential for those chillier summer nights; I’ve chosen this Chloe bobble knit, warm but white. Finish with these K Jacques St Tropez leather sandals. The name says it all – perfect for a port-side parade.
Graham & Green Lamp
The cute ‘Costello’ from Graham & Green’s new lighting range provides a snug and comely answer to a regular table lamp. Neutral but with a hint of retro, it’s not too bulky and is a snip at £69. 164 Regent’s Park Road, NW1; grahamandgreen.co.uk
Nadia Tarr T-Shirt Circle Dress
We can’t say no to the sophisticated multi-purpose designs of Nadia Tarr. The perfect day-to-nightwear, try the art of deception and style this t-shirt dress up with chunky heels and a bold clutch for evening. £240, Question-Air, NW3; question-air.com
Pimms Blackberry & Elderflower
Purists may be slightly wary of any variation on the classic Pimms formula but trust us, it’ll be your new summer favourite – just don’t get it mixed up with the cordial. 199 Finchley Road, NW3; waitrose.com
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Don’t get in a flap over your holiday to-do list. Amara offer chic floral and leather travel items to keep everything in order while you’re away. Sorted. £23, amara.com
Put your best ever foot forward with these wedges from Angeline Lee – open toe, gold embossed leather, wraps around a handcarved wooden heel with curled silhouette detail and on-trend ankle straps – sported by everyone this summer, from Rihanna to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. £381; angelinelee.com
Kusmi Tea Britain’s time-honoured tradition of tea-
drinking gets a contemporary update with Kusmi’s variety of blends and infusions, all presented in chic, metal tins. The BB Detox tea is a popular choice for summer (we love the green tea and grapefruit); serve over ice for a summery twist. 15 Marylebone High Street, W1; kusmi.com
Damien Hirst Beach Towel
Hirst’s work is usually found hanging gallery walls, not strewn over a beaches, so take this unique opportunity to stretch out on the ouevre of one of the most iconic British artists of this century. Simple pleasures. £65, stocked at The Conran Shop, 55-57 Marylebone High Street, W1;
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Don’t shy away from the long-awaited British summer now it’s finally arrived; embrace it with this striking, jazzy bandeau. The fun zebra-print is sure to stand out on the beach. Top £49, Bottoms £38.50; charlottetaylorltd.com
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Move over Soya! Silky white and naturally wholesome, pour yourself a refreshing glass of Rude Health’s new range of dairy-free drinks. 199 Finchley Road, NW3; waitrose.com
Connection Absolutely sits down to dinner with Bruno Loubet in the wake of his latest restaurant opening
runo Loubet is very much London’s chef of the moment, with Clerkenwell’s Bistrot de Bruno Loubet bringing normally ferocious food critics to their knees in admiration. Feted by the likes of Jay Rayner and AA Gill, the Bordeaux native’s reputation is built not on fashion, celebrity or gastronomic gimmicks, but on classic French cooking executed with masterful modern flair. Loubet, who came to London at 21 and earned his first Michelin star a few years later, trained under some of the greatest chefs of the day, including Raymond Blanc. In the years that followed, he went solo, establishing some of London’s best-loved restaurants in the process (Soho’s Bistrot Bruno and L’Odeon on Regent Street, to be precise). In 2001, he horrified his hungry fans by decamping to Australia to raise his family, but in 2009 he returned to these shores and opened his latterday bistro at the Zetter Hotel. The new venture was quickly hailed a triumph, prompting a renewed wave of adulation among the city’s culinary cognoscenti and lots of talk about what Loubet would do next. Well, now we know: June saw the opening of Grain Store, a new restaurant at the heart of the King’s Cross regeneration zone that looks set to become a leading light in the area’s rejuvenated dining scene.
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‘I want to show that eating less meat may make the food more exciting because you have to be more exciting. When the veg becomes the star, you have to scratch your head a little bit more.’
What this means is that Loubet is busy, with more pressing things to do than, well, nattering with the press. Nonetheless we find him calm, composed and utterly congenial – a superb storyteller with an accent thick and French enough to make you hungry all by itself. We start by asking him if his interest in cooking came from his family. ‘Everybody was cooking, it was important. We used to grow everything, we had chickens and rabbits and pigeons. We used to go foraging – today it’s a big, fashionable thing but for me that was my childhood. We used to go and pick dandelions for the salad, wild leeks and mushrooms and walnuts.’ Skipping forward a decade or three, what occasioned his recent return to London from Australia? ‘Well, firstly it was my wife! She wanted to come back, she missed the family and life in London. So I said, “Okay, we’ll come back on one condition, which is that we buy a nice little place in the country, a pub or an old farm or a restaurant. At the end of the day I want a big garden, I want to grow my veg and have my pigs and chickens and live the chef’s dream.” She said “Yes, yes, yes.” Then I end up in London.’ Another big laugh, but the move was a wise one, and the Bistrot Bruno Loubet was soon established and winning plaudits from all
corners of the culinary world. It was Loubet’s first London venture outside of the West End – does he like Clerkenwell? ‘Yeah, I love Clerkenwell. It’s a very affluent area but cool and with very nice people. I really like all the architecture, the market, the atmosphere.’ And what about Grain Store, which is to open in the same renovated King’s Cross warehouse that contains Central St Martin’s college and the much-loved Caravan? Loubet has already told the world that he wants the menu at Grain Store to put more focus on vegetables. Is he excited that the restaurant is now a reality? ‘I’m really excited. Many years ago I wanted to do this, I thought about focusing on the vegetable to be the star of the plate. And you know, now was the right time and and it’s been a bit of a dream come true.’ Is this what Loubet sees as the future of food in the capital? Are there still boundaries left to push? ‘Obviously there is a massive movement in food to keep things moving and try new things but that’s not the business we’re in. I respect it a lot, but for me the biggest challenge at Grain Store is to make the veg, the garnish, the most important part of the dish. To make it exciting I have to use flavours and techniques from all over the world. I want to show that eating less
meat may make the food more exciting because you have to be more exciting. When the veg becomes the star, you have to scratch your head a little bit more.’ On the subject of doing things differently, we mention that we recently ran into cocktail king and proprietor of Islington’s Bar with No Name, Tony Conigliaro, the man behind the cocktail menu at both Loubet’s current ventures. Loubet lights up. ‘Yes, we’re doing a few things together! Tony is a great scientist. He does the drinks and we try to match a few things to the menu – obviously not everything, but certain dishes. You know, why not? Because it’s not really been done the proper way before, and obviously Tony is fantastic.’ Does Loubet have a favourite Conigliaro concoction? ‘I don’t drink much alcohol myself,’ he laughs, before a throwaway comment that captures the man’s modesty perfectly – and perhaps the secret to his success. ‘I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I’m a boring person! I just cook, you know? And go into my garden. Cooking and gardening, that’s my life.’ Grain Store, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street N1; grainstore.com bistrotbrunoloubet.com 11
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CULTURE MUSICAL THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Until 7 September
All the songs you know and love (plus Edelweiss) feature in this special Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the musical classic. What better way to watch the starchy but sweet von Trapp family plus warbling ex-nun Maria escape the clutches of evil Nazis than under a canopy of summer stars? Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1; openairtheatre.com
FILM ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Does Bangkok have anything other than a seedy underbelly? If it has a sparkly, lovely overbelly we’re yet to hear of it. Whatever the truth, Only God Forgives paints the Thai capital as a city of sin and sleaze, where a kickboxing drug smuggler by the improbable name of Julian (hunk of the moment Ryan Gosling) goes on the hunt for his brother’s killer. Also featuring a sinister, stunning performance by Kristin Scott-Thomas as Julian’s murderous mother, the film (from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn) is already meeting with much acclaim. Expect squirminducing violence as Gosling ticks another meaty male fantasy role off his to-do list. Vue Cinema, O2 Centre, 225 Finchley Road, NW3; myvue.com
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AMY WINEHOUSE: A FAMILY PORTRAIT Throughout August
HOT LIST This month’s highlights
Co-curated by her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva, this exhibition sheds fascinating light on the life of the iconic singer-songwriter, who would have turned 30 this September. Bolstered by intimate, never-beforeseen photographs from the family’s collection and some of Amy’s personal belongings, the show aims to celebrate the life of a rare and tragic talent. The Jewish Museum, 129131 Albert Street, NW1; jewishmuseum.org.uk
CONCERT LIVE BY THE LAKE
23 August – 1 September
Live by the Lake returns to the venerable Kenwood House this year with a line-up that seems the very definition of diverse. Britpop androgynes Suede, Grammy Awardwinning soprano Ana María Martinez and soul songtress Laura Mvula will be among those belting out the hits. Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3; livebythelake.co.uk
AMERICAN BEAUTY BY CLAIBORNE SWANSON FRANK
A treasure trove of portraits by an ex-Vogue snapper, this collection serves as a tribute to American womanhood. Each of the subjects - including Solange Knowles - is photographed in her own surroundings, and the result is a range of images that resound with grace, glamour, grit and gravitas - sometimes all at once. £50, Assouline Publishing
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West Hampstead resident and TV star Robert Webb comes clean to Stephen Milton about one of comedy’s longest-standing partnerships
ometimes it can seem that David Mitchell and Robert Webb are destined always to play a part in each other’s success. Finding fame as a duo in cult Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show - which
Their professional lives being so frequently intertwined, you’d assume the pair would want to spend their leisure time apart – but it’s a little difficult to ignore each other given that they both live in the same corner of North London.
‘We’ve always said we’ll stay around for as long as people want us. And right now, that doesn’t seem to be changing so we’ll just keep on with it.” recently returned for a new season after a prolonged hiatus – the two continued their double act with skit series That Mitchell and Webb Look, and will soon appear together once again in the Beeb’s forthcoming political satire Our Men.
‘Oh believe me, we do try,’ Webb chuckles when we meet. ‘We try, but it’s such a small enclave in that pocket of London that even if I’m keeping my head down, David will sniff me out. I’ve given up trying to avoid him now, it’s such a
fruitless effort.’ Webb’s mischievous sense of humour is never far from the surface, even when talking about the place he calls home. West Hampstead’s appeal, he tells me, lies in its ‘effortless chic’ and ‘passive exuberance’; he came to live in the area post-Cambridge and ended up staying here. Now he has a wife (fellow comedian Abigail Burdess) and two young daughters, and no plans to move on, declaring, ‘We like it; it’s our manor.’ We talk about the diversity of the community and the huge variety of independent businesses – especially bookshops – that give the area its special spark, while Webb tells me how much he enjoys taking his daughters to the local parks and playgrounds. But it’s not all play and no work: this North London family man still takes care of business. After Peep Show’s acclaimed eighth 15
ROBERT WEBB season, he’s about to prove his acting chops in BBC Two’s muchanticipated Our Men. Following a similar vein as Yes, Prime Minister, Our Men will see Mitchell and Webb portray British government attachés for the fictional country of Kazbeckiztan – and for the first time, the pair won’t just be playing for laughs. ‘Well it’s not like a serious, serious drama,’ Webb says. ‘It’s more like a drama with a dollop of comedy. There’s plenty of room for laughter but it’s not the priority of this series. We’re leaning more heavily on the storyline, for once! David plays the new British ambassador to Kazbeckiztan, while I’m the established deputy ambassador who’s been there a while. Stories revolve around us promoting trade and negotiating deals while meandering around human rights issues. It’s a drama that’s allowed to be funny, rather than a ‘laugh out loud’ experiment. But it’s
definitely funnier than I’ve described it!’ The mischievous chuckle again. And what of Peep Show, the pair’s staple success - how much longer can Jeremy and Mark (the show’s bumbling protagonists) keep a hold on the hearts of their audience? Mitchell himself recently said that the show could go on forever, hypothesising an entire lifetime of wince-worthy scrapes. What does Webb think? ‘We’ve always said we’ll stay around for as long as people want us. And right now, that doesn’t seem to be changing so we’ll just keep on with it. The two characters are really such random individuals with very little clear direction; it’s a creator’s dream really. They could get into any number of scrapes and adventures. I’m quite happy to see Jez and Mark grow old together on their Zimmer frames. For me, there’s no end in sight.’
Age: 40 Met his future best man and long time comedy partner David Mitchell at Cambridge where both were members of Footlights. Their breakout hit Peep Show has run for eight series, making it the longest running show ever on Channel 4. His parody of the audition scene from Flashdance won
him Comic Relief’s ‘Let’s Dance’ competition in 2009. When playing a naturist in the film Confetti, Webb believed his private parts would be pixelated out. It wasn’t until the premiere that he realised they hadn’t been. Webb is married to fellow comedian Abigail Burdess and has two children.
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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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MY STYLE Felder Felder, the Clerkenwell-based fashion label is run by twins, Annette and Dani. They share their inspirations
Most inspiring experience Travelling in India for four months right after high school when we were 19. Coming from the German countryside, it was an eye opener and it was the first time we spent such a long time away from home, so it was full of great, weird and scary experiences; a true adventure.
Most treasured possession
Annette: A diamond heart necklace I got from my husband on our first Valentine’s Day together. Dani: My black Helmut Lang boots with fringes and an amazing wedge heel – they are completely worn out and I was told ‘give them up, they are dead,’ by one shoe repair place – but I didn’t give up and eventually found a place that managed to fix them and keeps repairing them for me regularly.
Favourite shoe designer
Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. And our mother, who is the most glamorous person we know.
Alaia – everytime we see his shoes, we just die - if only they weren’t so expensive.
Your favourite album at the moment
Ali Love’s Solo, and also his different projects with Hot Natured and Infinity Ink – we met him when we first moved to London; he was doing more rock music back then. We danced all of last summer to his house music tracks. We love the vocals and the beats; you can’t sit still!
Favourite designer Givenchy Riccardo Tisci
Favourite holiday destination
Ibiza in summer. It feels like home – we love the vibe, the music, the restaurants and the food, the people, the sea and the parties (the smaller private parties as opposed to the clubs). Miami in winter for the healthy food, yoga, beach, smiley people, sun and more sun....what more can you want after a summer in the rain in London? 21
CHIFFON Dare to bare this summer with pastel shades, sheer luxe panels and metallic eveningwear Photography: Ian Harrison Styling: Lynda Bell
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FASHION THE MODERN WAY
Team GB cycling hero and everyone’s favourite noughties mod Bradley Wiggins has teamed up with the mighty Fred Perry for a range of vintage-styled tees, cycling shirts and track jackets that draw on the brand’s iconic heritage. Now you can look tip-top and tasteful even when you’re working out. 105a Commercial Street, E1; fredperry.com
The Mods are coming back in a big way, so here’s our hot picks of mod-influenced attire
A must-read for fans of Brit culture in all its eccentric, rebellious glory, author Richard Weight’s Mod: A Very British Style tells the tale of the mod scene from its roots among working class jazz fans to its latterday place in the pantheon of eradefining (yet ever-relevant) lifestyle tribes. Published by Bodley Head, rrp £25. Available at Waterstones, 11 Islington Green, N1; waterstones.com
Fresh from the land of the rising sun, this flag-print shirt by Edifice strikes all the right notes for the stylish modern man. Made from quality seersucker cotton (meaning it should stay looking crisp), it’s both interesting and elegant – and perfect for layering under a blazer or Harrington. £135 from Present, 140 Shoreditch High Street, E1; present-london.com
The mod motto is ‘elegant living in difficult circumstances’, and these Thom Browne shoes epitomise the principle, updating the classic brogue with a lightweight (yet hard-wearing) foam sole and a suite of fresh, continental colours. £600 from oki-ni.com
No self-respecting modernist steps out in summer without his shades, but pick the wrong pair and it can all go horribly wrong. Avoid looking like a teen or a try-hard with these beautifully understated wooden sunglasses from Finlay & Co. Available in two styles and four sustainably-sourced hardwoods, they’re completely handmade. From £105 at Aida, 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1; finlayandco.com 28
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If you’re yet to take your summer vacation, stock up on some staples from good old Monsoon. Durable outfits are key and the Holiday Collection’s lightweight, loose-fitting and hard-wearing fabrics are made to survive energetic play. From the shark surf suit to the turtle towelling sweat, there’s plenty here that’s suitable for a rough and tumble. 21 Parkfield Street, N1; monsoon.co.uk
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In our opinion, there’s ice cream and then there’s ice cream; Jude’s is the latter. Salted Caramel, Mango Crush, Double Choc, Strawberry Tease… we’re practically drooling already. Off to the shops we go. Available at Waitrose, 21 Liverpool Road, N1; judes.co.uk
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Making a trip to the Great British seaside? Keep youngsters entertained with this quality crab-catching kit for rockpool rookies; all you need to improve your harbourside haul. £14.95; joules.com
Not only do the folks at Love Brand & Co excel at striking print design (it’s nigh-on impossible to choose a favourite), they also use a super soft absorbent fabric and give 5% of proceeds to elephant conservation charities – so you can feel good about splashing out on your little one’s swimwear. £69, lovebrand.com
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PEPPA AND PALS
Britain’s biggest festival for kids returns to London this month with a mind-boggling array of stuff to delight little ones. This year’s Lollibop event promises appearances and special shows from family favourites including Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep and even the mighty Transformers, while a focus on interactive events and creative play will ensure kids are kept as active as they are awestruck. Tickets start at £20 per person or £78 for a family of four. 16-18 August, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20; lollibopfestival.co.uk
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HANDY CRAFTS Shoreditch’s acclaimed Geffrye Museum is offering three weeks of cool children’s activities this summer. Kids can explore the museum’s gorgeous gardens, learn about bugs and blooms, make masks, print t-shirts... in short, it’s a craft extravaganza. Activities are free and aimed at kids aged 5 to 16, though children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis half an hour before the class begins, so check the website timetable and make sure you beat the crowds! 136 Kingsland Road, E2; geffrye-museum.org.uk
Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre runs year-round courses for adults and young people, but its charitable Summer Youth Afloat scheme deserves a special mention. Largely funded by the centre’s own trust and the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, the programme offers safe, expert instruction in a range of water-sports (including sailing and wind-surfing), with all equipment provided and RYA and BCU qualifications available for those who complete the relevant sessions. A great way to get kids aged 8 to 16 out of their bedrooms and into the open air. 235a, Westferry Road, E14; dswc.org 32
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There’s no time like the summer to encourage your kids to eat more fruit – and eat it they will thanks to Divertimenti’s Mexican Fiesta cookery class for growing gourmets. Head chef Martha Money will guide youngsters through recipes for tasty central American cuisine in a beautiful ‘theatre kitchen’ complete with viewing screens and all mod cons. Spicy! See the website for further details. 30 August, from £45, 33-34 Marylebone High Street, W1; divertimenti.co.uk
JAPANEASY Stoke Newington-based Takayo’s eponymous events company runs ‘kimono birthday parties’ for girls aged 5 and above. Children learn about the traditional robe while playing with fun props and accessories and creating their own photo frame using traditional Japanese Yuzen papers. The birthday girl is treated to a makeover and special kimono, and all the guests get to sample Japanese delicacies and sweets. Bring on the fun. takayo.co.uk
Kids and parents alike will love the new Animal Adventure experience at London Zoo, which aims to get youngsters up close and personal with the natural world. Kids can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the treetops, splash around in a miniature stream and view the world from the perspective of a mongoose (with real mongoose standing right beside them) – and when they’re done, there’s the rest of the zoo still to explore, including Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory and the latest addition, Adi the baby Tapir. Great fun for the wild at heart. Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1; zsl.org
ROCK AND ROLLER North London welcomes yet another inspired pop-up this summer in the shape of Skate King’s Cross, a family skate rink by day and roller disco by night. The rink caters for roller skaters of all ages and experience levels and features food by some of the capital’s most exciting chefs and culinary startups – not least ‘punk restaurateurs’ Disco Bistro. A groovy day out. West Handyside Canopy, Goods Way, N1C; skatekingscross.com
DOWN ON THE FARM
Belmont Children’s Farm is extending its regular Young Farmers Club this summer, with two three-hour sessions each week in which kids can get up close and personal with the animals on a real working farm. Meeting in the farm’s Waffle Cafe, youngsters will then accompany experienced farm-hands on their rounds, caring for and learning about everything from chickens and alpacas to ponies and pigs. A rare treat for the animalmad, and just £15 per session. The Ridgeway, NW7; belmontfarm.co.uk 33
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A leading head teacher has condemned ‘hothousing’ children. Are we asking too much of our children too soon? Amanda Constance investigates
e all know the sort, don’t we? Those children for whom the odd ballet, piano or swimming lesson isn’t quite enough. No, little Atticus has a maths and English tutor, plus Kumon, Mandarin and extra French lessons after school; and that’s before drama, violin and flute lessons on a Saturday morning. His parents, pushy, anxious and ever-present, schedule his every waking moment in the pursuit of excellence. They started plotting how to get poor Atticus into St Paul’s the moment the umbilical cord was cut. Now Richard Harman, headmaster of the prestigious Uppingham School in Rutland, has said enough is enough. A few weeks ago, he condemned such pushy parenting saying the current approach ‘may get short-term results but risks long-term damage.’ Harman, who is taking over as leader of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference next year, condemned teachers and parents who create a ‘hothouse atmosphere’, adding that ‘the entire social life of some London parents is consumed by whether or not their children are going to get into the school of their choice. They put their children through seven, eight or nine entrance tests. There is paranoia and a pressure that is just unhealthy for parents, as well as their children.’ And the evidence seems to suggest this hothousing is starting at an increasingly
younger age. The latest edition of the Good Schools Guide made headlines this year when it revealed that some turbo-charged London parents have been hoping to get their little darlings a head start by paying for professional interview coaching for their three year-olds. Such startling news raises the questions: why do parents feel the need to do it and why on earth are pre-preps interviewing prospective pupils? The answer is simple. The best schools in the capital are
The only useful preparation is to talk to them, play with them and read them stories.’ Of course, it isn’t wrong to be academically ambitious for your child. But Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College, says all too often well-meaning parents are convinced that their offspring are brighter than they really are. This may be because of their own academic ambitions or due to a distorted vision of what their child should achieve, both of which only increase the stress for the child. Seldon’s advice is to listen to the teachers and remember to ‘love our children wisely.’ You only need to go online to see that it is anxiety as much as ambition that is causing us to hothouse our youngsters. The parental blogosphere is full of worries about competition; from a shrinking job market to an ever more crowded world to academically brilliant Chinese children. Harman agrees that difficult economic times have fuelled the panic but his answer is that, ‘instead of focusing on results, schools and parents must help children handle failure, develop different strengths and become resilient people who can make relationships with others, because that is what brings proper happiness in lifelong terms.’ Charles Milne, Eton’s tutor for admissions, concurs. He says that when looking for its brightest boys – the so-called King’s Scholars – Eton looks for ‘boys with an original and enquiring mind, with the ability to go beyond the mere regurgitation of knowledge.’
Well-meaning parents are often convinced that their offspring are brighter than they really are massively oversubscribed from pre-prep upwards, so parents are doing everything they can to squeeze that little bit ahead in the race. Yet, ironically, as any sane parent or teacher already knows, you can’t coach a three yearold for an interview. Jo Newman, head of North London Collegiate Junior School – all girls, reception to year six, and which selects 40 four yearolds from around 200 applicants each year – told the Good Schools Guide: ‘I always tell parents that if they’re paying to coach three year-olds, they might as well burn £20 notes.
BEAUTIFUL WEIGHT LOSS It’s always the right time to try something new. New to you, but where hundreds of people just like you have bravely gone before. They’ve lost weight, got properly fit and found a balance, a way of living, that will outlive a thousand fads. We are weight loss experts. We don’t muck around. Our plans support you intelligently from start to finish and then we show you how to keep it - forever. For nearly twenty years we’ve changed the bodyshape, habits, mindset of exceptional people, just like you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed before. What matters is that you’re content with where you are. If not, set aside some time and just get the job done - once and for all. Our Optimum Weight Loss Programme coaches you personally for 12-weeks, shedding body fat and taking you back to basics. No gimmicks. We simply teach you how to eat again. We cut through any lifestyle challenges and show you how to come out on top. We can support you from our Belgravia Clinic absolutely anywhere in the world. The Intensive Programme combines our simple eating method with world class personal training. We train you for optimal fat burn and metabolic uplift. In your own home - six hours a week. Our Dietitians coach you, monitor your body composition weekly and ensure you’re highly motivated. Most women lose twenty pounds, men thirty. Such is life. We obsess about your metabolism, so you don’t have to. Simply hand yourself over and do exactly what we say. For six weeks, or twelve. We’ll be honest about what you need. All we have is our health and our bodies – whatever your age or lifestyle, we will help you be the best you can be.
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Body Louise Parker tells Absolutely how to get the perfect figure for life
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ith exercise it is most important to remember…
Consistency will win over severity. You can’t out-train a bad diet, so you must eat beautifully and train in a clever way.
The most effective exercises… Leave you burning calories long after you have finished working out. I am obsessed with ‘metabolic uplift’ – which ensures the moves you do keep your metabolism burning at a higher rate for at least 24 hours after a session.
If we don’t have time to go to the gym we should... Train at home. Set up some space to train with a professional or do a DVD. Your body is the only tool you need – I use very little equipment.
Is there such thing as the ‘wrong exercise’? Yes, relying on ‘steady state cardio’ – cycling or jogging at the same pace, for the same duration – if you’re trying to transform your body shape. Reduce the duration, but increase the intensity.
Should we be dieting? Not as such. We suggest a lifestyle diet. To lose weight we have an initial ‘transformation phase’ where metabolism is increased, body fat dropped, and a regime (or diet) is stuck to 100% of the time. Beyond that, during ‘maintenance’, portion sizes are slightly increased and that’s it. 20% of the time our clients eat out, drink wine and don’t worry about it.
On a ‘maintenance day’ we should eat… A balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate at each meal. Typically, I would eat: Breakfast: Yoghurt, berries and granola Snack: Ryvita with cashew nut butter and some fruit, such as an apple Lunch: A large salad with butternut, feta and pine nuts plus a small brown roll Snack: An orange and a handful of almonds Supper: Some fish or chicken with plenty of veggies and a green salad
The dreaded drink… Should we be drinking alcohol? In a weight loss phase, no. During maintenance, a couple of glasses of wine over a weekend is okay, but little more.
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Types of Programmes The Intensive, a Training and Eating Method 6-8 weeks Clients are trained at home for three or four 90-minute exercise session. Once a week they come into our Belgravia Clinic to see a personal dietician. The Optimum Weight Loss Programme 12 weeks Weekly visits guide you through the process; it’s a blueprint on how to eat forever. As a nutrition-only
programme, it focuses on diet. You train independently or supplement with one or two personal training sessions per week, which we will happily organise.
About you… I began personal training as a freelance trainer the day I left university. I’m pleased to say I have never looked back.
Weekly Personal Training Ongoing Two sessions per week with your own dedicated trainer.
My lifestyle is about habit; a continual balancing act. Saying that, I love food and anyone who comes over for supper certainly gets spoiled.
Results Visible in roughly three weeks. By six weeks, most people are astounded by what they have managed to achieve.
At weekends I relax, have wine, meals out, and bake cookies with my girls. Come Monday I just eat how I normally would and try not to worry about it.
The Team I am nothing without them: my wonderful husband Paul, our office, dieticians and 24 exceptional personal trainers. We believe in a slick, highly professional service.
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HOW TO Exercise our children From an early age, so they grow in confidence and enjoy it.
Exercise our teenagers (without affecting their body image) Sooner rather than later. They respond quickly to guidance and will incorporate an exercise regime so it becomes part of their routine, not simply a trend.
Exercise our 40+ husbands People categorise themselves too much by their age and limit themselves by what they think they can or cannot achieve. We train each person from the bottom up.
Eat during a pregnancy I’m pregnant at the moment (due to give birth shortly) and have eaten how I normally eat, plus or minus the odd croissant.
Exercise after a pregnancy The Intensive Programme! I’ve been documenting my progress on my blog and will share workouts and recipes after the birth; louiseparker.uk.com/blog
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THE INSIDER Arabella Preston’s tips for bronzed skin
eft it late to start your bikini bootcamp? For me, this time of year usually induces a blind panic and a call to London’s tan guru, James Read. Tanner to the stars and the capital’s glitterati, Read has his own brilliant range of self-tan products too. Having a tan adds definition to your body, making you look toned,’ he explains. ‘My tan icon has to be Farrah Fawcett. She defines tan to me – that iconic poster with her wearing that red swimsuit is the biggest-selling poster of all time.’ The success or failure of your self-tan is all down to the preparation of your skin. Product applied to dry, rough skin will result in a patchy, uneven finish. James recommends exfoliating 48 hours before tanning and waxing or shaving 24 hours before, then moisturising any dry areas, making sure to include your hands, knees, elbows, feet and ankles. James always uses a tanning mitt on clients and these are now almost always sold or included with self-tan products. They give the most uniform finish and also stop the palms of your hands becoming streaked. ‘With the hands, use excess product from the arms and work it down to the hands. Don’t wash your hands for eight hours. This will stop you getting white hands,’ he advises. A lovely scented body oil is the perfect way to finish off a tan once your colour has had time to develop fully. Rubbed into shins and collarbones, it will create that juststepped-off-the-private-jet look in a jiffy. Beach goddesses are made not born, so cheat your way to a hot bod with these tan-tastic heroes...
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You can find the Black Isle Bakery at Hoxton Street Market every Saturday morning, where artist turned baker Ruth Barry applies her eye for aesthetics to her range of innovative buns. Inspired by Russian-style pastries, the buns are named after various places around Black Isle, where Barry grew up, and offer a tasty reflection on the mythological significance of the area. Hoxton Street; blackislebakery.co.uk
CARAVAN OF LOVE
Local favourite Caravan recently launched ‘Caravan Sessions’, a monthly series of events celebrating the art of eating and drinking well. August’s event is ‘Brews and Blues’ and only 50 spots are available. Sign up now to taste the best Caravan’s chefs have to offer. At just £35 per person, it’s sure to be a boozy bargain. 11-13 Exmouth Market, EC1R; caravanonexmouth.co.uk
Bite Sized Absolutely finds out all the food news – one bite at a time
Islington foodie scene stalwart Como 3 draws on the culinary skills of chefs from Spain and Japan to serve up an eclectic menu of tapas and pan-Asian cuisine, while the generous Sunday roast lets you order an entire suckling pig to enjoy with friends and family in the restaurant’s cool contemporary setting. 11-13 Theberton Street, N1; como3.com
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Relax and enjoy the taste of summer with one of Amanzi Tea’s refreshing brews. Originating in Zimbabwe, Amanzi Tea offers a colourful range of high quality teas of every variety, best enjoyed in the shop’s own cute cafe. 24 New Cavendish Street, W1; amanzitea.com
An oasis on the fringe of the City, Dishoom is a café and tea-house paying homage to the cuisine of traditional Mumbai street cafes. Enjoy bottomless chai tea throughout the day or while away a lazy afternoon on Dishoom Shoreditch’s new outdoor verandah. 7 Boundary Street, E2; dishoom.com 45
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We’ve been open for nigh on three months now and would like to extend a very warm thank you for making our launch a very exciting and fulfilling experience: you have come in your droves and on the whole seem to be loving what we are doing. You never know whether anyone will come when you open a restaurant and that we have served over 8000 of you since opening the doors gives us some reason to dispel those fears ! We are also still being judged by the great and the great and the good in the critical community ( thank you you Giles you may come again, Dineen if I see you watch those oysters yeah ?) and we are continuing to try and be the local restaurant of choice for Islington, Shoreditch, Dalston and beyond.
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stop for global punk and rock acts, the last decade has seen O2 Academy Islington present shows from major rock royalty including; KISS, Def Leppard, Biffy Clyro, Paramore and Jimmy Eat World to name but a few.
rocks through his ninth album and throws in everyone’s old favourites for good measure. The spectacular tour climax, ﬁlmed live in Estonia, will be aired at Vue Cinema Islington on 20th August.
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DALYAN 462 Muswell Hill Broadway N10 1BS 020 8442 2662
LA COLLINA 17 Princess Road NW1 8JR 020 7483 0192
Unit 5, Cowcross Street, EC1; lazybones.uk.com A brash-trash grease-fest and the latest addition to Farringdon’s booming all-American grill scene. Lip-smacking slow-cooked meats, wings, falafel, popcorn and hotdogs are the main attractions. Apparently, diners can use a Secret DJ app to sync with the in-house jukebox and play their favourite tunes.
Arch 374, Helmsley Place, E8; climpsonandsons.com From the head honchos of cult burger-flippers Lucky Chip comes Licky Chop. Located at Climpson’s Arch (a clever pop-up bar and grill sited in Climpson and Sons’ very own coffee roastery), the menu includes fine steak cuts, lamb chop, bone marrow and a slew of attractive-sounding extras including Oysters.
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8-9 Hoxton Square, N1; masterandservant.co.uk Finger-lickin’ food is the order of the day: think crab-claws, seasonal charcoal grills, smoked meats and homemade charcuterie, with the ‘Greasiest Morsel’ award going to ‘back-fat with radishes’. The desserts are just as voluptuous (try the peanut butter ice cream) and the esteemed Happiness Forgets team are behind the cocktails. 47
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428 Kingsland Road, E8; thedeaddollsclub.com What’s the deal? While the name may conjure images of a late ‘70s dive bar crammed with leatherand denim-clad punk rockers, the reality is rather different: a softly understated interior enlivened by hand-drawn trompe l’oeil wall art, candles and dainty chandeliers. Why should you go? There’s a dedicated gin menu for lovers of London’s traditional spirit. As with the decor, the music is not so hardcore as the name of the place might suggest: live gypsy jazz and swing while weekends promise more eclectic, danceable sounds from resident and visiting djs.
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1 Westgate Street, E8; netilhouse.com There’s something so romantic about tippling among the rooftops, perhaps in part because the elevation adds a sense of ascension. The Platform Bar is sure to heighten your mood with its neat little terrace right by the railway line (how NYC) and reasonably priced cocktails while die-hard lovers of Netil House can also get membership to Netil360, the rooftop events space.
Martello Street, E8; lardo.co.uk An outdoor bbq and bar (or ‘hothouse rooftop’, as they like to call it) by the folks behind neighbourhood favourite, Lardo. Locals have been flocking to take advantage of the brightly coloured novelty sheds and al fresco aspect, which channel the Great British picnic. The menu is decidedly Italian (spicy southern sausage, sharing plates) with granita (basically an alcoholic Slush Puppy).
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 7 Pepys Street, EC3; doubletree3.hilton.com We’ve had our eyes on this hotspot since it opened. Twelve floors up with 360° views of London, it’s one of the more salubrious rooftop options in the capital. The cocktail menu has classic and modern options – the Sky at Night is the bar’s signature. Soak up the vibes from the resident djs and admire the skyline.
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e make our way through the enchanting backstreets of London’s Bloomsbury to the Lady Ottoline, our dining destination and the latest offering from the team behind popular and widely acclaimed gastro-pub the Princess of Shoreditch. Her cousin may be a princess, but the Lady Ottoline has charms all her own. Named for a famous aristocrat and society hostess of the early 20th century (whose image adorns the pub’s interior walls alongside portraits of her lovers and some notable patrons of her London salon which was held at her residence in Bedford Square), the pub is located on a quiet, leafy backstreet. The main dining area, upstairs, is an intimate affair, decorated with further portraits of the Lady Ottoline and Dickensian night-lights that twinkle prettily upon the tables. We are seated next to a large sash window and to start, plump for the fishcake and poached egg with sauce béarnaise alongside a pancetta bacon, frisee lettuce and hen’s egg salad. To follow, my partner opts for the double Barnsley lamb chop with creamed mash and wild garlic pesto, while I choose roasted hake with caper butter and a side of mash. As it’s time for some serious tasting, we order a Closerie de Lys, Pinot Noir, 2011 to accompany our mains. To finish, I order a warm chocolate and walnut cake, drenched in rum syrup and accompanied by a scoop of ‘artisan’ vanilla ice cream, while my partner chooses marinated blood oranges with white chocolate mousse. Both are demolished forthwith. Bloomsbury has had many famous residents over the centuries, including this excellent gastro-pub’s noble namesake. With its focus on brilliant food and welcoming service, it’s hard to imagine that this new Lady Ottoline won’t hold court here for many years to come. 11a Northington Street, WC1; theladyottoline.com
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he heart of the City may seem like an unlikely place for cabaret to flourish, the cultivated seediness and risqué shenanigans of the usual cabaret fare being at total odds with the sleek, businessy surroundings. It is exactly there, however, that Proud Cabaret has planted its flag – and with unremitting success. This may be due in part to the fact that Proud manages to honour the spirit of cabaret by going (quite literally) underground. As my companion and I descend the deep, purple-carpeted staircase, admiring the mirrors and enormous chandelier, we are greeted by a ravishing young woman clad only in vintage lingerie. We had come for the preview of The Silencing of Miss Scarlett, a noir murder mystery set amid a flurry of burlesque and musical numbers performed by a troupe of colourful suspects. The main room was smoky without being cloying and the lavish décor was reminiscent of a bygone era. I started with the lobster, trout and crab tortellini served with fresh sorrel and a shellfish and coconut bisque, which was very tasty – but I was soon suffering extreme food envy when my friend’s braised leeks and mussels served with dill and crème fraîche arrived, juicy and cooked to perfection. Both of
us decided on the seared fillet of beef as our main, accompanied by truffle mash; the meat was tender, just the right side of bloody and utterly delicious. Between the main course and dessert came the performances, featuring the fabulously sinister Mister Meredith (as both emcee and intermittent crooner) and three beautiful burlesque performers, whose tantalising routines came to a climax with a fiery extravaganza by my personal favourite, Miss Missy Fatale. Somehow we managed dessert, which for me was a slice of passion fruit cheesecake served on an amoretti base with lime powder and a mango sorbet. It was the perfect finish to my meal – the mango sorbet was particularly sweet and zesty. My companion ordered the walnut chocolate brownie served with pistachio marshmallow and white chocolate ice cream. The entire evening was fabulous, from the scantily clad waiting staff and camp variety acts to the over-arching narrative concerning Miss Scarlett’s murder, which helped to maintain a frisson of suspense throughout the evening. So after all that, who did kill Miss Scarlett? You’ll have to go along to find out… No.1 Mark Lane, (corner of Dunster and Mark Lane), EC3; proudcabaretcity.com 51
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Glazing a Ham As a large amount of salt is needed to cure a ham, a little bit of sweetness added to the finished item is highly complementary. You can achieve this by serving the ham with something sweet yet acidic, such as Cumberland or cranberry sauce, or by baking the cooked ham with a glaze. Often the former makes a good base for the latter, and it wouldn’t be considered wrong to do both. MUSTARD AND BROWN SUGAR GLAZE 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp grain mustard 3 tbsp soft brown sugar
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To glaze a ham Peel off the skin (not the fat) while the ham is still hot; this is very tricky to do neatly once it cools, so wear a pair of rubber gloves to guard against the heat. If you’re a stickler for presentation, score a neat, criss-cross pattern into the fat, though a few slashes will suffice if you’re less particular. Prepare your glaze and rub it into the fat. The suggested glazes above are easy to make and are really delicious, but for a very simple alternative, brush a tangy, thick-cut marmalade or redcurrant jelly over the ham. Stud the surface with cloves, if you wish, then bake the ham in a hot-ish oven (200°C/400°F/gas mark 6) for 20–30 minutes, until the fat is wonderfully caramelised. Slice and serve hot, or allow to cool if you prefer it cold.
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hot water around it to reach halfway up the sides. Cook in the oven for 1–1½ hours, until a metal skewer inserted in the middle comes out piping hot. 5. When ready, if you’ve used a loaf tin, place a weight on top of the foil to compress the pâté, then set aside to cool. Once cold, place in the fridge overnight. 6. Serve in slices with a small leaf salad and some cornichons. The first slice is always the most difficult to remove and then it is far easier to ease out. Recipes taken from The Ginger Pig Farmhouse Cook Book (Octopus Publishing), £25, out now. The Ginger Pig, 99 Lauriston Road, E9, Borough Market, Southwark Street, SE1 thegingerpig.co.uk
GLAZING A HAM PORK AND WALNUT PÂTÉ Serves 10–12 Takes three hours, plus overnight setting. Ask your butcher to mince the belly of pork for you, or do it yourself by roughly chopping it and then blitzing in a food processor. If you’d like a strongly flavoured pâté, replace the lamb’s livers with the same weight of pig’s liver. 600g (1lb 5oz) minced belly of pork 250g (9oz) minced shoulder of pork 200g (7oz) minced lamb’s liver Freshly ground black pepper Sea salt 6 juniper berries, crushed 2 garlic cloves, crushed, peeled and diced Pinch of mace 175g (6oz) chopped walnuts 1 egg 75ml (3fl oz) Armagnac 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3 and lightly oil a 900g (2lb) terrine dish or loaf tin. 2. Place all the minced meat in a large bowl and
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Interior designer Abigail Ahern invites Absolutely into her Angel home to reveal the secrets of her personal style
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bigail Ahern is the designer behind a successful Upper Street boutique and an evergrowing product range - as well as many a celeb’s dream pad. Busy, much? So where does an interiors expert like to spend her downtime? For Ahern, there’s no place like home and it’s not hard to see why. A boho haven full of striking contemporary pieces and vintage finds, Ahern’s Islington abode has so much character and cosiness it practically begs to be curled up in. But don’t take our word for it: read on, as the designer tells all...
is cheap flea market finds. The cracked 1 poodle on the shelf is a prototype, the first one made. The cleaner broke him, so I painfully glued him back together - being way too superstitious to throw him away.
MAIN PICTURE IMAGE: My TV nook (the TV is snuck around the corner) is where we hang out at the very end of each day. I am a bit obsessed with chairs; the blue ones I found at a flea market and upholstered in Tom Dixon’s bute fabric. The red one is from George Smith, as is the sofa. The leather chair came from Paris and the rugs are from either my store or Maroc Tribal. Lighting, flowers and the wallpaper are all from my store.
TOP RIGHT IMAGE: The lacquer shelf on my lower ground floor is actually from Ikea and houses an assortment of finds from flea markets, auction houses, my store and various travels around the globe. The large blue painting was a present from my husband on returning to the UK after almost four years living in the States; the rest of the art
1. GENUINE FAKE BOOKSHELF, £185 PER DROP, DEBORAH BOWNESS; DEBORAHBOWNESS.COM 2. ABIGAIL AHERN TAUPE ODELIA POODLE EARTHENWARE LAMP, £195, ABIGAIL AHERN, 137 UPPER STREET, N1; ABIGAILAHERN.COM 3. BATH AQUA GLASS MINI OPTIC CLARET JUG, £27.50, BATH AQUA GLASS LTD.; BATHAQUAGLASS.COM 4. WHITE STORK CUSHION, £55; STUFFOFDREAMS.COM 5. ANGLEPOISE TYPE75 MINI TASK LAMP, £65, JOHN LEWIS, WESTFIELD STRATFORD, E20; JOHNLEWIS.COM 6. JOHN LEWIS CAMFORD ARMCHAIR, £799, JOHN LEWIS, WESTFIELD STRATFORD, E20; JOHNLEWIS.COM
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INSPIRATIONS Run rabbit run Industrial designer Merve Kahraman explores all manner of texture and aesthetics in her work, from a lamp made of wax that melts and recreates its original form to a brass and mahogany bookshelf shaped like an 1870 bicycle. It’s Hybrid 2, her whimsical creamcoloured bunny-eared chair inspired by Alice in Wonderland, however, that is a real showstopper. mervekahraman.com
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London-based designer Tracy Kendall is responsible for our current wallpaper obsession. Her designs have won her heaps of awards and a score of high-end clients such as Anthropologie and Soho House. Tracy’s fine art background means that she has quite a unique approach to her craft – often utilising items like lace and sequins to create quirky, textured surfaces. 156 Columbia Road, E2; tracykendall.com
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WILD AT HEART Lions and elephants and giraffes, oh my! Michael Kallenbach explores the wild wilderness of the Tanzanian Serengeti on horseback
t was our first morning riding to the Explore camp and we had been up since the crack of dawn. Here we were, now in the middle of the Serengeti plains, not far from the banks of the Grumeti River, and we had already begun to ache. By lunchtime, we needed a break; our joints, not used to the fast cantering alongside the giraffe, elephants and topi, were sore – yet the horses were fit and ready to go on all day. We dismounted and then suddenly our grooms were there to lead the horses to water and feed. We plonked ourselves in luxurious khaki chairs allowing the spring sunshine to fall on our faces. There were four riders in our group – Sophy, Eve, Lucinda and myself. I had been on several riding holidays in
Africa before so, while I thought I knew what to expect, I never imagined such luxury and comfort would come my way.
There’s also a whistle next to our bed in case a lion appears Lucinda, the weakest rider in our group, quickly decided that she wasn’t up to the fast pace of the horses. Instead, she opted to go by lorry and sat in the comfort of a Jeep as she viewed the game, while one of the back-up guides had little difficulty in leading her horse alongside his.
The mobile tents at Explore had been set up prior to our arrival, where an array of dainty tea cakes were waiting for us – similar to those exquisite creations served at Fortnum and Mason – and drinks of cranberry juice mixed with ginger ale. We were given a typically warm South African greeting by Julius Schuld, the manager of the camp, and Ian Boucher, chef extraordinaire. Originally from Cape Town, Ian is the first to admit that he is ‘dead scared’ of lions and hopes they never come near his tent at night. But despite this phobia, at mealtimes he is fearless, proudly announcing what he has prepared for dinner and always using locally grown ingredients. For instance, he explains, ‘You will get carrot soup, but not with caviar.’ It was hard to imagine anyone in our group expecting
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caviar, yet the spacious tents themselves were luxurious in every possible way – from fluffy towels and dressing gowns to hot running water and a flushing toilet. Our mobile camp even had its own electricity. There was also a whistle next to our bed in case we suddenly imagined a lion had come to snuggle up next to us in the night, but as Julius assured us soon after arrival, ‘No one has ever had use of it.’ In any event, a guard stood watch over my tent every night from dawn to dusk, so there was really nothing to fear. Of course, we were all there for the riding, not to snuggle up with lions. The horse I was allocated was called Katavi, so named after the country’s third largest national park, located along the rift escarpment in west Tanzania. A proud 17- hand ex-eventer bought from a dealer in Johannesburg, Katavi had come via a spell in Zimbabwe to join his other Swahili-named stable mates. 61
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As we cantered through the short brown grass, darting in between the fallen acacia trees, Katavi and I quickly bonded. This was his first safari, I was later to learn from one of our expert guides, the South African born Alison Mundy. Having previously worked in Botswana and Zimbabwe, there was nothing about horses she didn’t know. Ali was in charge of the stables and they were among the most immaculate and pristine I have ever seen. What’s more, the horses were execllently cared for, having their temperatures taken twice a day with several grooms on hand who could double up as farriers if and when the need should arose. In our search for game we would often canter alongside giraffe, zebra, ostrich, eland and topi, a type of antelope similar to the hartebeest. We never came across lion or leopard, but thankfully this wasn’t my first – and I hope not last – African horseback safari. After two nights at the Explore camp, we rode onto Serengeti House for the final stretch of our trip, an exclusive-use retreat. Here I was forced to say a fond farewell to Katavi, who had carried me so safely on my adventures. There were a few consolations, however – we arrived at Serengeti House just before lunch and were able to witness about 20 elephants drinking at the tiny pond about 15 feet from where we were sitting. Later that afternoon, as I packed my bags to fly back home, I was told by Gregory, one of the staff members, not to venture near my bungalow alone as
an elephant was lurking outside. Armed for all eventualities, he accompanied me to safety so that I could retrieve my possessions. Two days later, he sent me an email. ‘The elephants have never shown up again, but we did have an old buffalo – it charged one of the staff doing some maintenance work. But otherwise everything is fine and nobody was hurt.’ I smiled as I read this, but that night I dreamed that Katavi and I had cantered away from the elephants, out of trouble, back into safety and, of course, luxury.
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e arrived at Rangali Island, the home of the spectacular Conrad Maldives resort, in style – aboard a petite seaplane piloted by a relaxed, barefoot captain. It was an exciting yet slightly more rustic journey after the supreme comfort of a Business Class flight with Turkish Airlines, who recently launched their Maldives flight path via Istanbul. I immediately recognised the scenery below as if taken directly from the pages of a brochure; the semi-submerged islands and reefs dotted sparsely across the vast Indian Ocean. On a hot yet overcast day, the hazy sky and endless water seemed to join up as one, which we slowly and dreamily cruised through. I was swift ly brought back to earth (mentally, thankfully, and not literally) when we entered a heavy cloud and the tiny plane rattled enthusiastically. Luckily the pilot remained, like the ocean, absolutely calm. All agitated nerves were swift ly appeased with a warm welcome and a cold flannel when we arrived at the gorgeous resort – two separate islands connected by a wooden bridge.
The precarious nature of the Maldives (it’s the planet’s lowest country at just 1.5 metres above sea level) has been well documented and sits in contention with its unspoiled, honeymoon paradise cliché. Though it is a touch surreal to be essentially deserted amidst a fragile archipelago miles from anywhere in the heart of the Indian
Ocean, it’s incredibly easy to give in to its abundant natural beauty. The resort has every kind of expected luxury on-tap, but its clever design quietly understands that no mod con could begin to compare to what you’ll find outside your bedroom window. Even the most ardent City worker will soon resign their BlackBerry to the hotel room. The Conrad has plenty of activities to keep you entertained, should you tire of il dolce far niente; from a wealth of spa treatments to water sports, a kids club, excursions to your very own desert island and even a whimsical looking threeman submarine available for hire. We were informed, quite candidly, that Maldivian cuisine isn’t exactly sought after, but fortunately there are ten outstanding restaurants to choose from at the resort that cater to the varied nationalities of its guests. A fabulous champagne and lobster buffet romantically set on the beach is a highlight, but the intimate nine-course Japanese feast prepared in front of your very eyes at the Koko Grill restaurant is simply not to be missed. By far the most spectacular activity on offer, however, is the opportunity to swim with whale sharks,
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the world’s largest fish (don’t worry, they’re vegetarians) through the Maldives Whale Shark Research Project (MWSRP). The Conrad has sponsored the MWSRP for over five years and the excursion is a way of assisting their research into these vulnerable gentle giants. It’s a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you don’t fancy getting your toes wet (then you may very well be in the wrong place), the ethereal manta rays that are attracted to the lit-up bridge at night are a must-see. These enormous, ghostly creatures swim graceful figures of eight and are a joy to behold. We spent four incredible days in the Maldives – a country that, before I went, had resigned to being the sole prerogative of newlyweds. This is a country that needs to be seen to be believed. Forget what you think you know and lose yourself to its spellbinding natural beauty which will – to dip well and truly back into the book of clichés – create memories that will last a lifetime.
Daily rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from $625 (approx £388) plus taxes, based on two adults sharing a Beach Villa. To make a reservation or for more information, visit conradmaldives.com or call 00 960-668-0629. Return fares from London Heathrow to Male from £642 for economy class or £1,822 for business class, including taxes and charges. For more information, visit turkishairlines.com or call 0844 800 6666.
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JEFFREY’S STREET NW1 This beautiful mid terrace 1,478 sq ft family home is arranged over four floors and is located in central Camden Town. It comprises of two receptions, an open plan kitchen/diner, three bedrooms, a family bathroom, study and roof terrace, plus a large landscaped garden at the rear.
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Stunning four bedroom semi detached house with private off street parking. Situated on a sought after tree lined residential road in Crouch End between Alexandra Park and Priory Park.
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Four bedrooms Three reception rooms Wonderful living space Many original features Immaculate presentation Large loft with potential (subject to planning) Mature rear garden EPC rating E
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Holt Close, Muswell Hill, N10 £1,350,000 Freehold Muswell Hill 020 8883 0123 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Situated on this quiet residential turning overlooking Highgate Wood is this exceptional four bedroom house. The property is located close to Tetherdown Primary school and both East Finchley and Highgate underground stations.
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Four bedrooms Dressing room Two large reception rooms Modern kitchen/diner Utility room Three bathrooms Private rear garden Garage and driveway EPC rating C
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Wolseley Road, Crouch End, N8 ÂŁ1,950 pcm A stunning and unusual split level flat benefitting from a bright and spacious reception with balcony, fully fitted kitchen/ diner, two bedrooms, modern bathroom and private roof terrace. The property is located within easy reach of Highgate tube station and Crouch End Broadway. Furnished. EPC rating F. Crouch End 020 8341 1110 Email email@example.com
Muswell Hill Road, Muswell Hill, N10 ÂŁ2,253 pcm Ideally situated in the heart of Muswell Hill is this spacious two/three bedroom first floor conversion apartment. The property comprises spacious reception room, large kitchen/diner with access to a private balcony and beautiful period features throughout. Furnished or unfurnished. EPC rating D. Muswell Hill 020 8883 2340 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hampstead Summer Festival with a little help from Oliver’s Residential
liver’s Residential took part in the Hampstead Summer Fair, a big fundraising event organised by the Hampstead NW3 Business Association. As a member of the NW3 Business Association, Oliver’s sponsored the Falconry’s ‘Birds of Prey Display’, an educational show that was just one of many great attractions that made the Sunday Fair, held on 30 June, such a fantastic summer event. “Oliver’s is proud to have supported The Big Fair. It was amazing to see thousands of happy visitors walking up and down the traffic-free Heath Street whilst sampling anything from wonderful live music, exciting fairground rides and classic cars to fine international food”, commented Oliver’s Director Oliver McHugh. The third Hampstead Summer
Festival, a week-long event, aims to raise funds for local charities Keats Community Library and Age UK Camden. Oliver’s Residential, Hampstead 020 7431 1020; oliverstown.com
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ABSOLUTELY Property LANGLAND GARDENS, NW3 £925,000 Share of Freehold A beautifully presented two bedroom apartment set within a period conversion in a protected conservation area comprising approximately 1003 sq ft. The property benefits from its own entrance and a private landscaped garden, which leads onto well-maintained communal gardens. The apartment is offered in excellent condition throughout. Follow “The Divas” on twitter & facebook for new property alerts and topical tweets. www.twitter.com/PropertyDivas www.facebook.com/PropertyDivas Property Divas 020 7431 8000; propertydivas.com
Happening Hampstead Nick Sefton Manager, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings’ Hampstead office
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n Saturday 22nd of June, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Muswell Hill branch sponsored the St James Primary School summer fair held on the school’s premises. This annual event helps to raise funds for the school and this year enough money was raised to equip the new learning centre with PCs, Macs, Kindles and tablets. The fun filled-fundraiser had something for everyone including bungee trampolines, face
painting, pony rides and a chance to throw wet sponges at the KFH Muswell Hill team, aptly called ‘ soak an estate agent’, which proved popular amongst both children and parents. There was great participation by all involved, and in total more than £8000 was raised for the school. KFH, Muswell Hill 020 8883 0123; kfh.co.uk
ental demand is soaring in Hampstead, with a surge in enquiries from applicants. The market is strong across the board, from studio flats to large family homes, and both June and July were exceptionally busy. Enquiries for three bed properties are up 22% compared to the first quarter of 2013. Properties priced at £1000+pw are in short supply, especially in Hampstead Village, with many applicants looking for family homes before the new school term in September. Properties in the catchment area of Hampstead’s excellent schools are flying out. The relocation market is very active, and we’re conducting viewings with relocation agents daily. The student market is also busy and we’re receiving good enquiries from wealthy international students who are happy to pay six months’ rent in advance. Applicants are looking earlier than ever, in fact our first student of the summer moved into her new home, a £285pw studio, at the beginning of July.
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BEST KEPT SECRET
Bar Estaban, a tapas restaurant with its fantastic food combinations. It focuses on fresh, high-quality, locally-sourced products and ingredients.
It’s not exactly a secret anymore, but the rumours are true and there is a new arthouse cinema set to open in Crouch End as part of the Curzon cinema group.
For cocktails it has to be Monkey Nuts. For a late night pick-me-up I’d suggest their Espresso Martini or, for something more refreshing, the Monkeypolitan is great.
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I could easily lose an hour on a short stretch of Park Road in the likes of Jealous Gallery, Little Paris and Of Special Interest.
Mayfield Road, N8. £3,467 Per Month. This 4 double bedroom house seamlessly blends its original features with a modern and stylish finish.
ANDREW FLINT From Colman Coyle gives his expert advice on all your legal property questions � 020 7354 3000 / www.colmancoyle.com
the work in question was something more minor then you might want to take a view provided your surveyor was happy with the structural integrity of the property. However, when it comes to loft conversions, the crucial thing I think is the health and safety aspect.
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I am buying a fl at which has an extra bedroom in the loft. I have been told by the seller that he doesn’t have Building Regulation approval of this work. Should I be concerned? In
this case, yes. Building Regulations are there to ensure that structural work is carried out in accordance with the prevailing regulations. As far as loft conversions are concerned, it is absolutely vital to ensure that the works incorporate adequate fi reproofi ng and means of escape in case of fi re measures. The council’s general period within which it can take enforcement action is just one year and if
If a loft is being used as a bedroom, then I think issues of enforcement are almost irrelevant because the overriding factor would be the safety of the people sleeping there. I would suggest that you ask the seller to contact the council’s Building Control Department and ask them to inspect the property and hopefully they will issue a Regularisation Certificate which will prove that the work has been done to the necessary standard.
Andrew Flint with no obligation on (0)20 7354 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.colmancoyle.com
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Th is will then give you the comfort that you and your solicitor will need before proceeding with the purchase.
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WORDS JAMES RIPP
Sales Manager: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s West Hampstead branch Photography: Rebecca Noonan
love hearing that contracts have exchanged. It is a privilege to be in a position where my team and I find people homes they will live in for years to come. It is always interesting to visit years later to see how their lives have progressed and to see the changes they have made to those homes. I have worked in estate agency for eighteen years now, nine with Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, and it is a pleasure to work in this area. West Hampstead is a bustling place with a friendly village vibe. Many people do not realise that until the 19th Century, it was a quiet area known as West End. In the mid-1850’s the arrival of three railways really put it on the map, and keen not to confuse themselves with the main shopping area in Central London, the name West Hampstead was born. Today, it still retains its quaint village atmosphere and the fire station which opened in 1901 is still in use today. The property market over the last six months in West Hampstead has been buoyant, led by huge increases in demand, which, when combined with the lack of stock currently being seen, has resulted in huge competition. As a result, prices have now escalated higher than those achieved in 2007. We currently have 27% more buyers registered than we did at the same time last year which certainly is fanning the flames further. With mortgage lending conditions eased, we’re now seeing the return of first-time buyers,
who were previously only able to rent, and with government initiatives such as ‘Help to Buy’ this confidence in the market shows no sign of slowing. Purchasers in the area range from young families and professionals to finance workers and foreign investors. Properties hold their value and in the past year we have seen a rise in prices of approximately 15%. The combination of good schools, great transport links, green open spaces and good quality housing stock matched with a thriving high street full of independent shops, means that it’s one of London’s most popular suburbs, and many understand the premium prices that are associated with living here. The majority of properties in West Hampstead are incredibly beautiful, with character-filled Victorian homes and impressive mansion blocks in good supply. The streets toward West End Lane, such as Crediton Hill, Fawley Road and Pandora Road to name a few, are my favourites as they have magnificently impressive homes and are a mere two minutes walk to the cafés and restaurants. There are also quite a few new homes around and we’re likely to see an increase in these as many more contemporary schemes are underway. 020 7328 2238; kfh.co.uk
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MOVING in Nothing’s better than the inside scoop. Local agents give their recommendations...
Graham & Green is a local favourite; they have an eclectic selection of gifts and homewares for residents in the area. It’s great for picking up a gift for someone special.
Colin Gilibrand KFH, Belsize Park Lettings Manager
Head to the Park Road Lido for outdoor swimming, grab top-notch coffee and dine al fresco at Spiazzo and treat yourself to a homemade ice cream or sorbet from Riley’s!
Martyn Gerrard, Managing Director
Inverness Street hosts the street market, which has been on site since around 1900. It also boasts the brilliant Bar Vinyl and specialist shops, cafes and restaurants.
Peter Coulouras L ondon Re sidential, Sale s Manager
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The conical slate roof of the Roundhouse is supported by 24 elegant Victorian cast-iron Doric columns. Some of the columns inside the main space are named after the venue’s patrons.
For a break from the stress of moving house, I’d visit Graham Fine Art, where you can browse the latest collections or just chat with the fabulous proprietor Graham Powell.
Hampstead Heath is great - nearly 800 acres of parkland and stunning City views, it’s a real oasis in the city. The summer lakeside concerts at Kenwood also provide family fun.
Paul Brooke Oliver’s Re sidential, Director
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Prickett & E llis, C rouch E nd Manager
020 8340 8900; prickettandellis.com
Nick Sefton Benham and Reeve s Lettings, Hamp stead Manager
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After the umpteenth year, the self-made man rested.
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