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HANDIWORK Anish Kapoor’s new exhibition

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LONDON: PORTRAIT OF A CITY A retrospective of the capital

 FOOD & DRINK

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FASHION NEWS The best local clobber

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FASHION SHOOT Colour Tribe

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HEALTH & FITNESS The latest exercise trends

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COUNTER CULTURE The perfect cupsize

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hile October usually means hitting our autumn stride, here’s hoping that the erratic sunshine of the previous months gives way to an extended Indian summer (you know, the one we were praying for all last season). The catwalk seems to prophesy as much, with brighter autumn shades abounding - and if you don’t believe me, check out our October fashion shoot (p. 24); it channels all the vibrancy and vitality of an Indian spice market. This month, we’ve discovered London: Portrait of a City, a unique coffee table tome that documents the capital’s remarkable history, architecture, landmarks, streets, style and - most importantly - swagger in hundreds of compelling photographs sourced from some of the world’s greatest archives (p17). And what better to accompany a coffee table book than a cup of Joe itself. Coffee is a big deal in this neck of the woods, so it’s about time we devoted a spread to the most fantastic roasteries in the area (p40). With such a wealth of boutique coffee shops dedicating themselves to the art of the unbeatable bean, vying for our custom on the strength of their aromatic blends and affable, well-trained baristas (the guys and girls who make milk-pouring an artform), it beats me how the corporate chains are still in business. We’re as excited this month about all the new-season art exhibitions that have opened or are about to launch - not least the new Anish Kapoor show at the Lisson Gallery in Euston. Flick to page 12 to hear what Nicholas Logsdail, founder of the gallery and Kapoor’s early champion (not to mention friend), has to say about 30 years of working alongside Britain’s foremost living sculptor. That’s brains taken care of - now time for some beautification. Take a look at our Salon Select piece on page 36 for the full lowdown on the life-savers of the local beauty scene. We outline three ‘hero salons’ that are sure to be aces up your sleeve during the stylish autumn ahead. Enjoy... and Happy Halloween!

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SUNDAY ART FAIR 11TH - 14TH OCTOBER The most important week in the British cultural calendar has arrived and the Sunday Art Fair looks set to play a major part. The event will see 20 galleries displaying work by a wide range of artists over four days. The objective? To spotlight some of the freshest and most exciting creatives in the art world. sunday-fair.com, Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS

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11TH - 14TH OCTOBER The most influential and progressive contemporary art fair in the country is back, setting up camp in Regent’s Park and hosting 170 galleries from across the globe. To celebrate this, the 10th consecutive Frieze London event, the organisers are launching two new initiatives: Focus, a section of the fair dedicated to galleries established post2001, and Masters, an area exclusively for art created before 2000. Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR

PORTICO QUARTET AT THE ROUNDHOUSE

18TH OCTOBER East London boys and former Mercury Music Prize nominees the Portico Quartet released their latest (and self-titled) album back in January; this month they’ll be performing some of their new music at Camden’s Roundhouse. Their unique and ever-evolving sound now incorporates a range of electronic influences and ambient sounds - and the gig is sure to be a one-off you won’t want to miss. The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

YOTAM OTTOLENGHI AND SAMI TAMIMI

18TH OCTOBER Israeli born authors and chefs, Ottonlenghi and Tamimi, are releasing a new cookery book this autumn, inspired by their hometown, Jerusalem. They explore Middle Eastern and Arabic flavours of the city to take us on a delicious culinary discovery. The pair will be in Hampstead between 7-9pm for a book signing, talk and to answer a few questions. Watersones, 68-69 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1PQ

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THE KILBURN GRAND TOUR

4TH - 28TH OCTOBER Camden Arts Centre’s Volunteer Front of House Assistants will present a ‘test bed’ exhibition at the Kingsgate Gallery this month. Entitled ‘The Kilburn Grand Tour’, it will feature the interactive works of various artistic volunteers in a bid to engage viewers with the history of the community and local environment. Admission is free, so there’s no excuse for missing out. The Kingsgate Gallery, 110-116 Kingsgate Road, NW6 2JG

PLAY ON

30TH OCTOBER The last Tuesday of every month sees Gordon Ramsay-owned bar-restaurant The York and Albany host ‘Play On’ - a series of musical events at which house band Raff and the Remedies (and friends) serenade diners while they chomp, quaff, sip and nibble all manner of delectable dishes and lip-smacking cocktails. The York and Albany, 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS

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6TH OCTOBER The Cabbages and Frocks market hosts the Dog Day event this month, which will see a pack of talented mutts putting their best paw forward in a day of canine athleticism. Dogs will be jumping hoops and leaping hurdles (in their best sporting outfits) with the hope of becoming Miss or Mr UK; there will even be rosettes and prizes for the winners. Strictly for dog-lovers, make sure you and your own furry friend head down and show the other pups what you’re made of. St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA

MATTHEW DARBYSHIRE

4TH OCTOBER - 16TH DECEMBER The work of emerging British artist Matthew Darbyshire is nothing if not intriguing, and his new show at the Zabludowicz Collection promises much food for thought. Running an esoteric gamut from vibrant, digitally-printed banners to maze-like installations that spill out of the gallery and onto the street, the centrepiece of the exhibition is arguably a series of reworkings of... wait for it... an old Atomic Kitten album cover. Prepare to be flummoxed. Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3PT

SIMON MARTIN OPENS AT CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE

OCTOBER THROUGH TO 2ND DECEMBER How about an exhibition that allows you to participate in the creative process as well as appreciating it? Simon Martin’s UR Feeling looks to explore ‘the relationship between sensing and knowing’ through a series of film screenings, performances and discussions. Martin hopes that in doing so it will furnish him with ‘primary source information’ he can use in the production of a post-exhibition film. Pop along and help sow the seeds of something special. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG

ANISH KAPOOR AT LISSON GALLERY

10TH OCTOBER - 10TH NOVEMBER Hotly anticipated hardly begins to describe this, a collection of new work by Britain’s preeminent living sculptor and Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor. Expect visionary interpretations and manipulations of space and the senses and check out our interview with Kapoor’s long-standing friend and gallerist, Nicholas Logsdail, elsewhere in this issue. The Lisson Gallery, 54 Bell Street, NW1 5DA DAVE MORGAN

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1 (ROCK ON WALL) ARTIST’S STUDIO, 2012; 2. (DISCS): ARTIST’S STUDIO, 2012-07-05, © ANISH KAPOOR PHOTO: DAVE MORGAN; 3. (ROCK CLOSE UP) EARTH MODEL (DETAIL) © ANISH KAPOOR

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ne evening in 1967, a young art school graduate missed his train home from Paddington. His name was Nicholas Logsdail, and it was a mundane mishap that would change his life. Rather than wait at the station, Logsdail decided to take a walk. Within minutes, he was ambling along Marylebone’s Bell Street and stumbled across a derelict building that was being advertised for sale or rent, ‘no reasonable offer refused’. Logsdail was part of a set of ambitious young creatives – including his friend, the polymath Derek Jarman – who had recently begun to stage exhibitions. But finding the right space to showcase work was difficult. So when Logsdail happened across the Bell Street premises, it seemed his prayers had been answered, not least because the site was so close to the station he used to commute to and from his childhood home in the country. Later that year and thanks in no small part to a generous-spirited landlord, the Lisson Gallery opened. Such was its success that, a few years later, it had taken over several other buildings on the same street. And as the seventies came and went, the gallery’s reputation only grew. The 1980s were just dawning when Logsdail saw some images of pigmented works created by a student at Chelsea College of Art. In his own words, he was ‘intrigued’, and ‘made a special visit’ to the artist’s graduation show. The student’s name was Anish Kapoor, and after seeing more of his work Logsdail’s glimmer of excitement became a glare. “His work stood out,” Logsdail says today. “In it I recognised a convergence of modernism with a deep timelessness coming from his Indian origins.” The gallerist was enthralled. “I was so impressed by that first viewing,”

he says, “I ended up having an in-depth conversation with him about it. Following this, I made a visit to his studio and came to know him better.” It was only a matter of time before the pair began to work together – a decision made all the more inexorable by the fact that the Lisson Gallery was already associated with many of the minimalist conceptual artists in whom the young Kapoor had an academic interest. “We had started working with many other sculptors,” Logsdail tells me. “Tony Cragg, Richard Wentworth and Richard Deacon – who were later to be known as the New British Sculptors. So it felt like a natural move for this dynamic young artist – who was making such fresh and original forms of sculpture – to work with us… [It was] an exciting time for both the gallery and British sculpture as a whole.” Born in Mumbai in 1954 to a Jewish Iraqi mother and Hindu Punjabi father, Anish Kapoor arrived in Britain in the mid-seventies following a brief sojourn in Israel. There he had lived on a kibbutz and made a shortlived attempt to study electrical engineering, but by 1973 he knew his future lay in art. As early as 1978, his instincts were proving accurate: his contribution to the New Sculpture exhibition at the Hayward Gallery got people talking and in 1982 (having met Logsdail) his work was shown alongside more established artists at the Lisson. In 1985, he had his first solo exhibition at the gallery, and he has worked closely with Logsdail and the Lisson ever since. “Anish’s development as an artist since that first show has been a very interesting

and complex journey,” the gallerist explains, “taking him to the top level of the most important international artists working today.” Indeed, it’s hard to overstate the impact and influence of Kapoor’s work over the last three decades. His diverse explorations of form and space, matter and non-matter, have been acclaimed as much for their aesthetic inventiveness as for the intellectual ideas they reflect or represent. Through his manipulation of structure, colour and light, Kapoor invites us to recognise and re-evaluate the presence of ‘the void’, rendering visible – and often almost tangible – an abstract sense of ‘nothingness’ that is ineluctably fundamental to human experience. Whether sending a huge block of red wax trundling through a pristine gallery, smearing doorframes as it goes (Svayambh, 2007), or challenging perspective in one of his beautiful mirror sculptures (like Cloud Gate, 2006, on permanent display in Chicago’s Millennium Park), Kapoor’s work is unafraid to engage with big, universal themes – and always elicits a powerful and instinctive emotional response. The reward for his efforts has been great: prizes and plaudits too numerous to mention, a fortune said to run into the hundreds of millions and – not insignificantly – the love of the viewing public. In 2009, when the Royal Academy invited Kapoor to become the first living artist to take over the entire gallery, the resulting show attracted 275,000 visitors – making it London’s most popular single-artist exhibition ever. Now the stage is set for Kapoor’s first London show since his Royal Academy success, and anticipation couldn’t be higher. Featuring all-new work created over the last year in earthy materials such as mud, cement and metallic pigments, the Lisson promises some surprises - including colour at ‘new levels of luminosity’. Preview images also suggest a new sense of intimacy and tenderness that both complements and challenges Kapoor’s most famous (and often monumental) past pieces. The best way to find out, however, is to experience it yourself - and the best advice is simply to expect evolution. After all, and as Kapoor himself has said, “I feel there’s everything to do yet.”

Anish Kapoor, until November 10, lissongallery.com, 54 Bell Street, NW1 5DA

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Indian food! There’s also a now-legendary Lucky Chip serving up heavenly burgers and Off Broadway does the most amazing pork tacos. The options are endless… What’s your favourite thing to cook? I love cooking so many things but a roast dinner is probably the most satisfying, because you can make sure you properly nail it and include all your favourite things: cheesy leeks, Yorkshire puddings - making sure they’re a bit gooey but still huge - super crispy but fluffy roast potatoes, loads of veg, meat cooked just how you like it and then the best gravy. The gravy is probably the most important part.

What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe? My Christopher Kane leather playsuit or maybe my Tibetan lambswool House of Holland jacket. How would you describe your style? A touch of the crazy art teacher. How do you accessorise? I wear a really scabby old ring that I’m sure was from H&M, it’s so old its tarnished and now looks like it’s rose gold… I think I prefer it this way! I also wear a Laura Lee ring and a Vanessa Harrington typewriter key necklace with my initial. I love vintage costume jewellery, mainly big sparkly earrings. I just got bought a 60s style necklace and matching earrings; I love a full set.

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Where do you like to go for breakfast? The Pavilion in Victoria park because it’s by the water (you can even get about on the manmade lake), is so peaceful and I can take the dog. They also do the best veggie breakfast. I’m not even veggie, it’s that good and everything is organic. Where is home for you? London Fields Hackney; it’s been nine years.

What’s the most memorable meal you’ve had in your local area? Recently I’d say The Cat and Mutton; they’ve been doing

The International Sales Manager for House of Holland and avid food blogger lets us in on her local secrets pan fried cod on spicy bubble and squeak with a salsa verde. It’s so good I’ve had it three times in the last month or so. What do you love about living there? I’ve managed to end up living at what feels like a country retreat in Hackney, with a dog and an Aga… it’s the dream! My friends are all close by, we have the London Fields lido, the canal, Victoria park, loads of amazing places to eat and drink and you can walk or cycle everywhere. Where do you buy your groceries? The corner shop on Broadway Market always have a massive selection of fresh vegetables

and herbs and they always taste exactly how they should. I’m not into supermarket shopping one bit. Fin and Flounder fishmongers is great. The food stalls and markets at the weekend (including Netil Market and the farmer’s market in the school yard) are the best bits about the area. I’m currently obsessed with the fresh pasta, as well as the Thai, Caribbean and

What’s your local? The Cat & Mutton, I’ve spent a lot of time in there over the years so attempting to spend less there now. The Spurstow Arms pub is closer to home and lovely. What’s playing on your Ipod right now? SBTRKT and Chapel Club. Describe your perfect weekend… I’d go for a long walk and breakfast with the dog in Victoria park, sit by the water, read the papers, then I’d get myself down to the Dalston car boot fair - I’ve found so many great bargains of late. I’d probably then cook all afternoon, have friends drop by, maybe have a dinner party. I tend to nip down to the Sunday flower market on Columbia Road topped off with a few glasses of red in the Royal Oak. All the simple things! Check out Anna’s food blog at http://getinmygob. blogspot.co.uk/ 23

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We’ll see you two weeks later to make sure you’re happy with the results and, if needed, we’ll fine-tune them by giving you a top-up treatment. Who should carry out Botox? Botox is a prescribed medicine, so you’ll meet one of our aesthetic doctors for a full skin consultation. If you decide together that it’s the right treatment for you, they’ll prescribe it. Botox injections should only be given by a qualified doctor with relevant training – at our clinic they are always carried out by one of our aesthetic doctors. Ideally, you should choose someone registered with regulatory body, the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. All our aesthetic doctors and nurses are registered. What are the alternatives? While Botox is effective and safe, there are alternatives, such as: • Dermal fillers, which are injected into the skin to plump it up and smooth lines; • Dermaroller, a micro skin-needling treatment that triggers the body into regenerating collagen and elastin, making it perfect for treating scarring, facial and décolleté lines and overall skin rejuvenation; and • Medical Facials, which give a temporary result by plumping up the skin to soften lines, making them appear reduced. We’ll talk you through your choices at the consultation to help you find the right treatment for you. Whatever you decide, we’ll always take a gentle approach to leave you with wrinkle-free skin that makes you feel great.

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BOTOX MYTH BUSTERS 1. Botox freezes your facial expressions You can choose to have a more frozen look, but it’s not necessary. By injecting small, precise amounts we can soften the lines, but keep movement around the eye area, so you’ll still have your facial expressions. 2. Botox is toxic Botox is a purified form of Botulinum toxin. The concentration of the toxin is very low and when it’s injected in pinpoint amounts it won’t spread to other areas of the body, making it a safe treatment. 3. Botox is painful Most people only feel a mild, stinging sensation, however, some find the treatment uncomfortable. Mica has a lot of experience and skill with Botox injections and many clients comment on her soft touch. In addition, the Waterhouse Young clinic use a revolutionary new technique to numb the area and minimise any discomfort. The treatment is over before you know it.

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Flawless skin paraded the SS catwalks once again and as such, we’re championing those prescriptive skincare brands that promote radiant complexions. The Ioma range offers skin analysis (available at the counter at Harrods) with its specialist products. ioma-paris.com

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“The Beauty Centre in St John’s Wood offers a modern, clean and tranquil environment for a myriad of beauty treatments. Straight off a long-haul flight, I couldn’t wait to rehydrate my skin with their ‘Prescriptive Facial’. Using Dermalogica products (known for their outstanding results on all skin types) my incredibly knowledgeable therapist, Valerie, schooled me throughout the treatment. Starting with deep exfoliation and toning, a steamer was placed above my head, which gently moistened my face and drew out impurities. Valerie then carefully squeezed all of my blocked pores (how satisfying that this is allowed), following up with a serum treatment and a face, head and neck massage. I’m happy to report that my resultant ‘facial glow’ stayed for the rest of the week. Ten days later and not a single out-break. Definitely the perfect post-holiday pick-me-up.” Gretel Lee the-beautycentre.com, 130 Allitsen Road, St John’s Wood, NW8 7AU, 020 7722 6603

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The Versace Fragrance Crystal Collection has something for every occasion. Bright Crystal blends pomegranate with magnolia, peony and lotus for a voluptuous, vital aroma, while Crystal Noir uses seductive amber amid fresh notes of gardenia to create an altogether darker fragrance. Finally, Versace Yellow Diamond combines sparkling hints of neroli, orange blossom, freesia and bergamot in a heady floral perfume. Keep this collection on your dressing table and you’ll never be stuck for a scent to match your mood. Stockist number, 01273 408 800

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For AW12 the sportswear label finds inspiration in strong female pioneers, from motorbike stunt riders like Cesca Miles to the 1940s American pilot Amelia Earhart. Biker influences from padded elbows and asymmetric zips to tattoo-inspired motifs play out in unexpected fabrics such as fleece and lace, while 1940s military and pilot references are reworked in utility outerwear. There’s also more than a hint of futuristic fashion thanks to bold floral print, fluoro accents and reflective piping. sweatybetty.com, 133 Upper Street, N1 1QP

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These sessions not only focus on an intense high-calorie burn but are soundtracked by an upbeat tempo for maximum motivation. Integrating resistance work at a raised heart rate, they also engage and strengthen your core waist and lower back muscles (see pic above for the rather impressive bridge posture). Reformer Pilates is associated with weight loss, lean muscle tone, a slimmer figure, back-pain relief and posture alignment and increased flexibility – workshops are also available for reinforcing correct technique. One class costs £20 - the first class is half price, tempopilates8.com, Studio 204, Netil House, 1-7 Westgate Street, E8 3RL

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If GB’s record-breaking turn at the Olympics has inspired you to train that much harder, the least you can do is rock up to the track in style. Not only do these Bobble vessels come in an array of colours, they also filter water through an ingenious activated carbon filter. £10.95 each, selfridges.com

FITNESS CRAZE

Cross-fitness is gaining ground in London after winning widespread popularity in the US. It aims to get you doing various physical activities that require diverse muscle use and a combination of skill sets. Popularised by the military, you develop strength, agility, speed and endurance: a basic routine might include a 400m jog or run, deadlifts, push-ups, ring dips and pull-ups. 60-minute beginner sessions run throughout the week and the beginner’s syllabus needs to be completed before you can graduate to main or foundation classes. crossfitevolving.com, 303 Holloway Road, N7 8HS 35

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ASK FOR Nothing! It’s all taken care of. WHERE 3Thirty Hair and Beauty Salon, 330 Old Street, EC1V 9DR, 020 7033 1882 THE LOWDOWN Tiff J opened this Shoreditch salon in 2009 and has since expanded its services. With experienced hair stylists on hand to make sure your ‘do’ is looking its best, and trained beauticians ready to preen you to perfection, the salon doesn’t specialise in a specific hair type but can cater for European, Asian and Afro hair alike (quite a rarity). One of the salon’s newest additions is the ‘Ultimate Pamper Package’ for girls on the go, lasting no longer than two hours. All the necessary areas are seen to- eyebrow threading, an eyelash tint (mascara not needed - yay), the dreaded bikini wax, a speedy shape and polish of the nails plus a rejuvenating facial. PLUS POINTS At just £50, this is possibly the best beauty deal I’ve come across this side of town - and the extensive selection of OPI nail varnishes (only the best) was duly noted. RvdB

ASK FOR A trim plus a traditional hot towel and wet shave WHERE 340 Old Street, EC1V 9DS, 020 3393 7946 THE LOWDOWN This cutting-edge Shoreditch barber shop is top of its class, and its traditionalist chic approach must go some way to explaining the company’s rapid growth - it has sister shops in Covent Garden, Soho and Mayfair. The shelves are lined with an impressive array of sleek ownbrand products and gifts (we’re fans of the limited edition ‘Ernest’ safety razors in Great British colours). Murdock represents all that’s great about grooming, culture and style for the modern gent - and my cut was the envy of all my man friends. PLUS POINTS Not only is the website packed with handy tips on hair styling and grooming, there’s also a loyalty card offering in-store and online discounts at Murdock as well as local partner stores. Full service starts at £80 - see murdocklondon.com for individual prices. DA

ASK FOR Balayage or the dip dye effect WHERE Gielly Green Hair & Beauty, 42-44 George Street, W1U 7ES, 020 7034 3060 THE LOWDOWN Founders and Creative Directors Fred Gielly and Shai Greenburg have been turning out superbly styled London barnets for the last 18 years. Shai was to overhaul my tired ‘floating lights’, revamping my look with some Drew Barrymore inspired dip-dying. For those of you who may not know what that is (where have you been?), it refers to the rather on-trend method of dying part of the hair in stark contrast to the other to achieve a two-tone effect. Good examples are Jessie J’s recent raven mane with bright purple ends or Alexa Chung’s darker roots set off by a dirty blonde trim. Shai specialises in bringing out clients’ natural beauty, working with the hair texture and face shape to find a style that suits - and as such suggests I avoid the ‘full grunge’ of Drew, which he thinks would prove too harsh for my skintype. We opt instead for a more Californian Rachel Bilson vibe. As if to temper my initial disappointment at not undergoing a complete transformation, Shai qualifies his decision by adding that you can always add a darker toner-colour to roots later, but you don’t want to apply too much bleach which then can’t be darkened. Et voilà, he’s spot on. I absolutely love my more subtly bleached tips, which - though they don’t take long - completely lift my locks. It also allows for variance between looks; I can enjoy this for a couple of months and then inch closer to that starker look - maybe by Christmas I can go the whole hog and attempt some festive-looking red ends or bangs.

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sensible, researched and proven to work. But what we do is put it all together to create massive transformations in our clients’ bodies and lifestyles. “My team are world class and without doubt some of the best in the country. Most come from a Sports Science background and we have two Olympic athletes amongst us. We all share a friendly, no-nonsense approach and between us we offer an unrivalled service to our clients. I’m hugely proud to have such a talented and committed team behind me.” Louise Parker believes anyone can have

succession, I fully understand the challenges new mothers are faced with, and what has to be done to return you to your former glory.” Louise Parker designs each programme with one of her team before the programme commences, based on the individual’s requirements and deadlines. A rigid, yet balanced food plan is devised, ensuring optimal results. Louise personally monitors your diet diary on a daily basis to ensure you are on the right track and that you get all the support and motivation you need to succeed. In six weeks, you will emerge looking better than you thought you ever could. What Louise Parker does isn’t gimmicky, it is instead an intelligent combination of three factors – nutrition, training and lifestyle – delivered in just the right combination. “Providing you have made the decision to change and are willing to let us guide you,” she asserts, “You simply cannot fail – clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive.” There are many bespoke programmes available, and following a telephone consultation, Louise will advise a suitable programme and schedule to suit any objective, lifestyle and budget. Louise asks that new clients commit to a minimum of three hours per week to ensure that they achieve amazing results.

You simply cannot fail clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive a fantastic body – regardless of age, body type and starting point: “By following my method, you really will be blown away by how you can change your body shape, overall fitness and exceed your own expectations.” Her programme is suitable for anyone wanting exceptional results, in record time. The Intensive is hugely popular with clients needing to be what she calls ‘red-carpet ready’ – whether that’s for a wedding, new job-role or even the school run. “I love helping post-natal mums,” she explains. “Since I had my daughters in quick

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS XOXO Islington watering-hole XOXO has expanded its horizons and added food to its repertoire. The bar is situated on thriving Upper street among a host of long-established competitor eateries, so the move is a bold one; fortunately, the new menu hits all the right targets (and then some). Specialising in Thai cuisine, the food is reasonably priced, with mains starting at £7.50 - leaving you a little extra change to indulge (and you must) in the exclusive cocktails. Drinks are where XOXO earned their stripes, and you won’t be disappointed. In addition to an artfully streamlined ‘regular’ menu, the bar also offers a dimsum lunch menu that’s perfect for quickly satisfying midday cravings - though once you sit down, you might not want to leave. The interior is stylish and sleek - all fine lines, low lighting and muted colours. It’s a relaxing environment that allows the food and drink do the talking. We arrived at the bar to a warm greeting from the staff before being whisked to our table. When our bubbly waitress bounded over to take our drink order, we plumped for an XOXO Mojito overflowing with Frangelico and champagne as well as an extravagant Rubies and Diamonds, a delectable melange of Tanqueray gin, Chambord and raspberries: showstoppers, both. But the food was no afterthought. After careful deliberation we decided to start with a sharing platter to soak up some of the alcohol. The calamari deserves a special mention - it was super fresh, perfectly cooked, lightly battered with a subtle citrus tang. For our mains, we shared sauteed pak choy plus a portion of jasmine rice and chose lamb massaman curry (divine) and prawn chu chi (a lime-y red curry) to accompany them. The food was a credit to the team at XOXO, who seem to have nailed the new aspect of the business without encountering any of the obvious teething troubles you might expect. That said, we can’t forget the real stars of the show: the cocktails. With so many available (and all of them so alluring), be sure to drink them before, during and long after your meal. Romy van den Broeke xoxolondon.co, 74 Upper Street, N1 0NY, 020 7226 6799

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ccupying an acute-angle plot in the narrow Marylebone Lane just north of Wigmore Street is 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen. The establishment’s dual specialisms are as apparent in its decor as in its name, with a relaxed French bistro ambiance and intimate seating backgrounded by Chateaux wine cases stacked ceiling-high. A mid-week visit was surprisingly vibrant and we were greeted warmly by manager Ed and sommelier Sébastien, who was to advise us on wine for each of our dishes. Our waitress, Sabrina, was friendly and helpful in accommodating food allergies without fuss. The restaurant boasts a good selection of salads including several vegetarian options; we chose smoked Severn and Wye salmon on rye and aubergine with grilled courgettes, marinated peppers and goats curd for starters, though salt beef brisket and a charcuterie selection were among the meatier dishes available. The mains on offer include various grills and sharing plates as well as a host of meat, fish and veggie dishes. We ordered both the grey mullet and the sea bream with a variety of steamed veg to accompany. Desserts were difficult to choose, especially with a masterful-looking creme

brulee and an inviting lemon tart available, but in the end we opted for an almond and cherry cake and a fruit salad dominated by red berries. The meal was excellent, the dishes uniformly delicate in flavour and served and dressed with ingenuity. But the food is by no means the whole story - the wine plays an equally important role. Suffice it to say that 28-50 is not the kind of place to simply order a bottle. Specially chosen French classics are supported by less familiar wines in a comprehensive list that includes both European and extra-European varieties. The tone was set by a fruity Austrian Kamptaler white wine from the Gruner Veltliner grape typical of the Heuriger (wine bars) of Vienna, while a Tokaji dry Hungarian white accompanied the starters. During our visit, many of the clientele appeared well-acquainted with the restaurant’s management and staff, and there was a convivial ‘club’ atmosphere that helped to make 28-50 more than an everyday dining experience. The combination of great food, superb wine and attention to customer care proved irresistible. We’ll be back! IDB 2850.co.uk, 15-17 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NE, 020 7486 7922

The meal was excellent, the dishes uniformly delicate in flavour and served and dressed with ingenuity

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This slick outfit first started roasting in Clerkenwell and before long added breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch to its repertoire. Proving that it really is ‘all about the coffee’, the company extended to a hundred square foot space in Marylebone - a coffee bar in the truest sense of the form. It seats only 14 so is perfect for a quick shot, and the queues speak for themselves.

Forget Starbucks – it’s all about boutique coffee shops with a difference

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Rooftop Kitchen at Alfie’s rooftopkitchen.co.uk, 13-25 Church St, NW8 8EE Best scenic sip

Using the Monmouth Coffee Company beans for its distinctive espresso blend, this cute cafe gets our vote for the best panorama. The brunch options sound mouth-watering (Wykham Park Farm sausages, gazpacho with hard-boiled egg and olive bread, baked eggs etc) and of course there’s Alfie’s Antiques Market within the Art Deco building, making this an ideal pit-stop on a weekend morning peruse. 40

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Decked out hipster-style with a cinema sign-board, The Shoreditch Grind is an independent espresso bar that uses own-blend beans, roasted to exact specification and an imported La Marzocco coffee machine. The baristas - mostly Aussies who take their coffee seriously - pride themselves on being fiercely know-all about their product (a refreshing change in London). Apparently the owners love music too, and there is a recording studio above the shop.

The Liberty of Norton Folgate

libertyofnortonfolgate.co.uk, Norton Folgate (between Bishopsgate and Shoreditch High Street), EC2M 3UG Best for most interesting use of space

Wedged into a small, scalene-triangle type retail space at the bottom of 201 Bishopsgate, the name of this purveyor of coffee refers to the history of Norton Folgate, which up until 1855 was a self-governing entity on the edge of the City of London. Catering mostly for takeaway, you can eat in at the far end, where the tables often catch the afternoon sun and you can look out onto the bustling city street. The floating light structures add an interesting dimension and mean the space looks cool even after it’s shut up shop.

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If there is one death we don’t mind, it’s death by burrito. This Shoreditch addition to the growing chain offers up delicious duck, beef or mushroom burritos and tacos - and, in keeping with the all-Mexican theme, every cocktail is laced with tequila. Housed in the popular Catch bar on Kingsland Road, this is one restaurant that’s definitely worth trying: their lethal but delicious amuse bouche is a deconstructed Sangrita - neat tequila, halved tomatoes, celery, salt, black pepper and sugar. Book a table and chow down. deathbyburrito.com, 22 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA

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Much loved restaurant chain Brindisa Tapas Kitchens has opened a new branch in Shoreditch. Tramontana specialises in delectable SpanishMediterranean dishes and locallysourced (Spanish) wines including that most famous Spanish tipple, Cava. Staple ingredients are rice, fish, artichokes and almonds - delish. brindisa.com, 152 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AT

The most popular pizza place in London is heading north, and joining it is Soho House Group’s freshest venture, Chicken Shop. Both restaurants will be opening their doors to the residents and visitors of Kentish Town. The Pizza East brand is fast expanding, with the popularity of the original Shoreditch restaurant already having given rise to a second branch west-side on Portobello Road. Now the third outlet has opened in Highgate, and with the newly opened Chicken Shop also on site - serving some of the finest finger-lickin’ chicken in London - we know exactly where we’ll be heading. 79 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, NW5 1TL CHICKEN SHOP

BLINK COLLECTIVE

Blink Collective is the go-to website for those seeking to add a little vava-voom to their lives. The cookery classes on offer are truly original: you can learn everything from how to decorate cupcakes to the finer points of Japanese cuisine. There’s a course in wilderness cooking and you can even pay for a chef to teach you how to whip up fantastic grub from the comfort of your own home. There are tons more masterclasses to choose from, so take a look online. blinkcollective.com

FOUR FOODIE VENUES D&D London have opened up the Old Bengal warehouse on New Street and converted it into four separate eateries and bars. The New Street Grill will offer great British produce and delicious Bordeaux wines, while the Old Bengal Bar serves up devilish cocktails on its open-air terrace. Meanwhile, sister venues the Fish Market and the New Street Wine Shop will be open for business and doing exactly what their names suggest! danddlondon.com, 16 New Street, EC2M 4TR

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Mantra French fusion delights created from fresh produce at an affordable price (one equation that doesn’t require solving). What’s the deal? This restaurant primarily uses French cooking techniques but mixes in international culinary flavours from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Capitalising on their extensive knowledge and unfaltering creativity, the chefs frequently change the dishes on the menu to ensure seasonal variety. When should you go? Equation is conveniently located on Upper Street - hit the restaurant on Saturdays or Sundays from noon to 3pm or grab a delicious dinner Tuesday to Saturday between 5.30pm and 10.30pm. Why should you go? For the signature cocktails (curry vodka and black pepper rum being one daring example) which are masterfully created to (quite literally) knock your socks off.

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Mantra One Martini is alright, two is too many and three is not enough. What’s the deal? LA via NYC vibes... in London. This is where the Absolutely gang go to sup Manhattan-quality cocktails and eat vast quantities of Mexican grub. When should you go? Off Broadway is right in the thick of it on Broadway Market, so go early - a table outside is like gold dust, especially towards the latter half of the week, when the locals start to get withdrawal symptoms and return for a pre-weekend, late afternoon tipple or nightcap. When the Saturday street market moves in, there’s even a taco stand outside. Why should you go? The cocktails are yum, but the real draw is the promise of authentic Mexican street food. Off Broadway are bringing Cali food to the rainy streets of the Big Smoke...

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THE HOTEL: The south of Cornwall is known for its prevalence of unspoiled coves, quaint fishing boats, sandy shores and calm, lapping emerald waters. The chocolate-box fishing village of Gorran Haven, which sits at the eastern-most point of the Roseland Peninsula, is no different. Expect the requisite Cornish minute village parishes, fishing port and semidilapidated white-washed cottages, from whence the Llawnroc Hotel, which opened last year to great acclaim, is just a few steps away. Modern yet discreet, boutique yet spacious, it is positioned in a remote valley and is an idyllic spot a world away from more touristy parts of Cornwall.

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The Llawnroc Hotel, Cornwall TO DO:

THE BEDROOMS: The Llawnroc Hotel’s 18 rooms are all graced with modern artwork and bespoke furnishings, but their immediate impression is of their size. Each room is different, but all work with the same vivid palette of gold, purple and black. The large bed takes centre stage, but it’s the view, which stretches out across the ocean and down to sleepy Gorran Haven, that is the real winner. Ask for a room with a balcony, upon which an afternoon tipple is a delight. The rooms also come with Playstation, wide-screen television and an iPod dock.

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A regular service runs between Paddington and St Austell on First Great Western Trains, after which The Llawnroc is a ten minute drive; firstgreatwestern.co.uk

THE BATHROOM: Sliding glass doors mean that from the bathroom, the endless sea, the quaint village and a proudly-billowing Cornish flag, are all visible.

PRICE TAG: Suites with a balcony start from £200, while a Sea View room is priced at £139. To book call 01726 843461 or visit thellawnrochotel.co.uk

There’s no on-site spa, but Roc Solid Breaks, exclusive to the hotel, provides the perfect alternative. Choose from adventures including the ‘Roc-ey Waters’ package, which includes surf lessons, ‘Roc-ing Horse’, which sees guests riding on nearby beaches with various local guides, or ‘Roc the Baby’ for those with a brood in-tow. Alternatively, relax in the Llawnroc’s cosy library, where a plethora of books line the walls on stacked shelves.

THE RESTAURANT: Whether it’s within the cosy dining room that you choose to eat your breakfast, lunch or supper, or out on the decking that overlooks the narrow paths that sweep down to the pretty village below, the Gwineas restaurant serves up fish caught by the Llawnroc’s very own fisherman that very morning. Expect exquisite Gorran Haven lobster, clams and scallops, Mevagissey cod, Cornish duck and crab, all usually served alongside generous portions of sumptuous Helford Blue Cheese. The Mevagissey Rattler battered cod, which comes with crushed peas and homemade tartar sauce, is our pick. At the bar, Cornish ales take centre stage; just metres away from the Cornish coast and water, it’s the perfect tipple to help wash down a hearty meal.

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tanding on the steps of Casta Diva and gazing upon the resplendent Lake Como lapping sleepily at its lovely shores, it hardly takes a Byronic imagination to conjure images of the palazzo’s first resident casting her glance upon a similar scene some two hundred years previously. Then known as the Villa Roccabruna, its owner, operatic soprano Giuditta Pasta, would have graced the same sweeping

staircase to the lake-facing palace. I imagine that squinting into the distance, she may just have caught a glimpse of the rowing boat of her opposite neighbour Vincenzo Bellini, as he bobbed into moonlit view en route to enjoy an evening of her hospitality. The sole difference between Pasta’s experience and mine? That nobody will be rowing their way back home at the end of the night, nor will anyone, inspired by my muse-like presence, pen Opera Norma. The soprano, of course, was the inspiration behind this particular

opera in which she would later sing at La Scala in Milan. I, meanwhile, have trouble crooning along in tune to songs of infinite repetition on the radio. But only there are we at variance. But should La Pasta drop on her former abode these days, she would find the awe-inspiring view little changed, nor the luxury interior. Its spectacular position is the immediate draw of Casta Diva, which is just a ten-minute drive from the celebrated town of Como. But the 13,000sqm ‘resort’ (do not

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be put off by the word; this is about as far from the traditional, all-inclusive resort as you can get) has much to offer the design conscious. There is the floating swimming pool, which no doubt during the summer months would have been a most welcome addition to the singer’s world, this portion of the lake being off-limits to swimmers. But when the weather is less conducive to sun lounging (this being a particularly verdant and mountainous part of northern Italy, Como is no stranger to persistent periods of rain), the route back to the hotel takes guests - via the 19th-century boat dock -past the indoor pool and spa, the latter of which has four treatment rooms, each designed to be spacious enough for two and dedicated to one of the four elements - plus there’s even a Himalayan salt-cave room to suit earthier tastes. Neither would our soprano, I conjecture, turn her nose up at the Bellini terrace, nor the L’Orangerie restaurant which serves up the very finest examples of traditional local food and overlooks the water, spilling out onto a lake-teetering terrace in the warmer months. Casta Diva is a place of infinite romance and for those so inclined, little is dreamier than settling in for a late night Prosecco on one of the many lake-facing balconies. Traditionalists may prefer the elegance of the rooms in the old palazzo, but the resort’s architects have been prudent enough to keep the new additions – large, contemporary and stylish rooms set into

with charming wine bars and informal pizzerias. Those with a head for heights should bag a place on the funicular railway, the views from the top of which are unparalleled. But a trip to Lake Como would not be complete without an exploratory boat ride, which can take the form of a private yacht hire, or hopping on local transport. We settle on Bellagio, lauded as the jewel of the lake’s crown. Indeed, its chocolate box perfection is the reason behind its ever-expanding popularity and all its never-diminishing crowds. Nonetheless, it is worth seeing, and if you do decide to stay, the Villa Serbelloni is the neo-classical yellow-painted grand hotel that one sees straight off the boat. A more impressive and ornate breakfast room you will not see, plus there’s the Michelin-starred Mistral restaurant to sample, with its experimental cooking featuring the likes of peacock on the menu. It is, perhaps, one for those who favour the old-fashioned in a hotel, while its views, are achingly beautiful. Perhaps, after all, one’s beloved may yet be inspired to write that aria…

The spa has four treatment rooms - plus there’s even a Himalayan salt-cave room to suit earthier tastes the rocks on the vertiginous incline from the road down to the lake – entirely in sympathy with the landscape. Meanwhile for those coming with a brood in tow, there is the option to rent your own self-contained house, but with all the joys of room service at your disposal. All these options attest to why Casta Diva, the first major five star hotel to open on Lake Como for a century, is keeping the old grand dames on their toes; as evidenced by the glut of dark shades and glamorous bodies on display on our visit. The elegant international set now has an option other than La Villa D’Este. Those of a mind to set foot outside the surrounds of the hotel should have a wander round the streets of Como, which abounds

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Renowned as much for their expertise and creative vision as for the products they provide, MConcept are designers and installers of the very finest Germanmade kitchens and bathrooms, as well as authorised suppliers of world-leading brands like Nobilia, Duravit and Hansgrohe. If you’re looking to transform the heart of your home, MConcept is the place to start. www.mconcept.co.uk, 32 Broadway Parade, N8 9DB 0208 090 0699

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Every surface of the new Alno Cera range is made from ceramic, giving it a completely seamless look. Ceramic is extremely hard-wearing, impossible to stain and hot pots can be put directly on it. The Alno Store, 120 Wigmore street, W1U 3LS 0207 486 3080

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Mark Punton’s eclectic store is packed with the stylish and the unusual. Focusing on antique lighting, there is an interesting selection of furniture and decorative items. Pieces from the 18th century can be found next to mid-20th-century classics. www.eburytrading.com, 7 Ebury Bridge Road, SW1W 8QX, ebury@mail.com

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Despite only opening in May this year, the husband-and-wife owned Folklore has already made a big impression on the ever expanding Islington interiors scene. The store is home to quirky Scandinavian brands and big names in homeware, furniture, art and lighting, with an emphasis on craft and quality. They’re charitable, too: 5% of profits are donated to a different not-for-profit organisation every year. Stick them in your little black book. shopfolklore.com, 193 Upper Street, N1 1RQ

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SURFACE VIEW

For all your wallpaper requirements, there’s no need to look further than the boundlessly inspirational print and canvas website Surface View. The new Warner Textile Archive collection reflects the famous textile company’s comprehensive history, which dates as far back as the burgeoning textile industry of Spitalfields in the seventeenth century. So many designs, such little wall space... From: £70 per sq meter, surfaceview.co.uk

Whitechapel Gallery by Chisel & Mouse Show some architectural appreciation with these miniature works of genius by Chisel & Mouse. Each plaster model is handmade and depicts an unsung hero of British and international architecture. Our pick, of course, is the endlessly cool Whitechapel Gallery, founded in 1901 and designed by Charles Harrison Townsend. Why have a tacky Big Ben figurine in your living room when you can have an east-end icon? Whitechapel Art Gallery, £99, chiselandmouse.com

Dwell Gherkin lamp Pay homage to one of London’s most recognisable (if slightly derided) landmarks with Dwell’s metallic Gherkin Lamp. It’s certainly a living room talking-point. £69, dwell.co.uk

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It’s official: I’ve found my new illustration obsession in the form of HAM, a homeware company founded by east London designer Jo Robinson. Simple and witty black & white illustrations with tongue firmly in cheek; what’s not to love about a toque-sporting pig wheeling around a four-tier wedding cake? Prints are signed, measure 30x40cm and come flat in an archival clear bag with an acid-free mount back. £28 each, hammade.com

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make a great contrast with the deciduous but heavy-flowered form of hydrangea known as ‘Annabel’. These new additions are all planted around the one plant that needed to remain in the garden, a flowering crab apple tree. In the seating area, the garden sofa is a woven all-weather wicker which sits firmly on the pebbles, backed by substantial pots planted with tall bay tree pyramids. To create a sense of depth, the mews house wall was clad in mirror-polished stainless steel and overlaid with trellis to give the illusion of space. For a sense of vertical space, an unusual glass lantern hangs over the doorway to add scale at a higher level while the seasonal planting and lavender add a touch of colour. This is very much a garden to be viewed and enjoyed all year round. Kate Gould Gardens, 01923 839733, kategouldgardens.com

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FAIRFAX ROAD

£549,999 FREEHOLD

A charming Victorian Terrace with period features and beautiful interiors, makes this house a home. Located in the sought after ‘Harringay Ladder’ the property has three double bedrooms, a luxury family bathroom, plus a shower room. The modern kitchen/diner and through reception rooms have bay windows and lead out onto the private 45ft garden. Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Crouch End branch 020 8348 8181, www.kfh.co.uk

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DIFFERENT STYLE & SERVICE 020 8883 0033

Abbots Gardens, N2 ÂŁ1,225,000 Freehold

Semi-detached four bedroom family home of character set in a highly sought after tranquil setting close to all East Finchley amenities including the Underground station. Features fantasic southerly views to the rear, off-street parking & is offered for sale chain free.

020 8444 8484

Redston Road, N8 ÂŁ1,200,000 Freehold

A truly stunning end-of-terrace Edwardian house with 5 bedrooms in peaceful residential location backing directly onto Alexandra Park with excellent views to the Palace. Features 2 intercommunicating reception rooms, a 24ft kitchen/diner & period features.

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Alexandra Park Road, N22

ÂŁ1,200,000 Freehold

Grand space & style! An impressive semi-detached Edwardian residence conveniently located on the Muswell Hill border for both the Broadway & Parklands. Beautifully fitted & presented with a garage & large south-westerly rear garden. Chain free.

020 8340 8900

Stapleton Hall Road, N4

ÂŁ599,950 Leasehold

A substantial 6 room flat of the original spacious Victorian proportions. On the top 2 floors of a semi-detached residence retaining many period features. In a leafy residential location convenient for both Crouch End & Stroud Green amenites.

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Barrington Road, Crouch End, N8 £1,100,000 Freehold Crouch End 020 8348 8181 Email sce@kfh.co.uk

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Stunning four bedroom house backing directly onto Priory Park. The property features wonderful entertaining space, perfectly blending period character with a contemporary living style.

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Midhurst Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10 £1,375,000 Freehold Muswell Hill 020 8883 0123 Email smh@kfh.co.uk

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A beautifully presented family house which is arranged over three floors offering 1,933 sq ft great living space having undergone an extensive refurbishment. This property is situated between Muswell Hill Broadway and East Finchley with the added benefit of being well located for both Tetherdown Primary and Fortismere Secondary schools.

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Five double bedrooms Two spacious receptions Stunning kitchen/diner Contemporary bathroom Private rear garden Off street parking Near East Finchley tube Chain free

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Cholmeley Park, Highgate, N6 Price £2,750,000 A spacious detached six bedroom new build family home, located on one of Highgate’s most sought after roads, within a short walk of Highgate Village and station. This house has excellent accommodation arranged over four floors and incorporates the latest technology. Freehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email newhomes@kfh.co.uk

Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10 Prices from £1,695,000 A unique development of five individual newly built houses in a sought after location in Muswell Hill. The houses will be built to an exacting standard and offer a high level of specification, landscaped gardens and parking. Show home now open. Freehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email newhomes@kfh.co.uk

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Uplands Road, Crouch End, N8 ÂŁ2,275 pcm A stunning two double bedroom garden flat refurbished to an extremely high standard. The property comprises high ceilings and large rooms and is located within easy reach of the amenities of Crouch End Broadway and just a few moments walk to Harringay train station. Part furnished. Crouch End 020 8341 1110 Email lce@kfh.co.uk

Kenwood Road, Highgate, N6 ÂŁ1,820 pcm A lovely two bedroom cottage on a sought after tree lined road in the heart of Highgate, close to both the Village and underground station. The property has two reception rooms, a stylish bathroom and a good sized south facing garden. Unfurnished. Muswell Hill 020 8883 2340 Email lmh@kfh.co.uk

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Canfield Gardens, South Hampstead, NW6

£565 Per Week Sole Agent

Beautiful, elegant, two bedroom apartment with high ceilings and floor to ceiling sash windows, refurbished to a high specification. The property comprises of a spacious reception with stylish separate kitchen and modern bathroom, the apartment also boasts under floor heating and access from the communal hallway to a private roof terrace. The property is available immediately on a furnished basis.

Eton Avenue, Belsize Park, NW3

£650 Per Week Sole Agent

Beautiful, two double bedroom, own entrance apartment located within a detached red brick conversion, with access from both the reception and gated side entrance onto a private, stunning, mature and secluded 43 ft south facing garden. Currently undergoing some rejuvenation including re decoration, new blackout blinds to bedrooms and new carpeting, the apartment is available for rent on an unfurnished basis available immediately. The kitchen and bathroom are refurbished to a good specification and the flat itself is situated moments from the amenities of England’s Lane. Viewing by appointment.

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Offering three floors of spacious and light accommodation, this Edwardian terraced family home, located close to Hampstead Heath, is full of character, comprising a double aspect reception, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar and double doors leading out to a charming walled garden. The upper levels take in four double bedrooms, two smart bathrooms and a large private roof terrace accessed via the landing. For more details contact Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings, Hampstead Office on 020 7435 9681, www.brlets.co.uk

DISCOVER THE PEACEFUL ROOKFIELDS

It’s never easy to find houses for sale within this architecturally celebrated Conservation Area that is discreetly nestled on Muswell Hill’s southern slopes, but with an office actually within this Conservation Area, Estate Agents, Prickett & Ellis, can usually help. The Collins family, the Victorian occupiers of the country house on the site, started development in 1906, and as followers of the Arts & Crafts and Garden Suburb movements insisted on open country style landscaping in their efforts to provide a relief from the expanding urban sprawl. Fortunately, as it happens, Hornsey County Council didn’t agree with this vision which is why many of the roads remain unadopted by the Local Authority to this day. The management and maintenance of the delightful country lanes, closes and avenues is therefore organised by the residents themselves. One of the rare, earlier and larger Edwardian end houses has just become available for sale on Rookfield Avenue. Some stylish Arts & Crafts features remain in this

spacious four bedroom home with westerly garden - including an original garage! Prickett & Ellis, whose office on the corner of Etheldene Avenue N10 and Park Road N8, still retains the original Collins interior wall

tiling are asking £1,295,000 for the freehold. Contact any of their offices for details or call direct on 020 8444 8484 for an appointment to view. Full details can be found on www.prickettandellis.com

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Murano offers six luxury concierge serviced apartments boasting everything from waterproof flat screen TVs in the bathrooms, to prestige kitchens and touch control air conditioning and entertainment systems; no expense has been spared in the pursuit of pure perfection. The penthouse offers the most generous accommodation boasting three double bedrooms, lounge, study, huge kitchen/diner, utility room, reception lounge and wide open balcony which commands magnificent views across Hadley Wood Golf Club. One of the Greens is just a short chip and run away at the end of the lawned garden which boasts its own putting green! The

balcony is also afforded wonderful privacy by virtue of the canopy of splendid lush green trees to the sides and rear. Murano is clearly going to be another prestige Fusion development. No surprises... Two apartments were SOLD from plan and the other three bedroom apartments together with the Penthouse are about to be marketed. The penthouse is top of the Murano range and offers in the region of ÂŁ3 million are being invited. Contact Debbie Williams on 01923 216535 to request a brochure or arrange a viewing. www.fusionresidential.co.uk

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Grove Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10

£1,350,000 Freehold Sole Agents

A spectacular three storey linked detached four double bedroom plus study 1920’s family home that has been completely refurbished to an extremely high level of specification. This fine property boasts a stunning 20’4 x 18’10 kitchen/diner and three contemporary bathrooms (two en-suite) all with under floor heating, plus two fantastic reception rooms with oak wood flooring; added benefits also include a garage. Located within catchment of Rhodes Avenue primary and Alexandra Park secondary schools. Also close at hand is Alexandra Park, Palace and its main line station with its connection to the City (Old Street and Moorgate). Muswell Hill Broadway and its large selection of shops and restaurants are also close by. Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771

Grosvenor Road, Muswell Hill, N10

£975,000 Freehold Sole Agents

Backing directly onto Muswell Hill Golf Course is a fine example of a beautifully presented end of terraced four bedroom Edwardian family residence. This bright and spacious property is set over two floors and retains masses of original period features (including all original fireplaces), there is also the use of a very large loft space (with potential to convert subject to relevant consents). The house is located in a quiet residential no through road which is within a short distance from Muswell Hill Broadway and its large selection of shops and restaurants. Also close at hand is Alexandra Park, Palace and its main line station and Bounds Green tube (Piccadilly Line). Within catchment of Alexandra Park secondary and Rhodes Avenue primary schools Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771

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Twyford Avenue, Ringwood Estate, N2

£1,799,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agents

Presented in immaculate condition throughout is this much improved five/six bedroom semi detached family home having been extended to the rear and having had the loft converted. The property has well appointed rooms; some fine features and the added benefit of three bathrooms, a stunning rear garden and off street parking for several cars. Twyford Avenue is located on the much sought after Ringwood Estate being within catchment for Fortismere secondary school and the newly awaited Eden Primary School. Being within equal walking distance of Muswell Hill Broadway and East Finchley tube station (Northern Line). East Finchley office: 020 8883 1001

Lightfoot Road, Crouch End, N8

£695,000 Freehold Sole Agents

We are delighted to offer this charming 1930s built family home situated on this quiet residential road just off Middle Lane. The property comprises three bedrooms with the added benefit of a boarded loft room plus two reception rooms with stripped wooden flooring, fitted kitchen, bathroom, and a beautiful rear garden with a studio/office with en-suite toilet and shower. The property is situated within favorable distance of Rokesly School and close to the excellent local shops, restaurants and boutiques of Crouch End’s Broadway as well as being within walking distance of Priory Park. Early viewing recommended Crouch End Office on 020 8341 4050

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ampstead, Maida Vale, St Johns Wood, Kensington, Notting Hill gate etc. are all areas that offer a wide range of properties offering both excellent local services and transport links in and out of the capital, with each area holding its own individual character and charm. Having lived and worked in these areas now for over 15 years, I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I am sure most people will have endured the poor estate agent experience, I too experienced this first hand when I was searching for my first London property in the late 1990’s… My experience was so poor, i.e being shown out of budget, in the wrong area and, in general, properties that did not meet my needs, that I decided to become an estate agent. Having first worked for a leading Hampstead agent, I then moved into property development and investment. After we hit tough economic times in 2008 (and with a global recession biting) I listened to clients and colleagues about how tough it was finding the right property in the right area at the right price.

At this time it was decided to move the company more towards helping buyers to focus on search services and representing buyers directly who wanted to buy in prime London areas. We ensure buyers access to an extensive list of property contacts, believing in the mantra that “the customer is king”. Having been on both sides of the fence and now focusing on search, I love the dayto-day challenges and variety of buyers we represent, within the prime London areas in which we operate. What a year it has been for London, following the ending of the Olympics and the historic Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I am confident the feel-good factor seen in the capital throughout the summer will continue to boost the London property market into the Autumn and beyond, offering both local and overseas investors solid investments both short and long-term. NPA 020 7504 1315 www.NPAproperty.com, info@NPAproperty.com

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Central Muswell Hill

N10

£1,795,000 Freehold

Situated in one of Muswell Hill’s most prestigious Avenues, is an impressive Edwardian semi linked house, spread over 3 floors, which retains masses of original features. The house has 5 double bedrooms - one with a fitted en suite bathroom and and another, a huge loft bedroom with potential - 3 reception rooms and a spacious dining room leading to a smartly fitted kitchen. Also an interesting hallway with a large stained glass panel, a family bathroom, a downstairs bathroom and separate shower room, GCH, a Tradesmen’s entrance, an approx. 65ft. long, South Westerly facing, split level, landscaped garden and off street parking for 2 or 3 cars.

Central Muswell Hill

N10

£1,395,000 Freehold

Situated in the Fortis Green Conservation Area, close to Tetherdown and Fortismere Schools and only moments walk from shops, restaurants and cafés in Muswell Hill Broadway, is a delightful and elegant “Collins” built, Edwardian terraced house over 3 floors, retaining masses of original features and fireplaces, with 5 bedrooms - 2 of which have en suite shower rooms. The house has 2 reception rooms and a separate dining room leading to an extensively fitted kitchen, a downstairs cloakroom, a utility room, a family bathroom, a cellar with a door leading to the front garden, gas central heating and a West facing, approximately 65ft. long, lawned garden.

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ÂŁ925,000

Share of Freehold Situated in the heart of Muswell Hill, easy walking distance of the many shops and transport facilities of Muswell Hill; is a split level, ground floor garden flat. Within an impressive, Edwardian double fronted and semi linked house, this interesting property has 4 double bedrooms - one 20ft. long. The private front door opens to a wide central entrance hall, leading to a spacious and bright reception room, a fitted kitchen/dining room, a fitted bathroom and a separate loo. There is also gas central heating, an alarm system, A Share of the Freehold and a dining terrace, leading to a 30ft. wide and approximately 25ft. long, private garden.

Muswell Hill

N10

ÂŁ895,000 Leasehold

A large garden flat, situated only a short walk from Muswell Hill Broadway, with its many shops and restaurants and within an Edwardian double fronted, terraced house is an unusually large and interesting split level garden flat, which has 2 double bedrooms - one 20ft. long - an expansive, bright reception room, a separate dining room leading to a fitted kitchen and a lower ground floor study/playroom. The flat also has a private front door, a white fitted bathroom, plus a separate loo, a burglar alarm system, gas central heating and a wide and private, approximately 80ft. long garden.

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