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AL ALVAREZ’S POND LIFE
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20 FOR HIM
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26 PRETTY IN PASTEL
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16 MY STYLE
Gemma Cairney’s sartorial inspirations
19 TINTED LOVE
Finest Seven’s eye candy
08 THE SPACE RACE
Benedict Cumberbath: a Hampstead hero in Hollywood Literary legend Al Alvarez in his element
63 FINAL FLOURISH
Bring the outside in with Absolutely’s botanical homewares
65 WHAT LIES BENEATH
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50 NEW YOUNG FOODIE CLUB
73 GET THE LOOK
56 THE THAI LIFE
The food revolution lives on
14 POETRY IN MOTION
Atique Choudhury talks about the legend of Yum Yum and his culinary heritage
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75 CALCOT MANOR A frolic in the Cotswolds
76 TALES OF THE ORIENT
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e’ve become a nation of food obsessives and ‘world food’ has become synonymous with the zeitgeist. A trip to Haggerston’s Friday night Street Feast is case in point: full-on festival vibes where the headliners are smoked ribs and a pint of mojito instead of bands. Queues stretch round the block.
Why do we love street food, pop-ups, foodie fests and, moreover, a gastronomic spend-up, splashing astronomical amounts on breakfast, lunch and dinner? Perhaps the answer has something do with the way pop-ups and food events combine eating, socialising and our fixation on the new. The new generation of foodie enterprises are all about concept - and can therefore be blogged and tweeted about furiously. As talk of the triple-dip plods on, it seems our attentions are turned to other kinds of dip instead - say, carrot and carraway or a minty tzatziki. No doubt our hunger for travel runs parallel to our newfound love of exotic foods. We’re now much more on a par with New York, and it’s finally possible to get good tacos, street food and ceviche in pretty much every part of London. There’s also the fact that food now carries the currency of cool – the whole ‘Have you tried the mock duck dumplings at HKK? They are insane,’ type thing. And naturally, a decent meal has comes with an equally decent, mixologist-sanctioned cocktail. We’ve come to expect more and better: as such, feel free to pore over our food and drink feature on the latest street-food stalls. This is a foodie issue, but elsewhere Tony Ferenz interviews man of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch, who at time of writing is about to hit cinema screens playing a villain in the new Star Trek movie. Meanwhile, local resident and literary icon Al Alvarez talks to Edward Lyon about his beautiful new book, Pondlife, a journal of his years swimming in Hampstead ponds. Bon Appetit!
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If your party frock doubles as your party trick, better make it a good’un. Summer brings on an assault course of events which demand that occasionwear be the order of the day. Don’t be bowled over; instead, bowl other guests over in an elaborate but totally flattering statement dress. This one, by Roland Mouret, is not in the least bit trussy and will need a pair of earrings to set it off (I’ve chosen a lovely red coral drop pair by Akong at Kabiri). Lastly, these Natalia Vodianova by Centro shoes will match without seeming matchy-matchy.
We may not get to experience an Indian summer, but there’s nothing to stop us dressing for one. The SS13 collection for Monsoon is a mix of vividly patterned quilted jackets, metallic paisley print dresses and romantic florals adaptable from daytime to eveningwear - and sure to brighten up your wardrobe. N1 Centre, 21 Parkfield Street, N1; monsoon.co.uk
Prestat London Gin Truffles
An homage to London gin and lemon cocktails, these scrumptious truffles (laced with juniper berries and encased in creamy white chocolate) are ideal popin-the-mouth summer treats, and come in a vibrant green box with Big Bens and beefeaters all over it. Watch out for the delightful fizz. £11, available at L’eau à la Bouche, 35-37 Broadway Market, E8; prestat.co.uk
Jigsaw Mia Sunglasses
It was the colour which caught our eye when we first saw these sophisticated sunglasses from Jigsaw. With half the frame in a retro tortoise shell and the other a contemporary teal, surely they’d be a worthy edition to any wardrobe? £55, 58-62 Heath Street, NW3; jigsaw-online.com
Sweet and heady, the latest creation from Penhaligon’s epitomises all that’s enchanting about the English country garden. With notes of lush green foliage and flowers in blossom surrounding the radiant scent of the peony, it’s more than a hint of velvety nostalgia: it’s summer in a bottle. £120 for 100ml, 112 Islington High Street, N1; penhaligons.com
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The superbrand has launched a new webshop for its Weekend collection, inspired by an Italian summer. Think Capri pants in colourful prints, bright sandals and lots of classic navy pieces, plus sandy shades and light, floaty dresses. maxmara.com
Oliver Bonas is currently embracing the geometric tribal trend and we particularly like this simple but effective design. Made of wood with coral resin, it’s on our summer wishlist for sure. £16, 4 Hampstead High Street, NW3; oliverbonas.com
Emily Peacock’s range of retro modern needlepoint sets make cute gifts or a fun weekend activity. With designs printed on canvas you can chose to create cushions or frame and hang as a focal point for all to see. Kitsch kits indeed. emilypeacock.com
FEVER-TREE ELDERFLOWER TONIC
Floral flavours have even made it into our favourite cocktails. As the G&T season kicks off, we’ve found the perfect way to work in a delightful twist to our summer drink of choice, with Fever-Tree’s Elderflower Tonic - made from hand-picked elderflowers from the heart of England. Don’t mind if we do! £1.69 for 500ml, available at Waitrose; fever-tree.com
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It may be inspired by Georgian trinket boxes, but we challenge you to find trinkets fine enough to hide away in this clutch. With lavender suede panels and a printed antique map of London on its faceted front, it speaks of old elegance and sophistication. Let the mirrored gold details glint in the candlelight as you smile serenely at your admirers... £795, Anya Hindmarch at House of Fraser, 68 King William Street, EC4; anyahindmarch.com
Home, Sweet Home
The hugely popular bakery is back with over 100 new tried-and-triple-tested recipes that celebrate classic baking and deliciously old-fashioned treats. With step-by-step, stunning photographs and all-time favourites alongside new recipes, it’s all you need to whip up a storm in the kitchen. £15, Hummingbird Bakery, 405 St John Street, EC1; hummingbirdbakery.com
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SPACE RACE Benedict Cumberbatch is upgrading. For starters, he’s swapped 221B Baker Street for the Starship Enterprise. But it doesn’t end there for the Hampstead-based actor, as Tony Ferenz finds out
enedict Cumberbatch is aware of his strengths and it appears Hollywood has quickly cottoned on to his strongest suit. ‘I have the long face, the gentrified tones – I’m a blueprint for the quintessential British bad guy,’ he quietly laughs, expressing a little sardonic humour. Swiftly becoming one of LA’s hottest names, Cumberbatch is indeed crafting a fine niche as the dastardly villain. Now while previous projects had showcased his natural and powerful versatility as an actor – namely his work in War Horse, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a mesmerising performance as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in a sweeping BBC biopic, and, of course, a starmaking turn as Sherlock, it’s his forthcoming work that’s attracting the ‘bad guy’ label. Soon to appear as the main antagonist in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness, and set to
play Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in the highly controversial The Fifth Estate, does he find himself attracted to bad guy roles? ‘Yes and no,’ he says. ‘I am very aware of cookie cutter, two-dimensional villains and the English transition of an actor being from a different culture coming over, and they are being like, “God, this guy does theatre and stuff. We’d better give him the bad guy role and a cape and just make him really horrible”.’ ‘With Star Trek, it was really the script; it was the pitch that JJ gave me a couple of scenes to audition with, and he fleshed out the whole world of the rest of the script. There’s a purpose and intention to his otherwise violent and pretty distressing actions that made it really intriguing. And I thought, “Well okay, there’s a purpose to this man; he’s not just the antagonist”.’ Currently living in Hampstead, Benedict grew up in a performer’s household as the
son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. Understandably, both were concerned when their only child decided to follow in their footsteps. ‘They just saw the pitfalls of it every day, and you don’t know where your next job is coming from and it’s unstable, into which they were having a child, me. You don’t want that; you want stability for your children. You want something better and everything that was bad about it for them, they wanted me to be free of for me, but I just kept on doing it, kept on doing it, at school and University. ‘And eventually my dad said, ‘“you are better than I was or ever will be; you will have a really good time doing this for a living.” And I cried at that moment. I thought, ‘Okay, if I’ve got his blessing, then I’m going to do it.’ Single following a 12-year relationship with actress Olivia Poulet, Cumberbatch, who has already experienced a certain level 9
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THE FACES OF Benedict Cumberbatch
Sherlock The BBC’s recent updating of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels launched BC into the public imagination. He played the legendary Holmes, while the loveable Martin Freeman played his sidekick.
War Horse 2012 saw BC star in Tinker, Tailor... before teaming up with Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg for the film version of the much-lauded novel and stage play.
of ‘fandemonium’ off the back of Sherlock, is surely poised for the stratosphere after the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness. Is he prepared? ‘Prepared for what really?’ He asks nonchalantly. ‘I mean, look, yes Star Trek is a huge deal and if people want to come up to me, so be it. But I’m not expecting Beatledom, so there’s no point anticipating ‘it,’ as it were.’ Was a young Benedict even a fan of the old Star Trek series? ‘Not a huge deal,’ he admits, candidly. ‘I watched it and I knew of it, and I’ve seen pretty much every generation of it, but I have never been an obsessed fan; I’ve never had that longing to be in the club... any sort of club – not even a football club. But I guess it’s something to do with being an only child. I was very gregarious, but I don’t think I ever obsessed with anything, I just sort of bought the t-shirt.’ The inevitable quandary over a move to Los Angeles is surely something that is on the mind
for the charismatic actor. Shall London be losing one of its brightest luminaries? ‘Absolutely not,’ he states. ‘People have floated this idea of moving but I have no desire to do anything of the sort. To be honest, that whole notion of moving Stateside when you ‘make it’ is dead and buried. It’s 2013, we have sophisticated methods of travel nowadays.’ That will undoubtedly come as a relief to fans of Sherlock, who witnessed the great detective die in the final season, only to be resurrected for the forthcoming series. How long will Benedict remain with the BBC smash hit, does he think? ‘For as long as it makes sense, I guess. But without wishing to sound brazen, I think it will die with me, to be honest – you couldn’t have someone else taking over. It’s not like Doctor Who; Sherlock doesn’t regenerate.’ Thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch does.
‘Eventually my dad said, “You are better than I was or ever will be; you will have a really good time doing this for a living.” And I cried at that moment.’
Parade’s End A turn on TV for this Tom Stoppard adaptation of an EM Forster novel, BC took on the role of Christopher Tietjens, a man struggling with a willful wife amid the social upheaval of the early 20th century.
Star Trek: Into Darkness BC hit the big-time playing an intergalactic villain in JJ Abrams’ latest supermassive Hollywood blockbuster. He bulked up for the role and said that he enjoyed the various stunt sequences.
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Hampstead Theatre welcomes a stellar cast including TV’s Clarke Peters (Treme, The Wire) and Nina Toussaint-White (Whitechapel, Eastenders) in its latest production, the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Mamet’s searing detective drama, Race. Centring on two lawyers fighting a rape case which straddles the racial divide, the play explores how our perceptions can colour our judgment - and asks what is the difference between being a victim and being victimised. Until 29 June, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3; hampsteadtheatre.com
... Explore the weird and wonderful at Postcards Festival
Enter the realm of the weird and wonderful as cabaret meets circus in London’s most offbeat and eccentric summer festival. The eclectic extravaganza started life as a five week all-out circus event; now in its third year, it has matured into a tightly run and highly regarded showcase for the best in cabaret, burlesque, performance art and (of course) a healthy dose of circus shenanigans. From 8 June, 269a Archway Road, N6; jacksonslane.org.uk
Design-mad luxury children’s boutique Bobo Kids has invited photographer and artist Richard Unglik to show some of his latest work in-store, and the result is a series of cool photographic creations riffing on famous moments in popular culture. Kids will love seeing iconic Playmobil toys in a variety of colourful setups and situations, while parents can appreciate the knowing references to subjects such as Warhol, The Beatles, Che Guevara, Karl Lagerfeld and even Her Majesty the Queen. Throughout June, 29 Elystan Street, SW3; bobokids.co.uk
... Chow down at Taste Festival Foodies of the world, unite! Whether you are confirmed connoisseur or you just fancy a treat, the Taste Festival is the perfect day out. Spread over four days, it will feature food from 40 of London’s best restaurants as they offer samples of their signature dishes for all to try. It doesn’t end there: in addition to the restaurants, over 200 artisan producers and fabulous brands will be on hand, offering the best food and drink from Britain and the rest of the world. We recommend not eating for at least a day beforehand. Regent’s Park; london.tastefestivals.com
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POETRY IN MOTION I
Edward Lyon meets Al Alvarez, one of the 20th century’s most enduring literary icons
t’s a particularly British day for weather. The morning starts with proper spring sunshine, some of the first we’ve seen this year, and as the air warms, life begins to divert towards London’s green spaces. Then comes the deluge. In a few short moments, the sun vanishes beneath a blanket of cloud. Down comes the rain, then the hail. Thunder cracks, and people cower – but not for long. Ten minutes later, the sky is blue, the sun bright and the storm so completely disappeared it might have been a figment, the bad dream of someone sleeping in the grass. I’m one of those soaked in the downpour, but it’s hard to mind; indeed, it seems fitting to experience such extremes while on my way to meet Al Alvarez. One of the last century’s most fascinating literary personalities, Alvarez was Poetry Editor of the Observer for nearly twenty years. Then and afterwards, he championed emerging writers including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (most notably in his era-defining 1962 anthology The New Poetry), wrote several acclaimed novels and non-fiction works (including The Savage God, a study of suicide, and Feeding the Rat, on mountaineering) and published a much-lauded volume of his own poems. His latest book, Pondlife, is a journal covering several years of almost-daily trips to swim in Highgate Ponds – and the book is filled to the brim with weather. Alvarez has been a Hampstead resident since his youth, and has lived in the same elegant townhouse since the 1960s. I step inside and find myself in a bohemian den filled with books and pictures. I’m greeted by Al’s wife, Anne, a psychotherapist and leading authority on the treatment of child trauma, before being shown through to a cosy kitchen nook where Al sits at a table strewn with newspapers and magazines. A few years ago, Alvarez suffered a stroke. Undaunted, he recovered his strength and returned to swimming. More recently, another
stroke has kept him from the ponds, probably for good, but he nonetheless greets me in fine spirits, and is very soon telling me how his parents moved to Hampstead when he was a child, and how his long association with the swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath began soon afterwards. ‘As a child, I didn’t swim there as regularly as I did later on,’ he says, ‘because, you know, I was sent away to school at 12 or 13 and there were other things going on. But I have always swum there, yes.’ The affection Alvarez feels for the ponds and the heath is clear throughout Pondlife, as he uses the changing seasons and his
experience of the scenery as a launch for broader reflections on life, relationships and the hopes and fears of old age. His writing suggests a deep but unsentimental respect for the natural world, I suggest. ‘Yes, I suppose that’s one reason I’ve always lived in Hampstead. It’s a lovely area, so many trees. It’s not like I’ve always been obsessed by nature more than other things, but I have a good eye. I see what’s going on around me.’ Do you still visit the heath now, I ask. ‘Oh, yes!’ We go on to speak about Alvarez’s youth, as detailed in his 1999 memoir Where did it All Go Right? I ask if his reputation as a literary man of action is justified. Was he really the ‘Boy’s Own Adventure’ type?
‘When I was young, yes. I’m an old, old man now, of course, but I had a lot of fun when I was younger, put it that way.’ To be honest, there’s still something youthful about Alvarez today, at 83; a glitter in the eyes and a gusty, irrepressible laugh that make him enervating company for all his attempts at selfdeprecation. Clearly, age and the infirmities that come with it are a bugbear, but is he glad to have lived when and how he did? ‘Well, there aren’t as many chances to have fun these days,’ he says. I mention that my grandmother is set to turn 86 the next day, and that when she talks about her childhood – poverty-stricken as it was – it’s as a golden age of romance and discovery, when the world seemed far more wonderful than it does now. ‘What she and I both have in common,’ Alvarez says, ‘is the war. Everything got taken apart and resettled, as it were. You had to find stuff out, when we were younger. It very much feels like another era now.’ We’ve been talking for over half an hour and it’s probably time for me to leave; for the first time in a decade of interviews, I regret it. We squeeze in a few more minutes of conversation, skipping from poker (‘I played for high stakes; I lost for high stakes sometimes’) to contemporary poetry (‘I don’t follow it anymore’) to the US poet Frederick Seidel (‘Oh yes, he’s rather good’). We also touch once again on the allure of the area – Alvarez professes himself a fan of nearby bookseller, Daunt’s, and speaks warmly of the local literary heritage. Eventually, we come to what he is reading at the moment: ‘[John] Le Carré’s new book [A Delicate Truth]. He’s marvellous, it’s a very elaborate spy story.’ I can’t help myself. ‘Have you met him?’ I ask. ‘Oh, yes,’ Alvarez answers, ‘he lives just down the road.’ Pondlife is out now, published by Bloomsbury. 17
MY STYLE Gemma Cairney, the East London presenter of The Fox Problem thefoxproblem.com
Favourite holiday destination
I’ve never been on holiday to Africa, though I have done a charity trek up Mount Kenya, DJ’d at a festival called Lake Of Stars in Malawi and last year visited Ethiopia with Oxfam. Each trip has undoubtedly been among the best of my life for different reasons. Africa has a solid place in my heart. It’s so big and I want to explore more of it.
Your favourite album of the moment
Vivienne Westwood, she makes clothes that make me feel like it’s the best to have a big bottom and boobs that look delicious squashed together. Her dresses are like a cheer for bodies bigger than a size 8. I also love Coco Fennell, an independent designer whose dresses have similar effect.
Still Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. Such a superbly crafted album, it’s modern r ‘n’b, hip hop at its best. Smooth, emotional and easy to wail along and nod your head hard to.
Favourite shoe designer
Most inspiring experience
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Always and forever it will be Terry de Havilland, the original East End rock n roll cobbler. He’s made shoes for the greatest including Bowie and Mossy. He is magic. Still making shoes 50 years after he started, each design has a story that alights imagination.
Oh, definitely in Ethiopia visiting some brilliant women changing the face of their communities by becoming part of the honey trade and training to be beekeepers.
Most treasured possession
Favourite piece of art
Anything that makes you understand love, like Klimt’s kiss. Or art that gives an insight into a wonderful, creative brain; there is an illustrator called Jessie Cave whose pictures make me smile, without fail, every time she posts them on Twitter.
Music style icon Solange Knowles; she’s incred right?
Maybe my bed? It just reached peak comfort. We bought the frame a few years ago on Ebay when we were skint and nicknamed it ‘The Grandma’ because it’s old-skool pine and very high, compared to a trendy low bed. We then bought a memory foam mattress which everyone warned us against, but after some time it’s recently become the most comfortable thing EVER. It’s my favourite place to be.
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Jesse Stevens, Creative Director of East London eyewear brand Finest Seven, tells Absolutely how to choose the perfect pair of sunnies Tell us about Finest Seven: how did the company start? Finest Seven started out of a desire to express myself personally in an eyewear collection. Designing for many different brands is fantastic but at some stage you discover designs that you love that are not necessarily right for any of your clients. The idea evolved from the concept of taking seven of the primary components that make up a pair of sunglasses and searching to find the most unique or finest examples of each. Where is the studio and why did you decide to settle in East London? Our Studio is on Fish Island – hence its name, Fish Island Design. I love East London, it’s our home. Having travelled around the world a lot, I can safely say that the East End is one of the most culturally diverse, interesting places I have visited. Tell us about the design process. The design process is difficult to standardise. There are various starting points, several ways to traverse the contents and only one final solution – the finished product. We surround ourselves with eyewear and bits of eyewear past and present. We also look at other designs, buildings, cars, fashion accessories. Design is, at best, a melting pot of life and experience distilled into a product. So tell us... how do you pick sunnies to suit your face shape? Sunnies and face shapes – there are rules and guidelines. However, there are also personal choices that go against all these rules and the wearer still looks great. Style outweighs rules. What trends are we seeing in sunglasses this year?
project – it just flowed. For full-on design work, I’ve always admired the quality of the Louis Vuitton collection and it would be amazing to do some design work for them. Who do you consult for? Currently I’m consulting for Roland Mouret, Claire Goldsmith and Alexander McQueen. Last season I did a collection for Zeiss lenses and previously I’ve worked for Victoria Beckham and Prada.
Heavy acetate sunglasses have been on-trend for some time. I think we can expect to see more of the same with a leaning towards metal and acetate combinations and full metal frames. Is there a theme for this summer’s collection? Most of our styles are the result of a collaboration with someone we love to work with or are based on finding unique vintage components we think are marvellous. For SS13, we worked alongside our plastics manufacturer to develop acetate frames in a palette of colour pop and neon tones that are entirely exclusive to Finest Seven. Tell us about your recent collaborations... do you have any more planned? Collaborations are usually a very organic process. We wait to meet someone we like or get approached by someone that likes us. We recently worked with Felder Felder; they’re a great team and we both saw a similar solution when we first discussed the
What do you love about running your own business? When the going gets tough, how do you stay motivated and inspired? Running my own business is fullon. It is a huge challenge to me to build a robust business and to keep things interesting and growing well. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I work harder and treat it as another creative hurdle to be overcome. My wife helps and supports me tremendously; I’m not sure I could manage without her strength. Who would you most like to style? It would be great to do bespoke work for Elton John, for example – he really loves eyewear and it makes up a part of his public persona. Finally... name your iconic eyewear celeb of all time. Hmm, my eyewear celeb of all time... We have done a lot of work around Audrey Hepburn lately, she wore some amazing sunnies. I love the way Run DMC wore their Cazal frames back in the eighties, and optically I think it’s difficult to beat the Two Ronnies – I loved their show when I was a kid. finestseven.com 19
FASHION Blazer Trail
The man who heads abroad with only faded tees and flip-flops is missing a trick, because little impresses more than the perfect summer blazer - whether worn at the airport or as eveningwear at the other end. Austin Reed is always reliable when it comes to such things, and this blue puppytooth jacket is a snip at £299. House of Fraser, Ground Floor Fountain House, 130 Fenchurch Street, EC3; austinreed.co.uk
Join the jet-set this summer with our guide to the best in holiday clothing and accessories I Spy Bag it up
Nothing destroys that ‘golden age of globetrotting’ vibe quicker than a black, wheeled suitcase that’s all substance and no style. Better instead to plump for something from Ally Capellino’s range of classic leather luggage. We think the Jimmy bag, pictured in super soft tan Italian leather, is just the ticket. £630, 9 Calvert Avenue, E2; allycapellino.co.uk
Iconic British label Sunspel are soon to enter the beachwear market with their first ever swim short; needless to say, it’s a winner. Inspired by a design modelled by Connery-era James Bond, the shorts are ‘more a pair of shorts you can swim in’ than a regular swimming shorts – yet boast a fast-drying performance fabric and sharply tailored fit. Sign up online to be notified when they’re available. £TBA, 12 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1; sunspel.com
These cotton handkerchiefs are a travel essential. Available in a range of designs and bold colours, they’re also versatile – just as suitable worn as pocket squares at cocktail hour as they are bandanas down on the beach. £5 from Labour and Wait, 85 Redchurch Street, E2; labourandwait.co.uk
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A Fine Vintage
The June Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair is all about key looks for summer holidays and festival fever!
ick up an original 1950s cocktail dress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, 1920s flapper dresses or bag a 1960s accessory for that trip to Capri! Strong black and white outfits, bold prints, peekaboo pieces and statement sunglasses are all the rage, be they for beach holidays or festivals. With over 50 dealers in fine vintage apparel and authentic designer pieces, you’re sure to find that must-have, on-trend garment for this season’s line-up of events – and if doesn’t fit, our on-the-spot alterations expert is on hand to fix it. The beauty of vintage is that you can mix and match styles from different eras. The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair was established in May 2009 and takes place just five minutes from Angel. It’s
fast becoming a Mecca for one-of-a kind fashion, and boasts a number of pioneering services and entertainers – including live acts, a tea room serving delicious food and refreshments and a vintage salon for hot tips on hair and beauty. A great day out for collectors and vintage lovers alike – but don’t take our word for it. Absolutely’s El Baumann came along to the last fair and said: “I had a fabulous time browsing quality vintage fashions from various designers and stalls. The day was topped off with yummy homemade cake enjoyed while sipping tea from vintage china. Get your purse out – you’re guaranteed to leave with something vintage and unforgettable.” 11am-5pm, £4 entry. Sunday 23 June: The Old Finsbury Town Hall, EC1; clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk
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1. ALBERTA FERRETTI lace dress, £1,224; net-a-porter.com; 2. EMMY LONDON pearl and crystal fan, £130; emmyshoes.co.uk; 3. SENSI STUDIO Adrian panama hat, £34.95; harrods.com; 4. L’ART INDIEN DES PLAINES silk twill scarf, £280; uk.hermes.com; 5. LANVIN crystal-brooch shearling jacket, £4,495; net-a-porter.com; 6. LIBERTY LONDON silver metallic ianthe zip-around purse, £175; liberty.co.uk; 7. COLEMAN DOUGLAS pearls triple strand ‘raindrop’ long lariat necklace £714; pearls.co.uk; 8. FRANCESCA shoes, £695; emmyshoes.co.uk; 9. ELLE MACPHERSON Intimates sultry dreams soft cup bra, £55; houseoffraser.co.uk; 10. SPEAKEASY LEATHER, £98 for 100ml; bloomperfume.co.uk; 11. WIDE CUT JEAN, £69; cosstores.com 23
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Fashion has always borrowed ideas from farflung cultures, and the new season collection from Pull and Bear puts tribal art to fantastic use in a range of Western garments including denim jackets and bodycon dresses. There’s also a wide range of embroidered dresses featuring Navajo-inspired embellishments and tassles, leather-and-fabric bags and some cool beaded sandals. Check the website for Aztec print vests and summer tops; if you’re not travelling far and wide this month, you can still go for globe-trotting style. Westfield Stratford City, E20; pullandbear.com
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Shoreditch boutique Start has some beautiful statement pieces from talented designer Bex Manners, most featuring neon brights and clever shapes. No surprise that Ms Manners’ fans include Alexa Chung, Rita Ora and Madonna. We love this fluoro Lola cuff, £157. 42-44 Rivington Street; EC2; start-london.com
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Awesome rucksack alert... We are mad about this Filippa K number, dripping in Scandi cool. We’ve got our eye on the luxe sporty kecks in the SS13 collection too – practical never looked so good. POA; filippa-k.com
Two titans – the leviathan jeanswear label and the ultimate British department store – have joined forces to bring us a 15-piece denim collection bearing an exclusive Liberty print. Choose from a trucker jacket, jean short, flared skirt, hooded anorak and a range of western shirts... Jean genie, indeed. liberty.co.uk
This month, LN-CC are running a competition to win £25,000 to spend in the store as well a threenight stay in the luxury De Montfort Suite at the award-winning Town Hall Hotel. Five runners up will also win £500 to spend in-store or online. Visit ln-cc.com/page/win to enter. 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, E8; ln-cc.com
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If your summer wedding schedule is packed and you plan to have tots in tow, Monsoon has a lovely range of flower-girl party frocks ready to double as bridesmaid or occasion dresses for little ladies. There are also dapper suits for the lads, while linen waistcoats and shorts are a handy addition for anyone looking to avoid the Little Lord Fauntleroy look. N1 Centre, 21 Parkfield Street, N1; monsoon.co.uk
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Dalston-based designer Charlotte Denn of kids’ clothing brand What Mother Made craft s every piece in her collection by hand. Along with the online store, you can catch her at Broadway Market every Saturday and Abney Hall, Stoke Newington every other Sunday. She’s also stocked at Amwell Street boutique In with the Old. whatmothermade.co.uk
Swedish brand Beach Dragons has launched its first collection of stylish swimwear for children. The pieces all come with excellent UV protection. Starfish, jellyfish and the occasional shark float by in a range of blues, greys and reds, while purple turtles swim alongside pink anchors. beachdragons.com
Tea for Two
Th is natty suitcase, featuring an original Liberty print from 1933 has caught our stylish eye. Perfect for a picnic, the kids will enjoy holding their own little tea parties with the Hello Kitty tea cups contained within. Milk and two sugars, please... £18.95; follyhome.co.uk
Dalston Children’s Festival Throughout June
The Dalston Children’s Festival arrived last month with a bunch of free activities for the local community. Kiddiewinks can make flags, banners and bunting in a series of workshops in the Dalston eastern Curve Garden and attend a number of workshops. Piloted by local groups, the festival aims to raise awareness of the wealth of activities on offer for children in the area and promotes collaboration between local organisations that regularly work with children and families. Various locations; dalstonchildren.org 33
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EDUCATION Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
This leading drama school offers a variety of courses (for adults as well as kids), all the while providing professional training for its body of full-time students. The forthcoming summer experiences run from 5-16 August, cover everything from TV and film acting to street dance and are the perfect way to engage 12-16 year-olds who want to perform professionally or just for pleasure. £175 per course, Clarendon Road, N22; mountview.org.uk
News from our local drama schools
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The Bridewell Theatre was recently announced as the new home of the London Ballet Company, a move that can only enhance its reputation as a centre of arts excellence – but that’s not the whole story. The Bridewell also boasts the world’s foremost library of printing and the graphic arts, and offers a variety of courses for adults looking to learn about letterpress, typography and the like. 14 Bride Lane, EC4Y; sbf.org.uk
ALDWYN COOPER: HEAD OF REGENT’S COLLEGE
As part of an exciting new partnership, the Kevin Spacey Foundation is supporting Regent’s College’s innovative BA (Hons) in Acting and Global Theatre. Applicants are invited to audition for scholarships, with the number of new or continuing scholars rising to 18 by 2015. Hollywood star Spacey will lead two masterclasses per year, while his foundation will create regular additional learning events featuring high-profile artists and practitioners. Inner Circle, NW1; regents.ac.uk
The highly regarded (and non-profit) Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School is running special holiday courses once again this summer, promising to give participants a valuable insight into the performing arts industry. Two courses are available for 2013, Make a Movie in a Week (29 July - 2 August) and Musical Theatre (19-23 August); each runs for five days and will see students learn from experienced industry professionals while they produce work to show to friends and family. £195 for one course or £300 for both, Princess May School, Princess May Road, N16; annafiorentini.com
STAGECOACH THEATRE ARTS
The school celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary this year. Founded in 1988 with three schools in Surrey, it has grown to encompass 600 schools throughout the UK with a further 72 overseas in Australia, Canada, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta, Spain and the USA. With branches in Hackney, Islington, Stoke Newington and Primrose Hill, classes don’t run during the school term but check out the holiday workshops lined up for the summer. stagecoach.co.uk 35
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The right direction Absolutely talks to David Wellesley Wesley about inspiration, imagination and The Independent Schools Show So, tell us, what exactly made you launch the ISS? It was actually the result of chance encounter with my old school in 2006. That, and an obvious lack of information for parents when choosing the right school for their child. League tables had far too much influence and prospectuses all seemed to say the same thing. I wanted to do something which would change this. How does the ISS help potential parents make their decision? Firstly, ‘The Theatre’ provides lessons in education – we create talks which are of maximum value to parents themselves. Secondly, there’s the ‘Wise Heads’ area, which provides free, independent and impartial advice on all pedagogical matters. Finally, and probably best of all, representatives from each of the 170 exhibiting schools are there for parents to talk with face-to-face. It’s especially good for busy parents, as all your questions can
be answered under one roof in as little as a couple of hours. What was your personal experience of schooling? I started off at The Mall School in Twickenham, before moving to Ashdown House at the age of eight, and The Kings School, Canterbury at thirteen. I loved them all. Personally, I don’t think London is the best place for teenagers, so I’m a firm believer in weekly boarding at that stage. Not only does it let you fit in vast amounts to a school day, but you’re also surrounded by all of your best friends. It’s a great way to nurture a child’s interests, confidence and imagination. How has the show developed in recent years? New for 2013 is the London Schools Pavilion, a selection of leading local nursery schools and pre-preps. In fact, each year we attract a finer selection of school options. For instance, this year Winchester and Eton are coming for the first time.
What will be the next big education trend? ‘Teaching in the round’ – that is to say, teaching in smaller groups with far more student-teacher interaction. I’m also expecting to see a reduction in final exam assessments and an increase in continuous assessment, much like the GPA system in the US. And finally, what do you hope parents will take away from a day at ISS? I would hope that they’d find attractive solutions to London’s crazily competitive places. There’s a vast amount of schools on offer, each with a different curriculum and ethos. Consider alternative options – a different route isn’t necessarily a bad one. For example, two siblings may well attend completely different schools and then converge at university level. It’s worth having an open mind. David Wellesley Wesley is founder of The Independent Schools Show; schoolsshow.com
A Lesson in Education
Education is the greatest gift, but it’s also a massive responsibility. The Independent Schools Show is here to help. With over 170 schools exhibiting, it’s a great way to consider your options and get your questions answered. Meet the head teachers, learn from leading teachers at the Education Theatre or join the debate in the interactive zone. Come along on 9-10 November 2013 and start planning your child’s future at the world’s largest school assembly.
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Why do we love Becca? The brand’s philosophy embraces all women, regardless of age or ethnicity, promoting an even, natural-looking complexion. Having developed a 3-Step Skin Perfecting MakeUp System that corrects, perfects and enhances any type of complexion, from the fairest to the darkest skin tones, the range features no less than 34 concealer colours and a whopping 30 foundation colours, all in natural tones, for a beautiful, sun-kissed, flawless finish. Stocked at The Chapel, 394-396, St John Street, EC1; beccacosmetics.com/uk
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The fine art of staying beautiful... Big in Japan
New to Space NK is mineralrich bodycare brand SAI-SEI. Based on the principles of Japanese Onsens, SAI-SEI means birth and renewal, and the range doesn’t disappoint, giving skin a new lease of life with its rejuvenating minerals. We particularly love the dual purpose Mineral Loofah Body Polish Soap, which bgently buffs and cleanses at the same time. Available exclusively from Space NK, 299 Upper Street, N1; uk.spacenk.com
The latest designs from The Illustrated Nail are sure to top the talons trending chart. Loud, summery and most importantly, fun, the blog is forging ahead in the world of nail art. Expect interpretations of the triangle and geometric shapes that were big on the catwalks, as well as classic flag designs. We love a bit of stars and stripes for brash trash, old-skool value. theillustratednail.tumblr.com
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Keep an eye out for Triyoga’s spring and summer courses. The warmer months always see an exciting range of workshops at the Primrose Hill studio and there are a wealth of yoga holiday options to choose from too. A great way to escape the city and spring clean the soul. 6 Erskine Road, NW3; triyoga.co.uk
Feeling Good The latest health and fitness trends
In the Pink
Since Race for Life started in 1994, an incredible six million women have come together and raised more than £493 million for Cancer Research UK. Now Sophie Ellis-Bextor has joined their ranks as an ambassador. ‘Cancer has, sadly, touched my family like so many others, and that is why I am so proud to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this year,’ she says. ‘If everyone gets involved by taking part and fundraising I believe that, one day, we will beat this awful disease.’ Looks like we’d better get our running shoes on then! Check the website for races in Hampstead, Regent’s Park and Finsbury Park; raceforlife.org
Brick Lane-based footwear brand Veja has seen its popularity soar this past year, and now that better weather is on the horizon we can’t help but admire these mega sneakers. The treads take inspiration from aerial cartography of the Amazonian forest, making for a suitably summery capsule collection. We love hi-tops because, though not strictly sports attire, they make us light on our feet, giving our wearyheeled tootsies a well-deserved break. Spot of tennis at lunch, perhaps? £109; asos.com
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‘The forecast for summer is sea punk – sea blues, mint greens, corals – the colours you would find in the sea. Otherwise, the burnt blonde look is making a comeback – warm, rusty gold blondes of the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Cara Delevingne and Stevie Nicks have replaced the ashy silver tones we’ve been obsessed with recently. We’ll be seeing more of this hair shade in line with the ‘70s resurgence.’ Alex Brownsell, Bleach Creative Director 420 Kingsland Road, E8; bleachlondon.co.uk
Try bleaching your bangs at home. Crazy colour does the largest selection of the brightest colours as well as toners and home bleach kits. crazyhair colour.com
The birth of your baby is a moment youâ€™ll always treasure; having your child delivered by someone you know and trust makes it even more special. Our midwives at The Portland Hospital provide exceptional levels of care and support to over 2,000 expectant couples every year. Read on to discover how you can experience the best in private maternity care.
A very special
Carla with baby Paige, born at 5.06pm on 13th March 2013 at The Portland Hospital.
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Support from bump to baby Choosing a midwife-led care package means your care will be handled by a small team of expert midwives who’ll support you throughout your pregnancy and delivery. You’ll develop a close relationship with the team in a welcoming and relaxed environment, where your care is tailored to your personal choices. Throughout your pregnancy and delivery, our midwives will be on call 24 hours a day to offer advice and reassurance.
Putting safety ﬁrst
When you’re making decisions on your maternity care, you want a nurturing and supportive environment in which to welcome your baby into the world. Private maternity care at The Portland Hospital gives you and your partner control over how you want to give birth, supported by the highest standards of comfort, safety and clinical excellence. You’ll benefit from: * one-to-one midwife care * private en suite rooms * your partner staying overnight * family-centred care * no restrictions on visiting times.
You can rest assured that we are committed to the highest standards of safety and have a range of on-site emergency facilities. A dedicated neonatal intensive care unit, special care baby unit and transitional care provision are all available for babies born from 30 weeks, alongside a high-dependency unit for mothers who may require a higher level of monitoring.
You don’t need private medical insurance, and our prices are more affordable than you may think. Our midwife-led care packages start from just £6,980, and you can join the service at 12, 20 or 30 weeks of pregnancy. Your midwife-led care package includes: * all antenatal appointments with the midwife team * all routine ultrasound scans * all blood tests as routinely required * midwives on call 24 hours a day throughout pregnancy and delivery * 24-hour stay in hospital * consultation with a physiotherapist.
The next step for most couples is to come and see our facilities for themselves. Our central London location is open for tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
To book your tour, call us now on
020 7390 8202 Or visit www.theportlandhospital.com to book your tour online.
The last word in comfort Following your baby’s birth, you’ll stay in one of our private en-suite rooms or exclusive suites. You can stay with us for as long as you need to – your package includes one night’s stay and we can arrange for additional nights if you would like to stay longer. Your partner is always welcome to stay with you overnight, and you can both enjoy our full range of room services.
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Eat my pies Broadway Market is never short of gastronomic goodies,
but few of the stalls can match the popularity of Saturday regular Eat My Pies. Homely fare such as Scotch eggs and custard tarts nestles alongside all manner of savoury pies, crisp and golden and ‘stuffed with love’. Founder Andy Bates set up shop because he hated seeing classic recipes reduced to flavourless mush by the ‘relentless march towards mass production’. He’s done a sterling job: Great British grub never tasted so good. eatmypies.co.uk
Take to the streets Street food has never been more popular, with a new tribe of hip, young foodies plying their trade from jazzed-up burger vans and market stalls across the capital
When Mac Met Cheese The internet is peppered with the
lamentations of those who’ve visited Camden Lock only to find that When Mac Met Cheese wasn’t in attendance that day: such is the allure of this outfit’s inspired riffs on the comfort food classic. Several varieties of the much-loved standard are available – all magnificently cheesy and to the customer’s taste – as well as macancinis (mini mac and cheese balls), but it’s the deep-fried Oreo cookies that get the most mentions on the web. facebook.com/whenmacmetcheese 50
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Street Feast Haggerston’s night market is
almost a phenomenon in itself: having moved from studios to a large courtyard space for the summer, it’s home to some of the city’s best-loved pop-ups (including The Ribman and Kimchi Cult) and a vibrant Friday-night food-fest. Local restaurant Rotary Bar & Diner provides a cocktail bar, but it’s the hundreds of happy, hungry guests who make the event so successful. Running weekly throughout June and free to enter, we advise you to visit earlier in the evening – later on, the queues can be forbidding. 317-319 Kingsland Road, E8; streetfeastlondon.com
BAO East London trio Shing,
Ting and Er started Bao in 2012, serving up traditional Taiwanese xiao chi (small eats) to discerning punters in Kentish Town and Hackney. They specialise in gua bao, a steamed pork bun, but this summer are shacking up at Netil Market and set to introduce bao bing, a dessert. Involving topping sweet treats like fruit, red bean and ice cream with shaved ice produced using a special drill-like machine, we’re already drooling… baolondon.com
Fin & Flounder Moments from Mare
Street, Fin and Flounder is perched at one end of Netil Market’s bustling ‘Shack Alley’. Fin and Flounder gives the classic fishmonger a distinctly modern face, plating up tasty marine morsels for the Saturday crowds. Traditional fish and chips and lobster-in-abox are firm favourites, and all their seafood is fresh-caught and ethically sourced. finandflounder.com 51
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ON N1 ISLINGT
IS N O I H S A F S E I V O M FOOD SIC U M D N A Enjoy retail and leisure heaven this summer at the N1 Centre in Islington. Located just two minutes from Angel tube station, the N1 Centre is the perfect place to while away a summer’s day.
As the sun sets head to the Vue Cinema to catch the summer’s big screen blockbusters. Children will love Despicable Me 2, released on June 28th and Monsters University from July 12th.
Stock up on summer essentials such as sundresses, handbags (pictured) and swimwear from high street names including H&M, Monsoon, French Connection, Accessorize and Gap. Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, sit back and relax in one of N1 Centre’s restaurants or cafés. Whether it’s a custom burger at GBK (pictured), noodles at Wagamama or a cocktail at Glassworks, you’ll ﬁnd something to tempt your palate.
Alternatively take the mood up a notch with some live rock music at the O2 Academy Islington, Angel’s hottest music venue. N1 Centre’s Manager Lynne Glover comments: “With 24 retailers, restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues under one roof, we’re the perfect shopping, eating and entertainment destination this summer.”
For further information visit www.n1islington.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/n1shoppingcentreislington or Tweet with us @n1centre.
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A new, fully immersive dining, drinking and entertainment concept curated by the cool cats behind Bourne & Hollingsworth, Kitchen Party gathers together an exciting array of chefs and culinary entrepreneurs under one roof. With a rolling programme that incorporates five temporary dining experiences at a time, the events will combine leading figures in the food industry with interactive installations. This type of collective, interactive dining concept turns conventional dining on its head – and ensures maximum sensory pleasure. Time and location details at kitchenpartypopup.com
Festa Del Papà!
Carluccio’s is celebrating Father’s Day with this nifty wine and salami hamper. Available from the first of the month, it’s packed with Brianzolino – a fine grain, smooth tasting, young salami that lends itself well to hand cutting at home; other goodies include handmade flat bread with black truffle and an intensely rich Dolcetto D’Alba DOC wine from Piedmont. £21.95, 305-307 Upper Street, N1; carluccios.com
Bite Sized Absolutely finds out all the food news – one bite at a time New Kid On The Block
The new pub in town, well, Maida Vale, is The Elgin. Top-notch suppliers (all meat on the menu is sourced from the awardwinning Ginger Pig) are combined with artfully dishevelled antique furniture and some noteworthy art on the walls. Signature dishes include small plates of braised beef croquettes and duck, mache and bramble salad with hazelnut vinaigrette to start, ‘larger plates’ of chorizo hash, pink fur potatoes, spinach and soft duck egg or – get this – desserts including lemon curd, ricotta and poppy and forced rhubarb trifle. Sounds divine. 255 Elgin Avenue,W9; theelgin.com
Founded in Russia in 1867 and established in Paris since 1917, Kusmi Tea opened their first London shop and tea salon on Marylebone High Street last month. Reinventing the timehonoured British tea-drinking tradition, the prestigious Franco-Russian brand is a popular choice amongst the fashion and beauty set, presenting its colourful infusions in Baroquestyle metal tins. 15 Marylebone High Street, W1; enkusmitea.com
Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates has been selected for the 2013 Walpole British Luxury Brands of Tomorrow programme, sponsored by Mishcon de Reya. Over 100 brands applied with only eight selected to take part in the prestigious programme, which nurtures and supports the UK’s finest talent. Certainly one of the finest chocolatiers we’ve ever come across, making small-batch, handmade chocolates in truly artisan fashion, Paul’s out-there flavour combos continue to push boundaries, while his sea salted caramels are award-winning. 33 Camden Passage, N1; paulayoung.co.uk 53
RESTAURANTS YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 3183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751 OISHII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488
Reserved A bite-sized guide to this month’s foodie destinations
THE LORD PALMERSTON
33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5; geronimo-inns.co.uk/thelordpalmerston
Why should you go? The pub’s been given a long-deserved makeover. There will be rotating guest ales, a new barbecue menu for the al fresco dining area (we’ve spotted sea bass in beer en papillotte – thumbs up) and a snug where you can control the lighting and music level and press a button for service. When should you go? The blackboard menu is refreshed not once, but twice a day. Try the deli treats after lunch if you like pickled squid, marinated chillies, home cured salmon and braised artichokes; small plates include smoked potato terrine with soft poached duck egg and roasted quail and saffron aioli.
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DOLLAR GRILLS & MARTINIS 2 Exmouth Market EC1R 4PX 020 7278 0077 FORMANS Stour Road Fish Island E3 2NT 020 8525 2365
BUNDU KHAN 43 Commercial Street E1 6BD 020 7375 2595
COMO 3 11-13 Theberton Street N1 0QY 020 7354 2341
LIKYA 68 -70 Golders Green Road NW11 8LN 020 8455 7171
MEAT PEOPLE 4-6 Essex Road N1 8LN 020 7359 5361
MEM & LAZ 8 Therberton Street N1 8LN 020 7704 9089
Disappearing Dining Club
224 Brick Lane, E1; disappearingsdiningclub.co.uk These guys have been busy. Back in 5 Minutes is their backstreet restaurant and private dining room, hidden behind a clothes shop on Brick Lane (they take bookings and walk-in diners Wednesday to Saturday evenings). They also hold supper clubs in a Fournier Street townhouse as well as dinner dances and weekends away.
Uyen’s home in Hackney; leluu.com Retiring from the fashion business, Uyen decided to hold Vietnamese-themed supper clubs in her Hackney home and is now a fully-fledged Vietnamese food consultant, with a number of television appearances under her belt. Her book My Vietnamese Kitchen comes out later this year and the suppers run every Friday throughout the month of June.
Ferdie’s Food Lab
Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, E1; ferdiesfoodlab.co.uk Simon Fernandez’ regular banquets take place at an actual banqueting hall, and see a horde of switched-on diners partaking of adventurous, experimental cooking in an atmosphere enticingly described as ‘mindboggling’. Expect all manner of mouth-watering morsels plus goblets and tankards of wine and beer.
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
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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 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
FIFTY FIVE BAR & LOUNGE 31 Jamestown Road NW1 7DB 020 7424 9054 PROUD CAMDEN The Horse Hospital NW1 8AH 020 7482 3867
Top Tables The tippler’s guide to this month’s buzzing bars
THE MAHOGANY BAR AT WILTONS 1 Graces Alley, E1; wiltons.org.uk
What’s the deal? Secreted inside the world’s oldest surviving music hall, the Mahogany Bar first opened in 1725 and has been a favourite haunt of those in the know ever since. Oozing rough-hewn charm and antique character, there’s nowhere else quite like it. Why should you go? The music hall itself has a superb programme of events, from plays and classical concerts to magic shows, and any trip is best bookended by drinks in the snug bar. There’s also the Green Room Cocktail Bar, just upstairs, where you can sit and sip in the same spot as many of the hall’s illustrious past performers.
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SPREAD EAGLE 141 Albert Street NW1 7NB 020 7267 1410
THE WELLS 30 Well Walk NW3 1BX 020 7794 3785
THE YARD Queens Yard Hackney Wick E9 5EN
OFF BROADWAY 63-65 Broadway Market E8 4PH 020 7241 2786
Dalston Roof Park
18-22 Ashwin Street, E8; thebootstrapcompany.co.uk Described as an ‘urban utopian oasis’, this rooftop houses the solar panels which power the buildings below. Open weekday and weekend evenings (with extended bank holiday hours, weather permitting), the bar has a community feel. You can use the barbeque provided and there are a host of parties and events happening, so keep an eye on the calendar.
South Place Hotel
3 South Place, EC2; southplacehotel.com This hotel has a lot going for it, pitched somewhere between a city hotel with luxe mod cons and a hipper boutique affair. As well as earning cool cred by hosting after-parties and launches, the revered Angler restaurant has a west-facing roof terrace which captures the evening sun. If it’s drizzly, there’s also a secret garden bar, outdoors but sheltered from the elements.
Queen of Hoxton
1-5 Curtain Road, EC2; queenofhoxton.com With their successful rooftop film club, you can view cult classics al fresco with headphones and blankets (if necessary). Order from the bar and kitchen and keep your eyes peeled for the series of silent disco parties with special guest DJs. This year, they’ll also be introducing the Sunday Sunbathers Club, commendably kitted out with loungers, paddling pools and hot tubs. 55
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THE THAI LIFE A quick chat with Atique & Moy Choudhury, the husband-andwife team behind pride of Stoke Newington, Yum Yum
How old is Yum Yum now? How do you explain its success? Yum Yum is now the grand, old age of 21, and the secret to its success is that we are are a family-run business with family values to the core. How did you the come up with Yum Yum’s glamorous decor? We travelled around, visiting our favourite restaurants, then worked with Ignite marketing and design. You also own Stoke Newington’s Japanese eatery, Oishii; is the restaurant business exhausting work? Yes! But the energy levels are very high as the team who run it have a very loyal customer base. Has the national obsession with food and global flavours helped business? It’s been very challenging. I started training in 1982 as a south Indian chef, specialising in Keralan cuisine and working on achieving the real, authentic taste, textures and flavours of that specific cuisine. Now, 31 years later, I am finding that people want the real taste and ingredients of authentic Thai street food... but I have to say, I am really excited. This widespread appreciation of food in general has contributed to our success.
Why did you decide to settle in Stoke Newington? What was the area like when you first arrived? Originally, my mum decided to set up an Indian vegetarian restaurant in Stoke Newington back in 1982; at that time every third shop in the area was boarded up and quite a lot of properties had squatters. We’ve since taken that over. Where do you get your inspiration for dishes - do you return to Thailand much? Inspiration comes from travelling; we’ve just got back from Cornwall, where we spent time at the fish markets and on fishing boats, catching the fresh produce of the day. We do really look at the ingredients available locally and marry them up with authentic Thai tastes. What kind of cuisine do you most like to eat yourselves? It’s varied. We love to cook using pulses and vegetables and last week cooked a large pot of Aloo Gobi – potato and cauliflower curry – using an amazing combination of garlic, ginger, chillies with tomato puree and onions with freshly roasted ground cumin seeds and turmeric. All the Yum Yum staff loved it. 187 Stoke Newington High Street, N16; yumyum.co.uk
Pad Woon Sen Ta Ray (Glass Noodles with Mixed Seafood)
SERVES 2: INGREDIENTS: • 4 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil • 400g glass noodles • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce • 2 teaspoons caster sugar • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce • 2-3 teaspoons pickled garlic • Few pieces of mixed seafood – clams, mussels, squid small prawns, scallops, crab meat (as per choice) • 1 dozen slices carrot • ½ dozen mushrooms • ½ dozen shallot onions • ¼ dozen scallions • ½ dozen small broccoli florets • 2 medium eggs METHOD OF PREPARATION: 1. Heat the wok, add the oil and heat up until medium hot. 2. Stir-fry the noodles for about 30 seconds, making sure they are well coated with the oil. 3. Add the dark soy, followed by the sugar and light soy, again making sure the noodles are well coated.
4. Add all the vegetables and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes: the larger the cuts of vegetables, the more time will be needed to cook them through. 5. Add all the mixed seafood and start stirfrying along with the soya sauce and the vegetables. 6. Crack the eggs over the noodles so they land whole, as if you were frying them for breakfast. 7. As soon asthe eggsbeginto cook, scramble them vigorously into the noodles along with thevegetablesandmixedseafood,sotheystirfry and mix well together. 8. Serve very hot.
Como 3 Cantina Chic
Tania Odell gets the most out of ‘fusion’ dining
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Gretel Lee experiences a chalet twist at the next big pop-up
ld Street’s continued evolution gathered pace with the recent launch of Rotary Bar & Diner, a temporary pop-up from the crew behind the Milk & Honey members’ clubs. For this new venture, which is open late every night until December, they’ve gone for a retro après-ski vibe, with ‘70s-style deep leather sofas, lots of wood and a mural of snowy mountains and chalets conjuring the cosy, kitschy feel of a ski lodge. The effect is warming, and even before we’ve eaten my partner and I are happily ensconced, watching a host of hip young things fill up the bar stools and window counters. As befits the lounge lizard décor, cocktails are big here. A tenner nets you a pint of whatever classic you fancy, from a mojito to a margarita. We chose the former and a Hawaiian stone sour. The menu is neatly ordered and aimed squarely at the capital’s ever-growing taste for high-end comfort food. With three categories – buns, wood grill and barbeque – broken down into chicken, beef, fish and veggie sections, there’s all manner of smoky, sticky grub on offer, and it’s tough to decide which option sounds most alluring. We eventually share a starter of sticky chicken wings, which
arrive fried in buttermilk and completely irresistible, followed by a classic Rotary beef burger and a Day Boat bun – featuring Cornish pollack, pickled fennel, spicy crab and, yes, more buttermilk. Both were set apart from London’s current glut of ‘gourmet’ burgers by their sweet, wood-smoked flavour and fluffy, buttery brioche buns. The dripping chips, too, were amazing, crunchier and tastier than any we’d eaten elsewhere. There’s no point denying it: by this point, we were full, but we scrambled together some small reserves of hunger and ordered the salted milk chocolate pudding – a whippedup, creamy dream coated with your choice of toppings. We went for smashed Oreo cookies and white chocolate crumble, and as you’d imagine, were left with no cause for regret. It was the perfect sweet treat after the meatier start to our meal, and put us in the mood for further adventures. Fortunate for us, then, that Milk & Honey itself is just downstairs, and allows non-members to reserve a table up till 11pm in the earlier part of the week. The low-lit bar’s ‘50s-style Mad Men vibe made a perfect ending to an evening lounging at The Rotary – though it’s the salted caramel pudding that will keep us coming back.
ew to Islington, Como 3 Cantina Chic lives up to its name. Both the food and the decor are superstylish, and although the concept can be a little hard to get your head around, it’s very easy to get your fork into. The menu centres on sharing plates, and with chefs from Spain and Japan, sharing dishes are in the restaurant’s culinary DNA. Sitting at the counter (which is soon to become a proper sushi counter), I take a look at the menu – and am immediately grateful that sampling a number of dishes is the order of the day. Bread by Boulangerie de Paris is a good place to start, together with a glass of Spanish wine to whet the palate. The wine list has a lot to offer, featuring over 40 regions ranged across several continents, and there’s a tipple to suit every dish. Next stop are the tradicionales, and I can’t get past the croquettes y caramelos board, a perfect starter that includes goat’s cheese and blueberry wrapped in wonton pastry. Up next is stuffed squid ikameshi, a special that proved so alluring it permanently (squid) inked itself onto the menu. And rightly so: it’s delicious. One of the defining principles of Como 3 is to include customers in the creation of the menu, a savvy move that sees popular dishes evolving and improving according to feedback. The carnivorous will love the cured Spanish meat, Japanese Wagyu beef and suckling pig, which you can order whole and which can feed groups up to eight-strong. This is a telling point, because along with the ‘share and share alike’ ethos, groups are made very welcome here. There’s a convivial atmosphere and plenty of space, with long tables for larger parties. Fun light shades and a papier mâché bull’s head have come all the way from France, and add to the lively ambience. An impressive new offering for worldly-wise London locals and visitors alike, Como 3 Cantina Chic is beyond fusion dining, a smart blend of classic dishes and ingredients put together by truly talented chefs, bringing world flavours to Islington’s food scene. 11-13 Theberton Street, N1; Como3.com
70 City Road, EC1Y; rotarybardiner.com
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Order online and collect from our Islington Depot or have it delivered direct to your door. British Seasonal Fresh
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The De Beauvoir Deli
The De Beauvoir Deli Company opened in 2009 and has become a mainstay of the local community. Much of the produce is made from scratch in the little kitchen and everything else is sourced locally from small independent suppliers allowing customers to choose from the finest seasonal and artisan food. The opening of their second shop in Angel this summer is testament to their local popularity. 98 Southgate Road, N1; thedebeauvoirdeli.co.uk
Absolutely’s guide to the foodie spots you need to know about... The Tea Rooms
The Tea Rooms has been serving luxury afternoon teas since 2007, and with a cosy, homely atmosphere it’s the ideal place to indulge in the British tradition. Everything is home made by chefs Isabelle and Bethaney. A selection of cakes is displayed on vintage cake stands and loose leaf tea is served from mismatching tea cups. The perfect place for a tea party! 155 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; thetearooms.org
Hundred Crows Rising This is quite simply a friendly gastropub at the end of Chapel Market, serving honest food from breakfast through to dinner. Rocking an industrial/rustic interior with an open kitchen lends the space a homely feel. Cooking up homemade, seasonal, British (and local
The Highbury Barn An iconic pub in every sense, The Highbury Barn’s refurbishment is hotly anticipated. With its new ‘theatre-style’ kitchen, bar revamp and pop-up coffee shop for the rushhour crowd, this is not just your average pub and there’s something to suit every taste. The unveiling is planned for mid-July, so get your bookings in to avoid missing out! 26 Highbury Park, London, N5; thehighburybarnpub.co.uk
where possible) food, there are plenty of twists on classic pub dishes. Old Dairy ales and Curious Brews are on tap not to mention delicious wines and cocktails. 58 Penton Street, N1; hundredcrowsrising.co.uk
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The fromagerie at Vivat Bacchus truly is a cheese lover’s dream, with an outstanding selection of over 50 different cheeses. Diners are encouraged to visit the room to pick from the ample selection of well-known, unusual and quirky varieties from several countries. Four set cheeseboards are also available, including the special pick of the month. 47 Farringdon Street, EC4; vivatbacchus.co.uk
The Daniel Defoe
If you’re hankering after classic American food then look no further... New to Stoke Newington, chefs Liam Walsh and Nigel Carr are cooking up some American favourites such as catfish and buffalo chicken (pictured) as well as classic British pub grub. After training in the US and Italy they decided to bring their brand to London and are earning quite the sterling reputation on the foodie scene. 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; thedanieldefoe.com
Sequestered away on Islington Park Street is the hidden gem that is Public House; a stylish and quirky bar and restaurant serving top notch food and drink. The dinner menu features delicious dishes such as ‘whole wild plaice with smoked prawn bisque’ and the Sunday roasts are amongst the best around. Cocktails are imaginitive and expertly delivered and there is a great range of craft beers to choose from. 54 Islington Park Street, N1; boutiquepubs.com
Amandine is a delightful café in Victoria Park village. Its bespoke cake service and the daily selection of delicious homemade cakes mark it out as no ordinary café. Well-prepared coffee and tea complement a satisfying range of sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and afternoon nibbles. The beautifully kept secret garden is a must in the summer and the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent cream tea away from the busy village. 176 Victoria Park Road, E9; amandine-cafe.tumblr.com 61
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Beneath What Lies
London’s most impressive interiors are described and photographed in this monumental and revealing book; Absolutely goes behind closed doors to discover Dennis Severs’ mesmerising Georgian house
here is nothing remotely like 18 Folgate Street anywhere else in London. Its dream-like, fantasy interior was the life’s work and vision of Dennis Severs (194899), an oddball but gifted American collector, who acquired the house as a shell in 1979. Over the next 20 years he painstakingly assembled each room as a sequence of experiences or “spells” reflecting the decoration, furnishings, textures, light, sounds and even smells of different periods of the past from 1724 to 1914. Meticulously researched, many of the finishes were mocked up in the manner of stage scenery using inexpensive materials like discarded timber from the nearby Spitalfields Market to replicate panelling or chimneypieces. All is artifice. Nothing is what it seems, yet it conveys a haunting sense of the past embalmed. Marked by a bracketed Windsor lantern over the entrance door, externally there is little to distinguish the three-bay-wide house of 1724 from its neighbours, other than the unusual trellis pattern carved into the box frames of the first floor sash windows. However, on entering, the visitor is transported into an atmospheric time warp as though walking through a frame into a painting with a time and life of its own, where he becomes part of a tableau vivant , part theatre, part fantasy, part invisible performance art and part still-life drama. The visitor experiences each room in silence, absorbing the moods and ambience of each as a mute witness. Severs’s aim was to give visitors “a rare moment in which they become as lost in another time as they appear to be in their own”. Severs invented an entirely fictional silkweaving family – the Jervises – around which the experiences revolve. Half-eaten food and
half-filled wine glasses lie strewn around the rooms amongst bowls of fruit, guttered candles and pungent pomanders as if the family has just left the room as one enters. Recorded sounds of the 18th century city outside and from next-door rooms are used to startling theatrical effect to convey the impression of being a silent observer of everyday household life. Clocks chime. A canary chirps. The stairs creak and whispers can be heard just outside the door. The smoking room is artfully arranged to reflect the Hogarth picture which hangs within it: the miasma of cigars pervading the air. The drawing room is aggrandised and dressed with garlands of walnut shells (opposite below). The boudoir above is left as though the occupants have just risen, with an unmade bed and unemptied chamber pot. As one rises through the house to the top floor the scene shifts to Dickens’s London and abject poverty. Washing is hung across the staircase; the paint is peeling. Cobwebs hang in the corners. A thick layer of dust coats every surface and rags hang at the windows. For all its artifice, stagecraft and illusion, 18 Folgate Street conveys a much more compelling presentation of past London life than the rather sterile, sanitised approach of the great heritage organisations and museums. The motto of the house is “Aut Visum Aut Non!” – “You either see it or you don’t”. Totally bonkers and utterly wonderful. London Hidden Interiors by Philip Davies, photography by Derek Kendall. An English Heritage book published by Atlantic Publishing ISBN 978-0-9568642-4-6 Price £40, available now.
The dapper frontman of million-selling pop rock band The Feeling shows Absolutely around his Hackney home
an Gillespie Sells has an eye for a knick-knack, as a look around his Hackney home quickly makes clear. The first floor living room alone features stuffed pheasants, original paintings by cult artists, geometric fifties wallpaper and a custom-made caramel velvet sofa that seats about a dozen; lucky, really, as the singer always seems to have at least that number of friends and housemates in residence. And don’t forget Ted, the Kerry Blue terrier and baby of the household, most often seen sniffing around the ground-floor recording studio in search of leftovers from one of Dan’s (in)famous fancy dress dinner parties. thefeeling.com
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Retrouvius are North London’s undisputed kings of architectural salvage and their stock is ever-changing. This sophisticated reclining chair by Oscar of Italy can be redone in a fabric of your choice. 1016 Harrow Road, NW10; retrouvius.com
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Refurbishment is finally complete at The Conran Shop in Marylebone and, judging by these new pictures, it’s been well worth the wait. The concept apartment on the top floor is flooded with natural light and showcases the furniture icon’s flair for practicality and design. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U; conranshop.co.uk
Trunks are apparently bang on trend in the world of interiors this year (and by trunks we mean chests and not swimwear) and the good news is that you don’t have to trawl through antique shops to get your hands on one. We love this classy vintage-style steel and leather number from Halo. Stonyhurst medium chest in brushed steel, £1,690, available at Fenwicks, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4; haloliving.co.uk
Our latest wallpaper fixation comes courtesy of Cole & Son’s eccentric Frutto Probito print, which can be found in Shoreditch’s oh-so trendy Milk Concept Boutique. Wild and fruity with a cheeky monkey hidden amongst the foliage, it’s an endearingly charming design. From £88, 118 1/2 Shoreditch High St, E1; milkconceptboutique.co.uk
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When we get to Calcot Manor, it is abuzz. People are arriving for a wedding in the 14th century tithe barn, 4x4s are disgorging blondes at the entrance to the hotel’s spa, small children are running around immaculate lawns in chill winter sunshine and the Gumstool pub, one of two restaurants in the hotel, is packed with visiting families and well-heeled locals in shiny wellies. This country house hotel, set in more than 220 acres of Cotswolds countryside near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, has managed that rare thing; it is all things to all people. It is both brilliantly family-friendly, with a staffed creche plus a raft of children’s activities, and the perfect hideaway for weekending, couples.
To sit immersed, a glass of cold champagne in hand, in the bubbling outdoor hot tub whilst a well-stoked fire roars in a brazier behind you and the reddening sun sets on a cold winter’s day must be one of life’s true pleasures. Calcot Spa is hugely popular, and rightly so. It offers both an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steamroom, gym and a wealth of treatments for guests and members alike. A recent addition to the treatment menu is the Rodial skincare brand. An hour’s Sculpt Facial using Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Serum range (£70) was not only relaxing but left my tired, windswept skin feeling really soft, smooth and rejuvenated.
The starting price for a double room at Calcot is £280 per night (breakfast and use of spa facilities included). Calcot Manor near Tetbury Gloucestershire GL8. Hotel 01666 890 391; Spa, 01666 891 232; calcotmanor.co.uk
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There are 35 individually designed rooms to choose from. These include ten dedicated family rooms housed in converted farm buildings which surround the courtyard, whilst the ancient Cotswold stone manor house is home to 12 bedrooms to suit couples. Our room was a so-called ‘large family suite’, although ‘house’ would be a more accurate description of our picturesque little clapboard cottage with its own garden and front door. Inside was pure luxury with a huge double bed in a large open room, plus another bedroom with bunks and an entire first floor given over to bathroom heaven. Under the eaves, two large adjacent baths faced a wall-mounted TV, and there is also a large walk-in shower. Naturally, we opted for a his ‘n’ hers bath (each filled to the brim with Aromatherapy Associates bubbles courtesy of the hote)l and wallowed in front of trash telly until we had both turned into prunes.
The more formal of the two restaurants, The Conservatory, underwent an overhaul last year with a new look, new cocktail bar and a change of menu. Out went the classic ‘finedining’ and in came a more informal, eclectic menu. The chef, however, has stayed the same and, as a result, the menu is somewhat missing a distinct identity. However, our starters of risotto Milanese and beef shin were delicious and a main of marinated beef fillet was a notable highlight. Save room for starters rather than dessert – the better end of the menu. 75
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Tales of the From Singapore to Bangkok, Harriet Compston takes a trip back in time aboard the glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express
n experience so luxurious you almost can’t believe it’s true. Timeless and elegant, this is a grande dame whose journeys are staggeringly good – and totally spectacular. The Fable of the Hills is the latest extravaganza from the Orient Express and, boy, what a triumph. Starting in Singapore, it’s a magical seven-day, six-night trip through Malaysia, past buzzing cities, tea plantations and royal palaces, before emerging in Bangkok. A stay in the wedding-cake-white Raffles – whose namesake founded Singapore – kicks off the enthralling adventure. A perpetual haven, the feel is romantic colonial: traditional afternoon tea, lots of pretty chandeliers, fourposters, marble… yet it’s not stuck in a time warp. This is a place bang up-to-date with Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co lining the courtyards. There are four restaurants, which cover any cuisine you can possibly imagine – ask for the legendary Singapore Sling, a lethal cocktail and another example of the hotel’s excellence. Even check-in for the Eastern
& Oriental Express is done in one of their reception rooms before you’re whisked off to the station. The storybook train is just what you imagine and more. Glistening in the Asian sun, lashings of green and cream decorate the 22 carriages. It looks so classic that you expect Poirot to come round the corner any second. He would have approved of the dress code too – relaxed refinement. No jeans or trainers, people! The imperial elegance (and the colour scheme) continues inside. Every wall is decorated in elm, cherry, teak and rosewood. Cabins are two person, postage stamp size but it doesn’t matter. Beds transform into upholstered sofas while nifty design tricks provide bucket loads of storage (even your suitcase is swallowed up). There’s a sparkling ensuite bathroom to boot with Bulgari products and a power shower. The spirit of Agatha Christie remains: the slick making up of beds, the pushing of bells to summon drinks, the whisperings in the corridor, the knock on the door by your personal butler (the smiley Prochak is a favourite). Venture out of your
new-found bedroom, down the thick carpeted corridors and there are plenty of places to relax: the saloon, library, bar, and the breezy observation carriage. There’s also neither reception nor wifi – basically no modern distractions whatsoever. The food is wonderful. Head Chef Yannis Martineau is a whizz in the kitchen – think beautifully presented grilled snowfish steak accompanied by teppanyaki of vegetables in a vermouth and soya sauce. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in your room. Lunch and dinner (a dressy affair) boast umpteen courses and take place in the dining car with its archetypal gold lamps and brass overhead racks. Drinks and canapés are served beforehand so you can get to know your fellow guests (a fascinating mix of avid travellers, anniversary couples, siblings, best friends et al). Days are filled with incredible adventures (there are several options each day). Beginning with the crossing of The Straits of Johor into Malaysia, the train snakes its way to the first stop – the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. An industrial hotspot, sprawling factories squeeze 77
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in amongst the mosques, bazaars and occasional British beauty (the cricket ground is very English). Having climbed past massive banana trees and luscious vegetation, a cuppa awaits in the Cameron Highlands. A tapestry of tea plantations, it’s mind-blowingly scenic with strawberry farms and flower galleries lying prettily by the wayside. This beauty spot is also home to one of Malaysia’s greatest mysteries: the disappearance of ‘silk king’ Jim Thompson 50 years ago. Yes, in true voyeur fashion, you can follow in his footsteps through the jungle. The vibrant island of Penang serves as the highlight of the trip. Founded in 1786 by Englishman Captain Francis Light, its colonial capital Georgetown radiates colour with its rich blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. Hair-raising trishaws speed around in their bossy way as the sweltering streets heave with people, market stalls and places of worship. Dinner is hawker food – super delicious (the fish is excellent), cheap as chips and served in an outdoor eating area as buzzy as a honeypot. As the train rattles on, the Malaysian jungle gives way to the open Thai countryside. The thatched houses on stilts remain but bright green rice paddies now pop up, peppered with straw-hatted farm workers steering water buffalos through the fields. The wildlife part of the expedition begins. Decamp to the Monkey Training College at Surat Thani where its skillful ‘students’ are taught how to choose a ripe coconut and collect them from the trees. Or visit an elephant camp and jump on a ride with a mahout. The River Kwai is the last stop of the journey – and a very moving one. After a tour on a local barge, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum gives a horrific insight into the
the slums, the rooms are fresh with clean lines and boast a view which will take your breath away. The numerous restaurants are fantastic – choose Sala Rim Naam (a hop across the water) or hang out in the author’s lounge, where Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Conrad, and many other literati have held court. Bangkok’s a whirlwind but worth a few days. Head to the Grand Palace, which is so lined with gold that you are almost blinded. Or visit Jim Thompson’s house, made up of six antique Thai houses – so beautiful that you want to change your décor back home immediately. But this is also a city of contrasts: in amongst these landmarks lie the ‘forgotten people’ and the watery slums they live in – shocking and a stark reminder of the opulence the Orient Express lavishes upon you. It’s hard heading home. This is an experience you know that you’re unlikely ever to repeat. But in the ever-wise words of Monsieur Poirot: ‘Life is like a train, Mademoiselle. It goes on.’ atrocities inflicted on the POWs working on the project. The Don Rak War Cemetery next door provides a raw testimony to the 6,982 soldiers who died. As The Fable of the Hills comes to a close and you draw into Bangkok, you don’t want to leave. Living on a train is actually rather nice. In a surreal way, it has started to feel like home. However, the madness of the city soon awakens you from any slump of sorrow. As does your beautiful bed for the night – the Mandarin Oriental. A cocoon of comfort towering above
Prices start from £5,700 per person for the ‘Fables of Hills’ six-night journey in 2013 aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, based on double occupancy in a State Cabin and including all meals and tours. The trip will depart Singapore on 2 March and 26 October next year. Price also including a one-night stay before the journey at Raffles Hotel, Singapore and a one-night stay after the journey at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. 0845 077 2222; easternandorientalexpress.com
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Church Crescent, N10
Set in a quiet crescent in an excellent location, this six bedroom house with stunning views across London provides generous accommodation throughout with immense period charm and character and has an extra-wide garden. Prickett and Ellis, Hornsey & Muswell Hill 020 8444 8484; prickettandellis.com
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MIDHURST AVENUE £1,400,000
A five bedroom period family home arranged over three floors situated in the Muswell Hill Conservation area.
• 5 Bedrooms • 2 Receptions • Kitchen Diner
THE OWNERS LOVE...
• West facing garden
“The wide entrance hall with original stained glass and black and white tiled floor”
• Three Bath/Shower rooms
“Our children are able to walk to Primary and Secondary schools within minutes”
• Many period features
“The wood burning stove in the front reception room, very cosy on a cold night”
• Utility area • Recently redecorated interior
• EPC Rating -E
The house is conveniently situated between Muswell Hill Broadway and East Finchley station. The front and rear exterior of the house is in the process of being redecorated. Muswell Hill office • T: 020 8444 3388• E: N10@martyngerrard.co.uk • 300/302 Muswell Hill Broadway, London N10 2QR
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REDSTON ROAD, CROUCH END, N8 £999,950
A five bedroom Edwardian house with spacious accommodation over three floors, West-facing garden and off-street parking. THE OWNERS LOVE... “A spacious family home with many original features and a beautifully designed kitchen” “It has a lovely master bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom and roof terrace” “Located in a quiet street but close to shops, buses and Alexandra Park as well as Crouch End and Muswell Hill village centres”
• 5 Bedrooms • 3 Reception rooms • 4 Bath/shower rooms (2 En-suite) • 18.5m (60’) West-facing garden • Large roof terrace • Utility & downstairs WC • Off-street parking • Period features
• EPC Rating -E
The property is being sold with no onward chain. There are Built-in Wardrobes to Bedrooms 1 and 2. Crouch End office: • T: 0208 348 5135 • E: N8@martyngerrard.co.uk • 45 The Broadway, Crouch End, N8 8DT
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ST JOHNS VILLAS, N19 £920,000
A four bedroom period converted maisonette with South facing garden and roof terrace.
• 4 Bedrooms • 2 Receptions • Kitchen
THE OWNERS LOVE...
• 3 Bathrooms
“We love the character, the size and the brightness of the property, together with its spacious garden.” “The view of London from the terrace is breathless.” “The neighbours are fantastic and the local transport, shopping and parks are really close.”
• Roof terrace
WE’VE NOTICED... The property has panoramic Southerly views. The closest rail links are Upper Holloway (Overground) and Archway (Underground) stations.
• South facing garden • 3 floors • Period features • EPC Rating -E
Kentish Town Office • T: 0207 267 3737 • E: NW5@martyngerrard.co.uk • 304 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 2TH
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CECILE PARK, N8 A stunning contemporary house situated on one of Crouch End’s finest roads. The property offers circa 3200 sq ft of magnificent living space and is beautifully presented by the current owners. £1,750,000 Freehold Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Crouch End 020 8348 8181; kfh.co.uk 86
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THE MOUNT, NW3
Hidden behind a charming facade; this welcoming home, perched above Hampstead Square, with The High Street and The Tube close by, comprises of a conservatory-style reception/ dining area with polished wooden floor, flooded with natural light and a separate integrated kitchen. Two well windowed double bedrooms enjoy ample storage space and are served by a full modern bathroom. £900 Per Week Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, Hampstead 020 7345 9681; brlets.co.uk
CALEDONIAN SQUARE, NW1
Within a secure gated development close to Camden, this wonderful three double bedroom apartment offers wooden flooring throughout and a modern finish. This ideal home or investment property also boasts private outside space and a porter. £685,000 London Residential 020 7424 3222; londonresidential.uk.com
MARSDEN STREET, NW5 This charming four bedroom & two bathroom mid-terrace Victorian house is an ideal contemporary family home modernised in recent years but still retaining its period character fireplaces, sash windows and wooden shutters. Light, functional and flexible living is arranged over three floors with access to two decked terraces and a rear patio garden. £1,100,000 Freehold Oliver’s Sales, Kentish Town 020 7284 1222; oliverstown.com 87
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Situated on this desirable road within easy reach of Muswell Hill’s Broadway is this superb Edwardian family house refurbished extensively by the current owners in 2008. This fine home provides 2,919 sq ft of living space arranged over three floors and retains many period features. Muswell Hill Primary and Fortismere and Alexandra Park Secondary schools are situated close by.
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Milton Road, Highgate, N6 ÂŁ2,145 pcm An exceptional newly refurbished two double bedroom split level period flat benefitting from a large reception room, kitchen/diner, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private roof terrace. Located close to Highgate tube and within easy reach of Highgate Village. EPC rating C. Crouch End 020 8341 1110 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Vale, East Finchley, N2 ÂŁ4,766 pcm This beautifully presented four bedroom family house is ideally situated on a quiet residential road between both Muswell Hill and East Finchley. The property has two reception rooms, a spacious and modern kitchen/diner, two bathrooms, utility room and 130ft garden. Unfurnished. EPC rating D. Muswell Hill 020 8883 2340 Email email@example.com
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RICHARD SELWYN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SELWYN & COMPANY
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on Saturdays and missing having a whole weekend with my family. Although, saying that, my 8 month old baby is learning to walk on the first floor and is cared for by the latest member of the solicitors firm; my wife! So I do get to see him for 2 days of the week. As a business we have now settled into our new home and we will soon be helping many others to settle into theirs. Demand for property in the area is high and transactions move swiftly - a one bed flat recently marketed was sold within 24 hours. It is hectic and exciting. The benefit of having the solicitors upstairs is that they deal with the conveyancing which helps alleviates the stress of buying and selling. Sellers are keen to explore my unique offer of paying one fee and having just one number to call! Currently I am also project managing renovations on a lovely terraced house in Etheldene Avenue for one of our Landlords. I love walking through the manicured front gardens of the Rookfield Estate on a daily basis. I was asked the other day if I were to live in Muswell Hill which road I would choose. A couple of houses on the Ringwood Estate might tick the boxes, as a classic car enthusiast I would love a double width garage. I have set up a fund but presently it’s short by a few million! The next question they ask is what’s the classic? An MG, it’s no super car but brings a smile to my face every time it burbles into life! I look forward to assisting the local contingent with their property move, chatting property or, when time permits, petrol!
hen I was 7 years old I drove a full size dump truck on a building site - from then on I was addicted to all things property. My father has been a solicitor running the family firm for over 30 years, but his real passions are property and cars, both of which have definitely rubbed off on me. When the opportunity arose to buy offices with a high street presence in Muswell Hill it didn’t take much convincing to get him on board. We virtually demolished and rebuilt the offices. I say ‘we’ because I laboured onsite for 6 hours a day and then returned to my desk for the pm session as a solicitor! It is a real sense of accomplishment to now sit every morning behind my estate agent’s desk, after having project managed the construction site for over 6 months. We have met a few locals who think we must be mad to open an agency in Muswell Hill, given the competition and financial climate, but I am adamant that the one thing that gives Muswell Hill its vibrancy is the independents. Being independent is great - no corporate pressure, just a human approach to selling property, with the added twist that a legal background allows me to view properties with a practical approach. Anyone can upload a few pretty pictures onto a website but, from the outset I can assess the title documents containing easements and restrictive covenants, which may seem rather boring, but is crucial when it comes to selling and buying property. I then pass it upstairs who then deal with the conveyancing. It has not been easy. The hardest part is getting used to working
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Onslow Gardens, Muswell Hill N10
£1,795,000. Freehold Sole Agents
Providing 2829 square feet of living space is a naturally built three storey six bedroom semi detached Victorian residence. This fine home retains a wealth of original period features and is being offered in very good decorative order throughout. Benefits also include off street parking, a 25’ kitchen/diner plus conservatory leading out to a delightful rear garden and some breathtaking views stretching across North East London. The house is situated within moments walk of Highgate tube station (Northern Line) and Highgate and Queens woods, also close at hand is Muswell Hill Broadway with its large selection of boutique shops and restaurants. Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771
Etheldene Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10
£1,250,000 Freehold Sole Agents
Situated in a tree lined residential road bordering the celebrated Rookfield Estate is a truly spectacular five bedroom, two bathroom, master suite with dressing room and en-suite, three storey mid terraced Collins family home. This bright and airy property retains many original period features and has been tastefully decorated and modernized to a high level of specification throughout. Added benefits also include a through reception room and fantastic kitchen/diner that leads out to a super 70’ + garden with open aspects views. Located within a short distance from Muswell Hill Broadway and its large selection of shops and restaurants, also within catchment of Muswell Hill primary school. Being sold Chain Free. Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771
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Creighton Avenue, Ringwood Estate, N2
£2,295,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agents
Tatlers are favoured as the owners agent with this truly magnificent detached double fronted larger than average eight double bedroom family home. Designed with entertaining in mind benefits include a stunning kitchen/breakfast room with bi-folding doors to garden, through living/dining room, four luxury bathrooms and off street parking for a number of vehicles. Ideally located within walking distance to the shops of East Finchley High Road, equidistant to both Muswell Hill Broadway and East Finchley tube (Northern Line) and five minutes stroll to Coldfall Wood and both Eden and Martins primary school. East Finchley office: 020 8883 1001
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Ferme Park Road, Crouch End, N8
£850,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agents
Tatlers are pleased to bring to the market this detached four bedroom house which offers spacious accommodation over two floors. Retaining many period features the property benefits from two generous adjoining reception rooms and 20’10 x 11’ kitchen/ diner with an 80’ rear garden. The property is situated, within walking distance of Harringay Main Line and Crouch Hill Overground Stations. Crouch End Broadway with its eclectic mix of shops, café’s, restaurants and local amenities is also easily accessible. Crouch End Office on 020 8341 4050
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NOTHING’S BETTER THAN THE INSIDE SCOOP. LOCAL AGENTS GIVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS... INTERIOR INSPIRATION
Simon Gerrard, Managing Director at Martyn Gerrard 020 8348 5135; martyngerrard.co.uk With a fabulous range of finished and unfinished furniture, “Of Special Interest” on Park Road, Crouch End is the perfect place to go to give your home those unique touches.
Jonathan Kushner, Sales Manager at Oliver’s Residential 020 7317 8791; oliverstown.com On a Saturday morning Regent’s Park Road in Primrose Hill is such a fun and uplifting place! An open-air theatre or playground where boho-chic villagers mingle with impeccably dressed tourists desperate for a pavement café seat...
Peter Coulouras, Sales Manager at London Residential 020 7424 3213; londonresidential.uk.com Cottons Rum Shack is a cute little bar in Camden with a huge emphasis on rum! With a huge selection of white and dark rums, you will have a mouth watering assortment of cocktails available from behind the bar.
Colin Gilibrand, Lettings Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Belsize Park 020 7483 4302; kfh.co.uk One of London’s first speed dating events was held at the Chamomile Café on England’s Lane in 2000, just a year after the craze began in Los Angeles.
Debbie Reiter, Senior Lettings Negotiator at Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings, Hampstead 020 7435 9681; brlets.co.uk The Emporium antique and craft market is a perfect way to spend an hour to myself sipping on a latte from Tania’s coffee barrow whilst wandering round a host of stalls, all under one roof. A perfect afternoon indulgence!
David Ruddock, Director of Prickett and Ellis 020 8883 9797; prickettandellis.com Monkey Nuts in Crouch End and Chooks in Muswell Hill are very child friendly and great for adults too.
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he Freehold of our building has been sold to a property based company. I recall reading somewhere that the freehold cannot be sold without first being offered to me and my neighbours. Is this correct? You do not say how you have discovered the sale of the freehold interest. For example, has the new landlord sent notification to you to advise of the change in ownership? If so, this can have an impact on what recourse may be available to you and the timescales within which you would be required to operate. However, subject to certain criteria being met, where a landlord is proposing to sell his interest in the building and the rights of first refusal applies, then the landlord must by law offer first refusal to the leaseholders before the landlord is in a position to sell to another party. The rights of first refusal are contained in the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987. To establish if the rights to first refusal
an exempt landlord. It is therefore important apply then certain criteria need to be met. For to establish whether the rights of first refusal example, the building must contain at least actually apply. If so, you could have the right two flats, no more than 50% of the building to request certain information in respect of can be in non-residential use and more than the sale and force the new landlord to sell the 50% of the flats must be held by a ‘qualifying interest acquired by them to you. (It is also a tenant’. A qualifying tenant is a leaseholder criminal offence for a landlord to fail to comply of a flat subject to a long lease (or a lease with statutory requirements in respect of rights originally granted for a long period regardless of first refusal). of how many years are now left). A qualifying tenant can also include a leaseholder that has a fixed or Contact property partner periodic tenancy.. Hema Anand with no obligation There are certain on (0)20 7354 3000 or email landlords that are exempt and therefore firstname.lastname@example.org the rights of first refusal do not apply. For example, many housing authorities www.colmancoyle.com or registered social 80 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU landlords would be
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